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My Favorite Winter Boots (So You Don't Freeze)

Since I now live in North Carolina, where it rarely snows (and if it does, no one knows what to do), my need for heavy duty snow boots is basically negative. In college, girls would wear Hunter rain boots when it snowed more than two inches because they didn't know what else to do. So, Bean Boots are probably the most extreme pair of winter boots that I'll be needing. 

I don't know why, but I'm really wanting snowy, cold weather right now - when I lived in Connecticut, I hated it, but now that I'm not in that climate, I want it. I can't win. So, instead I'll just post a roundup of my favorite winter boots so appease my wishes.

I have two pair of the L.L. Bean boots: the classic 8" boots and the 10" shearling-lined boots. My family and I used to go to Jackson Hole every winter, so having a good pair of warm boots was necessary. If I had to choose between the two, get the 8" boots - they're way more practical, and a pretty much a footwear staple.

However, if you live in colder areas, or go on vacations in colder areas, definitely try the Sorel Fur Lined Waterproof Boots. They're tall and fuzzy, aka effective.

I don't know how well the J. Crew winter boots hold up, but they're so cute! The Perfect Winter Boot has buffalo plaid lining (my favorite kind of plaid), and the Nordic Boots are furry with red laces. J. Crew also collaborated with Manitobah, and released these extra-furry black boots. LOVE.

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$1000 Nordstrom Giveaway

Hi y’all! I'm so excited to be sharing this amazing giveaway with you all! I've teamed up with some of my favorite bloggers to bring you all the chance to win $1000 to Nordstrom to ring in the new year!

This giveaway is open internationally and runs from 12/26 until 1/02! All you have you have to do to enter is complete as many entries in the rafflecopter widget below (bonus points if you complete all of them!).

Good luck!

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Product Spotlight: Kristin Ess Signature Shampoo + Volumizing Mousse

A couple of days ago I posted about thickening hair products, since my hair is in desperate need of some oomph lately. I wasn't in a huge rush to spend a ton of money, so thank God for Target. If you're looking for salon quality but an affordable price, I urge you to buy Kristin Ess' hair products. 

This is not sponsored! I'm just so in love with her stuff!

I was specifically looking for the Instant Lift Thickening Spray, but they were sold out - for good reason, too. The Target I went too had her shampoo and conditioner, Strand Strengthening Reconstructive Moisture Mask, and Dry Finish Working Texture Spray - I already have the working texture spray, and right now I'm kind of over the whole messy hair look. But, they also had the Instant Lift Volumizing Mousse - I was definitely a little weary about using mousse, because the products I have used in the past haven't exactly produced an ideal result. 

Guys, this is a game changer.

I picked up the The One Signature Shampoo (because why not) and the mousse and was on my way. This may be a little premature, since I've used them only twice so far, but I'm in love. The shampoo left my hair feeling clean, but not stripped of moisture, and the MOUSSE I can't even begin to explain! 

I followed the directions, apply a golf ball size amount to my roots and then combing it through to my ends, and blow dried my hair with a round brush as usual. When I went to curl it, my hair felt thicker and fuller, and definitely healthier. For the past few weeks, my hair just lacks any volume or va-va-voom, and now it's completely transformed. 


I am in a huge rush to try out the Instant Lift Thickening Spray, like I intended, as well as the moisture mask and Weightless Shine Leave In Conditioner. I'm slowly building up a collection of her collection! 

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My Top 10 Airplane Essentials

Who else hates flying / airplanes / airports as much as I do? Traveling is fun, the actual traveling part is not. Honestly, I rarely fly anywhere - this past fall I went to Kiawah / Charleston, Winston-Salem, and Connecticut, and I drove to all three places. But, I'm making a quick trip home this weekend for Christmas, so flying is the best option. 

I'm only going home for three days and the flight is only an hour and a half max. So, there really shouldn't be any issues...however, I do overpack like it's my job, which is something I am trying to work on but it's not really sticking. Oops. 

Since this is the holiday season, and much of the holiday season is traveling to see friends and family, I've created a quick top ten list of my airplane essentials.

Lip Balm First up on my top ten list is lip balm. Balm Dot Com, Rosebud Salve, Lip Conditioner, you name it - you need it, especially when flying. Perfectly portable.

