Holiday Gift Guide 2017 #2: Gifts for Your Sportiest Friend

     I’m so happy to share another gift guide with y’all today (if you missed my first gift guide post, “Gifts for Your Chicest Friend,” you can check it out here)!  I’m so sorry this post didn’t make it onto the blog earlier this week, but I’ve been overwhelmed with exam reviews and I figured better late than never, right?  I plan on getting at least one more gift guide up this season, so please let me know what other category of friend/loved one you’d like a guide for!  Today’s category is “Gifts for Your Sportiest Friend,” otherwise known as the pal you’re constantly supporting in her games, meets, matches, etc. and tends to miss or show up late to friend gatherings due to practice.  Each item shown and numbered in the graphic below is named, linked, priced, and described under the graphic next to its corresponding number.  Here’s the gift guide, enjoy!

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  1. Patagonia Women’s Organic Cotton Quilt Hoodie in Drifter Grey ($179.00) – Comfy, athletic, and cute pieces like this quilted zip-up Patagonia hoodie have been super in lately thanks to the “athleisure” trend.  This would be the perfect go-to jacket for your fit friend to throw on for her workouts or casual everyday looks!
  2. Nike Women’s Dry Tempo Running Shorts in White/Wolf Grey ($16.87) – This white on white pair of Nike shorts might not be the most practical pair, but you’d be lying if you said they weren’t the most aesthetically pleasing pair you’ve ever seen.  The “all white everything” look has been super in over the past few years so I think this pair of athletic shorts would be so cute to wear with a white sports bra or workout top to the gym/sports practice.  These would also be perfect to throw on under a big tee shirt to a casual hangout with friends.  (These shorts come in tons of other colors!)
  3. Woven Pear SPOT Dalmation Socks ($15.00) – While socks might sound like a boring gift, this fun yet sophisticated pair of Dalmatian-inspired spotted socks are not only absolutely adorable, but they also have extra padding in the toes and heels for extra comfort!  These would be the perfect way for your athletic gal pal to add a fun flair to a dreaded morning workout or keep her feet warm on a winter run! (Woven Pear socks come in tons of other colors, prints, and sock styles!)
  4. adidas NMD_R2 Shoes in Pink ($130.00) – Adidas shoes have definitely made a comeback recently and this blush pink pair has to be my favorite that I’ve seen so far!  The shoes’ trendy color is sure to spice up any athletic outfit but also allows them to be dressed up.  (These also come in a black and blue combo!)
  5. Apple AirPods ($159.00) – As more and more people get the iPhone 7, 8, and X, the issue of bluetooth earbuds is becoming more and more common.  Apple Airpods appear to be the best pair on the market right now, with their charging case and amazing battery life.  These would be perfect for your gym-obsessed friends to wear during workouts!
  6. S’Well Galaxy Collection Milky Way Bottle ($25.00) – S’Well water bottles are supposed to be great at keeping your cold drinks cool and your hot drinks warm, plus they’re super on trend right now, making them the best bottle to take to practices and workouts!  I especially love this white iridescent bottle!  (S’Wells come in a ton of other fun colors and prints that are equally worth checking out.)
  7. Emi-Jay Hair Tie Candy Set of 12 Hair Ties ($24.00) – It’s incredibly rare that girls get through a workout without putting their hair up, and it’s even rarer that they can actually keep track of all the hair ties they use.  Emi-Jays are one of the most popular types of hair ties and this set of black, silver, and gold hair ties comes in the cutest candy-themed wrapping!  (Emi-jays come in lots of other colors and prints as well!)
  8. Fitbit Alta in Black/22k Gold Plated ($149.95) – Fitbits have gained so much popularity over the past few years but if your favorite fitness fanatic still doesn’t have one she definitely needs one!  I’m no Fitbit expert but I believe the Alta is the style that most people have and I love the gold plating on this one!  (The Alta also comes in black/silver and purple/silver combos!)
  9. Amazon Water Resistant Cell Phone Armband in Black ($10.98) – From my days of obsessive running (I ran every morning before school in fifth and sixth grade…man that was a long time ago!), I know the annoyance that holding a phone can be (at the time I was holding an iPod Touch but I assume the struggle’s the same).  I got one of these handy armbands back in the day and using it was so convenient and something I never realized I wanted until I received it!  If you have a friend who loves to run to music I would seriously recommend this as a gift, especially with such a low price point! (This armband also comes in grey, red, black with grey stitching, black with red stitching, navy, hot pink, blue, light pink, and purple!)
  10. lululemon Fly Away Tamer Headband II (Luxtreme) in Antiqued Alpine White Multi ($12.00) – Every workout enthusiast loves lululemon headbands and this neutral yet fun pattern is too cute!  This headband style is perfect to wear to sports practice or the gym and is sure to keep her hair out of her face so she can focus on the activity at hand.  (This also comes in pink and white!)

