Valetine’s Day gift ideas from Nordstrom

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Sharing Valentine’s Day gift ideas from Nordstrom + details on how you can enter my latest Nordstrom giveaway! 

With the holidays long behind us, it’s time to look forward to the next big holiday of the year: Valentine’s Day! Whether you have someone special in your life or just want as special day with your closest friends, Valentine’s Day is a great opportunity to catch up with the people you love the most. Today, I am am dedicating this post to Valentine’s Day gift ideas from Nordstrom + sharing details on how you can enter my latest Nordstrom giveaway!

Valentine’s Day swag

These styles were simply too cute not to share with you all!

Galentine’s Day gift ideas

Simple and affordable items your girls are going to LOVE!

Gifts for her

You can never go wrong with jewelry but don’t underestimate the power of cozy gifts for her! Nothing beats having a warm blanket while watching Disney+ 😘

Chocolates with a twist 

Surprise your loved one with chocolates that fit their personality and style!

Self care = self-love

Let’s be honest: we can never have too many masks. Trust me, whether it’s a friend or your significant other, they will be thrilled to throw on a mask after a long day!

For the fellas

I hope this post sparks some fun ideas for your loved ones. Be sure to check out my post about why flowers make the best gifts. As promised, the details to my Nordstrom giveaway can be found below. Good luck!

$600 Nordstrom Giveaway

Time to treat yourself just in time for Valentine’s Day!
I’ve teamed up with a group of bloggers to give one lucky winner
a chance to win a $600 Nordstrom Gift Card!

To enter: complete the steps in the rafflecopter below. The more steps you complete,
the more entries you receive, and the better your chance at winning!
This giveaway runs until January 29th at 12am PST

Winner will be announced here. Good Luck!
*this giveaway is in no way sponsored by Nordstrom.

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Winter getaway style + travel tips

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Sharing outfit idea + travel tips for your next trip to escape the winter! 

Let me be the first to say that I do not travel often. My work as a blogger and waitress means I spend at lot of my time either working at a restaurant or in front of a computer. However, for the first week of 2020 I got a chance to go away for the week to sunny Jamaica! As such, I wanted to share my winter getaway style + travel tips for you to use for your next trip to escape the cold!

Avoid overpacking by packing only what is necessary

My boyfriend is one of the most incredible minimalists I know. For our week long trip to Jamaica, he only had a carry bag pack. That’s right – one carry on for the entire week! You can follow his example by considering the following when you are packing:

  • Your location: are you going some place warm or cold? If you are going somewhere tropical, pack more bathing suits and cover-ups.
  • Toiletries: are you staying at a resort? A house? Some of your toiletries items you can get there instead of packing in your bag.
  • Chargers: what do you need them for? Your phone, camera, laptop?

Below is a image that you can download for as an easy reference guide!

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Petite friendly swimsuit options

I did a lot of a last minute packing for this trip. Thanks to Amazon, I was able to get some new swimsuits quickly like the one I am wearing. **IMPORTANT** this suit is a set. Sadly, you cannot switch out a small top for a medium bottom so keep this in mind. In these images I am wearing a size S but I will be exchanging it for a size M.

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Swimsuit: Amazon  // Earrings: J.Crew

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Embracing island life with mango in hand! 🌴 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Side note: this photo was extra fun to take since my adorable 12 year sister-in-law kept yelled “QUEEN” as I was taking it. 🥰 I will be sharing my some of my island looks on my blog next week. In the meantime, here is hope you can shop my island look now: ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 1️⃣: Download the @liketoknow.it app and be sure to follow me (@timelessoptimist) 2️⃣: Tap the link in my bio to my blog then click on the “SHOP” page. 3️⃣: Screenshot this photo then open the @liketoknow.it to pull up details on this look automatically! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ // http://liketk.it/2IScx#liketkit #LTKtravel #LTKunder50 #LTKstyletip

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More petite friendly swimsuits

Traveling in style

When it comes to traveling, it’s important to dress properly. You want to make sure you are comfortable. For me, that is a a warm sweater, a pair of jeans (for me, thats comfort lol) and ankle boots. Under my sweater, I had a camisole shirt so that I could take off my sweater once we arrived to warmer weather (the fans on the plane might also make you cold so keep this in mind). Remember: comfort is key.

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Sweater: Karen Kane // Camisole: BP (under $30 & one of 2019’s best sellers during Nordstrom’s Anniversary sale)

I hope you found my winter getaway style + travel tips useful! If you want to learn more about my past trips to Jamaica, you can check them out here!

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The best gift for the wine lover in your life

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Sharing my first time experience with WINC and why I believe their subscription is the best gift for the wine lover in your life! Plus, learn more about how you can get $22 off your first box!

