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Holiday wishlist help with Marie Claire

Every year it gets harder and harder to tell people what I want for Christmas, especially since Im able to make my own money and buy whatever I want. I also find it extremely hard to buy present for others as well. Buying present and making someone else happy is the best thing I know of. I will splurge more on the people that mean the world to me rather then on myself.

For the holidays Marie Claire releases their ultimate gift guide with 101 gift ideas for the girl who likes beauty, home, fashion and more in their December issue. It is truly the ultimate gift guide with items for everyone in various price ranges as well as current and upcoming trends. I have rounded up and gathered items from the gift guide that I would absolutely love, but that I also think are some great items and ideas for gifts to others. To subscribe to Marie Claire you can do it here. It is also a great idea to give away a subscription to any friend, sister, mother or girlfriend who are interested in fashion, trend tips and how-to guides.

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Starting off with beauty gifts we have the Prada’Candy’ Eau de Parfum Collector’s Edition (Limited Edition) ($114). I have the Prada Candy Perfume and I absolutely love it so therefore I would not mind having a pretty gold bottle among my perfume collection either. Second is another perfume and it is the  Yves Saint Laurent Black Opium Eau De Parfum ($25-$115). It smells so good and is definitely one of my top perfumes that I would recommend not only to myself but also to by for someone else. New in stores is the Fresh Cocoa Body Exfoliant ($45) and I just love Fresh. I use their face moisturizer daily and it is just an amazing brand. Thereafter something that is so in trend right now and so gorgeous is rose gold shadows. I chose one which is a little bit cheaper but amazing which is the Colourpop La La rose gold in an Ultra Metallic Finish ($5) and also if you feel like splurging a little bit you can get the Urban Decay Eyeshadow Scratch ($19).

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Moving on to some of my fashion mut-haves or wanties a fur coat is everything and you need to have at least one in your closet. This Oversized Faux Fur Coat from DKNY is currently on sale so take the opportunity! Secondly I love a good pair of pumps and  these Open Toe Pumps from Nine West (NOW $49.99) are not only gorgeous but so easy to wear. Splurge real good on a nice watch and spoil yourself, or a loved one because what do girls love more then diamonds? This Two-Tone Gold Diamond Watch from MICHELE is a bit pricy, but if you want to gift a nice watch from MICHELE you can mix and match bracelets and watch heads as you want and skip the diamonds if it isn’t within your price range. The Blouse from H&M Studio has been one of my absolute obsessions that Ive wanted to get for so long and it is also below $100. Finishing off with some must-have bags is a really nice Leather Messenger Bag from ZARA with a gorgeous feather detail and finally if you are more on the splurge side the oh so classic and beautiful Saint Laurent Sac De Jour Nano leather shoulder bag which is the mini version of the tote.

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For more gift ideas make sure to check out the December issue of Marie Claire

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

THE ULTIMATE Black Friday and Cyber Weekend deals list!

Black Friday and Cyber Weekend offers have officially started and I have gathered my top and favorite offers for you guys! It will be everything from fashion to beauty and home all gathered in one post. I will write out the sales dates on all the offers! All the dates for the offers are noted so make sure you don’t miss out any important days! 

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Ann Taylor // 50% off everything (27-30)

Anine Bing Global // up to 60% off on www.aninebingsale.com (25-30)

Amazon.com //  30% off select clothing , shoes, accessories, jewelry, and watches (26-27) CODE: 30BLACKFRI

Chicwish // extra 20% off (27) CODE: BLK20

Diane Von Furstenberg US // 25% off sitewide (30) CODE: CYBER25

Kate Spade // Surprise Sale! up to 70% off (24-28)

Macy’s // Black Friday Extra 25% off clearance Designer Handbags, 50% off select Juniors clothing, 60% off select Women’s Coats, 50% off Women’s Sweaters, 70% off Memory Foam Pillow & Toppers (25-28)

// Cyber Monday  60% off Women’s Clothing, Womens Plus Size Clothing and Juniors Clothing (29-30)

Moschino // Black Friday 50% off all products at Moschino (27)

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Neiman Marcus // take 20% off sale items for up to 50% off online (25-27)

