I realize that this is a little late in the month, but I have been busy with the holidays and school lately. Anyways, with Christmas just around the corner, it is hands down the best time of year. The hustle and bustle, the joy, and the overall craziness is something to be thankful for as we get closer to Christmas. I have compiled a list of my usual monthly picks, along with tips for holiday shopping and deals.
What to listen to (affiliate links included):
Blake Shelton-Texoma Shore
- The newly crowed sexiest man of the year (thank you People) has recently released an album called Texoma Shore. With great countries songs, Blake Shelton’s keeps the album down to earth and real, something that pop/country artists seem to sometimes lack nowadays. The hit single “I’ll Name the Dogs” is my personal favorite since it is such a great feel good love song.
- One Direction member turned avid golf enthusiast turned solo pop artist and country collaborator, Niall Horan has done a lot recently to make a name for himself. Back in my middle school days, I was head over heels for Niall (being a huge directioner), so I love to see how well he is doing. It also does not surprise me how much I love her new and first solo album, Flicker. Slow Hands is a great catchy fun tune, This Town is nice and reminiscent of a past time, and Seeing Blind is a great collaboration with Maren Morris, one of my favorite up and coming country stars.
What to watch (affiliate links included):
Made of Honor (2008)
- This is a little known American rom com that I stumbled across on Netflix. It is clever, very predictable (of course), hilarious, and happens to star Patrick Dempsey (Mr. McDreamy). While the movie isn’t award worthy, it’s a great distraction to rest your mind for awhile. Click on the photo to rent on Amazon.
A Royal Night Out (2015)
- Another random Netflix find that happened to be fabulous. A Royal Night Out tells the story of a young Queen Elizabeth on VE day at the end of WW2. For anyone eagerly anticipating the return next month of The Crown (me!) and with talks of an upcoming royal wedding, this is sure to satisfy your need of British culture. Again, a bunch of fluff, but fun! Click on the photo to rent on Amazon.
Fashion- How to get good deals this Christmas shopping season
Alas, Black Friday has come and gone, for better or for worse. If you are feeling like you missed out on savings for presents and a seasonal wardrobe makeover, do not fret and be glad that you avoided the unnecessary stress associated with overhyped “bargains”. It is probably not a secret, but I rely on online shopping to find deals with an abundance of promo codes and online services that alert me on where to find something for the cheapest price. Throughout all of December, it is pretty much guaranteed that your favorite retailers will one, restock everything, and two, offer up similar (if not better) deals to those offered on Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Here are some tips on navigating this crazy shopping time.
- Avoid all malls
- Only go to an actually store if it is a must. Malls and shopping areas are mobbed this time of year, causing extra stress and wasting time. Online, you will find no actual people and much better discounts.
2. Look into getting clothes and accessories through online department stores
- Stores such as Nordstrom and Saks are super easy to navigate online and offer great return and shipping policies, especially this time of year. Browse the gift guides and trend alerts for easy shopping, in addition to talking advantage of their fleeting and immense sales.
3. Download and use Honey
- Honey.com is this amazing program that notifies you of promo codes and discounts while shopping at stores online. The little widget will get downloaded on to your search bar and you can use it at pretty much any store. What is even more amazing is that by using Honey, you get reward points that you can redeem for virtual gift cards. It rewards you for saving!
4. Do not delete all of those sale notification emails
- While they are super annoying and might seem meaningless, you never know when you might need to buy something from some random site. When you do, it is nice to be able to go back and search for the store to see if any deals are currently going on.
5. Sign up for ShopItToMe
- This is another great resource that can save you a ton of money online. Shop it to Me is an online program that sends you daily alerts of sales going on for any item of your so-called “favorite brands”. The best part of it is that you tell them all your sizes, so the clothes that are shown on sale are going to be in your size. You like brands, put down your sizes, and voilà, you get notified when ever something that you might like is on sale anywhere online.
- I hope to have provided some good tips on shopping this month. Stay tuned for a more comprehensive guide to saving money while shopping online in the future.