Not So Basic Gift Wrapping

I’ll end up spending so much time picking out a present that I’ll completely forget to buy wrapping paper! If you do the same, or if you want to be extra creative this year, then this post is for you.
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Give Hope :: Holiday love & L’Occitane supports UNICEF

Happy Friday everyone!  We’re doing something very special today.  If you have a moment, please stay with me for the entire post.

December calls for holiday cheer.  Vibrant colors together with classic black, I couldn’t resist but welcome this holiday month with a multicolor striped scarf and thick wool coat.  Splashes of red, green, blue, and yellow instantly lifts my spirits.  This colorful combination is perfect for the holidays, and what’s more is that this cheerful combination reminds me of childhood innocence.  It takes me back to the days of kindergarten with colorful ABC’s and 1,2,3’s all over the classroom.

For this holiday season, I’m extremely grateful to be partnering with L’Occitane in their support for UNICEF to help thousands of children around the world.  With each purchase of a Shea Butter Collection or Shea Butter Deluxe Collection gift set, L’Occitane will donate $4 from the purchase of each of these two gift sets, up to $120,000.  From delivering immunizations to administering health programs to providing pre-natal care, UNICEF is in the forefront to help keep children healthy.

This one is the Shea Butter Collection gift set.  It comes with a rich body cream, a beautiful hand cream, a nourishing foot cream, and a lush bar soap.  I love the body cream and always have the hand cream in my purse!  The other gift set, the Shea Butter Deluxe Collection, comes with seven items in a beautiful square box.

You know what’s so funny?  10 years ago, I applied for a job at UNICEF.  After quitting Wells Fargo the first time (I quit twice, will tell you about it another time), I applied to a handful of humanitarian organizations.  I sent out 68 cover letters and applications, and didn’t hear back from any of them.  But everything happens for a reason.  From this experience, I got involved in my local community and became very active in the fight for juvenile justice.  That’s how I ended up teaching inside a juvenile detention center.  Fast forward to now… 10 years later… I’m sitting here writing this post and talking to you.  Thank you for all of your kindness and support through the years.  On this blog post… if you click through and purchase the Shea Butter Collection or Shea Butter Deluxe Collection gift set, I will personally match L’Occitane’s $4 donation to UNICEF USA for the sale of each of these two gift sets (*please see fine print).

Cheers to the holidays, cheers to L’Occitane for their support of UNICEF, and cheers to UNICEF for always putting children first.  And UNICEF… if you’re reading this, I still want a job 🙂

Happy holidays everyone and thank you so much for reading!  And special thanks to L’Occitane for partnering on this post!

:: Outfit ::

Top :: Burberry coat | ASOS red sweater | vintage corset
Bottom :: Topshop
Bag :: Valentino
Shoes :: Prada
Accessories :: Karen Walker sunglasses | Burberry scarf

*MY PLEDGE: From December 15 – 25, 2017, Wendy Nguyen will donate $4 to UNICEF USA for the sale of L’Occitane’s Shea Butter Collection or Shea Butter Deluxe Collection gift set ($74 or more) purchased from this blog post, up to $100,000.  Donations made by Wendy Nguyen will support UNICEF Health Programs.  UNICEF USA does not endorse any brand, company or service.  No portion of the purchase price is tax-deductible.  For more information, visit

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The Golden Soup that Will Make Your Skin Glow

By using ingredients like sweet potatoes, ginger, turmeric, and bone broth, I was able to develop a cozy winter recipe that’s not only good for our health, but also great for our skin! Keep scrolling to discover the sweet potato soup you’ll crave all year!
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Standout Beauty :: Radiant skin & Holiday favorites

The first day of snow… we embrace this day with open arms and walk around the city in complete awe and amazement!  Even our kitties get excited!  They sit and stare out the window for hours.

Ready, set, snow!

The change in season also brings about positive change in other areas.  And in my humble opinion, conversations in one particular industry is changing for the better.  The skincare industry.  The shift away from anti-aging to self-embracing is one that truly promotes living the best version of ourselves.  In the last couple of years and seeing the full impact this year, skincare conversations shifted to the need for hydration, protection, and brightening rather than the desire for products with anti-aging properties.  I don’t necessarily want to look younger, I just want to look the best version of me, at any age.  And I find that this sentiment is echoed across women from all around the world.  A more radiant, dewy skin has a youthful look, but that doesn’t necessarily mean I want to look the youngest version of myself.  The pressure of looking younger is slowly being replaced with the desire to look rested and glowing, which reflects the youthfulness that we feel inside and it reinforces the best version of how we look on the outside.  Not even Botox or fillers can give that desired dewy, luminous glow.  Only a thoughtful skincare regime can achieve this.  And I can confidently say… using Biossance in the last two years has changed the destiny of my skin.  My skin is softer, smoother, and more radiant.  And this is a result of putting more emphasis on hydration.

I use the 100% Squalane Oil and Squalane + Vitamin C Rose Oil (I use them interchangeably) everyday, twice a day, morning and night for the last two years.  It deeply hydrates my skin without causing breaking outs and it improves my overall skin tone and texture, leaving my skin radiant and dewy.  I’m also a huge fan of the Squalane + Peptide Eye Gel and Squalane + Probiotic Gel Moisturizer.  The eye gel reduces puffiness while the gel moisturizer reduces redness and brightens my skin.  And I carry the travel size everywhere I go.  Moreover, what I love is that Biossance has heart.  Ever since the beginning, they’ve contributed and donated to nonprofit organizations that envision a malaria-free world (their holiday initiative is these beautiful aromatherapy blends where proceeds from sales of these limited-edition Squalane + Essential Oils goes to Zagaya’s Drops for Life Program).

The perfect stocking stuffers and holiday gifts (code ‘WENDY15OFF‘ for 15% off!):

Under $20 :: Weightless Wonders travel kit | 100% Squalane Oil 12mL | Squalane + Probiotic Gel Moisturizer 10mL

Under $65 :: Squalane + Vitamin C Rose Oil  | Squalane + Peptide Eye GelSqualane + Essential Oils

Biossance is always on the top of my list of gifts to give for the holidays and beyond.  It’s a gift of clean beauty… they go beyond the European standard and have banned over 2000 ingredients, whereas the U.S. has only banned 11 ingredients, of sustainable beauty… their hero ingredient Squalane is sustainably derived from sugarcane which is a renewable resource, and their packaging is also sustainably made from sugarcane paper and is compostable, and of true inner beauty… their consistent and continuous support of organizations that aim to eradicate malaria.

Thank you so much for reading and happy holidays everyone!  And a very special thank you to Biossance  for partnering on this post!

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