Tuesday, November 25, 2014

countdown to christmas: advent calendars

Christmas & Holiday Countdown: Advent Calendars // A Style Caddy

One of my favorite and earliest memories of the holiday season is counting down the days til Christmas with an Advent calendar. When I was younger, it seemed that the only ones you could find {aka the most popular ones} were filled with milk chocolate pieces behind those cardboard windows. I still make sure to buy one every year, but they are much more extravagant than I remember.

While you can still find some great chocolate ones, including this one at Dean & DeLuca and this one from Lindt {currently 25% off!}, there are so many fun options available. It's hard to choose favorites out of this bunch, but I really love the Benefit calendar and The Body Shop calendar. Both are full of their best-selling products in mini sizes, which are perfect for traveling and that makes it even better for the holidays!

Are you a fan of Advent calendars? I've got mine ready for December 1st! And let me know if there are other fun and unique ones out there!

{I think some people just consider these Christmas countdowns but I've always referred to them as Advent calendars.}

Monday, November 24, 2014

stocking stuffers

Christmas & Holiday Gift Guide: Stocking Stuffers // A Style Caddy

Stockings are always so much fun. They're smaller unwrapped gifts that range from sentimental and sweet to just down right funny. No matter what's in your stocking, I think it's usually one of the most fun things to do on Christmas morning. My family and I actually haven't filled our stockings in the past few years, but we're bringing the tradition back this year and I'm really excited!

These are just a few suggestions I have for stocking stuffers, but there's really a ton that you could put in there. Candy and chocolate is always a good option if you're in a pinch!

This is the last gift guide that I have planned before Black Friday and Cyber Monday but definitely not the end of holiday posts! You can find the others here and more gift ideas on my Pinterest board!

Friday, November 21, 2014

for the jet setter

Christmas & Holiday Gift Guide: For Jet Setter // A Style Caddy

My family and I do a lot of traveling. Whether it's an international flight for a vacation, a business trip, or a drive to a golf tournament, someone is always on the go. Because of our constant travel, I knew I wanted to do a whole gift guide centered around items perfect for the jet setter.

I purchased a London Fog carry-on last year and could not be happier with it! I think this bigger version would be great for longer trips and international flights. A neck pillow, headphones, and a backpack are my travel necessities. You will never see me on a trip without those!

This is the last gift guide for the week, but I do have one more coming up on Monday. Make sure to come back then for ideas to fill those stockings! In the mean time, I'll be sharing more gifts on my Pinterest board.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Thursday, November 20, 2014

for him

Christmas & Holiday Gift Guide: For Him // A Style Caddy

I think it's a general consensus that shopping for the men in your life can be very difficult. Every Christmas seems to be a struggle when it comes time to buy presents for them. I created this guide with things that I would love to give and things that I think they would want.

My mom bought my dad a pair of corduroy pants with flannel lining a few years ago and he LOVES them. This pair from J. Crew is stylish and I love the polka dot lining! This year, I'm particularly a fan of the Taschen book {who doesn't love exploring new cities?}, the Burberry cologne sampling, and the Timberland boots.

Want more gift ideas? Well, I think this cookbook from Tyler Florence {I want it for myself}, this cocktails guide, and this table tennis set would all be fun!

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

for her

Christmas & Holiday Gift Guide: For Her // A Style Caddy
1. Gap Cozy Plaid Scarf // 2. Zara Office City Bag with Pocket // 3. Kate Spade Leather Bow Gloves // 4. Rifle Paper Co. Midnight Floral Recipe Box // 5. J. Crew Metallic Shearling Lodge Moccasins // 6. Sugar Paper LA 2015 Bold Navy Planner // 7. LORAC Pro Palette // 8. Kate Spade Gramercy Pavé Skinny Watch // 9. Henri Bendel New York Skyline iPhone Case // 10. C. Wonder Buffalo Check Travel Set // 11. Victoria's Secret The Sleepover Knit Pajama

Whether you're buying for your mom, friend, sister, girlfriend, or daughter, this guide is for you! From super comfy and soft pajamas to smart office accessories, there is something here that is sure to fit their wishlist.