Take $50 off select regular  price purchases of $200+ online (27 at 6pm – 28) CODE: THANKFUL

Rebecca Minkoff // Black Friday 25% off all orders + free shipping + up to 70% off selected styles (25-29)

// Cyber Monday All Orders Get 25% Off + Essie Nail Polish + Free Shipping (11.29-12.1)

MISSGUIDED // 30% off EVERYTHING! CODE: CYBER30

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River Island //  20 % off everything (11.27, 11AM- 3PM) CODE: BFRIDAY15

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Tobi // 50% off sitewide sale (26 – 30)

// Cyber Monday save up to 80% on your favorite designers (30)

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TOPSHOP // up to 50% off selected lines (26-30)

Tarte Cosmetics //  25% off purchase (27) CODE: FRIDAY!

25% off holiday collection + special deals (30)

The Body Shop /  /Limited Edition Black Friday Tote $35 with $36 purchase ($139 Value) + 3 products for $36 + $18 Select Gift Sets (23-29)

Sally Beauty // Shop Cyber Monday and save 30% (29-30)

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Anthropologie // Black Friday 25% off everything (27-30) CODE: SHOPTOIT

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boohoo // 70% off everything, 50 % off everything (27-30) US and UK

ASOS // Black Friday up to 60% off casual looks for men and women (24-26) CODE: BLESSED

//Cyber Monday 30% off everything (27-30) CODE: BLESSED

NELLY // 20% off everything CODE: BLACK20

H&M //  Black Friday Deal Days up to 60% off, Black Friday exclusive deals from $4.99 and in-store scratch offs for the first 100 shoppers in line valued up to $300 (27)

// Cyber Monday deals with up to 30% off entire purchase and free shipping, with an additional 40% off all sale items (29-30)

Nasty Gal // Black Friday Take an extra 30% off sale, PLUS 30% off select black styles (27-29)

// Cyber Monday shop up to 50% off for right now (30nov-2dec)

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Nike // extra 25% off clearance at nike.com (11.23 – 12.1) CODE: GETOUTHERE

Nordstrom // Black Friday up to 50% off select styles for all + free shipping and returns (26 – 27)

// Cyber Monday Savings of up to 50% off select top brands + Free shipping and returns (30)

Rag & Bone // Black Friday 25% off sitewide + 2-day shipping (26-27)

// Cyber Monday take an extra 25% off sale items (30) CODE: CYBER!

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Sam Edelman // 30 % off siteweide (27) CODE: SAMSGIVING

Urban Outfitters // Black Friday 30% off sale, 40% off sale for Urban On Members – sign up is easy!

Select Women’s + Men’s Sweaters are $39,   All Women’s + Men’s Flannels are $29, 20% off All Men’s Full Price Graphic Tees,  Select Women’s + Men’s Tees $19, All Crosley Record Players starting at $80, 20% off all Men’s Full Price Bags (26-28)

// Cyber Monday  $15 off $75 or $50 off $150, Urban On Members receive early access on 11.29 at 10AM – 7PM EST. (11.29 at 7PM – 11.30)

Murad //  $25 OFF + free Shipping on any order $100+ (11.25 – 11.29) CODE: BLACK

24 Hr BF deal  20% off + free shipping on all orders at Murad.com! (11.27) CODE: BLACKFRI

 

Nars // Receive an exclusive 20% off purchase + free shipping on purchases of $50+ (11.27 – 12.2)

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The Happy Planner

I got the amazing Happy Planner from me & my BIG ideas and I have to say, it is so much fun! I got the 2015-2016 “Everyday is a gift” planner which is dated from July 2015 – December 2016, so you got this whole year, and the next whole year in it (18 months)! How great is that? And the best thing is that the planner is only 24.99, which I think is extremely affordable.

Each day in the Happy Planner has a vertical layout divided into 3 sections; morning, afternoon and evening. The vertical layout really helps staying organized and being creative with stickers and text which I love. A creative and fun planner is a planner that you want to look at. And, you can also change the cover of your planner, so it doesn’t have to look the same all the time. I instantly changed my cover and since I love change, I will probably change it again soon. You can get a set of 4 different covers for only 4.99.IMG_1356

As you can see, the package that I got was filled with so many fun items and is allowing me to be super creative with my Happy Planner! Not only did I get so many packages of amazing stickers, but I also got pocket folders, inspiration cards with a much of different cheering quotes that I can put into my calendar, notepads, sticky notes – super handy for school and a bunch of different fun items to decorate. There are letters, different quotes and up cheering words, reminder stickers and activity stickers to help me stay as organized as possible.

