Tia Maria Cocktails for the Holidays

Tis the season! The holidays are a time to wind down and indulge in your favorite treats. If a favorite indulgence is coffee, then you will be excited to try out a cocktail with Tia Maria Dark Liqueur (SRP: $23.99 for a 750mL or $29.99 1L),  a coffee liqueur made with natural Madagascar vanilla, the finest fresh Arabica coffee roasted to perfection and complemented with a touch of Jamaican rum.

We worked with NJ-based Mixologist, Jillian Maggio, to create tasty coffee-inspired cocktails for the holidays. “Overall, the unique sugars in Tia Maria made the liqueur easy to work with. I highly recommend it in a cocktail for any time of day, not just after dinner. Tia Maria is versatile which allows mixologists to create a variety of cocktails that are festive for any occasion, especially the holidays. In building these recipes, I wanted to showcase the different spices and coffee bean flavors in a festive way that could easily be duplicated at-home.”

Listed below are three specialty cocktails created by Jillian to kick off the holiday season of home entertaining. As you will see below, each recipe can be easily prepared for a small or large group. We recommend serving these drinks with your favorite holiday cookies.

Reindeer Martini

  • 1 oz. Tia Maria
  • 1 oz. L’Heritier-Guyot Crème de Cassis
  • 1 oz. Milk (whole or 2%)

o   Combine all ingredients into a shaker over ice.

o   Shake and strain into a martini glass.

o   Garnish with a skewered fresh raspberry

 

Tia Maria Minty Hot Coco

  • 1 oz. Tia Maria
  • .5 oz. Crème de Menthe
  • 3.5 oz. Hot Chocolate

o   Combine Tia Maria and crème de menthe in a mug.

o   Then pour in the hot chocolate.

o   Top with whipped cream and garnish with a mint leaf and candy cane

 

Santa on the Beach

  • 1 oz. Tia Maria
  • 1 oz. Coconut Rum
  • 2 oz. Coconut Almond Milk
  • 2 oz. Cold Brew Coffee

o   Combine Tia Maria, Coconut Rum and Coconut Almond Milk into a highball glass over ice. Stir, then top with Cold Brew Coffee

o   Sprinkle in coconut flakes

H&M Holiday Vibes with Nicki Minaj: A Magical Holiday Video

Featured Photo and Images from HM.com

 

Nicki Minaj did an interview with H&M to get everyone excited about the holiday season. According to the site, “We love the holidays, and we love Nicki Minaj. The queen of rap needs no introduction, so instead of asking a bunch of questions about her record-breaking career, awesome rapping and singing skills and big personality, we invited her to play a game of This or That – holiday edition. Why? Because who doesn’t want to know who out of Santa, Rudolf the Red-Nosed Reindeer and Frosty the Snowman she’d like to date, marry or make disappear forever?”

Read more about the interview and shop her looks:  Holiday Vibes & Nicki Minaj 

 

https://youtu.be/2omJBSQcm5g

“BLESSED LIFE” BY ACTRESS KIM FIELDS IS THE PERFECT STOCKING STUFFER

From “Facts of Life” to “Living Single” to “Dancing with the Stars” to wife and mom, here’s the “Blessed Life” of veteran actress, TV personality, and star, Kim Fields“Blessed Life” is Kim Fields‘ first book and a great gift for any avid reader. Her memoir will inspire, teach, provoke, and make you laugh!

Kim Fields has lived most of her life with people thinking they know her, which is understandable. From her first job on a Mrs. Butterworth syrup commercial at age 7, she has spent 40 years in the public eye. There were 9 years as Dorothy “Tootie” Ramsey on the classic sitcom The Facts of Life, 5 more in her 20s starring as Regine Hunter on the seminal coming-of-age show Living Single, and most recently appearing as herself on Real Housewives of Atlanta and Dancing with the Stars.

“Blessed Life” is a chronicle of living, learning, and ah-ha moments of self-discovery told with humor, transparency, and refreshing honesty by an inspiring woman. The book takes a look into Kim‘s personal life and professional career, from a child in Harlem to a star in Hollywood. She shares more on the most important parts of her life, her faith and her family.

The DOUX Modern Hair Care System: Holiday Giveaway

Style + Life + Fashion would like to offer a product giveaway – THE DOUX Modern Hair Care System with an “Old School Edge.”

