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#1 Hudson Park Collection Faux Fur Animal Throw

I love a good throw and I especially love this one because it’s animal print! My obsession with all things leopard is alive and well. I have one on my bed that I sleep with every single night!

#2 Voluspa Prosecco Rose Candles and Diffusers

I love this scent because it’s very subtle and never overpowering. This set also looks so pretty just sitting out in a room!

#3 Amethyst Cluster

Amethyst are known for balancing the crown chakra and for proving calming and cleansing effects. I keep on on my nightstand for this reason but also because they are breathtakingly beautiful!

#4 Serene House Supernova Electric Aromatherapy Diffuser

I’ve been very into diffusing oils lately, they are much cleaner than most traditional candles! This diffuser does the job plus it’s so pretty to look at!

#5 Jonathan Adler Tiger Valet Tray

I love a good catch all tray. I keep one in almost every room to put keys, coins and little nick knacks I might otherwise loose. This one is so cute. I’ve had this exact one on my nightstand for years.

#6 Ban.do Wine Water Bottle

This is pretty much the motto of my life!

#7 Snakeskin Flask

This flask is so gorgeous I’m pretty sure I would just use it for decoration, yet in the off chance I needed to take it somewhere ( like every weekend to a kids birthday party) how chic would that be?!

#8 Stoneware Holiday Icon Appetizer Plates

I love these vintage looking Christmas plates! Perfect for a holiday party hostess gift or to serve cookies on to your kids!

#9 Sharper Image Smores Specialty Cooking Appliances Maker Brown

I love making Smores but it’s not always practical to be outside to make them by an open flame. This little gadget makes it easy to enjoy them with the family more often!

#10 Gift Boutique Set of 4 Flamingo Tumbler Glasses

These tumblers are the cutest and guaranteed to make whoever receives them smile from ear to ear!

 

It’s that time of the year for gift guides folks. I know I personally struggle to come up with original and useful gifts over the holidays so I wanted to share the products that I’ve been loving lately. Some of favorite beauty products that I’ve actually seen results from are listed below! I have to admit, I was once a skeptic about some of the things listed below but I am a true converted believer now. Try them for yourself and tell me what you think! As always please comment and let me know what you are loving. I am more than happy to spend an inordinate amount of time talking about jade rollers or silk pillowcases. You know where to find me!

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#1 PMD Pro Device

Microderm for the home. It’s less intense then the one you would get at a medspa, but it’s still a great exfoliation on the areas you need it most. You can do your face, neck hands, elbows, you name it!

#2 Sisley Paris Neck Cream

Can we talk about the neck for a second? Why didn’t we start this conversation earlier, you may ask. Well, because no one tells you in your 20’s that your neck will at some point be a big deal. I declare 2019 the year of the neck for me. This cream is the bomb and I plan on using until my neck reaches Audrey Hepburn status, yo!

#3 The Beauty Chef Glow Set

I love Beauty Chef products because they taste good and they actually work! Beauty Chef targets your inners, to make your outers more hydrated and glowing! The ingredients are all natural and good for your body!

#4 RMS Beauty Lip2Cheek

I love a two for one in a beauty product! This super hydrating, no toxic formula is super pigmented and pretty for both your lips and your cheeks. Less products to carry around? YES PLEASE

#5 L’OCCITANE Hand Cream Bouquet

I did an entire post on L’occitane here, but let’s just keep it simple , shall we? Perfect gift-able products in a package you don’t even need to wrap! WINNER!

#6 Supergoop Setting Mist

This product sets your makeup and prevents sun damage throughout the day without feeling heavy or weighing you down. Plus I heard if you spray it three times and look in the mirror Gwyneth Paltrow appears. Just say’in.

#7 Charlotte Tilbury Goddess Skin Clay Mask

I’m obsessed with Charlotte Tilbury mostly because of her accent but also because her products are so good. This mask is one of my faves because it always leaves my skin super hydrated and glowing.

#8 Solaris Laboratories NY Fade Facial Roller

I resisted the jade roller trend ya’ll. Then I realized what kind of blogger would I be if I didn’t give this a day in court. I’m converted even if I’m a little embarrassed about it. It just gives my face that pick me up and makes me feel less puffy in the morning.

#9 Lavanila Freshly Picked Mini Deodorant Trio

I am not a fan of deodorant that doesn’t work no matter how little chemicals it has. I always said I don’t think it’s going to be my deodorant that takes me down so I always stuck to the real kind. This stuff is natural and actually smells good and works for me. If you’re in to that hippy dippy stuff.