Thanks for reading!  Check back next week for another gift guide!  Happy shopping!

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Holiday Gift Guide 2017 #1: Gifts for Your Chicest Friend

     I absolutely love creating gift guides (check out my gift guides from last year here), so kicking off this year’s gift guide series today is so exciting to me!  As opposed to last year when I posted one gift guide that covered a variety of friend types, this year I’m posting several guides so I can give more gift options for each category!  Now through Christmas I will be posting gift guides weekly (at least), each targeted at a certain recipient category (like your chicest friend, your sportiest friend, your guy friend, etc.).  Today’s category is “Gifts for Your Chicest Friend,” meaning the one who’s clothes your friend group is always drooling over, the first one to jump on a spunky trend, and/or the one you often FaceTime for outfit advice (you and I both know you have done that before).  Each item shown and numbered in the graphic below is named, linked, priced, and described under the graphic next to its corresponding number.  I hope this post helps you find the perfect gifts for your most fashionable friend!  Enjoy!

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  1. Anthropologie Gilded Shapes Monogram Mug ($10.00) – This white mug is accented with gorgeous flecks of gold and a simple initial.  Perfect for her favorite morning coffee, evening tea, or fireside hot coca sipping, this mug is simultaneously useful and aesthetically pleasing.
  2. Kendra Scott Elyse Ring in Rose Gold ($70.00) – Sparkly, on trend, and versatile, this ring would be a perfect go to ring for the stylish girl but would also be a great way to dress up a look for special occasions.  (This ring style comes in several other metals and stones!)
  3. She Believed She Could, So She Did MantraBand in Gold ($35.00) – The perfect everyday bracelet, this cuff will match everything and pose as the perfect motivational reminder!  I have this cuff and I wear it every single day, it’s the best!  (This also comes in rose gold, silver, and grey!)
  4. Rebecca Minkoff Molly Metro Wallet in Rose ($75.00) – Little keyring wallets like this one are great for girls on the go to attach to their keys for easy access to their license, cash, coins, and debit or credit card.  This metallic rose gold wallet is sure to add that extra dose of chic to any set of keys. (This also comes in blacksilver, red, black glitter, silver glitteran iridescent opal color!)
  5. S’well Calacatta Gold White & Gold Marble Water Bottle ($25.00) – You’d have to live under a rock to have not seen S’Well bottles everywhere over the past couple of years.  As on trend as they are, I haven’t seen a ton in this cool white and gold marble pattern yet!  I’m sure your fashion-forward friend would appreciate this unique and pretty design. (S’Wells come in a ton of other fun colors and prints that are equally worth checking out.  The plain white marble bottle is here.)
  6. J.Crew Factory Faux-Fur Pom-Pom Key Fob in Rose Ash ($6.00) – Faux fur pompom keychains have been trending for a few years now and this rose color is just too cute!  Her keys, backpack, wallet, etc. will carry the same girly spunk she does with the help of this fun accessory.  (This also comes in bluish-grey and black!)
  7. Anthropologie City-Themed Glasses Case in Paris ($18.00) – Few girls have cases for their beloved sunnies (this would also be perfect for everyday glasses!), but even if they do I’m sure they’d gladly switch out the one they have for this adorable city-themed case with a velvet lining!  (This also comes in New York City, London, Miami, and Los Angeles themes!)
  8. Madewell Tassel Earrings in Champagne ($28.00) – A good set of earrings always makes a great gift, and these are quite possibly the perfect pair to give this year.  The gold studs have pretty cream colored tassels that would match just about anything in the most elegant way.  (These also come in violet and copper tassel colors!)
  9. Anthropologie Pommed Berkshire Gloves in Pink ($32.00) – These precious pastel pink pompom-adorned gloves (whew that’s a mouthful) will keep your gal pal’s hands warm all winter long in the most adorable way.  (These also come in black, white, chartreuse, navy, and red!  I especially recommend these if she drives/will start driving soon.  I never realized how badly I need a nice pair of gloves until I started grasping my steering wheel in 30℉ morning temperatures − let’s just say it’s not so pleasant and my hands are usually blue by the time I get to school.)
  10. Essie “Penny Talk” Metallic Copper Nail Lacquer ($9.00) – Nail polish is such a fun way to add a little extra “pretty” to your overall appearance (this coming from a girl who paints her nails maybe twice a year) and this shimmery rose gold hue would just be so glam!  The best thing about metallics is that while they’re easy to wear all year (whereas lots of other colors go in and out of season), they’re absolutely perfect for the holidays!

