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Fab Finds – Gifts Under $50

With the holiday season underway, I am definitely beginning to feel the pressures of finding gifts for everyone on my shopping list. Surprisingly enough, the most difficult people to find cute and clever gifts for are my best girl friends. Last week we drew names for our Secret Santa swap and the limit is $50, hence the inspiration of this post!

While many stores have great sales during the holidays, it still can be a challenge to find special gifts on an affordable budget. When I shop for gifts, I always look for items that can be used again and again. Nail polish sets, iPhone cases, and fragrance sets are some of my favorites for this price range. With these types of gifts, your friends will remember you every day that they get use out of your gift!

I ended up giving my friend a subscription to Cosmopolitan magazine, Essie nail polishes, and Hershey Kisses for her Secret Santa gift. Take a look at some of my other ideas for gifts under $50 below!

1. Sephora by OPI Glimmer Wonderland Eighteen Piece Mini Nail Colour SetSephora– $48

Paint the holidays with these polishes

2. Tinsley Beaded Headband by Petit PlumeThreadsence– $26

Head in to the holidays with this headband

3. Kate Spade New York Rigid iPhone 4 & 4S CoverNordstrom– $40

Ring in the holidays

4. Aria Crochet LegwarmerFree People– $48

Get a leg-up on your holiday shopping

5. Victoria’s Secret Pink Fresh & Clean Must-have Gift SetVictoria’s Secret– $28

It will be hard to keep this gift a secret

6. Umbrella- Vera Bradley– $32

It's never too early to prepare for April showers

7. Pressed Flower Jewelry BoxUrban Outfitters– $14

Open this box of joy

Will you be giving any of these gifts to your friends this holiday?

Fab Finds: Headwear

Now that December is here, it is definitely the time to start thinking about outerwear. Aside from a wool peacoat or a puffer jacket, there are many accessories that go along with keeping warm in the winter. The first place to start is undoubtedly with headwear.

Headwear comes in a variety of cute and cozy forms from caps, to headbands, to ear muffs! For the days that are chilly, opt for a headband or ear muffs, but when Jack Frost starts nipping at your nose, switch over to a cap or beanie. I usually begin the month wearing a beige headband with a chic flower on it, and when the snow begins to fall, I wear a black knit Free People beanie.

Find some of my favorites below, and pick out some of your own headwear today!


Neve Ear Flap Beanie– Free People- $48

MICHAEL Michael Kors Fur Ear Muffs– Michael Kors- $40

Cap– H&M- $9.95

Cozy Knit Bow Headband– Fred Flare- $20


Buttons & Bows Skull Cap– Betsey Johnson- $48


Katja Cap– Anthropologie- $58


UO Basketweave Ear Warmer– Urban Outfitters- $24

Fab Finds: Texting Gloves

As a girl who is always glued to her beloved iPhone, it has become undoubtedly noticeable how inconvenient it is to use my phone every cold winter season. Gloves are a necessity to keep our fingers warm, but how much of a hassle is it to take off our gloves every time we hear that text alert and vibration from Twitter? Fear no longer texting pals- our solution is here, texting gloves!

Texting gloves are gloves that either have fold-back tops at the tip of the thumb and pointer finger, or have touch screen sensitive material at the tops of the fingers to allow a smart phone to read touch. Some texting gloves are similar to fingerless mittens, but instead allow the most important finger to texting, the thumb, to be exposed as well.

Many major brands such as Burberry and Michael Kors are beginning to design texting gloves, so we can even be fashionable while keeping warm and playing Angry Birds on the train ride home from work. How much better does it get than that?

Check out some of my favorite picks below and get texting!

1. MICHAEL Michael Kors Jersey-Stitch Texting Gloves- Michael Kors– $55

MICHAEL Michael Kors Jersey-Stitch Texting Gloves

2. BDG Magic Texting GlovesUrban Outfitters– $14

BDG Magic Texting Gloves

3. Laundry by Shelli Segal Knitted E-touch Gloves- Zappos– $34

Laundry by Shelli Segal Knitted E-touch Gloves

4. Burberry Ribbed Cashmere Tech Gloves- Saks Fifth Avenue– $215

Burberry Ribbed Cashmere Tech Gloves

5. Texting Gloves- The Limited– $24.90

Texting Gloves

6. Tulle Textured Knit Fingerless MittenFred Flare– $19.99

Tulle Textured Knit Fingerless Mittens

7. Rag & Bone Bronson Mitten- Intermix– $115

Rag & Bone Bronson Mitten

8. Echo ‘Fair Isle Touch’ Gloves- Nordstrom– $32

Echo 'Fair Isle Touch' Gloves

What will you be doing this winter when the weather gets cold and you still need to text?




Fab Finds: Blouses

Maybe it’s because I’m beginning to look for professional yet stylish tops to wear for my first work experience in an office setting, but I have been noticing the great collection of blouses that brands are carrying this season.

Blouses are a classic piece that can change an outfit from casual to sophisticated in an instant. Opt for blouses with ties at the top and buttons down the front to create a chic look that can take you from the office to a night out. To try out a bohemian look, wear a blouse with a colorful pattern or interesting cut. One of my favorite blouse finds is the one featured below by Zara with the interesting back cut-out.

