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All The Sparkles – NYE 2017

It’s so hard to believe that 2016 is almost over! New Year’s Eve is just around the corner, and it’s the perfect night to bring out your shiniest and sparkliest pieces to ring in the new year. I have always loved staying up late and celebrating on New Year’s Eve. As a little girl, I remember spending the night with my Grandma and making my own confetti to throw when the ball dropped at midnight. There is just something so special about celebrating the new year and a clean start, while also taking time to remember the past year and everything it brought (both good and bad). As much as I have loved this past year, I am so looking forward to 2017!

I have rounded up some of my favorite items that are perfect for NYE (and every other day of the year, if I do say so myself). What plans do you have for New Year’s Eve? Going out? Staying in? Traveling to NYC to be part of all the craziness in Times Square (definitely on my bucket list!). Let me know in the comments below!

Easy Holiday Party Hair

‘Tis the season for Christmas parties and New Year’s Eve soirees. I always look forward to choosing my outfits for these holiday celebrations, but when it comes to my hair I never know what to do with it. Like my clothes, my hair styles tend to be very classic and somewhat simple. With all the stress that inevitably comes with the holiday season, the last thing I want to fuss with is my hair. Today I am sharing my go-to party hair style that is super easy, always looks elegant no matter the occasion, and only takes a few minutes!

Step 1: Start with clean, dry hair. I used Aussie Moist Shampoo and Aussie 3 Minute Miracle Conditioner for deep conditioning.
Step 2: Part hair pretty deep on one side (whichever side you are most comfortable with).
Step 3: Use a 1.5 inch curling wand or curling iron to curl your entire head of hair creating loose, romantic waves.
Step 4: Section off the front of your hair (the same side your part is on) and use a bit of Aussie Instant Freeze Sculpting Hair Gel as you begin twisting this entire section of hair. This will help tame frizz and keep flyaways at bay. 
Step 5: Continue twisting, gathering up a bit more hair as you work your way down. 
Step 6: Twist, twist, twist. Then, twist some more.
Step 7: Once you have the entire section twisted, bring it around back and secure underneath near your neck line. I sometimes use bobby pins for this, but I also like to use a small clip/claw for a more secure hold. 
Step 8: Let the rest of your hair fall down over the clip and smooth it down as you move it all over your shoulder to one side.
Step 9: Throw on your favorite pair of statement earrings and head out the door! This hair style will not only show off your jewels, but also the details on the back of your dress.
This simple, elegant look is so easy to recreate and works for any occasion. To keep your hair looking great and perfectly in place as you party the night away, be sure to use all my favorite Aussie hair products. You can find Aussie’s 3 Minute Miracle Strong Conditioning Treatment, Instant Freeze Sculpting Hair Gel, Moist Shampoo and Conditioner, and many more products on Amazon! Having your hair products shipped to your home is a huge time-saver.
Thank you to Aussie for sponsoring this post.

Holiday Wrapping

Wrapping gifts is one of my absolute favorite parts of the holidays (and maybe even life…not kidding). When I was a little girl, I remember BEGGING my mom to let me wrap my own gifts. She would cover them just enough so that I couldn’t see what each gift was, and then she would let me do the wrapping. I loved it so much, maybe even more than the actual gifts I got! To this day, I get so excited when it’s time to pick out my wrapping paper and ribbon for the Christmas season. 

This year, I found the cutest wrapping paper and ribbon online at Design Design. Our Christmas cards have a Twelve Days of Christmas theme, so when I saw this Twelve Days of Christmas wrapping paper I knew I had to have it! It is super unique, but still very traditional. It almost has a vintage feel to it. I also love this Joy Noel Cheers Peace gift wrap. It’s just so simple and beautiful, and absolutely gorgeous paired with this gold flecks tissue paper. I prefer ribbon over the typical stick-on bows, so I picked up this red saddle stich ribbon to tie it all together (literally). 
Design Design is also having a major sale right now! All of their Christmas gift wrap is 50% off this weekend only (through Dec. 11th). Hurry over there now to take advantage of the savings, and you may even want to stock up for next year! 
GIVEAWAY ALERT! I have teamed up with Design Design on a super exciting giveaway. One lucky Instagram follower will get 5 rolls of gift wrap of their choosing, just in time for the holidays! Head on over to my Instagram for all the details. 
Thank you to Design Design for the lovely gift wrap, and for sponsoring this amazing giveaway.

Holiday Gift Guide – Guys Edition

Happy Black Friday! If you’re like me, you are staying in today and taking advantage of all the amazing sales online. If you are out and about, well, good luck and godspeed!

It’s no secret that Christmas is my favorite time of year. As much as I love shopping for gifts, it can be a little stressful when you’re shopping for a guy that seems to already have everything. We always want our gifts to be unique, and finding that perfect gift for someone is often even more satisfying than receiving a gift ourselves. I have rounded up some of my favorite gift ideas for the guy in your life, starting with my number one: the JORD Wood Watch.


