Gifts Under $40

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GIFTS UNDER $40

  1. This mini-emergency kit is a great gift for ANYONE! They make all different styles and kits depending on your needs. They also make great kits for men too, best part? They’re 20% off with code THISISIT20!

  2. Not sure how I ever survived a holiday without a little Bauble Bar sparkle. I love these hoop earrings which comes in a festive set with a headband for a few dollars more!

  3. This little roller ball perfume is what dreams are made of! It comes in the cutest packaging, perfect for the gal on the go!

  4. No joke, I’ve been hiding this peppermint bark from Brian! If you’re a peppermint/chocolate fan - it’s SO good! I love that it comes in a festive box too.

  5. Easiest way to spice up any party? Add a little Cards Against Humanity! I just introduced it to my family this previous Thanksgiving and holidays will never be the same.

  6. If you wear rain boots in the winter, you’re going to want these boot socks! They are thick but cozy in the best way! They were also on Oprah’s list of favorite things, so you KNOW they’re good!

  7. I just can’t get enough of this 3 piece glove set - just in case you lose one! They come in a few different colors so you can choose accordingly.

  8. You’ve heard me talk about Bobeau (they’re having a 30% off sale right now on their site) a few times- I LOVE this brand. I’m all about cozy basics and I just love these sweatpants that are just over $40 but I’ve linked a lightweight pair here for $25!

  9. I talked about this blanket on my gift guide for parents, it’s just such a fantastic gift! I love that it comes in so many colors so you can literally get everyone on your list done with this.

  10. I recently read Michelle Obama’s book ‘Becoming’ and it was a fantastic read. No matter which side of the aisle you’re on, her life and overall message was incredibly empowering. I also really enjoyed reading an inside scoop about life in the White House.

  11. I RARELY see Kendra Scott on sale under $40 so don’t pass on this bracelet! I love this bracelet, I have it in grey, shown here. It’s such an elegant staple!

  12. I really tried hard to not put candles on any of my gift guides, we all know how to buy candles. However, I really like this mini set. You can gift it all together or break them apart and gift them separately.

  13. You know I love all things For Your Party! These under $40 sets make the perfect hostess gifts! They come beautifully wrapped which make it the ultimate gift.

  14. I mentioned this Philosophy set in my Ultimate Beauty Gift Guide and it doesn’t disappoint. You get a TON of product for $40! It’s a good bang-for-your-buck gift.

I hope you’re loving these gift guides! This is my last major guide before I start promoting last minute gifts so be sure to refer to my previous guides to get all of your shopping done!

Gift Guide For The Difficult People To Buy For

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GIFTS FOR THE DIFFICULT PEOPLE TO BUY FOR

  1. These gloves are not only fashionable, they are FUNCTIONAL! Featuring tech-friendly tips on three fingers, the set comes packaged in a gift-ready pouch and includes a spare so you'll still have a pair if one glove gets lost.

  2. Slippers are a great gift, I love wearing these ones around the house! I’ve had them for a few years now, it’s time for a new pair. They are the best and I love that they have a solid gripping bottom. Don’t forget about a pair for your favorite fella!

  3. This small but mighty speaker does it all. It connects to your phone via bluetooth so you can take it anywhere from vacations, to parties or at home! We have it and use it all of the time. It comes in a few different colors too!

  4. What better way to improve somebody’s quality of life than to get them automatic salt and pepper grinders? When I shared these on my IG stories a few months ago, you all went crazy for them! I knew I had to include them here.

  5. This blanket makes a great gift because everyone loves to get cozy in the winter! They are excellent quality and come in a variety of colors - you can’t go wrong here!

  6. Personalized stationary makes a special gift for anyone! From note cards to note pads, everyone can use it! I love how easy yet thoughtful this one is.

  7. You might’ve seen these bags on my Ultimate Beauty Gift Guide, but I couldn’t resist sharing them again. They are SO good and they fit WAY more than I thought it would. It also has an LED light inside so you can find your products easily at all times.

  8. I love and exclusively use these wine bottle stoppers. They come with a pump to remove the air in the bottle to help keep it fresh! Gift with your favorite bottle of wine.

