I heard about this awesome new trend for the holidays that a lot of people are doing this year. It's called the "100-mile Challenge" and people are challenging themselves to only buy Christmas gifts that are made within 100 miles of where they live! It's a big push to shop locally.
I love supporting local businesses, and will definitely be doing so this Christmas! If the 100-mile Challenge is a bit too tough for you, depending on where you live, consider just challenging yourself to only buy gifts that are made here in the USA!
Doing some research, I've sound that a lot of my favorite companies make this pretty easy by having specific web pages of all their products that are made in the US!
Take a look at these awesome gift pages...
LOVE that Katy Perry was rocking the book clutch look on the red carpet at the AMA's last night!
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I absolutely love this trend. To me, it's a fun way to add something totally outside-the-box to what would normally be a boring outfit. My "winter uniform" is comfy jeans, warm boots, and thick sweaters. So I need accessories that stand out!
I have one book clutch that I wear constantly because it fits everything I need for a night out, and because it has so many colors in it, I feel like it always matches! Plus, it just gives the outfit a little extra something that a normal, boring clutch couldnt!
Want a closer look at what I'm talking about? Try these...
Seriously, it's never too early to start Christmas shopping. But right now it's REALLY not too early! You can't wait until after Thanksgiving to get started this year, because there are only a few short weeks between the holidays! So to make it easy for you, I'm finding the best gift guides on the internet and helping you shop for everyone on your list. Just call me Santa Claire. Scatter Claus? So punny, I know!
For the teenage girl that is stylish and very hard to shop for... Click here!
For the husband who has everything... Click here!
For the amazing wife whom you want to spoil... Click here!
For the tech-loving, hip teen/tween girl... Click here!
For tween/teen boys... Click here!
My personal favorite gifts to give are experiences! I think encouraging and helping someone to do something they love is much better than anything "thing" you could buy. A introduction-to-cooking class could go a LONG way for a teenager who loves to cook. Think about the look on your car-obsessed boyfriend's face when he finds out he'll be behind the wheel of a lamborghini?
Looking to switch up your style?? Take a look at these gorgeous cuts!
SERIOUSLY?! Whoever dressed Taylor for her performance at this year's Victoria's Secret Fashion Show deserves a major award. A medal. A million dollars. SOMETHING! Because Taylor Swift always looks great, but she has NEVER looked this fierce!
GONE are the 1950's style dresses and turtlenecks she's been wearing for the past year. Again, she looked lovely, but this new look...
This stunning, grown-up Taylor is literally flawless! I'm in awe. I'm jealous.
And I NEED that dress.
This... Is... Everything.
[photo credit for all images to Getty Images]
PHOTO GALLERY: 2013 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show