Gift Guides · Holidays · Uncategorized

Best Gifts for Your Holiday Gift Swap (Under $25!)

All through school, Secret Santa was one of my all-time favorite traditions. Whether it was just contained in a group of friends or grade-wide, I loved dropping hints throughout the week and the big reveal at the end. Fun fact: I once made the girl I had start a conga line to get her hint for the day. So it’s an understatement that I take this kind of seriously. Here are my nine favorite under $25 gifts for whatever holiday gift swap you’re doing this year.

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Philosophy Christmas Cookie Bubble BathValuspa CandleClear Bluetooth Speaker

Ceramic Skyline Trinket DishOragami Stopper and CharmsGlitter Reindeer Ornament

Crane Art PrintIce Cream Phone CaseRibbed Knit Pom Pom Hat


Wishing you and yours
a very merry and bright holiday season!
-Alex of Chapter Fifteen Blog

Gift Guides · Health and Beauty · Holidays · lifestyle

Holiday Gift Guide: For The Health and Beauty Guru

This gift guide is for the person on your list who is obsessed with health and beauty. Makeup, skincare, haircare, and for the bath, this list is filled with some of my favorite products. Nyx is my favorite company for lipstick. I love using charcoal for my skin. Anastasia Beverly Hills has amazing dip brow. And Lush’s bath bombs are the perfect addition to a Friday night bath. Everything on this list will make any beauty guru smile when they open up their gifts.

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Black Charcoal Eye Patch • Drybar Buttercup Blow DryerWoosh Shower Jelly

Too Faced Just Peachy Eyeshadow PaletteSheet MaskItCosmetics Airbrush 5 Piece Set

Amika Straightening BrushGlitter Makeup Pouch • Soft Matte Cream Vault II

Nourishing Shea Butter Body CollectionDipbrow PomadeSugar Glow Kit

Star Light Star Bright Bath BombRapid Response Detox MasqueCustomized Hair Kit


Wishing you and yours
a very merry and bright holiday season!
-Alex of Chapter Fifteen Blog

Life Update · lifestyle

Happy Fifth Birthday, Theta O!


Yesterday, my sorority chapter turned five years old! I drove down to the brunch for the first time since graduating to celebrate with sisters and friends. Five years might not seem like long, but this chapter has grown so much in such a short time and I’m proud to have been around since (almost) the beginning. These girls have meant so much to me throughout my time in college and after graduating, they mean even more.

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Gift Guides · Holidays · Uncategorized

Gift Guide: For the Home Obsessed

This gift guide is for anyone who’s like me and totally obsessed with all things home and redecorating. This year I’ve done an office and now I’m in the process of redoing my bedroom. And on top of that, I’m preparing to move out of state again so I’m already getting ideas for how to decorate a new apartment! Furniture and decor shopping is my second favorite kind of shopping—behind clothes and in front of shoes. So if there’s anyone on your list who’s moving, redecorating, or just loves buying new things for the home, here’s a gift guide for them.

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Tillie ChairThe Larkin Gray Bedding • Shirley Shelf

Baxton Studio Platform BedEstrella Dinner PlateHoneymoon Hotel Art Print

Heel or Highwater MugAlabaster Orb LampEmmond Mid-Century Dining Table

Walnut Wood Art Print FrameCotton RugEnid Contemporary Vanity

Orlinda Faux Stone Cocktail TableQuatrefoil Wall MirrorHarvey Sofa


Wishing you and yours
a very merry and bright holiday season!
-Alex of Chapter Fifteen Blog

Chapter Fifteen Picks · Holidays · Uncategorized

Cyber Monday Deals You’ll Want to Shop

For someone who loves shopping online and who loves a good deal, Cyber Monday is the stuff of dreams. This entire weekend has pretty much been “shop til you drop” and it’s not over yet. In fact, for most places, it’s not over until midnight. So if you’re behind the computer, during your lunch break or sneaking a glance between work, looking for the best bargain or this is how you’re going to relax and unwind after a long Monday, allow me to help. Here are fifteen awesome sales for Cyber Monday, arguably the best Monday of the year! (Except for Christmas, which falls on a Monday this year.) Continue reading “Cyber Monday Deals You’ll Want to Shop”

Gift Guides · Holidays

Chapter Fifteen Gift Guide: For the Techie

This gift guide is for the person who’s always looking for the next big thing. I’ll admit that I’m not the most tech-savvy person but I find nearly all tech so interesting and cool. For anyone that’s looking to upgrade their gadgets and get the latest contraption to ride into the new year on a high tech note. Giving these gifts will definitely make you the coolest gift giver this holiday season.

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Tablet StandTile Bluetooth TrackerMulti-Lense Camera for Smart Phones

On-The-Go Spotify Music PlayerGlass Navigation DisplayAmazon Echo

Leather Tech OrganizerVirtual Reality HeadsetPortable External Hardrive

GoPro Handsfree CameraBluetooth Record PlayerApple Watch

Long Distance Touch LampBeats by Dre HeadphonesSamsung Curved Television


More awesome tech gifts available here!


Wishing you and yours
a very merry and bright holiday season!
-Alex of Chapter Fifteen Blog

lifestyle · recipes

Pumpkin Cupcakes with Homemade Whipped Cream Icing

Cupcake recipe courtesy of The Food Network
Bracelet from The Makery VA

So here’s a little secret, I don’t like pumpkin pie. It’s nothing against pumpkin pie, I don’t really like pie all that much. I know, I know. Kind of unAmerican right? Well, for all you other pie-dislikers (I know I can’t be the only one out there), who don’t want to be left out on Thanksgiving, here’s a pumpkin cupcake recipe that will (almost) take the place of a pumpkin pie. Or for someone who wants to shake things up or for someone who wants impress their new in-laws at Thanksgiving dinner. Or maybe you got stuck doing dessert for Friendsgiving or maybe you just love cupcakes. Whatever the reason, these cute and delicious little treats are perfect for whatever Thanksgiving celebration you’re on your way to. I made these for the first time a couple years ago for a Friendsgiving and they were a hit so I’ve been making them every year since. And this whipped cream icing recipe has been my go-to for practically every baked good. It’s just the perfect amount of sweet and perfectly fluffy. Plus, it’s so easy to make (I’m talking three-ingredients-easy!) Trust me, after trying this, you’ll never want whipped cream from a can again. Continue reading “Pumpkin Cupcakes with Homemade Whipped Cream Icing”