Holidays

Our Christmas Tree

This has been my favorite Christmas season thus far. No doubt it’s because I’ve been able to spend it with Thomas and his family who LOVE Christmas and fully embrace the holiday. I love that Thomas insisted we get a real tree (I’ve never had a real tree in my NYC apartment!) this year and carried it all the way home. It smells SO good and was 100% worth it. We’ve been playing Christmas music in our apartment all month long, and talking about what we’ll be cooking for his family’s annual Christmas Eve party! Emotions During The HolidaysChristmas hasn’t always been such a joyful time for me though. To be honest, it’s actually been a bit stressful and lonely since my parents divorced and moved on opposite sides of the country. I’ve often felt uncomfortable trying to decide who to spend Christmas with each year, and bummed out that we don’t have a special set of traditions. Can anyone else relate? Whatever you’re doing for the holidays – just remember you’re not alone, and you’re not the only one who sometimes feels blue this time of year! Holidays bring up a TON of emotions for people and it’s normal to FEEL ALL THE FEELS! Christmas Tree DecorNow let’s talk about my Christmas tree and holiday decor! Every year I pick a color scheme and choose ornaments, wrapping paper and decor that tie into it. For 4 years in a row now, I’ve chosen silver + gold as my color scheme. It’s just so classic, elegant and works well in any home. You may remember my West Village tree, and my Venice Beach house tree – I loved both so much! This year’s Soho tree was full of these beautiful silver ornaments that were insanely reasonable, as well as gold balls that I found at a random Christmas tree stand around the corner from my apartment. I mixed and matched the colors and sizes, and added a simple strand of lights around the tree. Also, I used a black blanket as a tree skirt since I couldn’t find one I loved online, and tied a black grosgrain ribbon as a tree topper. I picked up silver + gold wrapping paper and ribbon at Paper Source and used extra ornaments as little decorative touches on everyone’s gifts. Thank youThank you so much for reading, supporting me, and following along, I’m so grateful. Sending you lots of love wherever you are in the world. Merry Christmas Eve!
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Christmas Tree Shopping

This year I bought a REAL Christmas tree. I feel totally giddy about it and it’s even more special than I could have imagined. It smells heavenly and it just makes me that much more excited about the holidays! Cute Cold Weather OutfitIt’s been pouring ALL week in NYC so I’ve been bundled in this cute black teddy coat and chunky turtleneck. Both pieces are from Walmart’s Fashion section which you know I love. If you’ve ordered something from any of my past posts – you know how impressive the quality is for the price point. It’s pretty amazing. This coat is no exception. It feels WAY more expensive than $89. It’s thick, true to size, and you can actually move in it (which I’ve said before is my biggest thing with teddy coats – I hate when they’re stiff.) This turtleneck comes in several colors and is from the Scoop collection. It’s got a great oversized collar. How To Wear Winter WhiteDon’t be afraid to wear white – especially white pants in the fall or winter! They really lighten up a dark coat and dreary day. I am OBSESSED with these white/cream corduroy pants. They fit like a DREAM – no seriously, they’re some of the best fitting skinny pants I’ve ever owned. You know how sometimes corduroy pants are scratchy inside and don’t have any stretch in them? These ones are super soft and have the perfect amount of stretch. FYI I found them to run true to size. Oh, and they’re on sale for under $13. They also come in several other colors! Waterproof BootiesIf you live in NYC or anywhere where there’s a lot of rain/snow you know how much your shoes get BEAT UP. I’ve been searching for attractive boots/booties that I don’t have to worry about ruining for meetings/date nights on rainy days and I can’t say enough good things about these Scoop booties from Walmart’s Fashion section. They’re almost sold out, but the entire line has a TON of other options like these, these, and these. While it doesn’t say that they’re technically “waterproof” online, I can attest that they held up during this wild weather we’ve been having! I’m eyeing these gorgeous shearling trim boots next! Holiday Party PiecesIf you’re looking for a few festive holiday outfit ideas – get this velvet blazer, these wide leg plaid pants and this fun little metallic romper. This champagne colored lace tank is also beautiful and only $10! Shop my entire look from Walmart Fashion below!
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Gifts For Everyone

