The holidays are about family, friends, and spending time together in warmth, love, and happiness. Sometimes the holidays can bring on a bit of stress – especially when it comes down to doing gift shopping for everyone on your list. With all of the amazing sales, it’s hard to not want to splurge on something for yourself. I’ve decided to pamper all of you, my amazing readers, and give away a $50 gift card to Torrid! You can re-gift it, or spend it all on yourself – you choose! This is coming from my pocket, as a gift to all of you for hanging out with me, and for your continued support, comments, emails, tweets, facebook messages, and all of that good stuff that keeps me going. Torrid has some amazing sales going on right now, so this is a win-win! Even if you do not win, make sure to check out their website and score on their BOGO sale! I’ve included some of my favorite and recent purchases above – can we talk about that gorgeous faux leather zip jacket??
This giveaway is only open to those in the USA, with a valid mailing address. Keep in mind that Torrid cannot ship to P.O. boxes, so make sure you have a valid shipping address in the US! The giveaway will be open for one (1) week, and one winner will be selected at random and contacted via email. There are no mandatory entries, but remember the more you complete, the better your odds are at winning! Good luck, and thanks for reading!!
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10 Gifts for Her Under $50
With the holidays just around the corner, shopping can be difficult, especially when the people in your life are as diverse as you are. Not to mention that not all of us are rolling in dough (at least not as much as we wish we were), which can really take a toll on you when shopping for the perfect gift. To make your life easier, I’ve created a unique list of 10 gifts for her under $50. It’s really important to keep within my budget when it comes to holiday shopping, but it’s also equally as important to get gifts that are great quality, unique, and something that I know the person will love, but wouldn’t necessarily have purchased for themselves. In my gifts for her segment, I’ve included gifts like delectably scented candles from L’Occitane, unique phone cases, luxurious perfumes and lotions, and so much more. There is something for every lovely lady on your list, whether she’s a quirky gal, beauty lover, jewelry fanatic, or just wants an evening in to pamper herself. Check out my ideas for gifts for her below. I’ve added a few personal notes next to my favorites. I hope you find something you love!
From left to right, starting at the top:
- L’Occitane Fleur d’Or & Acacia Candle, $35 (heavenly!)
- Ciate Tree Trinkets, $30 (excellent nail polish that doubles as an ornament – total score)
- Bicycle Wooden iPhone Case, $29
- Trinity Wooden Cuff, $45 (unique, pretty, and versatile)
- Forget Me Not Ring, $48
- Birth Month Flower Necklace, $48
- Arcona Pumpkin Lotion 10%, $35 (smells incredible – like pumpkin pie)
- Cellaris DeBari Pearl Phone Case, $50 (sparkly chic!)
- Eight Skincare Lavendar Hand Creme, $18 (makes skin soo soft)
- Coach Mini Coffret, $48
Have some difficult men on your shopping list?? I’ve got you covered! My 10 Gifts for Him Under $50 is coming next week! As always, if you want immediate inspiration, gift and holiday ideas, follow me on Pinterest to get my latest recommendations. Got a question or need some advice? Leave a comment below or ask away on Twitter or Facebook!
ASOS Curve Animal Print Swing Dress via Gwynnie Bee | Target Tights | Spiked Studded Combat Boots c/o Deb Shops | Sequin Brand Necklace c/o
The Dames Point Bridge is this architecturally awesome bridge connecting the north side of Jacksonville to Arlington (East Side). It crossed the St. John’s River, is the second tallest bridge in Jacksonville, and has what my mom referred to as ” concrete bow ties” stabilizing the bridge at the top. The mister took me to this spot a few weeks ago and I instantly fell in love with the endless shrinking tunnel effect the under belly of the Dames Point Bridge has. Lucky for me I decided to wear tights and combat boots with my dress on this day, so I was able to wander off into the small field of flowers beneath the bridge and pick these brilliantly colored mini flowers. It’s been four and a half months that we’ve been living in Jacksonville, and while I do miss South Florida (and I always will), I’m completely smitten with Jacksonville. I’ve never completely fallen for a city so quickly, but it has everything I love. It’s a gigantic city (largest on the east coast!) but has a super small town feel, its packed with incredible history and historical parks, monuments, buildings and more, and has the perfect weather. I cannot wait to explore this city more, and continue our adventure in our new home. Adventure, history and perfect weather wrapped into one? What more could a girl ask for!
