Archive for December, 2012


December 26th, 2012

Urban Decay Naked Basics Eyeshadow Palette Review

I like dramatic, smokey eyes, so neutral makeup palettes aren’t normally my thing. Ever since getting back from South Africa, however, I’ve been all over this Urban Decay Naked Basics Palette, featuring six highly wearable eyeshadow basics. My South Africa companion T. used to work for Urban and is a makeup queen–she puts me to […]

BEAUTY BLOG PRODUCT REVIEWS, MAKEUP 3
December 26th, 2012

Dreaming Of: Johnnie Walker House in Beijing

Years ago, when Mama Jolie died, I promised myself that I would start traveling to destinations unknown: exploring the world beyond my repetitive circuit of LA-New York-Paris-London. My 30s have been big steps in that direction. This year saw first-time visits to New Zealand, South Africa, Austria and St. Martin (plus repeat jaunts to old […]

Cocktails, Travel 0
December 26th, 2012

12 Days of Xmas winners!

Thanks to Neutrogena for sponsoring my 12 Days of Xmas contest! The following 12 winners are going to get a little extra Christmas cheer, including–of course–Neutrogena goodie baskets. So, the lucky ducks are… Apple TV: Amy Rouse A Kindle: Cindy Batchelor Smythson of Bond Street Follow Your Dreams notebook: Kim Burgas J. Crew Grand Stone […]

GIVEAWAYS, SPONSORED POST 4
December 24th, 2012

A Very Macallan Christmas!

Today is Papa Jolie‘s birthday and I’m back home in Atlanta with him to celebrate. His favorite whisky has always been The Macallan, so I grew up with the single-malt scotch as a legend in my own mind. When The Macallan invited me on a night out last week to celebrate their new Masters of […]

Cocktails 5
December 23rd, 2012

Two of my favorite things: yummy cocktails and fancy foreign hotels!

This has been a particularly speedy holiday season for me, so I’m trying to prolong it as long as possible by soaking up the Christmas spirit. (Christmas carols on repeat!) Quite a few PR people have sent me breakdowns of yummy holiday drinks from their hotel properties, so I’m reposting them here for you. Bottom’s […]

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