MY CHRISTMAS WISHLIST + 2019 FAVORITE THINGS!

Hey all! What's up? Are you surviving? I have such a love/hate relationship with this time of year, it's obviously one of the busiest months of the year, one of the most stressful but also one of the most rewarding. I love ALL of it, sometimes even the stressful parts;) 

Have ya'll put together a Christmas Wish List for yourself yet? I don't really want much of anything since I buy a ton all year long to share and review with you guys, however I really really do want a BISSELL CORDLESS CROSSWAVE! I've wanted one since last year honestly but never told anyone so I didn't get it and since I didn't know what else to ask for this year that's literally pretty much all I want, haha. A MOP. YOU GUYS I WANT A FREAKING MOP for Christmas. But this one is supposed to be amazing, considering it vacuums AND mops all at once! We'll see if Santa thinks I've been good this year! ;) 

If you're still looking for a few things to add to your list, I'm gunna share some of my favorite things from the year with you guys right here! 
These are my TOP 10 favorite purchases and things from the year! 

Things that have either helped me in my day to day life or things I use ALL THE TIME! 

10. AMAZON SHEETS // These sheets are the softest ever! They also don't pill in the wash and get SOFTER each time, I now own 4 sets of these to keep on rotation. They come in TONS of colors and are SUPER affordable! 

9. FAUX LEATHER LEGGINGS // I really didn't want to believe the hype with these but they're easily my favorite and one of my most worn items from the year! You can see all the ways to style them in this post (here). 


8. MAKEUP ORGANIZER // Sometimes it really is the little things, I love how organized this little vanity organizer makes me feel and it's held up well over the past year, it comes in a few different colors and looks pretty on my bathroom vanity! It would make a SUPER awesome gift! 


7. AMAZON DRESS // Absolutely LOVED this dress and wore it on several different occasions and got crazy compliments each time, I wore it on vacation (twice!) to a wedding and to family dinners multiple times, SUPER flattering, very forgiving.. actually BRB I'm going to order another color ;) 


6. MAKEUP CASE & ORGANIZER // EASILY one of my top sellers from the year! LOVE LOVE LOVE this makeup organizer ESPECIALLY for Travel! It would make a GREAT gift for ANYONE on your list! Comes in multiple color options too! 


5. HOURLY WATER BOTTLE // This water bottle is a GAME CHANGER if you have trouble with water intake! literally helps me SO DANG MUCH!! It would make a great gift for yourself or someone else but if your goal in the new year is to drink more water, then you need this bottle! I blogged some of my fun fruit infused water recipes in this HERE.


4. AMAZON DUVET // If new bedding is on your list I REALLY love this duvet insert! It washes well, and doesn't get "bumpy" overtime, I have a duvet cover over ours but you could easily use it alone! 

3. TULA // I don't know what took me so long to try Tula but OH MY GOSH!! SO dang glad I did! Some of the products have been life changing, no lie, for my super sensitive skin! The cleanser and eye balm have especially been some of my favorite products but I can't wait to see what else Tula comes out with in 2020! If you want to try any of their products you can use code LAURIE20 for 20% off your order! 

2. VERB // I think VERB has been one of my most favorite discoveries this year, I always have that afternoon slump and these help me tremendously, they have as much caffeine as an espresso and our only 90 calories! If you want to try these- they'd make a great stocking stuffer gift! and you can try all 4 flavors for just $.95 cents!! When you click (this link!)  #okuuur 

1. VINTAGE BOGO BAGS // I've had one of these ahmayzing bags on my wish list for FOREVER and man oh man does it live up to the HYPE!!! These bags are repurposed from vintage authentic LV bags and they'd make an AMAZING gift! You can get the exact bag pictured (here) but they also have the cutest (hats) and EVEN BETTER- You can use code LAURIE10 for 10% off any order at VBB!!! 

and because the above is my personal favorites of the year in no particular order I totally can't leave out these favorites!! 

HOME CHEF // What an amazing gift this would make for SOMEONE!! Seriously, the gift of not having to go to the grocery store? SOLD!! You can use code LAURIE80 for $80 off your first 4 boxes if you want to try yourself- OR click here for $30 off your FIRST BOX to by as a gift or give it a test run!!


NESPRESSO // Probably my most favorite thing! I love my {keurig} and also my nespresso BUT the nespresso is great if you are more of a latte drinker and it makes me feel like a barista! I've made so many drinks with this thing and absolutely LOVE IT!! I still love my keurig for quick and easy cups of coffee though, and recently switched to the k elite which I'm really enjoying so far! Both would make great gifts for YOU or someone else! 

SHARK ROBOT VAC // Got one of these for my MIL because I loved mine so much! I have the Amazon version in the game room and it does fine for moderate cleaning if you're looking for a super budget friendly option! 


Okay so this post was OVERLOAD, consider it part 1 of my wishlist/2019 favorite things post! I honestly discovered so many things to love this year and I can't freaking wait to see what 2020 has in store! Should I do a monthly favorite things post this year? Lemme know in comments or come say hey! on the gram! Instagram here! 



