Best Dental Hygiene with Philips Sonicare Powerup Toothbrush

by Melissa Meyers


Here's the perfect product if you want keep your dental hygiene at its best. The Philips Sonicare PowerUp toothbrush is a great all around electric tooth cleaner--it delivers more brush strokes in a day than manual brushing does in a month! 

This power toothbrush has a patented sonic technology that cleans your teeth by pushing fluid between them, and along the gum line. It's so easy to use and there's a 2-minute timer so you know how long to keep brushing. Another perk: the blue reminder bristles fade to white so you know when it's time for a new brush head (about three months). 

Now available in two new versions so you can customize your brushing. The blue handle offers medium bristles to reduce cavities and whiten teeth. The green handle has softer bristles to gently clean teeth for improved gum  health.

Philips Sonicare is the number one recommended electric toothbrush brand by dental professionals in the US. Visit www.sonicare.com for more details. Available at Walmart, Target, Bed, Bath & Beyond, and Drugstore.com.*

 

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10 Best Holiday Gifts

by Melissa Meyers


Holiday time is the busiest time of year between traveling, going to parties, seeing family, and of course gift giving. It can be stressful to shop for everyone on your list so I put together my favorite picks for this season to help you find that perfect gift--there is something here for everyone.

1. Essie Collection, Large Vegan Tote Bag with Piping $140 (includes additional shoulder bag)

This versatile Essie Collection tote bag is the ultimate carryall! Perfect for travel or everyday use, the beautifully-shaped tote features soft faux leather with contrast piping, and is extremely spacious. It includes an additional slouchy shoulder bag inside that can hold all your daily essentials (looks fab worn on its own as well)! The chic, two-for-one bag is well-priced and makes a perfect gift for women of all ages.

Essie Collection tote bag shown with slouchy bag inside, $140.

2.Wheel of Wellness Tea collection, $75

Give this colorful and beautifully packaged Wheel of Wellness Tea Collection to anyone who is health conscious and enjoys tea time. The round gift box contains a variety of Kusmi's French wellness teas that include Detox, Boost, Euphoria, BB Detox, Be Cool, and Sweet Love.

 

Kusmi Wheel of Wellness Tea collection - $75. Available at Dean & Deluca.

Kusmi Wheel of Wellness Tea collection - $75. Available at Dean & Deluca.

3. FlipBelt, $28.99

Fitness enthusiasts will love this FlipBelt so they can carry all their necessities during a workout. The form-fitting belt has four pockets that comfortably hold an iPhone, keys, money and a chapstick. Available in a variety of fun colors and sizes. Perfect to wear while running, at the gym, or on hikes!

4.Clarisonic Limited Edition Mia 2 Capri Blue, $149 (a $221 value)
Give the gift of a spa facial at home or on-the-go with the Clarisonic Limited Edition Mia 2 kit. In just sixty seconds, this renown beauty gadget cleans your face six times better than hands alone. The kit comes in a chic patterned travel case and is a great gift for the girl who wants to keep her skin glowing!


5. Kiehl's Creme de Corps Collection, $65 
These amazing and best-selling Kiehl's products from their famed Creme de Corps line are packaged in a festive gift box that includes the Body Moisturizer, Soy Milk and Honey Body Polish (love!), Ultra Facial Cream, Midnight Recovery Concentrate, Ultimate Strength Hand Salve, and Lip Balm #1. 

6. PhoneSuit Flex XT 

Anyone with an iPhone or Samsung will appreciate getting the PhoneSuit Flex XT as a gift  for the holidays to charge their "on-the-verge-of-dying" cell phones! The portable pocket tech gadget comes in three colors and will charge your phone anytime, anywhere. It can be plugged into your phone directly without using a USB wire!

7. Buck Mason Oxford Shirt, $88

Buck Mason is a new American-made clothing brand committed to manufacturing casual, classic and quality threads for men. What started with the perfect t-shirt evolved into a full collection of sophisticated basics. Give your man one of their timeless oxford shirts as a gift this holiday and he will thank you! 

