Buying gifts is rewarding but not always easy. We could all use a little help deciding on the perfect thing for our loved ones. Here are some easy, readily available options at a reasonable price. Last minute shopping doesn’t have to be a headache.

After all, the true meaning of the holidays is spending quality time with the ones you hold dear.

Fashion

The trend that keeps popping up everywhere? Leopard! It’s baaaaaaack, in a big but streamlined way. Look for an accessory in this print and you will give the fashionista in your life the ideal gift. An oversized scarf will go with what she already owns without having to worry about the fit.

A leopard print watch is another wise choice. Watches add a touch of sophistication to any ensemble. A stylish gesture that will give her no excuse to be late to your weekly brunch date.

Beauty

The best beauty gift I received this year was a jade roller. I’m passing on the love to the skin care oriented chicas in my life. They promote good health, are fun to use and look stinkin’ adorable on your bathroom counter. Bundle with some sheet masks and you’ll end up with the perfect spa day gift basket. Every woman needs a little TLC in her life. Give her the gift of relaxation, she deserves it.

Games + Entertainment

The more entertainment in life, the better. Whether you are buying for a book-worm or finally want to beat your sister in a game for once, I’ve got you covered.

Cards Against Humanity is a HILARIOUS option. Catan is competitive and strategic but just as fun! Perfect for your friend who is always hosting game night.

Give Becoming by Michelle Obama to the most topical woman in your life, girl power! An important read we should all tackle this upcoming year, including me. A Simple Favor by Darcey Bell is ideal for the mystery lover you know. I couldn’t put it down earlier this year. Bonus points if you watch the tragically bad movie adaptation with her afterwards.

Do not feel you have to go over the top this season. It truly is the thought that counts. What are you hoping to get this year? What are you giving as your best gift? From the bottom of my heart, happy holidays, may it be as magical as you are!


 

The holidays are upon us and I’m so freakin’ excited.

Let’s face it, you are either throwing a holiday party or going to one. I fall under the both category and needed to put some looks together ASAP.

There are different levels of parties so you most likely can get away with wearing something you already own. Take a deep breath. You can do this and have a killer ensemble for each event on your list.

Red is a classic look, don’t let anybody tell you it is cliché. You will not go wrong with a red dress. This color screams confidence which is what we all want, right? A fishtail hem or an interesting sleeve adds even more interest to the piece.

If that it too bold, a black dress with some killer red heels will do the trick. A red lip will go with ANYTHING you decide to wear as well. Look for a blue toned, matte red lipstick to make your smile sparkle and last all night.

If you are wanting to buy something new, start with finding the right fabric. Look for interesting textures. Sequin, fur, velvet or lace. All of these fabrications feel luxurious and epitomize the season.  Keep the people staring long after you walk in the room. Then seek out your color scheme. Gold, silver, green, black or red. All wise choices. Make it sparkly, go over the top. Wear something you normally wouldn’t. This is the holidays after all!

Depending on the party, you could skip a dress altogether. Dark wash skinny jeans with a festive top and heels will suffice for a casual get together. Look put together but still comfortable enough to eat all those gingerbread cookies.

My favorite look thus far has been high-waisted, wide leg trousers with several tops. You can rock a crop or tuck in a slim fitting blouse. A fun twist on a classic look. The best part is that pants have everybody’s favorite feature: POCKETS!!! This is by far the most chic option for winter.  Heading to an office party? Whip off your blazer and you’re good to go! This outfit will gain you style points and dare I even say, a promotion?

Do not let all the red and gold you see around steer you away from softer colors. White and pale blue are also stunning options for winter. You will look like you just walked out of a winter wonderland, who wouldn’t want that?!

To put it all together a (faux) fur coat will add glam to any ensemble and keep you warm! Black is classic choice but keep your eye out for dark jewel tones as well. A forest green jacket would be stunning. Who knew looking HOT in the cold could be so easy?!

What do you enjoy wearing during the holidays? What do you think of my choices? What parties are stepping out for? Let me know everything and shop down below! Happy celebrating!



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