Inexpensive Ways To Decorate Your Home For The Holidays

Hello loves,
I wanted to share this quick post with you about how you can spruce up your home this holiday season by adding simple and inexpensive pieces. Christmas only last so long and I like to add a few little things here and there yearly to make my home feel as festive as possible. I don’t like to spend too much and so I’m always looking out for affordable ways to decorate. In our living room, instead of buying new cushions which can go anywhere from $15-35, I decided to go with cushion covers instead. I got these from Amazon and they came in a pack of four. My living room colors are grey and navy so I stuck with similar colors for the Christmas decorated cushions. They’re velvety and soft. I had ordered another set of two but when  they came they felt super coarse and wasn’t the fabric I intend for my couch.

In our bedroom, I also ordered this set of red velvety cushion from Amazon and I tried to not buy decorated ones but simply plain ones. I also picked up this ho ho ho throw from TJ.Maxx to complete our bedroom feel-similar here and here.

So really, this year that’s pretty much all I added to my usual Holiday decor in our home. We are currently under construction in our kitchen so I couldn’t do anything there :)

If you’re still looking to decorate, I suggest these options from Amazon especially if you have Prime shipping. They’ll come in two days and your home will feel all the cozy holiday feels. Oh, Ikea also usually have lovely holiday cushion covers. They’re more on the simpler side but definitely will do the job. Here are similar options slippers- here, here, here & here and sleep dress- here, here, and here.
Hope you have a blessed holiday season, loves



Last Minute Beauty Gifts From Sephora Inside JCPenney

This post is in partnership with Sephora inside JCPenney. All opinions are 100% my own. #SephoraInJCP
Hello there!
I do hope the holiday season has been treating you all very well. I wanted to share this post with you on some of my favorite last minute beauty gifts that you can easily shop for at Sephora inside JCPenney. It’s mostly around the holiday that I realize the amount of people that I truly care for in my life. I don’t want to leave anyone out and I know this is probably the same for you, too. I know the amazing value and quality I am able to find at Sephora inside JCPenney, so I ran down to my local store and picked up some of my favorite beauty items for some of my favorite people.

I love that it lasts all day and is easy to apply. I have an old coworker who
loves a good eyeliner and this will be my gift to her.
So, I’m obsessed with all things Fenty Beauty by Rihanna, and this Two
Lil Mattemoiselles set is such an amazing gift option.
If you have a lipstick lover in your life or know of a loved one who
wants to start wearing more lipstick, this is the gift to give them.
It wears well all day and it comes in my fave colors, Spanked and Griselda.
This set is only $19, so it is a gift that’s true to its value and quality.
Set? I love that they are mini size.
Most women will buy regular size brushes for their personal use,
so gifting a mini set is such a good idea. These can fit into purses and
make-up bags with ease. There’s a restaurant I visit often during the week
and the cashier has such an amazing customer service attitude and always
goes above and beyond with my order. Her eye make-up is always on point,
so I am gifting her this mini set for the holidays. Did I mention it retails for $15,
but has a value of $28?
And lastly, this cute, yet smart gift idea, the Bite Beauty Sweet Treats Agave
Lip Care Set. It’s such an affordable and useful gift for only $12.
If someone gifted me this cute trio, I’d be so happy. I
’m gifting this to one of my girlfriends who is really into minimal beauty.
She’s going to love it.
I hope you found this post useful and that it has helped you with some of
your gift giving decisions. Sephora inside JCPenney has some amazing
gift sets at affordable price points, so I urge you to run on over to your
local store and shop them now. They won’t last long because the value
for these gifts are beyond amazing. Also, ask them to gift wrap your
gifts for you, they’ll definitely help you out.
Have a lovely and happy holidays



Olay Beauty Package Giveaway (USA) + A $50 Paypal Cash (International)

Congratulations to the winners below. If your name is below, please email me at styleweekender@gmail.com to claim or respond to the email newsletter by 12/12/18. Please note I have to verify winners by the email address you entered with. This helps me to make sure I am sending the prize to the right person. Believe it or not, others have tried to claim someone else's prize in the past. 

