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Embracing the holidays (without going to the poor house)

Embracing the holidays (without going to the poor house)

The holidays are a scary time — and I’m not just talking about the hurricane roaring around us, all but canceling Halloween for the northeast. Most of us are going to spend (way) more on holiday purchases this year compared to last. In fact, according to Alexa von Tobel, founder and CEO of LearnVest.com, 40% of us are going to go way over budget — and, in fact, many of us are still paying off debt from LAST YEAR’s holidays as we spend more money on this year’s season! If you’re planning to put even more under the tree this year, I think a good goal is to make sure you don’t end the holiday season with a chunk of funds missing from your savings account. (Especially if you are like the majority of us and live pay check to...

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Want to support BCA without spending money (or buying pink)? I’ve got you covered.

Want to support BCA without spending money (or buying pink)? I’ve got you covered.

You guys, I GET IT. Personally, I love all things pink and even if breast cancer awareness wasn’t an incredibly important cause, pink would be everywhere around me. (Don’t believe me? Just check out my Pinterest.) But I hear you — I hear that some of you see October and scream pink-washing. I hear that some companies will sell you a pink garbage pail and not actually give a rat’s butt about supporting the cause. And, I also hear that you have the best intentions but may not actually want to buy any pink products. Or, you are broke and can’t really buy ANY products of ANY color right now. I want to take this moment to tell you that you can support breast cancer awareness in many other ways that won’t cost you a scent. This is an...

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Donate on eBay (and score major bragging rights)

Donate on eBay (and score major bragging rights)

I grew up dreaming of that quintessential moment in the spotlight…at a time when I probably was too young to even have such thoughts. For instance, behold this picture at left my brother just texted. It was taken when I was around 10 years old – my parents were taking pix of something going on in the room and I jumped in front of the camera to block their view and make the photo all about me. I like to think I’ve grown up a bit since then – at least, I HOPE so – 20 years has passed! — and while I still do want to do something that MATTERS, I finally realize you can take an action and do something that’s really significant and feel good (and have fun) without it being ABOUT you. I think of this a lot lately, when I’ve...

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Halloween preview: Avon’s Simon and Skully Duo and Spooky Pillow!

Halloween preview:  Avon’s Simon and Skully Duo and Spooky Pillow!

You guys, I fear bugs more than ANYTHING. Like, literally anything. And for that reason, I’m sort of perversely obsessed with them, and really need this pillow! (Available at Avon.com, 16.99) Which brings me to a bit of pre-holiday introspection that I’d love your thoughts on. My all-time idol in all areas of my life, Buffy Summers, once very eloquently said: Buffy: “You’re missing the whole point of Halloween.” Willow: “Free candy?!” Buffy: “It’s ‘come as you aren’t’ night. The perfect chance for a girl to get sexy and wild with no repercussions.” And while this pillow isn’t necessarily wild and frightening it is representative of something that is way out of my comfort zone,...

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Such a cool day: I was in my first flash mob!

Such a cool day: I was in my first flash mob!

You guys, I have some pretty major things on my bucket list (many of them not pg-13) – but on the list was always to BE IN A FLASH MOB. And yesterday, I was!!! Avon asked me to be a part of their super fun flash mob to celebrate Avon ANEW Clinical Pro Line Eraser Treatment. And it was right in the middle of Herald Square on a busy weekday morning…in the rain. So bad ass. I even have a bit of video!!! Thanks so much to Avon for inviting me! I may have absolutely no rhythm and can’t keep in step with anything — but I had such an amazing time!!!   Disclaimer: I am an Avon brand blogger ambassador and receive compensation for posts and reviews — except all thoughts are always my own (and this was TOTALLY THE best day...

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Check me out in the latest Avon catalog!

Check me out in the latest Avon catalog!

Here’s something to brighten up my weekend! (And yours, I hope!) If you have the newest Avon catalog, look at page 18: You’ll find me! (And some of my fabulous friends, too!)  

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Paula Abdul partners with Avon to add some bling to our holiday season!

Paula Abdul partners with Avon to add some bling to our holiday season!

Lately, I’ve been all about Avon’s awesome celebrity partnerships — I mean, hello….Jon Bon Jovi?! Derek Jeter? And, here’s another that promises to be super fun — Avon  just announced they are partnering with Paula Abdul to curate a holiday jewelry collection. As Mariah is all about GLITTER, totally makes sense we can expect her holiday collection, which she worked with Avon’s design to team to curate, to bling it out with the best. It will be featuring earrings, necklaces, bracelets and watches in colors, finishes and designs handpicked by Paula Abdul, and dubbed the “Forever selected by Paula Abdul” collection. The collection will launch in North America mid-November 2012! Speaking of glitter, have you seen Mariah...

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Avon’s SKIN SO SOFT Bug Guard is such a game-changer, I had to write a poem

Avon’s SKIN SO SOFT Bug Guard is such a game-changer, I had to write a poem

I’m not really a poet. (And I totally know it.) However, I just spent the last several days in Mexico – in super extreme humidity at times, and, often, enjoying cocktails under dusk, as the mosquitos ran free. It was gorgeous and so much fun, but all of my trip-mates are COVERED in mosquito bites — and I don’t have a single one!! Even under the most basic of circumstances, this would be awesome. (Bites are not pretty, I assume we all agree???) – but for me, it’s especially the case because historically I get more bites than anyone, and especially horrific reactions to them, at that. I, however, have been using the entire Avon Skin So Soft Bug Guard family – and especially non-stop this week – it’s provided such...

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Will Avon have you smelling like a Bed of Roses?

Will Avon have you smelling like a Bed of Roses?

Mom, if you are reading this, please walk away from the computer screen… There we go! We can proceed. Friends, many years ago, I lost my virginity to Bon Jovi’s Bed of Roses. Sadly, the dude involved went on to give love a (very) bad name. However, Jon Bon Jovi has been THERE FOR US, and by that I mean ALWAYS, and his new fragrances for Avon – announced today (to my huge excitement) may just be born to be my baby. “Avon, and the Avon Foundation for Women, have given support and a voice to those in need for decades,” says Jon Bon Jovi. “Their philosophy of empowerment sends a strong message and I’m pleased to partner with them,” says Jon Bon Jovi. The fragrances, available through Avon Representatives, will be available later this fall...

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What do you look for in a beach bag?

What do you look for in a beach bag?

I have a beach getaway coming up, and I’m spending way too many (normally) hours of productivity thinking of the details — the right bathing suit, the right sunnies (my favorite ones sadly met their demise at my local Chinese takeout spot), the right pedicure, and OBVIOUSLY, the right beach bag. Many of you will be spending more than a few weekends at the beach this summer, and when you head out, chances are you will be carrying way too many things. There are certain musts for any beach bag — sunblock (obviously), bug guard (bites are as unsexy as it gets), trashy romance novel (or two), and the list goes on and on – which brings us to an issue… Can you drag along a beach-appropriate bag that is large enough for your needs, but not so...

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