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We officially have two weeks left until Christmas! In case you weren’t aware, today is Green Monday (eye roll, another sale). Green Monday is the Cyber Monday of December so if you still need to shop, today is a great day to do it. I have my Christmas list below, as well as some of my favorite sales! Happy Shopping!

  1. Apple Mouse – For some reason, I’ve really been itching for a mouse lately and think it’d be especially helpful when editing
  2. Sara Happ Lip Slip – I’ve heard great things about this lip balm and quite honestly, it just looks gorgeous
  3. Zip-Cuff Joggers – I live in leggings and joggers, so this pair could be my “dressy sweatpants.” They’re on sale and come in a bunch of colors!
  4. Extra Long Phone Charger – Because the couch is never close enough to the outlet
  5. Ugg Slippers – I wear slippers around the house and would love a luxe pair to lounge in
  6. Kiehl’s Creme de Corps – If I could bathe in lotion, I would. I’ve only ever tried a sample of this lotion since it’s so pricey, but it’d definitely on my wish list.
  7. Hooded Longline Cardigan – This cardigan also comes in a grey and black version, but I think this peach color is nice, neutral and would be great come the spring.
  8. Drybar Candle – Drybar Triple Sec is the yummiest scent ever. I’ve raved about the product a ton in the past and am so happy my home can smell as good as my hair now.
  9. Nike Gym Shoes – I’ve always been loyal to Nike gym shoes and am in desperate need of a new pair. New year’s resolution to go to the gym? We’ll try…

Other Sales Going On:

Express Up to 50% off

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Finish Line $35 off $150 || Code: GET 35

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Kiehl’s $20 off $65 || Code: JINGLE

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And if you’re still stuck on what to get your man…

After admiring so many people rocking over-the-knee boots, I decided to finally get in on the action. Finding a pair of OTK boots can be quite tricky, though. I searched high and low and finally found the perfect pair for me and when I did, they were on sale. They’re currently only $55, which is a steal for over-the-knee boots. These Catherine by Catherine Malandrino boots are crazy comfortable, don’t require you to pull them up every 5 seconds and feel ultra luxurious.

I wanted to show two different ways to style OTK boots, because if we’re being honest, they make me feel like I can take on the world. A good pair of shoes will do that for you so when it happens, take advantage of it by having a photo shoot with your friend.

Styling Over the Knee Boots | Bolt BlogsCatherine Malandrino Over the Knee Boots

I took my favorite slip dress from this summer and threw a grandpa sweater over it to make it work for winter. The fuzzy texture of the sweater makes it feel very wintery and the clutch helps to add a pop of color, along with some red holiday-party vibes.

Styling a Slip Dress | Bolt Blogs

This next outfit makes you look super put together but is still warm, comfortable and hides those holiday cookies!

Free People Ribbed Tunic Sweater

Catherine Malandrino Sorcha Boots

I kept seeing Jillian Harris wear this sweater in hot pink and it looked super cute on her but I decided to go with this mauve. This seater is super stretchy and thick without feeling bulky like some winter sweaters can. It’s selling out quickly, both colors and sizes, so if you want to grab one, I’d suggest you “Add to Cart” ASAP. I’m wearing a Small because I wanted it as a sweater dress but I’ considering getting another color in an XS to wear with jeans.

Spanx Faux Leather Leggings

My leggings are the SPANX Faux Leather Leggings. Not to be dramatic, but these are THE BEST LEGGINGS I’ve ever worn. They are high waisted, super flattering and really help you feel all “tucked in” without feeling like you can’t breathe. My sister and boyfriend both asked if they were leather before I told them they are faux leather. Since they’re compressive, but I promise not restrictive, size up (I’m normally a Medium and got a Large).

Some other OTK Boot Options:

If you’re looking to make an investment, you have the holy grail of OTK boots from Stuart Weitzman, but those can take a toll on your wallet.

Sam Edelman also has some great OTK boots, but I personally really wanted the tie detail. If you’re not interested in the tie, then these are a gorgeous option and run very true to size.

Target launched some cute ones this year, but I found that they ran very narrow. If you have wide feet, these will not be for you. If you feel like your feet are narrow to average, then these are super cute. The heel is a touch higher than the ones I have.

Photos: Alexandra Lee Photo

More photos with Alex: Blogger Resource Guide | An Evening in Olive Park

The Sephora Sale is back for a second round this year and now is the time to shop! There are a bunch of great hair care, skincare and makeup goodies on sale for under $50 and even $25. I rounded up what I think are some great stocking stuffers that any beauty lover would be sure to enjoy.

