November Favorites

Hello friends! As we begin to embrace the month of all things merry, I wanted to share a little roundup of the items that I've used/enjoyed the most over the Fall season. I do believe it is the little things that make a difference in our daily lives, and I'm grateful every day for the conveniences of modern life and the products that me look better, and feel comfy.

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                                 November Favorites

1. St. Ives Green Tea Blackhead Clearing Scrub

While blackheads (yuck) are not a concern for me normally, I love the scent of this gentle scrub! I use it once a day to get my skin ready for the creams or treatments I use. It has the benefits of the antioxidants in the green tea, natural exfoliants made from walnut shells, and olive leaf oil. I think it feels and smells like something that could be much more expensive.

St. Ives Green Tea Scrub

2. Colleen Rothschild Skincare

This is new to my routine, but I've fallen in love. I found this line through some of my favorite vloggers/bloggers. It's not the most inexpensive skincare you can buy, but Colleen often offers promotions where you can purchase products at a bit of a discount. I started my journey with the Discovery Collection which offers generously sized samples of seven of her products. The travel size tubes of moisturizers have lasted me months and I've just purchased my first full sized container. My favorites are her Extreme Reovery Cream, Sheer Renewal Cream (use it as a makeup primer), and the Radiant Cleansing Balm (like a mini spa treatment). This is the first time in my life where I feel like I am adopting a skin care routine that I can actually do every day. I highly recommend the Discovery Kit!
CR Discovery Collection

3. IT Cosmetics CC Cream

I honestly cannot say enough about this foundation. My hairdresser urged me several times to try it and when I finally did, it did to disappoint. I was sold on the significant SPF it offers, specifically to wear to all of the soccer games and during outdoor summer activities. But after using it, it quickly became my everyday foundation. It claims to color correct and provide full coverage, which I feel is important for my skin. After I started wearing it, I suddenly wasn't afraid to take selfies as much! It really is your skin but better!
Your Skin But Better IT CC Cream

3. Lou & Grey Leggings

Let's be honest. I'm a 40ish mom who "works from home." I don't buy office wear, or often invest in fancy clothes. If I can buy a garment that will make me feel like I'm still in my pajamas, I'm there. Bonus points for anything that can be worn with a tall boot. These leggings are my holy grail for pants that aren't jeans. They have a significant waist band to keep them up and your jiggly parts in the right place. And they are just so soft! I've heard good things about HUE leggings as well, but have not tried them. I think these are a good deal if you make it to LOFT when they are having one of their 40% off sales. (The inseam on them is 25 3/4" if that matters to you).

Lou & Grey Super Soft Leggings

4. Sam Edelman Flats & Petty Boots

Perfect with jeans, leggings, and even dresses and skirts. Love these flats and booties. I updated my collection this season with the flats in the Port Wine color, and I am loving the pop of color they give an outfit.
Sam Edelman Petty "Chelsea" Boot in Putty Suede

Sam Edelman Petty "Chelsea" Boot in Black Suede

Sam Edelman "Felicia" Flat

Sam Edelman "Felicia" Flat

5. Gilligan O' Malley Women's Pajama Legging Total Comfort

For the cozy part of this post, let's talk about these pajamas!! These are hands down my favorite pajama ever. I put them on the moment I get in the door and only take them off to shower and when I go out. Actually, I don't sleep in them because its been so warm here. But, when it gets colder, these leggings have a bit of elastic at the cuff to keep them in place all night without choking your ankles and leaving ugly red marks. A little warning, because they are made for comfort, they are not thick and opaque enough to really wear in public. I've made it through carpool a couple of times in them, but I stay in the car.

Perfect Sleep Pants
6. Cozy Target Graphic Sweatshirts

I pair my perfect sleep pants with these super soft graphic sweatshirts. I have the one with Weekend written on the front. It is the softest thing ever! I want the Cheers one next!

Brushed Cozy Sweatshirt
Cozy Brushed Cheers Sweatshirt
Cozy Brushed Weekend Sweatshirt
7. Ebates

I keep encouraging everyone to sign up for Ebates during the holiday shopping season and while they are running their special Refer a Friend promotion. I honestly love my Ebates and use it every time I order something online. You simply sign up and add a button into your toolbar that lets you know if there is an Ebate available from each retailer. I love to stack Ebates with retailer promotions like the 40% off at Loft or the recent 50% off at J Crew. I even got a rebate from a hotel stay we made at Hilton during the hurricane. With a few clicks, you really do get free money. Please sign up with my link and make sure to install the Ebates button in your toolbar. Sign Up For Ebates.

There you have it guys, everything I'm using and loving on a daily basis. What are you loving this Fall? I hope this December brings your family all of the joys of the holiday season!!!



