Happy Friday! As I’ve been cruising through my favorite online shops I’ve stashed away a few things that would make my all time holiday wish list. Notice, I said wish. As a warning, these items are on the pricey side but they are the best of the best. The best booties, best blouse, best bag, and best scent you could ever want. If you are still looking for that one item to really wow someone on your Christmas list, you’ve come to the right spot. Or, if you’ve finished your Christmas shopping (and scored some major deals) I say pick one of these items to splurge on for the new year! Have a great weekend everyone!
From now until Christmas I’m going to be featuring gift guides to help get you through the holidays. Kicking off this series is the Under 50 For Her gift guide. Often times I’ve found myself sticking to a $50 limit for certain gift gifting situations. Whether the limit was placed on me or I’ve vowed to keep my spending down, $50 is a great price to keep gifts under if you have a lot of people on your shopping list this year. But just because you are limited to $50 doesn’t mean that your only option is a gift card!
These gifts are perfect for your favorite coworker, sorority sister, and especially a group of friends or secret santa situation. Even if you don’t have a $50 limit on your spending, any of these gifts would make a great stocking stuffer or addition to the pile under the Christmas tree.
I’d love to know – what are your go-to gifts for keeping your spending down?
I can’t believe it’s almost Thanksgiving! Usually this time of year I’m jetting off to SFO to spend the Holiday with my family but this year it’s back to Cincinnati to our new house. I’m pretty excited to embrace this new (but old) tradition. Although I’m not jetting off on a 6 hour flight, I’ve got this holiday travel thing down. My travel beauty must haves are this NARS illuminator, works perfectly to give your face a fresh glow and the Dior Addict lip glow which enhances your natural lip color and is also a great moisturizer.
For packing purposes, a tote is an obvious choice but I’m also a huge fan of jewelry organizers to keep everything untangled and in one place. I’ve never owned a shoe storage bag but I’m thinking of buying one! I always end up bringing more shoes than I “need” and they take up too much room in my bag. Last but not least, a giant scarf which also serves as a blanket or makeshift pillow if need be.
Safe travels to all that are heading home for Thanksgiving!
These items have been on repeat lately and I can’t say that I’m sorry. It’s been pretty chilly here and I find myself reaching for my coat, sunglasses and go-to jeans more and more. These sunglasses were a gift back in July, I absolutely love how they put a fun twist on such a classic pair and they surprisingly go with my winter style. My gold Tory Burch studs are my favorite daily earring and they look perfect with the sandy J.Crew coat. I cannot say enough good things about this coat. It’s the perfect length, it’s warm and comfortable, and the color looks just as good with jeans and boots as it does a black pencil skirt and pumps. Lastly, I’ve been searching for the perfect perfume and Birchbox answered my prayers. I received a sample of this Joie perfume in my November box and I am doing my best to savor it before buying the full size bottle – or hey maybe Santa will bring that to me.
I’d love to hear, what items you’ve been wearing on repeat lately?
Here’s a little Monday inspiration for you all. I’ve had to remind myself of this a lot today and although it’s not always fun to experience, it is definitely true. There would be no room to grow if everything were easy. Right?
Happy Friday! I’m still getting settled in here in Louisville…but it’s starting to feel more and more like home. This week wasn’t as nearly as hectic as last week, but I’m still looking forward to a nice relaxing weekend.
It’s been pretty cold here in Louisville. While we didn’t get snow this week, it was time to break out the thick and cozy sweaters. I’m so thankful that I picked up this sweater from LOFT a couple weeks ago, it’s not only super cute but incredibly comfortable and warm. (sold out but love this one too)
In the spirit of trying to become more organized – and not living the always half way un-packed lifestyle anymore (thank goodness) I decided to buy a cosmetic organizer for my desk. I LOVE it and highly recommend buying one for your desk or vanity.
I’ve been on a serious latte craze. Louisville is known for it’s unique shops/cafe’s/restaurants so I’ve been trying any and all coffee spots around me and haven’t been to Starbucks once! My favorites include a Vanilla latte from Atlantic No.5 and a Maple latte from Please & Thank You.
