Budget Friendly Gift Guide Series: For the Fashionista (Under $50) & a Blogger Collab

Christmas Fashion Gift Guide

Top:  MakeMeChic (sold out, similar here) // Pants:  Old Navy (sold out, similar here) // Boots:  Doc Marten’s (sold out, similar here)

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Hey y’all!  I’m sure you’ve seen a ton of bloggers talking about their gift guides and I know this time of year gets filled with posts like that.  I’m not sure about everyone else, but when I see some of those gift guides, I’m kind of stunned at the prices of some of those things.  Unfortunately, not everyone is able to afford a Chanel bag for their mom, sister, cousin, cousin’s mother in law, etc.  I feel like as a blogger, I have to give advice on gift giving within a budget.  Yes, those gift guides I see are really pretty to look at, but not very reasonable, at least for me.  I usually spend a lot of money over Christmas, and I feel like if I can find great pieces that are within a certain budget it helps multiple people!  Over the next few weeks leading up to Christmas, I will be presenting a budget friendly gift guide series every Tuesday!

Betsey Johnson Heels

Ok, so this pair of shoes is the only splurge item in my list.  Mostly because I really want them and might actually gift them to myself haha.  I love Betsey Johnson, and these are just super cute!

Faux Leather Jacket

I am all about faux leather jackets, and I feel like they can be worn with so many different items.  A faux leather jacket should be in any woman’s closet.  It gives them a little edge and they can feel badass for a day.

Faux Leather leggings

I WOULD LIVE IN THESE.  They can be dressed up or down.  I think every woman should have versatile pieces like this because you get so many uses out of one item of clothing.

Teddy Coat

I personally do not have one of these, because I ordered one last year and it never ended up making it to my mailbox.  However, these jackets are super trendy and I can imagine that they are comfy.

Blanket Scarf

Blanket scarves aren’t for everyone, so this is a tricky one if you don’t know the person you are buying it for.  I own quite a few blanket scarves, but I also live in the north east where it snows and it’s super cold.  I know a few friends of mine who don’t understand blanket scarves and other friends who LIVE in them.

Celine Bag Dupe

This bag is still trending!  I don’t know about you, but I cannot afford the original, and this bag I found on Amazon (that I actually have and love it, the quality is a lot better than I expected) is the perfect dupe!

Gucci Belt Dupe

So many women own this Gucci belt!  The one I linked is the perfect dupe.  It’s also on Amazon!

Gucci Mule Dupe

I have these at home, and wore them in a recent post here on the blog.  They are super comfy, they are the perfect dupe, and the quality is really good.  The best part, is that they are only $24.99!  Target, you just get me.

