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Stuff those Stockings!

24 Dec

Make Christmas morning memorable with fun stocking stuffers!

Do you know someone that loves to take selfies?? Then do I have the most perfect gift idea ever! I found this gem through Urban Outfitters!


Gotta love a good #selfie. This innovative device helps you get the best shot possible, boasting a shutter release that’s perfect for self-portraits and group shots alike! Plugs right into your iPhone and uploads directly onto the social media platform of your choice. Compact design is great for on-the-go, too!

– Compatible with Apple devices ios5 or higher
– Cable length: 4.5′

A scarf or head band from Lululemon makes a practical stocking stuffer that she is sure to appreciate!


Urban Outfitters really had a ton of great and silly stocking stuffers!! Fun gifts make spirits bright!

Anyone know any Pug Lovers? Try the Pug not Drugs stuffed animal….
Who could possibly choose any drug over this adorable pug? This guy is seriously soft n’ cute — holla at him when you’re ready to get your cuddle on.


Find  creative stocking stuffers for everyone on your list… just take a look at this Flask Tree!


They had tables of cool, inexpensive gifts!  Some really funny ones in there!  Gadgets, gizmos, books, speakers….


Unique holiday gift ideas like accessories, beauty gift sets and gag gifts.


Bath & Body Works is bursting with cute and practical stocking stuffers. Spark the season with festive fragrance!


New York & Co has value priced gloves and scarf sets that make it super easy on you!


Sephora is just a MUST for any female on your list.  Any girl that wears makeup, or does her hair or nails would like something from this store! Just ask for help if you find yourself overwhelmed! They have so many great gift packages to make it simple!  Or check out their “Favorites” display and just pick something new for her to try out!


Gloves and hats from Brooks Brothers make a luxurious stocking stuffer for him!


New cologne in a gift package makes it even more of a treat! Hit up Macy’s or Nordstrom! Another scent to check out for him… Smell Bleu de Chanel! Wow does it smell good!🙂  If you are looking for a smaller stocking stuffer, skip the gift package and just buy the bottle!


Guys always need to own ties!  Even the guy that never wears them encounters moments where he is forced to wear one…. So, a tie always makes a practical gift! Plus, if he is only using it for emergencies, who knows what the tie in his closet looks like!!  Update his collection for him!


Crate and Barrel had these neat gifts! Stationary for the new couple!


Ornaments make a nice gift to fondly think of you year after year….


Stop into Temptation for accessories galore! This table was offering all kinds of fun items!  Ear muffs and leg warmers for $5!


Handmade items from Westborough Wicks are thoughtful, useful and sure to be appreciated!


The Body Shop is stocked full of perfect ways to stuff those stockings!


Practical little bags by Michael Kors or by any of her favorite designers would make a WOW stocking stuffer!


Everyone needs socks! They are a good filler in your little one’s stocking!

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Little Luxuries are sure to please!

Have the most joyous Holiday Ever!

Happy Shopping!

Sephora Gift List

15 Dec

What better store to find stocking stuffers or amazing gifts in general than Sephora? It is like a candy store for women!  I could never have too much makeup, hair products, perfumes… you catch my drift!

So, I put together some great buys to consider to either treat yourself or to treat a friend or family member this Holiday Season!

This Best Bite Set is an amazing value at $25! A gift-ready collection of Bite High Pigment Pencil minis in a purse-sized tin compact.

This set of festive lip colors will have you looking perfect for any holiday occasion. Mini High Pigment Pencils allow you to color and hydrate your lips with ease. A retractable, jumbo pencil tip is ideal for application on the go.

This set contains:
– 4 x 0.05 oz High Pigment Matte Pencil in Quince, Rhubarb, Cranberry, Madeira


Bite is beauty for lips that’s good enough to eat. With highly pigmented, trend-forward color palettes, Bite’s hydrating formulas are infused with food-grade ingredients—so your lips feel as gorgeous as they look.
Lips absorb what you put on them. For this reason, Bite avoids petroleum by-products and synthetic chemicals, strictly using nourishing, restorative and antioxidant ingredients.
Each Bite bullet is handcrafted without compromise and made in small batches to preserve the hydrating benefits of organic oils, fruit butters, and bioactives—for beauty that’s truly better for you.

