9 pretty shiny sparkly things for her

 

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Still wondering what to get for your girl this Christmas? Here’s your last-minute guide to make her shine:

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Andante necklace by Hello Friday

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What it features:

  • Floral-shaped gemstones
  • Lobster clasp closure

 
Why you should get it:

If there’s any choker she’ll use for both casual and formal occasions, this is the one.

 
 

Rhinestone cuff bangle in Silver from Dune 

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What it features:

  • Metallic silver
  • Rhinestone crystals

 
Why you should get it:

Your girl gets an instant glam just by putting on the cuff. This is the perfect gift for her if she’s the lazy type ;)

 
 

“Moon in my room” lamp with light-up lunar phases

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What it features:

  • 12 moon phase settings that matches the real moon
  • Shines like real moonlight, only in your room

 
Why you should get it:

If like most girls your girlfriend grew up with Sailor Moon, she’ll love this. Or if she’s somewhat mystic or into astrology and just fascinated by what the phases mean … who cares if this is a kid’s toy?! It’s glowing pretty.

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Clear single ring by Environmental Jewelry

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What it features:

  • Can you believe this is made out of rice?! They don’t call it sustainable fashion for nothing.
  • So yes, dry rice grain + resin brass

 
Why you should get it:

This will be an instant everyday favorite for your girl, because it adds a bohemian touch to everything she wears quite effortlessly.

 
 

Classic Breakfast At Tiffany’s poster

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What it features:

  • 68.6 x 101.6″
  • 20th century cinema’s most iconic woman, often seen with pretty shiny sparkly things, styled classy and timeless.

 
Why you should get it:

Because it’s Ms. Hepburn we’re talking about. And love, and Tiffany box. The beauty deserves substantial space on every girl’s bedroom wall.


 
 

Swarovski Opera Girl structured clutch

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What it features:

  • Swarovski beads
  • Chinese Opera Girl image
  • A detachable shoulder strap
  • 4.1 x 7.48″

 
Why you should get it:

Most of us girls would be ecstatic to receive a fully Swarovski-beaded accessory, but I guess it also feeds the inner Asian-girl fetish in you guys.

 
 

Swan boxes by Tozai Home

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What it features:

 
Why you should get it:

Control clutter with simplicity. Every girl deserves some kind of order out of her stashes of rings, earrings, bracelets and necklaces.

 
 
 

Ever Faith silver-toned flower bouquet teardrop dangle earrings

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What it features:

  • Clear Austrian crystal
  • Comes with some spare crystals, a gift box, and a favor bag

 
Why you should get it:

SO PRETTY!!

 
 

Vanity companions by IMM LIVING

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What it features:

  • Ceramics, and glass mirrors
  • 2 styles to choose from: Persian cat, or white rabbit?
  • 6 x 8 x 8.5″

 
Why you should get it:

It’s the perfect accessory for your dressing table: Functions both as close-up mirrors and as jewelry containers.

 
 
 

 
 
 

So which of these shiny things are you getting for the special girl in your life?

 

See all 12 days to Christmas gift ideas here. Here’s the helpers in the past week for your last-minute shopping:

 
 
 
 
 


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Get fit: 8 gifts for making it in the new year

 

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I don’t know about you, but I never really make resolutions. For some reason it’s just not part of our culture. But what I know is that most people around me say it in their prayer – they keep these resolutions to themselves until they’ve made it. You’ll hear a lot of success stories around here that starts with the sentence: “In year ____, I set myself up to commit to X by changing Y.” People never really tell anyone during the moment they set themselves up for success.

Likewise, I feel uncomfortable telling anyone else about my goals until I know in my heart I’m committing to them. What about you? Do you have a specific goal for the coming year? You don’t have to tell me, just make an affirmation in your heart and that’s more than enough. In the meantime, help someone else you care about achieve his/her goals. Since weight loss/fitness/run-a-marathon and other health-related resolutions are the mainstay of new year’s resolutions, I invite you to check out these 8 goodies that are perfect for that fit buddy who’s looking for far bigger challenges in 2015:

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0.75-liter Eddy bottle in Carnation from Camelbak

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What it features:

  • 100% BPA-free Eastman Tritan
  • Two-finger carry handle
  • Just flip, bite, and sip!

