Gift Guide: For the Moms, Grandmas, & InLaws

They are the ones who took care of us and the ones that continue to. The ladies who nurture and comfort us when we need it most. And who swoop in to babysit when the sitter cancels! 
The ladies in our life that deserve all the credit for our parenting skills and those of our men. The Moms, grandmas, and moms in law we all love and can give them a little something to make them smile this year. (ps: any lady would love these things!)

1. A monogram tote for all of the things (comes in other colors) $179
2. Because she loves a fancy cream $90
3. The most beautiful copper bird feeder for her garden $78
4. The softest pajama set I love (comes in other colors) $65 
5. A faux fur throw to cuddle in (comes in many colors) $34
6. A gift certificate to Winc because she loves her wine
7. & 8. A marble cookbook stand for her kitchen and a wonderful new cookbook $20, $18
9. Blow her mind with the best invention your pedicurist will envy $25
10. Sweet copper plant markers for her veggies and herbs $18
11. A super soft robe she will never take off (comes in other colors) $38
12. Because she is into CBD, some bath bombs to relax with $15

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Gift Guide: Tweens & Teens

When the kids are too big for toys shopping can get tough. The options are fewer, the price tags bigger, and the ability to please is harder. SO, I dug around for what I think even the most discerning would love under the tree. There is a little something for everyone. From the techie to the fashion forward and lots in between.  

1. A game that allows them to use their phones, but really they are interacting with each other $34
2. A new smart Alexa that does everything, including wake them up $49
3. A funky sand phone case (also in blue) $40
4. A waterproof bluetooth speaker they can clip to their backpack $22
5. Gold huggies that she will die over $42
6. Ancestry kit so they can trace their roots $49
7. AirPods are THE things right now
8. A henna tattoo kit because it is way better than the real deal $21
9. A drone that hooks up to their phone and makes videos $70
10. An outdoor projector and screen for the ultimate hang with their friends $80
11. A handheld music mixer to put together their one beats $100
12. A Happy book to help them smile more $13
13. A photo printer so they can finally get all those photos off their phone $80
14. A Glossier make up set because all the cool girls love it $54
15. Fuzzy slippers that she might even wear out of the house (other colors available) $29

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Gift Guide: For the Kids

I went a little bananas on this one, but I know it can be hard to think outside the box or know what kids will actually play with! I pulled inspiration from lots of sources, including my own kids. A lot of these things are on their list or we own them and they play with them time and again. Because there is nothing that drives me up the wall more than sending money on a toy that is forgotten about the day after Christmas. 

1. A crystal growing kit they can do on their own $14
2. A hoverboard, because obviously $98
3. Klask is like mini indoor hockey and a great sibling/family game $46
4. A magnetic chess set because they love chess club $37
5. LOL surprise box with so many things it will take hours to unwrap $80
6. A sweet tent pod for the yard or their room for reading $60
7. Gravity Maze is a great STEM game they will love $30
8. Sushi Go Party is a card game for the whole family $20
9. Root Beer Making Kit for your soda lover $16
10. A smart watch that they can call or text you from, plus 100 other things $140
11. Make Your Own Fairy Garden they can paint and then watch grow $25
12. Gumball Machine Maker, my kids are begging for this one $39
13. A cozy robe (comes in other colors) $39
14. A little indoor garden for your green thumb or little chef
15. I cannot boast about Osmo enough. It is such a great interactive way to use iPads and learn STEM, math, and reading $70
17.  A Japanese game that will be the competition of the house $57
18. This Pencil Nose Game looks hilarious $24
19. Nintendo Switch, if you really want to go for it $300
20. An incredible problem solving puzzle that will use their little brains $14

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Gift Guide: For the Guys

We love them, but man are the men in our lives hard to shop for. Our better halves, our dads, nephews, and brothers are not great with coming up with ideas either. I tried to think outside of the box on this one and really come up with ideas that will make them smile. Because isn't that the best part of gift giving?! 

1. Take him back to the 90s with this retro North Face puffer $249
2. A Yeti Man Purse for all his craft beer and White Claws
3. Sporty Bose Wireless ear buds that he can wear at the gym and for runs $149
4. The ultimate 3 day emergency kit for his car or boat with all the essentials $175
5. Because guys want a little Gucci in their lives too $210
6. A draft growler to show off at parties $148
7. A cool marble charger for his beloved iWatch $120
9. Occulus Virtual Reality googles to blow his mind $149
10. Golf Course dart board for office boredom $120
11. Under Eye de-puffer stick that you can steal from him after long nights $20
12. A monogrammed travel case for all his chargers and cords $49
13. A car seat massager! $116
14. The muscle massager all his friends at Crossfit are raving about $299
15. Old School Clue for him to play with the kids
16. An egg cooker for the microwave to make eggs for himself in the AM $36
17. Cozy Sorel Slippers for padding around the house $70
18. The absolute cutest puffer cozies for outdoor bonfires $15

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Shopbop Sale - Entire Site!

