10 Unique Gift Ideas For All You Last Minute Christmas Shoppers Out There

Christmas is one week away! And if you’re still struggling to find that something special for your someone special, then I’m here to help you out with this list of unique gift ideas.


  1. Something Handmade

Give her something that was made by hand! This beautiful Round Wicker Rattan Bag, by Papadaan, is only $22 and was made with love by local Indonesian artisans. I absolutely adore this bag and even though it looks a little summery, I’ve been using it throughout the winter with this little black scarf tied around it for contrast. I highly recommend this gift for any handbag lover out there. It’s made with quality and the fact that it’s handmade makes it unique.

2. Something For NYE

Do you have a fancy event planned for NYE together? Gift her something that she can use that night. Say for example, a pair of heels? These White Leather Heels by Forever Soles, are made with the highest quality, as they’re actually bridal shoes! Now, I’m not a bride but I do love using these shoes for other semi-formal events because the minimalist white design goes with almost every dress that I own. I'm usually a size 7 in heels and these heels are very true to size.

3. Something Geeky But Useful

Does the person you’re shopping for love Harry Potter? Then totally geek out with these Hogwarts-themed coasters! Concrete and Copper Co. makes these awesome concrete and cork coasters that are completely customizable. So if your person is not a fan of the wizarding world then you could go with just about anything else. These coasters are beautiful made and surprisingly light weight considering they are made of concrete. And they are only $26! They make the perfect gift!

4. Something For Work

Is your gal a hardworking healthcare professional? If yes, then purchase her a set of the most comfortable and fashionable scrubs out there! Medelita is the place to shop for scrubs. Featured above is their Horizon Scrub Top, which features a flattering neckline, a countered waist, and four pockets. And as you can see, Medelita can customize your top with your name and a logo! I've paired the top with their Delta Scrub Pants. These bottoms have all the pockets you'd ever need -- two in the front with zippers, and another four angled pockets on the sides (perfect for your cell phone)! These are my all time favorite scrubs. In fact, I have another set coming in the mail soon!

5. Something Homey


You can never go wrong with giving someone a candle! But be unique and give her a candle that has meaning behind it like these B.A.R.E Soaps candles featured above. B.A.R.E Soaps is an American bath and body company that uses their proceeds to help support a soap recycling workshop in India. They pay women fair wages to recycle used hotel soap to be redistributed to slum children. Their products both candles and soaps are all natural and 100% American made using sustainable sources, including rainforest-alliance-certified palm oil. For a full review on their soap products visit this older BTFL blog post.

6. Something Radiant


If you’re looking for a romantic gift, consider gifting her a sensual fragrance. Take for example the Bella Blanca scent by Oscar de la Renta. It’s like taking a breath of fresh air while floating on a white rose petal cloud. Featured above is the 3.4 oz bottle found at Macy’s. You can also find the smaller 1 oz bottle at Ulta!


7. Something Personalized

Does your man have an Apple Watch? If so, he needs a Casetify band. Casetify is my favorite apple-watch-band company because they offer an enormous variety of quality bands. And now, they’re offering a customizable one! That means you can choose 1-3 colors and have it monogramed. This gives you complete freedom to tailor the accessory to match his personal style!

8-10. Something For A Fashionable Fella


A fashion-forward man can never have too many socks am I right?! These fun floral socks by Psycho Bunny make an incredible stocking stuffer. They’re soft, warm, and most importantly trendy! If he’s a little more on the sporty size, think about giving him a baseball cap instead. I’m a huge fan of this classic navy baseball cap by Psycho Bunny, featured above. Last but certainly not least, is the gift of.. a magazine subscription! Bill really enjoys reading Esquire, so I highly recommend that one. As Esquire says, “GET THE ULTIMATE LIFESTYLE GUIDE FOR THE SOPHISTICATED MAN.”

I hope that this list helps in gift shopping for your loved ones this holiday season! HAPPY SHOPPING!



Galentine's Day - Ladies Celebrating Ladies!

Tomorrow is February 13th! You know what that means, right? Aside from it being the day before Valentine's Day, it's also GALENTINE'S DAY! It's a day for gals to celebrate gals. The holiday originated from one of my favorite shows, Parks And Recreation! In Season 2/Episode 16, the main character Leslie Knope uses February 13th to get all her favorite females together to celebrate their friendship. My favorite quote from this episodes is when Leslie Knope says "We have to remember what's important in life. Friends, waffles, and work -- or waffles, friends work. It doesn't matter. But work is third." Tomorrow is a day for us ladies to show our appreciation for each other (preferably over waffles and other sweets). My besties and I (photographed below thanks to a makeshift-iPhone-tripod) got a head-start on our Galentine's celebration -- we came together this weekend for some wine, cheese, and good company! So take a moment tomorrow to spend some time those special ladies in your life and be sure to tell them how much you love them!

