Galentine’s Day Gift Ideas for Your Gal Pals

Galentine's Day Gifts

Having been single for Valentine’s Day the past 3 years, I usually find a reason to celebrate the holiday with my girlfriends. I secretly love that Galentine’s Day has become such a tradition among my friend group. We’ve celebrated so many fun ways. We’ve gone out to a nice dinner and we’ve also stayed in and gotten wine drunk. After all, do we really need an excuse to get together, drink a bottle of wine and share endless girl talk? No, but I’ll gladly take it!

If you want to treat a friend or yourself (hehe) this Valentine’s Day, here are some fun and festive ideas that will make your gal pal smile BIG! Click the image to shop each of the below items.

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Valentine’s Day Outfit Ideas for Date Night Or Girl’s Night Out

Valentine’s Day is less than a month away ladies! There are only a few times a year where we really have an excuse to get fancied up, throw on a red lip and a pair of heels so take full advantage of it! Order an outfit that makes you feel like a million bucks, grab your guy or your girls, and celebrate!

I’m sharing mostly dressier, date night outfit inspiration in the try on session below but whatever your holiday might look like, there’s an outfit for you! And if you aren’t the red and pink type, you know my forever go-to for a night out is a pair of jeans, a little black top and a strappy heel. And if you aren’t feeling one of the dresses from my try on, see below for plenty more casual options, festive loungewear, and some related blog posts from year’s past especially if you are single this Valentine’s Day!

VALENTINE’S DAY OUTFITS

VALENTINE’S DAY AT THE OFFICE

GALENTINE’S DAY IDEAS + GIFTS

REAL TALK: HOW I REALLY FEEL ABOUT BEING SINGLE

BE YOUR OWN DAMN VALENTINE

WHAT TO WEAR: VALENTINE’S DAY

Valentine's Day Outfits

Valentine's Day Outfits

Valentine's Day Outfits

Valentine's Day Outfits

Valentine's Day Outfits

Valentine's Day Outfits

Valentine's Day Outfits

Valentine's Day Outfits

Valentine's Day Outfits

Valentine's Day Outfits

Valentine's Day Outfits

*All of these outfits have been linked in the shoppable widget above*

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Tuesday Trends: Tie Dye

After realizing I’ve worn tie dye 3 out of the last 5 days, it was a no brainer on what the first Tuesday Trends post of the year had to be Tie Dye! Talk about a total throwback and I’m loving everything about it. This tie dye sweatsuit and this tie dye cropped sweatshirt have been two of my favorite finds lately and then make sure to check out all of the tie dye items I’ve been loving recently below!

Tie Dye Trend
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Top 19 Purchases of 2019

1. AMAZON SWIMSUIT

High waisted swimsuits


Holy moly I can’t believe this swimsuit came in as the number one seller for all of 2019! It’s safe to say y’all love Amazon, especially swimsuits, so expect to see a lot more try ons this year. This little Amazon swimsuit cutie now comes in 8 colors, is full coverage and extremely good quality. It has padding and the scallop detail is just adorable! I got a size small and say it fits similar to an XS so if in between sizes, size up.

2. AMAZON MIDI COCKTAIL DRESS

Amazon Cocktail Dress


Another Amazon winner! This cocktail dress comes in 15 colors and is so flattering on all body types. It is double lined and great quality. I got the size small (4-6) because it was the only available size at the time but could have done the XS (0-2).

3. AMAZON SWIMSUIT

High waisted swimsuits


This designer dupe has been all over Instagram and comes in a ton of color combinations (18 to be exact!). It is high waisted, full coverage and padded. I got the size 4 which fits like an XS.

4. AMAZON SILK PILLOWCASE DUPE

Silk Pillowcase Review


I did an in depth review of the real deal silk pillowcase verses the dupe (find it here). While the dupe doesn’t have as many benefits as the real deal, it’s still a great alternative if you are looking to go longer in between hair washes, keep you hair styled longer and make sure your pillow isn’t absorbing your expensive skincare!

