My Christmas Wishlist

Since I have been doing the gift guide series, I thought I would start rounding off the series by sharing my personal christmas wish list. For the first time, I wrote up a Christmas wish list. A few things I have had my eyes on for months (and in some cases years). So here goes

Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet in Hot PepperBecause a girl can never have too many red lipsticks (especially when it's liquid, matter velvet and long lasting while leaving the lips moisturized).

Round faux pearl stud earring. I have been in the market for an everyday earrings, something I can wear to wear out and about and this faux pearl is classic, simple and fits that bill.

Elizabeth and James Nirvana Mini Rollerball in Black and White. I have been in the market for an everyday fragrance and I am VERY particular about the scents I wear, after much research I settled on the Elizabeth and James scents. The black version is much hyped. With this set, I get to try both (plus its handy for travel).

Micro.Mini Beauty Blender. I picked up my first beauty blender over the summer and I am well strapped onto that bandwagon. This pack comes with 2 micro.mini beauty blenders. Will keep one for travel and may give one away. Seriously, if you want to splurge on a beauty instrument - this is the one you should buy.

Diptyque Figuier Oval Set. This is an absolute want - I dont need any more candles, but I recently attended an event and this was burning in the room, I was sold. If I dont find this under the tree,  might have to just pick one up for myself.

First Aid Radiance Facial Radiance Overnight Mask. This item was recommended to me by a dear friend and when she recommends an item, it's always a good one, so here is hoping the post Christmas dinner pamper session features this mask.

Sali Hughes "Pretty Honest". OK - I have never been motivated to buy a beauty book, if I have a question, I can google it. I got a chance to preview this book and after reading the preview chapter, I immediately placed an order with Amazon, so this is one I am sure will be under the tree (and if you ever wondered about any beauty related item, give this book a try) - It's pretty awesome.

I am also hoping to get some kitchen/cooking items - like the Bodum Assam 5 peice Tea Press ; Sur La Table 10 peice chop and slice ; Kitchen Aid 4.5 qt Stand Mixer ; and the Baking Bible cookbook.

What is on your personal christmas wish list ?

Christmas Gift Guide ~ For Him

So we have been talking gift guides the last few weeks here at RDRB HQ - all of those gift guides have been geared towards the ladies, today - we are taking some time to talk about gift ideas for the men in our lives - think we got some good ones here - so here are some options for you.

The 4 Elements of the Perfect Shave - The Art of Shaving ($120) , Sephora.com

Diptyque 34 Blvd St. Germain Eau de Toilette ($175) , Bloomingdales.com

Sean Power Recliner Chair ($270) , Overstock.com

Bentley Continental GT remote car ($156), Forzieri.com

Weber Spirit S 210 Gas Grill ($449) , Surlatable.com

Ray Ban Aviator ($159), Forzieri.com

Beats by Dre Beats Executive High-Definition Headphone ($300) , Backcountry.com

Kenneth Cole Reaction Columbia Leather Laptop Bag ($170), DSW.com

Brahmin Men's Billfold Wallet in black or brown ($78), Brahmin.com

Michael Kors Runway Watch ($175) , michaelkors.com

Check out the other posts in this gift guide series here.

Christmas Gift Guide ~ Non Beauty

Starbucks Holiday Cocoa for Two Gift Set ($28), Macys.com

Hunter Original Tall Two Tone Rain Boots ($160), Hunterboots.com

J Crew Collection Cashmere Sparkle Sweater ($228) , JCREW.com

Donna Karen Cashmere Mist Deodorant ($28), Sephora.com

J Crew Dreamy Cotton Pajama Set in Stripe ($78), JCREW.com

Kate Spade New York Mini Maise Crossbody Bag ($198), Revolveclothing.com

Laduree Mini Scented Candles - Coffee & Chocolate Orange - Set of 2 ($62) , Amara.com

Plenty More by Yottam Ottolenghi ($35), shopterrain.com

Ray Ban Polarized Wayfarer Acetate Sunglasses ($180), Iristocracy.com

Kate Spade New York Night Louge Pave Door Knockers ($78), Saksfifthavenue.com

Lauren, Ralph Lauren Enamel Button Touch Screen Glove ($86), Houseoffraser.co.uk

Daniel Wellington Classy Sheffield Watch ($185) , Selfridges.com

Samsonite Winfield Fashion Carry-On Spinner Upright, ($140), JCPenny.com

Black Selfie Stick ($20) , Windsorstore.com

Looking for more gift ideas - Check out Christmas Gift Guide for Beauty Lover and Gifts under $25

Holiday Party Outfit Picks

We are in the thick of holiday parties, we at R.D.R.B love getting dolled up for holiday parties - what we don't love is the process of picking an outfit - we end up with a pile of clothes on the closet floor or the bed - so if you are like us, we want to take the stress out of picking outfits and have some options for you.

Something Black (and "A" line). We love an "A" line cut of this dress, it is flirty, festive and comfortable to move around in.  Perfect for the hostess. Because its black, the accessory options are endless. We especially love it with silver (or gold) accessories. 

Something Red. The color of the season and a color that is flattering for every skin tone. A red dress is a great option for the office christmas party. We will pair this with gold or leopard print shoes.

Something Metalic. A great new year's eve option. With metallic dresses, we think its best to keep it simple on the accessories - Black sandals are a great option.

Something "Off" White. We know (off) white is a hard one to pull of but if you can, it is a timeless, classy and chic option. It is perfect when you have to get to a holiday party after work. Paired with gold or leopard shoes and you will turn heads at every holiday party.  

