Top 5 Gift Ideas For Him

Whether these are for your dear ol’ dad or for your significant other, these “manly” gift ideas are SURE to keep you on the man in your life’s good side for a long time! Here are my top 5 gift ideas for HIM!

1. GoPro Hero4 Silver ($399) – Ok, I even want one of these! These cameras are quickly taking the world by storm. They’re excellent for the man in your life that loves the outdoors and loves to get his adrenaline pumping. This particular GoPro comes with all of the bells and whistles such as bluetooth, multiple shutter speeds, multiple lens views, and waterproof! You can snap these cameras onto anything to make you feel like you’re right there joining the fun! My favorite videos made with these cameras are the ones that are hooked up to little babies or dogs! Dogs eye view!! Get it?!




2. Express Marled Waffle Knit Toggle Cardigan (currently on sale for $74.00!) – Every man needs a good cardigan. Period! I love this particular one because it’s great for any style your man likes to rock. He can pair it with just a t-shirt, or a plaid button-down, or even a solid button-down and tie! new_21_043_4231_557_40


3. Carnegie Hill Mens Watch & Jewelry Box ($39.99) – It’s funny because my super organized husband told me about a month ago how he’d love a small jewelry box for his growing collection of watches, cuff links, and championship NASCAR rings. He doesn’t wear his jewelry on a daily basis but this makes a great gift so he’s able to store everything in one place. 41+Zyqjjj1L._SY450_


4. Beats by Dre Wireless Powerbeats 2 (currently on sale for $179.95!) – If your hubby or boyfriend is an athletic dude, he’ll love these earphones! They’re especially great for runners. They’re bluetooth capable, sweat and water resistant, and able to take hands-free calls with remote talk controls. powerbeats-2-black-standard-custom-1-O-O


5. UGG Alder Slippers ($79.95) – Not only are these slippers soft and incredibly warm for these cold months but they are also super stylish! They could easily be confused for regular shoes. Your dad or significant other can wear these cozy shoes on a coffee run or take the pups out for their morning and evening walks. Score!! _8074260


Top 5 Eyeshadow Palette Gifts

Every girl loves a great eyeshadow palette. What’s not to love about something that you can take anywhere with you, has all of the colors you need to get you from day to night, and will last you forever?! Here are my top 5 eyeshadow palettes that will make the perfect gift for anyone!

1. Urban Decay Naked 3 ($54) – Most women are hesitant to purchase this palette out of the 3 Naked palettes because of it’s rosy colors. But this one, is by far my favorite. The neutral, pink tones look great on every skin tone, hair color, and eye color! It has the perfect selection of matte and shimmer shades as well as light and darker shades. Trust me when I say, it’s the best! s1573336-main-hero-300

2. Too Faced Semi Sweet Chocolate Bar ($49) – An eyeshadow palette that smells like chocolate?! Yes please!! This follow-up palette to the Chocolate Bar has more warmer, deeper tones than the original. This 16 shadow palette is super pigmented and has shades of bronze, mocha, caramels, and even a gorgeous shimmery blueberry shade. It even comes with a how-to guide to help with new looks! p392009-av-01-hero300

3. Tarte Tartelette Amazonian Clay Matte Eyeshadow Palette ($44) – Matte shadows can be tricky. It’s hard to find quality matte shades that aren’t chalky and blend well. But look no further! The Amazonian Clay palette will be your new best friend! This palette features 12 shadows ranging from light highlighting colors to darker shades for contouring and smokey looks. Matte shadows are perfect for more mature women as shimmery shadows tend to settle into fine lines. s1659424-main-hero-300

4. Lorac Pro Palette 2 ($42) – I have been using this palette pretty much everyday since I bought it. It’s simply gorgeous. You can read my full review on this palette hereLORAC PRO PALETTE 2

5. Kat Von D Innerstellar Eyeshadow Palette ($46) – I saved the most fun for last! This limited edition palette is split up into three quads that features a larger highlighting shade with three coordinating shades. This palette has gorgeous “space-themed” shades from shimmery silvers and plums to dark matte browns and blacks. My favorite part about this palette is that the colors aren’t your typical neutrals but aren’t so vibrant that one would be scared to wear them. Does that make sense?! p391755-av-01-hero300