Giveaway Terms

1. Visit and “Like” Style+Life+Fashion Facebook Page, Twitter, Snapchat or Instagram account @kwest1908

2. Email kim@stylelifefashion.com sharing your hair care regimen.

3. Share the giveaway on your social networking sites (either Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram.)

Giveaway will end at midnight on Monday, December 11, 2017 Central Time. The winner will also be notified (via email) on Wednesday, December 13, 2017.

Products will be shipped directly to the giveaway winner from the manufacturer.  

THE STORY:

Get ready to “drop the mic” on the beauty aisles at Target stores this December. The Doux® (pronounced The Do) is a “new school” modern hair care system with an “old school edge.” With packaging that is bold and bright and product titles inspired by 90’s hip hop, The Doux is poised to kill it with those seeking a way to smoothing curly, kinky, and wavy hair into both, curly or straight styles.

Created by Maya Smith, a 25-year celebrity stylist and International Curl Master, The Doux was first launched in Europe in 2011 in response to her passion for helping people master the hair they were born with. STRAIGHT, NATURAL, CURLY, or RELAXED, according to The Doux, if you grew it, it’s ALL GOOD. “I was living in Germany at the time, had my own salon there and my specialty was helping clients to transition to a relaxer-free lifestyle. I’m obsessed with people maximizing the potential of the hair they were born with. Mastering curls is my passion and purpose,” explains Smith.

The people felt her passion through her products. The Doux blew up overseas so much so that it caught the attention of media in the USA. “Once we started getting press in the states the demand for The Doux was incredible. I had to return to the states and see this vision through,” Maya Smith explains. In 2014, Maya opened The DOUX Salon™ in Macon Georgia’s historic Downtown district and started selling her professional grade products at her salons and on-line.

Fast-forward three years and a lot of work and dedication, The Doux will arrive in Target stores, on Christmas Eve; no easy feat for an indie brand. “We are so excited to bring The Doux to the masses. It’s 20 years in the making. We listened to 20 years of feedback from actual clients from Minneapolis to Morocco. We listened to what people wanted, a salon grade, high quality product that delivered on its promises. Helping people to manage and maintain their natural hair and celebrate their own bold, unique style is what the last 25 years of my professional life has been about,” Maya Smith shares.

The Doux also redesigned its packaging, with the intention to disrupt the category. It’s bold with bright colors, which is the opposite of the more subdued look you see on the shelves currently. “I’m a fan of 90’s rap so I wanted to incorporate lyrics and titles in the packaging,” adds Smith. With titles such as Bonita Afro Balm, Mousse Def, Sucka Free, Fresh Rinse, and The Light, The Doux will most definitely catch the eyes of Millennials and Gen X’ers alike.

2017 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show: Relive The Show #VSFashionShow

Many years ago as a sophomore in college, I was a Sales Associate at Victoria’s Secret.  Due to this reason alone I will always have an adornment for the lingerie brand.

I never miss the fashion show because it’s the ultimate showcase of glamour, whimsy, and high fashion.

Although we all (secretly) want to be a Victoria’s Secret Angel there are some tidbits about the show that captured everyone’s eye!

#VSFashionShow 2017 Quick Recap:

  • This year’s show was more diverse and featured several women of color:  Leomi Anderson, Jasmine Tookes, Aiden Curtiss, and Alecia Morais.
  • Angel Ming Lee tripped over her embellished, sheer cape and stole the show with her elegant comeback with the help of Angel Gizele Oliveira.
  • Balmain collaborated with the brand and featured beautiful designs during the show.
  • Musical Guests included Miguel, Yundu Lu, Harry Styles, Leslie Odom, Jr. and Jane Zhang.

Click Here:  RELIVE THE SHOW

Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show Tonight: CBS ALL ACCESS

For the first time ever, the Victoria’s Secret Angels are strutting down the runway in Shanghai! And CBS All Access is your front-row seat to the show Tuesday, November 28th @ 10/9c!

New subscribers can watch the highly anticipated event with a 1-month FREE trial using promo code LETSGO by 12/4.

The all-star line-up of angels in the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show include returning favorites Adriana Lima, Alessandra Ambrosio, Behati Prinsloo, Candice Swanepoel, Lily Aldridge, Elsa Hosk, Jasmine Tookes, Josephine Skriver, Lais Ribeiro, Martha Hunt, Romee Strijd, Sara Sampaio, Stella Maxwell and Taylor Hill, as well as plenty of new faces.


