5 Must-Have Winter Items [And Adorable Gift Ideas!]

beanie [now less than $18!] // sweater // tee // jeans // purse // booties

Well kids, it's December. Around here that means one thing - freaking cold weather. And Christmas, it also means that. Combine those two things [freaking cold and Christmas] and you've got yourself a recipe for the warmest, coziest gifts on the planet. While I would like to say that I have all my shopping done, I kinda just started. As in last night. Do I still have a long ways to go? Do I pee my pants every time I sneeze? The answer is yes to both. While I understand that we need to be focused on what we can buy for others, we also need to focus on the more important item at hand - what we want others to buy for us ;) Thanks to my recent obsession with Sole Society [totally one of my girlfriends fault for texting me the other week while I was patiently waiting in the drive thru line at Dunkin' Donuts exclaiming her love for this website and blah blah blah, I was sold] I've gathered a few winter must-haves that you can kindly ask your mom, sister, husband, boss, anybody and everybody to buy them for you. You're welcome.

Psssst - before we get started with my top 5 picks, there is an entire section for gift giving broken up into several different categories [under $100, for the girl on the go, warm wishes, etc] which is like a unicorn making you macaroni and cheese [that means really, really, really good]. Not just that but you will receive free shipping on any orders over $50 so yeah, back to the unicorn thing. 

1. Festive Footwear - because why shouldn't your feet be full of Christmas cheer? 

When I found these plaid pumps I knew I needed them in my wardrobe, partially for upcoming holiday parties, but mostly just for the smile factor. It's hard to not be happy when you're walking around looking like one of Santa's elves [the fashionable kind]. So cute and comfortable [you can size down 1/2 size if in between], these are a must-have fo' sho'. 

2. A pom beanie

I had been on the hunt for the perfect beanie and when my eyes found this one [which is now 30% off!] I knew it was just what I was wanting. I love the waffle knit pattern and the cute little bunny tail looking pom coming off the back. Anything that's functional yet adorable is an item for me. 

beanie [now less than $18!] // sweater // tee // jeans // purse // booties

3. An Oxblood Purse [also known as maroon, burgundy, and anything else w/o the word blood]

While the name of the color is somewhat disturbing, the color itself is anything but. I am obsessed with all things oxblood during the winter months and this purse is no exception. Less than $65, this purse is big enough to hold all of my precious belongings and sturdy enough to keep it's gorgeous shape. If oxblood isn't your thing, it's also available in taupe! 

beanie [now less than $18!] // sweater // tee // jeans // purse // booties

4. A Plaid Blanket Scarf

Gosh, I love this scarf. Currently 30% off, this baby keeps you warm without suffocating you. That whole staying alive thing is always a plus. The navy, white and red make me all sorts of proud to be american and also proud to own matching booties. 

jacket // scarf // tee // jeans // purse // booties

5. This Cold Weather Gift Set [now 48% off!] 

I love this not only because it comes with 3 adorable necessities [ribbed wool headband, knit wrap and wool gloves] but because it comes gift wrapped for you in a pretty little box and tissue paper meaning you have to do literally nothing but click the "add to bag" button here. At this sale price, you absolutely can't beat it for any woman on your list. 

There we have it, my top five picks! What are you loving this season?

disclosure: thank you so much to sole society for partnering for today's post. while I am being compensated for this content, all items were selected and loved by me. 

all photos in today's post shot by tina herschberger photography 



Love, Yellow // All Bundled Up

piko tops // hunter boots // my boots [25% off!]

Holy crap it's December. I swear June was yesterday. While the last two weeks of my life have been spent living it up in the sun and warmth, I'm officially on my way home which means one thing - snow, cold and prettiest of grey skies [gag] for the next four months of life. While I do actually love me some winter, that whole bikini and cover up life wasn't so bad. To make the transition back to reality a little smoother, I turned to the one thing I know to turn to into a time of crisis - cute clothes. 

This month for Love, Yellow we turned to not just two items like usual, but THREE to make all of you [or somebody on your Christmas list] dreams come true. What do we have for you you ask? Well, allow me. 

What you see there my friends is a blanket scarf [two colors available, Santa says you're welcome], a necklace [also available in two options - gold or silver] and some of the best leggings I ever have worn. The best part? All of this together is less than $50 AND is eligible for free shipping. 