 
Why you should get it:

Because every girl deserves her own water everywhere she goes.

 
 

Fashionairy x Henrik Vibskov 16-month weekly mini planner

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What it features:

  • 9 x 16cm
  • 164 pages
  • Vibskov’s signature African print

 
Why you should get it:

To plan and log your weekly workouts, because we both know failing to schedule equals to planning for failure.

 
 

 Free Flyknit 4.0 shoes from Nike

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What it features:

  • The Nike Flyknit technology for maximum breathability and flexibility
  • Re-designed hexagonal pattern
  • Anatomical heel for natural footstrike
  • Ultralight support
  • Contoured fit

 
Why you should get it:

You know, ever since I started wearing this pair of babies, any other shoe just seems to make my feet feel suffocated. When you run with Free, you’re running with your own speed, your own strength, and your very best.

 
 

HeatGear Sonic all-in-one capri in Lead by Under Armour

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What it features:

  • Super-light HeatGear fabric
  • UPF 30+ to protect you from the sun
  • Anti-microbial technology to eliminate odor
  • Signature Moisture Transport System that wicks sweat

 
Why you should get it:

To get you to box like Gisele (and deal better with the haters like she does).


 
 

This athletic halter bikini from ROMWE

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What it features:

  • Polyester
  • Hollow panel
  • Zippered design

 
Why you should get it:

A hard-earned reward, after working so hard.

 
 

Bomber bag in Black from Cheap Monday

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What it features:

  • Nylon with padded mesh lining
  • Detachable strap
  • Side pockets
  • Spacious compartment (57 x 30cm)
  • Versatility (for gym bag, holiday bag, carry-on bag, just a cool bag)

 
Why you should get it:

It’s cool, it’s stylish, and it’s nylon, so you don’t have to worry about your gym bag smelling like a cow’s dung anymore.

 
 

Pebble SmartWatch in White

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What it features:

  • Works with BOTH Android and iOS
  • Get e-mail, SMS notifications delivered here
  • A single charge lasts for 5-7 days
  • Downloadable watchfaces and apps
  • Controls music
  • Comes with USB charging cable
  • Somewhat resists water (5 ATM)

 
Why you should DEFINITELY get it:

It’s pretty and it logs your mileage and it’s so light compared to other smartwatches (want!)

 
 

YogaPaws Elite mini mat in Rich Maroon

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  • Natural rubber
  • Travel-friendly
  • Added cushion for wrist support
  • Great grip on any surface

 
Why you should get it:

For maximum stability as you do your swinging, twisting, and head-standing. You go, girl.

 
 
 

 
 
 

You grabbing any of these for yourself? Get started now before the crowds come flocking to your gym January.

 
 

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For the love of prints: 7 pretty apparels


 
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Pretty prints are the perfect gift for any girl, because these will never go out of style:

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African Gypsy Top by New Look


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What it features:

  • Multicolored
  • Bardot neckline
  • Relaxed fit

 
Why you should get it:

The perfect top to achieve that Coachella-esque bohemian chic look.

 
 

Cupcake pink bikini from ROMWE

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What it features:

  • Spandex
  • Retro style
  • Bikini top and bottom
  • Cute cupcake print with pink solid background

 
Why you should get it:

Any girl wearing this is a standout from the crowd – she’s cute and hot.

 
 

Bell sleeve dress

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What it features:

  • Polyester
  • V-neck
  • Relaxed fit
  • Breezy floral print with white solid background

 
Why you should get it:

It’s sweet, it’s vintage, it’s kimono-esque. It’s a modern girl’s new favorite day-to-night dress: So easy to wear that it’ll probably last longer than any other dress you own.

 
 

Printed pants from Minimal

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What it features:

  • Cotton
  • Cropped bottom
  • Slim fit
  • Oriental leaves print

 
Why you should get it:

Whether you walk in casual flats or throw in a pair of high heels on this, and you’ll still shine without looking like you put hours getting ready.

