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Decorate Your Small Space For The Holidays

Whether it’s for yourself or a holiday party, nothing gets people into the holiday spirit like decorations! If you live in a tiny apartment, getting festive for the holidays might seem impossible. You might not be able to have a huge tree or outdoor lights, but you can still deck your small halls with these simple holiday decor ideas.

  • TREE ALTERNATIVES

For those who celebrate Christmas, nothing gets you into the holiday spirit like a huge, beautifully decorated tree. If you have a small studio or one bedroom apartment, setting up a large tree is no easy task. Especially if you live in a walk up building! But it’s still possible to have a beautiful tree for Christmas, you just may have to think a little smaller.

Miniature Christmas Trees are a great option for those who live in tiny spaces. They can go pretty much anywhere (table top, dresser, shelf, etc.) and can look just as festive as a floor to ceiling version. You can go even smaller by decorating a few branches in a vase.

 

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If a mini tree isn’t going to cut it, try a half or quarter tree that fits perfectly in a corner or flush against a wall.

 

Not interested in cleaning up pine needles? No where to store an artificial tree no matter how small? Make a tree out of lights on your wall, or take your books off the shelves and stack them into a tree shape. The possibilities are endless!

 

  • MAKE USE OF FRAMES

Cover your picture frames with pretty wrapping paper to make them look like presents. This is a super cheap and easy way to make your apartment more festive.

If you don’t have frames on your walls or around your apartment, you can also wrap flat pieces of cardboard or small unused boxes and hang them with Command Hanging Strips. You don’t want to sacrifice your security deposit for a little holiday cheer.

  • DECORATE YOUR ENTRANCEWAY 

Get your guests into the holiday spirit as soon as the enter your space by decorating your entranceway. Hang a festive wreath or decorate the door to look like a giant present.

Hang some lights and garland around the entrance, or any doorway, to give your apartment a holiday glow.

 

  • CENTERPIECES  

Fill clear bowls or vases with ornaments to use as a centerpiece or just for decorations around your apartment.  You can get ornaments to match any color scheme, and everything can be purchased at the dollar store for super cheap.

Painted wine bottles are another way to create festive decorations for your apartment.

  • PICTURE TAKING AREA

If you’re having a holiday party in your apartment, create a picture taking area for your guests. Decorate a wall to look like a fireplace, or hang a shiny foil fringe or sequence backdrop for a truly festive backdrop that can work through New Years Eve!

 

No photo area is complete without some props! Buy them online or print your own and leave them around the apartment for your guests to use throughout the evening.

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Holiday Fashion on a Budget

December is a month full of food, gifts…and parties! Work parties, friend’s parties, family parties – it seems like there’s a party every week in December. With each party comes one very important question…what am I going to wear?!

Thanks to smartphones and social media, wearing the same thing to every party might be a little less than ideal, but buying a new outfit for each one can get really expensive!

The solution? Buy one or two smaller items that you can use to dress up what you already have in your closet. Make your dollar go even farther by purchasing items that you can dress down and wear throughout the year.

Here are a few wallet-friendly ideas that will help you look festive without going broke this Holiday season.*

 

  • SEQUINS AND VELVET AND SHINE, OH MY!

Nothing says “holidays” like glitter and shine! Dress up your jeans and blazer look with a sequined t-shirt or tank top. Pair it with a skirt or dress pants for a look that’s a litter dressier. And of course, don’t forget the heels!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Make your dollar go even further: Wear it on a night out on the town, or pair with jeans and sneakers (or flats) for a chic daytime outfit you can wear all year long.

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Sequined skirts are another great way to shine at your holiday parties. Pair with a dressy button up or a plain tank top and blazer for a holiday look the will work for just about any office party.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Not into glitter and shine? Velvet is a great way to look festive without drawing too much attention to yourself.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Make your dollar go even further: Pair either skirt with a t-shirt, sweatshirt, sneakers, flats or boots for dressed down look you can wear all year long.

 

  • ACCESSORIES ARE A GIRL’S BEST FRIEND

Accessories are a great way to dress up an otherwise average outfit. Jewelry, headbands, and tights can take your look from everyday to holiday for less than 20 bucks!

Pair fun, sparkly necklaces, earrings, rings, and bracelets with all black for a look that will dazzle at any holiday party.

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Forever21 Filigree Bib Necklace

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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H&M Necklace With Pendants

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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GUESS Gold-Tone Textured Double Triangle Drop Earrings

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Glitter and Glee Earrings

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you’re wearing a basic dress or skirt, try pairing it with fun, festive tights. Try a pair in holiday colors or add a little shine to your outfit with some shimmery tights.

 

 

  • FANCY DRESSES, FRUGAL PRICES

If your party it a little too formal for anything in your closet, you can still find a pretty party dress for less than $100 – maybe even less than $50!

 

  • PUT YOUR BEST FACE FORWARD

Whatever holiday look you chose, don’t forget to finish it off with flawless make-up.

A shimmery gold eyeshadow can look really festive (if done correctly). L’Oreal HIP Shocking Shadow Pigment* in Visionary is a great gold shadow. Put on very lightly for a little shimmer or add to slightly damp eyelids for a bolder look.

I couldn’t find this item on L’Oreal’s website, but they do sell it on Amazon and a few other places online.

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Sparkly, shiny make-up is certainly not for everyone, but a beautiful red or berry lip definitely is! If you don’t want to break the bank on high end brands, there are plenty of drugstore brands that work really well.

e.l.f Studio Matte Lip Color is a great bold matte color. The liner-like size means it goes on really precisely and it’s pretty long lasting and non-drying. Also – it’s only $3!!

Sold online, in Target, and also in some Old Navy stores.

Maybelline Color Sensational Matte Lipstick is an amazing matte lipstick! It’s super creamy, long-lasting, bold – and it doesn’t dry out your lips. They have a ton of different shades and for about $6 each you can afford to get them all (I have them in at least 5 different shades and counting). If you prefer your lipstick shiny over matte, their Color Sensational Vivids are also pretty awesome.

Sold at Target, Walmart, and Walgreens.

 

*I am not being paid to endorse any of the brands or items in this post.