Dreams do come true, I just proved it. 

If you haven't jumped on the blanket scarf bandwagon yet, you haven't really lived. Can we all just take a second and appreciate the fact that it is now trendy to dress yourself in a blanket? Thank you trendsetters. We are forever indebted to you, but mostly because of leggings. Hands down the best invention on the planet. 

We especially love that these items can be given as a gift to anybody either all together or that you can break it up and keep the leggings for yourself, give the scarf to a friend and the necklace to your mom. Or you know, just keep it all for yourself, that works too.

We paired our scarves with a casual little piko top, a vest for some extra layers, our beloved leggings that are included the package and boots. It's a hard job to be warm and cozy, but somebody's gotta do it. 

Speaking of the necklace - here that beauty is. Gold or silver, the choice is yours. 

And there we have it. Three awesome necessities that will keep you warm and cute all winter long. All of the details are below, but hurry - they will go fast, fast, fast! 

1. Pricing is easy--it's $48 for all three pieces - leggings, blanket scarf of choice and necklace of choice! Also remember that right now it is FREE shipping on any order over $25 so you are good to roll there baby.

2. As far as sizing goes, the leggings are one size fits most while the scarf and necklace well, they are one size fits all. Easy peasy.

3. You have now through Friday to place your orderLimited quantities are available so you will want to order soon to ensure you receive your size! 

4. Your order will be shipped within three business days. 

5. Remember that if you receive the items and aren't happy with your order, you can ship all or part of it back! Instructions will be included in your order. 

6. Spread the word about your Love, Yellow items! Tweet, Instagram, put it up on a billboard, whatever you feel is necessary ;) Please use the #LoveYellowLook hashtag so that I can be sure to send a thousand kissy faces your way for doing so! 

7. Order now :)



Walking On Air

I've never been a tennis shoe type of girl. I take that back. Back when my life goal was to be Michael Jordan, I was a tennis shoe girl. Have we ever talked about my longing desire to be a Chicago Bulls basketball player and how all I would wear is a MJ jersey, complete with my bowl hair cut and real life cardboard cutout of him in my bedroom? And then there was the video taping of every single basketball game where I would crank up Jock Jams at the beginning of the game and pretend to be a player running out on center court during the lineup announcements. 

It's okay you guys though because NOBODY would ask me if I was a boy or girl growing up. Oh wait.  

Back to the matter at hand - tennis shoes. I traded out all things comfortable and upgraded to heels at the ripe age of 16 or so and for the past 15 years of my life I've neglected all things feel good on my feet. Until now baby. When I purchased these Nike Free RN running shoes from Nordstrom, I didn't know what I was in for.  The best part? You can still dress like a girl while wearing them. 

jacket [true to size, wearing in small] // plaid shirt [size down] // white tee [true to size] 
jeans [true to size] // shoes [true to size]

The even better than the best part? You get to walk on air WHILE dressing like a girl in cute casual shoes. WINNING. These are now my go-to when it comes to all things travel, all things grocery shopping and all things everything if we are going to get specific about it.

Paired with a cute little faux leather jacket [because who can afford real leather? anybody? okay right, people can, I can't. faux leather fo' life] and some of my favorite jeans [currently at a discounted price!] this look is wham bam thank you ma'm, DONE. 

Be sure to check out Nordstrom for a plethora of cute and affordable tennis shoes [and try them on in the comfort of your own home, no awkward sharing of those lovely little hose socks]. With free shipping and free returns you have absolutely nothing to lose. Except like a $100 for these shoes, but don't count it as a loss but a complete and total win for your life. I'm off to go bounce around in these babies [or sit on random doorsteps, whatever].                  

[all photos shot by tina herschberger photography]

disclosure: thank you to Nordstrom for partnering in today's post. While I was compensated for this post, all products were purchased, worn and loved by me.



