Gift Guide For The Nap Queen

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From now until Christmas, I’ll be posting gift guides to help with all things holiday shopping. If fact, you may notice I’ve updated my Navigation Bar to include a “2018 Holiday Shopping Guide” section. This is where I’ll be collecting all these posts so it’s super easy to find tailored shopping ideas and refer back to specific posts.

With that said, I’m so excited to put up my very first gift guide of the season! This one is dedicated to all the nap queens, myself included. Here are my top gift ideas for the nap queen in your life. Bonus – all the items included here are under $100.

ONE. COTTON PAJAMAS
A few years ago, I started getting matching pajamas as gifts for friends and family and they are always a HIT. You can’t go wrong with this classic set from J Crew. (Or flannel pajamas from LLBean, like this one.)

TWO: DIPTYQUE PARIS CANDLE
No gift guide is complete without an iconic diptyque Paris scented candle. I recommend the lavender scent since lavender has calming and soothing properties – perfect for falling asleep.

THREE. COZY CHIC CARDIGAN
Every nap queen needs a cozy cardigan for her wardrobe. This one is super soft and perfect to lounge around the house.

FOUR. FRAGRANCE DIFFUSER
I love lighting candles but I do sometimes worry about falling asleep with the wick burning. This fragrance diffuser is the perfect way to get an amazing fragrance throughout your house without any safety concerns. It’s a win-win!

FIVE. FLUFFY SLIPPERS
It’s hard to find this style of slippers that are quality AND cruelty-free (trust me, I’ve looked!), but this set checks both those boxes. Notable mention goes to these plaid Minnetonka moccasins.

SIX. POM POM THROW (FAUX FUR)
My favorite thing to do on cold nights is snuggle up on the couch and watch movies. This faux-fur throw is amazing because it’s not just super softy cozy, it also adds to the room decor.

SEVEN. CONTRAST PAJAMA SET
I’m seeing this style of pajamas all over the internet at the moment (see here for $55, here for $78, and here for $102!), and these Shein pajamas are by far the best bang for your buck. I own these in the XS and am so happy I chose this pair over the more expensive options out there. They are so comfy and fit like a dream.

EIGHT: SANTA EYE MASK
Okay, how cute is this Santa eye mask for the holidays? This gift is sure to make anyone smile.

NINE: YOGI BEDTIME TEA
When it comes to gift giving, it’s the thought that counts, so don’t feel like you need to break the bank for everyone in your life. Some bedtime tea makes a perfect stocking stuffer or addition to any small gift bag.

TEN: CALM SLEEP MIST PILLOW SPRAY  
This pillow mist spray also makes a perfect stocking stuffer or a small gift for a friend. It’s made from 100% pure essential oils – Lavender, Frankincense, Chamomile and Clary Sage and contains no parabens, synthetic fragrances and colors, sulfates, and phthalates.

ELEVEN. LUX BATHROBE
This robe is made from 100% long-staple Turkish cotton using Aerocotton weaving technology. If you’re looking for a gift that can be enjoyed daily, this is the one. It’s exceptionally soft, absorbent and quick-drying so it works well for both bathing and lounging around the house.

TWELVE: NAP QUEEN MUG
Finally, what’s a nap queen without an official mug?

 

Let me know if there are any favorite “nap queen” items of yours that would be perfect for this list!

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Bloomingdale’s Sale Picks + Makeup Brush Set Giveaway!

Happy Friday friends! Bloomingdales is having a AMAZING sale running until Sunday, November 11 with tons of discounts site wide. It’s perfect for stocking up on the fall items you’ve been eyeing. If you’re a loyalist, there are also special perks for you on regular priced items. I went through and picked out my top 6 fall picks from the sale.

