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.