12 Favorites of 2012

     Here are my 12 favorite posts of 2012. From sponsorships to personal and fan favorites, thanks for checking out ShhhopSecret in 2012! Here's to a happy, healthy & savvy shopping New Year!!!

1. Revlon Expression Experiment

2. No nonsense: Style Made Easy

 3. Bob Evans Mad About Mashed

4. Mattress Factory Art Museum

5. YAK Apparel: Winter Warm Wool

6. ULINX Bracelets: New Mosaic Collection

 7.  Homemade Gnocchi Recipe

8. Juicy Couture Winter Sale (extra 50% off is always a winner!)

9. Primp & Prep with Hpnotiq

10. Tuesday Shoesday at Saks Off 5th

11. NOSMUDGEE Mascara Shield

12. DIY Neon Glitter Pumpkins

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Perfect Holiday Manicure with Neutrogena Hand Cream

     What's your manicure secret weapon? Neutrogena Hand Cream is the perfect finishing touch for my Holiday manicure. Winter doesn't stand a chance at drying out these hands! Cracked, chapped, or dry hands be gone! Staying moisturized this season is easy with one simple drop of cream. (Pssst! Did you know Neutrogena hand cream also doubles as a lip balm?!)

     One dab of Neutrogena Norwegian Formula Hand Cream instantly moisturizes & protects skins. The color & texture of my hands improved from the harsh damage of winter after just one use! Tried & tested, I used one dab of the hand cream before heading out into winter weather. The hand cream had lasting effects and I came in from the snow & cold without chapped, cracked hands.

*I'm a BzzAgent & received free samples of Neutrogena Hand Cream to use & review for this post."

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Chocolate Saltine Bark Recipe

     We like to keep the holiday gatherings going through New Year's. Here a quick and simple sweet treat for your holiday entertaining. Is your bark worse than your bite? ;)

Here's what you need:
1 cup brown sugar
2 sticks butter
12oz. (1 bag) semi-sweet mini chocolate chips
Saltine Crackers

1. Line a baking sheet with foil & a single layer of saltine crackers.

2. Bring brown sugar & butter to a boil. Stir continuously while boiling for 3 minutes.

3. Immediately pour and spread evenly to coat the crackers. Then bake at 350 for 8-10 minutes.

4. After removing from oven, sprinkle & spread the bag of chocolate chips.

5. Place the tray in the freezer for 30 minutes then remove & break into pieces!

That's it! Enjoy all to yourself ;) or share this sweet treat during your holiday entertaining.

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After Christmas Sales Cheat Sheet

7 For All Mankind - Winter Sale: 40-60% off.

Abercrombie & Fitch - Entire store up to 50% off.

Alice + Olivia -  New Sale arrivals

American Eagle - Free shipping on Everything through 1/1.

Ann Taylor - Additional 25% off Sale & 50% off regular-price.

Ann Klein - End of Season Sale: up 75% off.

anthropologie - Additional 30% off Sale items with Code: WOW30

Arden B.  - Kiss It Goodbye Sale: up to 75% off.

Armani Exchange - Extra 40% off Winter Sale

Asos - Up to 50% off new markdowns.

Banana Republic - Extra 30% off Sale, Today 12/26 only with Code: BRSALE. Winter Sale, up to 50% off.

Bare Necessities - Site-wide Semi-Annual Sale: up to 60% off.

Barney's New York - Winter Sale: up to 60% off.

BCBG - Buy More, Save More Sale: Extra 20% off 1 sale item, extra 25% 2 sale items, or extra 30% off 3+ sale items in stores & online.

bebe - Additional 30% off Sale online or additional 50% off Sale in stores. 

Bergdorf Goodman - Designer Sale: now up to 60% off.

Betsey Johnson - 20% off $100+ orders with XMAS20 or 25% off $125+ orders with Code: XMAS25 Up to 30% off Sale styles

Bloomingdale's - The After Christmas Sale: up to 75% off. - Everything on Sale: up to 80% off. 

Calypso St. Barth - Additional 40% off Sale styles in stores & online.
Candela NYC -10% off $200+ orders with Code: CANDELA200

Chinese Laundry - 25% off site-wide with Code: HOLIDAY25

Coach - 25% off in stores & online for 5 days with email invite. 

Couture Candy - 25% off with Code: NEWYEARS25

C.Wonder - Last day for extra 50% off Sale items with Code: SALE50

Diesel - Sale: up to 50% off in stores & online.

dkny - New markdowns added to Sale.

