Archive for November, 2019

Date: Nov 14 2019

Filed Under: Decor, Entertaining, Fashion

I’m so excited to share my first Holiday Gift Guide of the season!! Today’s gift guide is full of great gifts under $30!! This one definitely leans more for the women on your list – teachers, sisters, mothers, grandmothers, friends, co-workers…

Gifts Under $30:

Slip Hair Scrunchies – Everyone’s favorite pillow case now makes hair scrunchies!! Crease free and happy.

Text Friendly Gloves – Because no one knows where their pair from last year disappeared to! These are soft, cute, and functional thanks to slits in the thumb and pointer fingers. And there’s a matching beanie hat and scarf!

Poodles Ornament – Ice skating poodles!! Whimsical ornaments are always one of my favorite gifts to give! How cute is this little fox ornament?!

Sky Sunrise Puzzle – A tech-free activity for the family! Bonus, this puzzle is actually beautiful! This puzzle is awesome, too!

Travel Charging Station – Pretty power strips for travel that can charge up to 5 devices at a time! It has a heavy duty 5 foot cord.

Sea Grass Wrapped Vase – One of my favorite brands! This Lindroth vase is the perfect gift for anyone, and makes a great hostess gift filled with a few clippings! The glassware makes a good gift as well.

Monogrammed Tote – A cute and personalized tote for under $30?! Thanks Tuckernuck! This multi bottle wine tote is fun, too!

Gel Polish Set – The whole set is adorable, but you could even break these up and gift individually!

Floral Travel Tumbler – Keeps the hot hot and the cold cold! I especially envision this for your favorite Sunday Sunday friend :) And this one is a best seller and comes in a ALL the colors for anyone on your list!

Cheese Box Grater – Anyone else’s family addicted to freshly grated cheese? This one is beautiful and the perfect addition to any dinner setting.

Zip Catch All Case – A beautiful travel bag for your environmentally minded friends. Comes in more beautiful colors.

Tissue Box – For the girl who has everything, knows that details matter, and isn’t afraid of color. This tissue box is so fun!!


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I’m so excited to share my FAVORITE dress with you today. I know you’ve already seen it a gazillion times because I keep including it in round ups and it was in Monday’s post… BUT it deserves a whole post all to itself. This pink taffeta dress has a crisp and easy shape, a stand collar, and an ideal elbow sleeve length.

And this taffeta dress comes in these pretty colors. Obsessed with the white and the black.

pink | green | white | black

Did you see Tuckernuck’s new Chanel bag collection??

And my sequin earrings come in 6 different colors!


pink taffeta dress, gold twist heels,

black chanel bag, sequin earrings

And because EVERYTHING on Tuckernuck’s site is festive and fun and classic, here are a dozen more pieces great for the holidays!

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I love this classic white twist waisted top – it’s the perfect length! And this plaid poncho is adorable and cozy! And this cute ruffle neck detail on this black dress is so fun!

Photography by Gray Benko.


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Date: Nov 12 2019

Filed Under: Fashion

Spur of the moment bonus post today because I am flipping out about all of these brand new shoe arrivals! Bring on party season!!

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I’m due for a fresh pair of black pumps and this new pair from LR is stunning. And I could use the extra height offered from this pretty metallic pair. Also: Majorly obsessed with this pair right here.


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Date: Nov 12 2019

Filed Under: Entertaining, Family, Fashion, Lilly Likes

Over the weekend we took the kids to NYC for Lilly’s 10th birthday. They had never been before so it was much anticipated, and truthfully it was the best NYC trip I’ve ever taken. We were there for two days, 1 night. A quick trip, but that’s how I like to do it. We landed at 9 am Saturday and hit the ground running. We stayed at The Langham in Midtown and it was freaking fantastic. I’ve stayed at the Langham in Chicago and had been so blown away that I wanted to splurge for this one night trip as well. It was nicely located for the things we wanted to do!

Lilly wanted to do a little shopping so we walked from the hotel to Zara and Macy’s and a few other places. My cousin Wes met us for lunch at Shake Shack right in that area, too. By the way, I’ve gotten a few messages asking where all we ate with the kids there, and to be honest we just chose spur of the moment places that were convenient to where we were when we were hungry. I didn’t have any meals planned because I didn’t want to overload us by rushing around.

similar black puffer coat, blue chanel bag, white sneakers

We checked out SpyScape, the Spy Museum and LOVED it. It was Fletcher’s favorite of everything we did. I’m bummed I didn’t take great photos, but it was really cool and totally interactive. There’s a challenge room you go in that is filled with lasers that you have to navigate through and gather points. It was as cool as it sounds.