Bloomingdale's Holiday Sale Picks, Fall StyleONE. BB DAKOTA, FAUX SUEDE JACKET (Sale $73.50, 30% off; Reg. $105.00)
TWO. SADIE & SAGE, FAUX-FUR JACKET (Sale $103.60, 30% off; Reg $148.00)
THREE. BB DAKOTA, EYELASH SWEATER (Sale $61.60, 30% off; Reg $88.00)
FOUR. ALLSAINTS, ASYMMETRIC SWEATER (Sale $96.00, 20% off; Reg $120.00)
FIVE. BLANK NYC, CORDUROY SKIRT (Sale $40.60, 30% off; Reg $58.00)
SIX. BAND OF GYPSIES, RIBBED SWEATER (Sale $48.30, 30% off; Reg $69.00)

And now for the GIVEAWAY! I wanted to do something fun and also connect people to my LIKEtoKNOW.it platform, so a giveaway felt like a perfect fit! I’m so excited about this one – I’m giving away one of my favorite beauty products of ever, the MOTD Lux Vegan Makeup Brush Essential Set. I’m totally obsessed with these brushes because they are total quality, super soft, don’t shed at all, AND hypoallergenic/anti-bacterial (unlike regular animal hair brushes). This essentials set includes 8 brushes and comes in the cutest carrying pouch too. It is the same set as the one featured below, but brand new!

MOTD cosmetics vegan essentials makeup brush set, giveawayAll you need to do to enter is download the LIKEtoKNOW.it app on your phone (if you don’t already have it), follow me (@CaseyShea), and send a screenshot showing you’re following me to casey@caseyshea.org or DM me on my Instagram handle (@kittyshea). That’s it! If you’re already following me on the LIKEtoKNOW.it app, it’s even easier – just take a screenshot and send it to me.

The winner will be announced November 14 at 8:00pm EST.

Fall Roundup: Items I’m Loving

Cute Autumn Style Ideas

 

Hi everyone! It’s been a while, but I’m back! It’s been a hectic couple of weeks, especially leading up to my trip to Rome. I’m working on a trip recap post and I cannot wait to share it with you all as soon as it’s ready. In the meantime, I thought it would be fun to share a few of my favorite fall items at the moment. If this is something you all like, I’ll try to do these types of post more often.

ONE. TURTLENECK CAPE
I love this cape because all you have to do is throw it on over some leggings and, boom, you’ve got a super chic fall outfit in no time. It does shed, so I avoid wearing it with fabrics that pick up fibers easily.

TWO. EVERYDAY BLACK DRESS
This dress is the best! I was on the fence about purchasing it, but SO happy I did because it’s my go-to this season. It looks great with boots and any fall layer. Seriously, you name it – coat, sweater, cape, cardigan, scarf – this dress is perfect.

THREE. MVMT ICON SUNGLASSES
I seriously love round frame glasses. I feel like they add an effortlessly chic touch to every outfit – so easy! I’m all about this dark on dark style for winter, too. Use KITTYSHEA15 for 15% off storewide.

FOUR. VELVET BOW HAIR TIES
How cute are these bows?! Now, they may seem a little bit pricey, but I promise you they’ll become one of your favorite accessories, maybe ever. I bought these in black, gold, and mauve, but I’m already thinking about getting the rest of the colors.

FIVE. MVMT LEXINGTON WATCH 
This watch is so gorgeous and sleek that I think they should sell it in the jewelry section and call it a bracelet. This style is my by far my favorite and pairs well with everything, too. You can use KITTYSHEA15 for 15% off this watch, or anything in the store.

SIX. GOLD SPECKLED MUG
Every have a mug so cute you don’t want to hid it away in a cupboard? This mug would be great for the office or as a holiday gift.

SEVEN. POM POM THROW (FAUX FUR)
My favorite thing to do on cold nights is snuggle up on the couch and watch movies. I’m all about comfort, so my blankets neeeeeeed to be soft and cozy. This faux-fur throw is amazing because it’s not just super cozy, it also dresses up a room perfectly.

EIGHT. KNIT BEANIE 
This chunky cable knit beanie is so stylish and adorable that I may have worn it in 50 degree weather because I was so excited. Oops 🙂 

NINE. CAMEL TWILL COAT 
I’m not sure I can describe exactly how stinkin’ happy I was when I found this cruelty-free camel twill coat! (Seriously, finding good winter wear that’s not made from wool is a challenge!) It’s warm, the color works well for Fall through Spring, and the tailored cut is perfect for work. Long story short, it’s basically the best coat ever.

