I always suggest that everyone has at least one casual holiday outfit and one dressy one so you always have something to wear to those festive occasions, even if you’re just picking up a Christmas tree.
Christmas is almost here and I haven’t checked everyone off my list yet. We all know how hard it is to get everyone the gifts they want (even if you aren’t waiting until the last minute). Holiday gifts are great, but the reality is, many of them are just going to be re-gifted or hidden in the back of a closet. Yet even though we’re all thinking it, it can be a little awkward asking for money as a gift so you can buy that bag you really want.
The good news: You are not alone! PayPal’s 2017 Holiday Money Habits study found that money is the most-wanted gift for the second year in a row, and 52% of Americans wish they could ask for cash instead of traditional holiday presents this year.
So, if you’re in need of a last-minute gift or simply just don’t know what to get all of the people on your list, seize the season with PayPal’s free P2P holiday greetings so people can get what they really want this year: MONEY. You can send a PayPal P2P digital greeting by simply logging into your account on PayPal.com, select Send Money, enter the recipient’s contact information, designate the amount, click the gift box, select your favorite greeting, personalize with a message, and send. The funds go right into their PayPal account; if they don’t have an account, they can quickly open one for free.
PayPal P2P is available on the PayPal Mobile App, mobile web browser, and on desktop computer browsers. However, PayPal P2P holiday greetings are only available on the mobile web browser and desktop computer browsers. You can access the PayPal P2P digital holiday greetings on your desktop or mobile web via any browser by logging into your PayPal account and clicking “My PayPal.” Then click “Pay or Send money” and choose “Send money to friends and family.” Select the recipient and in the “Add a note” section, click the gift box to make it a gift. You will then be prompted to pick a holiday greeting design. Click “Save” and “Continue” to complete the transaction.
PayPal P2P holiday greetings make sending money to friends and family over the holidays more festive and personal. You can also use then to split a holiday meal with a friend or pay someone back for a cab ride. PayPal’s new digital holiday greetings, co-created in partnership with Leandra Medine, founder of Man Repeller, add a personal touch whenever you want to send someone money between Thanksgiving and New Year’s. Thanks to PayPal P2P holiday greetings sending money can feel more festive, less transactional and a lot more fun!
I was selected for this opportunity as a member of CLEVER and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.
It’s the holiday season and that means gifts, parties and more parties. Whether you’re going to a small get together or a lavish formal event, the need to get holiday party perfect is real. Between holiday shopping, baking and decorating, it can be challenging to find the time to prepare for your many holiday appearances, especially if you have two or three in one day.
In order to make your holiday party prep a lot easier (and more fun), I put together a list of my favorite must-have holiday accessories all of which are just as useful as they are stylish. Now let’s get started:
Vince Camuto Chelsea Boots: Holiday parties often involve a lot of standing, especially if they’re taking place in a crowded New York City apartment. So you need to find a good pair of shoes that look fab with your holiday outfit and are comfortable enough to stand in for long periods of time. This season, my Vince Camuto Chelsea Booties in cheetah print are it! I wore them to my holiday party yesterday with this fab John + Jenn Red Cutout Dress. I’m really excited to wear them with my skinny jeans or cuffed girlfriend jeans to more casual holiday events. The 1.75″ heel gives me all the style and comfort I need to party all night.
Nad’s Facial Wand Eyebrow Shaper: Do you know that feeling when you’re on your way to a holiday party and your eyebrows are a mess, but it’s too late to make an appointment? Well, I do and I found the perfect solution in the Nad’s Facial Wand Eyebrow Shaper. It’s a great way to clean up your eyebrows easily, naturally and quickly. Its SlimTip Precision Applicator is filled with a natural, non-heat formula that washes away with water for salon-quality results without the hassle or high costs of a salon. The kit includes the Facial Wand, washable/reusable cotton strips and cleansing wipes for fast and simple touch-ups at home.
Woosh Beauty – The Fold Out Face: The Fold Out Face is one of my favorite holiday finds ever! It’s an entire beauty bag in one. It’s the perfect gift for the beauty addict in your life or for yourself. If you’re going to a holiday party out of town, the Fold Out Face makes it easy to bring all your makeup with you. This premium beauty kit includes universally flattering eye shadows, flawless complexion coverage, dark and light contouring powders, cool and warm blushes and a must-have highlighter all in one beautifully designed portable palette. The eyeshadows are my favorite. It also comes with a 4 piece brush set for easy touch-ups wherever your holiday adventures take you. Best of all it’s mineral-based, paraben free and animal cruelty free. The Fold Out Face is a $250 value for only $59 making it incredibly economical. Use the code BB15OFF to get 15% off your next Woosh Beauty purchase.
ROSÉ RUSH Paris Hilton: This delightful fragrance was inspired by a love story. Its romantic scent is perfect for an evening holiday soiree. It’s floral and feminine, yet sophisticated. Plus, the ROSÉ RUSH Paris Hilton bottle is just as stylish as Paris Hilton herself making it an excellent gift for the Aspiring Socialite in your life.
Primal Life Dental Kit: Everyone wants winter white teeth. Not just during the holiday season, but all year round. With the Primal Life Dental Kit, you can whiten your smile naturally. Each kit contains a 100% all Natural Boost Whitening Paste, an LED Teeth Whitener, All Natural Toothpowder and a Charcoal Ion Toothbrush. The Boost Whitening Paste works in partnership with the LED Teeth Whitener to give you a beautifully white smile. The toothbrush is designed to remineralize, detoxify, whiten and strengthen while the charcoal Infused toothbrush binds to and remove stains. I love the unique design of the toothbrush and that the products are all natural. You can get 20% off a future purchase from Primallifeorganics.com with code PLOBOXX17. All products are sold separately as well as in a kit.
