Thursday, December 11, 2014

Holiday Gift Guide: Travel Essentials For the Jet-Setter





1. Headphones  |   2.  Weekender Bag   | 3. Passport Holder  |  4. Lounge Set  |  5. Intimate Bags
6. Lip color balm   |  7.  Scarf   |  8. Foldable Flats  |  9. Luggage Tags  |  10.  Pocket Notebooks
11. Backup Mobile Charger  |  12.  Eye Mask  |  13.  Perfume  |  14. Watch  |  15. Emergency Kit








1. Whether watching a movie on your tablet while en route, listening to music while waiting at the gate to board your plane or just want to unwind in your hotel room, a great set of quality headphones is a must! These stylish headphones are so much more comfortable for long term use than ear buds.

2. A durable and elegant weekender bag is the perfect companion for a weekend away or as your main bag of choice to carry all of your essentials. When investing in a great bag, I always think about what will be classic and timeless and of course I always choose quality materials such as leather like this croc duffle bag.

3. This Tory Burch Passport Holder is a no-brainer. It's such a lovely way to protect your passport and this gorgeous mint color with gold detail is seriously calling my name! So much easier to find too amid a sea of other dark colored items in your bag. 

4. For cozy & comfortable travel attire that doesn't look frumpy or a relaxing outfit to lounge in at the hotel, this great cardigan & leggings lounge set is the perfect go-to and black will always cover up any dirt from a long day of travel.

5. It's time to ban the plastic bags as a way to sort clothing. These fabric cinched wash & wear bags are so much more chic and keep items organized so you know what's clean and dirty.

6. I love these chubby lipstick balms. They keep your lips hydrated during travel while adding a pop of color. This little travel pack-of-4 is a great way to experiment with new colors too! Gift them all to one gal or split them up and use them as stocking stuffers for a few

7. A great scarf not only provides a polished look but keep your neck free from drafts in airplanes, taxis or during inclimate weather. You can't go wrong with a classic Burberry check scarf.

8. Flats are a must-have when traveling whether rushing to catch a flight or walking for miles in a new city. These foldable Italian leather flats from Tieks are super comfy and can easily be swapped out for a dressier shoe and popped into a handbag while on-the-go. Did I mention they come in virtually every color and a lot of patterns too like leopard? An essential for travelers and commuters alike!

9. Every traveler needs a set of good quality luggage tags, not the cheap plastic ones that come apart after one use. These ID luggage tags (which come in a variety of colors) will allow her to easily spot her luggage even if it's amid a sea of other black bags. ;)

10. Even in the age of smartphones & tablets, sometimes it's nice to jot down some notes-directions, a restaurant address, some special memories on the way home from a dream trip or a place to doodle and write reminders of things that need to be done once home. I love these little pocket passport style notebooks, inexpensive and oh, so cute.

11. A backup battery pack for your phone is not only nice to have but an essential item when traveling. Too many times it's easy to look at photos, check social media and next thing you know your phone is nearly dead when you need it the most for a phone call. This girly backup mobile charger adds some fun flair while on-the-go especially when a wall or car charger isn't an option.

12. How adorable is this eyelash eye mask? A must-have for resting one's eyes while on a daytime flight or a catnap at the hotel while sharing a room with someone who needs to work or surf the net with the lights on. 

13. Jo Malone cologne is known to be beautifully fragrant. They have some of the most amazing scented perfumes and travel candles. This one is a great earthy scent for the season in a perfect travel size.

14. Every lady needs a reliable and stylish watch whether she's headed to the office, to meet friends for lunch, running errands and especially while traveling, connecting flights and arriving on time. This Tory Burch watch is a timeless timepiece that won't go out of style and matches with virtually everything in your giftee's wardrobe.

15. How many times have we arrived somewhere to learn that a button has come off a favorite blouse, your nail suddenly chips while navigating in tight spaces on the plane or . This cute emergency kit which is actually a wedding day kit will cover all the mishaps along the way including earring backings, hairspray and a whole lot more. Perfect for every carry-on bag.

16. & 17.  Planning for a trip is half the fun! These NY Times 36 Hour Travel Guide books are the perfect gift for any world traveler who wants to see all the best sites with limited time! Here are two sets: Latin America & Asia as well as Europe/Canada/USA




I'm beginning this year's annual Holiday Gift Guide with some fabulous items for the jet-setter in your life! Maybe that person is you in which case, here's a list to give 'Santa' some hints of things that would make your travels more enjoyable. :)

After having traveled to 27 countries I've learned over the years what are essentials that I never leave home without and what will go unused, taking up valuable space in your luggage and carry-on. I'm still working on the art of packing lightly when it comes to clothing because I love to have options (it's a serious discipline, isn't it?!) I've put together a collage here of 15 practical yet stylish gift ideas for a fabulous lady in your life who loves to explore the globe (maybe your best friend who is always traveling for work, your mother who loves visiting Europe or your sister who has just realized her love of travel even if it means an out-of-state road trip.  