*post may contain affiliate links which means I receive a small commission when you make a purchase but as always, all thoughts and opinions are my own!! Thank you so much for supporting my little space here in 2019! I can't wait to see what's in store for us!*

 photo glam-sig_zpszarat6ml.png
7

LAST MINUTE GIFT IDEAS FOR EVERYONE ON YOUR LIST!


Hey friends! The countdown is ON! Christmas is just 2 weeks away. Can't even believe it. Feels like it was just July 5 seconds ago, honestly! I started planning for Christmas back in late September you guys. YES FREAKING SEPTEMBER. And I still feel so behind! 

Moment of truth, have ya'll finished shopping?! Or are you still buying gifts for everyone on your list? I am DEFINITELY still shopping, THANK THE LORD for Amazon Prime and the fact that most stores are offering two day shipping these days! Since I'm still shopping, I thought I'd put together a quick list of late minute deals & gift ideas for everyone left on your list. 

Here's a few last minute gifts I snagged last night while up freaking out about everyone I still had to buy gifts for! I love my new wine glasses so much I snagged some for my sis, and a few of my girlfriends since they're on sale for under $23 for a set of 4 today! Also, my super cute and crazy EXTRAHHHH glitter slippers are on sale for less than $20 when you use code SWEET. 




Let's start with the in-laws. Not sure why but they can be really hard to buy for and sometimes I feel so bad just giving a gift card! These ECHO SHOW 5'S  are amazing and we love ours so much we decided everyone on our list was getting one. Well.. ALMOST everyone. ;) even better news is that they're on SALE today! Some color options as low as 59.99 + FREE 2 DAY SHIP! #winning These would also make a great gift for the "couples" on your list who you just don't know what to get! If $70 is out of your gift budget- this echo dot is on sale for just $24.99 today! ALSO, you really can't go wrong with house things! 






Moving on to teacher gifts, I always like to keep it simple. One of my girlfriends is a teacher and says that while homemade gifts are always appreciated, there really is nothing better than a gift card to buy supplies needed for the classroom and for the kids! I always give a gift card and a small gift! This year, I picked up these anthropologie mugs and will include a small candle and my favorite hand cream! Useful things that everyone can use and love! You can even include a sheet mask to encourage teachers to take some time for themselves. They really work so hard and deserve it!



Hard to buy for teenagers? This game has been such a huge hit here at our house lately! It's on sale for $13.99 today! Even the teens are getting off the video games and playing! It's fun for people of ALL ages and really makes a great gift! Teen Boys love gift cards and you can't go wrong with a beauty gift set for Teen girls or a mens care gift set for teen boys! I always snag a couple as last minute gifts:) 





What about Grandma or Grandparents? I always love to give my Gramma cash & small gift! Usually a robe & some slippers! But I also got her a heated blanket this year! These are the best ones! I bought my gramma these last year and she still thanks me every time she see's me for the slippers! Snag a pair for yourself too! ;)






HUSBANDS. I have shared so many ideas this holiday season for men but they can still be so dang hard to buy for. I'm not kidding you when I say Nick always thanks me for the simple things the most. Gift Sets like these always get used! This leather wallet is one sale for only $20 bucks today! Also you just can't go wrong with COLOGNE GIFT SETS and this is Nick's FAVORITE!





Still have littles on your list to buy for? Savanna is obsessed with these scrubbies! And I honestly think most kids would be also! This is an awesome gift set! Younger kids who shouldn't be trusted with markers yet might enjoy these cutie cars! We also really really love these magna tiles!


For girlfriends, I really just love a bottle of wine, my favorite candles, and I think these lighted USB charger cable cords or just the CUTEST!!!


A fun gift for parents? I got my Mom this record player and think she'll just love taking a step back in time and playing "Vinyls" on it. I snagged these cool window bird houses for some older people in our family. I think they're so unique, cool and different! 



So there ya have it friends! last minute gifts for everyone on your list and you don't even have to put on pants or leave your house! Isn't that just the best way to shop?! So I HAVE TO KNOW! Are ya'll finished shopping or still going?! I'm hoping to finish this week! Wish me luck. Also, if anyone else is stressing about what to get me for Christmas, I like wine. ;) 
 photo glam-sig_zpszarat6ml.png
4

10 WAYS TO STYLE FAUX LEATHER LEGGINGS!

Hey babes! This post has been a long time comin' and highly requested! These faux leather Spanx were a top seller this Black Friday and actually one of my top sellers of the entire year. I absolutely LOVE them and how versatile they are! They dress up even the most casual outfit and are super comfortable and flattering. I wear mine at least once or twice a week! 


I know a lot of you have purchased them recently so I wanted to share a few ways you can style them! They can easily be dressed up or down and I'm going to show ya'll how below! 



With these leggings, to keep things simple and basic my most favorite outfit formula is the, leggings, tee, topper combo. This is one of the more casual ways to wear them but it always seems to work. A cute tee, a fun vest or jacket, and you got yourself a bajillion different outfits to wear ANY time! 

Here are my exact spanx, I wear a MEDIUM! These run small so I would go up a size! 
Also linking an almost identical dupe here.



