I’m back! Lots of changes going on my life right now (new job!! and getting up A LOT earlier than I’m used to…), so I took a few weeks off to get used to things. The plan is to slowly work myself back into blogging on a regular basis. We’ll see how things go!
In my time off, I have been pinning a ton. Turns out, all of my pins are starting to look VERY similar! Neutral, neutral, and more neutral. Love it!
In other news, we have been talking about purchasing a house in the somewhat near future. Guys. I am so ready to be able to do what I want to my house without having to get every single thing approved by a landlord (who very rarely ever approves anything I want to change…another story for another day). SO, my recent pinning spree has a purpose–compiling lots and lots of inspiration for the new home, wherever it my be.
I don’t have any fancy-schmancy parties to attend this Christmas season, but if I did, you better believe I would be wearing some version of one of these plaid-tastic outfits!
plaid shirt | glitter skirt | necklace | black pumps
earrings | gold pumps | black sweater | plaid skirt
I think it is so interesting how holiday traditions vary so widely from one family to another. One family may leave out cookies and milk for Santa every Christmas Eve; one family may go Christmas caroling every season; one family may read a special holiday book before bed each December night. A tradition that I want to start with my own family one day is Christmas Eve pajamas. On Christmas Eve night, every member of the family gets to open one special gift, and that gift is always new pajamas.
For any of you out there that already participate in this particular tradition (or want to start!), here are a few ideas:
For You: blue pajama set | grey and red pajamas | slippers (they’re sleeping bunnies!)
For Him: gray flannel pajama pants | buffalo checkered pajama pants | slippers | t-shirts
For the Little Ones: rugby stripe sleep set | Santa shark pajamas | orange slippers | pink slippers | leopard onesie | pink striped sleep set
So tell me, do you have any favorite family holiday traditions? Any you are planning to start this year?
I rent my current home, so I am limited in what I can do with my kitchen (that has soooo much potential–and burgandy tiled countertops…). If I had any say in the way that it looked, it would probably be very similar to this gorgeous kitchen. White subway tile, carrera marble counters, dark lowers, brass hardware. Yep, love it all. Here’s how I would get the look:
Vases | Pendant Light | Vent Hood | Serving Bowl | Chair | Cutting Board | Hardware | Scale | Pitcher | Super Foods | My Father’s Daughter | The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook | Rug
Why are guys so hard to buy for? Every year when Christmas (or a birthday, or an anniversary) rolls around, I am at a complete loss for what to get my guy. This year I had him sit down and help me out with a little gift guide. Enjoy!
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Thanksgiving is right around the corner, and I know a lot of you will be traveling to see family and friends. My family is in-state, so no big travel plans for me, but here are some essentials for those of you that will be traveling next week:
A cozy poncho is perfect for chilly airplane cabins (it doubles as a blanket!) and heavyweight leggings are a must for comfy travel without looking like you just rolled out of bed. Flat ankle boots are great for getting through security quickly and easily; and with your iPad mini, you can catch up on your favorite TV shows while waiting for your flight. And don’t forget about your skin! The Karuna Hydrating Treatment Mask is one of my very favorite treatments for when my skin needs moisture (like on long, dry flights). They are super easy to use, and you don’t even have to wash your face when you take it off–just rub in the moisturizing serum and go!
Sweater | Karuna Hydrating Mask | Suitcase | iPad Mini Case | Tank | Boots | Leggings
PS-I found out about the Karuna Hydrating Treatment Mask and a lot of other really cool products through BirchBox. You should check it out!
PSS-This isn’t a sponsored post–I just really love Karuna and BirchBox!
I first saw Aerin Lauder’s Aspen home in Vogue magazine a few years ago. I recently stumbled across the photos on Pinterest and was reminded once again of why I love it so much. The huge steel windows throughout the house, for one (and I don’t mind that killer view either)! After seeing all the fur throws in this home, I am now on the lookout for a new faux fur throw to drape over my black leather sofa. Oh, and what I wouldn’t do for a set of those circle chairs! Definitely keeping an eye out on Craigslist for something similar!
Photographed by François Halard
I really dislike cold weather, but sometimes I secretly wish I lived somewhere cold so I could wear Sorel boots!
Sweater | Bowl | Lamp | Circle Chair | Sofa | Fur Pillow | Sorel Boots | Bear | Chair
Madewell is offering an additional 30% off all sale styles online and in stores now through Monday with code MOREPLEASE. Also, there is free shipping on every order! Here are a few of my favorites:
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This clutch would be a such great way to add a little bit of color to my mostly monochromatic wardrobe. It is plenty big enough to carry a tablet, and it can be monogramed. The emerald is also perfect for the holiday season!
We are just beginning the planning process for updating my mom’s small guest bathroom. She is working on a super-tight budget, so we will not be replacing the bath/shower combo or the toilet or moving around any walls. However, the vanity is white builder-grade from the early 90’s, and there is peeling linoleum on the floor, so those are two things that absolutely need replacing.
A lot of people spend lots and lots of money on bathroom renos. That’s great, if you have an out-of-this-world budget. We don’t. But I don’t think that should compromise great style. You can see, below, that it is 100% possible to change things up without spending an arm and a leg, with really classy results! If we stick to this plan exactly (unlikely, since we are just getting started–but I’ll keep you posted!), my mom will be able to have a completely updated bathroom for under $800! Don’t ever let a small budget keep you from making your home something you are proud of!
Artwork 1: $15 (plus frame)
Artwork 2: $15 (plus frame)
Floor Tile: $30 (covers 17.22 sq. ft.)
Light Fixture: $79
Shower Curtain: $29