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October 2014 | Page 2 of 7 | Styled Blonde

Holiday Shopping Part 1

Yes, you read that right. Holiday shopping.
With stocking stuffers lining the Walgreens aisles & Christmas trees on full display at Hobby Lobby, it is time to face the facts. It is time to start thinking about all the gifts you need to buy for friends & family!

As a total OCD planner, I have been buying Christmas presents since this summer. Whenever I stumble upon a good sale, I always think about who I will need to buy gifts for & if it makes sense to buy it for a certain person on my list. I have found some exceptional deals this way & saved a lot of money in the long run! I hate waiting until the last minute on anything, so this is the perfect way to keep myself sane and my bank account happy!

Although Black Friday is known as the big “sale” day, I have found that many stores have higher prices on that day than other sale days. Although you can get great deals on those big ticket items, don’t always buy into the buzz about great sales and it being the best time to shop!

If you set your sights on who you need to buy for & what you want to look for now, you are much more likely to save big! Christmas shopping gets expensive and I like to spread that cost out over a couple months as oppose to squeezing it all in between Thanksgiving and Christmas. 

So with that said, let’s take a look at some of the items I have on my list to buy for friends & family. I will be stalking websites and deal sites to find the best time to buy. I rarely buy a gift without some type of discount or sale! 

Below are some great items that might not perfectly fit someone on MY list, but they are a great price and might be appropriate for someone on your list! 

I plan on sharing a few “Holiday Shopping” posts with new sales & deals as we get closer to the happiest time of the year. Stay tuned for more options that might make their way under your tree! 
ALL items on sale… Click to shop!

Confessional Friday

After a <c r a z y> week I am here to do some confessing! Let’s get straight to it….

1. I confess that this week I featured several items in my outfit posts {like this dress & this jacket} that were part of my Le Tote box. I wasn’t sure what to expect when I first ordered it, but I easily wore everything in the box at least twice in the week I had it! I should be able to get one more box in before the month is up & I suspect it will be just as good. If you haven’t looked into ordering a Le Tote, I think you should check it out!

2. I confess that even though my husband is in the military, I don’t often get to see him in uniform. Lucky for me, he had to wear his cammies one morning this week and oh.my.goodness. As handsome as I think he is, seeing him in uniform just makes my heart stop! Marines in rolled sleeves anyone? 😉

3. I confess that faux fur vests are one of my favorite trends for this season! You can literally throw one on over almost anything… Flannels, blouses, dresses, & the list goes on! I have this option from H&M, this one from the girl’s section at Target, & this from the women’s section at Target. {Here are great options, all under $50}

4. One more Target purchase to rave on? These wedge booties. Comfortable enough for me to wear at school all day & cute enough to go with lots of looks! Even though I really want these Kate Spade boots, I guess I will have to stick with this Target pair for the time being. Shucks.

5. I confess that Thursday & Friday are parent/teacher conference days at school this week. It made for a looooong Thursday night but I am done at noon today. I cannot wait to go enjoy this beautiful Friday afternoon!

Well, that wraps up all of my secrets for today! I am linked up with A Blonde Ambition for this wonderful day of confessing. Go enjoy your weekend girls!

Girl in the Blue Dress


Dress: Le Tote, exact here / Wedge Booties: Target / Necklaces: Bauble Bar & Kendra Scott / Double Pearl Earrings

If I were to design my ideal date night dress, this would be it. Exactly.
Blue is my absolute favorite color & I’m in love this bright cobalt shade! Plus this loose, swing style is perfectly comfortable for eating yourself silly. {preferably on sushi}

After a long day of meetings, class, & practice, I usually don’t have a lot of time to come home & get ready. My husband is always begging me to hurry up before he starves to death 🙂 This dress was super easy to throw on with a pair of comfy wedges. I layered this simple frock with some of my favorite jewels and it was perfect for a night out with my man! 

What is your go-to date night outfit?