What’s on Your Winter Shopping List?

Our shopping habits tend to change with the seasons. For instance, during the summer we tend to buy a lot more dessert, cold drinks and refreshing fruit. When it comes to the Winter (which will soon be upon us) we switch to hot drinks, hot meals and big coats and jackets that will keep us warm. So the next time you head out to go on a shopping trip, consider a few of these things that should be on your winter shopping list.

 

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Frozen Finger Food

Planning a Christmas party? Then don’t forget about frozen finger food. During the months leading up to Christmas, you’ll find plenty of things like fries and chicken nuggets on sale. While they might not be the healthiest things to eat at Christmas, a party simply isn’t complete without finger food. If you have fancier tastes, then consider recipes like smoked salmon rotollos or meatballs that are easy to make and taste fantastic.

Winter Clothing

You don’t want to get cold during these winter months, so why not invest in some winter clothing? Be it a bulky and comfortable ski jacket or a fluffy scarf to wrap around your neck, there should be plenty of sales going on for all types of winter clothing. If you don’t already own a large winter coat or thicker socks, then you’ll want to purchase them before the cold starts to settle in.

Thicker Blankets and Covers

And it’s not just your clothing that will keep you warm, but also your blankets and covers. Ensure that you’ve got a replacement bed cover with thicker sheets, and consider buying an extra pillow or two to cuddle while you watch Christmas television with your family. Getting an extra blanket isn’t a bad idea either if you need something to wrap yourself in to keep warm.

 

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Christmas Gifts

You either love it or hate it. Either way, it’s important to think about the gifts that you’re buying. Whether you plan to purchase something unique for a close relative or just need some random gifts to fill up a stocking, there are plenty of choices and it can end up overwhelming you. If you’re struggling to find the right Christmas gift, then take a look at GiftBeta gift lists or other sources of online inspiration to help get you started. Just don’t be afraid to ask for help because Christmas gift shopping is hard!

Cold and Flu Medication

You never want to get sick when it’s the holidays, so make sure you stock up on cold and flu medication. Just buy a box or two and stick them in your medicine cabinet for when you need them. If you’d prefer a natural remedy, then consider getting some lemon tea and mix it with honey to create a powerful immune-boosting drink.

Winter Decorations

Be it a Christmas tree or some simple festive lights to hang around your home, you can’t forget about winter decorations. It’ll help you and your kids get into the festive mood and it’s a fun way to spend time with your little ones.

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Winter Accessories That Warm Your Outfit

With winter firmly approaching and the days cooling off, your wardrobe is bound to shift. The floaty dresses and open toe wedges are being traded in for skinny jeans and knee-high boots, with cocktails in the sun traded for hot chocolate in the snow. Winter is indeed very much on the way and as your clothing swaps over to something more suitable for the season, so must your accessories. Coco Chanel once said that “fashion changes but style endures” and you should take that advice with you to the stores when you go shopping for your accessories. Fashion will change season to season and year to year, but if you’re stylish and choosy with your accessory choices, you won’t ever be out of fashion!

Choosing your accessories in the digital age is easy, especially with smart clothes on the rise. We’re not talking tailored suits and designer handbags, we’re talking a GPS trackable smart wallet that matches your outfit and keeps you safe. We’re talking this Samsung belt that can tell you whether you’ve gained any holiday weight. Winter accessories that warm up your outfit don’t just stay with the traditional anymore, not when there are smart clothes on offer to keep you looking fantastic. So, what warming accessories can you wear in the colder months to keep you toasty?


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Smart Jeans. Okay, so regular jeans are technically not an accessory as such, but smart jeans ARE a walking accessory and when you’re putting away the dresses and maxi skirts and swapping them for jeans, wearable tech is an amazing option. These Joe’s Jeans are able to charge your iPhone 6 as you walk, making them comfortable and functional as an option this winter. Pair them with some…


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Ugg Boots. Never out of fashion, comfy boots are a total must in the colder months. These authentic Uggs are waterproof and will keep you warm wherever you are, and with a pair of jeans you will be on trend!


