Christmas Emergency! The Best Last Minute Beauty Gifts.

Girls love to find a little beauty treat under the Christmas tree. Let’s face it, none of us really #wokeuplikethis! In case you are still looking for a last minute gift for a lady in your life, here are a few of my favorites!

Moodstruck 3D Fiber Lash Mascara
Readers know how much I love this mascara so of course I think it makes a wonderful gift! Get the look of false eyelashes with a few strokes of the brush- no glue required!
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Hollywood Fashion Secrets Stylette
This stylish little bag is perfect for the desk at the office, handbag, locker, suitcase, car, etc. A mix of everything you could need in an just about any fashion emergency!
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Sephora Superstars
The best of the best! All of the glam-worlds favorites come together in one fabulous gift!
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Chubby Stick Travel Set
I love the gloss and feel of these chubby lipsticks! Travel sets are the best to try a new product or color and they come in a great mini cosmetics bag!
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Deborah Lippmann 15th Anniversary Polish Set
Nail polish to the stars, Deborah Lipman makes the most fun colors for every season and occasion!
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With only a few days left to shop you won’t want to wait to order! Start moving that mouse!

Happy Shopping,

xxx Keylee

Coffee Table Books; The Fool Proof Gift!

I love giving and receiving beautiful books as gifts. They are the perfect last minute gift, so stock up! Here are my favorites, old and new but all awesome!

Happy Shopping!

xxx Keylee

A Single Holiday.

Being alone at the holidays is its own special kind of torture for a single person. For starters you get fewer presents at Christmas, I know this shouldn’t be a big deal but it is. In my house growing up my sister and I would separate all the gift into piles, depending on where everyone was sitting, and then we would go around and one by one open a gift. You always know who gets the most gifts! At meals you may get designated to the kids table from time to time (the kids table is generally an odd number anyway so everyone thinks, it isn’t a big deal) and best of all you get to see those relatives and friends that you only see once a year give you the “oh really, you’re still single?” look. As my first holiday season alone was approaching, all of these things were going through my mind!

As the end of November grew closer I grew more and more anxious. My anxiety was not about the pageant in New Hampshire or being away from my family during Thanksgiving. I really couldn’t put my finger on it other than it was the holidays, and it would be my first major holiday alone. I have always loved going home, holidays or not, and I love spending time with my family but I had no interest in going home by myself to spend Thanksgiving with everyone. My situation was still very fresh and the thought have having to sit around and talk about what an asshole my husband was, and how “I would find someone who deserved me some day” was not high on my list of priorities. The good news was I would be with my pageant family. Me, my business partner, his partner and Mackenzie would all be together in New Hampshire for the pageant and so we had decided to make plans at a fabulous lodge in the country for Thanksgiving dinner. One thing we always did well was be fabulous!

As we landed in New Hampshire the cool crisp air was a welcome change. LA was still fairly warm in November and after growing up in Kansas the holidays were never the same to me when I could wear flip-flops. I had packed all of my winters finest and decided I would be excited about the trip! My mother has always said that attitude is everything, so I was trying hard to have a good attitude.

We landed in Boston and drove to New Hampshire, to settle into the hotel. We would be working Thanksgiving morning before driving further north for dinner. As we drove through the east coast country-side the leaves were beautiful, the roads winding and the trees towering; it all felt very festive. Living in LA and not having real seasons was hard, I missed Fall the most.

We ate dinner in a very chic converted barn; it looked like a Ralph Lauren catalog advertisement. Every detail was taken care of; the china was mismatched, but perfectly coordinated at the same time. The floral arrangements rustic yet polished, and the food was the perfect balance between traditional dishes and modern tastes. The meal was delicious, but the wine was even better. Once our bellies were full we drove back to the hotel; it would be an early start the next morning, and we all wanted to get a little sleep.

I headed back to my room to get a good night sleep; I washed my face, put on my pj’s and jumped into bed. Suddenly I wasn’t tired. My body was tired, but I couldn’t sleep. I turned on the TV and found nothing of interest, it was Thanksgiving night after all, so I decided to watch a rerun of something I really had little interest in and wrote in my journal.

