Giveaway: Kikkerland Gift Pack

I spent a week in Mexico…returned, and BOOM, it was Christmas. It’s Christmas in a couple of days, and I feel woefully under prepared. Luckily for you, dear readers, I have my annual Christmas Giveaway! This year, my 7 days of Christmas Cheer giveaway kicks off with 3 lucky winners winning a Kikkerland Gift Pack! Kikkerland creates fun and perfectly giftable items to add cheer to your every day life.

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Three lucky winners will win:

1. A Graffiti Cocktail Shaker It looks just like a spray can but can be used to create delicious, delicious drinks.

2. Once you pour those drinks, your guests will need to find a way to keep track of their drinks! Enter the Dapper Drink Markers.

3. Last but not least, this iHorn BoomBox will amplify your music at your party! (more…)

[Review] Persian Pickle Club by Sandra Dallas

book“The Persian Pickle Club” by Sandra Dallas was originally published 20 years ago and I was lent the 20th Anniversary Edition to read. It’s amazing to think that one novel could inspire so many women to go out there and quilt, even starting their own quilting circles. Hopefully, though, none of them are hiding the same secrets as those in the Persian Pickle Club! Set in the 1930s, in depression-hit Harveyville, Kansas, each week the ladies gather to quilt and gossip, however, they are tied together by one big, dark secret. (more…)

[ Review ] The Island of a Thousand Mirrors by Nayomi Munaweera

islandofI cried. Twice. At work. People saw me. I didn’t care. The stories told by the author, NayomiMunaweera are devastating and hopeful all at the same time. “Island of a Thousand Mirrors follows the fate of two families, one Tamil, one Sinhala as they straddle opposite sides of the long and brutal Sri Lankan civil war. Narrated by the eldest daughter of each family…At its root, it’s a story of a fragmented nation struggling to find its way to a new beginning.” (Goodreads.com). This novel serves as a stark reminder that with opportunity and compassion for others some people can be saved from a life of fear and pain. For others the path only leads to darkness. Unfortunately, there are no easy answers in a war when both sides are right…and wrong. (more…)

Dior Golden Shock Holiday Collection

Dior has some of the most luxurious packaging that I’ve ever seen in cosmetics. It’s stunning! And feels like such good quality- from the packaging and of course, the contents.

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This holiday, Dior introduced their Golden Shock Collection. These shades look awesome on all skin tones, including mine!

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Illuminating Pressed Powder

The Dioriffc Illuminating Pressed Powder ($82) is available in two shades. Pictured above is Gold Shock, powder tinged with a golden yellow shimmer. (more…)

Essie Winter Collection

I love all Essie polish collections! However, their latest winter collection surprised me in a number of ways. First off, the name of the collection is a little odd, it’s called Jiggle Hi, Jiggle Lo. Hmm.

Next were the shades. The range of sheer to opaque pinks made me think Valentine’s Day rather than holiday. Now, I didn’t try the entire collection, only a couple of the shades.

I found that the collection really came alive when I added a Luxeffect polish. Rock to the Top is a chunky gold glitter that really brought the holiday glamor to this collection! (I also like the look of the shade  jiggle hi jiggle lo, a molten gold.)

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