As an avid Parks and Rec fan, it should come as no surprise that I'm wearing this Friends Waffles Work Tee, by The Bed Head Society, for Galentine's Day! The Bed Head Society offers a collection of t-shirts with humorous and relevant designs. In fact, their moto is "Adult-ing is easier when you can laugh your way through it!" which couldn't be more fitting. So be sure to keep up with their ever changing kick-ass collection!


Outfit Details

Tee // Boots // Denim Jacket // Sunglasses // Jeans


Photographer #1,

Bill McGuiness (BF+BFF)


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Two Low-Key NYE Looks For People Who Hate Dressing Up

On NYE it's almost expected for you go all out with some shimmery, glittery, or shinny ensemble right? Well getting all decked out in say a sequin bandage dress isn't everyone's cup of tea. And I totally get that, which is why I've put together two "low-key" NYE outfits to help give you some inspiration!


Look #1 - A "Dressy" Affair

Outfit Details

Sweater // Dress (similar) // Boots // Earrings // Bracelet

If you're headed out for a night on the town this NYE, a silver metallic dress is a pretty standard choice.  But again, not everyone wants to get decked out, so I put together this alternative look. Using a light pink satin dress get's you a similar but more muted "metallic" affect. This Lauren Conrad dress that I snagged from Kohl's is no longer available, but I'm linking a similar one here. As for my shimmer, I'm sporting the Sasha Sweater, from Peridot Boutique. It might be hard to tell, but this fluffy blush colored sweater features some metallic silver accents, for a subtle but very appropriate NYE look. 


Look #2 - Keeping It Casual

Outfit Details

Coat // Top // Jeans (similar) // Boots // Bag

My second look is definitely on the causal side, for those of you who have more laid back NYE plans. The NYE vibe in this outfit is pretty subtle, relying mostly on this Pleated Metallic Tank, from Peridot Boutique. I've played down this classic NYE shimmer even more by pairing it with simple black jeans, as well as two of my favorite Zaful purchases -- this waterfall coat and these maroon boots!

I hope these two looks will help inspire your very own "low-key" NYE looks. If you're still in search for a NYE outfit, I highly suggest checking out the rest of the Peridot Boutique and Zaful collections, both of which feature a great variety of fabulous pieces. Wishing everyone the happiest of holidays!


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Gift Ideas For Her (A.K.A. Products I Know And Love, that She'll Love Too!)

Hello my friends and Happy December! Can you believe that the Holidays are only a few short weeks away? If you're still looking for a gift for a special gal in your life (whether it be a girlfriend, sister, daughter, or BFF) OR if you're just looking to treat yourself, then I'm here to help! Below, I've put together a list of products that I personally love (and know are of the highest quality), that will make great presents.


1. The World's Best Leggings


High Rise 3/4 Legging, by Girlfriend Collective

Is the person you're shopping for an on-the go person, a gym rat, or I don't know.. a girl? Well then she probably loves a good pair of leggings! I personally own leggings from so many different brands -- Lululemon, Nike, Calvin Klein, just to name a few. However, I don't own two pairs of leggings from the same brand and I think that's because I've always just continued to search for a better pair. Well I think that I've finally found the one! The High Rise 3/4 Legging, by Girlfriend Collective, are everything I've ever wanted in a pair of leggings -- 1) they're comfortable, 2) they're tight enough to stay in place but without making seam indentations in my skin, 3) they are camel-toe free, 4) they feature a high-waist design, 4) they show the perfect amount of ankle, 5) the high quality fabric doesn't wear easily from use or wash, and 6) they are a lot more affordable than the $98 Lululemon equivalent.  I have so many great things to say about these leggings, but the most honorable part is that Girlfriend Collective uses recycled bottles to make their leggings! How cool is that? I can promise you, these leggings will not disappoint!



2. Designer Handbag Lookalike

Genuine Leather Cross Body, by QZUnique

What girl doesn't like a cute handbag? What girl has "too many" handbags?.. None. And that's precisely why a purse is a great gift idea! But not trying to spend a thousand bucks on a designer handbag? No worries, I've found a high-quality Chloé Faye Small Shoulder Bag look-alike! This Genuine Leather Cross Body is made with real split leather and even features the two tone metal detailing that the Chloé one does! Oh and did I mention that it's only $56 and ships FO FREE with amazon prime.  Is your girl pick? Afraid she won't like it? No worries, The Amazon Seller, QZUnique, offers free returns for this item. 



