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Inspired B! ISSUE 01 / Nov. - Dec. 2013

Sprinkles To Make Your Life Everything You Want it to B!

Travel & Tech Gadgets for Him & Her

Why B! Inspired The power of being positive and why

Decadent fall and holiday recipes to make

Over 40 Gifts To Impress

Luxe Guide to Holiday Shopping

The Holiday Issue!


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IN THIS ISSUE

Flanboyant Eats

Designer Baubles

Gifts For Him

Fancy Foodie


B’s

Luxe Holiday Gift Guide

B! Inspired Quotes

Sparkly Makeup

Luxe Beauty

Travel & Tech


Welcome to the Christmas & Holiday Issue I love Christmas. It’s the most beautiful time of the year. I start listening to Christmas and holiday music about one week before Thanksgiving. It immediately accelerates the jovial spirit the season invokes. This year’s holiday is particularly special for me. My last 18 months have been filled with incredible blessings I didn’t know were stored up just for me. I’m enjoying every bit of it to the max. With that in mind, I made a decision to approach the holidays a bit differently this year. I want to focus more on myself, the core essence of who I am, in order to inspire others. I’ve always known that I have a natural inclination and desire to inspire anyone I come in contact with. Through social media, I share little bits and sprinkles of quotes, thoughts, images, and charges that help us all pause to take action for the greater good of ourselves and those around us. It’s all about being inspired. So with this first ever eBook/magazine, my goal is to encourage you to find joy and happy thoughts in things that will surely make your daily life a bit prettier; a bit sexier; a bit more glamorous. It’s not so much about diving into pure opulence or luxury, rather to look at the areas of our lives that deserve a little more attention. Because we only live one life. And it should be pretty fabulous. This Holiday Gift Guide was inspired by the idea of loving yourself first, then extending that pure love to your most beloved family and friends. To make their life shine a bit more. I hand selected these items and love them all. In between gift ideas, I throw in some of my favorite quotes to keep you smiling this season. Share them. Live them. B! Inspired. Thanks for reading and I hope you enjoy! Bren-

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DailyB! ‘‘ It is tenderness for the past, courage for the present, hope for the future. It is a fervent wish that every cup may overflow with blessings rich and eternal, and that every path may lead to peace.” - Agnes M. Pharo


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Luxe Holiday Gift Guide


Flanboyant Eats

Make this this season!

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PISTACHIO CARAMEL POPCORN Ingredients: 2 bags of lightly salted popcorn, popped 2.5 cups raw sugar 2 cups water 2 tbsp. pistachios, finely chopped 1 tsp. vanilla extract Method: Add cooked popcorn into large mixing bowl. In medium skillet, add 2 tablespoons of water, 4 tablespoons of sugar saucepan, and pistachios. On medium to high heat, stir mixture constantly until pistachio starts browning, not allowing sugar to fully thicken. Quickly transfer mixture to medium sauce pan and add remaining water and sugar. Bring water and sugar to boil. Reduce heat and stir constantly with wooden spoon until caramel starts to thicken and darken in color. Stir in vanilla extract. When sugar has fully caramelized and thickened, about 20 minutes, remove from heat and pour over popcorn. Stir well until popcorn is fully covered. Pre-heat oven to 250 degrees Farenheit. Let popcorn cool for 10 minutes. Transfer to baking sheet with parchment paper. Evenly spread popcorn and bake for 15-20 minutes. Let cool before removing from baking sheet. *You don’t have to bake the popcorn if you like it chewier. If so, simply let popcorn cool for 20-25 minutes after pouring caramel overtop.

Luxe Holiday Gift Guide


DesignerBaubles

Monaco Bibb Necklace

St. Croix Latitude Ring

Anthropologie.com

Ibdesignsvi.com

$189

C.B. Herrera Pearl and Swarovski Linear Earrings CBHerrera.com

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$60

$55

Marc by Marc Jacobs Stainless Steel & Rose Gold Watch Nordstrom

$265


Erickson Beamon Barette

Candy for the hair. Rockstar and bejeweled. “Twisted Sister� Beauty.com

$60

Jam Jewels Bracelets.

All kinds of arm candy for stacking in many colors. JamJewels.com

$35-$60

C.B. Herrera Crimson Three Strand Glass & Swarovski Necklace CBHerrera.com

$160

Vintage MOD Sterling Silver & Copper Calla Lily Brooch and Earrings. B Love Style on Etsy. Etsy.com/blovestyle

$65

Luxe Holiday Gift Guide


FancyFoodie

Linen Waist Apron

Heirloom collection by Ashley Schoenith. IceMilkAprons.com

$65

Fagor Cayenne Pressure Cooker

Who doesn’t want to cut down cooking time by 70%?! I love how the stainless steel machine now comes in color by the popular Spanish designer. Bed, Bath, & Beyond.

$140

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Bodum French Press

Every coffee aficionado should have a French press. I love this one because of its bold opulence but clean design. Bodum.com

$45

Laguoile Steak Knives

Fancy cutting. Made in France. Bloomingdales

$80


Authentic Mexican Recipes. Amazon.com

Le Palais Des Thes, No. 25 `

Muy Bueno Cookbook

$45

The Petit Four Cookbook.

