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Hi loves! There are only two more weeks before Christmas (and I am totally panicking..just a little ha). If you are ordering gifts online I strongly recommend that you order them this week to ensure they arrive on time. During a recent trip to my local Ulta store, I got inspired to help you find the perfect gift for your favorite beauty lover. Because let’s face it, Ulta has something for every gift on your list!

Highlighter palettes

These are the brands that are a little more expensive but do not compromise on quality. The items that I have selected below are some of my personal favorites or ones that I already own. You can help her glow with a highlighter palette like this one from Anastasia Beverly Hills or this one from Laura Geller.

Lipsticks & Glosses

I love lipglosses from Buxom! They have a cooling sensation whenever you put them on and they come so many colors. My personal favorite is a mauve color called “Dolly“. When it comes to lipsticks, the brands that I shop from most are Anastasia Beverly Hills, Revlon, Rimmel, Maybelline, LORAC, NYX Cosmetics, Stila and LOREAL. Some of these brands offer products that are under $5!

 

Facial products

I am an ambassador to Derma-e (not paid I might add) because they not only offer product that work but also because they are made ethically. When you purchase a product from them, you don’t have to worry about any of their products being tested on animals, having parabens or GMOs. That’s right, Derma-e’s products are 100% vegan. So you can enjoy great skin care that is sustainable and responsible. Below are some of the products that I personally use on a daily basis. The Yes To brand is also my go at home facial masks.

Perfumes and Lotions

When it comes to perfumes everyone is different. Boys, if you want to be romantic, pick out a sent that reminds your most of your special lady. She is bound to love it! My go-scent is Gardenia and Pacifica offers it as a roller or full size bottle. You can also check out some other perfume and lotion ideas below.

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Nothing beats brunch having brunch with friends and family. I am always looks to find a new place to enjoy some great food and a mimosa while I am at it. So when Karen from Paris and Latte hosted a blogger brunch at Halcyon Brasserie, I could not wait! The event was filled with incredible food, amazing goodies and a chance to connect with some amazing bloggers.

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Not let’s take a moment to talk about the food. Everything was absolutely scrumptious! I literally could not say no to anything that was put in front of me. How tasty do all these appetizers look? Not only were they so tasty but also pretty and Instagramable.

Karen and I have been friends on Instagram for a few months now. We had a chance to meet at Style Collective’s NYFW event but did not get a chance to sit down and talk. Additionally, I got a chance to connect with other local tri-state bloggers as well as some local Montclair business women

We got a chance to meet Jessica from Aris Couture Boutique. Her boutique offers luxurious, feminine pieces at an affordable price! We got a chance to hear how she started her business and as well as got to see some of her pieces in person. What a boss babe!

We got to end the event by literally stuffing out goodie bags with luxurious makeup from Measurable Difference, bracelets from Cayteno Legacy and tons of other freebies. I was an amazing way to start a new work week. If you are ever in Montclair, I encourage you to go to Halcyon Brasserie. You will not be disappointed!

A special thanks to Davin from Davin Tes Photography to taking all these amazing images for us.

 

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Hi loves! I hope you had an amazing week. Red is the go-to color for the holidays but sometimes a girl needs to switch up her color palette! That is why this festive plaid dress is perfect for the holidays. It’s perfect for holiday parties and even to wear at work. I am wearing the dress in a size 2 (it also comes in petite sizing). The best part? This dress has pockets!

The velvet bow that I have featured is from J.Crew and is currently sold out but I have linked similar options here, here, and here. Velvet is trending this holiday season. If you are hesitant to wear velvet, hair bows are the best way to ease your way into the trend. If you are not a fan of the trend, consider a flirty headband like this one at Kohls. What do you think of this classic, holiday look?