Cocktails with Cranberries: A Cosmopolitan Charleston Thanksgiving

Happy Wednesday, friends! Is it me, or is this week flying by?
I'm just "popping" in to share some photos from a little Thanksgiving Eve cocktail gathering we hosted with some out of town friends last Wednesday.  One of my favorite people in the world was in Charleston to spend the holiday, and after a delicious lunch at Jestine's, we headed home to enjoy the beautiful evening around the fire pit sipping libations.

We started with prosecco while our mixologist, Robyn Bird, started making our Charleston Cosmos. Robyn writes an insightful, thought provoking blog over at The Robyn Birds Nest, so check her out!

I purchased these skinny flutes last Christmas season for a champagne toast for my birthday. I was thrilled to have an occasion to use them again. Unfortunately, they are no longer available, but I have linked to some other festive options in the collage below for your soiree.

Over 40 Life and Style Ring In the Holiday Season In Charleston, SC


Over 40 Life and Style Champagne Toast in Charleston, SCFestive, Sparkling  Drinkware for Holiday parties in Charleston, SC
1. Gold Cheers Stemless Flute
2.Rosanna Pink Glass Champagne Flutes
3.Confetti Stemless Champagne Flutes
4.Champagne Bubbles Highball Glass Set
5. Faceted Gold Cocktail Shaker
6.Pop Fizz Clink Tea Towel
7.Metallic Confetti Stemless Champagne Flutes
8. Holiday Contemporary Flutes
9. Gold Rimmed Bubble Glass Champagne Flutes

Setting up for the main course/drink.

Over 40 Life and Style in Charleston, SC

Over 40 Friendsgiving Party in Charleston, SC

Friends Gather For Drinks To Celebrate Thanksgiving in Charleston, SC

Over 40 Lifestyle Celebrations in Charleston, SC

Over 40 Lifestyle Celebrations

Since none of us had finished the prosecco, Robyn had the brilliant idea to pour it into our Charleston Cosmos....and a new drink was born. The extra fizz from the prosecco just took our cosmos to a whole new level! We headed outside to the porch to enjoy the mild November weather, listening to Christmas tunes on the iPad while the boys made a huge fire in the fire pit.

What a great way to start the Thanksgiving weekend!


Black Friday Shopping: Charleston Style

Happy Thanksgiving friends! I hope to write a little recap of our day here in Charleston, but as of this moment, I am fully immersed in my first Black Friday shopping extravaganza from the comfort of my own bed (with my sweet fuzzy little fat kitty curled up next to me).

I'm thinking of writing this on the fly and just add deals live as I find them. I think your first step though would be to quickly sign up for Ebates. Once you have done that, you will receive a rebate for most stores back in your PayPal or by check quarterly!! I like to stack the Ebates on top of discounts I already receive at places like Target or Old Navy.

So sign up on the link below:

So first thing that I found, and it is super limited is 3 Too Faced Chocolate Bar Palettes for $97!!! Too good to pass up, as they were the #1 item on my Christmas list! The color and pigmentation are amazing, and they just happen to smell like chocolate! And, if you have Ebates, theres another 3% rebate!

Too Faced Chocolate Bar Palettes

Found this earlier today. Bauble Bar offers fun, trendy costume jewelry that is a blogger favorite. And if you stack with your Ebates, you get another 1.5% cash back!!

Bauble Bar Black Friday Sales The Charleston Lens
Bauble Bar 35% Off Sale

Adorable Tassel Drops

Acrylic Monogram Necklace
Let's check into family favorite, Old Navy. Almost everything is 50% off which you can stack with your Ebates for another 8% cash back That's almost 60% off. Here are a couple items that I have my eye on.

Women's Wool Blend Pea Coat

Flannel Scarf
Penguin Pajamas
I recently took baby girl in to Old Navy, and we found some super soft skinny jeans and a warm ski vest. 
Girls Sateen Leggings (On Sale)
Frost Free Vest
And now for one of my go-to spots for kids' clothing, J Crew Factory! There's nothing in this place that I don't love. And with Ebates, you get another 9% off on top of the 50-60% reductions already taken on most items! Crazy! I think there are even some extra 20% coupons floating around which increases to 25% if you are a cardholder. I'm not sure I can even do the math on that: 50% +9% +20%=80% off? Not really because they take a percentage and then another, or something.......I know how to do it on my phone calculator. But I promise, its a good deal!!
Girls Neon Fair Isle Sweater

Girls Cat Popover Sweater
These are my favorites so far. I will add a few more specials that I love as the night/day tomorrow wears on! Please know that there are affiliate links in this post, so if you chose to shop through the links, I may receive a small commission, at no cost to you. Thanks for shopping with me!!!

Morning Update:

Another of my favorite beauty companies is having a sale, Tarte Cosmetics!!!

25% Off Everything at Tarte Cosmetics
Kendra Scott Jewelry is on sale too!! I never see a discount like this. I have two of the Rayne necklaces that are my daily favorites! The just give and outfit the extra punch it needs! They might be the best necklace ever. Maybe. 

Kendra Scott 20% off
My favorite Kendra Scott Rayne Necklace