'Tis the season of Holiday Parties!!! I don’t know about you, but from November through January, my schedule is booked solid due to holiday festivities!!!! Since I work from home with zero reason to rock anything besides leggings, lipgloss & my favorite scent most days of the week, you best believe I take full advantage of the holidays and get as glammed up as possible every chance I get!
Last weekend Hubby & I attended our first formal Holiday Party of the year! Thanks to the new Hot Tools Signature Series, I was able to make myself look salon perfect without actually stepping foot in a salon since Hot Tools launched the Signature Series line, bringing styling tools from a trusted brand used by professionals! Perfect for us work at home boss babes that can’t fit in that salon appointment between running our empires and chasing our kiddos around!
Get Holiday Party Ready With Me
To achieve this look, I washed my hair the night before and made sure to instantly dry my hair with the Hot Tools® Signature Series Salon Turbo Ionic® Dryer, 1875 Watts. Drying your hair instead of by air will make all of those frizzes disappear! You want your hair to be as straight as possible & this fabulous hair dryer does the trick!
Hot Tools Signature Series Digital Flat Iron, 1 Inch
The day of your holiday party, have your party outfit on & your makeup all ready to go! Nothing worse than being hair and makeup ready and having that holiday party dress flatten and smudge it all!!! Have that dress on before you start to holiday glam yourself!!!
Once that dress is on and your makeup is good to go, grab that Hot Tools Signature Series flat iron, 1 Inch and start straightening away! Your hair should be pretty flat from drying it the night before, but this fabulous Flat Iron will make your hair ultra sleek and have your golden locks shining away!!!! Everyone deserves beautiful, and that’s what you get with these tools.
Hot Tools Signature Series Gold Curling Iron/Wand, 1 Inch
Once your curling iron is nice and hot, you will want to curl
After your hair is looking nice and sleek from your flat iron, it’s time to move on to your curling iron! While your Hot Tools Signature Series is heating up, I usually play with the part in my hair so my hair will lay flat on my scalp! I love the messy part look! Makes your hair look like you did nothing at all and your hair is just naturally this fabulous!
And just like that you have a holiday party look that looks like it came straight out of a salon!!! No one would ever guess that you achieved this look for the fraction of the cost in your very own bathroom!!! This look is also a favorite of mine when I travel! Minimal effort/time and leaves you looking like a bombshell straight off the runways! All thanks to Hot Tools!!!
The Hot Tools Signature Series is available now at Walmart, Amazon and other mass retailers! #EveryoneDeservesBeautiful!
Are you attending any holiday parties this year?
And just like that another Bath & Body Works Candle Day has come and gone! Crazy that it’s already December!!! December is my favorite time of year to shop for myself, so I make sure to get all of my holiday gift shopping finished BEFORE Thanksgiving! That way I can take advantage of all those fabulous deals that show up in my inbox daily without a guilty conscience!!!
I’m happy to report that 99% of my shopping was completed way before Thanksgiving, so this Bath & Body Works Candle Day, I was able to splurge on every last thing that I wanted guilt free!
Listed below are the candles I scooped up during the sale, in the order of how fabulous they ended up smelling for me once at home!
No idea what Bath & Body Works Candle Day is? Make sure to check out my last post so you can take advantage of the next Bath & Body Works Sale!!!
FRAGRANCE ~ White Cherry, Orange, Juniper with Essential Oils
OPINION ~ I am shocked to say this candle is tied for my number one spot on my favorites list!!! Cherry Frost & In The Stars were the most powerful scented candles I purchased in my Bath & Body Works Candle Day Haul! If you love cherry, you will be obsessed with this candle!!! Plus, can we talk about how cute the packaging is?!?! Ahhhhh I love the whole girly Christmas vibe Bath & Body Works went with this season!!!!! Honestly, I purchased this candle for packaging reasons, so that’s why I was shocked that this candle smelled the best! So wasn’t expecting that!!!
IN THE STARS
FRAGRANCE ~ Make every moment glow with an addictive fragrance that radiates from start to finish like the stars above. In The Stars is a warm, sparkling blend of starflower, sandalwood musk, sugared tangelo, white agarwood & radiant amber.