I’m thinking this is going to be my stocking stuffer for one of my sisters!

A beautiful new scent always makes a great present! Try the very popular Flowerbomb but in their new Holiday Bottle!

Flowerbomb Crystal Limited Edition $120


This floral explosion releases a profusion of flowers that has the power to make everything seem more positive. Magically evocative notes immediately awaken your deepest senses, giving you the impression of living life in your own secret garden, away from reality. Sambac jasmine, centifolia rose, cattleya orchid, and ballerina freesia bloom on a base of patchouli.

Have him smell as good as he looks!  Try this new scent for the perfect gift!

Spicebomb Titanium Edition – New! $110


Infusing the codes of masculine perfumery with dynamite, Spicebomb by Viktor & Rolf is an explosive cocktail of virility, transforming you into a powerful, intense and daring man.

Makeup brushes are an absolute necessity… They really change everything! I definitely would like some new brushes this year in my stocking!
I found this new set at a great price of $39!

Mon Cheri Izak Brush Set

A five-piece brush set featuring exclusive Izak Zenou designs in a stylish case.
This collection of professional quality brushes provides flawless makeup application and everything you need to achieve a runway-ready look. Perfect for travel, on-the-go looks, or touch ups, this set comes in a chic case featuring exclusive Izak Zenou designs.This set contains:
– Powder Brush
– Angled Blush Brush
– Concealer Brush
– Shadow Brush
– Angled Liner Brush
– Izak Brush Carrier
It pretty much has the brushes anyone would need at a great price and in a really cute design!  Yes Please!!!
As far as eyeshadow goes, Urban Decay’s Naked collection has a major following!  I own the first palette, but Naked2 is a perfect gift for just about anyone!  $52
The most anticipated sequel of the decade, Naked2 features a dozen pigment-rich taupe and gray-beige neutrals, plus five exclusive, new shades.
The follow up to the original bestselling Naked palette, this stunning second edition proves that neutral is anything but boring. Showcasing a dozen completely different shades than the first bronze-based collection, it includes a stunning range from pale and deep, to matte and sparkly. You’ll achieve a host of new neutral looks, smoky dramatic eyes, and everything in between. The palette also includes a double-ended, cruelty-free Good Karma Shadow/Crease Brush (available only in this palette).This set contains:
– 12 x 0.05 oz Eyeshadows in Foxy (cream bisque with matte finish), Half Baked (golden-bronze with shimmering finish), Booty Call (shimmering cork), Chopper (copper shimmer with silver microglitter), Tease (creamy pale brown with matte finish), Snake Bite (dark bronze shimmer with metallic base), Suspect (pale golden beige with shimmering finish), Pistol (light gray-brown with shimmering finish), Verve (oyster with shimmering finish), YDK (cool bronze shimmer with metallic base), Busted (deep brown with shimmering finish), Blackout (blackest black with matte finish)
– Good Karma Shadow/Crease BrushUrban Decay’s packaging takes on a modern feel in Naked2. With an art-school-inspired tin case and a hinged lid, it’s smooth and cool to the touch. Compare Naked2 with first Naked palette—packaged in warm, rich brown velvet with gold foil lettering—and you won’t be able to resist owning both.
So um, Santa, you can add this one to my list too!🙂
Anything catch your fancy?  Either for yourself or someone on your list?  Do you have any good ideas?  Do share!!
Let me know how you do!!! As always, Happy Shopping!!!

Welcome Westborough Wicks!

11 Dec

Welcome Westborough Wicks to the Natick Mall!! Westborough Wicks is a local small business striving for the best customer service while bringing handmade, eco-friendly candles and gifts to you, your home, and your loved ones.


