Friday, December 18, 2015

Easy Holiday Shopping Style

Nordstrom sweater dress (under $50) | SheIn scarf (Burberry look-a-like for a fraction of the cost) | Nine West booties (so comfy, must have!) | Kate Spade purse | Nordstorm Fur Pom Pom | Diane von Furstenberg sunglasses | Brenda Grands necklace | Elaine Turner earrings | Bronzallure ring and spike bracelet 

Happy Friday! It is hard to believe that Christmas is just a week away - how time flies. 

My mom was in town visiting for the holidays this past week and we had a great time pre-celebrating. Whenever we get together, one of our favorite things to do is shop. Like mother, like daughter right? Even though a lot of times we don'y buy anything, it is something that we've always enjoyed doing together - shuffle through the racks, showing one another things we love and hate, and taking a break to chow down at The Cheesecake Factory

Holiday shopping can be a stressful time for many. What should you buy, what size do they wear, will they like it? In my family is actually pretty easy, we just tell one another what we want. Maybe that sounds like it takes the fun out of it, but it definitely ensures that each one of us gets exactly what we want. Plus, then it saves us from the dreary return process post Christmas (that is never fun). Although I'm not encouraging you to do this, I do encourage you shop together. It's a great way to see what stores a friend or family member may like. It also gives you a sense of what they may want, or are dying to have - even if we aren't shopping for ourselves, we're always looking. 

For men and women, gifting accessories is always my motto. Whether it's a scarf, a tie, or a coffee table book, it takes the stress out of size guessing. We've all been there, either you're elated or terrified by the size of a shirt or pants someone gives you. Oops!

During the holidays, we can get so caught up in the hustle and bustle and focus solely on gifts. It's important to focus on the bigger picture and reflect on what you have and what you are grateful for. Often times there are those who aren't near family or may not have someone to celebrate with. Last year on Christmas, Adam and I spent the day at a local old folks home, singing carols and doing activities with the residents. Although one old lady yelled at us that we had terrible voices, at least we tried. There's always a grinch out there. To see the smiles on everyone's face and know that we added a bit of cheer to their holiday truly made our day, and is something we plan on doing again this year. 

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