Happy Monday all!

While the holidays are a festive time, it can be also overwhelming.  It is very easy to become overwhelmed with  shopping for Christmas gifts or preparing to host family for the holiday dinner.  If allowed to go unchecked, stress can transform you from Suzy Homemaker to the Grinch.  Practicing self care during the season can reduce your inner Grinch from ever seeing the light of day.  Here are a few tips on keeping yourself sane during the holidays.

  1. It’s okay to say “no”: you are not Superwoman, you can’t do it all.  Saying “no” doesn’t make you selfish or mean. You do not have to overextend yourself to the point of exhaustion because it’s the holidays.  Just say no.
  2. Take a time out: if you find yourself feeling stressed out, just stop. Take a step away and give yourself space to breathe and get your wits together.
  3. Schedule “me” time: your emotional health is important during the season, especially if you’re grieving the loss of a loved one.   Make sure to carve out time in your busy schedule for yourself.  Me time can be anything from reading a book or exercising.  Make sure you make yourself a priority too during the holidays.

What are some ways you keep sane during the holiday season?

Have a great day!

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Sweater: Gap (here; similar here)
Skirt: ASOS (old, similar here and here)
Flats: JCrew Factory (old, similar here and here)

 

TGIF all!

When I think about dressing for a holiday party, being comfortable is high on my list. If I’m uncomfortable I can’t have a good time.  When I was younger I was more focused on looking good than being comfortable in my clothes.  There were times where I was so worried about tripping in my high heels I barely danced.  After awhile I realized I could be cute and comfortable.  I traded in my high heels and super tight clothing for festive but functional clothing. Now if I attend a Christmas party where there is going to be a lot of dancing, I  wear flats or kitten heels so my feet aren’t on fire by the end of the night.  If I’m going to a house party I’ll wear a cotton shirt or dress to make sure I don’t sweat to death while having a good time.

So during this holiday season have a great time and make sure you wear flats! LOL

Have a wonderful weekend!

*Thank you aLoft Downtown Philadelphia for allowing me to shoot on your property*

 

Sweater: H&M (wearing a L; here)
Jeans: Lane Bryant (here)
Shoes: Zara (here)
Stockings: H&M (here)

Earrings: NY & Co. (not available, similar here)

Happy Monday all!

I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday weekend!

Now that the holiday season has begun the need for festive clothing is in high demand. Almost all holiday collections include glitzy, sparkly clothes for the season. While I’m all for sparkly, not all party clothes need to contain sequins or glitter.  Sometimes all it takes is one piece like this Danity Jewells tiered skirt  to make an outfit stand out.  Having one or two statement pieces already in your closet can make getting dressed for an upcoming holiday party a bit easier. Also it’s totally okay if you’re not into sequins or glittery clothing.  A fantastic dress in a bold color can be just as showstopping as a sequin one.  Remember it’s you who makes the outfit, not the other way around!

Have a wonderful day!

*Thank you  aLoft Downtown Philadelphia for allowing me shoot on your new property in Center City!

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Jacket: Gap (old, similar here and here)
Skirt: c/o Danity Jewels (here, similar here and here)
Shirt: Zara (no longer available, similar here and here)
Shoes: BCBG (old, similar here and here)
Purse: similar here and here

 

TGIF all!

I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving! This year I decided to celebrate the holiday with a group of my friends. Spending time with them made me feel so grateful to have them in my life. Now that Thanksgiving is over, the real fun begins! Black Friday officially ushers in the holiday shopping season.  Back in the day after I recovered from my turkey dinner induced coma,  I would head out in the wee hours of the morning to scour the stores for Christmas gifts. Now I chill at home in my PJs scouring the internet for gifts for my friends and family.  Luckily there are a plethora of budget friendly gifts that will definitely put a smile on your loved ones face!

Here are a few of my favorite gifts under $50 that aim to please!

Have a wonderful weekend!

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Faux Leather Gloves/Monogram Bracelet/Statement Earrings
iPhone Case/Loafers/Lipstick Set
Make up Brush Set/Watch/Faux Patent Leather Tote

Happy Monday all!

Once again the holiday season is upon us.  Every year it seems like the start of “holiday season” is being pushed further into October.  During the weekend before Halloween I went to the mall and there were Christmas decorations already on display!  No matter when the season starts, it is the biggest shopping event of the year.  For many of us, the holiday season can be financially overwhelming. Everywhere you turn, people are being encouraged to shop til they drop!  For shoppers with a strict Christmas gift budget (like myself) the urge to splurge can be very strong.  Those urges can potentially bust your budget and put additional stress on your wallet. Here are some tips to help  you stick to your holiday budget and keep extra money in your pocket.

  1. Cash Only: by leaving your credit cards at home you are significantly reducing your ability to over spend.
  2. . Use Coupons: save additional money by downloading Ebates and Retail Me apps to get the latest store coupons.
  3. Be Strategic: instead of roaming around the mall, make a list of the stores you need to visit and stick to only those stores on the list. Once you’ve completed shopping your list…LEAVE THE MALL!

What are some of your tips to combat overspending during the holiday season?

Have a wonderful day!

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Sweater: H&M (size Large; here)
Pants: Old Navy Plus (here)
Boots: ASOS (here, similar here)
Earrings: Baublebar (no longer available, similar here)