I’m Dreaming of a White…Sequins outfit for NYE

Hopping on to share the last post of 2021! This was my Christmas outfit but it also makes the perfect NYE outfit. I’ve worn everything from jeans and sweaters to Dresses to sequins joggers on Christmas. I’ve seen a trend over the last two years where, whenever I leave the house, I get as glam as possible, haha! Plus, I set the bar pretty high when I wore a skirt for Thanksgiving… I can’t be dressier for Thanksgiving than on Christmas, can I? I absolutely think you should wear whatever you’re comfortable in because that’s when you’re most confident! Confidence is always the top priority.

This off the shoulder sweater actually appeared on one of my IG ads. I thought it was a dress so I clicked on it to find it was two pieces (sold separately). I immediately pictured the sweater with a sequins skirt and did a quick search to see what I would find. I never dreamed of finding THIS perfect skirt – the color, the length, the quality, the slit. Everything about it is perfect! It’s even the same label as the sweater, coincidentally. Definitely a splurge, but I don’t have anything in my closet like this and think I’d absolutely be able to re-wear this for NYE or another holiday. I’m also a BIG fan of the graphic tee + sequins skirt + tennis shoe trend. Add a bold lip and you look so chic. That’s an outfit I could wear for a lunch or a dinner and feel more comfortable being in public.

The sweater is so soft and a cropped fit. You can front tuck it or not and either way still has a nice fit. It’s a boatneck neckline and can be worn on or off the shoulder. I love how the model wears it off the shoulder but wish I would have sized up one to achieve that a little easier. I ordered a Small and think it was a little tight to wear it off the shoulder all night. So size up if you like the off the shoulder look. I also ordered a Small in the skirt and it’s the perfect fit. Bonus, it’s fully lined! I was worried about the slit being too high but it’s conservative enough where I didn’t feel like i’d have to wear a slip or shorts underneath. I did see a trick on TikTok to wear a tulle skirt underneath something with a high slit and it looked really pretty! Might only work with a skirt more A-line or full but worth a try if you’re feeling uncomfortable.

Anyway, both the sweater and the skirt are FREE two day shipping! Still time to order and arrive before NYE… just saying πŸ™‚ xoxo Happy New Year!!

Last Minute Holiday Outfit

Only TWO more sleeps until Christmas Day!! Hopefully gifts are purchased & wrapped, meals are planned, and houses are cleaned. As an adult, it’s so stressful during this time! I’m so excited to see Christmas through my toddlers eyes. She reminds me it’s a magical time! Another stress point is.. WHAT TO WEAR. I definitely wait until the last minute to decide, search through my closet, find nothing, and panic! Luckily one of my favorite retailers offers two day shipping for FREE! If you’re in need of a last minute Holiday outfit (Christmas or NYE), I’ve linked a few of my favorites, including this dress!

This dress is a whole VIBE! I was worried this dress would either be too short or too puffy. I’ve never heard of this brand before but it’s started by one of the Co-Founders of Wildfox. I love this crimson color with the green and white florals. It’s red and green but not in your face Christmas-y. Perfect to wear after the holidays too. I took a chance and ordered an XS – a) it was the only size available and b) it was listed as a size 4 so I assumed it would fit but it was tight. A small would have been more comfortable. However, the length is perfect (I’m 5’2″) and still looks fine paired with nude heels. The organza fabric give this dress the perfect shape and the elastic trim on the sleeves isn’t restricting. My favorite part is the neckline – it’s so feminine. Makes me feel so glam…

I’ll be sharing one more Christmas look… it’s pretty extra but will be perfect for NYE, too. For now, Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays!! xoxo

Christmas Family Photos 2021

One of my favorite Black Friday deals is from CVS! They offer 50% off photo orders so I use that as an opportunity to upgrade to the gold foil option. I discovered this deal last year and was excited to see the deal return this year, too. I used our fall family photos because, at the time, I didn’t know we were getting these Christmas photos.

My husband and I both work for Corporate Retail and his employer offered these free 10 minute photo sessions. It cracks me up that she didn’t want to smile in any of these pics! She’s still so adorable. It was such a beautiful setup! And while we waited for our turn, they had a coffee bar and Cheryl’s cookies available outside. We lucked out with a sunny day, too! Which was very fortunate since it was about a 30 minute wait and I was in a mini skirt.

