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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Holiday Gift Guide: For Him

 

 

Only 5 More Days Until Christmas… Are You Ready?!

Are you having trouble finding the perfect gift for the man (or men for some of you!) in your life? Well, I have the answers for you today! Be it your dad, your bother, your husband, or your boyfriend, I am sure you will be able to find something (or at least have a good idea started) from the options I have listed here!

I got the inspiration for this post because today I am taking my dad shopping and giving him a little mini makeover (I’ll definitely keep you guys updated on the progress we make today!), so in thinking about the things that we are going to be getting/look at, I thought that it would be a good thing to post.  I know that my sister and I struggle to think of the right thing to get for our dad for Christmas every year, so knowing the trouble we always have, I figured there was bound to be a few other ladies out there who have the same problem(s).

Holiday Gift Guide - Gift Ideas For Him

 

While I know this short list is not all inclusive (the gift my sister and I got for my dad this year isn’t listed here! I’d tell ya what it is but my dad may be reading so you’ll have to wait until after Christmas!), but this is certainly a good start to get yourselves thinking in the right direction.  It is always hard to find something that you feel good about for the men in your life, especially if your dad is anything like mine and always says he doesn’t want or need anything! But, I hope this little list helps and if there is anything else you need help brainstorming gifts for, please let me know and I can definitely put together a gift guide for that, also! (I’m starting to run out of ideas so any help/suggestions would be greatly appreciated!) Shoot me an email at kristen.booth06@gmail.com with any suggestions :)

I hope you have a great day my little beauty queen, it’s almost the weekend… Hang in there you’re almost done!

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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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House Of Fraser 2013 Christmas Collection Sneak Peak!

Hello lovelies! I hope you are all having a fabulous Friday today (and I hope that you’re doing something more fun than I am!).  Today I have a special treat for all of you beautiful, hard workers to help you get through the final stretch of the day… A sneak peak into the House of Fraser 2013 Christmas Collection!

House Of Fraser 2013 Christmas Collection

House Of Fraser 2013 Christmas Collection

House of Fraser is an online store based out of the UK and Ireland.  Partnering with over 60 stores between the two countries, they are the leading national online department store in both Ireland and the UK.  Although they mainly do business online, they also have one brick and mortar retail location that is based on the same model as their ever popular web-based store.  I only recently learned about House of Fraser, but it has quickly become one of my favorite stores! They really do have everything! Reminding me a lot of Neiman Marcus and Saks Fifth Avenue in the US, I know this would be a store that I frequented quite often if I lived anywhere close (or even in the right country…)! But, for now I guess I will have to settle with shopping online (which, let’s be honest, I already do quite well and never have any problems spending just as much, if not more, money!).  So, without further ado, here is a sneak peak at a few of the absolutely stunning and amazing pieces in House of Fraser’s 2013 Christmas Collection!

Looks #1 and #2 –  Christmas Drinks with the Girls:

House Of Fraser 2013 Christmas Collection

The perfect little ensemble for a night on the town catching up with old friends for a round of Christmas time drinks, this dress is chic and festive! However, while it is super seasonal and holiday appropriate, it is extremely versatile and could easily be worn for many other occasions at other points in the winter months!

House Of Fraser 2013 Christmas Collection

These super sleek leather skinnies paired with that to-die-for studded blouse are the perfect combination for a fun night on the town with the girls! This awesome outfit is also not only appropriate at Christmas time, so with the versatility that it offers, you could wear it for so many different events giving you all the of a reason to buy it without feeling guilty!

 

Look #3 – Casual Christmas Dinner with the Family:

House Of Fraser 2013 Christmas Collection

This extremely elegant and classy outfit is the perfect solution for Christmas Dinner with your family.  It looks so chic and fashionable while maintaining an elegant appearance (and we all know how hard that is to achieve these days!)… Needless to say, I absolutely love this and I have to add… It will definitely be making it’s way on to my Christmas list!

