RANT: Catcalling

Let’s start with the obvious which is, “what exactly is catcalling?”

For those of you that don’t know and/or maybe have just not heard the term, catcalling is making a whistle sound, shouting or generally making a comment of a sexual nature to a woman passing  by. So ultimately, when you’re being harassed in the street by a guy or group of guys….

You may be thinking, why are you writing an entire blog post on something like this? And the answer is pretty simple actually, it’s because in the day and age that we live in, it’s something that needs to be brought to light and spoken about more then what it actually is.

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For those of you that don’t know, I’m from the South Bronx, born and raised, where things like catcalling occur on a regular day to day basis. Obviously I know that this is something that happens universally, but I can and will only speak based off of my own personal experiences, which is what I’m doing right now.

This is a topic I’ve been thinking a lot about lately. It’s one that I’ve gone back and forth about writing for a while because it’s another one of those controversial topics. The only difference is, I’ve actually been a victim of this myself, for many, many years…since I was about 13-14 years old….I’m 23 about to be 24 in a few months….

How crazy is that to think about?

Granted, it’s not something that I’ve had to deal with every single day of my life, and obviously there are some girls/women that probably have it MUCH worse then me and others, but nonetheless I think it’s something that needs to get addressed more.

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Now to some, it may just look or seem as if a girl is ONLY getting complimented by a guy, right? And for some guys/men that IS actually all that is, but for others, it’s so much more…For others, it’s more along the lines of sexual harassment then anything else.

I can remember being MUCH younger, maybe early teens, having grown ass men whistle at me, etc. and my mom simply telling me to ignore it and brush it off. Now, I’m not at all blaming her for anything, because in hindsight, I can understand why she told me to do that, but to the same extent, I could never understand how grown ass men like that, who were old enough to be an uncle of mine, or even my FATHER, was trying to hit on me like that??? I mean I was ultimately a little girl compared to them.

And Lord knows things like that have really only gotten worse with time unfortunately. Some girls (including myself) can’t even walk down certain streets without having to worry about whether or not that’s going to happen and whether or not it’s even going to be one or several guys. ON TOP of worrying about to what extent exactly they’ll take it to.

This kind of harassment has gotten to a certain point for some girls/women that not only will the guys curse them out for getting ignored or rejected, but some of them actually take it to the extreme of actually getting violent with these poor girls, and either  beating, or even worse, killing them.

Thank God it has never gotten to that extent for me or anyone that I know, but it does STILL happen and it’s DISGUSTING. It’s ridiculous that girls/women have to not only watch their backs in the streets nowadays, but also have to be ‘extra’ careful in the things they wear for fear that it may draw too much attention to them??? And not even really watch what they wear because it’s to the point that girls can look bummy as hell and it still happens to them.

Women should be able to wear (to some extent) whatever the hell they want that makes them feel pretty, sexy and/or confident without having to worry about whether or not they’re going to get harassed because of it. It’s honestly disgusting and sad that that’s the kind of would we’re living in at this point.

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I’ve realized that I’ve become such an aggressive person because of things like that now, which isn’t necessarily good, but it is what it is I guess at this point.

Like, instead of simply ignoring it the way that a lot of people suggest for me to do, I end up feeding into it and them in a sense, by flipping them off in the streets when they try to talk to me, or cursing them out for staring so hard and/or trying anything, etc.

And I’m not at all suggesting for anyone reading this to do that, but that’s just where I’m at with this kind of situation, personally, from how “normal”, annoying and frustrating it’s become….

I suppose there’s no one real ‘purpose’ for this post other than me wanting to be able to rant about this thing weighing on my mind heavy lately, and the final 2 thoughts that pop into my head:

  1. Ladies…be careful out there. You’re all beautiful, and as much as we want to be treated as equals and be as free as possible, unfortunately in the day and age that we live in, we’ve got to be extra careful and safe out there in the world. So, stay pretty and please stay safe.
  2. Men….ya’ll gotta do better (not all men, but the dirtbags out there preying on little girls and grown women). Learn how to treat a woman, and learn how to respect them and their decisions if they’re not interested and/or decide to ignore you.

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I hope you guys enjoyed this post. I haven’t done a rant/random rambles sort of post in SUCH a long time, so it felt pretty good to finally get one out there again haha.

Let me know in the comments below and/or through social media your guys’ thoughts on cat-calling. Have you experienced it before? How did you deal with it? etc. I’d LOVE to hear your thoughts on it.

As always, thank you guys so much for reading. Please like, follow, share and comment and I’ll see you guys in my next post!

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PS: I really am sorry about being so M.I.A. lately on the blog. Although it’s happened a few times in recent months, you guys have no idea how much I hate doing that and making (what feels like) excuses to you guys about why I’m not posting. There’s just been a lot going on, and that’s no excuse, but I’m doing my best to get back on track and keep pushing through to continue to be as consistent as possible with you guys.

