Holiday Beauty

There is something about this time of year that has me wanting to step up my beauty routine. I find myself wanting a pop of color, some extra shimmer or even a hair accessory. Whether I have a Christmas party or dinner with friends, I love adding a bit more glamour. 

One // Almay Gel Metallic Eyeliner - Change up your regular liner with a fun, festive color. This gel liner glides on so you can blend it into your lash line.

Two // Benefit Push Up Eyeliner - This eyeliner is dramatic and dark. Play up your eyes with a thick or think line on your upper lash line. 

Three // Tasha Metal Headband - This pretty metal will look great with wild curls or a big voluminous ponytail.

Four // Stila Kitten Eye Duo - One side is a soft shimmer, the other full of glitter in a very wearable soft champagne. Pack om the glitter side 

Five // Bare Minerals Gen Nude Palette - The six shades in those palette complement each other so well. I like the rose tones as a different take on a smokey eye. 

Six // Sara Happ Lip Gloss - Sometimes all you need is a glossy lip to up your makeup game.

Seven // MAC Retro Matte Lipstick - This lipstick in ruby woo is one of my all time favorite colors of all the time. It is the perfect red in the pretties matte finish. 

Eight // Lele Sadoughi Headband - The embellishment on this headband will distract from even the worst hair day. Add it as a topper to a wavy or curly look for your holiday parties.

Nine // E.L.F. Baked Highlighter - Add a couple layers of highlighter to your cheekbones, brow bone, inner corner of your eye and cupids bow. Feel free to go a little crazy for special occasions!

Ten // Benefit High Beam - Mix in this highlighter with your favorite liquid foundation for an all over glow or layer it on top.
Kara Krittenbrink

Lady in Red

Now that you are working on getting everyone the perfect gift, (check out my gift guides here, here and here) its time to find the perfect outfit for all of your holiday parties! One of my favorite colors for any time of year, but especially Christmas, is red. It looks good on everyone and is so festive! I've put together 3 outfits with similar color palettes that showcase the daring color. Each of them is for different Christmas party situations you may have coming up!

Kara Krittenbrink

Gift Guide: For the Home

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Black Friday Sales

I'll keep this short and sweet. Below is a list of Black Friday Sales I've scouted out so far. I will keep updating this as I find more. Some are already in action, others won't start til Friday! Happy Shopping!


Ann Taylor

- 40% off everything with code SHOPEARLY (11/20- 11/21)
- 40% off everything with code THANKFUL (11/21-11/22)
- 50% off everything with code BLACKFRIDAY (Valid 11/22-11/25)
- 50% off everything with code CYBER2018 (Valid 11/25- 11/28)

Asos - Up to 60% off big brands (expires 11/21)

Banana Republic - 40% (expires 11/20)

BaubleBar - Sales on several items and gift sets. 

BeautyCounter - 15% off and free shipping om orders $50+.

Famous Footwear - BOGO half off (11/17-11/20 & 11/28-12/3)

Gap - 40% off everything with code GIFT. 50% with gap card with code CARD BF & extra 10% off with code PLUS 10.

JCrew - 40% off most items with code TOGETHER. 

Kate Spade - Up to 75% off lots of items plus free shipping to U.S. and Canada.

Loren Hope 

- 20% off with code SPARKLE20
- 25% off  a purchase of $250+ with code SPARKLE25
- 30% off purchase of $500+ with code SPARKLE30

Loft - 40% off with code BESTWEEK (11/20-11/21)

- 20% Black Friday preview with code SCORE(expires 11/20)
-20% Off Black Friday Sale with code BLKFRI (11/21-11/24)
- 20% Off Cyber Monday with code CYBER (11/25-11/26)

Madewell - 20% off with code DEALWITHIT (expires 11/25)

Nordstroms - Up to 60% off select styles (11-22-11/26)

Old Navy - 40% off everything. 

Pottery Barn - 20% off regular priced order & free shipping with code HOLIDAY.

Revolve - Extra 20% off sale (11/25-11/27)

Sam Edelman - Up to 50% off with code SAMSGIVING2018 (expires 11/25)

Sole Society 

-Up To 60% Off Select Shoes, Bags & Apparel (11/21-11/22)
- Black Friday Weekend: 30% Off All Shoes & Bags (11/23-11/25)
- Cyber Monday: 30% off site wide (1/26-11/27)

Stuart Weitzman - 40-50% off select styles (starts 11/22)


-15% off $200+ with code MORE18
-20% off $500+with code MORE18
25% off $800+ with code MORE18

T3 - 25% off with code FRIDAY18 

Tula - 25% off sitewide.

Tory Burch - 30% orders over $250 with code THANKS. 

Urban Decay - From thanksgiving to November 25th everything is 20% off and free shipping. Starting on Sunday a select product will be 50% off each day. The product will change daily so keep checking daily!

Do you know of any other sales I need to add? Comment below!
Kara Krittenbrink

Gift Guide: Men

Whether it's my dad, brother or a significant other, I've always found the men in my life to be the hardest to shop for. With this gift guide I've tried to mix some classic men's items with a few new ideas. 