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Oversized Scarf. The beauty with scarves is that they can be worn more than one way. They can transform an entire outfit and make it so that you look trendy and smart all at the same time. Oversized scarves aren’t just an accessory, they’re an essential for the season!


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Techy Gloves. Similarly to smart jeans, gloves that are combined with digital tech are a must. Trying to text on a smartphone when you’re out in the cold is impossible, but these amazing gloves have a fabric on the fingers that work on your phone screen so you won’t freeze while updating people on where you are!


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Hats. Winter is a time for warming and hats, while beautiful all year round, are perfect in the winter. Beanies are just the perfect mix of cute and sexy while still remaining stylish, and beanies that hang off the back of your head are a stunning way to accentuate your hairstyle while keeping toasty.

Winter accessories are not boring ones, they’re a necessity to stay stylish and bright even when the world is grey and gloomy!

 

5 Things You Should Be Shopping For Right Now


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 Fall tends to be everyone’s favorite season. We can’t help it; the falling leaves, the crisper temperature, being able to wrap ourselves in soft woollen hats and scarves — the entire season is evocative and outright cosy. As a result, it’s easy to fall into a lull of activity when everything about fall encourages you to curl up and just enjoy it.

In reality, if your finances are in good order, then fall should be a time of shopping. No, it’s not a recognizably “autumnal” activity — but it’s one that you won’t regret. Fall is a season of transition, so getting ahead of the curve will benefit you through the rest of the year. So if you can persuade yourself away from those delicious hot chocolates and nights spent wrapped up under a throw, what should you be shopping for?

  1. Summer Clothes

It might sound odd to be buying summer clothes in September, but this is the time of year to take advantage of store sales. As stores clear their stock to make room for fall/winter collections, you have the opportunity to stock your wardrobe for next summer. There’s plenty of bargains to be had, from McElhinneys online sale through to unworn clothes being advertised on eBay — so stock up for next year while the prices are low. Look for key basics that aren’t going to go out of fashion and you won’t go far wrong.

  1. Christmas Gifts (Sorry)

We know, who wants to buy Christmas gifts in September? 

Here’s the answer: someone who doesn’t want to find themselves rushing around for gifts in mid-December, panic-buying anything they can see, and making do with gifts that aren’t suitable. Buy early to avoid the last-minute stress on yourself.

  1. Thanksgiving Food

Whether you’re going to try and make your own pumpkin pie this year or are content to buy one from a store, getting a head start on your preparations is essential. Thanksgiving food can be expensive, especially if you’re hosting guests, so buying one item per week (provided it’ll keep, obviously) is a good way to spread the cost. 

  1. A Great Party Outfit

There’s always a lot of fun parties to be had in the last three months of the year, from Halloween through to the annual Christmas party. Get a great outfit bought now before the prices go through the roof in anticipation of party season; your purse will thank you for it.

  1. A Beauty Advent Calendar

There’s no doubt that previous offerings from beauty advent calendars have been incredible. If you want to snap one up for this year, then you’re going to need to buy now. Don’t wait until mid-November, because the vast majority will be sold out by that point, and you’ll be left with a standard chocolate advent calendar instead of one full of beauty and makeup treats.

By spending a little of fall shopping, you can be prepared for the season — and in some respects, the entire year! — ahead. Happy shopping!

Cutting The Cost: Tips For Saving Money On Fashion This Summer

We all want to look our best during the summertime. Indeed, that’s one of the only periods of the year when we can wear revealing clothes and show a bit of skin. However, we also know how much the top brands charge for the latest fashions these days. So, sometimes it’s sensible to think outside of the box when following trends. In this article, you will find some excellent advice that could help you to reduce the cost. Nobody wants to break the bank this summer, even if it means looking like the bell of the ball. With that in mind, you should consider some of the suggestions below. Believe it or not, you can still look beautiful without paying those premium price tags.

