What to Buy with Your Holiday Gift Cards
Alex Apatoff, Deputy Style Director: I really wanted a plaid scarf for Christmas but no one read my mind (do better, family!). Luckily, Ann Taylor has a super-cute one that comes in under budget thanks to an amazing post-holiday sale, leaving me enough to throw some on-sale earrings into my cart.
Buy It! Ann Taylor plaid blaket scarf, $47.70; anntaylor.com
Brittany Talarico, Senior Style Editor: This is one of those dresses that will take you from winter through spring and summer. It looks just as cute with over-the-knee boots and tights as it will with espadrilles. Plus, I love the star print and the convenience of buying Topshop clothing at Nordstrom, my favorite mall destination.
Buy It! Topshop Star Ruffle Dress, $85; nordstrom.com
Emily Kirkpatrick, Associate Style News Editor: I have a deep, abiding love of Gap's basic bras and underwear. And honestly, can you ever have enough of both (especially when laundry day rolls around)?
Buy It! Gap Modal T-Shirt Bra, $21.99; gap.com
Kaitlyn Frey, Style & Beauty Assistant: In all honesty, I will never own enough beautyblenders. It took me years to convince myself spending $20 on a sponge was worth the money, but once I tried one for the first time, my makeup game changed forever. And now that there brand released this new, pale pink version, I need it not only for it's ability to blend like a dream, but also because how could anyone resist such an adorable color?!
Buy It! Beautyblender Bubble, $20; sephora.com
LORD & TAYLOR
Jillian Ruffo, Associate Beauty Editor: I'm always looking for new cute workout leggings, but splurging on a pair never seems necessary -- until I have a gift card to spend. Now, if only this colorful pair will motivate me to actually go to the gym in 2017...
Buy It! Steve Madden Stained Glass Print Leggings, $48; lordandtaylor.com
Colleen Kratofil, Style Writer-Reporter: I know by February I'll be craving to update my sweater collection when the winter blues set in. So I'm planning ahead by picking up a new sweatshirt with fun racing stripe accents while I have gift card money to spend.
Buy It! H&M sweatshirt, $14.99; hm.com