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The Holidays are here and its time to celebrate! We celebrate with family, friends, co-workers, strangers and it’s just that warm, fun time of the year.  This is also the time of year when we are eating rich foods and decadent desserts — that was top of mind when I choose our featured wine for the month,  Offley Tawny Port.

Port wine is a classic old world European wine that is technically known as a fortified wine. Fortified means that during the winemaking process, usually as the wine is fermenting, brandy is added.  This makes the wine very rich, sweet, and smooth. Perfect for desserts at the end of a meal, which is usually when Port is served.  Ports may also be served as an after dinner drink.

Offley Tawny porto

Today’s pour is a gorgeous deep burgundy color that has a hint of rose red around the edges. The smell is intense and you can immediately imagine eating it with a rich piece of cake or special holiday cookie.  Remember,  this wine is fortified so you can absolutely smell the alcohol along with the sweetness, but it’s not offensive. I tasted raisins when I took my first sip both in the store and when I tasted it again at home.  I also tasted chocolate covered cherries (and remembered that cherry flavored cough syrup my Mom lovingly gave me as a child.)  This is the type of wine meant to be sipped and enjoyed leisurely with fine desserts and good company. At 19.5% Alcohol by volume, it should be noted that a Port is usually served in small wine glasses.  The bottle is meant to last!  A good bottle of Port is also wonderful gift for that wine loving host or hostess during the holidays.

If you are daring enough to go out and buy a bottle of Offley Tawny Port, let us know your thoughts. Offley Tawny Port retails for about $12-14 per bottle.

Have you ever tried any Port wines? Please let us know in the comments section below.

Happy Holidays and all the best in the New Year!!

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With the holiday season upon us, I can’t help but get my into a gift-giving state of mind and, inevitably, fragrance is part of the equation. But pairing the right scent to the right individual can prove challenging…and even downright disastrous.  Luckily I’ve got friends in fragrant places.

How to Choose Fragrance for Someone Else

I recently sat down with Roberto Adolfo Vargas, Northeast Regional Educator for Maison Francis Kurkdjian, and asked a zillion questions (okay, about four) on the topic of choosing fragrance as a gift for someone else. Check the Bergdorf Goodman Blog where Mr. Vargas  shares How To Choose Perfume For Someone Else.

 

May I suggest these majorly on trend, seude, wedge boots for. Originally, priced at over $140, you can score these at Marshalls for $59.99. TIP: Know her shoe size

Yikes! The Christmas shopping crunch is upon us…so this week’s #TheGifter mission, Outgifting Countdown, is right on time. This week I’ll be spotting incredible last-minute gift ideas for you to give everyone on your list. And we’re not talking any old gift…no no! This week, I’ve spotted loads of popular designer labels for less…labels that will certainly impress the recipient. So from housewares, to apparel, to edible goodies — Marshalls is stocked with holiday gift ideas for frantic last minute shoppers. So fret not and read on. . .

May I suggest these majorly on trend, seude, wedge boots for. Originally, priced at over $140, you can score these at Marshalls for $59.99. TIP: Know her shoe size
May I suggest these majorly on trend, suede wedge boots? Originally priced at over $140, you can score these at Marshalls for only $59.99. TIP: Know her shoe size..and hurry – the selection at Marshalls rotates regularly! There are incredible items to be found with each store visit. New gifts arrive daily….even on Christmas Eve!

Generally, ‘last minute’ shopping ends up exceeding your budget because you’re under the wire to buy a gift…so you end up buying the most convenient thing, regardless of cost. But with Marshalls you’re sure to find stores filled to the brim with high quality, popular brands for 40-60% off retail.

For the animal lover, these adorable ceramic critter candles are just too cute!
For the animal lover, these adorable ceramic critter candles are just too cute! And at under $6 each, you can get all three and still stay on budget.

And here’s a strategy tip: While last-minute shopping, don’t be afraid to reach for the classics…like a warm & cozy robe, sleek leather gloves or a beautiful nightgown. The classics are the classics for a reason — they work! Check out these classic picks . . .

