What Should Really Be On Your Christmas List This Year: 12 Items Every Girl Should Ask For

It’s always a tricky one when people ask you what you want for Christmas. You might not be able to think of things off the top of your head. And you then tend to end up with items that just sit in a drawer for the rest of the year or have to be exchanged after Christmas as you don’t really like them. Therefore, you should get a list ready so that you can tell friends and family without hesitation about what you need. But what should be on the list? Here are 12 items every girl should put on their Christmas list this year!

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A Beautiful Pocket Diary

Every girl needs to stay organized. Although your iPhone’s calendar is one good way to stay in the know, we love an old school planner! After all, a pocket diary can easily fit in your handbag, and you can refer to it before making plans. It’s an excellent way to ensure you don’t double book yourself when you arrange a meeting for work. You can also keep everyone’s birthdays in there so that you never miss an important date. 

A Cute Wooly Hat and Scarf Set

It’s so cold on winter mornings. Therefore, you need to ask for a wooly hat and scarf set for a Christmas gift. That way, you can wrap up before hitting the cold weather. And bobble hats are so on-trend at the moment so that you can look fashionable while keeping warm. You could even add some cute mittens to your list too. That way, your fingers stay cozy when you go outside in the morning! You can find some beautiful ones on sites such as the gifts for her collection by Cuckooland.com

A Pair of New Louboutins

I think we would all love a pair of great new shoes for Christmas. After all, girls can never have enough high heels! And one pair of shoes which should be on your list this year is a pair of Louboutins. They would definitely come in useful, whether it’s for work or for going out on a Saturday night. You can look on their site to find the latest Louboutins that need to be added to your Xmas list!

A Great New Handbag

I have so many handbags that they actually require their own wardrobe. However, just like shoes, you can never have enough bags in your life. After all, you can swap between them depending on your color choice for that day. Therefore, you should ask for a new handbag for Christmas. And if they can stretch their budget, you should add in the matching wallet too. That way, you don’t have to hunt down one that matches the bag in the January sales.

A Scented Candle

There are lots of downfalls to winter. The frosty weather is just one of them. However, one thing every girl does love about winter is the arrival of scented candles. They can make the room you’re sitting in smell divine. And a gingerbread candle is rather fitting for the season. Therefore, you should add some candles to your list for Christmas!

A New Pair of Sneakers

Although Christmas has a ton of benefits, all the food can cause weight gain and it makes us feel ready to start working out in January. Therefore, to prepare for all the exercise you are going to do, you should ask for a new pair of sneakers for Christmas. If you are going to go to the gym, you need a good pair to be able to use all the equipment. And a pair of sneakers will come in handy if you are going to start running around the block!

A Piece of Glam Jewelry

Jewelry is definitely a girl’s best friend. And we always need some beautiful gold and silver pieces which we can wear with a killer outfit. Therefore, for Christmas this year, you should be adding a piece of glam jewelry to your list! You can look online for ideas of necklaces and bracelets that you really want this Christmas. Or you can head to the jewelers to see if anything shiny catches your eye. It’s a present that you will definitely use for years to come.

A Spa Treatment

One thing every girl needs is a spa treatment. After all, our back often gets tense after a long week at work. Or we might have a bad breakout and want to repair our skin. Therefore, a back massage or a facial would definitely come in handy. You can suggest treatments you would like to try; unique ones like a seaweed facial might be fun to try as a Christmas treat. And you could always ask them for a full spa day so that you can have an enjoyable day which is bound to destress you!

A Little Black Dress

Every girl needs a cute little black dress in their life. They come in useful for work and for going out on the town. Therefore, it’s a must to have at least one in your wardrobe, so you should add a cute LBD to your Christmas list.

Beautiful Pajamas

This time of the year, we need warm and cozy pajamas. Therefore, you should put a beautiful pajama set on your Christmas list. You should opt for a cotton or silk material which your body will thank you for. And remember to go for long sleeves so that you stay warm during the winter months. 