Olay Beauty Package:
Melissa Simon
Andrena Clark
Amanda Bryan
Vanessa Morant
Alina Conn
Leah Kotlarsky
Cecelia Robertson
Deon Viktor
Sharon Croft
Marlene Rivera

Olay Sweaters 

International  $50 PayPal Cash 
 Jamie Bedwell


Hi Loves,
I'm so excited to present a BIG holiday giveaway for my readers (USA & International).  Every month, I do a giveaway where 10 subscribers win a gift each. As the year closes, I wanted to tell you all THANK you for reading my blog and being a huge part of Style Weekender. 
This giveaway will run from 12/03-12/09/18. Winners names will be announced here and also via email on 12/10/18 and will have until 12/12/18 to claim the prize or forfeit. 

For the Olay beauty package 10 winners- a package with :
1.Whips Moisturizer (Regenerist or Total Effects)
2.Olay Brightening Eye Cream
3.Olay Clay Stick Mask
 4.Olay Mist(Hydrating or Energizing)
Bonus Entry- 4 of you could also win an Olay sweater. Simply  go here and follow me on Instagram @styleweekender and then comment your Instagram name below in the comment section of this post. 

For the $50 Paypal Cash (1 winner):
$50 Cash via PayPal. You must have a PayPal account. The amount will likely be converted to your local currency.

Please note:
-This giveaway is not sponsored by PayPal
- I asked Olay to provide me with the products to be able to gift them to you. Olay is not responsible for sending you any packages. All claims must go through me. 
-By entering your email addresses on the giveaway form, your email will automatically be subscribed to my blog. 

Good luck to you all. 
Happy Holidays!



My Wedding Invitations

Hi, Loves. 
Today I wanted to share with you our wedding invitations. We sent them out two weeks ago and we've been getting so many feedback from our friends and family about how gorgeous they are.  We did our invitations through Minted, as well as our Saves The Dates. If you haven't seen our Save The Dates, you can see them in this post here.
I wanted our Invitations to be simple and chic. A mix of contemporary yet classic. I did main invitation, reception card, envelope insert, envelope band, envelopes, and personalized stamps. It was super easy to create. I chose a foil-pressed design, input our wedding details into it on the website, and it came out great. Before I finalized the order, a designer emailed to make sure all information was correct. I even had to switched around a few things and add an important detail I'd forgotten. If you're good on timing, you can also request a sample before you make the final order. I trusted that they would have came out great so I didn't order a sample. I loved that I could personalize the stamps. I added L&K, both of our first name initials, to them. It was just too cute. I really loved that Minted has so many price points and also a one stop shop option for all wedding stationery needs. I will definitely be using them for my day of stationary and I will be sure to share them with you after the wedding. 
*Please note that I have edited out some of the important details/information on the wedding invite photos. This is just so that my wedding details is not out there before the wedding. After the wedding, I will share in a post all the details. 
Thanks for reading, loves. Remember to check out Minted for all your celebratory stationery needs. They also have art, digital and gift products. 


The #1 Gift You Should Put On Your Holiday Wish List

This post is in partnership with Acer, a brand I use and love. All opinions are 100% my own. 
Hi loves,
It's no secret that I absolutely love my Acer Swift 7 laptop. I’ve spoken about it a few times here on the blog. With the holidays coming up, I wanted to highlight that this laptop is my top pick for gifting and, is the gift you should have on your wish list.
It's my top pick because I love how it fits seamlessly into my lifestyle. I'm all about my hustle and business, and this laptop handles all of that. I also enjoy streaming content online during my downtime, and my Acer Swift 7 is fast, thin, and light, which makes it easy to use. I love that I can easily carry it around without feeling burdened. Sometimes, when I take a break from working, I'll walk across the street to sit by the creek and catch the sunset—and you’d better believe it's right there with me. I actually accomplished creating a holiday gift board filled with items I plan on getting my loved ones right there on my Acer Swift 7 while watching the sunset and bikers riding by.
If you've been trying to wrap your mind around what to get yourself as a gift, go ahead and treat yourselfafter all, you deserve it! If you have a friend, a family member, a child, or a partner who deserves an amazing holiday gift, this is it. I promise it'll fit right into their lifestyle. It's an excellent option for any age group, and they will thank you.
Thanks for swinging by, loves. 