Top 5 Gifts For Your Very Best Friend

Gift giving can be so daunting at times if you don’t have a wish list from your loved ones. But yet it’s still so fun to give them a gift they weren’t expecting. Like I said in this post from last week, I’ll be giving my top 5 gift ideas for anyone and everyone in your life. Today I’m sharing my top 5 gifts for your very best friend! That chick who is your partner in crime, there for you at the drop of the hat, and the one that knows you inside and out. =)

1. Limited Edition Blanc de Noirs, Chandon ($24) – How gorgeous is this bottle?! I would totally keep it as decor once I drank every last gulp of fruity, sparkling wine goodness! This makes a great gift all on it’s own or one that can be added to other small items for your best girlfriend.



2. Plum Paper Designs 2015 Planner ($31) – I am OBSESSED with these planners! I even put it on my Christmas wish list! Not only are they pretty and durable but they’re customizable. You have four options of how you’d like to break down your weekly spreads. With a lot of other bells and whistles, your BFF will absolutely die over this, I promise! il_570xN.600623243_mbwi

3. Bauble Bar Initial Bar Pendant Necklace ($36) – I love these necklaces because they’re personable. They will have “meaning”. And it’s a great universal gift for all tastes. You could even go so far as to give your BFF a necklace with your initial and you keep one of her initial for yourself! Holiday-Gift-Guide-Bauble-Bar

4. Club Monaco Safiya Hat ($79.50) – How stinking cute is this hate?! It’s gorgeous winter white color will look great on everyone and keep your bestie warm and snuggly this crazy, cold winter! Holiday-Gift-Guide-Club-Monaco

5. J. Crew Glacier Necklace ($125) – Every girl needs a statement necklace. And boy is this a gorgeous one! Your bestie will get compliments from everyone every time she wears this necklace. The versatile colors will allow her to wear it with many different outfits. Not to mention it also comes in clear crystals. B8190_PK5296


29 Weeks Pregnancy Survey

Yes, I know. I’ve been VERY slack with keeping up with my weekly surveys! Since I’m officially in my third trimester (Eeekk!!), I’ve been so busy with the holiday’s, final weddings of the year, and getting Vivian’s nursery ready. I’ll go into more detail below but my energy level has gone way down the past couple of weeks and it’s getting to be really hard to complete tasks and simply move around! Let’s just say I’m ready to meet my daughter!


Week: 29 weeks! Second week into the third and final trimester!

Total weight gain: Embarrassingly I’m up 34lbs. I gained 4 of those pounds in 2 weeks during Thanksgiving!

Maternity Clothes/Baby Clothes: I definitely haven’t bought anymore maternity clothes because I only have 10-11 weeks left and there just isn’t any point. Now Vivian on the other hand, has a FULL closet! We are so blessed to have amazing people in our lives and most of her wardrobe has been gifts from family and friends. Since her closet is full, I’ve been trying hard to refrain from buying anything else. But goodness, it’s been hard!

Stretch Marks: Sigh……. They’ve finally reared their ugly little heads. When applying my Mama Mio I focused more on the front of my belly instead of my hips and thighs. Well, just a couple of weeks ago I noticed some purple lines had formed in those very spots!

Sleep: Nonexistent. It’s easy for me to fall asleep at night but staying asleep is the problem. I wake up multiple times a night to pee and I have a good 1-2 hour stretch around 2am where I am wide awake. And sleeping in?! That’s out of the question! I wake up about 7am every day no matter how little sleep I got. I know there really isn’t a way to fully prepare you for parenthood but I am a tad bit thankful that I’m not getting much sleep because I know once Vivi is here, I won’t get much sleep at all!

Miss Anything? Sleep and beer. In that order!

Movement: All… The… Time! And I NEVER get tired of it! I love to sit and watch my tummy get kicked and poked everyday. I have noticed in the past week more rolling movement which has been fun to watch.

Food Cravings: I’m really not having specific cravings but does being hungry all the time count?!

Gender: BABY GIRL!!!!

Labor Signs: Nope, thank God! I have noticed a few Braxton Hicks contractions here and there but that’s normal during the third trimester.

