Okay I WAS going to wait until after Thanksgiving to start gift guiding. Then I didn’t. So let the gift guides begin! As you can see from the photo below, Hannah is really excited to talk about gift guides. They are her favorite.
A classic gold ring is the perfect gift for your very best friend. Give one to her and keep one for yourself. It’s like chic friendship bracelets (except rings and super cute).
For your astrology obsessed friend, these zodiac rings are super cute and beautiful on!
This is my favorite Etsy shop to buy jewelry. The options are endless for unique, dainty, beautiful gifts.
Pearls and sparkles make this any girl’s dream necklace.
These tinsel drop earrings are perfect for the party gal on your holiday list.
Help your jewelry loving friend get organized with this giraffe trinket dish.
For your friend who’s always changing her mind, get her ‘jewelry‘ that turns heads but is totally not permanent.
A Dress A Day Till Christmas Day: Is it possible to have too many swing dresses? I don’t think so. This dress comes in black and red and is only $58!
I think the Ginko trees are the last trees with their pretty Fall foliage. I feel like once they lose their leaves it will be winter for real. Boo! Winter is the worst!
Shoes: J.Crew Factory | Skirt: ChicWish (old, but love this one) | Shirt: Ann Taylor Loft (old, but this similar one is way on sale) | Jacket: J. Crew (old, but love this coat!)
A Dress A Day Till Christmas Day: I got so excited about Hannah being five months I forgot to post a dress yesterday! So here are two picks for today.
- Have a formal holiday event? This dress will make you look like a movie star AND it’s under $100.
- I’m a sucker for fit and flare silhouettes and lace details. So when two of my favorite things come together in one dress, it’s a home run find! Oh and this dress comes in five colors. Woot!
The little girlie is five months old! Yaaaayyyyyyyy!!!!
- She is much more smiley. Well, mostly just to me and her dad. She does not smile for strangers or people she doesn’t see often. This is fine by me. Her stranger scowl keeps the creepers at bay.
- She loves grabbing at things. Her favorite place to do this is in her closet. All the colors and textures of her clothing makes her so happy. She just grabs at everything.
- She’s still a great sleeper. She is also really starting to commit to her naps. Basically her favorite place to be is in her bed. Obviously.
- She can’t really control the volume of her voice so when she ‘talks’ she just yells really loudly at the top of her lungs. It’s hilarious.
- Four months was definitely my favorite month so far. I mean everything has been my favorite, but before Hannah was, as I’ve said before, like a really adorable potted plant. She was charming and fun to look at, but she didn’t provide much in the way of interaction. But now she is like a real little friend. She is much more engaged and interactive. I basically smother her with hugs and kisses and ‘I love yous’ all day. I think her first words will be, ‘get off me, lady.’
- My post-pregnancy acne from h*ll is finally starting to clear up. Hooray!
- I’ve always craved sugar — but while breastfeeding it has been out of control. I think I may have to do another no-sugar month!
- I’m so excited to do the holidays with Hannah. Even though she is little and has no idea what’s going on I already have more holiday cheer than usual. I can’t wait to put up the tree and have Hannah meet Santa. I bet she’ll scream. I really can’t see her being into Santa.
So I decided to accompany Friday Fab Four posts with a Flash Back Friday image from an old outfit post. They are fun to look at and, if anything, they will showcase just how long I keep (and wear) my clothes. Also I have bangs in this photo. I must not be tricked by them. They may look good for this snap, but overall bangs were a giant pain in the butt. Click on the image to see the original post
This is great time of year for one piece pj’s. Victoria’s Secret has some super cute ones, that are shockingly not cheesy.
This isn’t a food recipe, but these simmer pot recipes will make your house smell great for the holidays.
I love discovering online shops for baby clothes. This shop is pricey, but super cute. If you have a friend who is expecting, a piece from this shop is special and sure to please the mom-to-be.
I found an amazing online toy shop. All the toys foster learning. Even better, they are wood and hand made and affordable! If you have a baby or child on your Christmas shopping list, you can get them one of the shop’s gift sets!
A Dress A Day Till Christmas Day: This dress might be my favorite one yet! You can really wear this frock anywhere. I love the ruffle details. See all my dress picks on my Pinterest board.
Thanksgiving is next week, you guys. Many of us our going to someone else’s home for The Big Feast. I’ve never cooked Thanksgiving dinner myself, but my mom has — let me tell you, it looks hard. So if you’re going over to someone’s house for dinner, bring a gift for the cook. She or he deserves it.
