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3 Make-Your-Dad Smell Good Gift Ideas

14 Jun

By Christabelle…@CBellesCloset (*Pure Editorial, Non-Paid Post) 

We aren’t saying your dad is stinky – not in the least. But these 3 colognes will make him the best smelling dad for miles…check out our top 3 fragrance picks for pops.

Dad fragrance

  1.  F by Ferragamo PH Free Time 
    A sophisticated freshness in a woody signature. The new fragrance adds a new facet of casual-chic freshness to the F by Ferragamo pour Homme Franchise, and embodies the quest of liberty and elegance of the Ferragamo man. Bright zesty notes blend with the sparkling vibe of Pink Pepper and Ginger, suggesting a marine quality, with an impactful and refined freshness. A soft sensual accord of White Cedarwood and Vetiver warms up the fragrance and imparts a distinctive signature of elegance and masculinity. SRP:  1.7oz Eau de Toilette Spray $553. 34oz Eau de Toilette Spray $75
  2.  It’s Me For Man by Jacomo
    With its top notes of lemon and grapefruit, it’s me for Men, is a fresh and stimulating fragrance. It is the beautiful blend of patchouli, vanilla and musk that generates the masculine aspect of the perfume. Its lightness allows them to bring it’s me everywhere and every time. SRP:  1.7oz, $45 craftingbeauty.com
    Top Notes: 
    Lemon, Grapefruit, Liquorish
    Heart Notes: Patchouli, Jasmine, Violet, Lavender
    Base Notes: Amber, Vanilla, Rosewood, Musk
  3.  Mercedes-Benz for Men
    A gorgeous combination of citrus fruits…bergamot from Calabria and mandarin orange from Italy with the violet leaves absolute whose green facets envelop the fragrance’s top notes with originality. The heart of the fragrance plays on an exclusive contrast between the overabundant aquatic notes of cascalone® and the powdery accents of violet. The vibration is provided by spices, bourbon pepper and nutmeg, and galbanum. The woody base notes mix essences of cedar, vetiver and patchouli, giving this fragrance full of contrasts nobility and warm masculinity. The result? A woody, floral and fresh fragrance. A perfume with an irresistible personality. SRP: EDT- 4.0 oz. $85

Happy Olfactory Father’s Day!

signature xo CC
FTC GUIDELINES BLURB 2013

4 Gift Ideas for the High Maintenance Dad…

13 Jun

By Christabelle…@CBellesCloset (*Pure Editorial, Non-Paid Post) 

Your dad spends more time in the bathroom than you do. He coifs his hair to perfection, spritzes the perfect balance of cologne on his neck, chest and body, and he likes his EVERYTHING wrinkle free (including his boxer briefs) – he is HIGH MAINTENANCE, PEACOCK dad. Often referred to as the gayest-straight man on the block.

What to get him for Father’s Day? Read on…

Botox-for-Men-GuideBROTOX
If you caught Dr. Philip Miller of Gotham Plastic Surgery on Good Day NY this morning, you know exactly what Brotox is…Botox for “the Bros” is the most common requested service among male patients.  Get your dad’s crows feet as wrinkle-free as his shirts. Call for pricing.

DADDY DO-OVER
Maybe he gained your pregnancy weight with you….perhaps he has always coveted abs of steel like the superman he is. Whatever the case may be, Dr. Douglas Steinbrech of Manhattan Plastic Surgery for Men is the doctor to call. Get your man a gift certificate for the body he has always wanted with a Daddy Do Over by Dr. Steinbrech.  Call for pricing. 

downloadMANSCAPING
He loves a close shave and only wants the best on  his skin – so get him just that...The Double-Edge (DE) Safety Razor by Baxter of California, SRP $250,  provides a close, comfortable shave, while top-of-the-line Silver Tip Badger Brush evenly distributes shave cream, creates lather and helps lift facial hair. Both handles are made of brass and nickel-plated, then finished in chrome and engraved with a pattern that borrows from the classic barbershop pole. Stand holds both the razor and brush. Pairbaxter-safety-razor-set-xl it with out favorite shave cream from Kiehl’s  – Facial Fuel Sky Flyin’ Foaming Multi-Gel (dual purpose shave gel and face cleanser for men) SRP $19.

suit_charcoalslim_tall_01_2CUSTOM MADE SUIT
Bonobos might mean a chimpanzee with a black face and black hair, found in the rain forests of the Democratic Republic of Congo, but Bonobos (the amazing line of custom-made men’s clothing) is anything but monkey business.

