This is my last outfit post of the year, and I wanted to end it with a fuzzy cotton candy coat and my favorite beanie of all time. It’s freezing cold in Michigan right now and I’m soaking up every moment of the season with cute red cups of coffee, chunky knits and cozy nights in with my family. I haven’t experienced the grey and gloomy winter days in a few years but all the fun accessories that come along with it are keeping me quite cheerful, so are the Christmas decorations and ongoing music. This outfit was comfortable and mellow, so I thought I’d dress it up with some bright heels. Statement coats are one of my favorite trends this year, and when you need to be wearing one every single day why not choose one in your favorite color? Let me know what you think. Xo
I hope you end this year on a sweet note and I wish you all a fabulous beginning to a new chapter in your lives! Thank you for being part of my journey, it means the world to me.
Christmas is fast approaching (yay!) and between traveling and getting the flu, I’m still catching up on some last minute gift shopping. During my search I came across a great website that can help you save some money when buying all your holiday necessities. Raise.com sells discounted gift cards from a variety of retailers including many of my favorites.
- From Barnes and Noble: A cozy throw and a captivating book for Christmas Day.
- From Ulta: A set of EOS lip balms or Tarte’s beautiful contour palette (Parkave Princess).
- From Home Goods: The best baking tools and prettiest gift baskets for the sweet homemaker in your life.
- From Aerie: A stunning romantic lace bralette in any color or a must-have blanket scarf for your favorite fashionista.
- From Michael’s: All the prettiest ribbons and crafts required for the most unique DIY gift wrapping ideas. (Such as this snowflake created by Centsational Girl)
- From Nordstrom: A luxurious scarf for the stylish man in your life.
You can also sell unwanted gift cards on Raise.com and use the cash to buy any gifts of your choosing. If you’re like me and still working on that Christmas check list, I hope this gives you some inspiration and saves you some money along the way! Xo
I got to spend some quality time with my beautiful and adorably pregnant cousin the past few weeks, and it has been divine. We spent it gossiping, baking and knitting while simultaneously feeding our new addiction to a Double Shot Iced Shaken from Starbucks (decaffeinated for her). I posted a photo of these delicious chocolate chip cookies we baked together last week and a bunch of you asked me for the recipe, so here it is!
- Sift together then set aside:
- 2 cups flour
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- Cream together:
- 1/3 pound butter
- 5/6 cup white sugar
- 2/3 cup brown sugar
- 1 egg
- 2 tsp vanilla (liquid)
- Finally add the flour mixture and mix it together before adding 1.5 cups of chocolate chips and 3/4 cups macadamia nuts.
- Ball them up into medium size chunks.
- Bake at 350 F for 8-10 minutes until they start to slightly brown.
- Leave them to cool for a few minutes before lifting them off the baking sheet.
- Yields about 25 cookies
If the balls are too small or you over bake them they will harden too much the next day. They should be soft and chewy. Enjoy them with a yummy cup of hot cocoa(my favorite recipe here)! Xo
I made a gold confetti pin board a while back and almost everyone who has seen it asked me where I got it, so I thought this would be a fun and easy project to work on during the holidays.
What you will need:
- Cork board
- Frame (I got mine from Ikea)
- Gift wrapping paper of your choice
- Remove the glass and the back board of the frame.
- Using the measurements of the frame, cut the cork board into the same size as the frame’s slot. The thinner the board the better so it can fit in easily.
- Wrap the gift wrapping paper around the cork board and secure properly with tape on the back. Note: I used confetti tissue paper, so I put white sheets of paper underneath so it doesn’t look sheer.
There you go, easy peasy! I hope you have fun getting creative and making a pin board that is super cute and fits your style. Xo
It’s finally that time of year, cozy pajamas with matching knit socks sitting in front of the fireplace with a nice cup of hot cocoa. I like to soak up every moment of the season and really embrace all the aspects of the festive season. That includes searching for unique gifts and dressing up like I’m trying to impress Santa Clause. If you’re looking for cute stocking stuffers, gifts for your bestie or the best Christmas time necessities then you came to the right place.
- Chapters Indigo Cable Knit Hot Water Bottles • $29.50
- NARS Limited Edition Palette • $59.00
- Kate Spade New York Clock • $50.00
- Essie ‘Winter Collection’ Nail Polish • $8.50
- The Fireside Long Jane Pajama • $39.50
- Hansel from Basel Ruffled Knee-High Socks • $19.50
- Anthropologie Cabled Over-the-Knee Boot Socks • $28.00
- Anthropologie Limited Edition Golden Monogram Mug • $10.00
- H&M Gold Beaded Mask • $12.95
- Bath and Body Works Soaps in Candy Cane Bliss and Twisted Peppermint • $6.50
- Homemade Hot Cocoa mix in a Jar