Also here is a picture of me and Hannah because she’s cuter than a picture of a Turkey.
Here are some fun hostess gift ideas that aren’t boring. Not that wine is boring. It’s delish. It’s just that, you can do better — especially on a major holiday:
- A cute ornament for the Christmas tree is sure to make your hostess smile.
- Everyone needs a mobile phone charger. Goodness knows these iPhone batteries can’t hold a charge worth a darn. This one is as cute as it is practical.
- A witty mug filled with luxe tea bags is a simple gift anyone would love.
- Every girl needs cute sticky notes, amiright?
- A jewelry dish is an essential item, and therefore a perfect hostess gift. Women should have a trinket dish in every room. I think I would lose a lot less bobby pins and earrings if I had a jewelry dish in every room.
- Whether it’s a old sorority shirt, a shirt from your favorite concert, or some other special tee, everyone has an old tshirt they love. With this kit they can turn that tee into a lampshade. When I write it out it sounds kind of dumb. It’s actually really, really cool and would make a perfect gift for a crafty girlfriend or neighbor who’s cooking you a turkey dinner.
- Flowers are always a great gift. Bring them in a cute vase so your host remembers the gift even after the flowers wilt.
- For an extra special hostess gift, give the ultimate in home fragrance with a Jo Malone candle.
- A pair of festive studs are perfect to help your host celebrate the season.
- Pom-pom hats are all the rage this winter, and are surprisingly flattering on most face shapes. A cozy pom beanie in a neutral color is a great gift.
A Dress A Day Till Christmas Day: A good sweater dress is hard to find. They are either too bulky or don’t feel quite luxe enough for a special occasion. This one is a great combo of both warmth and unique details that make it feel fancy.
I love Fair Isle sweaters because they are festive, a touch hokey (in a good way), and a perfect go-to piece for the holidays. You just have to find the right Fair Isle sweater. Some of them can be hokey in a bad way. You want to make sure you strike a balance. I think this one is the cutest one I’ve seen this season.
Boots: Frye | Dress (worn as skirt): J. Crew Factory (similar) | Sweater: C.Wonder, which is now out of business (still love this one so much, though) | Hat: Smathers and Branson
A Dress A Day ‘Till Christmas Day: Ok, I know I am forever talking about J.Crew Factory, but this little lace dress is SO cute. It’s perfect for work, a family dinner, or a cocktail party. The only thing is it looks a touch too long. It might need a trip to the tailor to get taken up a few inches. Check out all my holiday dress picks on my Pinterest board.
This is the best time of year for layering because you can layer for looks instead of warmth. I mean when else can you wear a puffy vest and sandals? No other time, that’s when.
ALSO, I recently became obsessed with The Gap. I used to shop there in high school, but I stopped in favor of more trendy clothes from Express. Y’all I LOVED me some Express in high school. I once bought a tank top with a giant sparkly flower on it and nobody could tell me nothin’ with that tank on!
Anyway, back to the Gap. I sort of forgot about the place until Hannah arrived. The Gap has some of the best baby clothes because they are 100% cotton, can be washed a lot, and they don’t have weird little sayings on everything. Also, they constantly have sales, which is helpful since Hannah grows out of her clothes so quickly. I decided to buy a pair of Gap jeans while I was getting Hannah some new duds and they were amazing. So yea, now I love The Gap.
Shoes: Necessary Clothing (love these!) | Jeans: Gap | Top: Gap | Vest: J. Crew Factory | Necklace: Kenneth Jay Lane | Hat: Gap
A Dress A Day Till Christmas Day: You guys, I forgot to post a dress on Friday’s post! So today I am sharing two dresses. In honor of the holidays I chose one dress that’s a tiny bit naughty and one dress that’s nice.
‘Tis the season for a new statement necklace. I firmly believe that jewelry can entirely revamp an outfit. Pair your favorite LBD with a chunky, sparkly, colorful necklace and it will give your old dress a whole new look.
I made this lasagna soup for dinner this week. It was extra yum, full of flavor, easy to make and also a unique dinner idea.
I am getting really excited to do Christmas with a baby. I have begun scoping out a stocking for Hannah. Pottery Barn does the most classic stockings, in my opinion. I love these fair isle ones!
Speaking of Christmas, I discovered THE GREATEST gifting website ever. Literally every unique gift you could ever want or dream of is sold at this little shop. Go ahead and cancel your Friday night plans. You have some shopping to do.