Do you like wine but not know much about it? Me too! That’s why when WINC reached out to me about their wine subscription service, my natural curiosity was sparked. Subscriptions seems to be the best kind of gifts you can give these days. Whether it’s for pet lovers or beauty enthusiasts, gifting a subscription is a fun gift to receive during any time of the year. Today I am dedicating a post sharing the best gift for the wine lover in your life that you can gift for the holidays or any time of the year.

Getting started

The process is super simple. If you are like me, I had no idea what to get beyond Sauvignon Blanc and Rose. WINC has a palette test that you take which matches you up with wines that you are most likely to enjoy based on your taste preferences. Once you have picked your wines, you simply put in your address and payment information, then you are done!

Receiving my box in the mail

My box came within 3 days of my order. Keep in mind that when your box is delivered it does have to be signed off by someone at least 21+ or older. WINC was amazing at keep my updated with when my order was coming.

My experience

Of course I was thrilled to try a new bottle of Sauvignon Blanc. It has also been a lot of fun getting to try new wines that I would never have tried before. WINC also provided a welcome packet inside my subscription box that has allowed me to learn more about wine and the science behind it. I truly believe that WINC is the best gift for the wine lover in your life. Whether they are a long time lover of wine or they are someone that is looking to try someone new, this is a subscription that is sure to please!

Special offer

If you are looking to give the gift of WINC this year, I have a special offer for you. You can get $22 off your first box! Keep in mind that this is a MEMBERSHIP and will require you to enter in a credit card to charge you each month. You can cancel your subscription anytime! If you are still struggling to find a great gift, be sure to check out my idea for unique gift ideas.

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Wine covers: Kohls (under $10)

Thank you WINC for sponsoring this post! All opinions are my own. 

 

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5 Reasons why pajamas make the best gifts

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It’s finally here! Today I am sharing 5 reasons why pajamas make the best gifts! Pajamas are not only fun to gift but also super also super thoughtful. This gift idea is sure to help ease the stress of the holidays.

1. No guilt.

If you have a large family like I do, often you are exchanging gifts way before Christmas arrives. So you can give a cute pair of pajamas as a gift that your loved ones will enjoy all season long!

2. Your Christmas photos will be amazing!

Nothing beats opening gifts on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day – especially with festive pj’s! I even got matching Mickey and Minnie Pj’s from The Disney Store for my boyfriend and I to wear. Can you say photo op? 😉

3. They are great for layering.

Do you remember when you were a kid and your mom would have you layer up with your pj’s from time to time? I use some of my pj’s as under shirts or a second layer with my pants in the winter. It’s a simple hack that works at any age!

4. They are budget friendly.

The great thing about pajamas is that you can find a great pair at reasonable prices that will not hurt your budget. Or you can gift luxury ones from brands like Kate Spade or Nordstrom. Either way, this cozy and comfy gift will be sure to keep your wallet happy and your loved ones even happier.

5. The start a fun, family tradition.

By giving your friends and family holiday pajamas, they may get some for the rest of the family too! There are some many cute family holiday pajama sets out there like this Mickey and Minnie family set, this set from the Disney store and this one from Macy’s.

Don’t forget slippers and socks for extra comfort! Lauren Conrad has some adorable new slippers from her line at Kohls. Plus, everyone loves some soft socks when they are relaxing in their pj’s. 😉

What are some of your favorite gifts you like to give during the holidays? I have another gift idea that you can check out here. Leave me a comment and you might see it as a topic on my next blog post!

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Pajamas: Kohls // Hat: Kohls

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Holiday style outfit ideas for the modern woman

This past spring, I had the amazing opportunity to be on an Easter segment on Pix 11 wearing a Maggy London dress. I’ve grown really close with this marketing team and even purchased one of their dresses for my birthday. So here it is! My holiday style guide courtesy of my fabulous Maggy London team and their winter holiday collection. 

One of the reason I love the holidays so much is because everyone tends to step outside of their comfort zone with fashion. It seems like everyone likes to add extra sparkle to their looks during the holidays. That is why I am sharing some holiday style outfit ideas that you can use for every holiday occasion that you have this year.

ADD SOME SPARKLE TO THE HOLIDAYS

One of the many reason I love this dress is because it has long sleeves. Allow with some elegant sequins, this is a dress that is super flattering!

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JUMPSUITS FOR THE WIN 

The modern woman is rocking two things in 2019: blazers and jumpsuits. This is a piece that will be sure to turn heads.

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Maggy London 

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ELSA INSPIRED HOLIDAY STYLE 

If Elsa lived in 2019, this would be the dress she would rock! Ice blue is a fun color to wear during the holidays. This midi dress is great to wear at the office or for a night out.

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WINTER FLORALS

This charming dress is sure to be a great addition to your wardrobe. I love the way it flows! I’m wearing mine in regular size 0 because I like my dresses to be on the longer end.