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Dress: J.Crew // Headband: OLD; similar here // Shoes: Nordstrom // Bow Hair tie:  SOLD OUT; similar here, here and here

 

 

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Hi loves! We had a chance to enjoy some amazing deals yesterday and now it’s time to each of us to make a difference on Giving Tuesday.  Giving Tuesday is a global day of giving fueled by the power of social media and collaboration. It is a day to remind us that giving back to our community, nation, and overseas is easier that we might think. I did a blog post earlier in the year about charitable gifts that you can give.

Here are some ideas on how you can give back:

Volunteer your time

Time is money and that is a phrase I am coming to appreciate more and more over the years. Consider giving up a day in the next week weekends to help out a organization in need. If you are passionate about animals, see if you can volunteer at a local animal shelter. Fellow fashion lovers, consider donating some old clothes from your closets to organizations like Dress to Success.

Give gifts that give back

TOMS

As I mentioned earlier, you can give gifts while making a difference at the same time. TOMS is a company that I admire. Every product they sell provides someone in need with a better life. For every pair of shoes sold, another is given away to others overseas. Sunglasses sold give the gift of sight by providing medical professionals and eye surgery to restore eye sight. Additionally, every back pack that is sold provides funding for anti-bullying initiatives here in the United States.

ALEX AND ANI

Alex and Ani is well known for their unique jewelry pieces. Did you also know that they also have specific bangles that give back to the UNICEF, March of Dimes,Toys for Tots, Alex’s Lemonade Stand  and more? Purchasing these bands will not only make great gifts but also help to make a difference to the charity that is dearest to your heart. If you are low on funds, not to worry. Alex and Ani will give back for you interact with them for their Giving Tuesday posts on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.  Starting retweeting and commenting away. For every comment, Alex and Ani are donating $1 to the Make A Wish Foundation!

Donate 

This holiday season is always one of the most charitable one. That being said, there are a lot of opportunities to donate old coats, shoes and clothes to come who can really use them. In fact, your old Amazon boxes can be put to good use. Simply use an old Amazon box and fill it with items you want to donate. Then go to GiveBackBox.com to print out your free label. Let your box out for UPS or USPS to deliver your box to charity!

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Jacket: Nordstrom // Sweater: J.Crew // Skirt: OLD; similar at Express // Boots: Nordstrom

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It’s time to shop until you drop! Whether you are heading out today for Black Friday or want to do some shopping from your home, don’t miss out on some amazing deals. A lot of sales are going to be going on into next Monday. Here are some of the best deals I have found from some of my favorite retailers.

J.Crew: Get 40% off the entire store and online until 11/26. This sweater I recently reviewed and you may like this flattering sweater dress for the holidays. Here are some of the pieces I am looking to get this weekend:

For Black Friday, enjoy 40% off everything plus an extra 10% off and free shipping!

Francesca’s: 30% off storewide + exclusive Cyber Monday deals.

Revolve: Sale times are an extra 50%! I am going on vacation in January to some where warm, so I am looking to get some pieces for my trip.

Topshop: Get up to 50% + enjoy free shipping.

ASOS: Use code EPIC30 for an extra 30% now until 11/28.

Express: Enjoy 50% off everything + free shipping.

Ann Taylor: Enjoy an extra 50% off the entire store and online with code THANKFUL for Black Friday.

Use code BEST MONDAY for Cyber Monday + enjoy free shipping

Chicwish: Use code BLK15 for an extra 15% on orders of $50 for Black Friday. Chicwish is the brand that sells my plaid wrap coat that I featured earlier this month.

For Cyber Monday, use get an extra 15% off $70+ with code CMN5

LOFT: Use code THANKS for 50% off everything in-store and online for Black Friday.

For Cyber Monday,  enjoy 50% off everything when you use CLICK at checkout + free shipping

Banana Republic: Everything is 50% site wide. No code needed! 🙂

Kate Spade: 30% off your purchase – use code GIVEJOY at checkout

Urban Outfitters: $15 off $75 and $50 off $150 Free shipping on $50+

Anthropologie: Enjoy 30% off everything!

 

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