Thursday, December 26, 2019

A Little Bit Of Everything For The End Of The Year

I have been getting a lot of feedback from readers that some of the New Year's recommendations were sold out online...so I went back and found some Prime items that are IN STOCK and will get to you before the ball drops!!!!   Also I added in some last minute things to make you have a very Happy New Year!!!  I am unplugging for the rest of the Holidays to spend the week with my parents and sister...I will be back on January 6th with more fashion, family and fun!!!  I will be posting on INSTAGRAM so don't forget to check it out!!! Have A Happy and Healthy!!!!  XOXOXOXO




I love the colorful sleeves on this top

This is a great style and comes in so many fun colors!!!

And if you want a little more casual look!!!!!

If you are not into an entire sparkle outfit maybe you will like these tights...

This is a really pretty dress....

I like the shape of this......

My SIL told me about this lego set...such a fun activity for New Year's Day!!!!

Another fun activity for New Years Day.....the wife's version...

And the husband's version!!!

Getting this for my nephews to play on New Year's Eve!!!!

Also ordered this to play with my parents and my kids!!!

I did not know about these Mugs before Christmas but how great if you are having a New Year's Brunch!!!!

And you need to get the matching tray!!!

One of my SIL's got these for Christmas..they are so pretty in person!!!

My MIL got me a very similar Agate tray..it's so gorgeous..I put it in my dining room!!!!!

My sister is hosting a New Year's Brunch and I am getting this to bring her a donut wall....

Wednesday, December 25, 2019

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas!!!!!  I am wishing everyone a very special day celebrating with those you love the most.  I wanted to share some very amazing Christmas decorations with you today.  I recently went on a girls trip to London.  I had never been to Europe during the Holidays and I have to say it was Magical.  I highly recommend planning a trip to London during the months of late November or December, right before Christmas.  The stores, hotels, and restaurants really go all out decorating.  It is amazing!!!! ENJOY and Merry Christmas to all and to all a GOOD NIGHT!!!!!


Sketch Restaurant is really in a league of its own....

The bar at sketch...that is a tea pot made of feathers and flowers....incredible...

Regent Street!!



This was a chocolate fondue stand at one of the Christmas markets!!!

Of course...we LOVE the Queen!!!

Mistletoe at Harrods!!!


Lights at the Berkeley Hotel (Gwyneth always stays here!!), on our way to the Blue Bar!!!

The Electric Cinema by Soho House..it is the one of the oldest working cinemas in Britain..oh and they serve you champagne while you are watching!!!!

The Royal Opera House is out of this world..you need to attend a performance there once in your lifetime!!!

Covent Garden!

Bond Street!!!

The Ritz!

Annabel's is pure magic....

This was taken at the Chiltern Firehouse restaurant..a very hip place where Harry and Megan's wedding afterparty was held!!!!

Balthazar London was awesome!!!

The next 2 are David Beckham's Pub in Notting Hill.  We had a superb lunch there...


EL&N London!

The Churchill Arms!!

Harry's Bar!

The Ivy!!!

Sunday, December 22, 2019

What Are You Wearing New Years Eve?

I'm trying to get everything covered for you before I unplug for the Holidays!!! AND I would never forget to give you some ideas for New Year's Eve outfit.  Everything is covered below from accessories to sequins!!!  I cannot believe 2019 is coming to an end.  Here's to ringing in 2020 in STYLE!!!




I love the combination of the sequins and color of this dress!!!!!

I think this is my all time favorite dress....unfortunately they were sold out in my size!!!!!

This is perfect if you are looking for a fun accessory!!!!

I saw embellished bags all over London....this one is so beautiful!!!!!

I saw someone wearing this at a party the other day...it was perfection!!!!!

This is such a cute top if you are having a casual NYE celebration or you can dress it up with sequin or leopard skirt!!!!

I love this top with leather pants!!!!

Someone was asking me for a simple leather pencil skirt...here is a great one!!!!

I just ordered these velvet pants..I love the shape!!!!

I really like the look of this balloon sleeve top!!!

This is also another beautiful dress!!!!!

And another!!!!

This dress is so crazy over the top but I had to show it to you...I am in LOVE!!!!!

On a simpler note this dress is perfection!!!!!

I could not leave you without shoes...this boot is on the top of my list!!!!!

Though a little pricey, this shoe is a perfect staple......that you will wear all year round year after year!!!

Lastly I owed you a sequin skirt...I bought this one....

Here it is in other colors!!!!!

Saturday, December 21, 2019

Reasons Why Moderation is the Key To A Healthy Lifestyle

Welcome to Wellness Weekend!!!!  Today we are focusing on moderation..I hope you find this article as helpful as I have during this hectic holiday season!!!!!