-Xoxo, LeoGirl ❤

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Battle of the Sexes: Intros, Finances And Shopping

Hi Everyone! Today’s post is going to be the first of quite a few that’ll be coming that’s part of a new “segment”, so to speak, that I’m starting called Battle of the Sexes.

The way this is going to work is that every time one of these posts is done, there’s going to be a new topic discussed and a new guy discussing the topic with me. With each topic me and the guy are pretty much going to be answering a variety of questions that will be revolving around that topic.

Ultimately, there’s not actually going to be a “winning gender,” because the purpose of these posts isn’t going to be to fight among each other to make either one of the genders (or person) look bad; the purpose of these posts are really just to hear the differences of opinions between me and the person, and more of a discussion in general.

Please feel free to leave comments down below about anything and everything that you may have agreed and/or disagreed with that was said, as well as suggestions of topics you would want to see spoken about. But also please refrain from any bashful or malicious comments towards me and/or the person because EVERYONE is entitled to their own opinions whether you agree with them or not. Also, although it’s titled ‘Battle of the Sexes’, I am not opposed to doing these with women as well. So if you’re interested, whether male or female, leave me a comment down below or shoot me a message on any of my social media platforms and I’ll be happy to include you in one! 🙂

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Which Coin Bank Is Heavier?

So for this very first post I thought it would be great to choose someone that is very special to me and who I have discussions like this with ALL the time, and that’s my boyfriend, Diego. I showed him a variety of topics that I thought would be good to discuss, and let him choose the one he was most interested in; and that ended up being about money and shopping since they both, to many extents, go hand in hand with each other.

Diego thinks that something like this would be a lot better if it were in the form of a podcast of some sort or something, which I agree, but I don’t have a channel for something like that nor would I know how to even go about creating one lol, so for the meantime, this is what I have to work with and the way I’ll do it until I figure something better out.

So let’s get started! 🙂 We’re going to start off with easy, “simpler” questions first then get into the more deep questions.

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  1. How much do you usually spend each day?

D- Honestly, not much. I would say $20 total during the week. I’ll buy coffee every morning, and lunch maybe once a week. But I’ll say Mondays would be that one day during the week that i’ll spend the “most” on, I’ll buy coffee and lunch that day, so maybe $15-20, but thats about it.

E- I think $15-20 a day because I buy breakfast and since it gets weighed, it depends on my portion how much i spend. That can be anywhere from $6-8 and then every 2-3 days I put about $10-15 on my Starbucks card for coffee.

    2.  Are you saving to buy anything in particular?

D- I want to start saving for a Tesla as soon as I can, because thats my dream car.

E- I’m attempting to save for a few things but nothing that’s like super immediate. It’s not necessarily buying, but more like renting, an apartment. But i guess the biggest thing I would say I’m saving for at this moment is our (Diego and I’s) trip this summer. Nothing is finalized yet, but that is the goal to save for.

 3. Did you ever receive an allowance?

D- No, I never did.

E- I actually did get an allowance when I was growing up!

D- You did? How much?

E- I think it was like $10 every week or every other week. It was only for like a couple of months to a year at most. And I have absolutely no idea what I would use it on, but I can assume that since i was 8-9 years old that it was probably used on toys and games or something like that lol.

4. Have you ever been in debt?

D- Yes, recently actually. I don’t really wanna say how much or from what, but it kind of was a lot.

E- I am sort of in debt now from my credit card and student loan. I won’t say specifically how much, but I will say that its not terrible because i am paying it off. And paying it off isn’t so much the issue, whereas being smart about paying it off is.

5. Have you ever owed money to people?

D- No, NEVER. Even if I did, I ALWAYS make sure to pay them back ASAP because i hate having to owe anyone anything.

E- I have, but its mainly like my mom. And its definitely not on purpose, I’ll just forget sometimes because I’m busy worrying about other things I have to pay off like my credit card or groceries while I was away at school, and it wouldn’t even be a lot maybe like $50 or less.

6. Have you ever found money?

D- Like in my clothes?

E- No not really, more like in the street or anything like that.

D- I’ve never found money outside in the streets before.

E- I used to find money all the time when I was younger. I found $50 one time under a bench at a store!

D- What the hell happened now??

E- I have NO idea, up until I was like 8 or 9 I would find money in the strangest place. $1, $5, $10, it was great, but I guess after that was when I started to have bad luck lol.

7. How much do you spend on food each week?

D- Like $20 (during the week), and like $100-150 during the weekends with you, but if it wasn’t for going out on weekends it would just be like $20 probably.

E- The entire week?!

D- Well yeah, I mean not to sound fucked up or anything but I take you out to eat a lot and normally I don’t really have a purpose to go out and eat by myself. If you wanna go out and try a new place I’m the one who ends up paying for it.