I know I post about Shopbop so much, but I am loyal to them because they really are the best. The website is easy to use and navigate, the items comes so fast for free, you can link your amazon account, and returns are a breeze. Your order comes with a label and you just slap it back on the box and drop at the post office. Plus, you can receive lots of great perks if you stay loyal including random gift certificates and first looks at sales. 
Ok, my pitch is done (and FYI, I was not paid to say that! ha)
They are currently having a buy more save more, so it is the perfect time to grab that pair of shoes for holiday parties you are coveting, the dress you really want for that weddings, or cozy pjs for holiday mornings. Just use code MORE19 at checkout! 
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Weekly Favorites

As my kids have gotten older, time has started to speed up and it is starting to weigh on me. I realized this week that my son may be creeping on his last year of Santa magic and that blows my mind. It seems that as the weeks roll on they are growing into real kids and my time with them is so fleeting. Which is such a stark contrast to the baby days that dragged on and I willed the time forward. So my intention is to max out the family time while they still want to play with each other and be home with us. I know before long they will be valuing time with friends more and rolling their eyes at me when I suggest a snuggle fest on the couch. Lord I hope that is never true! 
So here is to starting the holidays right.
 With lots of cheer, a grateful heart, and all the snuggles I can get. 
In the meantime, a few favorites from the week. 

1. Shopbop is having a huge sale and I ordered a bunch of things for the holidays. Including this jumpsuit that I cannot wait to try on! This sweater too is such a steal. 
2. Holiday decor is on the to do list and I am searching for a couple new pieces with a minimalist vibe like this lit wreath. And maybe these stars for the kids rooms. 
3. You guys, this new workout outfit is giving me all the motivation to get my booty to the gym. Top & Bottom
4. How cute are these white leather sherpa lined Vans?! Keeping cozy even in sneakers 
5. Kids in matching pjs makes this world a better place. I am pretty loyal to Hannas and stocked up since they are all on sale! 
6. I tend to forget about the advent calendar until after the first day, so ordered these two. A charm bracelet for Mary and Kinder for Tommy. 
7. I needed a rug for my bedroom since I moved some things around, but did not want to spend a fortune. It sits mostly under a bed and Matt and I are the only ones that see it! I found this amazing Surya for nothing and am excited to put it down. 
8. This dark floral dress would be so great for the holidays! Under $100
9. My fellow Bravo addicts, are you following CommentsbyBravo? It makes my day and solidify how damn funny all the Bravolebrities are. 
10. I started breaking out the glitter eye again and I'm not mad about it. This Stila wand makes it completely foolproof. Kitten Karma is my fave. 



7 Holiday Party Looks for Every Dress Code

Are you starting to feel festive? 
I am getting the itch to put on some sequins and have a proper drink with heels on. Which is a big change from my sweats and Netflix rotation that I have lovingly settled into with the cold weather. So the invitations to cocktail parties and cookie exchanges and work celebrations roll in, let's get excited for the nights ahead. And a killer outfit makes it even more exciting. I wanted to put together looks with pieces that have longevity, can be worked into your closet easily, and are straight up fun. 

Dead over this sequin top! And I love a velvet jean for winter, especially in this dark green. A classic camel coat (on sale and comes in so many colors) makes for chic nights and paired with this white bucket and these pumps (on sale!) I am obsessed with this entire look. 

A slightly oversized sweater half tucked into a midi skirt is THE look right now and the pearl detail of this sweater is so pretty. How cute are these bow earrings? Paired with sparkly pumps and the pouch (looks just like Bottega!) this is such a festive evening look. 

A dressy look with a tucked in white button down is kind of the best. I bought these faux leather pants  (also come in black) and they are amazing. Fun party pumps and a velvet blazer pull it all together and a sparkly clutch for all the things. 

A jumpsuit is always the perfect outfit, the end. This one is SO GOOD too. A leopard fur coat that makes cold nights fun, plus these cute bow mules that I LOVE. 

