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Holiday Rum Cocktails

Give the Gift of Festive Rum Cocktails to Ring in the Holiday Season

We’re sure you’ve heard the proverb “give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.” The same thing can be applied to learning how to make great cocktails. This holiday season, we’re going to show you two ways to create delicious libations. There’s our usual sharing of amazing cocktail recipes that are simple to follow, but we also want to make sure you experience how wonderful it is to learn how to craft a cocktail from experts. We’re sharing a few festive rum cocktails featuring Bacardi, Havana Club, and Facundo Rums, as well as wonderful mixologist classes at great venues in NYC and Miami.

Mixology classes with Facundo Rum

If you’re looking for an extraordinary last minute gift idea, why not give the gift of a mixology class. You don’t have to be a cocktail connoisseur to enjoy an experience like this. For those you live in NYC, the newly opened Osamil gastropub (pictured above) will play host to the Facundo Rum Mixology sessions on Monday, January 14th and Monday, January 21st. Miami-based attendees will have the same mixology experience at the newly opened Cuban bar Café La Trova on Tuesday, January 22nd and Wednesday, January 23rd.

Holiday Rum Cocktails

Osamil Beverage Director Gelo Honrade and Facundo brand ambassador, Robert Nieves in NYC, and Café La Trova bartenders and Facundo brand ambassador, Ken Navarro in Miami will teach attendees how to mix the perfect Facundo Rum cocktails this holiday season using Facundo Neo white rum and Facundo Eximo dark rum. Attendees are sure to enjoy this taste of luxury rums from the Bacardi family’s private reserves. Now, on to the cocktails. After you’ve learned how to craft the perfect cocktail (of course you don’t have to wait until then), we invite you to try one of the three decadent cocktails below. We’re highlighting three distinct cocktails, all made with luxury rums. We know you will enjoy.

Eximo Estrella

2 parts Facundo Eximo Rum
½ part Demerara sugar
1 bar spoon Crème de Yvette
1 dash Green Strawberry Bitters
1 dash Chocolate Bitters
Garnish: Orange peel
Combine all ingredients and stir with plenty of ice until very cold. Strain into a rocks glass with a large ice cube. Garnish with a zig zag orange peel.

Bacardi Coquito

2 part Bacardi Superior Rum
3/4 part of evaporated milk
3/4 part of condensed milk
1 part coconut creme (preferably Coco Lopez)
1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
1 pinch cinnamon
Garnish: coconut flakes & cinnamon sticks
Shake all ingredients vigorously with plenty of ice and strain into a glass mug. Garnish with cinnamon and coconut flakes.

Crème de Vie (Cuban Egg Nog)

4 parts Havana Club Añejo Blanco Rum
8 parts sweetened condensed milk
8 parts evaporated milk
16 parts sugar
8 parts water
6 egg yolks
1 tsp vanilla
Mix the sugar and water together over very low heat, stirring constantly until the sugar dissolves – about 3 minutes. The heat must be just low enough so that the sugar doesn’t caramelize, but yields a thick sugary water. Place the egg yolks in a blender and mix with the condensed milk. Slowly add the evaporated milk and mix completely. Flavor with vanilla. Pour the egg yolk and milk mixture into the sugar-water, and mix together. Finally, stir in the rum.

Are you ready to make some festive rum cocktails?

Holiday stocking stuffers

Everyday Holiday Stocking Stuffers Every Woman Will Want and Need

While you are buying holiday gifts, don’t forget the ones that should be “hanging by the fireplace with care”. We’re talking about holiday stocking stuffers of course. The good thing about gifting everyday holiday stocking stuffers is that it can be anything. Whether you gift candy, beauty essentials, or fun little games, you can’t go wrong. Today we’re concentrating on great everyday products you can add to her holiday stocking.

