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Thursday, December 18, 2014

Gifts that Work for Christmas or a Housewarming!

So you need a gift for someone who’s doing some remodeling or redecorating, or maybe you’re doing some redecorating of your own? The below are undoubtedly perfect options!

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Vintage Marquee Lights (Prices start at $159), OMG, so how amazingly awesome are these? Letters and symbols start at 12” and go up to to 36”. Hang them on the wall, set them on the counter or display them on the floor…options are endless with these modernly rustic pieces.

New Hope Soap Candle ($30), It’s winter, which means I am officially infatuated with candles. But, these New Hope Soap candles are a little beyond, as the jars can be completely personalized with any name or text. P.S. As the name insinuates, they also make soap. Which can also be customized. Love!!!

White Wall Pictures (Prices start at $6.90), Another great option, White Wall takes your original photo (or use one of their stock images as I’ve shown above) and prints it on a variety of mediums in a variety of sizes. Prices are beyond reasonable and pieces come ready to hang – the smaller items look great on a desk as well.

Sweater Bins from GreatUsefulStuff.com ($24.99), These bins come in numerous color selections and are crazy-durable. This whole site is a dream for all of us into organization as it has options for the closet, desk, traveling and more. Ahhh. My heart is so at peace when I’m on this site. I honestly think I’ve clicked on and read about every single product!

4 x 6 Croc Frame ($93), Have you visited Beatriz Ball? Wow! Their pieces for the home are ridiculously chic! Made with FDA-safe easy care metal that is both freezer and oven friendly, (which might not seem pertinent to their frames, but is for their serving pieces), each is shiny (love!) and all are uniquely textured making them even more fantastic!

Zoku Ice Ball Molds ($16.99 for a set of 2), Whenever I see these I start singing I’m So Fancy, because seriously, how can ice be this fancy? Fill the mold, let it freeze and put in your favorite tumbler. With or without a beverage, this ice will make you feel like a million bucks! If you choose to go the beverage route, the ice melts slow and evenly to help prevent a watered-down drink.

The Pillow of Health ($134.99-$149.99), Who doesn’t love sleep? Go beyond a good night’s rest with this comfy pillow, which features a moisture-wicking outer lining, medical grade inner liner and is antimicrobial, hypoallergenic and dust-mite resistant. Did I mention it’s certified to be filled with the healthiest polyurethane foam available and it’s made in the US? Because it is. Best. Pillow. Ever. Zzzz…

You Are Awesome Co. Wall Decals (Prices Start at $8), I have this hanging on a mirror and every time I walk by it, I think, “Duh.” or “Obviously.” or “Tell me something I don’t know mirror.” Hey, we all need a little self-esteem boosting sass, and these cute decals are the perfect way to bring it into someone’s life. Customized prints and other decals are available as well.

Enjoy my other guides as well: Stocking Stuffers, Under $20 and Gift Sets!


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Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Gifts Everyone will Love for Under $20!

Whether you need just one last “something” or are trying to buy a gift for everyone you know, staying within a budget this Christmas is easy…check out these great options, each under $20!

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Case Logic Galaxy S5 Case ($14.99), This chic textured case comes in multiple color options. Case Logic has other great cases for any of your devices…from phones to tablets!

Amour Sequins Reversible Pillow ($18.99), A cute accent for living room, bedroom or home office.

Oddly Obvious ($13.68), Perfect for the family or a New Year’s Eve party!

Sigg Viva Water Bottle ($16.99), Not your typical water bottle, the high-quality Viva is toxin free and made from 100% recyclable polypropylene. Made in Switzerland, it’s built to last for years, from the gym to the office and every place in between.

Nibble Plate from Deco-Plate ($19.95), Deco-Plate has all sorts of cute word options, but also patterns and even customizable selections. Adorbs!

The Mason Jar Cookie Company Mixes ($8.99-$18.99), Wondering what to serve on your new plate? Options from The Mason Jar Cookie Company won’t last long! The above Salted Caramel Mix is beyond…like seriously contemplated not sharing! Besides a variety of cookies, other mixes include brownies, pancakes and granola. You can even make your own custom mix for under $20!

Nubian Heritage Premium Bar Soap Set ($10.99), All-natural and made with organic ingredients, these soaps leave skin soft – a much needed characteristic, especially during the dry, cold winter months.

