FAVORITE WEBSITES OF 2009

12.20.2009



Here is my list of my favorite websites of the past year..

FASHION




Net-a-porter.com- The best clothes and the best style all around





Revolveclothing.com- Current trends, lots of jeans, free shipping




Pearlswimwear.com- A boutique swimwear line with chic feminine style





Neimanmarcus.com- Beautiful clothes, makeup, and accessories, and super sales






Saks.com- tons of shoes, free shipping (if you are a card member), and loyalty perks






Endless.com- Shoes, Shoes, and more shoes. The have free overnight shipping and free return shipping. I can order multiple pairs to my home, try them on, and schedule a pick up from UPS, all in 24 hours. Why would I ever wander the mall again looking for the right shoe?






Polyvore.com- This is like a grown-up version of paper-dolls. This website allows you to mix and match outfits from the internet.






BEAUTY






Skinstore.com- loyalty discount, tons of product lines, lots of great information





Beautyhabit.com- Modern Lux Apothecary, check out their Holiday Gift List for super recommendations




Beautysnob.com- This is a blog with great information about products, giveaways, all things beauty. Web Snob 2009 is the summary of all the great sites that Beauty Snob visits.





lockandmane.com- Indulge. Rinse. Repeat. This is the motto at this luxury hair care website. This is the ultimate website for hair care with a dermatologist available for expert advice.





Folica.com- This is like a consumer reports just for hair. This site will tell you all about the shampoo you are considering or provide reviews for a styling tool. Terrific information.




LifeStyle






ForeverFitSanDiego.com- This is the website of my personal trainer Deanne Ryder. She has yummy recipes, workout music playlists, and fitness tips.



KarisCookies.com- Kari is a registered dietician who bakes. Her super yummy cookies are made with healthy ingredients like soy, flax, and dried cherries. Once you have a cookie from Kari you will want to keep a supply in the freezer for snacks.


Pearl Swimwear and my dreams of Resort

I know that we aren't even through Holiday yet, but my thoughts are hardly on sweaters and boots now.  I haven't even fully rolled-out my winter gear, this being San Diego and all, but mentally I am moving on.  My thoughts are on the brighter colors of Resort.  I love to see prints emerging from all the black and velvet trappings of Holiday dressing.  Resort is a little preview to what designers will be showing us later in the Spring.  Although I am not going away to the Bahamas or anywhere that requires a Resort wardrobe a girl has to dream. 

-This is Heather -

I wish that I was packing up a suit case full of chic swim suits and little dresses and sandals.  One thing I would be sure to pack is the little jersey dress I just got in the mail from my friend Heather Fish at Pearl Swimwear. It is a shorter version of the Pearl Dress shown above.  It is the most ladylike taupe (It comes in black too!)  and it is going to be so great layered over a long sleeve T and tights in the winter.  I think boots will make the outfit even better.  Then I am going to wear it as a sexy cover-up in the summer with one of my 7 fabulous swim suits from Pearl.


I love all of my swimming suits and have never felt so great in a suit in my life.  I haven't owned a one-piece swim suit since my parents made me wear one to church youth swim activities... or maybe the swim team.  That being said this is no Speedo suit.  These are flattering, feminine, luxurious suits.  Heather says that the Lycra and materials she uses are extra durable and withstand surf, sand, and chlorine.  I wouldn't know because I baby all of my suits like rare and delicate hot-house flowers.  I don't want them to ever ever wear out.  I find myself sitting on one cheek (so to speak) in the hot tub so I don't snag up the bottom.  The suit to the left is called the "Generous" and is one of my favorites.  When I don't have my suits I have them locked up with the family diamonds to keep them safe.


Check out Heather's collection on her website and get on her email list so that you can be the first to see the 2010 collection when it debuts.  Her website also shows the celebrities that have purchased her specialty suits. If you have ever shown up at the beach or the community swimming pool in a swimming suit that you spent a lot of time finding and good money buying, only to discover that the same suit is there on ever other lady, then you should check out Pearl.  This is almost like a swim suit atelier, where the small production runs and limited distribution allow for a very personal experience. In addition to gorgeous styles and quality materials, the fit is incredible. Contact Heather directly because she is a fit expert. She will tell you which suit is going to flatter you best assets and what color and size is your best option.




 So while I am visiting the in-laws and wearing jeans, heavy coat and scarf  I will keep in the back of my mind the lovely clothes that are just about to peek out of winter.  I will be thinking sand, new swim suits, and all the great things that are in store for me in 2010.  Here is to looking fabulous by the pool in the New Year!






Baby Powder and my Christmas fragrance list

12.10.2009


I forgot to include one more fragrance on my Christmas list.  It is called "Baby Powder" and it is made by Demeter Fragrance Library.  If you have never been on the Demeter website you are in for a real suprise.  Demeter doesn't sell blended fragrances it sells stand alone scents.  Baby Powder is clean and fresh and sweet  all at the same time.  I think this would be an ideal scent to use when a heavy scent isn't appropriate but you still want to spritz on something light. This is the best way to bottle up that delicious smell from when your babies were little.

Demeter has other scents like "Dirt" and "Play-Doh" along with "Christmas" and so many more.  I am not interested in putting those on my list. I have four sons, I smell dirt and play-doh already.  I am just hoping that the Baby Powder fragrance is in my stocking.  If there is room left then hopefully the bath oil too.

My Pink Perfume Christmas List

12.09.2009



This perfume is Addict by Christian Dior. It smells so delicious that I am making sure it goes on the top of my Christmas list. I am making my Christmas list now and one thing that I make sure to include is the perfumes I have been thinking about. Christmas is the only time I get a new fragrance. I love new scents and I really enjoy getting one as a gift. So here are the fragrances I have been thinking about. Hopefully, my husband takes a peek at this list for a little direction. I would hate for Jean Nate body splash to show up in my stocking. All fragrances I have selected are available at Sephora.





My next fragrance pick is Dolce Gabbana Rose the One. I love the smell of rose. I do not like the smell of "Old Lady Rose" or bathroom air freshener rose, but a modern lovely rose is so feminine and lovely.



















My third pick is Yves Saint Laurent Parisienne. This incarnation of the YSL Paris is my favorite I think. I have the original Paris, and several of the other variations like Eau de Printemps and Roses Enchantees. The website Frangrantica has details about this floral perfume and all the notes in the original fragrance and the other 82 fragrances by YSL.





"The new fragrance from YSL appears on the market in 2009, romantically named Parisienne, which implicates its Paris fragrance predecessors, as well as its edited bottle design. Besides the official notes of Damask rose, violet, peony, cranberry, patchouli, vetiver, musk and sandalwood, it also contains urban and bold aromas of vinyl and lacquer, reminding us of the specific scent of a cosmetic bag, make – up and high-heels on the hot city asphalt. " - Frangrantica