Friday, December 9, 2016

Sweater Dress x 2 Ways & Favorite Things Party

I was feeling pretty good about the amount of time we have left before Christmas until I realized that this weekend and next are the only ones left until Christmas on a Sunday this year! We'll only get Jordan a couple of things (this and this) that I think she'll love and I still have lots of people on my list to shop for and don't even remind me that I haven't ordered Christmas cards yet! ๐Ÿ˜ฌ

Oh well, I vow to get on it this.weekend!  I don't want to be all stressed out, buying gifts out of "whatever I can get most quickly!"  Don't you hate that?!

In today's post, I'm sharing the gifts that were brought to our girlfriends Favorite Things Party, lots of Weekend Steals and a new favorite striped sweater dress (thank you warmth!) that I styled two ways to give you some ideas for options on how to wear it!

Sweater dresses can be tricky if they're too thin, but the cotton fabric on this one is nice and thick with just the right amount of stretch.  I'm wearing size XS for reference.

Striped Sweater Dress $119, $59.99  w FREE shipping Similar for Less | Peep Toe Booties | Similar Puffer Vest (Under $50) | Vera Bradley Quilted Crossbody Bag & Here | Similar Simple Necklace

This first look is with a simple necklace, peep toe booties and puffer vest, but I wanted to give you a look at how the dress looks without the vest first so you could see it better.  

For keeping warm wihout a big coat, a puffer vest works perfectly.  Find one that fits you and isn't too big to keep from looking like a snowman.  Mine is old from WHBM and nips in at the waist to help define your waistline better.

It's okay to still wear white accessories in the winter- it looks really fresh!

For Look #2, I ditched the puffer vest and added opaque tights.  It's time to pull those out to keep your legs warm with dresses! A bolder necklace adds visual interest and a pop of color.  Let's pretend my crossbody bag didn't pop open in the first picture! ;)

Striped Sweater Dress $119, $59.99  w FREE shipping & Similar for Less | Opaque Tights 25% off Beaded Layered Necklace | Similar Quilted Crossbody Bag $20 | Similar Booties 40% off 

A closed-toe booties is a great alternative to a traditional pump with your tights and dresses.

I loved this layered beaded necklace so much, I got it in three colors!  

Striped Sweater Dress $119, $59.99  w FREE shipping Similar for Less | Opaque Tights 25% off Beaded Layered Necklace | Similar Quilted Crossbody Bag $20 Similar Booties 40% off 

Now let's get right to our All Girls' Favorite Things Party that was seriously so fun and y'all had lots of questions about! The way we did it was everyone brought three of their favorite things, wraped or unwrapped (up to $25 value).  When it was time to exchange gifts, each person drew a number (1-15 for how many of us attended to see who would go first, second, etc.)

When it was your turn, you got up front and explained what you brought, why it was your favorite thing, etc.  Each person had written their name three times and placed it in a bowl, so the person giving their gift drew three names from that bowl to see who to give their gift to.  If they drew one person's name twice, they just put it back into the bowl. 

At the end, if you wanted to trade, you were free to do so!  Oh, we also had 3 door prizes that we gave out randomly throughout the night.  We had everyone put their name in a bowl when they entered the party and drew from that!

We had a gift bag ready witheveryone's name on it so they could put their gifts in it to take home.

One of my best girls and I hosted the Favorite Things party together and we made it potluck style so everyone brought a lite bite or something to drink.

I wore a dress from Loft but I think it's sold out.  This one is similar and these red heels are fun!

I made a naked cake and found this video tutorial really helpful since my cake decorating skills can use all the help they can get! I also made these Southwestern style pinwheels that were so yummy, but didn't stand up to make the Christmas tree as I planned (I think I rolled them too small).  Baked brie was also a hit!  I make mine with brown sugar, butter and walnuts and serve with crackers and sliced green apples. 

And onto everyone's favorite things!

Anthropologie Capri Blue Iridescent Jar Candle 'Volcano' Fragrance - I'm obsessed with this candle! It comes in the prettiest metallic jar and truly smells wonderful- lit or unlit.  I find that most people won't spend the money to invest in a truly wonderful candle because it seems so indulgent, so they make great gifts.

Pottery Barn Candle - I couldn't find the exact one brought to the party online, but it was so pretty in a glass jar with plaid decoration on it, similar to these (extra 25% off with code FRIEND).

Burt's Bees Lip Shimmer - The awesome thing about these lip balms is that they have a bit of color to them.  Two ladies added this to their gifts, so it must be popular! 

MAC Lipgloss - These were popular with several people for great colors and long-lasting gloss. Can't beat 25% off for the set either and cute packaging!  The color Deelight was also brought and is great for wearing alone as a way to add sheen to naked lips or over your lip color.