Our fave for dad: The Foundation Slim Charcoal. This is the fundamental suit that every man needs on hand, crafted from the finest Italian Marzotto® wool, tailored for the most perfect of fits. It’s ideal for the workplace, but can do weddings and special events with equal ease. Cut and stitched with professionalism and elegance in mind, this suit is truly the foundation upon which great wardrobes are built. SRP $685 (Gift Cards Available)

 

Happy Father’s Day!
signature xo CC

FTC GUIDELINES BLURB 2013

5 Father’s Day Genius Goofball Gift Ideas…

1 Jun

By Christabelle…@CBellesCloset (*Pure Editorial, Non-Paid Post) 

It is June 1st  – Father’s Day in on June 15th. That gives us all two weeks to find the perfect pressie for pops.

Farts Around

I have been on creative-brain-overload trying to find a gift for my Greek goofball – one that would beat my present from last year (Farts Around the World book with sound effects).

How does one top this type of flatulence fabulosity? My dad laughed so hard, I thought it might be his last Father’s Day with us.  Fortunately for us all – my gift did not bring on cardiac arrest or a gas leak. I thought it only fair to share my top 5 picks for this years gut-busting gifts.

For your social media, hash-tagging dads – this post = #starwars #whitecastle #mancave #ninja #food #nuffsaid
Goofy Gifts for Dad

1. THEFT DETERRENT MOLDY SANDWICH BAGS
Is Dad tired of having your food stolen by sticky-fingered co-workers?  Well if so worry no more!  Theft Deterrent Moldy Sandwich Bags are (you guessed it) sandwich bags that have green splotches printed on both sides, will keep even the stickiest fingers off “YOUR SANDWICH”. Dad’s your freshly prepared lunch will look spoiled. Protect his lunch with our anti-theft sandwich bags!
20 food safe, fake mold imprinted, zipper style sandwich bags. SRP: $4.99

2. WHITE CASTLE BURGER SCENTED CANDLE
White Castle is a part of Americana history and there will always be a soft spot in our heart for that wonderful wafting smell of onion and beef aromas when you walk in the door. Now dad can enjoy (sans calories and fat) that unique smell of White Castle all of the time with a 4 oz. White Castle Slider Scented Candle. The candle comes in a rectangular ceramic holder that resembles the cardboard box of the White Castle Slider sandwiches. SRP: $5.99

3. CHEWBACCA BATHROBE
Now Star Wars obsessed dads can step out of the shower and into a galaxy, far far away in a Chewbacca Bathrobe to keep him warm and dry. Wear it around the house all day… maybe even to work. The inner wookiee always wins. Be double-cute and get the matching YODA ROBE for yourself. One size fits most adults. 100% cotton. SRP: $75.99

4. SHURIKEN NINJA COAT HOOK
Appease his wanna-be-a-ninja-soul with a little Shuriken throwing star decorating. This Ninja Coat Hook will transform dad’s man-cave into a scene of a Shanghai back-street standoff. The Ninja Coat Hook has one corner cleverly engineered into a screw, which allows you to fix the coat hook securely to your wall or door all while making it look like it has been hurled from the hands of a deadly Ninjitsu assassin. Add some cutting edge deadly design to his dad-den! Measures 4 inches long x 4 inches wide. One hook SRP: $11.99

5. THE MAN CAVE DOORMAT
Speaking of his Man Cave – get him a welcome/warning mat for dad’s dan.  “Flatulence and Belching Encouraged. No Women Permitted (unless they have food).” We imagine most women would gladly pass on the testosterone and fart filled room full of grunting and broken tortilla chips. Made from 100% Olefin Indoor/Outdoor carpet with perfect bound stitched edges. Easy to clean. Measures 18 inches long x 27 inches wide. SRP: $16.99

HAPPY DAD’S DAY!

FTC GUIDELINES BLURB 2013

9 ‘Did You Really Wait Until The Day of?’ Gift Ideas

11 May

By Christabelle…@CBellesCloset (*Pure Editorial, Non-Paid Post) 

Did you really? After all my reminding – my suggestions and my gently prodding – you failed to buy that special lady in your life a Mother’s Day present. Now it is the morning of and  you are in a panic (and very well might be reading this from your iPad – from the bathroom – as you settle your nervous stomach).

Fear not procrastinators! I still have some great ideas to help you out today. Ideas that will not only save your rear, but will make you look super creative and incredibly innovative (and not in the least bit a LAST MINUTE ANNIE).

