One of the best gift guides that I’ll be doing this year… FOR HER! Which basically means, gifts for ourselves. I mean, how do you get your Christmas shopping done without buying a ton of stuff that you “need” too? My list has grown like a mile long since I’ve started crossing people off of my list. Ahhhhh! I’m going to be broke by the time the holiday season is over, but hey… whatever.

So I put together some of my favorite things that I either already have (and LOVE) or are things that are on my own Christmas list. Below are links to each item, along with a little info on why you (errrr…. your loved ones…) need them!

Whether you’re shopping for your sister, your mom, your friends, Secret Santa, your co-workers, there are lots of options here at all price points. And I think it’s important when shopping for loved ones to really keep in mind what they are into. Is she a beauty fanatic? Does she need more home decor, like a candle? Or maybe a coffee table book is more her speed… Once you start thinking about the person and focus on what they are into, the present ideas start to overflow.

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I actually can’t believe that holiday party time is back again… I mean, how has it been a year since the LAST time we did this? BUT on the bright side, I’m really excited about all of the holiday treats, drinks and presents! Holiday parties are the perfect excuse to dress up and get fancy (or go the other direction completely and wear an ugly sweater…both are great). This year, I’m opting to be EXTRA at my holiday parties. I don’t want to wear the same red or black dress I’ve had in my closet for years. This season has so many cute trends going on that it’s pretty much impossible to not want to buy something new and amazing, right?

I found this velvet jumpsuit at Express and instantly fell in love. I mean, LOOK at it! Isn’t it a dream?? I think I was actually drooling when I picked it up and brought it to the dressing room. Simple, but also completely over the top, in my opinion, on top of being something I normally wouldn’t wear. But when else can you pull off a velvet jumpsuit with a super low v-neck? Just casually wear it to the office or to get groceries? Umm, no. Please don’t. But Christmas parties? ABSOLUTELY!

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My style is seriously all over the place… it changes every single day, with my mood, you name it. My closet is full of a million different personalities (like everyone, duh…). Some days I’m super lady like and wearing a flowy dress and pink lipstick, and other days I want to wear the complete opposite and rock jeans and sweatshirt, not brush my hair at all or wear ANY makeup. It’s a life of extremes… ha!

I’ve never been able to answer the question “how would you describe your style?”. It’s SO hard! I asked my friends over on Instagram how they would answer that question, and honestly some of the answers were really good. I was impressed! I wouldn’t call myself “boho”, I wouldn’t say I’m “trendy”… Not that you should put yourself or your style into a box or categorize it, but I think it’s interesting. Some people have a definitive STYLE that they never waiver from, and others (like me…hi!) are going a million different directions.

One thing that’s filling my closet up more and more are bold, floral dresses. I just bought another one from Nasty Gal over Black Friday and I’m dying to get it in the mail!

I found this dress I’m wearing in these photos at Express, and instantly fell in love. It’s so gorgeous! Aren’t the details on the neckline so pretty? Plus, I love the pattern and that it’s not a super girly color. Because it’s black, it feels a little more edgy and tough…

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I feel like every year I struggle with what to buy the guys in my life. All of them! My boyfriend, my Dad, my brother…why are they so difficult? I mean, I try and get ahead of it each Christmas, but I always leave it until the last minute because I can’t figure out what to buy.

As women I feel like it’s easier to shop for us. Is that fair? I mean, you can get us pretty much anything and we’ll like it. But guys are so hard! Some of them wear jewelry, some don’t. Some are tech geeks, so it’s hard to buy them something new. You know what I mean…

Anyways, I’ve found over the years that it’s nice to mix it up. I’ll gift a piece of clothing that I think they’ll really like, along with something techy or kitschy that they might not buy themselves. That’s what we all want, right? Something unique that we wouldn’t just go to the mall and get any other time of the year.

If you’re like me, you’re probably trying to rack your brain for ideas for this year! And to try and help you out, I’ve pulled together some great gift ideas and all different price points! Plus, a lot of this stuff is on sale, which is obviously even better…Happy Shopping!

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If you know anything about me at all, you know I LOVE to be comfortable. If I could, I’d be in sweatpants or the equivalent every single day. BUT that’s not always acceptable, unfortunately.

I’m so happy that statement sweatshirts are a trend right now. You can find fun, trendy sweatshirts at every price point, and they’re not boring! It’s comfort meets fashion and it fits perfectly into my everyday style. Now I can wear sweatshirts without looking like a total slob kabob (like when I wear my ratty Iowa State University hoodie out running errands…).

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I’m going to a wedding in a few weeks in Palm Springs and I’ve been really struggling with what the heck to wear. Palm Springs is about 75-80 degrees during the day in December, but it actually does get cold at night (like 50’s). So as I’ve been searching for something CUTE, but also something I won’t freeze my ass off in, I thought it might be a good blog post! I can’t be the only one thinking about this, right?

Also, someone asked me recently if it’s OK to wear black to a wedding. I feel like the answer used to be a big fat HELL NO, but now, I don’t think that’s true. I’ve seen people wear black to a wedding. I think the connotation that black is a funeral color is outdated, and most people now consider black at a wedding to be classic and chic. When I showed Rob this dress, the first thing out of his mouth was “Black, really?”.

What are your thoughts on this? Would you wear black? If you’ve been a bride, did people wear black to your wedding? I’m really curious!

I found a few articles on the topic that I thought were interesting…

GLAMOUR MAG

VOGUE.COM

REFINERY 29

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