It’s hard to believe that Christmas is only 2 weeks away! I wanted to share some of my favorite gifts for everyone in your life from your mom, to your sister, boyfriend/girlfriend, dad, yourself and more. These are all tried and true, high quality pieces that I own, have given and/or love. They’re all also 25% off with the Bloomingdales Friends and Family sale! It really couldn’t be a better time to finish your holiday shopping! Fashion Gifts For Her This leather jacket is GORGEOUS, fits perfectly, and you will have it for years to come. I am super impressed with the quality for the price point. PS it comes in 2 other colors! You can never go wrong with a cozy scarf especially for upcoming travel. This one is under $100 and comes in several colors. Who doesn’t love a luxurious pair of cashmere lined leather gloves? These are beautiful. The perfect tan bootie…these Rag & Bone booties will last forever. I’ve had mine for 7 years and they’re still going strong, I’m obsessed with these black over the knee boots – and they’re under $110! The cutest Eberjey pajamas. I love the subtle print. How pretty are these gold + diamond star earrings?! Okkkk I think I need these fur fingerless gloves!!! Beauty Gifts For Her Upgrade your blow dryer game with this compact, travel-friendly T3 dryer. Everyone could always use a new set of brushes – and the professionals rave about Sigma brushes. A jade roller with a fancy face oil is the perfect gift for the skincare lover. Charlotte Tilbury makes the most aesthetically pleasing beauty palettes and I am swooning over this eyeshadow palette. Her lipsticks are also incredible and best sellers for a reason! For the perfume lover – get her Byredo’s Gypsy Water. Trust me, every woman will love this scent. I keep it on my nightstand and spritz it for special occasions – it smells heavenly! Gifts For Him An elegant leather card case for only $15. A classic brown leather belt that every man needs in his closet. A black leather toiletry kit for travel. Cozy Ugg slippers or a fluffy bathrobe for lounging. A stunning grey topcoat. A timeless half zip up sweater in navy or black. A sexy henley that comes in several colors. For the tech lover – a leather wireless charging pad and desk organizer. How badass are these waterproof leather Cole Haan boots? Bloomingdales always has the BEST selection of items for everyone in your life and this sale is TOO GOOD to pass up. Shop more of my favorite gift items from Bloomingdales below!
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Gift Guide: Best of Beauty

This gift guide is for the beauty lovers in your life and of course you! ;) It’s a roundup of my absolute favorite makeup items that I re-order time and time again from Nordstrom. These are my beauty cabinet staples, and will make perfect gifts for your loved ones. Most of them are under $100, and several are under $50 making them great stocking stuffers. PS if you love my robe you can get it here! Beauty gifts from Nordstrom: Fragrance My favorite perfume of all time is Diptyque “Eau Duelle.” It’s got a rich vanilla bourbon smell, and I get compliments on it from men and women everytime I wear it. For room spray, I love Diptyque “Baies.” I keep this in my bathroom, as well as our guest bathroom. For diffusers, I can’t get enough of the Antica Farmacista Vanilla, Bourbon and Mandarin reed diffuser. It’s not overpowering and makes your entire home smell divine. Candles My favorite candle is by Diptyque – it’s the Vanille scent. I talk about it nonstop for a reason – it’s pure heaven. If you’re over Diptyque, then I suggest Byredo’s Bohemia scented candle. It’s the chicest candle next to Diptyque and smells really subtle and sexy. Body I am constantly re-ordering this Aesop hand + lotion duo. It smells SO good and everyone comments how much they love it when they come over. It’s earthy, and nourishing. I recently bought the Necessaire body wash and lotion and let me tell you – it lives up to the hype. It left my skin SO soft, smells incredible, and is also a CLEAN beauty product. Win, win, win. Face I’m obsessed with the Tata Harper resurfacing serum. You notice an immediate glow right after using it. Plus it’s all natural. I also love the resurfacing mask. I got the gift set for my sister! For the woman who has everything…get the Sisley face mask. Google it and you will see the thousands of positive reviews. It instantly works, and leaves your skin feeling SO soft and supple. I’ve been using it for years. This Indie Lee face oil is also a clean product and a great stocking stuffer. It’s only $14 and super gentle. For the girl who is prone to breakouts and always traveling, get her this gem from Sunday Riley. I bring it on every trip and it immediately clears up a zit within minutes. I’ve been using the Dermalogica Microfoliant 2x a week for 8 years. It’s gentle, effective and makes your skin stay bright + clear. This little gift set is perfect for the skincare junkie! Vintner’s Daughter Serum. Elemis Cleansing Balm. Supergoop Unseen Sunscreen. Hair I love the T3 ceramic curling iron! Dyson Supersonic hair dryer. For shampoo – I use a few, but I’m a big fan of R+Co and Alterna Caviar. Mason Pearson hair brush. Makeup YSL Saharienne eye palette. Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation. Charlotte Tilbury highlighter and mascara. Bobbi Brown bronzer. Laura Mercier caviar eye sticks. Mac lipgloss in C-Thru. Cle de Beauté concealer. And if you’re looking for quick, one off gifts sets from Nordstrom under $100: I love this Bobbi Brown travel friendly kit. This is a fancier version of my fave YSL eyeshadow palette. A special edition BLACK Diptyque Baies candle. Laura Mercier bath + body skincare set. Tata Harper daily essentials set. Diptyque mini candle + perfume set. R + Co hair travel set. Gift sets under $50: Deborah Lippmman polish kit. Laura Mercier caviar stick set. Supergoop sunscreen kit. Basic purity energy cleanse meditation kit. Indie Lee discovery kit. Fresh lip balm set (a Nordstrom Beauty exclusive!) Be sure to shop my picks below and check out Nordstrom’s Gift With Purchase page which is full of extra goodies!
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