There you have it, four dress options to choose from, hope this reduces the clothes pile on your closet floor in the coming weeks.

NYC Photo Diary

I spent some time in NYC a few weekends ago. It's been about 6 years since my last visit. Started my 24 hours in the City at the top of the Empire state building followed by lunch at Totto Ramen. Then off to Brooklyn for pie at four and twenty blackbirds (must try). Took the train back to the city to visit the window displays at Bergdoff's (a must see if you are in NYC this time of year) and a quick visit to the Bergdoff shoe department. A random stop at the NHL store , then dinner at Tulsi, which is a great Indian restaurant on East 46th.Took a walk to Time Square after dinner before turning in for the night.

Sunday started at Gregory's with a cup of dirty chai latte, followed by brunch at Lallisse on lexington and 30th, before getting on my flight back to Texas.

It was a great weekend - Thanks to my dear friends who came into the city to hang out. You ladies are aces. 

Christmas Gift Guide ~ For the Beauty Lover

So Christmas is exactly a month away - I usually don't fuss over what to get friends for Christmas, If I really want to know, I just ask. After posting my Christmas Gift Guide ~ Under $25,  my friend "K" reached out to me about gift ideas for her sister in-law who loves all things beauty, so I got to work creating a gift guide a beauty lover will love; It also helped me narrow down my wishlish for what I might want to get myself for Christmas.  While I was at it - I decided to do a gift guide series for him, non beauty and stocking stuffers. Kicking this off today with a Christmas gift guide for the beauty lover in your life.

For the Lip Product Addict 

Tom Ford Beauty Lip Color - I am partial to the shades bruised plum and spanish rose ($50) , Bergdorfgoodman.com

Lipstick Queen Red Carpet Edit - A collection of three red lipsticks to satisfy all your red lipstick needs ($55), Barneys.com

For the Beauty Lover with Everything

Bobbi Brown Warm Glow Eye Palette - bronzy metallics, rose gold and deep browns. I am about 95% sure I am getting myself one ($75) - Bergdorfgoodman.com

Smashbox Master Class Palette III - A three in one gift - eye shadows, blushes, contour powder (32 in total), you also get a neutral and colors. All your bases covered.  ($65) - Sephora.com

For the Palette Lover

NARS Virtual Domination Cheek Palette. Limited edition palette with all of the NARS favorites - You've got the bronzing powder in laguna ; the blush in deep throat ; final cut and sex fantasy and the highlighting blush in miss liberty. ($65) - Sephora.com

Lorac Pro Palette. 16 highly pigmented shadow. A perfect palette for both everyday and night time looks. ($42) - Zappos.com

For the Fragrance Lover

Elizabeth and James Nirvana Black Perfume Gift Set. Another duo gift, you get the spray and the perfume oil. This is one of my favorite fragrances and another one I will most likely be gifting myself. ($65) - Sephora.com

Diptyque Volutes Eau De Toilette. Christmas is the perfect time to splurge on a loved one (or yourself) with one of my favorite fragrance brands. Volutes is a great scent to gift. ($88) - Neimanmarcus.com

For the Skincare Lover

Jo Malone London English Pear & Freesia Body Creme. This made the list (very quickly) after a visit to Bergdoff Goodman over the weekend, this stuff is the real deal. ($75) - Neimanmarcus.com

Laura Mercier Limited Edition La Petite Patisserie Souffle Body Creme Collection. Sampler size of 6 of the Laura Mercier soffle body creme. oh boy, this is so good. My favorite of the bunch is creme de pistachio and amber vanille. ($58) - Neimanmarcus.com

For Pamper Time

Organic Pharmacy Detoxifying Seaweed Bath Salt. Perfect for that person on your list who likes a long soak. ($71) - Beauty.com

Diptyque Classic Gift Set of 3 Candles. This set has three of my favorite Diptyque scents - Roses, Figuier and Baies. This is a perfect Diptyque starter kit and anyone will be glad to have this under the Christmas tree. ($94) - Harrods.com

Glam Glow Glamtastic Facial Set. The three bestselling facial treatment in one limited edition set - youthmud tinglexfoliate, supermud clearing treatment,  thirsymud hydrating treatment . ($59) - Nordstrom.com

For the Beauty Newbie

Real Techniques 5 piece Nic's picks makeup brush set. Limited edition brush set perfect for the person on your list that is new to beauty. ($29), Kohls.com

Sephora Collection Color Festival Blockbuster Palette. I call this a perfect starter kit for the beauty newbie. 130 colors for eyes, lips, cheeks. Plus you get six tutorials on how to apply everything from blush to lip color. ($50) - Sephora.com

Stocking Stuffer

Marc Jacobs Beauty Genius Gel Super Charged Oil Free Foundation. ($48)

This Works, Deep Sleep Pillow Spray - This really does work, so if you know anyone with sleeping issues, this will be perfect for them. ($56) - Net-a-porter.com

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush Palette. ($58) - Bergdorfgoodman.com

L'occitane Holiday 2014 Hand Creams of Provence Set of 5. ($48) - Beautybar.com

Soap and Glory Your Own Sweet Lime. Set of two - body wash and body butter. ($20) - Sephora.com

Check out Christmas gift options under $25

Christmas Gift Guide ~ Under $25

It's the season. This is the fist year in the last decade that I am not going out of the Country for Christmas. Since I am celebrating Christmas state side this year, I am trying to make an effort with christmas gifts this year. Here are some Christmas gift ideas I am considering - all of these items cost less that $25 and will make a perfect Christmas gift.