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Merry, Merry

If you need an easy go-to look for the holidays, make sure you have a cute graphic tee on hand. Whether you pair it with joggers to lounge around the house in, throw it on with denim and a cardigan, or wear it under a blazer with pants or even a midi skirt, the possibilities are endless. Another piece that I highly recommend having is a fur scarf. Toss it on over any number of festive outfits and it takes your look to the next level with very little effort!

I wore theses jeans all throughout winter last year and I’m so glad they brought them back in this updated version. My blazer is on major sale right now and it’s a good one! It has a long, slender fit that’s very flattering and the material has a soft, comfortable feel. I highly recommend it!

Details: T-shirt / Blazer / Scarf (similar options below) / Denim (updated version) / Boots / Sunglasses

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Gift Guide: Beauty

Another gift guide coming at you today! This time I’m sharing gifts within the beauty arena. Whether she’s a natural beauty or loves getting dolled up, there’s a little something for every lady on your list!

A few of these things are in my own home, and others are on my list as well. This robe is a dream and what I wear every single day as I do my hair and make-up, post shower. It’s worth every penny and only gets better with wear. This hand cream is a go-to of mine. I tuck the travel bottles in my car and bags so that I always have one on hand. They make great additions to gifts…think about tossing one in a pouch with some nail polish, a cute beauty blender or lip gloss.

I included two cosmetic bags, both excellent choices. Personally, I’d use this one for my makeup to keep it organized (even at home) and this stand up bag for traveling which I’d fill with my haircare products, brushes etc. Another great gift would be this vanity organizer. I love how it can be tucked under your sink or in a linen closet and brought out for easy use.

I don’t own this hair dryer (not exactly a necessity for short hair), but I hear it’s magical for those with longer locks. I may consider it for my girls at some point. Another product that always gets rave reviews is this brush cleaning mat. A gift most anyone would get use out of. Then there are collagen peptides which help with skin, nail, hair and joint support. This is the only flavor I’ve tried, and I really enjoy it!

Everything here falls under $100 with the majority falling under $50, allowing you to keep within those budgets while checking off your list at the same time ;) Click on images below for more details.

Holiday Decor Inspiration

Decorating has commenced in our household and although it’s not complete, it’s well underway. I forget how much I love the feeling of having our winter/Christmas decor up. Especially in the evenings when all of the little twinkling lights create the most peaceful ambiance. We won’t get a live tree until after Thanksgiving which the family will decorate in our family room, but I also have this tree set up in our dining room and it fills a corner by our front window perfectly. I’ll continue to share more of what I do at home on Instagram, but today I wanted to share some decorating ideas with you to help you get started and give you a little direction if needed. I started playing around with a few boards and they all evolved into a scheme of their own. Please note that these items are not all to scale, so don’t base judgement of size on my renderings ;) I included the exact items pictured as well as some others below each image if you want to get the exact details, but otherwise, pull out your holiday bins and see what you already have in stock. Chances are, you can pull off some of these looks from your current inventory alone!







Makes you want more than one mantle in your home, doesn’t it?! I also wanted to share these stocking hooks (both in bronze and silver) for anyone that has a mantle with a lip (if you have a block mantle, they unfortunately won’t be helpful). I’ve used these hooks ever since we had children because I always imagined those beautiful decorated stocking holders crashing down on one of my little ones. These are a great alternative and won’t interfere with your decor!

Bold Stripes

Sweater weather is in full swing and I’m ok with it! I immediately fell for this striped sweater when I saw it online. It comes in a few different color combos, but this one in particular was my favorite. The fit and feel are great and I know I’ll be wearing it all winter long. I’ve always been happy with the quality of Banana Republic’s sweaters and this one is no different. Some others that I am eyeing include this plaid pullover, this color blocked cardi, and this color blocked sweater that I swear my mom had in her closet when she was my age!

I also recently grabbed these black booties. My closet is full of brown leather and suede options, but I found I was lacking with much of anything in black. I love the sleek, pointed toe and the overall vibe with the subtle studded heel. They’re going to come in handy for any of my semi-dressy holiday looks as well! Currently you can use code AUTUMN for 20% off.

