Gift Guide: For The Homebody

Gift Guide: For The Homebody

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We all have that one friend, family member or coworker who likes to stay home a majority of the time. Cough, cough, cough; me! These people may be a little hard to shop for, especially if you want your gift to be unique. I’ve rounded up my favorite items for the home that are drool worthy, Instagram worthy and under $75.00. These are gifts your homebody is sure to love. From unique cookbooks, to art (yay to shopping small), funky dishes in the most popular print this year and items to make the home cozy!

 

Chic Holiday Hair Styles For The Everyday Girl

It’s time to pull out the party dresses, over sized sweaters, plaid and everything that sparkles. However, you could have the perfect #ootd but when it comes to your hair, it could all just fall flat (no pun intended). Your hair is your best accessory on any given day, but for the holidays it’s even more important. You can’t have a chic, festive look and a hair style that looks like you gave up on it. And trust me, we’ve all been there where we find something and try to recreate it and it just doesn’t work out. I wish we all had the opportunity to have our hair done by a stylist every day, especially during the holiday season, but let’s face it; we all don’t have the time or funds. So, with the thanks of Jessy from Bari Salon, we came up with three looks perfect for your festive attire that you can actually recreate at home.

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Short hair? No problem! Slick, straight bobs look great, but if you are wanting something more fun or a little different for the holiday season, try curls. It looks great and chic! Also the messier you can get this look, the more city chic you will look.

Here’s how to get this look:

Spray a thin coat of GRID or any structural hold setting spray all over the hair.

Take vertical sections of hair and curl away from the face. Can curl every section of the hair or you can curl a few pieces here and there for a more edgy look.

Tousle curls to loosen them and spray the ends of the curls with DEATH VALLEY or any dry shampoo. Dry shampoo actually helps create texture and helps hold curls!

Use a fine coat of TINSEL or any smoothing oil to help keep fly aways at bay.

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The ponytail has made a come back recently, but not your gym class style pony. A full, curled, high sitting and elastic hidden ponytail is perfect for casual, festive days (Christmas morning with cameras at every angle) or even glam occasions (that office party where you may be drinking too many glasses of champagne). Plus side, it’s really easy to recreate and anyone can rock it.

Here’s how to get this look:

Pull hair into a tight, high ponytail leaving out a tiny piece of hair near the hair tie.

Pull apart the ponytail and spray VICIOUS or a strong hold hairspray throughout the hair to create texture.

Curl sections of the ponytail in alternate directions. Can use any size curling iron for this depending on the size of the curls you want.

Tousle curl for a more natural look once finished curling. Pinch the ends of the curls and push upwards while holding the ends.

Spray ends with DEATH VALLEY or any dry shampoo.

Wrap the hair you left out of the hair tie around the ponytail and secure with a bobby pin to finish the look.

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When dressing up, whether it be for parties or family Christmas cards, you really can’t go wrong with curls and braids. There is something so effortlessly chic about the look. A half up do is also a little more glam so will be perfect for any of your sparkly dresses, cocktail dresses or your dress with a bow.

Here’s how to get the look:

Section top half hair and braid both sides of the top portion going back.

Secure the braids in the center with a bobby pin and spray a fine mist of GRID or structural setting spray over the braids.

Curl bottom section in alternating directions.

Brush through the curls and tousle.

Spray a finishing layer of VICIOUS or a strong hold flexible hairspray to complete the look.

 

****Huge thanks to Jessy for helping create these three looks! I swear by her. I’m in love with my new cut and every way I style it thanks to all her advice, suggestion and of course the cut. If you are in need of a new cut or just a style, she’s your girl! Also shout out to fellow fashion blogger, Ferriss from Just Ferriss and local fashion designer, Rachel Weisberg for playing models for us for the day!

 

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Gift Guide: For the Fashionista

Gift Guide: For the Fashionista

Ahhhh! Finally the first gift guide of the season. Shopping for the #fashionista in your life can be hard. She seems like she always looks flawless so you want your gift to be just as great. So I have rounded up my top 9 picks under $75.00 and under that are the perfect gift besides her typical clothing gifts.

