Sephora Sale

The Holiday Bonus Sephora Sale is about to begin and ladies, it’s a good one. Once a year, Sephora holds this huge sale before Black Friday. It’s the perfect way to stock up on makeup and beauty products for yourself if you were planning to stock up before the year ends, or as gifts for the upcoming holidays. Even brands that don’t normally go on sale, like Drunk Elephant and Charlotte Tilbury are part of it! All you need to do to shop is be a Sephora insider, which is free to sign up for! If you’re a VIB or Insider you can shop November 7-11. VIB members get 15% off and Insiders get 10% off with code HOLIDAYSAVE.

I’ve linked all the gift sets that include my favorite products that I use daily, perfect for presents for your fave gal pals or stocking stuffers! And there are so many more to browse from here as well.

Gift Sets

Summer Friday’s Set – My all time favorite skin care products, the perfect starter pack to try out the brand!

Laneige Lip Set – This lip mask is my life saver in the winter and I’ve been dying to try out the gloss.

Kerastase Shine Set – I’ve been using this hair serum for almost a year now!

Fresh Sugar Lip Kit – Always my go-to chapstick.

Charlotte Tilbury Pillow Talk Set – The most perfect, looks good on everyone, lipstick, in a set with matching lipliner.

Living Proof Dry Shampoo Set – Everyone’s holy grail dry shampoo with a bonus mini!

My Daily Make Up

I also wanted to link all of my daily make up and skin care products I’m currently using, most of which don’t regularly go on sale!

Foundation – I use shade 5 warm and love the full, all day coverage!

Concealer – Just started trying this out as I’m just not on board with the Shape Tape train like everyone else seems to be. I’m shade 3 fair.

Powder – One of the very few products I have used to the bottom and purchased time and time again! I use shade medium and love this over my under-eye concealer.

Bronzer and Highlighter – Talk about a glow! Love the bronzer especially, my palette is medium/dark.

Mascara – Big and Bold!

Drug store Mascara 1 and 2 – I always combine and layer mascaras, and these two are my favorites on the cheaper end. They compliment each other so well for long, yet voluminous lashes.

Daily Skin Care

Jet Lag Mask – Life. Changing. I have super dry skin since living in NYC and I use this every day as my morning moisturizer/primer! Also, so good for refreshing your under eyes by wearing a thick layer on them overnight.

The Best Exfoliater Ever – Safe on my super sensitive skin, and smells like pumpkins. I use this in the shower twice a week and have seen a drastic change in my skin’s smoothness and brightness.

Vitamin C Serum – Been loving this new product every morning to help with uneven skin tone.

Lip Mask – Use this every night, especially in winter!

Happy Holidays and happy shopping!

Cheers! Mackenzie

NYC Christmas Bar Crawl

While on a trip to NYC during the holidays (check out my guide for all the must see places here), there is one other thing you can not miss. And that, is all the Christmas themed bars. Whether you just swing by one after a long day of exploring, or you make an entire night out of visiting them all, you have to find the time to grab a cheery drink while visiting!

Before I start, here’s some links to my holiday bar crawl outfit!

Sweater / Scarf / Black Jeans / Booties 


While on a trip to NYC during the holidays (check out my guide for all the must see places here), there is one other thing you can not miss. Such a unique and sure to be unforgettable experience, the city can boast of one too many Christmas themed bars. Whether you just swing by one after a long day of exploring, or you make an entire night out of visiting them all, you have to find the time to grab a cheery drink while visiting! I’ve listed all my favorites and go to drinks at each, right here in one place for your next NYC December trip.

Rolf’s

There are SO many places that decide to deck the halls during the season, and some even stay that way year round! To start off this round up, I had to include the most Christmasy bar of all time, Rolf’s.

As I mentioned in my NYC Holiday Guide, this place is decked floor to ceiling. Located on 281 Third Ave, this place is always popping. It is hard to even get a reservation here, but if you’re in it just for a good pic, the lines normally only take 30 minutes max. Definitely worth it just once in my opinion. (Don’t bother trying the food here though)

Go-To Drink: their egg nog is devine!

Pete’s

Walking distance from there, you’ll stumble upon Pete’s at 128 E 18th St. Pete’s is also a very crowded bar around the holidays, but you won’t usually have to wait in any sort of line here. The ceiling lighting and window displays are a must see.

Go-To Drink: Hot Toddy is heavenly. Egg nog is also extra creamy and maybe even better than Rolf’s. 

Holiday Cocktail Lounge

If you’re looking for a low-key dive kinda bar. Holiday Cocktail Lounge is the spot for you. Located in St. Mark’s, this tiny, but never nearly as crowded as the rest on this list, local spot is decorated year round. Very quirky and good humored.

Go-To Drink: they have a whole list of holiday cocktails and even holiday pizzas!

Miracle on 9th Street


Another fun spot, Miracle on Ninth Street, is a pop up Christmas bar that takes the place of Mace during the holiday season. Also will definitely have a wait, but it’s more of a sit down kind of place, making it super homey. The presents hanging from the ceiling are an excellent touch of cheer!

Go-To Drink: Run Run Rudolf, a tequlia cold hot chocolate with coffee liqueur, yum!!

Sippin’ Santa’s Surf Shack

One of the best spots for fun holiday drinks is Sippin’ Santa’s Surf Shack, located on 13 First Ave. This pop up holiday bar takes over Boilermaker during the season. It transforms into a hilariously themed tropical Santa bar, and guys, it is fun.

