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7 winter BEAUTY TIPS
moisturize, moisturize and moisturize! With the dry winter air, keep skin moisturized with inexpensive option such as coconut oil. It absorbs quickly into the skin and smells amazing.
expert trends & ideas to keep you shimmering all winter
hair extensions Dropping temperatures can mean its time to change your routine, even in warm, sunny Texas. Learning a little about how the weather affects your skin, and tweaking some beauty habits, can make all the difference between a dull winter complexion and glowing radiance.
Add some length with a few pieces or try a wig for fun.
The holidays are the perfect time to experiment with bright shades. Dot on the center of your eyelid and blend out and up into the crease.
Individual False Eyelashes
Add a few at the outer corners for a subtle effect, or layer them for a lusher look.
Bold Lips are Big Instantly change your look. Bright and bold!
Don’t be afraid to use body glitter (sparingly of course.)
Take a good look in the mirror and smile. Everyone is attracted to a great smile.
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dallas shopping guide
Galleria Dallas 13350 Dallas Pkway, Dallas, TX 75240
Highland Park Village
47 Highland Park Village, Dallas, TX 75205
The Galleria Dallas is an
upscale shopping mall and
NorthPark Center 8080 North Central Expressway, Dallas, TX
northparkcenter.com NorthPark Center is highend shopping mall located
Grapevine Mills Northwestern Dallas
3000 Grapevine Mills Parkway Grapevine, TX 76051
Highland Park Village is
at the intersection of Loop
in north Dallas. The mall
an upscale mall located
12 (Northwest Highway)
Grapevine Mills is a large
features an ice skating rink
at the southwest corner
and US 75 (North Central
shopping mall located
and a glass vaulted ceiling
of Mockingbird Lane and
Expressway). The center
in Grapevine. The mall
that is modeled after the
Preston Road in Highland
has over 235 stores and
currently totals over
historic Galleria Vittorio
Park. It was the first self-
1,600,000 square feet
Emanuele II in Milan, Italy.
contained shopping center
is the first shopping
in size. The mall also
With over 200 stores and
in America. The Highland
center featured on Vogue
includes a Bass Pro Shop,
restaurants including The
Park Village was declared
Magazine. It has annual
although not connected
Westin Galleria Hotel.
a National Historic
sales of more than $1
physically. The mall
features over 200 retailers,
Landmark in 2000.
Allen Premium Outlets 820 West Stacy Road Allen, TX 75013
premiumoutlets.com/ ALLEN Allen Premium Outlets is a great place to shop. Located in Allen, just north of Dallas. No matter what your style or budget is, Allen Premium Outlets has something for everyone.
as well as a variety of theme restaurants, casual dining and cutting-edge entertainment venues.
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you’ve reached your final
Finding the perfect rock Does the thought of purchasing a diamond ring overwhelm you? Don’t think you know enough about certificates, inclusions, grading scales, and colors? Or do you know the basics, but need a refresher course? A good understanding of diamonds is necessary before you begin shopping. Here’s an overview of the basics -- the allimportant “Four Cs!”
Learn the 4 c’s Cut
Don’t confuse “cut” with
Most diamonds contain
Colorless diamonds are the
Size does matter. It is not,
“shape” (such as round,
some inner flaws, or
most desirable since they
however, a measure of
emerald, or pear shape).
inclusions, that occur
allow the most refraction
your love. A carat is the
Cut refers to the diamond’s
during the formation
of light (sparkle). Off white
unit of weight by which
reflective qualities. A good
process. The visibility,
diamonds absorb light,
a diamond is measured.
cut adds brilliance, which
number and size of these
Because large diamonds
is that brightness that
NOTE: Fancy color
are found less commonly
seems to come from the
what is called the clarity
diamonds do not follow
than small diamonds, the
very heart of a diamond.
of a diamond. Diamonds
this rule. These rare and
price of a diamond rises
design and superior craftsmanship in the most desirable neighborhoods.
The angles and finish of
that are clear create more
expensive diamonds, can
exponentially to its size.
any diamond are what
brilliance, and thus are
be any color from blue
Also keep in mind that
With home prices ranging from the mid $100,000s to more than $1
determine its ability to
more highly prized, and
to green to bright yellow.
differences in size are
handle light, which leads to
They are actually more
clearly visible ... even to the
valuable for their color.
