Inexpensive Amazon Gift Guide FOR HER

Amazon Gift Guide For Her

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas…. 😉 Hi loves! Can you believe Christmas is less than a month away?! I still can’t believe it and as always, I’ve been thinking about all of the gifts I’m going to give but haven’t purchased yet, lol. As I was thinking of the gift guides I wanted to share for my first year of blogging, I has SO many ideas come to mind. All my favorite bloggers come out with the cutest gift guides each year and those gave me a bunch of inspiration. But if I’m being completely honest (which I vow to always be with you guys 🙂 ), some/most of the items on those gift guides are not in my budget. Trust me, if I had the money to buy all my friends designer sunglasses, purses, etc, you know I’d do it!

I want to be as real as I can with you guys and I know there are others out there with the same or similar budget as myself and I wanted to share my ideas with those people in mind! And what better way to do so than not only sharing 20 gifts under $25 but gifts from AMAZON! I think I just heard angels singing when I typed “Amazon” lol, jk. But for reals, I’m obsessed with ordering anything and everything I can from Amazon (Prime addict). Who isn’t?! All but 3, yes 3, of these gifts are even under $20! So without further ad0, I hope you babes enjoy these Amazon finds and find something perfect for your friend, sister, mom, cousin, aunt, or even yourself! Oh and all of the below Amazon product pictures are clickable and will take you right to the listing 🙂

 

  • YOU GUYS! If you decide to treat yo self to just ONE GIFT, let it be this one! This belt is an exact dupe for the outrageously expensive, super trendy Gucci belt! I mean, this is a no brainer at less than $15! It comes in two other colors, so you might as well snag all three!

  • Ok so I recently discovered these and they’re da bomb! These would be a great add-on to any gift as a little something extra or even as a stocking stuffer! These invisibobbles remind me of my childhood for some reason, but they are hair ties that DON’T KINK YOUR HAIR! Hallelujah! Who else can agree that throwing your hair that you just styled into a pony, taking it down a few hours later, and seeing that ugly kink in your hair is the worst?! Because we all live on dry shampoo 😉 these are perfect to keep your style for much longer! I’ve linked the clear ones down below because they would work for any hair color, but they come in a bunch of colors! These clear ones are $7.95 for a pack of 3.
  • Don’t know what to get someone? This blanket is an easy gift for absolutely anyone in your life. Not to mention, how cute are those pom poms?! You could even throw in some hot cocoa and even a mug and you’ve given them an effortless cozy night! This pom pom blanket comes in more colors as well! This blanket is right under $20.
  • These rose gold studs are stunning! Rose gold is trendy right now and that jewelry lover or girly girl in your life could pair these with anything. These lovelies are only $8.29 and look much more expensive!
  • Any other coffee addicts/lovers out there?! I myself loooove collecting coffee cups and mugs because I use them daily! This pink and gold thermal mug is absolutely adorable and would make waking up just a tad bit easier! The mug is $18 and you could also add some Keurig K-Cups or some holiday coffee to complete this gift!
  • I have found a dupe for the Morphe brushes that I love: BS-MALL Brushes! These remind me so much of the Morphe brushes, and even though Morphe brushes are still on the inexpensive side, these are EVEN MORE inexpensive! I got these myself on an “Amazon Deal of the Day” for less than $5 and expected them to be sub-par. I was pleasantly surprised by the quality of these and I haven’t put them down since I got them. Right now they are less than $10 and BS-MALL has a bunch of different sets besides this one. Grab some for yourself and the makeup lover in your life! Also, I’m thinking about doing a review on these on ze blog, so comment below if that’s something you would want to see!
  • These letter light boxes and similar letter boards seem to be uber popular lately. I can’t scroll through my instagram feed without spotting one of these at least once! They’re so cute and come with letters, numbers and symbols to customize what you want to write. I think this gift would be perfect for an at home office, a girl boss, or even a college student! Plus, it’s less than $15!
  • How is this tote under $15?! I don’t know, but I’m diggin’ it! This tote is perfect for any girl in your life because we can all use a good tote- whether that’s for a laptop bag for work or school or your everyday purse! I love the tassel detail and this cream/beige shade, although it comes in tons of other colors! 
  • Blanket scarves… everyone has one/needs one! This blanket scarf is under $13 and is essential for the fall and winter to throw on and go! I have a few blanket scarves myself because they’re so versatile and can be worn so many different ways. I love the white and blue of this one, but it comes in a few other colors as well so you can choose one based on what colors the person you’re gifting for usually wears.