 

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Search online for deals and discounts

 

If you don’t want to pay top prices on the high-street, it’s often easy to find discounts online. You just need to shop around and ensure you leave no stone unturned. Google will help you to save a lot of time and effort. Just look for online dress boutiques running deals at the moment. Sure, you might have to spend a little longer on the task. However, you could save a fortune if you get lucky. There are forums you can use to identify the sites you should consider. So, now is the perfect time to begin your search. You still have a couple of weeks before the summer is in full swing.

 

Swap clothing with your closest friends

 

Sometimes you don’t need to spend anything to get the best clothing this summer. Just call some of your closest friends and ask them if they’d like to trade. You probably have some items in your wardrobe they like and vice versa. You would then leave yourself with money cash to spend on enjoying yourself and getting outside while the weather is good. Of course, it would be handy if your friends wore the same size clothing. However, you can always make adjustments if you have any concerns. All you need is a sewing machine or a needle and some cotton.

 

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Buy material and become a fashion designer

 

If you enjoy making adjustments to clothing, you might think about going a little further. Designing your clothes this summer is a wise move if you don’t want to follow the crowd. You just need some basic equipment and the right materials. Again, you can make savings on those items by purchasing them online. You can also find lots of instructional information that should make your life easier. If you get stuck with anything, just watch some YouTube videos that offer an explanation. Who knows? You might start a hobby that will keep you entertained for life!

 

With a bit of luck, you now have enough information to reduce your fashion spend this year. Use those tips to ensure you always look stunning this summer. Whatever happens, you should think twice before buying anything from the high-street. If you do that, you stand the best chance of keeping as much money as possible in your accounts. Have an amazing summer ladies!

Dressed To Impress In A Professional Arena

Throughout your career, there will be times where dressing to impress will be vital. This could range from interviews to company events and includes a whole host of other situations. Whatever the scenario may be, getting it right is essential.

 

Looking your best in a professional realm requires a slightly different approach to personal matters. However, some elements are very similar. Focus on these elements below, and you’ll be sure to look and feel perfect time and time again.

 

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Figure   

 

We all get judged on our figures both in and outside of work. There’s no need to be a size 0 model, but you should at least feel confident in your skin. Taking the necessary steps to gain a slimmer appearance without the need for a diet will work wonders for your self-esteem. In turn, that will improve the way you are received by others too.

 

As far as the long-term game is concerned, changing your lifestyle can bring progress. This can include cycling to work, drinking more water, or quitting bad habits. As long as those changes are being made for the right reasons, the results can be brilliant.

 

Hairstyle   

 

Regardless of the exact outfit you opt for, your fashion choices are there to enhance your natural looks. Therefore, it’s imperative that you get your facial features right. Perhaps most importantly, though, you should find a hairstyle that suits your face and the occasion. After all, this one element can shape your face and take the whole look to another level.

 

Special events might require a professional touch. However, this guide to quick fixes should be more than ample to cover all your daily requirements. If your hair is colored, you might want to complete that process a few days earlier as this will prevent a last-minute disaster.

 

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Subtle Standouts

 

In the professional arena, there’s a fine line between sexy and inappropriate. In many cases, it’s better to opt for a slightly reserved outfit and let your accessories grab the attention. Italian bracelets are an iconic winner that can be used for daily and special events. Meanwhile, subtle earrings and other jewelry can work wonders too.

 

It’s equally important to think about this approach when doing your makeup also. A little TLC goes a long way while too much can set the wrong tone during key interactions. Without being boring, it’s often best to play safe by opting for ideas that enhance your natural glow.

 

Footwear

Having said that, there’s one item that should stand out: the shoes. This is one of the most obvious standouts in any situation, and the business world is no different. The right choice will be influenced by a whole host of factors, but these ideas should get your creative juices flowing. Build a wardrobe that’s versatile enough to cover all bases, and you’ll be just fine.

 

Perhaps more importantly, you need to choose the right sizes and shapes of footwear. Ill-fitting shoes can harm your posture as well as your appearance and will do you no favors whatsoever. Conversely, getting it right will give you a solid platform to build upon.