The Bacon Jams Bacon Spread ($14.99-$39.99), Ummm…hello? Bacon jam??? Yes! You’ll need to buy a jar as a gift and one for yourself. This is tasty combined with cheese and crackers, but the website is full of recipes you’ll want to try as well, like mac’ n’ cheese, potato salad, caprese salad and many more. Or, try it on a cheeseburger with a toasted bun. OMG.

Just in case you missed it, check out these other great gift-giving guides: Best Bath and Body Sets and Stocking Stuffers!


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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Perfect Nail Colors for Holiday and Winter Seasons from SinfulColors!

If ever there was a time we were permitted to dazzle, it’s the holiday season. From Christmas to New Year’s, sparkle is an expected given. One easy way to add some bling to the holiday season is with the a shade from the new Sinful Colors Holiday 2014 Collection. With colors ranging from a vibrant purple to glittered reds and greens, there really is an option to easily compliment any outfit this entire winter season. Each of the 22 shades are sold exclusively at Wal-Greens for $1.99. I’m showing off my faves and a little winter nail art below as well!

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Monday, December 15, 2014

One for a Friend, One for Yourself - the Best Bath and Body Sets for Christmas!

♪♫ ‘Tis the season for giving gift sets, fa la la la la, la la la la. ♫♪

Not that I’m complaining; I actually love bath and/or body gift sets. BUT, this year, instead of going to your cliché stop for bath and body gift sets, give one of the below unexpected pampering options, certain to get you bonus points for being both luxurious and original, regardless of your price point.

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Jurlique Petite Hand Care Collection ($32), These four mini creams are great for your bag or traveling and smell all kinds of amazing! Plus, they’re rich and quickly absorb into dehydrated skin.

Nubian Heritage Intensive Moisture Therapy Kit ($19.99), Two Honey and Black Seed Oil Products keep hands, feet and the places in between smooth and supple. The all-natural products are even better when used with the included gloves and socks.

Beaticontrol Be Merry Sets ($39), In Mint or Berry these adorable sets include full and mini sizes, including an Instant Manicure Mini which exfoliates rough hands all while softening with a healthy dose of Avocado Oil.

Lather Toasty Tootsies ($38), I adore all of their gift sets, but this couldn’t be better for rough cracked feet during the winter months.

Calgon Peppermint Marshmallow Hand Gift Set ($4.98), The price on this is unbeatable, but the smell might be even better. Plus how adorbs would the set be wrapped up next to a cute mug and tasty hot chocolate?!?

Borghese Fango Finish ($59), Just what a body needs after a long day – Fango Active Mud, Fango Body Refining Polish and Fango Deep Hydration Finishing Treatment. Skin will be left exfoliated, detoxified and soothed.

Which of the above are you hoping for this Christmas season?


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Sunday, December 14, 2014

Out of Ideas? The Best Stocking Stuffers for Christmas!

Looking for the perfect stocking stuffers, secret Santa presents or gifts for hard-to-buy-for co-workers? I’m pretty sure any of the below will be welcomed options!

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ChapStick Limited Edition Candy Cane Flavor – an old favorite gets a seasonal makeover to help keep lips soft and moisturized this winter. Look for the Candy Cane flavor or the Pumpkin Pie option at a Target, Wal-Mart, Wal-Greens or CVS near you!

nügg Face Masks – 5-Minute Facials available in six different formulas at only $2.99 apiece make for a perfect option this season! Available at NuggBeauty.com.

Plantable Seed Calendars – From flowers to veggies, each month sprouts a new something special. After month’s end, literally plant the page to enjoy fresh goodies all year long! Three different options available, from $14.95 to $19.95.

Water Bottle Soap Co. Soap – Shown are their Penguin and Vanilla Pear options ($6); not only do all of their soaps smell fantastic, they’re each made from the molds of water-bottle bottoms, before they’re sent off for recycling!

Boardwalk Food Company Breads: In four great flavors, each of their Beer Breads ($7.99 each) are a unique option for a friend, loved one or co-worker. And yes, the Lemon Poppy Seed flavor is delicious!

Nubian Hand Cream Trio – Just $14.99 for three amazing creams rich in heritage and full of ingredients like Palm Ash, Mango Butter, Neem Oil and Organic Shea Butter. The entire Nubian Heritage line is incredible!

Advanced Revival Nail Polish Remover Pads ($7.98 for a 2-pack) – Cutex did it up right with these individually wrapped pads, which easily remove polish (even glitter) with their unique formula which includes natural drying oils. They’ll also be a welcomed addition to an avid traveler!