Buck Mason Oxford Shirt, $88. Free shipping through 12.31.14

Buck Mason Oxford Shirt, $88. Free shipping through 12.31.14

8.  Rachel Katz Slim Bond Cuff, $265

LA jewelry designer Rachel Katz is knocking it out of the park with her geometric-inspired jewelry line. This fab gold cuff is classic with an edge and can be worn with anything from jeans and a t-shirt to a cocktail dress.

 

9. Splash Tunes by FresheTech Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker, $45

Music enthusiasts will love this bluetooth shower speaker by FresheTech that can play music and even answer calls and hold conversations through the built-in microphone.
The compact speaker comes in five colors and has a battery time of 15 hours!

 

10. How To Eataly: A Guide to Buying, Cooking and Eating Italian Food, $26

The experts at Eataly including world-famous chef Mario Batali offer their tips and tricks to cook the best Italian food with this guide. The book covers everything you need to know about Italian cooking from the ground up. Inside, you will find a list of staples to stock in your kitchen, how to find the best ingredients in your market, a variety of delicious Italian recipes and more.


GLAMSQUAD: Hair & Makeup Stylists on Demand + 20% off Service

by Melissa Meyers


Want to spend less time and effort to look fabulous? Say hello to GLAMSQUAD, an app-based service that arranges house calls for professional hair and makeup styling. GLAMSQUAD brings their carefully-selected beauty professionals to you in the comfort of your own home, office, gym, or wherever you specify--think Uber for beauty. BONUS: First-time users receive a 20% discount when using the code MMxGLAM and booking with the GLAMSQUAD app.

Here's the deal...

Download the GLAMSQUAD iPhone app for real-time booking. If you're not an iPhone girl, you can still request an appointment online via the website.

Pick a hairstyle or a makeup look from their style menu, enter the date, time, and location. Once you book the appointment, one of their fully trained stylists or makeup artists will be on their way to you within about an hour! For blow-dries, you will be instructed to get in the shower 15 minutes before your scheduled time so the stylist can get started right away.

There are nine hairstyles and six makeup looks to choose from on the menu or you can ask the stylist to create your own vision. Below are some of my favorites!

Hair: The Weekender

Hair: The Weekender

Hair: The Free Spirit

Hair: The Free Spirit

Makeup: The Icon

Makeup: The Icon

Makeup: The Bronzed Beauty

Makeup: The Bronzed Beauty

I love that you can refer a friend to GLAMSQUAD for credit. For each friend that signs up, you will both receive a credit for $20.

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First-time users receive a 20% discount when using the code MMxGLAM and booking with the GLAMSQUAD app.

Pricing:
Blowout $50, Braid $75, Updo $85 & up, Makeup $75
20% gratuity will be automatically added to the above service price.
Personalized gift certificate for a blowout with makeup package is $150!

Mani's and Pedi's coming after the New Year!

Hours: 
6:30am to 9pm; to book outside of service hours, email reservations@glamsquad.com or call 212-202-2938.

GLAMSQUAD is currently available in Los Angeles, New York City and Miami (beta) and will be expanding to other major cities soon! 

Visit GlamSquad to learn more.


Best Fashion Pieces to Wear Through the Holidays and Beyond

by Melissa Meyers


It's always fun to dress festive for the holidays but hard to justify spending money on something you may only wear a few times. Wouldn't it be nice to add some must-have pieces to your wardrobe that are perfect to wear to any holiday soiree AND most of the year? Check out my list of favorite fashion finds that work double duty!

 

1. Ripley Rader Cuff Neck Backless Halter Jumpsuit, $220 

Timeless elegance meets modern chic with this jumpsuit by hot LA designer Ripley Rader. The fabulous one-piece halter is gathered with elastic at the waist and backless to the waistband.  Shown below in navy and also available in black and oxblood.

 

2. Dannijo Vala Clear Crystal Necklace, $414

Dannijo, the cool sister-duo known for their statement jewelry pieces, created this gorgeous handmade bib necklace. The silver plated snake chain is braided with Swarovski crystal strands and a crystal bib that falls approximately 17" long so it hits the neckline at the perfect spot. Celebrity fans of this special bauble include Rosie Huntington-Whiteley and Fergie.

