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Favorite Things Winter Edition

Our most popular feature is back and overflowing with chic luxuries from our favorite brands, both old and new. We think this edition of Favorite Things is our best yet so take some time to visit each website. You're sure to find something you adore and don't miss the chance to win a goodie box filled with chic luxuries.


When you start planning parties around your tabletop accessories, you know you have an obsession. We remain completely in awe of Beatriz Ball. One design is more breathtaking than the next and the fact that the pieces are handcrafted and need no polishing, makes them even more irresistible. The Organic Pearl Nova Square Medium Platter has so many uses, it's too pretty to use only for entertaining. Create a centerpiece by placing a candle in a hurricane set on the tray and surround with glass votives and enjoy the reflection of light off the stunning tray everyday. Measures 14-3/4x14-3/4". $126 at beatrizball.com.



Another company that has blown us away is Misikko. Their HANAair Hair Dryer is small but mighty. In fact, it's the most powerful blow dryer I've ever used and, trust me, with my unruly hair, I've tried them all. It also comes with more fun surprise gifts with purchase than we have ever seen, and each is wrapped up in pretty bow or silk pouch. The HANA Premier Hair Dryer Gift Package is on sale as of this writing for $199.99 with free shipping at Misikko.com.


We think the Sandanona Wax Cloth Jacket from Orvis will be every outdoorsman's favorite piece of outerwear. Designed for cool damp conditions, it's water resistant to keep him warm, dry and comfortable. We love the look and feel of the wax cloth material, the soft plaid brushed twill lining and the corduroy collar accent. Featuring underarm gussets for increased range of motion, a detachable hood, and a center front placket which snaps over the zipper to keep rain and wind out. Loaded with pockets including two upper handwarmer pockets, two cargo pockets, and three interior pockets ~ a zip close, a snap close and a larger pocket that can hold a hat or gloves. An interior zip system can accommodate the Sandanona Quilted Vest {sold separately}. Available in Navy or Olive in sizes Medium - XXL for $325 at orvis.com.


Ah, another company on my radar to invest in if they ever go public. Say bye-bye to those pesky dark unwanted hairs forever in the comfort and convenience of your own home with the Tria Hair Removal Laser 4X. It's the first FDA-cleared at-home laser and best of all, it's painless! The device targets and disables black or brown hair follicles for removal on white, ivory, beige, or light brown skin tones. 90-day money back guarantee. $449 at triabeauty.com.



They don't call these Miraclebody Jeans for nothing! They are THE most comfortable, slimming jeans EVER made and I LOVE LOVE LOVE them. The Stevie Denim Jeggings are soft, non-bulky, have a bit of stretch, and a relaxed fit. The elimination of pockets, zipper and belt loops creates smooth lines and slenderizes legs, tummy and backside. {Thank you, Miraclebody!} The onyx bootcut jeggings make legs look longer and lift the backside. The result is an ultra chic, dressier, more feminine pair of jeans. I will definitely be ordering the Stevie Sanded Jeggings in Woodbridge {blue} as well. If you have a little bulge here or there, I think you'll be pleasantly surprised how flattering these are. In sizes 2-16 with a 31" inseam. $84 at miraclebody.com.




Whether you are at the ski lodge or out for a walk in the park, all eyes will be on your cute self in Spyder's Soiree Core Sweater. The medium weight knit rib anti-pilling and fleece-backing sweater has a snowflake insert and concealed zippered pockets. The faux coyote and silver fox trimmed hood adds the finishing touch of chicness. Fits true to size, XS to XL. Available in Black, White or Red for $199 at Spyder.com

Don't you just love these boots? Whether in the city or country, you'll look oh-so-chic in the Nessie Boots from Sole Society. Features include low stacked heel, buckles and lace and side zipper. Be ready for cuteness overload when you pair them with the jeggings and sweater above, or a cute skirt. Available in Dark Camel {pictured}, Black and Rhine Gray in sizes 5-11 for $69.95. Sign up for their email and save 20% off your first purchase solesociety.com.



The Czech Holiday Cookie from Be The Light New York is an intoxicating blend of cedarwood, cinnamon, clove, lemon, patchouli and vanilla. The company was founded by Supermodel and Philanthropist, Petra Nemcova. Each 16-oz. luxury candle in the collection is inspired by a different part of the globe that Petra has traveled to and designed to capture the essence, scent and beauty of the country. The Czech Holiday Cookie invokes memories of baking cookies with the family...and the warm scent is incredibly delicious. Exquisitely gift boxed, the 3-wick candle is handcrafted in the US and retails for $98. Join Petra as she lights the way for us to discover the beauty around the globe bethelightny.com


Guys, girls, men, women, teens, whether in-shape or looking to lose a few lbs., EVERYONE will LOVE the Fitbug Orb. It tracks your every move and with your own personal coach cheering you on, you will sleep better, eat better and move more. Wear it any way you like on your wrist, hidden, on your belt. We love everything about this little orb, even their website is way cool. $49.95 at fitbug.com



We were recently introduced to Antica Farmacista, a luxury fragrance company, and tried their delightful Grapefruit Hand Wash. Something tells me you'll be seeing them more often around here! Made with silk amino acids, almond oil, chamomile and honey, it moisturizes while cleansing and leaves hands with a fresh citrus scent. A lovely hand soap for the kitchen or powder room, it packs a burst of sunshine in every pump. A pretty 10-oz. bottle retails for $25 at anticafarmacista.com

You don't have to worry about staying warm with the Women's Maple Togue from Canada Goose. The cable-knit hat has a fleece lining is adorably chic on or off the slopes. Scooped ear flaps provide extra warmth while a pom-pom adds a finishing touch. We like the aurora green color...just too cute! MSRP: $80 canada-goose.com.



