Make Velvet A Key Staple In Your Holiday Wardrobe With Ann Taylor

‘Tis the season of soirees. So whether you’re going out for cocktails, attending the office party or lounging with friends and family, pick the must-have trend seen everywhere from the street to the runway that’s just as cozy as it is chic: velvet. 

Ann Taylor’s winter collection offers a modern velvet take on classic clothes, accessories, shoes featuring trends such as jeweled tones, bow details, and elegant yet relaxed silhouettes.

Deck yourself in head to toe velvet (that pantsuit!) or add the final touch with a clutch or shoes for a look that will turn heads at any festive outing.

 

 

Sally Hansen Holiday Candy Cane inspired Nails

When it comes to playful holiday prints nothing feels more fun than a classic candy cane stripe. This simple recreation of the look manages to feel modern but not overly saccharine; festive without feeling kitsch.

The snow-white base makes a modern and minimal foundation for a sweet holiday look. The combination of bold and fine burgundy stripes is a subtle and elegant way to celebrate the season.

This look features Sally Hansen Miracle Gel in Get Mod and Dig Fig.

Nail Prep: Paint a coat of the NEW! Sally Hansen Nail Rehab–The care you give your nails before applying nail polish is the real key to a healthy long lasting manicure. Using Nail Rehab a day before creating the look will ensure that ridges and imperfections are concealed while strengthening weak nails. It creates a defensive shield to protect against bending, breaking, and tearing making the nail look last throughout the busy holiday season. clean bare nails a day before creating the nail look.

Step 1: Remove Sally Hansen Nail Rehab before beginning the nail look. Paint two coats of Sally Hansen Miracle Gel in Get Mod

Step 2: Using a striping brush, apply diagonal lines using Sally Hansen Miracle Gel in Dig Fig leaving an ample amount of space between stripes. You can place stripes in opposite direction on different fingers to add some variety to the design.

Step 3. Then paint skinny stripes in between these wider diagonal stripes and have them follow along the same angle.

Step 4: Apply a coat of Sally Hansen Miracle Gel top coat

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Holiday Style with AMI Clubwear

With all the holiday parties coming up, you know you can’t wear the same outfit twice! With AMI Clubwear’s numerous options at affordable prices, you can have a new dress for every occasion! AMI offers styles ranging from the classic little black dress, to sparkly sequins, to the current velvet trend. Whether you prefer long or short, light or dark, you’re sure to find the right look for you.

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Once the holidays are over, keep the party going all year long with even more fabulous outfits and accessories from AMI Clubwear. Strut into 2017 in style!

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See more at amiclubwear.com.

 

Holiday Season and Beauty Essentials Round Up

As the holiday season is approaching, stress comes along with it – The shopping and crowds, back-to-back parties and the endless gifting. That’s why I have a round up of beauty essentials that you will appreciate from head to toe!

AQUIS Waffle Luxe Hair Towel ($35.00 at AQUIS.com, Bloomingdales, Urban Outfitters and Sephora)

Waffle Luxe sounds like she might ‘go on a bit’. Indeed, with increased surface area from the layered fabric, Waffle Luxe loves thicker hair requiring more water wicking. Great for African and Asian hair. New generation Aquitex improves absorbency and comfort. Wraps and tucks easily leaving hands free while hair dries. Dries fast with less friction, to minimize frizz and damage.

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Conair Velvet Touch Paddle Brush($2.99 – $8.00 at Target.com and Walmart.com)
One of Conair’s best-selling brushes has added three new colors to its collection for an updated look — black, navy, and red, all with a striking gold accent. These number 1 selling brushes are something even the man in your life might be stealing from your bathroom. Made for everyday brushing of all hair lengths, the ball-tipped bristles won’t snag or pull, and are designed to prevent breakage when used on both wet and dry hair. The soft-touch handle makes for an easy, comfortable hold and the flexible cushion base makes brushing stress-free.