These Italian leather gloves with with shiny golden buttons are sure to please!
CLASSIC PICK: These Italian leather gloves with shiny golden buttons are sure to please! And wait until she peeps the fancy designer label…she’ll squeal!
Cold weather accessories are always a welcome holiday gift.
CLASSIC PICK: Cold weather accessories are always a welcome holiday gift. This fringey scarf is the perfect score. It’s both cute and warm..oh, and 30% off retail. Yep, total score!
CLASSIC PICK: The polka dots add a touch of whimsy. She'll love this cozy designer robe.
CLASSIC PICK: The polka dots add a touch of whimsy. She’ll love this cozy designer robe. It’s priced well under $20, so why not throw in slippers, too?

Ok, well I’m off to continue my #TheGifter mission of the week…follow me on Instagram and Twitter @ThisThatBeauty #TheGifter as I share more “Outgifting Countdown” last minute picks.

shop, shop, shop…

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HERE’S HOW YOU CAN PARTICIPATE, TOO:

While out and about doing your holiday shopping, share your fab finds and include hashtag #TheGifter to be entered to win a $500 TJX gift card. One winner will be selected each week…why not you?!

CLICK HERE for more on how #TheGifter works

Previous #TheGifter Missions

#TheGifter Mission of the Week: Outgift For Under $20

#TheGifter Mission of the Week: Outgift the Party

#TheGifter Mission of the Week: Black Friday

Disclosure: This post was sponsored by TJX through their partnership with POPSUGAR. While I was compensated to write a post about TJX #TheGifter, all opinions are my own.

 

Stunning Hostess Gift Spotted at TJMaxx/ Marshalls/ HomeGoods Holiday Preview

And just like that, the holiday shopping season is upon us. The most wonderful time of the year is here and your arm’s length holiday list won’t shop for itself (sadly, it really won’t). And seeing as you’re probably not independently wealthy (if you are, can we please be friends?!) you’re probably going to need a little help navigating the shopping scene to make sure your dollar does le most!

Stunning Hostess Gift Spotted at TJMaxx/ Marshalls/ HomeGoods Holiday Preview
Stunning Hostess Gift Spotted at TJMaxx/ Marshalls/ HomeGoods Holiday Preview

And as luck would have it, the bargain-savvy folks at TJX have asked me to take on weekly gifting missions (#TheGifter) and share my finds with you. Oh, fun! I love to shop. . . I love sharing. . . and I love saving money when I shop. I mean, trifecta much?

*squeal*

So here’s how it all works:

1. Every week I will accept a Marshalls shopping mission.

2. Once I have my shopping orders (OK, again *squeal* FUN!!!) I will scour local Marshalls stores and scout out the best gift ideas for the respective mission.

3. Each week I will announce my mission on the blog. This week’s mission is “Outgift the Ungiftable“. . . you know, a gift for the person who has everything. Sigh — aka the toughest person in the world to shop for! But stick with me and I’ll help you crack the code on hard-to-shop for friends. Watch me work!

4. As I complete my weekly #TheGifter mission, I will document every step of my in-store experience on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest.

The Most Precious Baby Gift Ever Spotted at TJMaxx/ Marshalls/ HomeGoods Holiday Preview
The Most Precious < $20 Baby Gift Ever Spotted at TJMaxx/ Marshalls/ HomeGoods Holiday Preview

Sounds super exciting right? BUT HERE’S HOW YOU CAN PARTICIPATE, TOO!

While out and about doing your holiday shopping, share your fab finds and include hashtag #TheGifter to be entered to win a $500 TJX gift card. One winner will be selected each week…why not you?!

Fab, Faux and Under $50 Gift  Spotted at TJMaxx/ Marshalls/ HomeGoods Holiday Preview
Fab, Faux and Under $50 Gift Spotted at TJMaxx/ Marshalls/ HomeGoods Holiday Preview

Well, it’s Sunday and I’m off to start my shopping. I’m planning to hit my local Marshalls in Kearny, NJ and possibly one in West Caldwell. When thinking about this week’s mission, “Outgift the Ungiftable“, I’m keeping the following strategy in mind:

> Think “replenishment gifts“. As in, what kinds of things do people use all year and probably need to replenish by the time the holidays roll around?

> Think “trend“. As in, splurge on a trend item that the recipient might not normally buy…you know, an of-the-moment item that would be nice to receive as a treat. Because everything at Marshalls is 20-60% less than what I’d pay in a department store, I’m pretty sure I can find really cool on-trend stuff for a fraction of the original price.