I’m super excited to keep the party going! Share your holiday party prep ideas in the comments.
Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post, but the opinions are all my own.
Beauty products make great holiday gifts! Not only do they bring joy and beauty to the loved one you’re gifting them to, you also don’t have to worry about if they’re going to fit them like you would with clothes. Since everyone could use a beauty refresh before the New Year, I rounded up some of my top beauty gift picks. Happy shopping!
vegaLASH Volumizing Mascara: I discovered this mascara this year and it’s now my favorite. It’s the smoothest, most volumizing formula I’ve used in a while. Plus, it’s 100% cruelty-free, hormone-free and safe for even the most sensitive eyes. I’m hoping to get another in my stocking this year.
Rouge Bunny Rouge Raw Garden Eye Shadow Palette: I’m obsessed with this beautiful harmony of four rich shades that seamlessly blend together or stand alone. It’s super high quality and has a silky, lightweight feel on the skin. But, it’s the amazing packaging that makes this the perfect gift. The palette comes in a sleek magnetic case for simple storage and travel.
Rent the Runway revolutionized the fashion world when they gave event goers everywhere the chance to rent expensive gowns instead of buying them. No longer do we have to drop a bunch of money on a dress just to wear it once, have it sit in the back of the closet for years and eventually throw it out.
They recently changed the fashion industry again when they started Rent the Runway Unlimited. RTR Unlimited allows fashionistas to borrow everyday designer pieces to wear to work, school and play. It also includes any formal gowns you might need too. You can rent as many pieces as you want, but you can only have up to four at a time. So you need to send one back in order to get another. While I love the discovery aspect of my unlimited subscription and that it allows fashion lovers of varying incomes to wear expensive designer styles, like everything else, Rent the Runway Unlimited has its pros and cons. Since I’m kind of on the fence about continuing my subscription, I decided to lay them out.
It’s Not That Much More Expensive Than Renting One Dress: The last time I rented a single dress from Rent the Runway with a backup size it was $65 and I had to commit to two more rentals down the road. In my mind, if you know you have an event or a wedding that month, you might as well pay $159/month for unlimited and get a bunch of dresses sent to you until you find the one you like. You can also rent casual clothes too and amp up your daily wardrobe.
No Dry Cleaning: When you’re done with a piece or outfit, you just drop it off at your local UPS store and order something else. My friends in New York that have to dress up for work always tell me that they love Rent the Runway Unlimited because they used to spend more than $159/month just on dry cleaning. Unlimited allows them to diversify their wardrobe for less than their monthly dry cleaning bill.
Fabulous Finds and Discoveries: One of my favorite things about Rent the Runway Unlimited is the discovery aspect. I’ve gotten to experience styles I never would have had access to or thought would work on me. Because it is unlimited, you feel the freedom to explore brands and styles that you’ve never worn before. After a while you start getting a better idea of what brands work best for you. If you really like something, you can buy it at a discount.
A Revolving Wardrobe: If you’re someone who easily gets tired of your clothes, Rent the Runway Unlimited gives you the opportunity to mix things up.
UPS Issues: Like with any ecommerce purchase, your order could get lost or stolen. Plus, if you’re not home, UPS may decide to take your order back to the store where you have to pick it up. If you’re like me and you leave for work before the UPS store opens and get back after it closes, then you may have to wait another week to get your clothes. If you don’t end up liking them, this is just more time wasted with you paying to wear nice clothes, but not actually wearing them. If you do have an item get lost or stolen as I have, then you have to wait for to UPS to investigate before Rent the Runway reopens that spot. You then have to call or email them for them to manually put in the order if you want to get something else. It’s super annoying.
Missing Sizes/Styles: Like your wardrobe, Rent the Runway’s inventory is constantly revolving. So sometimes the styles you’ve been eyeing aren’t available when you need them or aren’t available in your size. I’ve seen this happen far too often. Sometimes I’ll order an item and get an email an hour later saying that I have to pick another because they don’t actually have it. This is a huge pain point for me. What am I paying for if I can’t get the styles I want when I want them? It’s even more frustrating when all my backup styles are also unavailable. When I have an event that I need to go to, I usually order my outfit or dress weeks in advance and hold on to it to make sure I have it.
Customer Service Could Be Better: When I had an item stolen, I ended up on hold for over an hour before I actually talked to someone who could help me. While on hold I did grocery shopping and watched an entire movie. It was ridiculous! I felt like no one was listening and began to question again what I was actually paying for. Once I did get ahold of someone they were super nice and helpful so I will give them that. But, I feel like Rent the Runway is way more focused on gaining more customers than they are on the actual user experience which as a paying customer is disturbing to me. I really wish they made more of an effort to serve the customers that they currently have.
Disappointing Deliveries: Half of the items I’ve ordered from Rent the Runway have been great. I’ve gotten to wear some fabulous styles that I otherwise wouldn’t be able to afford and I didn’t have to worry about closet space or dry cleaning. However, the other half of the items I’ve tried have been incredibly disappointing. They’ve fit poorly, weren’t flattering and despite the designer label were very low quality. I try to send these back as soon as I can so I can get more of my money’s worth out of the RTR experience. However, that means I have to wait two days for the item to get back to Rent the Runway and another two days for my new item to come in. In the meantime, I don’t have any new clothes to wear, but I’m still paying for the service.
While I love how Rent the Runway has leveled the playing field in fashion (not that you have to wear designer clothes to be fashionable, but it’s fun to give them a try), I often feel like I’m paying for the idea of wearing designer clothes, but not actually wearing them. They really need to focus more on the customer experience rather than just getting new customers. It’s an interesting service and when you find something awesome it’s amazing. But, when you don’t it’s just another trip you have to make to UPS. I’m going to keep my subscription until New York Fashion Week in February and then decide.