My Favorites for the New Year!

Happy New Year, friends!

I’ve been missing in action because I’ve had so much fun celebrating the holidays and my birthday, but I’m back!

With the start of a new year, everyone talks about their resolutions and goals, but today I want to talk about my favorite things coming into 2016. After all the shopping that occurred over the past few months, I was able to see new items that intrigued me, pieces that are on trend and things that I love and will be on repeat!!

Below find the items that I think are going to rock this winter season (links under pics!):

MAKEUP: Two of my favorite gifts over the holidays that any makeup lover can appreciate is the Urban Decay Naked3 Palette and the Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour Kit! (Thanks, Laura and Heather!)

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Naked3 Palette/ ABH Contour Kit

While the Naked3 Palette is much more beginner friendly than the ABH Contour Kit, both items made me SO excited! I have been wearing the eye shadows every day. The Naked3 palette has more rosy shades and each one is so pretty it is difficult to chose which to wear each day. Some are matte shades while others have a nice shimmer so there are plenty of options.

I am also learning more about contouring so hopefully I can utilize the ABH Contour Kit in future posts and possibly a tutorial in the (distant) future! I think it is amazing what people can do with a little (or a lot of) shading and highlighting.

TRENDING: Over the knee boots and socks are definitely trending right now! I haven’t purchased OTK boots just yet, but I recently bought two pairs of OTK, or thigh high, socks from Anthropologie. I am in love! I styled mine with knee high boots so that the sock added a special detail to my outfit.

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Both OTK options can be worn so many ways. While the “Pretty Woman” OTK boot is a bit scandalous, you can make this trend sassy by wearing the boots over leggings or pairing the socks with knee boots and a dress that hits just above the socks.

REPEAT: Unfortunately, the style that I am loving most, and want to have on repeat, has not agreed with South Carolina weather very much this fall and winter. I have been obsessed with toboggans (beanies) and knit headbands! With headgear, there is a large variety to choose from and this simple outfit addition can jazz up your style for not a lot of money.

If you follow me on Instagram, you’ve seen me rock a leopard toboggan from Faded Glory (Walmart) as well as one from Belk’s brand New Direction. I purchased the Faded Glory one for about $3 and the Belk one for under $20.

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My hat (on super sale!)/ Tribal Beanie/ Betsey Johnson Headband

I think the knit headbands are really special and fun because you can wear them so many different ways. Many have metallic threading or beading on them too so they can be worn with a pretty peacoat or a somewhat dressier outfit.

These are just a few things I am loving in 2016! What trends are you excited about or have on repeat right now?! Let me know and comment below! I want to know what you are wearing!

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!