  1. Moon & Stars EarringsBaubleBar has some of the best statement pieces for any style! Plus the affordability is perfect for gift giving. I love these earrings and could be styled numerous different ways. Could be edgy, dark or glam! I have officially added these to my Black Friday shopping list 😉
  2. Cosmetic Bag– What girl doesn’t love to see designer leather underneath the Christmas tree, especially a #fashionista? To make a big impact but on a smaller budget, this Coach cosmetic bag is a perfect gift idea. We girls have a ton of stuff in our bags, so it even works for the #fashionista who keeps her make up of the day minimal! I also love picking out a black leather option as it goes with everything.
  3. Quay Sunglasses– Just because it’s winter doesn’t mean the shades get put away with the tank tops! I love Quay sunglasses and most of the shapes are funky yet flattering on most face shapes.
  4. Fashion Illustration– When you are at a loss for what to get your fashionista gal pal or family member because you are afraid you might get something that isn’t her particular style, fashion illustrations are great! Fashion in it’s self is art, so a fashionable piece of art is a great gift! You can find fashion illustrations anywhere online, in a ton of different styles and price ranges. Plus it will look great on her Instagram!
  5. Robe– The best part about a fashionista’s look is the actual process in putting it together. The best part is the creating process in the way she styles everything and creates the look she wants the world to see. Some of the time it’s a lengthy process. Robes make a great gift because the getting ready process is a fun process and she should still feel stylish during the process.
  6. R + CO Outer Space Hair Spray– I have been wanting to try out this product for a really long time and at my recent hair appointment I was finally able too. The entire R+CO line is dreamy but this hairspray is out of this world (no pun intended). It has a great hold without that crunchy, sticky feeling. It also smells amazing. Any girl who fixes her hair on a daily basis needs to try this at least once. It’s a bit pricey for hairspray (but oh so worth it) so if your fashionista may not splurge on an item like this for herself, gift it to her; she will be forever thankful!
  7. Kat Von D Eye Shadow Palette– Kat Von D eyeshadows (any of her make up for that matter) goes on like a dream. Extremely blendable and a perfect starter kit. Great for the pro or someone wanted to expand her make up techniques. Plus the entire Kat Von D beauty line is creulty free and great for sensitive skin! I got this specific palette for my birthday and think it was the best choice I’ve ever made.
  8. Colour Pop Lip Products– Colour Pop has a wide range of lip products for any beauty loving girl. Whether she likes glossy lips or matte lips, Colour Pop has an option. Plus their color selection is out of this world; from nudes, to pretty pinks to the darkest berries and funky colors! Most of their lip products are cruelty free!
  9. Furry Clutch– This Who What Wear Collection collection is #goals! I love it and it’s amazing in both the blush and black color! Perfect present to add a little extra luxe or funk to any fashion girl’s #ootd. Also this is a perfect alternative to a sparkly clutch for NYE!

 

 

Turkey Day Outfit

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Top // Jeans // Booties (similar) // Earrings // Hair Clip (in stores only at Versona)

I honestly can’t believe next Thursday is Thanksgiving! How is this even possible?

So I start thinking about the holidays and how my wardrobe will work for the holidays early on. Probably when Fall fashion starts hitting the shelves. I’m not the hugest sparkle fan (even though you will be seeing a fun skirt soon) so it’s ok for me to start looking early. A few things come to mind. First off I want to be stylish because I’m known as the fashion blogger in the family and because I know pictures are going to be taken if I’m not planning on them. But then there are a few other things to keep in mind but mainly is it comfortable. I mean there is a lot of cooking, a lot of relaxing, a lot of running around and then there is a lot of eating.

So when I saw this blouse at Target I knew it was the perfect thing to wear to Thanksgiving dinner! It screams fall, the color is perfect for Thanksgiving, it’s flowy and it has some awesome detailing. I was sold! I’ve decided to pair it with distressed denim and booties for a casual, comfortable yet chic look. I’m going to go ahead and call this my sophisticated pilgrim #ootd.