 

3. Alice+Olivia Andie Faux-Fur Jacket, $550

Alice+Olivia's faux-fur jacket has an exotic texture and is cropped at the waist. It's the perfect chic, little jacket to wear over a dress for the holidays or with a sweater and jeans for a casual night out.

4. Valentino Rockstud Flap Clutch, $1,995

The Valentino Rockstud Flap Clutch is a smart investment piece to add your collection. The studded detail adds an edge to a classic bag that is perfect to wear from day to night. It has three compartments that fit your essentials and a wrist strap so you are hands-free for cocktail parties!

 

5. Ramy Brook Robi Jacquard Dolman Sleeve Jacquard Top, $325

This beautiful silver-grey jacquard top is a must-have from Ramy Brook's collection! The shape of this top with it's dolman sleeve is flattering on every body type.  Dress it up with some fab jewelry, black leather pants and you're ready for any party!

6. Mason by Michelle Mason Long Sleeve Ponte Dress, originally, $542, on sale for $329.

Update your LBD with this gorgeous fitted one by Mason by Michelle Mason. The pretty lace on the neckline, sleeves and back expose just enough skin to create a look that is understated and sexy at the same time. This is a great go-to dress for holiday events as well as any cocktail or dinner party.

7. Essie Collection Thin Bangle with Triangle Pave, $65 each

These thin, elegant bangles look special for a party when you pair them together in three colors (gold, rose gold, and silver). They also look great stacked with other bangles you may have, or alone for every day. Sold separately at $65. Set of three, $195.

8. Proenza Schouler PS1 Leather Ankle-Strap Sandal, $595. On sale for $417.

The elegant one strap sandal by Proenza Schouler with it's signature urban chic hardware can be worn with just about anything from dresses to jumpsuits to skirts and jeans. The ankle strap is so feminine and pretty and the 4 " stiletto heel is a perfect height! Bonus: They are made with soft, Italian leather and are super comfy!

 Proenza Schouler PS1 Leather Ankle-Strap Sandal, $595. On sale for $417. I love the toe shape and the hardware!


Essie Collection Website is Live!

by Melissa Meyers


A few months ago, I was introduced to global fashion talent Esther Feder by my friend and power woman Shelley Zalis.  Esther is an elegant and engaging lady with an impressive fashion background and was born and raised in South Africa. She moved to Los Angeles to attend FIDM and currently runs a highly curated clothing and accessories business. I was invited to view the collection and as soon as I stepped into her showroom, I knew that it was something special. Inside the beautifully laid out space was the most amazing selection of accessories including clothing, jewelry, scarves, home accents and more. Esther's love of sharing her European discoveries and fashion aesthetic with women everywhere inspired her to create a website. Welcome Essie Collection!

 

"For the past few years, I have been traveling regularly to Paris, Italy and South Africa to bring back some of my favorite finds to sell in Los Angeles. My business spread via word of mouth and quickly became a hit. I travel around the globe many times a year seeking the most fantastic and unusual pieces out there; whether it’s a scarf, necklace, bag, sweater, or a gorgeous home accessory. My passion is to help women create their own unique, personal style while feeling confident and feminine."
-Esther Feder, Founder and Global Curator, Essie Collection

 

Founder and Global Curator, Esther Feder wearing Essie Collection pink leopard scarf and long mother of pearl necklace.

Here are some of my favorite pieces from the collection...

Vases shown from a dinner party at the home of Shelley Zalis. Ostrich Egg Vase (Gray, White, Sand), $25 each

There is a large collection of simple gold necklaces on the website that are well-priced and make great gifts!

I never received more compliments on anything than this black leather fringe bag!

The Essie Collection silk-cashmere sweaters are stylish and soft like butter (truly!). They are also well-priced and perfect for every day!

These druze stone handchains are unique and make a fun statement!

You can wear these brocade lace t-shirts and camis under anything.

Layer your clothing and jewelry like a Parisian!

I love these delicate bangles worn together in gold, rose gold, and silver. 

Thin Bangle with Pave Circle $65 each. Available in gold, rose gold and silver. 

Thin Bangle with Pave Circle $65 each. Available in gold, rose gold and silver. 