  • I am very busy… always 🙂 Who isn’t?! I’m a planner freak and have to have one to humanly function, lol. For all of those organizational freaks like myself who like to write everything down and have a planner to keep them sane, this planner is too cute! I love the pink (obvi) and it has tabs to separate the months, comes with cute stickers that make planning way more fun, and it’s the perfect size that can fit in most purses and isn’t going to be a huge thing you have to lug around. This planner is $20!
  • Everyone has an iPhone and everyone loves getting new phone cases, so this was an easy decision to add to the gift guide. Marble and rose gold are super trendy right now and I’ve seen similar cases to this one for much more! This case is made for 7+/8+ and comes in a bunch of other prints/colors. It comes in at right under $12 and this seller also sells identical cases for the regular iPhone 7/8 and even 6/6s!
  • I KNOW we all have a wine lover in our lives. I also KNOW we all have a dog lover in our lives! Can you guess which one I am (dogs all the way 😉 ) Well this gift combines those two loves into the most adorable wine charms I have ever seen! I mean, how cute are these little puppies that you can attach to your wine glass?! I might get some just to add to my regular glasses, lol. These charms are $15.84 and you could easily pair this with a bottle of wine to make for a perfect gift!
  • Got a traveler in your life?! I loooove this gift because I myself travel a ton for work and this luggage tag is not only darling at $10, but would help your luggage stand out in the carousel! You could also gift this to someone you know has an upcoming trip such as a honeymoon or getaway. 
  • I’ve seen a bunch of girls have these adorable puff balls hang from their keys or even their handbags and I’m loving it! This fur ball comes in lots of colors and makes a fun gift for anyone! Plus, this makes losing your keys a lot harder with this attached 🙂 This gift is only $7.15
  • Slippers are so underrated! I’m a slipper lover and I have to admit (with some shame) that I have worn slippers out in public, lol. Sue me! Anywho, these cozy, pretty blush slippers are another great gift for anyone! You could even gift these with the pom pom blanket I mentioned above or with a face mask for a pampered night in! Plus, how adorable is that feather detail?! These are right under $18 and come in an identical gray version as well.
  • Remember that makeup lover in your life I mentioned above when talking about the amazing brushes I love? Well, this is also for that person (or you) too! This makeup pillow is too cute for words! You could even gift it with the makeup brushes or a new lipgloss and you’re good to go! I especially like this gift because it’s super unique! This throw pillow is only $8.49!
  • Easy add on gift or small gift for the girl on the go- a card holder with a key ring! This would be ideal for someone in college in my opinion. They could store their ID and debit card, some change, and put this on their key ring and they’re good to go! I personally love using my card holder because then I don’t have a bulky wallet to carry around and it’s easy to grab n go. This cardholder in light gray is less than $9 and also comes in a few other colors!

Finally the gifts over $20, but still under $25!

  • Again, do you have a beauty lover in your life?! If not, I think this gift works for any girl, really! I myself have one of these on my Christmas list and they have been selling out everywhere else so fast and they’re a bit more pricey than this one! It’s a LED vanity tri-fold mirror! Perfect for getting up close and personal 🙂 This one is the cheapest I’ve seen at $21.99 and is marked as an Amazon #1 Best Seller!
  • Got a tech or music loving friend? Or even a fitness lover? These wireless/bluetooth headphones are great for that person in your life. Because it’s the absolute worst dropping your phone while your headphones are plugged in on the treadmill or trying to lift weights with your headphones attached to your phone. A great bonus to these is that the size is customizeable, the ear buds are magnetic which avoids tangling, and you can even buy a warranty for extra protection if you’d like. These headphones are $23.99.
  • Last, but not least, is this sporty yet girly Adidas hat. I love baseball hats to throw on for days when my hair isn’t looking it’s best or to even wear with jeans and a simple tee to spice it up! I love this pink one, but it comes in other colors too! Adidas is extremely popular right now and that fashionista or sporty girl in your life would rock this! This hat is the most expensive item on this gift guide at $24.

I had a blast scouring Amazon looking for these gifts and I hope you guys enjoy them as much as I do! All of these gifts that I don’t already have I’ve added to my own Christmas wishlist 🙂 I’m even gifting some of these myself! You could even share this gift guide with someone who is asking what YOU want this year and you don’t have to worry about breaking their bank! Let me know in the comments down below which item(s) you’re going to gift to someone or get for yourself!