Looks #4 and #5 – Christmas Party:

House Of Fraser 2013 Christmas Collection

This dress is my favorite piece in the collection and would be the perfect choice for a holiday party this season! It is so chic and fashionable and at the same time so classic and classy. It’s perfect! Ladies, I can promise you will be turning the heads of all the men if you wear this sleek and sexy little number!

House Of Fraser 2013 Christmas Collection

Is the Christmas Party you’re going to a little bit more formal? Well here you go! This is the perfect solution for you.! With such a flattering shape and style, this dress is sure to look good on almost any body type! It is a timeless fashion that you will be able to keep in your closet for many years to come and not feel outdated when you wear it 10 years after you buy it! With such a fun color, this elegant and classy dress has a little added flare for the wild side in us all.

These are only a small sample of the amazing 2013 Christmas Collection that is being featured by House of Fraser this season! These are my favorite five pieces of the collection, but you may have your own favorites that I didn’t include! Stay tuned for more details about a release date so you can chose your favorite pieces for yourself! And in the mean time, check out House of Fraser for yourself.  I’m telling you, I really think you’re going to love it… I know I surely do!

I hope you are all having a wonderful day and you’re getting more and more excited for the weekend… Its almost here, just hang in a little longer!

Also, make sure you check out the House of Fraser Blog! (It’s awesome girls, trust me!)

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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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Holiday Gift Guide From Danielle Of Kanielemegumi

Good morning again ladies and another Happy Monday! I hope you all had a wonderful weekend and an amazing Thanksgiving! Did you hit all of the Black Friday sales and get lots of good stuff?! Well I certainly hope so…

But, today is back to work, school, and real life for a few more weeks until Christmas! So, with that we have our first guest post in the Holiday Gift Guide Series! Danielle is absolutely amazing and gorgeous! She has put together some of her favorite items this season and I know you will all love them as much as I do! And don’t forget to check out her blog here! It’s great and I know you girls are going to love it!
Holiday Gift Guide From Daniielle Of Kanielemegumi

 

 

So, what that actually means is…

  1. The best shoes of the season are the Sole Society Nessie combat boots. So I personally do not own them, but I love the color, I love the look and I am a combat boot junkie. I own the Steven Madden look-alikes and they literally do with everything and add a cute pair of socks to show right at the top and you are looking cute, warm and cozy.
  2. My favorite 2013 Holiday Gift Set would be the Philosophy the Gingerbread House Gift Set. It is filled with loads of bath and body washes and some lip glosses and they are all holiday scented so you can smell like the holidays and I cant think of anything better. And lately I have been obsessing over bath and body lotions and bubble baths stuff so this was just the cherry on top.
  3. The hottest electronic or device this year, in my opinion would have to be the Polaroid Camera, I have just found myself wanting the instant film and being able to automatically have the memories in my hands seconds after the moment was captured. I know for other people it’s the iPad or the Kindle, but for me, I have a phone, I’m good on that stuff for more. I am a camera obsessed person and I am in love with the different ways that you can capture such a special moment.
  4. A DIY gift that I am dying to give would be hot cocoa in a jar. This just has to be the cutest little gift a person can think of. Ever since I had purchased a crate of mason jars, I feel the need t put everything in them because they just make everything seem more adorable and cute.
  5. Three things on my Christmas list this year are..

Don’t you just love her?! She is so cute and absolutely amazing! Keep an eye out for more from Danielle in our Guest Blogger series! I hope you all have a fantastic day and keep your eyes peeled for another Holiday Gift Guide guest post coming soon!

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Holiday Gift Guide: 2013 Black Friday Sales And Deals

 

Get Your Shopping Shoes On… Black Friday Is Coming!

2013 Black Friday Sales

So, we all know by now that my favorite holiday is Thanksgiving.  I just love spending time with my family and, of course, getting to eat all the yummy food! But, as I’m sure most of you can assume, I also live for the days following ThanksgivingBlack Friday and the sales that follow! However, the biggest problem I have had in the past was struggling to know where to go and when, to get the best deals possible.  If you tend to have this same problem, then I may have the perfect solution for you… I have put together a list of the places with the best deals and sales and when to hit them to make sure you beat the crowd (if possible…)!