Oh, and in case you or she are in need of some new wheels, this is some pretty grand and splurge-worthy luggage from Kate Spade!





Thanks for reading!

XO

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Schmidt's Natural Deodorant Review



For those who have followed my blog for a while now, you know that I only use natural and organic products when it comes to my beauty and personal care routine. Anyone who has decided to nix the toxic stuff in favor of naturally-derived products knows that finding just the right deodorant can be quite the challenge. With so many different versions from rock crystals and sprays to gel roll-ons, stick deodorants to pastes, it's hard to know where to start and for me it was a process of trial and error.



I can quite honestly say that I've now tried dozens over the years and it's been frustrating for me since I live in hot and humid Florida. What might work in other cooler, drier climates (and did for me in the past when I lived in Toronto) just doesn't cut it for me here, especially not for a day outdoors or a workout. I've found if some of them do work, it's for a very limited time such as 4 hours. For me, a deodorant needs to work for a full work day for a duration of 8-12 hours. I was hopeful when I stumbled upon Schmidt's Natural Deodorant on Instagram. Their product caught my attention and I found myself reading reviews to see what others had to say. When I saw the rave reviews from others (in particular those who live in the same type of warm and sticky climate such as Texas) I knew I wanted to see if it could replace the ones I'm using now which I rotate between and sadly end up reapplying.




I was lucky enough to be able to try all of Schmidt's scents (5 different ones to be exact including fragrance-free). The scents offered are a relaxing Lavender-Sage, soft and soothing Ylang Ylang-Calendula, fresh and zingy Bergamot-Lime, earthy Cedarwood-Juniper and of course Fragrance-Free. Each fragrance is unique, my personal favorites are the Lavender-Sage and Ylang Ylang-Calendula. I love that only natural essential oils are used to scent their formulations. Most companies (even natural ones) still often contain "fragrance", "aroma", "parfum", etc., which are often not of natural origin and may contain hormone disruptors such as parabens and pthalates which are considered toxic and unsafe for long-term use.




The little glass jars come with a small plastic spatula that is used to spread a pea-sized amount into the palm of a clean hand, your own natural body heat begins to melt the product slightly and it's easy to spread with fingers onto each underarm as it's a paste. It may seem a bit different than a stick type application but it washes off easily with soap and water. Because Schmidt's is a deodorant and not an anti-perspirant, it doesn't block underarm pores with nasty chemicals such as aluminum which I most certainly do not want in my body. Their perfect formula left me feeling dry thanks to the arrowroot powder, not sticky.

Other deodorants I've tried in the past have been oily/greasy leaving stains (traditional stick deodorants always seem to leave white residue on clothing and tends to ball up like little sweater pills). Feeling sticky as if your underarms are never dry is another common issue with many natural deodorants. I loved how Schmidt's not only left me feeling dry and pleasantly scented while working around the house and running errands but also for more intense actives times such as chasing my little one around the playground or a gym workout. I've tested seeing how well it works overnight, during the day and during our warmest temps right now in December (85 degrees) and I have to say I'm really impressed because it continued to work for my 'must have' requirement of 8-12 hours. I found on average, 10 hours was how long it worked for me during a variety of activities which was perfect and on par with mainstream unnatural deodorants. The other thing I really noticed is that the natural ingredients left the skin under my arms very soft, even after just having immediately shaved. There was never a burning or irritated feeling.



I will definitely be adding Schmidt's Natural Deodorant to my personal care and beauty routine! The current deodorants I have in my medicine cabinet smell great but I have to reapply on hot days and one of them sometimes makes my underarms a bit itchy which is never a good thing! ;) Since deodorant is a product that we all use daily, it's important to find one without compromise. One of the reasons why I use natural products, especially deodorant in particular (besides my own health of course) is for my daughter Lily, when I became pregnant with her I really started to scrutinize every last ingredient, since as a nursing mother what is absorbed into my body also gets passed along to her via milk and of course is of particular importance for babies still growing in the womb. I also love that their products are vegan and cruelty-free (not tested on animals).


With a busy toddler these days, I'm a big fan of online shopping and was happy to learn that Schmidt's deodorant is not only available on their own website but also at Anthropologie as well as Urban Outfitters too, stores I frequent. :)

I love sharing a great products with friends and it's even better when there's a deal to be had Right now, Schmidt's is offering Classy Woman readers 15% off any order from their website! Use code: CLASSYSCHMIDTS at checkout.

Thanks for Reading!

XO




*This post was brought to you by Schmidt's Natural Deodorant. I was given complementary product to review, however all thoughts, opinions and experiences with their product are my own. All images shown in this post are property of Karla M. Davis of The Classy Woman.

