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December 7, 2014

What to Wear to a Holiday Party

The holiday party season is upon us, and that means it's time to pull out all the stops when it comes to glitz and glamour. 'Tis the season to celebrate with sequins, faux fur, glitter, and all-out shine. Some tips for what to wear to a holiday party:

Do: select one statement piece of jewelry to showcase. I love necklaces with solid dresses or low necklines, and I adore bracelets with short-sleeved or sleeveless styles.
Don't: overdo it with too much shine. Matte or dark sequins are a great choice if you're in doubt.
Do: opt for a luxe jacket in faux fur to keep you warm and cozy.
Don't: forget to add gloves, tights, or a beanie to keep you warm. You can still look sultry without showing skin!
Do: paint nails a glittery shade or carry a sparkly clutch.
Don't: wear heels you can't stand or dance comfortably in.
Do: mix textures such as velvet and sequins or faux fur and leather.
Don't: be afraid to try a new hairstyle or accessory look. This is the perfect time to play up the glamour!

My 12 favorite pieces below, all under $150:
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1. Statement necklace, $39.99 2. Embellished rhinestone cluster beanie, $11.99 3. MAC Opulash mascara, $17 4. Topshop lipstick in Falling Fast, $12 5. Sparkle box clutch, $58 6. Topshop sequin dress, $130 7. Forever21 striped faux fur jacket, $39.90 8. Deborah Lippmann glitter nail color, $20 9. Jour d'Hermès - Limited edition eau de parfum set, $149 10. Vince Camuto 'Kain' pump, $97.95 (also comes in black) 11. Leopard print ruched texting gloves, $22.99 (also comes in black) 12. J.Crew Starlight bracelet, $55

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December 1, 2014

Holiday 2014 Gift Guide for the Homebody

We all know someone who loves to stay at home, relax and get cozy. In the winter, it can be tempting to stay inside where it's warm, put on some soft slippers, and sip a cup of your favorite beverage. Sometimes I love nothing more than staying in and getting lost in the pages of a great book while lounging with a cup of tea and a furry throw. For my latest holiday 2014 gift guide, I've selected eleven of my top gift ideas for the homebody.

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1. Godiva chocolates, $30 2. UGG Scuffette II slippers, $85 3. Betsey Johnson flannel pajamas, $59 4. Megan Lee Designs Etsy state mug (other states available), $16 5. Frends with Benefits 'Taylor' headphones, $199.99 6. Kusmi Tea Russian morning, $27.95 7. Threshold faux fur throw, $31.49 8. A Denim Story: Inspirations from Bellbottoms to Boyfriends book, $32.50 9. Keurig 2.0 K450 coffee brewing system, $169.99 10. Raccoon candle warmer, $13.99 11. Quilted toss pillow (other colors available), $36.89

For more holiday shopping gift ideas and inspiration, see my holiday gift guide under $50, my gift guide for the beauty junkie, my gift guide for the glam girl, or my gift guide for stocking stuffers.

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November 26, 2014

Black Friday and Cyber Monday 2014 Sales

It's that time of year again, time to shop the holiday sales. Stores open early, discounts are in abundance, and gift ideas await!

Black Friday and Cyber Monday-2014 holiday sales

Here's a list of the best Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales and my favorite retailers to shop for the holiday 2014 season:

Adidas: Black Friday get 20% off select items with code BLACKFRIDAY

Asos (US): Black Friday get 30% off on Nov. 27 (8pm EST) – 11.30 (8pm EST) with code TGIBF and Cyber Monday 30% off with code ILOVEMONDAYS

Bloomingdale'sBlack Friday 50% off on a selection sitewide and Cyber Monday 25% off a selection of regular and sale price items  (shop the Bloomingdale's gift guide)
Charlotte Russe: Black Friday up to 60% off + free shipping Nov. 27-29 and Cyber Monday 30% off sitewide Nov. 20 - Dec. 1

