Holiday Gifts Under $100

I’m so excited to share my first of many gift guides for this holiday season. If you’re like me, gift giving is even better than receiving! I love finding that perfect gift for my friends and family members.

For those closest to me, I like to spend around $100 for a really nice gift. It’s easy for us to feel guilty about buying nice things for ourselves, so Christmas is a perfect excuse for us to feel spoiled (and to spoil others).

If you’re looking for a gift for her under $100, any of these options are great. For someone who travels a lot, this Sole Society travel tote or Wit & Delight spinner luggage is a wonderful option. For the fashionista in your life, this Leith longline cardigan or pair of Halogen slides is perfect! Finally, opt for this pair of Ugg slippers or Nest petite diffusers pack for your favorite homebody.

Simply click on the image (or click below) to shop.

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Behind Kin & Kodachrome

I have been so blessed lately to have many wonderful new followers on social media, so I figured I’d take this chance to re-introduce myself. It’s easy to assume your readers have been following you for awhile, but the reality is, new followers pop up every day! So I hope this is a fun way for those of who have just started following the blog to see a bit of who I am.

What Made You Start Kin & Kodachrome?

Before I had Kin & Kodachrome, I wrote a blog called That Running Girl. I’ve been a runner for nearly 20 years and loved the platform to share my experiences and help motivate others.

While I still run and am constantly training for new things, I decided to create a more lifestyle-oriented blog that wasn’t focused only on running. I love traveling, style and healthy living, so I figured I would build a blog that is more well rounded.

What Do You Do When You’re Not Blogging?

My full-time job is a senior copywriter at a retail company in Dallas. I’ve worked for two different big retailers in the area over the past five years, which has also been a huge inspiration for the “fashion” side of the blog.

When I’m not blogging or copywriting, I am spending most of my time volunteering for a Dallas-based animal rescue group called Dallas DogRRR. I’ve got a huge a passion for animals, specifically dogs, and love every minute I’m able to spend helping save the many stray dogs in Dallas.

I also, of course, spend plenty of time running and binging Netflix also. Ozark, anyone!?

Do You Have Your Own Dogs?

Yes. I have three dogs of my own: my chocolate lab, Nolan; black lab, Mia; and white pit bull mix, Chevy (who was a foster fail). Unfortunately, they are kind of insane, so it’s tough to get many photos of them to post on the blog and/or social media. 😉

Are You Married?

I’ve been married to my best friend, Mark, for more than five years now! I’m so lucky that he’s an extremely supportive husband (I mean, he lets me have three dogs, so…) and he fully encourages me every day to have fun with my blog, even when it seems like a struggle.

How Did You Pick The Name Kin & Kodachrome?

While I don’t mention this on my blog often, my dad passed away about six years ago. When I decided that I wanted to re-invent my blog, I knew I wanted to include my dad in the new name somehow. I thought about incorporating his name, but couldn’t come up with anything I liked. And then I decided to look up alternative words for “dad” and I got “kin.”

But where did the Kodachrome come from? Well, it is one of my favorite Paul Simon songs (I’m a huge music lover!). The song Kodachrome was written as an appreciation of the things in life that color our world. And that’s exactly what I want this blog to be — an appreciation of the things in life that color our world. So there you have it, Kin & Kodachrome.

Feel free to leave any questions you guys have in the comments!

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SheIn Striped Dress | Merona Harriet Strap Sandals | Tory Burch Small Parker Tote (Color is Cardamom) | Tory Burch Mini Reva Double Wrap Watch | LOFT Square Sunglasses

Shopping Trends On A Budget

I love a good trend. From bell sleeves to off-the-shoulder tops, style trends are such a fun way to update your wardrobe each season. But trends are called so because they don’t last forever. So whenever I am shopping for something that’s considered trendy, like this black peplum top, I try to find budget-friendly options.

FIND YOUR GO-TO STORES

When I am looking for new clothes, but am on a budget, I’ve got my go-to stores that I know will have what I need. Nordstrom Rack, LOFT and Zara are a few favorites of mine. The peplum top I’m wearing is from Nordstrom Rack.

KNOW WHEN TO SPLURGE

While I definitely like to save on trendy items, I will always try to pair my trendier pieces with nicer staples. For example, the Tory Burch sandals and bag I paired with this top balance out the look. (I bought both the sandals and bag used. I’m planning a post soon on how to score great finds second hand.)

WAIT FOR A SALE

If you’ve got your eye on a piece that is just above your budget, wait for it to go on sale. Most stores will offer promo codes and sales regularly, so it’s only a matter of checking back often to see if your item has been marked down.

GOOGLE IT

Believe it or not, I find some of my best deals by Googling descriptors of the item I want. For example, I found these gladiator sandals under $30 by searching for “studded gladiator sandals” (after swooning over the very similar Valentino version for $975). PS I styled these sandals here and here. They get so many compliments every time I wear them!

I hope these tips help y’all the next time you go shopping. Thanks for reading!

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Ro & De Black Peplum Top | LOFT Boyfriend Jeans | Tory Burch Small Parker Tote | Tory Burch Moore Sandals | MICHELE Deco (with bracelet) | Baublebar Maxim Cuff Set c/o | LOFT Square Sunglasses