14 Days until Valentine’s Day…

I’m a sucker for any holiday where gifts are involved, especially when it comes to showing your loved ones just how much you love them.  In honor of the occasion I’m going to do 14 days of blogging with great ideas and thoughtful gifts for those you love the most!

Let’s start with a plan.  

Gift About Town - A Valentines Day Plan


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A Birthday MakeoverKeep Calm and Go To MAC

This year my mom went easy on me and told me exactly what she wanted for her birthday… a new look courtesy of MAC Cosmetics.  Suffice it to say I was happy to make that wish come true.

I called up my friend, the MAC makeup artist, and she advised me to make an appointment [who knew you could do that].  Here’s how it went.

For $50.00 you are given a private makeup counter and a makeup artist who gives you a 45-minute (or so) beauty consultation and makeup application.  She (or he) tells you what colors suit you and explains the application process so that you can repeat it at home.  Then I treated my mom to the makeup that the artist used on her.

She loved it so much she didn’t want to take it off that night.  Home run!

To plan a makeover for the beautiful people in your life, visit MAC Cosmetics and contact the store closest to you.


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Happy New Year!Good Gifts Little Money

As we embark upon a new year of gifting I want to remind you that great gifts don’t have to cost a lot of money.  It really is the thought and style behind a gift that matters.

I recently received a surprise Christmas gift from my Goddaughter (she’s 9).  It was perfect.  She made me a bracelet which apparently is all the trend.  It’s colorful, simple, and pretty and the perfect complement to my style and personality.  In fact the gift was so perfect I wore it bowling that night.

So as you embark on this new year, remember, don’t let buying and giving gifts stress you out. 



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Merry Christmas Cards!

Yes, I said it and yes I’m corny, but I love this time of year.  I choose to write my Christmas cards while watching holiday movies on the ABC Family and Lifetime cable networks.  This year I got my cards at Papyrus and I can’t wait until people open them up.  They feature a leggy Mrs. Claus and her reindeer-antlered pet, who in my mind is named Sparky.  They are the epitome of spirit and wit.

Christmas Cards 2013

What about you?  What is your Christmas card tradition? Have you already sent out your cards?

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Essie’s Nail Color 2013 Holiday Gift Set – The Perfect Stocking Stuffer

Target… the place for stocking stuffers!

I was in recently in Target (one of the happiest places on earth for this gifting girl) in the early hours of the morning, which allowed me to come across some gal-friendly stocking stuffers.

My favorite was the set-up in the beauty section.About Town - Target - Essie Gift Set jpg

Check out Essie’s Nail Color 2013 Holiday Gift Set.

It’s five mini nail polishes in perfectly classic colors:

Ballet Slippers (classic pale pink), Chinchilly (a sleek granite gray), Turquoise & Caicos (tropical aqua), Forever Yummy (a tango red), and one of my favorites, Wicked (a dark, sinister red).*

So pop into Target and start stuffing those stockings!

*I can’t take credit for the names and descriptions.  They are the sole property of the awesome Essie!


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Eureka!  I’ve done it!

I’ve come up with the perfect Christmas gift for a woman who has everything and needs nothing – my mom!

Over the years I have gifted designer bags, ceiling fans, coats, suits, you name it.  But this year I have been drawing a blank.  But how could I, the developer of this very blog, not come up with the perfect gift for the woman who birthed me?

But again eureka (how often do I get to use that word) I have it.

This year my mom will receive a year’s subscription to, drum roll please, People Magazine.

Gift About Town - People Magazine

Now you may be let down, I know.  But to understand the perfection of this gift you have to know my mom.  Let’s just say that I come by my love of celebrity gossip honestly.  My mom has been known to leave waiting rooms sans People Magazines because she had not finished reading the issue.  Not only that, a year subscription to People Magazine, which comes weekly, is wickedly expensive and when you have other financial priorities it falls low on the budget totem-pole.

So I’ve done it I’ve found the perfect gift.  But let’s keep it between us until Christmas!

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A Sleek Catch-All for all of Baby’s Important Records.The Baby Briefcase -close

Next week I’m headed to a “Gender Reveal Baby Shower” and I didn’t want to be the one to give away the “will it be blue or pink” surprise.

So for the second time this year I’m gifting The Baby Briefcase – a gift so perfect that I wish that I had come up with the idea.

It’s basically a filing system for all of a new baby’s records (medical and otherwise) in a plastic case with a slot for baby’s picture.

It’s practical and perfect and at $29.95 the price cannot be beat.

I picked it up at Nordstrom’s and it’s also available online.

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Gift a book (not an e-book)!

In this day of iPads, Kindles, and Nooks (oh my) – the simple joy and beauty of gifting and owning a classic hardcover book can get lost.

Case in point: I recently gave a co-worker (who is also a fantastic make-up artist) Kevyn Aucoin’s Making Faces.  Suffice it to say she loved it: mostly because Kevyn Aucoin was an artist extraordinaire when it came to make-up and the book is a classic, but even more so because the book is out of print and she’d been borrowing it from the library and didn’t have it in her personal collection.

So for your favorite bibliophile, think about the beauty of gifting a book.  Perhaps it’s a classic (I’m partial to anything by Jane Austen), maybe it’s a new author, or a book on decorating or another shared interest.  You could go bold and beautiful with a wonderful coffee table book about something they love.  But whatever you choose it may just be a hit in this day of all things “e”.

Some of my favorites:

Books are Back

(Left to Right) Making Faces, Kevyn Aucoin; Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen;
Rizzoli’s Valentino: Theme and Variations; Domino: The Book of Decorating
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