From denim to skirts, a blouse is a staple item that you will not hesitate to wear again and again in different ways. Find your favorite today!

1. Chiffon Secretary BlouseAmerican Apparel– $60

Chiffon Secretary Blouse

2. Silk Drafters BlouseMadewell– $118

Silk Drafters Blouse

3. Polka Dotted Boho TopFree People– $108

Polka Dotted Boho Top

4. Cape Back BlouseZara– $59.90

Cape Back Blouse

5. Jackie Tassled TopLucky Brand– $89.50

Jackie Tassled Top

6. BlouseH&M– $24.95

H&M Blouse

7. Bellatrix Long Sleeve BlouseNordstrom– $78

Bellatrix Long Sleeve Blouse

8. Ella Moss Serendipitee Sheer Lace BlouseSaks Fifth Avenue– $88.99

Ella Moss Serendipitee Sheer Lace Blouse


Fab Finds: Faux Fur

As the early days of November roll along, looking stylish while staying warm can pose a difficult feat for many women. For the days when wool pea coats and cashmere sweaters just aren’t enough, faux fur items are the perfect amount of cozy to fight off the wind.

Faux fur is a trend that can add instant glam to any outfit if chosen tastefully. Whether on the trim of a coat or peaking out of the tops of booties, a healthy amount of fur is sure to keep you looking chic and feeling toasty. Even better, many faux fur items look as expensive as real fur, only with a much better price point.

No need to fear animal lovers! Faux fur does not include any real animal fur and no animals are harmed in its production.

Check out some of my favorite faux fur items below!

1. Fur Trimmed Wool Coat – Free People– $268

Fur Trimmed Wool Coat

2. MICHAEL Michael Kors Fux Fur Neck Warmer – Michael Kors– $41

Faux Fur Neck Warmer

3. Fur Waistcoat – Zara– $39.90

Fur Waistcoat

4. Surell Faux Fur Cuff Hat with Knit Crown – Bloomingdale’s – $58

Faux Fur Cuff Hat with Knit Crown

5. Lacey Faux Fur Booties – LOFT– $138

Lacey Faux Fur Booties

6. Laundry by Shelli Segal Faux Fur Trim Hooded Anorak – Nordstrom– $198

Fur Trim Hooded Anorak

7. Tulle Faux Fur Jacket – Piperlime– $89

Tulle Faux Fur Jacket

Will you be rocking faux fur this winter?

Fab Finds: Lace-Up Booties

As a self-proclaimed shoe fanatic, I’m always looking for new styles of shoes to add to my ever-growing collection. The top shelf of my walk of my closet is home to my many pairs of heels, and the floor has a special place for my favorite type of shoes, boots of course! This fall my favorite addition to my boot collection is the lace-up bootie.

Lace-up booties are the perfect way to add some edge to any daytime outfit. The clean, sophisticated lace look in the front creates a stylish update to the already popular bootie style. Try sporting these booties with a skinny pant and oversized sweater, or with a pair of tights and a dress for a city-chic look.

The best part of this shoe style is that the wedge lace-up booties are comfortable enough to wear for a full day on the town. I wore my pair out shopping on Newbury Street last week and the number of compliments I received was endless!

Don’t hesitate, start looking for your favorite lace-up bootie today!

1. Enzo Angiolini FloryDSW– $89.95

Enzo Angiolini Flory

2. Chelsea Crew Sari Red Suede Oxford WedgesLuLu’s– $73

Chelsea Crew Sari Red Suede Oxford Wedges

3. Gabriella Rocha ElmasZappo’s–  $143.10

Gabriella Rocha Elmas

4. Sam Edelman “Rowan” BootieNordstrom– $194.95

Sam Edelman "Rowan" Bootie

5. MICHAEL Michael Kors Jada Ankle BootMichael Kors – $198

MICHAEL Michael Kors Jada Ankle Boot

6. Steve Madden TanngooSteve Madden– $79.95

Steve Madden Tanngoo

7. Lace-Up Heeled BootiesExpress– $88

Lace-Up Heeled Booties

Will you be sporting lace-up booties this Fall?

Fab Finds: Boot Socks

As the twitter lover I am, I was recently inspired by a friend’s tweet asking where she could find cute boot socks for her fall boots. Between her tweet and last week’s Fab Finds on riding boots, I figured that boot socks were the perfect item to let you all in on.

Boot socks are a chic way to compliment a knee-length boot, such as a riding boot, by allowing the tops of the socks to add a spice of color or pattern to an outfit. It’s easy to think of boot socks like scarves, in that they act as an easy accessory to add-on to any last minute outfit. Try pairing solid colored boots socks when wearing denim and patterned boot socks when wearing solid colored tights. One of my favorite looks is a bandage skirt paired with an oversized sweater, black tights, riding boots, and my beloved patterned, magenta Free People boot socks.

Since I’ve been a fan of boots socks for the past few years, I’ve acquired quite the attractive collection. Find some of my favorite places to buy the boot socks you’ve been looking for below, and I hope this is the best feedback my friend received from her tweet!