 

How Important Is Appearance – Really?

Let’s talk about appearance. People put such a focus on appearance. You often get people who are judged by the way they look – and in a way it can tell you a few things about their personality. However, you can never assume you know somebody simply from the way they look. Let’s look at how important appearance really is in this day and age:

 

First Impressions

The way you look gives people an impression of you. In some cases, the impression they get will say far more about them than it does about you. If somebody judges you harshly for what you choose to wear or having tattoos, that has a lot to do with their mindset and the things they have been brought up around. People should be free to wear whatever makes them feel comfortable!

 

However, sometimes making a first impression is very important. If you’re going for a job that you really want, it only makes sense to dress to impress and make yourself look neat and presentable. Some jobs still discriminate against people with tattoos these days, and that’s a real shame. Providing tattoos on show aren’t ‘inappropriate’ in any way, there isn’t a real reason an employee, even a teacher, can’t have them. Surely we should be teaching children that expressing yourself in any way you like is a good thing? Not that we should all look the same and that individuality is wrong!

 

This is still up for debate in the eyes of some employers.

 

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Self Esteem

Your self esteem can be greatly affected by your appearance. Some people have small niggles that don’t affect their overall well being – like larger feet or thin eyebrows. These things are just small problems. However, people with issues like bad eyes can feel low on self esteem from time to time. Wearing glasses is enjoyable for some, but not for others. It’s important that everybody is happy and comfortable in their own skin – which is why many opt for lasik surgery. Whatever you decide to do, whether you’re thinking of having surgery on your eyes or another body part, you need to make sure you’re doing it for the right reasons. If you don’t like yourself at all, having surgery may not change that very much.

 

The Way You Feel

The clothes we wear, how we smell, and other factors into the way we appear can greatly affect how we feel. You’ll often find that wearing clothes you love will make you feel happier and more productive. Wearing clothes to lounge in might be fun at the time, but it certainly won’t help you to get more done.

 

While appearance isn’t the be all and end all; you should definitely focus on how you want to feel when you get ready for the day ahead. Choose clothes that will make you feel confident and productive. Do things because you want to do them, not because all of the celebrities are doing them. You’re going to get judged whatever you do, so you may as well do it your way!

7 Summer Holiday Fashion Essentials

It’s almost here! We’re on the brink of Summer and for most people that means one thing – Summer Holiday! The soft, luscious sand between your feet, the hot sun warm against your skin and a cold cocktail in your hand. The only thing left to plan is keeping yourself looking fabulous for seven days straight on a 15kg baggage allowance. Don’t worry; it’s easier than you think. Here are your 10 Summer holiday fashion essentials.

 

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Sunglasses

They’re an absolute essential. Not only because they’ll protect your eyes from the sun, but also because you don’t want to be walking around squinting 24/7. It isn’t an attractive look. Luckily, you can go wild when it comes to fashion style with sunglasses. There are so many too choose from. From oversized to leopard print to My Little Pony. Remember, you only need 2 pairs, max.

 

Beach Bag

You’ll probably spend a lot of time on the beach while you’re away, and you’ll need a fashionable way of transporting your belonging to and fro. A beach bag should be able to hold important items like your purse, hotel room key, a bottle of water and a beach towel. This year, bird prints are the go to look.

 

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Walking Sandals

It’s surprising how much walking you do while on holiday. Whether it’s just from the hotel to your beach or you decide to go on a tour of the attractions, you’ll need reliable foot wear. If the weather is hot, your only option is a sandal because you don’t want to suffocate your feet. Look for a sandal you’re comfortable in before jetting off.

 

Versatile Clothing

Every girl needs a dress that can be worn in the day and in the night. Sometimes all you need is a belt to make a huge difference. Take some clothing that you know can work for different occasions. For example, a skirt that can double up as beach wear and still look good for a night on the town. If you need to do this on a budget, take a look at some tips here – http://tools2tiaras.com/shopaholic-rein-fashion-spending/

 

The Perfect Bikini

Sometimes, all you need for your body to be Summer ready is the perfect swimwear. Take your time and search for a bikini or one-piece that’s flattering for your body shape. Take this quiz to find out what bikini you should be wearing.