Conair Paddle Brush

Scunci Glitter No-Slip Headwraps ($4.99 for set of 3 at Target.com)
scünci’s beloved no-slip-grip headwraps have been updated with a stylish glitter finish. They’re reversible, won’t damage or pull hair, and stay put while they shine.

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DDF Nourishing Eye Cream ($39.00 at Ulta.com and DDFSkincare.com)
An ultra-rich, emollient eye cream that is easily absorbed into the skin. This non-greasy, anti-oxidant rich eye cream fights free radicals and helps restore moisture to the delicate eye area for a more youthful look. Ideal for all skin types including sensitive and blemish prone.

DDF Nourishing Eye Cream

Lumene VALO Beauty Drops ($23.99 at Walgreens.com and Amazon.com)
Precious berries are the magic behind this enchanting beauty treatment. Antioxidant-rich Nordic cloudberry and lingonberry combine with vitamin C to brighten and nourish, giving a wonderful natural radiance. The velvety texture indulges skin for the duration of the 28-day treatment, for super-soft skin that looks glowing and beautifully invigorated. Give your skin a boost with the power of Arctic berries.

Lumene Beauty Drops

Lumene LAHDE Pure Arctic Miracle 3-in-1 Micellar Water ($7.99 at Walgreens.com and Amazon.com)
This gentle, fragrance-free cleanser effectively removes dirty, oil, makeup, and other impurities. Suitable for all skin types, including sensitive skin.

Lumene Miracle Micellar Cleansing Water

Holiday Glam with Hairdo Extensions

With the holiday season kicking off, start planning all of your glam looks! Hairdo extensions and accessories are the perfect way to dress up your look without having to commit to any style or color.

Want to change up your hair color this holiday season without the commitment? The Hairdo 16″ Sombre Extension is the perfect addition to any holiday glam look. It’s a modern take on yesterday’s ombre, with a soft, subtle gradient and the lightest brightest highlights at the tips. This one-piece, multi-level design securely attaches with five pressure-sensitive clips, and is available in 6 sombre colors ($59; Ulta and Ulta.com).

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The sleek and smooth trend is always in style! Go for a chic pony with the Hairdo 18” Simply Straight Pony. Wear this clip-in pony high, low or to the side, as it features a strip of hair that wraps around to conceal where the ponytail meets your own hair ($49; Ulta and Ulta.com).

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Show up to your holiday party rocking voluminous, wavy hair with the Hairdo 23″ Wavy Clip-In Extension. Loosely spiraled layers are just a clip and a click away with this multi-level design—specially made to give you gorgeous, jaw-dropping length and volume for days ($99; Ulta and Ulta.com).

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Amazon.com Launches Black Friday Deals 2016 – Holiday Gift Guides

Amazon.com today announced the launch of its Black Friday Deals Store and more than a dozen curated holiday gift guides, officially marking the start of the holiday countdown. Customers can enjoy tens of thousands of deals this holiday season on Amazon.com, with new deals as often as every five minutes on everything from HD TVs to stylish kitchen staples to some of the most popular toys of the year. In addition, Amazon offers curated holiday gift guides to help take the guesswork out of shopping for loved ones and make it easier for customers to find the perfect gift for everyone on their list.

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“Customers love discovering the best deals on the most sought-after products, and our Black Friday Deals Store and curated Holiday Gift Guides offer them a place to do just that – plus enjoy the most convenient shopping experience with tons of super-fast shipping options,” said Doug Herrington, Senior Vice President of North American Retail at Amazon. “This holiday season, we’re offering more deals than ever before and – for the first time ever – giving Prime members an opportunity to use Alexa voice shopping for purchasing their holiday gifts hands-free. They can make purchases simply by asking Alexa-enabled devices, like the new Echo Dot, while relaxing at home with family and friends.”