Ok, well I’m off…follow me on Instagram and Twitter @ThisThatBeauty #TheGifter

shop, shop, shop…

Disclosure: This post was sponsored by TJX through their partnership with POPSUGAR. While I was compensated to write a post about TJX #TheGifter, all opinions are my own.

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Oh Em Gee! It’s Dec 9 and you have a little more than two weeks to get your act together. And by “get your act together” — I mean, complete your holiday shopping. Leading up to the holidays, I have provided several holiday gift guides to help you navigate the gift giving scene. Click here, here, and here for gift ideas for makeup, bath/ body, and affordable fragrances respectively.

But you know what? I’m just a chatty Blogger Girl who knows a thing or two about beauty. I’m no taste-maker extraordinaire. . . like say, Robert Verdi. So to further assist your holiday shopping efforts, I give you Robert Verdi’s Holiday Gift Guide. From the Do-It-All Mom who selflessly gives all year ’round, to your Glam Gal Pal, and everyone in between — Robert has you covered.

…and away we go!

 

For The Jet-Setter, The Blogging Buddy, and The Gadget Guru
For The Jet-Setter, The Blogging Buddy, and The Gadget Guru

FOR THE JET-SETTER

Help your co-worker reflect a style all her own with these hip sunglasses by Robert Verdi for HSN. The retro shape flatters most faces and the printed detail gives you a look above the rest. She’ll also be super organized with the Rise & Hang Duffel Bag. Featuring a patented portable shelving system, this runway ready gear is great for weekend get-aways! Rise & Hang Shelving Duffel Bag, $125.00, Robert Verdi “Lizzie” Sunglasses, $29.90, Hickies Elastic Lacing System, $19.99

FOR THE BLOGGING BUDDY

HTC is a global leader in mobile innovation and design. The Window Phone 8X by HTC is the perfect gadget to keep you connected! The sophisticated smart phone boasts an iconic design, studio-quality sound with Beats Audio and incredible camera capabilities. Windows Phone 8X by HTC, $199.99

FOR THE GADGET GURU

Ready? Get Set. GO! The Perry GO, powered by VITA, features cashless payment in a stylish lightweight watch! Insert your VISA chip into the innovative silicone sleeve, and wave it at the point of sale to make purchases at the thousands of US retailers who accept contactless payment. Perry Go Watch by Rumba Time, $50.00

For The Do-It-All Mom, The Fun n Fit Family, and Dear Ol Dad
For The Do-It-All Mom, The Fun n Fit Family, and Dear Ol Dad

FOR THE DO-IT-ALL MOM

Pamper mom to a little Holiday R&R this season with luxurious spa and care items, therapeutic teas, and Allie Kingsley’s debut novel, ‘The Liar, the Bitch and the Wardrobe.’ Just released in September of 2012 during Fashion Week, it is the first joint project of it’s kind, featuring expert styling by fashion and lifestyle maker Robert Verdi.
Tea Forte and Ceramic Tray Set, $54.00  ‘The Liar, The Bitch & The Wardrobe‘, $15.00 Shower Sensations Kit from P&G, $9.99 , Rugby Stripe Bin from the Container Store: $14.99

FOR THE FIT n’ FUN FAMILY

Xbox 360 was built for bringing family together! Watch movies, live TV, listen to music, & play games with people all over the world with the sound of your voice using Kinect for Xbox 360. Dance Central 3, featuring authentic choreography, will get the family off the couch & learning favorite dance crazes from the past as well as the hottest moves of today. Xbox + Kinect, $299.00, Dance Central 3, $49.99

FOR DEAR OL’ DAD
Give Dad a 3-in-1 precision tool to master his facial hair that trims evenly, shaves closely and edges accurately. Whether he wants a simple goatee, a thin chinstrap, or a clean shave with sharp sideburns, he’ll be able to do it himself, even in the shower. P&G Gillette Fusion ProGlider Styler, $20.00 Duracell Ultra Power Batteries, $2.99

For The Furry Critter, The 21st Century Tween, and The Hip Hostess
For The Furry Critter, The 21st Century Tween, and The Hip Hostess

FOR THE FURRY LITTLE CRITTER

Any accessory can make your dog look good, FABDOG makes sure your dog looks fabulous! And make sure to feed him IAMS, made only from the best natural ingredients. This set is the perfect gift for your furry friend on the go, he won’t be able to get enough! FabDog Rain Apparel, $32.00, The Container Store Rugby Stripe Bin, $14.99 Iams® ProActive HealthTM for Cats & Dogs

