Personalizing Wedding (Registry) Gift Ideas

With the holidays just barely behind us, wedding invitations have begun to go out, making special stops into our mailboxes. Now, while I'm entirely up for the excitement, my wallet, not so much. Yes, registries are great but unless you're buying the top tier item (ie: Keurigs, Kitchenaid mixers & food processors), you might be feeling like you're lacking in a few places. Thus the need for a little personalization without breaking the bank. So, I teamed up with Target to create a personalized wedding gift right off one of my girlfriend's registry who's husband happens to love Coffee.

Since they opted for a French Press (under $40), I grabbed a couple mugs and canisters to add a little something special to the gift. Now, since I know they love their Starbucks, I threw in a couple bags of the newest flavors and some biscotti for dipping. Arranged it in a pretty basket and it's an easy yet fun gift to give while staying true to the registry, and not breaking the bank. 
(Create It Yourself Here..)

Need help personalizing something special for upcoming nuptials? Here's some tips to make things a little easier...

- Opt for practical items like Wine Glasses or Coffee Mugs.
Adds Ons - their favorite wine or specialty coffees. 

 - Or try Bakeware.
Add Ons - Cute Muffin Liners & Homemade Mixes (cookies, brownies) in Jars.

- You can even take a fun picture frame and attach it to the gift wrap as a gift tag. Play with ideas, and have fun!

- And then there's engraving if you've run out of ideas.

How do you personalize wedding gifts?

Downtown Girl

 Since I'm sure you can imagine, I have had a hard time not wearing this skirt, everyday.  If it weren't so darn cold out I'd probably would, you know, until I got sick of seeing it (which would be never). Lucky for me we've had a few bouts of 60 degree weather in the last week which means it's practically spring time, giving me yet another chance to throw on my skirt. This time around with a (perfectly appropriate) graphic tee and leather details jacket with just a pop of color coming from my shoes.
Skirt c/o Lily and Violet, Shoes JustFab, Bag Debshops, Shirt Marshalls, Jacket Rock & Republic for Kohl's, Bracelets Caroline Hill Collection & Jewelmint.

This Week...

It's been quite awhile since This Week has made it up (thanks to moving and the holidays), so it's time to get back in the swing of things. I'm hoping everyone's holiday has been delightful and eventful thus far. Since things have been low key in these parts, mainly because of a nasty cold, I only managed to do a little shopping post holidays and touch up a few new items in the apartment (see the sneak peek here).

Also,  It would seem I'm having a winter floral moment.
 Silk'n Flash&Go tops the list of things to try in the new year, stay tuned!
 G.H Cretors sent over some popcorn for the holidays, and I'm hooked (needless to say the four bags barely lasted the weekend). The chicago mix is the right about of sweet and salty. And it's non-gmo & gluten free... (don't forget to like them on Facebook!)
  An Outfit that didn't quite make the cut this week...
Happy Weekend!

Plaid, Leather and Leopard

 Who am I to play favorites with prints and textures this season...

 If you can' wait to wear them one at a time, why not wear them all at once?
 shirt c/o, leather pants target, bag caroline hill, shoes aldo

A Peek Into Our Apartment

Since I've been spending the last several weeks unpacking, organizing and trying to get our new place in order I figured it would only be fair to give you a peek on the progress since I've mostly been MIA elsewhere. So since our bedroom is the only room mostly put together (aside from the boys room), I snapped off a few pictures to share. I can't wait to hear what you think...

The Right Fit

 Secretly I consider my self a jean girl at heart. Years ago I was all about pairing my trusty denim with just about everything. And while these days the stylings are not as often as I'd like, I always feel most comfortable when I slip on that pair of jeans with just the right fit.  

So, when Abercrombie asked me to pick to test out their fabulous denim (at amazing prices, hello jeans under $40), who was I to say no? Now, of course I had to narrow down my choices from their expansive fit and wash range, finally deciding on a low rise skinny (a size-ish too big for a boyfriend, lived in feel) with just enough distressing. Fit wise, I have to applaud the back pocket placement for optimal butt shaping, because, let's be real that's one of our main factors when buying jeans, am I right? 

Lucky for me the weather has been a little on the warmer side and I didn't have to completely layer up, limiting my layers to a metallic infused jacket and tank to help my jeans steal the show. Of course, details had to include a couple more pops of color and a feminine detail here and there to make it just right...

Jeans c/o Abercrombie, shirt marshalls, shoes sole society, bag tjmaxx, jacket old navy
Don't forget to check out Abercrombie's denim sale, all jeans are $39!

