What I Want // Christmas Gift Guide


1. Blanket – whether draped over the back of the couch or your shoulders this blanket will keep you comfortably cozy

2. Bumble & Bumble Surf Spray Travel Kit – beachy waves here I come

3. Clare V. Foldover Clutch – this particular item has been on every Christmas/birthday wish list for as long as I can remember – a gorgeous neutral to dress up or down

4. No Show Socks – pretty replacement pairs to wear with booties

5. Kate Spade Satchel – fun black and white stripes update a classic black tote

6. Jo Malone Candle – cuddled in pj’s under a warm blanket with this woodsy smell filling the house sounds like a perfect Friday night

7. Gold Earbuds – an easy update to my less than exciting current headphones

8. The Lip Scrub (Limited Edition) – an essential for chapped winter lips

9. West Elm Decanter – necessary for my nightly nightcap

10. Essie Devil’s Advocate Nail Polish – a replacement for my favorite winter color that unfortunately exploded at 39,000 feet

11. Nixon Leather Watch – a black leather and gold watch is the perfect addition to my all neutral wardrobe

12. Wishbone Ring Catcher – a purposeful yet pretty catchall for my nightstand

13. Olloclip for iPhone 6 – an accessory to help up the ante on my usual iPhone photos

14. New Book from Kate Spade – a bold coffee table accent to remind me to add a splash of color


ChristmasCardSnuggling under comfy blankets next to warm fireplaces drinking and eating lots of delicious treats with our families is where you will find us all day today. Enjoy the time you have with your loved ones today celebrating the true meaning of the holiday season. Merry Christmas and thank you to each and every one of you that stop by this little blog of mine. MERRY CHRISTMAS!

Christmas-3To our surprise, Maddie and Oakley were absolute photo pros. Look how attentive they are watching Mama decorate the tree!

Christmas-5Ewww…Kissy, kissy.

Christmas-7DOWN SHE GOES! Note to self: next time make sure the chair is firmly placed in the snow.

Christmas-8Oakley immediately climbed on my lap to cuddle while Maddie howled at Dad to stop taking pictures and help Mom up!! How cute is her little mouth? *woof* *woof*

Christmas-9Christmas Card photo runner up – the squinting into the sun and that massive snow spot on my leg from falling (see above) demoted it to second place.


1 Holiday, 7 Outfits // Christmas

The holidays are a time to enjoy the company of your friends and family, not a time to stress about what to gift, make, or wear. Here are seven outfits to make getting dressed this Christmas season easier than ever. Besides each piece priced under $50 (except for the fur jacket), the best part about these seven outfits is the ability to remix the individual pieces together to create even more looks fit for any occasion this holiday season. (i.e. the lace top with the black skinnies and leopard loafers or try the turtleneck with the green cargos topped off by the floppy hat).


Hat | Blouse | Denim | Cardigan | Flats | Watch

Traveling home: The only thing in your control at the airport this Christmas season is your comfort so choose a layered outfit that allows you to relax and move quickly through security check points but that still looks chic when you arrive at your destination.

ShoppingtheSteals Pants | Blouse | Coat | Shoes | Sunglasses | Watch

Shopping the Steals: The stores will be bustling with last minute shoppers so ditch your bulky, warm winter coat for a long sweater jacket, sensible yet stylish booties, and a printed top to quickly finish your last minute errands.

MeetingFriendsShirt | Necklace | Cardigan | Booties | Skirt | Crossbody

Meeting Friends: Keep your leather skirt from being overly sexy by choosing an A-line fit and juxtaposing it with boyfriend inspired pieces: the button up blouse and oversized cardigan.

HolidayOuting  Coat | Turtleneck | Earrings | Heels | Clutch | Lipstick | Denim

Holiday Outing: Participate in the dark lip trend to add a dose of drama and to maintain a pop of burgundy once you check your coat. It’s the most inexpensive statement trend to try this season.

OpeningPresentsFinalCardigan | Scarf | Tee | Leggings | Movie | Mug | Nail Polish | Slippers

Opening Presents: Throw on a big, chunky sweater, infinity scarf, and slippers to stay cozy while lounging around Christmas morning opening presents and watching holiday movie classics with the family.

ChristmasCocktails Top | Skirt | Earrings | Coat | Bracelet | Lipstick | Heels | Clutch

Christmas Cocktails: Instead of a basic LBD, mix up your cocktail attire by pairing a peplum lace top with a fitted skirt, sparkly accessories, and a faux fur jacket. The combination still exudes sophisticated femininity but with a flair of fun and personality.

ChristmasDay  Heels | Tank | Belt | Dress | Jacket | Heels | Necklace

Christmas Day:  Celebrate in style by layering under or over a skater dress to add interest in the form of sparkle or leather. Finish it off with bare legs or tights, a belt or necklace, but always with a killer pair of shoes.


What I Wore // Traveling Home

Travel-6In just eight short days, the husband and I will finally be on our way home to Iowa to celebrate the Christmas holiday with our families. I can barely contain my excitement to the extent that I am already pre-packing in my head. Following my previously shared travel attire tips this outfit is airport ready with the comfy footwear, layers, and easy fabric. Check out my packing essentials (here), celebrity travel trends for inspiration (here), and past travel outfits (here and here) to make your holiday packing easy peasy.

Travel-7GAP Denim and Sweatshirt | J.Crew Factory Blouse (similar) | Zara Jacket (similar) | Converse Shoes | Marc by Marc Crossbody

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