REALLY last minute gifts

If you’re anything like me, doing things in a timely manner isn’t one of your strong suits. Have I been Christmas shopping since October? Yes.  Is there only 5 days until Christmas and I still haven’t finished my shopping? Also yes.  I am both a planner and procrastinator at the same time.  OR I am one of those people that loves to shop and will just keep buying things because I love m friends and family? I think I’m on to something with the loving to shop.

But i digress.  Are you struggling with last minute gift ideas? Have you already gone to the mall thinking “I’ll just figure it out” and buy things for yourself instead? Totally fine.  Here are five last minute gifts you can beeline to in your closest mall and GTFO before you stab someone. (Just me? OK ANYWAY)

Beauty Blender: Gold Mine from Sephora ($40)

Listen, I like to buy people things they wouldn’t normally buy for themselves.  Buying them things they need is boring. (exception to the rule: socks.) And let’s call a spade a space, these things are sponges.  They’re just sponges, but they work quite well (RHOD ANYONE?! if you get that reference, you get a special prize).  This comes with three different beauty blenders AND the cleaner for it.  All of this is easily $80 usually, so this is a steal.  And yes, while this is a sponge, its basically changing the makeup application game.  Maybe grab one for yourself, too.

Christmas Sweater Bath Bomb by Lush ($8)

Find me someone who doesn’t love a good bath bomb, and I’ll find you a liar and someone who needs a bath bomb.  This one is SUPER CUTE – I love anything that looks like a Christmas sweater.  Its got an interesting ginger/lemon smell that I repeatedly inhaled while in the store, not buying a thing.  Its just as cute in person and everyone can use some self care in the form of a bath.  Plus, perfect stocking stuffer!

Card Case in Calf Hair by Jcrew ($35)

I have a card case, and it is the most useful little thing. You can throw credit cards, a work ID, business cards, or gift cards in it.  I hope for your sake, its the latter.  This one is a cute animal print, but Jcrew has a bunch if the person you’re buying for isn’t as Jersey as I am. But on the real – this is cute AND useful AND not something most people buy for themselves.  Good purchase all around.

Champagne Bears by Sugarfina ($20)

Champagne Gummy Bears guys.  Made with DOM PERIGNON.  IDK about you, but I ball on a budget and can’t afford that stuff on the reg, so having it in a gummy bear is real fun. (if you CAN afford it on the reg, shoot me an email.  W’re about to be best friends.) These are DELICIOUS and Sugarfina is absolutely a special treat, because that stuff is expensive.  But also, worth it.  And a dangerous store.  Have fun escaping without a few taster packets for yourself.

Spiked Glass Water Bottle by bkr ($40)

This thing is SO CUTE! I have one and honestly a glass water bottle is pretty awesome.  Plus, plastic spikes, and its pink. So you can be cute and a little GTF away from me at the same time.  A good water bottle is a good investment, and something I find not a lot of people actually invest in.  The gift of hydration – the gift that keeps on giving.

Who do you STILL have to buy for?! What are you picking up for everyone these last few shopping days? Let me know in the comments! Because I need some ideas, too….

Unpopular Opinion: Shit that sucks about the holidays

Let me preface this post with this: as much as I despise the winter, Christmas time is my FAVORITE EVER. I love giving gifts, the decorations, cookies, the chaos – I LOVE IT SO MUCH. But the holiday season isn’t all fun and candy canes. There are some things about the holidays that I pray will end every single day; shit that doesn’t happen any other time of year that brings me to a deep, dark place.  I know I can’t be the only one who feels this way either.

Things that just absolutely suck about the holiday season:

  1. Wrapping gifts
    Hear me out – the actual process of wrapping presents is the WORST. Barely anything I buy fits in a perfect little box, AND IF IT DOES – the wrapping paper is cut up in the worst way at that point.  And unless you have one of those fancy tape dispensers, you’re basically going to end up with scotch tape all over you and presents that looked like your dog wrapped them.  Gift bags are the lazy person’s way out, and I take that route EVERY YEAR.
  2. Crowds
    I could be extra sensitive to this because I work in Times Square, aka the center of hell, but like. WHERE DID ALL THESE PEOPLE COME FROM?! Do they hibernate and just come out during the busiest time of the year to wreak havoc on already heavily popular areas? All of this also applies to the mall btw. Any. Mall. Ever.  I go to the mall every weekend and its never even close to this apocalyptic hellscape it is during December. Online shopping is a thing, people. If you don’t understand basic principles such as walking, please take advantage.
  3. Tourists. Everywhere.
    Listen, I understand what city I live in, and yes, it is the greatest city in the world. But can we all act like we have seen a tall building before? And not stand in the middle of the sidewalk? And know what you want at Starbucks after waiting on a 10 minute line? AMAZING. I’m not asking too much here.
  4. So. Much. Family. Time.
    Listen, if your family is like mine, Christmas is basically a month long activity. Like, non stop.  I’m not sure if its an Italian American thing or what, but from Thanksgiving – December 25th, I see my extended family CONSTANTLY.  While I love them dearly, it is exhausting at times. I know I sound like a scrooge here, but make sure you are practicing self care to reduce family drama.
  5. Mall Santa is creepy
    Along the same lines as the Easter bunny, this is just uncomfortable. We force the kids to sit on a stranger’s lap and wonder why they cry.  Its literally the opposite of what stranger danger is.  I say keep Santa a mystery, and absolutely keep him from smelling like cigs and whiskey. Nix the mall Santa and subsequently traumatizing your child and subjecting holiday shoppers to their shrill screams. Although, keep up the coordinating outfits for holiday pictures because that shit is cute as hell.

Ok that’s actually all I got.  What irks you about the holiday season? Sound off in the comments!

Winter Staples

Its been a minute but we are BACK and sharing some of my winter staples.  I hate the winter more than I hate the fall, but at least the clothes are cute so winter has that going for it. And Christmas, but those two things and that’s it.

Obviously I need some cute shit to keep me warm this winter while I pray NYC doesn’t become another polar vortex.

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I got this ADORABLE wrap coat from Jcrew. Its SO COMFY and just adorable.  I opted for green, because my closet lacks color the green compliments my eyes real nice. I wanted something other than my down coats for when its not so cold, and this was a perfect compromise/hope for a not so frigid winter.

Wrap coat in boiled wool

If you’re not in the market for a coat, this Jcrew sweater is very similar and just as cute!

Open-front sweater-blazer

Even if the polar vortex doesn’t happen *fingers crossed* it still gets DAMN COLD in the city that never sleeps.  I added these gloves to my wardrobe because they are CUTE AF and pretty warm. They’re Kate Spade and preppy and speak to my soul, and when I flip off a tourist they can see the little bows on there.

Kate Spade New York Half Bow Gloves

Finally, I bought these booties a little while ago but have turned into my go to.  Despite the heel, they are still really comfortable.  I can walk in the all day around NYC while I angrily dodge tourists on my way to Starbucks without them hurting my feet – what a win. Also they’re from DSW so, I saved money that way. Right? Ok just go with it.

Malvelia Bootie