Details: sweater / jacket / jeans (similar) / boots / sunglasses (similar)

LOFT Sale: and Try-On

Loft’s 40% off sale is continuing through today, so I wanted to share some of the goodies I tried on over the weekend! I had Audrey in tow and was a little short on time, but we managed to get through our fair share and found a lot of pieces I think you guys will like! You can also get free shipping in addition to the discount with code: OHMYGOURD so don’t forget that if you make any purchases :)

For the most part, everything ran TTS. I’m in an XS in most things unless otherwise noted.


This was one of my favorite sweaters that I tried on. You know I love the pastels and the colorful flecks and pretty pattern had me loving this one.


While we’re talking pastels, this coat was sooo good! SO comfy and cozy, yet could totally be worn over a dress, trousers or sweats alike!

top / bottom

Speaking of sweats…scoop these up asap! They are by Lou & Grey and what I’ll be reaching for every time I change out of my clothes each day (that in between outfit when you’re done being ‘dressed’ but not ready for pj’s!)


I tried on a few dresses, all very different styles, but all pretty nonetheless. This was the most conservative with a lady-like silhouette and midi length. Great for teachers, church etc.


This one was fun and flirty, great for holiday parties! Although the green is festive, it could also work year round!


I was pleasantly surprised with this sweater dress. A lot of time I feel rather shape-less under them, but this was had a great weight, laid nicely and gave shape without being clingy.


I loved all the details on this sweater. It also came in this pretty blue…


Love this plaid top. Relaxed fit, gathered in the front (so you don’t even have to worry about a front-tuck) and hangs lower in the back. Perfectly festive without being over the top.


Such a pretty, peplum top. Would look great paired with a burnt orange or a red pair of pants.


This light-weight sweater is pretty enough to wear on its own, but would also work really well layered under a blazer or cardigan. It also has a good length to it which would allow you to wear leggings…

I did try on a S here which helped to get a little more length. Had I gone with xs it would have been a bit more fitted.

sweater / jeans

This sweater comes in four beautiful colors, but the green was what I gravitated towards. Lighter in weight making it another sweater that would work well layered under a blazer for work.


I really liked this dark pair of denim. They are high-waisted, TTS (I’m in the 26) and have the cutest button detail along the ankle.


Such a pretty scarf, I love the mix of colors!


Such a great sweater to pair with denim or trousers. The pom poms are a fun detail in addition to the boat neck and pretty camel color. I’d pair it with army green, navy or even red bottoms. I went with a size S here.

Happy Friday guys! We woke up to our first dusting of snow on the ground this morning and Audrey running down the stairs declaring, “IT’S CHRISTMAS!” I’ve been brainstorming and working together a number of gifts guides over the past few weeks and figured it’s time to start getting them out there. I always feel less stressed around the holidays when I have a handle on everyone on my gift list. It allows to me to enjoy the season that always flies by, regardless of how early we start!

This gift guide is not only for the fitness fanatic but anyone who has the itch to just get moving. And if you’re one who just enjoys some good athleisure wear, well then it’s for you too! I’m one who has gone through phases in life, but always enjoyed running and getting in some great classes. Since starting the Faster Way program at the beginning of the year, it helped settle me into a better/steady routine. For those that have been curious about that program (that turns into a lifestyle), you can read more about my journey with it here. And take note that their next round starts Monday!

Below you’ll find a mix of some of my favorite active wear pieces as well as some that are on my list as well! I finally splurged on a great jacket this year because I end up wearing it more than any other and this one is amazing. I also adore this sports bra which has great support, is cute and affordable nonetheless. These socks make a great add on or stocking stuffer. They stay in place better than any other I’ve tried and are thin enough that I wear them with all of my loafers and booties. A cute hat (that’s reflective too), gloves, a cozy layer or a cute tank are all gifts I’d love under my Christmas tree! And talk about a great gym bag, how adorable is this one?!

