Monday, November 26, 2018

Holiday Gift Guide for Teenage Girls 2018

Welcome to the 3rd annual Holiday Gift Guide for teenage girls!  Now that my daughter is 16, it was a little harder to track her down, but we did it. The items below are either on her Christmas Wish List or she already owns them. We hope this list helps you pick out the perfect gift for your favorite teenage girl.


AERIE and Urban Outfitters are two stores you need to know this year if you are buying for a teenage girl! We first went to Aerie in search of bralettes and much to our surprise, their clothes are extremely soft and comfortable. Here are a few of my daughter's favorites from Aerie:

Urban Outfitters is another favorite store for my daughter and her friends. She recently bought this cute fuzzy jacket for her NYC trip. I also saw a lot of fuzzy sweaters and jackets at my local Target, so you may want to check there, too.

As you will see from the pictures later in this post, they also love these pom pom beanies.

Jeans are another staple in any teenager's wardrobe. My daughter discovered Articles of Society jeans this year at Nordstrom, and they fit her long, skinny legs really well. They come in a variety of styles and colors.

Another must have is a Puff Jacket especially if you live in a cold climate. She wore this Patagonia jacket every day on her NYC trip, and it kept her really warm.

Wearing the Puff Jacket in NYC with one of her besties.


Black combat boots are a staple in my daughter's wardrobe.  She wore this particular pair in NYC and walked many blocks without any blisters. She said this pair, "isn't as clunky as some other boots I've tried on."

Black Combat Boots

Sporting her black combat boots & Pom Pom beanie with another bestie in NYC!

And let's not forget the bootie. You can wear them with jeans for a casual look or dress them up with a long dress. My daughter enjoys wearing these with a pair of jeans and a soft, cozy sweater.

tan booties

Last year, Steve Madden slides were really popular, and they still are, but believe it or not Checkered Vans (Yes, the ones we wore in the 80s) are back again, and teenagers love them.

Beauty Items

If your teenage girl struggles with tangled hair when she gets out of the shower, we highly recommend the Wet Brush. It's the best detangling brush we have found, and it comes in many cute colors.

Wet Brush

My daughter doesn't wear makeup on a daily basis, but every once in awhile she puts on a little glam. When she does, she loves the Hoola Bronzer by Benefit. She loves it because it "warms up" her face without looking like she's wearing too much makeup.

Hoola Bronzer
I'm sure you've seen Charcoal Masks are all over the place on social media. Not only are they fun to use, this mask is good for your teenager's skin because it's "formulated with charcoal and salicylic acid to detoxify and rid skin of nasty impurities while helping to keep skin clear."

Charcoal Mud Mask


Apple does it again with a new accessory. These AirPods (wireless earphones) are all the rage this year. In fact, I'm putting these on my Christmas List as I got tangled up with my full-wire headphones at the gym the other day. 

For a new 16 year old driver, key chains and shades are a must. I found these cute pom pom ball key chains at Michael's, and they are under $5.00 a piece.

Pom Pom Ball Keychain

As for the shades, you can't go wrong with a great pair of Ray-Ban Aviators. (There are many other affordable options on Amazon, too.) Another sunglass style that's popular with teenage girls are the round metal frames. You can't go wrong with either one.



How cute are these Brandy Melville STAR-shaped earrings? My daughter bought these for herself, and they look really cute with her hair pulled back.

Gold Star Earrings

Who doesn't love the Yeti brand? My daughter received a Yeti tumbler for her birthday last year. Hers was monogrammed - did you know some Etsy sites monogram Yetis? She loves it because it keeps her water cold "all day."

Yeti Tumbler

As we went back through the previous Holiday Gift Guides, she still loves many of the same items like bath bombs, Clinique skincare and anything Kate Spade.

What gifts will you purchase for your teenage girl this holiday season?

Happy Holidays!!

Saturday, November 25, 2017

Holiday Gift Guide for Teenage Girls 2017

Buying gifts for teenage girls can definitely be a difficult task during the holiday season. I know, I have one! Is it on trend? Is it cool? Will she like it? A few of my friends reach out to me every year to gather gift ideas for their teenage girls. Last year, my daughter and I had so much fun creating the 2016 Holiday Gift Guide for Teenage Girls that we sat down together and created the NEW 2017 edition!