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GREEN FOR THE HOLIDAYS

There is nothing like a classic green dress for the holidays. I love how flattering this dress is on my petite frame! The long sleeves are great for the winter. I loved styling it with white pumps and a festive earrings.

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I hope these looks inspire you to sparkle this holiday season. If you are in need of some some gift giving ideas, check out my post on how to add an artistic touch to your holidays.

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How to give unique gifts this holiday season

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With the excitement of giving gifts for the holidays comes the stress of finding the right gift for that special someone. Whether is a parent or best friend, finding unique gifts can be a challenge. That’s why this week I am highlighting how to give a unique gifts this holiday season!

Gift a holiday experience 

There is nothing like sharing an experience with someone you love! If you live in the try-state area, you know there is nothing like experience a Broadway show. And guess what? Now you can gift tickets to a Broadway show without making yourself broke! TodayTix is the Uber of New York Broadway showsoffering tickets as low as $35 this Black Friday/ Cyber Monday. Be sure to bookmark this post to refer to it later. Be sure to sign up for my email alerts so I can send an email reminder for the sale starts! P.S. this ticket stub diaryis a great addition to the gift – add the tickets in there so you can surprise your loved on (and they have something to open).

For the health conscious  

This unique gift idea is sure to be a hit! These avocado huggersare made out of silicone to help your favorite healthy fat fresh longer. The best part? They are under $20! I also love these beeswax reuseable sandwich wraps. My little sister is a beekeeper who continues to sing praises of their alternatives to plastic bags. Yet another great find for under $15!

From left to right: Avocado huggers // Beeswax reusable sandwich wraps

For the newly weds

Having trouble finding a gift for newly wed friends? This movie marque sign would make a great addition to their home and it can be customized to whatever you want it to read! Nothing says “I love you” more than a gift that you can personalize. Items like this mixtape pillow and personalized record doormat make a fun addition to anyone’s home. These are especially great for new home/apartment owners!

From left to right: Movie Marque sign // Personalized Mixtape pillow // Personalized record doormat

Gifts for the active

When it comes to unique gifts, our active friends can be a challenge. We all have that one friend/family member that is super active. Even when it’s freezing outside, they insist on staying active. If you have a friend who is a runner, these night runner lightswill keep them safe, lighting their path (plus helps them finish their run in case the sun sets early on them).

From left to right: Night runner lights // Instructional Cork Mat // Yoga Mat and Storage Display

Pet friendly gifts 

Our pets are a big part of our lives. If your loved one has a fur baby, these gifts will be sure to surprise them! Gifts like this customized pet illustration give a fun addition to the walls of any home. Simply send in a picture and the artists re-creates their photo into an illustration! This leak proof dog bowl is also a great gift to give (and it is under $30). My favorite gift for kitties by far is this DJ Cat Scratching Padthat is under $40 and is sure to give some laughs when your family and friends open it!

From left to right: Customized Pet Illustration // Leak Proof Water Dog Bowl // DJ Cat Scratching Pad

I hope these idea provide you with some inspiration to make this holiday season the best one yet! Do you love my holiday wrapping paper? You can learn more about it by checking out my post about adding an artistic touch to your holiday gift giving! Happy shopping xo.

 

 

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How to add an artistic touch to your holiday gift giving

Sharing details on how to add an artistic touch your holiday gift giving without breaking the bank.

I can’t hide it: I love adding an artistic touches when it comes to holiday gift giving. Recently, I went on a shopping spree to add some whimsical Kate Spade magic to my holiday gifting. These are inexpensive ways to add timeless touches to your gift giving this holiday season. I hope you find them useful.

Holiday cards

There is nothing more magical than receiving a hand written card from a loved one. When our words are put to pen and paper, it has a sort of magic to it wouldn’t you say? I purchased these cards to give out and I can’t wait for my friends and family to receive them!

Wrapping paper 

When it comes to the holidays, I pride myself in wrapping my gifts with lots of love. Plus I could not resist these beautiful wrapping paper designs. They are absolutely charming!

iPhone cases 

We are so connected with our phones, we might as well make sure they are protected (and look great too). I came across these gorgeous phone cases that even have some inspired looks from everyone’s favorite muse Audrey Hepburn!

Luggage tags 

Adding an artistic touch to gift giving is easy with a little customization! Nothing makes people happier than knowing they are going away. If you have a friend who travels a lot, surprise them with a custom luggage tag! It’s a gift they will be eager to use right away.

Whimsical mugs 

As a enthusiastic mug collector, I can say that you can never go wrong with a mug as a gift for Christmas. It’s the perfect gift for your favorite coffee or tea drinker.

Need some more holiday gift ideas? Check out my post about why pajamas make the best gift for the holidays! Be sure to check out my Instagram page for daily holiday inspiration!

 

 

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