Winter Wear With Flare

similar coat [wearing in XS] // hat [40% off] // jeans [true to size] // heels [true to size]

The last post of 2016 is officially here. I don't think another year has ever gone faster than the one we are in right now. It may be an old age thing, it could be a busy thing [but lets be real, aren't we all] or it may just be a fact thing. The last twelve months have flown by faster than Brad and Angelina's marriage and while it's been quick, it's been a good twelve months at that. From traveling to California multiple times, Utah, Colorado, Nashville, Atlanta and more to unconsciously transitioning to this blog from lifestyle to a more fashion focused hangout spot, all while still trying to pretend I know how to get dressed most days. I've changed jobs, made new friends, learned repeatedly that I can't and don't want to do it all and consumed an unhealthy amount of macaroni and cheese. 

Another major "must mention" of 2016 has to be my new profound love for Nordstrom. A secret that I haven't been holding in. Which leads me to today's post, winter accessories. Being a Midwest girl, staying warm this time of the year while trying to not look like a marshmallow 24/7 can sometimes prove to be a challenging task. Or at least it used to be. Until I found all of the coats, gloves, scarves, hats and more at my favorite one stop shop. An added bonus? Winter accessories can be especially bulky which can often mean expensive shipping. Thanks to Nordstrom's free shipping and free return policy, it doesn't matter if it my order weighs 2 pounds or 200 pounds. 

When choosing a winter coat, I didn't want something that looked like what everybody else was wearing. Thankfully Ralph Lauren came through in the clutch. Paired with a cute floppy hat, my favorite heels [seriously, I swear by these] and a chic black leather purse - this winter look will keep you warm while looking hot. A mighty fine duo if I don't say so myself. 

                                 [pictures shot by the fabulous tina herschberger photography]

Cheers to the end of a year and the start of a new one! Wishing you the happiest New Year ever! Pop the champagne, the party has started! 



Transform Your Home From Christmas To NYE In 5 Minutes Flat

Well Christmas, you were sure over quick. Am I the only one who finds December 26th to be equal parts depressing and exciting? Mostly depressing because you're all "but that took SO much time and energy and poof! it's over!" and mostly exciting because you're all "but that took SO much time and energy and YAY! it's over!" The buying, the wrapping, the meal preparing, the hosting, the cleanup, and the list goes on. I think New Years Eve was put in place so closely to Christmas because sweet baby Jesus knew we would all be ready for a glass or six of champagne. 

While I will share our Christmas festivities soon, I wanted to bring you this quick post on how you, yes you, can transform your home from Christmas to New Years in a matter of minutes with the help of sparkles [lots of sparkles] and all things gold and silver from Horchow. You may recall in our Christmas home tour how I turned to Horchow for our Christmas decor and because I was so pleased with the products [and because the items ship ridiculously fast and my planning ahead skills are that of a cat] I quick placed an order for some NYE touches to scatter around the house. The good news is that you can order them and have them in time to party too! Here's what I did, starting with the bar cart [shown below first as "before"] 

As you can see from below, I simply swapped out my ornament wreath and other seasonal decor and placed these fun countdown champagne flutes, gold starburst stems inside a gold dipped vase and waaaaa-la. Pour yourself a glass and have fun! 

So super simple and sure to be a hot spot for any NYE bash [even if that bash consists of you and your better half]. Moving to the living room and the beloved fireplace mantle. Starting with the before shot. 

Annnnnnd, waaaaa-la! 

A few more gold and silver touches and this mantle is done, done and done. When I ordered these starburst stems I wasn't sure what I would do with them but after placing them in clear glass vases I already had on hand, I couldn't love them more. They add so much fun and sparkle to any space. 

Add in these gorgeous silver mercury glass swirl trees [now on sale!] and it's the perfect blend of winter without being too Christmas-y. 

Now pour that glass, put on that party hat and ring in the new year like you've never done before. 2017, we're ready for you! 

[photos shot by the very talented tina herschberger photography]

Remember to stock up quick for the big night at Horchow now! Shop all of my favorite NYE items here - 

disclosure: thank you to Horchow for partnering for today's post. while I am being compensated for this, all product was selected, purchased, and loved by yours truly. 



