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GIFT GUIDE FOR HIM - DAD, FIL, HUSBAND, BROTHER, BIL, FRIEND AND ALL

Honestly speaking, I had the hardest time putting together this GIFT GUIDE FOR HIM. For what I thought would be an easy ten minute clothes, shoes and a couple electronics in the mix kind of thing, turned out be the most taxing one cuz girl " I don't get the language of electronics!" There are myriad of electronics and gadgets in an array of colors, sizes, models, and what not: it was brain-wracking.

So, I had to ask Hubs to step in and help me narrow down the top of the line gifts for HIM.... not literally though- wink wink!




GIFT GUIDE FOR HER - THE HOSTESS WITH THE MOSTESS

This is the time for gifting and merry-making and I always look forward to this time of the year. Not cuz I love receiving gifts, well to some extent ( wink-wink), but mostly cuz I love to put together gift-guides, share gift-giving ideas,  gift wrap and then post-Christmas sale shopping- everything  gets me so pumped.

While this is the most exciting time of the year, it can be stressful and overwhelming. The pressure of finding the right gift for all your loved ones can be daunting. But stress less, I am here and I am taking some stress off your shoulders with my easy to shop gift-guides ( just click on the photos below the text ).  Gift cards are an easy route in that direction but a gift is always special and thoughtful.

My first gift-guide is for the "Hostess with the Mostess", for the home-maker who loves to decorate, organize, entertain, nurture aka someone like myself... no kidding. There are gifts that she could use for herself, for the house and for everything in between.

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THE NEWEST BRAND IN MY CLOSET - STYLE SWAP TUESDAYS LINK UP

If you follow me on Instagram, you would have seen these two looks on continuous rotation. A couple months ago I collaborated with HappyXNature for a sweepstake, they sent me a few clothing items to feature in my posts and I have been hooked ever since then.

In case you weren't aware- Kate Hudson owns this clothing line. Happy X Nature strives to use repurposed, recycled material to create clothing that has the least impact on non-renewable resources. Keeping it organic and as close to the nature is the primary objective of this sustainable-living clothing line. Using airy cotton voiles, earthy laundered cottons and cotton flax mixed with organic and recycled fabrics is their expertise. There is no throw-away paper or plastic in their production line. Even the tags that they use is fabric and their shipping bags are bio-degradable and will decompose in 12-18 months.

In terms of the fit and style, the happyXnature clothing is pretty trendy. They have a wide range of items, varying from tops to bottoms to coats and sweaters. Can I point to those bold shoulder pads on the blue dressThe dress is partially made from recycled plastic bottles and you wouldn't have known had I not mentioned it. The brown velvet dress is my new favorite- it is warm, fashionably-chic and the statement bow that can be alternately used as a waist-sash is a stunner. As for the fit their clothing runs a bit large, so size down. For your reference, I am wearing a size XS in both the dresses. 

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BROWN dress, BLUE Dress c/o HappyxNature 






FIVE REASONS YOU SHOULD SHOP CYBER MONDAY THIS YEAR

Cyber Monday is the first Monday right after Thanksgiving- think of it as the online sales equivalent of Black Friday. Just as the numerous brick and mortar stores offer discounts on Black Friday, the online retailers offer discounts on Cyber Monday. Unlike Black Friday, Cyber Monday is not considered a holiday but owing to the long weekend of Thanksgiving, it is generally slow and as good as a holiday.

It wasn't until 2005 when the Monday following Thanksgiving was christened as Cyber Monday by Shop.org . Since then it has become a major and second most popular shopping event that shoppers look forward to each year. But in the last couple years online shopping has generally become popular, people prefer shopping from the comfort of their homes even on Black Friday making BF as comparable to CM.

This year Cyber Monday started a day early and I've already done the needful. While this online shopping event may have lost some charm, it still continues to be a favorite and I've rounded up a few reasons why you should shop Cyber Monday this year.

1) It is the biggest shopping day of the year

Despite the recent change in shopper's preference to skip the store crowds on Black Friday and shop online, the statistics show that 90% of the retailers partake Cyber Monday sale which surpasses the number participating Black Friday.

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BLACK FRIDAY / CYBER MONDAY SALES

Happy Thanksgiving Eve! 

It's the time of the year again when all your shopping guns are out and you leave no bullet unfired to get the most of the sales happening. The retailers kickstarted their Black Friday sales early this year and this momma couldn't be more excited, cuz this year my list is small and I exactly know what I need to buy. 

While, I am targeting to shop the sales later tonight, you guys enjoy the turkey dinner prep and when it's time to hit the sale racks, swing by for a quick roundup of some of the online and in-store sales happening at your favorite retailers. 


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HOW TO STYLE NAVY AND BLACK - STYLE SWAP TUESDAYS ( link up )

Fashion is ever-evolving, making it nearly impossible and financially expensive to follow every fashion rule in the book. Some rules you should follow for your own sartorial good, but others are definitely meant to be broken, coz you don't even know who made these rules in the first place... so why follow them blindly??? How about we debunk the top five fashion myths today and call it a day !!

1) NO WHITE AFTER LABOR DAY- whoever coined this fashion rule definitely needs a timeout....lol! There is nothing more soothing and captivating than wearing white in fall and winter. A crisp white knit sweater, a white mink coat....ooooo, I am loving the idea of winter white. Instead of " no white after labor day " rule, the rule should be  " no white linen and no white cotton after labor day "! What say? 

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C/o HAPPYxNATURE sweater ( buy same )  // WHBM skirt // TIBI Caleb boots 





PALOMA COCKTAIL FOR YOUR HOLIDAY BRUNCH OR PARTIES

 A paloma cocktail is a tequila-based cocktail that is most commonly prepared by mixing tequila, lime and grapefruit or orange flavored soda. Usually some sugar is added to this drink to balance the tartness from the lime and grapefruit, but I made mine sugar-free and swapped it for Agave Nectar.

It is light, refreshing, super simple to make and the cranberry pick makes it so holiday-ish. The recipe calls for silver tequila, but I used golden and the drink was still a hit.

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A PUMPKIN AND FLORAL TABLESCAPE FOR THE HOLIDAYS - STYLE SWAP TUESDAYS

I am not a person who would buy black dinnerware but there was something about this Daphne high shine floral dinnerware, that I couldn't just pass it. I bought the dinner plate, the salad plate both plain and printed and a couple of soup bowls. The theme for my tablescape kind of originated from this dinnerware. I was aiming to get some glitz and glam with a dash of traditional in my tablescape for the holidays this year. 

The theme and color scheme is the hardest part of a tablescape, but once that has been locked in everything else just pans out. Since my theme was inspired from the floral design and high shine of the dinnerware, I had to add as much sparkle and shine as I could.

THE FLORAL ARRANGEMENT 

For the centerpiece, I picked out a bunch of peonies in shades of pink, some fresh tulips in a bright orange and a handful of Eucalyptus stems from my local Whole Foods. I could have spray painted the Eucalyptus copper for an extra pizzazz, but I didn't want to cover it's fresh smell with the odor of the paint. So, I skipped it. 

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DINNERWARE // COUPE glasses // PLACEMATS // NAPKINS // EUCALYPTUS garland // SPOONS