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We saw these save-the-date announcements and totally fell in love! Handkerchiefs can put a creative, elegant spin on your upcoming wedding and they’re so easy to make at home.

Items needed:

1) Handkerchiefs

2)  Scissors

3)  Iron templates

4)  An iron

The trickiest part is reversing the letters on the template so they don’t iron-on backwards.  Once you write your save-the-date announcement in a Word or any other text-edit document, go to print and specify that you want the image printed as “mirror”.  This is usually located under “preferences” in your print menu.

Once you have the text printed on the iron template, place the image where you like it on the hankie.  Make sure it’s straight and then iron it on.  It’s that easy!

For reasonably priced hankies, click here.

If you’re not the crafty type, then you can also buy save-the-date hankies at Lucky Luxe.  Click here for more details.

Between night club cover fees, fighting crowds and finding a designated driver or cab, New Year’s Eve can be more work than fun. 

This year, why not take the less-stressful, less-expensive option of hosting a ladies poker night?  It’s a great excuse for you and your girlfriends to have a fun evening without the dangers of drunk drivers and roofies.

Here’s everything you’ll need to host a marvelous ladies poker night:

  1. A Poker Set:  Our favorite poker set is Pink Poker Night Kit from Thought Hammer ($17.50).  The kit comes with pink playing cards, 200 poker chips, invitations and envelopes, party recipes, and a rule book.  To purchase, click here
  2. Pink Vodka:  It’s not New Year’s Eve (or poker night) with a cocktail!  Our choice beverage is Pinky Vodka ($35) because it is full of real botanicals, violet flowers, wild strawberries, and rose petals, fantastic for any fruit-based cocktail…plus it’s pink!  Click here for a retailer near you.  The company also has some fantastic recipes online, click here to check them out!
  3. Cigars:  If you can play cards like men, then you can smoke cigars like men too!  We suggest Red Rothchild cigars from Gurkha ($32.81/5pk) because they’re mild to medium with a buttery smooth taste. The cigars also have pleasant notes of hazelnuts and vanilla.  To purchase, click here.
  4. Music:  Of course you need music at a party, and for this occasion we suggest The Fame album ($15) by Lady GaGa because it has the very appropriate song, Pokerface.  You can find the album at any Target or Best Buy.  To purchase on Amazon, click here.

Good luck and Happy New Year from Marvelous Girl!

For more tips on staying safe this New Year’s Eve, click here.

Restaurant.com has some great prices right now! They are offering 80% off of $25 gift certificates when you use code SANTA. This means you pay $2! Hurry offer expires soon.

Want to save even more? Visit Mr. Rebates and enter Restaurant.com into the search engine. You will find 27% cash back offer. Enter the code SANTA and receive not only $25.00 gift certificates for $2.00 but 27% Cash Back on that purchase! Remember you also receive $5.00 for joining Mr. Rebates

There are some marvelous red wines out there that won’t cost you an arm and a leg to purchase.  So why not drink a wine that pleases your taste buds and your wallet? 

Here are some of Marvelous Girl’s favorite red wines under $12:

Bogle merlot ($8.99) –  Bright summer cherries greet the nose and palate, while touches of tea and rich red fruit are mouth-filling and lingering. The finish, reinforced by smooth, assertive tannins, hints of toasty oak and spice.  This wine is available at most conventional grocery stores.

Menage a Trois red ($9.79) – This wine brings together three strange bedfellows: Zinfandel, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon.  The Zinfandel, a saucy tease that brings blackberry and raspberry jam to the relationship. Merlot, with its generous mouth feel and red fruits, fits perfectly in the middle. The rich flavors and firm tannins of Cabernet Sauvignon make it the ideal candidate for the bottom layer of the trio.  This wine is available at most conventional grocery stores.

Purple Moon Shiraz ($3.99) – Solid, flavorful and surprisingly complex for such an inexpensive bottle of wine. It has big berry flavors and some chocolate at the end.  This wine is available at Trader Joe’s. 