E- Oooooookay, I offer to pay a lot!!

D- You do but I don’t like you to, so I won’t let you.

E- I think for me it would be like $30-40 a week more or less. It mainly depends on the week, but as I said with buying breakfast every morning and spending $10-15 on coffee every couple of days.

8. What do you spend most of your money on?

D- Clothes and shoes.

E- Lately for me its been clothes too. Up until a few weeks ago it used to be makeup, but now I’ve kinda stopped that and shifted to always buying clothes because I always feel like I don’t have anything to wear.

9. What is the most money you’ve spent on something to wear?

D- It would have to be between my Stone Island coat which was about $500 and my Balenciagas which was like $600-$700.

E- For me it would have to be that bathing suit from Barneys I bought recently which was like almost $200 and I literally NEVER do things like that, so yeah lol.

10. How do you think money helps make us happy?

D- Wow thats deep. I find money to be a sense of freedom.

E- How?

D- Money pretty much gives people the freedom to do whatever they want. Some people work just to work, just because they need money to survive, most people hate their job. But the paycheck at the end of the week almost makes it worth it. They can go out, take a trip, whatever it is at the end of the day to make themselves happy. The more money you have its pretty much the more freedom you have which makes people happy.

E- I feel like I do agree that money is a freedom, but it depends on the person and the type of person that they are. Money can make people feel powerful. It can make them feel powerful like they’ve got the whole world in their hands even if they really don’t and what they have really isn’t that much money to begin with. What they have in that moment is what makes them happy.

11. What qualities do you think a person has to have to make big money and/or be rich?

D- They have to be the type of person to take a leap of faith.

E- Like leadership?

D- Yeah like leadership, effort and being able to take a leap of faith because if you don’t take that leap of faith whatever it is you want won’t ever happen. And you can’t be afraid to fail.

E- I feel like you have to be strong. You have to really be able to not care about what people say or think about your thoughts and ideas.

D- Yeah and not easily brought down or affected by negativity.

E- Yeah if you fall you kind of have to be like well that just happened, now on to the next thing.

D- Exactly you have to be able to pick yourself up when something goes wrong or you fail.

E- You have to also like not be a bullshitter, you have to take action in order to actually get shit done, not just say it and hope that it happens.

12. What does ‘the best things in life are free’ mean to you?

D- The things people take for granted. Like people stressing about the smallest things which makes you lose sight of what’s actually important.

E- To me its that some of the truly best things in life like money can’t buy family time or real friends. I’m sure you could in the sense of bribery or whatever, but they most likely wouldn’t be true, genuine relationships with people or things.

13. How much money do you think you would have to win to be happy?

D- A billion.

E- Why?

D- Because I wouldn’t be able to fully spend that, which is great to think about.

E- Yes you could?

D- You think so?

E- I know so. Look how many people, celebrities, etc. have done it.

D- A billion? Naw I don’t think so, maybe a million.

E- Yeah millions of dollars that would most likely add up to a billion. The same way someone would be able to do it for a million, they would do it for a billion.

D- I mean its possible, if you’re purposely trying to do it then you’re going to spend a lot of money, but living your life regular and in a  smart way, I really don’t think so. So yeah, a billion.

E- I think…as much as it takes for me to feel like I’m stress-free. Whatever that might be, which could be a billion or a million or a couple hundred thousand dollars…as long as I would know that all my bills and/or expenses are covered along with my family and the people I care about being good, I’ll be happy.

D- Well yeah thats relatively the same with me saying a billion, its just an actual amount because I think/know that would be enough to be like “mom, don’t worry, I got you.” It wouldn’t just be for me, it would also be for the people I care about around me.

14. What are some reasons that you think people are poor? And do you think poverty can be avoided?

D- I think poverty can be avoided.

E- Really?

D- Yes I think so, but it could always be mislead like you didn’t have the proper guidance or something. Does that make sense?

E- I think it depends on the person and their situation. I think some people definitely do it to themselves, whereas other people don’t have a choice for it. There are people who are alcoholics and drug addicts who do it to themselves, especially when its hardcore. It could be from serious stuff like that to not so serious stuff like having a shopping addiction. And there are other people in the world who are just kind of born into that type of life with no choices for it. Its just kind of what it is and who knows what their parents or guardians reasoning for that was and the ones before that..

15. Why do you think a lot of poor people in many cases are more generous and understanding than rich people?

D- Because they have nothing or no one to rely on they see what they missed out on in life whether intentional or not.

E- It humbles them

D- Yeah. Rich people obviously have a lot, so they never really have to worry about much.

E- Right, and with poor people, the ones who actually don’t have much, are like so grateful for any little bit they can get like wow this is everything to me right now. Rich people can be unappreciative douchebags, not all of them, but some.

