CHRISTMAS ON A BUDGET

Christmas on a budget is important. The holidays not only bring joy and happiness. They also bring stress and debt. I was having a conversation with my friend, and she was trying to get approval for another credit card to buy Christmas gifts. She feels ashamed of going home and not buying her whole family gifts. The gifts that she was mentioning did not sound any affordable and she was already stressing. Inspired by the conversation that we had, I decided to create this post and I am sharing my tips on how to use your creativity and stay on budget.

Find the right places

Finding the right places to shop is key. As much as I love the mall, it can be expensive. Take a trip to a local boutique in your area. Also, check out stores likes hobby lobby, the dollar store, the $1 section from Target and Amazon. I am sure you can find some great deals to during Black Friday or Cyber Monday, so take advantage of that as well. You can make smaller gifts for your friends & co-workers. Last year I remember I invested in some nice gifts for my parents and my brother. To my friends and other family members, I got them some cute gifts that weren’t expensive. Also, look up blogs for DIY gifts:  places like Pinterest & Youtube have some great tutorials.

Get creative with your cards

There are so many cute & fancy cards out there, but let’s keep it real not a lot of people will keep them. Christmas cards can be pricey sometimes, so I encourage you to get some nice paper for cards at your nearest crafts store, Joann’s or Michaels.  Usually, they have apps that you can download for free and use their coupons. Get some stickers, some paint and create your cards! not only it will help your creative self to make something, but a personalized card will go along the way and people will appreciate it more.

I know some of you (like me…cough cough) are doing some last minute Christmas shopping. I advise you not to freak out, and be smart about your purchases, the people in your life will appreciate anything you give them. I hope you guys enjoy this post and let me know how you stay on budget or what things do you create during the holidays. Merry Christmas friends <3

with love,

 


Also, here is a little last minute gift guide in just in case you need some ideas:

Styling with The Songbird Collection

Happy holidays my dear friends!

I hope you guys are enjoying this wonderful time of the year drinking hot chocolate and watching Christmas movies. I have been looking for different special gifts for my loved ones, it’s so hard because there are so many choices out there it is hard to decide. On today’s post I am sharing a collaboration with The Songbird Collection! They provide hand-picked jewelry pieces that are curated exclusively by a great team of fashion bloggers who understand trends, style and quality. They have a variety of pieces that would go great with any type of outfits, specially during the holidays.

It was so easy to navigate the website, the images and prices were very clear. When the pieces arrived to my home, they were packaged in a pretty box, and all the pieces came in an individual bag with teal soft paper. It was so personalized I was in love, for me personally it’s all about details. Every piece looked exactly how I viewed it on the website, really great quality and also it came with instructions on how to take care of them.

          Here is a gift guide I created with my favorite pieces from

           The Songbird Collection I picked three different styles of necklaces, earrings, bracelets & rings that you can wear with your daily outfits, and also for any holiday parties that you have coming up. They have a great SALE section and in case you are still in need on some gifts this is a great place to get them. Take 30% off* with code BEMERRY at check out. *Excludes sale and gift sets.

I also styled a look wearing some of my favorite pieces that The Songbird collection provided. You can style them with any daily outfit, a night out with friends, a casual brunch and a holiday party. This following look that you will see, it’s a look I put together for a Christmas party I have coming up.

Long Bar Earrings

Stack’em Up Rings

Drop of Sunshine Layered Necklace

 

I hope you guys enjoy this post, and make sure you check out The Songbird Collection! Don’t forget you can use code BEMERRY at check out and get 30% off. Thank you at The Songbird Collection for this collaboration and for the opportunity to wear these pieces & include them in my daily wardrobe. Enjoy the holidays, and thank you all from the bottom of my heart for reading my posts and for such a great year.

 

XOXO

Kreadiv Misfit

Disclaimer: This post was sponsored by The Songbird Collection, as always all opinions are 100% my own.

All About Metallics!

Hello Friends!

I hope you guys are doing great, it’s been a crazy busy season full of parties, shopping, planning, getting ready for the new year etc. Holiday parties are here and the struggle is real to find something to wear.  I was recently invited to a holiday party at one of my jobs and I honestly did not know what to wear. I didn’t want to go with all black even though that’s what my heart was craving, and I wanted to stay within my budget which it’s very challenging when you go to any store specially during this season.

I have been seeing a lot of people wearing metallics, I remember buying my first slip on shoes of metallics during the summer but didn’t know it was going to be so big during this holiday season. It was huge on the F/W 16 runways of Michael Kors, Tibi and one of my favorites Saint Laurent. So I decided to do my research and created a mood board for an inspired metallic look for this holiday festivities. I wanted to find a statement piece and also pair it up with pieces that I had in my closet, that way it would balance out and I didn’t have to spend too much money.

On this board you can see a variety of different metallics like silver, gold, holographic, copper, cherry, and rose. They can be paired with neutrals and yeah they will get you noticed but there are ways to make it look effortless.image

I went to the mall and it was a disaster, it was so packed I got anxiety and honestly did not find anything that I liked. Going to a big store that has too much it overwhelms my eyes, so the next day after that adventure I decided to visit Francescas boutique. Everything was so organized, the sales associates and store managers were very friendly and helpful. After trying different dresses, I found this metallic dress. #WINNERimage

It was very comfortable, really good for my figure and not tight! I don’t like tight dresses and even though I like statement pieces I was a bit scared of how shiny it looked but hey I knew I had to take a risk. This dress was $48.00 which is not bad, it has adjustable straps and the lining inside was kind of silky and soft.

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I didn’t want to just wear the dress by itself because it was going to be a cold night, and the party was not that fancy even though I was looking kind of fancy. So I wanted a piece that would make the dress tone down a bit and I remember that one of my really good friends last year gifted me this pleather Forever 21 jacket with some cool spikes details on the shoulder and I paired it together and it worked.

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I know that maybe the spikes were a bit too much, but it was a small touch of punk, and it gave a special balance to my outfit. I knew I was taking a risk, but hey fashion is all about risks and sometimes things that you might never think that would go together, they might work if you try.image

It was a cold night and there was no way I was going wear open toe shoes, I love wearing boots and this is the season for it. Two years ago I found this suede ankle boots at Forever 21, they are very tall but have a good amount of support. I liked how it had that metallic gold touch in front of the heel and knew that they would work for my look.image

This is how my whole outfit looked for the holiday party that night!

Hair: Slick pulled back.

Make up: Bold purple lip, cat eye, and soft eyeshadow.

Accessories: Small silver necklace, clear square silver earrings and silver bangles.

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I hope this post inspired you and gave you an idea on how to pair up metallics this holiday season. I know it can look a bit scary, and maybe you are saying “oh that’s not for me” but like Bieber said “Never Say Never”! Go out there and try something new , don’t forget to also go into your closet and use what you have that way you can look great, feel great and save some money. I had people asking me about this outfit and how much money I spent, but it’s all about learning to find what works for you and using your resources.

Happy holidays and don’t forget to shine!!

XOXO Kreadiv Misfit <3