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Cyber Monday sales

Cyber Monday is just as exciting as Black Friday. There are more sales and deals to jump start the holiday shopping. This weekend I got a lot of great gift ideas and shopped online for hours, all the while binge-watching on Netflix. If you didn’t start your shopping on Black Friday, here are a few Cyber Monday sales to get you going.

H&M: 30% off plus free shipping, with an additional 40% off sale items | ends 11/30

L.K. Bennett: 30% off plus free shipping | ends 11/30

Bloomingdale’s: 25% off select regular and sale items plus free shipping | ends 11/30

ASOS:  30% off with code “BLESSED” | ends 11/30

Note: Have you started your holiday shopping?


I can’t bare to think about going into the mall or any shopping center to shop for holiday sales. I was in a busy outdoor mall last week and it was too much to handle. I quickly wanted to leave. The joy and convenience of shopping online, especially for Christmas presents sounds more and more appealing as I think about fighting the crowds again. To make shopping Black Friday sales, or really cyber week sales, a little easier, I’ve rounded up a few of my favorite deals from where I like to shop. Keep your jammies on, kick up your feet and enjoy the comfort of shopping from home.

Anthropologie: 25% off everything with code “SHOPTOIT” | ends 11/30

Athleta: 20% off entire purchase | ends 11/29

H&M: Up to 60% off | ends 11/27

Joe’s Jeans: 30% off plus free shipping | ends 12/2

Madewell: 25% off entire purchase | ends 11/29

Nordstrom: Up to 50% off select styles plus free shipping | ends 11/27


Note: Happy Shopping! Can’t wait to hear what you got!


Cranberry sauceThis recipe is so easy there’s no need to buy the canned cranberry sauce, plus this tastes better. Cranberry sauce can be made two days before Thanksgiving, so it’s one less thing to make the day of. Or if you’re looking for something quick and easy to make and take to a party you can have this done in 20-30 minutes.

Homemade cranberry sauceIngredients

12 oz. of cranberries
1 Cup of water
1 Cup of sugar
Orange rind

1. Rinse in cold water and drain the cranberries
2. Bring water and sugar to a boil in a medium saucepan.
3. Add in cranberries and return to a boil, reduce heat but continue to boil for 10 minutes. Stir occasionally.
4. Cut 3-4 orange rinds and add to the mix.
5. Mash some of the cranberries with a stir spoon along the side of the pan to make it a little less chunky.
6. Remove orange rinds and pour sauce into a bowl. Cover and cool completely at room temperature.
7. Refrigerate until ready to serve.

Cranberry sauceNote: Cranberry sauce is one of my favorite Thanksgiving sides.


Beauty products

I’ve been using these products a lot lately and loving every one of them. I’m always mixing up my routine but still remaining relatively simple. Not much makeup and not too much to the hair. I’ve been thinking about cutting my hair but don’t want to worry about doing it. Long hair is easy to throw up in a pony tail and braid. What do you think?

My year-round serum is always Murad’s Advanced Active Radiance Serum. It helps keep my skin tone even and glowing in the summer sun and eliminates damage post summer. It’s a light weight serum that doesn’t feel heavy under makeup and the days I don’t wear makeup my skin feels light and fresh. I love products with vitamin C and this serum packs a heavy punch. It not only protects against environmental damage, but also helps build collagen production and fights free radicals.

Murad Advanced Active Radiance Serum

This L’Oreal Next Day Hair dry shampoo spray helps keep my hair full looking after a few days without washing it. The spray takes away the greasy look while adding volume to the roots. This smaller size is perfect for travel and weekend trips. You don’t need very much, so even the smaller bottle lasts awhile.

dry shampoo

I’ve been wearing more and more lip colors lately and have actually gotten used to seeing myself with lipstick. These Butter London Lippy lip glosses have become a favorite. It’s like a color stain and lip gloss in one. And it has a long wear, so you don’t need to apply as often like a lip gloss. I still don’t wear lipstick every day, but I’m getting used to wearing it more often. I just need to remember to apply throughout the day.

Butter London lip gloss

I am obsessed with this Too Faced The Secret to No Makeup Makeup face palette! I do use this every day. I love that there are instructions on how to created different contour looks, so if you need a little help into the contouring world, this is a great palette to pick up to get you started. The “luminize” is my favorite. I put it above my eyebrows and on top of my cheekbones. I even add a little bit above my top lip and in the crease of my chin to give my skin an overall glow. It’s the perfect put on and go, no makeup makeup. It’s so good!

Too Faced Contour Kit

Note: I’m starting to stock up on my winter skincare essentials.



Last weekend I went on a yoga day retreat in Topanga Canyon. The retreat was lead by my amazing yoga instructor Chaz and focused on gratitude. Ever since I’ve been thinking about what it means to be grateful. Grateful for yourself, your loved ones, strangers and life in general. Given the recent attacks in Paris I feel my feeling of gratitude is stronger than ever. Gratitude is what makes the world a beautiful place to live in. There’s so much that I’m thankful for that I can’t even express. It brings tears to my eyes thinking about the immense love I have for those in my life. Who help me every day and show me love every day. This life we live is a wonderful beautifully f-ed up place. And so here we are. Taking it all in and being grateful for every breath.

Note: Outer beauty comes when we are grateful for our beautiful inner self.