November 12, 2014

Best Gifts for Men: For the Guy Who Can’t Wait For The Latest Gadget

Once the leaves change color and begin crunching underfoot, it’s officially the holiday season, which means gifting, traveling, and staying sane. I know that it can be difficult to find a Christmas gift that your man will love. So I’ve scoured the best of the blogs to help you bring home something special this Christmas. If you have an an impossible-to-please guy on your shopping list? Check out this August Smart Lock is the secure, simple, and social way to manage your home’s lock. Now you can control who can enter and who can’t—without the need for keys or codes. And you can do it all from your smartphone or computer. It’s an app controlled home security device which also allows you to have a keyless entry. It allows you to lock and unlock your door via app or automatically using a sensor. But this device also brings something new….
In case you have common visitors you’ll be able to grant them time-connected access privileges that offer them automatic entry when approaching the door. You allocate them a time slot and once it has passed they lose the access privileges. Also, in case of a power outage, you’ll still be able to lock and unlock the door. Also, you’ll still be able to use keys for that. This is the perfect gift to keep the man in your life feel like he is the king of his castle all while helping protect it. Happy Holidays! Shop The SmartLock Here.

 

November 12, 2014

The 21 Best Songs To Get Ready For A Big Night Out To

I firmly believe that there is one factor that is necessary for every woman in order to take the mundane “getting ready to go out” experience from just another part of your day to a borderline life-changing experience. And no, I’m not talking about Spanx (although those are often very helpful). What I am talking about will make you go from thinking, “Ugh, I’d rather sit on the couch and watch Real Housewives” to “I am Beyoncé, but even better” in no time at all. All you need is the absolute perfect song. And you’d better believe there’s one for every occasion.

OK, so no tune is really going to transform you into a worldwide singing superstar or even actually change your appearance at all. But for a few minutes while listening to the perfect song, as you stand in the glow of carefully chosen, ultra-flattering lighting and take a selfie in your best hair/makeup/outfit — you are the queen of the universe. And let’s be honest, that’s really all that matters.

So here’s the best songs to get ready to for every major going out occasion, because everyone deserves to feel like Beyoncé and/or queen of the universe (is there a difference?) every now and then.

1. Girl’s Night Out

“Dancing On My Own” – Robyn

“Piece Of My Heart” – Janis Joplin

“Black Widow” – Iggy Azaela + Rita Ora

The classic night out for any girl. You are independent. You are sassy. You are sexy. You will only mention your ex three to five times. You are indestructible.

2. Post-Breakup Night Out

“Right As Rain” – Adele

“Best Thing I Never Had” – Beyoncé

“Shake It Out” – Florence + The Machine

What you need right now is the kind of song that will have you crying at the beginning, and OK, maybe a little in the middle, but by the end you are confident that you are ready to re-download Tinder. You have moved on. For a night anyway.

3. The I Hate That Guy So Much But I Really Hope I See Him Tonight And I Am Going To Look Amazing … Night Out

“Don’t Wanna Be Your Girl” – Wet

“Go Your Own Way” – Fleetwood Mac

“Bossy” – Kelis

This particular section is not inspired whatsoever by previous real events in my own life. Nope, definitely not. Anyway. Basically, what’s important here is that you find the balance between “I don’t need any man ever again” and “I am way hotter than every other person in this place” songs.

4. Casual, Happy Night Out

“I’m Goin’ Down” – Bruce Springsteen

“Wildest Moments” – Jessie Ware

“Tighten Up” – The Black Keys

Sometimes you’re just in a really good mood and want to go celebrate it. Other times, you need some songs that will put you in that really good mood. These three tunes do both.

5. Cool Night Out

“Wandering Star” – POLICA and Mike Noyce

“Warm Water” – Banks

Line of Fire” – Junip

Are you too cool for everything in the entire world? Good. These songs will make you feel even cooler before you head out to your speakeasy or wherever it is that hip people drink these days.