You’re welcome (and while I have you, mark your 2015 calendar NOW, so we do not have this issue again).

1-4 FOR THE WOMAN WHO LIKES TO PRIMP AND PAMPER HERSELF**
There is nothing like a little non-invasive nipping, smoothing, whitening and suctioning…in this day and age, there are so many technologically advanced procedures you can turn back the hands of time on your lunch hour (yes, you heard me, correctly) with little to no pain and down time. Gone are the days of needing to go  under the knife for subtle changes to your face, arms, legs, tummy, tushy and teeth (now that is some alliteration for you!).

We pounded the pavement in search of the newest innovations, top notch medspa specialties and the A++ facilities in the tri-state area to get them done. If you are looking for these services in another major city, check out LIFEBOOKER (you can purchase direct gifts or gift certificates for everything from blow outs, spray tanning and eyebrow threading to Botox and colon cleansing).

1. CoolSculpt
Does she constantly talk about her “muffin top”, her post baby “pooch” or her “Orka thighs” that stick when she walks?  This could be the perfect service to buy for her. This nonsurgical technique is used for fat reduction on the areas of your body that you want to lose inches by freezing fat cells in your specified area(s). Yes FREEZING. Now don’t go run and sit in your kitchen sub-zero  for an hour – CoolSculpt can ONLY be performed in a medical spa/office and by a certified technician.  For those of you in the NYC area – our recommendations for this chilly body treat:
Just Melt MedSpa
30 East 40th Street, Suite 806, NYC
212-447-1155

Gotham Plastic Surgery
60 East 56th St, Suite 3B, NYC
646.791.3066

2. Venus Freeze 
New mommy belly sag getting her down? Does she hate how her arm keeps waving even after her hand has stopped? Has she started to gobble around the house, hinting that she covets a new neckline? Well – perhaps a gift of Venus Freeze  is one you should think about…Venus Freeze treatments use pulsed magnetic fields and radio frequency to consistently and uniformly heat the skin from the inside out, without the threat of laser burns. The collagen fibres heat up resulting in skin tightening. Treatments are non-invasive and painless (I promise, I felt nothing but soothing heat), with many patients comparing the treatment to a hot-stone massage. The treatment is very quick and effortless– only 15 minutes for the face and 40 minutes for the body.  VF is effective in circumference reduction, improving cellulite, skin tightening and reducing the appearance of wrinkles.

Get your Venus Freeze on at these preferred Tri-State Area locations:
Norman J. Pastorek MD, PC, FACS
12 East 88th Street, NYC
 212.987.4700

Eterna Vita Medsa
196 Queen Street, Southington, CT
860.426.1336

Park Avenue Medical Spa
495 N. Main Street, Armonk, NY
914.730.3333

3. Teeth Whitening
Even if you “eat, drink, chew…Orbit”, you are NOT lifting deep set tooth stains caused by a myriad of things you put into your mouth every day (biggest offenders? red wine, coffee, nicotine and tea). So what do you get for the woman who wants a bright, white smile? You send her directly to one of the top dental practices and give her the gift of pearly whites. She doesn’t let you walk around in dingy t-shirts…don’t let her walk around with a less than white smile. This is a quick, easy and pain free ‘leave your-fear-at- the-door’ treatment.

Our top picks for whiter, brighter and all-around more fabulous chompers in NYC area…
Dr. Jacquie Smiles (Fulop-Goodling)
#1 National Invisaline Spokesperson (so you can straighten and whiten your teeth at the same time! BONUS)
12 locations throughout New York and New Jersey
888.878.8764

Dr. Frank DiCicco
aka the tooth whisperer –
Dr. DiCicco caters to cowards (like me!) and uses sedation dentistry
30 Central Park South, Suite 2C, NYC
212.486.6211

4. Dermal Fillers
If she is looking to restore a youthful fullness to her face, a slightly plumper pout,or soften a facial crease or two, dermal fillers may be the answer. Dermal fillers and “injectibles” (Juvederm Ultra/Juvederm Ultra Plus, Restylane/Perlane, Radiesse, Sculptra et al) have been called “liquid facelifts” because they offer many of the benefits of a surgical facelift without the downtime. If she is a needle-phob (like me!) you need not worry too much – special super thin needles are used, soyou barely even feel a pinch. And well worth it given most treatments can be completed within a 30 minute appointment.

