If your schedule is anything like mine these next few weeks, it’s filled to the brim with holiday season fun. Here’s what I have planned thus far:
Wednesday: holiday shopping event, hosted by my friend Whitney.
Thursday: my company’s casual holiday party.
Friday: holiday dinner with friends.
Saturday: my annual holiday party / my first holiday party at my new house.
And that’s just the next five days. Next week is even worse (read: every night).
But really, all of that is nothing. In years past, I’ve been a +1 to many a friend’s office holiday party – sometimes packing as many as five fiestas into a two-week period. And in college it was even worse with all of the formals and date parties. It’s a wonder I studied at all.
Basically all of that is to say I now really have figuring out what to wear to an office holiday party nailed down pat. And I’m going to share my Jedi-level holiday attire wisdom with all of you today. Get excited.
Oh and PS all of my looks can be found at Nordstrom. So if you have a holiday party this week, go ahead and click to order online as you can just pick it up in store!
So I have a little surprise for y’all. In addition to telling you where to shop online for Black Friday and Cyber Monday (aka all of the Cyber Week sales), I also picked out my fav gifts of the season. These gifts are not only broken up by each retailer, but they’re also in my annual Holiday Guide!
That’s right, friends: it’s live! ICYMI on my Instagram/Instagram Stories/the Facebook Announcement, my Holiday Guide is live and even bigger and better than last year’s guide! It includes over 100 of my favorite gifts of the holiday season, as well as nearly 100 items for you to buy yourself! Treat yo’ self 2018.
If at any time you want to find the Holiday Guide, click the Holiday dropdown in my navigation bar. The guide will also be at the bottom of ALL POSTS published between now and New Year’s Eve. And that includes today’s post. Obviously. So get excited.
First off, thank you to all who reached out and commented on my voting post. I’m so happy so many of you found it informative. While the election didn’t necessarily have the results I particularly desired, one amazing result is definitely worth noting:
Women absolutely killed it this year.
As I’m sure you know by now, we elected a record high number of women this year. Female representatives and governors abound – many of whom are minorities. As these women represent both sides of the aisle, this is a bipartisan accomplishment. And, as somebody who considers herself a feminist and desires to see more women in the workplace and in positions of power, I think it is all totally awesome.
Oh and PS I know you’re all dying to see the new hair, but you’re gonna have to wait till later today/tomorrow. Or you can just pop over to my Instagram and check it out there. Up to you, boo.
Which brings me to the topic for this post: my workday morning routine. As somebody who is so not a morning person, creating this routine – the bulk of which occurs before 8AM – has been really challenging for me. There are still days during which I struggle to wake up in time, skip my workout, or forget to eat breakfast… But I’m getting more consistent each and every week at my workday morning routine.
Okay. I’m only 12 hours behind schedule. No big deal.
In case you haven’t been on Instagram at all today, today marks the beginning of the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale. That’s right, friends: if you’re a Nordstrom cardholder, you can now shop the sale via Early Access. If you’re not a cardholder, don’t fret: you’ll be able to shop the sale starting on July 20th! (just make sure you bookmark this post so you can refer to it later!)
I spent the majority of yesterday shopping the sale early and photographing all of my purchases to share with y’all over the coming weeks. And then today has been filled with me attempting to balance back-to-back appointments with one of the busiest shopping days of the year. To help y’all out, I went through every single page of the sale and saved everything I think you should buy in the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale (or at least consider) so y’all can shop it on your own time in the coming weeks.
I hope y’all had a wonderful Valentine’s Day. I celebrated the holiday with one of my best friends. And our holiday went from not-so-glam to super glam. We had take-out Crisp salads for dinner and then we went to Dallas Opera’s The Ring of Polykrates + Korngold’s Violin Concerto in D major. It was the perfect production for Valentine’s Day. I had never heard of this opera before, but it was absolutely delightful. And adorable.
As we were getting ready for the opera and getting the lettuce out of our teeth (glamorous, I know), I started thinking about what I would post today. And then I took a look at my counter and realized I use the same products every time I need to get glam. It’s seriously almost mechanical. I go to so many events that it now takes me less than 20 minutes to go from fresh-faced to fancy AF.
So, I thought it about time I share all of the products in that routine with y’all… as well as the best dupes to help you get glam on a budget. All of my budget-friendly picks are under $15 and almost all of my non-budget-friendly picks are still under $50.