5 Tips To Be Confident & Comfortable Expressing Yourself

This post is in partnership with Hanes, a brand I have always loved, worn, and trust. All opinions are 100% my own. 
Hi there, Lovelies:)
You know what is super important to me as a millennial woman? Being able to express myself and my individuality; This is something I pride myself in, and I always encourage others to do the same. Gone are the days when we couldn't express ourselves. If there is a time self-expression is key, it is now. I live for moments when I wake up in the morning and my fiance is getting ready for work and I'm getting ready for my day. I crank the music up, dance around in my Perfect Coverage ComfortFlex Fit® Wirefree Bra and Ultra Light Lace Hipster underwear while making the bed. That is me expressing myself in the presence of my fiance. Being a fun, independent, and happy woman. You should hear me singing with the toothbrush in my mouth while brushing my teeth-Haha!

I work from home most days and that also means I need to be comfortable. I'm always happy when I get to work from home. Days like that makes me think about how times have changed. I can lounge around on my computer wearing a Hanes Long-Sleeve Crewneck T-Shirt and Cool Comfort Cotton Sporty Boy Brief underwear. I feel not only comfortable, but also confident while getting my work done and; celebrating a productive day. 

Hanes also keeps me comfortable outside my home. Of course wearing their amazing undergarments but did you know they have comfortable active-wear, like this ComfortWash Garment Dyed  Sweatshirt ? So, when I need to fuel up (aka coffee) or a little breather from working at home, I throw on my sweatshirt and head to my favorite local coffee shop to finish working or meet up with friends. I love comfortable and chic #ootd looks and pairing this sweater with my black ripped jeans and comfy shoes makes for one comfortable, modern look.
Here are my 5 tips to Confident & Comfortable Expressing Yourself:
1. Wear what feels comfortable for you- you may think you have to wear certain clothes just because it is trendy or what others' expect of you. You don't have to. Be yourself and wear what really makes you feel comfortable. It may be that you prefer leggings over jeans or sweatshirts over cardigans. It is OK!

2. If you've wanted to try something new-make-up, clothing, hair style. Ask a friend or family member you trust and who you know won't judge you for wanting the change. Have a conversation about why you want that change and be open and honest. You'd be surprised by how supportive that person will be and will help you build the confidence to express yourself. 

3. Sometimes, just go ahead and DO IT. Ask no permission, just take the leap and do something for yourself that will make you happy. It's a true form of expression-you are following your desires and no one else's. 

4. Sometimes we want to express ourselves but we aren't even sure why or how. This has happened to me and I find that writing down why I love myself and why I am worthy of fulfilling my own dreams helps. Seeing and reading these very same things I wrote down really boost my confidence. So yes, I'm going to post that bikini photo on Instagram or I am going to write a blog post wearing undergarments for the entire world to see if they want. If that isn't confidence, then I don;t know what is :)

5. Support others. Yes, genuinely supporting others will really make you feel good about yourself and this will lead to you feeling confident enough to express yourself. It's that good karma energy you will attract. 

I hope you enjoyed reading this post, loves.
Make sure you check out comfortable pieces from Hanes and join me in celebrating confidence.
I'm also excited to share that right now through 11/28/18, you can use code KEYMATEN for $10 off your purchase of  $60 or more on Hanes.com*
Don't forget to use #BeComfydent on social media so I can see your posts.

* $10 off $60 or more excludes Donated Styles, Champion Life, Europe, and Limited Edition Collections. These products do not count towards the qualifier. Will not stack with other promos. U.S. deliveries only. Valid 11/16 – 11/28.



A Shirt-Dress & Jeans Kinda Day

Hi Loves,
Somedays, I find it super hard to find what to wear. I know sounds crazy considering my closet is full of clothes. My grandmother used to say to me "Yuh have tuh much till yuh canfuse"-meaning I have too many options that all those options confuses me. Ha! She's a character I tell ya. 
Well, mama, it's still the same as an adult plus it doesn't help that I'm a true Virgo and even analytical about what I wear, when I wear and how I wear my clothes. I remember getting dressed this day early in Fall and the first thing I threw on were these free people jeans that I love so much. They are high-waist jeans and they always make me feel slimmer around my waist.
 I had put on a t-shirt with it but it just wasn't cutting it for me that day. I then put on a tank and a cardigan-nope still not working. So I reached for this army green button up shirt-dress I bought on sale during the summer and viola it worked. 
I was already obsessing over these heels since I got them back in September and I was happy they paired well with the look. They're so comfortable and has a pretty high gloss texture, plus they are under $50. 
So, here's my Shirt-Dress & Jeans Kinda Day look :)



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