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Monday, December 8, 2014

You’ll Love the Pop! of Color Limited Edition Box from Beauty Box 5

Happy Monday dolls! By now, you’ve likely gotten used to the fact that once a month I get all kinds of excited for the arrival of my Beauty Box 5 subscription box, which features five fabulous beauty products, both full and deluxe-sample sizes. BUT, did you know, Beauty Box 5 offers an array of amazing limited edition boxes for $39, usually valued well over $100? Well, they do, and they’re pretty much all kinds of beautiful awesomeness, making perfect gifts for a friend or loved one, or, just for yourself, because, like the box, you’re full of beautiful awesomeness as well. I am so so lucky to have received a sample of the one of these boxes, the Pop! of Color Limited Edition Box and am enamored with each and every one of the products inside:

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Friday, December 5, 2014

Perfectly Sculpted Brows Thanks to Lashem Colour Strokes

Oh, I’ve had too long of a hiatus! I traveled “home” for Thanksgiving for a few days and then went to Dallas on a little work trip. While both home and Dallas were fun, I’m exhausted and ready to get back to my regular schedule, which of course includes blogging.

Lately I’ve been really into brows. Like so much so, I’m wondering what I looked like before I started paying so much attention to them. With that said, I’ve got another option for all of you brow-obsessed gals out there: Colour Strokes Brow Tint & Lift with Lash Enhancing Serum from Lashem. Have you tried any of their other products? OMG, they’re kind of amazing…I’m obsessed with Picture Perfect Serum. But back to this post. Available in three colors, Blonde, Brunette and Raven, the Brow Tint applicator is shaped like a mascara wand and goes on super smooth and isn’t even a little tacky. I’ve had the most success when I applied it with the brush and did just a little light blending with my fingertips to my more sparsely brow-populated areas. Not only is the tint natural looking, the formula is equipped with a brow enhancing serum to help brows grow healthier, stronger and thicker.

What else do you need to know? The $20 formula is flake-proof, smudge-proof and paraben free, so if you’re searching for your next brow-makeup, this is definitely one to try. Plus, all readers of 24-7 Style will receive 30% off when using code BROW30BB! Also, I’ve had no problem with it “running”…my brows look just as good at the end of the day as they do at the beginning.

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Don’t forget! Use code BROW30BB to give yourself or a loved one the gift of perfectly sculpted brows this holiday season for 30% off the normal $20 price!

Happy Friday!



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Thursday, November 27, 2014

It’s Thanksgiving, and I’m Thankful


I love love love this holiday! And while the first part is typically spent rushing around to make sure I’m where I need to be and that my apple dumplings are made and tasty, it’s naturally a day to reflect on the things I’m really thankful for. Fortunately, my list could be endless, but here are my a few of my top options, some serious, some silly.

1. My Faith. I love that faith in God was something instilled in me very naturally and ever present. At my lowest, He helps squash my fears. At my highest I’m kept me on track both personally and professionally.

2. My Family. I’m blessed and surrounded by love and am forever grateful to each of my family members.

3. My Friends. I’d be lost without them.

4. My Roots. I grew up without a lot on a farm in a small town. Even if we didn’t have a lot of material things, we had the above three and a lot of fun. My roots have grounded me and while I’ve made somewhat of a large hobby/part-time job off of more materialistic things, my roots have made me who I am. And while I think anyone can put together an outfit for $1,000, it’s a lot more difficult under $100. Or even under $50. If it wasn’t for how I grew up, I”m not sure I would have had the knack to do that.

5. My Cat. Lil’ Pete. I’m not a big picture-taker of him, but everyday he makes me smile. I’m actually a huge animal lover…and since I can’t have a zoo, I have a cat.

6. My Teams. I coach the cheer and dance teams at my alma mater, Valparaiso University. I’m fortunate by the large number of young adults that are currently and have previously been a part of the program.

7. The USA. Wow, how lucky are we to be living in the greatest country in the world?

8. My Home. It’s not much, but it’s mine, and so many aren’t as lucky.

9. Running. I’m far from speedy, but I never feel better than when I’m out for a run.

10. Coffee. No explanation is needed.

11. My Blog. I love developing content to share. It truly gives me such as huge sense of pride in myself.

12. The Seasons. Like any good Mid-Westerner I complain about the cold and the snow. But really, the snow is so gorgeous and I can’t imagine not having a change of seasons like we do. And I doubt I would appreciate the spring, summer and fall if it wasn’t for winter.

13. You. If you’re reading this, then I’m thankful for you, so thank you!

Happy Thanksgiving everyone…I hope it’s amazing! What are you thankful for?