Saturday, November 23, 2013

Gifts Galore

It is that time of year again where streets and stores are decorated with festive holiday decorations. From twinkling lights to sparkly ornaments, the holidays just seem to start earlier every year. I recently moved to San Francisco for school, and have been enjoying all the decorations throughout the city. My favorite decoration so far is the giant Christmas tree in Union Square overlooking the outdoor ice skating rink. While the weather has not been terrible over here, the bright lights and festive music are especially helpful on the colder, windier evenings. I'm looking forward to seeing how different the city will look after Thanksgiving once the holiday season really starts!

The Holidays in San Francisco

Macy's tree in Union Square

Ice rink in Union Square

Decorated Macy's windows

Christmas tree at Pier 39

With Thanksgiving being less than a week away, this also means that the start of the holiday shopping season is less than a week away! It may seem like it is a tad early to start thinking about finding the perfect gifts for your friends and family, but once Halloween ends, the last few remaining weeks of the year just seem to race by. I have put together a few fashion and beauty related gifts to help get you started. Hopefully they will provide some inspiration as you start creating your Christmas lists this year.

Holiday Gift Ideas

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Gifts $20 and Under

Essie Nail Color 2013 Holiday Gift Set $14.99 (Target)
AEO Bow Tie Necklace and Stud Set $9.30 (America Eagle)
Ho Ho Ho Bath Gift Set $14.95 (Lush)
Rhinestone Bracelet Watch $20.00 (Nordstrom)
Eiffel Tower Jewelry Dish $8.50 (Charlotte Russe)
Solid Butterfly Knit Infinity Scarf $14.75 (Aeropostale)

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Gifts Under $50

Black and Silver-Tone Stud Earrings Set $30.00 (Guess)
Merona Kimberely Tall Elastic Boots $39.99 (Target)
Professional Envelope Satchel $27.80 (Forever 21)
Draw the Line Eyeliner Set $30.00 (Sephora)
Bite Beauty Best Bite Set $25.00 (Sephora)
Jasmine Vanilla Aromatherapy Gift Box $35.00 (Bath and Body Works)


Technically, the Precious Stones Giveaway is still going on, but because I know the holidays can get chaotic, I wanted to put together a holiday giveaway while I still have the time to blog! In addition, I wanted to make sure that the lucky winner gets their prize before Christmas! 

Gifts Galore Giveaway

Enter to win the Sephora Favorites Lash Stash Gift Set!

Inside this set is ten different mascaras and one pair of false lashes! Get holiday party ready this season with this handy set. 

What's Inside?

-Benefit Cosmetics They're Real Mascara
-Blinc Mascara
-Buxom Blackest Black Mascara
-Clinique High Impact Mascara
-Lancome Hypnose Drama Mascara
-Make Up For Ever Smoky Extravagant Mascara
-Sephora Collection Outrageous Volume Mascara
-Tarte Lights, Camera, Flashes Statement Mascara
-Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara
-Yves Saint Laurent Volume Effet Faux Cils Baby Doll Mascara
-Sephora Collection False Eye Lashes in Celebrity

How Do I Enter?

1.) Be a fan of TRTD's Facebook Page
2.) Leave a message on the wall stating your favorite things about the holiday season. Is it picking out the perfect tree every year, or watching the Charlie Brown Christmas special on tv with family? In addition, if there is anything you think I could add or change about my blog to make it more enjoyable, please leave a note in your message!
4.) Spread the word about my blog (though not required!)
5.) That's it! Good luck!

Giveaway Ends on December 20 2013

Don't forget about the Precious Stones Giveaway! You have one more week left to enter! Click here to find out how to enter and win a ring charm necklace or gold bow studs!

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Friday, November 1, 2013

Precious Stones

I apologize for the lack of posts lately! I've been experiencing a lot of new changes in my life lately so I haven't been able to spend as much time blogging as I would like. It definitely doesn't seem like it has been two months since my last post. Time goes by much faster than we think!

During the last part of my summer vacation I was able to take a family trip to Japan for two weeks. Much like a child in a candy store, I was mesmerized by all of the adorable accessories, cute clothes, and pretty shoes. One thing I noticed while adventuring around Tokyo, were all of the accessory boutiques with tables full of delicate jewelry. Though they had some statement necklaces and chunky bangles, majority of the rings, bracelets, and necklaces had small charms with delicate detailing on them. It definitely seems as though Japanese women enjoy more subtle jewelry that can be paired with a good portion of their wardrobe, rather than spending money on a bulky trendy piece that may only be paired with an outfit or two. I stocked up on several rings and bracelets and was delighted to find that they actually make accessories that can fit my unusually small fingers and wrists.

I even found a few things to share with my readers! All the way from Japan, I brought back a pair of delicate gold bow studs, and simple necklace with a dainty garnet ring charm on the end. Guaranteed to go with just about anything in your closet, both of these pieces will look great with casual outfits or a more dressed up look. With the holidays just around the corner, they will add just enough sparkle to your outfit!

Interested in winning one of these prizes? Just follow the steps below for your chance to add one of these pieces to your accessory collection!

Delicate Jewelry Giveaway

Gold Bow Studs

Garnet Ring Charm Necklace

Giveaway Rules of Entry

1.) Be a fan of TRTD's Facebook Page
2.) State which accessory you are interested in winning (you can say both too!)
3.) Leave a message on the wall stating your favorite fall or winter staple. Are you a fan of boots for the colder months? Or are you all about big chunky scarves?
4.) Spread the word about my blog (though not required!)
5.) That's it! Good luck!

Giveaway ends on November 30, 2013