Jul 27 2012

Featured Guest Post: Gifts For Leos

Leo – July 23 – Aug. 22

With the lion as its animal and an element of fire, it’s no wonder that Leos are masculine and extroverted. They are also positive souls as they have the sign of the sun.

“Sun people are shiny, happy, positive people,” astrologer Steven Stuckey said. “Leos are generally out there and active and bright like sunshine.”

So when gift giving to a Leo, think shiny or glittery, outdoor activities or anything involving socializing.

But, lets not forget that the lion also is a symbol for royalty, so Leos enjoy the finer things of life. They don’t cook the meal, they are served. That’s not to say it must be something fancy and expensive, but each gift you give a Leo needs to be sincere and from the heart. Something that is first class whether it’s fancy or something that is the best thing you could give.

One more trait to pinpoint is that they like to be the leader and are extremely social with an ‘everyone is invited’ type attitude. This feeds into their love of drama, the theatre and anything to do with the movie industry. Again, like the sun, they light up their surroundings and like to be the center of attention.

– Bring out Leo’s social side with a 6-person lounge float that can fit all of his or her friends. Plus, with an MP3 built-in, it’s a float fit for a king!

– Show Leo how much you care by gifting a personalized quote book. All of his or her friends can add their own words of wisdom to the book, making it a unique, first class gift.

– Anything that sparkles will do for a Leo. But if it sparkles and you put thought into it, that’s an extra bonus! Choose a necklace or bracelet when you design your own jewelry. And, as a sun sign, keep to shades of red, orange and gold.

– Give them the royal treatment for a day with a gift like a spa package or personal chef. They will not only enjoy it, but create memories to hold on to.


Author Bio: Based out of Denver, CO, Ashley McCredie is the online content coordinator for Cloud 9 Living, an experience gifts company specializing in gifts for him and gifts for her. She is a freelance blogger and writer, a photographer and a traveler. Follow her on Twitter at: @ashleymccredie



Jul 16 2012

CND Shellac Nail Spa Sanctuary Event: Tres Chic


So Marisa and I were lucky enough to attend this really cool event last week hosted by CND Shellac. Really couldn’t have been a chicer event.  Started off in the Penthouse of the Chicago’s oh-so-fab Waldorf Astoria.  Each guest received a complimentary shellac manicure with fun foil options, sparkles and even the oh-so-amazing Astrowifey nail artist to add any additional flair.  I got a really fun native themed design on three of my coral nails. It’s actually my first time doing any fun nail art, still love looking at my nails.

I’ve been a big fan of the no-chip manicure for the past year-or-so, I’m pretty rough on my nails so I really just love that I don’t have to deal with them for a couple weeks and they look perfect, AND that I don’t have to wait for them to dry after they are finished.

The event finished off with quite the lovely surprise, a gorgeous and talented opera singer and well-known violinist giving us our own private  concert. TRES CHIC!

Have you guys gotten any cool nail art lately? What’s your favorite designs? Tell us!


Jul 5 2012

Top 5 Engagement Gift Ideas: Do You Need to Give One?

You only need to give a gift if…

A. There’s a party. Unless it was otherwise specified on the invitation, or it is an informal get-together that is not being hosted, you should bring an engagement gift.

B. You are very close to the couple.  If so, give something sweet, sentimental and thoughtful right after they get engaged.Price Suggestions: $10- $60.

Here’s our Top 5 Engagement Gift Ideas:

1. Perfect Picnic

This shippable Perfect Picnic basket from NYC is perfect to send to someone engaged in the summer. It comes stuffed full of handpicked, handmade delectable items. Pretend you’re on the Amalfi Coast of Italy & cherish this special picnic experience, the work is already done for you. There is a Gift Insider special deal –  $88

Perfect Picnic Basket

2. Bridal Magazines

Bring a bag of Bridal Magazines to the engagement party. Have issues sent to her home each month after the party. Make sure to send the local editions for the city her wedding will be held in.

Engagement Gift Ideas: Bridal Magazines


3. Custom Ring Dish

This is a handmade & personalized option for the bride who likes things made just for her.  Perfect to hang on the wall or use to hang on the bedside table

4. Custom Etched Bottle of Wine

Forget the borring bottle of champagne and do something meaningful that they can cherish AND drink. Get a custom bottle of wine or etched champagne bottle made with their photo or their name. Use code EE20PERCENTOFF for 20% OFF.

Custom Personalizied Etched Wine


4. Wishing Tree

I love this idea to bring to a party or coordinate with a few good friends and send the couple off with a tree full of happy wishes. Put your wishes on the tree and then the couple can read it later in the night!


For those of you who know the ropes – we wanna hear about it! What was your favorite engagement gift idea?! Comment below!




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