5. ISLE OF PARADISE TANNING MIST

Tili It's All Chic To Me December Box


This mist actually came in a set with the tanning mist, tanning drops and a tanning mitt which is definitely the best deal that I have seen if you are a fan of both of these products like I am. I personally use the tanning mist on my body and the drops on my face. The tanning mist is sprayed directly onto the skin and then spread evenly with the tanning mitt. It goes on clear and odorless so it doesn’t transfer onto clothing and bedding and doesn’t even require rinsing off! It develops over 8 hours and gives a very natural tan! I use shade medium in the Winter and dark in the Summer.

6. AMAZON HEADBAND

Amazon Pearl Headband


Can you believe this headband is less than $2?! Pearl headbands have been a big trend this past year, some of the popular ones being $150. Get the look for less with this trendy headband that comes in 8 colors.

7. ISLE OF PARADISE TANNING DROPS

International Womens Day Spring Make Up Refresh


Similar to the tanning mist, the drops are clear and odorless. The difference with application is that the drops are mixed into your moisturizer before applying to your skin. These can be used all over your body but I personally just use them on my face! I use shade dark year round and typically apply 2-3 times per week.

8. STEVE MADDEN SNAKESKIN FLATS

Best Sellers of 2019


I bought these during the Nordstrom Sale and have gotten so much use out of them. Whether with a basic outfit or mixing them with prints, they instantly jazz up any outfit. They run true to size and also come in a black version. If you want to get the look for less ($23), try these!

9. AMAZON SWIMSUIT

Best Seller of 2019


Yet another Amazon swimsuit that made the top 19! This gingham cutie is high waisted, pretty full coverage and padded. The top is similar to that of a sports bra. I got a size small.

10. AMAZON JUMPSUIT


If you are a jumpsuit lover, this one is super comfy and super cheap plus I love that it can be worn on or off the shoulder. It is great for those throw on and go days as well as self tanner days since it’s black! It also comes in 5 other colors and runs true to size.

11. AMAZON COCKTAIL DRESS

Amazon Best Sellers


This dress is perfect for wedding guests and actually comes in white too for all of my brides out there! It is stretchy but still double lined and great quality. I got the size small but I would say it fits more like an XS so if in between sizes, size up.

12. ANTHROPOLOGIE MUG

Tile Mug


Although I didn’t talk about these initial mugs until Christmas time, you ladies loved them! They very quickly made the top 19 list. Not only do these make great Christmas gifts, they also make great birthday gifts as well as teacher gifts too.

13. MICRODERM TOOL


I was a little surprised to see this place in the top 19 but for very good reason that it did! This tool is amazing for exfoliating and sucking all of the gunk out of your face. Way better in the long run than paying for monthly facials when you can do it at home for cheaper! You can actually grab it for 40% off TODAY ONLY with code MD40 here.

14. BLANKNYC SUEDE MOTO JACKET


As one of my most worn pieces in my closet, I’m so glad this suede moto jacket made the top 19! It comes in several colors and runs true to size. If you plan on wearing bulkier layers underneath, size up! If you want to get the look for less, try this!

15. SLIP SILK PILLOWCASE

Silk Pillowcase Review


I did an in depth review of the silk pillowcase and all of it’s benefits for your hair and skin (find it here). If you aren’t a fan of hair washes or wake up with cowlicks, you NEED one of these! It’s legit life saving ladies and saves so much time.

16. TILI BEAUTY BOX

Best Sellers of 2019


One of my most exciting projects to date was getting to collaborate with QVC for their monthly TILI box. I got to pick all 8 items that are in the $25 beauty box including two full size beauty products. Get detailed information about each item here. I cannot thank you ladies enough for all of your support on this project!

17. TILI BEAUTY BOX

Best Seller of 2019


Disclaimer: the coat that I am wearing is a newer version of the one that placed in the top 19 so it is slightly different in style and color. That being said the one that placed in the top 19 is a great option and is currently just $60 with code HAPPYCLOSET. I sized up to fit sweaters and am wearing a size 2 regular.

18. SPANX FAUX LEATHER LEGGINGS

Best Seller of 2019


The Spanx faux leather leggings have continuously been a top seller for good reason. As many dupes as I find, none will ever compare to the real deal and how much I love them! They can easily be dressed down like this or dressed up for date night! If in between sizes, size up. I wear a small. Lots of styles are currently on sale here with code WINTERSALE.