OPINION ~ I LOVE THIS CANDLE!!!! The scent is super powerful!!! Smells like an expensive perfume, which makes this the perfect candle to burn while getting ready for those Christmas parties!!!! I really wish I would have picked a few more of these up to add to several gift baskets I have made for a few girlfriends! A total steal for only $8.95!
FRAGRANCE ~ Bubbly Champagne, Sparkling Berries, Juicy Tangerine with Essential Oils.
OPINION ~ Champagne & Cranberry, the candle below, are tied for the middle spots on my favorite candle list! I was pretty excited about this candle since I’m champagne obsessed, but at the same time didn’t have my hopes up since most champagne and wine scents tend to be disappointing . This past fall Bath & Body Works had a Champagne Apple & Honey Lotion and I wasn’t too impressed. All I smelled was Apple! Now the Champagne Toast Candle? Bravo Bath & Body Works!!!! Still not as powerful Champagne-wise as us bubbly lovers would like, but it’s a huge step in the right direction!!! Love that I bought this candle!!!! It will definitely make for a great conversation piece when guest come over!
FRAGRANCE ~ Iced Cranberries, Blonde Woods, Red Apple with Essential Oils.
OPINION~ Frosted Cranberry smells exactly what what you would expect! That’s always a good thing when spending big bucks on candles. You could totally buy this candle at full price and feel you got your money’s worth!!! I love cranberry, especially around Christmas time, so I was glad I picked this candle up!!! Plus, the packaging is pretty fab itself!!! Girly Christmas galore!!!!
FRAGRANCE ~ This is what Christmas smells like: Cool Peppermint, Sugared Snow, Vanilla Buttercream, Hint of Musk with Essential Oils
OPINION ~ This was honestly the candle I was most excited to pick up!!! It looks exactly what I imagine girly Christmas to look like! It was the first candle I lit up and boy was I disappointed! For $8.95, it didn’t smell bad. It did smell delicious, but considering this is a $24.99 candle on a normal day. Boo! The scent was on the weak side for a Bath & Body Works Candle since most of their candles are pretty powerful scent wise. Glad I didn’t pay full price.I feel this was a candle that deserved that $8.95 price tag!
FREE CANDLE HOLDER!!
That’s right! I said FREE Candle Holder!! If you receive Bath & Body Works coupons in the mail, then you know there is a free gift coupon in the December mailer!!! I obviously took advantage of the free gift during the Bath & Body Works Candle Day Sale! This holder was $12.95 & the coupon was for anything under $13. Pretty fabulous candle holder if you ask me! Glad I was one of the crazies at the Bath & Body Works door when they opened so I could actually scoop one of these babies up! I bet they were gone pretty quickly during the sale since I’m sure a ton of shoppers were taking advantage of that free gift coupon!
Did you take advantage of the Bath & Body Works Candle Day Sale?
Omg!!!!! I just found out Bath & Body Works Candle Day is this SATURDAY, DECEMBER 1st!!!!! If you’re not a Bath & Body Works obsessed gal like myself and have zero clue what I’m talking about, this is the day Bath & Body Works discounts all their 3 wick candles down to $8.95. These candles can be marked as high as $24.99 on a normal day, so this is a killer deal if you’re someone like me who needs all the candle scents all the time!
Since I’m a seasoned Candle Day Veteran, I thought I would share a few of my Candle Day tips to help you get the most out of your Candle Day experience!
1. Don’t Just Stock Up On Christmas Scents
This is literally the number one rookie mistake! As much as we want ALL the Christmas scents, who wants to be burning Christmas candles all year long? I know once New Years hits, I’m done with Christmas for the year & that means candle scents as well. If you’re planning on doing a large candle haul, grab a few non-Christmas scents so you have candles to burn all year long! Shopping for a besties Christmas gift? I would also suggest snagging that non-Christmas scent so they can burn it all year long!
2. Call Your Local Store The Night Before
Some Bath & Body Works Stores actually open early for Candle Day! Some years I have heard of stores opening as early as 7am! If you have certain scents on your must-have list, I would suggest calling your local store to see if they happen to be opening early. Nothing worse than arriving at usual opening time only to find out your scents are sold out because the store had been open for hours!
