Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Holiday Gift Guide - 15 Cozy Things for Her

Happy almost Thanksgiving!  We're starting our Thanksgiving celebration early by hosting out-of-town family making an impromptu visit into town.  We're quickly putting together a menu of yumminess, and that's okay, we're just happy to all be together, relaxing at home as opposed to trying to get everyone to meet at a restaurant.  We'll be better able to visit (especially with 5 kids running around)!  

I hope your Thanksgiving preparations are going well!  I'm sending you good vibes from Houston and if you need a little break from the stress of it all, come with me and check out today's Gift Guide I prepared for you.  It's 15 Cozy Things for Her- designed specifically with rest, relaxation, and coziness in mind! Could anyone you know use that?! 

Holiday outfit- red tunic top, black leggings, knee high boots, faux fur vest

Holiday outfit- red tunic top, black leggings, knee high boots, faux fur vest
(My friends tell me I'm already waddling! I don't even realize it! #25weekspregnant

Holiday outfit- red tunic top, black leggings, knee high boots, faux fur vest

Holiday outfit- red tunic top, black leggings, knee high boots, faux fur vest

Holiday outfit- red tunic top, black leggings, knee high boots, faux fur vest

15 Cozy Things for Her

15 Cozy Things for Her Holiday Gift Guide

Frosted Throw Blanket - Who doesn't love cozying up on the couch with a soft, ultra plush throw blanket in the winter?!  These comes in four soft colors and are 50"x70", 100% polyester and machine washable. 

UGG 'Fluff II' Flip Flop Slipper - These genuine shearling slippers are the perfect compromise between keeping your feet soft and cozy, but not too hot.  They have the added benefit of showing off your holiday pedicure (they have a tiny gossamer ribbon on them!).  They only come in whole sizes, so you may need to size down. 257 positive reviews and four colors.  

Topshop Leah Faux Fur Vest - y'all know I love this faux fur vest.  It's super soft and actually surprisingly slimming.  I'm wearing size 2.  It also comes in black (which I had to restrain myself from!).

Moscow Mule Copper Mug - Two of my friends (Adam & Angela) are known for their love of the Moscow Mule and are the first ones to get me to try one- it's a tasty adult beverage typically made with vodka, ginger and lime juice.  And of course, you have to drink them out of the appropriate copper mug! 

Faux Fur Infinity Scarf - One of my favorite finds from last year that looks way more expensive than it the $20 pricetag.  Update:  Thanks for letting me know it's on sale 40% off- only $11.98 now

Nest 'Birchwood Pine' Candle - Seems like people rarely splurge on a nice candle for themselves, but they always appreciate one! 

Cable Knit Knee High Slippers - How cozy are these slippers that have a non-skid sole?  Perfect for when you want to be in your cozy knee highs, but want more stability on the bottom. 

Cabin Friends Eye Mask - Seriously adorable! 

Josie Shaggy Vest Robe - My friend Kim gave me a similar robe many, many years ago and I loved it, especially because it was sleeveless!  Perfect for wearing while getting ready, after the shower.  You won't get too hot!

Faux Fur Pom Pom Clip - Just a fun little embellishment on a purse, tote, keychain or gift.  So sweet!

Coffee Mug - You Are The Best & Hello - Coffee and tea would surely taste better in these mugs.  I also love keeping my pens in them on my dest. 

Minnetonka 'Cally' Slipper - Holy cow, people love this slipper!  It's gotten 318 positive reviews and everyone raves about how super soft and warm they are and also well-made.  They have a rubber sole for indoor and outdoor wear.  They only come in whole sizes, so they recommend sizing down. 

Thermal Knit Sleep Shirt - This nighttime top comes in 10 styles and has those cute thumb holes.  I like these tops because you can mix out the bottoms to fit whatever you're in the mood for. 

Cabin Friends Pajama Set - This cute pj set comes in four different styles and are perfect for keeping you warm on cold nights. 

