This Holiday Gift Guide Is Fashionista-Approved

Holiday season is officially here. Today, I’m sharing my first holiday gift guide of the festive season. It features a combination of current favorite items and some items I have on my personal wish list. From the beauty palettes I’ve been using nonstop to super stylish essentials like scarves and cardholders, these gifts are sure to please.


holiday gift guide 2018

Holiday Gift Guide 2018

1. Urban Decay Naked Cherry Palette (see review here)

2. Urban Decay Born To Run Palette (more about it here)

3. Burberry classic scarf | 4. Chanel Nº5 (limited edition bottle) | 5. Earring set

6. Card holders (Fendi, Gucci, Chanel, YSL) | 7. Travel ballet flats

P.S. Be sure to enter to win a $100 J.Crew Factory gift card. Then, stay tuned for my Urban Decay giveaway. I’ll be giving away the ENTIRE Naked Cherry collection to one lucky winner.

These Holiday Gifts are the Coziest Ever!

Still shopping for holidays gifts? You’ve got time. Here are more thoughtful gifts that are sure to please. These items happen to be a few of my favorite things for creating cozy moments at home. Who doesn’t need those moments? From a lotion that’ll make her feel calm to the slippers she won’t ever want to take off, these cozy holiday gifts say you care about her well-being.

cozy holiday gifts

Cozy Holiday Gifts:

Floral robe | Stripe pajamas | Satin-lined cap | Nighttime soothing lotion | Slippers | Candles

See also: 15 last-minute gifts under $20 for anyone

Catch up on Your Reading of the Best Holiday Tips

It’s holiday crunch time now. The year ends in less than 3 weeks. Can you believe it? I’ve been trying to stay productive because there’s so much to complete before I travel shortly. Slowly, but surely, though, I’m checking things off the to-do lists in my Day Designer planner. Feeling antsy about holiday tasks? I got you covered. I’ve rounded up my top holiday tips posts. Catch up on them below.

Holiday Tips

What I’m wearing: Glasses | Moto jacket (sold out, try this) | Striped tee | Red lip

Gift Guides:

15 gifts under $20 for anyone

Splurge-worthy, luxury gifts for her

Watches as the ultimate gift

The only red lippie to gift your makeup-loving friends

Daniel Wellington bundles deals and a discount

The best planner gift

Fun gifts for sock lovers

Luxury gifts under $30

Must-have mini bags

Holiday Finances

How to save for the styles you want

The benefits of using PayPal at checkout

How to maximize holiday sales

Holiday Style

How to create high-low holiday style

Freezing weather swag

How to dress up jeans this season

The sheer tops you must rock

One velvet jumpsuit, 3 ways to wear it

Party-approved ankle boots

How to style your wardrobe basics for parties

Holiday styles you can wear again and again

3 ways to wear a fringe skirt

15 Last-Minute Gifts Under $20 for Anyone

Still shopping for holiday gifts? Been putting off shopping for some people on your list? Thought you were done shopping but forget someone on your list? No worries. I got you. Today’s post rounds 15 amazing last-minute gifts that anyone would love. These are products that perform, are functional, and just all-around cool.

Last-Minute Gifts

Amazing Last-Minute Gifts

1. All-natural soaps that everyone from the person with sensitive skin to the person with particular taste will love. Shop them here for $4.99 each.

2. A succulent (shop a set of 3 for $17.99 here). It’s a lovely, living gift that’s low maintenance. I use mine in flat lays all the time (see how here).

3. A lucky token keychain (shop it here for $14). Everyone carries keys, right?

4. Monogram mugs are the easiest personalized gifts to give (shop them here for only $8). You might not know a whole lot about a person, but you know their name and hence an initial. Besides, how adorable are these?

5. Blis lip scrub and lip balm set (shop it here for $15). It’s chapped-lip season, and everyone is reaching for a lip moisturizer. Give ’em the best.

6. Aveda Lip Saver (shop it here for $8). Currently, this is my personal favorite. So, I keep it stocked and get it for friends too.

7. Day Designer/Blue Sky daily planner (find it in Target stores for $14.99). I swear by the Day Designer planner (see more in this post). If you don’t want to fork over $49 for the original one, this lower-cost collab version offers most of the functionality.

8. Notepad and pen (shop the set here for $10). Gift the tools to help ’em write it down and make it happen.

9. Glittering manicure set (shop it here for $18). All the essentials for well-groomed nails in an adorable case. Who wouldn’t love that?

10. OPI Fiji Collection Duo (shop the duo here for $17.95). Can’t gift a trip to Fiji, gift nail colors inspired by Fiji.

11. The only top coat to ever use (shop it here for $9.95). This fast-dry top coat is the best ever. See my review here.

12. Capri Blue candles in volcano (shop them here for $12). Candles make perfect small gifts, and these smell wonderful.

13. Coasters (shop them individually here for $14). Officemate or friend needs some place cool to place their drinks? These natural stone with gold electroplating coasters are super chic and functional.

14. Body butter (shop it here for $11.99). SheaMoisture body products are so thoughtfully made and effective that they are sure to please anyone on your list.

15. Fenty Beauty Gloss Bomb (shop it here for $18). Fenty Beauty products are the IT beauty products of the year! If you don’t know the particular taste of someone on your list, this Gloss Bomb looks and feels amazing on everyone.

What are your favorite last-minute gifts?

How is it Almost 2018? Time to Plan!

Planners gonna plan! 2017 has been quite a whirlwind for me. For you too? To keep up and stay organized, I made a decision to switch planners during the year. I needed a planner that allowed me to outline my day by hour with additional space for important tasks and to-dos. After doing extensive research on available planners, and there are so many options on the market, I decided that the Day Designer Mini Daily Planner was THE one.

Day Designer Planner

You may have peeped the planner in my How to Save for the Styles You Really Want post. Seriously, I take it everywhere I go when I’m working. It helps that it looks super fashionable. This spotty print is my favorite, but it comes in other fabulous styles like gold stripes, florals, and more.

The Day Designer Daily Planner features a two-page month spread for all 12 months. I love being able to see the deadlines for major projects in the context of a month. One thing I had to get used to was the Monday start to the week in the Day Designer world.

The ultimate feature of the Day Designer planner that won me over was the layout of the daily pages.
  • On this mini style, the daily planning pages are scheduled from 7am to 7pm. I use this part of the schedule to note meetings, submission deadlines, and even my workouts.
  • Each daily page has a section for the top 3 to-dos. I love this feature because my to-do lists can sometimes be a tad ambitious. The items I label as ‘top 3,’ though, are the things I tackle first and make sure I complete that day.
  •  There’s lots of space in the full to-do list, complete with a check box. I feel accomplished (and relieved) when I can check things off my list in a day.
  • At the bottom of each daily page is a section for notes and a daily gratitude box. I’ve been trying to make practicing gratitude a habit; so, I make a note of what I’m grateful for every day. I love that I can write that right in my planner.

If you’re shopping for a new planner, definitely check out this Day Designer style. My life in 2017 felt well-designed because of mine.