Journal Entry:
Thanksgiving 2012

“Here I am, my first major holiday….alone in my hotel room. I am feeling very blah. Don’t get me wrong, I am feeling blessed to have spent this holiday being thankful and surrounded by people I love. I miss my family, but most of all I miss the life I thought I would have. I have no one to call late at night, no one to say I love you to and no one to greet me when I fly home. No one to call and tell about my day, no one who tells me they miss me. I know I have been sad off and on for the past nine months (sadness mixed with anger really) but tonight I have no anger- just sadness. I pray this will pass with time. For now, I will just focus on work and getting through the weekend. One day at a time, just as I always have.“

Then I thought to myself, I always have Jaxton. Well ‘have’ is not the right word but I always knew he was there. He was spending the holiday with his family and was only a few miles away. We had talked about me joining him for Thanksgiving but in the end I decided I would probably be a big enough of a mess and adding him and his family into my emotional mix was not the smartest of ideas. I have to admit the romantic side of me really wanted to go. I always wanted to be next to him, but I was proud of myself for making the smart decision and saying ‘no thank you.’ So I did the next best thing; I sent him a late night text. Which as we all know is always a good idea (insert sarcastic look here). I wrote the text about ten times, erasing it and re-writing it. What I really wanted to send was ‘Damn I miss you, I want to be next to you, I love you… oh and Happy Thanksgiving.’ I didn’t send it luckily I had a bit of sense at that moment, and I sent this instead; ‘Happy Thanksgiving, hope you have a nice time at home.’

The next day all of our contestants would check into the pageant, and I woke up knowing that I was going to be too busy that day to even think about being lonely. What I hadn’t thought about was that over a year ago when I was here for our orientation I had just gotten married. Many of the girls I hadn’t seen since that time. So that day I had several ask, “Oh hi, how is married life?” Ugh, even after nine months that question still felt like a hot poker straight to the stomach. I considered wearing a t-shirt or button that stated, “Don’t ask about my marriage.” Just to save myself and the innocent well-wisher from the awkward moment of discussing it and the pity face that followed.

I did what I always do; I put on a brave face on when I was around everyone and then later went to my room and sulked, sometimes even cried- in private like a big a girl.

I knew this was only the beginning; the holidays were just starting and after that it would be the one-year mark from when I walked out. I have used a lot of my inner strength just getting through the past nine months, but as I glanced at my calendar before the final show of the weekend I realized I only had a week until my court date. I took a breath, because I know deep down inside the rough part hasn’t even began.

Single & Stylish,

xx Keylee

As someone who has never been afraid to treat herself to a goodie here and there, I do have to cut back during the holidays to be sure I don’t blow my budget! These are a few of my favorite treats that won’t blow your holiday shopping budget but will put a smile on your face. They make great gift too!

*All of the events I have written about in the above and previous posts are about me, my life, my experiences and from my point of view.

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I knew I was good, but…

I have been looking forward to Santa’s arrival for quite some time!  Every year I am extremely worried about how my percentage of naughty and nice is going to come back from the South Pole…however, every year I am exceedingly surprised at my ranking!   Maybe its true, sometimes naughty is nice!

This year for Christmas I got something I have loved for quite some time.  While spending quality time with family and friends is always a great gift…when you RECEIVE quality time from them, it seems even better!  I was beyond delighted to unwrap a Philip Stein box!  I got their Signature watch face in the 2mm size (I mean come on, man or woman, BIGGER IS ALWAYS BETTER)!

The gift was not only beautiful and thoughtful, but also extremely practical (I guess the extremely may only apply to a fashion stylist)…The convenience of the two time faces on one watch is beyond amazing!  My move out to Los Angeles brought my east coast family quite a shock; the move from the east coast to the west coast has had its ups and downs, traveling back and forth is never fun, and figuring out conference calls and wether or not I am going to wake up my family with a quick phone call home, while seemingly straight forward, can be like guiding yourself through a labyrinth!  The Philip Stein signature timepiece is truly a merriment of luxury and practicality; now, as always I have to try and not play favorites, I would never want my other watches to be jealous…

One of my favorite features of the Philip Stein Signature collection is the easily changed watch bands.  Now, all I have to do to change my look is snap one band off and another on.  As if the convenience of two time zones was not enough, now I just need to wear my watch and pack an additional 2 or 3 bands, and I have 3 completely different looks while taking up no space for travel at all!  With bands ranging from full metal bracelets to Galuchat skin, it is easy to say this watch could quickly replace all your others…but who would ever say that?!

I hope you all got to spend quailty time with family and friends, and next time you’re in a bind, just buy them quality time!

Happy Exchanges!!

Billy B.