MAC Lipstick - My girlfriend Kim brought her favorite lipstick, which is a nuetral nude color I've been wearing forever.  It's called 'Cherish'.  She also brought Rebel, which is a plum I need to try! Y'all know my go-to red is Brave Red by MAC.  It's the best true red and MAC lipstick has no funky smell or taste.

Faux Stud Pearl Earrings - Just like our friend who brought these, stud pearl earrings are always classy and chic. 

Glass Icicle Ornaments - I brought this set of 24 stunning icicle ornaments.  They are artist designed and hand crafted and come in 3 sizes (7, 9, and 11 inches).  I loved them so much, I ordered a second set for our own tree. 

Mud Pie Happy Holidays Tote - These adorable bags with sequin holiday art and real leather handles were a big hit! I had never even heard of the brand Mud Pie, but I did a search online and they even have the cutest baby pajamas and clothes Amazon Prime! 

EBags Packing Cubes - This was another hot and useful gift item that my friend swears by for keeping her kids and their things organized when they travel. They say they are truly revolutionary because they not only keep everything separate and compact, but also are great for putting dirty clothes in once you're at your destination.  They come in lots of fun colors too!

Teavana PerfectTea Maker & White Chocolate Peppermint Tea - I was one of the lucky recipients of this tea maker and loose leaf tea and I'm smitten!  I'm definitely a coffee maker, but I can't drink it past 2 or 3 pm, or it will mess with my sleep.  In the afternoon, if I want a slight pick-me-up or something warm to drink, a cup of hot tea is perfect.  The whole ritual of heating your water and having the tea steep has a beautifully peaceful and calming effect. 

Neutrogena Facial Wipes | Sephora Face Masks | St. Ives Blemish Control Apricot Scrub - These were the top self-care beauty items loved by my friends.  I've tried the Sephora face masks and they are easy and fun to use.  

Last, but not least, Silicone Breast Petals - you can stick these right over your chest or wear under your super thin bras to avoid a headlight situation.  They are washable and won't show under your clothes. 

It really was a great girlfriend night and we're already planning another next year!  We may all wear pajamas next time! 

I saw some things I've worn lately on major markdown, along with more things that caught my eye! These stores are ready for you with their sales and discounts this weekend!

Cozy Cowl Neck Sweater XS (40% off) seen in this Leggings & Boots post

Vera Bradley Tote $328, $164

Black Lace Top XSP (40% off) styled here

Pleione Tunic XS $59, $35.40 

Cardigan in mocha - so pretty! 40% off

This tunic is a closet staple because it's long enough to wear with leggings, can also be tucked in or layered with sweaters and cardigans.  It comes in a million colors, but runs large, so size down one. 

Wedge Booties $130, $77.96 (40% off) and suuuuper comfy!!
Jeans | Similar CardiFave U-Neck Tank US 4 ($18) 

UGG Nash Shearling Boot $180, $119.90 
Nothing worse than cold, achy feet!  Now that it's cold out, I'm reaching for my UGGS quite often! These quality boots are pricey, so getting them on sale is a bonus!  They make a great gift for Mom!

UGG Boots 33% off

These boots are niiiiice!  I've learned with a past pair of UGGs how well they are made and how comfortable they are.  They come right to my knee These have that classic UGG shearling, so they are perfect for cold/winter days.  

Cubic Zirconia Stud Earrings price matched $38, $28.50

These are perfect everyday earrings that you can wear around a baby, at work, or even on date night.

Cubic Zirconia Teardrop Earrings price matched $50, $37.50

If I'm wearing a statement necklace, I like to keep my earrings on the minimal side.  These drop earrings add a little bit of bling, but don't compete with the necklace. 

This necklace is one of my most-worn pieces of jewelry in my closet.  Whenever it goes on sale, I have to let you know!  It's delicate and petite, and perfectly simple.  It's also versatile enough to be layered with other necklaces. 

ANN TAYLOR | 40% off full priced styles, code SHOP40 
ANTHROPOLOGIE | 30% off all clothing, FREE ship $150+  
FOREVER 21 | 30% off holiday faves
GAP |   Up to 50% off everything, extra 25% off your purchase, code EXTRA
LOFT | 40% off everything, code STYLEEVENT
NORDSTROM | FREE shipping & FREE returns 
OLD NAVY | up to 60% off storewide 

If you're suddenly realizing there's only 17, 1615! more sleeps (THIS is the weekend to get it done friends!), until Christmas, check out these posts for gift ideas! ๐Ÿ˜˜

Have a great day!


