VIDEO: My favorite holiday gifts to give the ones I love (for under $75) with Minnetonka

Hello lovelies!

How are ya? Happy HOLIDAYS. I want this month to slowwwww down. Truly! We need to cherish this time of cheer and love and shopping...hehe.

Make sure to pace yourself, drink lots of water and take time to chill. For shopping though, I got you COVERED. Sharing the best gifts, when you're on a budget.

First though, I need to say that so often times people ask, "Do you actually use the products you talk about on your blog". 

Well, yes 100x yes. 

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But with this collab, it's REAL SPECIAL. Firstly, because I am wearing my Minnetonka Slippers right this second with a big sweater, hair in a bun, no makeup and with Justin's gym shorts on. It's my happy place.  

My feet are so happy, warm, cozy, SAFE. I mean the second i walk in the door, it's bra off, Minnetonka's ON.

Just ask Justin. He even said he LOVES moccasins the other day :). Well good thing because that's what he'll be getting for Christmas y'all. 

I was first introduced to Minnetonka in college, when I saw one of my now besties, Gemma wearing her moccasins and leggings to class. Ever since then, I've had a pair of the Kilty Hardsole, and worn them around the house, to and from class (in college) and now to workout classes. Plus anytime I want to mix up my booties during cozy fall and wintertime. 

I always feel like when the holidays come around I draw a blank with creative ideas for gifts for the family. I want to give them something unexpected, that they'll use - that's also unique to me. 

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Does that make sense?

Meaning that I want the gift to be something they love but also that only I can think of for them, utilizing my unique perspective.

So being able to give them each a pair of moccasins is going to be AMAZING. Plus considering the fact that each of them are between $40 - $75?

I mean, DONE.

I've had my OG Minnetonka's for at least 3 years now, and they are still kicking! They don't smell (ha), the bottoms are practically perfect. They've survived 3 cities and 2 moves. 

In this video I am sharing the my three NEW favorite pairs of Minnetonka, and a few ways to style them to give you some inspo. It's quick, it's fun and the music is good (royalty free, of course!) 

In each outfit, I am wearing with a my favorite cozy sweaters, different pant styles or leggings, and with each they all create very different vibes which I love. All still cute none the less. There is nothing that completes the look like these shoes if you're going for seasonal style.

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What I'm wearing on my little feetsies in this post and video:

Kilty Hardsole in Black

Cally in Cinnamon

Thunderbird Softsole in Black


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Which I am giving to my family this year:

Justin will be getting the Sheepskin Softsole Mocs in Tan ($67.95 - perrrrfect).

My mom will be getting the Cally Slippers in Stone ($39.95, I mean come ON). 

My mom will love these to wear around the house, her feet are always cold, and she needs a pair to rock with all the athleisure that she rocks, HA.

My sister will be getting the Margot Bootie in Taupe (on sale for $59.96)

These guys are SO CUTE! I LOVE the bit of a heel, with jeans, shorts, dresses, I mean...trying to get a pair for myself RN actually...

I am also going to get two pairs for Justin's parents :). I just asked him the sizes, and his mom (who we call Mo) will get the Chesney in Cinnamon - perfect for just slipping on - $39.95 - and they seem so expensive).

His dad, who we call Po will get the Double Bottom Fleece in Brown ($49.95!) 

Besides that, for Christmas I'll give my friends some gifts like journals, notes and small things...Justin is getting something else, but other than that I am done! :) I keep it easy. and simple and it feels SO GOOD to be done for everyone, to give them something they will love all for under $350 total. 

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EXCITING RIGHT? Holidays, I GOT YOU.

Will keep you posted on the reaction from the fam this holiday. It's so exciting!

Let me know how you'd style your Minnetonka's too, would love to get some inspo from ya!

xo

Krista

*This post is done in partnership with Minnetonka - all opinions are my own. 

31 Days of Cheer (aka the best ideas for how to get the most out of your Holiday) with PAPYRUS

Friends! Holiday babes! Seasons greetings. So excited to share a holiday themed post with you! 

I really love this, because I get to partner with Papyrus to share 31 Days of Cheer - which is basically 31 creative, innvoative, thoughtful ideas for ways you can have the BEST December, ever. Truly! I helped to craft some of these and really put thought into how you can do little acts to make your life brighter during what can possibly be a hectic time. 

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I know for me, I find myself stretched a little too thin, doing a little too much, then randomly on the Holidays (the actual days around Christmas) I am bored as shit because I don't have 100 things to do.

Anyone else?

So I really love this guide because it focused on small things, that will help you feel grounded and spread cheer!

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My personal favorites from their list: 

  • Give a nice compliment to 5 people everyday
  • Act like a tourist in your city
  • Take a digital detox
  • Send yourself a love note
  • Plan a trip in the New Year (anywhere you're going?)