Last Minute Stocking Stuffers Under $50 via Target

I'm sure it probably wont come as too much of a surprise to your when I tell you I'm a 100% last minute kind of gal. I mean, sure I love to buy things ahead of time and have them wrapped and ready but something always comes up, thus the need for a little last minute inspiration (along lots of running around).

This time around we're diving into Last Minute Stocking Stuffers under $50 from Target, because chances are, you're already going to be there... From quirky home decor gifts and hostess ideas to something to sweeten your Christmas morning up, there's something for everyone on your list. Don't forget the cold weather accessories!

Note Card Pack - All Occasions, $3.99 (in-stores)
Limited Edition Faux Fur Infinity Scarf, $24.99
Sonia Kashuk Floral Print Cosmetics Case, $9.99
Nate Berkus Elephant Tealight Holder, $6.98
Muk Luks Men's Trapper Hat and Glove Set, $39.99
Starbucks Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate Packets 8ct., $6.99
Xhilaration Juniors 3-Pack Knee Socks, $7.50

And if all else fails, simply buy gift card or two (or handful). They're quick and easy, making that last minute gifting possible...

What are you grabbing last minute from Target to make it #mykindofholiday?

Tribal and Leopard

 I've always been partial to outerwear. It's no secret that I have a love for layering and that love probably started with my strong feelings towards playful outwear. This jacket, more or less says it all, it some how fit perfectly with this (bold) dress and these amazingly comfortable boots, giving me exactl what I want, an outfit that pops in the winter time. Throw on an oversized scarf for good measure and I'm out the door...
 Dress ASOS, Jacket c/o LIly and Violet, Boots c/o Diba, Bag Debshops, Scarf Nordstrom Rack

Tutu Tulle

When it comes to Whimsical, it doesn't get more whimsey than tulle. Am I right? So for this week's (and final) trend with U By Kotex we're going all out whimsical, and it seems tulle was just the only way to go..

And since I can never get enough of the floaty romantic fabric there was no way I was passing up this gorgeous skirt (from Lily and Voilet), the perfect length and just the right amount of swing. While I'm all about going full on ballerina on a given day I decided to add a touch of edge to my look with my studded (faux) leather moto jacket. Hello, structure and swing, just a couple of my favorite things. 

So get out there this week, snap a picture of you going whimsical for a chance to win a trip to NYC (see more details below)...
Skirt c/o Lily & Voilet, Jacket T.J.Maxx, Shoes Nordstrom Rack, Bag Debshops
Contest Details: 

Head over to the Glam Facebook Page to upload and submit your look featuring this week's trend, Whimsical. 

Each week the Glam team will pick the best photo and the winner will win a $100 Amex Gift.

Each weekly winner (5 total) will be eligible to win the grand price fashion trip to NYC, a NY Shopping Spree, hair and makeup, and a photo shoot and an editorial feature on (plus you get to bring a guest, and it doesn't have to be me, but I wont turn you down).

All entrants will receive a free sample of U by Kotex® products, just for entering!

U by Kotex® provides protection that passes the only test that matters - your life. Try U by Kotex® for yourself and commit to protection you can get serious about. Head to Facebook to grab a sample and show us what trend you're trying this week. Let the world know what you think!

Disclosure: Compensation was provided by U by Kotex® via Glam Media.  The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of U by Kotex®.

Quick Gifts for The Hostess Under $50, At Marshalls

It's really no secret that I spend all too much time at Marshalls, I'd blame Project Fab, but that would only account for half of my (so called) "problem". Of course, I get great deals on clothes, most of my fall wardrobe additions have come from the racks but really the real kicker is their housewares department (and furniture, eep!). Before we moved I stocked up on all things needed for the home, from the kitchen and bathroom to the living room and bedroom, and much cheaper than I would've paid at my other favorite weakness. It's like magic.

So, of course I had to pop in yesterday afternoon for a quick peak (and do some last minute gift shopping) to see what I could get for (well) under $50 for The Hostess in my life...
 Martini Set $19.99, Cup & Saucer $5.99, & Driftwood Candle Votive  $39.99.
Gourmet Cookie Mix $4, Espresso Pot $5.99, Baskets $12.99, and Designer Gloves $29.99.

What have to snagged from Marshalls lately? Dish..

Also for more gift ideas check out (or stalk) #thegifter...

Pants and Tweed

 Since I've been sticking to pants lately to help brace the cold I've had to spice up my outwear just a smidge. Lucky for me it wasn't too cold and I was able to get away with this metallic infused tweed jacket. Not my favorite look, but it did the trick for errands after the snow.

 jacket & pants old navy, booties report, shirt choies, bag tjmaxx, scarf nordstrom rack