Ruberneck cabernet sauvignon ($12) – Dark cherry and raspberry fruit aromas leap from the glass, accented with hints of milk chocolate and a touch of smoky oak.  This wine is available at select grocery stores like Bristol Farms.

Wine That Loves ($9.99) – These wines are designed to pair with the foods Americans enjoy most often and to reflect American tastes.  They are tailored to food lovers, but their world-class quality, distinctive character and winning style also will delight wine aficionados.  With names like “Wine That Loves Roasted Chicken” and “Wine That Loves Past With Tomato Sauce”, there’s simply no way to mess up your wine pairing.  This wine is available at Cost Plus World Market, but may not be there much longer because it has been flying off the shelves!

Enjoy!

When it comes to selecting a gift for that special man in your life, you may find yourself at a loss.  Let’s face it; men are just difficult to shop for. Marvelous Girl has taken the stress out of holiday shopping by finding gifts for him that are sure to please but won’t burn a hole in your wallet:

 BUTTON DOWN in Black, from Company 81 ($42.00) – The highest quality in fabric, style and wash gives this shirt a vintage feel he is sure to love at a price you can afford.  Clothing from Company 81’s collection have been seen on dozens of celebrities, including Sex in the City’s Blair Underwood, The Hills’ Brody Jenner, E! News’ Jason Kennedy, to just name a few.

TITAN 6 for men by ShaveMate ($9.99) –  For some reason, men just light up when given shaving products.  With six precisely lined blades, this razor will give your man the closest shave possible.   One of the greatest features of this product is that it has shaving cream right in the handle, making traveling easier and eliminating the rust ring in the shower. 

GRAND RESERVE – Robusto Natural 5 pk of cigars, from Gurkha Cigars ($48.50) – Nothing puts a smile on a man’s face like cigars.  So why not impress your him with these flagship cigars from Gurkha Cigars.  Infused with Louis XIII cognac and handmade from the finest tobaccos, he’ll truly enjoy the rich, creamy flavor with a hint of spice and a pleasantly light finish found in these cigars.

CLASSIC TAG-FREE CREW NECK – 6 pack, from Jockey ($40) – Men can never have too many undershirts and at this price how can you pass them up?  The tag-free, relaxed fit crew neck wears well under dress shirts or stands alone for a laid-back style.  Recession or not, this is a gift that will forever be on both his needs and wants lists.

LAPTOP ESSENTIALS KIT from BrookStone ($49.95) – If your man loves technology he’ll blow a gasket for this gift.  This item is one of BrookStone’s best sellers because it has six tools that make his out-of-office laptop use much more convenient.

Nadia Nour eco-friendly clothingI love eco-friendly clothing, but it’s so difficult to find stylish pieces that don’t leave you looking like a unkempt hippie.  That’s why I love the 100 percent organic clothing line by Nadia Nour, which combines style, sophistication and comfort, all while being earth-friendly.

Online dress retailer, eDressMe.com, is now exclusively carrying Nadia Nour.   To celebrate the launch of the collection, eDressMe.com will be offering 50 percent off NEW styles from Friday, July 10th – July 31.   So now you can get a fabulous cocktail dress and save the environment at the same time…proving you really are supergirl!

ABOUT NADIA NOUR
Each piece is made with organic and vintage materials, produced locally in New York’s garment district. Nadia’s love of dresses and skirts is apparent in her collection. Each piece is highly stylized, structured, soft, feminine and flirty.

White Taffeta & Sequined Glamour Dress - $160

White Taffeta & Sequined Glamour Dress - $160

I love vintage pieces, whether authentic or replicated, because they stand the test of time and always remain classic.  Vintage wedding dresses are marvelous, but often difficult to find in good condition…and especially in your size!  If you’re looking for a vintage-inspired wedding gown there’s a boutique in Burbank, Calif. called Unique Vintage that may just have the reminiscent style you’re searching for. 

If you can’t make it to Burbank, you can order online at www.unique-vintage.com.  Whether it be a period-themed party or event, you’re sure to find affordable replicates of the era’s you love.

