cheap tricks: holiday edition


Lately I’ve had some good luck in the shopping department. Here are a few of my current faves that look luxe without costing a pretty penny.

While J.Crew’s sequin pumps and flats have me swooning, I scored these lookalikes at Target for $24.99.

In the winter my lips get extra chapped (not a great look when you are drinking red wine at holiday parties…) so I went to Ulta and asked for the best chap stick they had.

The lady I spoke to recommended using the apricot body scrub I had in my shower for exfoliation followed by using the EOS lip balm all.the.time. So far I’m a week in and no longer have cracked, dry lips.


I also picked up the portable lotion while I was there and I’m loving the scent.

I first spotted these little beauties on Oh Joy and made them mine last night. They are the perfect little $17 update for my pajama wardrobe (that is a thing, right?).

With the puppy chewing everything he can get his teeth on when he’s not crate training or in his new gated area (thanks for the x pen tips, ladies!), we decided to nix a Christmas tree this year.

Instead, Mr. Lively agreed to let me purchase a few other holiday accessories that would work for years to come. By putting these two branch candle holders layered into one another on the table, it looks like a Michael Aram Olive Branch candle holder (which costs $239!) for about $30.

And last but not least, a recent DIY art piece for my design client’s home. The Kate Spade fan inside me is giddy. It was as simple as attaching gold corrugated letter stickers to a white canvas. I had planned to paint the quote on and found these adorable letters instead.

So glad I spotted them at Michaels Crafts (they are made by Momenta but I cannot find them online).


Hooray for cheap (holiday) tricks!

* I wasn’t gifted any of these items, they are just a few recent finds. 

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  1. Margaret

    I lovveee the DIY art – stickers on a canvas?! So gorgeous and easy! 🙂

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