What's In My Closet: 'Tis the Season

‘Tis the season, friends! It’s time to decorate the tree and hang the stockings with care. But, wait…Wasn’t it just summer? How is Christmas already here? This year has flown by. With the holiday season upon us, whether we want to admit it or not, it’s time to do some shopping.

I am a last-minute shopper. Shame on me, I know. You would think I would learn my lesson since I am always fighting last -minute shoppers like myself in the mall or other stores around town every single year, but, I am hard-headed… I am also a shopper who has every person’s gift in mind and mapped out in the store before I even think about walking into a madhouse. I am speedy, agile, and I waste zero time in any store. If you’re looking for a speedy, yet efficient shopper this year, I will tag along for a small fee. (That “fee” being payment in the form of food).

I thought I would use this month’s piece to give you guys some insight on how to shop for the fashionista (or fashionistas) in your life. With all of my articles, these are solely my opinion. You most certainly don’t have to buy any of these items. But, if you buy them and your fashionista doesn’t like them, feel free to reach out to me and I will gladly take them off your hands (I am kidding. Kind of.). With that being said, here are some options for you guys to consider this holiday season…

Crossbody Bag
I’ve seen tons of boutiques carry lots of crossbody bags again this season, and I’ve got to say I am glad to see they are still in style after all these years. I have two my brother gifted me the last two years at Christmas, and they have definitely been put to good use. It also helps he has great taste. Sure, there are other purse options out there, but I feel like the crossbody style is a safe purchase when it comes to buying a bag. Personally, I especially love to carry a crossbody when I am traveling, because I don’t like to carry a bulky bag while walking around and exploring. After a while my shoulder begins to hurt and I don’t like shoving my ID and credit cards into my pants pockets because it never ends well. I either lose said items or wash them when I get home, resulting in another unwanted trip to the DMV. If you’re looking to purchase a crossbody for your fashionista this year, I would stick to buying one in a neutral color like black, brown, nude/tan or navy. That way, it can see a good bit of use and not clash with everything she has in her closet.

Ladies like jewelry, you guys. Whether it is a pair of studs or a statement necklace, ladies like to have a little sparkle on them. If you’re looking to buy jewelry for your fashionista, try to take a peek at the jewelry she currently has or browse around and find a piece that speaks to you. Sometimes I will see a necklace or a bracelet that immediately makes me think of one of my friends or a member of my family. Try to stick to things that make her comfortable. If she doesn’t wear big jewelry (i.e. statement necklaces, chandelier earrings and big bangles), stick to the smaller-sized stuff, like a pair of studs or stacking rings. 

I realize this may not be considered a fashion item, but it doesn’t hurt to include it. As I said above, ladies like jewelry. We also like to smell good. If your fashionista is anything like me, she likes options. This is coming from the person who has at least seven perfume bottles on her dresser right now, but I digress… It’s nice to have a “day” scent on hand, as well as a “night scent.” I will spare you guys the breakdown of blending, notes, and the fragrance wheel, but please remember that not all perfumes are created equal. If she has never cared for a soft, sweet floral scent, chances are she might not ever like anything in that particular family. Stick to scents she likes. A couple of my favorites include Calvin Klein “Euphoria,” Gucci “Guilty,” and Versace “Bright Crystal.” If you’re not looking to spend a fortune on perfume (the ones I just listed aren’t too bad), most designers these days have small roller bottle or spray scent sets that come with several options and a smaller price tag. I personally like these smaller sets, because I can test each scent and buy a bigger bottle of it later down the road. 

Monthly Subscription Box
Again, I realize this wouldn’t technically be considered a fashion item, but it doesn’t hurt to include this one as well. My two favorite subscription boxes to date have been Ipsy and Birchbox. Each month they send me a small bag/box of five sample- sized (sometimes full sized) items to try out. Gone are the days of buying a full-sized product and absolutely hating it. I love that I can pick and choose what items I care for and what I would rather not receive samples of. These monthly services have not only helped me discover makeup brands I never knew existed (and have grown to love), but skincare and haircare lines as well. If you’ve got a teen, young adult, or adult lady in your life that loves makeup, skincare, and haircare, you can’t go wrong here.

A couple of other items that you can never go wrong with, a new set of makeup brushes, a spa package which could include anything from a facial to a massage, or even a manicure and pedicure. Nail polish also serves as a great stocking stuffer. Sephora and Ulta almost always have some great nail polish sets this time of year. And last but not least, if you are completely stumped on what to get your fashionista, a gift card to a local boutique will suffice. That way no one is returning items that are too big or too small, and she can shop and spend on something she really wants.

And there you have it! This concludes my final piece for the 2018 year. I can’t wait to see what the new year has in store, and of course cannot wait to continue writing for you guys! It brings me great joy to be able to do what I love, and I appreciate each and every one of my readers. Bundle up, friends. See you in the new year! 

Carly Hazlip is the Fashion Columnist for Signature Magazine. You can find her making (and eating) insurmountable amounts of Chex Mix with her boyfriend this holiday season.