A faux fur vest dresses up any outfit and looks super chic. It's a must-have fashion piece to add to your wardrobe!

Fur Vest $180 (Available in Black, Beige)

Fur Vest $180 (Available in Black, Beige)

About Essie Collection:
Essie Collection is a highly curated boutique of chic accessories including bags, jewelry, scarves, tops and home decor items from Paris, Italy and South Africa. All pieces from the collection are high quality and selected by global tastemaker Esther Feder. The unique and special items are sourced directly from the manufacturer and sold at a price point between $25-$350 through the e-commerce website and trunk shows!

If you are interested in hosting an Essie Collection trunk show, contact Esther Feder at esther@essiecollection.com.


Mani Monday: côte Has You Covered

by Melissa Meyers


One of my biggest "me-time" pleasures is getting weekly manicures and bimonthly  pedicures. I usually pop in to one of the quick, no appointment needed, Vietnamese-run nail salons whose ladies (and sometimes gents) get the job done quickly and efficiently.

Wouldn't it be nice to really disconnect for an hour each week without the hustle and bustle of a busy nail salon? Say hello to côte--a very special nail spa centrally located in Brentwood, Los Angeles. If you are looking for the best and most relaxing mani-pedi of your life, this is your spot (I highly recommend the hot stone pedicure)!

 

Inside Cote. Each station includes an iPad for your use!

Inside Cote. Each station includes an iPad for your use!

The salon's concept and interior was inspired by California meets the South of France beach lifestyle. There are over 100 hand-poured polishes to choose from, and a selection of curated home accents, body goods and fashion accessories.

The côte-formulated nail colors are free of the five major toxins (formaldehyde, dibutyl phthalate, toluene, camphor and formaldehyde resin) often associated with nail polish. 

cote's fab hand-poured nail shades. Nail polish is $16 per bottle and can be ordered on line at coteshop.co.

cote's fab hand-poured nail shades. Nail polish is $16 per bottle and can be ordered on line at coteshop.co.

Try a half moon manicure for a fun, edgy look with two of the new côte Fall collection nail colors.

côte nail shades: No. 102 (grey), and No. 76 (midnight blue)

Nail color by côte. Hand chain by Essie Collection, www.essiecollection.com.

Nail color by côte. Hand chain by Essie Collection, www.essiecollection.com.

This côte oxblood nail polish shade (No. 38) is perfect for holiday time!

côte polish No. 38  (oxblood).

côte polish shade No. 38  (oxblood).

I love côte shade No. 76 (midnight blue) on the toes!

cote Shop
11714 San Vicente Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA, 90049
310-820-0906

Open Monday through Saturday from 10am to 7pm,
Sunday from 10am to 6pm.

Classic: $20 manicure/$26 pedicure
Luxe: $35 manicure/$45 pedicure 
Petit for kids: $12 manicure/$16 pedicure
Hot Stone Foot Massage: $45 for 30 minutes
 


Need To Know This: "Surprize" Your Guests Over the Holidays!

by Melissa Meyers


Hosting a gathering with family or friends for Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Christmas or New Years? If you would like to add a fun element of surprise to your soiree, check out these party enhancers by TOPS Malibu! The unique items include "suprize balls" and cornucopia cones filled with trinkets and goodies, sparklers, treasure fortune candles and more.

TOPS Malibu has created party favors for the Academy Awards, The Grammys, DreamWorks, Disney, Imagine Entertainment and even a Presidential Inauguration! They offer many unique items to choose from for your event. They include Sparklers in the shapes of numbers and letters, Surprize Balls made of colorful strips of crepe paper that unwind to reveal vintage keepsakes, Conversation Games to inspire connection, Wish Capsules to hide a secret or keep a promise, and more. The company will also personalize and create custom products for a special event. 