 
 

Salur Sutra Batik scarf by Batik Senawangi

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What it features:

  • Cotton
  • Fringed detail
  • Modern blue-green batik print

 

Why you should get it:

Batik motifs have been on the runway since forever. But this one you can wear on anything and look pretty effortlessly – whether it’s on a casual tee, a loose blouse, a solid dress or a winter coat.

 
 

Neapolitan pointy toe pump from Chinese Laundry

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What it features:

  • Pointy toe
  • Stiletto heel
  • Vibrant floral print with black solid background

 

Why you should get it:

The closet must-have to look hot in any occasion.

 
 

Missoni tube skirt in Orange by Kiss & Tell

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What it features:

 

Why you should get it:

Because let’s face it – solid pencil skirts can get a little boring.

 
 
 

 
 
 

Which of these prints do you think is the prettiest? My favorite is the Chinese Laundry shoe <3

 
 

P.S. Seen this red ensemble that will get you all Christmas-ready?

See all 12 days to Christmas gift ideas here. Keep an eye out through December 25 :))

 
 
 
 
 


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Oxygen and your skin

 

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For a while, I’ve been wondering how did good old O2 became fashionable in the beauty industry when you can just drink plenty of water. You see labels like “oxygenated” and “oxygen-infused” everywhere these days. I’m like, how do they put a gaseous substance into a product? And even if they did, how do we know if the oxygen remains stable for weeks or even months on store shelves? Some of you smartypants already know that unstable oxygen is simply free radicals, the #1 cause of skin aging. With all these questions in my head, I did the natural thing I do: Google for hours before I make some expensive purchase … and this is what I learned with my  healthy dose of skepticism.

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Tea lover’s gift guide: 6 lovely things she won’t forget


 
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Show your friend some love the next time you guys are taking a teatime break:

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Nice Ass teacup and saucer

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What is it:

A fancy way of showing you appreciate your friend’s remarkable specimen

 
What it features:

  • Made-to-order
  • Handmade ceramic teacup and saucer set
  • A cute donkey

 
Why you should get it: 

This tea set tells your friend that you’re an ultra-honest person and that she has a nice ass. She’ll be so grateful the compliment, because 2014 is officially the year of the butt.
 
 

TWG White Christmas Tea

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What is it:

One of the exclusive white tea blends from the luxury tea company

 
What it features:

  • Based with Baihao Yinzhen white tea (it’s a rare breed of white tea)
  • Blended with festive fruits and spices (including ginger, hibiscus, clove)

 
Why you should get it:

Every time she sips on this, she’ll be thinking of you instead of Christmas. Which is awesome.

 
 

Anchors Aweigh tea infusers by IMM Living

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What is it:

Ceramic tea infusers for while you’re at sea.

 
What it features:

  • You have 4 styles to choose from: a ships wheel, a lifesaver, a seagull, and an anchor
  • Measures 0.3 x 1.4 x 2.2″
  • Ceramic with stainless steel mesh ball & chain

 
Why you should get it: 

I mean, even non-tea aficionados will love this.

 
 

Literary classics in Blue by Juniper Books

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What is it:

A set of 8 literary classics you must read before you die

 
What it features:

  • Also available in Red and Black, with both collections also including 8 books each that are different from the Blue
  • The 8 books:
    • Emma by Jane Austen
    • The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins
    • The Return of the Native by Thomas Hardy
    • The Hunchback of Notre Dame by Victor Hugo
    • Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
    • The Odyssey by Homer
    • Moby-Dick by Herman Melville
    • Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky

 
Why you should get it:

Chances are, your tea-loving buddy is secretly a hopeless romantic and/or is into reading. This sets her 2015 reading goals in motion (and probably yours too).