Xoxo Brittany

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The Best Sales for Black Friday 2017

Brittany Trautman Best Sales Black Friday 2017

I’m back… back again 😉 Even though I posted on Tuesday, I still wanted to get my normal Thursday post up just in time for all of the Black Friday sales! Did anyone else notice that this year a lot of brands started having pre-black Friday sales? This week a bunch of brands had great sales and I loved every second of it 🙂 I rounded up the best (and my fav) online sales to share with y’all! I myself am a shop-a-holic, but when it comes to Black Friday, I somehow always convince myself I need everything because it’s on sale! Does anyone else do that?? In years past, I have waited in long lines in the freezing cold but this past year, I have been doing most of my shopping online so I don’t even mess with that anymore and it’s AWESOME! I mean, who doesn’t want to skip the lines, snuggle up on the couch, watch a Christmas movie, and do some online shopping?!

Old Navy’s Black FriYAY 50% off sale (ends 11/24)

1. High-Rise Rockstar Skinny Jeans– I looooove these jeans because they’re super stretchy and the high-rise fit sucks everything in 😉 With the discount, they’re only $17.49!

2.Blush Vest– I’m a sucker for vests and I love pairing them with absolutely anything in the colder months. This one in blush is super cute and on trend right now. It also comes in a camo print. This vest is only $15 (wooohoooo!)

3.Velvet Ruffle Cami– This cami comes in 3 colors and the velvet is another hot trend right now. This would look perfect paired with a cardigan or even a leather jacket. It’s definitely a closet staple that can be worn a million ways. It’s only $12.50!

Express 50% off Everything Sale + Free Shipping (ends 11/25)

4. Ribbon Tie Cold Shoulder Sweater– You guys know I love bows/ dainty details and I haven’t seen any sweaters like this anywhere else! I love the mix of the bows on the shoulders with the cold shoulder detail. This sweater is $24.95

5. Plaid Wrap Tie Mini Skirt– I am intrigued by the new plaid trend that we’ve been seeing this year and this skirt makes me want to try it! I love the asymmetrical front and the wrap detail. I think this would be adorable for Christmas paired with a black sweater and OTK boots. This skirt is $24.95

6. Chenille Leggings– I definitely NEED these! Chenille has become popular this year and I’m loving it just as much as everyone else 🙂 It’s the softest, coziest material known to man kind, lol. So when I heard people raving about these chenille leggings, I knew I had to add them to my wishlist. They’re $29.95 which may seem a bit pricey for leggings, but these are LIQUID GOLD PEOPLE!

Loft Black Fri-Yay Collection (ends 11/23) // Use code ‘GIFTITUP’ for 40% off

7. Tie Cuff Sweater– Another item with bows, what can I say, I’m a girly girl, lol. I love the mix of the classic black and white and how the bows and the cuffs add flare to a basic sweater. This sweater is $29.70

8. Velvet Slip On Sneakers– The color of these is stunning! It’s called murky blue and looks like a blue/grey mix. There is a pink version of these slip on sneakers too! Again, velvet is trendy and I love slip on sneakers so these would be perfect to throw on and run out the door and would look great with leggings or jeans. They are $32.70!

9. Satin Sneakers– Again, this color is stunning! It’s a rose/gray color and the material is satin so naturally they look like a more chic/ dressed up version of a normal tennis shoe. They also come in a grey color as well. These are $29.70!

Nordstrom currently has a sale going on with 20%-55% off discounts (Ends 11/24)

10. Urban Decay Vice Liquid Lipstick– These are a steal! Comparable in price to a lot of drug store lipsticks honestly. I’ve heard good things about these, so this price is great to try them at! I’ve got my eye on the shade ‘Amulet’ and they’re only $9!! FYI, they also have a lipstick/lip liner combo on sale for $15 too! (P.S. Nordstrom has a bunch of beauty goodies for a steal!)

11. Philosophy Shower Gel– I love the Philosophy cleanser as well as the shower gels. These smell AHHHMAZING! The holiday and classic scents are all included.. These would make perfect holiday gifts or even an easy ‘treat yo self’ gift 😉 The shower gel is on sale for $12

12. BP Studded Faux Leather Crossbody– This is a staple for any girl. It’s great quality at a great price, definitely something you can get a lot of use out of it. This crossbody is only $18.42!