I wasn’t sure what the background setting was going to look like, but I knew Olivia was going to wear this ivory dress with a fur collar. So I based my outfit around the same colors. I ordered this leather skirt in fall 2020. It’s out of stock now, but I did link a similar one from another retailer! The sweater was a last purchase from Revolve. Thank goodness for their two day shipping times. It was actually on sale when I ordered it but I see it’s back to full price. I wasn’t even sure if I was going to wear this, but I wanted to option. I love the shoulder and back cutout! It turns an a sophisticated ivory turtleneck sweater into something sexy. I normally order a S in sweaters because I don’t like them tight but they only had an XS available. It fits well but it is shorter or more cropped than I expected. Maybe the S would have been a better length but I plan to wear this sweater with skirts and high waisted jeans anyway.

Olivia’s been pretty opinionated about everything she wears: hats, shoes, mittens, coats, pajamas, and every day outfits. I gave her a choice of this white dress or a green velvet jumpsuit with gold embroidery and a fur coat. Tried the jumpsuit first but she didn’t even want to put it on. But had no problem with this dress. I think I saw Sarah Knuth post about this: she picks out two clothing options she likes and then lets her kids choose the outfit. Going to try that from now on. Any other mamas have any tips for opinionated toddlers πŸ™‚

More Holiday content coming your way next week… xoxo

Jackets for Fall

While “Winter” doesn’t officially begin until December 21st… even though the temperature feels like it in Ohio, plus with Christmas decorations and activities in full swing, it’s tough not to skip the last few weeks of β€œFall”.

If you follow me on IG, you know that I was once again traveling up to Geneva for a night in Ohio’s “wine country”. We went with another couple and it was their first night away from their one year old! It was already our third time visiting these wineries so we showed them our favorite places. First stop is always Laurentia for lunch + drinks. Not in any particular order, but M Cellars and Harpersfield are next on the list. Anything else along the way is fair game and we did stop at Red Eagle Distillery for the first time! Ordered a pumpkin spice cocktail that was sooo delic. I honestly expected the ‘lake effect’ weather to be so much cooler in Geneva but it was nice and sunny. Would have reconsidered my outfit if I would have known πŸ™‚ But can’t go wrong dressing in all staples!

Start with a neutral sweater and my favorite mom jeans for the base. Add a suede jacket for added warmth and pair a bold snakeskin print bootie. You probably have everything in your closet to recreate this look, any bold bootie will work! These exact pair are from DSW but I purchased a few years ago. I didn’t see these on the website but did link smiliar pairs if you like this print. I’ve mentioned this suede jacket before – I waited until the Nordstrom anniversary sale to purchase. It’s pricey but I wear it so much in the fall. You’ll be so impressed with the quality!!

The next morning, we went into town to grab coffee and pastry before the long drive back to Columbus. The weather was definitely cooler, but as soon as we were in the car, I was shedding layers (TOO WARM). But I can’t say enough good things about this plaid zip up jacket! It is a cropped fit and the inside lining is satin so don’t expect the sherpa material on both sides… however, maybe it was the sweater underneath, but this jacket still kept me plenty warm! I’m wearing a small in the jacket and it’s pretty roomy in the arms so don’t worry about sizing up one. You also can’t beat the price!! It’s only $25 πŸ™‚ I forgot to pack a straight leg pair of denim so here I am stuffing my mom jeans inside of my suede knee high boots, hahaha! Made it work!

I can’t believe we’re already in December!! Check out my post on gift guides if you haven’t already! Happy Shopping xoxo

2021 Gift Guides

Here it is!! My first ever gift guide collage. I’ve never done these before so I didn’t want to start out by curating 20+ gift guides for everyone you know. Instead I decided to start with the things I’m confident in and my gift guides can grow from here. With the Black Friday and upcoming Cyber Monday sales, I wanted to get these published so they can be a resource you. If you’re shopping for your #1 guy, baby/toddler girl, or need some ideas for yourself – hopefully these links will provide some inspo. All items are things we have or are on our shopping list for this year. Xoxo Happy Shopping!

Aztec Jacket

This Aztec Jacket is from my latest Pink Lily haul – linked here (wearing a small)! I’ve already raved about how stylish it is. I love the colors and it will go with so many items in your closet! Have to mention the price point because this is a popular style but I haven’t seen it marked as low as $64! I styled it with a white Henley and now a tan bodysuit. The sleeves and fit are also roomy enough to wear over an orange/rust colored turtleneck sweater (at least in my head that’s a cute fit).