  9. It took me awhile to adapt to the layered necklace trend, this three piece set is an easy way to do just that! You can wear them all together or separately, mixing them with necklaces you already own.

  10. Who doesn’t love a little Bauble Bar in their life? These gift sets start at $25 just make me so happy! Any gal who loves statement jewelry would be happy to receive.

  11. I LOVE using this ice roller for a little extra self care. Keep it in the freezer and use when you need to get rid of puffiness, headaches or when your skin needs a little pick me up!

  12. I’ve shared these leather pouches on my Newly Engaged / Newlywed Gift Guide earlier this week. They make a perfect gift because you can use them for all of your little belongings, headphones or as a coin purse. I love that you can monogram them too!

  13. I LOVE these no-show, no-slip socks! They are truly no-slip. I wear a size 11 shoe and they fit me perfectly, Brian who is a men’s size 12 also steals them from me and wears them. They are great for everybody and come in a few different sizes.

  14. You may remember me talking about Invisibobble’s before here, these are THE BEST hair ties. They don’t leave dents, they prevent breakage and they don’t give you headaches. I love this mini set but I’ve also previously featured the bigger set here!

  15. These unique napkins are stunning and make the perfect gift for the favorite entertainer in your life. They come in a few different varieties + colors so you can choose accordingly!

Are you loving these gift guides? Leave a comment below!

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Lightbox Lab-Grown Diamonds: Rose Gold Realness

As I’ve been scrolling through social media this season, I can’t help but to notice everyone loving delicate necklaces. They’re everywhere and I have been dying to try them with my own flair. I have recently discovered Lightbox’s three stone pendant in pink with a rose gold chain and I will definitely be re-wearing this all year long. It features their laboratory-grown diamonds, in a three stone bezel and prong setting.

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You may have previously seen my post with Lightbox jewelry last week. In case you missed it, Lightbox diamonds are laboratory-grown diamonds priced at $800 per carat. These lab-grown diamonds share the same physical, optical and chemical properties as natural diamonds. The larger a natural diamond is, the rarer it becomes. Each one is unique, priced individually, often with certificates to describe their character and qualities. Lightbox makes their own laboratory-grown diamonds every day of the week, in colors like pink, blue and white and in sizes from 1 to 1/8 of a carat. Since these diamonds are not rare, it makes their pricing easy, as transparent as their stones.  Every stone over 0.05 carats carries a tiny laser inscription as certification of their quality criteria. Their pricing breakdown for this necklace is $600 for 3/4 carat + $100 for rose gold plated setting, totaling $700.

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It took me awhile to hop on the rose gold bandwagon, but I am really a fan. I love being able to mix metals and rose gold pairs perfectly with silver and gold. I love this necklace because it looks beautiful on its own but it also plays well with others! It looks amazing with other jewelry and layers well. 

As the holidays are quickly approaching, now is a great time to start thinking about gifts for those special people in your life. Lightbox offers an incredibly accessible and affordable option to those looking for those special gifts at a reasonable price point. They also make it super easy to shop so feel free to add it to your holiday wish list. :)

Here are some of my other favorite Lightbox picks:

Halo Pendant in white ($300), Blue Moon Pendant ($700), Wings Pendant in pink ($500), Solitaire studs in white (starting at $400)

Are you loving the delicate necklace trend? Would you mix and match rose gold with other gold necklaces? Leave them in the comments below!

Check out Lightbox Jewelry on Facebook and Instagram!

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Photos by Ryan Kell

Lab-grown Diamonds are a Girl’s (and wallet’s) Best Friend

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Statement jewelry is bigger and bolder than ever but I’ve also seen a huge trend in delicate jewelry. As I’m getting older, I have found myself gravitating towards jewelry that will last longer but I am still budget conscious. When I first came across Lightbox Jewelry, I was pleasantly surprised to find out they are lab-grown diamonds priced at $800 per carat. These lab-grown diamonds share the same physical, optical and chemical properties as natural diamonds.  So, if you have always wanted a pair of diamond earrings for everyday wear but haven’t been able to justify the expense, I’d strongly encourage you to check out Lightbox.

