Valentine’s Day Gifts

Love is in the air. Speaking of love…I j’adore online window shopping. I especially j’adore putting together compilations of some of my favorite things. While the husband and I don’t really celebrate Valentine’s Day or give one another gifts (well, we exchange cards, go out for dinner, and give each other a little extra squeeze) I still think there are some great festive gift ideas and I love constructing little visual wish lists. Here are a few of my favorite things that looked especially presh in all shades, pink, red, and lovey.

For the Love of Fashion

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Pintucked Ponte Dress(Anthropologie), Cashmere Cardigan in Windowpane Check(J.Crew), Darby Leather Loafers(J.Crew), Fanned Seashell Bralet(Anthropologie), Heart Intarsia Sweater(Anthropologie)

For the Love of Home

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Aviary Coverlet(Anthropologie), Live Love Pillow(Anthropologie), Ceramic Melon Knobs(Anthropologie), You Are My Sunshine Pillow(Anthropologie)

For the Love of Travel

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Leather Colorblock Passport Case(J.Crew), BAGGU for J.Crew Printed Bag(J.Crew), Printed Case for iPhone 5(J.Crew), Spiral Notebook(J.Crew), Printed Backup Battery for iPhone(J.Crew)

For the Love of Beauty

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Happy Heart Fragrance(Clinique), FACE Stockholm Nail Polish(J.Crew), Fresh Bloom All Over Colour(Clinique)

For the Love of Baubles

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Beaded Rose Necklace(J.Crew), Blooming Fondant Bib Necklace(Anthropologie), Dipped Rope Necklace(Anthropologie), Pink Stone Teardrop Earrings(LOFT), Beaded Rose Bracelet(J.Crew), Polished Planes Earrings(Anthropologie), Lily Mineral Necklace(Anthropologie), True Love Ring(Anthropologie), Daisy Chain Necklace(Anthropologie)

I have not partnered with, nor was I compensated by, any of the brands featured in this post. You should understand my general obsession with all things Anthropologie and J.Crew by now (wink).

What are you getting your special someone for Valentine’s Day? Do you have any super special gifts planned? Any special traditions?

Much love, xoxo

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Fab Finds Friday: Best CC Cream

And you thought I wasn’t going to post today…yikes, it’s been a week! Anyhow…

Gather round ladies…this one’s for you. Sorry gents…but feel free to grab your fav lady because she’ll probably want this info!

So, show of hands…who gets a Birchbox? If you haven’t even heard of Birchbox…well, I’m sorry.

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If you’re anything like me, I love experimenting with beauty products but wince a little to think I may purchase a full size moisturizer or gasp, expensive fragrance only to HATE it or find out it gives me hives. Cue Birchbox. This company curates a bunch of premium beauty samples (you typically get one full size product as well such as Stila lip glosses and Urban Decay eye liners) so you can test to your little hearts desire and then purchase the full size if you la-la-love it. It’s a subscription service and you receive one box per month.

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Anyway, it was what was in one of my most recent Birchbox’s that changed my life, ‘er face. Before the holiday’s, my Birchbox included this interesting little packet called Wei To-Go Sleep Over.

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It included a sample of their gelled oil cleanser and the ideal skin perfect finish “cc” cream. By the way, Birchbox is great because not only are their sample sizes perfect for, well, sampling…but they have served me well on the many, many, trips we take. This little ditty was no exception and I promptly threw it in my cosmetics case for holiday traveling. It was the Ideal Skin Perfect Finish “CC” Cream that completely floored me.

My skin is pretty clear but I definitely like the even tone some foundation provides and for a long time my go to has been L’Oreal True Match Super Blendable Compact Makeup. Until this.

Now, I’ve heard of “BB” creams, never tried them, but this “CC” cream was something different…I think. Read here for the difference because I’m still not sure I completely get it.

Either way, I wasn’t expecting much but this product went on smooth and my skin felt and looked completely transformed. I applied it while getting ready in the morning and then spent the rest of the day traveling. I got off the plane looking just as fresh as when I put it on that morning. I was super impressed. It provided this almost airbrushed finish. My complexion remained dewy but not greasy looking, and the color was perfect. I just realized I should probably post a picture of my face proving this claim but I hate having my picture taken and the thought of close up pictures of my face was freaking me out. So. Just trust me.

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While I still very much appreciate my True Match compact and it has served me well, I’ve graduated to this magic potion. I promptly signed on to Birchbox and ordered myself a full size version. You can also find it here, at the Wei To Go Beauty website. However, ordering products from Birchbox earns you points and for every 100 points you earn, you get $10 to spend through Birchbox…so it made the $30 price tag on this product a little easier to take. Let me be honest and say, if I did not think this product was absolutely amazing, I would have never in a million years thought to spend $30 on foundation…but seriously, this stuff rocks. So fabulous that you should be able to easily get over the unusual packaging. See the video on this page.

And we’re in just under the wire! It’s not even 11:30pm yet so we can still consider this a Fab Friday Find right?!

I was not compensated to feature products featured in this post and all opinions are a product of my own experiences and obsessions.