I discovered these amazing finds last year when shopping for some Thanksgiving table items at Bountiful, a bric-a-brac shop located on the hip and stylish street of Abbot Kinney Boulevard in Venice (California). I purchased the Thanksgiving cornucopia there to share with my guests as an after dinner activity. After enjoying a big Thanksgiving dinner, we all gathered in the living room to open the cornucopia. Each guest (ranging in age from three through 75) passed it around and selected a "surprize" to share with the group. This was so much fun that I am going to make it a yearly ritual! Read on for more details and see my favorite entertainment picks for each holiday from the TOPS Malibu collection:

Thanksgiving: The Surprize Cornucopia
Traditionally, a cornucopia is a large horn-shaped container overflowing with flowers and produce, to symbolize abundance and nourishment. These are perfect to bring to a Thanksgiving dinner or to have at your own. The Cornucopia Cones are available in four different sizes, 32" Grande, 17", 8", and a mini. Each contains Surprize Balls and many other themed items. They are also refillable so you can always reuse and customize the treats. 

Deluxe Surprize Ball Crackers are also fun to put on the Thanksgiving Table. 

Hanukkah: A gift envelope to open each day of Hanukkah.

Eight envelopes may include a wish capsule, good fortune, gem, candy, toy, charm, pendant, vintage miniature, and more.

Inside the Chanukah Gift Envelope

Christmas: Deluxe Surprize Ball Holiday Ornaments
V
intage holiday-inspired treasures are tucked carefully within layers of colorful crepe paper--unwind to reveal and celebrate!

These mini Surprize Holiday gift boxes make great stocking stuffers!

New Years Eve: Sparklers, Confetti and Happy New Year Surprize Balls

Milestone Sparklers 2015 - 4 PCS, $15.50

The Confetti Fountain contains gold and silver metallic butterflies, hearts, stars and streamers. Compressed air shoots confetti 15 ft. into the air!

Here's a look at what's inside a Surprize Ball!

Surprises inside vary by style and may include a vintage-inspired toy, keepsake, charm, gem, sweets, confetti popper, fortune, temporary tattoo, quote and more. 

For more information:

TOPS Malibu
Website: topsmalibu.com
Email: sales@topsmalibu.com
Phone: 808-828-0071

Bountiful
Address: 1335 Abbot Kinney Boulevard, Venice, California, 90291
Website: bountifulhome.com


10 Unique Hostess Gifts for the Chic & Stylish

by Melissa Meyers


As the holiday season draws closer, it's inevitable that you will be invited as a guest to a dinner or holiday party. Say goodbye to bringing that same old bottle of wine and get creative with these stylish hostess gift ideas. Or, if you are planning to have a fun soiree yourself this time of year, use this list as a guide to freshen up your entertainment essentials.

 

1. Essie Collection - Spin Colored-Glass Vases, $90 for set of three

With flowers or not, these Essie Collection vases stand on their own as stylish home accents in any space. They come in a set of three but can always be separated to give to other friends (or even keep one for yourself)! I love the way these gorgeous spin vases stand to the side--they are perfect to use together as center pieces or alone as a unique accent for any table.

Essie Collection - Spin Colored-Glass Vases, $90 for set of three. Each vase is 7 inches high. Contact Esther@essiecollection.com to order.

Essie Collection - Spin Colored-Glass Vases, $90 for set of three. Each vase is 7 inches high. Contact Esther@essiecollection.com to order.

2. D.L. & Co. Delft Skull Stationery - Brights, $50

A modern twist on a classic gift, the fun set of Delft Skull Stationery in eye-popping bright shades will bring more naughty than nice to you and your guests this holiday season. The collection of folded notes are blank inside and made of hand-finished Italian paper with a unique interpretation of a gold skull image on the front. So exquisite and edgy!

3. Jonathan Adler Muse Bowl, $98

Each Jonanthan Adler pottery piece is made in its Soho studio, where Jonathan and his team design and sculpt every prototype. This particular muse bowl is inspired by Jonathan's admiration for Salvador Dali and Misia. I adore this cool hand-sculpted white porcelain bowl where fashion meets function. I was so excited when I received one as a gift from a dear friend!

4. Alexandra Von Furstenberg Acrylic Leopard Coasters, $100 (set of 4)

Check out these mod yet classic AVF Acrylic Leopard-Print Coasters--they are so versatile and instantly add playfulness to any table! The set of 4 are made of thick, high-quality acrylic and can be stacked together to create a cool sculpture. The leopard pattern works well in traditional or modern homes, making them the perfect holiday hostess gift.