 

So now, the top 2013 Black Friday Sales and Deals are…

 

Black Friday Sales - Saks Fifth Avenue

Starting now and running until 6pm on December 22, all designer items will be 40% off, all Diane Von Furstenburg items will be 60% off, and all orders will receive free shipping when the code ‘HOLIDAY’ is used during the checkout process.  This sale is happening online only, so the good news is that you don’t even have to get all dolled up to hit the mall… You can stay in your PJ’s and keep eating the Thanksgiving leftovers while you get your Christmas shopping done!

Black Friday Sales - Lord And Taylor

All regular priced items will be 15% off and all sale or clearance items will be an additional 10% off when the promotional code ‘BIG’ is used during checkout.  This sale is only on November 30,2013 and is only available online!

Black Friday Sales - Ann Taylor When you shop online, you will receive 50% off all cashmere on Black Friday, November 29, 2013!

 

Black Friday Sales - Neiman Marcus

Receive up to 25% off select regular-priced kids’ items; up to 40% off select contemporary/cusp dresses and more; plus, sign up to receive emails and get an additional 10% off your entire purchase (sorry ladies, this one is for new subscribers only!).  This amazing sale is both online and in stores and has already started, so hurry to the nearest Neiman Marcus and get all the deals before they’re snatched up.

 

Black Friday Sales - Old Navy

Starting at 7pm on Thanksgiving (November 28, 2013) and going through Black Friday (November 29, 2013) the entire store will be 50% off! This amazing deal is available both online and in stores!

PLUS:  On Saturday, November 30, 2013 the entire store will be 40% off, and Sunday, December 1, 2013 and Monday, December 2, 2013, the entire store will be 30% off! Wow, I don’t know if you can really top these deals!

Black Friday Sales - Nicholas K

On Black Friday (November 29, 2013) only, all merchandise will be 30% off – available online only!

 

Black Friday Sales - Target

Find all the Black Friday deals and sales here! But don’t wait to hit Target this year, these sales end Wednesday, November 27, 2013!

 

Black Friday Sales - BCBGMAXAZRIA

Their annual Winter Sale is running now through Saturday, November 30, 2013, and is offering up to 60% off online and in stores.

 

Black Friday Sales - Macy's

Macy’s annual Thanksgiving Day sale will kick-off on Thanksgiving Day starting at 8pm with deals including 30% to 75% off select items! This amazing sale will run until Saturday, November 30, 2013, and will be available online and in stores!

 

Black Friday Sales - Bergdorf Goodman

From now through Thanksgiving (Thursdsay, November 28, 2013) you will receive 40% off contemporary, ready-to-wear, shoes, handbags, jewelry, men’s and more.  This awesome deal is available online and in stores, but hurry! Its almost over and you don’t want to miss out on this… Its a good one!

 

Black Friday Sales - Nordstrom

Check out the awesome deals at the Nordstrom near you here! Nordstrom locations will be closed on Thanksgiving Day, but they will be open for extended hours on Black Friday, November 29, 2013, and Saturday, November 30, 2013.

 

Black Friday Sales - Aeropostale

Shop early and get 50% off everything in the entire store!  Receive free shipping on orders of $75 or more – available online only.

 

Black Friday Sales - Diane Von Furstenberg

When you spend $200 or more, receive $50 off your order when you use the code ‘DVFINSIDER’ at checkout.  This sale is available online only and is running now through Saturday, November 30, 2013.

Okay ladies and gentlemen… get your shopping pants on because as you see, some places have already started their deals and steals! You don’t want to miss any of the best stuff, so make sure you hit the stores early! These are by no means all of the sales and deals that are going to be available this Black Friday, but these are simply the ones that I personally feel are the best! If there are any other stores that you are curious about, let me know either by commenting on this post or by sending me an email at kristen.booth06@gmail.com and I will be sure to find out what their deals are going to be and I’ll let ya know!

Good luck and happy shopping! I hope you get all the things you set out for.  Let me know about all the good things you find, I can’t wait to hear all about them!

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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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