Even if the dress code is more casual, there are so many fun ways to amp it up. Showing a little shoulder in this top with high waisted jeans that are cropped perfectly for these feather slides. Add a little sparkle with these ear cuffs and how fun is this star coat? Such a great statement piece. 

Sweater dress plus knee high boots is even better with a little colored tight peeking through! And this cozy teddy coat is the perfect color and price. 

Casual can still be super cute. I am kind of obsessed with these boots since they look cozy and comfy. An old school sweater and modern cords scream I am ready for all the cookies and champagne. 

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8 Perfect Looks For Thanksgiving and Beyond

I polled you all on instagram on what you wanted to see next, Thanksgiving outfits or holiday dresses, and it was legit a perfect 50/50! So I will do both this week, with Thanksgiving outfits first. I know that we all celebrate Thanksgiving weekend in different ways and there is more than just the main event on Thursday. Between family breakfasts, drinks with friends, and movie night with the kids there are lots of opportunities for cute looks. So from dressy to casual, here are 8 looks to wear. And I have to say I LOOOOOVE all of them. Hard to pick a favorite...

I have been eyeing this leopard slides for awhile and feel like they could make any outfit great. Love them paired with this olive coat, puff sleeve sweater, half tucked into these tailored straight leg jeans

How comfy and chic does this sweater dress look?? I forgot to include this belt if you wanted to cinch it. Hair pulled back with gold hoops and leopard booties is the perfect cozy, but tailored look. 

A dark floral jumpsuit is your new pull out of the closet anytime outfit! And this faux leather and shearling coat looks so luxe for a great price. Paired with suede mules that scream cool girl. 

I know, more leopard (insert eye roll), but I can't help it! A silky midi skirt with an oversized sweater is such a classic look that is majorly in right now. Make it even better paired with sneakers

I love this cozy, bright look! This long tunic comes in a ton of colors, but the pink is fun paired with burgundy faux leather leggings (best of the best). The Chateau parka in cream is sos chic with gold hardware and shearling lined suede boots are equal parts cozy and cute. 

These jeans are everything. And the shape of these clogs are such a throwback yet modern. A pom sweater that you know you will get compliments on for days. 

A peplum sweater is flattering on everyone and how cute with these soft pink jeans! The bootie with crop jean look is even better in white with this incredible bomber that looks so warm is such a home run. 

Reformation just gets fall dresses so right and one you can wear forever. Girl it up even more with a pink coat and white pumps

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Simple Steps to a Nighttime Make Up Look

I don't know if this just comes with age, but mostly I am over make up. I really focus on skincare and achieving bright, clear skin that needs nothing over covering things up. Which by the way, is impossible, but we are all trying, right? 
Most days I stick with a face oil, a tinted spf, a quick eyelash curl, and maybe a little concealer if things need a little help. Plus, a little swipe of bronzer so I do not resemble Wednesday Adams in the dead of winter. 
  But if in the off chance I have a night out where I am in the mood for make up, this is the routine I usually go with. Not too many products, just things I know work really well and are not trying too hard. 
I posted a video of how I do it on Instagram stories and will keep them in my highlighted section of my bio too if you want to see how I do it. And I promise it is foolproof! 
1. I apply this face oil to moisturize and get things plumped up. / 2. Then I add a few drops of this foundation serum that is so light, yet skin blurring you will not believe it. / 3. I dab on concealer under my eyes, nose, and any blemishes. / 4. A dab of this blush gets blended with my finger for the perfect flush / 5. If my skin needs more help, I use a little of this foundation powder to cover / 6. I tame brows with this gel / 7. I brush on bronzer all the places the sun would hit me on vacay / 8. The best eyelash curler there ever was is a must / 9. I apply this easy as pie eyeliner to my water line / 10. I use this kohl liner in mink above my lashes, then a cream eye shadow stick on top, then blend with my finger for a smokey look / 11. I do not skimp on the mascara piling on as much as humanly possible / 12. Then I add in a lip, like this matte pencil that I smudge with my fingers. 

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Ta-Da! Just add tequila and you have yourself a night, girl. 

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Cold Weather Coats for Every Budget

When you spend more than half the year just above or below freezing you live in a big coat. And as the winter drags on in all its gray glory, it is really nice to bundle up in something that is cheery and fun. So while a nice black parka is nice to have, it is the fur trimmed, bright, or printed coat that will make you you smile and keep you warm. There are so many great options this year and better yet so many at every price point. 

