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Fab Favorites Link Up – 3 Beautiful Last Minute Gift Ideas


I came to the realization yesterday, it’s only two weeks until the new year! How did this happen? It also suddenly occurred to me that I needed to sort out New Years Eve plans, which was closely followed by a frenzy to find a fab dress (if you’re also looking, there’s my top New Years party dress picks!).

With that crisis now averted, I’m free to finalize my Christmas present shopping. If you’re still looking too, I’ve got these seriously great gifts under $30 and because long lists can sometimes get overwhelming, I’m also sharing my three very favorite last minute gift ideas below.

The perfect gift is as simple as this Kate Spade ‘Things We Love’ coffee table book (it’s SO beautiful!), this Tocca Perfume Set (my favorite fragrances, I’m always asked ‘what are you wearing?’) and this stunning BaubleBar Garland Necklace (because it’s a clear crystal, it is perfect to give to anyone and you can wear it with anything! Oh and it’s currently on sale)…

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Three Beautiful Last Minute Gift Ideas:
1. Kate Spade ‘Things We Love’ coffee table book
2. Tocca Perfume Set
3. BaubleBar Garland Necklace

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I’m excited to introduce Mel from La Chiquita Missi as this week’s Co-Host! Please make her feel very welcome, head over to her blog to say a warm hello and Merry Christmas! If you’re interested in co-hosting, just email me for details. Remember… you can share anything in the link up – a previous post, or a post about your favorite things. Whatever takes your fancy! If you’re interested in co-hosting, just email me for details.

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Christmas Shopping: Last Minute Gift Ideas – All Under $30


Can you believe it’s only six sleeps until Christmas day?! I’m completely obsessed with Christmas, so saying this is my favorite time of year would be an understatement. I live for it! However, as excited as I am, I’m usually always shopping right to the end. Each year I try to plan everything and be so organized… but there are always one or two people you realize you need gifts for. If you’re in the same boat and looking for last minute gift ideas, I’ve collaborated with Sears to help you find them!

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Forget the standard last minute movie voucher, gift card or bottle of champagne… these gifts will make people think you put lots of thought into it (no one will ever know you ordered them rush delivery this weekend!)…

First, let’s talk about gifts for the gals! I want all of these for myself, but I have to keep saying “No, Lauren – they are gifts for others.” Basically every woman I’ve ever met loves a little leopard – after all, leopard is a neutral. So whether you’re buying for your sister, BFF, mother, aunt, or your second cousin’s best friend’s niece… this leopard print infinity scarf or leopard bathrobe and slippers set will be perfect! At under $25, they won’t break the bank either – and I have to tell you, the quality is absolutely there – they look and feel fabulous!

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Another idea for any glam loving gal is this grey embellished quilted sweater (under $25). Oh my gosh, I’m in major love with this – I adored it online and when it arrived… ooooh! I actually bought it for my Mom, but had to seriously rethink that when I tried it on. It’s stunning and the fit is brilliant!

Now I want it for myself, but the problem is, my Mom saw the sweater sitting in my office… and she loved it the second she laid eyes on it. Now every time she stops by, she says, “Oh I just love that sweater!” so I’d feel bad if I didn’t give it to her as intended. She’ll be reading this post… Hi Mom! Good news, the sweater is yours for Christmas! (Can I please borrow it?)

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Let’s talk about the guys… whilst most men I know work in a corporate office, they also love the outdoors and doing “man things”. So I found these NordicTrack convertible pants (under $30) – we all know guys love something that has a unique (yet oh-so-practical) trick to it. They can be worn as long pants, or zipped off at the knee into shorts – and the good news is, they’re surprisingly stylish! I got these as a gift for my Dad and I know he’ll be thrilled.

I also found these NordicTrack performance sports socks (under $10), they feel really well made and have cushioning in the soles. A great gift idea for pretty much any male you can think of… I’m always stealing Chris’s socks (no they don’t fit me, but I can never find my own!), so I got these for him as a little stocking stuffer at Christmas.

If you’re doing some final shopping this weekend, I hope these last minute gift ideas help!

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It’s more than a gift. It’s the joy of the season. #MoreThanAGift.

Disclosure: Compensation was provided by Sears via Mode Media. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Sears.

 

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Start 2015 In Style – The Ultimate New Years Outfit


I can’t believe I’m saying this… but it’s almost your last chance to shop for a fabulous New Years outfit! In exactly two weeks today, it will be 2015. Ooooooh my gosh.

I’ve always believed how you spend New Years Eve sets the tone for your whole year ahead – so the requisite dose of glitz, glam and sparkle are absolutely essential. Looking for the perfect outfit? Just scroll below for the creme de la creme of stunningly unique New Years party looks. Love a dress? Simply click on it for more information. Of course, they’re also fab to wear to special events throughout the year (every woman needs at least one aaamazing dress in her closet!).

New Years Outfit – Perfect Party Dresses:

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Style Sessions Fashion Link Up: Fall Outfit Ideas – Four Looks


Welcome to the Style Sessions Fashion Link Up! I always adore hearing your thoughts and as we do each month, it’s time to vote on your recent favorites. Over the last few weeks I’ve shared some fall outfit ideas, which look did you like most? Leave a comment or vote below – I’d love to know what you think.