Here is a bit about this new addition to the Mall:


Big Wick and Little Wick.

Westborough Wicks is comprised of  a husband and wife team with a dream that one day their candle business will be their full-time jobs. By day, Mark is a software developer who speaks C++, HTML, and Javascript.  At night, he is the candle artisan perfecting each handmade candle.  In high school, Mark learned the art of candle making through a part-time job.  He went on to become an electrician and eventually a programmer, but his love for lighting never ceased.  Some could say it’s because he grew up in the country, with no electricity and only candle light.  That might also explain why he hopes to have a pig farm and a pig roast some day.  His wife Sandy, on the other hand, is a city girl at heart and the closest she’d come to a pig would be a BLT.  Having lived and worked in LA, NYC, and Boston, she was exposed to great design, advertising, and art.  By day, she works in marketing at a fortune 500 company .   But in the wee early hours, she can be found working on marketing ideas for Westborough Wicks or handcrafting an art project.  With her perpetual fondness of all things stylish yet functional and his artisan candle making skills, Westborough Wicks was born.



At Westborough Wicks, every scent is still hand blended and every candle always hand poured. This traditional process ensures their natural blend of soy wax candles smell sweeter and fuller than any others.

From wicking and pouring to labeling and packaging, you won’t find any type of machinery at Westborough Wicks .  They hand pour using melting tanks and tea pots and hand adorn each label, so each candle is uniquely and thoughtfully handmade.



Their choice of recycled packaging, cotton wicks, recyclable jars, and hand pouring minimizes waste and helps our planet just a little.


Unique Styles & Scents

They have over 75 scents in unique styles such as recyclable mason and jelly jars, classic libbey jars and tins, as well as traditional candles like votives and pillars.


Custom Orders

They welcome custom orders for special occasions such as bridal showers, weddings, and corporate gifts.  For example, they supplied hundreds of mason jar candles to an advertising firm in Boston for their holiday client gifts; and created custom Sangria-scented candles for a themed wedding.


Old-fashioned Customer Service

Because they are a family-owned small business, they believe in good, old-fashioned customer service where the customer always comes first.  From sourcing a candle item they don’t have, to gift wrapping for a special occasion, they are always happy to help their customers and they try their best to treat them like family and friends.


Be sure to check out their new scents:

New Scents Winter 2013

• Brown Sugar & Molasses
• Clove
• Clove & Aloe
• Christmas Snow
• Jack Frost
• Sleigh Bells
• Home for the Holidays

At Westborough Wicks, they not only carry hand poured soy candles but also handmade, eco-friendly cool things! Stop by their new shop and check for yourself!

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If you have a passion for all things handmade, including a love for candles, then stop by ASAP! Some unique gift ideas…. Located on the first floor of the JC Penney wing!
Happy Shopping!!

Brooks Brothers Holiday Gifts!

10 Dec

Brooks Brothers is known for classic clothing and apparel for men, women & kids .

Shop the Brooks Brothers collection of stylish men’s gifts & find a perfect gift for the man who has everything.

Perfect pairings – their selection of festive ties & dress shirts are the perfect match for holiday celebrations

Presenting gifts for her – a careful selection of gifts that complement her! These boots are simply stunning -it was love at first sight for me!!


Put a sparkle in her eye with accessories sure to make her holiday bright.


This cognac tote and matching boots would make a divine present!


Brooks Brothers has consistently upheld the highest standards of quality, value for money and customer service to create an American classic clothing brand.


They have some seriously awesome rugged boots that any boot lover would lust after!


Choose from black or brown…


Complement her tastes this holiday season.


Fashionably warm and timeless gloves and hats!


Classic looks for years of fashionable wear.


Washed cotton canvas with distressed leather trim tote….


Give the dapper gent in your life a classic bag…


Luxury and warmth for your feet…


Cozy layers perfect for curling up with by the fire this holiday season.