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ADA Elegance and Mommyhood “I cannot believe Thanksgiving is this week and then Black Friday, which means the Holiday craze has started. I am one of those ‘lucky’ ones that has to work all day on Black Friday, because the company I work for deals with sales among other things. For the small portion of the day when I do not work, you will find me bundled up in layers like my Abercrombie henley, Abercrombie fleece jacket, ponte skinnies, sneakers, the softest fleece scarf and a fleece beanie. And yes without realizing it, I wore yet another leopard hat. Happy Thanksgiving week, babes!”
BOJANA Bo’s Bodacious Blog Jeans, boots, poncho comfort are my weekend jam.   The poncho kept me cozy and warm, and my hands free while waking through the mall (I despise having to carry my coat around in the mall).  The outfit was pretty tame so  I added a little bling with these new Stella and Dot chandelier earrings.  Love how it all came together and how the daylight cooperated for these pictures. “
SHELBEE Shelbee on the Edge “I will be working all day on Black Friday: at the consignment shop from 10 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. then heading to the mall to work at Torrid from 5:30 until 10:30 p.m.  So I need to be comfortable while donning my battle gear! I found this graphic tee which says “My coffee needs coffee” to be perfectly appropriate for working 12 hours on Black Friday.  To be battle-ready, I went for a camo cardigan and plaid combat boots.  Wish me luck! 
LAURA I Do deClaire I don’t normally head out on Black Friday. It’s too chaotic and my introverted self gets overwhelmed with all the crowds. I like to be home, nice and warm and cozy, recover from Thanksgiving, and do some light online shopping if I have a chance! What could be better than overalls and a soft cardigan for a day at home?”
AMBER Avec Amber I know that many people have a four day weekend and roll right from Thanksgiving feasts to Black Friday shopping! My Black Friday outfit idea has this in mind with pieces that are both comfortable and cozy for the dropping temperatures…and leggings instead of pants, because real pants the day after Thanksgiving is just too aggressive.”
JENNIE A Pocketful of Polka Dots “When it comes to Black Friday shopping I am all about staying warm, being comfortable, and wearing things that are easy to get in and out of. A plaid vest layered over a simple sweater keep me warm and slide on sneakers make trying on clothes easy, while also helping me walk the distance. The great thing about wearing basics like a sweater and jeans is they work well while trying on other pieces, because if you are anything like me, Black Friday shopping inevitably means finding things for myself, too. 😉  Gotta take advantage of those sales for All the important people on our list!” 
LINDA A Labour of Life My Vanheusen Dot pants are so very comfortable and perfect for Black Friday Shopping.  For me I will be working (aka Canadian) but comfy at my desk and surfing for awesome deals.”
MONICA Jersey Girl, Texan Heart “Can y’all believe that it is already that time of year?  The madness of Black Friday shopping is upon us!  I usually don’t go out shopping on Black Friday, but whenever I do, I’m always there later in the day in something super comfy, because I’m still stuffed from Thanksgiving dinner the night before.  Here is my winter uniform!  A sweater, some comfy pants, boots, and a hat.”
CHERYL Cheryl Shops Normally I’m down in Los Angeles for Thanksgiving—and California has been having unseasonably warm, dry weather—so this is what I’d wear on Black Friday. It’s kind of half summer and half fall, but these are some of my favorite pieces that I’ve featured this year on Cheryl Shops. The accessories are key for Black Friday bargain hunting: the crossbody purse allows you to go hands-free, and the low-heeled boots are comfy enough to be on your feet for hours. Happy shopping!”

xoxo Monica

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  • Shelbee on the Edge
    November 20, 2018 at 8:35 am

    Monica, what is this magnificent sweater you are wearing? I absolutely am in love with it! The color, the knit, the fit, the length. the distressing. I want it! It looks absolutely fabulous on you, too! And really great gift idea picks. I am such a Grinch this year and am not in a gift giving (or receiving) mood at all. In any event, I am wishing you a very Happy Thanksgiving, my friend!


    • Jersey Girl, Texan Heart
      November 20, 2018 at 8:52 am

      Thank you so much, and Happy Thanksgiving to you too! So I got it off of Amazon and the one I bought is sold out, but I did link a similar one, but I couldn’t find red 🙁

  • Jessica A Jannenga
    November 20, 2018 at 10:37 am

    Love the color and cut of your sweater, it looks great on you! Nice picks for the fashionista, my neice, is only 8, but she already is a little fashion plate. Love the moto and scarf.
    thanks for linking!
    jess xx

  • Ruth
    November 20, 2018 at 2:36 pm

    Those dupes are so good! They look really well made and are so trendy! I love your sweater adn think that’s perfect for a thanksgiving meal!


    • Jersey Girl, Texan Heart
      November 20, 2018 at 2:47 pm

      Right?! The shoes from Target are really nicely made, I was super surprised when I bought them, and for that price, you really can’t beat it.

  • Ada
    November 20, 2018 at 4:46 pm

    I AM GLAD YOU POSTED A GIFT GUIDE MUCH LIKE MY BUDGET CAN AFFORD. I just posted my first one the other day and it was gifts I’d love to get for myself with a few splurges, but nothing like a Chanel Bag lol. I own the blush version of those Target mules and love them. Also on my wish-list are some black faux leather leggings and a teddy coat and I need that Gucci Dupe Belt.

    Also love the edginess of this Thanksgiving/Black Friday outfit you styled. It is very you. That is a fun distressed sweater, Monica. =)

    I am so glad you are a part of this collaboration. You nailed both looks so far! Happy Thanksgiving girl.

    You can read my latest post, below. Welcome!


    Ada =)

  • Amber
    November 20, 2018 at 11:18 pm

    Your outfit looks so comfy, Monica, and your gift guide picks are so great! Those leopard heels are so pretty!

    I hope you are having a great week so far!