Sometimes the days just slip by - before you know it, gift-giving has started BUT your holiday shopping is far from complete! If this describes your life at the moment - don't worry - I have 5 gift suggestions that are easy to track down. Bonus - each gift has a charitable donation included in the purchase price - so you get extra credit for giving gifts that help others too! Not only will you get a warm fuzzy feeling from being generous - no one will notice that your gift might be a tiny bit on the late side!
You Give: Gift Set from the Body Shop
You Help Out: War Child Canada. Each gift you buy from the Body Shop results in one child being sent to class in a war-affected country. The Body Shop is hoping to provide more than six million lessons this year, so far they have met over one third of their goal.
My Pick: The Shea Festive Box ($26) - these bath and body gift sets come beautifully packaged and ready to gift. While there are a wide variety of scents to choose from (including my personal favorites: mango, moringa and strawberry), you can't go wrong with the Shea if you're unsure of your recipient's taste (i.e. floral or fruity). This set has a very light nutty scent and contains 5 pampering bath products - very nourishing in the cold winter weather!
You Give: A pair of TOMS shoes.
You Help Out: For each TOMS shoe purchased, a new pair is gifted to a child in need through their One-for-One initiative. To date, TOMS has donated more than 35 million pairs of shoes across the globe.
My Pick: These Pink Glittery Classics ($85)... if your recipient loves pink and all things sparkly - these shoes are a match made in heaven!
You Give: S'well Stainless Steel Water Bottle
You Help Out: A portion of proceeds from each bottle sold goes to WaterAid, which is an international non-profit organization that provides access to safe water, hygiene and sanitation.
My Pick: S'well Rose Quartz 500ml bottle ($36.99) Not only does this high quality stainless-steel bottle keep your drinks cold for 24 hours (!!!), the neck is wide enough to fit ice cubes through, and the bottle is sleek enough to fit in standard cup holders. If you'd rather carry tea or coffee - they will stay steaming hot up to 12 hours! There are three sizes and multiple colors and finishes to choose from.
You Give: aden + anais Organic Swaddles 3-pack
You Help Out: 25% of the purchase price goes towards the Global Fund to fight AIDS and to help end mother-to-child HIV transmission.
My Pick: (PRODUCT) RED Special Edition Organic Designer Swaddles ($54.95) contains organic muslin cloths designed by Rachel Zoe, Jessica Alba and Gwen Stefani. Yes they're a bit pricey - but they're Prince George's blanket of choice, so they're literally fit for a king!
You Give: A Michael Kors Watch
You Help Out: United Nations World Food Program. Michael Kors has partnered with the WFP for their "Watch Hunger Stop" campaign. The proceeds from the sale of each watch provides 100 meals for children in hunger-stricken areas. To date, the program has generated enough funds to provide over five million meals.
My Pick: Watch Hunger Stop Runway Rose Gold-Tone Watch ($295) has a beautiful grey-blue face etched with a World Map. The back is engraved with "1 watch = 100 meals".
The holiday season can get very expensive... buying gifts, entertaining guests, travelling to see family... sometimes your budget may not stretch to a new holiday wardrobe. That's why the Frenzied Fashionista and I decided to create the "Shop Your Closet" series. We wanted to demonstrate how you can take a staple that you already own, and wear it multiple ways for different holiday events. I'll be styling a white blouse in this post - and stay tuned for Ashley's upcoming post on pencil skirts!
The Event: Coffee Date / Family Party
The Look: Dressed down yet polished
How-to: Add contrast to your tailored blouse by pairing it with distressed denim. Grab a cute clutch and pretty flats and you're good to go!
The Event: Lunch / Casual Party
The Look: Plaid and Pearls
How-to: Wear a pearl necklace (costume of course!) to complement the creamy tones of your blouse. Add a plaid skirt and opaque tights to stay warm and cozy.
The Event: Dinner Party / Work Event
The Look: Statement Necklace and Bright Heels
How-to: Tuck your blouse into a high waisted pencil skirt for an elegant evening look. Add major drama by wearing brightly colored heels and a dramatic statement necklace.
Draped Blouse: Forever21
Distressed Jeans & Leopard Clutch: GAP
Pearls: J.Crew Factory
Plaid Skirt: Smart Set
Statement Necklace: Pink Lovebird
Bright Heels: ZARA
Image Source: H&M
The winter holidays are one of the busiest social seasons of the year. From office parties to family get-togethers, there are always so many events to attend! Thankfully, your hairstyle does not need to be something to stress about because there's something for every type of event and outfit. From a sleek ponytail to a glam topknot or loose curls—if you have shoulder-length hair and are looking for some new hairstyles to try, here are ways to easily recreate these fun and simple holiday hairstyles.
Before starting to re-create any hairstyle, always start with detangled hair.
Whenever possible, choose accessories (bobby pins, hair elastics and bun donuts) that match your hair colour, so that they blend in easily.
Prevent flyaways by spraying hairspray onto the palms of your hands and gently smoothing them over your styled hair. For baby hairs near your forehead, spray hairspray onto a clean toothbrush and brush the baby hairs back.
Use deep-conditioning masks to keep your hair soft and shiny