Current Elliott25% off sitewide Nov. 26 - Dec. 1 with code THANKS
Equipment: 25% off sitewide Nov. 26 - Dec. 1 with code THANKS (shop the Equipment gift guide)
Express: Black Friday 50% sitewide Nov. 28 and Cyber Monday 50% off sitewide + free shipping Dec. 1 (shop gifts for her)
Forever21: Black Friday deals under $5, $10, $20 Nov. 27-30, Extra 30% off clearance Nov. 27-30, Cyber Monday 20% off $60 with code CYBER20 or 30% off $100 with code CYBER30 on Dec. 1 (shop the Forever21 gift guide)
Free PeopleBlack Friday up to 50% off select items and Cyber Monday additional 25% off all sale items (shop the Free People gift guide)
Gap (US)Black Friday  50% off sitewide Nov. 27-28 with code BLKFRIDAY and 40% off sitewide Nov. 29 with code GIFT and Cyber Monday get 40% off with code CYBER 

J Brand: Cyber Monday get 25% off full priced items with the code CYBER2014  
J. CrewBlack Friday 30% off select full-price styles and additional 40% off sale + free shipping, no mimimum Nov. 26-30 with code HOLIDAY and Cyber Monday 30% off select full-price styles and additional 40% off sale + free shipping, no minimum Dec. 1 with code MONDAY (shop the J.Crew gift guide)
J.Crew Factory: 50% off everything plus free shipping on orders over $50 with code THANKS

Kate Spade: 30% off full priced items with code DEALME until Nov. 20 (shop the Kate Spade gift guide)

Kohl's: 15% off through Nov. 30 with code YES2SAVINGS plus $15 Kohl's cash for every $50 spent (shop the Kohl's gift guide)
KoolaburraBlack Friday 25% off sitewide Nov. 28-30 with code FRIDAYAF (these chic Notela ankle boots are my favorite) and Cyber Monday get 33% off with code MONDAYAF (shop new arrivals)
Madewell: 25% off your entire purchase Nov. 25-30 with code GIFTON (shop the Madewell gift guide)

Modcloth: get 25% off for Cyber Monday sitewide (shop the Modcloth gift guide)

Nasty Gal: 30% off select items and shop the Nasty Gal gift guide

Nordstrom: special Cyber Monday markdowns
Old Navy: entire store will be 50% off Nov. 27 (4pm) – Nov. 28 and Cyber Monday use code CYBER to save 40% off (also valid at Gap and Banana Republic) (Shop presents for Women at the Gap and browse the Banana Republic gift guide)
Piperlime: 25% off sitewide Nov. 27 with code THANKFUL25 and Black Friday 25% off sitewide Nov. 28 with code IHEARTNYC and Cyber Monday 30% off sitewide + 40% off markdowns Nov. 30 - Dec. 1 with code CYBERSALE
RevolveBlack Friday select items up to 80% off Nov. 28-30 and Cyber Monday 20% off final sale Dec. 1 with code cybermonday20 (shop the Revolve gift guide)
River Island: Black Friday 30% off full-priced items valid Nov. 28 - Dec. 1 (shop the River Island gift guide)
Saks Fifth Avenue (US, UK, & CA): up to 60% off select styles Nov. 26 - 28 and up to 50% off Nov 29-30 (shop the Saks holiday gift guide)
Shopbop: 15% off $250, 20% off $500, or 25% off $1000 Nov. 25 - Dec. 1 with code GOBIG14 (shop the Shopbop gift guide)
Singer22: Black Friday 20% sitewide Nov. 25-30 with code TURKEY and Cyber Monday 20% off sitewide Dec. 1 with code CYBER (shop the Singer22 gift guide)

Steve Madden: Cyber Monday get 35% off plus free shipping with code CYBER (shop new holiday arrivals) 

Target: BOGO 50% off on Women's boots until Nov. 29 (shop fashion boots)
Threadsense: 30% off sitewide Nov. 27-28 with code BLACK30 (see Threadsence gift ideas)
Topshop (US): 30% off select products, and 2 for 1 on mid-season sale items Nov. 27 - Dec. 1 (find the perfect Topshop gift)
Urban Outfitters: Black Friday additional 25% off all sale online, additional 50% off all sale in-stores Nov. 28 and Cyber Monday take $15 off $75, $25 off $100 and $50 off $150 on Dec. 1 (shop the Urban Outfitters gift guide)

Still stumped? See my holiday gift guide under $50, my gift guide for the beauty junkie, my gift guide for the glam girl, or my gift guide for stocking stuffers.