Our-tri-state recommendations
Dr. Bruce G. Freund
700 E Palisade Ave, Englewood Cliffs, NJ 07632

201.568-0606

Dr. Philip Miller
60 East 56th St, Suite 3B, NYC
646.791.3066

Dr. Kenneth Mark
425 County Road 39a, Suite 201
Southampton, NY 11968
631.283.0002

5. BEAUTY AT YOUR DOOR: Birchbox and Glossybox
Do you walk into your mother’s bathroom and see pile after pile of old and empty make-up containers and other cosmetic carcasses trying to find an unoccupied space? Then we have the perfect gift for any beauty hoarding mother! Sign her up for either Birchbox or Glossybox! Old makeup and empty containers will be gone as these boxes of new fresh (newly launched) cosmetics and hair care come in a perfectly organized box of its own, right to her door –  each and every month.

6. FOR MOM’S ON A MISSION
Love with Food offers organic and all- natural snacks that can be hard to find in grocery stores delivered right to your mother’s door! And best of all with each box sold they donate a meal to several food banks that aid in stopping child hunger! You can choose a subscription plan, (even one as low as $10! ) and your mother will begin to make a difference while enjoying delicious and very healthy snacks with no extra stop at the grocery store- now that’s love! Go online to LoveWithFood and check out different plans and snack boxes!

7. FOR THE SEEKER OF ANSWERS FOR NOW AND BEYOND
Does your mom seem to have eyes in the back her head? Is she always able to somehow know how you are, what your up to, and whats bothering you- even when she isn’t with you? Perhaps there is a little psychic in her! Turn the tables and have her enjoy a session of 6th sense fun, by giving her a certificate to see world renowned psychic medium Thomas John (catch him on Bravo’s Million Dollar Listing and upcoming episode of Dr. Phil). This is always a cherished gift especially if your mother has long wanted to speak with someone who has passed, whether it be a loved one, a friend, her own mother etc. grab her the gift of messages from “the other side” via certificate at MediumThomas.com
(classes such as Psychic Boot Camp are also available for purchase).

Need a read on the spot? Got a quick decision to make and don’t know which way to go? Some quick counsel by email, phone or even CHAT – we love ESPsychics.com (our faves include Sunhee, Chinhee, Patti and Van Doren). Gift certificates for a full reading are available, as well. Tell them  Christabelle sent you!

8. A NIGHT OFF FROM COOKING
Some nights your mother would like a night off from shopping for ingredients, and would just like for everything to be available and ready to go for cooking. This has been made possible by Plated! So treat your mother to an extraordinary meal, delivered right to her door and made from fresh, local and seasonal ingredients (yum). It’s very simple: enter your zip code, choose a delivery day and choose from a menu for the land, sea or veggie, and prepare to have a wonderful meal sent to your door that you will enjoy cooking hassle free. She will love it, love you and love the food…

9.  FOR THE CLASSY CRAFTY LASSY:
Is she a whiskey sipping, cigar smoking velvet robe kind of lass? Perhaps she celebrates Tequila Tuesdays, or enjoys spending her nights with gal pal Vodka. If your mother enjoys timeless liquor,  then she will love a subscription to the Craft Spirits Club by Caskers.  This subscription means three full-sized 750ML of the finest craft spirits delivered every 3 months to her door! You can choose membership length, ranging from 3 to 12 months (prices vary on club package, with the Whiskey club at $150 per package-a sweet deal!). If you would like to order just one bottle and choose based on preference and price range, you can do that too. And YES, they have organic selections.

One of these days, us procrastinators will need to get help for our procrastination problems (see what I did there?). We come in all shapes and sizes, yet have one thing in common- we LOVE to wait to the last minute to get whatever it is we need done…done! School work, house-work, work-work – but one of the top things that we tend to put off is buying gifts. Birthdays, Anniversaries, and yes even Mother’s Day pressies are put off until we absolutely have to get them, and wind up doing so in a panic.

Now thanks to me, you can be an incognito procrastinator!

You’re welcome 🙂

signature xo CC**these are suggestions based on personal experience and research – we in no way endorse or guarantee these treatments, services or providers – always consult your doctor before starting a program or moving forward with a medical treatment**

FTC GUIDELINES BLURB 2013

COCKTAIL OF THE WEEK: 4 Fancy Mommy Mocktails & Cocktails…

9 May

By Christabelle…@CBellesCloset (*Pure Editorial, Non-Paid Post) 

This Sunday, why not pamper Mom and treat her to low-calorie Mother’s Day Cocktails & Mocktails from Sparkling ICE, RealBeanz and VOGA Italia Wine? No Mom wants to indulge in sugary, high-calorie beverages… instead she wants to sip a delicious homemade low-calorie drink while celebrating her special day with family and friends! Below – find some fabulous Mother’s Day recipes- along with calorie counter (for psycho dieters like yours truly).