Wrap I freeeeeeeze on airplanes, and rarely take off my coat if I'm traveling in winter. I like to be warm and cozy, and since cuddling up with the stranger next to me is very obviously not an option, I make a little cocoon for myself and sit in antisocial silence until the plane lands. I have a favorite black cashmere oversize wrap, but I can't find it anywhere online. This travel wrap from Tuckernuck comes in four basic colors and seems perfect for keeping traveling comfortable. 

Carry On I honestly can't remember the last time I checked a bag...obviously I would love to, considering how much I pack, but I get freaked out about losing my bag, plus waiting at the baggage claim at LaGuardia is ridiculous. I already posted about my fave carry-on bags earlier this fall, but just to recap - how cute is this bag!? I usually bring a hardcase roller bag, and then a jumbo tote bag that can fit the items in this list + my laptop + my camera + anything else I forgot to put in my other bag! 

Water Bottle Make sure it's empty when you go through security, but definitely bring a water bottle with you on your flight. It's better than overspending on a jumbo Smart Water bottle!

Eye Mask For longer flights (or even shorter flights tbh) I am not above wearing an eye mask on an airplane. I have this specific eye mask that I wear every night to bed, and it's just muted enough that it wouldn't be distracting or obnoxious on a flight - I mean, I would totally wear this in public, but I don't want to become a meme somewhere.

Heavy Duty Moisturizer I've declared my love for this moisturizer before, and I'll continue to obsess over it in this post - the Clinique Moisture Surge collection is the best. Whether it be the regular moisturzier, the face spray (perfect for flights), or the supercharged concentrate. Flying is very dehydrating, so bringing your most powerful moisturizer is imperative. Other great hydrating products include the Kiehl's Ultra Facial Cream, Neutrogena Hydro Boost Gel Cream, and Glossier Super Bounce.

Book I'm not one of those people who can fall asleep before the plane takes off, so I need to stay entertained. Listening to music doesn't really do it for me for the entire flight, and I've been making a conscious effort to read more. I just finished Mindy Kaling's first book and's absolutely hilarious. I either like to read books like that (Chelsea Handler is super funny too), or crazy, Gone Girl-type books. Subtle is not my forte. 

Noise Cancelling Headphones If you really think about it, being on an airplane with a screaming child is really good birth control. Save yourself the bad mood and just go ahead and get noise cancelling headphones. There are little earbuds your can pick up, or go straight for the heavy duty Bose headphones

External Battery There's nothing worse than being caught in a place you don't know with a phone that's about to die. To avoid the extra trouble of finding an outlet in an airport, there is the Mophie external battery. I used to have one of the Mophie rechargeable battery cases, and they're actually pretty cool and really helpful in sticky situations.

Makeup Case I prefer to be bare-faced (minus moisturizer) on flights - flying is already bad enough for your skin, and I don't want anything else clogging my pores. Also, if I'm going to be having an eye mask on, I don't want my eye makeup slugged all over my face. Raccoon eyes = big no no. So, I like to pack my makeup bag in my carry-on tote for two reasons. First, if (God forbid) my checked luggage gets lost, I at least have my makeup to keep me sane. Second, when we are close to landing, I can put on my makeup essentials so I don't look like a total zombie post-flight. Also, quick tip - my favorite makeup remover wipes come in a mini pack, which are perfect for traveling!

What are y'alls airplane essentials! Comment and let me know!

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The Best Thickening Hair Products

Happy Monday! Seven more days until Christmas! I am so excited. Friday afternoon I hop on a plane to go back to CT for essentially a long weekend (ugh), but it will still be nice to spend a few days at home. 

In the meantime, let's talk about hair. I have been craving super thick and full hair lately, since for some reason my hair has been completely lacking any form of volume. My hair feels thinner and less dense, which slightly scares me, so I'm doing all I can to combat any hair or density loss. 

I wash my hair ever 2-3 days, and after towel-drying my hair, I use my T3 hair dryer and a round brush to blow dry my hair straight. It's EXTREMELY thicker and more full when I blow dry it with a brush, rather than letting it air dry and proceeding to heat style it. Unfortunately, that fullness only last for like 12 hours - by the next day, it's pretty limp. 

I've always prided myself on having lots of thick hair, but I don't know what is happening! I am in desperate need of some haircare advice.

