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8 Great Holiday Gifts For Under $20

November 3, 2009

The holidays are here (my favorite time of year) and with the holidays comes gift giving. Now, I love giving gifts but I also have to face the fact that we’re in a recession, so spending $50 bucks on a friend isn’t really realistic. Plus, you have coworkers and such. So I’ve compiled a list of the best gifts to give for under $20.

1. Lip Saver Roll by Korres ($15.60 with discount code)– This roll of Lip balm is nothing like you’re used to. I hate those annoying lip balms that smell bad, dry out your lips and come off easily. This is a real treat – since it’s made with shea butters, it offers hydration, a light tint and some shine to your lips. Not to mention the great scent -Remember too, Korres products are all natural, so you can be assured that this product is quality. Anyway, you can never have too many lip butters! (Also enter the keyword URBAN for a special 20% off discount until the end of November!)

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2. Totally Bamboo Pineapple Cutting Board and Spreader ($18 for both) – This is for the friend or family member who love to entertain, or just loves to cook. This adorable Pineapple Cutting Board is only $15 and spreader is only $3! What a bargain. It’s great to serve cheese or fruit or for cutting smaller items. This is not only a great holiday gift, but also something that’s good to keep on hand for when you need a quick hostess gift or housewarming present. Also, did you know that Bamboo is 16% harder than maple so the board will last longer. It also has anti-microbial properties to repel bacteria. You get all of this while helping to keep the world green!



3. Frozen Hot Chocolate Mix From Serendipity ($16) – Who doesn’t love hot chocolate during the winter months? Well, this is a new spin – FROZEN Hot Chocolate! It’s absolutely amazing – ask anyone who’s visited the restaurant in New York. This rich, creamy hot chocolate beats anything you can get in the store and you can make it hot or cold. You decide!


4. 88 Piece Makeup Palette by Coastal Scents ($18.95) – Nope, that’s not a type. You do really get 88 super pigmented eyeshadow colors. What else could a girl need? Each color is about a dime size, but since they are super pigmented, you only need a touch of it. Great to travel with and will last a lifetime. Not to mention you can use them wet or dry.


5. Lambie Ballerina Slippers and Shea Butter Socks ($20 for both) – Pamper your feet this holiday season with Lambie Ballerina Slippers and a pair of Shea Butter Socks. These socks have shea butter infused in them to keep your feel silky and smooth, then wear the slippers around the house for even a softer luxurious feel while hanging out buy the fire or cookin’ up a yummy holiday meal!



6. Try me Shea by L’Occitane ($15) – With winter comes dryness and we all know that nothing is less sexy than dry, cracked skin. Which is why ‘Try Me Shea‘ is the perfect holiday gift. This luxurious gift bag comes with shower cream, lotion, hand cream, shampoo, conditioner, face soap and a travel pouch. Say buh-bye to dryness and hello Shea butter!


7. Aunt Sadie’s Holiday Candles ($18) There is nothing that reminds me of a holiday more so than the fresh scented aroma of baking gingerbread cookies and cinnamon spice. Well, with Aunt Sadie’s Holiday Candles, you can replicate the smell to make your house smell great all holiday season!

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8. Knitted Beret from Gap ($19.50) – Stay warm while doing your holiday shopping with a cute knitted beret from Gap. It’s stylish, warm and under $20. This makes a great gift for the friend who lives in cold weather or just loves to be outfitted from head to toe. Comes in 4 great colors.


Well that just about completes this year’s holiday gift guide for under $20. Is there something I missed or something that you’d love to receive for under $20? Leave it in the comments!


The best eggs are organic!

May 28, 2009

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We have 5 chickens in our backyard and a turkey. The chickens lay about 1 egg each everyday and it’s awesome. Organic eggs are the very best. Sometimes they are brown in color or even a greenish-white. Those are my favorite. They are so tasty and yummy and you know the chickens aren’t left in a tiny cage so you can feel better about eating them.

31 Corn Lane’s totally handmade purses!

February 4, 2009

picture-1 I just got this handmade purse by Indie Designers, 31 Corn Lane. It’s a small company started by 3 sisters and   they make these adorable purses, totes and wallets. Inside, they are lined with bright eclectic material. I love this purse! Check below for an interview they did on

A juice a day keeps the doc away!

December 19, 2008


Lately, I’ve been going to the Health Food store across the street from my office every morning to get a fresh made veggie juice. Usually i get carrots, kale, parsley and spinach – often switching out one of the greens if its not available. A regular size juice costs $5.95. Ridiculous, but at the same time, I love it and I  need to make sure I get all my veggies for the day. Therefore I am going to invest in a juicer. I’ve done some research and found that the Breville Juice Fountain Plus is a good one – not top of the line, but not a piece of crap. It retails for around $200. I know i can get one that does a multitude of things, but I just want it to juice…. I’ll get a blender later. Any recommendations?

Bolthouse Juices…. the best “healthy” stuff on Earth!