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The Ultimate 2018 Halloween Costume Guide

The Ultimate 2018 Halloween Costume Guide

I know that it’s only September but Halloween is approaching FAST. Because Halloween is one of my all time favorite holidays and I low key love coming up with and curating funny/creative ideas, I’ve created this Ultimate 2018 Halloween Costume Guide to help you decide what should dress up as. These ideas range from low cost, low effort to intermediate cost/effort and are mainly focused on current events.

Before we dive in, I’m predicting we’re going to see a LOT of Black Panther and Trump/Russia costumes this year, as well as the usual spill over from last year’s most popular costumes (I see you, Eleven with the Eggos and Harley Quinn). No hate for anyone dressing up in these whatsoever BTW, just know you’ll probably have a few look-a-likes.

Political Costumes Ideas 

Pop Culture/In The News Costumes

  • Handmaid’s Tale: I recommend going with a costume set like this one and stay far, far away from any costume that tries to make this sexy. Trust me on this one.
  • Walmart Yodelling Kid: In addition to the best yodel skills this side of the Mississippi, you’ll need jeans, a white collar button down, cowboy boots, and a red bow tie.
  • Grocery Store Joe: Bachelor in Paradise aficionados, this one’s for you! Wear a shirt that says Joe (sharpie it on or utilize one of these handy “hello my name is” stickers) and carry a bag of groceries. – Submitted by Jack Small 

Punny Costumes (Not 2018-Specific)

  • Devil Wears Prada: Throw on some devil horns and a Prada shirt and you’re done!
  • Social Butterfly: For this outfit, you can wear whatever you want as a base. Print some large social media icons (Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, Twitter, etc.) and paste, pin, or tape them onto your outfit and add butterfly wings. (These butterfly wings could also be an interesting choice)
  • Nickelback: Glue a bunch of nickels to the back of your shirt (or dress) and call it a day! Note: people will invariably try to take the nickels off you throughout the night, so just know that’s going to happen.
  • Formal Apology: Dress up in your favorite cocktail attire and wear a sign that says “I’m Sorry”
  • Shark Week: You’ll need to convince six friends to dress up in shark costumes with you, but after that it’s smooth sailing. Add a day of the week to each shark costume and you’re set (I recommend using signs or sashes).

Costume Ideas You Shouldn’t Do

  • Culture-As-Costume: It’s a hot topic right now and you’re better off steering clear of native or traditional outfits from other cultures (i.e think anything with a kimono or Native America outfits).
  • Thai Soccer Team: There’s a chance you’ll see someone in a soccer uniform and a scuba mask this year, but word to the wise it’s too soon and probably always will be. Stay away.
  • Anything With An Umbrella: There’s no loaded political reason for this – I just think umbrellas are clunky and an annoying thing to have to carry around all night. Do yourself a favor and don’t be a jelly fish, the Morton salt girl, or a cheeky play on “It’s raining men.”

I hope this guide helped you decide what to be for Halloween. Do you have any great costume ideas that should be included on this list? Let me know in the comments!

Hair Scarves Are The Best Thing That’s Happened To Fashion Since Off-The-Shoulder Tops

Hair Scarves Are The Best Thing That’s Happened To Fashion Since Off-The-Shoulder Tops

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Hair scarves are the best thing that’s happened to fashion since off-the-shoulder tops. That’s right, you heard me. This hair scarf trend is where it’s at. I tried it on a whim and I’ve become an instant believer! Seriously guys, I don’t think I’ll feel right wearing a ponytail without a hair scarf anytime in the near future. I love how they can dress up your hairdo in a feminine, easy way, without giving off that childlike feel that traditional bows can have.

The best part about it is that if you know where to look, you can snag a bunch on the cheap. There’s no reason to pony up serious money for a scarf. Plus, most of the really expensive ones (I’m looking at you, Hermès) are silk aka not cruelty-free. If you’re shopping for hair scarves make sure the material is satin, not silk. I’ve rounded up a few of my favorite satin options that are between $7-$30 to help stock your accessory drawer.

Have you tried the hair scarf trend? If so, tell me what you think in the comments below!