Artistically Wrapped Presents

It’s officially that time of year y’all! The holidays. I’m currently listening to Christmas music as I’m writing this and I have already put up my Christmas tree. I’ve even got some presents bought. What else can I say? I’m actually in the spirit this year, for the first time in a while (probably because I’m not stressing about finals and registering for new classes). So this year for my tree and present theme I am going for black, red, metallics and craft paper. But y’all, it’s hard to find a fun red and black wrapping paper that isn’t buffalo plaid (which I did pick up). So I decided to get creative. And make my own abstract paper.

So to make your own paper you will need:

Packaging paper or craft paper

Paint of your choices

Paint brush

Cup of Water

Bowl, plate, palette paper for your paint

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Also you are going to want to do this outside because it might just get messy.

You want to thin down your paint if you are doing an abstract splatter version like I did.

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Then just do whatever you would like. I’m actually wrapping up a painting so I channeled my inner Jackson Pollock and did a splatter design. I just get watered down paint on the brush and tap the brush for splatter designs.

My end version looked like this:

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You are going to want to let this dry for a while until the paint is completely dry to the touch. You can use a hairdryer to speed up the process if you wish. You can also let it sit over night before using it to wrap your gift with. I recommend cutting off the size you will need for your gift.

For the wrapping you will need:

Scissors

Tape

Festive ribbon

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And here is the final result!

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I think presentation is almost as important as the actual gift you are giving. This look would also be really cute done with stamps as well. This is time consuming but like I just stated it’s all about the presentation. Plus there is now some personality to the package! Happy wrapping!

 

Feminine Lumberjack

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Flannel // Skirt (similar) // Tights // Booties (similar) // Necklace (similar) // Lip Color // Eyeshadow

I grew up in the 90’s and lived in a small country, farm town. So I love flannel, I love plaid. When I moved to Asheville I thought I would be wearing plaids and flannels all the time, but little did I know I would fall in a rut with both the print and fabric. Asheville weather is well, Asheville weather. It can be warm one part of the week and snowing by the end of the week. Also elevation changes are intense here so it may be semi warm in downtown then up the mountain you are freezing. So it was hard to wear them because if you wear a real flannel you know you are burning up. Plus when I turned 21 and was in to being at a bar in beer city almost every night, wearing plaid or flannel made you look like that hipster lumberjack wannabe. So I retired them. But recently have brought them back because now I know how to wear a flannel and plaid without either looking like a total lumberjack or burning up in them.

Dressing them up! That’s the answer. Paired with a skirt or dress and they are instantly more feminine. I paired this dreamy buffalo plaid flannel from Old Navy (only $14.00 currently) with an old black lacey skater skirt and went a step further with the statement necklace for a pop of glam. As far as burning up, either layer or go up a size in a flannel so it isn’t so tight to your body. Also if you go up a size you have plenty of other layering options for the flannel.

I love this look! It’s actually perfect for the upcoming holiday season and screams Fall! If you are leary of plaid or flannel (which at this point it’s everywhere so you shouldn’t) try a scarf in the print which can go with just about anything or layer a cozy sweater over your flannel so only the hems, collar and sleeves are showing.

 

Almost Black Out

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Jeans // Sweater // Scarf (only in stores) // Booties (old)

I like to wear black, it’s really just that simple. A black out #ootd makes me feel chic, pulled together and slimmed down. But sometimes you just need a pop of color. I like to do that with either necklaces or scarves; since it finally felt like Fall in Asheville this weekend a scarf it was. This scarf may remind you of Mardi Gras but the rich jewel tones scream Fall. So I finally got to wear this as it was intended to be worn (it’s been tied around a bag since I bought it). And I love this! Perfect for just about anything, I even wore this to head a planner meetup this Sunday!

Wear what you want! Even if others tell you to wear something else. I get told all the time I need to wear more color. I like black outfits and I’m going to keep wearing black outfits!

Adele Weekend Part: Blog

So this weekend was finally the weekend I was waiting for, for almost an entire year. Adele released 25 last year, excited was an understatement. The world hadn’t heard from her in such a long time, and as someone who loves her, it was amazing. Then she announced a tour. Now back when she was (attempting) to tour for 21 I attempted to get tickets (as in prayed, refreshed, stood outside when the venue was changed; no avail). Adele tickets literally sell out within the minute of becoming available. So I knew it wasn’t something I couldn’t actually see but still I was hopeful. I said I would be the happiest person if I could get the tickets as a Christmas present. 2 weeks later, SURPRISE! I had no idea Andrew was able to get them, best kept secret.

