Get Your Hair Holiday Glam Ready for Under $20


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‘Tis the season for holiday hair, ladies. Updos and braids and sparkles, oh my! Everywhere I turn, I see a new holiday hair tutorial, and of course, want to try them all. (What is it about the braided updo that gets me every year? I must have been a milkmaid in my past life.)

Well, today, I’m not going to present you with yet another holiday hair tutorial…I’m actually going to talk to you about the (possibly less exciting, yet just as important) subject of holiday hair PREP. Because, let’s face it, if you don’t have the proper tools and accessories, you might as well give up already.

So! Without further ado, I present you with 8 hair must-haves for the holiday season. Bonus – they are all under 20 bones.


Black Mesh Chignon – Okay, ladies. You haven’t rocked a true bun until you’ve used a mesh chignon. This nifty little accessory makes a bun look like a perfectly round, full donut.

Assorted Color Mini Headwraps – I don’t use these headwraps in my looks very often, but they are indispensible when it comes to pulling hair off my face while putting my holiday makeup on. (Or off, at the end of the night.)

Mini Tourmaline Flat Iron – This flat iron is amazing for toting around, but more importantly, the iron is so small that you can really get to the roots of the hair to smooth out. Great for bangs.

Wet ‘N Dry Detangler Brush – I love this brush for smoothing out any kinks in hair during updo prep.

Color Snap Clips – Okay, these aren’t for me, but my daughter can’t live without them. They are literally all over my house.

Striped Knotties – Great for pulling hair off of the face while applying makeup, and they don’t leave annoying creases.

Wood Round Brush – This is a godsend for those of us with bangs and cowlicks – I can smooth out any crazy cowlick with the help of this brush and a hair dryer.

Croc Clips – A must-have while blowdrying sections of hair, which is the only way to get it super super smooth.

All of these great items can be found at Sally Beauty and, like I said, they are all under $20. Not to mention, they would be perfect stocking stuffers. (Speaking of, great gifts of all prices can be found here, if you are checking off your Christmas list.) Also, Sally Beauty is hosting a Give Glam & Get Away. You could win a 7-Day Caribbean cruise for two with Princess Cruises®. Not too shabby, my friends.

How to Enter:

1. Buy any product in-store or online using your Sally Beauty Loyalty Card and get an automatic entry
2. Enter online here. (If you refer a friend by sharing online, you’ll receive a bonus entry!)

You can enter between 12/1/14 and 12/31/14, and all the details can be found here. Wouldn’t be such a bad way to start off the year, methinks.

This post is sponsored by Sally Beauty. Thanks for supporting this site!

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Gorgeous Gifts That Give Back



While attending the ONE Girls and Women AYA Summit last month in DC, I was completely floored, well, by lots of smart, fearless, inspiring folks. One woman in that group of dynamos was Jane Mosburger Morris, who runs To The Market, a retailer that supports hundreds of artisans via multiple distribution channels, including pop-up shops, custom sourcing, retail partnerships, and their online marketplace.

TTM showcases handmade goods made exclusively by proud and passionate artisans who have overcome the perils of abuse, conflict, and disease. By assisting local partners around the world in bringing these goods “to the market,” they take an active role in equipping the survivors they employ with economic independence, while raising awareness of the challenges that they face. Additionally, TTM offers a platform for these survivors to share their stories with all of us.

I think one of the things many of us struggle with in regards to incredibly daunting issues such as global poverty and disease is wondering what WE can do, personally. It’s extremely overwhelming, and so easy for us to just shut down and buy another pair of ankle boots. (I know this from personal experience.)

But here’s the deal, guys. We all have the ability to help and empower others. And what I’ve realized is that there is no ONE way to go about it. We all can help while staying true to ourselves. Whether by spreading the word about charitable causes, donating your time and efforts to a beloved cause, educating ourselves and friends on the issues at hand, or choosing to purchase items that support companies and organizations who are creating stable lives for many, many people.

My thing? Well, I’ve always loved to tell you all about cool stuff. And I know most of you enjoy shopping now and again. (Ahem.) So why not shop for items that directly affect lives in an incredibly positive manner? Sounds like a win-win to me. I have some other great organizations to tell you all about soon, but for now, please take some time to check out To The Market.

From top left, left to right:

Anena Uganda Beach Bag, $85

Shea Beige Necklace, $58

Large Fern Hope Basket, $50

Gold Bracelets- Set of 6, $45

Peruvian Pom Pom, $8

Gold Feather Necklace, $65

Oralia Diamond Foldover Clutch, $85

Nicole Necklace, $35

Mustard Deco Clutch, $65


The Perfect Bag for Every Occasion (+ Giveaway!)


Dear Ladies Who Love Handbags,

May I introduce you to Dagne Dover?


top, madewell. pants, gap. shoes, joie.

Yep. Pretty fab.

And if the simple lines, coated canvas, and beautiful color weren’t enough, it’s an organizer’s dream.


This is the brand’s Mini Tote, and the inner compartments are off the hook. Water bottle holder! iPad holder! TWO PEN HOLDERS. (I don’t know about you, but I’m that girl who is constantly digging in her purse for a pen. NO LONGER, I SAY.) Also, can we talk about using this tote as a diaper bag? Thankfully, I am past that lovely phase of my life, but those compartments would be perfection, plus the coated canvas material would be a breeze to clean up.

The lovely ladies at Dagne Dover sent me the Mini Tote, and they are generously giving one to a lucky reader. So! Enter below to win a Mini Tote of your own – I provided 4 chances to enter per person. Also, the coated canvas Mini comes in Turquoise, Dagne Blue (seen above), Onyx, and Linen…you know, so you can start daydreaming about your perfect color.

Also, I’m posting at a perfect time because it’s Cyber Monday, which means 20% off all Dagne Dover bags with the code SHOPDAGNE through the end of the day. (How cute are the colorful clutch wallets?) As Ferris would say, it is so choice. If you have the means, I highly recommend picking one up. Good luck!

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Black Friday – 9 Items, 9 Stores


Hi ho hi ho, it’s off to shop we go. Except that I’ll be in my sweatpants with my laptop. Technology rules. (Does anyone actually shop in actual stores on Black Friday?) Here are my top picks from my favorite stores – there are some great discounts going on today! Good luck and good shopping.

Madewell – 25% off your entire purchase with the code GIFTON

West Elm – Buy More/Save More. Up to 25% off with the code SUPERSALE

Nordstrom – Up to 40% off. Markdowns galore.

Gap – 50% off EVERYTHING with the code BLKFRIDAY

Lululemon – No Black Friday discount, but that Ebb to Street bra is my favorite thing ever.

Anthropologie – 25% off all items with the code HOLIDAY25

Shopbop - Up to 25% off your order with the code GOBIG14

Old Navy - Up to 50% off online PLUS an extra 15% with the code GRAVY

J. Crew – 30% off full-price styles and an extra 40% off sale with the code HOLIDAY