A Holiday Gift Guide From Susan of Susan Mahlburg

 

 

Hello There Lovelies!

With only five days (and four shopping days!) left until Christmas we have yet another fabulous Holiday Gift Guide from guest blogger Susan Fisher of Susan Mahlburg! After a phenomenal guest post a few weeks back, I was thrilled when I learned she was going to do a gift guide for us as well! Just a fantastic as before (maybe even more!), and stunning as ever, she has provided us with a little holiday help that did nothing but exceed any expectations I could have possibly had! So, without further ado, here is a Holiday Gift Guide from the lovely Susan of Susan Mahlburg!

A Holiday Gift Guide From Susan Of Susan Mahlburg

So what that actually means is…

1. I think the best shoes of the season are….

Kate Spade Glitter KedsI recently featured them on the blog and think it’s an easy way for even the most on-the-go ladies to add some sparkle to their steps during the holiday season.  It matches the Charm Heel, which is a KS cult favorite.

2. My favorite 2013 Holiday Gift Set is…

Nars Guy Bourdin Crime of Passion Kit.  Nars does such great collaborations, especially over the holidays (last year it was Andy Warhol).  And when they say Limited Edition, they really mean it.  Anyone would love to get Nars as a gift – they have this magical way of making sure any of their shades work with absolutely any skin tone.  It’s uncanny.  And not only is their product top-quality, the packaging is, too.

3. The hottest electronic device/gadget this year is…

The no!no! Hair Removal Gadget.  I always shied away from these things, but the more I hear about them, I just might buy one for myself.  How many times do you try to make a waxing appointment, only to find out they’re booked?  In Virginia, all the time.  Beggars can’t be choosers, so take matters into your own hands.

4. I am dying to make this gift for someone…

I am actually a huge fan of putting together gift baskets.  You can go several ways with this.  Option 1: a compilation of a bunch of favorite things.  Let’s be real: stores do cute things in miniature sizes this time of year, so why not do a bunch of things?  Option 2: the ‘event’ basket – you know the one, it’s themed for a particular activity.  She likes crafts?  Knit her a scarf but include it with a bunch of yarn, etc so she can knit her own.  She likes baking?  Bake her some cookies, but then compile all of the ingredients she would need to make another great recipe and display it in a cute Mason jar you’ve glitzed up for her.

5. Three things on my Christmas list this year are…

1) Saint-Laurent Metalic Leather Biker Jacket

2) Zac Posen Eartha Extreme Soft Top Handle

3) Prada Acetate Baroque Gradiant Sunglasses

 

 

XOXO, Susan

See, is she amazing or what?! Not that I had to tell you, because you have already seen how great she is from her guest post! But, if you haven’t already done so, please check out here blog here! It’s just as fantastic as she is… I promise you won’t regret it! It is quickly becoming one of my favorite fashion blogs to read everyday! Her style is absolutely amazing and I hope one day I am as awesome as she is! (Plus, only living about 45 minutes away from JMU, she my neighbor! How cool is that?!)

I hope you guys have a wonderful day and don’t forget to check out her blog if you haven’t already done so today!

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The 2013 Winter Collection From Warby Parker

 

 

Good Afternoon Loves!

Today, I have yet another treat for y’all… A look at the Winter 2013 Collection from Warby Parker that is available now here!

Do you hate going to the eye doctor and getting a pair of overpriced designer glasses that you don’t necessarily love, but they were the best one’s that you could find? Well, Warby Parker knows how you feel and they have set out (and succeeded, if you ask me!) to fix that problem that so many people feel! Providing many people worldwide with higher-quality and lower-priced eyewear that look better than what you find in the stores, you are sure to find something you absolutely love! With glasses starting at just $85, here are a few of my favorites:

Edgeworth Glasses in Sage, $95

Warby Parker - Edgeworth Glasses

Warby Parker - Edgeworth Glasses

Durand Glasses in Woodland Tortoise, $95

Warby Parket - Durand Glasses

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Seymore Glasses in Sage, $95

Warby Parker - Seymore Glasses

Warby Parket - Seymore Glasses

In addition to these fantastic frames, Warby Parker they also have some amazing electronic gift cards that you can send to anyone on your list this year! All you have to do is pick the date and they will do the rest! On the chosen date, there will be a gift card emailed to the person you are giving it to… Easy as that! Complete with all of the ingredients to make a fabulous snowman, here is an example of what their super cute gift cards look like:

Holiday Gift Card

Holiday Gift Card

Did you think that was great? Well, that’s not all! On top of their amazing Winter Collection and super cute Holiday Gift Cards, they also have their regular collections, featuring Leith Clark (for women) and Beck (for men)! Here is just a little preview of what they have to offer! (To view their entire collection, visit their website here!)