So this weekend was finally the weekend! For almost a whole year I have counted down, I have anticipated, I have prepped. And it was finally here.

Can I just say the show was a once in a life time experience. Absolutely amazing. I cried, I laughed, I danced, I screamed so much I was horse the next day.

The concert itself was just too good. Girl can bring down the house. And she’s hilarious! One of the best nights of my life!

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I decided to go semi tech free during the show kind of last minute. For starters my phone was running low by the time we were actually seated and I decided last minute to kind of savoir the moment, live in it and fully experience. I mean this was a legit experience of a life time and I didn’t want to be worried about recording and snapping. Plus the Phillips Arena is huge and I probably would have accidentally tossed my phone out of excitement. However there are a few shots over on my Instagram that I got towards the end of the show!

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So since we stayed in Atlanta for the night, the next day we explored. FYI we stayed at the HYATT Regency and I highly recommend it if you are traveling to Atlanta. Best service, nice rooms, awesome architecture and design and yummy yummy breakfast! Sunday we took in the city views, visited the World of Coca Cola (because who doesn’t want to try cokes from all over the world) and ate at Eats (which you need to visit if you love good soul food). All in all, one of the greats 36 hours of my life!

It’s Just a Bunch of Hocus Pocus

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Happy Halloween everyone! I hope your day is full of spooks, tricks and (it goes without saying) yummy treats and sweets. I was in Atlanta over Halloweekend so I didn’t really get to do anything overly exciting for the holiday. But let’s be honest, I probably wouldn’t have done anything anyways. So tonight I will be at home, because who decided we don’t celebrate Halloween on Halloween anymore. I’ll be giving out candy to any little ghouls that visit, watching a classic horror movie, eating a yummy home cooked meal and probably drinking a pumpkin beer with my love! But I do get to dress up for work and I like to be in some sort of costume for the kiddos trick or treating so here it is. I hate pre-bought costumes because a.) that fit and b.) you can be things on Halloween besides a slut. So here is my modern Sanderson Sister #ootd and now I’m ready to fly!

I hope all you have a great and safe night wherever you are and however you are celebrating.

When Clothing Speaks To You

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Dress // Necklace // Similar Booties 

I have a very firm rule when shopping for clothing, if it’s not something I am in need of and find it and like it, I will wait to see if I’m still interested later to buy. This helps with a lot of impulse buying and filling my closet with things I don’t really love or things I will not get a lot of use out of. This dress is one of those wait for it moments, but could have actually bought it immediately.

I was strolling through Target after work, which I do way too often, and looking at new Fall pieces that might be fun to add to the wardrobe. I had been gifted a gift card after all. When I was doing this I knew in the back of my mind I was looking for something fun to wear to the Adele concert but wasn’t intentionally looking for my Adele concert dress. The Who What Wear collection caught my eye especially the faux suede olive sleeveless trench but this little number was hiding behind it. The print kind of reminded me of the 70’s so I didn’t even pull it off the rack. After wondering and wondering and not finding anything, I went back to this dress and pulled it off the rack. It wasn’t until then that I saw the faux leather detailing and the shape. My first thought I would like it better all black but still tried it on.

In the fitting room I’m pretty sure I actually said “WTF” because the dress fit amazingly. The cut was perfect. It fit in all the right ways. The bodice works perfect with my body shape and the angled hemline doesn’t cut my legs off in a weird way. The print grew on me simply for the fact that it was an amazing fit. I took some pictures for SnapChat (s.ferguson6623) saying a possible choice for the Adele concert. And still went home empty handed.

I kept thinking about this dress. I kept think about how amazing I felt in it. How many uses I could get out of it. How affordable it was for the quality. How the print was growing on me. How I liked the little details on the dress. And just like that, I went back to Target and added this baby to my closet. Now I’m already imagining holiday parties and a night with Adele in this dress.