Under $100
1. I worship a winter white coat (lots of other colors)  / 2. Mustard is still such a hot color. This also comes in other colors  / 3. A long olive and mustard that is reversible / 4. A gorgeous fur trimmed coat / 5. This burgundy parka looks so lux / 6. Love a sporty puffer. / 7. This looks EXACTLY like a Moncler 10x the price! (other colors too)

Under $200
1. Leopard print is always a good idea  / 2. This pink coat is so warm and cheery! / 3. Oversized brightness (comes in lots of colors and size down!) / 4. I love this shade of blue  / 5. VELVET! enough said / 6. This is such a good leopard faux fur / 7. Prepped up Patagonia in a long version / 8. The parka to get you through the coldest days (comes in other awesome colors) / 9. I love the zip detail and fur on this puffer 

Investment Coats over $300
1. I own a version of this coat and it unbelievably soft / 2. This Moncler is also crazy warm and soft with a velvet collar / 3. This shearling trimmed Moto is SO cute / 4. A chic and cozy coat for nights out / 5. A bright puffer for the gray days / 6. A double breasted teddy. LOVE / 7. Faux fur and puffer magic / 8. Vegan leather puffer is genius 

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Current Favorites

It went straight from the most beautiful fall to full blown winter this week. It is actually comical how snowy it is. And the full denial I have is real since my kids are squeezing into last year's winter gear and I have plans to still wear open toe shoes in the near future. We shall see. 
I do love any excuse to wear pajamas all day and be super cozy, so I will embrace that and will the weather to get warmer. I have grand plans of teaching the kids to make lasagna today, so tucking into that will be a nice warm blanket with a side of red wine. I hope you had a fun Halloween week and survived the sugar high and the snow. 
This week's favorites definitely are showing the season change...

1. I posted these leopard flats on Instagram and got lots of questions. They are SO comfy and my go to flat all year. You can really wear them with anything and the quality is so nice. 
2. Super on top of my holiday card game and ordered this simple one this year. Minted always has such cute options and all cards are 15% off this week. Use code JOY19
3. With snow comes muddy boots and wet snow gear being lugged in every day. It is nice to swap in a cute runner or small rug for the foyer that can take the mess. I am LOVING this Oushak-esque woven and for the price you can bring on all the dirt. 
4. J. Crew has taken it's beloved Chateau coat and made it a budget friendly parka that looks so cozy. It comes in this sweet pink and lots of other great colors to cheer up the season. On sale right now! 
5. I wore these cropped knit pants on the plane last week and I am OBSESSED with them. High waisted, super soft, and tailored enough that you could wear to a meeting and get away with it. 
6. If you watch my stories you know that I am a converted bath person now. I am also playing a lot of tennis, so I wanted to find something that really detoxed and soothed tired muscles. I poured this entire bag of magnesium salts in a warm bath and have to say if you are aching it is worth having a few of them around. 
7. With holiday dressing coming up (promise to have a dedicated post to this!) I am always looking for rich toned, feast friendly, dresses and I love this one so much. An investment piece you can wear well into Spring. 
8. I have been coveting the Bottega pouch forever and this one looks beautiful for 15% of the price. It comes in so many colors and the reviews are all great. 
9. I made this broccoli and cheese rice bake for the fam for while I was away and it was SO good. The perfect cozy meal and awesome for the freezer. 
10. The heat has been on a week and my skin is already dry as can be. I buy this lotion by the tub and it is the only one that lasts all day and night. 

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What's In My Carry On

It is rare that I get to travel solo, but when I do I enjoy the hell out of it. Hours of solo time to read, watch what I want, sip coffee, and maybe even snooze. The only draw back being the dehydration, the inevitable bloat, and the ragged skin after landing. BUT, all worth it and I try to plan on doing all the things to land as refreshed as possible. 

Here is my arsenal, which includes NO KIDS THINGS (!) that I am packing for this trip. 

I cannot wait to dive into a new book and a new show! My routine is to get a giant bottle of water and a latte, get on the plane, cozy up in a big scarf and put in my headphones. Then I slather on a mask, extra lip balm, and hand cream. I might pop an Aleve or two for my joints on a long flight too (yep, I am a grandma). When it is almost time to land, I spray my face with an elixir, brush on my favorite sunscreen, and pop on a tinted lip balm to perk up the ole face. I carry everything in a big tote and bring my hat because I hate when they get smooshed in my suitcase. I also bring a couple battery packs charged up in case there are no outlets on the flight. 

