Valentine's Day Gift Guide: Top 10 List

With Valentine's Day around the corner, now is a good time to think about what to get your special significant other and celebrate by giving them the perfect gift. My top 10 V-day gift guide below.

1. Compartes Chocolate
Compartes brand new heart shaped gift box for Valentines chocolates are beautifully presented, gourmet chocolates. These delicious designer treats  can be ordered on line and shipped directly to you. They're almost too pretty to eat!

Tulah Jem lips in rose gold shown layered.

These sparkly lips by Tulah Jem make a gorgeous gift for the stylish girl who loves to wear delicate fine jewelry. The trendy little pouts are available in rose, white and yellow gold. I wear mine EVERY day-either alone or layered with other pieces. Contact Sally@TulahJem.com for more information or to purchase.

3. Design My Treats  by Darian Jennings

Design My Treats by Darian Jennings creates the most delicious and beautiful customized cookies, cupcakes and other sweets. Makes the perfect gift to celebrate Vday and any special occasion. For more information or to order contact Darian at darian@designmytreats.com. www.designmytreats.com

4. Trym ll Rechargeable Modern Hair Clipper

It's 2016 so our men should be manscaping now! Treat your guy to this cool, rechargeable head to toe hair clipper from Trym II. The super sleek design of this device looks great on a bathroom counter top too. I bought one for my hubby!

5. Culture Sock "Pair" of 3 Socks

 

This unique sock brand is a conversation starter and a clever gift for both women and men. Each "pair" comes with three socks that you can mix and match. There are dozens of combinations to choose from but I am obsessed with the Marilyn Monroe, JFK, and Jackie Kennedy "pair."

6. Lips iPhone 6/6s case by Sonix


This fun iPhone case is the perfect girlie gift for today's most used accessory! It's also extremely thin and lightweight so adds no bulk to the phone-everyone's always asking me where I got mine. 

7. Amazon echo

The amazon echo make a perfect gift for just about anyone! This new voice recognition device can fill a room with your favorite music through Pandora, iHeart Radio and Prime music accounts. It can also  control light switches with compatible smart home devices, answer questions about the weather, commute times, news and sports. 

8. Anya Hindmarch 'smiley' Cross-body bag  

A red bag is a must-have wardrobe staple and adds a pop of color to any look. This chic cross-body bag by designer Anya Hindmarch is sure to make any girl smile!

9. Bao Bao Issey Miyake Geometric Wallet 

This sleek, ultra thin wallet from Bao Bao Issey Miyake makes a great gift for any stylish gal who needs a place for her cards, some cash and a license. I have been obsessed with their geometric signature look since spotting them all over Italy while visiting there last summer!

10. Eberjey Lingerie

One of the best and most comfy lingerie brands out there is Eberjey. I love this soft Delirious Chemise for a light-weight stylish nightie. Eberjey has plenty of loungewear to choose from like two piece pajama sets to lacy little bras and panties. 

Mani Monday: Try This Marbelized Nail Trend

If you're tired of the same solid color manicure, try something fun and edgy like marbleizing your nails. This trendy look can be very distinct or subtle, depending on your preference. Below are some of my favorite mani photos that serve as inspiration to rock this look. 

Show these photos to your manicurist at your next appointment!

Use essie Chinchilly and essie Licorice to recreate this look. 

Use essie Chinchilly and essie Licorice to recreate this look. 

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Celebrate Healthy for Chocolate Cake Day!

Today is Chocolate Cake Day! I am obsessed with anything chocolate so thought it would be a perfect day to celebrate and share a healthy recipe for these Triple-Layer Raw Chocolate Mint Cream Bars from celebrity nutritionist Kimberly Snyder. These delicious bars will satisfy your sweet tooth and are loaded with healthy ingredients like dates, almonds and avocados. A little piece goes a long way and you can store them in your fridge for a few weeks.

Read on for the recipe of this yummy gulit-free treat below! xM

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BASE INGREDIENTS

  • Parchment paper, for lining the loaf pan
  • 1⁄2 cup raw almonds
  • 1⁄2 cup raw pecans
  • 1 cup medium Medjool dates, soaked and well drained
  • 1⁄4 cup cacao powder Pinch of sea salt

    MINT CREAM FILLING INGREDIENTS
  • 2 small ripe Hass avocados, peeled and pits removed
  • 1⁄3 cup minced fresh mint
  • 1⁄3 cup coconut nectar
  • 1⁄4 teaspoon organic peppermint flavor
  • 1⁄4 cup melted coconut oil

    CHOCOLATE TOPPING INGREDIENTS
  • 1⁄4 cup coconut oil
  • 1⁄4 cup raw cacao powder
  • 2 tablespoons coconut nectar

Instructions

  1. Line the bottom of a 9 x 5-inch loaf pan with parchment paper. Be sure to leave an overhang so it’s easier to remove the finished bars. Set aside.
  2. Prepare the base. Combine the almonds and pecans in a food processor, and process to form to a coarse meal. Add the dates and process until the dates are broken down. Add the cacao powder and salt and pulse to combine. The nut-date mixture should stick together when pressed between two fingers. Press the nut-date mixture into the bottom of the prepared loaf pan and set in the freezer to make a crust while you prepare the filling.
  3. Prepare the filling. In a high-speed blender, process the avocados, mint, coconut nectar and peppermint flavor until smooth. You may need to stop the blender and scrape down the sides a few times. Add the melted coconut oil and blend for a few seconds to combine. The mint mixture should be thick and creamy. (If your blender doesn’t process the mixture very well, try blending it in batches until smooth.)
  4. Remove the loaf pan from the freezer. Pour the avocado-mint mixture on top of the nut-date crust, smoothing it out with an offset spatula or the back of a spoon. Return the loaf pan to the freezer and let the avocado-mint layer get firm, at least 1 hour.
  5. Prepare the chocolate topping. You’re almost there! Last layer, here we go. Whisk together all the ingredients in a small bowl until smooth.
  6. Remove the loaf pan from the freezer once again and pour the chocolate topping on top of the avocado-mint layer, smoothing it out quickly with an o set spatula or the back of a spoon. Return the loaf pan to the freezer one last time and allow the top- ping to set, at least 1 to 2 hours.
  7. To cut this into bars, remove the triple-layer block from the loaf pan by pulling up on the parchment paper. Set it on a cutting board. Place a sharp serrated knife in a jar of hot water for several minutes, wipe it with a kitchen towel, and then, using a light sawing motion, cut the block into squares. It’s okay if the top cracks (I think it actually looks pretty that way), but try to keep all the layers intact. Warm the knife in the water as needed to cut all the squares.
  8. Store the bars in an airtight container in the freezer for up to a 3 weeks

 

Check out Kimberly Snyder's book and more of her great recipes!