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Sunday, December 9, 2012

AND ONE FOR YOU...AND YOU...AND YOU---Nikki's Top 10 Holiday Favorites

I might not be Oprah, but I'm sharing my top 10 Holiday Must Haves with you.

If you love Oprah like I do (she's mah hometown biotch and all), then you know all about Oprah's Favorite Things show where she gives everyone in the audience some ridiculous amount of gifts they could never normally afford, like cars and shit. 

Now, unfortunately, I am not rich and I'm not giving you free shit. But I am going to share with you my top 10 favorite things this holiday season because I have a really hard time buying gifts and not just buying for myself. Maybe you have the same problem and this will inspire you to buy ME presents...or um...other people on your list. So, get pumped and enjoy.

1.) Essie 2012 Winter Collection Polishes

 Essie is hands-down the best nail polish you can buy. I love it dearly. Most of the time, you can pick it up for $3 a bottle at TJ Maxx or Marshall's but it retails at pretty much any beauty supply store for $8 a bottle. This winter's collection is slightly different, as it features a number of sparkly polishes which is pretty out of the ordinary for Essie. My absolute MUST HAVE from the 2012 Winter Collection is "A Cut Above" which is a gorgeous rose gold glitter polish. It has a number of different sized foil glittery pieces that look amazing when painted over a beige or nude polish (as pictured above). Its perfect for everyday wear or a super glam evening look.

2.) Old Navy Active Wear

Now, you can say what you want about Old Navy clothing, but the bottom line is that their active wear line is the bomb.com (yes, I said it). Its all really nice, long lasting quality, fun patterns and colors and the quick drying material that keeps you feeling pretty damn fresh no matter how hard the work out. Their yoga pants are made of a nice stretchy material that doesn't easily loose its shape and the sports bars are legit sports bras, for, you know...women who have actual boobs who need support without it being a girdle (and a great price, if you buy two, they're only $10 each). They also have a variety of lengths and styles of pants and shorts which is great for all types of work outs. Best of all, their active wear clothes come in all sizes, from preteen to plus size (which can be ordered online). I love the idea of encouraging a healthy lifestyle for women of all ages, shapes and sizes. If you want to try it out, you can most always find a few lone pieces in the clearance rack for $3-$5, but you'll be hooked before you know it.

3.) Beauty Society Products 

Listen up, if you're going to buy yourself one thing this holiday season, seriously, buy these products. I'M OBSESSED. Tiffany actually is a Beauty Society rep and trust me, I was skeptical about this stuff because I have really sensitive skin and I don't really love those companies that are like Mary Kay. HOWEVER, after trying these products, my mind was changed. These are all natural, all organic, vegan friendly skin care and make up products. They are also sulfate and paraben free (you know, those chemicals that cause cancer). I use the cleanser, resurfacing, toner and moisturizer every single day and its done fairly amazing stuff for my skin. Just try it, one time, and you will be amazed. They also have some awesome Holiday specials going on. To get a free consultation or to place an order you can go to http://mybeautysociety.com/tlynn and contact Tiffany. She's pretty amazing :) 

4.) Hash browns 

 I don't think I need to explain this. Its the most delicious and perfect food on earth. C'mon. Everybody loves hash browns. Its the perfect holiday gift!

5.) Hot Pants by Zaggora

 You've probably never heard of these, but they really changed the way I work out and took my exercise routine to the next level. I won't bore you with how they actually work (but you can read about it here). Basically, these are colorful exercise pant alternatives that help to burn belly fat (mine and many women's biggest problem area) by using a material, kind of similar to a wetsuit, that creates resistance as well as elevates temperature making you sweat a shit ton. I bought them for $30 with a group on back in September and they certainly do make you sweat WAY more and burn WAY more calories. They do take some getting use to but certainly worth the retail price of $75. They also sell bras, zip ups and several lengths of hot pants. Highly suggested for anyone who is trying to bump up their exercise routine or working on problems areas of the tummy, hips and thighs. You won't be disappointed. You can order hot pants and other items by Zaggora by visiting http://zaggora.com/pages/THE-STORE.html

6.) Yonanas Ice Cream Treat Maker

 This is one of the hottest items for sale this holiday season. I just picked one up last weekend and it has basically changed my life. I swear to you, it is incredible. As all of you know I am constantly on a diet in coordination with my weight loss mission, but I still has a crazy sweet tooth that occasionally gets the best of me. In Phoenix, there are tempting Froyo bars every 6 inches, and when its 120 degrees outside, you really want to stop every 6 inches for Froyo, trust me. BUT NO MORE, thanks to Yonana's.

