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What to catch on Sale, NOW!

Christmas is now less than two weeks away, so whether you are still checking things off your list or catching some deals for yourself, today’s post is for you. I’ve rounded up the top picks from some of the best sales going on now. Nordstrom has some fantastic discounts, J.Crew is giving you 50% off today, as is Abercrombie & Fitch! LOFT has 40% off a bunch of items and Madewell is offering 25% off your purchase, to name a few. Take advantage now while the prices are right and before shipping deadlines kick in!


Winter Cozy

Well, Christmas is two weeks away. I’m not mentioning this as an attempt to add stress to your day, but more of an effort to help you refocus and enjoy what you can out of the coming weeks. It’s so easy to get distracted and fall into all the busy-ness of right now. This year I set a limit on how much I was buying the kids and had that list checked off pretty early. I do most shopping online and that saves so much time from my day and I often get better deals that way too. I still have a handful of others on my list, but I’m trying not to let that part of the season overwhelm me. We’ve been attending concerts, church events and other various Christmas happenings because they will all be here and gone before we know it. We also started reading this Advent book as a family each evening. It’s not picture perfect each night, but I love how it brings us all together and helps us to keep our focus on the real reason for celebrating.

I wore this outfit yesterday to church and then to a Christmas Concert that my mother directs. The cardigan is so cute and cozy and I love it’s slightly cropped length. It’s going to be put to work in my wardrobe for sure! It would also look great dressed up over a top like this and pants such as these. But you know me and my casual everyday. And speaking of casual everyday, I bought these boots a few weeks ago for that very purpose. I didn’t expect for them to be much of a stand-out bootie, but you wouldn’t believe the amount of people that stop and ask me about them. I not only love the wedge that adds great height without sacrificing comfort, but also the fact that they are insulated and waterproof. Basically your perfect winter boot when you’re still looking for a bit of style. They were a splurge but I knew I’d be getting my wear out of them, so if there’s still room on your Christmas list you may consider adding them!

Details: Sweater / Scarf / Top (similar) / Denim (similar) / Boots / Earrings / Sunglasses

Festive Pom Poms

Each year I love finding at least one top or sweater that will serve as my holiday workhorse. I knew this was the one as soon as I scrolled upon it. I love that the ivory plays so well with anything from denim to red, black, green and basically anything in between. I have a pair of lace pants similar to these that I’ll be pairing with it at some point. If pom poms are a bit much for you, this sweater also comes in a handful of other solid colors. The fit is so chic and stylish with a perfect v-neck, slightly ballooned sleeves and the long cuffs. You can’t go wrong with this one. Overall, Madewell has been nailing it in the sweater department. I’ll share more of my favorites below since they still have their 20% or 30% off sale happening now (the best time to take advantage!).

Details: Sweater (other options here, here and here) / Denim (similar) / Shoes (similar) / Earrings


GIFT GUIDE: Under $50

It’s Wednesday and although the stomach bug interrupted the beginning of our week around here, I’m determined to get things back on track in order to finish out this week on a much better note! Today I’ve got a fun little under $50 gift guide to share with you all. Friends, family members, hosts, significant others…you should be able to find something on here for just about everyone.


Flannel: A great flannel is widely accepted and this one comes at a great price and in a number of color combos.

Water Bottle: Last year I made the resolution to drink more water. Half my body weight in ounces was my daily goal and although I didn’t hit that everyday I came much closer than ever before. The only reason was because I always kept (and continue to keep) a water bottle by my side. Maybe this would be a great goal for you and a friend. Plus, a cute bottle never hurt anyone.

Faux Fur: Any girlfriend of mine would love a little faux fur. Especially something simple like this that would add a little punch to any holiday outfit.

Lipstick: I get asked most about my lip color the most when I’m wearing this Stila lipstick. Not only do they have great color options, but the stuff really stays on. And since reapplication is not my jam, this stuff is my best friend. This set would make a great gift on it’s own or could be broken up to add to other gifts.

Cutting Board: A fun and festive gift that could be perfect for anyone that may be hosting you this year.

Earrings: I share these time and again. I love them because the shape is so flattering on everyone and they come in just about any color option. The gold is especially festive.

Cozy Minimalist Home: I’ve recently started following The Nester and love her and her motto that ‘it doesn’t have to be perfect to be beautiful’. This is a book I’d love to get my hands on. Check her out on Instagram for a great follow.

Homebody tee: Does this tee speak to anyone else?! Not only do I love this tee, but I love the whole Proper Tee line by Chris Loves Julia. How cute is the MistleToe tee?

Travel Jewelry Box: What a perfect gift for the friend that does a lot of traveling. Makes a great stocking stuffer too.

Hat: Cold weather accessories are always practical this time of year, especially when they are classic and cute!

Slipper: I love these classy slippers in the form of a loafer. They also come in a blush pink if that’s more her thing.

French Press: For the coffee lover. This gift changed my coffee life last year. I don’t use it everyday, but we break it out a few times a week to enjoy a better/tastier cup of coffee.

O Christmas Tree

Hey guys! Hope you had a great weekend! We tracked down our Christmas tree on Saturday and despite everyone’s best efforts, I wasn’t giving in until we found that perfect tree. When I say perfect, I never really know what that means until I see it. Sometimes it’s quirky other times it’s gigantic, but this year it turned out to be picture perfect. We were ready to give up when someone tracked us down and told us that we could enter a ‘do not cut’ area that they were just opening. Talk about our Christmas angel! And would you believe that that area was full of the most perfect trees all in a row and we were the first to enter! Just a little slice of heaven on earth for two tired parents and three cranky kiddos. We may have taken home half a field of mud, but it was all worth it.

I layered up for our tree hunt wearing this pretty flannel (that’s currently $25 and comes in a bunch of colors) and this cozy sweater that’s on sale at Madewell, as are the updated version of my jeans. I get asked often about my Madewell jeans and I love every pair I have. They hold up wash after wash and are very much worth the splurge, especially when they’re on sale as they are now. They run true to size and my favorites are their high-rise fit. Another perk is that they offer free shipping and returns when you’re an Insider (which is free to sign up for!).



Details: Sweater / Shirt / Coat (similar) / Denim (similar) / Hat / Gloves / Boots (similar) and Liners