#10 Slip Silk Beauty Sleep Travel Set

I was horrified to learn that my pillow case was causing skin problems and hair breakage. It also translates to less hair washes because it prolongs your blowouts. If you haven’t jumped on the silk pillow case trend it’s about time. This is a travel size so you can take it with you to hotels and on airplanes.

Happy Thanksgiving friends! It’s sale time!  I’m sitting here with my family by the fire, drinking coffee and looking at all the great sales.  There are a lot of  retailers that are doing 50% for Thanksgiving and Black Friday and personally I’m excited to shop for things that aren’t full price. I’m normally too impatient to wait for sales but this year there are some deals that I just can’t pass up.

Everything on Ann Taylor is 50% off!

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Shopbop is having a huge sale !

Nasty gal is offering 60% off

Asos is 25% site wide

Sundry is also having up to 75% off

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Things I’ve recently purchased that our now on sale (not bitter about this at all)

 

That’s it folks! I hope you enjoy the day with your families. Check out my post here on why I’m so grateful this year! Happy eating and shopping!

 

 

 

 

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Andrea Levoff, Thanksgiving, Andrea Levoff Thanksgiving, grateful, what I am grateful for, 2018 reflections, chicago blogger, mom blogger, mom styleOne thing I’ve noticed in my life, when I am sincerely thankful, life is easier. Taking the time to notice the things in our life that our good, truly makes room for more good. I’ve contemplated best practices to teach my children gratitude and what seems to work the best is to actually be grateful and let them see that. It’s easy to rattle off a perfunctory list at the Thanksgiving table, but to really feel it in your heart is a magnet for more miracles.

So here is my non-perfunctory list of what I am grateful for:

The challenges this year has brought. These growth opportunities, even though they were a bitch to go through, without them I would have remained the same. Change is scary but to me the scariest thing is not growing. I’m grateful for every coach and mentor I’ve had along the way because they always pushed me to step out of my comfort zone and try new things, even if it was just a different way of looking at something.

My family. They truly give my life meaning and support me everyday. They also provide me ample opportunities to heal on a deeper level when they trigger my hot spots.  My kids make me laugh and remind me to never take life too seriously.

My friends. The ones that I talk to everyday and the ones that I barely have contact with but are in my heart. I’m even grateful for the ones that taught me boundaries and the ones that I don’t talk to anymore.

My passions and dreams. Part of what drives me forward when I’m feeling like I’m making no impact is the idea of reaching more and people. I’m so thankful for my unique gifts and opportunities to help other people along their journey. I am so thankful to God for guiding me to live even deeper into my purpose.

Lastly,  I’m thankful for my readers and the blogging community! Without you guys I’d be talking to myself and writing with no one to read anything! A big thanks to everyone who has ever read a blog post, liked an instagram post or showed up to one of my events!

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I’ve  always struggled with giving holiday gifts. Let me make that clear, I don’t struggle with receiving gifts at all. That part I am really good at. First of all, my to-do list is a mile long and I like to give meaningful gifts, that can sometimes take time to come together. Since my kids have no issues telling me what they want, I guess it’s because you will rarely find an adult that will tell you they need something much less make a suggesting for a gift.

Since having children, there are so many more people I am responsible for buying gifts for, which is great except for when it’s 6:30 the night before the last day of school and I am trying to decide if 19 bottles of wine is appropriate for a kindergarten teacher.

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That’s why when I was introduced to L’Occitane’s gift ready sets it was like the pressure of finding the right gift just melted away. Everybody loves receiving their coveted formulas that have a long, rich history in Provence.

Here are some things that I think make L’Occitane so special:

1. I wash my hands no less than 10,000 times in a day. Living in Chicago does not help my dryness and seriously, by March my hands can look pretty rough. It’s not that I don’t have a ton of lotion, it’s that it’s not accessible to me all day. That’s why I love these little bottles.  I keep one in every area of my house, car and purse.

Andrea Levoff, L'Occitane 2. The shower oil is so luxurious. It feels like I’m at a spa even if I’m actually trying to take a 4 min shower before my kids beat down the door.

3. Hearing people try and pronounce the name! Seriously it’s the best.

4. The gifts boxes and adorable ornament are already super festive and cute so no need to spend the extra time or money on wrapping these bad boys.

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5. The best part about L’Occitane is that their company is committed to empowering the women of Burkina Faso by giving them economic opportunities. Through business development training, L’Occitane empower 10,000 women in environmentally friendly Shea processing.

I love feeling good about the gifts I’m giving and knowing that this is helping other women who are out there making it happen for their families everyday.

To me, these gift sets are a no brainer for a busy mom on the go. Shop the link above or head into the nearest location to check them out, I think you’ll agree!

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