Oh and can you believe Christmas is NEXT Thursday! If you’re hunting for last minute gifts, don’t miss the Style Elixir Holiday Shop or my Ultimate Christmas Gift Guide – it’s got everything… for your sister, mom, boyfriend, husband, dad, brother and even amazing present ideas for children (the baby grand piano is beyond cute!). It is also a very budget friendly guide – I’m all about finding fabulous gifts that leave you with extra cash for some ‘gifts-to-self’.

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In case you’re new here, Style Sessions is live every Tuesday from 12am PST. It’s all about sharing what we’ve been wearing, or if you’re on a budget, a virtual outfit you’d love to wear! Every week I also select someone to showcase as ‘Head Stylist’ in the next edition – it’s a perfect way to meet new bloggers, showcase your personal style and your blog.

Want to join the fashion link-up? Add your post now and meet some new fashionistas! I simply ask that you please follow Style Elixir (via Bloglovin’, Twitter, Facebook or Instagram!) and provide a link to this in your post or add the button below to your blog. Any tweets to spread the word are fabulous, we all love meeting new blog friends!

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Fall Outfit Ideas – Four Looks, You Vote…

Mono 1 Style Sessions Fashion Link Up: Fall Outfit Ideas   Four Looks Color Block Top and Black Leather Skirt:  Zuri Zuri by Flora Color Block Top    |    Wallis Black Leather Skirt (on sale!)    |    Marc Jacobs Handbag    |    Heels    |    Necklace    |    Sunglasses

Beauty: Bellami Hair Extensions (#8 Ash Brown – use code ‘StyleHair’ for $5 off on any extensions over 160g)    |    6-in-1 Curler (use code ‘StyleCurls’ for $160 off)    |    Primer    |    Foundation (#3N1)    |    Concealer (NC30)    |    Illuminating Powder    |    Bronzer    |    Blush (Deep Throat)    |    Mascara    |    Nail Polish    |    Lip Gloss

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Outfit 2:

Coat 1 Style Sessions Fashion Link Up: Fall Outfit Ideas   Four Looks The Perfect Coat For Winter:  Coat (c/o on sale under $100!)    |    Sweater    |    Pants c/o    |    Handbag    |    Heels    |    Ring Set    |    Sunglasses

Beauty: Bellami Hair Extensions (#8 Ash Brown – use code ‘StyleHair’ for $5 off on any extensions over 160g)    |    6-in-1 Curler (use code ‘StyleCurls’ for $160 off)    |    Primer    |    Foundation (#3N1)    |    Concealer (NC30)    |    Illuminating Powder    |    Bronzer    |    Blush (Deep Throat)    |    Mascara    |    Nail Polish    |    Lipstick

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Outfit 3:

Bday 1 Style Sessions Fashion Link Up: Fall Outfit Ideas   Four Looks 30th Birthday Celebrations:  Chicwish Floral Skirt    |    Blouse    |    Heels    |    Bracelet (sale!)    |    Earrings    |    Necklace

Beauty: Primer    |    Foundation (#3N1)    |    Concealer (NC30)    |    Illuminating Powder    |    Bronzer    |    Blush (Deep Throat)    |    Mascara    |    Nail Polish    |    Lipstick (#001 Le Rouge)

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Outfit 4:

Floral 1 Style Sessions Fashion Link Up: Fall Outfit Ideas   Four Looks Black Leather Skirt and Floral:  Wallis Black Leather Skirt (on sale!)    |    Sugarlove Boutique Floral Top    |    Marc Jacobs Handbag    |    Heels    |    Necklace    |    Sunglasses

Beauty: Bellami Hair Extensions (#8 Ash Brown – use code ‘StyleHair’ for $5 off on any extensions over 160g)    |    6-in-1 Curler (use code ‘StyleCurls’ for $160 off)    |    Primer    |    Foundation (#3N1)    |    Concealer (NC30)    |    Illuminating Powder    |    Bronzer    |    Blush (Deep Throat)    |    Mascara    |    Nail Polish    |    Lip Gloss

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Meet Our Head Stylist…

I’m thrilled to introduce you to this week’s Head Stylist, Ashley from Array of Style! I adored this polka dot plaid combination – print mixing at it’s finest…

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STYLE Q&A WITH ASHLEY:

How would you describe your style? My style is a little mix of everything. I shop everywhere and anywhere.  There’s so many different styles that I mix into my wardrobe. I do love classic A-line dresses, jeans, cardigans and vests. Beyond that, I love scarves – I have too many to count, tons of drop earrings and belts. I’d define my style as feminine classic contemporary.

Which fashion trend are you currently loving? Vests and scarves this season. Two of my favorites. I think vests are great for layering and adding contrast. While scarves can really up the chic factor to a look or add much needed color!

What inspired you to start your blog? I started my blog when my husband and I moved to San Diego. Not knowing anyone, I was searching for groups to join and I stumbled upon San Diego Style Bloggers. Beautiful and stylish women! I had to join them and since I enjoy writing, love fashion and have a degree in fashion, it was a perfect outlet!