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As part of my fall initiative of stepping outside of my fashion comfort zone, I decided to try these blue solitaire studs. I typically wouldn’t choose blue but it is my favorite color, after all and I’ve never worn anything like it! I truly love knowing that they’re special and beautiful. These studs come in blue, pink or white lab-grown diamonds - so there is something for everyone! If you have a second piercing in your ear, I think these would look really cute if you moved them up with a larger earring in the first hole. 

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Fun fact about me, when I’m working from home, running errands or exercising, I ALWAYS have some sort of stud earring in. I just feel naked without them! I’ve also always loved the way a diamond stud looks. It’s just a clean and classic look that will never go out of style! Lightbox lab-grown diamonds are for lighter moments in life. Essentially, they are diamonds you can do anything in! If you have sensitive ears like me, have no fear, each of the lab-grown diamonds are set in 10k white gold or sterling silver so you never have to worry about bothering your ears. 

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Another thing about Lightbox that I really love is that they believe in transparent pricing. Nature created diamonds over a billion years ago. The larger a natural diamond, the rarer it becomes. Each one is unique, like a snowflake. So they are priced individually, often with certificates to describe their character and qualities.

Lightbox makes their own laboratory-grown diamonds every day of the week. Among the finest you can find, in the color or size you can choose. This makes their pricing easy, as transparent as their stones. On each product page, they give you a concise pricing breakdown of how much each item costs. These solitaire studs are $200 for 1/4 carat + $200 for 10k white gold setting ($400 total).

Shop all Lightbox jewelry here! Are you loving these lab-grown diamonds as much as I am? Leave your comments below. 

Check out Lightbox Jewelry on Facebook and Instagram!

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photos by Ryan Kell

3 Things You Need To Know For Creating The Best Wedding Registry

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If you've been following my wedding journey, you know that I really struggled with my wedding registry. Brian and I are more of a modern couple, living together for a few years before we decided to tie the knot. When it came to creating our own wedding registries, I was lost. We definitely needed some upgrades on things but we didn't need all of the typical stuff that stores and other online guides were suggesting.  As if wedding planning isn't enough to do, we decided it was also a great time to update our home... Not sure if we're crazy or sane but we wanted to take this time to update our home to reflect this new chapter in our life. That's when we discovered Wayfair and then soon after that, Wayfair Registry! I've teamed up with Wayfair to compile a few helpful hints when it comes to creating a registry of your own. 

Make the registry work for your lifestyle

If you haven't already heard of Wayfair, it is one of the largest online destinations for the home. As Brian and I were in the process of updating our home, we loved purchasing off of Wayfair but didn't realize it offered such a seamless registry process.  Wayfair Registry makes it easier than ever for couples to conveniently register for everything home, all in one place, by selecting from more than 10 million products across all styles, including outdoor, kitchen, bed and bath, living room and home renovation. This was extremely valuable to Brian & I because we needed random things like lamps, dresser drawers and patio cushions... not something you'd typically think of as a registry item but stuff we truly needed.

Do not be scared to register for big ticket items

Since we needed bigger items, it can sometimes feel awkward to register for those things because of the higher price point. Wayfair Registry offers a “group gifting” option, where guests can contribute a dollar amount to big-ticket items like sofas, large appliances, or home renovation needs like lighting fixtures, plumbing materials and more. Fret no more!

Be sure to have fun with it! Make it a date night.

The in-store registration process was really overwhelming for my beloved groom so it was a total luxury that we were able to create our Wayfair Registry from the comfort of our own home! We opened a bottle of wine, snuggled up on the couch and were able to browse their extensive selection of items that we could both agree on!

A few other reasons we love Wayfair:

  • Wayfair Registry offers free shipping on all orders shipped directly to the couple, the convenience of white glove delivery for large items, an extended 90-day return policy, access to dedicated registry specialists who offer personalized support and guidance, and more.
  • Wayfair Registry serves as a hub for couples, letting them personalize their page by uploading photos, sharing notes with guests and tagging their favorite finds.
  • It's easy. It's painless... what more could you want?

Here a few of our favorite registry items:

To get started with your own registry process, click here!