I only have one good winter coat. Most people I know also only have a single winter coat. Coats are expensive. You can’t just go around buying parkas like they’re cheap Forever 21 sundresses. Choosing a winter coat can be daunting because you really only get one shot. Then it’s over and you are stuck with your choice for the season. You really need to pick a coat that is both warm and something you can see yourself loving long term. I selected a few of my favorites below.
Boots: Nordstrom (similar) | Leggings: The Gap | Sweater: H&M (similar) | Chambray: J. Crew Factory | Scarf: Brooks Brothers (similar)
- This coat is the stuff dreams are made of. Ruffles, faux fur, two color options, double breasted, gilded buttons. There isn’t anything about this coat that isn’t lovely.
- Despite being patterned, the chic black and white coloring makes this coat wearable and unique. I love how it’s oversized, but still has classic, clean lines.
- J.Crew is the queen of cool coats. Their Chateau parka comes in ten gorgeous colors. This parka is also one of the few coats that will keep you warm AND cute. Usually those two things don’t go well together.
- Everyone loves a fuzzy coat. This coat is the perfect blend of casual and upscale detailing.
- This coat is super cute, insanely cheap, and comes in multiple colors. While I don’t think it is warm enough to get you through winter, it is perfect to get now for holiday layering.
- Sometimes I see prices at J.Crew and I’m like — wait what? Sorry, no. Momma’s not a millionaire. Thankfully, there’s the factory store. So if a Chateau parka will break the bank, this Vail parka is a great alternative.
- H&M always comes through on the coats. I am obsessed with this one. I love both colors, too! Want. Want. Want.
- I’m not sure if a poncho counts as a winter coat (okay, it doesn’t), but this one is too cute not to include. I mean it has a faux fur lined hood. So cute!
A Dress A Day Till Christmas Day: Want to show off your midriff without making your relatives blush? This dress borrows from the crop top trend but ensures that your Great Aunt Mildred won’t spend the entire duration of the family Christmas party giving you side eye over her eggnog. See all my dress picks here.
It’s been nearly six months since I moved away from NYC. I miss it every day, but I am also getting used to my new digs and embracing life after The Big Apple.
However, there are some things that are really, really different…
- Everything is closed on Sunday: The good grocery store? Closed. Chick-fil-a? Closed. The yummy bakery? Closed at 2pm (which is basically closed in my book because who gets out of the house before noon on the weekend? No one, that’s who.). Look, I get that Sunday is a day of rest — but you can rest after I get my delicious chicken nuggets! Kidding, kidding. Sort of.
- You cannot hail a cab: Outside of New York if you stand on the pavement with your hand up in the air people will just stare; or maybe they’ll wave nicely thinking you’re giving the world a giant ‘hello’. To get a cab outside of NYC you have to follow this process: call a cab company, tell them your address, wait thirty minutes, then a middle aged man in a busted minivan will pick you up and take you to your destination. Or you drive. Most people just drive.
- The delicious fast food of your dreams is everywhere: Five Guys, Chipotle, Tropical Smoothie, Panera, Sweet Frog, Chick-fil-a — all of these things are in one single shopping center. It is like paradise, people. AND, you don’t have to hide your Five Guys in your handbag and then eat it in your office bathroom, either. There is no shame in the fast food, game!
- The delivery options will make you cry: So long to the days of opening Seamless, seeing 50 delicious restaurants in your neighborhood that deliver and then complaining that, ‘ugh — NO ONE GOOD DELIVERS IN THIS NEIGHBORHOOD!’ In other parts of the country the delivery options are Pizza Hut and Dominoes. Also, because there is no delivery you have to cook your own food. I can’t even get into that right now because the struggle is too real to write something coherent.
- Things are really cheap: $2 beers at happy hour. $7 salads for lunch. Oh, you can also rent an entire house for under $2k. Like, a real house with stairs and multiple bedrooms. It’s astonishing.
- There aren’t always lines: New York is pretty much a spotless, perfect haven in my eyes, except for the gosh darned endless lines. There were always lines. FOR EVERYTHING. I can’t tell you what a luxury it is to go to H&M and be able to try something on without standing in a line for twenty minutes.
I could add more to this list, but this is a good start
A Dress A Day Till Christmas Day: Va Va Voom! This dress is not for the faint of heart. Grab it for NYE or a hot holiday date. See all the dresses on my Pinterest Board.