Symptoms: Insomnia, sciatica, exhaustion, and swelling feet and calves. Good times!

Mood/Hormonal “Episodes”: We haven’t finished the nursery yet but my husband finally put together the crib and dresser. When I got home from work I walked into her room and started putting some clothes and diapers in the drawers and just started bawling. It’s all becoming real and I’m just so excited to meet my baby girl!

If you missed a preview of Vivian’s nursery, you can find that post here.



Looking Forward To: Christmas!!! Matt and I will be home with my parents, brother, and sister in law this year. I’m so excited for him to spend his first Christmas here in Charlotte!


Top 5 Beauty Gift Sets

I hope everyone had an amazing Thanksgiving! Ours was perfect. I think God has a plan for everyone. I grew up with a very small family. It was always just my parents, brother, and I. But the day I married my best friend, I married into his huge Italian family. And I love it! I never had that growing up so to be a part of big family get-togethers is such a blessing. And to include my own parents makes it even more special.

You’ll see in the next couple weeks I’ll be posting LOTS of gift ideas for everyone on your list! Today I’m starting off with my top 5 beauty gift sets. Oh how I love them!! One, they make perfect gifts and two, who doesn’t love to receive a gift filled with makeup, potions, fragrances, skincare, or brushes?!

1. Aveda Shampure Set - ($66.00) If you want to know what heaven smells like, just smell anything from the Shampure line at Aveda. It’s blend of lavender, ylang ylang, and 23 other plant essences makes this my favorite candle to burn. The shampoo and conditioner set is great to give anyone on your holiday list because they’re made for all hair types with it’s gentle organic ingredients. Trust me, they’ll love it!



2. Tarte Glow Beyond Best-Sellers Set & Travel Bag - ($49.00) This set includes the Brazilliance Maracuja Self Tanner, Face Towelette, Amazonian Clay eyeshadow quad, Lipsurgence Power Pigment in Awakening, Bronze & Glow Matte Bronzer and Cheek Tint, and a limited edition travel bag. This gift is great for your friend, sister, or mama who loves to have that bronzed glow all year long! I LOVE the self tanner! It’s build-able which makes it great for all skin colors. And the shadow quad is perfect for anyone as well because of the neutral cream and brown tones. s1627868-main-hero-300

3. MAC Cosmetics Keepsakes Studio Brush Kit - ($52.50) I would normally tell you to stay away from the MAC holiday brush sets BUT this set is so beautiful and perfect for that special someone who doesn’t wear much makeup on a daily basis and has never invested in brushes. The set comes with a travel size powder brush, foundation brush, tapered blending brush, fluff brush, and eyeliner brush. Your minimalistic friend or family member will be all set with these brushes! Just make sure you tell them to clean them to increase their longevity. _9646492

4. Clinique Perfectly Happy Gift Set - ($55.00) It’s hard to buy a fragrance for that special someone in your life. Especially when you don’t know if they’ll truly like the smell. You can’t go wrong with Clinique Happy! It’s light, citrus fragrance is perfect for anyone! And the great thing about it is that after spritzing yourself, you’ll no longer have that lingering smell on yourself but others will be able to smell the delightful fragrance and give you lots of compliments! s1647387-main-hero-300

5. Too Faced Cause a Scandal Gift Set - ($65.00) Oh this set is so much fun!! I’ve been loving Too Faced this past year! The quality of all of their products are incomparable! This set includes 3 Way Lash Lining Tool (A GREAT ‘liner’ for anyone who isn’t a fan of a thick line), Shadow Insurance (a shadow primer that gets the job done!), Better Than Sex Mascara (probably the best mascara on the market now), and Boudoir Eyes shadow and cheek palette. The blend of matte and shimmery neutral shades are great for daytime and night time looks. All of these will definitely get you ready for a steamy night with your significant other! s1600022-main-hero-300


Vivian’s Nursery Preview

This week is all about giving thanks. And I sure do have a lot to be thankful for this year! It’s my first Thanksgiving with my husband and our baby girl on the way. It’s crazy how much things can change in less than a year!