We were really excited about stumbling upon our friends at Vintage Barbie & Ken on the street! It made the city seem small to Lilly and Fletch. We have his prints here and also at Coral House!

This is my cousin Wes by the way. I know you’ve seen him on here before, we’re close and I visit him in NYC often. He’s Lilly and Fletcher’s Godfather!

We took a little break back at the hotel before dinner. Lilly was surprised to find birthday chocolates in the room. The Langham is the best.

I was exhausted and managed a 20 minute nap.

Lilly’s wearing this sweatshirt. I’m wearing this turtleneck sweater.

But I rallied and was ready for dinner and a show. The concierge recommend a great pizza place a block away (sorry I don’t remember the name). Fletch wanted to try all the pizza in NYC so this was his first and he ate the whole thing.

I’m wearing this dress and these boots. Lilly is wearing this pink dress.

I waited for YEARS to see Wicked on Broadway. It was incredible. Even better than I hoped it would be. The kids loved it, too. So, so very special.

Little tired. Lot happy.

The next morning we went to the Color Factory in Soho! This was the very first thing I bought tickets to after we booked our flights to NYC. I knew the kids would love it, and they were both over the moon there. It amazes me that there are people out there so creative to put together an experience such as this. 100% recommend this!

Color galore, and put together so beautifully. This ceiling is in the entrance.

So simple and so visually stunning and interesting.

And they had a LOT of snacks. All adorable and interesting and offered in all the colors. This conveyer belt of macaroons was my favorite.

And this blue ball pit room was obviously the favorite. I mean. Have you ever?

Pure delight. And our next stop (after a quick lunch with Wes along the way) was really cool, too. SlooMoo Institute just recently opened like a week or two ago. It’s a SLIME museum. I knew Lilly would just die, and I was right. It was her favorite.

There are huge interactive displays of slime everywhere, all the different kinds that you can think of. Fun rooms to walk through with various activities. A store (of course, which would be great for Christmas shopping). A HUGE slime making bar (I even enjoyed this). But best of all, a sliming room. Naturally I signed up Lilly and Fletch for this. Oh, and all the “sloomoos” are wearing these amazing jumpsuits in different colors. They’re singing and dancing and just being so fun.

A pretty epic 10th birthday trip. Somehow everything went smoothly and was a success. I can’t wait to go back with the kids again. I want to go when it’s a little warmer next time so that we can do the whole Central Park experience and other classics.


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Date: Nov 11 2019

Filed Under: Fashion, What I'm Wearing

I’ve been a long time fan of Mignonne Gavigan’s jewelry collection. I bought my first piece over 5 years ago, and her designs have somehow just gotten even better with time. This is Maggie (the lady behind the brand) in the middle in the photo below. She’s originally from NC, but has been in NYC for many years (this is where I should do some research and find out how long exactly but we got home from our trip at midnight last night and I’m just too exhausted). Anyway, she’s an absolute delight and I feel lucky to get to call her a friend. So when Maggie came down last week for a dinner to celebrate her collection at Hampden Clothing, I was so there.

I’m Wearing:

pink taffeta dress, gold twist heels, winged fan earrings,

black chanel clutch (look for less here), matte lipstick (shade “zip”)

Mignonne’s collection is always fun and statement making. She has festive yet classic pieces like this pair of earrings, and also whimsical fun earrings like these which are on my Christmas wish list!

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Just a few of my favorites. So fun, right? I love these beaded burst earrings. And I just got these Haley stud earrings! This dangly pair would be perfect for holiday parties. And how sweet is this red madre pin?!

Shop all of the Mignonne pieces at Hampden right here! I hope you all have a great Monday! I’ll be posting a recap of our trip to NYC with the kids this week!

Photography by Charlotte Photo.


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Date: Nov 7 2019

Filed Under: Fashion

Good morning! Today’s round up is for all my fellow deal loving friends! So many cute pieces under $100 here, like that slip skirt that comes in a ton of colors and looks amazing with a chunky knit sweater.

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I’ll take all the cozy sweaters and tops, please. Especially that blue-ish grey cowl neck fleece and that sherpa lined cardigan jacket.

And PS, there are also a ton of awesome pieces in Shopbop’s Under $200 section. Have a great day, Everyone!


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