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Lilly Pulitzer Maria Boatneck SweaterThe stripes are unexpected and not quite in tune with the season, but that’s precisely what makes this effortless sweater so perfect. Right now it layers beautifully beneath a puffy vest or cozy coat, but come spring you can show it off with your crisp white jeans or a cute skirt. In five colors.

$88 at lillypulitzer.com

Aldo Elphea Heels

Aldo Elphea HeelsKick up your heels with a pair that really makes a statement. Perfect for all of those holiday parties (and even versatile enough to wear during the day), these pretty shoes feature a gold buckle embellishment at the heel. They’re just different enough to add some interest to even your most basic outfits. In three colors.

$110 at aldoshoes.com
BaubleBar + Stila Get Glam SetTalk about a sweet deal! This unforgettable set offers the best of glamour and beauty in one chic package. Start by choosing a Stila cosmetic product, then select a bold necklace to rock throughout the holiday season and finish with a pair of elegant earrings. They’ll arrive at your door in a sweet pouch that’s perfect for gifting (to someone special or yourself, natch).

$50 at baublebar.com

I know I’m not the first person to say it, but the holidays are stressful! Sometimes I wish I could just wake up and it will be January 1 already — but then I’d miss all the fun, and I certainly don’t want that. So what’s a girl to do to take a little of the “hectic” out of the holidays? For one, it’s important to stay organized. My iPhone is filled with checklists detailing everything that needs to be done, from party planning, to my work to-do list, to gift shopping.

One of the best (and worst, let’s admit it) parts of the holidays is searching for that perfect gift for everyone on your list. Whether it’s a little something for an office coworker or something a bit more extravagant for mom, I love seeing the joy that comes when a friend or loved one opens a gift and loves it. But finding that gift can be tedious and time-consuming. This year, I decided to simplify the search by shopping at beauty superstore Ulta, where there is something to be found for every single adult on my list at every price point. One-stop shopping? There’s certainly nothing better than that.

For my sister, the Marc Jacobs Honey fragrance was a no-brainer. A 2013 Allure Best of Beauty winner, the scent is light and refreshing, and the honeybee adorned bottle will look amazing on her vanity. For mom, I went for the Mia 2 Skin Care Cleansing System — the best product that anyone can purchase for their skin. Using sonic technology, it gently removes impurities, leaving skin softer and more beautiful.

For my kids’ teachers, The Body Shop Schoolbox Gift Set containing a selection of shower gels and body butters is the perfect little gift to show my appreciation. For my babysitter, I’m loving this Ulta Beauty Box Blockbuster set which contains an endless color assortment to last all year.

Finally, what’s gift shopping if I don’t treat myself with a little something? For me, I picked up Your Skin But Better CC Cream from IT Cosmetics, a product which truly lives up to its name. Not only does it provide flawless, natural coverage, but it protects skin with SPF 50+ and is packed with anti-aging ingredients. So when I’m feeling the full force of holiday stress, at least my skin won’t give it away.



ULTA Logo.jpgULTA Beauty is not just another store for holiday shopping; it’s an exciting wonderland of beauty products that make great gifts, stocking stuffers and personal treats. This year, ULTA is filled with a dazzling variety of holiday treasures that are sure to delight your friends, family, loved ones, and even yourself!

Kate Spade Saturday Envelope ClutchAdd a little star power to any ensemble with this charming clutch emblazoned with an eye-catching celestial pattern. Simple in black and white, it goes with nearly anything and features just enough room to hold your night-out basics. Use it during the day to punch up a simple look!

$80 at saturday.com
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