If you find yourself packing an eco-tote or an old tattered duffel bag for your holiday excursions, you might want to upgrade. There's no reason why your carry-all can't be fashionable, practical, and affordable. From short weekend excursions to week-long vacations, here are the best carry-alls for your travels.
Amidst all of the sparkle, sequins, and other shiny elements required for the perfect holiday look, standing out can be quite a challenge. However, the most successful get-ups are the ones that will help you set you apart. Curious? Follow these tips from celebrity stylists and designers:
Celebrity Stylist Anya Sarre: "If you are looking for a way to brighten up an outfit, go metal. This season, we’re seeing a ton of metallic hints all over the place, but a few places to concentrate include your coat and your accessories... When it comes to your shoes, look for glittering buckles that will brighten up even the darkest of days. Choose a metal that goes well with your skin (play around with silver, gold and rose gold to see what’s most flattering), and make sure that you consider what your favorite options might be. [source] Make it different, a tip from B&B: Why not go for metallic oxfords or loafers instead of the traditional heel?
Designer Rebecca Taylor: "If you're going straight from work, try a great pantsuit. Then pair it with a little motorcycle jacket and a pair of high heels and some lip gloss. It's really cute for going out, too." [source]
Black Stones Necklace
$29.90 at Zara.com
<span><span><span>Designers Mark Badgley and James Mischka: <span>“Don’t be afraid of accessories!” says the Badgley Mischka designers. “Really glam it up this season in fabulous costume jewelry. We love a big, chunky necklace. And we love a strong red lip right now.” [source]
Stylist Jessica Paster: "The holidays are about love and having fun and celebration—dress for that,” says stylist Jessica Paster, who works with Emily Blunt, Hilary Duff, and more. "Be celebratory. Even if you’re not crazy about being dressy, dress up a little. A pair of jeans with thigh-high boots and a sparkly, little top always works. A red lip or berry lip would be absolutely beautiful. And lashes! It’s always a throwback with long, long lashes!" [source]
Whether it's for your mom, your aunt, or your mother-in-law to be, there are so many wonderful gifts you can get for the home. And since I'm getting older, the idea of getting a crock pot or a toaster that toasts four slices of toast at once is pretty exciting. (A potato peeler as a stocking stuffer? Yes, please!) Okay, so now that you know what I want... Here are some beautiful gifts for the home that anyone would love!
Francesca pillow $19.90 at Zara Home, marked down from $35.90</p>
$24.99 at Macy's, marked down from $35
Good things come in small packages, and these pretty little things are up to 70% OFF. Plus, they are perfect stocking stuffers! Below are some of my favorite beauty and accessory picks on sale now. Who doesn't love a stocking filled with cocktail rings and eyeshadow?
What are your favorite things to buy for stocking stuffers? Let me know in the comments below.
$45.00 at Sephora, marked down from $133
What it is: A dazzling makeup collection featuring nine of Sephora’s most glittering productsplus a chic metallic clutch. What it does: Perfect for the holidays, this kit has a gorgeous assortment of festive products to create any party-ready look, including three full-size products. Take it all anywhere you go in the included distressed metallic zippered clutch. This set contains:
0.09 oz Stila Duo Shimmer Powder in Kitten
0.018 oz Laura Mercier Baked Eye Color
Wet/Dry in Black Karat
0.02 oz bareMinerals Eyecolor in Good Fortune
0.125 oz SEPHORA by OPI Nail Colour in Looks Like Rain Dear
0.11 oz Josie Maran GOGO Instant Natural Volume Argan Mascara in Black
1 oz Nars Body Glow
0.17 oz Lorac 3D Liquid Lustre Gold
0.15 oz Bare Escentuals Marvelous Moxie Lipgloss in Trail Blazer
0.01 oz Stila Smudge Stick Waterproof Eye Liner in Starfish
$29.00 at Rachel Roy, marked down from $50
Modcloth has an amazing sale going on from now until December 7th that has some really great stocking stuffers! (Of course, they also have some amazing clothes on sale to fulfill all of your holiday attire needs, too, but that's for another day...) On to those stocking stuffers... They're perfect for the quirky-girly beauty who is always looking for "something unique" and they're small enough to wrap into a cute box or add to a stocking. Below are my faves:
$30.99 at ModCloth (marked down from $44.99)
$55.99 at ModCloth (marked down from $79.99)
Travel Tips Jewelry Holder
$23.99 at Modcloth (marked down from $47.99)
The Sweet & Easy Vegan
$23.99 at Modcloth.com (marked down from $34.99)
theBalm You Glow Girl in Blush Petal Pink
$14.99 at Modcloth.com (marked down from $20.99)
365Hangers will be giving away gifts from various companies to fans on its blog page, to be promoted on their Facebook fan page and Twitter feed, for 12 consecutive days starting on December 12, 2012.
Offering gifts from shoes to jewelry and skin care products to handbags, 365Hangers partnered with the following amazing companies: Blowfish Malibu, Wet n Wild, Mighty Wallet, Muze, Dry Soda Co., Shoe the Bear, Lorraine Tyne, Lyric Culture, Dr. Loretta, The Leaky Collection, Emilie M., and Iswas + Willbe, to make this holiday giveaway possible.