16. Do you tend to give tips to people at bars, restaurants, cabs, etc.?

D- We always tip. It depends on who pays for the meal or whatever it is then the other leaves the tip, but we always do.

E- Yeah but you don’t like to sometimes, and if you do, it won’t be a lot.

D- You think so?

E- When they’re good, yeah.

D- Fuck yeah, I’m not gonna throw my money around to whoever.

E- Well no of course, but I feel bad sometimes, when I think about it because one of my old roommates was a waitress and that was like the majority of her income (getting tips).

D- No I understand.

E- So they literally live off their tips. And I know sometimes these people give really shitty service, and sometimes they don’t deserve it, but at the same time, its like damn this is what their going to be going home with at the end of the night.

D- I get it, but thats not my problem. Not to sound fucked up but why am I going to give you this money that I worked for, when you’re giving me barely a half-ass job? I work hard for my money, so if you want it, I don’t see why you can’t do the same. I don’t mind giving anyone a great and big tip, but I expect great service in return.

E- I just always feel bad, I’m too much of a nice person, but it is true that if you don’t deserve it, you’re not going to freakin’ get it.

17. Are you good at saving?

D- Overall, yes!

E- I’m not at all.

D- Alright, I like the honesty.

E- Yeah i mean I really try to be good at saving and lately think I’m actually getting better at it, but I don’t know its just always kind of been difficult for me for some reason. I am slowly getting better at it though!!

18. If you were to win a shit ton of money, would you give up working and what would you spend your time doing?

D- NO! I would go insane if I ever stopped working.

E- ME TOO!!

D- What would I do though? I would get a part-time job and in my spare time I guess just accumulate more money and probably even part take in charity work so that I’m doing SOMETHING and not just home all the time being bored.

E- I don’t think I would ever be able to just stop working. I can’t just sit still, I get bored too fucking quickly so because of that, I always have to keep myself busy doing SOMETHING even if it may not technically be work, it’s gotta be something because I can only do the chilling in bed watching Netflix thing for so long.

19. Are brand names important to you? Why or why not?

D- Yeah. I tend to buy a lot of stuff thats expensive, I just feel like its worth the price. Ultimately, I believe and know that I’m paying for the quality of the product.

E- You could get great quality products for half the price that you would normally pay for designer stuff at stores that you would probably never even think to shop at. Some not all, but nonetheless.

D- I just think that because I’m paying that much money for something, that means the means to create it took a lot longer and was more thought out and detailed then other things that are similar and cost less (personal preference).

E- I guess I could see that to an extent with clothes. But another good example of why I think thats false is makeup. So many people have that mentality that “oh I’m paying all this money for this Givenchy, Dior or Saint Laurent makeup, so of course its gotta be amazing,” but SO many people are sadly mistaken. Most times brands like E.L.F., Wet-N-Wild, and L.A. Girl that sell their products for a couple of dollars are 10 times better than the brands I just mentioned that you spent $40 on a brush, $50 on a powder and $60-$70 on a freakin’ foundation (quality). Maybe its not always like that and really depends on the particular product (like clothes, sneakers, etc.), but I think this was a good example of that and why luxury brands aren’t all that important to me. Personally, if I can find and get something that looks and/or feels similar to a luxury brand product AND for less than half the price, then why not? It’s one thing to splurge once in a blue moon on luxury brand products, but to make it important? No.

20. What do you define as a luxury good?

E- Anything over $100 I consider to be a luxury good. Not as in several things adding up to $100, but if I’m paying over $100 for something then I consider that luxury.

D- To me it would be anything worth quality.

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Well guys that’s pretty much it, the first version of the Battle of the Sexes posts to come.

That was the majority of the conversation we had revolving around all things financial, although I had to cut A LOT out because we kept straying off topic and joking around, and being annoying with each other lol. But I hope you guys enjoyed it and let us know in the comments below your answers to these questions, what you thought about our answers/opinions, what kind of topics for this you would want to see in the future, etc.

-Xoxo, Leo Girl! ❤

 

 

 

 

 

 

Holiday Gift Guide 2017

Hey Guys!!

I’m sooooo excited about finally doing today’s post. Like SO excited lol.

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If you’re anything like me, than the holidays (i.e., Christmas time) are a HUGE deal for you. The food, the music, all the decorations everywhere (especially if you’re from New York), and just the feeling in general, is so warm and giddy. It’s also an exciting time because of all the gifts, not because of receiving gifts, but being able to give them.

If you know me, you know that I love to go all out for the people I love’s Christmas gifts (more so than I probably should sometimes, some people would say), but that’s just how I am. I prefer to give and see the people I love happy with what I’ve given them as opposed to getting anything at all. I don’t know, I guess I just feel like I’m at an age where I don’t want or need people to buy me things, even for Christmas, and if I do want anything, I could just buy it myself. So, because of this, I like to go all out on others gifts.