Before we all eat ourselves into a food coma and spend time with our loved ones, I wanted to do a short preview of Vivian’s nursery! I don’t really have a “theme” for it except for mid-century modern with the colors being coral, white, and gold. I wanted clean lines. My baby girl is going to be like her Peaches & Glitter mama! I love pink, I really do, but I wanted her room to be a bit different than the traditional baby girl’s nursery. And thank God, my husband loves it!


Clockwise from top left:

1. I’m loving these gold dot linens from The Land Of Nod. They’ll look perfect in her simple crib and the changing pad will be great for the white dresser we plan to get.

2. I’m obsessed with this chandelier from Ikea for her nursery! I couldn’t find another one that would go with the mid-century modern theme better than this one.

3. Even though her room is carpeted, I still wanted to add a simple rug in front of her crib. And what better way to do that than with a faux fur rug like this one from Overstock!

4. I wanted to give Vivian her first stuffed animal that she can keep forever and ever. Disney is in my family’s blood so I couldn’t think of a better animal than Piglet from Disney Baby.

5. Next to the stroller fiasco, finding the perfect crib has been a nightmare! We’ve looked everywhere and I just didn’t love any of them…Until I saw this Hudson Crib by Babyletto on Wayfair. Free shipping! Score!!

6. I couldn’t find a picture of the glider we chose but it’s white. You could buy the ottoman that came with it separately but I love this white and gold Moroccan ottoman  so it wouldn’t be so “matchy matchy” if that makes sense.

7. I’ve decided to do a gallery wall of artwork above the dresser. The wall that the dresser will be on is coral so I wanted to do more white and gold artwork like these prints I will print out and frame myself.

8. Last but not least is the coral paint that is on 3 walls. It’s called Coral Bead from Sherwin Williams. It’s not too orange or too pink. It’s just right!

I hope everyone has an amazing holiday weekend!!!


Nathan Abplanalp – The World Has Changed Shoot

Last month I was asked by the talented photographer Nathan Abplanalp if I could do makeup (and hair…. Scary!) for a styled shoot he was doing for a project to be submitted to a Dedpxl photo contest. As of right now the photo submitted from the shoot is in 2nd place!

I was very nervous upon arrival because I don’t normally do any sort of hair. Simply put, I’m not great at it! But once the model arrived I saw her hair was nice and thick so doing very simple curls worked well for the style of the shoot! Nathan wanted a an ‘Old Hollywood’ type of look so I busted out some thick black winged liner and red lip. My favorite!

I will let these amazing photos speak for themselves. The creativity behind them is mind-blowing to me. It was so awesome watching Nathan work and seeing his vision come to life. Hopefully I’ll get to be a part of more fun shoots like this in the future!

Voting ends today so make sure you go vote for #8! You can vote here!



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Top 5 Products For Winter!

Let’s be honest, it’s cold outside! And I don’t know about you but my skin is getting parched and dull. So I thought I’d share with you my top 5 favorite products for winter to keep your skin fresh and glowing!


1. Origins GinZing Refreshing Scrub Cleanser - $19.50 – This scrub cleanser is literally refreshing! One of the main ingredients in it is caffeine so you feel that immediate lift in your skin. With it’s mixture of jojoba, grapefruit, and spearmint, it’s great for every skin type. The blend of essential oils and scrub leaves your skin feeling hydrated and squeaky clean!


2. Sugar Lip Treatment  - $22.50 – Yes, this is a little pricey but totally worth it. I’ve always heard great things about this lip treatment but never invested. I finally did and my lips are thanking me! This treatment is infused with real sugar which is a natural humectant. Who knew?! It’s mix of vitamins A, C, E, and essential oils and waxes keep your lips kissably smooth! Not to mention it comes in 11 different shades!


3. First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream - $28.00 – My good friend told me about this brand and I’m so happy I found them! I’m obsessed with this moisturizer. It’s especially great for sensitive skin caused by harsh winters or topical medications. It’s blend of colloidal oatmeal, shea butter, and essential oils will leave your face super hydrated without feeling greasy.


4. Lush Sakura Bath Bomb - $6.45 – Oh how I LOVE these!! The moment you place it in your warm bath and feel those amazing fizzy bubbles, your skin turns to silk. The scent reminds me of spring time with a bit of lavender and citrus. These bath bombs are infused with sea salt for it’s natural soothing effect. And it definitely soothes this achy, pregnant body of mine!



