Valentine’s for HER

Now girls, don’t think I forgot about you. As much fun as it is to shop for Valentine’s treats for our men, it’s equally {read: more} fun to plant hints in their mind about all of the lovely things we’re interested in these days!

So here are some HOT new items that I just know you’ll casually bring up to your man this week… 🙂

Valentine's for HER

  1. Handlettering print from Jenn Gietzen ($35) – I’ve followed Jenn and her Write On! Design for a while now, and I’m always inspired! Not only is she extremely talented in handlettering and graphic design but she’s always very funny. Her quotes always make me smile, laugh, and reflect. Also, I can only hope to letter as well as she does at the end of my Year of Words project. Any gal would be happy to hang one of Jenn’s pretty prints in her home.
  2. Cookies from The DoughMestic HouseWife (varies) – Nom nom nom. Every girl {that I know} loves cookies. Duh. So what better treat than a custom box of gorgeously hand decorated cookies?! You must check out The DoughMestic HouseWife on Instagram… Then you’ll understand just how great of a gift this would be!
  3. Ellie Vail Cory Necklace from Lilli & Tori ($42) – With a EKG reading as the pendant, you can literally wear your guy’s heartbeat on your neck {awwww…}. This gold plated necklace is simple, elegant, and could be worn with practically anything. But if you don’t think the heartbeat thing is your thing, check out Lilli & Tori’s awesome inventory.
  4. “I’m So Fancy” mug from Moon & Lola ($28) – Ladies, this mug is a “wake up and feel fabulous” gift. Moon & Lola has several really cutesy mugs along with pillows that have matching themes.You should check out their Galentine’s Day collection for more lovely ideas!
  5. Paper Crown + Rifle Paper Co. NEW clothing line (varies) – This is actually REALLY exciting because the release of the line that is a collaboration of Lauren Conrad & Anna Bond {Ah!} is releasing THIS Thursday! AH! There’s going to be a pop-up shop in L.A. Friday through Sunday, and I’m quite sad that I live nowhere near L.A. Haha. The line is bound to be gorgeous all around and I found this maxi dress along with some others on L.C.’s blog.

What do ya’ll think? I think it’s safe to say that between pretty words, gold fancies, beautiful threads, and cookies it’d be a pretty sweet Valentine’s Day 🙂

FriYAY Faves (& only 7 days until Christmas!)

I cannot handle the fact that Christmas is only 7 days away! And today is the last day of school for a little bit! WAHOO!! I’m having an excitement overload this morning! 🙂

If you’re looking for a few last minute gifts that any gal would love, check out my last FriYAY Faves before Christmas! Don’t worry, I love FriYAY Faves so much that I think I may just keep them all year round!

FriYAY Faves

1. “With All Your Heart” hand stamped necklace from Befriending Faithfulness ($20) – My friend Erin has opened a beautiful Etsy shop called Befriending Faithfulness. She makes AWESOME hand stamped jewelry (and can even personalize it to say anything you want!) and embroidered hoop art. All of her pieces are inspired by scripture and are SO encouraging. Plus, one of the things I love most about Erin’s shop is that she donates 10% each month to a worthy cause. Check out her blog and befriend Befriending Faithfulness! (See what I did there?)

2. Coral & Tusk hand linen from Firefly ($44) – I know it’s a lot for a hand towel… but look at those woodland creatures!!! Coral & Tusk also makes stockings with these same characters, so stock up and have them ready for next Christmas!

3. “The Hip Girl’s Guide to Homemaking” book by Kate Payne ($20) – I adore Kate’s blog and visit it frequently. She does everything from canning and pickling to home decorating and gardening. All of her projects and lifestyle tips are fabulous and practical! Plus, her personality is just too cute, so I’m sure her Hip Girl’s Guide would be a fun read! Also… she just came out with “The Hip Girl’s Guide to the Kitchen”… I probably really need that one haha.

4. “Ready to Run” Vest from Red Dress Boutique ($46) – I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again… I reeeeeally want a fur vest. But I’m having trouble finding the perfect one. Nothing that looks too fake, something that will go with everything, and something I won’t be tired of this time next year… It’s tough. But I really like this leather-trimmed faux fur vest. It’s just enough fur but not over the top. Plus, I think that it could stick around as a great winter piece for years to come.

