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BB's Weekly Fashion Link Round Up: Gwen Stefani Covers Vogue, Jessica Chastain's W Covers and More




Vogue goes behind the scenes at their photoshoot with January covergirl Gwen Stefani.

Tom & Lorenzo look at Jessica Chastain's multiple covers for W's January issue.

How Sweet It Is whips up some sparkling white chocolate lemon truffles.

The Fashion Spot rounds up 10 stylish books to read during your holiday vacation.

Style to Envy talks with Whimseybox CEO Alicia DiRago.

Tracy's Notebook of Style rounds up glam gifts under $30.

Sydne Style enlists top bloggers and their puppies for a giveaway and a good cause.

Stylist Jenny Bird shows you how to fashionably reuse household items during the holidays.

The Makeup Girl checks out the Holiday 2012 Clarins Odyssey Collection.

Whimseybox shows you how to use hand-dyed scarves as gift wrap.

Style It Online recommends gifting these Juicy Couture furry headphones.

For the Makers has the 411 on natural dyes.

BuzzFeed shares the top 25 autocorrects of 2012 (in case you haven't already seen this, hilarious!)

Show off your best look to win $1,440 or a VIP trip to South Beach from Cotton: The Fabric of Our Lives.

Enter my giveaways to win the ORLY Naught or Nice Holiday 2012 Collection or a Baby Phat sequin cocktail dress!

Off the Rack: 32 Last Minute Holiday Gifts at T.J.Maxx


T.J.Maxx has been boasting in their TV ads that their stores are adding new items every day until Christmas Eve for all of us last-minute shoppers, so I headed to my local store two days ago to see what I could find. While I can't disclose exactly what I bought lest friends and family are reading this, I will say that I saw a ton of great gifts and stocking stuffers for the style-conscious persons on your list - ranging from about $3-$50. I saw top brands like D.L. & Co. candles (sold at Barney's NY), Rebecca Minkoff, Philosophy, Caldrea, Marc by Marc Jacobs, and Donna Karan. I swear, there's nothing special about my store - you just have to look carefully and be very thorough as you check the racks and jam-packed shelves! So keep reading for 32 great last-minute gift ideas that I spotted, hopefully you'll get an idea or two!

Shown above: 1. ORLY mini mani lacquer trio, $4.99 (compare at $10)

Introducing Vaseline® Intensive Rescue® Lotion, Plus My Winter Skin Challenge!




Winter weather can wreak havoc on your skin, so when Vaseline invited me to take their Winter Skin Challenge, I said bring it on! For the challenge, I'm testing out Vaseline® Intensive Rescue® Lotion - a powerful and therapeutic moisturizing lotion that not only feels good, but also has been proven to relieve dry skin after just one use and help heal dry skin in three days.

After one use of this silky smooth, fragrance-free lotion, I'm already a fan – but to truly put this product to the test, I'll be heading to my local ice skating rink where I'll subject myself to extreme cold, high winds - and hopefully some hot chocolate (preferably with marshmallows). Included in my winter challenge kit was a gorgeous camel Michael Kors scarf and matching gloves to keep me cozy in style. Stay tuned to see how it goes!

Also, check back for your chance to try Vaseline Intensive Rescue Lotion – I'll be giving away 5 amazing prize packages consisting of Vaseline Intensive Rescue Lotion and Vaseline Petroleum Jelly.

For more info, check out www.facebook.com/vaseline

This is a sponsored post. Opinions expressed are always my own.