Perfect Holiday Gift Guide

Tight on cash this season?  We’ve found the perfects gifts for the fashionistas on your list- all items $35 or less!

Essie Mini Polish Set
$17; essieshop.com


Essie’s winter 2010 collection creates an aura of mystique with a vision of wintery beauty that is darkly decadent and supremely elegant.

This 4 piece mini collection includes these fun hues:  masquerade ball, silken cord, hot coco, going incognito.

Sephora’s Black Studded Makeup Bag Collection
$24; sephora.com

A limited-edition ensemble of fiercely stylish cosmetic bags.  This range of chic makeup bags fuses attitude with function, to hold every aspect of your beauty arsenal. Four sizes and shapes, all featuring black faux leather and edgy studs, will get you organized and accessorized at the same time.

Ruffled Echo Touch Glove
$35; echodesign.com

Echo has combined two of their best selling styles from last year to give you the new and improved ruffled Echo Touch glove.  Keep your hands warm while you keep in touch!  Echo Touch gloves are engineered specifically with the new wave of technology in mind.  Adhered to the index finger and thumb of each glove, our eLink fabric interacts with touch screen devices, making them compatible with the iPod, iPhone, iPad and other touch sensitive digital devices.  Made of wool blend.

bareMinerals Keychain Kisses
$15; ulta.com


These mini shades contain a healthy infusion of 100% pure bareMinerals and a blend of exotic oils, botanical extracts and protective antioxidants for long-lasting hydration, superior shine and shimmering color – all without any stickiness. Plus, they’re keychain-ready, so you’ll always have your lucky lipgloss at your fingertips.

Studded Scarf Ring
$32; echodesign.com

Are you seeking studs? Echo’s studded scarf ring is trend appropriate and also looks great with any casual outfit.

 

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ASOS.com – the Latest Site Worth Checking Out

Featured in fashion magazines like Nylon and Teen Vogue, ASOS.com has been off to a great start in America since they’ve started shipping to locations in the U.S. The site offers clothes and accessories from over 850 brands, including many upscale designers, like French Connection and Juicy Couture, as well as a few lines they’ve created themselves. Many of the designers featured on ASOS also have items in the “Outlet” section, which offers great markdowns comparable to what you would find in any outlet mall. And did we mention that they always have FREE shipping both ways to the U.S. (and for the holiday season, the whole world)? If you order something that doesn’t fit, or isn’t what you expected, you can just use the return label, which includes postage, and send your order back for a refund without breaking a sweat.

Items that are hot right now are pieces from the popular Alexander McQueen for Puma line, and their collaboration with Nylon Magazine. They’re also having a sale that boasts a 20 percent discount on select items, so you really have no excuse not to at least give ASOS a look! And if you subscribe to their newsletter, without even buying anything, they’ll automatically enter you to win a $1000 E-gift card to buy holiday presents for your family and friends, and something for yourself too!

Did we mention ASOS also has their own fashion magazine? It’s exclusively online and features models wearing products available on their site, but the magazine also offers feature articles and is consistently covered by It Girls of our time. Example: Jessica Szohr of Gossip Girl is the current cover girl, and other recent cover girls include Olivia Palermo, Emma Stone, and Bonnie Wright (of Harry Potter).

With so many things to offer, our only question to you is – which ASOS feature will you check out first?

ASOS AUTOGRAPH Faux Fur Cuff Lace-Up Boots, taken from the As Seen in Nylon section, $94.82 at ASOS.com

Black Friday: Who’s Ready?!


Black Friday is notorious for being chaotic. If you plan on participating in Black Friday, come prepared.

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Bring a large purse and stock it up: Throughout the day, you will likely end up needing water or snacks. Pack these in a large purse to avoid waiting in line in the food court or dealing with crowds in restaurants. Bringing a large purse will also give you a place to store your jacket. It will be like a furnace inside. But waiting in line outside in the freezing weather is miserable without a jacket.

Make a list… and check it twice: Before entering a store, know exactly what you’re looking for. If you have coupons or sale papers for the store, have those easily accessible. Trying to remember what all you were supposed to get at Target at 5 a.m. in a chaotic crowd of people is nearly impossible… trust me, I’ve tried and failed.

Mentally prepare yourself: I get really stressed out when stuck in a crowd of people, so Black Friday takes a little mental preparation. Allowing myself to freak out about the crowds puts a damper on my whole day. Tell yourself, “There are going to be crowds of people, it’s going to be utter chaos in some places, but I cannot control this and that’s OK.” I know this definitely helps me.

Have fun: Yeah, so maybe crowds of people and an early wake-up time aren’t preferable, but it’s an experience. By accepting all that comes with Black Friday shopping, you can relax and allow yourself to enjoy the day. It really is exciting to hunt for the perfect gift or an item featured in the sale papers while chugging a latte and enjoying Christmas music. Black Friday can really help you get excited for Christmas, and with sales THAT good, how can you not have fun?

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Cheap, Unique Holiday Gifts

In search of the perfect gift for your best friend, mom, boyfriend, brother, co-worker? Check out Urban Outfitters’ Gift Guide. This page includes some awesomely unique and inexpensive trinkets and toys that are sure to please.


H&M to come to Raleigh, NC

Image from beverlycenter.com

H&M is the home of beautiful clothes at reasonable prices. And now, it will be making its mark on North Carolina. An H&M is planned to open at Crabtree Valley Mall in Raleigh by Spring 2010. The store will be built on the first floor of the mall. The brand also has an updated Web site that is easier to navigate → H&M

Warm Up Your Winter Wardrobe

Image from asos.com

Image from asos.com

Mango Leather Gloves….. $40

These snakeskin printed gloves are sure to add an edge to any simple winter ensemble. All you need is a leather bomber, and you’ll be ready to brave the winter chill in style.

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Faux Fur Vest….. $60

Experience all the luxury that  fur has to offer without the two extra zeros tacked on to the price tag, and with a completely clear conscious with this faux fur vest.

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Knit Beret….. $20

This chunky knit beret is anything but your traditional winter cap. Protect your ears from the cold winter air and look cute while doing it.

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Printed Silk Scarf….. $20

Add a touch of drama to any dress or plain tee with this fabulous silk scarf. Whether draped across your shoulders, neatly tied across your neck, or peeking out from under a black peacoat, this winter necessity  is sure to make your outfit pop.

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Looking insanely chic in the winter for less….Priceless!

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