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Holiday Gift Guide: Kids

Today I’m sharing my holiday gift guide for kids! The majority of these gifts are tried and true toys that have served for hours and hours of fun in our home. Have a look for yourself and see what might light up that little one’s eyes…

 

1 . Chronicles of Narnia Box Set: My 7 yo son and I have been reading through this set for the past few months. I had never read any others besides The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe, so I’m finding it just as enjoyable to read these classic books and spend some quiet time with him each evening.

2. Guess Who: I love that so many classic games are still around and I love that my kids love them just as much as I did!

3. Disney Princess Dress Up Trunk: I get that not every little girl is into dress up, but my 4 year old is out of control in this department!

4. Cuddle + Kind Dolls: This might be my favorite gift on today’s guide. These dolls are not only adorable and unique, but with each one purchased 10 children in need are provided a meal! There are a number of animals to choose from and many come in two sizes. I ordered a pair of bunnies for the girls and I cannot wait to give them to them!

5. Bean Bag Chair: My older two children have had these bean bags for a few years and my youngest will be getting one for Christmas. Not only are they great for movies and video games, but my kids enjoying piling them up and running into them relentlessly :)

6. Classic Legos: My son is often gifted Lego sets which he loves, but when it comes to everyday play is nice to have more of the basics to allow that creativity to flourish.

7. XBox One: My husband and son received this as a joint gift last year for Christmas. I was a little hesitant because I didn’t want video games to become an all too regular thing in our house or something that I’d constantly be setting limits on. But over the past year the two of them have had so much fun playing soccer and football together a few times a week that I don’t so much mind it anymore :)

8. Kidcraft Kitchen: This kitchen has been a fixture for the past 4 years in our home. The girls (ages 4 and 1) have basically taken it over by this point, but it gets used nearly everyday. I am fed A LOT of food :)

9. Lite Brite: Another classic toy that I’m so happy to see is around. We don’t own this yet, but in another year or two I’ll be tempted to grab one for my daughter!

10. Bright Beats Dance & Move BeatBo: My 1 yo finds so much enjoyment out of interactive toys. She also loves to dance, so when my husband and I came across this guy we knew it would be the perfect gift for her. Bounds of laughter are guaranteed to be shared as we watch her Christmas morning!

11. Teepee: These are extremely popular these days and it must be for good reason!

12. Melissa & Doug Puppet Theater: Our kids have this set and although they enjoy it the most when their Poppop is here to entertain, they all get a kick out of putting on a show. We have some of these puppets to go along with it.

13. Micro Mini Original Kick Scooter: We’ve had this scooter since my son was three and outside of having to replace a wheel (which they offer on their site) it’s still in great condition and gets used daily in the summertime.

14. Chutes and Ladders: One final classic game that’s right up my alley. Just don’t send my 4 yo down a chute, yikes!!!

Fairisle

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Have you all caught your breath now that Black Friday/Cyber Monday have passed? I know my inbox needs a little detox for sure! I did manage to snag a few goodies and get a few things checked off of the kid’s lists, so at least the ball is rolling!

I’m a sucker for a good fairisle sweater and with winter on it’s way I figured it was time to stock up! At $20, this one was a no-brainer and I have gotten a ton of compliments on it. I sized up so I was able to layer under it and love the look of the plaid underneath. There are a number of colors available that you can check out here.

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Details: Target sweater / JCrew shirt (sold out, but love this and this) / LOFT denim / SheIn jacket c/o / Dolce Vita boots (similar)

Cyber Week Sales!

I’m gathering all of my favorite sales and will be updating all throughout Cyber Week, so be sure to keep checking back to catch all the best deals!!

Amazon: So many great deals, especially for Prime members!!

Ann Taylor: 50% off everything (some exclusions) with code: CYBER50

Anthropologie: 20% off full priced items and extra 30% off sale items with code: STACKS

BaubleBar: 35% off 2+ items or 25% off with code: SAVE25

Boden: 30% off purchase (some exclusions) with code: 3Y8N

Gap: 50% off everything with code: CYBMON

Gymboree: 50%-80% off the entire site + $25 off of $100 with code: BONUSDAY

ILY Couture: 25% off your purchase with code: GIFT25

JCrew: 40% off your purchase (some exclusions) with code: MONDAY

JCrew Factory: 50%-60% off everything, Prices as marked

LOFT: 50% off purchase (some exclusions) with code: CYBERMONDAY

Madewell: 25% off your purchase (some exclusions) with code: CYBERMONDAY

Pottery Barn: 30% off stockings, ornaments and more! Plus 100’s of sales sitewide and free shipping with code: SHIPFREE

Pottery Barn Kids: 20% off your purchase plus free shipping (some exclusions) with code: OHWHATFUN