A Netflix Subscription

Netflix and Amazon Prime have become so popular this year with them both now doing their own original shows. After all, Netflix is the only place where you can watch the Gilmore Girls remake. But with subscription costs turning into an extra monthly bill, it’s hard to fork out for the online platform. Therefore, for Christmas this year, you could ask friends and family to get you a subscription for the platform. That way, you can enjoy 12 months of amazing television and movie options. 

A Great Bottle of Bubbly

It’s an excellent time of the year to enjoy some bubbles. We all love some alcohol during the party season. Therefore, you should ask for a bottle of something sparkly on your Christmas list. That way, you can open it and get merry with your friends! And if you don’t love champagne, ask them for a bottle of your favorite tipple instead!

Once you have sorted out what you want to see under the Christmas tree, you can move on to complete your own Christmas shopping. Read my previous blog for more advice on how to wrap your gifts so that you can wow friends and family members.

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A Classy Afternoon in Soho

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They say one can never be overdressed or overeducated. I can tell you from personal experience – that saying is 100% true! Sometimes (weather permitting) it’s fun to dress up for no reason. I recently turned a casual afternoon in Soho into a dressy one when I paired this Open Sleeve Cape Blazer with my favorite little black dress.

The LBD I got at Express years ago, but this one from Zappos is similar. For dressy footwear, I wore my pair of Hazel Pointed-Toe Suede Pumps by Sam Edelman. They couldn’t be more comfortable or more classic. I then topped off this glam look with a J.Crew Crystal Necklace.  The bag is my Mom’s from the 70s. It also made an appearance in my Boho Witch Look.

Photos by: Zarif Taufiq

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Back to Basics with ATM Collection

I always say that the best wardrobes are built on classic, high quality basics. Tank tops, classy dresses and well-fitting tees can be worn beautifully alone or with numerous other pieces making them an essential part of getting dressed in the morning. I recently discovered ATM Collection by designer Anthony Thomas Melillo and it’s truly become my go-to destination for wardrobe basics. Here are some of my favorite pieces.

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If you’re looking for the perfect black tank top, look no further than the Rib Cami. This cami is ideal for layering because it looks super flattering under almost anything.

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This Cap Sleeve Crew Neck Tee is an absolute classic. You can dress it down with jeans for a casual weekend afternoon or wear it to work with a blazer and black pants.

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A girl can never have enough leggings! So I’m obsessed with these Full Length Yoga Rib Leggings because they’re ultra slimming and comfortable.

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The simple luxury of a perfect plain white tee is enough to make any fashionista smile. This Slub Jersey V-Neck Tee flatters almost any figure with its long lines and soft shoulder pleating.

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Mock neck dresses and tops are my go-to pieces for the office because they’re super classy and rarely go out of style. So I’m a huge fan of this Stripe Model Rib Sleeveless Mock Neck Dress.

Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post, but the opinions are all my own.

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How I’m Dealing with the 2016 Election Results

As a blogger I try to stay away from politics. It’s not really what this blog is about and no matter what side I take, I’d be alienating someone in my audience. However, the shocking and saddening results of the 2016 election have caused me to break my silence.

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I want to start out by saying that I don’t care who you voted for. This is a nation where we can peacefully disagree and still be friends and most importantly fellow Americans. Some of the best political conversations I’ve had were with people that I disagree with. I like to ask them why they feel that way rather than just arguing with them. Hearing their side has really made me understand the issues and my own beliefs better. Plus, it makes the conversation insightful rather than negative. If we’re going to prevail over the next four years we need to do more listening than arguing.

Personally, I was not impressed with either candidate. I don’t think either of them really represented me, the struggles of the middle class or understood the challenges facing Millennials. However, one of them didn’t brag about groping women or insult minorities making her far more favorable in my eyes. Like most of the country, I didn’t expect this outcome. When I watched the results, I felt like I was in an episode of Black Mirror where an evil dictator managed to turn the clock back 50 years without a time machine. However, I’m beginning to understand what really happened and how everyone got this election so wrong. This article in Harvard Business Review basically sums it up.

