Holiday Shopping Head Start!


‘Tis the season to be gifting! Thanksgiving is next week, which means that it’s time to make that gift-giving list (if you choose to do so). There are so many useful, cute, & affordable gift options out right now to fill your most fashionable friends with style & joy this season. Personally, I don’t buy gifts just for the sake of buying meaningless stuff to give to  anyone. I like to pick special pieces that will really please a recipient & serve a function—even if that function is indulgence & luxury.

When compiling your shopping list, consider if an item is something that they’ll actually use, that it’s not just a filler gift. Also, jot down their interests by their name on your list so that if you can look out for something particularly perfect for a friend or loved one. Lastly, I’ll often discuss with people close to me if they want to exchange gifts (& if so, establish a spending limit) or if they’d prefer to go out for dinner instead. Sometimes arranging a night with a group of friends with dinner & drinks is the best way to go. However, listing, shopping, wrapping, & giving are my favorite ways to put me in the holiday spirit.

All of the below ideas are not just stylish, but they’re all under $15.

beanie @Charlotte Russebook @TJMaxxgift set @Ultaearrings @Francesca’sscarf @H&M

I love discovering accessories as gifts because they add just a little bit more sparkle, which I know I’m always seeking for myself. What kinds of gifts are you shopping for this season? Where do you shop for the best deals this holiday? Happy Styling!

 

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The Stylish Five: Beauty Buys from Ulta ($10 &Under)!


 While Sephora is a  magical land of beauty products, I am & always will be a big supporter of all things from Ulta!  If you don’t already know of the salon / affordable beauty store, they carry “drug store” brands like Cover Girl, Burt’s Bees, & Sally Hansen (which are almost always on sale in some form or another), as well as higher-end merchandise from Bob Mackie, Bare Escentuals, & Kim Vo

Not to mention, the Ulta brand itself carries everything from hair products to skin care to bath & body items to your everyday cosmetics.  For the last ten years (AT LEAST!), I’ve been championing all of the different shades, quads, & combinations of this brand’s eyeshadow b/c it proves time & time again successful for my daily makeup routine.  When I was preparing to travel to Italy at the end of last year, Ulta was my first stop to travel size essentials for any beauty need abroad. 

 

I love that the store is also fully equipped with a wide selection of bath & body products, sure to make a splash for any at-home spa day that we busy Style Darlings can try to fit in.  My favorite is the moisturizing Vanilla Sugar lotion, which makes my skin feeling extra smooth & smelly super sweet all day long! AND the brand produces a 3-in-1 shampoo, conditioner, & bubble bath “shower smoothie,” available in Appletini, Buttercream Cupcake, & Pink Champagne, just to name a few.   

 

If you sign up to become a rewards club member (for FREE), you will receive emails about their daily specials, weekly ad, get great coupon deals, & earn points for free items ranging from salon-quality nail polishes or brand name fragrances like my favorite perfume, Happy by Clinique, or something spring fresh like Light Blue by Dolce & Gabbana.  While supplies last, you can almost always can get a free gift items when purchasing a fragrance, like luggage separates, umbrellas, plush bath robes, or home decor pieces. 

 

When conducting online orders, you can always choose from three – five free samples of salon brand beauty formulas & samples of the newest perfumes!  Here are just five beauty buys, all $10 or under, to help perk up any winter blues that your cosmetic arsenal may be “facing!” Ha! 

And just five more honorable mentions that I simply have to recommend are… Glitter Top Coat Polish by Ulta for $2.00 (on sale!), Rejuvenating Bath & Shower Gel in Lush Pear by Ulta for $9.00, Bamboo Mini Foot File by Eco Tools for $1.19, Aloe After Sun Lotion by Banana Boat for $6.99, & a Travel Size Dermal Clay Cleanser by Dermalogica for $9.50! Happy Styling!