Stream the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show in Shanghai Tuesday, November 28th @ 10/9c with a FREE 1-month trial! Use code LETSGO by 12/4

Buying An Engagement Ring On A Budget: Heirloom Jewelry

There used to be an unwritten rule that a man should spend 2 months’ salary on an engagement ring. There’s no such guideline anymore. It’s more important to buy a ring that you can realistically afford than it is to follow any arbitrary guideline such as that. But engagement rings are expensive, right? How can you buy an expensive piece of jewelry on a budget? By being strategic. Here, we’ll offer some tips to help you purchase that most important piece of jewelry on a budget.

Featured Meghan Markle Engagement Ring Photo from ElleUK

Choose the right setting

Even if your wallet won’t let you buy the biggest diamond in the store, you can get the illusion of a larger stone by choosing the right setting. For example, if you choose a setting that features a ring of smaller diamonds around the centre stone, for example, it will give the illusion of a larger stone, but with a lower price tag.

Go for pavé diamonds

Pave diamonds can make any ring look more expensive. They offer the look of crushed ice, consisting of many small diamonds grouped together. This produces a dazzling, high-end look at a lower price point.

Be aware of size

The price of a diamond goes up exponentially at certain size points. For every carat and half-carat size increase, there is typically a jump in the price, too. One way to sae a few dollars is to do what experts call “buying shy.” Using this technique, look for a diamond that is a little shy of the one-carat or half-carat mark (1.7 carats, for example, as opposed to an even 2) can save you a significant amount of money and you won’t even notice the differential in size.

Opt for gold

Platinum has become a trendy wedding band choice because it has many great attributes, but those advantages also come with a higher price tag. Opting for the more classic gold option will save you a few dollars. If you still want the look of platinum without the high price, choose white gold. White gold isn’t as durable as platinum, but it is strong, resistant to rust and tarnish, and very beautiful!

Pay attention to the cut

Certain cuts of diamonds will cost more than others. Knowing which are the most budget-friendly will go a long way toward saving you some money. An emerald cut, for example, will look bigger than the carat weight suggests.

Buy a set

This can be a challenge if you are trying to surprise your soon-to-be fiancé with a ring, but if you can, buy the engagement ring and the matching wedding band together. By making the purchase in a set like that, you’ll likely get a better deal than if you buy the engagement right now and the wedding band later. Of course, this may not always be possible, but if you can (such as if you are picking out your rings together) this can be a way to save some money.

At the end of the day, choosing the right engagement ring doesn’t have to mean going for broke. There are lots of beautiful and meaningful options at every price point, so there’s no need to spend more than you need to get a special ring for your special someone. Using these tricks, you can find the perfect ring for your partner without spending more than you can afford. Spend as much as you comfortably can, and not a penny more. Your soon-to-be fiancé wouldn’t want you to start out your new life together deeply in debt just so you can buy a bigger, flashier ring.

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Sally Hansen Holidays 2017 – Stocking Stuffer Holiday Offerings

I thought these would be great for any stocking stuffers featuring adorable holiday offerings from Sally Hansen.

 

Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure Mini Sets, $9.99
Jazz up those tips and get jolly with the Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure™ holiday collection of mini sets; quaint quartets of festive polishes in festive hues. The Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure™ offers 7 benefits in 1 bottle, allowing you to skip the salon, for a party ready manicure. The chip-resistant polish with Keratin features all of the elements you know and need: base coat, strengthener, growth treatment, salon color in chic shades, top coat, and gel shine finish. The Complete Salon Manicure mini sets are ideal for stocking stuffers and holiday gift exchanges- or just a treat for a bit of self-indulgence.

 

Sally Hansen Vitamin E Nail & Cuticle Oil in Peppermint and Vanilla Buttercream, $6.99

For a limited time only, Sally Hansen’s Vitamin E Nail & Cuticle Oils come in two delicious holiday scents. The oils are available in either tasty vanilla buttercream or refreshing peppermint. Indulge your senses with the creamy and merry aromas that celebrate the holiday spirit. Your cuticles and nails crave moisture and protection during the cold holiday season, so grab these Sally Hansen Vitamin E Nail & Cuticle Oils for the perfect stocking stuffer gift. Enriched with a natural essential oil complex with Vitamin E, its formula leaves skin and nails feeling hydrated, soft, and healthy while helping to protect nails.