Bay Area Fashionista


Getting cozy at home in the perfect loungewear

cozy lougewear

wearing: bold blue and gold earrings / lipstick / mug / lounge-wear gifted by SOMA Intimates, long sleeve top, bathrobe, pants (optional shorts) / nail polish / socks / slippers

This week, I am cozy at home getting ready for the holidays. Christmas will be at my house this year, and there will more people then I am used to hosting, so I have a lot of prep work to do!

I am so thankful for these cozy pajamas, which double as lounge-wear, by SOMA Intimates. They are perfect for wearing around the house, and catching some Zzzzz’s; which I am sure I will need after decorating, cooking, and getting ready for the holidays. They fabric is so soft, and extremely high quality. Love that!

They would also make a great gift! I’m getting some for my Mom, shhhh, don’t tell her. You can check out my cozy lounge-wear/pajamas at SOMA.com. They are also available in heather grey; so cute!

Are you staying cozy at home this week too?

Thanks for stopping by!

XOXO

Cathy

*sponsored by SOMA Intimates, all thoughts and opinions are my own

pajamas you can wear all day be seen wearing


Black Friday tips and Cyber Monday tips

Black Friday Tips Cyber Monday Tips Shopping Tips

Have you ever wondered how to navigate the Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales? Well never fear! My guide on how to survive Black Friday is here; packed with Black Friday tips and Cyber Monday tips!

Black Friday is one of the most popular, and crazy, shopping days of the year. It generates large amounts of revenue for stores both online and offline. This is when merchants make over 25% of their annual sales; if not more. They come out of the red, and into the black; hence the name “Black Friday.”

So many stores offer amazing discounts on Black Friday through sales, limited time discounts, and gifts with purchase. For many, shopping on Black Friday is actually a family tradition! They think it is fun! Personally, I like to avoid the malls on Black Friday altogether. I prefer to shop online, in my fuzzy slippers, with a cup of hot cocoa by my side. I don’t do crowds. No-sir-ree!

That being said, I completely understand why many of you love to head out to the malls and shopping districts on Black Friday. You can get a ton of shopping done, grab some fabulous deals, and feel the Christmas spirit. So, if you are a seasoned Black Friday shopper, then these tips are mere entertainment for you. On the flip side, if you are venturing out on Black  Friday for the first time, I hope these tips will help you stay fresh, focused, and able to find all those great deals!

Black Friday Tips at the mall

  1. Wear a cross body handbag: You are going to be reaching for gifts and juggling bags. The last thing you need to worry about is your purse. Wear a cross body bag. Oh, and I could care less that fanny packs are allegedly back in style. Fanny packs are a cruel joke. Just say no.
  2. Wear your athleisure shoes: This is not a day for prancing around in your new sparkle pumps. Wear your Addidas sneakers, or slip on sneakers. You will be able to outrun the other vultures trying to grab the last TV, and your feet will thank you.
  3. Bring your own reusable shopping totes: You have to pay for bags anyway, why not bring your own? Your shopping bags that you bring to the supermarket have long straps you can wear over your shoulder. Free up those hands! Plus they are more comfortable then the handheld bags you pay a quarter for at the store.
  4. Eat a big breakfast and bring snacks: This isn’t ordinary shopping, this isn’t even cardio, this is intense interval training level shopping! Eat a big, hearty breakfast, and pack some snacks in your purse. Everyone is out, and you will be standing in long lines. Plus, the restaurants will be full and if you don’t have a lunch reservation you might have to wait, and wait, and wait. Is that your tummy growling? Eat big at home before you leave! Your tummy will thank you.
  5. First in, first out: Yes, this is when FIFO comes to life! See, you can use Econ in real life! Arrive before the stores open, and have a master plan. Know where you are going first to shop, second, and so on. This way you can get in, get out, and get on with your life. Let’s face it, the early bird catches the worm! (Bonus points if you count all the  cliches I just used!)

Black Friday Tips: Black Friday online shopping tips

  1. Get comfortable: Put on your fuzzy slippers, have a warm drink, and have your credit card nearby. It is time for some shopping!
  2. Check my Black Friday Sales post: My post will come out on Wednesday, so be sure to check it out for the best sales!
  3. Have a list and check it twice: Make a list with the people you need to shop for, and what you want to buy for them. As you buy each gift, check it off your list!
  4. Take a deep breath, you are not with all the crowds, and it is sooooo relaxing!
  5. Get gift ideas! Check out my Gift Guides: Gifts for Her under $100, Hostess Gifts Under $75, and Gifts for Him.
  6. Visit the websites early: If you already know what you want to buy, place it in your shopping cart and wait for the Black Friday Sales to start. Then all you have to do is check out as soon as the deals begin! Easy peasy!

