Happy New Year of Style!
The New Year is very much upon us!
My Christmas gift baskets' idea (see previous post) was a success. And I was able to find all of the materials to wrap my baskets at my local Dollar Tree! The only thing that I regret is that I FORGOT TO TAKE SNAPSHOTS! In all of the last minute frenzy, I simply forgot. :(
But I do want to mention two very practical items from the gift baskets that were big hits.
One was a personalized 2012 wall calendar from Vistaprint.com.
I decided to make good use out of the many family photos that I had snapped over the years--just "collecting dust" on my cell phone and digital camera. I simply uploaded the selecte pictures to the website and "voila!"--I had one-of-kind treasures for my family, shipped right to my door!
The other item that I want to share are AfterSoles!
Having tired, achy feet, after you have been in heels for a while is not cute! I've been there-- as I'm sure many of you have. AfterSoles are soft shoes that roll up and fit inside of your purse (even small ones) so that you can relieve your feet (and not have to walk around in your stockings!) But they also come with a pouch that you can use to take your heels home.
How practical and stylish is that? They could come in handy for those upcoming New Year's Eve celebrations, right? I certainly thought so. They are also great for traveling.
Well, I wish everyone a Very Safe, Happy, Prosperous, and "Stylish" New Year!
Practical Gift Ideas, anyone?
The Gift that Keeps on Giving
One of my thrift store finds. It's about 8 in wide. The cost? Only 99 cents.
Well, with Christmas only two weeks away, (What!!) I am scrambling to finish my shopping. I always vow to have all of my shopping done at this point but....you know the rest. Life happens. Oh well.
So anyway, I was brainstorming recently about gift-giving and ways to be more creative this holiday season. Since creativity is key in my line of work, this makes sense!
Also, the gifts have to be affordable and be something that they can actually use, right?
So what did I come up with? Customized gift baskets!
Begin by thinking of activities that the person, couple, or even the whole family, like to do. Do they eat out a lot or don't get to eat out very often? Restaurant and maybe movie gift cards could fill out a small gift basket nicely.
Other ideas are gifts certificates for car detailing, phone app stores, house cleaning services, wardrobe consulting services (wink!), the list goes on and on.
The baskets themselves are relatively inexpensive and can be found in super centers and even thrift stores. I personally like the idea of thrift store shopping because I can find unique items for next to nothing. I have found quite a few baskets over the years that I use in my home to work double-duty-- to decorate with and to hold things! (Be sure to check the bottom of those baskets for holes before purchasing, though.)
What else can go into gift baskets? I will cover this more on a later post, but some some ideas are cell phone covers, purse organizers, mini travel kits.... I think that you got the idea.
Well, by now, your gift-giving creative juices are probably overflowing! At the very least, I hope that you are no longer "stumped" on those last-minute gift ideas. Happy Gifting!
First Blog Post!
Wow! My inaugural post!
I'm so excited to share with everyone and to hopefully get wonderful feedback about my passion-- fashion and style!
Why "practical" style? Well, first, a quick word on everyone's personal style. Yes-- everyone has a unique personal style! One of my mottos is, IT'S OK TO BE YOU. Whatever your style is, (classic, romantic, dramatic, etc.)-- that is actually what's practical for you. So find out what your unique style is and then embrace it! In a nutshell, don't try to be something that you are not.
Secondly, don't be afraid to get rid of things that don't support your style! We have all been there (myself included!) We've stood in our closets or a room in our homes thinking, "Why do I even have this? It's not ME!" Too many things that we don't even like or use can be chaotic. And uncontrolled chaos has never been practical for me!
Thirdly, make sure that what you do buy, supports your budget! This may seem like a no-brainer, but you'd be surprised. Style outside your budget is definitely not practical.
I will cover more about these (and more fun topics) in later posts. But I DO want to leave you with this tidbit: Just because style is practical, doesn't mean that it has to be boring!
So what's your take on practical style?
The proud owner of my own wardrobe and home decor consulting company-- Practical Style and Spaces!