DVF - New additions to Sale. Free shipping on $250+ orders.

Effy Jewelry - 20% off 1 item; 30% off 2 items or 40% off 3+ items all December. Extra 40% off all Clearance items.

Express - End of Season Sale: up to 50% off.

Forever 21 - Extra 50% off Clearance items through 12/31 with Code: HOLIDAY50

Free People - Today, 12/26 only: extra 25% off Sale in stores & online.

French Connection - Extra 50% off all Sale styles & free shipping on $100+ with Code: FCHOL

GAP - Sale: up to 60% off. Additional 30% off Sale, 12/26 only with Code: GAPSALE

Gucci - Sale items online now.  

Guess - Goodbye to Winter Sale: up to 50% off in stores & online. 

Intermix - Extra 40% off Sale.

Jack Spade - Extra 25% off Sale items with Code: MINUS25

J.Crew - Extra 25% off Final Sale items.

Jimmy Choo - Sale: up to 50% off. 

Juicy Couture - Extra 50% off Winter Sale through 1/2.

Kate Spade - Extra 25% off Sale items with Code: 25SALE

Lacoste - Semi-Annual Sale: up to 40% off.  

Land's End - Winter Sale: up to 70% off.
Last Call by Neiman Marcus - Extra 30-60% off through 1/1.

Loeffler Randall - Summer styles & Boots on sale

Lord & Taylor - Extra 40% off select Sale styles.

Lucky Brand - Extra 20% off Sale & Clearance with Code: AFTER

lululemon -  New additions to "We Made Too Much" Final Sale.
Macy's - Extra 15% off & free shipping on $99+ with Code: JOY

Madewell - Extra 30% off Sale styles with Code: BYEBYE

Marc Jacobs - Free shipping on all  RTW & Accessories.

Nanette Lepore - Up to 60% off online. (New styles just added!)

Neiman Marcus - Extra 25-33% off Sale for up to 60% off savings!

Nine West - Additional 20% off Sale.

Nordstrom - Half Yearly Sale for Men.

Original Penguin - Post-Holiday Sale starting at $14.99

Peace Love World - Holiday Sales Event: up to 85% off retail prices.

Puma - Semi-Annual Sale: up to 50% off.   

Ralph Lauren - Extra 25% off Holiday Sale.

Saks - Designer Sale: up to 70% off. 

Saks Off 5th - After Christmas Savings: extra 40-50% off the entire store! (extra 60% off select items)

Sephora - New styles added to Sale: save up to 65% off.

shopbop - End of Season Sale, up to 70% off 1000s of items.

Solstice Sunglasses - Designer Sale: extra 30% off with Code: HOLIDAY30

Spendid - Sale: up to 50% off.

Steve Madden - Stock up & Save Sale: Spend $75, Get 20% off with Code: HOLLY25 or Spend $100, Get 25% off with Code: JOLLY25
Tory Burch - Extra 25% off Sale  

ULINX Jewelry - First 2 Clix free.

ULTA - $3.50 off a $10 purchase through 12/29 with Code: 73617 or Coupon.

Urban Outfitters - The Get What You Really Wanted Sale in stores & online.

Via Spiga - Sale styles up to 40% off. (new styles added.)
Victoria's Secret - Semi-Annual Sale online now & in stores 1/2.

Vince Camuto - Sale up to 60% off in stores & online

Yoox - Year End Warehouse Sale

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Juicy Couture Winter Sale

     Now through January 2nd, all of your Juicy dreams can come true! It's the super fabulous Winter Sale with....EXTRA 50% off Sale! Woah! No need to worry about Santa bringing all of your couture favorites. Treat yourself with fab savings right now!

1st Sale Finds:

Couture Paillette Tee
Original: $128 Sale: $64.99 Paid: $32.49

Striped Pencil Skirt
Original: $228 Sale: $114.99 Paid: $57.49

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Primp & Prep for Holiday Parties with Hpnotiq