I absolutely love styling this western look. With so many statement pieces, I kept the colors (outside of the shacket) pretty muted. This high neck bodysuit is the best material! I love how it’s meant to contour your body. Comes in several different colors and I don’t know why i’m only sitting on this neutral color – NEED MORE (TTS wearing an XS). But as I was saying…The aztec/southwest print is perfect to wear with a wide brimmed hat. Then, as I was grabbing for my neutral Vince Camuto booties, I found my new white western booties (TTS). The gold studs are my favorite detail and they’re a good shade of white. Not stark white, not an off white, just right. If you’re looking to jump on the white western boot trend, check these out.

This weekend we’re heading to a Holiday parade. It’s not baby’s first christmas but it kind of feels like her first all over again now that she’s a little older and will be able to react to the christmas lights πŸ™‚ The temps are dropping in Ohio and we’ve already had our FIRST SNOW. Stay warm! xoxo

Sephora Holiday Sale 2021

The Sephora Holiday Sale opens up to all rewards members starting TODAY!! Use code YAYHOLIDAY for 10%, 15%, or 20%, depending on your member status. It’s a great time to splurge on an item from your wish list, stock up on your faves, or buy gifts. Love their holiday kits and included a few in my top pics (collage above)! I want to quickly review the products in my collage and why I chose them:

Huda Beauty #BombBrows Microshade Brow Pencil – I wear shades Medium Brown and Rich Brown. I like to add contrast so I’ll outline in one shade and then fill in with the other for dimension. The pencil is ultra thin so it makes realistic hair strokes. It’s literally the thinnest tip in the market. Plus I’ve never had any issues with the pigment running or fading throughout the day.

Charlotte Tilbury Airbrush Flawless Finish Setting Powder – first of all, Charlotte Tilbury’s marketing calls to me! The products are so shimmery and all of the containers are gold and white. They’re definitely products you can leave out on the counter and it will look pretty vs cluttered πŸ˜‰ This setting powder is so light weight! I struggle with oily skin and rarely re-apply this throughout the day! I wear the shade Medium and this also comes in mini sizes if you want to test the product before committing to full size. This setting powder truly gives you a smooth complexion and helps set my under eye concealer. I re-purchased this product during the sale.

Lancome Monsieur Big Volumizing Mascara – I honestly used to wear Maybeline Falsies from the drugstore because I couldn’t find a high end mascara that was as volumizing or as thickening as Monsieur Big. Now I’d be curious to try Falsies again to see what I think, lol. I also first apply the Cils Booster primer, but days that I’m just at home and want a swipe of mascara before jumping on a video call, I put on two coats of this mascara and still think it’s magic! It looks so natural and never clumpy. You can purchase the holiday set, or an individual full or mini size.

La Mer Creme de la Mer Moisturizer – I mean, if you really want to splurge….. why not choose this item? The temps are dropping, the heat inside is running (at least here in Ohio) and my skin is suffering. This comes in multiple sizes, ranging from $95 – $530. Whoa. I’ve purchased the smallest size available in a past Sephora sale and it’s perfect for this season. There’s so many benefits of using this cream. TBH, mine didn’t last long enough to allow me to see the benefits but I can attest to how moisturizing it is. I probably wouldn’t use this during the day, it is a little thick and I’m not sure how it would look under makeup IMO

Another splurge item is the Armani Beauty Luminous Silk Perfect Glow Flawless Oil Free Foundation – Medium to tan, neutral color 6.5. I just looked through my past order to find that and see I purchased this Dec 2020! It’s definitely not my everyday foundation but for the few big events, holidays, or date nights I’ve pulled this out and it’s lasted me a year now. It is medium coverage but also buildable so I normally add another coat of foundation to a problem area. Then my concealer on top of that and voila. As I mentioned with the oily skin, this is a great foundation because it is oil free. The foundation gives a really beautiful airbrushed effect but also glowy so not that dried matte appearance that I hate.

The Inkey List Hyalauronic Acid – Best hyaluronic serum and it’s under $10 (More with code YAYHOLIDAY). Another perfect item to add to your skincare lineup for the dry winter months.

Charlotte Tilbury Luxury Eyeshadow Palette – Last Devenmber I also ordered this eyeshadow palette in color Pillow Talk Palette of Pops. I definitelyy wanted this shimmery set for the holidays. They’re beautiful and pigmented so really make a statement. Outside of Christmas and NYE, I wore this for a wedding this year. So not something I wear very often, but they’re beautiful and I’ll def wear again this holiday season.

Amika Blowout Buffet Blow Dryer Brush Set – I haven’t used this product but when I saw my stylist in October I asked her about the Revlon blow dry brush I use and how damaging it is for your hair. She recommended the Amika brush instead. I knew there was the holiday sale upcoming and I found the brush in a set with detangling primer and dry shampoo. All three for under $100!

