Sunday, November 29, 2015

Holiday Tablescape

When my sister and I were younger, we used to make ourselves busy with all sorts of things to avoid helping with the holidays. (Sad, but true confession.) Now that we're older, it's actually pretty fun to get swept up into the planning and execution of holiday traditions. 

For Thanksgiving, my mom and grandma and aunt have the cooking down to a science. They divide the dishes up so it's not as overwhelming. My dad takes care of the turkey. I offered to help with the cooking this year but the only task they would give me was to peel the potatoes for the mashed potatoes, ha.

I did however appoint myself to take care of the tablescape for the dinner and really love the way it turned out. I had a vision for what I wanted it to look like and I have to pat myself on the back for this one.

My grandma and aunt/uncle will all be out of town for Christmas this year... so I took the liberty to incorporate a lot of red to make up for their absence next month. 

I ordered this tablecloth which is currently half off (+ an extra 20% off with the code "friends") and you can personalize it for free. The quality is incredible. I had to get the matching napkins too. 

Our screened in porch was the perfect setting. I absolutely can understand the appeal of having a snowy, chilly, cozy holiday somewhere up north... but it's pretty nice being able to sit outside in 75 degree weather to enjoy a wonderful meal with your family. 

I took a trip to Target just to see what they had and ended up getting a few perfect touches to add to the table. After looking up napkin folding on Youtube (I wasn't playing around), I settled on a simple pocket fold and tucked in these little glittery pinecone picks. I had planned to stick them in with the flower arrangements but thought the roses were too pretty on their own. 

(You can totally DIY the pinecone pick too if you're crafty!)

I used some of my mom's plain vases to house the roses and just used two layers of silver berry garland at the base.

I wish we had dinner at a fancy table every night– it was a lot of fun planning it all and putting it together!

(I wore a plaid button down and navy leggings... perfect for second helpings!)

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Saturday, November 28, 2015

Kendra Scott Giveaway (PLUS MEET and GREET!)

I'm so excited to announce today's giveaway. It's something everyone can participate in, but it's also special for my DC/Maryland audience! 

Next Saturday (December 5) I'm hosting an event at Kendra Scott in Bethesda, Maryland! I'll be there from 1-3pm and would absolutely LOVE to meet you! Really happy to share that 20% of the sales will benefit the Washington Humane Society!!! Hope to see you there next Saturday.

Because we're so pumped for the event that we've also teamed up to give away two popular Kendra Scott pieces: The Rayne necklace and Morgan studs. (Both in the super versatile color black.)

Enter to win using the Rafflecopter widget below:

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Good luck!
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Friday, November 27, 2015

Black Friday Sales

I've rounded up some of my favorite picks from all the Black Friday sales. Makes it a little bit easier, you know? Plus, why in the world would anyone want to be part of the mall crowd today? No thank you!

Tuckernuck is my go-to for shopping. They do the best job curating the cutest products so you always get access to the best of the best. If you have big ticket shopping to do, this is the time to do it. Everything applies for the discount, including Barbour coats and Canada Goose! They even have the cutest Vineyard Vines items this year– including this incredible tartan skirt and plaid pants!


There are so many great styles right now for J. Crew, especially in the 40% off sale! The cable knit crewneck sweaters and turtlenecks would be at the top of my list– they're staples. If you have a Christmas pajama tradition like my family, the plaid pajamas are also 40% off and so cute and amazing. (Their incredible puffer coats are 40% off.... bam!)


This sale might be my favorite of the bunch. I've already ordered so many things this fall that have been amazing and would recommend one hundred percent. The fair isle sweaters are so soft, this plaid popover packs a punch, and this pajama set is adorable. Oh, and this ski sweater is waiting for me in Connecticut!

Currently eying the camel coat, the price is too good.


The gifts this year are kind of insane with the major spend ($1500) getting you a free domestic flight! Spend anything and receive a free shopper tote!

(Hint, hint... I would wait until tomorrow to purchase something... new arrivals are hitting the website!)

I recommend searching by brand or by category if you know what you're looking for. You could spend hours going through all the sales! So many good things, but these Tory Burch boots are 46% off right now and available in all sizes! From what I can see, they are also price matching for other brands' Black Friday sales too, so you can shop in one place!


BaubleBar has a huge selection of affordable and fun jewelry. I'm particularly found of these tassel earrings and the entire monogrammed selection.


I am obsessed with Backcountry. There's free 2-day shipping for orders over $50 and let me just say... it feels faster than that! We've ordered a lot of winter stuff (especially for skiing) the past month or so. Best prices and even better customer service! There's a lot of Patagonia on sale right now!


Mark and Graham (part of the Williams-Sonoma family!) has amazing personalized gifts. Seriously, there's something for everyone. I've been getting a lot of gifts from here lately: a knit cap for a cute one year old, monogrammed earbud holders for my sister, and a leather pouch for my mom. They also have creative personalized gifts like this amazing personalized nylon flag.


Bean Boots are excluded (although there are 8" available right now in some sizes... no back order!). But there are some great gifts to take advantage of. You could get slippers for the entire family, my favorite fisherman sweater (size up), or a deluxe game for a game night. (Definitely had to get these hats.... they were too cool to pass up!)

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On My Radar

I have been having the best week down here in Florida. Teddy is too. It's always wonderful to be able to spend time with my family! We always end up having the best time. I say this every time, but I'm always so grateful every time I get down here and the four of us can be together. I truly cherish these days and never want to take having this incredible family for granted.

Here's what has been on my radar this week:

Can we talk about dream house?! has all these galleries of her houses and I am obsessed. The properties are stunning! She shares a little bit about the background of how the houses have changed over time. (I just have one question: When can I move in?)

I've found the whole Black Friday/Cyber Monday thing confusing this year. Apparently, it's just a week with Thanksgiving sales. And it was kind of expected; everyone knows things will be on sale now. That said, this Tory Burch sale is the best deal I've seen I think. These riding boots are on sale already and then you can take an extra 30% off (+ free shipping/returns) with code "THANKS" at checkout. The boots end up being over 50% off!

Sophia Grace and Rosie are all grown up! (And as Ellen hilariously puts it, "Rosie talks now!") The two girls hit the red carpet to interview celebs for the AMAs. If this doesn't put a smile on your face, I don't know what will!

For the first time ever, you can shop all of Oprah's Favorite Things in ONE PLACE! It's so convenient to be able to see all the faves in one place... she truly knows how to pick some gems! (Also exciting this year because my friend Emma made the list!!!!)

The whole time I watched this insane lip dub video from Broken Arrow High School, I just kept wondering how this was real. The video was produced in such high quality and it's really kind of heart warming to see how the whole school came together. (It's worth watching the whole thing even though it's long– the end is awesome for HSM fans!)

Anything great on your radar this week?
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Thursday, November 26, 2015

thank you!

I hope everyone is having a wonderful time today. I just wanted to pop over here today and express how grateful I am for you. I was in such a dark place when I started my blog almost seven years ago. Never in a million years would I have guessed what it would help me break through those hard times.

I'm thankful for everyone who comes here to read along and share in this journey with me!

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