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CHRISTMAS WITH STONEWALL KITCHEN

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I can’t deny that I love Thanksgiving. It’s the start of the holidays and it’s all about food-one of my favorite things! As much as I love Thanksgiving though, Christmas takes the cake (pie if I were choosing). With Christmas comes all the cheery songs, festive decor, and of course lots and lots of treats! My favorite tradition is decorating the house the day after Thanksgiving in order to maximize the Christmas season. My husband and I spent the long weekend putting up our lights, decorating our tree and of course diving head first into this gift basket.  Hot chocolate and gingerbread cookie snacks and pancakes for a lazy Sunday morning breakfast. I highly recommend this Stonewall Kitchen gift basket since it has the tastiest treats! Plus, it’s the perfect gift for anyone on your list, including yourself! The basket comes with everything you need to indulge and enjoy some christmas spirit. Check out all that Stonewall Kitchen has to offer here.

If you’re looking for some extra holiday cheer, check out my spotify playlist here.

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HEADING INTO THE HOLIDAYS

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The shorter the days get, the longer my sweaters have become… and that is simply a fact. While you may be enjoying that white stuff you call snow, we are still enjoying very bare legs around here. Leg baring dresses are still very much a thing right now in Southern California, in fact some days they are a must. Luckily, I love the juxtaposition a duster cardigan gives a short dress plus it makes me feel as though I’m playing along with the seasons. This dress would be perfect for the office–I’d love it with a crisp white button down with boots or pointy heels. But I always love getting more mileage out of pieces like this so pairing it with my favorite fall/winter item, a duster cardigan, was a great way to wear the dress casually.

This dress is the perfect basic this time of year just look at the color! Plus, the details on this dress are what take it to the next level… I mean who doesn’t love buttons?! Adding my favorite mules (yes, open toed shoes are still a thing here as well) and a simple clutch was pretty much all I needed to finish the look. Oh and ad a giant scarf. Because you know, winter.

I think I’ll definitely get more use out of this dress as we get closer to the holidays. The color is festive and there are always plenty of holiday festivities to attend. Seriously, can you believe that this week is Thanksgiving? That is insane. And then once Thanksgiving comes and goes it’s just a straight shot to Christmas! I’ve been blasting Christmas tunes around the house, in the car, while I’m at work since late October (yes, I’m one of those people) so I’m ready to start listening without shame. Between holiday parties, family gatherings, and a little getaway my husband and I have planned I can see this clutch coming in clutch (pun intended J). It packs an extra punch being calf hair and all and it’ll go great with all my holiday party outfits I’ve got in the works. How do you make your pieces go the extra mile?

*Thanks to Banana Republic for collaborating on this post*

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FALL FAKE OUT

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Target Who What Wear Dress (sold out, love this one) // Dolce Vita Booties // Madewell Bag // J.Crew Belt // Raen Sunglasses

While the temperatures have not cooled down at all here (you’ll be hearing me sing this tune for a while longer I’m sure) I’m trying to find some ways to incorporate some new fall favorites without burning up. Because when it’s 90 degrees it’s definitely not sweater weather. While I have added a few sweaters and warmer layers to my wardrobe, I’ve been opting for booties and long dresses in warm and rich colors. So far this has been enough to contain my excitement for fall.

I don’t know about you but I have been really loving the Who What Wear collection at Target lately. So many fun pieces to choose from and at killer prices. Please tell me you’ve been scoping it out every time you go to target for “dish soap” like me? It truly is the best and worst (for my wallet) thing to happen to target.

 

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ENDLESS SUMMER WITH ROCKPORT

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Rockport Shoes c/o, similar // Anthropologie Sweater // Target Shorts // Urban Outfitters Tank // Raen Sunglasses

I know, I know we technically only have one more day until the official end of summer. But please, don’t let that stop you! We have plenty more time while the weather is still warm to get outside and soak up the sun. What better way than with a little picnic which is of course fully stocked with wine (or your drink of choice). My husband and I get into a pretty typical weekday routine. Get home, fix dinner, clean dinner and then relax with some of our favorite shows. This night however, we met up with my sister, niece and nephew and had a little picnic of our own. I’m pretty sure the kids had even more fun than we did! So, don’t let the fact that labor day has passed fool you, there is still plenty of time to enjoy a picnic in the great outdoors!

Side note, I pretty much live and die for a good mule (as you’ve seen documented here on the blog) and so these Rockports were only a different story in that they are the most comfortable shoes. You won’t regret any of my suggestions here, I promise.

*Rockport provided free product in exchange for this post. All opinions expressed are my own.

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FALL FAVORITES WITH BANANA REPUBLIC

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Banana Republic Dress c/o // Banana Republic Heels c/o // Target Sash // Raen Sunglasses // Target Bag

There’s no better way to welcome fall than with rich colors and bold floral prints. Well, maybe some cooler weather would be a better way but I won’t be holding my breath over here in Southern California. This dress combines all my favorite things right about now; longer hems, a statement print, and a wrap dress (a new found favorite over here). The dress was giving me strong kimono vibes which I absolutely love so I decided to play it up and use a sash the emphasize my waste instead of a brown belt which I would typically lean towards.

I can see totally picture this dress with a long cardigan chunky cardigan and a pair of booties should the weather ever decide to head south. Until then, these suede heels are the perfect companion for such a winning dress. First let me say they are higher than I would typically wear but they are not lacking in comfort in the slightest and I love myself a brown suede shoe.These are some true winners over here. I would highly recommend doing yourself a favor and picking these gems up for yourself.

