Thursday, December 7, 2017

holiday party ready (on a budget)

holiday party season has arrived.
every invite is seemingly accompanied
by an ever-growing price tag and shopping list.
whether you're attending a black-tie dinner or ugly 
sweater gathering, purchasing a different
outfit for each event is expensive.

if you're like me, wearing the same blouse
or dress to multiple parties sounds less than
ideal. how can you dress (and shop) 
during the holiday season while adhering
to your budget?

i have put together a few simple tips!
disclosure: a special thank you to value village for graciously providing
me with the gift certificate used to purchase items featured in this post. as per usual,
all opinions are my own!

mix and match!
your statement clutch or faux fur vest
can be paired with a variety of skirt, 
pant, or dress options. a black vest, for example,
can be worn with a sweater and pants (as i did
in today's post), or over your favorite
long-sleeved dress.

thrift, thrift, thrift!
shopping at department stores
and local boutiques is greatly enjoyable,
but often comes at a cost (a high cost, too).
thrifting is a wonderful and budget-friendly 
alternative. grab your girlfriends and hit
your local value village.

wear a non-traditional piece!
your black ruffle shorts, metallic skirt,
or office pants? not items that necessarily
denote 'holiday party.' however, 
these non-traditional pieces can be styled
in a way that looks and feels festive.
pair longer, ruffle (or printed) shorts with
a dressy blouse, or wear opaque tights
and a sweater with your metallic skirt.
you can also easily dress up (and make festive)
your work essentials, such as black
pants. add heels, a scarf or necktie, and
faux fur vest to instantly make your
pants look glam.
take advantage of holiday sales
(and don't be afraid to scour the clearance rack)!
if thrift shopping is not your favorite
(don't be afraid to try!), check the sale rack at
your favorite stores. seasonal tops, dresses, and shoes
are typically on sale, and many 
retailers will continue to mark down prices.
now may be the perfect time to purchase
classic, staple items (such as black 
heels or a faux leather jacket) at a reduced cost.
my outfit breakdown:
sweater (topshop thrifted) -- $10
faux fur vest (old, macy's) -- $40
pants (zara) -- $29
ring (thrifted) -- $2
heels (karen kane thrifted) -- $8
purse (target thrifted) -- $6
total -- $113 (the average dress costs
between $100-300 at most department stores)

is your calendar also filling up with
parties and other holiday-related events?
i love this time of year and enjoy
keeping busy. it's time to put together more
festive outfits #merrythriftmas

Monday, December 4, 2017

flashback: fall favorites

is anyone else trying to figure
out where 2017 went? how is it already
december? the holidays are upon us, and i feel
like we just celebrated the fourth of july!
i am ready to embrace december (and celebrate
the end of a great year) with all things festive:
a trip to westlake center, visiting snowflake lane,
sipping a peppermint mocha, decorating
my apartment, listening to christmas music, etc. etc. 

and with the holidays fast approaching,
i realized i am a bit behind with posts on this 
little blog #thestruggleisreal
i also have yet to begin christmas shopping,
but we will save that for a later post.
i wore this outfit a few months back,
before it was too chilly to wear a skirt sans tights.
however, i think tights and a cozy cream
jacket could easily be added to make this
look more 'weather-appropriate.'

my denim skirt was a spontaneous purchase
earlier this fall, and i have already worn
it countless times! it is a classic piece, 
and the medium wash seemingly matches
all of my blouses and sweaters.
are you ready for the holidays?
we decorated our tree last weekend, and
my company's christmas party is next weekend.
i cannot wait to celebrate. i am also
looking forward to visiting family, 
driving around the city to see christmas lights,
and of course, enjoying far too many delicious
christmas goodies!
^^^ these leopard-print booties are comfortable
and fun to style! ^^^

skirt: flirt boutique (located in pullman, wa),
sweater: urban outfitters (exact here), clutch: forever 21,
booties: thrifted via buffalo exchange,
bracelets and ring: target

happy monday, everyone!
i hope you have a wonderful week :)

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

your holiday gift guide from bartell drugs

the holidays are upon us, and it
is never too early to begin the somewhat daunting
task of finding those 'perfect' gifts. 
who are you shopping for this year? your mom,
dad, brother, or sister? spouse? friend?
extended family member? regardless of who is on your
holiday gift list, this gift basket (and all of the
festive, tasty, and adorable goodies inside) 
is seemingly perfect for anyone!

instead of scouring department stores
or the local grocer, my mom and i visited
bartell drugs. we were eager to find something
special for my aunt and uncle, our gracious
thanksgiving hosts. fortunately, we live
just over a mile from bartell drugs and were
able to forgo the crowds and black friday chaos
to complete our holiday shopping.

before our shopping trip, my mom and
i planned to curate a unique (and fun) gift basket
for my aunt and uncle, while also stocking up
on miscellaneous goodies for a neighborhood gift
exchange, secret santa games at work, and of 
course, a few delicious treats for our pantry. 
who can say 'no' to dark chocolate?
disclosure: a special thank you to bartell drugs for providing me with a gift
card used to purchase the items in this post. as per usual, all opinions are my own!

we may have been slightly over-zealous
when putting this basket together (it was heavy),
but we couldn't help ourselves! bartell drugs, a 
local, family-owned company, carries a variety of
washington-based brands, including food, 
beverages, beauty, and personal-care items.

in our basket, we included:
biscoffee shortbread cookies (espresso coffee)
hallmark 'thank you' cards
joes chocolates (in midnight coconut)
market spice tea (in cinnamon orange)
maury island farms jam (in strawberry rhubarb)
northpole throw blanket (in white)
snowman spatula
torch illumination candle (in blood orange)
uncle woody's popcorn (caramel corn)

as we walked up and down the (not-so-
crowded, and well-stocked) aisles, we pointed to 
different goodies and said 'oh, yes, this!' and 'oh, they 
would love that.' a few additional chocolate bars may or 
may not have ended up in our cart, too. 

when planning your holiday shopping, don't forget
about your local bartell drugs. in addition to 
carrying an assortment of home goods, 
pharmacy products, and other locally sourced items, 
bartell drugs is passionate about giving
back to our community. during the holiday season
(and throughout the year), they support and
contribute to our community at large by
partnering with organizations such as food lifeline,
school tools, teddy bear patrol, seattle's
union gospel mission, and more!

have you started your holiday shopping?
i have to admit, while i enjoy shopping for myself,
shopping for others is far more fun!