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Which is what lead me to wanting to do this post. Although I like to go all out for people, I know how difficult it can be to shop for certain people. So, I figure I put together this little gift guide with some ideas/suggestions to try helping you guys out a bit if you needed it. This also isn’t just directed towards females by any means, I’m going to try and diversify this as much as possible so that there will a little of everything for everyone here.

Just as a general side note, I think that when it comes to buying gifts for people, ANYONE, whether friends, family, significant others, etc., if the person is loving and appreciative for pretty much anything and everything, then there should be no issue shopping for them. A gift is a gift, and at the end of the day, it’s the thought that counts more than anything, and that goes for anyone.

I also think it comes down to knowing the person you’re getting the gift for, and if you do, it’ll make things a lot easier even if you don’t EXACTLY know what to get them, you can start with the little things you know they’re interested in and build from there.

Now, enough with the chit-chat and let’s get to the gift guide itself….

I’m not really arranging this by price, I’m doing it more of by particular stores/categories, then within those, I’ll mention specific things that I think would make good gifts for people (though in no particular order).

That being said, I am going to start off with girls because I am one obviously, and think they’re the easiest to shop for in spite of what others might say/think about it.

Girls/Women:

*PSA: some of these things that I suggest may be on the pricey side, but just remember at the end of the day, these are just suggestions. You obviously don’t have to get EXACTLY what’s mentioned, there may be and probably are, cheaper alternatives of the exact same things that I’m suggesting, dupes, that are just as good if not better.* 

  1. Victoria Secret

People can literally never do wrong by shopping for a girl at Victoria Secret unless she REALLY could care less about that store. There are a TON of options to choose from in this store alone.

 

  • Cute/Sexy panties: they’re usually 5 for like $28, but sometimes (like recently) they were doing a sale of them 7 for $28, and you can mix and match with most of them. (yes something like that would probably be for like significant others to buy, some may think, but who cares honestly). https://www.victoriassecret.com/panties
  • Cute pjs!: They have sooooooo many cute pajama options here! From sexy, seductive ones, to genuinely cute, comfortable pj sets; most of which range between $30-50. https://www.victoriassecret.com/sleepwear

*Plus, most times during the holidays, when you spend over a certain amount of money, you get certain free things. For example: last year my boyfriend bought me a ton of stuff from VS for Christmas, and ended up getting this SUPER soft, comfy blanket for free. Another example is like 2 weeks ago, I went and bought a pj set, along with going for the 7 for $28 deal in panties, and got a free pair of slippers with my purchase! Granted, sometimes it’ll be a lot of money they’ll say you have to spend to get these things, but other times it’ll be like spend over $50 and get a free tote bag or something, the point is they give free stuff sometimes with your purchase, so try going for them!*

2. Bath & Body Works

Another great place for getting gifts for girls, young or old. (And for certain things there, Bath & Body Works could also be a place to buy great gifts for guys as well). A great thing about this store is their amazing sales that they do all throughout the year, and pretty frequently too.

  • Candles: Candles are an amazing gift for both males and females, and what better place to get them at than Bath & Body Works? They have a humongous variety of candles from mini ones, to medium sized ones, to their illustrious 3-wick candles. They really have them all. And their scent selections are just as big, especially now for the holidays. Their mini candles typically range for about $5. The single-wick, medium sized candles typically go for about $14.50 each. And the large 3-wick candles tend to go for between $22.50-$24.50, which is kind of pricey, but hey they do tend to last for a very long time and I think they’re worth the buy. Plus, Bath & Body Works tends to frequently do sales on their candles, like right now, they’re doing a sale for the medium candles, get 2 for $16 (and also mix and match with them). Sometimes they’ll do sales 2 for $24 on the large 3-wick candles, and sometimes they’ll also do those large candles for $12.50 each. Candles
  • Wallflowers: If you don’t want to buy them a candle for one reason or another, but know that they love nice scents, a great alternative to candles would be wallflowers. These are the pluggable scents, which is cool because the same scents they have for candles, they tend to make for the wallflowers as well. All wallflowers here retail for $6.50, but at the moment, they’re doing a sale for them, 5 for $23 which is a GREAT buy. Wallflowers
  • Body lotions: If she likes to not only smell good but ALWAYS be nice and moisturized, their body lotions would also make a great gift. Their body lotions go for about $12.50 individually, but right now their doing a sale where if you buy 3 of them, you can get any 2 free! Can’t go wrong with that!! Body Lotion
  • And finally, Hand Soaps: They’re hand soaps, aside from the candles, are some of my favorite products from their store! Some of them smell sooooooo good, the scent lingers on your hands for a really long time after the first time use, and they actually moisturize and hydrate the hands REALLY well. Individually the hand soaps go for $6.50, but right now they’re doing a sale where you can buy 6 of them for $25, or 4 for $20. Hand Soaps

