If you're inclined to #optoutside this Black Friday, go for it! And if you still feel the itch to get some holiday shopping done, check out our boutique for some stylish choices.
I hope you are spending this time with loved ones and having the opportunity to appreciate all the good things in life. Usually the day after Thanksgiving and the weekend that follows is spent as a huge push for holiday shopping. Having a fear of large crowds and an allergy to long lines keeps me out of the stores and looking for other options. And so I did some digging for gifts that go a little farther: donations, especially important at a time when the world needs TLC. A few of my favorites are:
Second Harvest Food Bank: A local non-profit working to end hunger and malnutrition.
A Well Fed World. A worldwide non-profit hunger relief and animal protection organization.
Medecins sans Frontieres/Doctors Without Borders: A worldwide medical non-profit organization.
Unicef: A children's rights and emergency relief organization.
This Saturday you'll have a chance to support indie businesses with Small Business Saturday. Many stores are offering discounts and special events, and I encourage everyone who's shopping to support your local community or friends from afar via online shopping at a few of our favorite boutiques.
I'm thrilled that three of my favorite independent boutiques all have online shopping available. This is great news if you're a fan of one of these stores but you don't live in the Bay Area and can't visit in-person.
From a hat to an epic moisturizer, a secret perfume to a stunning handbag, this collection offers individuality, originality, creativity, and of course, a stylish sensibility—all while supporting small businesses.
My friends at Stripe in Santa Cruz have a beautiful selection of things to shop for this holiday season. The green hat ($42) is a favorite of mine and can be styled as a neutral. I'm crushing on these copper mugs ($34); the earrings ($26) are an original take on the traditional hoop; and this Horse watch ($118) is a stunner.
The next batch of beautiful things are from Legion, a beloved boutique in San Francisco. I have a huge crush on the purse from Primecut Bags ($166-$192), the Confetti Print Tray ($32), the Dots Canvas Bag ($38), and the Splatter Print Notebook ($12).
The last collection is from Cameron Marks, a lifestyle boutique in Santa Cruz. This charming eye mask ($22) will gift your girl with a deep night's sleep; the chic bag from Cook and Gates ($125) has everlasting style appeal; the all-purpose moisturizer from goé oil ($50) is a cult favorite; and owner Vanessa Ambrose has bottled her beloved and highly secret fragrance ($25) seen here.
Gift guides are going to start rolling out soon, but here at The Penny Rose, we've pared down things to make it easy for you. This is our "Affordable Gift Guide," featuring a curated group of my favorite things that won't break the bank.
This J.Crew tee will go with anything and she can dress it up or down, or layer it in the winter. These cheetah slippers from Minnetonka ($40) will keep her toes warm during winter. This bracelet ($37) from Blank Verse Jewelry and yours truly (The Penny Rose) is a classic, year-round piece of jewelry. And this scarf ($19) keeps popping up year after year—it's a darling in the fashion blogosphere.
I've also selected a few favorite beauty products that a girl just can't go without. From a lip polish ($15) to keep your kisser smooth, to my favorite fragrance from Kai ($48), to a Japanese cult favorite moisturizer ($16), to the candle that keeps Anthropologie smelling so good ($12).
This season, there are plenty of beautiful and fashionable ways to shop on a budget for the holidays.
The Makeup Chair is a monthly column by Jillian Wilkey, a professional makeup artist in the Bay Area.
What’s messing up your makeup?
There are no rules in makeup. Whether you desire an ultra-glam full face or something more low-key, makeup is an art and should make you feel good. However, there are a few basic concepts that will help you achieve any flawless finish.
1. Proper skincare is the key to beautiful makeup. This routine may vary depending on skin type, but be sure to always cleanse and moisturize before applying your makeup. To ensure the best results, allow your skin to soak up the moisture first before applying foundation. Other skin care helpers would be to exfoliate, and use serums, toners, masks, and primers. I suggest the Eminence Bright Skin Starter Kit.
2. Clean brushes. It’s the least favorite part of my job, but the most necessary one. Brushes that are left unclean can cause breakouts and affect the perfection of your makeup application with bristles congested in pigment. Wash your brushes regularly with either a gentle soap or brush cleanser like the Jane Iredale Botanical Brush Cleanser & Brush Shampoo found online or at Salon on the Square.
3. Using an expiration date. Makeup expires. Old makeup can create a less than flawless face, but more seriously it can cause infection. As a general rule of thumb,
· Powders (blush, shadows) = 1-2 years
· Foundation = 6 months to 1 year
· Concealer = 6 months
· Lipstick, lip liner, lip gloss = 1 year
· Mascara = 3 months
· Liquid & gel liner = 3-6 months