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NO clue why I’m in such a rush, but I’ve been thinking about fall fashion HEAVILY lately. I’ve been browsing through 80s NYC street style photos from famed photographer Jamel Shabazz (I’m even going to his exhibit at the Studio Museum—thanks to Monroe Steele‘s Harlem Guide post) and getting SUPER inspired for my fall wardrobe. If I had to summarize my fall style aesthetic in a few words, it would be “I don’t really have much money right now, but I’m still gonna be outchea.”
So many amazing things happen once you hit south of 30: you start to care less and less about what other people think, your confidence levels soar, you feel more secure in your adulthood. But some other things happen that may not be so amazing: facial hair, BILLS, and ohmygoodness ACHES and PAINS. Every morning I wake up and cringe in the bed for like two minutes thinking of what’s going to ache today. Perhaps it’s just me because I also got injured in an accident in my 20s, but my goodness why must things hurt so often…lol.
I absolutely LOVE this time of year as I’m sure you can tell with all the holiday posts I’ve been putting up. If you missed my other gift guides, holiday outfit ideas, holiday makeup tutorials, and more, check it out here.
It’s that time of year where your friends and family will be having holiday get-togethers and you certainly don’t want to show up empty-handed. But at the same time, you also don’t want to kill your entire holiday budget. I totally get it. Thankfully you can give fab, thoughtful gifts that won’t break the bank. Here’s a few of my ideas for fab and affordable hostess gift ideas!
So here’s the thing about this guide: I put it together with myself in mind. I’m someone who year-round likes to know what the latest in beauty is to add to my stash. I might be what some may call a fiend. Then there’s a twist though—by virtue of what I currently do for a living (write about beauty and fashion), I also have a lot of beauty sent to me. So someone getting me beauty gifts for Christmas is kind of like giving an enthusiastic welder a—um, hmm—well, a welding kit. It’s like, yeah the welder loves welding, but sheesh—maybe mix it up a bit for the holiday gifts?
Think you have to spend a ton to make a great impression with your holiday gifts? Nah, kid. You can give some amazing gifts without having to give up on your budget and I’ll show you how. Everything in this entire post (even the grouping of gifts) are $20 or LESS. Yasssss