What are your favorite ways to dress for fall? Do you have any tips or tricks that you’d like to share?

*Banana Republic provided free product in exchange for this post. All opinions expressed are my own.

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Island Time + JORD Wood Watch Contest

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JORD Watch // Free People Top, also here // Free People Shorts // Madewell Bag // Asos Sandals // Raen Sunglasses

My husband and I have been planning our trip to Hawaii for what seems like forever. I was in serious need of some rest and relaxation and Maui was the perfect place to do it. It was also the perfect place to wear my new JORD wood watch. It’s made of wood and goes perfectly with the laidback, natural vibes of Maui. I’ve been wearing it my whole trip and I’ve been getting tons of compliments on it! It’s definitely a unique watch that all women should have in their arsenal.

After a long day exploring the island it was nice to clean up and throw on this off the shoulder number I bought specifically for this vacation. It’s got just enough of that tropical, tribal feel to help me celebrate being in Hawaii without being over the top. This trip was also a great way to squeeze a little more out of my summer wardrobe. Paired with some denim cutoff shorts and of course, my JORD wood watch, I was all set for an afternoon of exploring and a sunset dinner in Lahaina. Travel tip: If you are visiting Maui you definitely need to visit Lahaina. It’s such a cute little town and there are tons of cute shops and restaurants.

Want your own JORD wood watch? Enter my contest to win $75 towards your very own! The best part? All entrants get $20 towards a JORD watch so it’s basically a win, win. Enter by filling out this simple form. Contest ends on 9/11 at 11:59PM PST. Winners will contacted directly.

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ONE MORE MAKES FOUR

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Free People Skirt // HM Top // Asos Sandals, Similar // Madewell Bag // Spitfire Sunglasses

Last summer I really jumped in head first into the denim skirt trend. For some reason I felt the need to buy 3 relatively simple denim skirts. It was silly, but they’ve really proved themselves in my closet. It’s like they knew they were hanging on by a thread because they weren’t all meant to be there. So, when I found this denim mini it was pretty much a no brainer. Since I got the basics down last summer I thought they would welcome this newbie with open arms because embroidery is always a good idea. Plus, the embroidery always adds a little bit of boho flair which is right up my alley.

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FRINGING OUT

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Outfit 1: Banana Republic Shorts c/o // Anthropologie Vest // J.Crew Top // Madewell Bag // J.Crew Mules, Similar //RayBan Sunglasses

Outfit 2: Banana Republic Sweater c/o // BB Dakota Jeans // J.Crew Mules, Similar // Target Bag // Spitfire Sunglasses

Fringe, tassels, or pompoms… lately I’ve been of the mindset that there can never be enough. They’re fun and give everything a great bohemian look and feel. My husband can attest to my obsession with fringe because it all started when decorating our home. We have now added macramé curtains, pom-pom curtains, a fringe pillow… a chair in our dining room is even draped with a fringe shawl to give it a little added flare. I love the trend and I love that it’s made its way to fashion so now I can sport it wherever I go. Whether on a sweater, top, bag or shoes I want it all and I want it now. When I’m in a store, my eyes zero in on the prey and there’s no pulling me away. I just find the texture so much fun and it can create such interest in an outfit.

Take these two outfits that both highlight just how awesome fringe is. In outfit 1 the color combo is quite simple with just grey white and black. But the fringe detail on the top gives the outfit depth and some much-needed visual interest and elevates a relatively simple outfit combination. In outfit 2 the fringe sweater adds some feminine detail to a pair of boyfriend jeans. Adding the heels helps really make this look special.

That’s what I think I love most about fringe details, they mix well with simple pieces that everyone has in their closet and help turn an outfit into a real show stopper. And who doesn’t want to be a show stopper?!

*Banana Republic provided free product in exchange for this post. All opinions expressed are my own.

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OVERALL, FLORALS FOR SPRING

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I’m pretty sure we can all agree that the best part of Spring are all the flowers. And in my opinion, the best part about most outfits are the shoes. They can set the whole tone for a look and also let you have a ton of fun. These heels from Rockport are exactly what I’m talking about. For one, they’re covered in this beautiful blue and white floral print which gives the outfit a much needed pop. Plus, they’re insanely comfortable which is highly important when you’re going to be strutting around town on your feet all day.

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SPRING FLING

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Oh Spring, I can’t say it enough but I’m just so happy to see you. You always know how to show up right when a girl needs ya. With all the bright colors and beautiful embellishments how could you not be excited about it? Even living in Southern California where the weather is typically warm, there is a noticeable difference when the days become longer. All of a sudden my toes want to be out and my skin wants to feel that warm sun and cool spring breeze. Don’t even get me started on the flowers, my husband can attest I sound like a broken record when I get started talking about everything blooming around.

After months of keeping myself all covered up in long chunky layers, a light skirt and tee is just what the doctor ordered. Lately, I’ve really been diggin’ tying my tee’s up to create more visual interest in outfits than simply tucking in the tee. I think it creates a super flattering look as well, since it highlights the waist (your narrowest feature) and I’m pretty sure everyone is on board with that. The fun part about keeping your outfit simple is that you really get to load up on accessories. Whoever said less is more really didn’t know what they were talking about. Layered necklaces, an embellished clutch, and a bright lip, I say bring it on! I really think it just goes to show that a simple tee really is all you ever need. No more but definitely not less.

What are the ways you’re dressing for spring? Do you have any simple style tricks you’re pulling out of your book? Come on, don’t keep them all to yourself!

*Thanks to Banana Republic for collaborating on this post! All opinions expressed are my own.*