Monday, December 1, 2014

12 Best Cyber Monday Deals




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Happy December everyone! I hope you all had a fabulous holiday with family and are enjoying taking advantage of all these great sales right now. Not only does today mark the start to the last month of 2014 but it also happens to be the biggest online shopping day of the year! I'm not one to stand in lines, hunt for parking spots and drive all over town when it comes to deals. I've made it really easy for you, I've put together a great roundup of all the best Cyber Monday deals from 12 of my favorite classy online shops, you can find them below. Here we go.....the countdown to Christmas is officially on!



12 BEST CYBER MONDAY DEALS



ANN TAYLOR // 50% off with code: CYBER50

ANTHROPOLOGIE // 20% off sale items + free shipping with code: EXTRAJOLLY

ASOS //  20% off everything with code: CYBERWEEKEND20

BANANA REPUBLIC // 40% off sitewide

GAP (US)  //  40% off everything with code: CYBER

J.CREW  //  30% off full-price styles and extra 40% off sale + free shipping with code: MONDAY

KATE SPADE  // 30% off with code: CYBER30

LOFT  // 50% off sitewide with code: MONDAY

NORDSTROM  // up to 40% off select items + free shipping

PIPERLIME  //  30% off sitewide + 40% off markdowns with code: CYBERSALE

SAKS FIFTH AVENUE  // (US, UK & CA) up to 60% off select styles

TORY BURCH  // up to 30% off with code: LUCKY




Now's the fun part! Sit back, put your feet up and relax with some hot cocoa as you cross a bunch of gifts off your holiday list saving money in the process. I hope you're able to treat yourself to a little something special too. ;)

P.S. Are we friends yet on Instagram? If you like posts like today's roundup and want to shop the details without having to find them via a blog post or shop exclusive instagram-only content, be sure to join LIKEtoKNOW.it which is a fun and easy tool that sends ready-to-shop details right to your inbox! No more leaving instagram to find the links via a blog post. Pretty neat, right? Here's what you do...

1. Register at www.LIKEtoKNOW.it (this just take a second)
2. Like today's blog post image in my Instagram feed (find me @TheClassyWoman)
3. VOILA! The details of any of my outfits, home decor, gift guides and other fashion posts from my Instagram feed will be delivered straight to you! You can use this same tool with any other Instagrammers who uses it.

You can also find the shop the feed widget in my sidebar if you want to register that way!


Enjoy!

XO

His & Hers Watches (Cyber Monday Sale)





When I invest in accessories for my wardrobe one of the things I always consider is how often I'll use the item in question. For that reason I always spend a bit more on handbags, shoes, sunglasses and timepieces. Likewise, when buying gifts for others, I tend to gravitate towards things that I know the recipient will truly use often, I'm practical that way. ;)  Watches make a wonderful surprise under the tree for everyone from a significant other to mom, dad or even a sibling or very close friend. It's good to have a few different watches on rotation in your accessory wardrobe as no one watch will coordinate with every single outfit.

Today I'm sharing one of my favorite classy watch brands with you-Fossil! I've been wearing Fossil watches for over a decade and my husband now wears them too (thanks to me introducing him to them). We both love them for the same exact reasons-they're stylish, affordable and durable. It makes buying or gift giving hassle free as you know you're buying quality. They are currently running a Cyber Monday sale which ends Dec.8th for $25 off $150 OR $50 off of $200  which should show up automatically at checkout but you can use code: HOLIDAYTIME. In addition, they'll provide free shipping +free returns when purchasing from the Fossil website.

Paul and I had some fun selecting our favorites and compiled His & Hers Fossil watch picks for you. I personally tend to lean towards chronograph watches-I just think they provide a sophisticated look but I like to have a little bit of bling around the dial or on the face itself to add a bit of glam. My husband on the other hand likes the perfect mix of watches that are a bit sporty/casual but also work with a dressier outfit also. The photo at the very top is of our current favorite watches. White can be worn all year round so why not, right?



Hers (Top Left to Right): 1  //  2  //  3  //  4  //  5
His (Bottom Left to Right):   1  //  2  //  3  //  4  //  5


Here are a few more for you below along with the ones shown above including 
this great watch set with every band color imaginable!





Which one here is your favorite for yourself or for the man in your life?

Thanks for Reading & Happy Cyber Monday Sale Shopping!

XO


Monday, November 24, 2014

Manners Monday: Reaching for the Correct Bread Plate



We're beginning a fun, new little series here at The Classy Woman. Just in time for the holiday, I'll be delivering regular tips that will come in handy during the holidays and beyond.

Today's Holiday Etiquette Tip No.1 addresses the sometimes confusing bread place location. Have you ever wondered which one was yours and began using the wrong one in error? Avoid this table manner faux pas by using this quick and easy trick for remembering. 

As we near Thanksgiving and the upcoming Christmas holidays, with more opportunities for dinner parties and the like, it's essential to know proper table manners. If you don't spend much time dining formally, it's a great way to remember and the perfect way to teach your children also! 

I'd love to hear from you! Do you use this little trick to remember which bread plate is yours? 

Thanks for reading!

XO


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