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Mario Lopez Shares Boys and Girls Club Memories

We recently had the opportunity to catch up with Mario Lopez about his holiday memories as a former Boys and Girls Club of America member. Here’s what he had to say!

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Mario, What are some memories you have from the holidays at Boys and Girls Club of America?

Well for me, it was always a special place but during that time of year they did special things for the kids. Those are memories I always carry with me till this day, they make it festive, fun and they have something little for the kids. It just added to all the great memories I had as a member. Continue reading →

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10 Sophisticated Stocking Stuffers

Not all stocking stuffers are created equal. We’ve all been on the receiving end of gifts that we claim to love, but later spend precious time in the return line in order to exchange for a gift we really want.

It’s not that we don’t appreciate the gifts — the act of giving is one of the most treasured acts of the holiday season — but we also don’t want to become unused gift hoarders. Gasp!

That’s why it’s so important to consider the tastes, wants and needs of the people on our gift lists. From our family and friends to co-workers and significant other, there is a perfect gift just waiting to be discovered. For those of you with fashion lovers on your list, here are a few of my favorites things.

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It Takes Three: The Lowdown on Leggings

It’s easy to get a leg up on winter style with cozy and chic leggings. Thanks to a variety of colors, fabrications and details, leggings are more fashion-forward and flattering than ever before. But, how can you make the most of this season’s leggings purchase?

First, consider your proportions. We’re all shaped differently, which means how we wear our leggings will change from one person to another. Tall and slim? Try a cropped moto jacket and light sweater to show off your fabulous legs. Curvy and a bit more petite? Try a flowy tunic, which should always hit at the narrowest part of your thigh.

Because of the fitted nature of leggings, the higher the heel of your shoe, the more slim your silhouette. You can’t go wrong with a boot of any shaft height, from booties to over-the-knee varieties. Looking for a bit more glam? Opt for sparkly sandals or a classic pump.

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Tutorial: 5 Ways to Tie a Scarf

When accessorizing with scarves, it’s all about creating an artistic but casual look. But if you’re like me, more often than not you find yourself just wrapping your favorite sash around your neck a few times and running out the door. Well, those days are behind us because I’m here to show you a few new twists on styling scarves.You Can Do It: 5 Ways to Tie a Scarf

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Let’s start off with a warm up knot. I love this style because it sits nicely and works with any type of long scarf: solid pashminas, cold weather scarves or decorative kinds like this one.

  1. Begin by folding the scarf in half and draping it around your neck.
  2. Take one tail and weave it over the first layer of the loop and under the next.
  3. Then take the other tail and do the reverse: weave it under the first loop and over the next. You can then loosen or tighten to fit your desired look. Continue reading →
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Manic Monday: Christmas is a State of Mind

Manic Mondays get a little happier this time of year. The lights are up, Christmas tunes are on the radio, presents are being wrapped – what’s not to love?

For some of us, though, the ribbons and ornaments come out a little sooner than most people may appreciate (or stay up longer), but to paraphrase author Mary Ellen Chase, Christmas is a state of mind.

Cheers to you all! Hope you’re getting into that giving, festive state of mind.Christmas is a State of Mind

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Friday We’re In Love: Christmas Cookie Essentials

This weekend I’m dusting off my trusty KitchenAid, cuing the holiday tunes (Spotify has a slew of holly jolly playlists) and baking my little heart out. That’s right – It’s going to be a Christmas cookie-palooza in my kitchen! By the end Sunday night, my dining room is sure to be piled high with gingerbread men, peppermint fudge, sugar cookies and my favorite – peanut butter blossoms (the ones with the Hershey’s Kisses in the middle… YUM!)

Did you know: Gingerbread cookie consumption increases by more than 1,000% during the holiday season.

Gearing up for my weekend of baking requires taking an inventory of all my baking supplies and ensuring my baking essentials are up for the task. This year I’m getting in touch with my inner elf and donning a Mrs. Claus apron + penguin baking mitt. If you’re on the hunt for new kitchen essentials for your baking extravaganza, I rounded up a few of festive favorites.

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1. Ritz™ Penguin Oven Mitt // 2. Cake Boss® Linzer Cookie Cutter Set // 3. Squish Measuring Cups + Spoons Set // 4. LivingQuarters Lady Claus Apron // 5. Paula Deen® Rolling Pin // 6. LivingQuarters Cooling Grid // 7. Wilton Non-Stick Parchment Paper // 8. Farberware® Cookie Pans // 9. Cake Boss® Bowl Set // 10. Nordic Ware® Spritz Cookie Press
 

Happy baking!

 

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Our Favorite Things: December Edition

At last, the month Our Favorite Things was made for! I can hear Julie Andrews singing now… Join me again for our monthly collection of what’s hot, what’s new and what we can’t wait to wear.

It’s officially the holiday and it’s time to jingle and mingle. December is all about festive attire, décor and everything that glitters. So haul out the holly, put up the tree and don your most dazzling apparel. Our Favorite Things: December Edition

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Chelsea’s Top 10 Cyber Monday Deals

Cyber Monday is here, and we can’t wait to snuggle up in our pajamas, surf for the best deals out there, and relax after a long holiday weekend! No need to leave your home, we will bring the deals right to you.

Fun Fact: Cyber Monday began in 2005 when shopping on the internet was a newer concept, and retailers wanted to promote this method of finding the best deal!

Now that you’re an expert at online shopping, we hope you have extra fun this Cyber Monday finding that one-in-a-million deal. To make it an even sweeter deal, make sure to use code FREESHIP at check-out to get free shipping on any purchase, and if you have any YOUR REWARDS coupons, stack those on to your already amazing saving!! Happy online shopping!

Here are my Top 10 finds for this Cyber Monday, happy shopping!

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