Holiday Gift Guide 2014: For The Home

You didn't think I had forgotten about gift guides now did you? I'm feeling very motivated to get most my shopping done before December even starts this year, and so far I am making good progress. I have ordered most everything for the girls from amazon (toys and books), as well as have been collecting a few things here and there for all the ladies in my life. My husband has me a bit stumped this year. He isn't necessarily picky, but he also isn't into just a bunch of "stuff", you know what I mean? Anyway, I thought I would start my gift guides off with a few fun picks for the home. I like giving gifts like this to newlyweds who just moved in their first home, to the entertainer who loves hosting friends and family, or just any of my friends that I know are homebodies and like this kind of stuff too!

Smeg Toaster - West Elm
Set of 4 Cocktail Recipe Plates - Crate & Barrel, $10
Faceted Glass Vases - West Elm
Clara Salad Server Set - Z Gallarie
Bon Appetit Mini Appetizer Plates - C. Wonder , $54
Ribbed Whisky Decanter - Sur La Table, $40
Orrefors Hand Cut Whiskey Glassware - Bloomingdale's, $72
Hola/Adios Doormat (also in French) - Anthropologie, $38
"Tequila Mockingbird: Cocktails With A Literary Twist" - Casa, $12
"Less Monday More Coffee" Mug - Indigo, $10
Whiskey Tasting Kit - Crate & Barrel, $35
Eduardo Garza Crystal Box - West Elm, $70
Capri Blue Volcano Room Spray - Anthropologie, $24
West Coaster coasters - Cole Haan, $28 (also: East Coaster, North Coaster, Gulf Coaster
Sunbeam Waffle Bite Maker - Macy's, $30
Buffalo Check Tea For One Set - C Wonder, $48

But wait! There's more where that came from:


Recent Purchases

I love seeing what people are buying and/or "hauls" and all that good stuff, so I thought I would share a few recent purchases with you today. I've been pleased with each and every one of these items, so I am a happy little shopper!


A lot of these items are from my Fall Closet, but I am sharing them again so you can see which pieces I have taken from my virtual closet and added to my real closet ;) 

Lucky Brand Thermal

Thermals are just the best for layering, and I thought the fun chevron sleeve would be great under vests this fall. This is currently on sale for more than 50% off.

Piperlime Collection Leopard Sweater 

This recently went on sale for 50% off, so I snatched one right up. It is scheduled to be delivered today.

Asos Plaid Blanket Scarf

I loooove this scarf, and I have taken to wearing it loose and long, as seen in this post. It's my new favorite lazy way of wearing scarves, and kind of rebelling against the "10001 ways to tie your scarf!" society that we are living in.

Target Mid Rise Denim Leggings in Gray and Medium Blue

Currently Mossimo jeans are 40% off at Target, and you can stack a Cartwheel deal for an extra 20% off! I got the Medium Blue in store yesterday for only $13. I had to order the gray pair online, and unfortunately the cartwheel deal is not valid online. They were still a great deal at only $16.

Jcrew NewBalance Sneakers

These were on sale for only $35 (reg $80), and since I had my eye on a pair of New Balance for quit some time I decided it was too good a deal to pass up. I must admit, I was a bit nervous about how these would actually work due to the bold color combo, but I love them! They are so fun and add the perfect jolt of energy to my rather dark (aka gray and black) wardrobe. See them in action on instagram here and here.


I was in the market for new eyeshadows and lipsticks, so I took to the drugstore and picked up these:

Maybelline Expert Wear Eyeshadow Quad in "Autumn Coppers"

Basically if it had "autumn" in the name I was all about it. These are pretty rose gold shades that are super flattering.

Milani Shadow Singles in "Bella Espresso" and "Bella Cappuccino"

These are my new favorite shadows. I will definitely be picking up more colors. They have great coverage, are long lasting, and the packaging is very nice. Highly recommend.

Maybelline Color Sensational Mattes in "Touch of Spice"

I looooove this color, and have seen it around pinterest as a dupe to M.A.C.'s "Twig". I'm all about a drugstore dupe!