3. Clothes

If you know her sizes for things, clothes are always a good, fun way to go for a gift for women. Especially if you know her favorite stores and how exactly her style is, you can’t go wrong in this department; even more so during this time of year and if you or her live in a place like New York where Winters can get intense. Sweaters are always a great gift for girls, so are leggings, and winter accessories like hats, scarves and gloves. Personally, I love to get my sweaters from Charlotte Russe and Express, they have such cute options here for them. For leggings I would suggest the store Garage, they can be a bit pricey but they’re leggings really do last such a long time, and there’s always sales on them. They’re almost always doing their buy one get one 50% off deal on them. All these stores also have really cute winter accessories (those stores are just to name a few obviously).

4. Lush Cosmetics

Lush is similar to Bath & Body Works, in that pretty much all of the products they sell are for body care. They’re products are all amazing, and I think what makes them better is that they’re all hand-made, and made with all-natural products.

  • Face masks: Face masks are an amazing gift for any male or female, especially if they’re in to skin care. At Lush, with $40 you could get about 2-3 masks for them. Masks at Lush typically range between $9.95-14.95. https://www.lushusa.com/face/masks/
  • BATH BOMBS: Bath bombs from Lush are probably some of the BEST products to ever buy as a gift for a girl or anyone really, because let’s get real…who doesn’t love a nice, relaxing bath? And this is probably the most perfect place to ever buy them. The selection is HUGE, the purposes within each bath bomb is amazing, and they really are so nice and relaxing to use. They’re so cute and creative. Each bath bomb ranges in size and price, they could go anywhere from $3.95-8.95. https://www.lushusa.com/bath/bath-bombs/
  • Gift Sets: They sell a lot of cool gift sets for about $30, which could include a little bit of everything I just mentioned, and then some. There are ones that include a bath bomb or 2, some soaps, shower gel, etc. They’re all different, and have cute little themes attached to each of them. https://www.lushusa.com/gifts/christmas-gifts/

5. Makeup

If you know your girlfriend, daughter, sister, etc. loves makeup, then you definitely can’t go wrong here. And I know it may seem hard because there’s so many brands and types of products and it may seem like she has everything already, but that’s okay!! You can always attempt to ask someone close to her that would know the type of makeup she owns and go from there!

If you go on the Ulta and/or Sephora website, they have a tab solely devoted to gift sets, and what’s even better is they have them broken down into price ranges from cheapest to the most expensive and vice versa. I think Sephora’s gift sets are actually my favorites though, because some of them are sets just for different brands of lipsticks, some for highlighters, some for mascaras, and even some for perfumes. I think what’s really cool about these sets is how they combine a bunch of different brands for that product. A lot of the gift sets vary between $20-60, depending on which ones in particular you go for obviously. https://www.sephora.com/value-sets?

6. Pandora Charm Bracelets

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This is one of those gifts that’s more on the pricey side, so it could be considered one that you get maybe a serious girlfriend, a best friend, sister or even mother. I got my mom one of these last year for her Christmas/Birthday gift and it’s cute because after you get the bracelet you can just add as  many cute charms as you want, or keep it simple with one or two special charms on it.

It really depends on which bracelet you get in particular, but they can range anywhere from $50 to $100 or so. I think the one I got my mom was a sterling silver one with a pandora rose heart clasp, which came out to about $80. http://www.pandora.net/en-us/products/bracelets/580719

The different types of charms they have are really adorable as well, for different occasions, characters, zodiac signs, holidays, etc. All of the charms range from about $20 to over $100, again, depending on the specific type(s) you get.

7. Fujifilm Instax Mini Instant Camera

I really think this would make an amazing gift for anyone, male or female. It’s cute, kind of old-school and a fun way to take pictures and have little keepsake photos in the matter of like 5 minutes!!

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On Amazon you could get one of these in pretty much any color for about $70. https://www.amazon.com/dp/B009ZM9R4O/ref=ice_ac_b_dpb_twi_col_4?s=photo&ie=UTF8&qid=1513577145&sr=1-3&keywords=fujifilm+instax+mini+8

There are different types of film you could buy in the sense of how the pictures print out, like an all-white border, a multi-colored one, or a patterned one. Film can obviously get a bit pricey, especially if you buy the boxes individually. One twin box roughly comes out to be about $14.88 on Amazon, and gets you 10 pictures per film (so 20 altogether). So what I normally try to do is go for the value packs that Amazon also sells; they’re more expensive but I think they’re worth it. For $45.99 you can get 3 twin packs, which come with 2 in each box, and will get you a total of 60 pictures. Now it depends on the person and how often or not they end up using this, but I think this will last anyone a pretty large amount of time to get through, so they should be good for a while. https://www.amazon.com/Fujifilm-Instax-Instant-Packs-Pictures/dp/B00O4OR4GQ/ref=sr_1_4?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1513577568&sr=1-4&keywords=fujifilm+instax+mini+8+film