Holiday stocking stuffers

    1. Lifetherapy’s Mini Collection Gift Set, $39.00 – Start your journey of scent and mood here with this best selling gift set which includes travel-ready mini hydrating lotions and mini body wash & bubbling bath in all 5 of Lifetherapy’s signature fragrances. The gift box includes 1 oz. hydrating body lotion and 1 oz. body wash & bubbling bath in five Lifetherapy signature fragrances: Grounded, Energized, Inspired, Loved, and Transformed.
    2. Nubian Heritage Abyssinian & Chia Bath Bombs, $14.99 –  Immerse yourself in a luxurious bath experience with these naturally effervescent bath bombs. Made with Amaranth and Ginseng, these luxurious bath bombs are infused with refined Chia Seeds. Relax as the rich, woody, floral fragrance envelops your senses while the transformed water cleanses and softens your skin. You’ll love how delicately scented your skin is left.
    3. Tweezerman Brow Basics Limited Edition Gift Set, $45.00 – All your favorite brow essentials are perfectly packaged together for complete brow grooming. Boasting award-winning and professional quality, this set is all you need to create the perfect brow. Includes the Classic Slant Tweezer, Brow Shaping Scissors & Spoolie, Precision Folding Brow Razor, and a Headband, all in a faux-leather cosmetic bag.
    4. ybf beauty Colour Intensity Lipstick, $34.00 for set/$12.00 each – This new collection of lipsticks are ultra-intense, rich colors that leave the lips moisturize and soft with a luminous finish! Its formula wears evenly throughout the day and includes Vitamin E and Jojoba seed oil, leaving lips conditioned. The collection includes four gorgeous colors – Striking (gorgeous red), Brilliant (brown nude), Strength (nude), and Vivacious (burgundy wine).
    5. 4ever Magic Cosmetics Double Shade Eyebrow Gels, $35.00 – Velvety smooth, long-lasting eyebrow gels that instantly adheres to hair and skin, transforming sparse brows into full-looking brows. Available in 4 double shades, the lighter-to-darker shade duos mimic the gradual look of natural brows. The angled brush tip/spoolie brush makes for an easy guided application. They are enriched with Castor Oil, water-resistant, smudge-proof, and boast high pigmentation.
    6. Dr.Plotka’s Mouthwatchers, $4.99 – This breakthrough toothbrush that boasts revolutionary, antimicrobial dual layer flossing bristles. These bristles reach deep into teeth grooves and the periodontal pockets (the area between tooth and gum) for superior cleaning. Your teeth and gums are left feeling just as clean as after a professional dental cleaning. It eliminates 99.9% of bacteria that builds up on bristles in 6 hours due to its proprietary silver bristle technology. Save 20% off your order when you use code GUESTLIST.

Wouldn’t you love to find these everyday holiday stocking stuffers in your Christmas stockings this year?

Holiday Gift Ideas: All-Inclusive Fragrance Gift Sets to Gift This Holiday Season

For several holiday gifting seasons, we’ve heard friends and family become apprehensive about gifting their loved one fragrances as gifts. We’ve noticed many people refrain from giving fragrances as gifts because they think perfumes are too personal to give. Whether you know their favorite scents or not, you shouldn’t be afraid to give them as gifts. Plus with all the amazing all-inclusive fragrance gift sets to gift this holiday season, you’re also giving them essentials like body lotions and shower gels. This season, we’re highlighting some wonderful all-inclusive fragrance gift sets for both women and men that are perfect for gifting this holiday season.

 HOLIDAY FRAGRANCE GIFT SETS FOR HER

We have been head over heels in love with the Prada fragrances, so, of course, it will dominate our gift guide this season. Of course, Prada isn’t the only one who holds our heart and is inspired by their accessories. The gorgeous and super chic fragrance from Carolina Herrera also makes an appearance. Check out the all-inclusive fragrance gift sets below:

  1. Prada 3-Pc. Candy Kiss Holiday Gift Set – a delicate and addictive fragrance that unveils an oriental and musky scent. The sensual and bold scent, in white and gold packaging, is adorned with the iconic bear print.  The holiday gift set includes 2.7 fl. oz. Eau de Parfum, 2.5 fl. oz. Perfumed Body Lotion, and 0.34-oz. Roll-On. Available at www.macys.com.
  2. Prada 3-Pc. La Femme Gift Set – a sophisticated, sultry, and feminine fragrance available in a white limited-edition set that is adorned with the iconic bear print. The gift set includes 3.4 fl. oz. Eau de Parfum, 3.4 fl. oz. Perfumed Body Lotion, and 0.34-oz. Perfumed Roll-On. Available at www.macys.com.
  3. Carolina Herrera 3-Pc. Good Girl Gift Set – The ultimate femme fatale fragrance with sensual jasmine and seductive tonka in its iconic stiletto-shaped bottle. The gift set includes 2.7-oz. Eau de Parfum, 3.4 fl. oz. Perfumed Body Cream, and 3.4-oz. Leg Oil. Available at www.macys.com.
  4. Prada 3-Pc. Candy Holiday Gift Set – a unique fragrance that unveils an oriental and gourmand scent. The limited-edition pink set, adorned with the iconic bear print, is inspired by Prada accessories and includes 2.7 fl. oz. Eau de Parfum, 2.5 fl. oz. Perfumed Body Lotion, and 0.34-oz. Perfumed Roll-On. Available at www.macys.com.
  5. Prada Les Infusions Iris Eau de Parfum Gift Set – Prada sensual interpretation of the Iris: fresh and light, like a tender veil yet precious, elusive and perfectly balanced. This subtle green pastel limited-edition set is adorned with the iconic bear print. The gift set includes 3.4 oz. Eau de Parfum, 3.4 oz. Body Lotion, and 0.34 oz. Eau de Parfum Roll-On. Available at www.bloomingdales.com.

HOLIDAY FRAGRANCE GIFT SETS FOR HIM

all-inclusive fragrance gift sets

There’s just something about a man that smells good that makes him incredibly sexy. These all-inclusive fragrances gift sets from Paco Rabanne, Prada Parfums, and Jean Paul Gaultier are perfect gifts for him. Available at www.macys.com and www.bloomingdales.com, he’s sure to love either of these sets.

  1. Paco Rabanne Men’s 3-Pc. 1 Million Privé Gift Set, $96.00 – an enhanced version of the original 1 Million Eau de Toilette. This gift set includes 3.4-oz. Eau de Parfum Spray, 3.4-oz. Shower Gel, and a 0.33-oz. Travel Spray.
  2. Prada Men’s 3-Pc. Luna Rossa Carbon Gift Set, $93.00 – a fragrance that brings together metallic notes of Lavender, green Citrus of Vert de Bergamote from Italy, Wood of Patchouli and Amber of Ambroxan. This gift set includes 3.4-oz. Eau de Toilette, 3.4-oz. Shower Gel, and a 0.34-oz. Megaspritzer.
  3. Jean Paul Gaultier Men’s 3-Pc. Le Male Gift Set, $97.00 – a powerful and masculine pays tribute to the sailor, a long time source of inspiration for Jean Paul Gaultier. This gift set includes 4.2-oz. Eau de Toilette, 1.6-oz. After Shave Balm, and a 2.6-oz. Deodorant Stick.
  4. Paco Rabanne Men’s 3-Pc. 1 Million Lucky Eau de Toilette Gift Set, $93.00 – a fragrance that stimulates the senses with grapefruit and green plum. Warm hazelnut captivates and creates an instant addiction. Intriguing cedarwood and patchouli exude lasting sensuality and excitement. This gift set includes 3.4-oz. Eau de Toilette,  3.4-oz. Shower Gel, and a 0.33-oz. Travel Spray.
  5. Paco Rabanne Men’s 3-Pc. Invictus Aqua Gift Set, $93.00 – a deep, yet fresh and understated fragrance. This gift set includes 3.4-oz. Eau de Toilette, 3.4-oz. All Over Shampoo, and a 0.33-oz. Travel Spray.
  6. Prada L’Homme Eau de Toilette Gift Set, $103.00 – a highly sensual and distinctive scent that reflects the duality of masculine identity. This gift set includes 3.4-oz. Eau de Toilette, 3.4-oz. Shower Gel, and a 0.34-oz. Eau de Toilette Mega Spritzer.
  7. Prada Men’s 3-Pc. Luna Rossa Black Gift Set, $101.00 – a sophisticated fragrance which leaves a distinct impression. Energetic upon introduction, topped with Bergamot and Angelic, a Patchouli Coumarine heart gives way to a moody base.  This gift set includes 3.4-oz. Eau de Parfum Spray, 3.4-oz. Shower Gel, and a 0.34-oz. Megaspritzer.
  8. Paco Rabanne Men’s 3-Pc. 1 Million Gift Set, $92.00 – a fragrance that evokes fantasy and desire, arouses every envy and exudes a magnetic confidence. No one can resist this charmer who lives however and wherever he likes. This gift set includes 3.4-oz. Eau de Toilette, 3.4-oz. Shower Gel, and a 2.5-oz. After Shave Balm.