The "It" Sweater

Do you know what's a difficult challenge? Finding a warm winter sweater that you can look sexy in. Ask a guy what his preferred outfit choice on a female is and odds are 100% his response won't be "oooh, a sweater!" Unless the sweater is completely see-through in which case, sweater may come out of his mouth. Regardless, you get where I am going with this. With the cooler temps and all things holiday parties coming up, I've been on a mission to find a sweater that provides just the right amount of sexy with an even more perfect amount of warmth. Well friends, I think I finally found it thanks to that oh so trendy, cold shoulder look going on these days.

sweater [true to size, wearing in small]// jeans [under $60, size down one] // open toe booties

I found this sweater at the mother load of all sweater land, Nordstrom, and immediately went into a frantic panic on which color to order - black, grey, or light blue. I panic about really important things. I took my normal Nordstrom approach of "order, evaluate and send back [for free! gosh I love you sticky little return labels included in my order..not that I use you often, but you know - in case I needed to, I love you] if I chose wrong." Well, it arrived and the only conclusion that I came to is that I now need it in black and grey as well because, well because compliments that's why. You know it's a good item when you put it on and within 10 minutes of being in public you've received two compliments on it. 

Paired with a simple pair of skinny jeans and booties, this look is effortless chic and will keep you looking cool while staying warm. Didn't think it was possible? Sorry - we were all wrong. 

Is it the shoulder cut-outs? The mock turtleneck part? The ribbed design that is all sorts of perfection? Whatever it is, I dig it.

[all photos in today's post shot by tina herschberger photography]

For a ton of other similar options in the cold shoulder trend department - here's several under $100, all at Nordstrom which means free shipping and free returns!

disclosure: thank you to Nordstrom for partnering on today's post. While I am being compensated, all products were chosen, purchased and loved by yours truly. 



Christmas Home Tour 2016

If there is one time of the year that I love our house the most, it is Christmas time. The magic and coziness that the lights, little snowmen, furry tree skirts and everything in between brings is sometimes too much for this snow loving girl to handle. I will always vividly remember when soon after we first moved into our "fixer upper" I was struggling feeling like I was living in our "home". The place just didn't feel like ours and I was having a hard time cozying up in this new environment. Until we decorated for Christmas. We put up our trees, I stood in the kitchen, looked around as I took it all in and finally said to Shawn "I love it. It finally feels like home." 

While our home since that point two years ago has now been my favorite place to be, putting up the holiday decor always adds that extra spark. This year as I went to put up my Christmas decor, I was feeling like I was ready for a little bit of a change from what we have done in years past. A couple of new trees, a few new pieces of decor and bam, we were ready to roll. Before I go crazy sharing one hundred and twelve million photos [approximately] I wanted to mention that several new pieces came from Horchow. I recently discovered this website which has an insane amount of home furnishings along with an insane amount of special deals and sales - including their decor and rug sale up to 30% off sale happening NOW. As an added bonus use the code HOLIDAY for shipping over $50. How's that for merry and bright? I ordered several things and within a few short days they were at our doorstep, cuter than I even hoped for. 

Okay, with all of that being said - are you ready for the tour? Grab that cup of cheer and lets go! Starting with the living room....

faux mink tree skirt - white // tan
miniature rainbow trees - how fun are these little guys?

We went with a flocked tree this year for a more whimsical Christmas look in our living room. Paired with the white faux mink tree skirt I love how fresh and lux it all looks. 

Add in a few other items [garland, stockings, etc] and the main living room is complete! 

Moving on as we head towards the "outdoor room"....

It is in this rustic little room that I tend to put a few more of the "vintage" inspired pieces so to speak, so that's what you'll see here. 

Now on to the kitchen and dining room where all of the fun happens. In our dining area is where we place the tree that holds all of the ornaments my aunt has given us over the years. If you want to have the coolest ornaments, have an aunt that owns an ornament shop. Each year ever since I was little, she has given me an ornament or two that is reminiscent of the year that I am in. I love hanging the ornaments every year and remembering all of the memories associated with them. From the John Deere tractor that represents my grandfather who was a farmer, to the pontoon boat to represent our family boat rides to the Titanic ornament symbolizing that time in my life when I was obsessed with all things Leo [weren't we all?!]

JOY light up sign - under $50!

A few other personal touches here and there and this house is covered in Christmas, just the way I like it. 

And that concludes today's Christmas home tour, as from me and this little one...we'd like to say thanks for coming along ;) Be sure to check out the huge selection of on sale Christmas decor at Horchow today white it's still available! Cheers to a very merry Christmas. 

disclosure: thank you to Horchow for partnering together for this post. While I am being compensated, all products were purchased and loved by yours truly.