Hi my loves! Thought I’d share a few fun gift ideas for your bestie for the holidays!! Hope you love them and don’t forget to use my discount codes if you purchase any of these items to save some money!

SCRUNCHIES

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My. 90’s heart can’t take it. Scrunchies are back you guys, and I do not care what anyone says. I have loved scrunchies since I was a little girl and they are back on trend so I am buying all of them! Pretty much every place on planet earth sells them now but I like to support small shops and real humans who do a happy dance when you purchase so I’ve been buying mine from Brynn Bands and they are SO cute and durable!! You absolutely need them and you can snag 10% off with code ‘DENISE10‘ and buy them for your best friend, mom, aunt, niece, enemy… you know, the crew.

REUSABLE STRAWS

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Okay this one may seem weird at first but let me explain. One of my New Years resolutions for 2018 is to be more environmentally conscious and I want to extend that to my friends as well. I love sea turtles and I’m so sick of seeing videos of them with straws stuck in their nostrils so I’m doing something about it. As an avid coffee drinker I use one plastic straw per day that cannot be recycled and I am not okay with that. One of my friends founded this amazing company called Saving Straws and they make reusable straws with sustainable carry bags to help you become more environmentally friendly. Plus, they’re cute AF and come in multiple different styles with a cleaning tool as well! Plus, they’re super affordable so you really have no excuse not to buy these for you and all of your friends.

DAINTY JEWELRY

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Dainty jewelry is always my go to for my besties. Not only is it super trendy right now but it’s super wearable for day to day. My current favorite dainty pieces are from  Sixty Stax  and you can get 15% off with code ‘DENISE15‘.

CELL PHONE ACCESSORIES

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If you know what type of phone your bestie has, you can get her an adorable new cell phone case or maybe even a laptop case. My current favorite place to scope cute cases is Caseapp. You can shop from already existing designs or create your own for a personal touch. Use code ‘DWHELAN20‘ for 20% off any case and visit my instagram for a fun giveaway!

MATCHING PAJAMA SETS

This is always an easy go to because it’s not something your friends are typically going to buy themselves yet they will definitely get use out of it! I always love the cute sets from Victoria’s Secret but Target always has cute options as well.

WINE/ALCOHOL

I’m a bartender by trade so it’s in my instincts to buy my friends booze. I always love to get them either their favorite bottle of wine that’s maybe a bit more expensive or a large bottle of their favorite liquor for their bar cart. It’s always a cute way to show them how well you know them and give their gift a personalized touch.

MAKEUP

I don’t know about you but I absolutely love receiving makeup as a present. I love to gift my friends either expensive eyeshadow palettes that they wouldn’t typically buy themselves or more personalized makeup choices. For example, I once gave my bestie a lipstick that the shade name was her daughter’s name so it was personal and thought out, plus the color was adorable. It’s a great option because it makes them feel special and they will also get use out of it! My current favorite brands to buy from are Colourpop, Anastasia of Beverly Hills, and Kylie Cosmetics.

COFFEE MUGS

I love buying friends coffee mugs because I love receiving them. There are so many cute ones out there and it’s an easy gift to use as a filler with other presents. My favorite places to find cute mugs are TJ Maxx and Anthropologie.

I hope this was helpful and gives you lots of fun ideas to shop for your BFF’s. Don’t forget to use my discount codes to save some money if you chose to buy any of these recommended items. Happy Holidays my loves.

Muah 💋

Denise

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Hello my loves! I’m back blogging after the new year and so excited to share what I’ve been working on with you all. As you guys know, Valentine’s Day is right around the corner and I feel like most of us are at a loss for what to buy our significant other. My husband and I do not exchange gifts often, but when we do it’s always something sentimental and personalized. So when JORD, a wood watch company, reached out to me wanting to collaborate on a Valentine’s Day campaign, I immediately checked out their collections. They have the most unique and stylish watches for both men and women so of course I said yes to a collaboration! I personalized the watch with a cute saying that I’ve said to him since before we got married “you will forever be my always.” These beautiful watches are made from wood and they are so fresh and unique. They have a ton of different styles and colors for any taste.

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Also, they are doing an amazing giveaway for Valentine’s Day as well! You can enter to win (you only have to put in your name and email, it’s so easy!!) and you could receive a $100 coupon towards the purchase of a watch! How amazing is that? Also, even if you don’t win, you still receive a 10% off code. The giveaway closes Feb 4th at 11:59pm so make sure you click that giveaway link now so you don’t miss out! If you win, the coupon code expires on February 11, 2018 at 11:59pm so be sure to check out their website so you know which style you’d be picking up for yourself or significant other!

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The style of watch I choose for my husband is the ebony and iron from the Hyde collection. It’s so manly and sleek, just like my man!! JORD Watches has so many different styles to choose from and as soon as you engrave it with that special saying or date it just makes it the perfect romantic gift.

