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 🙂

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 “Fall”.

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 🙂 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 🙂 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 🙂 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 😉 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 🙂

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 😉

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 “make” 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 “quack” 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 🙁 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 🙂 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 🙂

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 🙂

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….

Dressup Buttercup Blog Post ft. Yours Truly

Ahhh I’m so excited to share that I had an opportunity to connect with Dede Raad from DressupButtercup. If you follow her, you already know she’s the sweetest human and truly pours her heart into everything. I ordered her Detre denim jacket launch last October because I’ve been wearing the same denim jacket since 2005 when I started working at American Eagle. I think that speaks to just how much of a staple having a denim jacket is. They’re classics that you’ll wear for yearssssss. Great news for Dede and anyone searching for the best denim jacket, she is relaunching her denim collection TOMORROW! You can read more about her story below. I feel so freaking honored to be included in the jacket review!!!!

I still can’t even believe that she selected me as one of the girls to chat with to get feedback on the jacket. I had a google meet virtual chat with her a couple of weeks ago. She scheduled it for 15 mins, but we chatted for 35 and I did not want to end the call! We had so much fun chatting style, mom life, and EMILY’s wedding, haha! Our call was two days following Emily’s wedding weekend so it was fresh on our mind. Olivia even got to meet Dede AND Jet! It was so cute!!!

Below is the picture I submitted and links to shop my outfit. I copied this excerpt straight from Dede’s post that she published yesterday. If you’re interested in ordering the denim jacket, set your alarms for 11:11AM and read below to get all the deets!

Detre Everyday Denim Jacket: The Details

The everyday denim jacket is COMING BACK! So freaking excited to share this with y’all. I created this jacket with you in mind—I wanted to bring you a well-made jacket that fits well, feels great, and makes you feel amazing when you wear it. This line was named after the birth name my parents gave me, Detre! With my dad being an artist & my mom being a flight attendant, they wanted me to have a unique name to carve a unique path. Last year we dropped these everyday denim jackets and they sold so much quicker than we ever thought they would. With so many asking for a restock, we knew we had to bring it back. These are only available on in XS-3XL and the drop is this Sunday, October 17th at 11:11am CST so mark your calendars & add it as a bookmark to head over when the time comes! 

Jacket Description

The Everyday Denim Jacket is a light wash denim jacket with a slight crop & oversized fit. I wanted to create a denim jacket that was flattering & makes you feel confident. The oversized fit gives you room for comfort but doesn’t take away shape & is a great addition to any wardrobe! I wanted the details to be perfect so we had buttons custom made with “Detre” on them & a gold tag that has our signature on it. The jacket has a raw hem for a casual look & with every wash becomes softer & offers a more lived in look & feel! 

Jacket Sizing

The jacket was curated to have a naturally oversized look so if you prefer the oversize fit, I would order your normal jacket size (for reference I normally am a small & I wear a small everyday denim jacket). If you prefer a more fitted look then order down a size. We loved the look of the 80s denim jacket with a balloon sleeve so we incorporated bit of that fit into ours. The jacket fits true to size, but depending on how oversized you want it to be, you can size up or down. We asked some of the girls who ordered the jacket to give a little review so you can see what the different sizes look like on different body types and hear how they fit and style them below! 

Transitional polka dot dress

It was a nice night to walk to the ice cream parlor…. So I grabbed a new dress and felt very Rachel McAdams in the Notebook. This dress first introduced me to Petal & Pup! I loved everything about this dress – so feminine, the neutral color, print, color, and the high slit. I’ll admit, it needs steamed 😉 but you get the picture. This dress is so versatile. I wore heels for the pics but TBH, wore flat sandals while we walked around downtown eating ice cream. Perfect date night look.

This hat was Nordstrom sale find. I went in store To pick up an order and tried this hat on for fun. Except, I didn’t want to take it off so it came joke with me. Great hat to wear all summer long and transition into fall. It’s still low 80’s in Columbus, OH so wearing a wide brimmed hat looks a little silly 🙂

Our front porch is decorated for fall and items for baby’s costume are starting to arrive. It’s a DIY costume so if this goes well, I’ll write a post.

HINT: She’s dressing up as one of her first & favorite words. Stay Tuned, xoxo!