Thursday, December 27, 2012
I'm linking up with Franish with my December Budget! It appears I had an unintentional accessory theme to my purchases!
The pearl necklace and earrings as well as the studs to the right were purchased from Bridier Baubles (currently on maternity leave!!). The necklace/earrings set was $24. The studs were $16. I used a discount code to get 20% off the original price.
The gold circle earrings were purchased at the Junior League Holiday Market from Betsy Pittard Designs. I think they were $25. Sadly, I can't find the receipt. Goal for 2013: Be more mindful of these things!!
I had another purchase, which I blogged about here. It was the J Crew Perfect Shirt in mini gingham (picnic blue). It was a darling shirt, but it just looked bad on me. Button down shirts are not very flattering on my body type. I purchased it for $40 when J Crew had their 25% off plus free shipping sale. It has been returned (hmm, should check if I got my refund yet!).
Total spent: $65
Here's to a fashionable yet fiscally responsible 2013 :)
Friday, December 21, 2012
So M and C totally did a genius job in matching me with Little B. I adore my package!! I've been coveting the fresh products forever. Essie is my favorite polish brand. And the Bliss stuff I was about to order it for another friend!
Thanks for hosting, M and C!
Thursday, December 20, 2012
- Next time, we will order and prep our packing material in advanced! We raided our Dollar Tree today, purchasing cellophane bags, tags etc. Then I wrote out labels for each item. Our boxes were not the most aesthetically pleasing!
- I highly recommend you put on some fun music. I suppose the normal people would put on Christmas music. Us? The Mandy Moore Pandora station. We even had a sing-a-long to "Never Had a Dream Come True" by S Club 7.
- While we did get everything done in one day, I highly recommend you spread this out over two. Your legs and sanity will thank you!
Wednesday, December 19, 2012
Tuesday, December 18, 2012
California Olive Ranch - J started ordering olive oil from California Olive Ranch a couple of years ago. It is delicious! We've used a variety of their products. This particular olive oil is best as is and not exposed to heat. We use it for salad dressing, pesto, hummus, and for bread dipping.
The button down gingham shirt layers under the crew neck sweater was quintessential J Crew prep. The girls sporting this style looked so put together and adorable. I thought, I just have to replicate this!
So I ordered this shirt from J Crew.
Tuesday, December 11, 2012
**Note - Yes I love "Love Actually". But goodness, doesn't everyone? Same goes with "The Holiday". **
Here are my thoughts after trying everything on!
Simply Be Bird Tunic - I wanted to like this one so much! However, It just did not work for me. It fit in some places and was huge in others. Perhaps that is just the style and not the piece itself. Regardless, it was a bust.
|From Blogger Pictures|
Next up is the dress from Lands End. This was one just wrong all over. The fabric felt like a sweatshirt to me. The bust was too big. I could only dream about being able to fill that out :) I felt this was just flat out matronly on me. I don't think sizing down would have made me like it.
|From Blogger Pictures|
Last up, a tunic from Simply Be. This print was very out of my comfort zone. But I really liked it! I ended up wearing it out that night for dinner with J and meeting up with our friends afterwards. I told J was a bit self-conscious of the print. So when I got two compliments on it while out, he knew I was tickled by it!
|From Blogger Pictures|
Wednesday, December 5, 2012
I love gift guides. Whether it be in a magazine or blog, it's fun to learn about new products and ideas. However, you may find yourself still stumped over what to get your friend or family member, especially when they seemingly have everything! Here are some tips I've used. I'm not promising it will help with every single person on your list, but it's a start!
If your friend or family member is on Facebook, check out their "Likes". This is a great way to find out their favorite restaurants or retail stores. A gift certificate to a place you know they like is a winner, always. You can take it a step further and see if your loved one commented on a product picture and indicated interest.
Personally, I have used Facebook to see what charitable organization my loved ones are supporting. For birthdays, I've made donations in their names.
More people are joining Pinterest and creating boards for every topic imagineable. Does your loved one have a "Wish List" board? Or maybe a "Fashion Inspiration" or "Food" board? All of those will have obvious or not so obvious clues as to what to get.
Some people like to save their favorite quotes on Pinterest. Why not find a print with that quote on it and have it framed? That would be a personal and thoughtful present!
Always check if your loved one has a wish list on Amazon! Other than obvious indications on what they want, you may draw inspiration from their list. Perhaps they have listed a lot of cookbooks. You could find a cookbook that has recently come out that mirrors their tastes.
What better place to find out what someone likes than to go to the places where it is all about them! Seriously. I'm not being snarky, promise! Take my own blog. If someone were to look through old posts, they'd see that I like TJ Maxx, Lilly Pulitzer, baking, etc etc.
Give them an upgrade or accessorize what they already have
For some of us, we received many of our household items when we got married. If they have been married more than a few years, they may have some items that need updating. Think plush new towels, a new immersion blender, etc.
Or you can accessorize what they already have! Have they recently received a Kitchen Aid? They are numerous attachments and bowls you could give.
The saying is "It's the thought that counts." By doing a little research, you can show that you put thought and love into your gift!
Tuesday, December 4, 2012
Monday, December 3, 2012
But alas, no cable. However, Netflix and Hulu+ have a great selection of holiday "Made for TV" movies! Here are some of my favorites.
"Desperately Seeking Santa" is an ABC Family movie. A career driven girl falls for handsome EMT student, set to the backdrop of a South Boston shopping mall. I know. CHEESE! But darnit, it is cute. Nick Zano is easy on the eyes too. Available on Netflix streaming.
"Christmas Angel" originally aired on Lifetime. Set in Chicago (nice city scenes but when you spot the mountains, you surely know it isn't really in Chicago!), a young woman starts working for her neighbor as a Secret Santa. There is love and a cute dog so really...all the makings of a sweet holiday movie. I did get teary. Available on Hulu+.
"12 Dates of Christmas" is another ABC Family movie. A woman has to keep reliving the same date. Biggest reason I like it is because
This modern version of the classic O. Henry tale originally aired on the Hallmark Channel. I think Marla Sokoloff is darling in pretty much all her roles. It's a likeable movie with a good message. Available on Netflix streaming.
NPR Sunday Edition had a story about "The High and the Low in Holiday Movies". It's a fun listen/read found here.
There are many more Christmas movies available on both platforms, so I plan to watch all that I can!