What are your thoughts on these all-inclusive fragrance gift sets? Will you be more likely to give one of these holiday fragrance gift sets as gifts this season?

Pop Icon: Polaroid Pop Instant Digital Camera with TouchScreen Display

Remember the days of waiting for your Polaroid pictures to magically develop? While those days of shaking your Polaroid pictures are long gone, you can still experience the magic of instantly seeing your photos develop, but with a digital spin. The Polaroid Pop instant digital camera boasts a touchscreen display that makes it ideal for capturing all of your favorite moments in the 3.5 x 4.25″ instantly and with the Polaroid border format you grew up to love. We love that combination of the modern digital technology and the old school Polaroid technology. So just as before, all you have to do is just pose, snap and print your pictures — no computer or printer required!

What are some of the features you can enjoy with the Polaroid Pop Instant Digital Camera with TouchScreen Display? This great holiday gifting gadget features ZINK Zero Ink technology for instantly printing photos; a 3.97” color LCD touchscreen display (as you can see above); a 20.0-megapixel CMOS sensor, a Live Edit mode to personalize your pictures with various filters and stickers; the ability to edit, rotate, crop and draw on photos in Gallery; 1080p/720p full HD video recording capability; 15-second GIF recording capability to create your own gifs; Wi-Fi capability and a Self-timer; and even a photo-booth mode and digital zoom. Your photos and videos can be kept on microSD, microSDHC and microSDXC (up to 128GB) and boasts a free Polaroid Print App for iOS and Android. The Polaroid Pop also boasts some great coordinating accessories which I’ve highlighted below.

Accessories for the Polaroid Pop instant digital camera include:

Glam on the go with Retro Photo Frames – $14.99

 

Not Your Mother’s Clothespin Frame – $12.99

 

Fun and Decorative Border Stickers, Magnets and Frames – $14.99

 

‘Tis the Season for Stylish Polaroid Pop Camera Cases – $19.99

Quilted Photo Album for Storing Life’s Special Moments – $14.99

 

Photo Booth – the Inescapable Centerpiece for Your Next Party – $39.99

The Polaroid Pop Instant Digital Camera with TouchScreen Display comes in six colors – yellow, black, blue, mint green, pink, and white. It retails for $199.99 each on www.amazon.com. Now that you’ve seen its modern update, what are your thoughts on the update of this iconic camera?

Mother’s Day Gifts from Prada, Carolina Herrera, and Biossance

Once again it’s time to get the perfect gift for the most important woman in your life, be it your mom, wife, sister, daughter, niece, or best friend. It’s time to celebrate her and show her how much you appreciate all she does because let’s face it, being a mother is the most important job. When it comes to giving her the perfect gift, the variety of options can be overwhelming but we’re here to make it a bit easier for you with some must-have Mother’s Day gifts from Prada, Carolina Herrera, and Biossance, that won’t destroy your budget.