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sub-zero pr0 48 Refrigerator with glass door
$15,540 Born of 100% steel (and a good bit of bravado), the Sub-Zero PRO 48 with Glass Door Refrigerator/ Freezer is a true masterpiece of preservation. Its glass door, sculpted metal, dual refrigerator with three evaporators and advanced controls marry performance and design in a bold new way for home refrigeration.
Kitchenaid Bowl-Lift Stand Mixer Professional 600™ Series
$569.99 Equipped with a high-performance, professionallevel motor, the Professional 600™ Series mixer can effectively mix up to 14 cups of all-purpose flour per batch. Powerfully churns through yeast
Samsung wi-fi equipped Front-Load washer 4.5 cu. ft. King-size Capacity, Touch Screen LCD Front-Load Washer
Samsung wi-fi equipped Front-Load Dryer 7.5 cu. ft. King-size Capacity, Electric Touch Screen LCD Front-Load Dryer
Control and Monitor the Washer from Your
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bread dough and triple batches of cookie dough.
vinotemp 36 Wine & Beverage Cooler
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SpeedSpray™ Helps Save Up to 90 Minutes on
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Vinotemp’s Wine and Beverage Cooler. Between two
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Helps Freshen Clothes and Remove Wrinkles with
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8” Touch Screen LCD - A Faster, Easier Way to
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Everybody has a bank,
top 5 Bordeaux beatdown
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5 of the best red wines to come out of frances largest wine growing region just in time for the holidays.
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A Bordeaux is any wine produced in the Bordeaux region of France, with a total vineyard area of over 120,000 hectares, making it the largest wine growing area in France. 89% of wine produced in Bordeaux is red. Bordeaux wine is made by more than 8,500 producers or châteaux. Here are 5 of the best Bordeauxs available from online retailers and your large specialty wine shops, sure to impress your guests this holiday season.
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Château de Chantegrive
Château la Louviere
This French wine blend comes from the St. Emilion appellation in the Bordeaux region, and retails between $24 and $28 per bottle. It has a light, almost citrus flavor with hints of honey and earth, and is primarily comprised of Merlot.
This is one of the most drinkable French wine options on the market, with soft tannins and the aromas of black and red fruits. It costs anywhere depending on the vendor, and this Bordeaux wine is best served right away.
This French wine is a more sophisticated offering from the St. Emilion Bordeaux region, and carries a heavier price tag at $28 per bottle. It has a rustic, almost earthy flavor with red fruits and caramel thrown in. Great for your next dinner party!
A rich and acidic Bordeaux wine, this is the perfect choice. Costing only $19 per bottle, this is an excellent choice for the casual drinker who enjoys high flavor with beef and other red meat dishes. This particular vintage is a sweet and robust choice.
From the left bank, Château la Louviere is sweet and powerful with a very intense finish. It is one of the few affordable Bordeaux wine options that can retain its flavor and nose through several years of cellaring, and is definitely a bargain at $39.
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Christian Louboutin Toundra Fur Boot
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This season fur is all in the accessories. layer it on with to-die-for shoes and trendy coats to keep warm and trendy! Adrienne Landau Knitted Rabbit Fur Coat
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Manolo Blahnik Oklamod Fur-Trim Bootie
$1175.00 A sleek stiletto heel, fur trim, and pointed toe lend aristocratic airs to this slightly sporty laceup bootie by Manolo Blahnik. Made of natural rabbit (imported from France). Trims top of ankle-high shaft with a lace-up front. Complete with a 4 1/4” stacked heel. AVAILABLE AT
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$898.00 Plush faux fur creates a colorblock effect on this bright, mod-inspired kate spade new york look. Faux fur (polyester) on collar and hem. A toggle front and long sleeves with button-tab cuffs and front vertical welt pockets. AVAILABLE AT
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SOLEIL (So-LAY) means ‘sun’ in French. In Austin, it is lakeside dining like no other!
High above Lake Travis, enjoy New American cuisine in an upscale casual atmosphere. Inside or out, relax & enjoy spectacular sunsets, Soleil’s Azure Seafood Bar, easy listening live music, and let us serve you.
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