Holiday Gift Guide: For Dog Lovers

gifts for dog lovers

I'm a dog person, my husband's a dog person, the hot guy at your gym is a dog person, and the list of awesome "dog people" goes on. Every holiday season there is bound to be at least one dog lover on your gift list, so get to shopping for a gift that either represents their love of man's best friend or a gift for their own best friend (that's right, I'm talking about their dog). 

1. Ugly Christmas Sweater Ornaments $8 - This set of "ugly Christmas sweater" ornaments features the faces of two holiday hounds, making it a gift for the decorating dog. I also love these more classic dog ornaments

2. Ted Baker Dog Cosmetics Bag $48 - Gift a dog loving lady this sleek cosmetics bag featuring an artistic pooch pattern.

3. Dog Print Pajama Pants $42 - Pajamas are a classic holiday gift and a dog print pair is a great gift for guys and gals alike (shop women's dog print pajamas). 

4. Snack Duo Bottle & Collapsible Cup $20 - For the active dog lover on your list give them a gift that they can use and that benefits not only them, but their hiking companion. This bottle has spots for both food and water and comes with a collapsible cup so you can feed Fido on the go. 

5. The Dogist $25 - A coffee table book filled with photographs of cute canines is a great gift for dog fans your still getting close to - from your boss to your potential future in-laws. 

6. Labrador Cuff Links $55 - Sleek and endearing black Labrador cuff links make a perfect gift for the dog dude on your list from your brother to your boyfriend. 

7. Pet TeePee $90 -  Gift your favorite friend and their pooch with a pet tee pee that is equal parts dog bed and hipster decor. 

8. Balloon Doggy Money Bank $60 - This ceramic balloon dog shaped money bank is quirky and cute, making it a perfect gift for the dog lover that has a bit of Elle Woods in her. 

9. Dog Lover Socks $9 - A pair of colorful ankle socks that spell out Dog Lover are a great gift for those who like to lounge with their furry companion. 

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Holiday Gift Guide: For Cat Ladies

gifts for cat lovers

I ain't no cat lady, but that doesn't mean that I don't have a few cat lovers on my holiday gift list this year. I'm focusing on cat themed gifts for girls, because let's face it, cat guys are weird! If you do have a catty man in your life, I suggest a sassy gift like these briefs. If you're looking for the perfect gift for the cat loving lady in your life, I've rounded up some of my favorite finds from a cat face phone charger to a kitty coloring book. 

1. Kitten Power Bank $40 - Power up with this smitten kitten portable charger. The portable silicone smart phone charger works for both ios and androids and is small enough to fit in a clutch for an extra charge on the go. 

2. Kitty Embroidered Loafers $595 - For the luxurious cat lady (perhaps she has a persian, or three?) look no further than Charlotte Olympia's classic embroidered velvet kitty loafers. Don't miss the equally chic look for less here

3.  Cat Ear Beanie $28 - If you're shopping for an alternative cat lover or a glamour puss, this jeweled cat ear beanie will steal her heart. 

4. Cat Eye Mask $20 - Don't stir the cat! For the cat lover that doesn't like the morning light, a chic cat whisker embroidered eye mask will give sweet dreams. 

5. Caturday Mug $13 - If you're shopping for your cat lady colleague, look no further than a statement mug like this "Everyday is Caturday" mug.

6. Cat Card Case $85 - This playful pebble leather credit card case by Patricia Chang is offered in pretty pink or discreet black and will make her purrrr "charge it" ;).  

7.  Pets Rock Coasters $36 - This artistic set of six glass coasters is a great gift for cat (and dog) lovers on your list. The cats and dogs pictured are dressed to pay homage to Pop Art icons and make instant conversation pieces. 

8. Cat Cosmetics Case $12 - Pretty and prissy cat lovers on your gift list will delight in a makeup bag that shows off their favorite pet. 

9. Color a Cat $13 - Keep calm and color a cat with this artistic coloring book ideal for adults and children alike. 

10. Cat Clock $29- Home decor is a one-size-fits-all gift and this cat shaped wall clock is a perfect gift for your crazy cat lady neighbor or Hello Kitty loving roommate.  

11. Hand Cat Finger Puppet Set $8 - Kids love cats, so play along with their pet of choice with a set of silly cat finger puppets. A great gag gift or stocking stuffer! 

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I'm Shopping For... A Red Jumpsuit!

