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I’ve been pretty equally split this year buying Christmas presents from department stores and small businesses (mostly Etsy), and honestly I’m the most excited about the small shopping I’ve done. Not only because the gifts are personalized and unique, but also I’m proud to support small and local businesses, and wanted to highlight a few women I know personally IRL who have hustles and heart. Consider shopping with them this holiday season because you’ll be supporting a woman making moves for herself, and often her family.

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Brittneigh: Limelight by Alcone

 I’m a Beauty Guide for Limelight by Alcone. We’re a Chemical Free professional grade cosmetic and an all natural skincare line! To sum it up, we bring What the professionals use straight to your home! 

Our Holiday Lip Ornament is my go too gift this season which includes a mini Enduring Lip Color which goes on creamy, dries matte, and can last between 6-8 hours! And also a mini lip gloss which has a super cute blingy applicator and pairs perfectly with our Enduring Lip Color. Perfect stocking stuffer or gift for the holidays for only $24! 


Olivia: Crimson Treasures

My business Crimson Treasures is just my idea of interesting handmade jewelry that I myself would wear. I like quirky and out of the box things so I try to make my pieces very unique. My pieces also all include crystals that have unique healing properties which adds to the quirkiness. Crystals have always been a big part of my life and I love to use them in every piece that I make.

The only recommendation that I have for other women owned businesses is just to do what you feel is right. Make and produce things that you love and never change for anyone. You created your business for a reason and you need to stick to it. Also, have fun!

My favorite product is this rainbow titanium aura quartz necklace. I love rainbows and these crystals are just amazing with their colors. 


Julie: Mary Kay

I started my Mary Kay business 4 years ago. I used Mary Kay makeup prior and liked the quality of the products. It wasn’t until I became a consultant that I started using the Timewise Miracle Set skincare line.

My favorite pamper my skincare gift bundle is the Mix & Mask, it is a Hot new multimasking trend!

You use different Mary Kay masks to target different areas of your face and address specific skin needs all at once. 

The bundle includes:

  • Clear Proof Deep-Cleansing Charcoal Mask: This triple-action charcoal mask deeply cleanses skin and helps clear the way to beautiful, clearer-looking skin.
  • Timewise Moisture Renewing Gel Mask: Instantly hydrates, locks in moisture, de-stresses, purifies, nourishes, calms, firms, smooths, softens and minimizes pores.

If you’d like to purchase from Julie, please contact her via her Facebook!


Erica: Stella & Dot

I’m a stylist with Stella & Dot! I absolutely love helping others to have fun with accessories and find amazing style-even on a budget! Reach out with any and all styling needs!

This Rosé all day gift set is a chic and affordable holiday treat! Featuring best-selling luxe studs and the perfect pouch to pair it with.

 


After Christmas, I’ll highlight where and what I got from small businesses, but I don’t want to accidentally give away any surprises. What’s your favorite way to shop small?

Don’t forget you can also shop small from ME on my Etsy & Zazzle shops!

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Thanksgiving is right around the corning, kicking off the holiday season. On our schedule, Kendall and I have a wedding that Saturday, one of my bridal showers, my office holiday party, Christmas, and New Year’s Eve. That’s at least five festive looks that need to be accompanied by some holiday frosting. Bling girls, glitter.

Besides my birthday, this is the time of year that is officially sparkle season, but that doesn’t mean you have to break the bank. My advice for holiday style on a budget- start with a black velvet dress and stock up on fun accessories to change the look so you can wear it at least twice for the season. The same black dress is going to look totally different with heels vs boots and a cardi vs a leather jacket, depending on the occasion.

I’ve been especially into statement earrings recently, which look super pretty with up-dos for those fancier occasions. I wouldn’t really chunk a big necklace with big earrings or a big bracelet with a big ring. Too much bling all in one place can look overdone, but if that’s what you’re going for you do you boo!

What’s your favorite accessory for the holidays?

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When you’re dressing yourself up ready to go out, a lot of us often overlook the small things that make our appearance what it is. We concentrate on the big things like our clothes and our hair and forget about the other small things that can make or break a look! That being said, you need to know what you should be paying attention to that isn’t one of the focal points of your outfit.

Lips

Your lips are what people are going to be looking at half of the time when you’re talking, the other half will be your eyes, so you’re going to want to get this right! It’s something that people will notice but it’s a subliminal recognition, meaning that people aren’t going to be able to pinpoint what it is about you that makes you look good! But what lipstick are you going to buy? Well, it has to match what you’re wearing so you’re going to want to buy loads of different ones. Luckily websites like maccosmetics.com exist to fulfill all of your lipstick needs, so go and have a browse!

 

Nails

Your nails are important to finishing off the look for your hands. Your hands are not a focal point at all, but your nails are the most important part of it and so they have to match the rest of your outfit! If your nails are lacking then it’s going to look out of place and will therefore draw attention to it, ruining your look. But if they are inline with your look then you’re not going to have to worry

about it. You can buy nail art designs from websites like http://www.msmee.com/, all you have to do is decide which one is going to fit you the best!

Jewelry

Probably the biggest risk in getting yourself ready is choosing the wrong jewelry to wear. Jewelry has to go with your outfit because it’s a very big and bold statement as everyone can see it. Just like with your nails, if it doesn’t suit your look then everyone is going to see it and it’s going to ruin the look. However if you wear the right one for your outfit then you’re going to be radiant all night!

As long as you take all of these small things into account, you’re going to absolutely smash your outfit. Your lipstick is going to match the rest of your makeup and your outfit too so everything looks like it’s running in sync, your nails are going to be perfect too and won’t draw any attention to them that it doesn’t need to and your jewelry is going to fit what you’re wearing so you just can’t go wrong! The only thing you’ve got to make sure of is that you like the feel of the look you’re going for because there’s nothing worse than not liking the way you look. There is one look that everyone can rock though, and that’s the natural look, so read this to find out how to nail it and show off your true beauty!

