10 Instagram Accounts That Will Help You Stick to a Holiday Shopping Budget

10 Instagram Accounts That Will Help You Stick to a Holiday Shopping Budget

Now that the holiday season has officially arrived, there’s no time like the present to start making plans about how to tackle your shopping list. Gift giving may be all about showing one’s love and generosity to those that matter most, but sometimes it’s not always possible to go above and beyond your means when celebrating the holidays.

That’s why it’s incredibly helpful to set some boundaries, make a few lists, and prepare your wallet for a budget-friendly holiday shopping season — and there are plenty of experts on Instagram who know a thing or two about helping you achieve all of the above.

Whether you’re looking for money-saving shopping tips or ideas on how to craft your own DIY gifts, here are 10 Instagram accounts offering a variety of ways to stick to your holiday budget this year.

If you have more than a handful of people to buy gifts for this holiday season but only so much money to spend, it might be helpful to set some budget boundaries. Enter @thebrokeblackgirl, which is also a blog. Led by financial coach and former accountant Dasha Kennedy, the account has plenty of tips and advice on how not to overstep your financial threshold and stick to what you intend to spend on holiday purchases.

Another great resource to check out for money-saving tips and sticking to your budget this holiday season is @shewolfeofwallstreet. Led by Amanda Wolfe, this Instagram account is all about financial literacy and helping others understand how to save, invest, and drive down debt, according to one’s individual economic situation. With Christmas just weeks away, Wolfe suggests you start saving now rather than scrambling to find cash later. Putting a little money away each week, whatever you’re able to afford, which will give you a decent fund to work with by the time it’s right to say, “Happy holidays!”

If you need a crash course on all things holiday budgeting, look no further than @thefinancialdiet. Whether you need evergreen advice or tips on shopping hacks, budgeting information or just moral support about how not to go bananas in the midst of an wildly busy holiday season, this page has it all. Give yourself the gift of peace of mind this year by not obsessing over the fact that you may not be able to afford gifts. Instead, opt for gifts that won’t cost you a dime — just time, thoughtfulness and a little TLC.

Once you have your budget set and know exactly how much you’re willing (and not willing) to spend on the holidays this year, it’s time to shop. Kendall, aka Babe On A Budget, provides insider tips on holiday shopping dos and don’ts on her Instagram, some of which identify the best ways to pay for your festive items. From the best Buy-Now-Pay-Later companies that allow you to break down the cost of an item into smaller payment installments, to whether or not you should opt to pay with cash or a credit card, Babe On A Budget can help you keep track of exactly how you’re spending your shopping money.

In addition to saving money and figuring out the best way to pay for your purchases, there are also ways to put money back into your account. That’s Common Cents, a financial wellness blog started by a business school graduate named Jess, is showing you the money when it comes to cash-back apps that give you the best bang for your buck. Apps like Rakuten, Dosh, and Lolli are all good, reliable cash-back resources that can sometimes give you a 10-15 percent return on your holiday shopping list. There’s even an app that gives you cash-back in bitcoin. Even if you’re still fuzzy on all things crypto (same), it may not be a bad idea to give it a shot!

So you’ve got your shopping list and you’re checking it twice, but now you’re wondering how to go about tackling each item. Should you visit brick-and-mortar stores, or opt for an online experience? How early (or how late) should you start shopping? Journey to Launch may have the answers you’re looking for. Founder Jamila Souffrant suggests shopping online and using credit card rewards programs as some of the best ways to save on gifts. The financial independence advocate also recommends waiting until after Christmas to buy certain items and to give smaller, inexpensive but meaningful gifts in the meantime.

Chances are that good organization skills will come in handy during the busy holiday season. Stay neat, tidy, and color-coordinated with organizing tips from Tânia of Homganize. Find some of the best ways to sort your holiday dinner groceries in the fridge or reorganize the pantry to keep your go-to seasonal ingredients handy. You can even grab a few party organizing tips from Homganize for those hosting holiday soirees at home.

Even though it might seem strange to think about after the holidays when the season has hardly begun, fast forward for a moment to when it’s time to take the Christmas decorations down. Janelle Williams, an entrepreneur and busy mom of three, has plenty of cost-saving tips, tricks, and soothing photos to satisfy your post-holiday organization needs on @organizedbyjwc. The meticulously kept Instagram suggests taking inventory of your decorations to sort through what you want and don’t want to keep for next year, plus creating a system in your home that can help you compartmentalize your holiday items.

Turkey doesn’t have to be limited to Thanksgiving during the holidays. In fact, this very cute and clever turkey leg DIY project from arts and crafts blog P.S.- I Made This is something you can use throughout the season (and wherever else you might get a kick out of it!). Pop some popcorn, grab a pack of small brown paper bags from the dollar store along with some twine and paper, and you’re on your way to a fun and festive party favor for your dinner guests to snack on. P.S.- I Made This also has other fun craft ideas for the holidays, so keep checking their Instagram for more.