Thanks for reading!  Check back soon for another gift guide!  Happy shopping!

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My Christmas Wishlist 2017

     The holiday season is almost upon us, which means this year’s Christmas series is finally in full swing!  Today I’m sharing the first in my 2017 Christmas series; my wishlist.  As always, I must throw out the disclaimer that I do not expect to receive all of the things I’m about to mention, or any of them for that matter.  I am so blessed to receive gifts each year and I’m fully aware of that.  This post is not supposed to be a reminder to my relatives of what I want, but a source of ideas for my readers who are stumped on what to ask for.  This post has already been requested several times and according to my Instagram poll (follow me here so you don’t miss my next poll!), the vast majority of y’all wanted to see this, so here it is!  Enjoy!

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  1. Crosley Coupe in Gray – I’ve been eying record players for a couple years now, I love the vintage aesthetic plus y’all know how much I love listening to music!  I think a record player would add such a neat touch to my room and this gray one would not only match my bedroom now, but it’s likely to match any space I live in for years to come.  The Crosley Coupe not only plays 7″, 10″, and 12″ records, but also has an auxiliary input, headphone jack, and Bluetooth functions!
  2. Urban Outfitters Vinyl Record Storage Shelf – This gold record player shelf would not only hold a record player (like the one I just described), but also a record collection!  My room is blush pink, gray, white, and gold, so I know this shelf would look great.
  3. Records – If I were to receive a record player, records might also be necessary, right?  Fortunately, the Crosley Coupe I have my eye on plays all the modern records sold at Urban Outfitters.  Of Urban Outfitters’ massive selection, my first must have records would probably be 1989 (as well as Taylor Swift’s newest album, reputation, if/when it’s released on vinyl!), LANYWhen It’s Dark Out, and Memories…Do Not Open.
  4. Capri Blue Volcano Candle – Capri Blue candles are the best, and the Volcano candle is definitely the most popular of their line.  I’ve burnt through three of these and I’m dying to get my hands on another one!  The volcano candle smells like citrus but you might better recognize the scent as what’s always burning in Anthropologie!
  5. Urban Decay Original Eyeshadow Primer Potion – I have a Lancôme eyeshadow palette that I love, but the shadow creases on my eyelids so much that I rarely use it.  One of my friends has used this primer on me before and it works wonders, so I think getting it would really allow me to put that palette to use a lot more.
  6. Hunter Original Tall Gloss Rain Boots in Black – I currently have a pair of L.L. Bean boots that serve as my weather boots, but I love these classic, versatile black rain boots!  I think these would be so easy to match with any outfit for a chic rainy day look.  Plus, I’ve had my eye on them since middle school so I don’t think I’d get tired of them very quickly.
  7. New Balance 574 Shattered Pearl Sneakers in Faded Rose with Overcast – My white and gold J.Crew x New Balance sneakers are starting to get a little dirty and having them for over a year has definitely proved to me that I can get a ton of use out of chic sneakers like New Balances.  These sneakers bear the prettiest pale pink color accented with iridescent pearly details.
  8. Quay After Hours Sunglasses in Tort/Brn – These big, designer-looking frames in such a classic tortoise print would be the perfect go-to pair of sunnies for driving, tanning, walking, you name it.  I don’t currently have a nice quality pair of sunglasses so these would be great to have!
  9. Barbour Beadnell Polar Quilted Jacket in Black – This is certainly more of a dream gift, but I can’t help but swoon over this black Barbour jacket with its gorgeous plaid lining and quilted exterior.  I’d keep this timeless coat for years, it’s so classic it’d never go out of style!
  10. Rebecca Minkoff Mini M.A.C. Crossbody in Almond – I don’t have a small bag that I see as versatile enough to match any style of clothing and practical enough for day to day use but I know this Rebecca Minkoff crossbody would easily fill that role!  The pretty brown suede is the perfect hue and its gold hardware would match all of my favorite jewelry!  I’ve had my eye on this one for a couple years now and we carry it at the store I work at so I’m not sure how much longer I’ll be able to resist purchasing it myself.
  11. Kendra Scott Gold Elisa Pendant Necklace in Rose Quartz – I’m beyond obsessed with Kendra Scott jewelry and I already have the gold Danielle earrings in rose quartz, so this necklace would pair with them perfectly!  I love the subdued pop of color that rose quartz jewelry adds to an outfit and I know I’d wear this necklace constantly.
  12. Fujifilm Instax Mini 9 Instant Film Camera in Smokey White – I’ve wanted a Polaroid camera for ages and I still want one just as much as I always have.  I love the vintage feel and the fact that the photos print instantly, how fun!  I’d love to start a string of Polaroid pictures in my room and have the prints to take with me to college in a couple years.