For reference, my daughter, Grace, is 15 years old and these are the gift ideas that she highly recommends!


The slip-on sneaker trend has been a popular one for women of all ages this year, and teenage girls are definitely loving it, too. Grace actually has these Steve Madden Slip-on Shoes and wears them all of the time. She says, "I love them because they are easy to put on and go with almost every outfit."

PS. She said the Vans are cool, too.

As far as athletic shoes, the black Nike's were all the rage last year. This year, she loves the retro Adidas Shoes like the ones pictured below. She wears hers with everything from jeans and joggers to skirts and dresses. 


Jean jackets have been popular for many years. This Denim Jacket with the faux shearling collar is much warmer than your regular jean jacket and is perfect for a cold day in the mid-west. Grace thinks the fuzzy collar adds a "cool, wintery vibe."

Last year, it was all about the leggings. This year, it's all about the joggers. Grace loves joggers because they are "super comfy" and she can wear them to create a sporty or casual, everyday look. Nordstrom has a so many joggers in stock right now, and she likes these BP Joggers because they are comfortable and stylish.

Grace actually has these Rue21 Joggers pictured below, and they are only $10. So, hurry up and grab a few pair for your teenage girl.


Pendant necklaces layered over t-shirts and sweaters are still popular with my teen, but right now Grace is all about gold and rose gold. She loves these stackable rings because you can stack them together on a few different fingers to create a "fun look". This 10-pack of Rings is only $12.99 so it's an inexpensive way for your teen to try out the trend.

Most teen girls have their cell phones close by at all times, and every girl needs to have a cute case. Grace found this adorable phone case from a shop on Etsy. She loves this one because it's "girly and trendy." (PS. The Etsy shop she found is so cool that I would love any one of the phone cases found on the site.)

If you are looking for a fun gadget-type gift for your teenage girl, these polaroid type cameras are a great gift because the photo immediately comes out of the camera - Hello Instant Gratification! Yes, they still take a lot of selfies, but they also love posting these small polaroid photos on bulletin boards or on collages in their rooms. 

I know Kate Spade is expensive, especially for a teenage girl, but during the holidays I tend to splurge. Grace loved the Kate Spade wallet she received last year. Because of her love for rose gold this year, she thinks this Kate Spade watch and this Rose Gold purse are beautiful!

Tip: I always buy the Kate Spade when it's 30% off which is usually a few times a year. Sign up to receive their emails.

Beauty Items

Her love of rose gold this year can be carried over into beauty items, too. If your teen is tired of wearing a basic neutral on her nails, but wants a color to go with every outfit, try these pretty options below. 

Essie makes a pretty one called Penny Talk.

OPI makes a lighter colored version in Worth a Pretty Penne.

At 15, Grace still doesn't wear a lot of makeup, but for special occasions she'll create a soft, natural makeup look. If I had to pick one makeup brand that she loves - it's Too Faced. (Thank you - Kandee Johnson!). Kandee Johnson, a popular You Tuber that all of the teenage girls love, partnered with Too Faced and created a pretty collection of makeup geared towards teenage girls. Below is the I Want Kandee Candy Eyeshadow Palette.

Too Faced also had another big launch this year which was their Peach Collection starring the Peach Perfect Foundation and the Just Peachy Velvet Mattes Eyeshadow Palette.  All of the items in the collection have a sweet peach smell that's not too overpowering and colors that can match any skin tone.

I really don't think you can go wrong with any of our picks this year. I hope you found this helpful - Happy Holiday shopping!!!

Monday, July 3, 2017

What are You Wearing on the 4th?

I love the patriotic spirit that many Americans show on the 4th of July. Whether you are enjoying the day on a boat, swimming at the beach, fishing on the lake, BBQing by the pool or just sitting in a park watching fireworks, here are a few fun pieces I think would work for any 4th of July function you might have.

You can probably create a look from the clothing items you already have in your closet, but sometimes it's fun to add one new shirt or accessory. Check out these fun sunglasses (similar pair) I wore last year!

I wish you all a happy and safe 4th!