Warby Parker - Beck Collection

The 2013 Beck Collection for men by Warby Parket

Warby Parker - Leith Clark

The 2013 Leith Clark Collection for women by Warby Parker

Warby Parer Winter 2013 Collection

The 2013 Winter Collection for both men and women by Warby Parker

I have only grazed the tip of the ice burg with this one, so you guys will have to check out their site for yourself to really get the full effect of the amazing things they have to offer! With their fantastic collections for both men and women you and everyone on your list is sure to find the perfect pair of glasses this season!

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Holiday Gift Guide: Beauty Gift Sets

 

 

The Best Beauty Gift Sets Of The Season At An Affordable Price!

Good morning and Happy Saturday ladies! I am so sorry that I was missing for so long, finals killed me this past week! But still, no excuses, I know… I should have planned ahead so it’s my fault! But anyway, I’m back and I have a super awesome surprise for you today! Are you struggling with finding the perfect  gift for the beauty queen in your life? Well here are some amazing gift sets that she is sure to love! But, that’s not all… they’re all under $50!

Holiday Gift Guide - Beauty Gift Sets Under Fifty Dollars

 

1.  Butter London Glam Rock 6 Piece Gift Set – 6pm.com, $39

2.  Clinique Limited Edition Party Favors Gift Set – neimanmarcus.com, $40

3.  Pure Delight 8 Piece Lip Surgence Set – ulta.com, $34

4.  Mary Kay Vanilla Sugar Satin Hands Pampering Set – marykay.com, $34

5.  Bliss You ‘Butter’ Watch Out Cream Set – neimanmarcus.com, $39

6.  Burt Bees Holiday Tips & Toes Kit – target.com, $13

7.  Michael Kors Limited Edition Lip Luster Gift Set – macys.com$48 $25

8.  Essie Holiday Kit – beauty.com, $15

9.  Philosophy Sweets For The Stocking Set – sephora.com, $26

Okay girls… Head to the stores or get to the websites before these awesome gift sets are gone! They’re pretty amazing, so I wouldn’t wait too long… They might sell out! I hope you are all having a wonderful day and a fantastic weekend! Happy shopping girls!

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Holiday Gift Guide For The Office

Hello beauties! I hope you are all having a wonderful day! Today we have a special Holiday Gift Guide guest post from the lovely Christie of The Closet by Christie.  She has provided us with a special feature for our Holiday Gift Guide… Something I know I definitely struggle with every year! Today, we have a gift guide that goes over everything you could possibly need to know about buying gifts for co-workers and people at the office.  So, without further ado, here she is ladies and gentlemen!

It’s that time of year, again! The holidays, better known as the gifting season. It’s fun and easy to shop for people you know, like your close friends and family. That perfect item in the store jumps out at you and you think ‘oh, so and so would love this!’ But what about shopping for colleagues at the office? You may be new to the office or you may not have connected with these colleagues on a personal level. You don’t want to be the only fool that shows up without gifts, but you don’t want to go overboard either. You know you need the perfect, professional little something but what is that? I’ve learned a thing or two over these past few years of office gifting.

Holiday Gift Guide for the Office

 

Here’s my Holiday Gift Guide for the Office!

1- Ornaments: This is a wonderful gift for anyone. If you know your colleagues personalities and interests well, get them something they’ll love and may be able to use year-round as a decoration. If you work beside a sports fanatic, get a sport-themed ornament. If you’re less familiar with them, get a standard holiday-themed one. This is an affordable gift that shows you were thinking of them. And trust me, there’s an ornament out there for everyone these days. My favorite place to get gorgeous ornaments is Pier 1! Check out Pier 1’s Christmas Ornaments.

2- Glassware Baskets: One of my favorite, easy, go-to gifts is glassware baskets. It makes for such a quick, neutral gift. The most affordable way to do this is by getting a coffee mug and filling it with candy, like chocolate kisses, and wrapping it in cellophane with a pretty ribbon or bow. If you want to get fancy, fill the mug with k-cups or coffee samples! For the head honcho (aka your boss), I recommend getting a pretty serving dish and filling it with whatever you desire. I think some gift bag fluff and candies is sufficient. I found some lovely and affordable glassware at Kohl’s. Check it out: Kohl’s Holiday Glassware.