The Day After

The day after the election I was at the airport. Feeling down I called my Mom so we could talk about it. Having a mother from Venezuela has exposed me to an entirely new culture and often gives me a different perspective on things. Sitting at my gate we both expressed our shock and sadness that someone who openly promoted hate won. She then told me that she’ll now think twice about speaking in public depending on where she is for fear of being mistreated for having an accent. Despite being a United States citizen for almost 30 years, my mother was afraid to simply talk in public. When we got off the phone, it all set in for me and I cried until it was time to board the plane. I sat in a window seat. When I looked out the window and saw an American flag design on the wing, I looked at it through completely different eyes.

My Biggest Worry

Each day since November 8th I’ve been sick to my stomach with worry that this unexpected victory may have normalized the mistreatment of certain groups of people. When I was a kid people often asked me about my housekeeper or my nanny and I never had a housekeeper or a nanny. They were talking about my Mom. While there’s nothing wrong with being a housekeeper or a nanny, Latina women can be other things too.

When my parents were in grad school in Colorado, a racist neighbor living in the apartment next door left for the weekend leaving the Tom Petty song “Refugee” on repeat at the highest volume. He wanted to send a message to my mother and to this day neither of my parents can listen to that song. While sitting on the plane, I wondered if the results of this election had normalized this type of hateful and unacceptable behavior. I’m terrified of the way many people in this country could be treated or are being treated now that hate has somehow been legitimized.

Taking Action

Hate should never win no matter who is president. Therefore, it’s our duty as Americans and decent human beings to stand up to hate and oppression whenever we see it. Don’t be silent. Use your right to free speech to stand up for what’s right. If you see someone marginalizing another human being because of their race, nationality, religion, LGBT status, gender or whatever make it known that you won’t stand for that type of behavior. Empathy can go a long way so don’t be afraid to show it even if you have to go out of your way.

Another thing that terrifies me about the current state of our government is that women’s rights and our reproductive rights could very much be questioned over the next four years. To do my part to protect these rights, today I donated to Planned Parenthood and Emily’s List. If those causes aren’t for you, here’s a list of more charities that need your help in the wake of these election results. If you don’t have money to give you can still make a difference by speaking up for what you believe in and standing up for others.

Wow that was long! Thanks so much for listening. When things like this happen, it’s great to just have someone to talk to. I hope you appreciated that I wrote this without ever mentioning either of the candidates names. I’m just tired of hearing them and didn’t want to write them. Hopefully, you found it refreshing too.

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5 Indie Horror Movies to Watch This Halloween!

In another life I’m an indie horror movie actress. I’m a huge fan of indie films, particularly the scary ones because I think the stories are more interesting and they take more risks with the subjects and scripts making them the best movies for Halloween.indie-films-indie-actress-halloween

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Here are some of my favorite scary indie films to watch this Halloween season or any other day of the year.

American Mary

This has been one of my favorite indie movies for a while. I’m a huge fan of the twin directors, the Soska sisters and think this is one of the most original horror films starring a female protagonist out there. This movie takes you deep into the world of body modification when a broke medical student starts doing untraditional surgeries on people looking to transform themselves.

It Follows

It Follows is a super scary indie film about the troubles humans have with intimacy. When a teen sleeps with a new guy she’s followed around by relentless evil forces. The only escape it to sleep with someone else and pass it on to them. The ending is very much up for interpretation.

The Invitation

This somewhat glamourous indie horror flick set in the Hollywood Hills does a great job putting horror into seemingly normal scenes. After being estranged from his ex-wife for years after the tragic death of their child, Will receives an invitation to a dinner from his ex-wife and new husband that may be more suspicious than it seems.

3 Beauties

3 Beauties is a Venezuelan horror film about the country’s obsession with beauty pageants. It makes the moms in Toddlers and Tiaras look like puppies at obedience school. Being Venezuelan, I watched this film through a whole other perspective, but no matter where you’re from it’s totally worth a watch. The ending will blow your mind.

The Babadook

What makes this movie really scary is the camera angles. They really suck you into the terror of it all. In this movie a struggling single mother and her child are haunted by an evil force after reading a children’s book.

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