mom mocktail cocktail

RASPBERRY LEMONADE SPRITZER MOCKTAIL
(perfect for the preggy momma)
Total Calories: 15 

Ingredients
1 Bottle of Strawberry Lemonade Sparkling ICE
Dash of lime juice
Raspberries for Garnish
Ice

Directions
In a cocktail shaker, combine Strawberry Lemonade Sparkling ICE and lime juice. Stir in ice. Stir and pour in two glasses. Garnish each glass with fresh raspberries.

VANILLA NUT MARTINI
Total Calories: 130

Ingredients

3 oz Vanilla Vodka
2 oz Vanilla Nut RealBeanz
1 tbsp cream

Directions
Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Add Vanilla Nut RealBeanz, vanilla vodka and cream. Shake well and divide between two chilled martini glasses.

CUCUMBER COCKTAIL
Total Calories: 156 

Ingredients

4 oz. Lemonade Sparkling ICE
1 ½ oz. vodka
Cucumber and lemon slices

Directions
Muddle a few cucumber sliced with vodka. Strain and pour into a chilled glass over ice. Top with Lemonade Sparkling ICE. Garnish with lemon and cucumber slices

MOTHERLY LOVE
Total Calories: 148 

Ingredients
3 oz. VOGA Prosecco
1 oz. Raspberry syrup
Fresh Raspberries for garnish

Directions
Pour in Raspberry Syrup. Top with VOGA Prosecco. Add fresh raspberries for additional taste and garnish.

(21+ – please drink responsibly)

About Sparkling ICE® Beverages

Sparkling ICE has made a great tasting, refreshing, zero-calorie beverage Perfectly Possible™. Combining naturally flavored mountain spring water, fruit juice, vitamins and antioxidants, Sparkling ICE offers a bold flavored, lightly-carbonated beverage that appeals to all age groups. Available in eleven refreshing flavors: Black Raspberry, Orange Mango, Pink Grapefruit, Kiwi Strawberry, Coconut Pineapple, Pomegranate Blueberry, Peach Nectarine, Lemon Lime, Crisp Apple and new in 2014 Cherry Limeade and Strawberry Watermelon. Sparkling ICE Lemonades®, launched in 2013, are available in six refreshing flavors: Classic Lemonade, Strawberry Lemonade, Raspberry Lemonade, Lemonade with Tea and new in 2014, Peach Lemonade and Mango Lemonade. Sparkling ICE can be found in retailers nationwide. Sparkling ICE is part of the TalkingRain family of beverages, and retails for $1.19-$1.29. To locate Sparking ICE, visit www.sparklingice.com.

About VOGA Italia Wine

VOGA Italia hails from Italy, the country best known for producing some of the world’s best wine as well as its’ keen sense of style. VOGA Italia encompasses all aspects offering a collection of crisp delicious wine thoughtfully packaged in a revolutionary re-designed bottle featuring a unique resealable cap. Since the company’s inception, VOGA has earned numerous awards and accolades for their sleek and sexy glass cylindrical bottle, presentation and most importantly taste.  The collection retails from $10.99 to $15.99 and includes Pinot Grigio, Moscato, Dolce Rosso, Prosecco, Premium Sparkling and Baby Sparkling. VOGA is available in over 62 countries, hundreds of major cities, and can be found in thousands of the world’s trendiest bars, restaurants and shops. Wherever, whenever, if you are drinking VOGA you are drinking IN Style. For more information on VOGA Italia wine www.vogaitalia.com

ABOUT REALBEANZ™

Founded in 2010 in Brooklyn, New York, RealBeanz is a ready-to-drink gourmet iced coffee company combining premium-brewed beans and reduced-fat milk with functional ingredients such as vitamins and herbs.  Currently available in seven flavors and personalities – Cappuccino/Energize, Caramel/Focus, Vanilla Nut/Relax, Mocha/Resist, Diet Cappuccino/Trim & Fit, Cappuccino with Coconut Water/Refresh and Dark Roast with Coconut Water/Refresh.  Each variety aims to satisfy health-conscious consumers without the extra calories while helping to enhance their lifestyles.  For more information, please visit www.RealBeanz.com, “like” RealBeanz on Facebook and follow on Twitter @RealBeanz.

signature xo CC

FTC GUIDELINES BLURB 2013

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