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Books to Read During Christmas Break

If you have access to a cozy fire and a good blanket, then you have the perfect environment to get some reading done this holiday season! Often, we get days off work or school, and have some downtime. So, what better time is there to start a new book? I know it’s hard to settle down in the hustle and bustle of the holidays with the shopping, wrapping, and cooking, but after the 25th, you may have a few free days to really REST! Here are some of our top picks of books to devour before the end of 2018:

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Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng: This book is a great, quiet thriller. It’s the story of secrets and how they can upend a whole community. It will keep you turning the pages until the very end. If you like her beautiful writing style, you’ll also like her book “Everything I Never Told You” about a death in the family and the mystery surrounding it.

Girl, Wash Your Face: Rachel Hollis has inspired tons of women and girls to get through hard circumstances, and keep their heads held high. This is an inspiring book filled with motivational thoughts and ideas to get you out of a rut. It also makes the perfect gift for your girlfriends or your mom. Rachel also is awesome on social media and her podcast, so be sure to check those out as well.

Every Breath by Nicholas Sparks: If you want a quintessential chick-lit book, this one will fit the bill. It’s a romantic story of a surgeon who falls in love, and the family commitments that drive them apart. It’s a page turner and a tear jerker, and the perfect book to settle into a bubble bath or a road trip with. It’s a larger book, so it’ll also be perfect for those readers who like to truly savor a story.

Turtles All the Way Down: John Green is one of my favorite authors, because of the way he weaves a story together. This is no exception. It is a powerful story about mental illness and the way it touches people’s lives, but it’s also lighthearted and enjoyable, and even funny. You won’t be able to put it down, and you’ll want to share it with everyone you know.

Ghost Soldiers: An atypical biography about a true story during World War II. It’s the riveting account of a true life rescue, and the men who defied the odds. It reads well, and isn’t boring in the least. We bet you will plow right through it, and then loan it to your friends. It has some violent content due to the war subject matter, but it’s a worthwhile and meaningful read.



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Your Must Have Pieces for the Holidays!

We have all been there: standing in front of the closet, scrambling to get to a family event or special holiday dinner, with no idea what to wear. There are seemingly endless events during the holiday season, and it can feel overwhelming to decide on a versatile wardrobe that will carry you through the busiest social months of the year…especially if you’re on a budget. We have put together a list of the best staples for the next few months, and where to find them:

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-A pretty blouse: A great blouse can take you from dinner to christmas shopping, and everywhere in between. Look for a flattering cut, interesting print or color, but nothing too outstanding so you can wear it over and over. Pair it with dark skinny jeans, black ponte leggings, or tucked into a figure flattering skirt. This Free People blouse is under $40 and is beautiful in royal blue. If you want something more traditional, try this Organza tie neck blouse in black; it’s also under $25, so you really get a good value for your dollar!

-Shimmering skirt: This shimmering midi skirt is the stuff holiday dreams are made of. It is $35 on Forever 21, and can be paired with just about any plain tee shirt or blouse in your closet to create a perfect festive look! We like it best with a plain black tee shirt and sparkly earrings, but you could also go with a fashion forward look like a chambray shirt tucked in, or a textured crop top for something more modern.

-A Wear-Anywhere Dress: A solid color dress with an interesting detail (like these trumpet sleeves) is a great piece to have to wear to family dinners, holiday gift exchanges, or even a school party. Aim for something simple, classic, and well-fitted. A more conservative neckline and just above the knee hemline will also make it versatile for more formal events like church or religious events where you need something more streamlined. We also love this beautiful velvet, wrap dress, which is available in plus sizes as well.

-The accessory: Whether you choose dangling, shimmery earrings, or a pretty sparkly clutch, your accessory can really make a difference. It can also be the piece that makes your outfit celebratory instead of every-day. You can even wear a plain and simple jeans and tee outfit with a great accessory, and it will elevate it to party-worthy greatness. These earrings are a great example, paired with black heels and neutral basics, you will look great and stick to your budget. You could also go for a gorgeous clutch like this one for under $15 at Old Navy. If you only buy one item this season, make it a great accessory!

Remember that what matters is your time with loved ones this season. It is fun to dress up, but you don’t need to break the bank to impress the people in your life! You can dress adorably and still stick to your budget this year!

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