Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Holiday Happenings: Christmas Party

Joining up with my girlfriends to show you how we dress for Holiday parties!

It seemed that everyone was having parties last weekend (if the time I had to wait for an Uber was any reflection), & I was right there with them! We celebrated the (almost!!!) end of the first semester. This first semester of teaching has been trying in just about every way possible, some that I didn't even know existed, & we are so close to the half way point (3. More. Days.)

Nothing like celebrating teaching the next generation like wearing a ballerina tutu & toasting to funny stories from the trenches - kids DO say the darndest things!
{ What I wore to my work holiday party: J.Crew factory striped top (similar, under $20!) // H&M faux leather jacket (similar, under $60!) // Shabby Apple tulle skirt // ShoeMint heels // earrings ℅ Amelia Rose Design // RayBan sunglasses // Daisy Gem necklaces }

All Photos | Kate Davis Photography
This skirt really does make me feel like a princess! I have worn it before more casually, & then for Christmas last year as well, but I think this is my favorite way yet!

The edgier accessories & these stunning earrings really seal the deal for me.
What are you wearing to your holiday parties this year?

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Trending December

This month is all about making a statement while staying warm. Think playful beanies, patterned puffer vests, embellished sweaters, and tailored outwear. Look to mix slouchy & cozy, chunky knits with printed scarves. Contrast of soft creams with bold reds with touches of glam from gemstone jewelry and statement accessories. 

My December style secret? I like to sport a beanie for bad hair days, but no one has to know it wasn't just a fabulous style statement!
I’m usually shopping for myself when I go to Nordstrom Rack, but now that it’s December, I’m realizing it’s also a great place to pick up gifts for others. I easily found 11 gifts for everyone on my list! Looking to gift that man in your life? I love giving stylish bags & watches, two things they never think to get themselves!
{1} playful leather gloves // {2} a stylish watch // {3} follow your arrow necklace // {4} add stylish sound to your gift recipient's home - wireless speaker // {5} even your phone should have good style // {6} sleek weekender bag // {7} for your friends with New Years resolutions for good health - a pretty activity/sleep monitor // {8} cozy slippers that won't break the bank // {9} put a bow on it - the daintiest of earrings // {10} headphones to up your street cred // {11} classic cashmere glove/scarf set

 This post was sponsored through a collaboration with Nordstrom Rack. All opinions and review are my own. 

Monday, December 15, 2014

Bloggers Who Budget: Holiday for Less

{What I Wore: J.Crew Factory blouse // Storets sequin leggings (now on sale! Other options linked below) // Steve Madden heels // earrings ℅ Amelia Rose Design // Lipstick ℅ Glossybox, by The Lip Bar }

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It's time for another installment of Bloggers Who Budget! Every part of my life is focused on my budget - including holiday shopping, & festive party wear! These sequin leggings are under $30 & are a fun update for any holiday gathering from now until the New Year!

Are you into budgets too? Be sure to link up your Holiday Look featuring an fabulous item for under $75. Grab the button here, & link up below!!

Four Favorites Linkup
Bloggers Who Budget Link-Up Details: The Bloggers Who Budget ladies would like you to join in on the fun every 3rd Monday of the month, starting 8 AM EST! The BWB link-up is all about sharing how you shop on a budget. Each month will have a theme, which will be announced ahead of time. We want YOU to join in the fun of styling something around our monthly themes & can’t wait to see it!

Want to join the BWB link-up? The third Monday of each month at 8 AM EST, you can head to any one of our blogs to link-up your post. We kindly ask that you please follow all of our blogs (via Bloglovin’, Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest or Instagram!). Also, please provide a link to this in your post or add the button below to your blog. If you tweet, please use the hashtag #BloggersWhoBudget

Shop Sequin leggings below: Also from a boutique here.

Get ready for the next Bloggers Who Budget post. January will be Winter for Less ($75 and under), and February's link up party is featuring Leopard for Less ($75 and under)!

Friday, December 12, 2014

pretty by mail

The best part about the holiday season? The buzz. For me, it is all about the prep. The cooking. Wrapping. Shopping. Writing letters. Drinking hot cocoa like it is your job (<-- just me??). The general anticipation of good tidings & great joy.

Another fabulous part? Wearing day time sequins!
This season I'm upping my holiday glam factor with new products I've discovered thanks to Glossybox.

I've said it before, but I'll say it again… going out searching for new beauty products scares the bajesus out of me… too. many. options!

I need the already hand picked selections to find their way to my doorstep all on their own!
Currently loving (& wearing in this post): "Crimson Wonderland" lipstick from The Lip Bar (my new favorite red), Cargo cosmetics liquid eyeliner (the easiest cat eye ever, and I am cat eye incompetent!), Korres mascara (so smooth!), Calvin Klein "Reveal" scent, NCLA nail polish in "Satin Sheets, Velvet Ropes" (5 free… so none of the bad stuff!)… all found in my last Glossybox!

The new Holiday box just arrived on my doorstep last night, & it is another fully loaded delivery! I have been getting boxes for 4 months now, & I must say, if you are still looking for a gift to get your girlfriends, a Glossybox subscription should be topping your shopping list! 

I received a complimentary subscription to Glossybox, but as with all brands/products that I promote, I truly love this service, and all opions & reviews are my own! If you have any questions, shoot me an email!

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Holiday Happenings: PJ Mornings

scarf & pj bottoms ℅ Aerie

All Photos | Kate Davis Photography
Excited to be linking up some of my favorite blogger babes to show you how we do comfy & cute Christmas Morning PJs.
Check out their posts here: Holiday Happening Christmas Morning
I've never been the kid waking up at the crack of dawn to open my Christmas presents. I always knew that the gifts would still be there even if I rolled out of bed around noon, & it just KILLED my sister!

Now coffee & cute PJs help me get out bed looking fresh on Christmas Morning.
Currently loving adding my Mom's Chai Latte spice to my coffee, and she was kind enough to share the recipe with you:

Chai Latte Mix
  • 2 cups unsweeted powdered tea
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 1/4 cups brown sugar
  • 3/4 cups nonfat dry milk powder
  • 1 1/4 cups powdered nondairy creamer
  • 1 1/2 cups powered French vanilla nondairy creamer
  • 2 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 1 1/4 tsp cardamon
  • 1 1/4 tsp ground cloves
  • 1 tsp allspice
  • 1 tsp ginger
  • 1/2 tsp white pepper

Either add to coffee, or with 1/4 cup tea in a cup of warm milk
What are you Christmas morning traditions?