15 Holiday Gifts from $11 to $50

Happy Monday friends!

I know there are a lot of gift guides and lists floating around the internet, but I often feel like those lists are out of my price range. Is it just me?! Personally, I think it is much easier to find a gift I’m proud of when I feel like the sky is the limit. But, when I’m trying to stay within a certain price range, especially when picking out gifts for friends, coworkers or a Secret Santa, it can be hard to find a gift that is thoughtful, unique AND in your budget. So, I’ve decided to share some gift ideas that won’t break your bank.

  1. Tinder Nightmares, $11
  2. Cateye Tortoiseshell Sunglasses, $12
  3. Geometric Frame, $13
  4. Plaid Scarf, $20
  5. Tile Mate, $25
  6. Drop Earrings, $25
  7. Saddle Handbag, $27
  8. Faux Fur Blanket, $28
  9. Smokey Layered Tassel Necklace, $30
  10. Wood Salad Bowl, $30
  11. Yoga Mat Tote Bag, $30
  12. Totes Awesome Reversible Bag, $32
  13. Cozy Sweater, $45
  14. TOMS Slippers, $49
  15. Leather iPhone Case, $50

You will probably notice that a lot of these items are already on sale, which is always a plus for me when picking out gifts. I’d just double check that the websites selling these items don’t have new promotions or discount codes to use. This time of year promotions can change every 24 hours for stores.

If you are looking for an extra-special gift for someone who has a lot of things already, tickets for an activity with a loved one like a concert, football game or cooking class can be a fun and different gift. Making or baking gifts is also an easy way to stay in budget as well. I’d love to hear if you have any go-to affordable gifts or if you end up getting any of the gifts on my list.

Good luck with all the holiday shopping. Cheers!



Thanksgiving Adventures

My favorite holiday has ended and it’s Christmastime! But before I can go into full blown Christmas-mode, I need to reflect on how lovely Thanksgiving is. It’s my favorite holiday because there are no obligations other than being (and eating) with family and friends. There’s no stress of buying the right gift, staying in a certain budget or partaking in any part of the consumer world.. other than buying food!

Instead of thinking of the things we don’t have, we focus on the things we are thankful for. That focus on gratitude and things we have is so key to living a life of happiness because it helps us remain positive. This dose of gratitude seems perfectly timed to be right before Christmastime when we are inundated with advertisements and messages to buy things that will make our lives better.

In contrast, when I reflect each Thanksgiving on what I’m most Thankful for it is always the intangible things that can’t be bought – my supportive family and amazing friends! I have a feeling I’m not the only one who feels that way too. My goal is to keep that feeling of gratitude throughout the whole holiday season, so I can truly enjoy the holiday season and avoid comparing what I have to what others have. I know this is much easier said than done, so I’ll get off my soapbox for now and share some highlights from my Thanksgiving weekend.

This year, I did Thanksgiving a little different with my family. We went out to the mountains for a couple days with aunts, uncles, cousins and my 88-year-old grandfather. It was extra special to have family on my dad and mom’s side together, since it has been a long time since that has happened.

We drove through the Blue Ridge Mountains on Wednesday and had dinner at a tiny, local diner before we arrived at The Homestead. Located close to the West Virginia border in Hot Springs, Va., The Homestead is a beautiful hotel with historic charm and lots of outdoor activities. If you are in the DC area, it really makes for a great long weekend trip.

Once everyone arrived on Wednesday, we all had dinner together. On Thanksgiving Day, we went on a hike along a trail that followed several waterfalls. It was beautiful and the perfect activity to increase our appetite right before eating Thanksgiving dinner (read: piling our plates with turkey, dressing and mashed potatoes)!

While I missed being in the kitchen and helping cook, it was so refreshing to be outside in the country and away from the craziness of city life. After Thanksgiving with my family I was able to catch up with some high school friends over some delicious fried chicken at Hen Quarter in Alexandria’s Old Town, go on a lovely walk with Will and Maddie and do a little relaxing before Monday.

Did you have a good Turkey Day? What are you most thankful for this year? I always love hearing about how friends spend Thanksgiving because there are so many ways to enjoy the day and so many different traditions out there.

Cheers to the holiday season!



Cyber Monday Roundup 

Happy Monday! It may in fact be the happiest Monday out there for my fellow online shoppers. If, like me, you were traveling or too busy with family and friends over the weekend to partake in the Black Friday shopping discounts, then today is your day.

Below is a roundup of all the great Cyber Monday sales happening today and the code that will save you money. Some of the sales do restrict certain items, so you may want to read the fine print on the site you are shopping. Nevertheless, there are some great deals out there. 

AG: 30% off online and in-stores using code “AGTHIRTY”

Alex and Ani: 20% off your purchase

Aldo: Enjoy 20% regular styles plus 50% already reduced styles

Bath & Body Works: get an extra 25% off with code “CYBERWOAH”

Banana Republic: 50% off any five regular priced items in stores and online, with code “BRFIVE”

Bauble Bar: 25% off one item with code “SAVE25” and 35% off any 2+ items with code “SAVE35”
Club Monaco: Shop 25% off orders $150+, 30% off orders $250+, 35% off orders $400+, and 30% off sale, use code “THANKSAGAIN”

Current/Elliott: 25% off your purchase using code “THANKS”

DL1961: up to 50% off select styles

Dolce Vita: Shop discounts up to 60% off, plus an extra 20% off sale with code “CYBER20”

DUO: 30% off in stores and online using code “thanks8”, plus free shipping on all domestic orders.

Eberjey: 20% off with code “MERCI”

Equipment: 25% off with code “THANKS”

Frame: 10% off orders over $300, 15% off orders over $500, 20% off purchases over $750, and 25% off purchases over $1,000, plus additional marked-down styles

Furla: 20% off regular priced items and 50% off sale, all sales final

Guess: Up to 60% off and free shipping on all orders

J.Crew: 40% off your purchase and free shipping with code “MONDAY”

J.Crew Factory: 60% off everything (prices as marked), plus free shipping & extra 40% off clearance with code “HAPPYSALE”

Joe’s Jeans: 25% off with code “Cyber 25”

Joie: 25% off your purchase online and in-store (some exclusions apply) using code “THANKS”

Juju Active: 20% off all purchases

Kate Spade: 30% off with code “WIRED”

Kendra Scott: 15% off online and in-store

Loft: 50% off everything and free shipping

Love Adorned: 15% off your purchase with code “HOLIDAYLOVE”

Michael Stars: Shop 25% off using code “CYBER25”

Milly: Spend $250 get $50 off using code “MILLYMONEY50”, spend $400 get $100 off using code “MILLYMONEY100”, spend $650 get $200 off using code “MILLYMONEY200”

ModCloth: Enjoy 30% off site-wide with code “CYBER16”, plus free domestic shipping

New Balance: Enjoy 20% off site-wide

Nine West: Shop 50% all boots and booties, up to 50% off everything else, plus an extra 30% off orders over $125

Old Navy: 50% off, plus receive a free pair of socks with your purchase

Rent the Runway: Receive $40 off all orders $100 and over

Revolve: Shop with discounts reaching over 75% off

Shutterfly: Up to 50% + extra 25% off, with code “CYBER25”

Ted Baker London: Receive up to 50% off in-stores and online

Trina Turk: Enjoy 30% off your online purchase

Vince: extra 25% off sale items

Vitamin A: 25% off all coverups and beachwear with purchase of one full-priced swimsuit or bodysuit

World Market: Up to 30% off with code, “CYBERSAVE”

I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving. I’ll share a recap of my holiday and long weekend soon. Let me know if you find any great deals today.