I look forward to rolling out many more gift guides over the next few weeks, so be sure to check back and easily find them (and past gift guides!) under the Holiday Gift Guides tab above!

Loving Lately: Fleece

Fleece is always something that you can find in my closet and it seems lately that everyone is catching on to the fact that we love all the comfy cozy things! I’m overwhelmed with how many cute pullovers are out there, not to mention the blankets and slippers that are also so appealing. Being warm and comfortable as I run around town from meetings to school and wherever my day may take me, is always a plus. And when you feel stylish on top of that? Well, that’s just a bonus!

I’ve had this pullover for a number of years now and I love that they keep bringing it back because it’s just that good. I added this shorter fleece to my closet this year, going with the leopard print because, why not?! I was so happy to see that they brought this amazing jacket back in grey this year! It was my most worn jacket last year, without a doubt!

I’ve been keeping tabs on my favorites and gathered them for you to check out below. Many of the pieces come in various colors/prints which you can see once you click through. Not only are these great go-to’s for you but they’d make wonderful gift ideas as well!

Mock Neck Sweater

November is here and the weather has certainly followed suit. Colder temperatures are settling in but I can’t say I’m ready to set up my Christmas tree just yet. It feels as though Nov/Dec are completely dedicated to Christmas all of a sudden. Don’t get me wrong, I love the whole season, but I’m not ready to skip over Thanksgiving. I’ll take things a day at a time for now!

I will however, be jumping into all the warm cozy sweaters because well, I’m just not friendly when I’m cold! I need layers and this under $30 sweater is a great option. There are a number of color options, including a stunning red for those upcoming holidays ;) I’m also loving this double breasted coat. Such a chic layer to toss on without adding bulk and great to layer under or over. Olive felt like the perfect color to compliment the pink and grey, so these wide leg trousers were what I reached for to complete the look.

Details: Sweater / Jacket / Pants / Sunglasses / Booties (similar / similar)

Insta Lately

I’m sure many of you are coming off that sugar high today and feeling extra thankful that it’s Friday! Not only that, but we also gain an extra hour of sleep this weekend! Our trick or treat was delayed until Saturday due to the rain/wind/storms that passed through our area and I don’t think I ever recall that happening before! The good thing is that we’ll have a sunny day to look forward to as the kids load up their baskets tomorrow.

Today I wanted to play catch up on all those iphone snapshots of everyday life. The outfits I pull together and a few other odds and ends that I’ve shared over on Instagram.

shirt / sweater (similar) / pants / mules (similar)

I can’t get enough of these pants lately. They are great year round, but fall is definitely their favorite season!

I keep a bin of faux florals and change out my front door wreath with every season. I love how this one turned out! I have a tutorial that shows just how easy it is to make your own here. All you need is a little inspiration.

sweater / denim

Sweater jackets have been another go-to of mine these past two months and I’m hoping that carries on a bit longer!


Hanging with my littlest in my coziest sweatshirt.

sweater / denim (similar) / booties

Another everyday outfit. My wide-leg crops (both these and my Everlane’s) are what I’ve been turning to most often. Makes it easy to pair with a cute, striped sweater.

Jacket (similar) / Shirt / Leggings

I have a number of animal print tops, but these leggings have been such a fun addition and a pair I reach for often.

sweater (similar) / overalls / bodysuit (similar)

This picture was actually taken last year, but I pulled this outfit together again shortly after seeing it. Most of my wardrobe remains classic enough that you wouldn’t know the difference one year from the next. A little tip, bodysuits are great under overalls so you don’t have to worry about your shirts riding up!

scarf / top / sweatpants

I ordered these sweatpants and a matching pair for my 10 yr old son. I can’t get over how cozy they are and my son has been raving about how they’re his favorite pair (and he’s a picky one when it comes to his sweatpants!). Again with this color, one I never realized how often I’d be reaching for!


Another shot from last year that decided to re-share because I came across this sweater (one of my most worn from last year) on sale and fully stocked!

Hope you all have a fantastic weekend and enjoy your extra hour of sleep!