December 11, 2008


In the last month or so, I have been really making an effort to eat healthier. I’ve been getting fresh veggie juices across the street at the health food store for about $6 bucks a juice. It’s kind of a rip off but they are so delicious that I keep going back. I’m hoping that if I keep up this gluten free, healthy, more veggie diet, my eczema will dramatically disappear. After searching and searching for a juice that won’t break my bank, my coworker turned me onto Bolthouse Farms. Bolthouse Farms is located in my hometown of California – San Joaquin Valley. Started as a commercial farming company, they started to branch out into juices (which they made from their veggies), and many other products like dressings.


I am eager to try these because of all the rave reviews, however, where I live (East Harlem), our grocery stores aren’t that great and don’t carry stuff like this. The health food store does carry them, but I would really love to try the purple carrot juice. Carrot (and green) juice is my favorite, so this seems amazing. Has anyone tried these? What other juices (or other healthy tips) would you recommend?

Hey Celebs, Recycle those paper cups!

October 22, 2008

Almost in every picture that you see a celebrity, you see them with a starbucks mug. Now I don’t know – maybe it’s just trendy to have that overpriced mug in their hands, but how about buying a reusable mug from Starbucks so you don’t have to waste paper? Celebs are always talking about saving the planet yet they waste waste waste! Here’s an idea, reuse. Can you imagine all the paper cups that could be saved? I got this Hawaiian Starbucks mug as a gift earlier this year and I’ve literally gotten stopped on the Subway by New Yorkers asking me where they can get it. You can buy it on eBay for $16. It’s well worth the money.

Lush’s Dream Cream

May 21, 2008

I absolutely love this Dream Cream from Lush. (Well, I love everything except for the price – it’s $22 bucks a pop!) It is VERY mosturizing and contains great ingredients, including Camomile Oil, Tea Tree Oil, Cocoa Butter and more. After a few days it leaves dry skin feeling great, especially those rough spots on elbows and hands. It’s also recommended for people with sore skin or eczema – which is why I use it – it’s all natural. (And it smells great!)

*If you’re hesitant about dropping the big bucks on such a small tub of lotion, you can visit a store and get a free sample to try out!

Win a Janome Sewing Machine! /Make Your own Bolero / Shrug

May 16, 2008

If you’ve always wanted one of those bolero/shrug wraps but ever found the right one, now you can make one! This is a great tutorial with easy steps to make one from an old turtleneck! And also, if you don’t have a sewing machine, get out your video cameras, because now is your chance to win one!

Flip and Tumble’s Reusable Tote Bags!

April 30, 2008

Hey guys! Check out these really cool reusable tote bags. They are small enough to roll up into a ball and fit in your purse, then when you go grocery shopping (or any other shopping, for that matter), you can decline those plastic bags and use your own. It’s an eco-friendly bag and helps out the environment. Plus, they are so cute! Buy one for $12 at Flip and Tumble.

Top 10 Ways to Save the Earth on Earth Day!

April 21, 2008

Hey all you environmentally conscious people. Tomorrow is Earth Day!!! You probably already know it. If you’re not already actively practicing environmentally safe and effiecient procedures for the earth, head on over to Threadbanger and check out my post on 10 ways you can save the Earth!

Batik – an undiscovered art of patternmaking!

April 17, 2008

Head on over the to read my article on Batik. It’s simple to do and produces great unique designs. It’s perfect for all types of clothing, totes, sheets, etc.

bamboo clothing

April 17, 2008

have you ever felt material made of bamboo? yes! the weed. well unlike what you’re probably thinking now, it’s super soft and cozy. props to Ma Petit Chou for finding this ecoSkin bamboo clothing. I just LOVE this dress, but head on over to her site and ecoSkin to view more.

Sustainable Bamboo Tote-Bags

February 12, 2008

So we all know that over 1 million plastic bags are consumed (not eaten, used.) per minute in the world. Well, maybe you didn’t but now you do. So why not invest in a sustainable tote bag from Envirosax – you can save the plastic bags and be stylish when shopping. I really like these neutral colored bamboo bags. They are so cute yet not too bold. I want one! Bamboo is one of the most sustainable materials because it grows SUPER fast. Like a few feet a day. Wow. Not to mention its really soft and cozy and you’ll be helping the environment at the same time. And who doesn’t want to do that?


FutureFashion – A Sustainable Green Fashion Show!

February 5, 2008

fashion4.jpgLast week was Future Fashion, an all natural, fully sustainable eco-friendly fashion show put on by Earth Pledge in NYC. Though you may not associate high couture fashion with all natural and eco-friendly products, this may just give light to the whole “go green” image. Earth Pledge recruited hot designers such as Marc Jacobs, Stella McCartney, Michael Kors, Calvin Klein and more to donate their time and efforts to this event. Armed with only all natural and recycled materials, each designer set out to create the most fashion-forward, yet sustainable look.

It was a hit. And come Feb 21st you can actually buy the styles that were debuted at this show at Barneys! Woohoo! Also, if you’re looking for something that won’t break the bank, check out H&M – I hear they have a green collection that features items under $25 bucks. Yaaay!

Thanks to Threadbanger for this tip!