6. Classic Night Out

Electric Feel” – MGMT

“Paper Planes” – MIA

“Mo Money Mo Problems” – The Notorious B.I.G

For those of you out there who need a beginner’s mix, here are some essentials.

7. Post-post-breakup Night Out

“I’m Not The Only One” – Sam Smith

“Survivor ” – Destiny’s Child

“I Will Survive” – Gloria Gaynor

You’re finally not crying every day (nights are a different story), and you actually WANT to go out now because (insert name here) is a total jerk and you are, like, so much better off without them and you have so much to offer and are beautiful and fabulous. But sometimes you’re still just a little pissed off. ~ Olivia Muenter

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November 7, 2014

How To Style: Cozy Sweaters

I’ll spare you any sweater puns, but I still wanted to let you know about how much I’m loving the new crop of winter-ready sweaters. Plus, I’m letting you in on our how-to-wear-’em plans. You’re welcome.

Black, White and Leather

Dolman Sleeve Black and White Sweater
Coated Leather Skinny Jeans
Open Toe Leather Booties
Printed Small Zip Clutch Bag
Mirrored Lense Sunglasses

Skirt the Rules


Mohair Turtleneck
Zipper Detail Striped Jacquard Skirt
Open Toe Leather Booties
Cat Eye sunglasses

Fringe Benefits


Fringe Detail Marled Turtleneck Sweater
Sloane Ribbed Skirt
Open Toe Leather Booties

November 7, 2014

Warm Up With Seasonal Cocktails From NYC’s Newest Bars

If you’re looking for something to take the place of your summertime margaritas,  look no further: Intermix rounded up a few delicious fall cocktail recipes from NYC’s newest bars. Check out what they’re brewing and take note of how to make one on your own.

Welcome Thanksgiving or cold-weather guests with the warm and cozy aroma of this spicy hot cider. (Photo Above)

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup apple cider (use organic if you can)
  • 1 1/2 oz. Mount Gay rum
  • 1 oz. raspberry syrup
  • 1 tsp. Chambord (a raspberry-flavored liqueur)
  • 1 Tbs. grated orange zest
  • 3 whole cloves
  • 1/4 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp. ground cardamom
  • whipped cream
  • ground cinnamon

Queen’s Knees, courtesy of Bar Hugo
  • 2 oz. Vodka
  • .75 oz Honey Syrup
  • .75 oz fresh Lemon Juice
  • Strawberries
  • Fresh Basil

Shake all ingredients well and serve on the rocks with a basil leaf garnish.

 

Betty Draper, courtesy of Wallflower
  • 1 ½ oz Citadelle gin
  • ¾ oz lime
  • ¾ oz apple syrup
  • ½ oz celery juice
  • ¼ oz Calvados Drouin selction
  • ¼ oz manzanilla
  • 1 dash of celery bitter
  • 1 dash bar keep apple bitter

Shake all ingredients together and serve straight up.

 

¡El Luchador!, courtesy of Decoy
  • 2 oz Tres Agaves tequila
  • 1 oz fresh grapefruit juice
  • .5 oz fresh lime juice
  • .5 oz ginger syrup*
  • .75 oz Sorel

To create the ginger syrup, cook two handfuls of sliced, peeled ginger with a small handful of whole black peppercorn in four quarts of sugar and two quarts of water (the sugar to water ratio should always be two to one. Combine with the rest of the ingredients, shake with ice, strain and pour over fresh ice in a rocks glass.  Garnish with grapefruit peel.

 

The Houdini, courtesy of Bar Cyrk
  • 7 Grapes
  • Dash of Albert’s Elixir no. 7
  • 2 oz. Vodka
  • 1 oz. Fresh Lime Juice
  • 1 oz. Fresh Sugarcane Juice
  • Ice

Muddle grapes into a rox glass. Mix in elixir, vodka, lime juice and sugarcane juice. Add ice and stir gently.