Bumble And Bumble Full Potential Booster SprayBumble And Bumble Thickening Conditioner | Bumble And Bumble Thickening Shampoo | Kristin Ess Instant Lift Thickening SprayLiving Proof Full Thickening Cream | Moroccanoil Restorative Hair MaskPaul Mitchell Tea Tree Lemon Sage Thickening SprayR and Co Dallas Thickening Spray | Viviscal Extra Strength Hair Nutrient Tablets

Okay, for the most part I have only read about these products, so I'm going to need y'alls help to determine which ones are worth it. Right now, I'm using the Bumble and bumble Full Potential Booster Spray when my hair is damp. My hairstylist suggested it for me since I'm trying to grow my hair out, and I use so much heat on it daily. I'm still in the beginning stages of using it, so TBD if it's actually working. I do trust Bumble and bumble though, which is why I'm inclined to try their Thickening Line (Shampoo, Conditioner, Spray). 

I also take Viviscal pills twice a day - I do feel like my hair is growing faster, rather than thicker. Hm. 

I reallyyyy want to try the Kristin Ess Instant Lift Thickening Spray. First off, I'm obsessed with Kristin Ess, and secondly, I've only heard good things about her products. They're the inexpensive equivalent of a high end beauty brand, and happen to only be sold at Target. She has the thickening spray, as well as a mousse, but I'm a little wary of any mousses tbh...I feel like they do have a bad rep, but honestly if it works, I'm all for it.

Other products I've read rave reviews about include the Living Proof Full Thickening CreamPaul Mitchell Tea Tree Lemon Sage Thickening Spray, and R and Co Dallas Thickening Spray. I have yet to try any of these, but please leave a comment below if y'all recommend them!

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My Weekly Outfits: 12/11-12/17

Another week, another round of my outfits. Y'all can check them out daily on my instagram page - I've been quite good about keeping it updated, tbh - but I do like to do a weekly roundup for the blog, too.

Some highlights - 
1. My favorite Steve Madden over the knee boots are still on sale at Nordstrom Rack, but they're running out fast.
2. Madewell is having a great 25% off sale (with code ADDTOCART). I've included links for my Madewell sweater dress, plaid shirt, and turtleneck below. 
3. If anyone can suggest some black over the knee boots that won't break the bank but stay up, please comment on this post! I haven't worn my black pair in weeks because literally as soon as I start to walk, they fall down my calf. So much for over the knee!

Red Bell Sleeve Mini Dress (similar) | Steve Madden Slayer Over the Knee Boots

J. Crew Faux Fur Vest | Paige Hoxton High Waist Ultra Skinny Stretch Jeans | Plaid Shirt (similar) | Steve Madden Slayer Over the Knee Boots

Madewell Fair Isle Turtleneck (similar) | Tory Burch Black Booties (similar) | Zella High-Waist Leggings

525 America Turtleneck Dress (similar) | Steve Madden Slayer Over the Knee Boots

Madewell Plaid Flannel Shirt (similar) | UGG Classic Shearling Lined Short BootsZella High-Waist Leggings

Have a wonderful Sunday - hopefully it's not too scary! I have to grocery shop for this week, but I don't want to buy too much because I leave Friday afternoon to go back to Connecticut for Christmas! Cannot believe it's 8 days away!!!! 

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My Go-To Glowy Skin Products

I am not one of those matte skin, instagram-chiseled type of girls. I looooove dewy, glory, lit-from-within skin. As someone who is constantly craving moisturized and beyond hydrated skin, I chug water like it's my JOB and have narrowed down the best products to fake it til I make it. 

Let's start with skincare. Right now I'm using the Reviving Mint Cleanser from Targeted Skin in the morning, and a BeautyCounter Charcoal Bar with my Clarisonic at night. I like to be super exfoliated so there's no dry skin to prevent me from perfectly glowy skin, and the Clarisonic reallyyyy helps with that - I'm definitely on the drier side the skin spectrum. 

A couple times a week, I use a Formula 10.0.6 peel mask. I've done a post on this brand before, and the obsession is still very much alive and while. I actually just picked up a new peel mask, the Be Berry Smooth Moisturizing Mask. I have the illuminating mask and the skin brightening mask, but I definitely wanted something to add some moisture back to my skin. I really like it so far!

Next up, moisturizer. My favorite Clinique Moisture Surge Gel-Moisturizer is almost empty, and let me tell you, that's pretty big deal for me. I love trying new products and I never really completely go through an entire product (with the exception of mascara). This stuff is amazing. It has the strangest consistency but it really, really, really hydrates your skin. At night, I like to use an oil, like the Beautycounter Brightening Facial Oil, to soak in overnight.

