Celebrate with Sequins!

 I love this time of year because I have an excuse to wear SEQUINS! {not that you ever really need an excuse...}  Here are some of my favorite sparklies for this holiday season.

 This year over Christmas my family and I will be on a Caribbean Cruise! It might not feel like Christmas on the cruise since there won't be snow... but I will probably end up looking like Rudolph after my skin burns since it hasn't seen the sun in two months.  I'll just have to celebrate like I normally do with sparkles, Christmas music and a red nose :)


Holiday Gift Guide - Men

Gift Ideas for Men

I always have the hardest time buying gifts for the guys in my life.  I have way more gents to buy for than ladies, that's for sure! One of my favorite sites {and stores, but we don't have one nearby} is Urban Outfitters.  They have such fun and unique gift ideas for men.  Most of these selections I found are from there. 

I only have two more weeks to order online gifts so I need to get.on.it! {we are doing Christmas a little early this year. Eeek!} 

 Where are your favorite places to get unique gifts??


DIY Animal Ornaments

Since Quinlan is a huge animal lover, I decided his Christmas tree this year would be animal themed!  I found a really fun DIY project for animal ornaments and decided to try it myself! Here's a step-by-step for you in case you want to tackle this project with me :)

Here's what you'll need:
**I bought everything from Michaels or Hobby Lobby with coupons**

-Toob Figures  
*I used the Wild Toob but you could use any of the Toobs based on the theme of your tree!
 -Screw Eyes  
*May need a drill if you can't screw the screw eyes in
-Acrylic Paint
-Jute String
-And if you're messy like me you may need gloves, painting clothes, newspaper and washcloth.

Here's how to do it:

         Prime the animals and let dry.               Drill small hole for screw eyes.
Hand screw the screw eyes in the center of the animal.

Paint the animals with acrylic paint.  Let paint dry.
 Cut pieces of jute and tie through screw eyes.

Here's how to enjoy:

Super cute and so easy!


Work to Play


I found the inspiration for this outfit from none other than the J.Crew catalog.  When you aren't sure what to wear with a colored pair of dress pants you now know who to turn to.  I loved the unexpected combination of purple and orange and since I live for the unexpected it's my perfect work attire.  For after work, switch to a white tee and throw a jean jacket on.  Comfy yet sophisticated!

Shop My Look:
Pants - J.Crew Factory :: Top - Gap :: Belt - J.Crew :: Shoes - Urban Outfitters :: Bracelet - IlyCouture :: Jean Jacket - Gap

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pleated poppy


Is everyone still recovering from the weekend?  Even though we had an extra long weekend, it still goes by way too fast! We relaxed a lot, ate tons of food and spent some amazing time with family.  Feeling really thankful and blessed today :)

Shop My Look:
Coat: H&M | Jeans: Gap | Boots: TJ Maxx | Scarf: J.Crew

Shop Q's Look:

Coat: Osh Kosh | Jeans: Old Navy | Boots: Target


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BF Recap

So, I ended up going to a few stores today to check out the deals that Black Friday has to offer.  I think they should call this day Impulse Friday because I have never bought so many things that I just.don't.need.  It's as if we all of a sudden NEED a pair of night vision goggles because they are only $50 for the next 5 hours!

But among the display bins of old DVDs there are also really great gift ideas and even better discounts.  Below are some items that I bought for myself as well as some gifts.  

I'm most excited for a new camera {merry Christmas family!}. I got a great deal on the Canon Rebel T3i and am SO excited to use it.  Anyone else have this camera? If you have any tips on how to use it {or lenses to buy}... send them my way ;)  

Have a great weekend and happy Impulse Friday! 
{I really think it's going to catch on}


Giving Thanks & Black Friday

I hope everyone had a great thanksgiving! I love this time of year where we get to reflect on everything we have to be thankful for.  I just hope that this thankfulness carries on past this season and throughout the year!

Now that it's officially Black Friday here are some deals that I can't wait to peruse. This year I decided to stick near my computer instead of brave the crowds at the stores.  Where will you be shopping today? Living room or brick and mortar?

Get it Girl!

Favorite Deals:
Gap: 20% off your entire purchase (code: GAPGIFT)

J.Crew:  25% off your entire purchase (code: COLOR 25)

Shopbop: 35% purchase (code: BIGEVENT12)

Madewell:  25% off and Free Shipping (code: TREAT)

Bloomingdales: Up to 50% off and $25 off every $200

Mix & Match

Blouse - Forever21 :: Tunic - Old Navy  Heels - Sole Society

Most people turn their heads at mixing prints like leopard and floral or black and navy.  But I delight in the challenge!  Man, I'm such a risk taker. {ha! right.} To be honest, I am not sure if this is my favorite outfit but it is definitely out of the box and was really fun to create!

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Holiday Gift Guide - Hostess

1. Calendar Dish Towels 2. Twig Spreaders 3. Robot Tea Infuser 4. Coffee Scoop 
5. Birch Candlesticks 6. Olive Oil & Balsamic Vinegar Set 7. Mortar and Pestle 8. Glitter Servers

I know it may seem early to everyone but I am already in the Christmas spirit and I will be doing A LOT of Christmas shopping in the next few weeks.  So, each week I will be posting this year's Holiday Gift Guide for all of the special people in your life!  

I thought I would post the Gift Guide for hostesses today in case you need a small gift idea for your Thanksgiving host {please tell me other people procrastinate like I do...}.  I couldn't think of a better way to say "Thanks!" for the generosity of opening up your home to family and friends.

Also, don't forget to sign up for the cowl infinity scarf giveaway! Today is the last day!!


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Still Wearing Polka Dots

Similar Items: Polka Dot Shirt | Jacket | Jeans | Heels | Bracelet

In case you were wondering, I am still obsessed with polka dots.  The trend seems to be sticking around {PTL!} so I am taking full advantage of it.  

Annnd I'm still loving Sole Society {go figure!} When I saw these shoes on their site I immediately thought of these beauties that I missed out on from Zara. 

I love when you find look-a-likes for your favorite pieces!

pssst! Don't forget to sign up for the infinity scarf giveaway!


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