Unique Vintage is located at 2013 W. Magnolia Blvd., Burbank, CA 91506

Photo by LotusHead
Photo by LotusHead

When is the last time you had a sexy evening with your man?  Between kids and work, we often forget that the men in our lives need attention too.  So why not plan and Ultimate Night of romance to show him just how much he’s desired. 

Ultimate Nights, a Miami-based company specializing in luxury lifestyle and romance products, has recently released some products that will surely make for a sizzling evening:

Ultimate Instinct ($13.50)  – a unisex pheromone-released cologne, that works with the male and female body chemistry to create individual unique scents. Considered the most powerful attractant for humans, pheromones work as seductive properties to attract members of the opposite sex.  It’s 100 percent pure oils with no mineral oil, fillers or cutting agents.  You’ll love the smell of it…and more importantly so will he!

Aromatherapy Soy Candles ($9.50-22.00)  – these elegant jar candles are comprised of 100 percent highly scented soy and grapeseed oil.  With the perfect marriage of his and hers fragrances, like vanilla bean and tobacco, the candles permeate the room and lend themselves to a relaxed serene environment, perfect for an intimate evening together.  The candles come in range of enticing monikers including Inspiration, Devotion, Desire and others. 

Zen Massager ($29.00) – This massager is so small it fits in the palm of your hand – so you can take it anywhere.  Perfect for relieving neck tension and muscle soreness, the Zen Massager offers a one-touch push button control that will surprise and delight your honey.

Whether you’re looking to surprise your man or for a great bridal shower gift for your girlfriend, these Ultimate goodies, along with a variety of other bath, body, lifestyle and romance products, are available for purchase at www.ultimatenightsparty.com/order.asp.  Business opportunities and Party Hostess Information can also be found at  the website. 

Op Art Glam Tote $198

Op Art Glam Tote $198

Just because we’re in a recession doesn’t mean we have to look like it, right?  Well that’s Coach’s “new bag.”  The company has created a less expensive Poppy line to fit the times without cheapening it’s luxury image. 

According to Lew Frankfort, chief executive at Coach, the average price of the Poppy collection will be be $260, about 20 percent less than the usual. 

Main pieces from the new line were tested in nine Coach stores and 23 department stores this spring.  Two bags that did better than expected were the Groovy and the Glam (pictured). 

To check out the Poppy line, click here.

DEAL ALERT! If you’ve got a Facebook account you can become of a fan of Coach and get a free gift!  By entering your email address and registering online to their new Poppy fashion line, you will get a print out for a free set of pencils in a stylish little box. Take the print out to your favorite Coach store and enjoy your free gift!  But, supplies are limited, so you better act fast.

Joey set - one pouch tote

By now most of us have some sort of reusable bag for the grocery store, but how many people actually use them?  Personally, I never want to stroll into a store with a bunch of bags…especially in addition to my handbag.  But recently I found a solution – Joey Totes.

Joey Totes are bags with a built-in pouch, designed to make it simple for people to get into the reusable bag habit.  Each bag stows into a tiny storage pouch that is sewn directly into each Joey Tote; so it’s impossible to misplace.  Better still, each pouch can also store at least one other tote (two for the “Big Joey”), so all of the bags are conveniently kept in one place that’s still small enough to easily fit into a purse or coat pocket.  –You no longer have to look like the bag lady!

Great for use at the mall, the beach or even the gym, Joey Totes are made from rip-stop nylon, hold up to 40 pounds each and are machine washable.  Plus they’re so inexpensive; starting at $5 and going up to $20. 

But don’t take my word for it…
Sally Wern from Annapolis, MD said, “…I traveled with [a Joey Tote] to Miami for the week and it was an incredible beach tote, purse, and all around travel bag in that it was sturdy, yet light weight and expandable for travel.”

Marvelous Girl is giving away one FREE set of Joey Totes to the first person who emails MarvelousGirls@gmail.com with their name and address.  Otherwise you can purchase the bags at www.JoeyTotes.com.


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