So many thoughtful and distinguished gifts to pick from….


Brooks Brothers has shaped the American style of  dress through fashion innovation, fine quality, personal service, and exceptional value in their products.
Find that unexpected gift for the person who already has everything.

Happy Shopping!

Gift ideas!

9 Dec

Looking for some great gift ideas? Well, check out this post for some inspiration!
A clarisonic Promises to Transform Your Skin…  You can find this at Macy’s, Sephora and Nordstrom.

Give the gift of beautiful skin! This sonic cleansing device makes a really super gift!


Their patented sonic technology works with skin’s natural elasticity, oscillating at a sonic frequency that produces over 300 movements per second. The resulting flexing action works to loosen dirt and oil, removing deep-seated impurities from pores and priming skin to better absorb topical treatments.   Most of these are around $100.  Great splurge!

Another fantastic gift idea is a North Face Jacket!


Lucky for us, we have a few places to shop for North Face at the Natick Mall!  Macys, Nordstrom and of course… The North Face store!

Makes a great gift for adults and kids – female or male!! Perfect for anyone!

A great way to add a little something extra to your present is to finish with the accessories! Why not include a scarf and gloves to match?  Or they also make a great stocking stuffer!


We all need gloves this time of year!


When you add the extra pieces to your present, it shows how thoughtful you are and really makes your gift that much more special!

Gifts of beauty are always great gifts! Plus, you can often find great gift packages that save you money and have bonus items included!

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I always enjoy a new scent!  Plus, it is a really sweet gift to give to your significant other because you want him/her to think of you when they wear it… Bonus, you get to enjoy how wonderful they smell!

Don’t worry, I will have plenty more gift ideas to keep you busy!! This is just to get your started….

Do you have any great gift ideas to share this season? Do tell!!

Happy Shopping!

Warm up your Wardrobe!

1 Dec

Warm up your wardrobe at Francesca’s!

As temps drop, layer sweaters, scarves and coats!


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Fantastic gift ideas! Hostess gifts, birthday gifts, baby gifts and just for fun!


Are you still looking for the perfect fall footwear?


Look strapping in casual patterns, tailored cuts, and unique fabrications of menswear-inspired pieces….


The perfect bags to complete any look!


Notice the transition into red, white and black!


As always, their gorgeous collection of statement jewelry!


Casual chic looks throughout!


Add some pizazz!


Embellished top with tribal skirt…


Pretty Dress Up Collection!

Sophisticated yet playful, the Benevento Maxi Dress is a perfect fit for any holiday party. A modern red bodice is complimented by a flowing black chiffon maxi skirt. A statement necklace & strappy heels finish off this holiday look.


Subtle sparkle & flowing chiffon make this holiday dress one of a kind. The Aspen Strapless Dress features a lace bodice with a subtle copper sparkle, & a black chiffon hi-lo skirt. Style this beauty with heels & a black statement necklace. $54


Get Party Ready early at Francesca’s!!

Happy Shopping!!

Welcome October Hill Road!

17 Nov
Meet October Hill Road! This unique shop is all about New England and features lots of fantastic finds from your favorite local brands including Life is Good, Stonewall Kitchen and Kringle Candle Company. Stop into their store on the upper level near Hollister and make some discoveries for yourself!
Shop for Boston Strong Shirts and gifts!  Turning tragedy into action….
Cute little tags to use for presents!
Optimistic apparel and accessories featuring positive messaging and comfortable fits for men, women and kids.
Natural Life creates inspirational clothing, accessories and gifts for teens, tween, girls and women. Live Happy!
Cute Holiday decor and gifts!
Get your Jingle on…
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 A free spirit style and a positive message, from clothes and accessories to home and gifts!
Get into the Spirit of the Season!
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Gourmet gifts!
Passionate for Boston!
Specialty foods…
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Celebrate the unique character, background, personality and icons of New England!