Go-To Drink: there are soooo many good ones here. If you’re in need of something to warm you up, go for their hot chocolate brandy drink, served in a Santa mug. So yummy! Or if you’re in the mood for something real strong, try their Hanukah drink. 

Even more options!!!

The rooftop, 230 Fifth St, has igloos you can rent out to enjoy your drinks in the warmth with a great view!

Another rooftop bar, Serra Alpina by Birreria, this pop up holiday glass-enclosed beer garden takes over the rooftop of Eatly in Flatiron for the holidays. So very pretty and even open during the day.

Cheers! Mackenzie

Gift Guide for Him

Men can be the MOST difficult to shop for. If you’ve been finding it hard to pick out meaningful yet useful gifts for the fella in your life, well here’s the gift guide for you! I’m pretty happy with this post, as I’ve put a lot of effort and research into it. I even got some tips from the guy in my life to try and help you out more. Click the pictures below to see what I found!

Every guy needs a good pair of “sneakers” that they can throw on to help dress up their outfit, yet keep it a tad casual.
Great for the athletic man in your life! Everyone loves a comfy pair of joggers.
This is great for the whiskey loving man in your life who talks non stop about their city. There are several major cities to choose from, I of course just had to show NYC.
Such a personal gift idea. I got this for Kenny for his birthday and it is so well made. Right now it’s 50% off which is huge!
Socks are such an easy idea for the guy who you have no clue what to get. These are so fun and come in a cute holiday set!
A super cute company (that I may or may not be personally biased toward). Fantastic choice for the sports loving man in your life.
Another Pop Chart creation. A perfect choice for the preppy golf guy in your life!
Another great pair of easy slip on fashion sneakers that are supposed to be super comfy! Great for someone who lives in a big walking city.
Such a simple staple. Anyone would appreciate this timeless addition to their closet, several color options.
Trendy and still a bit sporty. Perfect time of year to give this puffer vest and it has 5 color options.
Another basic staple and comes in 8 colors. Would make a good gift for a brother who needs that little boost to stop wearing graphic tees out everyday 😉
So comfy and very stylish all in one! Comes in tons of colors.
An upgraded version of that gift for the guy who needs a nudge in the right fashion direction. Your mom will be so proud when your little bro shows up to family dinner in this one!
Every guy needs a good sets of ties, and this one comes in tons of color combo that would be great to sport their fave college teams.
Great gift for the tech savvy guy, or runner in your life! With three color options, these wireless headphones are sure to be a hit.

Cheers! Mackenzie

Beauty Gift Guide

Every girl has that gal pal that is a beauty guru, and it can seem impossible to buy the right thing for the person who seems to already know everything about skin care or make up. So, naturally, I found everything you can get to surprise and impress the beauty lover in your life for you! Enjoy this self care gift guide by clicking the pics below.

The hands-down best make up setting spray ever created.
Always end up switching back this mascara, no matter how many different brands I try.
So in style and looks cute on your wrist too!
I will never go back after getting my first set of these hair ties! So much better for your hair, so much less breakage, and no tight marks left on your wrist when wearing them there!
An in sink make up brush cleaner?! Such a thoughtful gift for the make up lover in your life who seems to have every product possible already.
Such a beautiful, glowing palette and it’s an amazing value to try out all of the products!
Amazing moisturizing mask! Perfect for refreshing skin after lots of holiday travel.
Beauty blenders are a great thing to stock up on and this cute holiday set is sure to be greatly appreciate.
I got one of these little Huda Beauty eye palettes while in Vegas this summer and I am obsessed. Several color options and the red hues are so in right now! A great cheaper alternative to some of the larger cherry eye palettes.
Everyone I know who uses this SWEARS by it. I have super dark and thick eyebrows so not really into brow gels myself, but I do love me some Glossier products and go crazy every time I visit their store here in the city.
I love Tula products. This probiotic skin care was life changing for me and I use the face wash every day! Such an amazing set for the skin care lover in your life. 
The most loved Ulta exclusive concealer every girl needs. So many color options and the only concealer that doesn’t leave creases under my eyes.
My beauty guru bestie swears by this moisturizer!

Cheers! Mackenzie

Homebody Gift Guide (Under $60!!!)

This is my kinda gift guide. You can never go wrong with warm and cozy! Perfect for the upcoming winter months, this guide is to help you find the perfect gift for that sister, coworker, or friend that loves a good night in bundled up by the fire! And the best part is, everything is under $60! Click the pics to be linked to each of these comfy gifts. Get shopping!

Chenille throw blanket with soft Sherpa on the inside. Talk about cozy!
Comfy fuzzy pullover that is perfect for lounging around.
Every homebody loves a good pair of fuzzy socks. These are 3/$25 and come in 7 colors!
Great, less expensive alternate to UGG slippers.
My personal favorite item on this list. Near and dear to my heart, this hat and everything this company sells, helps to donate 50% of their net profit to help fight against pediatric cancer!!! Cozy, cute, and for a great cause.
Also comes in plaid!
Every night in calls for a calming bath.
And every soothing bath needs a caddy to read your books or watch a Netflix episode on!
Nothing says homey like a glass of wine in the tub!
The perfect winter scent.
Coffee table games to keep your company comfy are a must.
Have this in a color from last year and it is sooo cozy.
What better way to enjoy your coffee is there than in your own kitchen, in this adorable mug?!
Of course, when everyone is coming to you, you want to greet them with a warm welcome.
Who doesn’t love Fixer Upper and can’t dream of a cozier, homier place than Chip and Joanna’s?

Cheers! Mackenzie