These are just a few of my favorite items I have found, but there are sooo many other goodies I have on my wishlist. Happy Thanksgiving and shopping loves!!

xoxo

Brittany

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Travel Diaries // New York City

Brittany Trautman NYC

A Quick Getaway to the Concrete Jungle

Queue Taylor Swift song: Welcome to New York, It’s been waitin’ for you. Welcome to New York, welcome to New York. Darin, my sister, Shannon, and I had a mini retreat to NYC at the beginning of September and it was the perfect way to close out the summer with one last hoorah! I love my sister for many reasons, but two specific reasons made this trip extra fun: Firstly, Shannon is a “seasoned traveler” and always knows all the in’s and out’s of where to go and what to see… SCORE! Secondly, she’s way more adventurous than I am. She is more fun than I’ll ever be and I’m the first to admit that! (I’m a 70 year old stuck in a 24 year old’s body 🙂 ) On top of that, I always love to travel with my hubby. I love getting to experience new places, see new things, and cross places off of our bucket list together! Our goal for next year is to go to Europe together since Darin’s never been… fingers crossed!

I wanted to share the highlights of our trip and my opinion of “must do’s”:

  • Central Park… DUH!

I had been to NYC a few times when I was younger, but never got to experience Central Park. I think I would have enjoyed it a bit more if it wasn’t 500 degrees the day we went, but hey, it definitely is an NYC must in my opinion! Central Park is unique in the fact that it’s a beautiful green, lush getaway in the middle of skyscrapers; I think that’s why I loved it so much. Shannon and I wandered around taking it all in… from sidewalk musicians to the views of the bridges. I trusted Shannon (the seasoned traveler, right 😉 ) to lead us in the right direction, and she did for the most part, lol, but we somehow managed to get lost a few times while within the park. But we got our steps in for the day at least 🙂 I think the coolest part is just walking through the park and seeing all sorts of people: tourists from all over the world, yogis practicing their yoga, mamas and babies taking an afternoon stroll, and so much more. I am a creep and love to people watch and Central Park was definitely a great place for that! Not to mention, anywhere you turn is a perfect photo op!

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  • The Met… A Gossip Girl Lover’s DREAM

The Met (The Metropolitan Museum of Art) was close to Central Park so it was only fitting that I convinced Shannon to go. If you’re a Gossip Girl junkie like me, than you know the significance of this place. If not, what are you doing with your life?! JK, but honestly, go watch it on Netflix… now. The Met is a key part of the Gossip Girl series because it is where Blair Waldorf (the main character) ruled her high school throne. Blair and Serena would sit on the Met steps and drink their lattes gossiping of course. Anywho, I was dying to go see this place and it was magical. Probably because of my Gossip Girl obsession, but this is a touristy place and it’s also a prime people watching spot. My sister and I didn’t actually go into the museum because we didn’t have time, but just sitting on the steps and watching the taxis go by was reason enough to visit. It would have been even cooler if Leighton Meester and Blake Lively were sitting next to me, but hey, a girl can dream right?Brittany Trautman The Met

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  • National September 11 Memorial… a MUST

I think if you could only visit one “touristy” place in NYC, it should definitely be the National September 11 Memorial. It goes without saying that the Memorial represents New York City itself and the struggle and the pain our country has gone through since 9/11. It was breathtaking to see the space in which the World Trade Centers used to stand and think about those that lost their lives that day. People from all over the world were there taking a moment of silence as they walked by the memorial looking at the names of those engraved and listening to the waterfall of the memorials. It just so happened that we were there only a few days before the 9/11 anniversary which made it that much more surreal. We didn’t have time to go into the museum, but it’s definitely on my bucket list. Even if you can only spend 5 minutes at the Memorial, DO IT! You won’t regret it. Unfortunately, I didn’t get any pictures of the memorial itself. To be honest, I didn’t really want to take pictures in that moment; I wanted to take it all in and pay respect to those that we lost.

By the National September 11 Memorial is the Oculus. The Oculus is the World Trade Center Transportation Hub that serves as a train station that gives futuristic vibes (in my opinion). The hub was created to replace the train station that was destroyed during 9/11. It’s made of all glass and steel and not only hosts the train station but shops and stores as well. Like I said earlier, I like to people watch, lol, and this was definitely a cool place to do that. As you enter the Oculus, if you stand at the top of the steps, you can look down at all of the people walking through the station and it’s so cool! The Oculus’ architecture makes for great photos and makes you feel like you’re not in NYC anymore!