Sorel "Tivoli II' Waterproof Boot - This gift is practical and cute, and, if you live in cold weather, (especially snow)- very necessary because it will keep your feet dry!  It comes in three colors (the curry brown is a fave).  This stylish boot is made of waterproof suede, leather upper/textile, faux-shearling lining and a rubber sole.  It's gotten lots of great reviews too.  May run small, so order a 1/2 size up.  


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Thanksgiving & Holiday Preparations

Happy almost Thanksgiving! Any chance you're looking forward to it and maybe a little overwhelmed as well?! Me too. Even though we're not hosting, we'll be visiting two Thanksgiving celebrations and I'll be bringing some appetizers and desserts. I still need to grocery shop and I'm sure the stores will be buzzing with tons of last minute shoppers like me.  

It's gotten chilly here and I did manage to choose a couple cute Thanksgiving outfits. James will be wearing a gingham button-down and striped sweater with his converse that I exchanged for the correct size.  He wears an 11 in his athletic shoes, but needed a size 10 in these.  I'll also bring pajamas for him to change into later since we probably won't be home until late and he always wants to get cozy. Who doesn't?! 

jeans (similar) | gingham button-down (similar) | striped sweater | converse

As for mama, I'll stay comfy in jeans, a cute yellow sweater (comes in 7 colors and the teal is on sale for $34.80), and booties (on sale).  This scarf (similar) screams fall too. 

As for holiday preparations, we decided to put up our Christmas tree over the weekend, but lost steam and now our house looks like Christmas threw up everywhere with bins and decor strewn all over. It's a wreck!  I definitely need to spend some time getting our house in order today so I can relax and enjoy the rest of the week. 

It's amazing how much kids grow from year to year. Last year, James still looked like a toddler, but he's gotten taller and skinnier since last year. 

We love Hanna Andersson pajamas over here because they are such good quality. I feel like any other pj's I've bought tend to fall apart quickly so it's worth the money. And like I mentioned, my son lives in pajamas. His Darth Vader pair are his most favorite and he's outgrown this pair, so we need the next size up. They run true to size and last a long time!

UGG slippers (similar) and (for girls)

While decorating the tree this year, he decided to dress up like Santa, so of course he had to put on his Santa pj's (similar) with a hat, boots and impromptu beard I made. He insisted on the beard and that's all I could think of using what we had on hand at home. 

After the tree was up and mostly decorated, I got ambitious and attempted to put up the garland on the stairs, but quit after feeling like I was in garland hell!! So much to untangle and ours isn't pre-lit and it just felt like a big, giant mess. We have garland hairs everywhere! I gave up and the garland sits on our stairs (very precarious situation my husband reminds me) until I muster up the energy to begin again. Need to do this today! But, it's harder work when you're pregnant, my back tends to hurt if I overexert myself, so things are starting to take longer around here. 

But we had a great 25 week checkup!  James came with me and I think he was excited to hear the baby's heartbeat (and glad he didn't have to give blood or drink the glucose test drink).

I'm thankful we had some time to spend at a dinner out with one of our favorite families recently and it was awesome! If you're in Houston, have you been to Urban Eats? It's a combination market and restaurant and it was delicious! Definitely try the brussels sprouts and scalloped potatoes. Try not to eat all of your husband's fried chicken sandwich! ;) 

And leave room for dessert! 

We don't have any holiday outfits picked out, but every year James gets to dress up for the Christmas program at school and I'll have to get him something red or green.  I'm always dying over how cute the little girls look in their holiday outfits all dressed up! And even though I don't have a daughter (yet!), I couldn't help but take a peek at Nordstrom's selection of fabulous girls holiday dresses!

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I hope your holiday preparations are going well! 