Roxy Leg Up Over the Knee Boot Sock– Zappos- $14

Leone Layered Tall Sock– Free People- $24


Leg Resource Over the Knee Pointelle Sock– Target- $8.50


Garden Flower Knee High Socks– Threadsence- $12


Kawaii Crocheted Beige Knee High Socks– Lulu’s- $19


Roller Derby Knee High Socks– Forever 21- $2.80

Over-the-Knee Cableknit 1937 Socks- Madewell- $22.50


Opaque Over-the-Knee Sock– American Apparel- $13

Fab Finds: Fall Jackets

Lately as I’ve ventured outside, it has been difficult to deny the definite shift in the air. As summer fades away and we enter the month of September, it’s time for us to prepare ourselves and our wardrobe for the cool breeze of Fall. Over the next few weeks, I hope to fill you all in on unique and necessary items to build your perfect Fall wardrobe.

A Fall jacket is the perfect place to begin. Whether it be for a short walk to the bank or an all day outdoor event, it is important to have a light to medium weight jacket to layer over an every day outfit for those chilly days. Fall jackets come in many different styles and colors ranging from the trendy trench to the classic denim. When choosing a Fall jacket, be sure to opt for something that will keep you warm until winter, but also match with your sweaters and scarves of Fall. My favorite Fall jackets are those in an autumnal color or any range of deep green. If you’re looking to be a little more adventurous, try a coat with a pattern or intricate embroidery such as the ones shown below. No matter what Fall coat you choose, I can promise it will look great with those new boots you’ve been dreaming of (coming up as a Fab Find soon!).

So go ahead and start creating your latest look with a beautiful Fall jacket of your own style before Fall catches up on you!

1. The Downtown Field Jacket: J. Crew– $148

Downtown Field Jacket

2. Billabong Shadow Cream and Red Striped Jacket: Lulu’s– $99.50

Shadow Jacket

3. Toggle Button Jacket: Forever 21– $32.80

Toggle Button Jacket

4. MICHAEL Michael Kors Hooded Trench: Michael Kors– $115

Hooded Trench

5. Picchi Embroidered Coat: Free People– $198

Picchi Embroidered Coat

6. Cozily Yours Coat: ModCloth– $57.99

Cozily Yours

7. Levi’s GWI Trucker Jacket: Piperlime– $78

Levi's GWI Trucker Jacket

8. Coat: H&M– $49.50

H&M Coat



Fab Finds: Striped Shirts

Stripes are all the rage right now. I’m happy about this as I absolutely love stripes; however there are many who disagree with me. I hope that these pictures will help change some minds.

Everywhere I look lately it is stripes, stripes and more stripes. Whether I am at work, shopping or on public transportation all I see is stripes! Stripes are a great option to have in your wardrobe, because they are versatile, very comfortable and come in a variety of styles.

Despite people thinking that horizontal stripes don’t look good on them, I think they can look great on just about anyone. Pair a striped shirt with a pencil skirt and wear to work or throw on a pair of jeans. Add some funky jewelry and heels depending on the occasion. So, before you turn your nose down on stripes this season, try them on again…who knows — you may like them.

Ann Taylor Loft Stripe Blouson Hooded Pullover, $44.50


Express Button-Sleeve Striped Tunic Sweater, $59.90


White House Black Market Striped Off-The-Shoulder Top, $68.00


Wet Seal Diagonal Stripe Banded Top, $22.50


Michael Kors Sequin Stripe Top, $99.50


Juicy Couture Striped Top With Bow, $118.00


KUT from the Kloth French Terry Sweatshirt, $68.00


Bailey 44 ‘Go Absolutely Wild’ Colorblock Tee, $118.00


Vince Camuto Tiered Stripe Jersey Top, $79.00


Will you be sporting stripes this season?

Fab Finds: Bangle Bracelets

Without jewelry, I feel naked. Every day, I wear bracelets, earrings, a necklace and rings. I wear a mix of costume jewelry and nice expensive silver and gold jewelry.

I am looking for new trends in jewelry, and lately, bangles seem to be all the rage. You can wear one bangle, or wear many. This look can be classy or can be a fun way to add a little sizzle to your wrists.  Not to mention they are something fun to play with when you are bored or anxious. Another great aspect of bangles is that you can buy them in gold, silver or in costume jewelry. Something for everyone, which is always a bonus.


Target Sterling Silver Inspirational Bangle – Friendship, $99.00


Diamond Fascination™ Bold Bangle in Sterling Silver, $169.00


CRISLU Bracelet, 18k Gold Over Sterling Cubic Zirconia Bangles, $135.00


John Hardy ‘Bamboo’ Slim Bangles, $350.00

Lauren by Ralph Lauren Organic Hammered Bangle Bracelets/Set of 20, $68.00


Ross Simons Set of Seven Sterling Silver Bangle Bracelets, $206.25

R.J. Graziano “Go Glam” Set of 10 Crystal-Accented Bangle Bracelets, $59.95

Swarovski Melrose Jet Hematite Crystal Bangle Bracelet, $100.00

Do you wear bangles? What do you prefer — gold or silver?