Friday, December 23, 2016

Christmas in 3...2..1

It's Christmas!!!

Well...in like a day. :) So excited around this time of year. I haven't been blogging much but I've been making sure to spend quality time with the ones I love. As you know I come from a HUGE family, and our Christmas tradition is going over one of my aunts house (which is the house my mom grew up in, and raised my big brother) and it's so many of us, you literally have to find a spot to sit. But we get together, we blast the Christmas tunes, we exchange gifts, we eat until our faces fall off...we laugh and love madly on one another, and this happens to be my most favorite Christmas tradition. Because my family is so massive, everyone usually brings a dish, and small gifts that can be used by anyone. We sometimes play games, and the gifts are prizes, or we all just start passing the out to whomever has the empty hands to take them. I'm most looking forward to the fresh baked cookies my aunt makes for each family. She usually starts days in advance to bake them, and have them all ready by Christmas Eve! 

One thing that tends to happen every year, is this conversation I have with my dad about the "true meaning" of Christmas. Each year I get older, I begin to realize this same lecture he gives me every year has significant weight to it.  Everyone that knows me, knows I love presents, and it's not about the shoes, or the clothes, or the jewelry...it's not about gifts at all! It's about spending time with the people you love, hugging the little ones tight because it's so magical for them, and being the light for others. It's about giving to those who can't necessarily give back to you. As I get older I realize the things I wan't most, you can't buy for Christmas. I am truly just happy seeing other people happy, and knowing in my heart that I helped make it happen. So as we enter into yet another Christmas holiday, who cares what you got your mom, or your dad. Who cares what your friend will think of your gift. Hug them, love them, kiss them...because that's what matters most.

For more on my winter white look, keep reading!












Dress: Windsor (old) similar here and here | Shoes: Lolashoetique | Coat: Missguided |


What are your Christmas traditions?

Merry Christmas to you and your families!

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Purple Reign

Didn't I say "Tis the Season to Slay"? Looooved this look from Windsor store and felt like such a Queen in this dress. I don't own very many dark colors, nor do I ever venture out much and do colored lips with my looks. But honey...when I say I was feeling myself? I had SO much fun shooting this look. I stated in my last post that I was falling in love with fabrics that have lots of movement, and can't you tell?! This look is perfect for that holiday party you're going to, whether that be at an event thrown by friends, or a super special black tie office Christmas party! I'm all about standing out in a crowd, and not doing the norm so I try and shy away from wearing the typical colors to holiday partys like, reds, greens, and sparkles. Although they are gorgeous, and beautiful...I always try and push to do something different. I opted for a beautiful plum dress...perfect for this time of year, and dazzling to say the least. 

You can shop my look below! Be sure to share your pics with me, and of course do a spin for me on the dance floor! 












Dress: Windsor | Shoes: Lolashoetique


Happy Holidays,

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Early Bird Gift Guide!

Ahh!! It's that time of year!! As December has already found itself upon us, I wanted to get up an "Early Bird Gift Guide" for those of you who are like me, and wan't to get most of your Christmas shopping done before the week of Christmas when everyone in the entire world is shopping. I hate shopping when there are 1000 people in the store, I instantly get stressed because I feel like I can't take my time and focus on what I really want to look for. This might be a major reason I shop online 90% of the time. :) I do however enjoy grabbing a cup of Starbucks, and going with others to shop, and take pride in the fact that I've checked everyone off my shopping list, and can simply enjoy simply being in the atmosphere of the Christmas holiday season. Lucky for you I gathered a major list of gift ideas, for everyone in your family  - before all the deals hit, so you can be fully prepared for checkout!

Happy Shopping!


For my Ladies:
Frankie Zebrawood &Champagne Watch | JORD Wood Watches $189
Nile Expandable Bangle | Alex and Ani $38
Peony & Blush Suede Perfume | Jo Malone $ 130

For my Fellas: 
Ebony & Gold Watch | JORD Watches $189
Spicebomb Set | Victor&Rolf $130 




For the Homeowner (or Apartment Renter):
Bliss Plush Throw | Kennebunk Home $29
Glitter Photo Frame| Kate Spade $40
'Cravings' Slate Serving Board | Cathy's Concepts $48
Soundlink Mini II Bluetooth Speaker | Bose $179
Cocounut, Ginger, & Pomelo Copper Candle | Cocolux Australia $65 
Sicilian Tangerine Reed Diffuser | NEST Fragrances $42
Umbra Aquala Bathtub Caddy |Umbra $50
Microwave Popcorn Popper | Uncommon Goods $15
Aureate Pot | Anthropologie $ 16-24
Plush Stripe Monogram Throw Blanket | Levetex $ 39




For the Workfriend:
Cards Against Humanity  | Target $25
Mornings Blow Mug | Drybar $14.50
The Fashion Coloring Book | Houghton Mifflin Harcout $12.99
Baies Scented Candle  | Diptyque $32
The Hungover Cookbook  | ModCloth $10
Wool & Cashmere Scarf | Saks of Fifth $60
Notorious B.I.G. Socks | Stance $16
Naked Palette | Urban Decay $54
Mantraband 'She Believed She Could' Cuff | Nordstrom $35
Bisous Portable Charger | Sonix $45

  

Don't forget! I've teamed up with JORD Wood Watches for an awesome contest! Just for entering you instantly receive $25 coupon code! I've included my favorite wood watches from JORD above, which the $25 coupon code can be applied to. If you win, you will receive a $75 discount, which can be applied to your purchase. The contest ends December 18th, 2016 so you still have time!! Hoping you enjoy your holiday shopping, and you check everyone off your list this year!
 

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