Let’s start from the beginning, shall we?
I hope you and your loved ones are enjoying the holidays, staying safe, and taking advantage of all the warm fuzzies that are shared during this time of year.
Much love from my family to yours!
Will and I hopped on a plane to New York City Saturday night and have been thoroughly enjoying our time here! I’ve only been to the city once, so I wanted to pack in as many touristy things as possible.
Be on the lookout for a post in January all about my trip! For now, here’s a very blurry picture of me (age 15) of my first time visiting New York:
I try to do my holiday shopping year-round. I work a lot during the summer and tend to have a little extra money then, so for me that’s the ideal time to start getting Christmas presents. Another factor is the timing of University tests. Final exams happen right before Christmas and buying presents is the last thing I want to do after two weeks of exams. So not only am I short on money come December, I’m also short a few hundred brain cells and some patience (haha).
After two and a half years of college, I think I’ve got this Christmas shopping thing down pat. Here are my tips:
Make a list of everyone you need to buy presents for and brainstorm what you think they’d like. Keep this list with you (I save mine on Google Drive) so that when you’re passing a sale rack or have a coupon you know exactly what people might want.
Make an overall budget and a budget for each person.
Scout sales as early as possible. Nordstrom has their super discounted anniversary sale each fall. Macy’s has a half yearly sale. Lots of places have similar annual sales, you just have to scope them out.
Clearance bins are your friend. No one has to know you bought that super cute waffle knit sweater for 75% off. A brand new gift is a brand new gift after all, right?
Student discounts. There are more out there than you think. Here’s a list.
Happy gift giving!
It’s no secret that I wear glasses. I got my first pair in sixth grade, and since then I’ve learned that glasses, like makeup and hair, can subtly influence your overall image while also being an integral part of your personality.
I love the of the glasses from Warby Parker. A lot of their frames (with the prescription lenses) are under $100!
I am so excited to announce their newest collection, Resort! The Resort Collection mixes rich acetates with hints of metal inlays and glimmering metallics. The unique outlines, delicate textures, and pops of glossy metal give the glasses a luxurious, high end feel.
I’m a sucker for a good tortoiseshell, and these frames are my absolute favorite! You can shop the rest of the prescription eyeglasses on their website, which you can find by clicking here.
The sunglasses in the Resort Collection are all so different that I can’t pick a favorite. I want them all! The Cleo sunglasses, the first photo shown below, remind me of a classic 1950’s beachgoer. On the other hand, the Wyatt sunglasses are more NYC edgy-chic. The classic gold is subtle, giving the accents a “for your eyes only” feel, but striking enough to get everyone talking. Shop the rest of their sunglasses on their website by clicking here.
While Thanksgiving isn’t one of my favorite holidays, I’ve always loved the idea of bringing all your family and friends together for a meal (or a flag football game). As the fall semester of my junior year of college draws to a close I am finding more and more things to be thankful for.
I am thankful for…
My wonderful, supportive family
All my friends, old and new
The opportunities I’ve been given at the University of Georgia
My cat, Chocolate, and my dogs, Boo and Blue
Books, and the authors and editors that make them possible
The mentors I’ve had throughout college that are helping me figure my life out one baby step at a time, haha
What are you thankful for this Thanksgiving?