Lunchtime Reading: December 10

It’s December!!!! Arguably one of the best months of the year 🙂 In honor of the holiday season being upon us, today’s lunchtime reading is all about Christmas 🙂 

  1. Have you ever wondered what happens to unsold Christmas trees? (USA Today)
  2. I am waiting with bated breath for this year’s Hater’s Guide to the Williams-Sonoma Catalog. To keep busy while we wait, here’s the one from last year. (Deadspin)
  3. Is this holiday dress from Gal Meets Glam practical? No. But is it lovely? Yes!!!
  4. The 23 best places to spend Christmas. (CN Traveler)
  5. A beautiful repository of Christmas cookie recipes. (Real Simple)
  6. I can’t wait to try out this neck pillow on my way home for the holidays 🙂
  7. A gift guide for the person in your life who is always anxious or stressed out. (Refinery 29)
  8. Another gift guide! This one is for your friend who loves staying in as much as you do. (Girls’ Night In)
  9. The holidays aren’t easy for everyone. If they bring on feelings of stress or depression check out these tips for coping. (Mayo Clinic)
  10. This list of go-to holiday outfits will definitely be my guide as I pack to go back to Maryland! (The Everygirl)

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Lunchtime Reading: December 26

Let me just start by saying I would SO much rather be on a beach than in cold, windy DC right now! Just gonna have to make the best of it for now 🙂

  1. Six books to curl up with over the holidays. (The Everygirl)
  2. What they don’t tell you about the Jordan Year. (Blavity)
  3. Looking for cozy sweaters? This one, this one, and this one are all quite nice.
  4. Why is egg the only nog? (NPR)
  5. 28 pretty ways to organize your vanity for the new year. (The Zoe Report)
  6. The best hotels to stay in for your 2018 travels. (Condé Nast Traveller)
  7. Ask yourself these 28 questions before making your new year resolution. (Inc.)

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Lunchtime Reading: December 21

It’s almost Christmas!!!!! How pumped are you?!

  1. Do these water add-ins for healthy skin work? I’m curious. (The Everygirl) 
  2. I ordered this sweater on a whim, but it was such a good decision! So comfy!!
  3. The secret behind the K-Beauty fad. (NY Times)
  4. Madewell is having a 30% off sale with $5 overnight shipping. I already bought this! 
  5. How to get the magic 500+ connections on LinkedIn. (Forbes)
  6. I just started watching The Crown on Netflix and it’s super interesting. 
  7. Thinking of royality, here’s the Royal Family’s Christmas Card. (Marie Claire)
  8. How to build your brand using Snapchat. (Create & Cultivate)
  9. Lots of people say this book changed their lives. Maybe a good winter-break read?
  10. This is such a cute understated-festive look for work! (Extra Petite)

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Gift Guide for the Ladies

One of my favorite things about blogging during the holidays is getting to see everyone’s gift guides. I always get so many good ideas looking at them, both for what to get my friends and family and what to put on my own wishlist! I thought I’d actually join in and make my own gift guide this year 🙂

  1. L’Occitane Almond Milk Concentrate  ($50)loccitane
  2. Harry Josh Blow Dryer ($199) harryjosh
  3. UGG Dakota Slippers ($100) ugg
  4. Portable Phone Charger ($54)
  5. Kiehl’s Hand Salve ($15)                 kiehls
  6. Patagonia 1/4-Zip Fleece ($99) patagonia
  7. Kate Spade ‘Going Places’ Scarf ($78)katespade
  8. Airbnb Gift Card ($25-$500)airbnb
  9. Francesca’s Faux Fur Blanket ($60)francescas
  10. Amazon Echo ($99)amazonFeature image found here.

Lunchtime Reading: December 13

1 The mom jean trend is alive and well and I am here for it. My only questions is where can I buy them, aside from thrift stores? (The Everygirl)

2 Hitha is the master traveler, and she has blessed us with a look inside her travel makeup bag. (Hitha on the Go)

3  Kate Spade is having a surprise sale that ends tonight. I’m in love with this purse and this clutch.

4 The makeup you need to throw away before 2018 (The Zoe Report)

5 Some gift ideas for your fellow ladies in the office 🙂 (Lauren Conrad)

6 LinkedIn has some tips about how to bring holiday cheer to your office (LinkedIn)

7 Small decisions, especially with tech, can have big impacts. Here’s how.

8 It was 26 degrees this morning in DC and my skin was not having it! Time to whip out my favorite moisturizer.

9 I never thought about decorating my kitchen, until now. (Elizabeth Street Post)

10 If you don’t already follow The Work Edit, do yourself a favor and check it out now. Abra is doing some amazing giveaways right now!

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Lunchtime Reading: December 7

1 Trump declared that the U.S. recognizes Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. This is why it’s a big deal. (CNN)

2 Why you should still send Christmas Cards even in the age of Facebook. (The Federalist)

3 I want everything on Alaina’s Winter Essentials gift guide. (The Elizabeth Street Post)

4 Does wearing makeup to work actually matter? (Huffington Post)

5 As 2017 comes to a close, here are the 10 best pop culture moments of the year. (The Zoe Report)

6 Some simple tips to avoid catching the office bug this winter. (Forbes)

7 This holiday party outfit could not be more perfect! (Extra Petite)

8 Jessica Rose Parr is all kinds of life goals and her Instagram is one of my favorites.

9 I know graphic tees are so 2007, but for this one I might consider bending my fashion rules.

10 How to decorate your apartment for the holidays without breaking the bank. (The Everygirl)

Office Holiday Party

This is my first year being in a “real adult” job during the holidays, meaning I get to attend my first office holiday party! My company puts on a pretty big show, and it’s definitely an event to see and be seen at. I’m super excited! It’s given me an excuse to go shopping, but I don’t want to blow all my money either so I’m mixing in some pieces that I already own. Here’s what I plan on wearing for the big day:

Ellen Tracy Scuba Keyhole Dress ($53)

Baublebar Anastasia Hoops ($38)

Calvin Klein Strappy Sandals ($75)

Calvin Klein Toggle Wrap Coat ($160)

INC International Concepts Clutch ($35)

And that’s only half the fun! There’s still the beauty side to think about 🙂 My idea right now is a French manicure on my hands, fire engine red for my toes, and a salon blowout for my hair. I can’t wait!

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Lunchtime reading: December 5

  1. I am loving Alaina’s subtle take on decorating your bedroom for the holidays. (The Elizabeth Street Post)
  2. A gift guide for the men in your life, written by an actual man. (The Work Edit)
  3. If you’re looking for somewhere to make a difference this holiday season, consider donating to Hand in Hand.
  4. After following this Instagram account, all I can think about is traveling to Scandinavia.
  5. What is this Mercury retrograde that everyone is yammering about? (Farmer’s Almanac)
  6. The wardrobe essentials I need to make it through this winter. (Refinery 29)
  7. I’m intrigued by these winter hair trends. Especially the cider and spice. (The Zoe Report)
  8. Finally, someone said it: The Rise and Fall of the Basic Bitch. (The Everygirl)
  9. I can’t stop eating this for lunch. SO GOOD!
  10. Are conservatives in Silicon Valley the new counter-culture? (CNN)

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