Archives for December 19, 2016

Red Hot, Red Hued Holidays!

Rachel Allan Has Just the Right RED HOT Styling to Help you Ring in the Holiday Season. These Fabulous Frocks Just Scream“FA-LA-LA”

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For Every Smokin’ Style from Red Carpet Ready Rompers or RTW, to Holiday-Approved Cocktail & Couture, Check out..RachelAllan.com

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Credit: Rachel Allan.

 

Boho Ho Ho! Holidays Gems in Stunning Gypset Style!

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Top: Moons Freshwater Earrings with Pink/Peach Accent SRP $150, Rainstorm Fifty-Six Freshwater Necklace White SRP $700, Consolacion Silver Shipwreck Coin Tahitian Pearl Necklace SRP $1028, Dallas Four Step Freshwater Bracelet SRP $275. Bottom: Music Two Strand Tahitian Bracelet SRP $750, JNM Reserve Cuff SRP $850.
 

 

Inspired by the Gulf Coast beaches of 30A in Seaside, Florida where the Wendy Mignot flagship store La Vie Est Belle is located, these Fine Pearl stunners add a breath of fresh shopping ideas for Holiday gifting. Combining rare South Sea, Tahitian and Freshwater pearls, these stellar works of art include: necklaces, bracelets, earrings, exclusive cuffs and a brand new assortment of rings. Each design is hand knotted with naturally tanned leathers, antique coins, artifacts and gemstones interspersed with luminous pearls!

The Wendy Mignot Collection is coveted and collected by an A-list of Celebrities and Hollywood insiders and is now available nationwide at www.wendymignot.com

Credit: Wendy Mignot.

Holiday Baking with Trudeau!

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It’s that time of the year! Time for Holiday baking and I love baking cookies!

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It’s a tradition that has followed me since I was a little girl!  I used to bake cookies with my Mom and used to bake cookies with my son. Now, that he’s a teenager he mostly just helps by eating the cookies. But, it is still a favorite thing for me to do. My favorite is to bake gingerbread and sugar cut out cookies.

I have new Mixing Bowls this year from Trudeau! I just love them! This set of 3 Mixing Bowls are just perfect for holiday baking! My favorite thing is that they have a non-skid base and they also have a pour spout.

You can find them here!

I also love their Set of 5 Measuring Cups!

This cute and colorful set of measuring cups features 5 different sizes with measurements from 1/8 cup up to 1 whole cup for the most essential measuring needs and suitable for both wet and dry ingredients. Innovative stacked design allows the cups to be nested neatly together, while occupying the minimum amount of space. Each cup is constructed of durable, lightweight BPA free plastic. Dishwasher safe for easy cleaning at the end of a fun baking party.

I love how colorful they are and that they are dishwasher safe! They brighten up holiday baking time!

The Decorating Pen is a favorite of mine too!

 

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This one is perfect for making faces on Gingerbread men!

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Unleash their inner artist with this handy tool that makes customizing favorite homemade treats as easy as writing and drawing with a regular pen. Personalizing baked goods with names and messages or embellishing them with creative designs is a snap with this easy-to-use gadget that customizes cookies, cakes and other home-baked treats. A great gift for holiday bakers –this nifty tool provides decorating and dessert specialization with an ergonomic one-handed design. Includes two interchangeable tips— the smaller one is ideal for coulis and sauces, while the larger tip is perfect for icing. The Decorating Pen stands on its own to keep counters and work surfaces clean and comes apart for easy clean up. Dishwasher safe.                                                                                     

09914053 MSRP $6.99.

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Find all these wonderful baking items at https://www.trudeaucorp.com/us_en/

Happy Holiday Baking!

 

Self Disclosure: I received free samples to facilitate this holiday post. Some photos were provided.

 

 

 

 

Olay Eyes Collection would make great Holiday Stocking Stuffers!

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Looking for some great Beauty Products to put in someone’s stocking? I love the Olay Eyes Collection! These have been my go-to beauty products for 2016!

They include the following: Illuminating Eye Cream which really does help with dark circles, the Olay Eyes Ultimate Eye Cream, The Olay Eyes Eye Depuffing Roller for bags under eyes, and the Olay Eyes Lifting Serum.

 

I can’t even begin to tell you my absolute favorite because I love them all! But, if I had to choose one it would be the Olay Eyes Ultimate Eye Cream because it helps with wrinkles, puffy eyes and dark circles. It quickly blends in and makes me look a lot less tired around the this busy holiday season!

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Look for them at a retailer near you that sells Olay products! I always find them at Target!

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Self Disclosure: I received free samples to facilitate this holiday beauty post. 

Believe brings a story of faith, hope and positivity to a holiday adventure

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In a small town going through tough economic times, business owner Matthew Peyton (Ryan O’Quinn) struggles between his desire for financial success and the responsibility of funding the annual Christmas pageant. Desperate business decisions ruin his popularity and angry employees seek their revenge. When Matthew meets Clarence (Isaac Ryan Brown), a joyful boy who believes in miracles, he must make a choice: do what’s best for himself or give faith a chance by opening his heart to help his community. KIDS FIRST! Film Critic Gerry O. comments, “There are many holiday films that attempt to show you a story of faith, or hope or maybe just positivity. Believe tries to tackle all those things in a fantastic and entertaining holiday adventure.”

Watch his full review below and be sure to watch his cast & crew interviews as well:

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By Gerry O., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, Age 14

 

 

There are many holiday films that attempt to show you a story of faith, or hope or maybe just positivity. Believe tries to tackle all those things in a fantastic and entertaining holiday adventure.

 

Believe begins showing Matthew Peyton (Ryan O’Quinn), a business owner in a small town, going through financial trouble. Despite owning a business, he also has had the responsibility of hosting the famous local Christmas Pageant every year. Sadly, this year, his company has not been doing well and is losing money. When he tries to plead to the townspeople he cannot do it, he is accused of being greedy. The entire town hates him and it is up to him to save his business and attempt to save the spirit of Christmas in a poverty-stricken town.

 

Believe perfectly achieves its message – never lose hope and always believe in a better tomorrow. The story clearly  represents that. The cinematography is unique and beautiful in many scenes, from slow motion of falling snowflakes, to unique close ups and first person prospective. The actors, for the most part, play their emotions well and make the story feel dramatic. One character falls a bit short. Clarence (Isaac Ryan Brown) often feels out of place in some scenes, almost as if included for comedic effect or to help solidify the message. This is not because of bad acting. Isaac Ryan Brown plays Clarence as an excited and positive kid perfectly. The major problem is the interactions and his role in the story. Throughout the whole story, it feels like Clarence and Matthew have separate adventures and goals of being hopeful and faithful. This does not integrate well and makes for awkward scenes. Another major issue is that the film is  too long at 2 hours. It would benefit from some judicious editing as there are many scenes that had no purpose and add to the length, making the story feel stretched.

 

My favorite scene is when Matthew gets mugged and his car is set on fire. The cinematography of this scene is great with close ups of Matthew as his car is on fire and snowflakes slowly falling in the background. The entire time, the camera is shaking and distorted as if the viewer is experiencing some sort of head injury along with Matthew. I loved this because it gives you both a third person view of Matthew and a first person feeling of what he is experiencing.

 

There are very few with some mild violence and some dramatic scenes so I recommend it for ages 9 to 18. I also give it 3.5 out of 5 stars because, despite it having an issue with one character and the story, it has a strong moral, beautiful cinematography and fantastic acting. It opens in theaters on December 2, 2016 so, go check it out.

 

Credit: KIDS FIRST!