Black Friday Deals Store

Available at www.amazon.com/blackfriday, the Black Friday Deals Store is the leading deals destination for customers with tens of thousands of deals, and new deals as often as every five minutes, now through December 22. Customers can enjoy more deals than ever before this holiday season, including low prices on top gifts such as electronics, toys, clothing, jewelry, kitchen items, and more. In fact, Amazon is offering up to 20 compelling Deals of the Day in a single day. Some examples of the great deals Amazon customers can take advantage of this holiday season include: $20 off the Kindle Paperwhite, savings on an LG 55” 1080p Curved Smart OLED TV, and up to 40% off select Magformers toys.

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Electronics Gift Guide

Available at www.amazon.com/electronicsgiftguide, the 2016 Amazon Electronics Gift Guide features more than 500 of this year’s hottest technology products all in one convenient location. Enthusiasts can explore new releases such as 360-degree cameras and buzz-worthy gifts like virtual reality headsets and 3D printers. The Electronics Gift Guide also features innovations from up-and-coming startups in the Amazon Launchpad program. Customers can browse more than 10 categories, including smart home, home entertainment, music, wearables, photography, gaming, gadgets and gizmos, and more. The Electronics Gift Guide also includes expert reviews and product demonstration videos to help customers find the perfect gift. And shoppers looking for budget-friendly gift ideas can find top gifts under $100.

Home Gift Guide

Available at www.amazon.com/homegiftguide, the 2016 Amazon Home Gift Guide is a curated list of more than a thousand of this season’s must-have products for the home. Filled with gift ideas for indoors and outdoors, customers can easily discover presents for everyone on their list, including cooks, bakers, home decorators, arts and crafters, smart home tech lovers, pets, backyard enthusiasts, kids and more, curated by experts in the industry such as Smitten Kitchen and Design*Sponge. Holiday decorators and party planners will find everything they need to set a festive scene at home. Customers can also shop the latest trends in the Home Gift Guide, including copper appliances, rose gold cutlery, and handmade ceramics, as well as browse products that are new this holiday season, including the KitchenAid MiniNEST Fragrances Classic Candle (Hearth)Petcube Play Wi-Fi Pet Camera, and Bissell 1650A Pet Hair Eraser Vacuum.

Handmade at Amazon Holiday Gift Guide

Available at www.amazon.com/handmade, the Handmade at Amazon Holiday Gift Guide offers customers curated lists of genuinely handcrafted items sold directly by artisans. Featuring products for her, for him, and for kids, as well as handcrafted stocking stuffers for friends and family, the Gift Guide makes finding the perfect holiday present easier than ever. Heading into this holiday season, Amazon customers visiting the Handmade at Amazon store will see hundreds of thousands more handcrafted items, thousands of which are eligible for Free Two-Day Shipping with Amazon Prime. For shoppers looking for a personal touch, over half of the items listed on Handmade have options for customer personalization. With handcrafted items in categories from toys and games, to home décor, handbags and accessories and kitchen and dining, Handmade at Amazon is a one-stop-shop for artisan-crafted gifts this holiday season.

Shop from Anywhere, Anytime

The easiest and fastest way to shop – no matter where customers are – is with the free Amazon shopping app. Find out “where’s my stuff” in seconds, quickly use visual search to find anything and track the hottest deals by setting Watch-a-Deal alerts all season long. Plus, new this year:

  • Package X-Ray: Beginning November 15, customers who own an iPhone can use Package X-Ray to see what’s in a box that has been delivered without opening it and spoiling the surprise. Customers simply scan the barcode using their camera icon within the mobile app and the items that are inside the box will pop up on their screen.
  • Search Anything: Previously limited to barcodes and a few types of products, customers can now use the camera icon to search for almost anything. For example, point the camera at a pair of boots and the app will pull up a list of similar items.
  • Fling: Customers can quickly and effortlessly click into saved items, compare two items, or simply add items to a Wish List by flinging them into their tray. Simply hold down on an item while in the app and the tray appears, fling the item into the tray, and it will be saved for easy navigating later.

