The global tag starts below The Classic Brunette: December 2015

Monday, December 7, 2015

December Bucket List

I love December! It's my favorite month of the year because of all the festivities going on, and I always feel really happy looking at all the Christmas lights on all the houses. This bucket list is very Christmas-based, so for everyone who doesn't celebrate that I'm sorry! 

I'm so excited to go home in 2 weeks to see my family, but unfortunately I'll only be home for a week! On the positive side, the reason I'm leaving early is that I'm headed to the United Kingdom! For my school's Interterm (January Term) I'm going to be studying Harry Potter in London! Pretty much the dream if you ask me. Before the actual class though, my roommates and I (the ones going on the trip anyway) are all going to Ireland and Scotland to sightsee a little more. I'm beyond excited, and can't wait to share the whole trip with you all when I get back. Now if I can only make it through finals week and the rest of the month....

What's on your December bucket list?

Friday, December 4, 2015

Knowing When To Splurge and What I Got On Black Friday

If you don't follow me on twitter, you may not be aware of how excited I was to score Tory Burch boots for 50% off! I've wanted these boots for a while now; they were the perfect color, the perfect height, the perfect everything, everything but the price that is. I pride myself on not paying full price for many of the things that I buy, so spending $500 on a pair of boots, no matter how perfect they were, was completely out of the question. 

When they went on sale, I knew I had to get them. Yes, they were still way too much for my budget, but after pining for them for so long I knew they wouldn't go to waste. I already have so many outfits I had planned to wear with riding boots, and so many occasions I can wear them to. I knew that after wanting them for so long (almost a year) that it wasn't just a trendy thing I would wear a few times and then have them sit in my closet gathering dust. I honestly have no regrets about buying these boots and am so happy I made the purchase!

I also happened to stop by the local Kate Spade outlet during the Black Friday weekend and bought myself a new day bag for school as well as an everyday cross body. Kate Spade is one of my favorite brands. All my wallets (and by all, I mean 2) are from there, and they are such great quality along with being so pretty! 

I had been having terrible luck finding a good everyday cross body bag. To start off my bad luck, lets travel back to freshman year of college where the first day without my parents, my bag literally fell to pieces. The new bag I got lasted for a while, but kept getting dirt and crumbs and dust on it no matter what I did. After that one, the next purse's strap detached, then the next one's zipper pull fell off somewhere while I was wearing it, making it useless, and me bag-less once again. I decided it was time to invest in something of actual quality that would last me more than 6th months. Because of my love for Kate Spade, I knew it was the perfect place to get my new purse. I also grabbed a tote for school since my current one is breaking, and the sale was just too good of a deal to pass up!

I think you really have to love the item or brand you're splurging on to know when it's okay to spend that much money. If I hadn't been such a huge fan of the Tory Burch boots for so long, I definitely wouldn't have bought them. If something you like is on the expensive side of the shopping spectrum, you really need to take some time to think about that purchase. If you still think those shoes or dress or whatever it is, is still worth it months later (or a month later, I know some stores don't keep things for that long) then take a little bit more time to make sure you're comfortable spending that money. Think if you have anything similar to that in your wardrobe, or if there are any similar options out there that are of similar quality, but less expensive. 

If it's an expensive brand you like, keep your eye out for the styles that catch your eye every time you look at the collections. Don't impulse buy just because you think you can't live without it in that second. Again, take your time, see which item you like and need the most. For me, I desperately needed a sturdy cross body, so that was the item I decided was worth the money.

My ultimate piece of advice is to always look for a sale. Expensive brands still go on sale, even if it's just 15 or 20% off. Sign up for email lists from those brands to get notice of sales. Sometimes stores even send a coupon through your email by signing up! 

Did you guys get any great deals on Black Friday?

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

What To Wear To The Snow

If you've been following along with any and all of my social media recently, you'll know that I was in Lake Tahoe last week where it snowed like crazy! (Insert a thousand snowflake emojis here) It hasn't snowed this much while I was here in a few years, so I didn't pack as much "snow gear" as I should have. So, I decided to make a post about the things you'll definitely be needing if you're going to have a white christmas!

A Warm Jacket

I just bought this jacket from Patagonia, and tested it out in the snow while I was in Tahoe. I stepped outside in the 19 degree weather and literally felt nothing. It was so warm and toasty, and if it got colder outside I could just slip my bigger jacket over it!

I have gloves from Target that were just a little too thin for the snow, so I think these ones above would be perfect! No, they aren't the prettiest gloves I could find, but they got some great reviews and look extremely thick and warm!

Although I don't own a pair of Bean Boots, I again have heard amazing things about them. They are waterproof (perfect for snow!) and have grips on the bottom that help prevent you from slipping on ice. Also, be sure to wear some thick socks, your feet get surprisingly cold!

Not too much, but these are the things I was thinking about when I was shivering up in Tahoe!

In other news, do you guys have any fun vacations or holiday plans coming up?

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