The Chic Gift Guide

What to get, what to get, what to get... The three words that have been racking my brain since Black Friday hit, the unofficial start the holiday shopping frenzy. Unlike many who have already finalized their gift giving lists, I am just at the start of my run (what can I say...I like to sprint rather than jog). Although I'm a last minute shopper, I have some go to gifts that would be great to not only give but to get as well.

FAB FUR

I'm a definitely lover of fur, and fur accessories (both real and faux) are perfect gifts. From the perfect snood to a warm hat, choosing a fluffy accessory is a great option for the women in your life. I received this fabulous fur pompom from the Linda Richards collection. I've seen a lot of these pom accessories available from Michael Kors,Fendi and even Target, but I have yet to see one as fluffy and full as this 100% rabbit gem. The good thing about choosing fur is you can go from high and low prices without missing the style. Going faux will always be easier on your wallet while getting the really deal will give you a more luxurious feel and will last longer.

GLAM PRINTS 

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Art is a reflection of someone's personality and can give life to a space. I adore Megan Hess prints and actually have 4 of her reprints hanging around my apartment at the moment. Her illustrations of women give power through beauty and are simply classic pieces for the modern woman. Even if you don't want to pay for an original print, you can go for a great reprint print of an amazing female figure in history. They're a great way to add glamour to your walls without being to obscure.

TAKE A PICTURE 

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Who doesn't like taking pictures? Certainly not me. I'm obsessed with the revival of the Polaroid camera and choose this as my super fun gift for 2015. This Fujifilm instaX Polaroid camera is compact and easy to use. Since Polaroid film can get a little pricey, you can find the film at a better price on sights like Amazon.  

SMELL GOODS 

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If you can't think of anything to get, relaxing bath products are always a great option. If you aren't interested in the cliche Bath & Body Works, you can go up a level to  Sabon . They're artisan soaps and body scrubs are amazing. I love the smell and I especially love the textures and styles. If you don't want to just go for a bar of soap, try my favorite product: Mineral Powder in Vanilla Cocunut. I love the fact that this product has multiple uses. You can put them in the bath for a soothing creamy feel or you can put it directly on your body after you've used rinsed of your soap. It leaves your body smooth and feeling refreshed.

Summer Time Prep: Bathing Suit Wish List

I can't believe it's the last week of March and I still have to worry about whether I should start packing up my winter clothes or if I'll still need my hat and scarf come Easter. But there's one thing I can thankfully look forward to and that's the warmer weather and beach trips that come with the summer season. Unfortunately being that I'm officially an adult in the "real" working world (I swear I'm still young though), I no longer get excited for spring break trips like I did in college. Instead my summer season officially starts Memorial Day Weekend with the rest of America and my first stop will be on an island beach with a drink in my hand, sunglasses on my face and hopefully a cute guy by my side **crosses fingers**.

While I already have three trips booked for this summer getaways, the first thing on my beach trip check list is finding the right suit. One pieces, Bikinis, high waists and yes, thongs; For being the least amount of clothes that you can respectfully wear out in public, there's so many different styles to choose from. Here are some of my picks for Summer 2015.

The High Cut One Piece

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I know, I know... this is definitely not the one piece you wore in third grade. Just think of it as an upgraded Baywatch suit that makes you feel as smokin' as Pamela Anderson running across the beach or better yet Ariel coming out of the water first time with legs next to a waterfall--yes, I've been a little Disney obsessed since Cinderella came out.

Last fall I picked up this white high cut one piece from American Apparel for my annual trip to the Mother Land. As I've developed some larger assets in the last few years, I don't necessarily feel as comfortable in a skimpy bikini as I once did. What I like about this once piece is that it's covering while also keeping your look sexy.

I'm loving the high cut one pieces from Myra Swim. This brand takes 80's and 90's classic cuts and blends them with modern minimalist style to create the perfect suits. Their Claudia and Elle One pieces are my absolute favorite for 2015. Although these are double the price of the AA suits, I'd still recommend these for their color selection and the fact that they aren't as commercialized.

The 2 Piece

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While I have become a bit overly obsessed with the one piece, I do love a high-waisted bikini. These suits are the perfect way to really show off a skinny waist. I'm literally obsessed with this Mesh style suit worn by  Nazanin from Minimale Animale. You can pick up a similarly sexy mesh suit from Victoria's Secret.

Don't think you can pull off the high waisted look? No worries! Try for a high-rise string bikini bottom. You'll be surprised out how much the V-shaped design will elongate your waist to give you a slimmer frame. Not to mention, it's just the hottest look for Summer.

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I'm also really loving the more "sporty" look for swimwear. NastyGal has a boat load of new swim styles that have just the right amount of sex appeal and sporty-chicness. No more underwire for me that's for sure.