3. Unique Sunglasses

Scenic Route, by VYE Eyewear

If you're looking for a more unique gift, I would suggest checking out the VYE Eyewear collection. VYE one of my favorite sunglasses brands. I own the Scenic Route (featured above) and the Hitchhiker (featured here), both of which I use regularly. Now sometimes sunglasses are made with cheap, unreliable materials, but not these bad boys -- they are around for the long haul. So if you're looking to give her a gift that will help her stand out from the crowd and will last a long time, these sunglasses aren't a bad place to start! 



4. Handy Dandy Kicks

Adidas Stan Smith Sneaker

Looking for a practical gift? A comfortable yet fashionable sneaker, might just be your best option! My go to shoe (of all time) is the Adidas Stan Smith. I wear these kicks at least 4 times a week. AT LEAST! Why, you may ask? Because they go with everything and are the most comfortable shoe I own! They never take away from the stylish appeal of an ensemble, something that is very important to me. And the white leather is surprisingly easy to keep clean (I've had these shoes for about 3 months now and they still look great). I'll always hold a special place in my heart for these sneakers, and I'm guessing she will too!



5. Statement Coat

Tall Double Breasted Coat, by Topshop

Help her stay warm and in style this winter with a stunning coat! Topshop has such a great collection of jackets and coats, almost all of which make quite the statement. My suggestion is to go with a checked or plaid option, as that's a popular trend this season. The exact Topshop coat that I'm wearing in today's post is no longer available but I've linked up a nearly identical option here!



6. A Bit Of Bling

Fiction Narrow Bangle, by Swarovski

Getting her some pretty jewelry is always a safe option! Swarovski is a great place to start looking because not only do they have some trendy designed, but also because their collection is always made with quality metal and crystals. I own the Rose Gold Fiction Narrow Bangle, except in yellow gold. Unfortunately, the yellow gold option is unavailable on the Swarovski website. But, I was able to find it on sale at Walmart, if you can believe it! Alternatively, if you're looking for a less expensive similar option, the Fiction Bangle from the Swarovski outlet is about half the price.


If you have any questions or would like more personalized suggestions just drop me a comment below!



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The Best Black Friday/Cyber Week Sales + iDeal Of Sweden Phone Case Review

Happy belated Thanksgiving everyone! Now that it's officially Black Friday it's time for us to channel our inner crazy-shopaholic and get the best deals possible am I right?! So to help, I've rounded up some of the best sales going on (both online and inspires) with a few suggestions on what to purchase where. First lets start with online, then move to in-stores. The lists are organized  by importance (basically I organized it based on which deals I thought were best). I've been updating the list everyday so it should be current!


Phone Accessories


iDeal Of Sweden | 30% Off EVERYTHING | SALE HAS ENDED

I'm first going to start with iDeal Of Sweden, not only because I think it's one of the best deals out there, but also because I want to share my thoughts with you on their bomdotcom phone cases since many of you may not have heard of this brand yet. iDeal Of Sweden has a vast collection of trendy phone cases for almost any iPhone and Galaxy out there. But what makes them different? That would be the magnetic compatibility that their cases share with each other. Take for example the Mayfair Clutch, featured in both light grey and black (for the iPhone 8 Plus) in the photos above. This clutch comes with an all black phone case magnetically attached inside. But the clutch also works with any of the other iDeal Of Sweden hard cases, such as the Black Reptile, also featured above. This means you can customize any wallet/phone case pair that fits your style for the day with these easily interchangeable phone accessories! And now's the time to buy because it's the best price I've seen these cases for all year. I'm linking up some of my favorites below!




Kate Spade | 30%-70% Discount | SALE HAS ENDED

Kate Spade is by far one of my favorite handbags but I always wait until Black Friday to purchase from them because the sale is always incredible. The Kate Spade website is now offering 30% off full price items and 40% off sale items. But I still think to get the best buy you should find the closest Kate Spade Outlet store (most of which are offering 70% off your entire purchase).


Coach (Online + In Stores) | Up to 50% Discount

I've never a huge fan of Coach, that is until I saw their latest collection! Some of these new styles are currently discounted up to 50% off! Also may I suggest taking a peek at my two favorite Coach designs? Click here for pick #1 and here for pick #2.  But keep in mind that most Coach Outlet stores are offering 70% off your entire purchase so you might want to hit up the closest one to you first!