3. Get There Early
If you are someone after the trendy Christmas scents, I would suggest going to the sale early! Everyone has Christmas candles on their mind since they are the newest, so the trendy Christmas scents are going to be the first to go! Get their early to snag your candle!
4. Last Seasons Scents
Was there a scent you were obsessed with last summer? Years past I have actually spotted candles from previous seasons! Just do a little digging and walking around. You never know what you might stumble upon!!! Nothing better than finding that scented candle you were obsessed with and thought you would never lay eyes on again!! It really can happen in candle day!
5. Don’t Be Afraid To Ask!
I know you can feel silly asking an employee a simple question. Makes me nervous thinking about it since I’m one of those people who likes to shop without being bombarded by employees asking me if they can help me! But if you can’t find a scent you know should be out on display, ask an employee if they have more in the back! Every time I have thought a candle was sold out, I built up the courage to ask if they had more and they did! Candle Day is crazy busy, so most of the time, if you’re at the sale early, they didn’t have time to restock. If you’re at the sale later in the day, still ask! You never know. Maybe that specific scent isn’t popular in your town and they do have more!
I know, y’all are like CourtneyLynne said the word coupon?!? Is the world ending?!?! While I might not be a coupon gal most days, it’s not my fault I forget those suckers at home! I am a huge fan of coupons on candle day! If you’re on the Bath & Body Works mailing list, you can use the December coupon book you received in the mail on candle day! That Dollar Discount Coupon will be your bestie!!! You can take off $5, $10, or $15 depending on how much you spend! Just take your coupon book to the store with you and use the coupon for your total amount at checkout! That coupon will make your candles even cheaper!!! Example, spent $20? You will get $5 off with that Dollar Discount Coupon!
There is also a coupon for a free gift with purchase in the December coupon book! They won’t let you use the coupon for another candle, I watched someone try one year! But use that baby to score yourself one of the cheaper candle holders for all those new candles you just purchased! That’s what I did at the last Candle Day sale!
7. Stack Mailer Coupons In Store
If you receive a coupon book with several coupons all attached on the same card, you can use ALL three in one transaction! So if you have the December coupon book, you can use the that Dollar Discount Coupon AND the Free Gidt Coupon in the same transaction! Jackpot!!
8. Best Ways To Use Free Product Coupons.
That awesome Free Product Coupon in the December Coupon Book is pretty awesome!! Since you can get pretty much ANY product valued under $14 with any purchase. That’s right, buy one candle and get anything under $14 for free, make sure you use it for something good! I personally use them for candle holders! Other people I know love to use them on the Aromatherapy collection items since they rarely go on sale!
If you’re not able to shop in-store for Candle Day, they usually release the sale online too, but unfortunately you’ll have to pay to ship. If you’re on the fence about their candles, they smell AMAZING! I actually prefer them over Yankee Candles as they make my entire house from top to bottom smell delicious!
10. Get Free Gift Wrapping Supplies In-Store.
Planning to gift those candles you just purchased, but don’t have time to buy a gift bag? Be sure to ask at checkout if you can have cello bags, gift tags, and ribbon! They will give you a set of wrapping supplies per candle!
As most of you know, we travel A LOT during the holidays. With my family living all over the place in Texas, my besties thousands of miles away back in Orlando, it’s life on the road once the holidays hit since we are located in New York.
It it can be rather tough trying to scheme up that perfect Secret Santa gift when you have things like luggage weight limits to worry about on those fights! That’s why I’ve been a huge fan of CHAMILIA when I need that beyond fabulous gift when I’m on the road. Small enough to be tucked away in a carry on bag and fabulous enough to give to even the picket person on your holiday shopping list since everyone loves Swarovski!
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Since I’m someone who is all about themes & my Secret Santa gifts are usually passed early in the holiday season, I’m all about the Christmas charms/ bracelets when it comes to gift giving! Something festive the recipient can rock around the Christmas tree throughout the season!!!!
My favorite charm this year? This beyond adorable charm called Peppermint Joy. This sterling silver charm features light oxidation, opaque red enamel detailing, and white SwarovskiPure Brilliance Zirconia and can be paired with any Chamilia bracelet or necklace. Depending on who I’m shopping for, I will buy either just the charm since they already have a bracelet, or bracelet & charm to
get them hooked on the fabulously that is Chamilia. Then every year I can buy another festive charm to
add to their collection!!! Such a fun and exciting gift!