Serena and Lily: 25% off your purchase with code: BESTEVER

Sole Society: 30% off entire site

The Land of Nod: 20% off plus free shipping (some exclusions)

Other Sales to Note:

Aritzia: Everything up to 50% off plus free shipping

ASOS: 30% off everything with code: THANKFUL30

Banana Republic: 50% off entire purchase

Goodnight Macaroon: 40% off purchase with code: CYBER40

Janie & Jack: 35% off purchase (some exclusions) and free shipping

Kate Spade: 30% off purchase (some exclusions) with code: WIRED

Old Navy: 40% off everything

 

Dressed Down Leather

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Some of you may have seen this look on Instagram a few days ago where I mentioned that I waited far too long to jump into faux leather leggings. For some reason I narrow mindedly only pictured wearing them in some sort of dressed up fashion. Well, that’s obviously not true, because the first thing I reached for to pair them with was a turtleneck and cardigan! But honestly, I love this laid back but totally chic look. I’ll definitely be pulling this together again. I grabbed these leggings off the rack at TJMaxx, but this pair is very similar and you can’t beat the price! I’m going to say you should give them a shot because they’re going to get a ton of wear this season! How cute would they look paired with a plaid top such as this one and maybe a faux fur vest?? My wheels are already spinning ;)

I also want to wish you all a wonderful Thanksgiving and safe travels for those of you that will be on the road or in the air. I’m so thankful for all of you!!

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Details: Target cardigan / Gap turtleneck / Leggings via TJMaxx (similar) / Madewell booties (similar) / Scarf (similar here and here)

Holiday Gift Guide: Her

I’m sure there are more than a few of you that have begun the task of holiday shopping, so today I’m jumping in to the fun and sharing my first gift guide of the season. I’m starting with the easiest in my opinion, her gift guide, because it’s basically a guide of my own ;) Scroll down for all the details!

Also, check out the fun little ‘Holiday Gift Guide‘ tab in my task bar above! That will be here all season and I’ll be adding all of my guides as I complete them so you’ll have easy access to my shopping guides at the click of a button ;)

 

1. Kate Spade Hat: Put a bow on it and you have me…how stinkin’ adorable?!
2. Sole Society Weekender: I love a good weekender and this one is such a stunner! Sleek and sophisticated and a available in a variety of colors.
3. Hunter Boots: These boots are the best. Rain or snow, they’ve got you covered and looking oh-so cute as you face the elements. The only down-side is narrowing down a color!
4. The Magnolia Story: To all of my (and your) Chip and JoJo fans! Surprise your friends and then ask to borrow it…and then you can Snap back and forth as you shiplap like a mad woman :)
5. Madewell Slippers: Im always due for a new pair of slippers come the holidays. These seem too cozy to pass up!
6. Kate Spade Thermal Mug: Tuck in a Starbucks card and you’re set!
7. Too Faced Neutral Eyeshadow Palette: I love palettes such as this one. The best part is that they work for everyday make-up but can also be used to take it up a few notches for a night out or holiday party!
8. J.Crew Dreamy Cotton Pants: These have been my favorite pj pants for years. I always watch for the sales this time of year to stock up on a pair or two.
9. LOFT Faux Fur Infinity Scarf: A great staple to have all winter long for any woman in your life.
10. Prayer JournalI recently gave this to a friend for her birthday and now I’d love to have one of my own. A place to keep my on-going list of prayers in order and close at hand.
11. Voluspa Candles: These make great stocking stuffers or you can add them to gifts you’re working together for your friends, family, teachers etc. One gift you can guarantee to be used!
12. Stella & Dot Engrave-able Necklace: A personalized gift always shows that you put time and thought into it. This sleek and stylish necklace would win any lady over.
13. IT Make-up Brushes: I’m in need of a new set of brushes (husband, if you’re reading…stocking stuffer ;) I bet I’m not alone in needing this update and I’m sure many of your girlfriends would be thrilled to have this gifted to them!
14. Sole Society Tote: You all know my obsession with my Madewell tote, and I came across this option at a more budget friendly price. Sleek, stylish and a gift that would certainly be well used!

Olive + Wine

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We’ve been enjoying quite a beautiful fall season around here and I’ve been making the most of my lighter layers and ankle booties. Oh, and the colors! The rich beautiful colors that I can’t get enough of! This pretty top reminds me of something that I would find at Anthropologie, but I grabbed it straight off the rack at Target. It also comes in blush which you know is right up my alley as well. And this jacket is another great piece at a great price ($30!). I love the length and the fact that it’s roomie enough to layer sweaters underneath. That’s important, because I’m not ready for wool or down just yet!