The LORAC Pro palette is a must have for everyone in my book so I couldn't go without mentioning it in a gift guide. Most people wouldn't consider going to Victoria's Secret, but they make some of the best pajamas. Pajamas are one of my favorite gifts to give and receive, and some of them come with an eye mask and a free pair of cozy slippers so make sure to grab one - for you and your loved one! Sugar Paper LA is my go-to for office stationery and other paper goods. And how cute is this travel set from C. Wonder? I've been obsessed with it ever since I stumbled upon it online!

Some other gifts that I think would be perfect are these stud earrings, this city coordinates cuff, a tee of their favorite sports team, and a gift card to a lovely relaxing day at the spa.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

for the girly & glam

Christmas & Holiday Gift Guide: For the Girly & Glam // A Style Caddy

Today's gift guide gets in touch with our girly side - all things beauty, jewelry, and spa. Who doesn't appreciate a few pretty things in their life? I especially love the Burberry perfume, LeSportsac cosmetic case, and the Henri Bendel ring. In fact, I love the ring so much that I'm considering making that my Christmas gift to myself!

The Charlotte Tilbury set has all the makeup you need for a full pretty face and even comes in the cutest makeup bag. This argan oil selection is one of many great sets The Body Shop has for a night of pampering.

If you're looking for more gift ideas, don't forget to head over to my Pinterest board! I think this luxurious body creme set, this set of nail polish, and this bejeweled beanie would be great gifts too!

Monday, November 17, 2014

for the hostess with the mostest

Friends, I'm so excited to share with you this year's holiday gift guides! We're starting this series {and a month of holiday themed posts} with the one I think I might just love the most. In high school, I used to throw themed parties for friends and cook dinner for my family every Sunday. Now that I live in a tiny studio apartment, I've been limited to just baking {which I LOVE} but miss those days of creating tablescapes and fun dishes. Any of the following gifts would be perfect to give to your favorite holiday hosts.

Christmas & Holiday Gift Guide: For the Hostess with the Mostest // A Style Caddy

Hot chocolate is one of my go-to gifts, and I love that this set comes with a cute plaid thermos, marshmallows, and a striped towel. Candles are my second favorite gift to give, and how beautiful is this box set of festive candles from Nest? I love having coasters and this set is one of the prettiest I've ever seen! If you want a really interesting present, the Foodie Dice Tumbler Set is just that. It turns meal planning into a fun game with just one roll of the dice and is paleo and gluten-free friendly. Sounds like a cool concept to me!

You can shop all of these gifts plus more on my Pinterest board!

Friday, November 14, 2014

my christmas wish list

It's that time of year again friends! Thanksgiving is just two weeks away so the holiday season is quickly approaching. Time to start making those gift lists! I actually start thinking about what to give and what to put on my own wish list in October {so early I know} because I don't like feeling rushed or stressed in December.

This time of year is my all-time favorite so my excitement is just through the roof! I wanted to share my Christmas wish list for this year to kick off an upcoming week {plus a few extra days} of holiday gift guides and other holiday posts in the coming month.

2014 Christmas & Holiday Wish List // A Style Caddy

With a family vacation coming up in January, I thought a new travel backpack should make the list and love the vintage floral pattern of this one. I've been intrigued by Beats by Dr. Dre heaphones, Tieks ballet flats, and these Converse sneakers for months now. Does anyone have any input on any of these three? I'd love to know your thoughts! Inslee's 2014 calendar is so pretty so I knew I'd want the 2015 version. I'm planning on making 2015 my best year yet in terms of just overall well-being and both books seem like they would be the perfect aid.

This may or may not be my shortest wish list ever! I'm really impressed with myself.

What's on your Christmas wish list? Don't forget to come back on Monday for more holiday gift guides and cheer!

Happy Friday!

