Is It Worth The Hype?

Yes, I have had the Elchim hair dryer for years and I love it. Then two years ago, I received the Dyson hair dryer and LOVE it even more.

Recently, the beauty influencers have been hyping the Revlon Pro Collection Salon One Step Hair Dryer and Volumizer. It is a hairdryer and brush all in one. While I am fully aware of their conflict of interest (they are paid or gifted for their posts), I still bit. Yes, I am an “influenced.”

The Dyson takes me 6 minutes plus 2 minutes of flat ironing. The Revlon, was a solid 6, no flat iron. No juggling brush with dryer. No sectioning. It was heavier than the Dyson, got a bit hot and was noisy. But it really did the job pretty well and the brush shape added the promised volumed. So yes, I think it is worth the hype.

And no, I have not been paid for this post nor did I receive any remuneration in any way.

Revlon Pro Collection

Royal Coats

The Daily Mail/Wire Image

The Royal’s coat game never ceases to impress me. There are countless examples on the internet of how well their coats are designed and tailored. As the granddaughter of a Russian immigrant who made his living in the women’s coat trade, I would like to think my appreciation was borne from my own heritage. Nonetheless, they are just stunning!

Technology During the Holidays

All the edicts to put down our smart phones while with family are valid but there are ways to use technology to enjoy your holiday season.

Did you know that you can mute which stories appear on Instagram? Just hold down the circle on the top of your home page and you will receive a prompt to mute stories (and posts) from that account. They will never know. Your time is better used to watch the Instagram stories that are more meaningful to you.

Watch Publix holiday ads from years past. They are saccharine and heartwarming.

Watch silly videos alone or with your family by downloading Tiktok. https://www.tiktok.com/en

JACKBOX game is a fun thing to play with family. Everyone plays with their phones etc. it’s available for most game consoles, computers, roku, and Apple TV.  jackboxgames.com

Pantone Color of the Year 2020

Instilling calm, confidence, and connection, this enduring blue hue highlights our desire for a dependable and stable foundation on which to build as we cross the threshold into a new era.“-Pantone

Pantone announced this year’s color of the year 2020. They are calling it classic blue. I think it is more of azure blue. Nonetheless. It is a nice color. I have no furniture or clothing of this color. I am now considering this merino wool sweater featured below.

Banana Republic

Holiday Luxe Options

Never be deterred that a look you covet cannot be found at a less expensive price. Two cases in point. This Tanya Taylor blouse is luxury at $375. while its Banana Republic sister is $89.50. The luxurious Vince satin skirt is $265.00 to Banana Republic’s champagne version at $98.50

Tanya Taylor
Banana Republic
Vince
Banana Republic

Are They Candles?

Cheap flameless candles in the green hurricane lanterns from Home Goods.
Finer quality flameless candle from Pottery Barn

No doubt that candle light adds a romantic glow to a home. I will admit that I have gone to bed once or twice without blowing out a candle. Luckily for me, they burned down and out without incident. In addition, I frequently ration how much to use a candle because to replace them both physically and financially is just annoying. I have recently replaced many candles in my home with these flameless candles. Yes, they are fake. But, they look so good. The expensive versions are beautiful and the cheaper ones are not awful. Some have a wax finish so they feel like the real thing to the touch as well. Some flameless candles even have a timer so the time you set them on initially, will prompt them to illuminate at that same time night after night. Within about 5 hours they turn themselves off. Brilliant.