I truly can’t believe Christmas is in 9 days. I’m going to be honest… I’ve barely started my Christmas shopping. And I leave town in less than a week… Yikes! I need to start browsing my own gift guides.
Here are my favorite stocking-stuffer-type gifts under $30!
The countdown is on! I leave early next week to head to Florida for Christmas. I can hardly wait! Warm weather Christmas… It’s definitely been a while! I haven’t spent Christmas outside of Illinois in a longgg time… Like, 15 years or something. So excited!
I was going through my folder of photos on my computer trying to figure out what dresses to pack for my trip and I came across these photos that I accidentally forgot to post earlier this fall. Oops! (Side note: I really miss my summer tan..)
Seeing the NYC store windows all dressed up for Christmas is one of my favorite things to do in the city during the holiday season. For a casual day of window shopping, I wore a sequin tee with a giant plaid blanket scarf. Coat not pictured!
One of my favorite gifts for the traveler? This Barbour travel bag. Works for both girls and guys! (Excellent gift for a couple because they can both get use of it!)
I’ve been lusting over this Bric’s suitcase for quite some time. It’s just so chic, right?! But it’s pretty pricey. I was looking for some similar styles and found this little Delsey gem for a fraction of the price. Plus, I’ve been using the brand for years and years. (More on that here.) Fabulous find, if I do say so myself! (And it’s on super sale right now, too!)
Per my usual last-minute antics, I just ordered my holiday cards last night! Minted has a gorgeous selection of gold foil (and silver and rose gold, too!) cards and I thought the “Warm Wishes” looked so cute with the Santa Hat and hot cocoa. If you’re in the same boat as I was, you can order on Minted through this weekend to receive by 12/19, which is plenty of time to get them out before the holidays. I’ve done “New Years” cards in the past, which are a great option if you’re swamped before the holidays! (I love this card, this card, and this card.)
Apparently it’s been a good week for my pajama game. I ordered this robe and OH MY GOD it is wonderful. When I got it out of the box and put it on, I’m sure my neighbors probably thought something else was going on in my apartment. So, so good. I don’t know what the material is on the inside, but it is amazing.
Happy Friday! This is the second to last weekend before Christmas… Can you believe it?! It’s remarkable how fast this month has flown by. I still have so many things I want to do before the season is over so I plan on taking full advantage of both this weekend and next. (I’ll be working on crossing things off this list!) Oh, and I should probably start the bulk of my Christmas shopping, too..
Since the holidays are right around the corner, holiday parties are in full swing! I know this past week was filled with lots of work dinners, client events, company parties, girlfriend get togethers, gift exchanges, and more… And next week will probably be just as crazy! I wore this outfit to an event a few weeks ago and I love how subtly festive it is. From the sparkling statement jewelry to the bedazzled shoulders on the sweater, it’s girly and glitzy, without going over the top. It’s the type of outfit that really works for a number of occasions!
December dressing is all about making a statement while staying warm! Whether I’m wearing a chunky turtleneck sweater, a puffer vest, a bow-tied beanie, or a colorful coat, I always aim to incorporate a little bit of cozy chic into my outfits during December. Tis the season!
Secret Santa is one of my favorite holiday traditions! Ever since high school (or maybe even before that..), a group of my girl friends and I have always done a Secret Santa exchange. We randomly exchanged names, shopped for our secret assigned friend, and met up to have a fun little gift exchange. I think the whole premise is awesome — it’s all about quality over quantity. And I don’t just mean price! With Secret Santa, you only have one friend to shop for. So, naturally, you’re less stressed to find the most amazing gifts for each and every single one of your girlfriends… you just have to find one perfect present. I feel like I put so much more thought into finding something that my particular friend will absolutely love. And then the culmination is seeing what everyone chose for their partner in a fun & festive setting! (And you spend way less money, too, since you’re only shopping for one friend, which is always kind of a plus around the holidays! If you’re not already doing a Secret Santa exchange, it’s such a great gift idea for a large group of friends.)
To me, gifting your girlfriends is almost as easy as gifting yourself. You know her favorite brands, you know what she hates, you know what she loves, you know her pet peeves, you know her favorite type of vino (hence, which wine glasses to buy her), you know her must-have shade of lipstick, you know what she needs, and you most certainly know what she does not need. Am I right?!
One place that I’ve been finding a ton of fabulous gifts is Zappos! A few weeks ago, Zappos put together a Secret Santa exchange for a few bloggers. Naturally, Hallie and I had each other’s names. I had so much fun scouring the site to find a few gifts that were perfect for her. I ended up getting her a juicer, a travel coffee mug, and a pair of rain boots. If that isn’t the most random assortment of gifts, I don’t know what is! However, she had been talking about wanting a juicer for months and randomly mentioned that she didn’t have a travel coffee mug a few weeks ago. Done and done! The rain boots were a different story… Every time it would rain, I would still see Hallie still running around the city in her Tieks. The girl needed a pair of wellies! So a pair of wellies is what she got. Hallie got me this watch and this candle in my favorite Archipelago scent. She knows me too well!
See this full outfit post here. And below is a little peak at my windowsill that doubles as a nightstand..
Here are a few more gifts that I’m loving from Zappos…
I’ve slowly been making my way through my holiday bucket list in NYC! This stop, Bryant Park. The tree is giant and gorgeous, the shops are bustling, and the ice rink sparkles in the middle of it all. While I wasn’t able to ice skate on this particular day, it was fun to be in the Christmas spirit for a morning before work!
I’m constantly on the lookout for shoes and booties that will easily take me from sunup to sundown. I always prefer to wear some sort of a heel, but when you’re running around NYC all day, comfortable shoes that are easy to walk in are an absolute necessity! Thankfully, I’ve found a few go-to pairs of heeled booties that I’m able to wear all day, without worrying about my feet.
Is it just me or does life feel like it’s sped up over the past few weeks? Since the holiday season is pretty short, I feel like I try to cram way too many things into my days. If I could get a speeding ticket on the sidewalk, I probably would. I’m that girl who is essentially running from point A to point B. Rushing around to get my apartment decorated for the holidays, rushing to get together with friends right after work, rushing to get gifts purchased on time, rushing around to holiday parties, rushing to the gym to try to burn off some extra calories… Rush, rush, rush. (And then there’s the whole work and blog thing..) It never seems like there’s enough time in the day! (And that, my friends, is why I am working on my patience!)
When I feel like I’m flying all over the place, I really rely on a few basic wardrobe staples to get me through. You’ve got to cut corners where you can and I would much rather cut out the minutes that I stand in front of my closet trying to remember what’s jammed in there and what I should wear for the day. Wardrobe staples save time and sanity during crazy mornings!
A wear-with-anything black blazer and a classic black blouse have been my workday go-to’s. Since both items are black, they pair with just about everything in my closet. I love how the black blazer has a fun pop of white along the lapel. It spices up an ordinary wardrobe staple in the best way! The burnout dot blouse is incredibly functional, too. There are countless ways to wear this versatile piece — under a blazer or denim jacket, tucked into a skirt, with a pair of jeans and sneakers on the weekend, etc. The bow-tie neck is an added bonus, too!