These are some cost-friendly gift ideas for that special woman in your life. Making the most out of a budget is something I personally really enjoy and look forward to. Just because the item is on sale or under a certain amount doesn’t mean it’s not as valuable. How to score a gift for her under $50, without it looking under $50.
I know that getting a gift for your boyfriend can be overwhelming and stressful. Thankfully, my boyfriend never asks/wants anything specific and actually encourages me to just buy what I think will look good on him. I have grown to understand and know how to shop his style over the years; But, It wasn’t always that easy. Most of the time reading a man’s mind is basically impossible, So if you need some ideas; I have selected some of my faves.
Its’s almost Cyber Monday! Now is your chance to score some of the greatest deals, from the comfort of your own home. I always recommend shopping online because during the holidays, it can be super busy and crowded at the mall. I have linked some of the most perfect pieces to shop this season. This is a guide to help you save money and look like a superstar during the holidays. Below are a number of my favourite dresses and accessories that are on sale right now. Happy Shopping!
Okay Everyone, Its that time of year again. The holidays. It doesn’t matter what holiday you celebrate, most likely you are broke by the end of all of your shopping. I always like to begin my shopping as soon as the leaves start to fall because I feel less stressed out. A lot of the time, I rely on Black-Friday to score some amazing deals. Although I do love Black Friday prices, sometimes it can be hard to spot the deals and know when your actually saving some serious bucks.
I tend to do my shopping online, mostly because I hate waiting in lines. Recently, I got two jackets from Bench Canada and I am totally obsessed with them both. I know what some are probably thinking…Why is Melina holiday shopping for herself? The truth is; Don’t we all? I got these items at regular price and as bitter as I may be that they are almost 70% off now, they are the greatest jackets ever. Bench Canada has some amazing sales on everything right now and I highly recommend you go check them out…NOW! The prices are all already reduced and then once you add them to your cart, they are even cheaper. The jackets I got are just over $50 now, it is amazing! You will find something for everyone on your holiday list.
My Bench Canada Picks
130 CAD – stylebop.com
105 CAD – farfetch.com
105 CAD – farfetch.com
86 CAD – goodnightmacaroon.co
86 CAD – zappos.com
99 CAD – domino.com
90 CAD – revolve.com
86 CAD – revolve.com
130 CAD – nordstrom.com
76 CAD – sephora.com
120 CAD – neimanmarcus.com
38 CAD – americanapparel.net
150 CAD – nordstromrack.com
125 CAD – lordandtaylor.com
130 CAD – nelly.com
225 CAD – sunglasshut.com
26 CAD – sephora.com
73 CAD – nelly.com
68 CAD – macys.com
48 CAD – lushusa.com
My favourite kind of deliveries are definitely underwear. Actually, make that comfortable underwear. Recently I tried out Lounge Underwear products, this is a company I had seen on Instagram and fell in love with. They are made in the UK and are super comfy and fit fairly well. They are made out of 100% Cotton and the quality of the product is very well-made. What I like most about the set is that the bra is elastic all the way around (no bra clasp). The shipping was really quick and the packaging was sleek and simple, which I also love. The idea is similar to Calvin Klein’s underwear sets, but I think that Lounge adds a more feminine look.
Thank you Lounge Underwear for the wonderful gift!
I am super excited to be talking about my recent collaboration with Swimsuits For All and Ashley Graham. For those of you that are not familiar with Ashley Graham, she is the hottest model and body activist in the world right now. She is an inspiration to me because she has a positive attitude towards being “different” in an industry where most look the same. She is a strong woman who loves her self and is proud of the body she has.
The Secret Agent Black Swimsuit, which I had requested for the collaboration was designed by Ashley Graham. Ashley Graham x Swimsuits For All is an exclusive collection which features 11 pieces made for your killer curves.
Shipping was quick, came within a couple of days and I couldn’t wait to try my sexy swimsuit on! I was a bit worried about how it would fit me because I had never worked with these sizes before. I ordered the smallest size that the bathing suit came in which is a size 1o. I typically wear a size 4-6 so when I ordered it I wasn’t sure if it would fit. I must say that I felt amazing when I put it on, the size was perfect on every area of my body. It was so comfortable and fit my body like a glove. I would order a few sizes up than your usual size just to be sure because the sizes run smaller.
Swimsuits For All is such an amazing company, I really recommend checking them out!
Thank you Ashley Graham for adding to my one piece bathing suit collection, I am officially obsessed with this one.
Since lots of girls have been asking me….To start off, this post is aimed more towards the girls who have not yet experienced a Prom. This can be a very stressful and overwhelming time for most of us. When it comes to finding the perfect dress, this is the beginning to an ongoing challenge. Most of the dresses you find in the malls are all overpriced and overdone. I mean if thats something you don’t necessarily care about, than by all means.
Last year I had two Proms to attend, which was fun but very overwhelming. I refused to wear the same dress to both and I would not settle for a dress that was to overpriced. I visited almost every Prom dress store in the GTA and I still couldn’t find what I was looking for. Thats when I started looking into getting my dresses custom made, because clearly I was having some issues. This is something I should have considered right from the beginning. My mom and I had found a local designer named TIZZ, and had no idea what the outcome would be. But when everything was complete, I was very happy and impressed. I really recommend getting someone to make your dress, if you have something different and specific in mind. I got both dresses made for the price of one at any prom dress store downtown. I was more than happy with both of my dresses and they fit me perfectly.
As for makeup and hair, I really recommend just doing it on your own. I am super picky and most of the time, I am not satisfied with how other people do my makeup. It doesn’t help that I am pale so there is not to much you can do for me. I got my makeup done at the MAC @ Scarborough Town Centre for one of the proms and ended up redoing it when I got home. I was not pleased at all with the outcome for how long it took to apply and how much it cost. For both proms I did my own hair because my dad is a hairdresser and I had all the tools at home. I really recommend spending a little more money and buy the products to do it yourself.
Hope this helped a bit 🙂
Enjoy your proms!