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Affordable Holiday Party Must Haves, all under $75!



Tis the season¬†for fabulous fashion, while the price on clothes and shoes continue to rise, the trends in fashion changes¬†in the blink of an eye.¬†There are easy ways to update the wardrobe, so you are a hit at all those holiday parties.¬† Accessories are the go too for a quick and easy update for any event, I’m going to show you some simple steps to incorporate this season’s must have hues, textures, patterns, and all little black dress approved.

Rose Quartz and Metallic










La Regale Quilted Mesh Bow Clutch $42.99

A Clutch is essential for any wardrobe, it’s small enough to keep all the necessities and still make a huge fashion impact. Metallic tones¬†¬†go hand in hand with the holiday season, but this year Rose Quartz tones have been showing up on everything from couture fashions, to coffee cups and even classy chic inspired trash cans. The structured silhouette and mesh textured exterior adds glam to any outfit.

where to purchase  http://www1.macys.com/shop/product/la-regale-quilted-mesh-bow-clutch?ID=2401314&PartnerID=LINKSHARE&cm_mmc=LINKSHARE-_-1-_-8-_-MP18&cm_mmc=Polyvore-_-n_-n-_-n













ASOS Oversized Scarf In Dark Green Jewel Fur $72

An oversized fur scarf is often associated during the old Hollywood era, often around the shoulders of chic and sophisticated actresses and the trend remains till this day. This year is very special, because we are now seeing furs in beautiful jewel tone hues such as sapphire, garnet and emerald.  This would be the ideal statement piece on those chilly nights.

where to purchase  http://www.polyvore.com/cgi/shop?query=green+fur+scarf&.search_src=masthead_search





PANDORA Sterling Silver & Cubic Zironia Majestic Feathers
Animal print is a trend that has been around for several years, but this year there is anew spin on things. Instead of the traditional leopard or zebra prints, there is a new emphasis on the silhouette of other animalistic attributes such horns and feathers. These gorgeous feather earrings are sure to add the glam to any holiday outfit.







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December 11, 2015 · 8:23 pm

Home made Holiday Gifts


Continuing my affordable holiday ideas, Christmas gift shopping can be quite stressful and I’m here to offer you some great and budget friendly gift ideas to help you out this holiday gift season.¬† Gift shopping can cause a huge amount of anxiety and there are so much to consider when¬†trying to¬†find the¬†right gift for the right person.¬†For example, what do you get a co-worker, or the person you have been dating for just a few months, or for your neighbor, your kid’s teacher or your mailman? In the pass few years holiday food gifts have become more popular, not only can they be affordable, but the taught behind taking the time to put together something special for the special people in your life is a great thing as well. Here are a few ideas to help you out this holiday season.

Mason Jar Gifts


Mason Jar Hot Cocoa Mix – Mason Jars are the perfect way to put an array of ingredients together in a fun, creative way, and the mason jar doubles as a cup, can be reused. To top it all off, who doesn’t love hot chocolate during the holidays!

Peppermint Hot Chocolate

yield – 1


1  8oz Mason Jar
¬ľ cup powdered milk
¬Ĺ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
¬Ĺ cup sugar
¬Ĺ cup chocolate chips
¬Ĺ cup candy cane, crushed

For More Great Mason Jae Hot Cocoa Recipes Check out The Domestic Geek’s Video below.

Once your jars are filled with all the delicious goodies, you can customize the jars with a tag, decorative letter stamps and festive string.

And for the more extravagant foodie in your life try this recipe

Rosemary, Ginger and Grapefruit simple syrup

yield – 5


5   8oz. Mason Jars

3   cups sugar

 2  cups water

 1   cup freshly squeezed grapefruit juice, strained

 5   2-inch-long slices peeled fresh ginger

 12  sprigs fresh rosemary

6    2-inch strips grapefruit zest


In a large saucepan, combine the sugar, water, and grapefruit juice and stir over medium-high heat until the sugar is completely dissolved, 5 minutes. Gently bruise the ginger and rosemary with the back of a spoon to release some of their oils. Add them to the pot along with the grapefruit zest.

Lower heat to medium and let cook for 5 minutes; do not boil. Remove from heat and let cool for 30 minutes. Cover and refrigerate overnight.

Divide the ginger slices, rosemary sprigs, and grapefruit peel evenly among five 6-ounce Mason jars and fill with the syrup.Store in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.

For more holiday fun add 3 ounces of dry gin and 3 ounces of the rosemary,ginger and grapefruit syrup and 1/2 the juice for a lime for a quick and easy holiday cocktail.  As a bonus, rim the glass with pink salt, garnish with a grape fruit wedge and a sprig of rosemary.



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Happy Home Made Holidays!


The holidays are a greatest time of year, and also the greatest time of the year to be broke. Between all the holiday spending, gift shopping, home décor and grocery shopping, the holiday budget can go out the window. The holidays are a great time to get your creative juices flowing with some DIY- Do It Yourself projects and there are plenty of great ideas that can be simple, affordable and look amazing.

Do It Yourself Holiday Table Setting

The one thing that I absolutely love about DIY projects, especially center piece projects is the ability to have them be disposable.  I live in a two bed-room New York City apartment and I can never find the room to store ANYTHING! I find that the easiest way to create a great looking centerpiece for the table that will please and excite your guests, is to incorporate everyday items that you use all year round, but to repurpose them using a holiday twist.  Another great tip is to take advantage of all the freebies that nature has to offer, by bringing the outdoors in, you can add a element of cozy comfort to your surroundings, especially if the weather is indeed cold outside!

Pine Cones Glamour!


Pine cones are incredibly versatile, and they smell amazing. Pine cones are generally associated with Christmas, and no wonder, they do bear a striking resemblance to a Christmas tree. Because of their various shapes and sizes, pinecones make an excellent edition to your holiday centerpiece. On top of being every holiday décor MVP, pinecones are  easily obtained or purchased, you can take a walk outside or foraging  in your neighborhood park (make sure and wash them and let air dry if your using this route) or buying them from your local arts and crafts store. After getting the pinecones, all you will need is a glue gun and little candle holders, pots or bowls, shot glasses, glue the bottom of the pine cone and hold in place for 5-10 seconds. Once the pinecone is secure, you can add a little star for an added touch, or leave alone. There are also a variety of things you can do the customize your pine cones such as spray painting or adding some fake snow for an added Christmas touch.

Classy Cranberries!


This is a great way to make use of all the glassware that may locked away in cabinets, with the simple addition of a cranberry bush stem and a few tea lights can really make a chic and classy statement to your table center piece.¬†¬†One trick when submerging items such as flowers or various greenery in water, is that because of the bending of light beneath the water’s surface, objects appear to be bigger than they actually are.¬† Try adding a few drops of essential oil to the water such as peppermint, and add a tea light, this is fill the house with a wonderful aroma. Try this with different ideas such as whole acorns or loose cranberries.

Captivating Cinnamon


This has to be one of my favorite projects can I do it every year in my household. I love the smell of cinnamon and it just warms me up from the inside out.  Candles are run very high in cost, but they can be very affordable as well. This project is incredibly easy, and it tastes a few minutes of your time and a few materials. Whole Cinnamon sticks can be purchased from any supermarket or big chain wholesaler. Place the cinnamon sticks around your candles and secure with a colorful ribbon or garland, have fun with this and make it your own unique creation.

Remember, the holidays are about spending time together with friends, loved ones and family. Try out these DIY’s or try them all and make your very own creative, affordable, budget friendly table scape that is sure to impress.

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