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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.

Watch Gift Ideas

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!

Grey Sweater & Wine Booties

This fall has been all about cozy chic – which, for me, means dressing up a comfy outfit with some killer booties and a pop of color. This Free People sweater is so cozy, and has the most gorgeous wrap detail on the front. It comes in 3 other colors, and is currently on sale (ends tomorrow, 11/12/16).

These wine booties from IPPO are so fabulous, and they are on sale right now for under $20! I was shocked, because they honestly look so high-end. These will be on repeat for sure. They come in black and blue, too! For this look, I paired them with my favorite black leggings. I can’t wait to wear them with a cute winter dress or even with a nice pair of dark denim skinny jeans.

Fall Hair Therapy with Aussie

Fall is the season I look forward to the most, but at this point in the year my hair is always in serious need of therapy and restoration. I do my best to avoid heat styling as much as I can (rarely do I ever use a hair dryer), but sun damage and pool days during the summer can take a toll on hair just the same. I’ve come to realize that avoiding heat (from the sun and from styling) is just not enough to maintain a head of luscious locks. The types of products I use are so important and make a big difference in the health of my hair – both repairing damage and preventing future dryness and breakage.

Aussie has been one of my favorite hair care brands ever since I was a little girl. I remember treasuring my Aussie Sprunch Spray and loving the way it smelled! Now, as an adult, I still find myself turning to Aussie for everything from shampoo and conditioner to styling gel. Recently, I have been obsessed with Aussie’s Total Miracle Collection 7N1 Shampoo and Conditioner. As with all Aussie products, the fragrance is amazing and it leaves behind silky smooth locks. It also combats frizz, which is super important in the Texas humidity.


I like to use Aussie Moist Shampoo and Conditioner when my hair is feeling extra dry. I have often compared it to being dehydrated and getting hooked up to an IV. When my hair gets itself into a parched predicament, Aussie Moist Shampoo brings it back to life. Once a week, I use the Aussie 3 Minute Miracle Strong Conditioning Treatment (which has been a staple for many women since 1979). I can really tell a difference in the way my hair looks and feels after using it, and other people have noticed too!


One of my go-to styling products is the Aussie Instant Freeze Sculpting Hair Gel. I use this when I put my hair up in a top knot to ensure an all-day hold and to tame flyaways. It’s also great for braids if you have difficult hair that needs a little help staying in place.

I love that Aussie understands that we all have different hair and different styling needs – that’s why their products are made with all hair types in mind. With such a busy life and minimal time to fuss with my hair, I depend on Aussie to make styling as easy and low maintenance as possible. Shop all of my Aussie faves here!
Thanks to Aussie for sponsoring this post.

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