Lush unveils Mother’s Day collection

Mother’s Day is just around the corner, and while mom may get flowers for her special day, she might want some products from Lush’s new Mother’s Day-inspired collection.

According to PopSugar, the beauty brand has recently released 11 new products that are sure to provide moms everywhere with a piece of the pampering they so deserve. Offering everything from a “Madame President bath bomb” to floral soaps and marbled “Bubbleroons,” PopSugar says individual items in the collection all cost under $10.

But, if you really want to spoil mom, Lush also sells prepackaged Mother’s Day items in a bundle, making shopping both easy and fun; sets range in price from $16 for a bath duo to $55 for a “Honey Mummy” gift set. ”

So go ahead and hit up lush for your Mother’s Day shopping this year; no matter what you pick out for your mom, you know she’ll love it — and you.

Happy Holidays from THL!

The first day of November hit, and suddenly, the world turned its attention to the holidays. Ads appeared everywhere boasting holiday sales, the biggest savings you’d see all year. Black Friday and Cyber Monday came and went with a deluge of emails urging us all to shop, shop, shop.

While I am one to love shopping — and writing about shopping — today is a day to remember that Christmas and the holiday season in general are not about buying clothes or stocking up on makeup. They are not about clipping coupons or heading out to shop at  the stroke of midnight.

Not even remotely.

The holidays are about family. They are about spending time with the people you love the most, and letting them know how much they mean to you. They are about drawing each other near and holding each other close, being grateful to have people who love you and ground you in the midst of the craziness that is our world today.

They are about remembering your past and being hopeful for your future. They are about giving more than you receive, and not just giving in a monetary or commercial way, but giving of time, love, patience and care. They are about opening our hearts, clearing our minds and just being present in a fleeting moment in time that will soon be a mere memory.

I know I have a lot to be grateful for: from my family and friends, to my job and this labor of love that is THL, my life is filled with blessings both large and small over which I continually pinch myself.

So today, I will take stock not of the gifts that were under my Christmas tree, but of the gifts I’ve been given throughout my life and the gift that is my life in general.

I urge you all to try do the same, not just today, but every day. I know I will.

Thanks for reading, and I wish you all a very happy holiday season.

XO,

Nicole

 

Tarte’s new line ‘fit for a princess’

Once upon a time in a far away land (re: a swanky office), a cosmetic company decided to create a line of makeup fit for a princess — a Park Avenue princess, that is.

According to PopSugar, makeup brand Tarte unveiled a brand-new collection of holiday cosmetics that are worthy of wear in one of Manhattan’s most posh and luxurious areas. Filled with bronze and rose gold products, each product in this line is dripping in metallic goodness, making everyday products like lip gloss and eye shadow palettes look just as ritzy as Park Ave itself.

However, that certainly doesn’t mean you have to reside in the neighborhood to get your hands on these products, or even wear them.

You can grab all of the line’s products on the brand’s website, with no item costing more than $46.

Girl Scouts serve up message on consent

Consent is about much more than saying ‘yes’ or ‘no’ — it’s about deciding your response for yourself, feeling comfortable in your decision and not being swayed by others to act in a certain way.

A new essay released by The Girl Scouts discusses this very topic, according to Glamour; called “Reminder: She Doesn’t Owe Anyone a Hug. Not Even at the Holidays,” the essay warns parents to not force their children to “hug or kiss relatives and other people” and not make their children believe that they “owe” someone a hug by sheer virtue of their relation.

While Glamour reports that much has been made about the message the piece is sending, with some criticizing the essay for sexualizing greetings among family members, the piece makes clear that it is not about this. It is instead about not having parents impose their will on their children while letting kids decide who they feel comfortable greeting and how. An excerpt reads:

“Think of it this way, telling your child that she owes someone a hug either just because she hasn’t seen this person in a while or because they gave her a gift can set the stage for her questioning whether she ‘owes’ another person any type of physical affection when they’ve bought her dinner or done something else seemingly nice for her later in life.”

And this, says Glamour, doesn’t mean that kids won’t naturally decide to hug or kiss family and friends; the point is to not force those who are hesitant and perhaps encourage other polite ways of interaction.

As the piece so succinctly concludes, “Give your girl the space to decide when and how she wants to show affection.”

 

 

 

Beyoncé unveils holiday merchandise

Now that Thanksgiving has come and gone, it is officially time to start shopping for the holiday season. And whether you’re looking for a gift for a family member or a friend (or even yourself), Beyoncé has the answer to your holiday shopping woes.

According to Vogue, the multi-hyphenate has released her very-own line of holiday merchandise in a capsule collection called “Holidayoncé” that debuted just ahead of Black Friday. Filled with T-shirts and hoodies emblazoned with “cheeky Christmastime phrases,” Vogue says the line ranges in price from $35 to $55, making the offerings a fairly accessible option for a variety of price points.