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  • Times Square… Bright Lights, Big City

Times Square, the epitome of NYC. This is another one of those “must-do’s” for first time visitors. Times Square is jam packed with people weaving and dodging, street artists, crazy drivers, and billboards made of LED lights. The best time to visit Times Square is obviously at night when all of the billboards are lit up. That’s also my favorite time to visit because, I myself, am a night owl and no matter what time you are walking the streets, it will always be alive with people! It almost makes you forget what time it really is- you can grab a hot dog at 2 am or a latte at midnight; it doesn’t matter! Currently wishing KC had something similar for me to getaway to for those nights I can’t sleep 🙂

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  • 230 Fifth Rooftop Bar…Trust me, you’re cool enough

For our last night, we decided to go out with a bang (aka staying up past 11 pm 😉 ). I was just googling restaurants around our hotel and we stumbled upon 230 Fifth Rooftop Bar. We took an elevator for what seemed like forever and we stepped off onto this eclectic, sophisticated lounge. We both looked at each other in awe, lol. We then walked outside to an amazingly beautiful rooftop bar that was filled with young, chic 20 something’s. The views on each side of the rooftop were stunning. You could see for miles, each of the tall buildings that made you feel so small when down below. We sat and lounged on the rooftop and ordered a few drinks and appetizers. We both felt like we weren’t “cool” enough to be there, lol, since we are such home bodies and never do stuff like that. But it was honestly one of our favorite parts of NY! We felt like celebrities in a way because the rooftop and the lounge seemed like part of a movie scene. I recommend finding any type of rooftop bar/lounge to see incredible views of the city that you may not see otherwise!

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What I’m Wearing: Almost Identical Dress // Similar Dress // Jean Jacket // Adidas Sneakers // White Ruffle Top // Jeans

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Why Blog?

Why I Blog

Well, to be honest, I am starting this blog because I have finally built up the courage and confidence to do so. There was always some excuse holding me back from publishing a blog or even telling others I wanted to create a blog- I don’t have enough time, no one would even read it, the blogging niche is too saturated, I’m not talented/ knowledgeable enough… the list goes on and on. Truth be told, I had a blog at one point but never made it public. Why? Because I kept coming up with “what if’s” instead of just going for it. So now I’m going for it… thus, here we are 🙂

Beauty is without a doubt my first love. I’ve always loved all things makeup since I can remember. I enjoy testing out new products, sharing my tips and tricks, and to be honest, putting my make up on is usually the highlight of my day (no pun intended 😉 ) I have had people ask me how I do my makeup- brows, contour, eye shadow, etc. and what products I use for some time now and I want to have a platform to share that! I am not claiming to know absolutely everything about make up nor be a professional make up artist for that matter. I’m just trying to share about what makeup I love and why with others! Most recently, I’ve been really into skincare for many different reasons as well (that’s a whole other post in itself 🙂 ) because let me tell you, I’m not trying to get wrinkles any sooner then I have to, lol!

All things beauty have always inspired me and that has sparked interest in my own personal style. As a 20-something woman, trying to shop on a budget while still looking cute and trendy is sometimes easier said than done. Over the years, I’ve learned what looks best on my body type, what trends will come and go, what I totally regret buying, and much more. I’d like to share my fashion finds and personal style with others.

When it comes to lifestyle, I want to share my little pieces of happiness from my life with you all :). Whether that’s décor finds to easy recipes (because we all know if it’s not easy to cook, I’m not doing it lol) or travel diaries to DIY projects. I want to share part of my life with those who can relate or enjoy reading. Ultimately, my goal is to write about what I’m passionate about in hopes that someone out there on the world-wide web relates or feels inspired!

Besides beauty, personal style, and lifestyle, I just want to write about whatever I’m feeling at the moment. I’ve been wanting to publish a blog for a few years now and never had the courage (at one point I had one and deleted it 🙁 ). I figured that no one would care about what I had to share or people would make fun of me; the list goes on and on. But honestly, WHO CARES?! I am starting this blog for me, myself, and I. Even if my sister and Darin are the only ones who read it, then that’s ok! This blog will be an amazing platform to share my passions and ultimately look back on years from now. So with that, please feel free to comment and subscribe to my newsletter because I’d love to hear from you. Thanks for stopping by!

Xoxo Brittany

 

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