Red Jumpsuit Fashion #streetstyle

I'm on the hunt for a red jumpsuit and am absolutely convinced that it will make my holiday party season even merrier. A jumpsuit should be a one piece staple in every woman's closet, as easy to throw on as a dress but more unexpected, and a red jumpsuit gives off an automatic air of confidence and an undeniable glam factor. 

Red Valentino Jumpsuit, Street Style

Wide legs, one shoulder and a built in silk scarf?? Talk about sophisticated! This look was a street style scene stealer and we can see why. I'm pretty sure this red hot jumpsuit is Valentino, and luckily I've found and a stunning look for less here

Red Jumpsuit street sttyle

An open back jumpsuit when done in a deep red is the perfect party ensemble. Metallic heels, a sleek clutch and an easy updo take the look from a sexy night on the town to an instant celebration hit.

Red Jumpsuit Fashion #streetstyle

Last but not least is this street style stunner gracing our eyes with a wide leg strapless red jumpsuit. Although a little black leather jacket or tuxedo style blazer is an obvious outerwear choice, worn with an army inspired jacket juxtoposes uptown and downtown glam with fashion girl flare. 

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Holiday Gift Guide: Cool Tech Gifts for Men!

Cool Tech Gifts for Guys
Gadgets and gizmos and bits and bobs, holiday season is the perfect time gift your guy with the latest and greatest technology. Whether you are looking for a stocking stuffer such as an iPhone case or a big ticket item such as hover board, for men who like to stay up one step ahead, tech gifts are the way to go. 


1. IMOTO HOVER BOARD:  Looking for a great tech gift for guys? Look no further than a hover board! It combines athleticism, technology and fun in one sleek package. 

2. APPLE WATCH: Keep the man in your life on time and up to date with the latest and greatest in watches, the Apple watch! For those that want a smart watch without the steep price tag, check out the Pebble Smartwatch

3. USB CUFFLINKS: For the sophisticated techie,  brilliant businessman and James Bond in training, USB cuff links make a functional and fashionable gift.

4. POLAROID MOBILE PHOTO PRINTER: Instant gratification and tech toys unite with Polaroids mobile phone printer!  Great for guys and gals another fun idea is this mini instant camera and for the hipster in your life look no further than a Vintage Polaroid Camera Kit

5. THE NORTH FACE TECH GLOVES: Because what's the point of keeping him warm if he can't text you back, damn it?!

6. PAPARRAZI DRONE: Flying drones are a fun tech toy gift for men of all ages! For those more advanced gift a mini camera drone and for big spenders check out this flying drone.

7. IPHONE 6 WALLET CASE: For the man whose head is lost in code, gift a smartphone wallet case so that he only has one thing to forget;).

8. OCULUS RIFT VIRTUAL REALITY HEADSET: When I walked in one evening and saw my husband at our dining room table with an Oculus mask on I didn't know whether to laugh or run. Regardless, for tech toy lovers young and old, the Oculus is a win! If you're on a budget check out this other Virtual Reality Headset.

9. BEATS BY DRE EARBUDS: For guys who like their music, give the gift of some luxury earbuds so he rock out at work in comfort. If the man your shopping for is more of an over-the-ear kinda guy, these wood headphones offer as big of a fashion statement as they do sound.  

10. JBL WIRELESS BLUETOOTH SPEAKER: Give the party guy in your life a gift he can enjoy at home and on the go, a portable wireless bluetooth speaker!

Check out more Holiday Gift Guide HERE!


Sephora Secrets: 10 Tips for Shopping at Sephora

Sephora beauty store

I have a confession to make; I am a Sephora addict. If I have a bad day, I go to Sephora. If I have something to celebrate, I go to Sephora. When I get paid... Well, you get the point;). While earning my coveted VIB Rouge status, I've learned a few Sephora money saving tips and shopping hacks to get the most bang for your buck when shopping for beauty and makeup products. 

Sephora Secrets & Shopping Tips for Saving Money

1.) Two Words, BEAUTY INSIDER - Sephora’s Beauty Insiderrewards program is free to sign up and let’s you earn points for perks such as a birthday gift and special savings. Those that spend $350 and $1k annually at Sephora qualify for VIB (Very Important Beauty insider) and VIB Rouge status for even more goodies like free 2-day shipping and free makeovers.

Sephora Beauty Insider rewards program

2.) Rewards Gifts  - Did you know your Beauty Insider points never expire? That’s right! So save up for a gift set you really want (like a coveted Nars set that runs out within hours of arriving). Better yet, you don’t have to make a purchase to use your points! Just head up to the cash register for your Beauty Insider freebie and be on your way.