If you like to linger in Target’s $5 and Under decor section near the checkout lines, you’ll find yourself in good company with craft artist Laurel Harry’s aka @thehousethatdiybuilt. Filled with tons of colorful, easy-to-make homemade projects, Harry offers neat and inexpensive tricks to populating your home with festive holiday decor. Her tiny Christmas village homes all came from the dollar bins at Target and were customized with paint and glitter — a fun and budget-friendly way to get into the holiday spirit this year!

Do you have a favorite Instagram account with holiday shopping budget tips? Let us know in the comments below!

12 Black Female Design Influencers To Follow on Instagram

12 Black Female Design Influencers To Follow on Instagram

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Savannah is a master binge-watcher and home cook. When she’s not testing new recipes or re-watching Gossip Girl, you can find her on Facetime with her grandma. Savannah is a news producer turned lifestyle blogger and professional homebody. She has a bachelors in journalism from Clark Atlanta University, a certification in Digital Storytelling and is earning her Master’s degree from Harvard University. Savannah believes every day is a good day and there’s nothing good food can’t fix.

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The 10 Coolest, Most Colorful Muralists You Need to Follow on Instagram

The 10 Coolest, Most Colorful Muralists You Need to Follow on Instagram

Instagram’s a treasure trove of talent, and I truly love spending time on the app scrolling through images of gifted people just doing their thing. My latest kick? Muralists. I’ve always wished I was more artistically talented, and this group takes it to the next level. Not only are many muralists partnering with interior designers and coating the walls and buildings in many major cities, but they’re also collaborating with big-name brands —think Nike, Crayola, and more — all in the name of art.

While I’m not sure I’d ever be able to pull off a full-blown mural in my home, keeping up with these artists digitally has inspired me to get a bit more creative with my paint colors and art choices… and to appreciate the full potential of a blank wall. Check out some of my favorites below, and go ahead and give them a follow for lots of colorful inspiration. 

1. Racheal Jackson of Banyan Bridges

Artist and muralist Racheal Jackson of Banyan Bridges got her start with home makeovers while dealing with postpartum depression after the birth of her second child (you can read more about her journey here). She’s since taken the design world by storm, coating her own home in a veritable rainbow of hues and partnering with big-name designers to bring murals to life in the homes of their clients. Her work focuses mostly on interiors, pairing her signature bright hues with lots of curves and funky shapes that really level up a space. 

Maine-based muralist and illustrator Rachel Adams brings her colorful, retro-inspired aesthetic to brand partnerships with the likes of Anthropologie and Austin Street Brewery. She also partners with her real-life husband (and fellow illustrator!) @ryanwritesonthings on big commissions. Together the two founded @piece.together.project, a collaborative mural initiative that celebrates members of their Portland community. 

New Orleans-based muralist, interior stylist, and Small/Cool designer Liz Kamarul brings a keen eye to her artistry, focusing on creating dimension and visual interest with her paintings. With a deft hand and a palette of earthy neutrals, she can expertly transform a blank, builder-grade wall into an architectural masterpiece in no time flat. Check out her work in her own home and know that Liz doesn’t just limit herself to walls — she’s tackled vintage tubs and fireplaces, too!

4. Jenson Titus and Nicholas Scheppard of Very Gay Paint

The @verygaypaint account is helmed by real-life couple, Los Angeles-based Jenson Titus and Nick Scheppard, who bring their playful energy to projects that range from small pieces of furniture and commissioned interiors to the Santa Monica Pier (seriously!). Neither Titus nor Scheppard actually comes from an art background. They simply got inspired to paint their first mural by good ol’ Pinterest, and the rest was (very colorful) history. Now Very Gay Paint is picking up their brushes for big time celebs like Darren Criss and Jason Mraz.

If your day needs a little bit of a happiness boost, look no further than Steffi Lynn Tsai’s account, @haveanicedayy_. This Brooklyn-based artist brings her talents to illustrating, lettering, and mural work, teaming up with the likes of the Museum of Memories, Volkswagen, Walmart, and more to create custom installs. Her signature style is colorful and playful — and is now also available as apparel so you can wear her work if you like it. I challenge you to scroll through her bold, bright feed and try not to smile!

Splitting her time between Brooklyn and Portland, artist Alex Proba is the founder and creative director of Studio Proba, where her Memphis-inspired abstract patterns come to life on wall murals, art exhibits, and through product lines like bath mats, pillows, and even sneakers. Proba’s first project, a mural at the Dropbox headquarters, has lead to more and more varied commissions — she recently completed an epic pool interior at Hill House, an Airbnb getaway in Palm Springs, California. Follow along to see where she brings her signature sunny brushwork to next!

A muralist with an eye-catching two-toned style, Aaron De La Cruz found his way into painting and design after studying at the California College of the Arts. He’s since honed his craft, developing a graphic style all his own (one of his signature shapes is similar to a backward letter J) and has worked with brands such as Levi’s, Maison Margiela, and more.

Characterized by the cast of kooky characters she creates and features in all of her paintings, muralist Lauren Asta has honed in on a doodle-like signature style all her own. The California-based artist paints her murals freehand without the aid of stencils or projectors and has collaborated with the likes of Credo Beauty, WNDR Museum, and Vans.