Finally – as it is the season for reflecting and giving thanks. I am so thankful to have such an amazing group of friends from college. We reunited last weekend for a friend’s wedding and it was so great to see everyone! Although we’re spread out all over the country we pick up where we left off whenever we’re together.
Holy crap its mid-Novemebr – where did the time go? In just a few short weeks it’ll be Thanksgiving and you know what comes after that….Christmas. Now, I’m not here to remind you that the holiday’s are approaching or to insight panic – as radio stations and big box retailers have done their part. However, one of my favorite parts of the holidays are the parties – because who doesn’t love to dress up!? What I don’t love however, is last minute throwing together of outfits for said parties. I’m hoping to get a head start on holiday dress shopping and have found some really great options!
About my holiday picks — You can never go wrong with a black LBD. I’m particularly loving this black dress because of the extra details – the mesh on top gives it a little bit of mystery and sex appeal while the ribbon embellished skirt plays the perfect contrast. It’s girly yet fun! This Tibi dress is to die for. You might not think it’s “holiday” enough but I promise you’ll be memorable at any upcoming cocktail party – and Olivia Palermo was just spotted wearing it. Finally, silk and sequins are a girls best friend during the holidays. Throw this one with black tights and ankle booties and it’s an instant 20′s inspired hit.
My final tip…check out Rent The Runway if you’re not looking to spend your holiday shopping money on a dress but still want to look amazing!
This week has unexpectedly been amazing for sales! Two of my all time favorite retailers have great sales going on, Shopbop and Sephora. I highly recommend taking advantage of these two sales as they don’t happen often – it’s Sephora’s only sale! If your looking for a little inspiration, my picks for both are below.
Sephora is featuring 20% off your total purchase using the code VIBTOPIA. This is the perfect time to pick up some essentials or try something new. This YSL concealer/brightener is something that every makeup artist swears by. If your looking to contour/highlight or get perfect coverage this product is a must. After Ashley’s rave review – and my current lack of sleep pattern – I’m going to pick up this under eye cream. YSL’s shades are always so beautiful and although Iv’e never tried their lip products I’m using this sale as an excuse to try them out.
Shopbop has 30% off select Fall items and trust me – this sale is worth checking out! Usually I like to feature different brands for these sales however the deals on the Tory Burch items are too good to pass up. I recommend picking up some Tory Burch flats or sending a link to a bag you’ve been wanting to your mom/husband/boyfriend as a little Christmas list reminder. And – how cute are these stackable rings?
This week’s monday mantra is inspired by today being my first day at a new job. If you had asked me awhile back, I never would have guessed that I’d be where I am now, and honestly the road has not been easy. However, I firmly believe that if you focus on what you want and work very hard to get there – good things will happen.
I encourage you be passionate and discover what it is you want to do, and go after it. Too often we settle for the first thing that comes our way, especially in uncertain times. With work taking up a great deal of our adult life – it’s worth fighting for what your passionate about.
Happy Halloween! Fall is in full swing here and with that comes a transition in my beauty routine. In the summer I like to keep things light and minimal to combat the heat and to keep things as low maintenance as possible. Fall however is my favorite season to bring more dramatic colors into my daily look and that not only applies to my wardrobe but my face too.
About the products… I received this eyeliner in my Birchbox awhile back and while I thought it was a bit much for spring/summer I’ve found myself reaching for this eyeliner more and more. The deep purple color goes perfectly with my brownish/green eyes – if you have either I highly suggest trying a dark purple eyeliner, you won’t regret it! Next – I was looking for a foundation with a little more moisturizer than my usual go to but more coverage than my BB cream, the Hello Flawless was perfect. Also by Benefit – Dallas blush/bronzer has been a staple in my makeup collection since college. Its probably one of my favorite products of all time, and it lasts forever! Finally, I’ve finally found a berry lip stain that I can get away with for an “everyday look” the Nars matte lip pencil is perfect if your new to the more dramatic lip – you can control the shade and its super easy to apply!
Thats it for my fall beauty essentials. If you’d like to see what else I swear by, check out my spring and winter essentials as well.
I’d love to hear if you have any beauty products that you’ve been loving this season!