Holiday Style // Red dress + patterned tights

Happy Friday! This weekend is finally Christmas/Hanukkah, and whatever holiday you’re celebrating, I hope it’s full of fun, family, and food. 🙂 Here’s some outfit inspiration for your holiday weekend, featuring a classic-shape dress in a perfect shade of red, some fun patterned tights, and funky, chunky black heels. I am planning to wear this outfit for Christmas Eve! Hope you like it.

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How to Style Your Hair This Holiday Season

We are smack dab in the middle of the most wonderful time of the year, which means the stockings are hung and the lights are strung, eggnog and hot chocolate are our go-to drinks, and—last but certainly not least—our social calendars are overflowing with festive get-togethers and swanky celebrations. While you might already have your outfits all planned out, coming up with a party-ready hairstyle that’s equal parts elegant and effortless can often be a bit trickier. Whether you’re headed to an ugly sweater soiree or a black tie bash, we’ve got you covered with chic (and easy) holiday hair inspiration.

Retro Half Updo

half-up_gettyTake a page from the ’60s with a hairstyle that emulates the decade’s chic and sultry vibes. With loose curls and plenty of volume, this particular ‘do is ideal for a laidback celebration, elegant evening out, or anything in between. Even better, this half updo is a cinch to create—as Allure writes, the hardest part about this style will be crafting that bump of volume along the crown. A few rugged pushes with a teasing comb (don’t be overly delicate) right at the crown should do the trick. Then, smooth the rest of your hair up and over before gathering the top layer into a small cluster and securing. Add in soft curls with a large barrel curling iron where needed.
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HA7X Serum Review // A godsend for people with dry skin

If you have dry or combination skin and are looking for a better solution than slathering your face in heavy moisturizer all the time, then check out this product, the HA7X Serum, something that I’ve tried recently and can honestly say I love. I have extremely sensitive, acne-prone, combination skin that is very difficult to manage. I get flaky spots and oily patches, have trouble managing oil production, yet I break out instantly if my face is anything other than bathed in hydration. Needless to say, balancing my skin’s needs is a challenge. But the HA7X has truly helped.

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Happy Holidays // A Quote from ‘A Christmas Carol’

Happy Sunday, everyone! Here’s a heartwarming quote from A Christmas Carol, my annual Christmas read, about the true nature of the season, as well as a pic of my favorite character from The Muppet Christmas Carol, Homeless Bean Bunny:

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“There are many things from which I might have derived good, by which I have not profited, I dare say,’ returned the nephew. ‘Christmas among the rest. But I am sure I have always thought of Christmas time, when it has come round—apart from the veneration due to its sacred name and origin, if anything belonging to it can be apart from that—as a good time; a kind, forgiving, charitable, pleasant time; the only time I know of, in the long calendar of the year, when men and women seem by one consent to open their shut-up hearts freely, and to think of people below them as if they really were fellow-passengers to the grave, and not another race of creatures bound on other journeys. And therefore, uncle, though it has never put a scrap of gold or silver in my pocket, I believe that it has done me good, and will do me good; and I say, God bless it!”

― Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol

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Holiday Fashion // Fur vest + red dress + polka dot tights

Holiday season is heeere, and I always get excited about what to wear. Holiday fashion, for me, means a lot of reds and sparkles, as well as furs and fun stockings! This outfit has all of that. I think this holiday fashion look would be great for a Christmas party or a holiday brunch, something casual yet fun and cute! Personally, I wore this to work. 😉

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Book rec // The Book of Speculation

I believe in book magic. When I was younger I used to go to Barnes & Noble or other bookstores with nothing in mind, and see what jumped out at me. I firmly believe this is one of the best ways to buy books, and it almost never fails to bring me some gems that end up becoming some of my all-time favorite books. The Book of Speculation is one of those books.

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Beauty Review // Prime Objective Perfecting primer

Hey all! I’m back today with a review of a face primer, the Studio Gear Cosmetics Prime Objective silicone primer. My primer needs are pretty specific: oil absorbing and color correcting, and I’ve never used a silicone-heavy primer before, so I didn’t know what to expect initially when giving this primer a try. I’ve heard mixed things about makeup containing silicone, so I did my research! I’ve been using this primer for a few weeks now, so here’s my honest opinion of this Prime Objective Primer.

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Fashion // How to rock the embroidery trend this season

One of my absolute favorite trends for 2016 is embroidery. I love it on clothing, jackets, jeans, and even shoes! My obsession with floral prints means that of course I would automatically gravitate toward floral print embroidery. I’ve been on the lookout for ways to rock the embroidery trend this fall/winter season, and I found a perfect way in this gorgeous embroidered bomber jacket from Missguided.

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Holiday Gift Guide: for the bookish fashionista

Here on my blog, I get to combine some of the things I love the most, like books and fashion and travel. I like to emphasize one’s ability to enrich their life through art, travel, and self-expression, and I also like to rate and review the things I’ve loved and hated. So here’s my Holiday Gift Guide for girls like me: those who love a good book, an amazing pair of shoes, a new destination, and an optimistic attitude. 😉

Most of these things on my list are things I’ve bought or been gifted, but some of them are on my real life wish list this season! I hope you find some inspiration for the special people in your life, or even some new things to put on your own wish list this year. The holidays aren’t about giving/getting presents, but there’s no harm in wishing for a few nice things in your life. So here’s my Holiday Gift Guide:

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Beauty // Hask Chia Seed Volumizing Shampoo & Conditioner

Here at The Most Happy, I’m constantly trying new shampoos and conditioners to achieve that effortless, I-never-want-to-actually-do-my-hair kind of look. I’m the laziest when it comes to styling, only bothering to curl my hair on special occasions, so I love finding washes that do all the work for me, keeping my hair healthy, moisturized, and volumized. That’s why I was excited to give the Hask Chia Seed Oil Volumizing shampoo & conditioner a try.hask chia seed

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