We Shop Style
Old Navy Plaid Shirt | Melie Bianco Bag | ZeroUV Cat Eye Sunglasses | Target Leggings | Kenneth Cole Boots | MAC “Pink Pigeon” Lipstick
I received this background and tee shirt as part of the ShopStyle by POPSUGAR “We Shop Style” print campaign. I really love the idea, it’s so fun! The idea behind this campaign was to create our own concept and style up looks to correlate with the ShopStyle We Shop Style commercial. The biggest challenge was shooting lying down. It’s not easy, and took many shots but I finally ended up with one that I loved. I styled by background based on outfits incorporating boots. I love boots, they are so versatile and go with virtually everything. I love using ShopStyle as a way to find great products with a huge variety of brands. The items I used in my shoot are:
~Chico’s Leopard Print Scarf
~Deb Shops Chunky Sweater
~Deb Shops Gold Buckle Booties
~Old Navy Coated Skinny Jeans
~PinkClove Plaid Dress
~Accessory Fanatic Bag
~Blowfish Shoes Boots
P.S. If you are heading out to Black Friday shopping, have fun, be safe and good luck! Be sure to read my tips and tricks for successful Black Friday Shopping!
Can you believe that we are almost into December?! To finish up my Fall Must Haves series, I’m focusing on denim. I’ve picked my absolute favorites for this season, including both straight and plus sizes. For those of you looking for great jeans for plus sizes that fit really well, are excellent quality, and are totally worth the $$ check out James Jeans. Their jeans are incredible quality, super soft to the touch, wash really well (they don’t shrink, fade or lose shape), and wear really really well. They are definitely my favorite denim designers out there when it comes to plus size jeans.
Fall Must Haves: Denim
Check out my other Fall Must Haves lists!
Fall Must Haves: Shoes | Fall Must Haves: What to Wear | Fall Must Haves: Accessories
Lane Bryant Soft Shirt | Faux Leather Moto Jacket, Plaid Leggings, and Riding Boots (c/o Deb Shops) | Charming Charlie Tree Necklace (c/o) | Kendra Phillips Mini Cuffs (c/o)
Like I said before, Jacksonville is bubbling over the brim with a rich history. Yellow Bluff Fort was built in 1862 and served as an armed camp to protect the shipping supply lines during the Civil War. The canons (like the one above) were used to protect, along with some other 350+ people that were stationed here. The remains of the fort are nothing more than a historical pillar at the front of the park on brick steps and a few randomly places canons. It has incredible twisting tree branches and amazing shade. On this particularly rainy, chilly day the mister and I headed out to explore more, and were shielded from the rain thanks to the beautiful canopy of trees. I was thankful again that I was wearing comfy leggings and boots. I personally love climbing, hiking, and doing all things not practical for dresses and high heels. Though the girl inside of me absolutely loves dressing up in dresses and heels, the tom boy in me will take my heels off so I can run through the forest bare foot and explore. It roots back to when I was a little girl, playing pretend outside with my friends, building forts, and attempting to construct tree houses. It’s places like Yellow Bluff Fort that keeps that adventurous side of me reeling.
*Disclosure: This Kirstin Marie post is a Fashionista Event. I was provided a promotional item by Coupons.com to inform you of their crazy insane Black Friday Sales, their top 10 gifts giveaway and our $500 giveaway.
I have this crazy obsession with rose gold and black. It’s been going on for a while now, I just haven’t truly fulfilled it yet. I’m sure you can see my obsession heavily indicated in my super fabulous holiday wishlist. If I received everything on this list I would be one happy girl!! I’m gearing up to do some Black Friday shopping this year, with all of the amazing Black Friday Sales it’s hard to sit out at the sidelines. I’m not one to pass up a good sale, no less an amazing sale! Before we moved up to Jacksonville, I would be one of the avid shoppers out at 4am to catch a good sale. Now, after moving and with Black Friday starting at 8pm the night before, I will be sticking to online shopping this year. Black Friday is a great time to do holiday shopping, especially now that Coupons.com has a Black Friday Sales page with amazing discounts. On top of being an excellent resource for great discounts, Coupons.com is holding a Black Friday Sweepstakes! They are giving away 10 of the must-have holiday gifts. Make sure you enter this contest – it’s a win win for everyone, and ends November 29th!