Each day’s gift will be posted on 365Hangers’ blog page, starting with the highest value gift and allowing more opportunities to enter as the value increases. The largest gift will be posted on December 12. Fans may enter each daily giveaway once a day, until December 23. Winners for all daily giveaways will be selected on December 24.
PLUS: You can also find out some really amazing discounts with their partners right now in their Up for Grabs section. You can find out more via their blog, but check out some of my favorite deals below:
Last week was all about making yourself look amazing for the upcoming holiday parties and festivities, but this week it's about finding the best gifts at an affordable price. And I've got a few amazing surprises for you this week, too! So you're going to want to check back daily to find out how you can score in on this awesomeness, whether it's for your mom, your BFF, your beau, or even a little something for yourself.
Ginnifer Goodwin always looks amazing to me. I sincerely love her style, covet that pixie cut, and want to raid her closet (or get to know her stylist). She's fabulous and always impeccably dressed. She's girly but a bit edgy, and I like that. At the American Music Awards, she looked absolutely stunning in an Oscar de la Renta dress. My favorite thing about this dress has got to be the neckline and the sequins!
You can get this look for less with one of my favorite dresses that we have at Forever 21 right now. It's a sweet pastel pink with a sparkly bodice and sheer neckline. Plus, it's figure flattering, and you really can't beat that! The photo really doesn't do it justice, so I suggest heading on over to your local Forever 21 to check it out.
Sequined Mesh Skater Dress ($27.80 at Forever21.com)
Oh, beauties, you're going to looove this one--365Hangers.com is going to giveaway something every day beginning on December 13. With prizes from a one-night stay at the Hotel Shangri-La, to skincare, shoes, and much much more, you aren't going to want to miss this opportunity to participate in their 12 Days of Christmas campaign. And you might just be one of their winners!
For the 12 Days of Christmas Giveaways, 365Hangers.com is partnering with Hotel Shangri-La, Lily.B Skincare, TRACCEbags, Blowfish Shoes,Vince Camuto Perfume, LisaMichelle, Argo Tea, Sprinkles Cupcakes, eos, Orly Beauty, Lindsay Phillips, and PeaceImages Jewelry.
Be sure to hop on over to 365Hangers.com now to shop for your next holiday party dress, and don't forget to check them out on December 13 for your chance to win some amazing prizes!
I usually skip out on Black Friday shopping. It's complete pandemonium--even worse than Penn Station at five o'clock on Friday. But I am all over Cyber Monday! So where can you find the best Cyber Monday deals? Beauty and the Budget has the complete list below. So whether you're shopping for your family and friends or for yourself, check it out and shop til you drop--or at least until your fingers cramp!
Beauty.com — Spend $100 at Beauty.com and you'll get an Erickson Beamon makeup case full of samples, plus free shipping.
BeautyBar.com — Any purchase over $40 at BeautyBar.com nets a free Philosophy gift set, and the more you spend, the better your gift gets. If you spend at least $40, enter code BBCYBER40. If you spend $60, enter code BBCYBER60, and if you spend at least $80, enter code BBCYBER80.
Bobbi Brown — Get a three-sample gift set and free standard shipping.
Tarte — $10 off purchases of $50, $20 off purchases of $75, and $30 off purchases of $100 or more, plus a free gift with every order, and free shipping on orders of $40 or more. Just use code CYBER at checkout.
Borghese — Their Cyber Monday Sale starts from 12pm-4pm EST with two super amazing deals. The first deal is a promo code that grants a discount of 25% off. The promo code is 25CYBER11 and will be valid on all purchases (except Villa di Borghese Spa at Home Accessories and Instant Gratification Insta-Firm Platinum Duo). The second deal is the Instant Gratification Insta-Firm Platinum Duo: two full-size Insta-Firm Platinums for only $40. That's a savings of $120!
Poshlocket — One of my fave accessory stores, Poshlocket, is offering $20 off of your purchase of $50 or more. When it comes to quality jewelry, you can't beat this deal, and don't forget to enter for your chance to win the Poshlocket giveaway on Beauty and the Budget!
ESPRIT — Take 40 percent everything site-wide on Cyber Monday. Save on clothes, accessories and more from ESPRIT.
Topshop — 30% off everything!
Banana Republic, Gap, Old Navy — 30% off everything!
Piperlime — 20% off everything!
Kohls — Take an extra 20% off everything in the store with coupon code “CYBER20″ They are also offering free shipping on all orders along with $15 Kohls Cash for eery $50 you spend if you use your Kohls Charge Card.
Anthropologie — Take an additional 25% off of sale items.
365Hangers — If you're looking for discount designer clothing, look no further than in 365Hangers.com, and on Cyber Monday take an additional 15% off of everything! (Woohoo!)
Forever 21 — You absolutely cannot miss this sale, with up to 90% off select items! Isn't that amazing?!
Best Buy — Cash in on savings in every department and as a bonus are giving away free $10 E-Gift cards with any purchase of $100 or more if you pick it up in store!
Overstock — Get in on their Cyber Weekend promotion with many items under half price! Some items have already sold out so be sure to check them out asap!
Amazon — They have rolled their Black Friday sales into Cyber Week sales! The sales are now live and change every day!