19. TARTE SHAPE TAPE

Makeup Routine


The best full coverage concealer on the market in my opinion! Y’all loved this deal where you can get two concealers and a beauty blender for just $37. Usually one tube of concealer is $27 so it’s a great deal for sure. They are still a few shades left. I wear Shade light in winter and medium light in the Winter!


THANK YOU!

Thank you for being here. Thank you for your purchases. Thank you for giving me credit. Thank you for your likes, comments, messages and tags! Thank you for trusting me as a resource to help your shopping experience hopefully better and easier. When I look back on 2019 I am most thankful for your support and allowing me to continue to do a job that I genuinely love and can’t imagine doing anything else. So thank you for a successful 2019 and cheers to another year with the best community ever!

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New Year, New Rear: Talking Fitness Fashion and Fitness Goals for 2020

FITNESS FASHION

Nordstrom Fitness FindsNordstrom Fitness Finds

Bra: Zella // Leggings: Free People // Shoes: Adidas

Around this time every year is when the gyms are flooded with people attempting to kick their booty into gear. I have always had a fickle relationship with the gym and working out mostly because of my hip issues but 2019 was the first year I stuck with something fitness related. I found pilates and have never loved a workout more. With my new found love for Pilates, comes wanting to buy all of the cute work out clothes which can get expensive really quick. Why in the world are stretchy clothes so dang expensive?!

Now is a great time to stock up on quality active wear for the year. Nordstrom is having their Half Yearly Sale and there are some great finds in there. Zella, Adidas, Sweaty Betty and Beach Riot are some of my favorite brands that Nordstrom carries and I’ve also rounded up my favorite sale finds to make it easy on you below. Don’t forget Nordstrom has free shipping and returns so if you aren’t positive on sizing, I suggest ordering two sizes and returning the other. Sizes tend to sell out quickly so this is the best way to ensure you get the item you are wanting!

FITNESS GOALS

I get questions a lot on what I do to stay so fit and I’d be lying if I said it’s from a strict workout or diet plan. I struggle with both daily. Quick backstory, I had two hip surgeries in 2017 and honestly hadn’t done any sort of real workout since college prior to my surgery. Then after, I had so many issues that I barely did any sort of physical exercise, let alone workout. But this past year has taught me how rewarding it feels to work towards something and to push your body and mind further than you thought it could go. There is a small victory and dare I say small adrenaline rush that happens with each workout. Going into 2020 I want to put a stronger focus on my overall health and mindset.

Over the past year I’ve learned to love working out for multiple reasons. Obviously I have enjoyed seeing the fruits of my labor physically but mentally it has done wonders for me too! Working from home, sometimes my only break out of the house for the day is going to workout so it’s kind of become an escape. Running has done the same. On days I’m stressed or just need to clear my head, running helps so much. It’s crazy how a year ago I thought people who did these things were just torturing themselves. I don’t know what clicked for me in 2020 but I’m so glad it did. If you haven’t found a workout that makes you feel this way yet, keep searching. Pilates has been my saving grace.

Physically, I’ve noticed the most extreme amount of definition in my arms, abs and butt which are honestly the places I have always been most concerned about toning. I have loved Pilates because it does not involve much cardio yet still gets your heart rate up while being a full body workout. It’s definitely not easy but you can make the workout as hard or as easy as you want it to be. For those that are local to Houston, I go to HIP Fitness which is a megareformer class.

So what are my goals for 2020? Honestly I’d be happy with continuing on the path that I was on in 2019 but my main goal of this year is to add in variability with my workouts so I can start working new muscle groups. I also want to start adding in cardio as I am severely slacking in this department. While I love Pilates and plan on continuing to take it in 2020, I want to widen my range of workouts. So here are my specific goals…

Take at least 3 classes a week. 

Try a completely new class once a month. 

Start mixing in cardio once a week. Whether that be a long walk, *short* run, spin class or cardio based workout. 

Get a massage once a month. Again this goes back to overall health and mindset and I think can be included as a fitness goal as working out/stress can create tension and knots that make it harder to workout and perform other daily tasks. 

Eat dinner at home at least 4 nights a week. Of those 4 nights, try a new recipe once a week. 

Nordstrom Fitness Finds

Nordstrom Fitness Finds

Nordstrom Fitness Finds

Nordstrom Fitness Finds

*Thank you Nordstrom for sponsoring this post. As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own.*

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