3.) Sales -Mark your calendars now. Sephora has two annual sales - April and November - which give beauty insider members 10%-20% off everything in the store! Other than that, sales are slim but occasional “Beauty Steals” are usually located at the end of a row of products. Also - If you did purchase an item within 2 weeks of before it went on sale, Sephora will refund the difference.

sephora sale

4.) Samples, samples, samples! - Do NOT leave a Sephora without taking home your fare share of free samples. Employees don’t mind making samples of products and customers are allowed up to three per section (that means 3 samples of fragrance, 3 of beauty, 3 of skincare…). If you don’t remember while you shop, ask for samples at checkout where they have a variety for gifting cosmetic crazy customers.

5.) Beauty Deals - It may be hard to find, but Sephora’s BeautyDeals page online is well worth the search! It shows all the promo offers available and has great high-end delux free samples. If you have your heart set on multiple samples just buy your paid for products in multiple orders to load up on the freebies. 

Sephora beauty deals

6.) Free Makeovers - Get your beat on! Sephora offers free 15 minute mini-makeovers that focus on one feature such as a smoky eye or bold lip. For those that want a complete overhaul, a full (45 minute) makeover is free with a $50 purchase and anytime for Rouge members! If you’re going to an event, make sure to book a reservation online – appointments fill up fast during holiday and wedding seasons.

7.) Returns - Don’t like your new lipstick shade? Don’t worry, because Sephora will return anything bought from the store even if the product is almost all used. No receipt? No problem – you can make a return for store credit as long as you have an ID (and if you do have the receipt receive a dull refund to original payment).

8.) Perfume Sample Sets - If there is a fragrance you like in a Sephora perfume sampler set, buy it! The sample sets are $55 and give you a coupon for a FREE FULL SIZE BOTTLE of one of the fragrances included.

Sephora perfume sample set

9.) Beauty Classes -Learn to do your makeup like a pro! Sephora offers free “Beauty Classes” at select locations nationwide. The classes range from 45-90 minutes and class topics cover everything from applying false eyelashes to contour and highlighting.

10.) Value Sets - Sephora Value Sets are a legit deal and can save you a pretty penny! From makeup palettes to nail polish sets to skin care essentials, don't miss Sephora's value and gift sets to either try out something new or restock your go-to beauty products! Shop some of my favorite Sephora value sets:


Lesson in Layering: Turtlenecks + Slip Dresses

Turtleneck under slip dress, street style

As fall temps starts to cool down, street style mavens are showing us how to style an unexpected yet perfect pairing, a turtleneck and slip dress. From layering a thin ribbed turtleneck under a cami dress, to throwing a chunky knit turtleneck over a slip dress, here are some of the best ways to layer a turtleneck and dress. 

Where my 90s girls at?! Channel vintage Kate Moss and embrace the 90s trend by layering a floral slipdress over a thin turtleneck and finishing the look with some black booties or classic chucks.  For the easiest way to get this look try a one-and-done Hybrid slip dress.

For a seriously sexy cool weather look, layer a chunky knit turtleneck over a silky slip dress and finish your look with must-have over-the-knee boots. 

Turtleneck under dress street style

A knit slip dress is a weather appropriate fall alternative to classic silk styles. Paired with a short sleeve turtleneck and booties, a knit midi slip dress is a great way to mix up your work wardrobe or perfect for a family function (think Thanksgiving at his parents house). 

Perfect Pairings: Turtlenecks & Slip Dresses

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Make a Statement! Self-Portrait Lace Jackets

Self-Portrait Lace Jacket

It's cooling down outside but Self-Portraits statement outerwear is heating things up! Self-Portrait dresses have become a hit among bloggers, celebrities and fashion editors in the recent seasons and this fall they've added enviable lace bomber jackets and show-stopping lace parkas to their collection of romantic wearable clothing. 

Though the price tags aren't cheap, Self-Portrait jackets will take your outerwear game to the next level. If you're a fiend for a deal like I am, check out Self-Portrait on Sale (up to 30% off through Oct 14th with code MAINEVENT16 at checkout)!

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Street Style: Return of the Graphic Tee


New York Fashion Week street style marked the return of the graphic tee, with trend setters pledging their allegiance to their favorite bands and brands! From models in Metallica to editors thanking Yeezus, concert t-shirts made the strongest showing, proving once again that fashion and music go hand in hand. 

Concert t-shirt street style

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