8. Gift Cards

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People say that gift cards are impersonal, and maybe to an extent I can see how they are, but at the same time, who cares? If you’re really struggling to buy something for someone because they’re super picky or their style/interests are a a bit all over the place, go for a gift card!!! Get them a gift card to their favorite store, theater, restaurant, etc. Sometimes I’d rather do that and know they’ll get something they really want and love then me just guessing and getting them something they’ll probably never wear or use. Gifts cards obviously could be for anyone, and also, they can either be used as gifts or stocking stuffers!

9. Shoes

A girl can never have too many pairs of shoes, whether cute, comfortable, or realistic because of the Wintery weather around this time of year (especially if you live in New York).

My top two recommendations for this time of year that would make perfect gifts for girls are:

  • Uggs– because who doesn’t love to have their feet ridiculously warm and comfortable throughout the crazy cold times that come with Winter? Especially with all the different types of styles and colors they have. From the regular type of uggs styles to their cute little moccasins, what girl wouldn’t love a pair of these? Obviously depending on the type of style you get them would depend on how much you pay for them, but they range anywhere from about $100 to over $300.
  • Hunter Boots- These are a great pair of boots for not only the rain, but also for the snow and slush. They’re great quality, heavy duty, and definitely a go-to when it comes to crappy weather like I just mentioned. They range from about $110 to over $150 on the Hunter Boot’s website. https://www.hunterboots.com/us/en_us/womens-tall-rain-boots .

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Boys/Men:

Shopping for guys is always the most tough for me personally. But mainly like shopping for my boyfriend; when it comes to my dad and brother its a lot easier for some reason. I’ve been with my boyfriend for 3-years now, and every year I struggle to an extent with shopping for him. I know he’ll love anything I get him, but it’s just difficult every year for some reason. So I get how/why other people might find it difficult to shop for guys his age too. That being said, I asked him to help me out with this portion and give me his opinion on what he thinks would make good gifts for guys.

  1. Clothes

Clothes are probably one of the easiest options for girls to go with for guys. So long as you know their styles and sizes obviously, you can’t go wrong here. Some stores in particular Diego recommended that would be good for this are Uniqlo, Macy’s, Nordstrom, Century 21, and Barney’s. Plus, these stores are great and notorious for throwing sales this time of year. And, if your boyfriend, brother, or friend is the type that likes designer clothes, a lot of these stores are perfect for that as well because they’re department stores that carry a TON of well-known designer clothes, for cheaper prices than what they may originally be.

Some clothes in particular that you really can’t go wrong with getting them:

  • T-shirts
  • Sweaters
  • Button-down shirts
  • Slacks
  • Jeans
  • Sweat pants

(To name a few).

2. Cologne

Ladies, another immediate possible go-to gift is cologne. There’s nothing more attractive than a guy that smells good!! More so when you can pick the scent that you think would be perfect for that guy. Personally, one of the things I love most and drives me insane (in a good way) is when my boyfriend wears cologne. With the right outfit, and perfect cologne, ugh SO SEXY.

Believe it or not, Sephora and Victoria Secret are 2 really great places to buy good cologne for guys. Sephora, just like with the makeup portion I mentioned earlier, does great gift set samplers for guys which is something that goes for about $65, and has 12 different samples of cologne from a bunch of different designer brands, so there’s a huge variety in that one set. Sephora Cologne Gift Set . One of my personal favorite colognes that Diego will wear a lot that smells AMAZING is Victoria Secret Very Sexy For Him cologne. There is something about the scent that lingers and drives me crazy whenever he wears it. This cologne retails for about $55 in store. Very Sexy For Him Cologne .

3. Sneakers/Shoes

What guy doesn’t love sneakers? Even if they don’t consider themselves “sneaker-heads,” this is definitely top 3 perfect gifts for a guy. A guy can never have too many sneakers, just as girls can never have too many pairs of shoes.

(This portion is completely up Diego’s alley, so he recommended every single thing I’m going to mention)

The sneakers I’m going to mention are some that Diego suggests based on comfort and style. Although keep in mind, many of these options are going to be a bit on the pricey side, so again, this may be one of those gifts that you get a boyfriend, brother, or best friend maybe. There are three options in particular that he loves and recommends the most.

