Black Friday Weekend Holiday Gift Guide: Spoil Others (Or Yourself!)

Note that these prices are accurate as of November 25, 2017 but subject to change 🙂

Under $25

Forever 21 Active Camo Print Leggings, $23

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I know I’m getting these for Christmas because-spoiler alert-I already bought them for myself. They look a lot like some other leggings I was eyeing from Bandier, but at a fraction of the price. A lot of my favorite workout leggings actually have been from F21, though they are very hit-or-miss. Even if these aren’t the most amazing quality and I only wear them a few times, the relatively low price point makes it worth the gamble.

Whole Foods Gift Card, any amount

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This is one of my favorite gifts to receive year-round, regardless of the denomination! I am certain to spend it quickly on some of my favorite items such as (now vegan) Halo Tops, garlicky kale, and ridiculously-expensive-yet-delicious cartons of fresh berries. A gift card lends you particular allowance to splurge on a slightly pricier yet good (and good for you) meal.

June & Hudson Corset Tee, $12

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I’ve seen this look on several Instagram models and the like, and it seems like a fun way to dress up jeans and a cute jacket, while still remaining comfortable. That said, it seems like the type of trend I would only want to dabble in once or twice, thus making the Black-Friday-only price of $12 particularly palatable.

Under $50

mophie powerstation, $35

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My coworker saved my life* on a recent trip to Atlanta by letting me borrow his mophie powerstation for the night. As someone verifiably addicted to their smart phone, it’s surprising I haven’t invested in this already.

I used it all evening and still didn’t make a dent in its charging ability… Perfect for long days of work which transition into fun nights on the go! PS. I’ve sort of reached peak rose gold between my iPhone and matching headphones, so I like this charger in a more subdued slate grey.

*okay not really, but he enabled me to take some crucial Instastories after a long day of filming.

Steve Madden Kast Loafers, $34 

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As I get older, it’s harder and harder for me to wear uncomfortable heels all day, so I love finding fun statement flats to pair with a blazer and jeans instead. I really love the all-over stud detailing and the fact that they’re not leather. This weekend only, they are down to $34, plus free shipping, with the code, MERRY.

Laura Mercier Translucent Setting Powder, $38

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A few months ago, we cut our cable and I, surprisingly, don’t really miss it. Between Netflix, Hulu, The Internet, and random YouTube videos, there’s still a ton of interesting content to consume. One of my favorite things are beauty blogger videos. I have terrible hand-eye coordination, but my hope is that if I watch a video of Jaclyn Hill doing a 14-step eye makeup look several dozen times, I might be able to somehow transfer a modicum of talent to myself.

One popular YouTube beauty trend for night looks is “baking”, or applying powder over your concealer and letting it set for about 20 minutes before brushing it off. A lot of famous makeup artists use it to give a sculpted and finished look to their clientele. One of the best powders to use, according to ~seasoned bakers~, is this Laura Mercier classic. If you buy it this weekend through Sephora and use the code, METIME, you will also get a special, free bag of samples by beloved brands like Gucci, Glamglow, and Kate Somerville.

Under $100

SK-II Pitera Essence Set, $99

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As a makeup artist once told me, all of the makeup in the world doesn’t really matter if the foundation, your skin, is shitty. (And yes, she put it more poetically than that!)

So, if there’s ever something to really invest in, it’s skincare, and SK-II is known to be one of the best brands. As legend tells it, SK-II began when elderly workers at a sake factory in Japan had amazingly young-looking hands, due to the sake fermentation process. Someone savvy decided to shift production from alcoholic spirits to skincare, and a celebrity-favorite brand was born.

Similar to the LM setting powder, if you buy from Sephora this weekend and use the code, METIME, you will get a free bag with designer samples.

Valentino Macro Stud Bracelet, $80

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Black Friday weekend only, this classic studded Valentino bracelet is marked under $100 at Barney’s Warehouse, down from an original $285 (add it to your cart to see the price adjustment). I absolutely love the pastel band juxtaposed with edgy pyramid studs… I can’t believe a stunning Valentino accessory is priced so low!

Under $250

Art Basel Permanent Ticket For All Days, $120

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I’m not sure if I’m going to Art Basel this year, but if I do make a last minute trip, this all-access ticket would be a key early Christmas gift. Now, far more than in other years, we need to lean into visual art and other creative mediums, to express and remember our humanity. I always finish out an Art Basel week feeling inspired and invigorated about the state of our world, and I would recommend the design/art/fashion/party experience to just about anyone.

Away Suitcase- The Bigger Carry-On, Grey Malin/Coral Collab, $245

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This newer luggage brand has received rave reviews for its phone-charging design and life-long warranty. I like this easy-to-spot pop of color, though the forest green, my close-second selection, is arguably a tad more chic.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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