As far as eye cream, I have found a new holy-grail product: the Luminous Eye Cream from Targeted Skin. I almost wanted to do a whole separate post just dedicated to this stuff. It is glowy to the point of literally almost being a highlighter. It's unreal. Also, it's currently 10% off through December, and if you buy it in a bundle on the Targeted Skin website with another great eye product, it's wayyyy discounted! I have actually started putting this cream on places other than my eye area, like my brow bone and cheekbones. It's like a luminous primer before the primer!

...which leads me to the primer. I just started using the Becca Backlit Priming Face Filter Primer (what a mouthful) and I'm hooked. It's super glowy - a little goes a long way, ladies. After moisturizing, I apply this primer all over and let it soak in for a minute or two before I use foundation.

Yes, I've started to use foundation again. Just a little bit! I really like the NARS Sheer Glow Foundation - I'm currently using the shade Deauville, because I am that pale right now. I apply it with a damp BeautyBlender so I don't use too much product - I try to make it as sheer as possible. The Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer is a fan favorite, and I have it in the shade Vanilla.

If you want extra-dewy skin, try to stick to cream-based products rather than powder based. The Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Poured Cream is actually fantastic, and I've used it for years. I have it in Champagne Pop, and have yet to try the other colors, but this is so, so pretty and actually melts into your skin. Sephora is having a huge *sale* right now and this product is at a discounted price! Yay! 

As for powders, one of my favorite beauty products of all time is the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Bronzer in Luminous. I am not lying when I say it's in my top 5 fave products EVER and it is soooooooo worth the higher price tag. It's like Facetune in real life. Unreal. 

Lastly, and something I'm super excited about receiving, is the Becca Après Ski Glow Face Palette. It was also on sale at Sephora yesterday, and I have sampled it a couple of times during trips to Ulta. It includes two blushes, one bronzer, and three highlighters. SO PRETTY. SO GLOWY. So no, I have yet to fully experience the power of this palette, but stay tuned. 

What products do y'all like to use to make your skin extra glowy and hydrated? Let me know!!

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My Weekly Outfits: 12/4-12/11

Happy Monday. It's been a hot minute since I posted my weekly outfits, so this is a slightly larger round up of the past two weeks. Between strep and holiday parties, and I even went to another Panthers game yesterday, I am tired and worn out and just want to sleep but instead I have to go to work and be super healthy to look good in my New Years Eve dress. 


Anyway, here ya go!

Free People Teddy Peacoat | J. Crew Turtleneck Sweater (similar) | Paige Transcend Hoxton High Waist Ultra Skinny Stretch Jeans | Tory Burch Over the Knee Boots (similar)

J. Crew Sadie Pointy Toe FlatsPaige Transcend Hoxton High Waist Ultra Skinny Stretch Jeans | Target A New Day Turtleneck Sweater

Madewell Cowl Neck Sweater Dress (similar) | Steve Madden Norri Boots

Dl1961 'Florence' Instasculpt Crop Skinny JeansLilly Pulitzer Ramona Sweater | Steve Madden Slayer Boots

Faux Shearling Vest (similar) | J. Crew Turtleneck Bodysuit (similar) | Paige Transcend Hoxton High Waist Ultra Skinny Stretch Jeans | Rag & Bone Newbury Bootie

French Connection Anna Patchwork Sweater |  Paige Transcend Hoxton High Waist Ultra Skinny Stretch Jeans | Stuart Weitzman 5050 Leather Over the Knee Boots

ASOS Double Pom BeanieLoft Shimmer Fairisle Turtleneck SweaterPaige Transcend Hoxton High Waist Ultra Skinny Stretch Jeans | UGG Classic Short Boots

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The Best Online Sales of the Week

Happy Friday! It is chilly and gross here in Charlotte today - apparently it's supposed to snow, but it's only 40 degrees so right now it's just rainy. Bring on the cold weather! 

I've decided I can't online shop for myself until I get my family Christmas presents - seriously, they're really hard to shop for - so here are a bunch of sales for y'all to enjoy while I rack my brain for things to buy other people.