Life of excess and life of deprivation – neither of them is the right way to live your life, yet so many people struggle to find the golden middle and with it, the happiness and freedom it brings. Even though we live in a society that promotes seeking pleasures and always striving for more, it is possible to break free from these patterns and find balance in your life. Here are a couple of reasons why you should be more moderate and how it will affect your lifestyle.

It brings balance into your life…


Life is all about creating harmony, balancing between the two extremes – life of excess and life of deficiency, and neither of the two is good for you, your body, or your mind. Although maintaining balance in every aspect of your life may seem like something that is hard to reach, it is crucial for preserving your well-being, and it has to apply beyond the aspects of eating, drinking, and exercising. Living life in moderation means you get to enjoy the things that bring joy to your life as long as there are specific boundaries you’ve set and you know you won’t cross them.

…While a life of excess may disrupt it

Even though both deprivation and excess have their drawbacks, there is something that distinguishes deprivation from its extreme counterpart, and that is the fact that it comes with fewer problems, even though it may not be as pleasurable. On the other hand, a life of excess is likely to cause you problems in the long run, be it physical or mental health issues, emotional instability, or financial problems. Although neither of the two is good for you, doing things in excess may bring chaos into your life, and cause problems that will disrupt balance and disable you from living in harmony.

It keeps you from going to the extremes…

Walking down the line that separates black from white brings a sense of wellness into your life, surrounding you with joy and helping you look at life from a more positive, optimistic perspective. When there’s moderation in everything, from food and drinks to sleeping and working, a person is more likely to feel as if they are in control of their life, and all the decisions they’re making are more likely to bring them joy than make them feel miserable, as is often the case with going to either of the extremes.

…And extremes often lead to addiction

However, more often than not, people feel as if they aren’t the ones in charge of their lives, thinking of themselves as if they’re unable to break away from certain habits that they know are getting in their way of becoming happier and healthier individuals. Smoking too much or drinking excessively can cause a person to develop an addiction, and when things get out of control completely, people often turn to drugs as their way of coping with day-to-day problems. In America alone, we’re seeing growth in drug use, which causes many individuals to seek help at the Orange County rehab center in order to get back in balance and regain control over their lives.

It gives you time and freedom to do the things you love…

Once you conquer your addictions and kick all the bad habits you have, you begin to see just how time-consuming and energy-draining those habits were, not to mention how negatively they affected your finances. Getting your life back in balance and turning to other, more productive hobbies and interests will give you the freedom to explore and look for things that aren’t just momentary pleasures, but rather things that truly make you feel happy and fulfilled. Doing things in moderation will also help you be more productive, which will result in overall better time management, making it possible for you to accomplish more things during the day.

…But too much of a good thing can be bad for you

While you may enjoy your newfound, healthy and productive hobbies, remember that they, too, should be done in moderation. Sometimes, too much of a good thing can be bad for you, and even though you may see nothing wrong with exercising every day or working hard to prove yourself, when done in excess, those healthy and productive habits can be detrimental to your health and mind. Both of them require self-discipline, effort, and focus, and usually take a lot of time until you start seeing the results, but it’s important to understand that you shouldn’t concentrate on just one aspect of your life, but rather diversify and try to be equally as good in other areas of life.  Check out My Fit Station for a healthy alternative to your current exercise regime.
 Moderation is, indeed, key to a healthy lifestyle, as it reintroduces balance into our lives while also bringing numerous other benefits which make all the effort it takes worth our while. Give some thought to your own habits, re-examine your bad ones, and work on them in order to surround yourself with harmony and become the person you’ve always wanted to be.  

Thursday, December 19, 2019

Christmas Punch

Martha Stewart gets rave reviews for this simple yet delicious Christmas Punch.  We only have 5 days left, isn't it time for some punch yet?  Bottom's Up!!!!!!

photo MarthaStewart.com


(adapted from MarthaStewart.com)
Ingredients

Combine pomegranate and cranberry juice, vodka, Cointreau, club soda, lemon juice, and simple syrup in a punch bowl. Fill glasses with cranberries frozen in ice cubes, and serve.

Monday, December 16, 2019

Book Club Monday

This book is the perfect gift for the jewelry lovers in your life..The Cartiers: The Untold Story of the Family Behind the Jewelry by Francesca Cartier Brickell. From the jeweler's humble beginning to becoming a global luxury brand, this story tells it all....

A dynamic group biography studded with design history and high-society dash. . . . [This] elegantly wrought narrative bears the Cartier hallmark.”—The Economist

The captivating story of the family behind the Cartier empire and the three brothers who turned their grandfather’s humble Parisian jewelry store into a global luxury icon—as told by a great-granddaughter with exclusive access to long-lost family archives

“Ms. Cartier Brickell has done her grandfather proud.”—The Wall Street Journal

The Cartiers is the revealing tale of a jewelry dynasty—four generations, from revolutionary France to the 1970s. At its heart are the three Cartier brothers whose motto was “Never copy, only create” and who made their family firm internationally famous in the early days of the twentieth century, thanks to their unique and complementary talents: Louis, the visionary designer who created the first men’s wristwatch to help an aviator friend tell the time without taking his hands off the controls of his flying machine; Pierre, the master dealmaker who bought the New York headquarters on Fifth Avenue for a double-stranded natural pearl necklace; and Jacques, the globe-trotting gemstone expert whose travels to India gave Cartier access to the world’s best rubies, emeralds, and sapphires, inspiring the celebrated Tutti Frutti jewelry.

