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    Gift Guide For Creatives

    Holiday Gift Guide For Creatives

    Tracking PixelThis is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Brydge.

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    Giving season is here and it’s time to start buying presents! Or making presents if you’re a DIY-er. Being a person who loves to make things, express myself through fashion, and so much more, I’d love anything on this list. If you have someone in your life, like a blogger, or someone who loves to be creative or artsy, this will be helpful to you. I chose all of these items for a reason and I hope that you can find something for at least one creative person on your list.

    1. iPad Pro: A tablet designed with good looks and productivity in mind. The Pro is a powerful iPad. With cameras built in and the ability to use it as a work tool, this iPad is sure to be a hit. It’s easily portable and can help get work done.

    2. Tarteist Pro Palette: This palette is perfect for the beauty lover in your life! Tarte’s Tateist Pro Palette is super pigmented and has a nice range of colors with both mattes and shimmers. I consider makeup an art and creativity can come into play. There are many YouTube tutorials using this palette already and it’s amazing to say the least.

    3. Wacom Intros Drawing Pen & Tablet: Being both Mac and Windows compatible, this drawing pad with suit anyone. I’ve had my eye on this baby for a while. It’s pretty affordable and I’ve read a lot of great reviews. For someone who wants to get into digital drawing or making prints to sell on Etsy, this would be perfect. Being a blogger, I’d love to have this to design new blog logos of my own. It seems like a lot of fun and there are so many possibilities with it.

    4. Brydge Keyboard: Making iPads look and work like computers is the Brydge Keyboard. This item is very cool. It’s not one of those floppy silicone keyboards, it’s a sturdy high-grade aluminum one. It even matches your iPad’s color to be aesthetically pleasing. Using this keyboard with an iPad Pro would be the closest thing to having an actual Macbook, but saving a ton of money. Paring the two would make for easy travel and the ability to write a blog post or type a paper from anywhere. Brydge makes keyboards for pretty much any iPad so you aren’t limited to one type. If you have someone on your list with an iPad already, this would be a great gift. For a limited time for the holidays, Brydge is offering discounts on all models of keyboards as well as bundle deals with accessories. I mean seriously, how cool is it that you can transform your iPad into a “laptop”. It looks amazing, it’s sturdy, and it’s very helpful.Brydge Keyboard5. Boohoo Over The Knee Boots: An affordable pair of trendy OTK boots. I just bought a pair of flat ones very similar to these and love them! Heel or no heel is the question. For the fashionista on your list, if she doesn’t have a pair already, she will most likely love these. There are constantly sales and promo codes for Boohoo as well. I got my pair 50% off! Right now you can use the code ‘STEPUP’ to get 50% off too. If you can afford it though, the ultimate pair of OTK/thigh high boots is a pair of Stuart Weitzmans. These cream ones are half off but still pricey.

    6. Vera Bradley Backpack: I love the stitching and boho feel of this backpack. It’s black so it can go with most outfits and it’s the perfect size to carry around essentials. Being a creative, I always want to bring my DSLR around with me but it’s too bulky to put in a purse and it can get heavy sitting on one shoulder. A backpack would solve that issue and you could even fit a small laptop, iPad, or change of clothes too. Creatives do need something to lug all of there creative tools around in!

    7. Kate Spade Coffee Mugs: Being creative can certainly drain you. A cup of coffee, or a cup of ice cream, is sometimes the best cure for feeling tired or overworked. These Kate Spade coffee mugs are perfect for the season since they have holiday cookies on them, how cute! 

    8. Fujifilm Instax Camera: Have a photographer in your life? This little gift is perfect! Bringing the Polaroids back in style is this Fujifilm camera. It’s perfect for quick snaps. You can even use the photos as decor around the home. Photographer, decorator, instagrammer, this camera can be of use to pretty much anyone. There are tons of color options so you can get their favorite color.

    *Thank you to Brydge for sponsoring this post.