5. Rablabs Fusio Spreaders, $82 for set of 2

These unique Rablabs Fusio Spreaders are created from semi-precious agate edged in 24-karat gold or sterling silver. Presented in a luxury gift box, the spreaders are so stunning they could even stand as a home decoration on their own!

6. Wide French Cut Voyage et Cie Hand-Pured Candles, $60

The organic and sustainable soy wax candles by Voyage et Cie are hand poured, containing the finest fragrance oils and three non-toxic 100% cotton wicks. They are quite large and have a dramatic french cut shape so make a fab and unique gift choice.  Plus, they smell as beautiful as they look! 

7. Kastehelmi Medium Plate, $48 

These amazing serving plates by Kastehelmi (Finnish for "dewdrop") are made of hand blown glass and designed in 1964 by Oiva Toikka in Finland. The highly-styled serving plates are decorated with glass droplets to create a three-dimensional surface. They are also well-priced and available in a range of colors.

Kastehelmi Medium Plate, $48, shown in light blue

Kastehelmi Medium Plate, $48, shown in light blue

8. Sempli Cupa Rocks Tumbler Set, $50

We were all taught that in order to bring out the flavor of fine spirits, we should swirl our cups. Well these Cupa Rocks Tumblers do exactly that for you! The shape of the tumbler is designed to sit on its side so that when you set it down, it creates a swirling motion that facilitates oxygenation. The set of two tumblers are made of lead-free crystal and inspired by Swedish and Italian design.

9. Mark and Graham Personalized Lacquer Tray, $69 small, $125 large

These Mark and Graham's Lacquer Trays are great personalized gifts, especially for lovers of mid-century modern design. They are the perfect perches for serving beverages or can be used as a stylish catchall. Available in white, orange and navy.

10. Lette Macarons - Create your own box of 24, $44

Yummy macarons--yes please! These delicate and delicious pastries are shipped overnight to preserve their freshness, making them a perfect last minute gift. There are many seasonal specials to choose from in addition to the variety of 13 classic flavors. Pick your favorites and don't forget to send a box to yourself too!


7 Edgy Must-Have Fashion Pieces

by Melissa Meyers


Want to have that cool-girl style without trying too hard? Add rocker chic fashion pieces to your wardrobe and update your look with these seven edgy must-haves:

1. Blank Denim Vegan Leather Skinny Pants, $98

These faux leather pants look just like leather and have a great fit. They run small so order one size up!

 

2. Jennifer Fisher Pierced Cuff, $940

Jennifer Fisher is one of the hottest  jewelry designers today and she epitomizes the edgy chic meets classic look. I am obsessed with her amazing brass cuff with spike detail!

 

 

3. IRO Nona Shredded Sweatshirt, $130

I am a huge fan of the French brand IRO and recently bought this fun deconstructed sweatshirt at the new store in Beverly Hills. The shredding is sheer so layer with a cami underneath--or not!

 

 

4. Rag & Bone Moto Boots, $595

These are classic motorcycle boots with stud-buckle details a la rag & bone. Wear these every year--they are always on trend and look great with jeans, skirts and dresses. 

 

5. Rebecca Taylor Leather Moto Vest, $795

Vests are a must-have layering piece to add to your wardrobe this year and grey is the it-color of the season! This gorgeous one by Rebecca Taylor covers all bases.

 

6. Balenciaga Papier A4 Zip Around Bag, $1,835

This beautiful Balenciaga bag is a great investment piece if you are looking for the perfect classic tote with an edgy twist. I love the side zipper detail and the rouge aubergine color is so fresh!

7. Essie Collection Lightning Bolt Necklace, $60

This delicate lightning bolt necklace is super cute and easy to wear. It's currently my favorite layering piece and is available in gold, silver and rose gold!

 

 

Essie Collection lightning bolt necklace, $60. Contact Esther@essiecollection.com to purchase. Available in gold, silver and rose gold.

Essie Collection lightning bolt necklace, $60. Contact Esther@essiecollection.com to purchase. Available in gold, silver and rose gold.