Sale Dates: Friday 10th – Wednesday 15th

20% off for VIB Rouge Members

15% off for Insiders

Under $25

Bite Beauty The Perfect Bite Lipstick Set ($25) – Creamy and long lasting

Becca Glow on the Go Highlighter Set in Champagne Pop or Opal ($20) – Because glow

Peter Thomas Roth Meet Your Mask ($25) – A great sample pack

Under $50

Urban Decay All Nighter Makeup Setting Spray Duo ($42) – Great time to stock up on a staple

Benefit Cosmetics Work Kit, Girl! ($32) – Ideal for your handbag and when you’re on the go

Deborah Lippmann Very Berry Polish Set ($36) – Perfect shades for winter

Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush Palette ($44) – An incredible value and so many colors

Also, keep in mind, it’s great to buy big sets that you can then split up into multiple gifts.  While some big-ticket items like the Urban Decay Naked 4some may seem hefty, you’ll save at least $15 on each palette depending on your discount. Here are four of the best sets to split up for gifting.

Naked 4some: $46 each ($8 savings)

Too Faced Palettes: $16 each (plus there’s a bag and mini mascara)

Nirvana Fragrance Collection: $12 each

Jo Malone Miniature Candle Collection: $20 each


With the holidays coming up, I got gold sparkles and metallics on my mind. Normally I go for the shimmer on my eyes and not on my lips, but I was very intrigued when I received the new Maybelline Matte Metallics Lipsticks from Influenster to try. Personally, I find metallic lips a little intimidating, so I was excited to try a lipstick version since most of the metallic lipsticks on the market are liquid.

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There are a total of ten jewel-toned lipsticks in the collection. Maybelline claims that these lipsticks have a “Sophisticated brushed metal texture,” which I agree with. These lipsticks aren’t blinding metallics and certainly don’t give off any glitter, but they do have a very pretty shimmery finish that is still comfortable on the lips.


I received the shades Molten Bronze and Smoked Silver. Neither of these colors really work well on my skin tone. I can make molten bronze work by mixing it with a berry but on its own, it’s too brown for me. One shade I’m really drawn to in this collection is Copper Rose. Copper Rose is a very pretty rich, raspberry shade with purple undertones. I really see this collection working well on medium to deep skin tones and especially someone with warm undertones. Jewel-toned lips are hard for someone who is fair, and especially someone with pink undertones. Not to say it can’t be done, because there are no rules to makeup, but it would take a little more balancing out with the eyes.

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Mattes are a tricky formula because they can accentuate dry lips, which is made even worse when you add shimmer. These lipsticks aren’t as matte as a liquid lipstick would be, or even MAC’s matte lipstick formula, but I think Maybelline did a good job making this formula as matte as they could, while still making sure it gave off a nice finish on the lips.

Overall, this collection isn’t for me, but I really think some of these shades would look stunning on medium to deep skin tones. Plus, if you like the classic scent of Maybelline lipsticks, these will be right up your alley.

It’s tough to say if I get more excited about the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale or the Sephora VIB Sale, but I have to say, I’m pretty pumped about the VIB Sale this year. I always take this opportunity to stock up on my staples like hairspray, brow pencils, setting spray and other products I use consistently use throughout the year.

The Sephora Sale is also a great chance to get some of your holiday shopping out of the way. While the VIB Sale is only open to Rouge members this weekend, I wanted to share what I’m planning on getting so you can start thinking about what might be on your wish list. I’ll have a makeup and beauty gift guide up next week as well once the sale is open to more Sephora shoppers.

Sephora VIB Sale 2017 Dates:

November 3-6: 20% off for VIB Rouge Members

November 10-15: 20% off for VIB Rouge & VIB, 15% off for Insiders

Fresh Sugar Lip Beauty Box: For 3 years now I have passed up on the mini Fresh Lip Treatments and regretted it come January. Not this year. I’ve gone through a few full-size ones, so I’m excited to have a variety with the minis.

Too Faced Boss Lady Beauty Agenda: Too Faced has some of the best holiday kits in my opinion. I had the Too Faced Joy to the Girls palette a few years ago and it was well used and loved, so I have high hopes for this one as well.

Olehenriksen A Brighter Truth Brightening Essentials Kit: This is where my inner coupon lady comes out: 1 oz of the Truth Serum is $48. The kit, which comes with 3 products including .5 oz of the Truth Serum, is $34. If I get two during the sale, I’m getting the same amount of serum plus 4 oz of cleanser and 2 oz of moisturizer for only $7 extra. When people ask me how to save money on makeup–this is how. Value kits and sales.

Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Mini – Moonstone: I’m tempted to get both Moonstone and Vanilla Quartz, but I’m going to stick to just the one for now. I just finished a sample of Moonstone that lasted a decent amount of time, so I think this mini will be more than enough and it’s more affordable than the full size.

It! Bye Bye Under Eye Eye Cream: My current eye cream is nearly out so I know I’ll need a new one in the next month. I still haven’t found my holy grail eye cream, so maybe this will be the one.

Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz – Taupe: I’ve gone back and forth between the Brow Wiz and the Brow Definer, but right now I’m having a love affair with the Wiz, so I’m picking up an extra.

Bumble & Bumble Spray de Mode: I go through cans of this stuff every year. I like to get 1-2 during the sale to save a little bit of cash. I’ve been devoted to this hairspray for almost 10 years–that should be testament enough.