Wet n Wild Mattes in "Bordeux Boulevard" 

Another great color that i decided to try thanks to Pinterest. I don't usually buy Wet n Wild, but for $1.99 I thought why not? It's a gorgeous color, (you can see it in action here on instagram) although it does dry out your lips pretty quickly. I end up putting lip balm over it after awhile.

Sally Hansen Insta Dri Polish in "Expresso", "In Prompt Blue" and "Slick Slate"

This is my favorite polish- one coat coverage and fast drying. Yes please! I pick up a few new colors each season. They are great for giving the girls manis too because as you know kids don't have much patience waiting for their nails to dry!

Bath & Body Works:

I took full advantage of the recent candle sale and bought three new scents to get me through the holiday season. "Marshmallow Fireside", "Mint Mocha Chip" and "Warm Vanilla Sugar".  I also bought a holiday pack of pocketbacs and three fun covers, the studded black for me (how ironic is that? A bad ass looking hand sanitizer holder!) and two for the girls (dog, penguin) because we like to attach them to their backpacks for school. Although let's be honest, I am jealous of theirs, they are so cute!

So there you have a group of some of my most recent purchases. Most were on major sale, so I have had no problem in treating myself. What have you been bringing home lately? Let me know in the comments!


Thanksgiving Outfit Ideas

I am so excited for Thanksgiving next week! This year my brother is hosting at his home in Santa Rosa, so I will be taking the girls up there (unfortunately my husband works) and I am looking forward to relaxing with family and just having a good time! I started to think of my Thanksgiving outfit over the weekend, and decided to post a few of my ideas here for you too. Do you have your outfit planned out already? I always think of comfy cozy outfits, because lets be honest, we are going to be stuffing ourselves silly and who wants to feel uncomfortable for that? 

You can't go wrong with your stretchiest pair of denim and a nice oversized sweater! Let a pair of statement earrings do all the work and have yourself a merry little turkey day.

Retro Twist Knit Batwing Sleeves Pullover • ChicNova • $45.00
H&M - Super Skinny Super Low Jeans  • H&M • $19.95
Steve Madden 'Northsde' Quilt Back Knee High Boot (Women) • Steve Madden • $199.95
Ice Io Drops • BaubleBar • $34.00
Prana Viola Infinity Scarf • Zappos • $45.00
Urban Expressions Pin Stud Jess Clutch • Nordstrom Rack • $29.97

A forgiving shirt dress is a perfect option when you want to say yes to seconds. More mashed potatoes please!

Sonoma life + style ® plaid shirt dress - Kohls • $29.99
Bernardo Faux Fur Vest • Lord + Taylor • $78.00
Madewell Pave Double Ring • Madewell • $28.00
Snake Chain Tassel Pendant • BaubleBar • $36.00
Wine Felt Fedora Hat • Dorothy Perkins • $22.00
Kork-Ease Harper • 6pm• $70.00

If you are looking to go a little more snazz, try an A-line pleather skirt, which is flattering for all figures. Paired with a fun polka dot blouse and modern accessories, this look is great for a "Friendsgiving" or a simple dinner out with drinks to follow.

Polka Dot Collared Chiffon Blouse • ChicNova • $29.00
H&M - Circle Skirt - Black - Ladies • H&M • $49.95
NINE WEST Grey High Bridge Crossbody • Nine West • $19.99
Metal Choker • MANGO • $19.99
Joe's 'Arnie' Pump (Women) • Nordstrom • $71.37


My Style: Sporty Mixed Prints

I don't know if I even want to talk about my outfit, because that Ginkgo tree is really stealing the show back there. I mean va va voom. Ginkgo's are my favorite in the fall, that vibrant golden yellow is such a sight to be seen, and the dainty confetti of their fallen leaves on the ground is just the best. 

But I suppose you came here for outfit details and not an Arbor Day Foundation meeting. For this look I am taking a few pieces from my fall capsule to create a fun sporty look.  In the original post I featured a plain navy vest, but here I am using what I already had on hand, a leopard print from Old Navy a few years back. It ended up being a mix of patterns that worked together quite nicely.

Flannel: Kohls, Vest: Old Navy (old), Tote: Old Navy (old), Denim: Gap (old), Shoes: Vans

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