Top Picks of 2016 [Still In Stock + Free Delivery By Christmas Eve!]

Hail ye, hail ye. If you have lost all hope that it is too late to shop for Christmas, think again friends. Fortunately for you [yes, you spouse, mother, friend or whomever you may be, all of the items below are not only available, many are on sale [you're welcome] AND will arrive before Christmas Eve FOR FREE. One caveat with that - you must order THURSDAY 12/22 by noon EST to ensure that delivery. Deep breaths, you have been saved from having to pull the "I didn't know what to buy you and/or I ran out of time so I ended up buying nothing" line that you've used the last three years. 

Some of you may not be shopping for others at all, but rather yourself [that's my favorite kind of shopping too] and if that's the case, well you've come to the right place. I've rounded up my top picks from 2016 and placed them all here for you. There are many so grab that cup of coffee [or wine, no judgement here] and settle in, circle your favorites, forward this post on to your loved ones as a subtle "BUY THIS FOR ME NOW OR ELSE!" hint or simply click "add to cart" and whisper to yourself "Merry Christmas self". Here we go. 

1. Gibson Tunic + Blanknyc Distressed Skinny Jeans + Born Poly Riding Boots [25% off, these colors are available before Christmas] + Sole Society Purse 
Sizing details: Tunic - size down if in between [I'm wearing in XS in blush/heather grey] // jeans - size down if in between as there is plenty of stretch // Boots - true to size wearing in peltro distressed leather

2. Zella Sweatshirt + Zella High Waist Leggings [the best!] + Nike Free RN shoes [not available before Christmas] + Nike No Show Socks
Sizing details: Sweatshirt - size up if in between, wearing in size small // leggings: size down if in between, wearing in XS

3. Vince Camuto Tarita Shoes - favorite shoes of 2016! So comfortable and cute! 
Sizing info - true to size, shown in smoke cloud

4. Lush Tunic [under $30, 10 colors] + Zella Regular Leggings + Frye Melissa Button Boots [20% off, not available before Christmas]
Sizing info - Tunic: size down if in between, wearing in XS // leggings: size down if in between, wearing in XS // boots: true to size, wearing in cognac/cognac

5. Bobeau Cardigan [more colors here] + Halogen Modal Tee + Blanknyc Skinny Jeans [19% off] + Lucky Booties [30% off, not available before Christmas] + Nike No Show Socks
Sizing info - Cardigan: size down if in between, wearing in XS // white tee: for more fitted feel, size down - wearing in small // jeans: true to size // boots: true to size, wearing in brindle leather

6. Plaid Infinity Scarf [under $10] + BP Crossbody Bag [available in several colors] + Nike No Show Socks
For more scarves on sale, click here!

7. Chunky Cowl Neck Scarf + Michael Kors Coat [35% off and available in navy]

8. BP Crewneck Tee + Blanknyc Distressed Skinny Jeans + Lucky Booties [15% off, not available before Christmas] + Nike No Show Socks + Necklace [not available before Christmas]
Sizing info: Shirt - size down if in between, wearing in XS // jeans: size down if in between // booties: true to size // socks: fit sizes 6-10

9. Twist Front Sweater [33% off] + Blanknyc Grey Skinny Jeans [40% off]
Sizing info: Shirt - size up if in between, wearing in small // jeans - true to size

Sizing info: Cardigan - runs a little large, wearing in XS/SM in midnight // tee: size down if in between, wearing in XS // leggings: size down if in between, wearing in XS // slippers: size up if 1/2 size, wearing in cactus flower

Sizing info: Tee - true to size, wearing in small in grey castlerock [v-neck available here] // Pants: true to size, wearing in small // slippers - go up if 1/2 size // cardigan - true to size, wearing in XS/SM in midnight 

12. The softest throw [under $30]!

Sizing info: Cardigan - size down 1-2 sizes, wearing in XS // tee: true to size, wearing in small // jeans: true to size // wedges: true to size