Moms are special and unique, so giving them a Mother’s day gift that’s they will love is a must. Is she a fragrance lover?  We suggest one of these enviable fragrance gift sets from Carolina Herrera or Prada. Each of these four lust-worthy gift sets which includes full and travel-sized fragrances, and a coordinating body lotion in a keepsake box. The fragrances gift sets include:

If she is all about having radiant skin, give her the gift of healthy, glowing skin, with Biossance, the brand that’s just as good for the environment as it is for your body. Give her the gift of Biossance’s Only-The-Good Set ($72.00) wonderfully housed in a keepsake Jute Cosmetics Bag. She will glow inside and out with Biossance’s best products, they include:

  • Squalane + Vitamin C Rose Oil: This luxurious face oil brightens, firms and evens skin tones while fighting free radical attack leaving skin with a healthy, radiant glow.
  • Travel Size Squalane + Micronutrient Mist: a weightless veil of nourishing, mineral-rich moisture that sets makeup without alcohol, giving mom an extra boost of confidence and mega-moisturizing squalane, throughout the day.
  • Deluxe Size Squalane + Phyto-Retinol Serum: Lightweight, powerfully effective plant-derived retinol alternative with powerful results and no irritation or sun-sensitivity.

Would the moms in your life love these Mother’s Day gifts from Prada, Carolina Herrera, and Biossance?

RescueHer Kit: The Ultimate Rescue Kit of Essentials for Women

As women, we always like to be prepared, that’s why we tend to carry a big handbag. We want to make sure we have everything we need in case of emergencies, not just for us, but also for friends, family members, etc. We never know when we may need needle and thread, eye shadow, hair accessories, etc. Women are perpetual girl scouts – we are always prepared. Fashion trends aside, if we could, we’d much rather carry a smaller bag because after a while, lugging all that stuff around not only makes our bags heavy, it makes them a cluttered mess. What if a there was a great kit of fix-it-all essentials for us? Thankfully there is a solution to having the emergency items we need while enjoying a less bulky and unorganized handbag – the RescueHer Kit.

The RescueHer kit was designed to make sure that you’re prepared for every occasion or emergency that may happen with carrying around a car-size purse. Lose a button or rip your pants, the RescueHer kit has got you covered. Enjoyed a leafy lunch and now you have something stuck in your teeth? No need to use your nails (yes we’ve all seen this happen), dental floss is only an arms length away. Speaking of nails, have you chipped or broken a nail? Your rescue is literally in the bag. Every problem, from losing the back of an earring to needing emergency tampons and deodorant is solved with the RescueHer kit. With quick access to hair ties, bobby pins, a comb, a bottle of hairspray, and sugar-free minty fresh breath drops means you’ll always look and be your best while on the go.

Other wonderful aspects of this modern day survival kit is that fact that its inside zipper pocket offers added security. Keep your ID, credit cards and cash safely inside. There’s so much inside of each RescueHer kit. Check out what’s included in every chic bag:

Eye Shadow & Contour Palette
Eyeliner Pencil With Sharpener
Full Volume Black Mascara
Bb Cream
Cheek Bronzer
Fresh Breath Drops
Roll On Deodorant
Hairspray
Hair Comb
2 Earring Backs
2 Black Elastic Hairbands
2 Bobby Pins
Nail Glue
Emery Board
2 Makeup Wipe Removers
Mending Kit With 2 Buttons
Safety Pin
2 Single-Use Dental Floss
2 Adhesive Bandages
Tweezers
2 Advil Pain Reliever
2 Kotex Panty Liners
2 Kotex Regular Tampons
And A Silver Metal Purse Strap

Ladies, if you are tired of carrying around a large purse, why not let the RescueHer kit help you downsize. Each kit is only $49.95 each and comes housed in either a black, white, or pink designer bag. This also makes an amazing Mother’s Day gift. What woman wouldn’t love to have everything she needs. Grab your favorite color now on www.rescueher.com.

