Gifts for Her Under $50

26 November 2014

Now that the holidays are finally upon us I've starting planning out my purchases and gift giving plan for the season. Naturally when any talk about gifting pops in my head I mentally break down a gift guide for each person. I figure out what they need, where to shop and naturally, how to save money while doing so. One way {that I've actually been using for personal use for quite some time now}, is If you haven't heard of ShopRunner just yet, they're a membership site that offers unlimited free 2-Day shipping, free returns and numerous members only discounts for just $79 a year. You can also track all your online receipts to the ShopRunner Central. One stop shopping, yes please.

They also have 100+ awesome partners that are bound to be on your list, holiday shopping or not. And like all awesome things, they're currently running a holiday membership offer where you spend $100 at any one of the partners and you get a year membership free. Win.

As far shopping goes, I feel a gift guide is in order and first on my list is the girl after my own heart. Here are my picks for that favorite gal in our life {even if it is us} for under $50 a pop! Happy Shopping. Xo.

Caldrea Blue Sage Basil, $16

Crystal Metal Starburst Earrings, $24.95 Sole Society

Essie Carry On, $8.50 Bon-Ton

Kate Spade Spiral Notebook, $13.95 FranklinPlanner is the best way to shop online for the stuff you love. Visit to sign up! Plus, for a limited time only, make a $100 purchase at a partner store and get a 1-year membership to for free! A $79 Value!

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of ShopRunner. The opinions and text are all mine.

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Seriously Distracted

25 November 2014

You might remember this picture popping up on your Instagram feed a little ways back when I was stealing a moment for myself at the fruitwater Seriously Distracted party with POPSUGAR and one of my favorite gals, Gita. Who doesn’t love fun cocktails and 90‘s dance music spun by Harley Viera-Newton? Obviously stealing a moment for myself isn’t always the easiest task, but when I do I definitely savor it. Whether it’s hitting the town with fruitwater {I’m obsessed with the fizzy lemonade}, getting a mani/pedi or sitting down with my morning latte to flip through a magazine for only a few minutes, I’m all about finding that moment to myself. After all my sanity depends on it, right?

And if you’re looking to steal a moment at the computer {or phone} tune into POPSUGAR on Tuesdays to catch a giggle with their new sketch comedy show, Seriously Distracted. I’m inclined to favor the Tinder episode with Amy Sedaris, but you can decide which one you love the most. Check it out.

So, with that being said, Follow fruitwater on Instagram at @fruitwaterbev and submit a photo showing the world how you make the most of your day by stealing a moment for yourself for your chance to win a $1,000 prize towards your next stolen moment! Make sure to include #stealamomentsweeps and #fruitwater in your Instagram submission.

Now go steal that moment! Xo.

This post was sponsored by fruitwater through their partnership with POPSUGAR Select. While I was compensated to write a post about fruitwater, all opinions are my own.

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Dear Hair,

24 November 2014

To kick things off this week I've teamed up with L'Oréal to write a letter to my hair, because let's be real, things with our hair tend to get complicated. Check out the video version below and write your own letter to your locks!
Dear Hair, 

 We've had our ups and downs over the last 20 something years but I think it's safe to say, I love you. Sure, you tormented me through middle school presenting that mortifying 6th grade picture of what I can only be explain as a frizzed out afro. It's ok, I returned the favor years later by bleaching you {horribly} with an at home kit, which then resulted in tons of money lost, more bleaching and a pixie. I was ok with that, it gave me the confidence I needed as a teenager. You and I have had somewhat of a love hate relationship over our lifetime together, me tugging too hard while brushing these easily tangled locks you were kind enough to give me, but you made it up to me by blessing me with the naturally beachy waves that I've finally come to embrace. Things can't always be perfect between us, but thankfully I've had some help along the way to tame the uncontrollable frizz that sometimes occurs. Thanks to L'Oreal Advanced Hair Care Smooth Intense Frizz Taming Serum we no longer have that issue and you seem smoother with less fly aways. If I've been bad to you I make it up to you by treating you to Advance Haircare Total Repair 5 Damage Erasing Balm and we make up. 

I like when you're happy which is why I often find myself trying new things with you, though I continuously make the bad choice of bangs. Thankfully we some how find a way to work it out with only a few bumps along the way. We've been through practically every color in the book, and have had plenty of mishaps over the years but it's helped me realize how much I really appreciate you and I wouldn't want you to be any other way. 

Ps. Do you think you can grow a little it faster? I'm really over these bangs. Xo.

We ladies know that not all locks are created equal, and so does L’Oréal Paris. With the Advanced Haircare line, Glam girls have the power to pick their shampoo, conditioner and treatment based on their specific strand needs, taking their tresses to luxurious levels. Beautiful hair has never been more personal. 

Disclosure: Compensation was provided by L’Oreal’s Advanced Hair Care via Mode Media.  The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of L’Oreal
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Ray-Ban Aviator & Rakani Giveaway

Obviously the best way to kick off the week {because let's be real, I hate Mondays!} is with a Giveaway. So, I've teamed up with some lovely ladies and these awesome brands to get your week off to a fabulous start! Don't forget to check out all the gals on the list and have a great week! Xo.

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Blanket Cape

21 November 2014

 You might remember seeing this cape in last week's Fall essential round up with a few other awesome finds that I just picked up. Truth be told, I have to say this piece has quickly become my favorite, one because well, it's a cape so there's that and two, it's not plaid. While I love a good plaid piece, I've found my self stocking up on too much tartan, so outside the box I go with this southwest {esque} blanket cape, which turns out to go with just about everything including my new booties. 

Cape Boohoo {25% off with FAB25}, Booties Lord & Taylor {on sale}, Hat Target, Skirt and Sweater TJMAXX, Bag
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Better in Black

20 November 2014

Most days are spent commuting to different parts of the city on shopping excursions, event pop ins, research and now, school pick ups. For most of which, comfort is key, but then again, when isn't it? One of my easy no fail pairings {that works all day, everyday} is my leather jacket, you know, the one you've seen practically non-stop since I acquired it last year, and my cozy, almost worn through the knees black skinnies. Sure, I mix it up with the layers and the shoes but I'm not one to resist the temptation of an all black ensemble. This one seemed all too perfect with the addition of my new booties, that were made even better because they can be worn a couple of ways.

Jacket Spiegel, Pants Old Navy, Sweater TJMAXX, Boots Debshops, Scarf Nordstrom Rack
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