FOR THE 21st CENTURY TWEEN

Developed with the professional DJ in mind, Zinken is chock-full of handy features that you never even knew you needed, like the dual duty TurnCable, swivel ear caps, ZoundPlug, and head band. Pairs perfectly with a super flexible key board, the ideal accessory for your ipad tablet. Zinken Headphones by Urbanears, $155.00, Bluetooth Silicon Keyboard, $59.00

FOR THE HIP HOSTESS

These 100% cotton hand towels, featuring hand silk screened designs by ThomasPaul are soft to the touch and the perfect addition to any bathroom or kitchen. Paired with the Otto Pump from Umbra, filled with Dawn dish soap, your hostess will gush with joy she invited you! ThomasPaul printed Hand Towels, $52.00, Umbra Droplet Soap Pump, $15.00, P&G Dawn Dish Soap, $4.99

For The Busy Boss, The Glam Pal, and The In Laws
For The Busy Boss, The Glam Pal, and The In Laws

FOR THE GLAM GAL PAL

The Eve Glitter Encrusted Clutch from Lauren Merkin will complement your glamorous girl- friend with a classic shape in a size subtle enough to accompany any ensemble. Packed full of amazing P&G Beauty Products!
Lauren Merkin Eve Glitter Clutch, $180.00, Crest 3D 2-Hour Express Whitestripes, $54.99, CoverGirl Blast flipstick Lip Duo, $8.49, CoverGirl Clump Crusher Mascara Stick, $6.99 USD Oral B Glide 3D White Floss Picks, $3.49, Tide-To-Go Pens, starting at $2.99

FOR THE OH SO LOVELY IN-LAWS

Designer of chic bags and jewelry, Jessica Kagan Cushman presents the JKC Pleatherware Rope Handled Canvas Tote. Stuff this Tote with beloved P&G Happy Home Gifts & Supplies. Rope Handled Canvas Tote, $95.00, Cascade Complete DishWash Packs, $10.95, Bounty Picker Uppers Paper Towels, $4.00 Puffs Ultra Soft Facial Tissue, $3.50, Mr Clean Magic Eraser Original, $1.75

FOR THE BUSY BOSS

Keep your busy boss happy and well organized with this extraordinary Urban writing utensil from Parker Pens and the Moleskin Daily Diary Planner. Presented in a stylish lacquered box, from The Container Store, these gifts will ensure the efficient pleasure of office tasks with high-end design. Parker Pen Premium Urban Utensil, $100.00 Moleskin Daily Diary/Planner, $21.95, Container Store Lacquered Box, $17.99

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For Fall 2010 Smashbox introduces subtly sunkissed complexion that is beautifully highlighted with golden undertones. The look exudes warm and radiant skin against dramatically rimmed inky metallic eyes. Naturally, as to not overdo it or lose focus, a toned down nude gloss completes the look that is “MASQUERADE“.

Meet the collection:

  • Eye Shadow Palette in Masquerade: Complementary trios of color featuring matte blocks of soft peach, taupe and bone; shimmering shades of black plum, gold, navy and bronze, and two metallic options in khaki and cabernet
  • Baked Fusion Soft Lights Palette : Illuminating powder combining champagne, soft gold and rose gold tones, designed to highlight cheeks, nose, forehead and décolleté. Available in Illusion
  • Creamy Cheek Color & Brush: This vitamin E enriched formula comes in Intrigue, a warm pink which adds a flawless flush to the apples of cheeks
  • Liquid Liner & Lash Overlay: FAV ALERT!!! – I am head over heels for this genius little two-in-one formula which can be used as a liquid eye liner and as a coating over mascara to ‘tip’ lashes in glistening color. I highly recommend the Teal shade for my Olive to Dark complexion bellas and Bronze for the fair to light honeys!
  • Lip Enhancing Gloss: With sunflower seed oil and vitamin E, these glosses provide moisture and shine. Available in Reveal and Disguise
  • O-Gloss Noir: FAV ALERT!!! Here’s another TTB fave. O-Gloss Noir interacts with lips to transform the initial black formula into a personalised berry shade. Extract of ginkgo biloba leaf and goji berry boosts microcirculation, avocado oil moisturizes while vitamin C and pomegranate seed oil deliver antioxidant properties

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