 
 

Vintage love letters napkins by Sir/Madam

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What is it:

Vintage napkins showcasing the typewritten love letters culled from the archives of notable literary greats

 
What it features:

  • Measures 14 x 16″
  • The 4 napkins:
    • D. H. Lawrence loving another man’s wife
    • Mark Twain writing to his only one
    • Emily Dickinson romancing Susie
    • Jack London and his ‘unintelligible’ emotions

 
Why you should get it: 

Le classy alternative to your boring everyday tea towel. Also very likely your friend’s idea of a fancy napkin, and something she’ll always keep in her purse: A reminder that somebody like you loves her ;)

 
 

 Purple clay pig raising tail teapot

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What is it:

An undeniably cute china for every tea-brewing, pig-loving person’s kitchen cabinet

 
What it features:

  • 100% handmade with clay
  • A smiling pig’s face

 
Why you should get it:

Cutest. Teapot. Ever.

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Which of these teatime gift ideas are you loving?

See all 12 days to Christmas gift ideas here. Keep an eye out through December 25 :))

 
 
 
 
 


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More energy, better mood: 2 herbal remedies

 

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The last time I covered on adaptogens, I posted about how I try to take ginseng and jiaogulan on a daily basis. They’re also 2 of TCM’s most beloved herbs up to this day for a reason, so I suggest you take a look at the post before reading more on this. Right now I’m going to delve into the 2 adaptogenic herbs I promised at the end of that post that boosts overall mood and energy levels: Licorice root and cordyceps.

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4 girly accessories for the friend who brought colors into your life

 

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You know,as I hunt for great finds for your Christmas shopping, I’m starting to list down things I want for myself that has now evolved into an uber comprehensive wishlist-slash-new-year’s-resolutions. I don’t plan to tick them all off, but I know I’ll be getting most of them by the end of 2015 just by listing them down. It gives you a sense of clarity, and I bet you and the girl next to us are secretly doing the same, at least, in our own heads (unless you’re as OCD as me).

Anyways here are my 4 red-and-green picks for today:

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Rolling Hills toiletry bag (medium)

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What is it:

A WATERPROOF toiletry bag that can fit everything from your nail polish to your shampoo

 
Why you should get it:

Your travel buddy won’t have to worry anymore if the shampoo would spill all over her suitcase or not. It measures 28 x 7 x 18 cm, and oh, did I mention it’s waterproof?

 
 

Abstract block scarf in Fuchsia

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What is it: 

The perfect cotton scarf this season for your color-blocking needs

 

Why you should get it:

Aren’t we all just blah with solids by now? It makes any outfit look Christmas-y with this without looking like Santa. Plus it’s ON SALE.

 
 

Little packs of neon (mini pack) from OPI

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What is it:

A vibrant set of 6 of the prettiest neons for your nails

 
Why you should get it:

Any girl with these colors on her hand can rule the world.

 
 

Beats Solo HD in Matte Green

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What is it:

Only the most stylish on-ear headphones ever.

 

Why you should get it:

You know when there’s no way to ignore the guy at the gym who tries to get chatty with you, even when you’re clearly sprinting through Shake It Off with your little in-ears?

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This big foldable on-ears will solve the problem … unless he’s Ryan Gosling or something.

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So, have you given a mental rundown all the things you want for Christmas yet?

See all 12 days to Christmas gift ideas here. Keep an eye out through December 25 :))
 
 
 
 
 


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3 cute gift ideas for the home

 

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Because who ever gets enough of cuteness?

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“Panda IN MY FILLings” 16.4 x 16.4″ poster

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What is it: 

It’s a wall art of the most beloved animal in the world

 

Why you should get it: 

Because pandas.

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White elephant laundry basket

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What is it:

A rattan laundry basket with a trunk

 

Why you should get it: 

Because you won’t do the laundry without elephants. Speaking of Dumbo, can you believe this?!! So cute <3_<3

 
 

Black whale bookend

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What is it:

A chibi whale-shaped bookend

Why you should get it:

Your library needs a huggable company. And because you can’t keep whales as a pet, so let’s play pretend.

 
 
 

 
 
 

Don’t worry, I won’t tell anyone you’re getting them all for yourself.

See all 12 days to Christmas gift ideas here. Keep an eye out through December 25 :))

 
 
 
 
 


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