Thank you to Wayfair and Wayfair Registry for collaborating with me on this post! All thoughts and opinions are my own. 

Under $50 Gift Guide: One Stop Shopping For Everyone On Your List

Hey Everybody! It feels so good to be back in action with a new computer, just in time for another holiday gift guide– gifts under $50! A lot of these items are under $20 which is even more exciting. It's such a snowy day here in Buffalo, so what better way to spend it than a little online shopping? I will be showcasing quite a few of these on my Instagram Story, showing you how they work and why I love them so be sure to check that out later on.

Be sure to click on the images or font in bold to shop these fabulous gifts!

For the homebody:

Bliss Plush Throw: This blanket was gifted to us a couple years ago and we fight over who gets to use it! It is so cozy and it's the perfect size to cover yourself AND it folds up and stores nicely. It also comes in a wide variety of colors to match that special someone's home.

Capri BLUE Volcano candle: I've posted about these candles a few times and I just cannot get enough. They smell amazing and they look fabulous on a coffee table or counter space. I like to group them by three so this would be a perfect gift if you're looking to spend around $50. They are also great alone if you're looking for a good stocking stuffer. 

His & Her Slippers: In the winter, my feet are ALWAYS cold so I love having a house slipper to wear around my home. I also like to bring them to other people's houses when I take my shoes off! And of course, Brian likes to copy me so he just bought himself a pair of slippers to wear around the house too! All of these pairs are from DSW and they're having a promotion right now: $10 off $49 using code GOGREEN.

For the traveler:

Jackery Portable Charger:  Alright, so I can tell you that I own four different portable chargers- yes FOUR! This one has to be my favorite one because it lasts a long time (probably get about 4-5 charges to it) AND it is light/portable enough to fit in a small purse or pocket. My other chargers don't last nearly this long but if they do, they're too heavy to carry around all day. It also doubles as a flashlight- never know when you may need one! This one is only $18 right now on Amazon!

Happy Plugs Wireless Earbud Plus Bluetooth Headphones: I was very skeptical to join the bluetooth headphone club, call me old fashioned- but these headphones are AWESOME! For the price, they have excellent sound quality and they are very easy to pair with any device. They also come in quite a few colors- so they're perfect for EVERYONE! The price depends on the color you select but they are all under $30. 

For the one who likes to treat themselves:

Carbonated Bubble Clay Mask: My friend Kelly just bought me this for my birthday after I saw her post about it, it's safe to say- I'M OBSESSED! I'm such a sucker for Korean skincare products. It is a bubble mud mask that provides pore cleaning and black head removal. Whenever I do a face mask, Brian always likes to join in on the fun too- face masks are for everybody! This one is also very fun to apply. Your snapchat friends with thank you! Cashing in under $10, it makes the perfect gift or stocking stuffer. If you're still not sold, check out this article from the Today Show about it!

Sephora Gift Set: If you haven't already seen it, Sephora just launched their Holiday Gift Finder. It sorts by who you're shopping for & price- so awesome! I've linked a few of my favorite gift sets for him & her, something for everyone. They are also a great value because they include products that would be way more expensive if you were to buy them all together. 

For the one who has everything:

Knock Knock Fill In Journal: These books are PERFECT for the sentimental people in your life that appreciate the thoughtful gifts. Simply fill in the blanks of this diminutive volume and voilà: it becomes a personalized gift your fam will read again and again; make it as playful, prideful, or poetic as you please! Brian bought me the "What I Love About Us" book for my birthday and it was by far my favorite gift. Coming in under $15, depending on the one you choose- you can't go wrong. Perfect for your significant other, mom, grandma, sister, dad, teacher, friend- the list goes on and on! 

Happy Socks: you can never really go wrong with socks: everyone needs them and everyone rarely buys them for themselves! Loving this set for the festive season with this Holiday Socks Gift Box. This collection of seasonal favorites makes a perfect present for that stylish someone in your life. Happy Socks are my favorite because they're unisex too- offering every design in unisex sizing! 

Are you loving this gift guide? Tell me what you liked and what you want to see more of in the comments below. Happy Shopping!