The Ultimate Gift Guide: What Women Want for Christmas

(OKAY, ladies here’s your cue… just simply share this to your Facebook page to drop those hints!)

Yeah, the biggest question of the year. WHAT do us girls actually want for Christmas?

From deciphering the latest fashion trends, to sifting through your gift receiver’s shopping list or text messages, to finally buying some random gift (you hope they like) at the last minute…

I’m here to help. 

Use this gift guide to spark ideas for that special woman in your life who loves all things trendy!


Minuit Mesh Gold/Black

CLUSE: Minuit Mesh Watch

Having a watch is not only a fashion statement to accessorize with any look, but it’s also obviously helpful to look at the time without needing your phone. Cluse delivers a super high quality watch that is stylish without breaking the bank. Engrave the back for a more personalized gift.

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MADEWELL: Herbivore Botanicals Calm Bath Salts

Sometimes, it’s nice to just relax with a bath soak. Madewell’s new beauty collection has not only the best products and packaging, but also great prices. Treat her to this soothing gift – a great thing to come home to after a long, stressful day.

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URBAN OUTFITTERS: Adidas Originals EQT Support 93/17 Sneaker in Cream

“Athleisure” is not only a current trend, but it is also a more logical fashion statement for girls on the go. Let your girl run out the door in style and comfort with the newest Adidas. Give her a neutral pair so that they go with everything.

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Mid-Century Turned Leg Standing Planters - Solid

WEST ELM: Mid-Century Turned Leg Planter
$179 (can add a 30% discount!)

Hello, Joanna Gaines. Every single woman has a plant woman inside her as well (even though mine likes to kill every plant I get my hands on, but that’s besides the point…). Give her a stylish home for her plants, which will clean and purify the air at the same time.

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One of the biggest influencers/bloggers on Instagram, Aimee Song (Song of Style), has studied social media and how to capture fashion through it, for years. She recently wrote a book that details all of the important info you need to know. This is a thoughtful gift for aspiring bloggers or simply gals who love fashion – and it also makes for a great decoration on the coffee table.

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NUDESTIX: Nude(art)ist Box Creator’s Palette
$59 ($144 value)

If us girls could afford it, we’d be getting new makeup to play with almost every day if we could. But makeup is SO expensive these days… especially for the good stuff. Grab this Nudestix Palette from Sephora to treat her to a variety of shades to have fun with this winter, plus ensure quality product in case you need a smooch.

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THREAD & SUPPLY: Sherpa Pullover

Sherpa has been all the rage lately, sometimes being called “the Teddy Jacket”. Besides being stylish, the extremely soft material is sure to win her over. I mean… who wouldn’t want a cozy pullover to accessorize with their hot chocolate this winter?

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MEJURI: Minimalist Gold Jewelry
from $35 to $300

A huge fashion trend lately – minimal gold jewelry. The main company this trend sparked from – Mejuri. Their real gold jewelry won’t leave her skin green, and it’s something I wear every. single. day. To work, to church, to dress up in… it’s perfect. The great thing about this company is that their prices are extremely affordable for REAL gold and diamonds. I didn’t link to a specific product because there are way too many good options, so check it all out to pick out a personal piece.

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LETTERFOLK: The Writer Oak 16×20 Message Board

These are kind of the new, hip trend. These restaurant-menu themed boards come with a billion of those little letters, so you can completely customize your board to whatever you want. Such a stylish and personable gift that can be used to decorate your home. She’ll be feeling like her home is straight off of Pinterest.

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MADEWELL: The Transport Tote

This real-leather bag is a necessity for any kind of woman – a student that needs a schoolbag, a mom that needs a diaper bag, or simply a woman who needs a big purse – like me.  This gorgeous bag is simple enough to match any outfit, and can be customized with gold or silver initials at the top of the bag (I would recommend this). The best compliment to an on-the-go girl’s outfit.

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MELISSA ARAUJO: The Barbel Bracelet

Another gorgeous minimalist piece. My friend Melissa Araujo recently launched this item in a new line, and I am IN LOVE. This would go with everything I own, and I’m sure I could say the same for other women. The style is so simple and classic, yet so fashionable.

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SARAH LOU CO – Merino Wool Blanket
from $125

A housewarming gift that quite literally is housewarming. These gigantic, soft blankets are great to cuddle under after a long winter’s day. So stylish, and Instagrammable too! 😉

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Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 35mm f/1.8G ED Lens

BH PHOTO: Nikon AF-S Nikkor 35mm f/1.8g ED lens

Is she into photography? Knowing what kind of photography equipment to gift can be HARD. There are so many options out there, and it’s hard to know what the best quality is for the price you’re paying. Well, I did the research for you. This will be the best option in any amount of light, and it provides amazing detail shots whether close or far away. Of course you’ll need to get an accompanying camera body, a Nikon DSLR Camera. This would be the ultimate Christmas present for her hobbies!

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URBAN OUTFITTERS: Crow Canyon Speckled Mug

Oh, coffee… what would we do without it? These adorable mugs are only $10, and make for a perfect present for those coffee addicts in your life. Add a bag of yummy coffee beans and some creamer, and you’ve got yourself a cute Christmas bundle.