14. Koolaburra by UGG boots - use code EVENKOOLER for free next day shipping
sizing info: for 1/2 sizes, go up

16. Blanknyc Faux Leather Jacket [available in black too] + Scarf + Sweater [not available before Christmas]
Sizing info: Jacket - size up, wearing in small but prefer medium // sweater: size down, wearing in XS

17. Vince Camuto Fritan Booties + Floppy Hat [40% off, available in many colors] + AG Jeans
sizing info: shoes - true to size, wearing in coco loco leather // jeans: true to size

18. Madewell Whisper Tee [20% off] + Blazer [not available before Christmas] + AG Jeans [15% off, not available before Christmas + Sam Edelman Heels + Necklace [not available before Christmas] + COACH Purse
Sizing info: tee - size down if you prefer more fitted look, wearing in XS // blazer: true to size, wearing in XS // jeans: true to size // heels: true to size, wearing in black suede, additional colors 40% off here

19. Wacoal Strapless Bra - my favorite strapless bra ever! 

20. J.Crew top [use code GIFTNOW to get it for $11.99] // Vest similar [under $20] // Blanknyc Skinny Jeans [19% off] // Vince Camuto Booties [10% off]
Sizing info: Top - size up, wearing in small but could do medium // vest: true to size, wearing in small jeans: true to size // booties: true to size

Waaaaaa-la! Your Christmas shopping is officially done, congratulations. Now go take a nap, you deserve it. 



Bundle Me Up Scotty [Must Have Winter Accessories]

Oh hi, it's me again just hanging out at a Christmas tree farm. I can't help it, it's just so warm and relaxing here. Speaking of relaxing, I decided to fly to Alabama on Friday night and turn around Saturday evening with my best friend, newborn baby and 20 lb dog in tow to drive 9 hours home. More on that later, but I do feel like it is worth noting that the tiny little baby did not cry ONCE during that 9 hour drive. And yes, the child is alive [we were slightly concerned too]. While we made it home safe and sound, I am slightly exhausted and slightly frozen. It's amazing what going from 70 degrees and humid to -16 and ridiculous in a matter of 24 hours does to ones bones. 

Now, if you live somewhere that doesn't try to kill you during the months of November - April, you can most likely ignore the remainder of the post. However, if you do live somewhere that leaves you questioning every life decision you've ever made, this post may just be for you. We're talking winter accessories today baby. From boots to scarves, gloves and everything in between - I'm sharing all of my must-haves when it comes to staying warm and looking hot. Before we begin, it should be noted that all of the items in today's post hail from the great land of Nordstrom. I love that no matter the season, they are going to have EVERYTHING I need to make it through the season, hot or cold. With their enormous selection, free shipping and free returns, great price points and even greater customer service, it's a no brainer when knowing who to go to for bundling up. Okay, let's begin. 

1. The scarf 

Ladies, our necks are a precious thing. Make the mistake of neglecting it once and you'll never make that mistake again. When I spotted this chunky two tone cowl scarf I knew it would be the perfect accessory to keep me warm while looking cute. I love cowl scarves for the simple fact you truly do NOTHING with it other than put it on. No figuring out how to fold, wrap, or any of that other crap [I really just wanted to rhyme just then]. Put it on and go.  

I had been on a hunt for the perfect dressy, yet not too dressy, warm but not too bulky, tech friendly fashionable gloves and I finally found it with these touch-zip boucle pair! Because a girl has got to be on her phone [amen and amen], it was necessary to get the tech touch kind. I love the zipper detail as well. Throw snow at me and I'll throw it right back. My hands aren't scared. 

I swear by Andrew Marc coats when it comes to all things warmth. Give me a down jacket with all the fur and I am satisfied. I love this one which comes in four colors and is currently on sale. 

When I was in California a few weeks ago, shopping away at Nordstrom, I spotted these SOREL Tofino boots and fell in love. I know, weird state to find snow boots, but I guess those SoCal people gotta look cute and stuff too during their fake winters. I think I said it before, but I'll say it again. I feel like the Queen of Antarctica when wearing these bad boys. So warm, waterproof and freaking adorable, these are all that they are cracked up to be and more. 

And there we have it. Are you warm yet? Be sure to click here to check out all of the other cold weather must-haves! 

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