Monday, December 15, 2014

Favorite Holiday Traditions + Link-Up!

The stories and traditions around the holidays are incredibly diverse, both across and within cultures. It's always so interesting to me to read learn about them. That's why I was so excited when Brooke of Pumps and Push-Ups asked me if I'd like to be a part of this super neat holiday traditions collab. This is seriously the cutest thing I've ever been a part of as a blogger! 

I hope you'll enjoy reading about our favorite holiday traditions, and that you'll link up a post of your own where you talk about yours!
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Brooke of Pumps and Push-Ups Holiday Traditions
Pumps and Push-Ups
Erica of Pumps and Push-Ups, Holiday traditions
Pumps and Push-Ups
Heather of Perennial Vintage - Holiday Traditions
Perennial Vintage
Rebecca of Made in the Shade Blog - Holiday Traditions
Made in the Shade Blog
Tameka of Pastries Pumps and Pi - Holiday Traditions
Pastries, Pumps and Pi
Samantha of Gold Coast Girl Blog - Holiday Traditions
Gold Coast Girl
Monica of Jersey Girl, Texan Heart - Holiday Traditions
Jersey Girl Texan Heart
Stephanie of Positively Stephanie - Holiday Traditions
Positively Stephanie
Amy of The Real Arnolds - Holiday Traditions
The Real Arnolds
Nicole of The Inspiration Closet - Holiday Traditions
The Inspiration Closet
sydneryholiday
Sydney Fashion Hunter
lauraholiday
I Do DeClaire
anaholiday
Evergreen, Evergrey, Everyday
lisaholiday
Daily Style Finds
adaholiday
Elegance and Mommyhood
christinaholiday
Spinning in Heels
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Doused in Pink
jennieholiday
A Pocketful of Polka Dots
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Feel Great Fashion
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Sweaters, Stripes and Sweets
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Earnestyle

My family and I honor so many cultural traditions around the holidays; it was hard to pick out just one! But in the end I went with Noche Buena, which was always more magical than Christmas itself as a child. It was a night filled with joy and laughter, Christmas and salsa music, nostalgia and old stories of those glory Cuban days, endless domino games, and the incredible anticipation of what the next day would bring... Also, pork. Did I mention the pork? ;)

And now we'd love for you to join our link-up so we can see what your favorite holiday traditions are, too!


An InLinkz Link-up

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Last-Minute Gifts Under $25 + Tips for Gifting Well (on a Limited Budget)

Alright, so maybe it's not super last-minute yet. But for online shopping, we're reaching the last couple of days where you can get Christmas-guaranteed shipping. And I discovered so many desirable items under $25 through my own shopping, I thought I'd make a whole activity out of it and share some links and tips with you guys.

TARGET BAGS
BEAUTY STOCKING STUFFERS 
COZY AT HOME
SIMPLE JEWELRY
TRENDY SCARVES
Why did I choose these categories? Well, I've found that the women on my list (including me!) appreciate these little things-- they're everyday fashion and beauty staples. For me, the key to gifting well is 1) knowing the person you're gifting to and 2) getting them something of decent quality (it's not always possible to gift high-quality on a limited budget) that expresses something important. For example, if you have a penny-pinching friend that you know would LOVE to indulge herself more often, get her something you know she'd like but wouldn't get for herself, like an unnecessary but wonderfully smelling shampoo, or a nice piece of jewelry that she'll look at and think of you every time.

But thoughtful gifts can get expensive. That's why I like to:
  1. Look for sets and aesthetically pleasing designs. Let's face it, if you have a very limited budget like I do, pretty, unique, or memorable design of appropriate quality can trump good quality. As for sets, they can give you more bang for your buck and allow you to gift higher-quality items (like with makeup or nail polish) at a price that won't break the bank. 
  2. Look for good deals, which can help you up the quality of your gift. Pretty much everything in the jewelry category here is from reputable stores or brands, yet it's all under $25. And even stores like Target, which are already affordable, can have good clearances. Just look at all those cute bags at those prices! Those bags are what started this post.
  3. Go online. I used to shy away from online shopping for fear of identity theft and credit card fraud, but I'm now more familiar with how to prevent online identity theft (check out this list for some tips). The truth is, your identity can get stolen in any number of ways, and you will find some really great deals online (like all those Target bags which I can't stop talking about) that you just won't find in store.
  4. Shop in-store, too. No way to know if online deals are better if you have no idea what things are going for in-store.
  5. Check out blogger gift guides. Seriously, bloggers know what's in style, who's selling it on the cheap, and whether you should splurge on an item or go for a knockoff version. 
So I hope you'll find these suggestions useful in your holiday shopping endeavors. 
I wish you the best of luck with your shopping, both online and in-person, and lots of happy memories this holiday season!

Friday, December 5, 2014

eShakti Review: Hot Pink Ponte Knit Dress

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A few weeks ago eShakti invited me to choose one of their pieces and customize it, on them. This is the dress that I chose, and you guys... I'm so in love!

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Tuesday, December 2, 2014

November Recap

November fall travel outfits
November fall outfits
1 - Gatlinburg // 2 - Forest Tones in the Forest // 3 - Touring the Biltmore // 4 - Simple Fall Outfit // 5 - 130 Habersham St.
6 - Fashion Happy Hour // 7 - Plaid & Leopard // 8 - Boho Vintage // 9 - Boho Brunch // 10 - Thanksgiving Outfit

Is it really December? I know I say this in every recap, but IS IT REALLY December now?? It's 2015 in just 4 weeks. It's the year I turn 25. 

But let's talk November instead.
Never have I posted so many fall outfits before! 
Most of these outfits are actually from October and were posted in November.
My love for color is evident. It just turns into muted color in the fall.
Also, 7/10 of my outfits featured boots. Boots! I'm very proud of myself. I always think I don't wear them enough. 

leopard manicopper highlightsblack and white bohoTurkey Day nailsThanksgiving loveradiant orchid dress

As for my Instagram posts, it was a very productive and exciting month. I hosted two loop giveaways (one of which I organized! So fun!) and gained over 200 new followers. People unfollow after the giveaway but many stay around. And to those who do, I am very grateful that you'd wanna stick around. :)

P.S. That radiant orchid dress is coming up soon this week; it's an eShakti dress that I can't wait to talk about! Stay tuned!