To celebrate Black Friday’s rapidly approaching arrival, Coupons.com is giving away TWO $250 Amazon Gift cards!! Check out all of the details & how to enter below:
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*Disclosure: This is a compensated campaign in collaboration with Unilever and Latina Bloggers Connect. All opinions are my own.
I am always searching for good skincare products. It’s not a secret that my bathroom is bubbling over with tons of different skincare products, most with either a very little bit used or not even touched. My skin is hyper sensitive – I call it my problem child. It’s incredibly difficult for me to find something that works well to calm my problem child but something that I truly love the way it feels, smells, and most importantly, the end results. I’ve been through them all and back, and now I’m picking and weeding away at products to find the ones that truly work best for me, the ones I love most. This is why I’m really excited about the Divina Latina products now available at CVS/pharmacy AND they are eligible for ExtraBucks. Score!! I spend oodles of moneys on beauty products, and knowing that every $50 I spend on beauty products at CVS/pharmacy gets me $5 ExtraBucks really makes it worth while. It’s a nice little savings/perk to enjoy!
I’m going to start where I am the most picky – body wash. It is so hard to find a deliciously smelling, moisturizing body wash that cleans well while also feeling luxurious. I’ve been through the lot of them from drug store brands to high end, and still seem to switch it up sometimes even after only using maybe half of the bottle. I discovered Caress, and while I’ve been in and out of their vast product line I’ve finally found one that I really like – Caress Tempting Whisper (I feel like I should whisper that to you temptingly). Caress Tempting Whisper, part of the Divina Latina product line, offers the sophisticated floral scent of white peony with the fruity accent of red plums. Doesn’t that sound delicious?? It is a playful and sensual fragrance with a voluptuous white bouquet of wild peony, tuberose and Ylang, fused over a backdrop of tonka beans and white musk. Let me be the first to tell you how amazing I feel when I use this. It fills my shower and my bathroom with it’s delicious scent, and makes me feel red carpet ready every day with my soft, luxurious, moisturized skin thanks to Divina Latina.
Aside from my hunt for body wash, I’m on another mission to find an excellent wet cleansing towelette that not only removes my makeup but also cleans my face. These are my favorite for traveling, photo shoots, and when time is of the essence. I’ve tried other products that left me oily and unclean feeling before discovering POND’s Luminous Collection. These towelettes rock my socks. They are absolutely perfect for what I have been searching for, and they do the job incredibly well. Most of all, they are really easy to toss into your bag and head out the door. POND’s Luminous Collection wet cleansing towelettes are definitely something handy to have around. What I love most about them is that they really keep my skin looking radiant AND since they are enriched with kaolin clay and illuminating minerals they truly, visibly enhance my skins’ luminosity – score again!!
For the third part of my Fall Must Haves series, I’ve created a master list of accessories filled with bags, beauty products, jewelry and more. This is probably my absolute favorite list, aside from the Fall Must Haves: Shoes list (because who doesn’t love shoes!).
Fall Must Haves: Accessories
Check out my other Fall Must Haves lists!
Fall Must Haves: Shoes | Fall Must Haves: What to Wear
Faux Leather Leggings, Jersey Top, Buckle Booties c/o Deb Shops | Necklace c/0 Avon via Lucky Fabb
While the mister and I were exploring our new hometown, we stumbled upon this cute little park underneath the Dames Point Bridge (huge bridge in Jacksonville, more photos of that later). I was shocked to find an actual working pay phone in the park – complete with phone book. With technology taking over our complete existence, it’s no surprise to see archaic ways of communication becoming obsolete. I still have a home phone, because let’s face it, old habits die hard. I’m also not 100% ready to give up the old ways and enter into becoming fully dependent on technology. I still keep paper copies of everything, still write things down, I write in my journal, and still keep a day planner that isn’t my cell phone. I have this fear that one day, technology will fail and everything will be lost. I mean, it’s happened before. With all of this technology and advancements there is so much room for new failures, errors, viruses, hackers and more. I may sound paranoid right now, but the thought of losing everything to the technology abyss makes my skin crawl. I’ll enjoy the new technologies that emerge each month, but leave me with my hand written calendar, my type writer and a local pay phone everything will be ok.