Francesca Cartier Brickell, whose great-grandfather was the youngest of the brothers, has traveled the world researching her family’s history, tracking down those connected with her ancestors and discovering long-lost pieces of the puzzle along the way. Now she reveals never-before-told dramas, romances, intrigues, betrayals, and more.

The Cartiers also offers a behind-the-scenes look at the firm’s most iconic jewelry—the notoriously cursed Hope Diamond, the Romanov emeralds, the classic panther pieces—and the long line of stars from the worlds of fashion, film, and royalty who wore them, from Indian maharajas and Russian grand duchesses to Wallis Simpson, Coco Chanel, and Elizabeth Taylor.

Published in the two-hundredth anniversary year of the birth of the dynasty’s founder, Louis-Fran├žois Cartier, this book is a magnificent, definitive, epic social history shown through the deeply personal lens of one legendary family. - Amazon.com

For more information or to purchase this book click HERE.

image Amazon.com

Sunday, December 15, 2019

Stocking Stuffers

It's time to stuff the stockings....This is another request for recommendations that I received within the past week.  I like to stuff ours with candy but it is fun to put some little gifts in there as well....Here are some of my favorite choices:

image thespruce.com


I love anything Grande lash!!!!

These zodiac necklaces are a MUST!!!!

Everyone needs Reindeer glasses!!!!

These chocolate santas are sooooo good!!!!!

This Christmas light charger is adorable..I just order it...

You can never go wrong with festive earrings!!!!! These are great!!!

I got these for my kids...they love a cookie pan!!!!!!!

You cannot go wrong with these cozy Ugg socks!!!!

Satin Scrunches are all the rage

These hot chocolate sticks are soooo yummy!!!!

This shaving cream is soooo refreshing!!!!

The multi tool is still my favorite gift!!!

This is such good popcorn!!!!

These are great makeup sponges!!!

This quick brush cleaner is brilliant!!!!

This water bottle purifier should be in everyone's water....


And in case you missed my other gift guides...here are the links for you:

General Gifts:
http://www.nslifestyles.com/2019/10/only-18-friday-until-christmas-2019.html

http://www.nslifestyles.com/2019/11/amazon-holiday-picks-continued.html

Gift Guide for Her:
http://www.nslifestyles.com/2019/11/amazon-gift-guide-for-her.html

Gift Guide for Him:
http://www.nslifestyles.com/2019/11/gift-guide-for-him.html

Gift Guide for Teachers:
http://www.nslifestyles.com/2019/12/gifts-for-teachers.html


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Thursday, December 12, 2019

Easy Christmas Appetizer

I am going to try to make this appetizer this Christmas.  Everyone LOVES a Mexican dip.  I thought this was such a clever idea since you use almost the same ingredients and can create the look of a Christmas Tree to serve.  

image inspired by charm

(adapted from tastesoflizzy.com)
Ingredients
  • 8 ounces sour cream
  • 8 ounces cream cheese softened
  • 4.5 ounces green chilies (1 small can) drained and diced
  • 4.5 ounces chopped black olives (1 small can) drained (optional)
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/8 teaspoon garlic powder or more to taste
  • 1/4 teaspoon seasoned salt or more to taste
  • 5 10" flour tortillas (spinach if you are going to make the tree above)
  • Blend together sour cream and cream cheese with mixer. Stir in chilies, olives, cheese and seasonings. 
  • Spread the mixture on equally on each of the floured tortillas and roll them up tightly. 
  • Wrap each roll in plastic wrap and refrigerate for overnight or for at least 2 hours. 
  • Slice and serve with salsa

Wednesday, December 11, 2019

A New Blog Sale AND Shopping With Glenn Close!!!!!

When I was in London, I found the most gorgeous gemstone rings.  I brought one home and every time I wear it I get asked so many questions about it.  I was able to contact the jeweler and he sent me a few other one of kind rings for a blog sale just in time for Christmas...the rings are so gorgeous in person and all are under $100.  They make incredible gifts.....Email me for more information..


Now....are you ready to shop with Glenn Close?  She recently put her Bedford estate on the market after living there for 30 years!!   She recently hosted her daughter's wedding there last summer.  The home is really stunning.   There is going to be an incredible estate sale there this weekend, Thursday, December 12- Sunday, December 14.  All the information for the sale can be found HERE.