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This is how my Happy Planner looks like for the week. Isn’t it fun to plan out your week and se a blank page just come together? I used a variety of stickers and since every sticker package has 6 sheets I’m not to worried about them running out. I love all the different designs that they have. I also put in a little inspiration card for myself that says “Every day is special”. I have a bunch of different ones and live to have one every now and then to remind and motivate me to be happy about life. This is the perfect planner to help me stay organized.

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This is a sponsored post in partnership with me & my BIG ideas and Her Campus Media. All words and opinions are my own.

Easy meal prep with Suddenly Grain Salad

As the most stereotypical student that I am, coking can sometimes (mostly all the time) be such a hassle. Either I get some super late and I am so tired that I just end up eating anything or nothing, or Im “too busy” to cook. I went out to get myself the new Suddenly Grain Salad, I have never tried these before so I did not know what to expect. My first impression was that there were a mixture of grains that you were supposed to mix with veggies, but when I opened the Suddenly Grain Salad box it was all included!

The Suddenly grains Salad comes in three different tastes; Harvest Grains, Southwest Grains and Tuscan grains. I tried the Suddenly Grain Salad “Southwest Grains”, as I love the chipotle vinaigrette. That taste is just marvelous and I love it! So, as I said everything was already included in the little package that I bought, so I went head and followed instructions. In 3 easy steps my meal was done! Starting off I wanted to boil the little bag of grains and veggies in water for 17 minutes, so I started off by boiling up water and letting the grains cook. While the grains cooked I prepared the vinaigrette mixture. I took one tablespoon of olive oil and one tablespoon of cold water and mixed it with the powder mixture of the vinaigrette. Easy peasy!

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This is basically what it looked like while mixing everything together. You have the grains and the vegetables in a little cooking bag that you open up after it has been cooked and you mix it into the vinaigrette. Oh and I forgot, you can serve this meal warm or cold. If you want it cold, you leave the bag under cold running water for a minute or two, and if you want the meal warm, you let it rinse under warm water for a little while. After mixing the vinaigrette and the grains you are all done with your meal! I would personally suggest adding some chicken and some other vegetables like tomatoes, cucumber, avocado or whatever you like to your Suddenly Grain Salad! It is however perfectly good to eat by itself, and I really enjoyed the taste of the Chipotle vinaigrette.

This salad was so easy to make, costed me about 3 dollars and I didn’t have to spend a lot of time in the kitchen.

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I wanted to share a coupon with you guys, it will give you $0.75 off any Suddenly Grain Salad and you can find the coupon here.

Have you ever tried any Suddenly Salad products before, or will you try out them now?

#GearUpForCollege with Office Depot and OfficeMax

For me, the first school week has been full of new information and a lot of walk throughs of what this semester is gonna be all about. Thankfully I went to Office Depot to gear up just to make sure I was prepared and organized to start another year at college! I have several classes that are around three hours long, so what makes school more fun? Cute stuff! I discovered that Office Depot had so many cute things because Office Depot have a Fashion Supplies category with really cool designs to great prices. Now, I was personally struck by the Gold Collection as it was super minimal and so my style. So, I geared up on a bunch of things from the Gold Collection and I got everything that I needed for a fare share! If the minimal and light isn’t your thing, they also have a Metallic Pop collection that is way more colorful!

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I just loved the minimal and light notebooks that Office Depot offered. The gold and white are totally me and (not showed in picture) I also got a smaller notebook in the same print. These pencils that comes in a pack of eight are just so adorable, and the best thing is that they come in a case as well so I can just keep the pens with me all the time in my bag. I have already used all my notebooks, one for each class as I have 3 classes on campus. Having different ones makes it so much easier for me to know which one that goes to which class. Don’t you agree with me? I mean, If you have notebooks that all looks the same, which one is the right one to your class? You’ll only know by looking inside of them.