More Perks for Prime Members

New this holiday season, Prime members can use their voice to order tens of millions of products – including many of the items featured in the 2016 Amazon Electronics Gift Guide – just by asking Alexa on their Amazon Echo, Echo Dot, Amazon Tap, Amazon Fire TV, or Fire tablet. In fact, there will be hundreds of exclusive deals just for voice shoppers this holiday season – simply go to www.amazon.com/alexadeals to learn more. Prime members receive an additional 20% discount on pre-order and new release video games. Members can also shop thousands of Lightning Deals with 30-minute early access and enjoy unlimited fast, free shipping options, including Two-Day Shipping on more than 30 million items, Prime FREE Same-Day Delivery on more than one million items available in 27 cities, and Prime Now where customers can find tens of thousands of products – such as select Black Friday deals and Holiday Gift Guide items – available for one- and two-hour delivery in more than 30 U.S. cities.

About Amazon

Amazon is guided by four principles: customer obsession rather than competitor focus, passion for invention, commitment to operational excellence, and long-term thinking. Customer reviews, 1-Click shopping, personalized recommendations, Prime, Fulfillment by Amazon, AWS, Kindle Direct Publishing, Kindle, Fire tablets, Fire TV, Amazon Echo, and Alexa are some of the products and services pioneered by Amazon. For more information, visit www.amazon.com/about.

Target Style – Red Cable Sweater and Faux Leather Leggings

There are so many reasons why I adore this holiday outfit.  Number one, I had no idea what to wear while visiting my family for the holiday season.  Number two, I was striving to look stylish and comfortable.  Number three, I’m a mom of two boys (and stepson) and my holiday budget consisted of several additional gifts.

Kim West Target Style

I was pressed for time and needed to finish packing!  On a last-minute shopping trip (for wrapping paper) I spotted this gorgeous red cable pull-over sweater in Target.  It was on sale and paired nicely with my faux leather leggings.  I also wore my Guess booties for a chic, edgey look.

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Both pieces can be worn with a variety of different items; such as a classic button-down shirt, denim jacket, or fur vest.  The possibilities are endless!  I love it when a great fashion moment happens on a budget.

Women's Ripe Red Cable Pullover Sweater - Merona

Queenstown Premium Outlets Holiday Entertainment

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Happy ho-ho-holidays! It’s the most wonderful time of the year, and Queenstown Premium Outlets is celebrating the season. In addition to extra festive holiday hours and special offers on quality brands throughout the entire month of December, guests are invited to Queen Anne’s County’s premier shopping destination Saturday,December 19 and Sunday, December 20 for festive frolics the whole family can enjoy.

On Saturday, December 19 from 12 – 4 p.m., Santa will make his final stroll through the center before heading home to the North Pole. Shoppers are invited to spend time with Ol’ Kris Kringle and submit their final gift requests. Guests are also welcome to take a photo with Santa, using their phone or camera, to keep as a souvenir and post on the center’s Facebook page at facebook.com/queenstownpremiumoutlets.

Shoppers are invited to take a break from holiday shopping to enjoy Yuletide entertainment provided by Bells of the Bay—a local hand bell choir. On Sunday, December 20 beginning at 2:30 p.m. near Auntie Anne’s Pretzels and finishing at 4:00 p.m. near Pepperidge Farm, shoppers can sway along to the holiday classics and listen to the sounds of the season.

WHAT:                                 Queenstown Premium Outlets Strolling Santa and Hand Bell Choir entertainment

 

WHEN:                                Saturday, December 19 from 12 – 4 p.m. & Sunday, December 20 from 2:30 – 4 p.m.

 

WHERE:                           Queenstown Premium Outlet 441 Outlet Center Drive
Queenstown, MD 21658

 

MORE INFO:                   For more information on this event, please visit premiumoutlets.com or facebook.com/queenstownpremiumoutlets.