Name a couple beauty products you couldn’t live without: I couldn’t live without a palette of M.A.C Eyeshadow, Chanel Rouge Lip Gloss and Inglot Highlighter Pen!

What is your best beauty trick? I always do my mascara before eyeliner. I haven’t found many others who do this. But for me, I am able to see just how thick I need to do my eyeliner and how far to extend it. The mascara acts as a good guide and shows where I need to fill in.

Tell us something not many people know about you? I have no limits when it comes to Fashion. I am always up for trying something new and love vintage pieces mixed with more contemporary items. When I am vintage shopping, I am always on the look for unique pieces!

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Fab Favorites Link Up: Gals, Kids & Boyfriend Gift Ideas


I hope you’re enjoying a beautiful Friday! In the aftermath of all the excitement last week (my 30th birthday and engagement!), this week has flown by! But oh my gosh, I have to tell you… I’ve only been engaged a week and already being asked all sorts of when, where, what, who wedding questions (and it’s not even just my mother, I think Chris may have a little groomzilla in him! ha).  Sooo… like any new bride-to-be, I figured the first step to making all these big decisions is… Pinterest.

I’ve started a couple of wedding inspiration boards, so feel free to follow along with all my planning! In just one evening I’ve discovered some truly amazing ideas, problem is I want to do them all! Have you planned a wedding? Do you have any tips or advice? Great places for finding inspiration?

Whilst my wedding is a while away, Christmas is not! Can you believe there’s less than two weeks to go? If you’re still hunting for gifts, be sure to check out my Gift Ideas Under $50 (they’re pretty fab if I may say so myself!). I’ve also got the Style Elixir holiday shop… so between all this, hopefully we’ve got you covered!

There are lots of present options for girls, kids and of course everyone needs husband or boyfriend gift ideas. I love hunting for unique presents, so below are a few more… and some lovely things to add to your own wish list! (Tip:  Email out the link to this post, the perfect little hint-hint!).

I’m so excited this Kate Spade Gramercy Watch is on sale! There are tons of other Kate Spade watches on sale right now too and they make wonderful gifts. Be sure to order within the next week so it arrives in time for Christmas! I’ll be finishing my shopping this weekend (is it bad I do everything online? It’s just so much easier than braving the stores).

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Mens Gift Guide Fab Favorites Link Up: Gals, Kids & Boyfriend Gift Ideas Husband / Boyfriend Gift Ideas:   1.  Ray-Ban Sunglasses (on sale!)    |    2.  Fossil Chronograph Watch    |    3.  Silk Tie (only $15!)    |    4.  Nike Running Shoes    |    5.  iPhone Extra Charge Case    |    6.  Viktor & ROlf ‘Spicebomb’ Fragrance    |    7.  Field Notes Memo Book Set    |    8.  Fit Bit    |    9.  Wireless Speaker    |    10.  Kiehl’s Skincare Set    |    11.  Bose Earphones

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Gifts For Men – Under $130


I hope you found yesterday’s gift ideas under $50 helpful – you echoed my sentiments exactly… I want it all too!  Weren’t those things just gorgeous?! Today, I thought we’d tackle some great gifts for men. Keeping with the affordable theme, they’re all under $130 – I even ran them past Chris (he owns a couple already) and my Dad, who both gave their stamp of approval!

A couple of stand-outs are this Kiehl’s Skincare Set, I actually got it for Chris and my Dad last year, they loved the products and use Kiehl’s all the time now.  This iPhone extra charging phone case is the perfect present for those who are glued to their phones 24/7 – it gives you 100% extra battery (and it looks perfectly chic!).  For something scent-sational, you can’t go past the ‘Spicebomb’ fragrance from Viktor & Rolf – it even has almost 90 five-star reviews (yes, it’s that good).

These Ray-Ban classic wayfarer sunglasses are currently on sale and make such a brilliant gift (we all know the wayfarer shape suits everyone!) and this navy silk tie is such an incredible buy at only $15.

Finally, we’ve heard the buzz about wearable technology and this FitBit Charge is an amazing gift for tech-savvy, sports-loving guys! It wirelessly syncs stats to your computer or smartphone, then measures hours and quality of sleep before silently waking you with a vibrating alarm in the morning. The included mobile app lets you track food intake and graphs your progress, helping you achieve your training, sleep and fitness goals. Or for something a little more classic, this chronograph Fossil watch is seriously stylish.

Be sure to get your final Christmas shopping done by the end of this weekend, I do all mine online and it’s SO much easier. I hope you find these gifts for men helpful… there’s even a few I want, like the iPhone charge case (it also comes in this gorgeous gold color).

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Gifts For Men:   1.  Ray-Ban Sunglasses (on sale!)    |    2.  Fossil Chronograph Watch    |    3.  Silk Tie (only $15!)    |    4.  Nike Running Shoes    |    5.  iPhone Extra Charge Case    |    6.  Viktor & ROlf ‘Spicebomb’ Fragrance    |    7.  Field Notes Memo Book Set    |    8.  Fit Bit    |    9.  Wireless Speaker    |    10.  Kiehl’s Skincare Set    |    11.  Bose Earphones

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