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Details: Target top / LOFT scarf (on sale!)/ SheIn jacket c/o / LOFT denim (similar) / Booties

A Little Bra Talk

Hi Ladies! Not my typical style topic today, but one of much importance when it comes to creating your own personal style and feeling your best. Over the past few years (well, seven actually), I have been pregnant, nursing, trying to regain my body again (although those of you that have given birth know that that old body is pretty much gone) and then back on that cycle three more times. To say my body has changed is an understatement. Sure, weight has been gained and lost, muscles have been gained and lost, and my chest has gained and well, lost for good! I’ve now reached a point where none of my old bras fit the way they used to and I don’t have any plans to jump back into any nursing bras (gosh, they’re the worst!). I have tried a few within the past few months but I have yet to find one that has the fit and support (or shall we just call it lift) that I’m looking for.

I’ve recently been hearing and reading a lot about ThirdLove and their collection of bras that are designed with you in mind. One of the best features, in my opinion, is that they offer half sizes! I’ve had so many issues going between cup sizes and just like shoes, I don’t know why this isn’t always an option! When it comes to your size, they actually have an app that you can download on your phone that lets you take pictures for them to measure and accurately give you your bra size. I was assured that no images would be saved anywhere, haha! Once you have your size, it’s on to style and more of what you’re looking to get out of your bra. Below you’ll find a Bra Personality Quiz from ThirdLove that fits right in to the fall season and will help to give you some sort of direction.

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I knew I was the Classic T-shirt gal before I even took the quiz, that’s just my style ;) I’m always up for a great neutral bra that will work under most any outfit. That makes getting dressed in the morning all that much easier. I have to say though, I’m not opposed to the Lace Balconette, and I’m sure my husband wouldn’t be either! I’d love to know what you ended up with?! Which bra suits your personality the best?

Want to hear one more great perk about ThirdLove? You get a 30 day trial to find out if this is the bra for you! If not, you simply return it, but otherwise, they’ll wait to charge you at the end of your trial period. I can’t find a downside here! For those of you that are in my boat and are eager to find a perfect fitting bra, ThirdLove is offering a 15% discount to A Lovely Living readers! Simply enter code:TLNOVBB15 for your discount.

I can’t wait to get mine and finally (fingers crossed!) have a great fitting bra in my life. For anyone else that gives it a try, please keep me posted. I’d love to hear how it works for you!

 

Fall Favorite

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This is most certainly a top favorite outfit of mine this fall. Feminine and chic but so versatile at the same time. This can easily work for weekdays, weekends, church, brunch, and any host fall plans you have up your sleeve. It may be a stretch for soccer mom, but hey, you’d be the best dressed at that game! Some pieces are new, most are older, but the beauty of an outfit like this is that you can mix and match pieces from your own wardrobe and it’ll all remain in style for years to come!

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Details: Madewell dress (old, see options below) / Target cardigan / Zara scarf (old, similar) / DV boots (see similar below)

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Weekend Ready

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Well this week certainly flew by! I’m sure with all of the election commotion that you’re all just as ready for the weekend as I am. And I just may have to break out this ensemble again all too soon…..as in tomorrow ;) Easy, cute and comfortable, what’s not to love? There are so many cute lace-up top options at the moment (I know I’ve shared options previously), and this one in particular is only $18! You can find them in the form of shirts, sweaters, tunics etc. All of which look great with leggings and a jacket and it serves as the perfect outfit for running errands, gathering for brunch with friends or soccer games with your children. Trust me, these are great go-to pieces to have on hand.

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And just to keep the mood light this Friday, I thought I’d share a few out-takes with you. My husband hung a swing in our backyard and I thought it may be cute to take a few shots on it…..well, let’s just say they didn’t turn out as I had expected ;)

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Details: SheIn top c/o / Leggings (similar) / Pilcro jacket / Stella & Dot monogram necklace / Booties (on sale!) / Madewell tote

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Nordstrom Fall Clearance Sale Picks

I don’t typically post on Thursdays, however I’m making an exception and squeezing in this extra post so that I can share some of my favorite picks from the Nordstrom Fall Clearance Sale with you all. Quite a few of my go-to fall pieces are included, so if you’ve had your eye on anything, now’s the time to pull the trigger! The Bobeau cardigan that I’ve raved about is now $40 and comes in a ton of colors! I have a number of beanies, but if I needed an excuse to grab another one, this cashmere one would be it. The same goes for denim, I love AG and I’m looking for any good reason to get this pair. You all know how I adore my Madewell tote, but if you’re looking for something a bit more budget friendly, this one is now marked down to $32! And finally, the ankle booties and OTK boots you’ve seen me wearing all season (examples here and here) are also marked down and most sizes are still in stock! If you have some free time, you should do a little browsing of your own because there are a lot of great fall to winter pieces to check out!

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