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Thursday, December 8, 2016

Leggings & Boots x 2

Daaannngggg, it's getting cold here!!  After months of being ready for it to cool off, we've finally gotten our wish!  I've seen images of snow and heavy coats when I look at my IG stories from friends in the north.  Have you been wearing your leggings and long tops?!   I'm super excited to show you these two legging looks today in collaboration with Nordstrom.  Y'all know Nordstrom is where I shop most often and you tell me you love to shop there too!  I find their customer service to be superb๐Ÿ‘Œ and it's so convenient to shop for my whole family and girlfriends there too.  Y'all saw me pick up this pairs of shoes and these boots for Jordan there just two days ago.  Gotta keep little baby's toesies warm! 

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Holiday Dressing at Work

Hi friends! 'Tis the season for holiday parties - work ones too! I'm popping in quickly today to share a holiday outfit that would be great for your holiday work party.  Many of you work outside the home and are looking for outfits that aren't dressy dresses, but rather, something you can wear during the day for a Christmas luncheon.   I've gotcha covered! If you have a favorite pair of black pants and heels, all you need to add is this beautiful black lace top (40% off with code WRAPUP).

Monday, December 5, 2016

Jordan's Christmas Nursery

I swear the weekends go faster and faster and just like that, we're back to Monday! But, in just two short weeks, it will be Christmas break and we'll have our son home for a couple weeks, so we're looking forward to that!  We also celebrated our 9 year wedding anniversary over the weekend and I can't believe next year will be 10 years.  I love this little family of ours and of course Jordan brings so much joy! 

Her nursery is still one of my favorite rooms in our house and we recently added a touch of Christmas decor in honor of her very first Christmas.

Friday, December 2, 2016

Christmas Red Sweaters & Shoes

Happy weekend friends!  I'm moving slow today after our all girls, Favorite Things party last night. It was super fun and we'll definitely be making it a tradition.  I can't believe Jordan slept through 15 rowdy women laughing and drinking and cheering on their favorite things!  I was sure she'd wake up, but she slept right through! I'll share all of our favorite things with you soon, but I had to throw out this honorable mention that got the most attention last night! ;)

I couldn't kick off the holidays (it's December already!!) without sharing some festive red looks with you!  Now is the perfect time to bust out your red lipstick and sweaters and get this holiday month started on the right foot!  In fact, both looks today, I'm wearing these sassy suede red heels!  I wore them all Spring in the nude color, but now red is so appropriate. I'll link more fun holiday heels at the bottom for those of you with an eye toward holiday parties!

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Holiday Red/White Reversible Tote & Gifts Under $35

As soon as I saw my very favorite faux leather reversible tote (that I listed in my Favorite Things post) in a brand new holiday color combo of red and white, I couldn't wait to see if it was as gorgeous in my hands as it looked online. I'm happy to report, it is!  The red is such a pretty true red on the cool side and not orangey or pink at all.  And it's under $50!  

I'm not naming names, but I have a few people on my Christmas list who just might find this present under their tree!  I'm showing you how I carried it on both sides today and then sharing a few more accessory-related gift ideas (under $35 and most under $25!) to help you out with your holiday shopping! 

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

The Nordstrom Gift Card Winner Is . . .

Good morning friends!  We're midway through this week and I don't know about you, but I feel like it's taken me the last two days to get my bearings again after Thanksgiving break!  We've had a lot going on and I'm co-hosting a "Favorite Things" party with my girlfriends tomorrow, so I'll be getting ready for that today!  Should be so much fun to see what everyone brings- our limit was $25 so I'll share the ideas with you after the party.

And speaking of favorite things, y'all let me know what you were hoping Santa would bring YOU! 

Ugg boots (these cute minis are 30% off now & these gorgeous knee boots are 33% off in 4 colors with lots of sizes still in stock), Ugg slippers (how fun are these?! 30% off), Hunter boots, Kendra Scott jewelry topped your list.  Several of you also mentioned gifts you would get for your kids or mom (so sweet!) and thanks for pointing out this killer cocoon cardigan.  That looks awesomely cozy! 

Although I didn't intend the giveaway to elicit compliments on my blog, a pleasant side effect of the giveaway was hearing your sweet comments! Thank you so much!  Your kind words really make my day!

So, without further ado, the winner of the $250 gift card to Nordstrom is . . . 

Kayla, I just emailed you, so check your inbox! 
If you don't see it, please email me at: 

And, if you need some ideas on how to keep your holidays stress free (I'm raising my hand!), check out the post I wrote on I Heart Organizing.  The funny thing about that post is that I mentioned doing way less Advent activities this year, but over the weekend, James found our Advent calendar and filled it to the brim with things to do each day! #uhoh!!!!  ;)


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