 

 

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I have been talking about my wedding since… well probably since I could talk. It’s always been navy, always been yellow, and it used to have blush as an accent color. Not much has changed about the overall look that I wanted- clean, crisp, not overdone, not stuffy- but a few things are really just not for me anymore.

First of all, I used to imagine all my bridesmaids in yellow babydoll dress and cowgirl boots. I’m not really sure what I was thinking with that one because yellow is such a hard color to get right for folks skin tones and my girls are all over the map with that. I’ve also always wanted a city wedding so I’m not knocking the boots (I LOVE my boots) but it wouldn’t work.

Then, I’d dream of getting married at the National Cathedral. I even wrote them an email explaining why before I went away to college. For those of you who don’t know, you have to fall into certain specifications that include going to one of their schools, working there, or donating a certain amount. While technically I didn’t go to a Cathedral school, my school, St. Andrew’s, was highly connected to the Cathedral as a DC area Episcopalian school. We started our year with a service there and that’s also where we graduate from. I was also confirmed there and my children’s choir sang there. It’s one of my favorite places in the city. However, Kendall and I went to a Sunday service there and it just didn’t give us the warm fuzzies. There’s also and issue of size- our wedding is too big for a chapel, too small for the knave (the main church). So we’re looking to get married at a more regular-sized Episcopal church in the city.

The last bit that’s really changed for me is that I’ve upgraded from blush accents to rose gold. (If you’re looking to learn a bit more about this gorgeous metal, Sahra did a great post.) My engagement ring is rose gold and, honestly, we started really going rose gold for the wedding when I was looking at invitations and Kendall told me I needed something more shimmery (to match my personality, God love him). Enter Minted with their foil-pressed wedding invitations. While we’re not doing everything rose gold, we are using it as our accent instead of blush. I’m also not sharing anything that I personally have picked because I want to surprise my guests and, in some cases, Kendall, these are all pieces I considered and love.

Josephine Wedding Invitations||Thrilling Placecards||Thrilling Table Numbers||Rose Gold Bridal Sash||Rose Gold Bridal Bouquet||Sequined Alana Dress||Rose Gold jewelry Set||Step in the Right Expression Vegan Heel||Ted Baker London Glitter Bow Clutch – Metallic

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As you’re probably already aware, there are a lot of people out there who don’t feel very confident about the way they look at the moment. It may be a deep-seated thing that really damages their self-esteem, or it may be something much simpler. In any case, trying out something new can be a pretty attractive thing to do – but it can also be a little daunting!

When people start thinking along these lines, the word “makeover” often comes to mind. But when people think about makeovers, they usually think of something quite extreme. They imagine those reality shows where someone looks completely different at the end of the hour-long program.

Of course, how far people want to take a change in their look can depends quite a lot of what their level of confidence is. People often start thinking about makeovers because someone else has said something about their appearance that wasn’t very kind.

So the first thing you should probably ask yourself is why you want a change in style. Is it just because someone else has said something unkind about what you look like? If you like your style, then you shouldn’t be discouraged just because of them. A change in style should only occur if you really want it to. (Although it could be argued that you should do it if your current style isn’t going to land you your dream job, or something like that!)

Perhaps the simplest ways in which people change their style is by reviewing the sort of clothing they usually wear. Do you tend to stick to the same kind of color scheme all the time? It’s worth seeing if you would fit any other colors. In any case, you could consider giving a wardrobe a ‘purge’. If there’s anything you feel you don’t want to wear anymore, consider packing them away or even giving them to charity. (Or a friend who’s always been envious of your wardrobe!) This will help you make room for some new purchases.

Remember, though, that a change in style doesn’t always necessitate changing your outfit styles. In fact, a lot of people avoid this simply because it’s the most expensive way to change your style, even if it seems like the simplest, at first. One thing you should consider that’s even easier is changing up your accessories – or adding some if you don’t have any already! Jewellery is probably the simplest and most effective. Bags are often recommended, but you’re not always going to be using bags when you’re out and about, so they won’t always signify your style the way you want them to!

One accessory to which you should give some thought is glasses. Of course, to most people, glasses aren’t exactly an accessory – glasses are something they need! Still, thinking about them like accessories can help you decide how they will fit in with a style change. Perhaps you want to look into getting a new pair, or maybe eschewing glasses altogether by getting some contact lenses. Heck, maybe you don’t wear glasses but think they would look good with your new look. In that case, consider looking into some clear-lens glasses. Most places that sell glasses will do them, but they’re much easier to find and buy online. (Be careful, though; you can’t exactly try them on first if you do it that way!)

Perhaps the biggest and scariest thing to commit to when it comes to style changes is a new haircut. After all, it’s not exactly something you can just put on and take off! A lot of people feel like they want to change their hair up a bit, but they’re unsure of what they should get or whether it would look good. If you’re in such a position, you should consider going to a costume shop and trying on some wigs. Seriously. It may sound odd but this really can be the best way to ‘trial’ a hairstyle before making a commitment! When people think of wigs in costume shops, they usually think of the sort of comic and impossible hairstyles you see at fancy dress parties, but there are plenty of sensible and ‘realistic’ wigs out there that emulate hairstyles that are actually feasible! This could be an effective way of making sure a given hairstyle would look good on you before you head to a hairdresser and let them approach your do!

Remember: trying to change up your style is admirable, but you shouldn’t let it take over your life. You can make stylistic changes gradually, instead of shocking everyone you know by approaching them with a completely new look!

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