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Shopping Guide: Luxuries for the Bath

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I love making my bathroom feel as pretty and relaxing as a spa or fine hotel. And with all this talk of my two resolutions for the year–finding more joy and loving myself more–my new Kohler Vibracoustic tub has become a big part of my daily existence. Not only does it make millions of tiny relaxing bubbles, my favorite part is that it plays relaxing music of your choice above and below the water for hydrotherapy. It helps me escape a busy day. It’s amazing!!

So needless to say, I am spending more time in my new Master Bath than ever. Now with Valentine’s Day right around the corner, I am thinking all things bath related would make a perfect gift for yourself or someone you love.

Here are some of my favorite bath and vanity products that make self-care easier than ever. Wishing you more downtime to be good to yourself this year!

Joyfully yours,




  1. Mullein & Sparrow Cacao Cleanse Bath Salts– These luxurious bath salts made with cacao increase blood flow, in turn, promoting healing and boosting collagen for healthier, softer skin!
  2. Erno Laszlo Sea Mud Deep Cleansing Bar– A cleansing bar with all of the benefits of Dead Sea mud! Just use morning and night as part of your cleansing process to detoxify, exfoliate, and reveal a new glow!
  3. Nest Fragrances Cashmere Suede Liquid Soap– I love Nest Fragrance products and this Cashmere Suede soap is no exception! A perfect blend of warm cashmere tones mixed with hints of tobacco leaves, black amber, and soft suede are sure to excite you and your guests!
  4. Simple Human Sensor Mirror Pro Wide-View Mirror– A lighted wide-view mirror with adjustable side panels will add ease to your morning make-up routine!
  5. Voluminous Canisters– Who says bathroom storage is boring? Keep extra soap bars, Q tips, cotton balls, or even bath salts in these shapely glass containers!
  6. Diptyque Roses Scented Candle– Sit back and relax to the scent of fresh roses for your next spa night.
  7. Juara Invigorating Coffee Scrub– Get an energizing boost in the shower with an energizing coffee scrub from Indonesian Sumatran coffee beans and finely crushed walnuts!
  8. Waterford Crystal Lismore Square Ring Holder– Place rings, earrings, necklaces, and bracelets in this gorgeous crystal ring holder for safe keeping!
  9. Hermés Eau de Mandarine Ambrée Hair and Body Shower Gel– A hair and body formula that mixes the classic, fresh citrus scent with amber to create a lively scent!
  10. AERIN Rose Hand & Body Cream– A lightweight cream that will soothe skin with magnolia and peony infusions with the decadent scent of roses!
  11. Short Silk-Trimmed Cashmere Robe– What is more glamorous and cozy than a cashmere robe? A beautiful shawl collared robe with silk trim in a feminine blush tone.
  12. Mercer Bathtub Caddy– Sink back into your tub with a good book and a glass of wine with ease when using your new bathtub caddy with an elegant polished nickel finish!
  13. UGG Classic Luxe Cotton Bath Sheet– Wrap yourself up in these pure cotton bath sheets, which are larger than the typical bath towel!
  14. Tory Burch Bath Soaps, Set of 4– Beautifully wrapped soaps in Tory Burch’s signature prints are filled with beautiful fragrances of peonies, grapefruit, and tuberose!

A Birthday Celebration

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Today is my birthday. It isn’t a milestone birthday, but I’ve believe that we should celebrate every day in our lives, especially our birthdays! So today I have a fun lunch and a relaxing spa day planned today with my daughter and a fabulous dinner out tonight with family. It’s going to be perfect!

It just so happens that Paperless Post – the fabulous online and paper stationery company – asked me to tell them what I would do to celebrate my birthday if I could plan a fun soiree! Now that’s a bit of a hard one for me because I love planning parties for other people where I am the hostess, but I am not one to have big birthday party plans when I am the guest of honor. I usually keep my birthday pretty simple. But just for fun if I WAS having a fancy fete, it would be all about the details…

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I am really making it a priority these days to spend more time with my friends – people whose company I truly enjoy. So I would have a small party with a few of my favorite people. And Paperless Post has fantastic online designs for birthday invitations, including the one above that I love which would be ideal. This one is perfect for me with its pattern of dots and its bright pink color! So I would invite friends to enjoy cupcakes and cocktails – two more of my favorite things.

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And any event that I plan has to have fresh flowers! I especially love bright pink peonies, white tulips, and gorgeous lush hydrangeas. Flowers liven up a room with color and style, and they are my favorite form of decoration.

I’m all about little nibbles at a party – in fact, I would probably have hors d’oeuvres instead of dinner most nights if I could get away with it. So my cocktails and cupcakes event would include lots of frosted cupcakes, salty snacks, and deliciously designed appetizers. I’m thinking these Neapolitan cupcakes would be the perfect flavor because my family and I can never agree on our favorite flavor. Some of us love chocolate and others vanilla. So these are the best of both with fabulous strawberry icing on top!

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And to keep the pink color theme going, I would pop the cork on a few bottles of a gorgeous rosé champagne like the one above! After all, it isn’t a celebration without some bubbly!

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And my family is the BEST when it comes to thoughtful and fabulous presents that are chic and colorful. Because a color-lover like me can’t celebrate without bright, fun, and festive details!

Thanks for letting me share my perfect little celebration with you and with Paperless Post! With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, be sure to check out the gorgeous designs from Paperless Post that will help you celebrate with those you love, too!







Perfect Hostess Gifts

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Bowl by Vietri

I love parties, especially during the holiday season! It’s so festive to dress up and go out to a friend’s house to celebrate and have fun. But I also know that it’s a LOT of hard work for those who host the parties, so I like to always arrive at the front door with a little token of my appreciation.


Wine tools by Kate Spade

Hostess gifts are a long-standing tradition in the South, and are usually thoughtful items for the home or small tokens specifically selected for the host. Among my favorite gifts are small accessories, like the gorgeous bowl from Vietri, or the fun wine tool set from Kate Spade. Screen Shot 2014-11-04 at 4.07.01 PM

Molton Brown gift pack

And what hostess wouldn’t like to relax the next day with some fabulous products from Molton Brown? You can also consider chocolates, a yummy scented candle, or something that appeals to the host’s hobbies, like gardening tools or bakeware! Remember, it’s the thought you put into it that counts!

For more ideas on great hostess gifts, go to my pinboard by clicking here! You’ll be everyone’s favorite guest this holiday season!