Weekend Bits – Links I Love

I had someone tell me this past week that there are only 7 shopping weekends until Christmas (and that’s counting this weekend friends).  As if a daily countdown isn’t bad enough, this news about sent me into a full on panic attack.  But I’m vowing to stay calm and focus on prep work I can do now to ease stress later.  One thing that helped me last year was buying a few hostess gifts early to have on hand as holiday parties fired up.  This gift list from POPSUGAR Home is a great start and they’re all under $25.

I always have this pipe dream that I’m going to take the time to create beautifully wrapped gifts for friends and family.  I found these gorgeous gift wrap ideas to inspire me this year.  And while I’ll likely still end up wrapping my gifts in paper and stick on bows from Target, I’ll pin these ideas in Pinterest and pledge to try again next year.

Speaking of Pinterest, Pin to Win contests are popping up all over the place. Domino Magazine just announced a holiday contest and the grand prize is a $500 gift card to domino.com. You can check out the details here.

Get ready to deck the halls with these 10 easy holiday decorating tips from some of my favorite design bloggers.

Layering isn’t just a trend for clothing this season; you can apply it to your accessories as well. Here are 8 ways to stack your necklaces from Lucky Magazine.

Having a bad hair day?  A ponytail beats covering up with a ball cap.  Real Simple has a ponytail style for any length of hair.

Booties were on the blog this week.  Wish List Wednesday included my top 5 picks.

Wish List Wednesday

I’m declaring ankle boots (aka booties) the most versatile footwear option for fall. You can wear them with cuffed boyfriend jeans, skirts, dresses, skinny jeans tucked in, leggings; you name it.  Here are some of my favorites:

For a neutral look with a perfect heel height, these Lucca boots by Sam Edelman fit the bill.  Also available in black.lucca boot piperlime

Dress things up a bit with this Dolly boot from Aldo. Bonus – great price!black dolly boot aldo

If you want an ankle boot that makes a statement, choose one with a pattern, like this Acute Dogtooth Monk boot (say that 3 times fast!) from Topshop.

topshop dogtooth boot

The faux suede booties below from Forever 21 look almost exactly like this pair from Rag & Bone that sell for $495. At $36, these booties are a steal!

Forever 21 bootie

If you’re looking for an edgy bootie with some hardware, these Beatnik ankle boots from Free People should do the trick.

free people edgy boot

Sales Scoop

ALDO: Up to 30% off select styles in stores & online (prices as marked) + free shipping on orders over $60

Ann Taylor: 25% off your full-price purchase + take an extra 40% off sale items (no codes needed) + free shipping on orders of $175 or more

Banana Republic: 40% off your online purchase using code HOL2013 + free shipping on orders over $50

Gap: 35% off your online purchase using code HOL2013; earn $25 Gap cash for every $50 you spend now through 11/22

J. Crew: Extra 30% off fall sale items using code LOVEFALL last day (11/6) + free shipping on orders of $150+

Steve Madden: Up to 30% off select styles (prices as marked) + free shipping on all orders using code SMFREE