Jams and preserves, mustards, syrups, olive and flavored oils, sauces, chutneys and relishes, salad dressings, pickled vegetables, sun-dried tomatoes and so much more!
This is truly a nice store to just wander around and take it all in….

October Road offers  an authentic and compelling retail experience! What a great addition to the Natick Mall!

You are sure to find something you just can’t leave without!

Enjoy and Happy Shopping!

Parties and Presents!

12 Nov

So I received the Nordstrom book in the mail and of course loved something on almost every page… you know what I am talking about, right??

So, I like to play the game of what if money wasn’t an issue??  What would I pick??

Well… let’s indulge, shall we??

This dress is just really pretty and has Holiday Party all over it…


Tadashi Shoji

One Shoulder Lace Sheath Dress

Dainty eyelash fringe refines the scalloped single-shoulder neckline and slender hemline of a vivid pencil-cut sheath overlaid in sultry black lace. $248

These earrings By Jack Kelége would look quite stunning with just about anything!  Especially that lace sheath dress!


The vivacious sparkle of diamonds follows the waving profiles of white-gold earrings handcrafted with a limited-edition design.  $5,950

This Roberto coin ring would look really nice on my right hand…


Pavé-set diamonds add dazzling drama to an asymmetrically spliced white-gold ring. This open stacked-look ring is inset with Roberto Coin’s signature synthetic ruby, symbolizing health and happiness. $6,900

This would be my go-to cocktail ring in gold and onyx… By Lana Jewelry.


A dramatic tile of faceted onyx pops from within the chain-draped setting of a gorgeous statement ring handcrafted from 14-karat gold. $965

Every girl needs to have at least one pair of Frye boots in her closet… but there is no reason why we can’t keep adding to the collection, right??  Once you fall in love with Frye, there really is no going back….   These Phillip Harness tall boots are available in 4 colors, but the cognac vintage leather is just gorgeous!


An antiqued sole grounds the rustic charm of a classic boot cast in rugged, distressed leather.

  • 1″ heel.
  • 15 1/2″ boot shaft; 14 1/2″ calf circumference.
  • Back zip closure.
  • Natural hide variations and markings contribute to the custom look of each boot. No two are alike.  $347.95

SIGH…  Wasn’t that fun??? A girl can dream…. and I am definitely good at it!! But Santa, I’ve been a really, really, really GOOD GIRL!!!!

Did you get the nice big Nordstrom book yet?  What did you see that you were just lusting over??

As Nordstrom wrote… “It’s not naughty to want something nice….”

Happy Shopping!!  (and dreaming!)

Bath Junkie

11 Nov

An exciting new store just opened up at Natick Mall!!
First conceived by mother-daughter duo Judy Zimmer and Jocelyn Morelli in 1996 and franchised in 2000, Bath Junkie now has over 30 locations from coast to coast. Lucky us, we now have one at Natick Mall on the 2nd level right near JC Penney!

A mix between an upscale Manhattan loft and the production line of a factory, the stores are a “drop-in spa.” Small indulgences, self-pampering and the seemingly lost art of customer service abound at each location.

At Bath Junkie, Be Who You Are!


Each product from Bath Junkie’s wide selection—including phosphate-free bubble bath, paraben and mineral-oil free moisturizers, exfoliating salt scrub, spa tub-safe bath crystals, alcohol-free body mist, shower gel, everywhere foaming body wash, hair conditioners, anti-bacterial hand wash and a full line of pet products—are custom-blended to the customers’ specifications right in the store.



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Environmentally friendly products…


Foam, gel or liquid, the choice is yours! All of their washes are SLS-free and, of course, cruelty free.

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Join Bath Junkie’s exfoliation nation! Regular exfoliation is key in creating and maintaining healthy skin. Bath Junkie’s SLS-free, exfoliating salt scrub is their number one selling product.

When you enter the store, you start at the sink and they treat you to a hand scrub.  I was so impressed… my hands were sooo soft and smelled amazing after!


How to create your own custom scent:


Create little bubble baths for kids that include little toys inside!