Anthropologie: 30% off all winter clothing and accessories
ASOS: 30% off selected items
Baublebar: 25% off with code GIFT25
J. Crew: 35% off and free shipping with code FRIDAY
Loft: 40% off with code NEWNOW
Macy's: 30% off with code FRIEND
Madewell: 20% off 100%, 30% off $200 with code OHWHATFUN
Off Broadway: Buy one get one 50% off all shoes
Victoria's Secret: Free 2 Day Shipping on orders over $125 with code SHIP2DAY

Reallyyyy loving the Tisbury Turtleneck from Anthro. Comes in like 5 colors (my fave is the ivory option) and looks super cozy. Obviously, J. Crew, Madewell, and Loft have great sweater options available right now, too. The go-to's, if you will.

I expressed my love for these pom pom earrings in yesterday's post, and I'm currently wearing this pom pom beanie (much to the chagrin of my coworkers). Pom poms are in, y'all!

Lastly, honorable mention for my new favorite coat, on sale at Macy's and Nordstrom now.

Shop away!

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My Favorite Statement Earrings for the Holidays

I am currently planning my New Year's Eve outfit, and I am on the hunt for big, fun statement earrings. My dress is black and I need something fun to spruce things up. Currently Baublebar is having 25% off with code GIFT25 so run with that little tidbit of info.

Baublebar Canary Pom Pom Drop EarringsBaublebar Gabriela Tassel Fringe Earrings | Baublebar Gigi Pom Pom EarringsBaublebar Miana Tassel Drop EarringsBaublebar Parisian Feather Tassel Drop EarringsBaublebar Rosabella Tassel Drop Earrings | Baublebar Taylor Tassel Earrings | Kate Spade New York All Wrapped Up Statement Drop Earrings | Kate Spade New York Pouf EarringsSheila Fajl Everybody's Favorite Hoops

Okay guys, I am in the midst of a MAJOR obsession with pom poms and faux fur lately. Like, on everything. The obsession doesn't stop at jewelry, too. The Gigi Pom Pom Earrings from Baublebar in the hot pink (Magenta) are TO DIE FOR. They're so extra it's amazing. I also love the Kate Spade Pouf Earrings - they come in three colors and are just a single pom. 

Obviously, tassels are still very much a thing and very much stepping up their game. See: Rosabella Tassel Drops, Gabriela Tassel Fringe, Taylor Tassel, and Miana Tassel Drops. So many options, so many colors, perfect for the holiday season.

If you're looking for a feathered earring, then check out the Parisian Feather Tassel Drop Earrings from Baublebar. Aren't they fun!? 

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My Favorite Stocking Stuffers for Less

Happy Wednesday! Apologies for the late post. I found out I had strep throat last night, had to be at work at 6:30AM this morning, and have been lying on my couch and sleeping since noon. I have too much to do and too many holiday parties to go to be sick! I am forcing myself to get better in the next 12 hours. 

In the meantime, here's my guide to stocking stuffers. 

The goal for stocking stuffers is to be small and easily wrapped. My girlfriends and I would frequently give Hanky Panky's as quick and easy stocking stuffers because 1. you can never have too much underwear and 2. they're the best.

For beauty products, there are a few options. Love the Drybar Hair Clips, as well as a perfume rollerball. Both are small and have a lot of bang for your buck.

REMEMBER JUICY TUBES? What a throwback. The colors in this gift set are actually super pretty and left me feeling super nostalgic. I am definitely more of a gloss girl than a matte girl, and this discounted set is perfect to slip into a stocking. If you want to go a more trendy and less expensive route, then there's the Balm Dot Com from Glossier. If I had the chance, I would switch out all my skincare for Glossier products - not because I've tried any of them, just because of the sheer packaging, marketing, and vibe around the company alone. Also, Emily Weiss is everything. 

I am so impressed by this Baublebar gift set - three fringe earrings! In amazing colors! The light pink is so pretty, green is so flattering, and the black is perfect for every occasion. Baublebar actually has a lot of good gift sets available, plus 25% off right now with the code GIFT25.

I'm honestly super obsessed with Popsockets, and actually need to get a new one since I upgraded my phone last month. Basically, a Popsocket is a little accessory that sticks on to the back of your iPhone and moves up and down, making it easier to hold onto your phone. Necessary? Absolutely not. Fun? Of course. Plus, they're only $10 and can be found at their website or on Amazon!

Other quick gifts include sunglasses, candle sets, sleep masks, key chains - all inexpensive, all easy to pack in a stocking!

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