Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Winter Break Snapshots

Winter break is in full swing! I'm loving being home for the holidays. Christmas in Chicago is the best there is. Although it feels like negative 20 degrees, with snow on the ground it feels like Christmas. While I've been home I've been busy catching up with my family, shopping (of course), and spending time with my boyfriend. 

My boyfriend and I have also done our Christmas gift exchange. Somehow he managed to top last years gift with this gorgeous pink amethyst stone necklace with diamonds and rose gold metal! 

Our first main holiday activity was stopping by the Chriskringle Market at their newest Naperville location. It isn't as big as the original downtown Chicago location, but it was fun to stop in at the different booths to see ornaments and treats!  

I love Iowa State, but Iowa is a major shopping drought. Some of the first things I do when I get home is do my rounds at my favorite shopping destinations. First up was the outlet mall. I found the most adorable Kate Spade purse for only $39! You can't beat some of the deals we found. I also took a trip to our local mall to shop at J Crew, Kate Spade, and some of my other favorite stores. Plus I hit up Nordstrom Rack and scored some good deals there as well. 

When I got home I arrived to a few packages, sorry mom, including some Christmas gifts and some Black Friday purchases. I used my $15 off coupon at Sephora to pick up some new items to try. I love getting mini palettes like this Tarte palette. It lets me try out different brands without committing to a $50 palette. 

Are you off for Winter Break? Let me know your plans in the comments! 

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