Meg Ann Lee: Four Holiday Essentials You Need in Your Closet

Holiday fashion is upon us! What does that mean for you?
For me it means I'm pulling out all my velvet, faux fur, sequins and plaid! I've styled some of my personal items and also searched the internet for some AMAZING pieces for you to add into your holiday attire!

Velvet is such a timeless, romantic fabric. My favorite velvet is thrifted (obviously) and I have had so much luck finding amazing velvet pieces over the years. A flowy duster or a skater dress looks fabulous in this fabric. I paired my hunter green dress with an accent belt, over the knee detailed tights and platforms. Can I just say, if you haven't worn a platform in a while, get a pair. They are EMPOWERING.

The fur trend just exudes luxury. No matter if its a coat, a vest or a hat. If you want to make any outfit look more expensive, throw on some fur! Faux fur that is, animals are our friends not fashion. Here are some of my favorites!

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There's a fine line between fashionable sequins and marching band color guard sequins. No offense to my color guard gals, I used to be one! However a little sparkle never hurt anyone. Again, you guys, I find the BEST sequined items thrifting but during the holiday season you can find so many options online! I paired mine with a basic white tank, green corduroy flares, a belt and hat. FYI my accent belt is a suedo Gucci belt ( winky face) because honestly my mentality is Gucci or retirement fund...if you got it girl, you buy that Gucci belt! If not, this one is from Etsy.

sequins

When in doubt, plaid is THE holiday pattern. From table cloths to tree skirts to your ACTUAL skirt, it all works! If you are trying to pull together a holiday outfit a red plaid will always turn any outfit into a holiday look. Throw on your favorite jeans, a beanie & snow boots and you are ready for a Wisconsin holiday shindig!

plaid

I know the holidays look different this year for all of us. Even if its just you and your cat sharing the "ROAST BEAST" this holiday, NOTHING is stopping you from pulling out some of your favorite items, dressing up, feelin' good and taking a selfie for the gram!
If you shopped from this post or got inspired leave me a comment below!
Happy Holidays <3

Meg Ann Lee: How You Can Shop Local For Your Holiday Gifts

It is that time of the year again when stores are full of green garland, glittering bulbs and that Mariah Carey song plays on repeat in the background. If you have ever worked a holiday retail job you know the feeling this song stirs up deep inside your soul.

Holiday shopping always throws me for a loop! What do people want? What do they need? What is the price limit? What if they don't love their gift? What if they get two of the same thing?!

THE STRESS.

Well, I'm here to ease your holiday gift giving worries with a great suggestion, shop local!

This year has been hard on local businesses, so what better way to show your support than to shop local this holiday season. Did you know that over ½ of your dollar stays in your community when you shop local versus when you shop from larger chain companies? Shopping local also helps lower your carbon footprint and is better for our planet. Supporting small businesses in your area not only helps stimulate the local economy but it also means that your friends and family are receiving unique, memorable gifts this holiday season.

So now the question is where!?
Don't worry I have you covered. I went to the coolest shops in downtown Eau Claire and did some digging for you!

Start your shopping spree by swinging into Northbound Coffee shop to grab a drink to keep you warm, their Café Campfire is fire. Next, start walking and pop in to all the small shops. There is everything from recycled clothing at Seven Suns Vintage, handmade jewelry from Hello Adorn, local art at Tangled up in Hue, vintage vinyl at Revival Records, trendy streetwear and boards from the Passion Board Shop and modern home goods from Red's Mercantile.

I promise you will find a ton of amazing gifts for everyone on your list this season and if you're not feeling up to shopping in the public just yet you're in luck because a lot of these shops have their items listed on their website and can ship straight to your door step!

Amazon who?

I hope this article inspires you to switch up your holiday shopping routine and check out these great local shops!
Here are links to some fun local shops in Eau Claire to check out:
Tangled Up in Hue
Raggedy Man
Red's Mercantile
Passion Board Shop
Hello Adorn
Odd Humyns

Meg Ann Lee: Easy Holiday Waves

If you are anything like me you've been extra relaxed with your looks this year. Working from home, virtual school schedules and the lack of social gatherings really have us all taking a step back from our fancy attire.

If you are working from home and have decided to keep your glam makeup on point and your style hasn't waivered, props to you and your dedication but as Drake once said "Sweat pants, hair tied chillin with no makeup on, that's when you're the prettiest, I hope that you don't take it wrong."

That is my aesthetic for 2020.

However, during this holiday season, Zoom calls will be made, small gatherings will take place, pictures will be taken and I'd like to look back on the 2020 holiday season as if I had my shit together. An easy way to achieve that is to have your hair styled, so here is my go to Holiday Hair for 2020

WAVES

If you've been on social media during 2020, I think you have seen that wavy hair is THE THING. Creating movement in your hair style shows off your color, cut and still looks great three glasses of wine later with just a hair flip.
If you're an older millennial you will probably know how to do this because this is the second time this trend has come around in our lifetime.

Wavers or Three Barrel curling irons come in all shapes, sizes and price points. The smaller the barrel the more "80s" the crimp/wave will look. The waver I'm using in the tutorial is a 32mm, this is my favorite size because I prefer a larger more relaxed wave but to each their own!

I recommend starting your style with a heat protectant ALWAYS. Then after you are done with your tool add in some dry shampoo for texture and volume at your root, a smoothing hair oil through your ends for shine and finish with a flexible hairspray.

A few of my other favorite ways to style my hair are a classic high bun, a top knot and of course anything involving some clip in extensions. Check out my other hair tutorials below!

More Hair Tutorials

Here is an easy tutorial to follow with some of my favorite styling products and great hot tool options for you in your hair routine <3