Merry Christmas!

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Hi, friends!

I hope you all had a very, Merry Christmas and that Santa was good to you. I’m still snuggling in my Christmas pajamas because I love them so much!

In the midst of the hustle and bustle of the holidays, I wanted to say THANK YOU. Thank you for reading and subscribing to my blog, commenting on posts, following me on Instagram, and most of all supporting me!

I plan to continue to deliver fashion, beauty and lifestyle posts but if there is something special you’d love to see, let me know! You can comment on this post or email me at palmettocouture@gmail.com.

I appreciate all of you and hope you had a blessed, Christmas day!

Christmas Pajamas, Eye Mask, and Slippers: Victoria’s Secret

Fast & Easy Holiday Treat

Hi friends!

Christmas is almost here! With all of the last minute shopping and present wrapping going on, you might be in need of a quick and easy treat to bring to a party or for the big day.

Christmas Bark was introduced to me by my sweet friend, Caroline, a few years ago, and I have been making it ever since! It is Pinterest inspired and is sure to be a hit with even the most picky eaters.

As it is one of the easiest desserts I have ever made, it is also the quickest. Below is the recipe and instructions but feel free to switch it up if there is something you like best!

If you make this, tag me in your Instagram pics or on twitter (@palmettocouture!) I would love to see your spin on this fun treat.

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Christmas Bark:

14 whole Oreos (Christmas colored or Mint Oreos)
1 1/2 cup Pretzels (Long, skinny ones work best)
1 cup Christmas colored M&Ms
1 lb White Chocolate or Almond Bark (I used white chocolate)
Optional: Christmas Colored Sprinkles

  1. Line a cookie sheet with wax or parchment paper.
  2. Break up cookies and pretzels and spread across cookie sheet.
  3. Add 1 cup M&Ms to the dry mix.
  4. Melt chocolate and pour over the dry mix, covering as much of the mix as possible.
  5. Spread the chocolate over the remaining dry mix to cover evenly.
  6. Add leftover M&Ms (and sprinkles if you choose.)
  7. Allow the mix to cool until hard, then break into pieces for eating!

Last Minute Gifts for Her Under $40

If you are looking for a few last minute gifts for her that are chic and affordable, keep reading!

I’ve listed some awesome finds that are sure to make her smile and are under $40. Click the titles for direct links to the site.

TEXTING GLOVES: $15
Such a smart idea! These are stylish and practical! I hate taking my gloves off to unlock my phone or check a message when its cold out. These are a must-have and a great stocking stuffer!

 

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Winter Headband: $17
This Steven Madden headband is on my personal wish list for Christmas! The metallic threads give it a little something extra, don’t you think?!
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Stylish Mug: $13
Let’s be real. What girl doesn’t love to sip on a Peppermint Mocha coffee this time of year?! Get her a super cute mug that fits her style and maybe fill it with a special blend of coffee or a gift card! Get this particular one from Starbucks. #basic #butawesome

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Makeup Palette: $40
So this is a very popular contour kit by Anastasia Beverly Hills! I haven’t tried this myself just yet, but I have been eyeing it lately! If your girl loves makeup, help her step up her game with this awesome gift.

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Slippers: $39
I LOVE slippers and socks when it is cold outside and the fuzzier they are, the better! These adorable moccasin slippers are less than $40 and come in several colors. I have a pair of moccasins that I wear from November to March to keep my toes warm. Branch out and pick a fun colored pair for your girl!

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Feel free to take these ideas and make them your own. Two of my rules for gift giving are finding something that you think will fit her style and that will make her smile.

Knowing you put a little thought behind your gift makes a difference, no matter how much you spend. Now get out there and finish up that holiday shopping!

A Holiday Look: Part 2

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Happy Monday, friends!

Today’s post is part two of my holiday look series and focuses on the most simple look that still makes a statement!

Who doesn’t love a Little Black Dress (LBD) for any occasion?! When all else fails, having this staple in your closet will be a lifesaver. I always recommend having one for a cooler season and one for a warmer season.

There are so many ways you can dress up a LBD, but I chose to keep it simple and just added bling! When wearing a monochromatic look (all one color), its nice to add a few pieces of bold jewelry to make the look your own.

I found a few gold pieces from Charlotte Russe that were under $15 for the bracelet, earrings, and rings. They usually run a jewelry sale that is great for costume jewelry pieces. And my LBD is a midi length sweater dress that I bought from Old Navy for under $40!

To make a LBD match your style, think of special accessories that you love and how you can incorporate it into your party look.

Here are a few tricks to add personal style to your LBD for any holiday party:

  1. Add a pop of color: maybe a red clutch, bold lipstick, or nails!
  2. Printed tights: there are so many fun, patterned tights in stores that will definitely make a statement!
  3. Bling, bling: a few pieces of bold jewelry can brighten up a solid color look and add some class as well.

Good luck and have fun! Remember to tag me in your holiday outfit posts on Instagram @palmettocouture!

A Holiday Look: Part 1

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Its officially the Holly-day season!! See what I did there?!

But seriously, with lots of events and parties to attend along with the gift shopping, wallets can get tight really fast! We all want to look our best without going over our budget.

In thinking about holiday looks for the fashion conscious girl, I wanted to create two looks that were stylish and chic and wouldn’t break the bank!

This two part series starts with a look that I created from items I already had in my closet!

My advice for an easy, festive outfit is as follows:

  1. Pattern: find an article of clothing that has a wintry or holiday pattern as your centerpiece. I went with a subtle houndstooth skirt with a faux leather trim to start.
  2. Color: add a pop of red or green (and don’t worry about the traditional shades- branch out like my burgundy top!)
  3. Bling: fun jewelry and accessories can make or break an outfit! Add a few pieces that really stand out!
  4. Heels: and last but certainly not least, slip on a pair of sassy heels and your confidence will make you the star of the party! Not into heels? Try a sparkly or patent leather flat to jazz up your style.

Most of these items are things that you probably already have in your closet! Take a look around and see what you can create. I bet you will surprise yourself and style the perfect Holly-day outfit!

I would love to see all of your holiday outfits so tag me on Instagram or Twitter with my handle, @palmettocouture!