Dagne Dover | 20% Discount

I love me some Dagne Dover! I own their Classic Tote in Onyx which I adore, but now I have my eye on their new Andra Crossbody and I'm thinking now's the time to buy since there's rarely a sale for this brand.





EGO Shoes | 20% Discount

This is one of my favorite footwear brands as you might be able to tell by the number of times I've featured them on BTFL. They're offering 50% off select styles, and 20% off everything else. I'd call that a win especially since their prices are already quite affordable to begin with. 


L.L. Bean | 25% Off Bean Boots | SALE HAS ENDED

With the Winter season upon us, and Spring rain coming after that, I highly suggest investing in a pair of waterproof Bean Boots. I own the 6" boots and they're incredible. I got mine a few years ago (although I paid full price at the time) and they're still in great shape. L.L. Bean rarely has a sale so I'd jump on this offer right now!


New Balance (Online + In Stores) | 25-50% Discount | SALE HAS ENDED

The New Balance website offering 25% off + free shipping right now. But what's more is that most of their outlet stores are offering 50% off everything and a $20 coupon to use on a future purchase for every $75 you spend today. A current NB favorite of mine is the Fresh Foam in Lush if you're looking for a suggestion!





Anthropologie (Online + Instores) | EXTRA 30% Off Sale | SALE HAS ENDED

I have this under apparel but it really should be under something like "All Life Goals" in my opinion. From their apparel, to footwear, to home goods, it's hard to find something that I'm not totally in love with. Anthro is pretty expensive though so I usually go strait to their sale sections which always has some great items. And I'll be taking that extra 30% off thank you very much!


J.CrewJ.Crew Factory (Online + Instores) | 40%-60% 

I love J.Crew but I tend to hit up the factory stores first especially since some of the J.Crew items can end up in the factory store clearance section for a fraction of the original price. Both the J.Crew Factory website and physical stores are offering 50-60% off everything and that includes clearance! Meanwhile, the official J.Crew website is also offering a pretty steep discount - 40% off you're entire purchase!


Zaful | 20%-40% Discount

I own quite a bit from this online shop so I know first hand that it's not only a safe website to purchase form but you're also getting great products for unbeatable prices. Right now their offering 20%-40% off their already affordable items and free shipping with purchases of $79 or more!


Loft (Online + In Stores) | EXTRA 60% Off Sale

It's always good to have some classic, elegant ensembles in you're wardrobe and my go to for that kind of thing is usually Loft! I generally find better deals in stores though so I'd suggest visiting the closest one if you're up for going out today. 


MISSGUIDED | 50% Off Everything | SALE HAS ENDED

I don't personally own anything form this brand (YET!) but they have an incredibly vast collection of trendy apparel (+ accessories). Like how freaking cool is this coat? And it'd be under $50 with the Black Friday discount?! Yes please!


Nordstrom Rack | Extra 30% Off Clearance | SALE HAS ENDED

An extra discount off clearance items is honestly my favorite type of sale. So I'm pretty stoked about this one. Again, I've got Nordstrom Rack under apparel, but their clearance section encompasses a lot more than just clothing!





Walmart | Google Home Mini for $29

Walmart is offering some incredible deals today on electronics, the best of which in my opinion is the sale on the Google Home Mini!  This aesthetically pleasing smart speaker is usually $49 but today it's only $29. You also get an extra gift with this purchase -- $25 off your next Walmart purchase when you order through google express. You're basically getting the Google Home Mini for $4 at that point. Clearly I'm all about this purchase, seeing as I made it myself last night at midnight. There's two color choices by the way, chalk and charcoal. I personally liked the charcoal  better so that's the one I went with!


Macy's | Apple Watch Series 1 for $179 | SALE HAS ENDED

While Macy's has a lot of great discounted products right now, I'd like to point your attention to the fact that they're selling the Apple Watch Series 1 for only $179! That's the cheapest I've seen that model. I love my apple watch so I only have good things to say about it. I have the series 2 though, which I have listed below. The major difference between the models is that the Series 2 is water-resistant up to 50 meters, whereas the Series 1 is not.


Best Buy | Apple Watch Series 2 for $269

Best Buy is one of the best places to look for sales on electronics. This is where I purchased my Apple Watch Series 2 from last month for $229. Best Buy randomly had the watch on sale for like a day and I snagged it. I haven't seen the price drop that much since then. But right now, Best Buy is still offering the lowest prices out of any other store for this model.



Sales have been updated! Wishing everyone a safe and fun holiday weekend! Oh and if you'd like to make any suggestions or want to add to the list, just drop a comment below!


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