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!

I found your coziest red knit cardigan (with pockets!) at Nordstrom and it also comes in a pretty neutral, 'mocha'. The sizing is S/M or M/L and I wish it came in petite, because it's almost too big for us petite girls, but the look is meant to be on the slouchy side. 

I'm wearing it with my Fave U-Neck Tank, size US 4.  I bought this tank in 3 colors a few years ago and it's held up so well even with frequent wearings and washing.  I like the neckline and hem because it's unfinished and the shape nips in at the waist a bit. Definitely a good buy!  

Adding a pop of leopard is always a good idea!

But what really says holiday are your red heels! This pair is a gorgeous suede sandal (on the high side) but with a bit of a wider heel so they are easier to walk in than a stiletto.  I wore them last night too!  They look especially good with white nails.

Did you recognize these budget-friendly bootcut jeans from this post with the thin turtleneck or blouse and faux fur vest posts?  They are so comfy with that stretch, but that's also what makes you want to size down in them.  I'm in 0P.

And what are the holidays without a silly Christmas sweater?!  I had a green snowman last year and looked like a snowman too! and this year I chose red.  My son loves it when I wear this and it will be perfect at my friend's White Elephant party in a couple weeks.  

Dressing up your Christmas sweater with a statement necklace, black skinny jeans and red heels makes it feel more adult, but still playful.  I told you I was crazy for this tote in red! 

Isn't he cute?!  Nordstrom has tons of cute Christmas sweaters- the elf is adorable!

This sweater runs small, so size up, I'm in size Small.

I know it's sometimes hard to find a proper shoe for your holiday dresses, especially if you opt for a metallic number!  I like this one or a simple strappy heel like this is always classic.

I hope y'all have a great weekend!  If you're planning to make progress on your Christmas shopping, check out My 10 Favorite Things here, Gifts for the Girlie Girl here, and my Top Gifts Under $35 here

See you on Monday with the sweetest little baby Christmas tree ever! 


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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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Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Our Snowy Christmas Tree

Did you get your holiday shopping started yesterday? Maybe even done for those overachievers out there! ;) Those sales were bananas and my fingers are tired from clicking around on my computer, but nothing a strong cup of coffee this morning can't fix! 

Are you ready to turn the page to some Christmas holiday decor?!  Over the Thanksgiving break, we've been making our way around our home spreading holiday cheer throughout.  Thank God I have a helper in James or I'd be dead!  I've been sharing bits on InstaStories and love watching them too. It's been easier for me to post to one social media channel instead of two, so I've been kinda MIA on Snapchat recently.  What are you watching? 

When you have kids, it's interesting to see which parent's traits they inherit and, happy for me, James shares my love of decorating.  He definitely doesn't get that from Dad! It was James who insisted we put a tree in the dining room this year with "red and white" and we got to it late on Friday night with festive music playing and all.  Today, I'm showing you our Christmas tree that takes center stage in the curve of our staircase.  

This tall beauty is a few years old from Hobby Lobby and is pre-lit with white lights, but didn't come flocked. I added the flocking with this White Snow Flocking Powder, the same powder I used on this tree upstairs.  The flock comes with instructions to lightly spray the tree with water, then sift the flock onto the tree while lightly spraying it with water as it falls onto the branches.  Then, spray a light coat of water again to lock it in place.  It's really a two-person job because who can shake flock through a sifter and spray at the same time- not me!

Monday, November 28, 2016

In the Dressing Room & Cyber Monday Sales

So it's back to real life after all those days off and lots of lounging and eating waaaaay too much!  I was starting to forget what day it was, and woke up yesterday thinking it was already Monday!  So glad for that extra day of weekend!  And of course today is Monday, and not just any Monday, but Cyber Monday!  Now is when shiz gets real and I start checking off my Christmas list!  I'm so freaking excited to get my gift shopping started with this gift for Jordan for her first Christmas! I've been considering it for weeks, but now it's on sale and free shipping and I had a $25 coupon so I had to!  

And we've been good too, right?!  Maybe something pops in our cart for us too! #nojudgment 

Today, I have a giant 'In the Dressing Room' post for you that I was going to break into two posts because it's super long, but decided to put it all together in case you wanted to knock out your shopping in one go.  After all, we only have one day to take advantage of Cyber Monday sales, so no hesitating allowed! I know it's helpful to see things on an average body, so let's get to it!  For fit reference, I'm petite, 5'1, about 105 pounds. 

First up is my dressing room marathon at Loft, where everything is 50% off with FREE shipping! Just use code CYBERMONDAY.  They are making it super easy to put everything in our cart and then squeal with delight about how much money we just saved!  #ashubbysrolltheireyes! 

This Lace Top is date night ready with skinny jeans and heels or party ready with a pretty skirt or slacks.  I'm wearing it with a Black Cami but if you pair it with a nude cami, the gorgeous lace detail will really pop. 

Thursday, November 24, 2016

$250 Nordstrom Giveaway & Black Friday Sales

I hope y'all had the best day with family and friends and lots of good food!  We spent the day at my Mom's house with my brothers, sis-in-law and sis-n-law to be, nieces and nephew (you can see bits on InstaStories) and now we're back home, stuffed to the gills, cozied up on the couch in our Christmas pajamas!

But, I couldn't let Thanksgiving day end without letting you know how much I appreciate YOU! Your encouragement, support and friendship over the years means so much to me.  So many of you have been reading James was just a baby and now you've seen him grow up and us become a family of four.  I'm honored that you choose to spend part of your day here! As a token of my appreciation, I'm celebrating with a $250 gift card to Nordstrom!  I'm sure y'all are ready to get your holiday shopping started, so I hope this gift makes your holiday shopping merrier!

I've already taken a peek at the Black Friday sales and shared some of my faves below.  I'd love to hear what's on your list too!  You can enter the giveaway by popping over to Nordstrom and letting me know what you'd choose if you win!  I'll do a round-up of your pics and announce the winner on Wednesday! 

Contrast Cuff Sweater $35.39 (40% off)
Pink Bubble Stitch Sweater4 colors $33.11 (52% off)
Grey Cardigan $37.91 (52% off)
V-Neck Tunic Sweater, 3 colors $33.11 (52% off)
Cashmere Fingerless Gloves, 6 colors $26.99 (40% off) 
Kate Spade Initial Necklace $40.60 (30% off)
Fringe Scarf $9.51 (49% off)
Clarisonic $135.20 (20% off)
Kate Spade Drop Earrings $44 (20% off)
Rebecca Minkoff Tote $155.96 (52% off)
Double Breasted Peacoat, 4 colors$30.31 (47% off)
UGG Shearling Boots $95.91 (46% off)
UGG Water Resistant Suede Boots, 3 colors $119.91 (46% off)
Sorel Faux Fur Lined Boots $127.46 (25% off) 
Tory Burch Riding Boots $263.91 (46% off)
Wedge Booties $62.36 (52% off)

ANN TAYLOR | 50% off everything, code CELEBRATE

GAP |   50% off everything, code TGIF50

LOFT | 40% off everything, code BERRYGOOD

NORDSTROM | Extra 20% off sale items 

OLD NAVY | 50% off everythingish, discount at checkout

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Have a great weekend friends!


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Tuesday, November 22, 2016

10 Favorite Things 2016

Every year, my friend Sarah hosts a virtual "Favorite Things" party with some of her blogging besties and this year I'm joining in!  I kept my list to my very favorite Top 10 things that I love and use on a regular basis.  It didn't take me long to come up with my faves and I'm curious if any of these top your list of faves too!

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