Cyber Monday tips

  1. Get your credit card ready-some of these online deals are better then the ones from Black Friday!
  2. Check out my Cyber Monday deals post, which will go live on Sunday and highlight the hottest deals on the web.
  3. Have a list ready of what you want to buy.
  4. Visit the websites early: If you already know what you want to buy, place it in your shopping cart, and wait for the Cyber Monday Deals to start. Then all you have to do is check out as soon as the deals begin!
  5. Be sure to check out my Gift Guides: They have great gift ideas for the holidays! Gifts for Her under $100, Hostess Gifts Under $75, and Gifts for Him.

There you have it! These are my Black Friday tips and Cyber Monday tips to help you get the most out of all the sales and deals you will find on the biggest two shopping days of the year! Stay tuned for more gift guides this season; and be sure to check out my Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales posts! They will list the best sales and deals for all the brands and stores we love! I will be also be sending this to my subscribers, if you don’t already subscribe, scroll down to my footer and subscribe for my weekly newsletter!

I hope you enjoyed my Black Friday tips and Cyber Monday tips. Have a fabulous Black Friday and a fun Cyber Monday! Happy shopping, and stay fabulous 😉


Winter beauty must-haves for skin and hair

winter beauty skin care hair must haves

Winter beauty must-have’s from top left: Aveda hand cream / Revive eye cream / Elemis face cream / Colleen Rothschild retinol supreme / Revive neck cream / LaVanila body butter / Tan-Luxe body drops / Tan-Luxe face drops / Chanel fall nail polish / Bobbi Brown crushed lip color / Aveda scalp cleanser / Aveda shampoo / Aveda conditioner

Despite the fact that is technically still fall, I have already started my winter beauty routine. The fall season here in the San Francisco Bay Area is half summer, and half winter. We don’t really have an in-between. This means my summer beauty routine continues until the cold front hits in November; and we are here!

My skin takes a beating during the winter season, not from sun exposure, but from the dry, indoor climate. The furnace in my house, combined with heaters everywhere I go, are really good at drying out the air. This leaves the skin on my face and body desperately thirsty. In order to ensure I don’t become a prune during the winter season, I need to make sure I am using the right skin care products.

For my face, I have been using Revive’s neck cream since I was twenty-eight years old. You read that right! It has kept my neck in a perfect state; and I won’t use anything else on it! I have fallen in love Elemis’s face cream. It gives my face the perfect amount of moisture and balance. For my eyes, Revive has a fabulous eye cream which does wonders for reducing fine lines, and adding just the perfect amount of moisture. Colleen Rothchild’s retinal serum is perfect for keeping my skin balanced and youthful.

When it comes to my body, my skin is ghostly white and dries out easily. Thank goodness for Aveda hand cream and LaVanila body butter! They keep my body from drying and flaking off like snow! As for the white part, have you tried new Tan-Luxe? O-M-G! It is a gift from God! These fabulous drops add just the right amount of tan to my legs. They also have a version for the face which is perfect for adding some sun-kissed color back to my cheeks. Love it and can’t live without it!

Hair also takes a beating during the cold winter months. The heater dries out my hair like crazy! In addition to my hair, it dries out my scalp; which is super annoying! To combat dry scalp, I use Aveda Pramasana scalp cleanser which gets all that extra yuck off my scalp, leaving it squeaky clean; and not dry! Shampure shampoo and conditioner by Aveda are great for keeping my hair clean during the winter months. It keeps my hair from getting greasy without drying my scalp or ends. Love it!

Now you might be wondering why I included Chanel’s fall nail polish and Bobbi Brown’s lipstick in a skin care slash hair post. Well, I can’t leave home without wearing these two beauty products, so I just thought I would throw them into my seasonal skin care post. I hope you don’t mind. 🙂 This lipstick is great since it holds color well throughout the day without drying out the lips. I’m addicted to it! And. . .well. . .Chanel needs no explanation 😉

Which products are you using to combat winter dry skin and hair?

Thanks for stopping by!

XOXO

Cathy