Saturday, December 17, 2016

CambridgeSide Galleria Blogger Event: Yankee Swap 2016

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Clutch: c/o Aldo / CambridgeSide Galleria | Top: Target | Skirt: Forever 21 (similar here and here) | Boots: c/o Naot (similar here and here) | Necklace: c/o Rocksbox (similar here and here) | Watch: c/o Daniel Wellington
One of my favorite parts about the holiday season are the holiday parties and events! Amid the hustle and bustle of holiday shopping, baking, travel, work, and blogging, these events give you a chance to relax, reconnect and catch up with friends (and make new ones)!

CambridgeSide Galleria (which is a great mall in Cambridge, across the river from Boston in the same city as Harvard and MIT), throws some of the best blogger events - you may remember the Fashion Cruise, Fashion in Bloom, and last year's Yankee Swap. This year we were treated to another Yankee Swap, which is always so fun! Various stores in the mall generously sponsor fabulous gifts for the swap.

For those who haven't done a Yankee Swap, the idea is simple: Everyone pulls a number out of a hat, and one by one opens a mystery gift in order of their number. You must show the present to everyone else, because you can choose to keep that present or swap it for a present someone else got! If someone steals your present this way, you can repeat the process by choosing a new gift. It's a dog-eat-dog game where friendships can be lost (ok, kidding - it's all in good fun)!

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Clutch: c/o Aldo / CambridgeSide Galleria | Top: Target | Skirt: Forever 21 (similar here and here) | Boots: c/o Naot (similar here and here) | Necklace: c/o Rocksbox (similar here and here) | Watch: c/o Daniel Wellington

I was so excited about my present! I opened this gorgeous burgundy Aldo clutch that perfectly matched my skirt - this was actually a running theme of the Yankee Swap, where people would open presents that complimented their outfit nicely. Someone almost stole this gift from me but decided not to - whew! You may recognize it from recent posts with Minan Wong and Ellemint Jewelry. It will definitely be on repeat this season!

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Selfie station game is strong here!

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Aldo was kind enough to sponsor free sunnies and earrings.

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Some of the shops in the mall put together winter looks for men and women, loved this style inspiration!

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I always love coming to the CambridgeSide Galleria, but the holidays are my favorite. They go all-out with larger than life decorations, and their great selection of stores has something for everyone. They even are offering complementary pictures with Santa through December 24th this year, so be sure to take advantage of that!

Comment Challenge: What's the best holiday party you've had this year?


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