Finding a wire-free bra that supports, is comfortable and looks smooth under shirts is not an easy task, but we found one! Vanity Fair's Body Caress Beauty Back Wirefree Bra also minimizes back bulge and can be worn traditional or criss cross. Very lightly padded and oh-so-soft. Available in Star White, Black, Damask Neutral, and Ivory...you'll want one in every color. SRP $36 at department stores nationwide. A store locator can be found at vanityfairlingerie.com.

We've been on the prowl for the world's best mascara for quite some time. We just may have found it in Outrageous Lashes Mineral Lengthening Mascara by YoungBlood Mineral Cosmetics. It dramatically lengthens lashes, doesn't flake, smudge, smear, or run. The conditioning formula makes my lashes feel stronger and healthier. Can't wait to try it with the Mineral Lash Prime for even more dramatic results. $26 at ybskin.com.

Last but not least is the Dinner of the Month Club from Amazing Clubs. We received this together with the Olive Oil of the Month Club, recently featured. The Grisinni pictured here was included with the Olive Oil Club and a jar of Mario's Sweet Garden Dressing and Marinade came with the dinner club. We mixed in some of Mario's marinade with the olive oil which made an out-of-this world dipping sauce and paired perfectly with the Grisinni. The pasta and sauce were also delicious and highly flavorful. It's so much fun trying different varieties of pasta and sauce each month. If you're looking for an extra-special gift or treat for yourself, consider ordering both clubs as they are a perfect compliment to each other. A 3-month subscription to the Dinner Club is $23.95 per month AmazingClubs.com.


Chic Giveaway! ~ One lucky reader will win a goodie box filled with chic luxuries and valued at approximately $500.00!!!!

To Enter: email chicgiveaway@gmail.com and include the following:
  • "Favorite Things" in the subject line
  • your first and last name
  • complete mailing address
  • twitter id 
  • facebook name 
    If you're entering our giveaways, we ask that you follow us on FacebookTwitter and Pinterest 

    If you wish to tweet about this giveaway, sample tweet:
    #Win a $500 goodie box in @ChicLuxuries #FavoriteThings Winter Edition ow.ly/sHmgS

    Contest ends 11:59 PM ET March 5, 2014.  Limit one entry per person and email address. Winner will be notified by email and announced on our Winner's page. Winner will have 48 hours to claim prize. Open to US Residents 18 years of age and older.

    Many thanks to each of the brands featured for providing products and/or photos for this editorial. 





    22 comments:

    Kim J Paxton :

    Unbelievable THINGS....this is an INCREDIBLE prize package for this giveaway!

    Kim J Paxton :

    I LIKED these Facebook pages: Beatriz Ball- Amazing Clubs- Vanity Fair- Antica Farmacista- Be The Light New York- Sole Society- Spyder & Miraclebody. If their website had links for Twitter & Pinterest I also followed each.

    CoreSparkle :

    Crazy thanks! I followed all of your social medias and shared the post several times! Fingers Crossed!!!

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    Editor :

    @Kim J Paxton, just to clarify, the products featured above are not the prizes in the $500 goodie box.

    Anonymous :

    This is cool

    Alexia Abby :

    Thank you and all the gracious sponsors for this AMAZING giveaway! Tweeted!

    danw78704 :

    twitted this today, 25/01
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    Patti :

    Great giveaway! Tweeted! https://twitter.com/leblancpatti/status/428234407141322752

    Anonymous :

    thank you for the chance ~ all giveaways are amazing !

    @griswald60

    EverythingSarah :

    i tweeted
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    REBECCA PIERSON :

    WOW!!! What a giveaway! followed on fb/twitter, tweeted: https://twitter.com/luckyrebecca23/status/441148501808775168
    And liked every sponsors fb book (that i wasn't already a fan of :)

    Buddy Garrett :

    No Twitter or Pinterest. No thanks for requiring these to enter the giveaways.

    Editor :

    @BuddyGarrett, if you read the rules, following on Twitter and Pinterest is not required. You're welcome!

    Anonymous :

    wow

    Anita :

    So cool emailed you to enter

    Anita :

    Tweeted: https://twitter.com/AnitaFonte1121/status/441322327276400640

    Anita :

    and following you on twitter.

    April Crisafulli :

    Entered and tweeted https://twitter.com/AprilCrisafulli/status/441343110698635264

    Gianna :

    Can you enter if you don't have facebook and twitter?

    Editor :

    @Gianna Sure can!

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