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I also geared up on some folders and paper pockets for my loose papers. I also got a smaller binder and a bunch of paper to put inside of it so that I can write anything that I need to have written down in there. I am really big on being organized and making sure I have everything in place where it needs to be. If I am not organized, hell breaks loose. I have one thing of each to every class and I have english Lit this semester, so I am sure that there will be a bunch of loose paper handed to me, but also a lot of writing that I will be doing myself.

Something else that I like is that Office Depot also have a lot of office supplies to stay organized at your workspace. So I got myself some paper clips just in case. I always find myself needing this, but then I don’t have any. So far they have been nothing but helpful keeping all my papers together and organized.

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Now I went to two different Office Depot stores just to make sure that I got everything that I needed. Some stores runs out of things which is kind of disappointing but I was lucky enough to find what I needed. I also know that you can shop at Office Depot and OfficeMax online store because there they have everything! But in the stores they had some really good deals as well, and I like to go to the stores and see the products that I am buying. I strongly recommend you to visit a Office Depot and OfficeMax store or check them out online because they have some really good items!

This post is brought to you by Office Depot Inc and Her Campus Media. All opinions are my own.

Back to School: The ultimate guide

The day that  I go back to school is just around the corner! Monday is my day and I could not feel better about going back to school after having some time off. Now this is my third year in college, so I do have some experience about what to expect the first day. I would say that you can not prepare enough, especially if you are starting at a new school. Now lucky for me I am stil at the same school but that will probably change in the future, so I wanted to share some of my best back to school advices and how you can prepare for it.

What to wear

Remember that you should always be yourself! But as a first day I would say, wear something that makes you feel comfortable and confident! I usually lay out what Ive been thinking about wearing for my first day together with a few options of shoes. The pick of shoes are always different depending on what mood I have in the morning.  Now personally I would go easy and safe and focus more or less on the school day and not think so much about how I look.

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What to bring

You can never be too prepared, especially if you don’t know whats coming. I always make sure to have at least one block of paper to each subject and pens, lots of pens. Bringing my planner is also something I do on a regular basis just to write down any tests or deadlines in advance to make sure Im following the class. Getting back to school can be a good or a bad thing, but make sure that you are prepared in the best way to make this semester great.

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How to prep at home

Oh man, I will probably spend every awaken hour at home on Sunday doing all of this above and the following. So for some weird reason I always care more the first day that I go back to school how I look. For example I can’t brush or floss my teeth too many times. I always makes face, and hair masks so that I will feel refreshed and moisturized. But most importantly, I make sure to shave every part of my body that I feel needs to be shaved. I honestly don’t know why shaving makes you feel so much better, its just hair, right? But feeling that your legs are silky smooth brings out some kind of confidence that I can’t explain. I have been using Schick Hydro Silk Disposable Razor for a while now and I absolutely love it. Not only does it work really well, it also helps moisturize your skin leaving it super smooth after shaving.

I can recommend having all your bath essentials in a shower caddy so you don’t forget anything.

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This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Schick®. The opinions and text are all mine.

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Swimwear A la Jenner Style

The Kardashian/Jenner family never stops surprising and impressing. But I guess they are a mater of either loving them or hating them, but I won’t deny my obsession with their style, hair, makeup, bodies…

Kendall and Kylie are bomb right now, especially Kylie even though her attitude is the worst I just can’t stop looking at her, following her and obsess over the whole family actually. And all i have to say is bikinis, oh lord the bikinis that family have. Ive gathered a few options to get the “Jenner style” and I might even got some myself.

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NEW COLLECTION – Victoria Törnegren For Nelly.com

It was such a surprise for me to see that Victoria had released her own collection for Nelly. Not that it by this point is unusual for Nelly to collaborate with Swedens most popular bloggers (as seen in former collections from Fanny Lyckman, Rebecca Stella and more), but I did not expect Victoria to be the next one, maybe Angelica Blick or Lisa in that case.

The collection is however really nice, it shows a lot of Victorias clean and minimalistic style which I personally love. The pieces are clearly for summer giving me a tropical paradise vibe.

Shop the whole collection here or follow the links on/under the picture.