Go check out some of their watches here and comment below which style is your favorite!

http://www.jordwatches.com/#denise_whelan

Enter the giveaway here!

http://www.jordwatches.com/g/denise_whelan

Link to the exact watch pictured!

https://www.woodwatches.com/series/hyde/ebony-and-iron/#denise_whelan

Talk to you soon babes!

Denise 💋


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Hi loves! If you’re anything like me, then you love a cute Sunday brunch spot, and NYC has no shortage of them. This weekend, my gal pal @styles_worthwhile (go give her a follow) picked out this adorable spot on the Upper East side; The Penrose.

This Sunday just happened to be a little cooler than we have been used to now that the crazy heat wave is finally over. I am so here for it though! Fall where you at? I’m ready!! So I opted for something casual but warm, and still on trend for summer. You already know I wore gingham. I cannot escape this trend, it’s literally everywhere, so I tried it out per usual.

Overall, the food at The Penrose was amazing! I ordered scrambled eggs, French toast sticks and a side of bacon (because I’m boring & picky AF.) Thank goodness @styles_worthwhile is more adventurous than me and ordered the avocado toast. We ended up sharing everything and I actually LOVED all of the dishes. I would totally recommend going there, especially with their adorable decor. It had a very country chic vibe with farmhouse raw wood tables and beautiful wildflowers in small vases. We didn’t opt for our usual Bloody Mary/mimosa at brunch, but instead ordered the weekend hite wine they had on happy hour, which was phenomenal. We then followed that up with a spicy margarita because why the hell not? Let me tell you, I’m OBSESSED with spicy margaritas, like really obsessed, and this is one of the best I’ve ever had! So that was the end of our brunch date, but let’s get onto the outfit deets shall we?

Gingham is all the rage right now, I see it everywhere from Pinterest to Instagram to, well everywhere!! I thought I’d give it a go, so I purchased this super cute off the should gingham top at Forever 21 for $19.90. So cheap and adorable! Unfortunately it’s sold out right now but you can but I will link some similar tops at the bottom of this post. My jeans are from Gap, of course. I love the way Gap jeans hug my body and their length always fits my short legs which is important for my 5’0 mini self. Plus, mid wash blue jeans are always a staple in my wardrobe. Side note: I don’t think I’ve ever paid full price for a pair of jeans from Gap. They are constantly sending out 40% off promo codes, so I hold out for that email and buy in bulk.

My shoes are from Steve Madden, I purchased them at Macy’s for $59.99 and they come in multiple different colors. I love how casual they are, yet they have such cute detail to make your outfit more snazzy. Once again, Macy’s has amazing sales so keep your eye out for coupons and shoe sales that they always have going on! My bag aka my favorite part of this outfit is from Boohoo. This is one of the first things I ordered from this website and I am mildly *wildly* obsessed already. I purchased this piece for $36, but Boohoo.com usually has a 50% off code in the AM right on their website homepage. I love the embroidered trend that’s going around but sometimes it looks a little to vintage-y on me, so this is the perfect way to incorporate the trend without feeling like a grandma.

Last, but certainly not least, my makeup rundown. I get so excited to get all dolled up for fun days out! This time, I tried a few new products so let me make this super simple and literally give you guys a list.

FOUNDATION: L’Oreal Pro Matte mixed with Josie Maran Argan Enlightenment Illuminizer

BRONZER: Kat Von D Shade & Contour Palette

HIGHLIGHTER: Ofra Cosmetics ‘Rodeo Drive’

EYESHADOW: Jaclyn Hill x Morphe Brushes Palette – Shades ‘Silk Creme’ (crease) ‘Butter’ (crease & lower lash line) ‘Firework’ (lid) ‘Mocha’ (outer v) ‘Enlight’ & ‘Beam’ (brow highlight & inner corner)

LIPS: NYX Suede Matte Lipliner in ‘Pink Lust’

Thanks for joining in on my Sunday brunch and please comment below what your favorite NYC brunch spot is if you live here or what your favorite brunch food to eat is if you live somewhere else!

Muah 💋

Denise ✨

LINKS TO OOTD ITEMS: 

Jeans: http://www.gap.com/browse/product.do?cid=1048555&pcid=5664&vid=1&pid=788089002

Top: (sold out but similar) https://m.macys.com/shop/product/sanctuary-gingham-off-the-shoulder-top?ID=4469680&PartnerID=LINKSHARE&cm_mmc=LINKSHARE-_-2-_-78-_-MP278&LinkshareID=J84DHJLQkR4-bWlcaonXZbAs1IhpePGkxw

http://m.asos.com/us/parisian/parisian-off-shoulder-gingham-top/prd/7808344?affid=10607&transaction_id=1024e679bceb812c8759227cc2129e&pubref=1023

 

Shoes: https://m.macys.com/shop/product/steve-madden-womens-ecentric-q-platform-sneakers?ID=2531213

Bag: http://us.boohoo.com/hannah-all-over-embroidered-clutch/DZZ47563.html?color=105

 

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