  • Adidas Ultra Boost Running Shoes and Adidas NMD_R1 Primeknit Shoes– They are two different types of sneakers, but have very similar concepts to them in the way they were created, their styles, and how they feel on. They have extremely similar designs to them, and they both pretty much feel the same when wearing them. The amount of comfort you feel when they’re on is amazing, it’s literally like you’re walking on clouds. If you’re looking for a sneaker that is both stylish and comfortable, this would be ideal for that. Not to mention there are a huge variety of styles and colors that these come in. Both these sneakers range between $170 and $180. Adidas NMDs , Adidas Ultra Boosts
  • Nike Flyknits– These sneakers are really good because they have this durable flyknit material around the shoe that doesn’t make it feel too lose or fragile to wear and because of that, the sneakers are super comfortable. It’s a pair of sneakers that doesn’t make you feel like your toes are pressed together or uncomfortably forces your foot to stay molded into the shoe for the whole day. These retail for about $150 depending on where you get them in particular. https://store.nike.com/us/en_us/pw/flyknit-shoes/dmcZoi3?ipp=120 

4. Hair Products

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If the guy your buying for is the type that really likes and cares about his hair, then you’ll be golden buying him some type of hair product. Of course it would depend on how exactly they take care of their hair and what kind of products in particular they tend to use, but if and when you know that, it’ll be easy to find something for him.

One big recommendation I have for this is shopping at Birchbox, this is a great place for buying things like that. They’re selection is HUGE and they have products for all types of styles and hair types. Birchbox Men Hair Products .

What’s even better is that at this store, if you see something you may think would be good for the guy you’re buying for, but not completely sure if he’ll like it, there are 2 possible options for that; 1. They allow you to take samples of the product to try out and see if you like it, so you could get a sample for the guy, see if he likes it, and if he does go back and buy him the full-sized product, or 2. buy the full-sized product for him, and if at any time he realizes he doesn’t like it, you can bring it back (almost whenever) and they’ll take it back and let you exchange it for something else you may want.

5. Headphones

Although this is obviously something that isn’t particular to guys, I think this would make a great gift for them or anyone really. You can never go wrong with buying someone a great pair of headphones. This is something that would ALWAYS make a great gift for anyone.

Two great recommendations I have for this (although they both are pretty pricey) would be:

  • Apple AirPods which retail for about $159 AirPods
  • Powerbeats3 Wireless headphones which retail between $130 and $160 depending on where exactly you get them from. Powerbeats3 Wireless

Little side-note: Both of these headphones are also really great and come in handy if the person you’re buying them for just so happens to workout a lot. 

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Stocking Stuffers:

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  1. Nail Polishes: If your girl is the type that loves taking care of her nails and collecting nail polishes, then this is definitely something that would make a great and cute stocking stuffer for her. KL Polishhttps://www.klpolish.com/collections/nail-polish , has a great selection of colors, each individual polish goes for $8.50 on their website. Essie is another great nail polish brand, http://www.essie.com/Colors.aspx , that has great quality polishes and a HUGE range of colors; each of which retails for $8.50 as well. And finally, OPI, https://www.opi.com/color/darks#fW8LIycUrh8kElsx.97 . There are other nail polish brands out there obviously, but these are definitely my top 3 that I recommend.
  2. Cute, Fuzzy Socks: Honestly, I feel like cute, fuzzy socks would make perfect gifts and stocking stuffers for anyone. Target is doing this thing now where they’re selling sets of 12 socks in all different kinds of colors, patterns, themes, etc. for the 12 days of Christmas and its the cutest thing!! There are winter/Christmas themes, Disney theme, etc.  https://www.target.com/s/womens+fuzzy+socks , even though the link and page itself may say for women, I think they could definitely be seen as unisex.

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Then there are places like Burlington and Kohl’s who are selling super cute and comfy slipper socks for like $15 each. https://www.burlingtoncoatfactory.com/burlingtoncoatfactory/womens-socks-hosiery-tights-57061.aspx

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3. Lottery Tickets (Scratch-off ones): I know this one may look or seem a little weird, but these are cool little stocking stuffers for people. Sure it’s like gambling, but it’s a fun, easy way to help other people get a few extra bucks in cash (sometimes). With $5, you can get someone 5 scratch offs and they could possibly even win double that. When my brother and I were younger (and even now sometimes), my parents would get us a few of them and slip them into our stockings. Nothing crazy, just the $1 or $2 ones, and if we won, we won, if we didn’t that was fine too, it was always fun for us to do on Christmas Eve.

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4. Candy: If you know someone’s favorite candy, go to Target and/or Walmart and try finding their favorite candy in a little pack or box. This makes for a great stocking stuffer for anyone really, whether they’re a sweet, sour or chocolate person, who doesn’t love a little sugar on Christmas?

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Well, that’s pretty much all I’ve got for you guys and this post. I really hope you enjoyed it and that it helped some of you guys out in some type of way.

I also hope that everyone enjoys and has a great holiday with their family, friends, significant others, or whoever it is you guys will be with. Merry Christmas and enjoy! ❤

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– Xoxo, Leo Girl ❤