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. 



It's here! The best sales of the year are finally making their way to the public and it's time to shop baby. I've done the whole in store Black Friday thing before, but as I grow wiser and more afraid of death, I've decided to stay put in my pajamas and soak up all of the sales online. If you too are a fan of living, you've come to the right spot to do just that. 

I'll be updating this post as more sales are revealed, however here is a long list of some of the best sales going on, all of the promo codes you need, dates that the sale will be around for and of course, direct links to shop along with some of my top choices from each! Consider it your one stop shop to spending [I mean saving] way more than you ever thought possible ;) Have fun! 

My personal favorite sales: 

Nordstrom - Extra 20% off already clearanced items, now thru Sunday

Express - 50% off everything online + Free Shipping, now thru 11/28

Nordstrom Rack - up to 75% off all clearance

Anthropologie - 30% off everything with code LETSGO

Vince Camuto - 40% off everything with code BLACK40 and 50% off select styles with code STEAL50

Joyfully Said Signs - Saturday take $15 off any Hymn sign and Monday enjoy 10% off everything!

Sorel - 25% off and free shipping

BaubleBar - 30% off everything with code THANKS30, thru 11/27

The Loft - 50% off everything AND free shipping, thru Monday

Steve Madden - 30% off and free shipping with code LEFTOVERS, 11/26 only

Sole Society - 30% off all shoes and handbags

Madewell - Extra 25% off with code THATSALE, ends Sunday

Amazon - Specials on a variety of items, including deals of the day [perfect place to get tech gifts!]

Miss Chic - 20% off your entire purchase and free shipping!

Stella and Dot - up to 50% off select styles, plus $25 in Stella and Dot cash for every $50 spent, thru 11/27

Athleta - 20% off and free shipping/returns over $50 with code BOOST, thru 11/27

Ann Taylor - 50% off with code CELEBRATE, now thru 11/25

Boden - Extra 30% off with code 3Y8N, now thru Thursday + free shipping/returns over $49

J.Crew - 40% off with code HOLIDAY

J. Crew Factory - 50-60% off everything, online only

Gap - 50% off everything with code TGIF50, free shipping at $50 or more

THIRDLOVE - $27 Off the 24/7 Lace Balconette Bra + $15 off Lace Cheeky Bottoms

Old Navy - 50% off almost everything, no code needed - you'll see sale price at checkout

Tory Burch - 30% off orders of $250 or more with code THANKS + free shipping

Macy's - Extra 20% off + Free Shipping over $50 

Banana Republic - 50% off five regular priced items with code BRFIVE

Target - sales on variety of items

Joe's Jeans - 25% off everything with code THANKS25 + free shipping and free returns

AG Jeans - 30% off with code BF16, now thru 11/28

Coach - 30% off select styles with code THANKS2016

American Eagle - 40% off now thru 11/29