    Holiday DIY: Ornament Wreath

    Holiday DIY Christmas Ornament Wreath

    This year, I opted for a blue ombr√© decorated Christmas tree. That being said, I had many ornaments left over that just didn’t really go with my tree. Instead of just putting the ornaments in storage, which we really don’t have much of in our apartment, I decided to make them useful. An ornament wreath is the perfect way to make use of extra ornaments! I even used things I had around my house to do it so I didn’t have to spend any money on this. Read more…


    Sweater Blues

    Maude Sweater Outfit

    TOP: Brandy Melville | SWEATER: Maude | LEGGINGS: ASOS | BOOTS: old (similar) | PURSE: DIY
    CHOKER: Charlotte Russe

    The last day of November is upon us and I can’t believe tomorrow will be December already. I feel like this year just flew by. I’m excited for winter because Christmas. Need I say more? It’s truly my favorite time of year. But can we take a moment to hate on how the sun sets so early? Ugh, I hate it. Bring back the light! I’ll compromise as long as this winter will be a cold one. I want to wear bigger sweaters and jackets and layers! What even is a parka?! It’s a foreign word to me, lol. For now though, this sweater from Maude will do. By that I mean I’ll be wearing this sweater every day until it gets cold because 1. It’s blue and 2. It’s unique. I love that this sweater is so different than any others I’ve found. I love wearing either a white or black tank under it but a bralette could go as well. It’s called customization people, get with it!

    P.S. Starting now, in every single outfit post I do, I am going to include/be wearing at least one item that I made myself. I thought it would be a fun way to melt style + DIYs together. Be sure to follow me on Instagram because before I post the outfit or the DIY tutorial on my blog, I’m going to be posting a picture on there for you all to guess which item in the outfit is DIY-ed! Super fun, huh? Tell me what you think about this idea! For this outfit, I made the purse! Read more…

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    Primed With Studio Gear

    Studio Gear Primer Review

    I was able to review Studio Gear’s Prime Objective Skin Perfecting Primer, say that 10 times fast, and decided I need to share it with all of you! Now let me start by telling you why I love using primers before putting on my foundation. First of all, it provides a layer between my skin and the foundation, not letting the foundation sink into my pores. There is nothing worse than having your makeup setting in every crevice and deep dark pore in your face. Second, it visibly reduces imperfections and fine lines. This primer also has a milk protein complex that helps to balance and protect the skin against environmental stresses. By being paraben-free, fragrance-free, and retinol, it’s pretty much the perfect primer. 

    Now you may be asking, “but Jen does it really do all those good things and how does it feel on?” Well after wearing it for a few days, all day, and under different foundations each day, sorry if that confused you, it does do the job. When applying it, the product has a velvet-like feel. I use one pump to cover my whole face, applying it with clean hands. Then foundation goes right on top and whatever else I feel like wearing that day. The way it makes my skin feel smooth as ever and look flawless is the real reason I continue to use it. However, I’ve noticed towards the end of the day the primer makes my foundation sort of melt off my face around my nose and chin area. That being besides the point, the benefits this primer provides outweigh that tiny negative.

    To read more of the benefits of Prime Objective, just click here

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    *Thank you to Studio Gear for sponsoring this post. All opinions are my own.

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    Cyber Monday Deals + My Favs

    Happy Cyber Monday! I enjoy doing the whole cyber thing instead of Black Friday because you don’t have to deal with the crowds and sometimes the deals are even better. Here’s the list of my favorite deals and sites I shopped today. I know this post is going up super late but better late than never, eh? I have a time management problem and I am very aware of it, I’ve also accepted the fact that I will always be late to any event. Oh well. Some of these sales go on for a few more hours though so do some last minute (sale) shopping while you can!

    Boohoo – 60% off everything with code “CYBER60”

    Charlotte Russe – 40% off site wide + free shipping.

    eBay – Tons of great deals like this Philips Hue Lights Starter Pack for $80 (usually $200!) I’ve been wanting these, they are so cool.

    Free People – Additional 25% off sale items.

    Kylie Cosmetics – 20% off site wide! I love the lip kits, the quality is amazing!

    Nordstrom – Extra 20% off selected sale items. (Plus, these Stuart Weitzman OTK boots are 40% off! WHAT!)

    Nordstrom Rack – Up to 75% off clearance + free shipping. (I bought this and this today!)

    Nasty Gal – Up to 80% off.

    Here are some of my favs from the above stores. I’m digging everything here.  


    DIY Lace Choker Necklace

    DIY Lace Choker Necklace

    Chokers have made a comeback, and a big one at that. I’m not going to lie, I didn’t like it at first and said I would never start wearing them. Then I gave in when I found a style I liked and DIY-ed my own here. Plus I got some really cute ones from Charlotte Russe that you’ll see in upcoming posts. As soon as I found this flowered lace ribbon at Joann’s though, I knew I wanted to make it into a choker. So here’s how to do that! Read more…