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Holiday Gift Guide: Easy Gifts Under $50 for Her ♥

The holiday shopping season is in full force – seriously, I almost died 4 times driving to the area of the city one of the major malls is located in.

Anyways, I survived the chaos, and I know sometimes its easy to get stuck shopping for someone, so I came up with a quick list of easy (and nearly fool proof) gift options – all under $50!

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1. For the Book Lover 

If you know she loves books and you can’t afford to buy her a new Kindle, then opt for a couple she doesn’t have yet; and when in doubt cross reference the NY Times, Amazon and Barnes & Noble Bestsellers lists for some that just her style.

Amazon and Barnes & Noble gift cards work too, especially if she already has an e-reader!

Featured Books Above: Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn, Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn, The Hunger Games Trilogy by Suzanne Collins and The Millenium (Girl with the Dragon Tattoo) Series by Stieg Larsson.

2. A Little Luxury Gloss

MAC has some genius little holiday sets out, with lovely packaging, for the make-up lover. I don’t think I know a make-up lover that would be disappointed!

Featured Set Above:  MAC Guilty Passions Lavish Rose Lip Gloss Set.

3. Pamper your lips

One of the best products I have come across for all day lip love is the Korres Lip Butter. They smell great, feel great, look gorgeous with just great flushes of color, and keep your lips healthy all day.

Sephora offers two sets – perfect for the holidays and a non-lipstick/lip gloss girl!

Featured Sets Above: Korres The Lip Blockbuster Volume II and Lip Butter Collection.

4. Something to keep her warm

It’s December!! Almost every girl I know loves a new pair of cozy socks, or a cute beanie and scarf, and of course – don’t forget the gloves!

Featured Items Above: Scarf and beanie from Banana Republic. Socks and Gloves from Gap.

5. For the body

A little sexy, a little sensual, but oh so amazing! The Victoria’s Secret Love My Body collections of body lotions, creams, sprays and oils. Perfect for a winter bath.

Featured Set Above: Jasmine & Water Lily (in my opinion the best fragrance of all the LMB scents) Lotion, Oil and Body Mist.

6. For the body… again 😉

For the girl that prefers the fresh and clean scent over the sexy and sensual. Soap & Glory body and hand products are some of the best out there and Sephora offers some awesome Soap & Glory sets – complete with travel totes!

Featured Set Above: The Best Things In Life Are Three Set.

7. Great for the home, great for the hostess

If she loves her place to smell lovely and inviting, Bath & Body Works 3-wick candles are great options. They offer some warm and fun scents for winter and they often have 2 for $20 sales – just make sure you smell them in-store. It is always best to avoid online ordering of candles, in  my opinion.

If you’re not sure what scents she prefers – gift card!

Featured Candles Above: Hot Buttered Rum, Spiced Apple Toddy and Frosted Cranberry.

8. Something a bit more personal

As many of you may know, I sell Chloe + Isabel, and we released some gorgeous holiday pieces – one of the most popular being the Pave Inital Disc Charm Necklaces! I have picked up a few myself for me and as gifts – so pretty in person!

Featured Initials Above: Pave Inital Disc Charm Necklaces in Gold-plated “M” and Silver-plated “S” (available in the 12 most popular letters).

9. For the true fashion and art lover

Coffee table books are awesome, but most people don’t buy them for themselves – they tend to be a bit pricey. Fashion and Art books are often beautifully put together and contain some very interesting/exclusive behind-the-scenes type content.

Perfect for fashion and art nerds!

Featured Book Above: Vogue: The Editor’s Eye.

10. Foolproof jewelry

Seriously, C+I’s Petite Rhinestone Open Bangles Sets are some of they most popular pieces selling as gifts for the holidays!

Four flexible rhinestone covered bangles, available in four different sets. I can wait to order mine!

Featured Sets Above: Deep Sea, Starry Night and Cha Cha Cha.

11. Something sweet

Fine chocolate and good wine! Need I say more.

Featured Items Above: Chuao Chocolatier Chunky Honeycomb Bark and Risata Moscato d’Asti.

12. For the TV addict 

Sometimes my life is run by my favorite TV shows schedules and I’m not the only one, so why not give her a season or two of her favorite show! Perfect to hold her over for the winter show hiatuses 😉

Featured Sets Above: The Walking Dead Seasons 1 and 2!!

There you have it Hopefully this inspired a few gifts for you – after doing this I think I’ll be back with a Gift Guide for Him in a few days!


Fall Favorites… Fashion & Style

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One of my favorite things about the weather cooling down is that I get to break out more of my accessories… my scarves, jackets, hats, gloves, boots and more! ♥
Here is what I’m loving…
Fall Favorties - Easy Layering Stripes & Lightweight Scarves

Striped shirt

Long scarve

Old navy


Old navy


Floral scarve

Banana republic

Fall Favorites - Boots & Blazers



Forever new
$100 –


AllSaints high heels

Lace up boots

Ponte blazer
Fall Favorites - A little leather and a bit of plaid!

River Island black leather vest
$80 –

Cuffed boots


Uh Oh: Impulse Buy

I think we have all suffered from the Impulse Buy at some point – and admittedly I suffer from it more often then I would prefer to admit, but I would never impulsively purchase something that’s over $100 max. Unfortunately, I just can’t afford to impulse by something any more expensive than that – which I feel many people can relate to.

Alas, a few things caught my eye recently that I just couldn’t help but take home! See here:

The Pillow:

So number one was the decorative pillow, above, with a cropped image of an antique bicycle – the reverse side is solid black. This fits so perfectly with my bedroom and adds just a little something extra fun – like I mentioned – I just couldn’t help myself!

F.Y.I. If you’re interested, it’s from Target!

The Scarf:

Hi my name is Sam and I am a scarf addict. Now my collection of scarves has come to a rough estimate of 28 – none of them alike. I feel I should clarify that my wardrobe is primarily solids and about 80% black, so I tend to purchase more fun accessories.

I picked the gray lime-green-polka-dotted scarf up at Gap (along with the flats). It’s luxuriously soft (100% Viscose Rayon) with a subtle sheen, frayed ends and I just had to add it to my collection 🙂

It is also lightweight enough that I could wear it today in 70 degree weather.

And on to The Flats:

Some may know of these flats already but it was the first time I actually went in and tried them on. I fell in love instantly.

These are the City Flats from Gap. They are the leather “elastic city flats” in the color Chalk (with black elastic trim) – which in person is a taupe-y gray.

The Gap City Flats are designed to fold in half and they come with a matching faux-leather drawstring bag. The footbed is padded, making them extremely comfortable to wear – so I am considering this impulse buy an investment 😀

My only concern would be, since they are made to fold in half, there is a gap in the rubber sole right in the center of the arch. Meaning, if you do decide to wear these for 12 hours and are on your feet for a majority of the time – your feet might be saying ouch at the end of the night!

Considering I have flat feet anyways, on my feet in any shoes for that long makes them hurt.

Overall, I feel my latest impulse buys will be put to good use – plus I had coupons!

Have a great weekend!! Feel free to go crazy and impulse buy – it makes me feel less alone in my shopping (semi) addiction.
P.S. 20 Days till The Hunger Games!!! Be excited.