 

Hair Accessories

Ever noticed how you prefer your hair more natural when you’re on holiday? Natural waves are a fashionable look while you’re away and you may find that all you need is a good hair clip or band to feel at your best. If your hair hates humidity, you may want to take some frizz ease products with you too.

 

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Kaftan

When in Rome! While you’re away, you may notice the locals selling fashionable kaftans. Not only are they beautiful but they have a brilliant way of keeping you cool in the days and keeping you warm in the evenings. Pick one up as a treat for yourself.

 

4 Ways to Help A Beauty-Novice Friend With Their Style


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Exercising your friendship muscle is always beneficial, and is necessary from time to time. Sometimes in order to show our friends how much we care, we need to let them know we’re there for them no matter what. If your friend has been through a rough time lately or is simply showing signs of low self-esteem about their style, helping them with the way they dress or groom can yield huge results for their life optimism.

 

This isn’t to say you should force a new wardrobe or lifestyle on someone, but subtly asking if you’d like to go shopping or go for a spontaneous makeover might be just what they need. Of course, just helping someone with a new style might not solve problems they’re facing, but it will let you know that you care about the way they feel day-to-day, and that’s important.

 

Follow this handy guide to help your beauty-unconscious friend feel like a million dollars.

 

  1. Go For A Spa Day

 

Beauty needn’t be a chore! Sometimes a spa day completed with manicures and pedicures is an amazing way to catch up and fully relax them for the rest of the points on this list. You can often find good deals for two friends attending the same spa, so be sure to make use of it and see what good your relaxing day out can accomplish!

 

  1. Help Them With Their Smile

 

Give your friend a genuine reason to smile by taking them to a specialist dentist and getting their teeth whitened. Make it a point that this is for the purpose of helping them smile about life, and they’ll more often than not get the point and go along with it, as well as thanking you for your efforts.

 

You can find frequently asked questions about teeth whitening here. It’s been proven that a better smile leads to happier moods, so with this, you’re showing your friend you’re always there to make them feel better. Plus you’ll both look fantastic at the end of it.

 

  1. Go To The Gym Together

 

Going to the gym together is an amazing way to feel better and fit your clothes in a shapely way. You’ll be less likely to neglect a session because neither of you will want to let the other down, but you’ll also find it easier to get through a gruelling session on the treadmill if your friend is there. This is a great way to naturally improve their confidence and show that you’re there through thick and thin!

 

  1. Take Them To A Salon

 

Sometimes a makeover is required, sometimes a new haircut is all it takes. Going to a salon helps you get among experts, as the staff will be well versed in all things beauty. Even if you’re the most style-focussed person, the opinion of someone who works in that field can be invaluable. It’s also a great time to have a good chat with your friend and feel incredible after you leave.

 

For the most part being a good friend is about being present, but showing you care in more tangible ways never goes to waste. They will thank you for being a super friend often, and maybe return the favor one day!

 

Better Than A Diet – The Slim Look With Less Hassle

So many women feel they are struggling with their weight. The trouble is, you might be well within your normal range for your height. So why do you feel you need to shed a few more pounds? The slim look is gorgeous, but it seems to be really hard to achieve. However, there are lots of secrets adopted by the It girls and celebrities to help create the illusion of that perfect silhouette. It doesn’t involve diets, and it’s much easier to stick to!

 

Dressing for your shape is one of the best ways you can create that beautiful slim look you’re working so hard for. We tend to forget that most of those bargain items of clothing look great in the store but aren’t necessarily flattering for our figure. Yes, supportive underwear can work wonders. No, you shouldn’t wear it all the time. Those special cocktail dresses you wear once a month are usually the only outfits you would wear them with.