Cute dessert options for every occasion. Barnes & Noble

$17

Decadent French teas. 3 varieties for Christmas. LePalaisDesThes.com

$21

Peasant Place Holders

Assign seats when hosting a soiree with these pretty peasant bird holders. Williams Sonoma

$100 / 4

Luxe Holiday Gift Guide


Luxe Beauty

Shiseido Future Solution LX Luxe Day Cream

Peter Thomas Roth Camu Camu Holiday Gift Set

Aerin Perfume

Clinque More Than Moisture Gift Set

Pure decadence. Nordstrom

New scents for every personality. Love the Ikat Jasmine. Aerin.com

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$130

PeterThomasRoth.com

$88

Clinique.com

$110

$49


Lancome Bienfait Aqua Vital Lotion

La Vie Est Belle Glitter Perfume

Estee Lauder Modern Muse Eau de Parfum

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Estee Lauder Revitalizing Supreme Anti-Aging Facial Cream EsteeLauder.com

$50

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Iris gourmand makes this super fancy. Lancome.com

$65

Continuous Infusing Moisturizer. Lancome.com

$85

Sephora

$98

Luxe Holiday Gift Guide


Luxe Beauty

Les Couvent des Minimes Spa Face Polishing Cream With Rose Seed usa.lecouventdesminimes.com

$19

Orico Oxygenating Day Cream

This daily moisturizer with all-natural antioxidants Macadamia & Argan oil helps to reduce wrinkles, restore moisture levels, firmness & skin radiance. oricolondon.com

$42

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DailyB! ‘‘ If you’re your authentic self, you have no competition” -Scott Stratten

Luxe Holiday Gift Guide


Sparkly Makeup

Aerin Winter Color Palette

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Lancome Blush & Glow Trio

My fave: #375 in Ménage à Trois Flush. Lancome.com

Clinique Whole Lotta Candy Chubby Sticks

We can’t have enough of these. Lots of moisture. $25 for three mini @ all makeup counters.

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$42

$25

Beautiful packaging and lovely colors for wintry days. Aerin.com

$70

Bobbi Brown Everyday Lip & Eye Palette

Perfectly sized for your clutch. BobbiBrown.com

$30


Estee Lauder Pure Color Nail Lacquer in Blue Dhalia It just lasts! EstéeLaduer.com

$24

Vibrant colors to create the very look you want for all of your holiday soirées. EMcosmetics.com

$75

Sephora.com

$24

Lancome Rouge Etincelle `

Party Life Palette by Michelle Pham

Smashbox Cosmetics Halo Long Wear Blush in Warm Glow

The most luxurious lipstick I’ve ever used. Full out bling encrusted in all Swarovski crystals. And the perfect red color. Ooh, lala. Avail only at Lancome.com

$75

Luxe Holiday Gift Guide


Sparkly Makeup

Smashbox Photo Finish Luminizing Foundation Primer Give your lovely face a glowing boost. Smashbox.com

$38

Bobbi Brown LuLu Frost Compact

Touching up makeup has never been so fun with this ultra luxe compact. BobbiBrown.com

$110

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DailyB! ‘‘ Life’s too short to wear boring clothes”

Luxe Holiday Gift Guide


Travel &Tech

Artistry Xtend Power Gift Travel Set For the lady that won’t sacrifice skincare when traveling, this is it. Amway.com

$56

Marc by Marc Jacobs Softy Saddle Crossover Bag Stay chic and comfortable with this pebbled leather bag. Fits it all. MarcJacobs.com

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$438

Nike RoseGold Fuelband, Limited Ed

Sporty arm gear can be sexy chic. I’ve added this to my existing arm candy and stay fit at the same time. Nike.com and select stores.

$169

Leather Luggage Tag by Smythson Identify what’s yours! Barneys.com

$100


Nike Fleece Cape

Provides style and warmth while traveling. Packs lightly. Nike.com

$110

June Jacobs Green Tea & Cucumber Holiday Gift Set This five-piece kit includes a collection of paraben and preservative free products to cleanse and treat from head to toe. JuneJacobs.com

$45

Jo Malone Oud & Bergamot Candle Relax in your 5 star suite with this evocative mix of oud, bergamot and orange granite. JoMalone.com

$75

Green Boom Wood Portable Speaker

Amplify your phone’s music with this super chic solid wood square boombox. Nordstrom.

$35

Luxe Holiday Gift Guide


Gifts forHim

Apple TV

Ralph Lauren Polo Red Cologne

Do it all from this little black box. Radioshack.com

$100

Bottega Veneta Men’s Intrecciato Collage Messenger Bag Every ‘Boss’ needs a status bag to hold his boss material. This is it. NeimanMarcus.com

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$2,700

Inspired by Ralph Lauren’s car collection, Polo Red is the perfect gift for the man with drive. Polo.com

$76

ASSOULINE, GQ Men: 50 Years of Looking Sharp and Living Smart If that’s your man, he needs this. Let him know you acknowledge his fashion sense. Barneys.com

$150


iPhone 4/4s case iPhone Sleeve Wallet You’ll appreciate him carrying his phone in this merino wool, handmade sleeve. So chic. Esty.com

$29

Nike Flyknit Lunar+1 Sneaker

For his more relaxed days, these are stylish in blue. Super comfortable, too. Nike.com

$160

Red Racing Cuff Links

Elemis The Art of Traveling for For the absolute haberdasher man in your life. Men Set These make a bold, whimsical statement. DeakinandFrancis.co.uk

$620

Perfect for the jet-setter who refuses to sacrifice his regimen. TimeToSpa.com

$80

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Gifts forHim

Fitbit Flex

For the man that cares about his health and body, this will keep him in check. Even when traveling. Radioshack.com

$129

iPad Air

Just makes staying connected while traveling much sleeker. Apple.com

$400

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B!Inspired ThankYou! Gracias! !

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Bren Herrera's Luxe Holiday Gift Guide, 2013