This post brought to you by Hpnotiq. All opinions are 100% mine.
     It's that time of year again for family get-togethers & holiday parties. Primp & Prep with Hpnotiq to get in the festive spirit before the party starts! Hpnotiq has a newly launched site perfect for getting fab before hitting the holiday scene at night.
     Celebrate your style with fashion & beauty tips from the Primp & Prep site that with step it up before you step out for girl's night. The Hpnotiq site also features cocktail recipes & a Pandora music player to get the party started! hair down music up! My favorite part of the Primp & Prep site is the Cocktail recipes featuring Hpnotiq & Harmonie, especially the new Holiday-inspired drinks! Check out a few of our holiday recipe favorites featuring simple ways to add festive sparkle with Hpnotiq & Harmonie: It's time for Happy Holidays!
Snowflake Martini
  • 2 oz. Hpnotiq
  • 1 oz. St. Germaine
  • Squeeze of fresh lemon
  • Champagne Floater
Shake well and strain into a martini glass. Garnish with a coconut rim. (Crushed candy canes would be an awesome garnish too!)

Harmonie Merry-Tini
  • 2 oz. Hpnotiq Harmonie
  • 1 oz. Citrus Vodka
  • .5 oz. Cointreau
  • .5 oz. Lime Juice
Shake well and strain into a martini glass. Garnish with a candy cane.
*You must be 21 years or older to drink alcoholic beverages and as always, please remember to drink responsibly.*
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Holiday Entertaining: Homemade Gnocchi Recipe

     Get ready for wow! Here's a recipe perfect for Holiday entertaining & sure to incite the wow factor. Here's an easy way to impress your guests with Homemade Gnocchi. Trust us, it's not as hard as it might sound!

What You Need:
1 (1 pound) Russet Potato
1/2 teaspoon Salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1 large Egg, beaten
1/4 cup Flour

Tip: In my family we like EAT & we also love leftovers! Above are the typical ingredients needed for 4-6 servings....however, I'm not sure this holds true for Italians or big-eaters. I follow the ingredients but typically use 1 potato per person (& then adjust the recipe accordingly ;).

1. Pierce the potato all over with a fork then microwave each one until tender. (6-12 minutes depending on microwave) Peel the skins & discard, then mash.

2. Mash in salt & pepper. Then mix in 3 tablespoons of the egg. (discard the rest of the egg) Sift in the flour & knead until blended.

3. Divide the dough into 4 equal pieces.
4. Roll each piece with your palms (like play-dough!!) into a 1/2 inch diameter rope. Then cut the dough into 1 inch pieces.

5. Roll each piece over a fork or a gnocchi board to form the grooves.

6. Cook the gnocchi in a pot of boiling water & remove as soon as they rise to the top! Remove with a slotted spoon & add the finishing touch...

...add your favorite sauce, try tossing with butter or alfredo or get creative & try adding something new!

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Shoe Porn

This post brought to you by ShoePorn. All opinions are 100% mine.
      Cute shoes are just a click away! shoe porn is a new site integrated with Pinterest for shoe addicts to browse through tons of eye candy: cheap shoes for women galore! Search shoes by category, vote on your favorites & even purchase your fashion finds with a one-click buy button that takes you straight to the retailer. You can easily share your favorites (& your purchases!) with friends on facebook. However, our favorite feature of all!...ShoePorn will email you new deals on shoes with their free service! Who doesn't love new shoes on sale?!! Check out a few favorites found on the site:
Top 5 Finds: Shoe Porn
Betsey Johnson "Nexxus"

Kate Spade "Tabby"

Dolce Vita "Archer"

Fergalicious "Cameo"

Steve Madden "Heavan"

     Boots, Flats, Heels, Sandals, Sneakers, Wedges, oh my! (Even a category for Men!) Step into new kicks with ShoePorn's simplified browsing & shopping. Don't forget to check out the "Shoe Deals" tab for the latest shoe sales, deals & offers. Now shop to it!

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Silent Night: Christmas Pajamas

     It's almost time for my favorite family holiday tradition: Christmas Pjs!! Every year Santa leaves new pajamas on the front porch on Christmas Eve. Snuggle by the fire, bake cookies & get ready for visions of sugar plum fairies! Here are our top finds for dreamy, giftable sleepwear.

Top 5 Finds: Christmas PJ's

Victoria's Secret The Dreamer Flannel Sleepshirt
Original: $45 Now: $29.50

Jenni Pajamas Bunny Ears Hooded Footed Pajamas
Original: $55 Now: $33 (also in Panda)

Victoria's Secret Cotton Mayfair Slip $28

Jenni Pajamas Hooded Pajamas
Original: $55 Now: $27.50 (in 6 colors!)

And for the splurge...
Juicy Couture Flannel Pajamas Set
Original: $148 Now: $118

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