Thanks for reading!  I hope you can use my wishlist for inspiration when making your own.

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Christmas in Plaid

     Merry Christmas!  Christmas is my favorite day of the year; I love watching the joy on my family’s faces as they open their gifts and eating all of the wonderful festive food!  Today I’m sharing my outfit for Christmas day as my last Christmas themed post of the year.  If you haven’t read the previous posts in this year’s Christmas blog series, be sure to read them here.  This outfit is composed of a simple chambray button down, a festive plaid paper bag skirt, and my favorite Kate Spade heels.  Enjoy!

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top // skirt (similar) // shoes (similar) // crystal bangle // pearl bangle // bow bangle (similar) // earrings // watch (similar) // necklace

Thanks for reading and Merry Christmas!

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20 Last Minute Gifts Under $20

     Christmas day is quickly approaching, and I know there are plenty of people who are a little behind on their Christmas shopping.  Whether you haven’t even started or you accidentally left someone off your list, it happens to the best of us at some point.  Today, as my sixth Christmas themed post of the season, I’m sharing twenty adorable gifts $20 or below!  Each of the gifts pictured below are linked, so you can shop an item by simply clicking on it.  I hope this post helps you purchase your last few gifts this holiday season, enjoy!

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Thanks for reading!

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P.S. – If you haven’t already read my last five Christmas posts, be sure to check them out here!

December Playlist 2016

     Today’s post is the fifth in my Christmas blog post series!  Shortly after I post this today I will be taking a trip to Virginia to visit some family on my stepmother’s side.  To me, no car trip would be tolerable without a good playlist, so today I’m sharing what I’ll be listening to and have been listening to this month – my December playlist!  The majority of these songs are Christmas-y, because December wouldn’t be the same without tons of Christmas music, but I snuck in a few others I have been listening to lately.  I hope you love this playlist as much as I do, enjoy!

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Tap on the name of a song below to listen to it on YouTube!

Charlie Brown // All I Want For Christmas Is You // Mary, Did You Know? // Last Christmas // Midnight City (Man Without Country Remix) // Mistletoe // Still Falling For You (Jonas Blue Remix) // Back for Christmas // Santa Tell Me // Water Under the Bridge // All I Want Is You // Cold Cold Man // White Winter Hymnal // Underneath the Tree // Drive

(playlist background via Sarah Hearts)

Thanks for reading!

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