Some of the styles included in the collection include a glittery “Shinin” sweater, reports Vogue, as well as Queen Bey’s take on an ugly holiday sweater, which is in the form of “a crew-neck T-shirt emblazoned with the words, ‘Beyoncé Holiday Sweater.'”

With a Beyoncé holiday line at the ready, what else could we need?

Click here to scan the selection.

Merry Christmas!

Waking up on Christmas morning as an adult is not as exciting as it was when I was a child. The magic of Santa Claus has dissipated, the piles of toys are now a few boxes of sweaters and clothes and the remainder of the day is not spent playing with my new presents in my pjs. Although Christmas is not as magical for me as an adult, it is certainly different — and in a way that I appreciate more.

Christmas is no longer about presents to me, as it was when I was a child. Now, the best part of the day is gathering in the living room with my family and watching them interact as they open their gifts. It’s not what’s inside the boxes that matters; just being all together is enough for me.

I love to sit back and take it all in, I mean really look at each of my family members. When I do this, it usually hits me that we all will never be in this moment ever again; never again will we be our respective ages, on this specific day, in this specific year, in these specific circumstances. I wish I could freeze time and keep me and my family together in that moment for eternity.

When I realize this, I am immediately washed with melancholy,  but I slowly become filled with gratitude — gratitude for the day, for my wonderful family (and dog), for our cute little house, for my life and theirs. I suddenly recognize just how blessed we are not only to have the things we have, but to share these things with each other.

In moments like these, I always ask myself, “How did I get so lucky to have such a loving family? What did I do to deserve such incredible people in my life?” It amazes me that, for some reason, I not only get the chance to occupy the same time and space as them on this Earth, but that I also get the honor of calling them my family. It’s truly incredible how things align to create our current circumstances; call it luck or call it God, all I know is that I am the luckiest girl alive to have them for a family.

As all of these thoughts swirl in my mind in the midst of opening presents, I finally realize that while Christmas may no longer be about gifts for me, in a way, it still is — my family is the gift. Not just on Christmas, not just tomorrow, but every single day. For now and for always.

I have so much to be grateful for this Christmas, from my family and friends to you, my readers. I took a chance in creating this website all those many months ago, and seeing what it has now grown into is incredible to me. Thank you for sticking with me, and I hope you continue to follow me on this journey.

Merry Christmas, THL readers. I hope you are spending the day with those you love the most — I know I am.

XO,

Nicole

Style 101: Dressing for the Holidays

Dressing for the holiday season can be quite the task; each party you’re invited to may have a specific dress code, requiring you to have several fabulous outfits ready for every party invite that comes your way. If you’re struggling to come up with the perfect outfits for all of your holiday party-going needs, never fear — THL is here to save the day with three swoon-worthy soiree looks for all occasions.

The holiday season is a time for sparkle and shine; whether it is present in accessories like statement necklaces or in all-over beading,  all three of our favorite pieces for this season have — at the very least — a hint of shine that’s sure to brighten your holiday.

For your casual holiday parties, there is nothing better than a sweater with infused with metallic stitching, and we found that very thing in the form of the Metallic Sheer-Paneled Sweater from Forever 21. Done in a black knit, this sweater has a hint of metallic threading running through the body of the garment to give it a bit of sheen, and it’s offset by sheer sleeves and panels to allow for little peeks of skin. Pair this $22.90 sweater with your favorite pair of jeans and cute ankle boots, and you’ll be all decked out for your casual holiday party.

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The Metallic Sheer-Paneled Sweater, found on Forever21.com.

If you’ve been invited to a dressier party, then a dress is certainly the way to go, and Lulu’s offers a beautiful option for the occasion: the Teatro Light Beige Beaded Dress by Glamorous. Featuring a beaded tribal pattern throughout the dress, this frock makes the perfect holiday number. An added bonus: you’ll look good coming and going with the deep scoop back on this $111 dress.

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The Glamorous Teatro Light Beige Beaded Dress, found on Lulus.com.

If a black-tie affair is in your future, look no further than the Adrianna Papell Short Sleeve Sequin Mesh Gown from Nordstorm. Available in six colors including silver, blush and amethyst, this $278 gown will have all eyes on you as your make your way through the holiday soiree.

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The Adrianna Papell Short Sleeve Sequin Mesh Gown, found on Nordstrom.com.

Don’t forget that you can also add shine through jewelry (check out BaubleBar for gorgeous, affordable statement pieces), metallic clutches and even metallic heels.

Now that you have an outfit option for every occasion, make sure you RSVP to those invitations and get your outfits and accessories ready!

Happy Shopping!