5. Origins Ginger Souffle Whipped Body Cream - $32.00 – I’ve tried every body moisturizer under the sun and this is by far my favorite. Not only for it’s delicious smell but for the texture. I don’t like to have that greasy feeling on my skin but I also hate when moisturizers don’t leave my skin feeling smooth. It’s blend of oils, natural sugar, and citrus fragrances leaves your skin super smooth without the greasy residue!




Maternity Shoot With The Shultzes!

Let me start off by saying, I never win, well, anything! I was doing my morning browsing of my Instagram account and saw where the insanely talented husband-wife photography team, The Shultzeswere doing a contest to win a mini session with them. All I had to do was post a photo of my ‘perfect fall day’ and use their hashtag. It was the first chilly day here in the QC so I snapped a quick picture of my little buddy, Dave, curled up asleep on my lap:


Well guess what?! I found out early the next morning I won! I was so excited to finally meet and work with Cheyenne and Geoff. Their style of photography is like none other.

Because of Matt’s crazy schedule, he wasn’t able to be a part of the shoot but it all worked out perfectly because the day they were shooting was the same day as the baby shower so I was all ready to go in my new dress and had my hair done by my talented friend Lindsay Pizzuti with Mirror Bomb StudiosI took their last time slot of the day and the sun was setting so it made for beautiful lighting!

Like I told Cheyenne, I will never be able to thank her and Geoff enough for these photos. I can’t wait to share them with my baby girl one day….











NASCAR Inspiration Outfits

If you had told me 2 short years ago that I’d spend my Sunday afternoons watching NASCAR, I’d have laughed in your face. But guess what I do on most Sunday afternoons I have off? I watch the NASCAR Sprint Cup races! This is my hardworking husband’s first year in the Sprint Cup series. He works as an engine tuner for the #31 car driven by Ryan Newman. NASCAR put into place a new point system this year and Ryan has been very consistent with the points that he has made it all the way to The Chase (kind of like the Super Bowl of racing) without winning one… Single…. Race! I couldn’t be more proud of my husband and his team. They’ve worked so hard to get to where they are and I think it says a lot about Ryan Newman that he’s beat the odds and not won a single race but made it all the way to the top four!

Enough bragging, let’s get down to the fun stuff! I thought I’d dedicate a post to the women racing fans out there with a couple different CUTE outfits to show support of your favorite driver and team!

This first outfit inspiration is for none other than the #31 car of course! For those of us that won’t be in Homestead, Florida for the race this outfit will be perfect for the Arctic blast we’re having everywhere else in the country.


1. You can find this VERY cute (and wearable for NASCAR!) Ryan Newman shirt here for only $19.99.

2. I paired this shirt with some fun boyfriend-style jeans to keep the look casual and fun! You can find them here for $248. Yes, that’s pricey but I’ve found out through the years that jeans are an investment. If you invest in quality denim, they’ll last you forever!

3. And you CAN’T sport a Ryan Newman shirt without representing his top sponsor Caterpillar! You can find these snazzy booties here for $130. They’ll look great with the jeans rolled up twice!


This next outfit inspiration is dedicated to my second favorite driver Jimmie Johnson. Yes, I know he is no longer in The Chase but he’s still one of the best drivers in NASCAR history and I must say he is one of the most humble and thoughtful of them all!


1. Ok, I’m obsessed with this tank! Sorry husband, but I plan to snag me one of these! You can find it here for $24.99.

2. For whatever reason this super cute cardigan is no longer available but you could rock this similar one here. Or you could wear the tank without the cardigan if you’re a Floridian!

3. These booties would go perfect with the jeans from the previous outfit and #48 tank. Not to mention they’re the same color as his sponsor, Lowes. You can find them here for $89.00.


One last thing to go with both of these outfits is one of fall’s must have products… A burgundy lip!


I love this one by Gerard Cosmetics created by the amazing makeup artist, Jaclyn Hill.

*Good luck to all four drivers in The Chase! But lets be real, there’s only one I’ll be cheering for! Let’s put the pedal to the metal #31!!!*


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