8 MAIDS A MILKING
There’s just something about frothed milk that transforms a regular cup o’ joe into an udderly amazing treat. Working as a stewardess, I have made my fair share of cappuccino’s over the years. I’ve used almost every aerating, steaming and frothing device available from battery operated, hand held wands to huge, industrial steaming machines yet none of them create a finer foam than my Bodum milk frother….I like it a latte! It’s the perfect gift for any coffee lover.
Why not add an extra shot of joy to the gift and include a kit of latte stencils and decorating utensils so that your at home barista can espresso her creative side and take her morning beverage from depresso to coffee talk conversation worthy.
7 SWANS A SWIMMING
Let’s face it: we all have days where we feel more like an ugly duckling than a stunning swan, so it’s nice to find products that can help us put our best faces forward. These are some of my favorite tricks of the beauty trade that I’m sure pretty much any girl would love to add to their cosmetic arsenal.
A Quality Set of Makeup Brushes
CONICAL HAIR WAND
Whether you have pin straight hair or bouncy ringlets, I think every basically girl wishes for the same hair look; effortless flowing waves. Hair that says, “I woke up this way: gorgeous”. Unfortunately achieving this unstyled look is not so effortless. I’ve tried everything from saltwater spray to moroccan oil trying to achieve the perfect imperfect hairstyle but it never came out quite right. If used a curling iron the curls were to curly, if i used a flat iron they waves weren’t curly enough. I was aiming for sexy tousled but usually ended more toddlers and tiaras…until I discovered THE WAND. It’s called a wand because of it’s obvious shape resembling a light saber but it could also be because the results are nothing short of magic. It doesn’t matter what hair type you have, once you wave this device around your strands, your hair type is officially perfection. Now that have this device, my curling and flat irons have been forced into retirement, now just collecting dust under my bathroom sink with their older and never ever used relative, the crimping iron.
This hand held, rechargeable oscillating brush offers spa treatment results right at your fingertips. They say beauty is only skin deep, but you should probably exfoliate to make it shine it’s brightest. After I used my Clarisonic for the first time I couldn’t get over how smooth my face felt and now I can’t imagine life without it. Maybe it’s just me, but I seriously believe there is no such thing as having eyelashes that are too long…. well at least I used to feel that way until I started using Latisse. This stuff is a bit pricey but worth every penny. Originally designed as a treatment for glaucoma, doctors began to notice that their test patients all seemed to have one thing in common……the product wasn’t helping their glaucoma as much as they’d hoped but everyone’s eyelashes looked Amazing! I wouldn’t have believed it myself if I hadn;t seen it with my own (gorgeously thick lashed) eyes…the stuff is magic. It works so well I eventually found myself applying mascara one day and thinking the impossible; “Are my eyelashes too long? Should I maybe trim them?” Of course I didn’t but buyers beware: Do not use Latisse unless you are ready for compliments from strangers on a daily basis. This stuff is basically miracle grow. You know what a great problem to have is? When it’s annoying that your eyelashes keep hitting your sunglass lenses because they’re JUST THAT LONG. Once you’ve been using Latisse for a couple of weeks and have eyelashes that are nearly touching your eyebrows, might as well take it next level and use a great mascara. There are so many options that I find myself confused….volumizing, lengthening, curling, defining, smudge-proof, thickening, clump free, waterproof, extending, new and improved wand shape, separating bristles…..which one do I want? How about one that does it all, is that too much too ask? Unlike a lot of beauty products where you can get by with a drugstore version just fine….quality and design really does matter when it comes to mascara. There’s a fine line between feminine pretty battable lashes and scary, chunky embarrassing Tammy Faye Baker-esque disasters, a good mascara makes the difference. My little sister recently turned me onto this brand and I must say it’s the best mascara I’ve ever used.
ARBONNE IT’S A LONG STORY MASCARA
The lightweight yet dramatic coverage makes it easy to see why Vanity Fair beauty blog picked this mascara as one of their top 5 picks. If the rest of Arbonne’s products are as great as this, they are surely an up and coming company to keep your gorgeously lashed eyes on.
6 GEESE A LAYING
I’m going to warn you ahead of time, I’m about to shell out and lay some egg-stroidinarily rotten puns but at least omletting you know in advance. I just can’t help but crack these jokes, though I’ll try to get this section done and over easy as possible. Just try and look at the sunny side, this is merely a quick segg-way that might crack you up a little bit before you get to number 5, which I promise is a hard one to beat. There are a few things in life you should own that mean you are officially an adult who has her shit together:
- towels of various sizes in your bathroom that all match
- quality pots and pans
- proper sets of wine glasses (red, white AND champagne)
- a nice iron/ironing board
None of these items are necessities by any means but they are things that represent an intentional, curated grown up lifestyle versus just getting by. Nobody wants to live like a college student forever and it’s the small things that make a world of difference. This is one of the reasons I absolutely adore Egg Cups. Egg cups have been used since prehistoric times, achaeological recovery discovering the presence of egg cup use as early as the 18th century BC. Despite their archaic roots, egg cups are refined defined. Practical and usually decorative, they are the rare perfect marriage of both fashion and function which to me, is ultimate elegance. An egg cup is used when serving soft boiled eggs, another favorite thing of mine although I’m not sure if I love soft boiled eggs for their taste or because the whole presentation feels so civilized. It’s almost the classic question: which came first my love of egg cups or the egg?” The egg cup has to be one of the world’s simplest and successful ideas produced in countless 1000’s but really has become ‘collectable’ during the past few decades. Collecting egg cups is called “pocillovy.” And you can use them for more than just eggs! They are an eegs-cellant way to stay organized and keep all of your office supplies from getting scrambled together. ( warned you about the puns)
Egg cups are also adorable bud vases. They can be a perfect tiny arrangement for a guest bathroom:
…or a colorful, charming addition to any tabletop.
The egg cups above clearly use Latisse!
5 GOLDEN RINGS
When it comes to accessories for me they might as well be call EXCESSories, I always pile way too many on. Understated is not the look I go for and I often end up resembling a Christmas tree myself, sparkle and ornaments hanging from every limb. I went through a pretty major ‘arm party’ phase where my left wrist was piled with bangles and bracelets of every kind. I think I eventually had tan lines from the ever-present collection of cuffs, the 4 inch section of my wrist pale from never seeing the light of day under all of my arm flare. I’ve finally managed to grow out of that addiction, although every now and then I regress when getting dressed and think to myself “what does this outfit need…more bracelets!!!”. Considering my bohemian bauble ‘more is more’ taste when it comes to all things that glitter, I am totally feeling the new trend of wearing rings on every finger that is sweeping style blogs at the moment. If you also like it, then you better put a ring on it. Or 5 for that matter, just keeping piling them on…..the look is like fancy brass knuckles and a definite knockout gift to hand out.
A perfectly foamed latte, products that make me feel pretty,
elegant egg holders and stacks of gold rings.
These items may not be for everyone on my shopping list
but they are certainly a few of my favorite things.