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Current Favorites

I am gearing up for a weekend away with friends (solo!) so this week will be all about doing the prep. It always makes me feel better to leave when things are organized for my crew, but getting it together can be stressful. So I have lots of lists going, some meals to prep, and more importantly outfits to plot for packing. I will be posting a bunch while I am gone, so make sure to follow on Insta!  In the meantime, here are a few favorites from last week...

1. Mary has a super cozy fleece that I have been jealous of or weeks and I finally found one just like it. ON SALE woohoo! 
2. I use this rich lotion year round, but as it gets colder I need it even more. I slather on my hands each night and massage into any extra dry patches I might have. It really is a cure all and non-toxic. 
3. The last thing I needed was more pajamas or sweat suits, but here we are getting more. And I LOVE this set from Splendid so much. It is crazy soft and cozy, but not too hot so you can wear to sleep too. I wore it to drop off and possibly the entire next day after sleeping in it. ha
4. I am almost done with this book that weaves a complicated story of a family of four very different sisters. Fun and sad and true, you will love it. 
5. Speaking of sad, I am SO sad I plowed through all the episodes of Workin' Moms on Netflix. I need something new! 
6. The perfect sweater dress is kind of the holy grail of Fall. Add tights and you also have the best winter outfit. This wine colored number might just be it. 
7. You know I am big Glossier fan (this and this I use every day) and I am loving the new formula of the Generation G lipsticks. Think of it as part stain, part 'I just blotted my lipstick" without the blotting. The Jam color seems like it would be so dark, but I think it is the perfect berry for Fall. 
8. Finally an Ugg alternative that is cute! Also come in black, brown, beige, and leopard!



Five Fall Looks: From the Bus Stop to Date Night

The charm of Fall is upon on us. From the lit up leaves to the warm spiced coffees and little people in puffy coats. We love it all and are hoping it lasts for as long as possible. The coziness of it all is great, but can sometimes mean that style gets lost. There are so many cute pieces that are actually functional for all the phases of your day and can be worn well into winter. Loving all five of these looks so much and that you can mix and match almost all of them. 

Weekend Errands & Lunch

Drop Off & Starbucks Run
Jacket (comes in other colors. This one too!) / Soft Sweat Set / Shearling Boot (OBSESSED)

 Best Friends Birthday Party
Sequin Top (also in burgundy. SO GOOD) / Faux Leather Pants (comes in all sizes) / Leopard heels

Date Night 

Killing it at Work 

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Current Favorites

This week I made a conscious effort to slow down. Most of that is possible because I was super organized with the busy things so the free time was well plotted. I started using this planner pad and it really helped me with my week. That mixed with an uncluttered weekend makes for a smooth transition into Monday and I am into it. I could do without the seasonal allergies, but nothing a little bourbon and honey can't solve. Here are some of my favorites this week...

1. Made a trip to Zara and picked up this Poplin dress and I LOVE. 
2. Plowed right through The Politician on Netflix this week and it is everything. The characters! The Sets! The Plots! So good. Also listening to the soundtrack on Spotify. You'll thank me later. 
3. Sooo I know this Vitner's Daughter Serum is crazy expensive, but I can say that after three weeks I notice an actual difference in my skin. It also smells incredible and slathering it on in the morning is the perfect moisturizer before sunscreen. For a more budget friendly version, the reviews for this one are awesome. 
4. I love simple recipes that take a basic ingredient to a level you never knew it could get to. Cabbbage being something we do not usually crave, you would think making an entire soup out of it would be insane. But I made this Cozy Cabbage Soup with Farro by Smitten Kitchen and I tucked into like a blanket on a cold day. 
5. I bought this pajama set from Nordstrom and it is SO similar to the Eberjay set that is more than double the price! So soft and washes well. 
6. I installed this outdoor rug last week and it is gorgeous. It is a sisal, but with a texture that gives an oushak vibe. Would be just as good inside as it is inside. Especially layered with a smaller vintage rug! The price is amazing too. 
7. My favorite summer dress now comes in a fall print and I cannot tell you how flattering it is. Nips exactly in the right place and the puff sleeves are obviously the best part. 
8. My neck party is getting more attention with this little gold heart pendant added in. It is such a fun longer piece to layer with my shorter delicate necklaces. (psst.. it is super budg friendly too)
9. I have a son who refuses to learn to tie his shoes but is also wearing a giant shoe size that no longer comes in a velcro option. (insert eye roll) So amazon to the rescue and these bungee shoe ties. Easy to lace in any shoe and tighten up. One day we will tackle it, but for now I do not care enough to push it. 

Have A Great Week! 
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