You’ve probably seen the work of artist Mariell Guzman, even if you haven’t realized it; her work is just that pervasive and popular at this point. This powerhouse muralist and illustrator has had a storied career, collaborating with brands like Corona, 7-11, IBM, and Pepsi as well as many businesses local to her home state of Texas and beyond. Inspired by her upbringing in Mexico, her style features vivid colors and surrealist shapes that you just can’t help but get lost in. 

With a whimsical style all her own, Lauren Hom of @Hom Sweet Hom turned her passion into an unexpected career. After dabbling in hand-lettering while studying advertising, the Detroit-based artist built her brand around quirky, Instaworthy murals that are big on charm and color. She now educates fellow entrepreneurs on following their passion and plans to attend culinary school in 2023. 

Selena Gomez’s Brick Recess Makes For a Showstopping Stove

Selena Gomez’s Brick Recess Makes For a Showstopping Stove

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Selena Gomez hasn’t made her love for cooking a secret. In fact, while in quarantine during the COVID-19 pandemic, Gomez began to brush up on her cooking skills as she stepped into the kitchen to host her own cooking show, “Selena + Chef“, which premiered on HBO Max last August.

During the show, we got an inside look into the actress and singer’s sleek and contemporary kitchen as she learned new recipes and cooked alongside world-renowned chefs. Gomez’s massive kitchen is the stuff of Pinterest dreams, and this week on Instagram, she gave fans a closer look at the gorgeous exposed brick recess that is a major focal point in her dreamy kitchen.

In the post, which was a promotion for Serendipity 3 as they prepared to reopen in New York City, Gomez can be seen sipping on a big ol’ cup of frozen hot chocolate.

@serendipity3nyc is finally reopening on July 9!,” Gomez wrote in the caption. “Since I won’t be there in person- I decided to make my own Frozen Hot Chocolate at home.”

While the beverage looks delicious, what caught our eye was the close-up of the stunning white brick-stone arch that surrounds the AGA cooker.

In the snap, we get a closer glimpse of just how impressive the archway is. The white stone is outlined by imperfect mortar, adding a cozy and rustic edge to the modern-chic kitchen.

While we all don’t have the space for such an elaborate feature–seriously, Gomez’s kitchen is massive–if you’re a fan of the exposed brick look, you can easily add a similar vibe to your kitchen by adding brick-inspired peel and stick wallpaper to your backsplash. For $34.98, this NuWallpaper peel and stick wallpaper is a similar match and will deliver impressive results in an instant. Although a stick-on backsplash is a great DIY project for beginners, be sure to follow these tips to apply like a pro.

The rest of Gomez’s kitchen is just as dreamy. Throughout the show and in the “Selena + Chef” season 2 trailer, we get a good look at the kitchen’s marble countertops, blush appliances, and gold detailing, as well as the blue velvet stools that sit at the L-shaped island.

Plus, with the show renewed for a third season, set to air later this year on HBO Max, we can’t wait to step back inside for more delicious recipes and kitchen inspo.

Ashley Tisdale’s Hammock Chaise Lounge Makes a Bold Statement

Ashley Tisdale’s Hammock Chaise Lounge Makes a Bold Statement

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Ashley Tisdale doesn’t keep her love for interior design a secret. Far from it, in fact, as she frequently shares photos of her own Hollywood Hills home with her 13.7 million Instagram followers.

I love this chair,” she wrote alongside the photo, “but are you supposed to sit in it or just stare at it”.

The chair in question is the Hammock Chaise Lounge, which was originally designed by renowned Danish designer, Hans Wegner, in 1967. Featuring a painted oak frame, a woven halyard surface, copper joints, and a fringed linen cushion, the one-of-a-kind chair is certainly a statement piece.

Wegner’s design approach was said to be “stripping the old chairs of their outer style and letting them appear in their pure construction”, putting an emphasis on comfort and simplicity and fitting in very well in modern minimalist spaces.

To answer Tisdale’s question, her Instagram followers took to the comments to share their opinions on the impressive piece.

“You’re supposed to lay in it and then never get up… ever again.” Singer-songwriter, Matthew Coelho, wrote, while actress, Elizabeth Ho, said: “I regret not sitting in it”.

While the chaise chair isn’t widely available—you can find them on marketplaces, but for a price (think $20,000+)—there are plenty of ways you can incorporate the style into your space. Namely, with a stylish hammock, which is the perfect summer-ready piece.

In addition to her Instagram-ready home pictures, Tisdale has broadened her love for interior design even further, with design company, Frenshe Interiors, which launched earlier this year.

“Introducing my new passion project,” she wrote on her lifestyle blog, Frenshe, which inspired the interior brand.

After renovating a house that was thought to be the “dream home” for herself and her husband, Michael French, Tisdale decided to sell the house, letting someone else enjoy the newly renovated home.

“Quarantine taught me there is no such thing as a “dream area” to live and our priorities shifted when I got pregnant,” Tisdale wrote. Having managed this renovation on top of two tv series and a pandemic it is time to let it go and have a new buyer enjoy what we did.”

She continued: This place will always hold a special place in my heart during such a crazy time! I’ve recently started an Instagram where I’ll share all my interior design jobs and knowledge I’ve accumulated over the years so give it a follow!”