I'll be back tomorrow with something for the big girls - a gift guide for the women in your life featuring cozy things (that you may want for yourself!)  And of course, come back on Friday for a special edition of Weekend Steals & Deals - the Black Friday sales

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Friday, November 20, 2015

Weekend Steals & Deals | Pre-Thanksgiving Sales

Happy weekend-before-Thanksgiving!  I hope you get some time off to rest and recoup and enjoy the little things next week.  I'm thrilled to have James home and we have a couple fun things lined up (TopGolf, anyone?!), but I'll also have to take him with me to my next doctor's appointment (will be 25 weeks!). He's never gotten to hear the baby's heartbeat, and I think that will be exciting for him. 

We've moved from Batgirl as a name to Darth Baby, so . . . .  ;) I have to say, I am so enjoying this pregnancy!  Poor James, I did NOT enjoy that one- but I've more than made up for it since he's been born.  I enjoy HIM so much everyday!  Isn't 5 such a fun age?! 

Are you ready for holiday gift guides and Christmas shopping? I'll have some of those starting next week for you pre-Thanksgiving shoppers who like to get a head start.  One of my friends (hi Kim!) told me she actually finished her shopping in October!  I never have it together enough to do that, and I like to check out the holiday sales, so I'll be shopping with those of you still shopping in the next few weeks. I have started hitting up Amazon for the toys though (and found a few at Nordstrom too)! 

So many stores are already offering great deals - Amazon announced their Black Friday deals begin today! And Ann Taylor, Banana, GAP (scored a jean jacket for my son for $20, including my $5 reward!), and Old Navy all have 40% off deals going on nowForever 21 has 50% off everyting (but fine print says 'select styles').

weekend steals & deals

I'd been eyeing this Sun & Shadow pattern sleeveless cardigan ($34.80, XS) for several weeks and finally brought it home.  I like that it's sleeveless (perfect for our crazy weather, warm one day, cold the next).  I've already worn it a couple times (the first time on one of the warmer days with a white tank and ankle booties) and here with a Caslon long sleeve tee ($25 and comes in so many colors- I had to buy Medium to accommodate my belly- things need to be longer on me these days.) 

Affordable statement necklaces can be found at Forever 21 (great for trendy things you don't want to spend too much money on) - this gold mixed chain medallion necklace ($14.90) is a good alternative to the popular BaubleBar Courtney necklace

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Gifts for the Decor Lover & $100 Lulu & Georgia Giveaway

Yesterday, I broke down all the details for the sources for our baby girl's lavender nursery, and not surprisingly, y'all liked the gorgeous 'Mirabella' rug from Lulu & Georgia as much as I do!  We ended up choosing that as one of the very last things for the room, once we found out we were having a girl.  It really brought in that soft lilac color and I absolutely love how it ties all the elements in the room together.  The otomi pillow,  Haelyn pillow and white moroccan pouf are all also from L&G. I'm smitten with the items on their site!  You can always find something lovely and unique at Lulu & Georgia.

Today, I bring you my first Gift Guide of the season, appropriately "Gifts for the Decor Lover" as we celebrate Lulu & Georgia's 12 Days of Giveaways.  They asked 12 bloggers to curate a wish list of items and you can shop mine here.  

AND, you can enter to win $100 to L&G by following my Instagram account, Lulu & Georgia's account and tagging a friend!  For 20% off your order, use code HONEYORC20 (expires on Thanksgiving).  

Good luck and Happy (early!) Holidays! 


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Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Our Lavender Girl's Nursery - Sources

It's wonderful to have such a kind reaction to the our nursery that we revealed last week!  Thank you so much for your sweet comments and shares!  I'm thrilled with how it turned out and have been able to just sit in the glider and contemplate what life will be like in just a couple months.  At Bunco last night, one of my friends brought her 4-week-old daughter and she was the sweetest thing ever!  Like a living baby doll! I still can't believe we'll be bringing home one of those little baby girls soon too! My heart is ready! 

:: lavender nursery sources ::

This room wouldn't have been possible without all of the wonderful sponsors of the One Room Challenge as well as my handy painters and cabinet maker.  A huge thank you for helping give this room the life we'd envisioned.  Last week, I ran out of time to properly provide all the sources for everything in the room, but I got my act together here and am sharing everything!  Please let me know if you have any questions about anything in the comments and I'll answer every one!  And please feel free to pin and share this room on your social media, we are so proud of how it turned out!