5. “Let’s All Be Brave” mug made by Glory Haus from Annie F. Downs ($18.25) – Annie is one of my favorite people. We’ve only met three times, but she is truly an inspiration and never ceases to encourage me {especially through her social media platforms… including her new podcast!} Her new book “Let’s All Be Brave” urges you to be courageous, even when it’s not easy or convenient. And boy is that a message that I need over and over and over. I love this mug because I could sip my cup o’ joe each morning from it and be reminded to walk through the day bravely. Thanks, Annie, for such a strong message and a cute tool to serve as a reminder of it!!

Hurry hurry and get that Christmas shopping done!! And then sit back and enjoy the holidays, won’t you? Because remember, it’s not really about the presents at all. 🙂

Elizabeth & Clarke: Winter Collection 2014 – “The Bronte”

It’s been a great week in my closet thanks to Elizabeth & Clarke! First, there was “The Swan”. Then, “The Taylor”. And now, the third and final piece, “The Bronte”. It’s absolutely darling and great for that upcoming Christmas party that you want to walk into simply shining.

So here’s outfit number 3! “The Bronte” – A black sleeveless top with flowing layers and a high-collared neckline:

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I was fortunate enough to be able to wear my “Bronte” to an impromptu Drew Holcomb concert in the city last night (go ahead and preorder his new album “Medicine” NOW). Hubby picked me up from work, I changed in the car (which was super impressive, by the way), and I arrived to the concert feeling like a million bucks!!

I chose to wear my new white & black patterned dress from Fabrik (yes, that’s a dress under the top… pretty cool, huh?), black patterned tights, and my black suede high heeled booties. Also, it dropped to 30 degrees last night, so of course I layered my black quilted jacket with gold accents on top. What I loved most was that my “Bronte” collar still poked out from underneath my jacket. So even though I had to have a coat, I still felt fancy!

So what do you think of my Elizabeth & Clarke Winter Collection box?? Pretty rad, huh? Which piece is YOUR favorite? And don’t forget to look ahead to the Spring Collection. You can go ahead and reserve your box now! 🙂

Elizabeth & Clarke: Winter Collection 2014 – “The Taylor”

Elizabeth & Clarke is my new favorite way to shop. They are a fashion retailer that focuses on quality and sends beautiful tops straight to your door every season through a seasonal subscription box! Yesterday, I reviewed the first of three tops from their Winter Collection, “The Swan”.

Today I want to present to you outfit number 2! “The Taylor” – A classic white button-on blouse:

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I’m so excited to now have this classic basic in my wardrobe! The quality is superb, and it is the greatest base layer for all of your winter layering wants and needs!

I chose to pair it with my favorite quilted vest, a sparkly blush skirt, my riding boots, some simple pearls and a bar necklace. It was the greatest Sunday morning church outfit that quickly transitioned to lunch, shopping, and coffee with friends.

Another winter must-have.

Tell me your thoughts on E&C! I’m already getting ready to make my selections for my Spring 2015 box. But I’m not even through showing off the Winter 2014 collection! I’ve also got “The Bronte” to show you! 🙂

Elizabeth & Clarke: Winter Collection 2014 – “The Swan”

I recently wrote about this great company, Elizabeth & Clarke, and how I was so excited that Will had bought me a subscription for a year’s worth of their fabulous shirts for my birthday. What a guy… (You can read my post here.)

Well this weekend, I’m so excited to show you what E&C is all about! I got my box on Friday, and all of the pieces are wonderful! Since E&C chooses neutral colors, the possibilities for outfits are endless! I’m no fashion blogger, but I wanted to “model” my new duds for you to make you as big a believer in E&C as I am! Plus, I had way to much fun pulling out all of the clothes I already have in my closet to form these outfits… way too much fun 🙂

Here’s outfit number 1! “The Swan” – An off-white sweater with brown suede elbow-patches:

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From the elbow patches to the comfy material that “The Swan” is made of, I’m obsessed.

When paired with a plaid button down and my favorite green pants from Old Navy, those awesome J.Lo booties from Kohl’s, my new bag from Mimi’s, and some sparkly jewelry (including my DIY Coin Bracelet), it made for the perfect around town on a Saturday morning outfit. But I also felt fancy enough for the Tour of Homes this afternoon!

Winter fashion at it’s finest.

What do you think about Elizabeth & Clarke?? Three high quality tops to your door each season at a great cost… I feel like it doesn’t get much better than that! I’ve also posted outfits for “The Bronte” and “The Taylor”! Love all of my E&C winter pieces!