Here's the basic idea:
1. Peel over-ripe bananas and freeze for 24 hours.
2. Turn on Yonana maker.
3. Insert frozen banana in the chute and push the banana down using the plunger.
4. Repeat with frozen fruits or chocolate.
5. Collect a DELICIOUS single serving of FRUIT that LOOKS and TASTES like ice cream

MIND BLOWN. Get one, bitches. $50 at Bed, Bath and Beyond or at Yonana's website.

7.) PB2 All-Natural Low Calorie Peanut Butter

This is another one of my diet/exercise must haves. Like I said before, I have a sweet tooth and for some reason, I though eating huge scoops of regular peanut butter with an apple was somehow better than eating a brownie. But its actually not. Its a huge amount of sugar and on average 180 calories per two tablespoons. If you love peanut butter but not the fat or calories, try PB2. Its an all natural powdered peanut butter. Basically, some peanut butter makers figured out they can extract all the fatty, bad oils from peanuts and make it into a rich, nutty flavored powder that is only 45 calories per two tablespoon serving. FORTY FIVE CALORIES PER SERVING. All you do is take two tablespoons of powder, mix with 1-2 tablespoons of water/milk/almond milk/whatever liquid, and it turns back into a very nice spreadable paste. Its not as sweet as peanut butter from a jar, but its got a natural, nutty flavor. It also comes in a natural cocoa flavor (I like to mix one tbspoon of the original and one of the cocoa for a great taste). Perfect for sandwiches, protein shakes OR eating it with fruit/veggies. The best price for PB2 is about $10 for a 2-pack at most health food stores or on Amazon.com.

8.) Fetco Quatrefoil 4-pc. Frame Set

I found this amazing frame set at Kohl's. They're quatrefoils....which is very important to anyone who is a member of my sorority. I even have a quatrefoil tattoo...its THAT significant. For those who aren't Phi Mu's and currently squealing over this, they are also just really well made and adorable frames that take up a substantial amount of wall space. They're just so cute and even better? They're on sale for only $24 for the ENTIRE set right now. Buy them here.

9.) One Directions- Take Me Home Album

Say what you want about my musical taste, but this album is full of great work out tunes and feel good pop music that is just so sugary sweet your head will explode. The thing is, One Direction is not the boy band of 2004. They are quite a bit sassier, they sing about sexy time and taking girls home and doing sassy things with them. You might not notice because its entwined in sugary pop beats, but its there....and its so good no matter how bad it is that I am a woman in my mid twenties who loves boy bands with members who are barely legal. Don't judge me.

10.) Synthetic Hair Extensions (because who DOESN'T want to look like me???)

 You may notice that I almost always have some obnoxious color of hair extension in my hair over the past year. The photo above is from last night and features my lime green woven in extensions, but OH, they come in many colors. I've moved on past the clip in hair and onto keratin bonds for keeping them in for a slightly longer commitment, but YOU too can have multicolored hair for a very low cost with Clip In Hair Extensions. They're brightly colored, easy to style and you'll get tons of compliments. Just place under the top layer of your hair, clip in and cut to length. You can order them on Amazon right here at wholesale pricing. Six clips (you choose the color combination) for $7.99 is great way to try out my signature style with basically little to no commitment. You know you want to.

Happy Holidays, Everyone!


  1. I love this Nikki! The nail polish is cute and I seriously almost bought hot pants from the same groupon. I didn't know how they worked and ultimately decided against them but now, I might have to get some!