 

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Instead, have a look in the mirror. There are plenty of websites out there to help you determine the shape you are most like. Generally speaking, the illusion of the perfect feminine form starts with the chest. If you’ve got plenty none of your tops will do you justice. If you are athletic in build, then you’ll find lots of tops are going to hang there and emphasize a smaller shape. What you need to do is find the right style of top. Start with the necklines that flatter your beautiful bosom the most. Don’t forget to try it with more than one bra!

 

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Some of us can get stuck in a rut when it comes to style. This can leave you looking a little older than you really are. Instead, check out new fashion outlets. If you’re not sure, stick with the promos, like the current Forever 21 deals so you can get a feel for something fresh. Sometimes a complete change of direction in your fashion choices can boost your confidence too.

 

If you genuinely need to lose a little weight, then don’t buy clothes that fit the size you should be. Flatter the shape you are today. You can always try a few of our little tricks to shred a pound or two. Love the body you have today. It can always be improved tomorrow if that’s the direction you want to go. Squeezing holiday weight into old clothes definitely won’t do you any favors so check out a couple of different items.

 

Your posture is the easiest thing to adjust and the easiest thing to alter your silhouette. Carrying extra weight can sometimes bring out the timid, shy you. This causes necks to shrink down as the shoulders hunch up. If you feel bloaty, you might leave your stomach to roll out. If you don’t hold your body correctly every day, your core will weaken, and your metabolism might slow down. So extend the neck and hold your head high. Adjust the derriere and hold that tummy firmly in place. Walk with confidence and love your body.

 

Five Reasons Your Wardrobe Should Be Full Of Vintage Items


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The vintage and boho look is so on trend this season that the second-hand thrift shops are blooming. Style classics never go out of fashion, and the current fashions are always echoing styles of the past – it’s all about the 90s at the moment – so why not go authentic? The clothes tend to be cheaper and better made, and you’ll never turn up to a party in the same dress as someone else when your dress is 60 years old.

 

  1. The mismatch style is on point

The beautiful boho mismatched style is so chic at the moment. The spring summer catwalk for this year was full of beautiful 1960s style hanging earrings, but a different one in each ear. Floral patterns, tassels, and tribal symbols look fantastic thrown together, and super feminine too.  

 

  1. It’s cheaper

While vintage clothing can cost a bit more in store, it’s made to last. Clothes these days are almost disposable – they’re churned out in their millions in huge factories in third world companies with financial markups that would make your eyes water. Vintage clothes were, more often than not, lovingly hand-crafted. The quality is in the fabric, the detail, and the construction. Yes, it might cost you more up front, but it won’t need replacing any time soon.

 

  1. You might find a gem

As fashion writer Mandi Woodruff writes in How to Save Money on Your Fall Wardrobe | Teen Vogue that clothing swaps between friends are a great way to find the piece of clothing you never knew you needed, and anything else goes to Goodwill or the Salvation Army. That means these stores are brimming with amazing clothes, both modern and vintage that could give your look the X factor. You never know, you might find yourself a gem when browsing the racks.

 

  1. It’s better for the environment

The universal fashion industry has an awful impact on the environment. Everything is created for as little money as possible, with a lot of pollution as a byproduct. The process of creating the fabric and then the items themselves uses pesticides and chemicals which are then leached into the environment. They’re  then shipped halfway across the world into a store that you or I could walk into. Every time you buy vintage, that is one fewer item of clothing that needs making – it’s basically clothing recycling.

 

  1. You’ll never end up matching

We’ve all been in this horrifying situation: you walk into a party in your favorite dress, only to find someone else there in the same piece, that you then have to spend the rest of the night avoiding. Is there anything more embarrassing? If your favorite dress is 50 years old, the likelihood of that awkward situation happening is significantly lessened, almost to the point of impossibility. Your style, becomes completely unique, and very cool.

 

If you know how to style vintage pieces to keep them on trend, there are so many reasons you should do it. And more than anything, they can be ridiculously cute, and totally worth the investment.