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November 20, 2014

Holiday 2014 Stocking Stuffers Gift Guide

While stocking stuffers by their very nature are compact in size, they don't have to be small on thoughtfulness. Some of the cutest and most charming gifts are minimal in size, but big on personality. Here are twelve of my favorite stocking stuffer gift ideas for him or her, all under $60. 

See 12 stylish stocking stuffers for him or her and other great gift ideas for holiday 2014 on The Key To Chic including a faux fur snood, initial pendant necklace, portable power bank, panda coin purse key chain, a black Nixon watch, and best friends beanies

1. Best friends beanies (set of 2), $20 2. Nixon 'The Time Teller' watch, $60 3. Kodiak portable power bank, $49.95 4. Topshop faux fur snood, $48 5. Diptyque candle in vanille, $60 6. Nails, Nails, Nails! book, $14.95 7. Relic coin purse key chain, $14.40 8. Topshop lips and cream blush set, $24 9. Jewel Up set of 3 temporary tattoos, $15 10. Cubic Zirconia initial pendant necklace (other letters available), $20 11. Skullcandy in-ear headphones, $29.99 12. Vichy Pureté Thermale One Step Cleanser, $19.50

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November 18, 2014

Holiday 2014 Gift Guide for The Glam Girl

Who doesn't love to indulge in (or at least daydream about) some luxury during the holiday season? This is the season for glamour, festivities, and fun! You know those fancy items that might seem extravagant or over budget, well now's the time to gift them to the glam girl in your life. These are the gifts that'll make her feel like a million bucks. I've culled a selection of eight perfect picks for the glam girl, and hint hint to my loved ones, I'd be more than grateful to receive any of the pieces below! They are suited to a wide variety of budgets, ranging in price from $32.50 to $895. 

gift guide for the glam girl, holiday 2014
1. YSL lipstick, $35 2. J.Crew crystal drop earrings, $32.50 3. MICHAEL Michael Kors blazer, $225 4. 3.1 Phillip Lim Pashli satchel, $895 5. Capsule by Cara statement necklace, $39.99 6. CHANEL N°5 Parfum, $125 7. Coach moccasin boots, $595 8. J.Crew Stella leopard pumps, $350    

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November 13, 2014

Holiday 2014 Gift Ideas Under $50

If you're on a tight budget this holiday season, that doesn't mean that your loved ones will miss out on fun and thoughtful gifts. There are endless gift ideas at affordable price points, and I've browsed my favorite one-stop shop retailers to curate a stylish selection. I'm sharing twelve top gifts for the teens and adults on your list, all of them under $50. 

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1. Living in Style book by Rachel Zoe, $28 2. Sam & Libby messenger bag, $49.99 3. Faribault for Target wool infinity scarf, $44.99 4. Threshold fuzzy throw blanket, $14.99 5. The Grumpy Guide To Life book, $12.95 6. Pop Fizz cocktail shaker, $38.00 7. State graphic hoodie (other states available), $40.00 8. set of 3 macaron glass ornaments, $36.00 9. Penguin pillow, $39.00 10. Slate state cheeseboard (other states available), $30.00 11. Rebecca Minkoff besties pouch, $45.00 12. Capsule by Cära cluster necklace, $29.99

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November 10, 2014

Holiday 2014 Gift Ideas for the Beauty Junkie

This year I'm switching things up by getting an earlier start on my holiday gift shopping, and to help me (and you) prepare for the holiday season, I'll be sharing themed gift guides on The Key To Chic. First up are affordable gift ideas for the beauty junkie, all priced under $65. Whether it's your co-worker, sister, mother, best friend, or other special lady in your life, we all know someone who loves to get glam with great makeup and skincare products. See eleven of my budget friendly favorites below. 

holiday 2014 beauty gift guide, gift ideas for the beauty junkie
1. Bamford soap set 2. NARS The NARSissist cheek kit 3. Butter London nail color 4. Sephora Favorites perfume sampler 5. Urban Decay Naked2 Basics eye palette 6. Caudalie gentle buffing cream 7. Pure argan oil 8. Avène thermal spring water 9. Smashbox brush set 10. Ilia lipstick 11. Sonia Kashuk holiday lip palette

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