Monday, November 30, 2015

Holiday Gift Guide


It's the most wonderful time of the year, and that means it's time to make a list and check it twice! One of my favorite things about the holiday season is shopping for gifts to give to my friends and family.  I love the feeling of finding the perfect gift and I love the feeling of giving gifts to the people I love even more. However, finding the perfect gift isn't always as easy as it may seem. There are many things to take into consideration when shopping for gifts; personality, size, price. For some, it can be a stressful part of the holiday's, so I've rounded up a gift guide with a variety of gifts that you can't go wrong with!
First on the list is a pair of Victoria's Secret flannel pajamas. Pajamas are such a classic gift that everyone loves to receive. These plaid flannel pajamas are perfect for a cold winter's night or even for opening presents on Christmas morning.  Second, is a cute holiday themed mug. What better way to celebrate the season than with a cup of hot cocoa in a festive mug!? Next on the list is a gold bow ornament from Kate Spade. Help your friends deck the halls, by gifting cute holiday decor for their tree or home! Next is a pair of reindeer stud earrings. I love these earrings!! They are the perfect statement piece for a holiday party! Or, if you're friend is more of the stay in and bake the night away kind of gal, this set of cookie cutters from H&M Home are the perfect gift for her! Next on the list is a set of Essie nail polishes. You can't go wrong with a classic red nail for the holiday's, and adding a little gold glitter is a great way to up the festive factor. For your more adventurous friends, help them stay stylish as they hit the ski slopes with this fur pom pom, cable knit beanie! And lastly, for your tech savvy friend, keep them in the holiday spirit as they call their distant relatives to wish them a Merry Christmas with this adorable, monogrammed, reindeer phone case! 
You can see the gifts I have rounded up below and be sure to check out the links I have provided for them! I hope this will help make your holiday season a little more stress free! Happy Shopping!!
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Sunday, November 22, 2015

Christmas Windows in the City

One of the most exciting things about being in New York City during the holiday season is admiring all of the extravagant window displays on 5th Avenue! This year, the stores definitely did not disappoint.  I explored the windows of Lord & Taylor, Macy's in Herald Square, Anthropology, Saks 5th Avenue, and Bergdorf Goodman. Each in their own way express holiday cheer with everything from cupcakes, to gingerbread houses, ice queen inspired couture, Charlie Brown and his gang, and sparkles, sparkles and more sparkles. Lord & Taylor used a lot of technology in their windows, featuring a conveyor belt of sugary confections and a shimmery woodland animal coo coo clock. Macy's took on a family fun approach by recreating classic scenes from a Charlie Brown Christmas. Charlie Brown and his gang are seen singing around the tree, while Snoopy is featured atop of his 1st place prize winning, decorated dog house. There is even an interactive feature that allows you to create your own Peanuts character to add to the display! Anthropology paired their mannequins with gingerbread sculptures of snow covered villages and ski mountains. Each mannequin is dressed perfectly to accompany its gingerbread setting. Saks 5th Avenue created a winter palace with elegant displays of icy chandeliers and tables covered with sweets. The mannequins are dressed up in couture, perfect for an ice queen. And last but definitely not least, Bergdorf Goodman teamed up with Swarovski to celebrate Swarovski's 120th birthday. Each window features its own theme, from a big birthday bash, to a fortune teller, but one thing they all have in common is that they are all decked out in Swarovski crystals.
Check out the video I made below to get a glimpse of the windows and make sure you go out and explore them for yourself before the holiday season is over!

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