Are you a Chamilia Charm Collector?
This post was sponsored by Reebok as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central and all opinions expressed in my post are my own.
I’m a hater of all things winter. I truly am. I dislike the cold, the snow, the gloomy & ridiculously depressing sky. Winter is literally my nemesis & I’m counting down the days until I can once again walk the pup around the neighborhood in 70-degree weather.
Part of my daily routine is that I like to walk. A LOT! Walking is my form of exercise. It’s how I get all my energy out after a stressful day and my life feels all wonky if I’m unable to get a walk in. But during winter? Walking the neighborhood is not happening. I’ve tried. People don’t shovel sidewalks. Plows push ice and snow on the few paths that are shoveled. It’s agonizing to me!!!
The next best thing?
Mall walking of course!
Mall walking offers a safe, free, comfortable, walker-friendly way for the public to be more physically active.
Why Walk The Mall?
• Malls offer an indoor environment so you can avoid harsh weather.
• Malls have security!
• Level ground, which can reduce the risk of trips and falls
• Company of fellow mall walkers
• Well-lit restrooms, access to free water fountains, and benches or places to sit and rest!
The first few times I hit the mall for a nice long walk, I bumped into several other mall walkers. There are even clubs and these people are serious about their daily walks. They have headphones in, they have created their own “lanes” and to them, if you aren’t moving quickly, you’re in their way. It can quite intimidating, but it doesn’t have to be! That’s why I created a list of tips for those of you wanting to get into to mall walking! With these tips, you will be mall walking like a pro in no time!
The right shoe can literally make or break your walk. You braved the cold, scrapped snow off of your car & made the trek all the way to the mall, so you definitely don’t want to cut your walk short due to an uncomfortable shoe! That’s why my go-to mall walking shoes are Reebok Classics!!
The reason I’m obsessed with Reebok Classics is because not only are the super comfy, but they are so versatile! I can go walk a few laps at the mall in total comfort and then head to dinner or run some errands rocking the same look! No need to change or anything! My pair of Reebok Classics have rose good accents all over the shoe, so I’m constantly getting compliments on my favorite shoes!!! Want a pair for yourself?!? You can scoop up a pair online at Shoe Carnival!!!
If you're like me, you don't necessarily want everyone to know that you're at the mall to work out. The solution is simple: Don't wear workout gear, just wear regular clothes (something comfortable). That way you don't stand out! This is another reason why I love wearing my Reebok Classics for my mall walks! They are comfy enough for a workout, yet match my everyday clothing!
In my experience, no one smiles at each other. There is no small talk!! And I love it!!!! The worst part of hitting the gym is all the small talk. None of that happens at the mall. We all divert our eyes to not slow our pace!
I feel I get the best walks in when I take breaks. I will bring a bottle of water with me. Switch which hand I’m holding my water in as if my water bottle was a weight. When I start to feel sluggish, I find a chair or bench and take a water break! Once I down my bottle of water, I’m off to the second part of my walk!
No strolling aloud. Walk briskly. Swing your arms and prepare for a real-life game of Frogger!! You will burn more calories the faster you walk and the more you swing your arms!
Take The Stairs
Take the stairs and not the escalators or elevators. This one should be pretty obvious, but I felt I should toss this tip on the list! Stair climbing is such a fabulous workout! Whenever I have extra energy, I love speed walking stairs over and over!!! I even do this in my own home. My legs always feel like jello after and I love it!!!!
Stop Into Stores
Don't just walk the length of the mall, stop into the stores and walk around! This will not only give you extra steps, but you'll be so distracted you won't notice you added more steps to your workout! I love going into stores when I start to get bored and haven’t met my steps goal since stores change their stock all the time. Stores are constantly giving me new things to look at while walking.
Are you a mall walker? Do you have any mall walking tips of your own?
CourtneyLynne is former model turned mommy & wifey! When not blogging all things foodie, fashion, travel, mom life & straight up fabulousness to the masses, she can be found chasing her toddler around in 6in stilettos & laughing at her own jokes her glass of wine told her to tell.