These watches are super unique, and my husband went absolutely crazy over his! The one pictured here is the Frankie series Dark Sandalwood & Smoke. It has a very minimalist look, which is what my husband loves. The wood is so sleek, and I love the way it looks next to the smoky grey face. It’s definitely one of those pieces that people will comment on because you just don’t see wood watches very often. And can we talk about this gorgeous packaging? Each watch comes in a beautiful wooden box and wrapped around a little burlap pillow. Presentation is everything, and the box is so gorgeous you don’t even need to wrap it! JORD has lots of options to choose from – both men’s watches and women’s watches – and they have an amazing Black Friday sale happening (the watch pictured here is 10% off on Black Friday only)! Be sure to also enter JORD’s instant giveaway to get $25 off your purchase.

Here are some of my other picks for the special guy in your life:

Thank you to JORD Wood Watches for sponsoring this post.

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Lace Kimono + OTK Boots

Is anyone else obsessing over all the fall foliage? I have some favorite streets that I go out of my way to drive down just to see the vibrant fall colors. I know it won’t last long, so I’m soaking it up as long as I can! I drive by this park pretty often, and finally decided to stop and snap a few photos.

This pretty lace kimono is perfect to throw on for a dainty touch to any outfit, and is currently only $16! I love wearing it with these black leggings and my Vince Camuto over the knee boots (which are both 25% off right now!). These boots might be my favorite of all time. They are oh so comfortable, and the faux suede is just so soft and chic. I’m not kidding, I will come home at the end of the day and will actually keep these on while I’m curled up on the couch because they are that cozy. I honestly want them in every color!


My Kendra Scott necklace is also on sale for 20% off through 11/28/16 with code SALE20. It comes in a few other colors, like this gorgeous magenta and this black with gunmetal. So many good sales right now, and I love that they are more than just one day Black Friday sales.
Speaking of Black Friday, I used to be the one that got up at 3am and hit all the sales, but the past several years I have enjoyed staying in and shopping online. How are you prepping for Thanksgiving and Black Friday? Do you partake in all the Black Friday craziness? Let me know in the comments below!

Taupe Oxfords

I have found some of the cutest (and affordable) shoes lately at IPPO, and these taupe oxfords immediately caught my eye. They are just so classic, yet the cutouts give them a very current look. IPPO is having one heck of a Black Friday week sale. EVERYTHING IS $10 – including my taupe oxfords and the wine booties I posted about here!

My crossbody bag and striped top are no longer available, but I have found some similar options that you can get to recreate this look – like this striped top and this taupe bag. These Citizens of Humanity jeans have been my favorite for a while now, and I love rolling them up a bit to show off my cute shoes!


Texas has been fairly warm so far this fall, but I suspect I won’t be able to go jacket free for much longer. This past weekend was cold enough to get me in the holiday mood! So ready for a yummy Thanksgiving feast, and of course, Black Friday shopping. I have so much to be thankful for this year, and as I get older I find myself being thankful for even the simplest things. The fact that I am happy, healthy and curled up in my cozy living room typing this right now is such a blessing. I hope you all have a great holiday, and no matter what this year has brought your way, be sure to take a minute to be thankful for being alive. Love you all!
IPPO Mark and Maddux Oxford Shoes c/o| Citizens of Humanity Jeans | Merona Striped Top (sold out, similar here) | Taupe Crossbody Bag (similar here) | Jack Mason Watch c/o| Photos by Afflatus Photography


My Fave eos Products + Giveaway!


I have been loving all of the new eos/Evolution of Smooth products that have came out recently. We all know they have amazing (and super cute) lip balms, but their new Shimmer Lip Balm is my absolute fave! It comes in Pearl and Sheer Pink, and they are both in my purse right now. So perfect to carry with you during the fall and winter months to keep your lips from getting chapped. They also make great stocking stuffers!

The shave cream is DIVINE, and really does make a difference in the way your skin looks and feels. I am notorious for getting razor burn, and I think it’s because I haven’t been using the right soap/shave cream. My legs feel so silky after using this, and the Vanilla Bliss scent is just so yummy! It also comes in Tropical Fruit, Lavender Jasmine, and Pomegranate Raspberry. My fave body lotion right now is the Delicate Petals. It smells oh so good, and I have been putting it on at night after showering. I honestly feel like I’ve been at the spa when I crawl in bed!

I have teamed up with eos to give away a winter-themed prize pack (pictured below) with some AMAZING products, including the Vanilla Orchid Body Lotion, the Vanilla Bliss Shave Cream, 2 Shimmer Lip Balms in Sheer Pink and Pearl, and the Sweet Mint Lip Balm. Head over to my Instagram and find this photo in my feed to get all the details on how to enter.

Thanks to eos for these amazing products and for sponsoring this giveaway!

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