3- Wine Accessories: Depending on your company culture and colleagues, you may want to consider wine accessories. I’ve seen some of the cutest wine bottle outfits! They have winter sweaters, winter coats, a Mrs. Claus dress, etc. In addition, there’s always bottle stoppers and wine glass charms. You could get festive for the holidays or go with a normal, everyday one. Check out the following stores for some really great, affordable ones: Bed Bath & Beyond Wine OutfitsBed Bath & Beyond Wine Glass CharmsBed Bath & Beyond Wine Stoppers, & Kohl’s Wine Outfits.

4- Baked Goods: Everyone likes a yummy treat, right? For the bakers out there, pick up a few holiday tins and show off your skills by baking your famous peppermint bark or melted snowman cookies! For those that don’t bake, like me, head over to your neighborhood grocery store and buy something. They don’t have to know it wasn’t homemade! Check out these great recipes from fellow bloggers: Baked by Rachel’s Peppermint Bark and Somewhat Simple’s Melted Snowman Cookies.

5. Gift Cards: This is definitely the most effortless option! I recommend getting coffee gift cards so it makes more sense to add a smaller amount to it. I think $5 is the perfect amount, especially if you have a number of people to shop for. Starbucks has THE cutest gift cards, but Dunkin Donuts is another option. Choose what you think your colleagues will want to use!

What are you getting your colleagues for the holidays? I will likely get a combination of the above!

 

She is absolutely amazing as is her awesome blog! I have only recently come upon her blog, but I have quickly fallen in love.  With an emphasis on appropriate dress for the office while looking extremely fashionable and chic, her blog is everything I am always preaching at you lovely ladies about getting dressed for work! She is great and you all need to check out her wonderful blog!  Also, keep an eye out for her in our Guest Blogger Series… A Guest Post from Christie is coming soon!

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Introducing Style by Kristen Blair’s First Annual Holiday Gift Guide

 

The Holidays Are Among Us… Make Sure You’re Prepared!

With Thanksgiving quickly approaching, we all know the holidays are creeping up on us! I know I personally always seem to struggle figuring out what to get for the loved ones in my life, so I have decided to put together a 2013 Holiday Gift Guide in an attempt to help you solve your issues in deciding what to get that special someone in your life!

For our 2013 Holiday Gift Guide, there will be a bunch of posts from me (Kristen) as well as a bunch of Guest Posts by other bloggers and influential people in fashion!  When it comes to guest posts, this is what a typical one will look like…

2013 Holiday Gift Guide

 

1.     I think the best shoes of the season are….

Jimmy Choo Doreen Rugged Leather Knee Boot (black).  I  am absolutely obsessed with Jimmy Choo and I came across these boots during some shopping recently.  I am in the market for some new black leather boots this year and these are definitely my number 1 pick! (I am not sure how realisitic that is but, hey a girl can dream right?! Hint, hint Mom and Dad!) J

2.     My favorite 2013 Holiday Gift Set is…

OPI Take Ten Mini 10 Piece Nail Polish Set.  I am absolutely in love with getting my nails done… I mean, who doesn’t love a day of pampering at the salon?! However, being a girl on a (somewhat tight at times…) budget, that is not always an option! So, instead I usually take to doing my own nails.  My favorite nail polish to get is OPI (followed closely by Essie) and this gift set is the perfect solution for any of your female friends or family members who seem to have the same dilemma as me!

**Every girl should have their nails done at all times ladies… its personal hygiene! Get it together girls!

3.     The hottest electronic device/gadget this year is…

Apple iPad Mini.  I have an iPad 2 and I absolutely love it… I do not know what I would do without it at times.  However, if I were to be in the market for a new tablet this year, my go-to solution would be the iPad Mini.  With all it has to offer, the lighter weight, and the super convenient size, plus so much more, you really can beat it for the price of only $299!

4.     I am dying to make this gift for someone….

Aluminum Lanterns.  They are so cute and they seem so easy to make! With just a few supplies needed that are fairly inexpensive and then some cute candles to put inside, this would be such a fun and easy gift to make for almost anyone on your list this year!

Find the supplies needed and the simple step-by-step instructions here!

5.     Three things on my Christmas list this year are…

If you liked this little preview, then get ready girls! There is so much more to come and let me tell you, I have some good stuff in store for you, if I do say so myself! (Not to toot my own horn, but…. Toot, toot!) So stay tuned and posted for the next (well first real) post in our 2013 Holiday Gift  Guide series! It is going to be so fun and exciting waiting to see what will be next! You will never know unless you check back!

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