1 ::  Paint - Sherwin-Williams Divine White and Agreeable Grey

2 ::  Mirror - Joss & Main

3 ::  Art - Minted 'Peninsula'

5 ::  Orchid - Whole Foods Market

6 :: Dresser - WalMart

7 :: Crib - WalMart

9 ::  Stuffed LionAmazon

10 ::  Faux sheepskin rug - Ikea Rens 

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Tried & True Jeans Report :: High/Low Styles to Love

Over the weekend, we got lots accomplished over here.  I took advantage of my husband's willingness to get into the attic and we brought down ALL of the baby stuff that's been accumulating up there over the last few years, and, while we were at it, might as well bring down the CHRISTMAS bins too!! Yay!!  We typically never start decorating until after Thanksgiving, but my son and I are both anxious to start spreading all the holiday love around our home.  And I say, if you're ready, go for it! We've only put up the Nativity scene in his room and the sign that counts down to Christmas - officially 37 days now! We almost put up the tree, but ran out of steam on Sunday night.  So, any other decorating may just have to wait until after Thanksgiving anyway! But yesterday, I got motivated to get some of our toy shopping done online.  Have you started?! 

Today, I'm partnering with Nordstrom to share all my favorite JEANS with you- and there are lots of options.  Although I enjoy getting all dolled up as much as the next girl, "jeans and a tee" best describes my day-to-day style.  Designer jeans have their place in my closet, but I'm no discriminator, and also have stylish, budget-friendly pairs too.  You can check out their jeans under $100 here.

This post is a doozy, packed with tons of styles, and I broke it down into:

1) Brands I know and love in alphabetical order with some high/low options along the way (including the ones most loved according to the women on Nordstrom reviews);

2) Maternity jeans - because at 24 weeks pregnant now, that's all I fit into!; and

3) My easy "cuff & tuck" jean roll - perfect for wearing jeans with ankle boots so that a bit of your ankle shows and also great for us shorties, whose jeans are always too long!

I hope it's helpful, let me know!

jeans report :: high/low 

AG - 'The Prima' Mid Rise Cigarette Jeans - love, love, love these!  They are by far my favorite white jeans that I own and happen to be currently price matched- 25% off.  And don't think that white is only for summer; winter white is so chic and classy! I bought these pre-pregnancy when I was in good shape, so I'm wearing size
I took advantage of the Nordstrom tailoring and snipped a tad off the length for a custom length.

What makes these jeans so great is that they are thicker than most white jeans and not like a jegging that makes your legs look like sausages, but rather, they are thicker (98% cotton, 2% elastane) so they are more slimming and not sheer. 

AG - 'The Prima' Mid Rise Cigarette Jeans

Friday, November 13, 2015

Weekend Steals & Deals | ShirtDresses & More

So excited for the Holiday Nutcracker Market today! It will officially feel like the holiday season once we enter those doors!  It's a shopping extravaganza filled with everything from holiday decor, toys, food, decor and fashion.  So excited to go with my mom and sis-n-law this time!  I go every year, but they are #nutcrackermarketvirgins! ;) If you're there today, I hope we bump into each other! 

Now let's get started with this week's Weekend Steals & Deals.  There are so many good sales - Ann Taylor and Loft both have everything 40% off and Nordstrom's Fall Clearance Sale (save up to 40%) ends Sunday! 


First up, this Wayf Button Shirtdress comes in four colors and fits kinda like a man's dress shirt, so it would also be cute belted.  I'm wearing XS here, and I feel it fits true to size, but some reviewers said to size down.  The Bobeau shirtdress with 3/4 sleeves is cute too and 40% off, especially like the black. 

faux fur vest (similar) - great reviews on this vest | Sole Society knee high boots (new fave comfy boot!) 
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