NYE: Sequins, Sparkles, and Champagne

New Year’s Eve is probably my most favorite holiday to dress up for, probably because you get to wear something glamorous and sparkly that would normally get you some pretty strange looks around here! It can also be a tricky holiday to dress for because some years it’s 50 degrees and other years we have a freaking ice storm. No matter what your plans are or what the weather does, here are some of the best trends and the easiest places to find them last minute at a chic for cheap price!
Sequins and metallics are givens at any New Year’s celebration and are easy to find. One change up I’m really liking this year though is the rainbow sequins instead of traditional silver or gold. What better time to stand out and make a statement than on New Year’s Eve?? If your style is a bit more subtle, there are lots of gorgeous velvet pieces to choose from that are great options. And if you’re afraid you might be too chilly, the jumpsuits that are out this year are super fun and trendy. You could even pair them with a velvet or animal print jacket for extra warmth. Check out the examples below and where to find them!
Express is always a safe bet when it comes to NYE garb, and this year is no exception. They have gorgeous dresses and jumpsuits here starting at under $30!
Fashion favorite H&M has a great selection of party dresses as well starting at just $12.99!
If you’re having difficulty finding an affordable dress at places you normally shop, consider looking at a junior’s clothing store. Typically this can lead to trouble if you’re not careful, but NYE is one evening when it’s widely acceptable to dress like a “junior” in sparkly sequins and other party wear. Charlotte Russeis one of my favorite junior stores to shop in (especially for shoes!) and they have several great party dresses, jumpsuits, and even rompers to choose from this year. The price range is great as well because most of them are between $16 and $35! You might not get as high quality merchandise as you would at a store like Express, but that’s okay because you’re buying a dress to be worn on a couple of occasions, not an everyday wardrobe staple. Helpful hint: if you do go this route, remember that they are junior sizes and size up.
Even stores who are normally a little bit pricier, such as Dillards, Macy’s, or Bebe, can have great finds on their sale racks during this time of year. And if you’re lucky enough to have a Nordstromnearby, go check out their Half Yearly Sale for some great deals on what would normally be very expensive party dresses!
Another great option is to check out your local resale stores. Places like Clothes Mentor have designer brands at much lower resale prices. Vintage shops are another place to find some really cool, one of a kind pieces. Whatever you’re wearing and wherever you’re going this New Year’s Eve, BE SAFE and celebrate in style! Cheers to 2019, may it be your BEST year yet! Xoxo

Nordstrom’s Half Yearly Sale: The Cure For Post-Xmas Blues That We All Need Right Now

Who else feels a bit of a let down after Christmas is over? This thing we’ve been spending weeks (or even months) preparing for and hyping up in our minds is over in what seems like a flash….so now what?? Never fear, it’s retail therapy to the rescue! Nordstrom has begun their Half Yearly Sale that runs through January 2nd, so I’ve rounded up some great chic for cheap pieces that will carry you happily through the rest of the winter months. Everything I’ve posted here is under $50. And in true chic for cheap fashion, many of them can also be worn into spring as well. Happy shopping! Xoxo
It seems like we start looking towards spring as soon as Christmas is over with, but there are many, many weeks of cold weather ahead of us. This chenille cable sweater is the perfect piece to keep you warm and cheer you up with its fun colors (also comes in teal!). And at less than $35, it’ll cheer up your post-xmas bank account too!Cable Knit Chenille Sweater,
                        color, YELLOW MINERAL
This long sleeve topis a great basic layering piece and that can be worn during literally ALL seasons. It come in several different colors and is a huge bargain right now at just $7.60! I already have the white striped one pictured here and will be adding the black striped one to my cart!Slouch Pocket Tee,
                        color, IVORY SANDY STRIPE
I bought these moto leggings in burgundy during the Nsale last year and in black this year, and I wear them with absolutely EVERYTHING. They are high waisted and super comfy! They’re perfect with sweaters, tees, tanks, cardigans, hoodies, you name it! Runs small, so size up.Washed Moto Leggings,
                        color, OLIVE DARK
Patterned pants are huge this season, and this plaid pair also incorporates the racing stripe trend with a great pop of color. They can be worn with dressy blouses, graphic tees, sweaters, or even crop tops. Super cute AND versatile!Side Stripe Glen Plaid Pants,
                        color, BLACK GLEN CHECK
The teddy bear coat trend that began last year is still going strong, so if you didn’t snag one then, here’s your chance! This soft, cozy coatis almost half off AND is reversible!Reversible Teddy Jacket,
                        color, TAN BURRO
I love a brightly colored scarf to add some joy on a dreary winter day, and this oneby Topshop is perfect! When I’ve been wearing maroons and browns all autumn long, I like to switch it up with pinks and blues. And the multicolored fringe on the ends is so fun! If bright colors aren’t your thing, here is another beautiful scarf that would also be a great option. The fat fringe on the end is in style right now, and the soft colors have a more sophisticated feel. The best part is that both of them are under $20!
Tonal Fringe Scarf,
                        color, GREY IVORYStripe Ribbed Scarf,
                        color, BLACK MULTI

Amazon Saves the Day

Anyone else still not finished with Christmas shopping, or is it just me? If you’re in the same boat, don’t panic! Amazon’s two-day shipping has gotten me out of a jam more times than I’d like to admit (especially during the holiday season). I’ve put together a list for you of some great last-minute gift ideas that can all be found on Amazon and will arrive before Christmas. So grab your list, get comfy, and finish up your shopping with these super easy ideas:
  1. Books– You don’t have to be an English major to appreciate a good book as a gift. Books are great because you can find one that every single person on your list would be interested in. Got a relative who loves to read? Check out the novels of the year list and pick one. Know somebody who’s a big history buff? Get a non-fiction book about a famous historical event or person.  Any kiddos on your list? Get some Harry Potter or one of the new, fun interactive journals. There are books about literally every subject in the universe which makes them one of the easiest presents to give. 
  2. Slippers– This may sound a little lame at first, but think about it…who wouldn’t want something warm and cozy to put on their feet in the wintertime? You can find every color in the rainbow and styles from slip-ons to booties. My slippers always seem to wear out quickly (or get lost somehow), so even if someone already has a pair, chances are that they won’t mind getting another. You also don’t have to worry about knowing the exact size since they typically come in generic S, M or L.
  3. Gift Box Subscriptions– These are, as Cousin Eddie says, “The gift that keeps on giving the whole year!” And you can find them for pretty much every niche. There are monthly subscriptions for beauty products, food, coffee/tea, wine/beer, crafts, games, even socks! These make a fun surprise every month for the recipient and are often something that people don’t think of buying for themselves.
  4. Gift Cards– I know a lot of people see this one as a cop out, but stay with me here. I’m not talking about a random Target or Amazon card (although I personally would be thrilled to get either of those!). I’m talking about a more personalized gift card that shows you’ve considered the person receiving it and put some thought into it. If you know someone who is a gamer, get a giftcard to the Xbox or PlayStation Store. For a music buff, you could go for an iTunes or Amazon Music card. And an Audible gift card makes a great gift for someone who enjoys audiobooks. If you’re not sure about the person’s hobbies or interests, grab a movie theater gift card (everyone likes movies, right?).  By adding just a touch of personalization to it, you can turn a gift that sometimes seems impersonal into one that shows great thoughtfulness.
Again, the best thing about these ideas is that they can ALL be purchased on Amazon and delivered way before Christmas. Feel free to comment with any ideas of your own! Happy Shopping!!! xoxo
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