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

sephora purchases

Last week, I mentioned the great 20% off discount Sephora had for their VIB/VIB Rouge sale. I, of course, took advantage of that and picked up a few things. If you want a list of things I purchased in store and online, then head over to my YouTube channel for the full list and links!

P.S. Get ready for lots of holiday cheer coming up on the blog starting on Friday!

Monday, November 10, 2014

winter & holiday candles

Is it too soon to be talking about winter scents? Well, Bath & Body Works was having a 2 for $22 sale on their large candles and I just couldn't help but purchase some new scents for the holiday season. They currently have this same sale going on right now {and will probably have it again after Thanksgiving} so now would be a great time to stock up on some cozy winter scents for you or for gifts!

Want to know which of my favorites winter scents I picked up? Well, watch my latest haul video and then let me know if you plan on picking up some new festive candles!

Thursday, November 6, 2014

sephora vib & vib rouge sale!

One of the things I look forward to in November is Sephora's VIB & VIB Rouge Sale. It always happens at the beginning of November and offers 20% off your entire purchase. Being as makeup rarely {aka never} goes on sale, it's the best time to buy those things you've been thinking about. Fragrances, makeup brushes, lipsticks, eye shadows, Christmas presents - you only have until the 10th so take advantage of that discount and treat yourself!

Check back tomorrow for a new video on what I bought during the sale!

Here are some of my recommendations and things on my wish list -

Monday, November 3, 2014

october favorites

Can you believe it's November?! The holiday season is almost here, which is crazy, I know, but also exciting! But before we get too ahead of ourselves, I thought I would share some of my favorites from last month.

October 2014 Favorites // A Style Caddy

Smashbox Full Exposure Travel Palette // I originally purchased the full-size version of this palette last November before returning it. I took a chance and purchase this mini palette, hoping I would love it more. All of the shadows are creamy and easily blendable, but the top row of shimmers don't apply well dry with a brush. Instead, they're pigmentation and color come off best when applied with your fingers or a wet eyeshadow brush.

Maybelline Matte Color Sensational Matte Lipstick in Divine Wine // I've posted about this lipstick on Instagram and have worn it so often that I'm afraid I might use it up in the next few months. It's the perfect fall lip color! It's a rich, deep red that applies so smoothly to the lips. Since it is a matte, this is long-lasting and does transfer a bit but not enough to reapply after every drink or meal.

L'Oréal Voluminous Butterfly Intenza Mascara {Waterproof} // I love the original but wanted to try this more intense version when I saw it in stores. I'm glad I did because I think I might love it more! This one has doubled up on the plastic winged bristles unlike the first which has just one set. It adds length and volume and fans out the corners just enough.

NARS Blush in Sin // I am a huge fan of NARS products, especially their blushes. They're all so pigmented and this one is no exception. It's a pretty berry blush with just a hint of gold shimmer. It's another beautiful shade for the fall season.

Bath & Body Works Sweater Weather Candle // I discovered this candle last fall and couldn't wait for Bath & Body Works to start selling it again this year. It doesn't say there are any apple notes but that's what this reminds me off. It smells really fresh and like a crisp fall day. A definite must have in my opinion!

CLIF Bar in Pecan Pie // If you like pecan pie, then you need to try this! I was a little hesitant at first, but it tastes so similar. I'll typically eat half before a workout and the rest after. This is a limited holiday edition so if you want to try it, you need to get them soon!

How To Get Away With Murder // Oh my gosh, I am obsessed with this show! It's another one of Shonda Rhimes' Thursday dramas {I've fallen off the Grey's bandwagon and am not a fan of Scandal} and it's a really good one. I will say that I was originally intrigued because Dean Thomas from Harry Potter is one of the main characters {his name is Alfred Enoch in real life and he is a cutie}, but I became hooked after just five minutes. It's like Legally Blonde, but much, much, MUCH more serious. And while the students are helping their professor with cases, there's one that happens during the semester and somehow involves them all. It's so good, and you need to watch!

Those are my favorites from October. What have you been loving lately?

Happy Monday!

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