Peter Thomas Roth Instant FirmX Eye Temporary Eye Tightener – This has been on my wish list but sold out for such a long time!! It restocked slightly before the sale started but I took my chances and waited until I could shot the sale. Luckily, it’s still available and I was able to order. Apparently it’s a quick-fix treatment that helps tighten, firm, and smooth the eye area. I’m going to pray it’s like a miracle botox (without the needles).

Laneige Midnight Minis – I keep one of these lip masks by my bed and apply every night. They hydrate and nourish lips by the morning. I really struggle with chapped lips and these really help.

Olaplex Healthy Hair Essentials – This is the first item I added to cart. This might be the best holiday kit. It includes full size items of shampoo, conditioner, hair mask, and an oil I’ve never used before (but excited to try). I first ordered the shampoo & conditioner when I was 4 month PP and losing more hair than I’m used to. I use it about once a week, mostly because of the price but it also repairs my hair so well, I don’t think I need to it more than 1 x week. Highly highly recommend for a good hair day!

Pink Lily Fall Haul & Thanksgiving outfit

Caitlin Covington released her fall launch with Pink Lily – I love her style so I was excited to get affordable pieces from Pink Lily. Everything looks amazing on her but, in the end, I felt like the pieces weren’t that original or unique. I had a few things too similar in my closet already. I really wanted this beautiful camel coat but it was already sold out by the time I made my purchase. Hoping for a restock, but I know how popular it is… I ended up with only one item from her collection. I’ve seen sweater dresses that are similar, but I couldn’t pass up the color… more on that later πŸ™‚

First up is this beautiful black turtleneck knit dress. It was listed as a sweater dress, but it’s very thin in my opinion. I’d consider it a ribbed body con dress. The material is soft and stretchy though, which makes it a perfect contender for Thanksgiving…

I threw on a plaid wrap for a) warmth and b) a fall vibe. Now it looks perfect for turkey day! I’m wearing a small in the dress. The wrap is one size.

Next up is there ever so trending aztec shacket. I’ve seen this same print sold out in so many boutiques. I couldn’t believe it was still in stock at Pink Lily. Especially considering the fit – it’s cropped in the front, longer in the back, and a distressed hem. It comes in two different colors, but this teal and rush is absolutely perfect for fall. Wearing a small.

Unrelated to pink lily but, HOW CUTE ARE THESE WHITE BOOTIES? I was originally grabbing for my neutral booties but saw the white ones still in their box. I love the gold studs. Plus the color is the perfect white – not stark white but not off white either. Western style meets aztec – throw on a wide brimmed hat and this is the most stylish look ever ever.

This is probably my favorite fall look! Each piece is such a staple: the orange turtleneck sweater is a Free People find from Nordstrom sale last year (wearing an XS but wish I ordered a small for length). It works perfectly with this plaid skirt. I ordered a small and was worried about it being too short or tight. There’s no elastic in the waistband but the fit was comfortable. I like the bold color of this sweater but think it would look cute with a neutral shirt, too. Could also switch out the dark brown boots for neutral boots and this same sweater.

Ahhh this rust color dress is everything! This is in the Caitlin Covington collection! I’m wearing a small here and it’s comfortable fit, doesn’t feel too tight or too loose. I posted a pic of off the shoulder but I don’t truly think I could wear it that way because it doesn’t feel secure enough. If the XS were in stock, I would have preferred that size = I thought this wrap dress would be adjustable, but even the tie belt doesn’t have any functionality other than to give you a waist. The material feels really warm and is so soft! There’s an open back so you’ll have to plan undergarments accordingly. The length of the dress is great and I really like it paired with these knee high suede boots.

I also ordered this adorable ball cap that says Pumpkin Spice in a nice cursive font. I love this color for fall! About to grab one of the Starbucks red cups – hellooooo sugar cookie latte! Think this hat will be perfect for some basic errands πŸ˜‰

Which one is your Thanksgiving vibe? Let me know if the comments below. xoxo

DIY Halloween Costume (for Toddlers)

Officially that mom who makes their kids Halloween costumes, lol! By β€œmake” I really mean glue a boa to a shirt (*wipes off hands*). This costume turned out so cute!!! It was her second Halloween, but the first time we went Trick-or-Treating.