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Gift Guide: Beauty Lover

My second gift guide is for those of us that love beauty and skin care or someone that deserves to pamper themselves. As someone that is always looking to try the latest in skincare, I've tried several of these items or have been wanting to try them. 
Sephora Collection Face Mask Set - This set of masks is a great starter set to try out a bunch of different types of masks. 

Drunk Elephant babyFacial - I've heard so much about this brand. BabyFacial is supposed to be like a facial in a bottle.

Hourglass Highlighting Palette - The ultimate highlighting palette, for anyone that loves makeup. 

Summer Fridays Jet Lag Mask - This mask has become really popular for its intense hydration. Great way to pamper someone!

Fresh Lip Kit - Winter always seems to give me chapped lips, this set has everything you need to take care of them. 

Slip Silk Pillowcase - For the ultimate beauty lover. A silk pillowcase is good for both your skin and hair. It is supposed to have less friction which can cause hair breakage and wrinkles.

Colleen Rothschild Intense Hydrating Mask -  Another intense hydration mask. I've talked about it in this post and use it at least once a week during the Winter. 

Beauty Counter Mini Oil Trio - The first beauty counter item I tried is their No. 1 oil (see here). I quickly fell in love and have since then tried the No. 2. This trio is a great way to try all 3! I actually bought it for myself to use when I travel!

Jo Malone Cologne Collection - A fragrance set always makes a great gift. Jo Malone fragrances are always popular and this set has something for everyone. 

Foreo Luna Play Plus - The Luna deep cleans, exfoliates and refines pores. It's the type of gift that someone may not buy for themselves but would get lots of use out of. 

Laura Mercier Highlighter - Another amazing highlighter. I use this powder everyday!
Kara Krittenbrink

Gift Guide: Under $50

I recently asked some friends what was their favorite gift they've ever been given. The question sparked a really interesting conversation and it was great to hear what everyone thought of. The answers ranged from jewelry and purses to an American Girl doll. 

Buying gifts for someone you care about can sometimes be stressful. For the next couple weeks I'll be posting gift guides. They each have a different theme. My hope is to help you find the right gift for everyone on your list. I've started off with my under $50 gift guide. I've included gifts for men, women and the home. 

Kara Krittenbrink

I Love Paris in the Fall

I recently spent 10 days in Europe on a Girls' trip with one of my best friends. On the trip, we visited 3 cities in Central Europe, Paris, Salzburg and Munich. Our first stop on our trip was Paris. We bookended our trip in the City of Lights with a day at the beginning of the trip and a day at the end. 

Eat- Paris is definitely a food city! Between the incredible restaurants and patisseries there is no need to go hungry. I could eat the chocolate croissants every day! 

Comptoir de la Gastronomie - This place was recommended to us and didn't disappoint. We had a long leisurely lunch here and enjoyed our french food with a few glasses of wine and champagne. We started with a meat platter and bread. I had the duck shepherds pie and my friend had the Foie Gras Ravioli and we ended our rich meal with their warm chocolate pudding. If you don't have a reservation, be prepared to wait! 

La Cochon a L'Oreille - We ate here after waiting at Gastronomie. After waiting an hour and a half, our table still wasn't ready and we were starving so we just went across the street to this restaurant. It was a wonderful intimate restaurant with great french food!

See – Two days is a far cry from the amount of time you need to see Paris. Instead of exhausting ourselves and trying to see too many sights in such a short amount of time we picked a few highlights and took our time. This way we had a better time and got to really experience the city and the culture. This is my travel strategy anywhere I go. I would rather see a few things and really enjoy them than rush myself to see all the sites. 

Our first night there we stayed near the Arch de Triomphe and! Champs de Elysee so those were easy to see. We walked along the shopping street and had a great time window shopping. Naturally, we had to see the Eiffel Tower. We went to the Palais de Chaillot which is a spot famous for its view of the Eiffel tower. We took lots of pics and then wandered on. We ended finding another area that was less crowded and took more pics of the Eiffel Tower. These ended up being my favorite pics. 

One of my favorite ways to see a city is at night. Our last night of the trip was also in Paris and after resting for a bit in the afternoon, I decided to take a walk around. I went to Notre Dame Cathedral, walked along the Siene river and then went to see the Louvre at night. After wandering for a bit I finished my night with a drink at a small restaurant by our hotel. These moments are my favorite and the reason I love to travel so much.

Stay - Paris is a huge city with sites all over. There is no one area that is best to stay in. It is divided into 20 arrondissements, which our districts.  I suggest looking on a map at the places you most want to see and then see what area is closest to the majority of the sites. Our first night we stayed in an air bnb a few blocks off of the Champs de Alysses in the 8th arrondissement. It was a small apartment but exactly what we needed. It had an amazing balcony with the best view. 

Hotel Victoria Chatelet - Our second night in Paris, which was the last night of our trip, we stayed at the Hotel Victoria Chatelet in the 1st arrondissement. I loved the location! The Louvre, Siene River and Notre Dame are all within very close walking distance. The hotel is a little quirky with rooms that are shaped kind of odd. But it was nice and the bed was very comfortable. I would definitely stay here again when I go back to Paris.

Kara Krittenbrink