Also, if you know me, you know the #1 thing that I get my friends on Christmas is either a journal, or planner from Rifle Paper & Co. via Papyrus. Having a note talking about my favorite memory from that year together, or what I'm excited about for them in 2018 is usually my favorite part of the gift :). I've been using Rifle Paper & Co journals for the past 3 years and I LOVE them. They have the perfect amount of space, are super easy to carry around and the layout is perfect. 

There's just something about a new journal. There's so much POTENTIAL. You can make it your special place to pump yourself up and write mantras, or to share your food diary, what you're working on that day....anything. But there is something magical about getting it on paper that's for SURE. 

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And you can't forget about cards y'all. Handwritten cards are LIFE. For my blogger babes, I always send a handwritten thank you in following to a collab. It's a game changer and WILL set you apart For Almost 30 Podcast I send Thank You's to our sponsors, too. Anyone in my life gets a card when I feel like something needs to be said outside of being generally kind and pleasant :). 

Set yourself apart with cards,  I swear by it.

Shop some of my favorites via Papyrus here. 

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What do you guys plan on getting the babes in your life for Christmas? Also, would love to know your favorite ways to spread Holiday cheer.

HAPPY HOLIDAYS! 

All my love,

xo

Krista
 

Thanks to Papyrus for partnering with me on this post! All opinions are my own. 

What I'm giving people I love this holiday season

Hello babes! 

Sharing the brands I love, and the things I love to give this holiday. I like to keep my gifts unique, unrelated to clothes (unless it's amazing) and more of something they didn't expect but end up using all the time.

This list is for family, friends and almost everything on this list is under $100 (but around $30-$50). 

Can you believe it's December? I mean.....yay? I am actually pumped about 2018, I LOVE life rn, but I have a really good feeling ya know.

Okay to the gift guide! Enjoy xx

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Moon Juice Pantry Products

I don't know about you, but I am a huge fan of giving people products that they may not buy themselves but will use and love. I am a HUGE fan of Moon Juice, all their products are tasty, thoughtful, and packed full of healthy ingredients. I love too, that they are unique and I would never make their stuff myself, or find it in stores. My favorites are the crackers, and crisps, but the chocolates and elixirs and dusts are amazing too!

Sage Wellness Essential Oils

I love me some SAGE. Lots of people don't use or know about essential oils, and they don't need to know all the woo-woo about it to know that they smell and make you feel amazing. I have my peppermint halo (the peppermint essential oil stick) in the car and in my purse, and it helps me to just reset, and get through the day. Perfect as a stocking stuffer :). 

Salt Lamp from Lenevo

Do you guys remember the post I did with Lenevo? The apartment tour? I LOVE my lamp. Every time people come over to my house they comment on it, and its such a boho chic add to the house for really cheap actually. 

BKR Water Bottle

Love these babies. Feel good in your hand and super cute for the fitness fan in your life.

Collagen from Vital Proteins

I can't say it enough - collagen works. I can tell in my skin when I am using it, and it makes such a difference in the plumpness and texture. I LOVE any of their collagens from Vital Proteins. 

Four Sigmatic Teas

Sponsor of the podcast, Four Sigmatic medicinal mushrooms are so good for a little mood boost, and as a feel good tasty tea. I have every one of their products, and this is a really fun gift to give to the people in your life that are health curious. 

Crystals from Energy Muse

Y'all know I love me some crystals. I give them as wedding gifts, birthday gifts, basically whenever I can. It's one of the ways in my life I know I can give someone good energy, vibes or protection and it's freaking gorgeous :).  Almost 30 Podcast has a discount code: Almost30 for 15% off!

Planner from Rifle Paper & Co (via Papyrus)

My favorite planners ever, I love to give these to my girlfriends because I use mine everyday. Its my BIBLE. These are structured perfectly, and the design is STUNNING. 

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Rent the Runway Membership

I am a HUGE FAN of RTR. I use it every month to keep my wardrobe fresh and exciting. It's amazing to have beautiful new expensive pieces rotating through, and then have new stuff for events and shoots. Their brands are also on point, too. 

Donate to a charity on their behalf: Find one that you love, or that you may love and then make a donation. 

Sweater from Athleta

Honestly their sweaters are something that everyone can love. They are so soft, so cozy, so versatile and you can honestly wear it every single day. I would have never thought that I would wear it so much, but it's that thing that I never want to take off. 

Cuyana Makeup Bags

My friend Meghan gave me these makeup bags as a gift, and I have never been more grateful. They are SO quality, gorgeous and the perfect size. I've had them for about a year and the zippers are still intact and working perfectly and the leather is smooth like BUTTAH. Highly recommend as a gift for you or anyone you LOVE. 


What other things do you like to give the people you love for Christmas? Let me know in the comments, would LOVE to make this list grow.

So excited it's December, babes. I love you.

xo

Krista 

Leggings via GoldSheep Clothing

Sweater Dress via Free People

Sunglasses via Ray Ban