One of her first words was Duck and even before she could say the word, she understood what a Duck was. She’d point it out, she got excited when she heard a β€œquack” sound and always wanted her rubber duckie to hold. So I’ve known for awhile that I wanted to do this specific costume. I was worried about the hat because she haaaates hats and always pulls them off. Even when we received this hat in the mail, she wouldn’t keep it on. But pair it with the rest of the costume and she kept it on all night long! Even asked for it when it fell off. Even though feathers were shedding everywhere, this was so much fun!! We got a lot of compliments while we were out. It all went by so fast πŸ™ Our Trick-Or-Treat is from 5:30-7pm and by the time you get something to eat, dress the kid(s), take all of the pics, and race through the houses in your neighborhood, it’s over in a flash! Guess this takes practice…

Everything you need for a Duckie costume is linked below:

Amazon Prime these items for Halloween weekend:

The exact products used in Olivia’s Halloween costume:

I love the duck slippers because they do have a sole on the bottom so I didn’t have to worry about Olivia not being in shoes. Plus she loves wearing the slippers around the house, especially since we have hardwood floors. The fleece lining keeps her toes warm. Her pants and shirt were ordered from Primary Clothing. I’ve never heard of this company but I was so confident ordering through them because I knew I’d get the exact yellow and orange that I was looking for. The boa was ordered from Amazon and was the perfect yellow to the shirt. I thought that was going to be such a challenge to match! I’d highly recommend using this company if you’re ever in need of something in a particular color. Link to the shirt and pants found here.

So I need to know for next year…. Do you dress up with your kids for Halloween on Trick or Treat night?? I think it’s so cute but also involves extra work πŸ™‚ Leave me some ideas below!!! xoxo

Spice Girl x Baby Spice

Ahhh still over the moon that I got to connect with Dede Raad from Dress Up Buttercup! If you weren’t familiar, check out my last post! The day Olivia took this photoshoot, I spoke to Dede right after. So I’m getting all the mems thanks to these pics.

Okay, in one my previous post, I mentioned heading to a pumpkin patch… We met my mom, grandma, and cousin & her family (who recently moved to OH for her husbands job! It was the first time we were seeing them in over 3 years!). Needless to say, I didn’t get any styled pics while we were there but you can see all of the pumpkins, gourds, and squash we collected! It was so much fun decorating the porch. Olivia loves to re-arrange my pumpkin placements. The larger pumpkins by the door, she is determined to move. She will squat down and grunt trying to lift them. It’s hysterical!

So no pumpkin patch pics, but these sweatshirts are even better! I’m a 90’s kid and The Spice Girls were the first band I ever remember listening to. They were my first concert in the 4th grade (with my mama) and I used to buy every magazine cover they were on, hang their posters on my wall, and learn every lyric from their cassette centerfold πŸ™‚

I originally ordered from Pink Lily but I ended up being refunded for the Spice Girl sweatshirt because they didn’t have enough inventory. They make these sweatshirts in a pink mauve color, also! Last time I checked, the baby spice sweatshirt and onesie were still in stock in orange, but if you want a matching set, all are in stock in mauve. ETA: RUN! The orange Spice Girl shirt is RESTOCKED at PinkLily. All sizes available.

There are actually several versions of this Spice Girl sweatshirt (Etsy, boutiques, etc). I ordered mine from an online boutique. It’s a little darker than the Pink Lily version but it’s so soft and I love the courdoroy texture! I ordered a small and it’s the perfect fit and length with leggings. I think we’re going to wear our matching sweatshirts to an outdoor harvest festival tonight in our town. I just LOVE matching my girl!

Now that I have all of the supplies to make baby’s Halloween costume, I’m going to work on a DIY post this weekend… or a reel or tiktok or whatever the cool kids are doing with their ‘spare’ time! Stay tuned… xoxo

I ordered Olivia a 2T because I wanted her to be able to wear it for a couple seasons! The sweatshirts can still be worn separately, but I’d love to match for as long as possible πŸ™‚

Somehow I also found matching bike shorts and matching white Nike sneaks haha! I’ve had my Nikes for a couple years and love them. They wash really well! The baby shoes are a little more high top than I thought and the tongue rubbed against Olivia’s ankle and cut into her skin a little. Poor girl, she never complained about it but I saw a little red on her shoe and then noticed her ankle. Could be that she’s wearing the wrong size or could be the shoe, idk…

Clearly we used a tripod and self timer to take these photos and Olivia was too amused with the remote clicker than to smile for the camera. This was so fun though! Right after we took these photos, I changed and had the best phone call with Dede from Dress Up Butter Cup. I cannot wait to share more about that… if you follow her, you know her heart and she was just as authentic and genuine in a 35 min phone call. It was like chatting with one of my girlfriends. Stay tuned to hear more….