Example:



Here, I paired one of my favorite basic tees with a denim jacket, same tee, with a plaid flannel or button down, and the same tee with a cardigan, booties and a hat for a dressier look! SO DANG easy to put together so many cute outfits with these leggings! 



So, here are the 10 different outfits I styled with these leggings to share with you babes today! 





1. BLACK & BROWN// I freaking love black and brown together, this sweater is so cute, super affordable from Old Navy and I love the side slits! Paired with a cute scarf and some knee high booties this is the perfect outfit for date night! These over the knee boots are my FAVORITE! a little pricey but worth it if you can snag them on sale. 

2.// MOTO JACKET & COZY TEE// I just really like faux leather:) 


3. TUNIC SWEATERS //A tunic sweater and some booties give them more of a dressier vibe.

4. DENIM JACKET & VANS // Probably my favorite combo ever! Can you really go wrong with a denim jacket and vans?

5. TEE & VEST COMBO // a SUPER casual look to keep you warm and cozy on cooler winter days! I love these super inexpensive vests from Old Navy! I have a few colors and love them all! These are my FAVORITE winter boots, linking a IDENTICAL DUPE here!

6.BUTTON DOWN & VEST// I love the look of chambray tops with ANYTHING but this one is my favorite. These slip on sneakers are super comfortable and the have foam in the soles so they're really great to wear all day! 



7.OVERSIZED SWEATSHIRT // These oversized sweatshirts are AMAZING! My most favorite and I own SEVERAL colors! I get an XXS in these because they're way oversized! 

8.STRIPES & FLANNEL // Can you really go wrong? Converse linked here!

9. CARDIGANS & HATS // I love love love a good hat and cardigan! Paired with these leggings I love them even more! 
10. BEANIES // I love mixing patterns and stripes and flannel are so cute together, don't you think!? Linking these exact boots here!

Linking up everything here for ya'll!! Hope you enjoyed! Drop a comment if you'd like more posts like this in the future! It was fun! Love you guys! 




 photo glam-sig_zpszarat6ml.png
5

GIFT IDEAS FOR TEEN BOYS

Hey ya'll! Hope you guys had a great Thanksgiving! I have to tell you that I'm feeling a bit shopped out and I NEVER thought I would say that, like ever. HA! Today I wanted to share one of my most requested gift guides with you! WHAT TO BUY TEEN BOYS for Christmas! Teens are HARD. SO HARD. But I sat down with Nick Jr. and asked him to share some things with me, and I also thought really long and hard about things he's actually enjoyed and used over the years. 

Nick is a gamer, he plays sports but there's only so much stuff you can buy for Football, ya know? 

I'm going to share a few ideas below and chat a bit about why I think they'd make good gifts for the teenager in your life. I know gift cards suck to give but really, that's what they want. So I try to find unique and fun ways to give them! I'll share some ideas below! 


1. GIFT CARDS
Like, no duh, right? BUT. You CAN make gift cards more fun to give! I usually give Nick and my nephews a little mini tree filled up with different gift cards to places like Mcdonald's, Gas cards for teenagers that drive, Wal-Mart or Game Stop gift cards always go over pretty well too. Movie gift cards are also appreciated! These gift card and money mazes are really great to make gift cards a bit more interesting also! 


I got this one from Amazon for Nick Jr. and I think it's a really great idea for ANYONE on your list actually. Most Teens have a phone and air pods of SOME KIND so chargers are always appreciated.. speaking of Chargers...


Got Nick Jr one of these for his stocking, he's pretty extra like me so I'm sure he'll dig it.. I also got one for myself because, Christmas, duh.

4. JBL PORTABLE SPEAKER 

Nick takes his EVERYWHERE, even to sleepovers sometimes. He's always using it in his room or on vacations or family trips. This one is the same exact one he has and it's waterproof so it can also be used at the beach or by the pool. It's on sale for $20 off today, making it $79.99 but if you want a budget friendly option this one is great too and under $30 bucks! 

5. VIDEO GAME CHAIR

Nick loves his video gaming chair! This one is from Amazon and comes in lots of color options!

20+ GIFT IDEAS FOR TEENS-
Gift Cards/Gift Mazes
Wallet (with gift cards or JUST a Wallet) 
PAJAMA SET
OCULUS QUEST VR HEADSET
AIR PODS
FUN SOCKS
A BOARD GAME 
TRAVEL "GYM" KIT
CHARGING STATION
DRONE
FESTIVE CHARGING CORD
LEATHER MONEY CLIP
INSTAX MINI CAMERA
MINI FRIDGE
SLIPPERS
Vintage Phone Power Bank
FRENCH FRIES AIRPOD CASE
UNDER ARMOUR FLEECE HOODIE (ON SALE FOR 25% OFF)




I'll be working on gift guides the rest of this week! But if you wanna take a peek at some stocking stuffer ideas for men and teens you can check out last year's post here which I'll update with IN STOCK items soon! But there are some really awesome ideas and things are still in stock if you wanna knock out some shopping right now! 

Hope ya'll found something a little helpful! Kinda freaking out now that Christmas is so close!!! 


 photo glam-sig_zpszarat6ml.png
6