With over 150 fragrances to choose from, customers can create their own dream blend. For the easily overwhelmed, fragrance menus of favorite blends are available. Customers can also select their products’ tints, allowing them to simply choose a favorite color or create the perfect match for their bathroom or kitchen color scheme.

Like a beautiful dessert tray at an all-inclusive resort, take one look at Bath Junkie’s collection and you’ll take one of each! Smelling wonderful from head-to-toe…..


They offer children’s parties! If you are looking for a unique venue for your daughter’s next party or even a ladies night out, Bath Junkie is perfect!  Their party room is custom designed for the creative person who loves getting their hands messy just as much as they love bath products! Packages start at $25 per person for adult gatherings and $250 for a birthday party with up to 10 kids.  They specialize in parties for all ages!


You get to take home great party favors!


Bath Junkie makes it easy to turn “troubled waters” into a customized oasis. Bubble, fizz or soften, the choice is yours! All of their soaks are free of parabens and safe for most spa tubs.

These cupcake bath bombs are adorable!


Cleaning products and Pet Products! On a mission to take over the world with smelly goodness,  Bath Junkie has recently stepped out of the tub and launched their Domania home line. Domania introduces the world’s first custom-scented, multi-surface, anti-bacterial household cleanser: Clean Freak. The line also includes custom-scented odor neutralizing Domain Spray, SLS-free Clean Freak Dish Soap and custom-scented Fine Linen Wash and Fabric Softener.

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Great gift packages that allow the recipient to go back to the store to fill up their containers with their own creation! So neat!

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Wouldn’t this be such a fun ladies night?? Call for details: 508.975.4661  or email info@bathjunkiemoms.com


Remember, at Bath Junkie, you can always get what you want! So go ahead! Pick a product. Create a scent. Choose a tint. Be who you are.

 Let them help you discover, inspire and create!
GURU TIP: Check into facebook while you’re in their store and receive a FREE 1 oz lotion, perfect for your purse! Choose from some great smelling scent combinations like ginger,nutmeg, clove and pumpkin, green tea and white tea, lavender vanilla or oatmeal, milk, honey and cranberry! Supplies are limited so stop by today! https://www.facebook.com/bathjunkienatickmall

Keep your Wardrobe Fresh

30 Oct

I obviously love the fashion at Francesca’s, but their great gift options are not to be missed.  I just love these pacifiers as a great baby gift!

Keep your kid calm and cool. The hilarious  pacifiers from Francesca’s novelty gifts are perfect for the little one in someone’s life.


I always notice the jewelry and thought that these little treasures in a bottle could also make a great gift!


I was super excited when I noticed these!! Sticky Bellies are removable, monthly milestone stickers that help you photograph your baby’s growth with style and ease!  What a fantastic baby gift!  I totally bought this for my friend Katy who just welcomed a baby girl to the world! I can’t wait to give it to her!


Of course it was inevitable that I would find fashion that I couldn’t ignore.  I found this great jacket that I couldn’t leave without!  I simply took my own jacket off and put it in the shopping bag at the register! Have you ever done that before? You love your purchase so much you can’t wait to wear it and put the clothes you were actually wearing in the shopping bag instead?  LOL…


Love the bright blues!


You can always find the perfect finishing touches!


A sea of statement necklaces….


Cute Fall Footwear scattered throughout….


Combat boots are totally on trend and very versatile for all your Fall looks!


This Season is all about keeping your wardrobe fresh and assembled for cooler weather with leggings, knits and layers.

Subtle shades of black, browns and beige styled together are perfect for Fall!


Lovely outerwear options and of course that strapless red dress would be super hot for the season! Think Holiday Party Dress for sure!


Francesca’s never disappoints.  I picked up a sweet new jacket plus a baby gift!  It is really hard to reign myself in when I visit! There is just always so many awesome options and it is always changing so visiting frequently is a necessity!!

Let me know how you do!

Happy Shopping!!

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