The Best Things in Life are Sweet: Dana’s Bakery for Valentine’s Day

It is the week of Valentine’s Day, so if you haven’t already picked up a sweet treat for the love of your life or your Galentine, here’s your chance to wow them with something really yummy. Everyone’s favorite sweet spot, Dana’s Bakery, has some delightful, and delicious sweet treats that are perfect for gift-giving this Valentine’s Day. Known for their exquisite traditional French macarons with an American twist, you can easily spoil your Valentine or Galentine.  Say “Be Mine”, I Luv U, and “Kiss Me” in the sweetest and yummiest way possible from the Dana’s Bakery for Valentine’s Day offerings. Check out the limited edition Valentine treats below:

Dana’s Bakery Sweethearts Box

Share the very special message of love, featuring special messages with the Dana’s Bakery Sweethearts Box. This 12-piece macaron gift is available for now Valentine’s Day and comes with six different macaron flavors, each with a special message of love. Enjoy the delicious flavors of Milk Chocolate Molten, Dark Chocolate Raspberry, Milk Chocolate Caramel, Milk Chocolate Pistachio, Dark Chocolate & Orange, and Milk Chocolate Passionfruit.
Each 12-piece Dana’s Bakery Sweethearts Box is $36.00 and they’re perfect for anyone on your V-Day gift list.

Dana’s Bakery Love Box

 

Want your Valentine to know how much you love and care for them? Let them know with every bite of the macarons from the limited edition Dana’s Bakery Love Box. This limited edition heart-shaped Valentine’s Day gift comes with four macaron flavors: Raspberry Jam, Chocolate Molten, Red Velvet, and Cookie Dough. Just like the Sweethearts Box, the Dana’s Bakery Love Box is $36.00 for a box of 12 macarons.

All of Dana’s Bakery macarons are gluten free, made with almond flour, and certified Kosher Dairy by Kof-K, and can be shipped nationwide. What are your thoughts on the above Dana’s Bakery for Valentine’s Day offerings? Which of these delicious macaron flavors are your favorites?

 

 

Love Out Loud: Send Your Love these Teleflora Valentine’s Day Flowers

When it comes to celebrating Valentine’s Day and being at work, your Valentine just wants to hear those six little words, “there’s a flower delivery for you!” No matter what anyone says, having the world (or at least everyone at your office) know that you are loved is one of the most gratifying feelings in the world. When we’re in love, we want everyone to know, we want to love out loud, to shout it from the rooftops. This is especially true on Valentine’s Day, which is why flowers remain the number one gift to give on the day of celebrating love. And this Valentine’s Day, Teleflora’s got you covered with their #LoveOutLoud Collection. We know we definitely want  a bouquet or two (we’re greedy) of these Teleflora Valentine’s Day flowers.

There’s no better time to share your public display of affection than by gifting your Valentine a gorgeous bouquet of one or more of these Teleflora Valentine’s Day flowers for everyone to see. What exactly can you expect from the world’s leading floral gifting service for this Valentine? Check out Teleflora’s Valentine’s Day flowers below:

TELEFLORA’S RED HAUTE BOUQUET (available on Teleflora.com for $79.95)


Embarrass her in a good way by sending this stunning floral arrangement filled with red roses, carnations, and white alstroemeria nestled within this red haute glass lantern with lace detail and heart charm that will spark the romance for years to come.

TELEFLORA’S SWIRLING DESIRE BOUQUET (available on Teleflora.com for $99.95)

Declare your soul mate status with this gorgeous floral bouquet bursting with a dramatic array of red roses, hot pink oriental lilies, gerberas, and red Valentine’s Day blooms that arrives ready to enjoy in this striking glass vase.

TELEFLORA’S MAD CRUSH BOUQUET (available on Teleflora.com for $54.95)

Spoil your crush with this pretty floral arrangement of red and lavender roses, carnations, purple chrysanthemums, lavender and huckleberry that arrives in a unique swirling red ceramic vase with a metallic finish.

TELEFLORA’S YOUNG AT HEART BOUQUET (available on Teleflora.com for $54.95)

Remind her how lucky you are with this whimsical silver cube vase adorned with hand-applied rhinestones. Your sweetheart is sure to be charmed when this chic cube arrives filled with hot pink roses, pink carnations, and purple alstroemeria.

With these four new love-inspired floral arrangements, you’ll have no trouble finding the perfect way to show your Valentine that you adore them. Which of these Teleflora Valentine’s Day flowers would you love to receive?