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URBAN OUTFITTERS: Wooden Multi-Device Charging Dock

Guilty as charged, most of us now have more than one tech device. This can result in a small amount of space for your outlets and your nightstands. What better idea than to have a nice, clean organizational dock? I for one, am all for it.

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Get Ready With Me!


Having a go-to makeup routine is important for those mornings that you have to rush out the door (like me). That’s why I’ve put together this post for you, which is only 10 steps!

Some important factors in this makeup look:

1. easy to do, 2. fast to accomplish, and 3. natural looking (for the sake of wearing daily).



Over the years, I have experimented with many different beauty products and found the best products and perfect solutions for me and my skin, which is normal with an oily T-zone.

I’ve rounded up my morning routine for you so that you can follow me step-by-step to see how I achieve a 15 minute easy-peasy natural look!


Step 1: Apply Moisturizer


I have found Glossier to be my best friend when it comes to natural, dewy looks. This is because they are *big* on taking care of your skin first, and making sure it is moisturized before you even start your makeup!  This is their Priming Moisturizer (obviously a great plus to have primer in there too!)


Take a small drop and rub all over the skin – a little goes a long way.


Step 2: Apply Foundation


After trying out many foundations, I have found Urban Decay’s Naked Foundation to be my favorite. I like good coverage, but it is not heavy and it is buildable. It truly blends with the skin – it’s hard to tell I even have foundation on!


I put polka dots all over my face, then…


I blend it out with my dampened Beauty Blender.


Step 3: Brows


I love a bold brow, but one that is not overdone. The Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz from Sephora in shade Taupe has a perfectly natural roll-up pencil on one side, and a blender on the other. In my opinion, it doesn’t look “drawn on” and is very natural looking.


I finish out my brows with Glossier’s Boy Brow Gel in Clear, one of their most beloved products. This keeps my stray brow hairs in place.


Step 4: Concealer


This is where the dewy goodness comes in. Glossier’s Stretch Concealer only needs a few dips of the finger to cancel out those dark, uneven under eyes. This product also includes their key moisturizing ingredients, which is important for this sensitive eye area (which can age quickly if not taken care of).



Step 5: Eyeshadow


My eyes are hazel, so I like to bring out the golden and green colors with warmer, pink based eyeshadows. The Tartelette in Bloom Palette by Tarte, found at Sephora, is a reasonably priced selection of gorgeous shades with great pigment (meaning you don’t have to apply a million layers for the true color to show up).


To make sure my shadow lasts all day, I use the Smashbox Eyeshadow Primer and rub a very tiny amount all over my lids first.


It’s easy to achieve a polished look by applying only 1 shade from this palette, although I love building 3 together for a light smoky eye. My favorite brushes (and cheapest brushes) to use are from Morphe Cosmetics.


Go back under the eyes to conceal any eyeshadow powder fallout that might have occurred while doing your smokey eye.


Step 6: Mascara


This is my absolute favorite mascara ever… although the name of it is quite weird, it works like a charm.


Step 7: Blush


Using the Glossier Cloud Paint in Dusk, I put a small amount of this cream blush on each of my my middle fingers, and then apply the product lightly with my middle finger and ring finger.



Step 8: Highlighter


As one of my last steps, I accentuate the cheekbones with a cream highlighter, the Glossier Haloscope Highlighter, which is super handy because it is a twist-up dispenser (think chapstick).


I swipe this product on my cheekbones, in between my concealer and blush areas. I also put a swipe of it down the middle of my nose, and blend.


Step 9: Chapstick/Lipstick


I can’t really call this product a chapstick OR a lipstick… it’s almost like a tinted chapstick but more than that? Idk. All I’ve got to say is it’s amazing. This is the Glossier Generation G lipstick in Zip.


It looks like a very light lipstick, but it feels like a chapstick. It has a polished appearance, yet it stays in place, and when it comes off throughout the day, it simply looks like a chapstick fading away… no awkward lipstick residue.


It’s a lovely product to keep in your purse. You can literally swipe this on without having to look in a mirror to apply. Definitely a favorite!


Step 10: Setting Spray


I mean, all of those 15 minutes for nothing? Of course you want your natural look to stay in place all day. I use the Urban Decay All-Nighter Makeup Setting Spray so that my finished look doesn’t budge throughout the day or night.


And here it is!! 15 minutes, 10 steps, affordable products, and a daily look. It doesn’t get much better than this. By the way, you can shop the exact products I used in this routine in my latest posts on Instagram. I finally got accepted to RewardStyle so now, you can shop the exact items all in one place!


Note: Eyeliner is always an option, but sometimes it can be time consuming and frustrating and heavy-looking. So lately, I’ve opted without.


Well, whatddyathink? Leave a comment below and let me know!

I’ve been trying to incorporate more beauty posts on my blog and Instagram. Let me know what you’d like to see next in that regard!

Have a great week, happy makeup-ing!