November 3, 2014

Everything You Need For A Happy & Stress-Free Holiday Season……


Each year it seems we’re trading in our Halloween best for holiday lights earlier and earlier.

The beginning of November has become synonymous with the start of the Holiday season, and while we’re all anticipating the beauty that this season brings with it, it’s hard not to get just a little stressed out over the hustle and bustle. To help you make the most of these all-too-quickly-passing months, today we’re offering up our advice for slowing down and savoring the snowfall, the shopping, and the holiday sweets:

November 3, 2014

Get The Look: Reese Witherspoon

Reese Witherspoon has been putting on quite the fashion parade over the last week, stepping out in one dazzling outfit after another in Los Angeles. Reese Witherspoon made another stylish statement as she stops by the Peninsula Hotel in Beverly Hills. The blonde beauty had on a pair fall’s must have boots, navy silk tunic and stylish cat eye sunglasses.

Shop Reese’s Perfectly Polished Look:
Boots: Michael Kors / Jeans: Rag & Bone / Blouse: Banana Republic (Extra 35% Off: BRSAVEBIG) / Bag: Louis Vuitton /  Sunglasses: Thierry Lasry

October 28, 2014

Shopbop Sale! Up to 70% off Styles You’ve Been Coveting

Need a great SALE to help get started on your Holiday shopping list?

Shopbop is offering up to 70% off Styles You’ve Been Coveting! This means all fashionistas can now shop for brands such as J. Mendel, Jason Wu , 3.1 Phillip Lim, Alexander Wang and so many more. Whether walking the red carpet or simply lounging, Shopbop has you covered from apparel to accessories. This is the sale where I find it smartest to stock up on my classics. The items that will rarely go on sale, that will last for more than a wear or two or just one season. Happy Shopping!

October 23, 2014

Sarah Hyland Is Gorgeous In NYC


‘Modern Family’ actress Sarah Hyland looked beautiful in this Metallic-Jacquard Bubble Dress at the ASPCA Event Hosted By Sarah Hyland in New York City, New York on October 21, 2014.

Shop her Look Head to Toe:
Metallic-Jacquard Bubble Dress/ Leather Bootie / Quilted Bag

 

 

October 21, 2014

Breaking Beauty: The XO Styling Iron

No matter the season, no matter the destination, no matter the woman — one of my favorite hairstyles is natural, beach-y looking waves. There’s just something inherently effortless and feminine about a thick mane of twisting, curling, waving locks that I can’t help but appreciate.

My girl Jillian Harris introduced me to the perfect, yes I said perfect, styling iron.

The XO Styling Iron is what everyone in the know is raving about! Since I got my long bob haircut I have loved styling it with my new XO Styling Iron:

The LOVELY Cara McLeay, is the genius behind the XO Styling Iron. Not only does the iron work wonders on your hair…it’s SOOO beautiful and sleek The plates are incredibly smooth so it glides  and does not snag  moving effortlessly through your hair creating the perfect look.

Whether your after big bouncy curls, tousled beach waves, or sleek and straight this is the styling iron for you!

And I’ve got GOOD NEWS! All of my lovely Celebrity Style Guide readers can use the promo code XOHeather at checkout here to get 15% off your purchase!

To learn more about how to use the iron, check out Cara’s amazing tutorial!!

 

October 20, 2014

The Season’s Best Coats

I never know the right time to buy a new coat for fall but we do know the wrong time.  Every year without fail I wait until the temperature drops to buy a new jacket for the season and every year without fail the selection of coats left on store floors is subpar.  That’s why this month I’m getting my hands on something warm yet stylish before I actually need it.  And what exactly will I be looking for in terms of trends? One coat on my wish list is this gorgeous oversized shawl collar sumptuous asymmetrical wrap coat that’s reversible from Diane Von Furstenberg.   So even though the thermometer still reads 70° you can bet you’ll spot me shopping for a new coat this week because rumor has it I’ll need it sooner than I think!