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Welcome to KCL Friday Finds! Today's shopping guide is full of affordable beauty-themed stocking stuffers. Don't get me wrong, I love to get candy and chocolates in my stocking, but I also love other gifts, like a cute new pair of socks and especially little beauty products.

A beauty stocking stuffer doesn't have to cost a lot. Between individual sheets masks and bath bombs  to lip balm and nail polish, you can find so many great options under $10. Several options below are even under $5.

The most universal of stocking stuffers, aside from candy, is lip balm. When given as a gift, go with something more luxurious than a Cherry Chapstick from the grocery store. My favorite lip balms at Bua Organics are all-natural and organic and come in options like Cocoa Butter, Shea Butter, and Jojoba Oil. For a moisturizing lip balm with the addition of a fun scent, try Einstein Bath Co., for flavors like Sangria, Marshmallow, and Pink Frosting.

A wonderful way to give a luxury beauty…

Ten Modern Takes on The Great Gatsby Style


The Great Gatsby, directed by Baz Luhrmann, is a feast for the eyes; with style collaborations including Prada for the flapper dresses, Tiffany's for the 1920s inspired diamonds and pearls, and Brooks Brothers for the men's suits. No doubt there will be some Daisy and Gatsby couples for Halloween this year, as well as parties and weddings with The Roaring 20's themes.

Sporting the 1920s flapper style is fun, but it can also look very costumey and downright cheesy. Luckily with the rise in 1920 style, thanks to The Great Gatsby and Downton Abbey, modern brands like Rachel Zoe and Alice + Olivia have created vintage and art deco-inspired pieces which offer very modern interpretations of the trend.

Tips on Keeping the Gatsby-Inspired Style Modern
  • Wear only a few pieces at a time. You don't want to be in head-to-toe vintage (unless it's Halloween).
  • Keep the hair and makeup modern.
  • Find pieces, like the ones above, which are loose interpretations of the trend.
  • Think sleek. The Alice + Olivia dress for example, has the silhouette of a flapper dress without all the beading and fringe.
  • For sparkly pearl accessories, try a bridal site. They have a lot of the Gatsby-inspired jewelry, all with a modern design.
  • Remix modern pieces from your wardrobe. Layer sparkly bracelets with pearls, or create your own tassel necklace by tying a knot at the end.

Pictured above: 1. 1920s cloche hat - etsy.com // 2. A wear beaded tank,$100 - awear.com // 3. Rachel Zoe antique jewelry art deco tassel earrings - neimanmarcus.com // 4. Bebe embellished head band - bebe.com // 5. Alice Olivia flapper inspired dress - aliceandolivia.com // 6. Kate spade pearl statement necklace - katespade.com // 7. 1928 crystal jewelry pearl cuff - 1928.com // 8. Judith leiber art deco minaudiere - neimanmarcus.com // 9. A Wear black beaded skirt - $92 - awear.com // 10. Boutique 9 platform sandals - bloomingdales.com


Related: How to Get the Gatsby-Inspired Makeup of the 1920s

Comments

  1. It's been years since I read the novel. I won't be seeing the movie... not a DiCaprio fan, and I find Baz Luhrmann's work to be the equivalent of fingernails on a blackboard....

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    1. I'm not a fan of Baz either, but I do love Leo and Carey Mulligan. But since I'm still recovering, I might have to wait and see it on DVD.

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  2. I love period clothing. This is great! (Though my favorite "look" has always been Ingrid Bergman's from "Casablanca.")

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    1. Thanks! Oh yeah, the menswear inspired style. I love that too. Katharine Hepburn was a major pioneer of that style.

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  3. I remember my flapper Halloween outfit and I loved it! I wish they would have picked someone other than DiCaprio but the role isn't one of a nice guy anyway.

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