DIY Christmas Decor!

Now that Thanksgiving has past, I'm in full blown Christmas mode! This is my second winter living out of my parents home, so it's my second time decorating for the holidays. Last year's decor was pretty basic as we had just moved in and were more concerned with decorating our place in general, so I knew this year I wanted to get some additional Christmas decorations and go more "all out."

Our space is pretty small, so I knew I only needed a few additions. I was determined to DIY something and when browsing some decor websites I stumbled upon a Christmas-themed shadow box I knew I could recreate. Keep on reading to see how I made this extremely easy & quick (literally 3 mins) DIY!

Who Am I? About Me Tag!

Hey guys! It's now been a few weeks of me "actively" posting on Life Across the Hudson, so I thought it was time to introduce myself! I found this tag somewhere on the internet and decided to fill it out rather than rambling about my life :) Keep reading to find out a little more about me!

Gift Ideas for Him | $100, $50, $25 & UNDER

Here's post two in my Gift Ideas series for this years holiday season! As mentioned in my Gift Ideas for Her post, I really like to get gifts that are meaningful, but sometimes you need that little bit of inspiration to figure out what that is.

I've always found choosing gifts for the guys in my life has been harder than for my girls. Maybe it's because they guys in my life are simple and don't need much, but I just think guys in general "need" less than us girls ;)

This list is perfect for your brother, boyfriend, dad, BFF and really any guy in your life. Keep on reading to find out my picks ranging from $10-$99 for 2015!

LORAC PRO Matte Eye Shadow Palette | Review

Lorac is one of my favorite makeup brands for numerous reasons. They're products are high-quality and fairly affordable on their own, but Lorac always has really great deals on their website, at Ulta/Kohl's and on HauteLook so you can almost always score a deal.

I was eyeing this palette for quite some time before I finally gave in and bought it. The colors are perfect for an every day eye look, but you can also create some really pretty night time looks with this as well. I'm a sucker for matte eyeshadows (aka why I never bought a Naked palette other than the Basics) so I knew I was going to love this product before I opened it.

Keep on reading for my review and some swatches!

My Current Apartment Tour!

There's nothing I love more than getting a little sneak peak into other peoples' apartments (is that creepy???) I just love seeing how people choose to decorate and set up a place and love pulling inspiration from them so I thought I'd give a little tour of the apartment I'm currently living in!

As you may have guessed from my blog name, I live in New Jersey just across the Hudson River from NYC. I work full time in the city so this location is absolutely perfect for commuting reasons (25 minutes door-to-door to work?!) even though the price tag on my place is quite high for the amount of space I have. You pay for location in and around NYC so I was prepared when I started looking to move out.

I moved out of my parents home a year ago and I moved in with my boyfriend of 5.5 years. We pay $2,200 a month ($1,100 each) for a 420 sqft one-bedroom apartment, which I knooooow sounds crazy but I couldn't imagine living anywhere but here at this point in my life (do you see that wall?!) I love everything about the apartment and the area I live in so I'm willing to spend 50% of my income to live here (yes, I know that's very bad but I'm young so whatever lol)

Anyways - Keep reading to see how I've decorated my place! I've managed to keep is girly, but not too girly for my very masculine roomie :P

November BoxyCharm Unboxing!

If you saw my best subscription box blog post back in September, you know BoxyCharm has my heart! I just received my November box and figured I would show you what I got since I'm a believer every product-crazed girl should subscribe. This month's box certainly didn't disappoint! Keep reading to see what I got & how I got $138 worth of products for $21.

Gift Ideas for Her | $100, $50, $25 & Under

I know it might seem a bit early, but before you know it it'll be 3 days before the holidays and you'll have NO idea what to get your friend, sister, co-worker, inlaws etc. I decided to put together a few gift guides that I will be publishing over the next few weeks with a lead up to Black Friday and Cyber Monday in hopes you all get the best prices on your gifts.

I love buying people close to me presents that will mean something to them, but sometimes you need inspiration to spark the idea so I'm hoping this helps! I'm kicking off this series with gifts for her. These would be great for your best friend, sister, sister-in law and really any lady in your life. I divided the list into 3 price levels to accommodate all incomes and relationships. Keep reading to see my 2015 holiday picks for her!

October 2015 Favorites!

Let's just start by saying I have NO idea how it is already November-- time moves so quickly the older you get and I don't think I like it. Anyways, I decided I want to start doing monthly favorite posts to give reviews on products and items that may not make it into another blog post. Keep reading to see what I've been loving this past month!