Friday, December 28, 2012

This Is Not Good-bye...Just Farewell for Now!

With almost 30K page hits under my belt -- I'm still not even sure if this is impressive or not -- but I just know that it seems like a lot to me, my blog All Things Fashionating is going on hiatus.

ATF has been my baby for almost two years but, over the past few months, I have found it very time-consuming to keep up with my writing.  Personally, I haven't felt that I was putting my most creative foot forward and that is really hard for me.

Right now, my focus has to be to my family and, that is not to say that once our busy lives slow down a bit, I will have the time to get back to being creative and revitalize ATF.  However, I can honestly say that the guilt of posting crap or not posting at all has become very difficult for me.

So, with the approach of 2013, I wish all my readers -- from afar and close-by -- a very Happy New Year and extend the warmest thank you for taking the time to follow and read my posts since 2010.

I promise to continue to pursue only the most fashionating things in life and hope to post about them again...in the future!

With much love,
Tracy Mausser

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Girls Gone Holiday Wild

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Edina Kiss Rose Gold Earrings with Smokey Quartz, $45


Every year, one of my besties Tracy has an all-girls holiday gift exchange.  Thoughts of a white elephant gift exchange may be conjured up in your mind and, if you aren’t familiar with the term “White Elephant” – according to Wikipedia – it is an idiom for a valuable but burdensome possession of which its owner cannot dispose and whose cost (particularly the cost of up keep) is out of proportion to its worth.

I still have a sombrero chip and dip platter that I scored at a family reunion many moons ago, so you catch my drift.

Well, Tracy’s party ain’t your grandmother’s white elephant gift exchange.

The premise is sort of a favorite things party.  Each woman – who wants to participate (as it is optional) – brings a nice gift valued at about $100.  Each player then selects a number based on how many participants are partaking in the festivities and predetermines the order.  Each woman can select a gift from under the tree or steal a gift from another gal. From there, it gets pretty wild, especially when the wine gets flowing.

Tracy has some ground rules but it is so fun to watch how “us” (and I include myself) women can get so catty by stealing gift after gift until it is locked.  Meow!

This party is such a guilty pleasure of mine and I always leave feeling happy and with a luxury gift that I wouldn’t normally splurge on for myself.

This year was no exception and the gifts were plentiful:  there were lots of fun vests, a shearling coat, Lululemon wares, bejeweled purses, gift cards and even a brand-new crisp $100 bill…along with some lottery tickets.  Fun!

Although part of the challenge for me is coming up with a gift idea that will incite a riot among the party goers.  

This year, I was pret-ty happy with my contribution which was Edina Kiss Jewelry: the 3-toned connected bangle and 20K Golf-filled hammered hoops.

Edina Kiss is a Manhattan Beach-based jewelry designer who started creating her designs as a hobby but soon became overwhelmed by the number of people who inquired about buying her jewelry. Today, her designs can be seen on women everywhere – even some of the hottest celebrities and models.  Edina Kiss designs have even been showcased in such publications as Elle, Marie Claire, InStyle, Life & Style just to name a few.

Edina Kiss pieces are designed with beautiful natural stones such as Amethyst, Lemon Quartz and Citrine. She also uses Fresh Water Cultured Pearls and Swarovski Crystals cocooned in fine strands of gold and sterling silver which serve to distinguish her collections from other jewelry lines on the market.

Right now, along with her latest collection, Edina Kiss is showcasing 24 gifts that sparkle at www.edinakiss.com. 
 
It would be hard not to find the perfect gift for every woman on your list and, unlike the girls gift exchange, you won’t have to put up a fight.
 

 

 

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

'Shahs of Sunset' Back on Bravo

One of my most decadent guilty pleasures is back on TV. 

Last April, I posted about the Bravo Network's show, "Shahs of Sunset."  A reality television series which follows a group of Iranian-Americans who live in Los Angeles.

Well as of this past Sunday -- along with the belly laughs -- they are back on Sunday nights at 10pm local time.

http://allthingsfashionating.blogspot.com/2012/04/finding-funny-in-tehrangeles-with-shahs.html

Monday, December 3, 2012

It's The Bomb...in Beauty!

This weekend, I had the chance to get away with my BFF Leslie for a little R&R in Ojai.  While there, we talked about most things that women are age -- who are moms -- talk about: kids, fashion and beauty.

At one point, Leslie brought up the topic of a Beauty Bomb and I said, huh?  I'm not one who is typically stumped but -- I am wont to admit that I sadly do not know everything...damn -- but I had never heard of the Beauty Bomb or otherwise known as a BB.

Leslie let me know that BBs are an all-in-one balm that includes your moisturizer, foundation, SPF lotion, primer and other good things which helps your skin to look fantastic but protects it as well.

I thought of my morning ritual: a swipe of regular lotion as soon as I get out of the shower, my SPF tinted moisurizer, primer, foundation -- layer upon layer which takes about a full hour to apply.

I let Leslie know she was the bomb for letting me know about BBs.  With Santa on his way, I will definitely hope to find a BB in my stocking hung by the fire with care.


Smashbox - Camera Ready BB Cream SPF 35
Smashbox Camera Ready BB Cream

Stila - Stay All Day 10-In-1 HD Beauty Balm
Sila Stay-All-Day 10-in-1 BB



Bobbi Brown - BB Cream Broad Spectrum SPF 35
Bobbi Brown BB Cream SPF 35