Monday, November 24, 2014

Favorite Things Party - Stocking Stuffer Edition

Today I am linking up with Andrea & Erika for their Favorite Things Party! I love this link up because everything featured has to be under $10 & that fits everyone's budget. Normally, there isn't a theme, but today, I'm making my own - stocking stuffers for every girl on your list. 

Idea #1 - Mentha Lip Balm

This is my absolute favorite lip balm & it has been for years now. I love the minty taste & how it leaves my lips feeling. I'm not a gloss girl, but they have glosses too. 

Idea #2 - OPI Nail Polish

I know that we all have our favorite brand of nailpolish. Mine is OPI. This color - Cajun Shrimp - is my absolute favorite too. I've gone through multiple bottles over the years & can never have enough. 

Idea #3 - Bamboo Tongs

You might be laughing over this one, I know I was confused when I first got them as a gift, bu they're amazing. I use mine all of the time & would be stoked to get another set. These bamboo tongs are perfect for fishing things out of the toaster & just as perfect for turning chicken nuggets in the convection oven. 

Idea #4 - Fuzzy Socks

I've never met a woman who doesn't love fuzzy socks. Even the chicest fashionistas love a good fuzzy sock underneath their over the knee boots. They simply can't be beat. These ones from Old Navy come in at only $5 too! 

Idea #5 - Starbucks Gift Card 

Not everyone likes to give gift cards, but personally, I always love to receive them, so I never mind giving them. Starbucks is one of my go-tos because I know that a lot of people see Starbucks as a special treat, not as something they drive thru & get every morning. 

Friday, November 21, 2014

Friday Favorites

Happy Friday Everyone! This week has flown right by. I've been so busy with practices, parent teacher conferences, meetings, and such that I have no idea how it is already Friday, but I'll certainly take it! This weekend is a rare occasion - we have nothing to do! Eric was supposed to go to the Bills game on Sunday, but since The Ralph is buried under 6 feet of snow, they moved the game to Detroit... and Eric isn't going to Detroit. 

Even though Buffalo, which is only an hour away from us, got 6 feet of snow, we ended up with less than a foot. It has been COLD and we've had some icy drives this week, but all in all we lucked out. Although, I will say Eric is dying to use his new snow-blower & it's killing him that we are only getting shovel amounts. 

Moving on to my favorite things of the week... 

I saw this salt & pepper shaker set at Pottery Barn last weekend & just loved it! I don't have a kitchen that is easily decoratable. I basically have a little space on my counter & my windowsill over the sink. I dream about having Shay or Andrea's kitchen.... but alas mine is tiny, so I'm always looking for small ways to decorate it for the holidays. These were perfect, so I snagged them while they were 20% off. PS - they still are! 

I now own this sweater in 2 colors. I love that it's long enough to wear with leggings & high boots. It's also loose enough that I can layer another long sleeved shirt under it on extra frigid days, since my classroom is typically chilly. It's not on sale today, but knowing LOFT, it'll be 50% off again in no time! 
leggings - Anthropologie // sweater - LOFT // necklace - Nordstrom // boots - MIA

You all know about my love for Gymboree. Ella wears their clothing all of the time & it's some of the best quality I've found for her size. Well, everything on their site is 50% off today & I'm just in love with their Polar Pink collection! I want to buy it all for Miss Ella. I mean how cute are these little ones?! 

And my last favorite of the day is this recipe! I love all things Fettucine Alfredo and I love crockpot meals too, so this was right up my alley. If you're looking for something yummy (albeit not at all healthy) to make over this cold winter weekend, here you go! 

Recipe Found Here

Have a Great Weekend & Stay Warm! 

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

What I Wore Wednesday - Plaid Edition

I hadn't intended for there to be a theme to today's post, but once I started pulling all of the photos together, I discovered that I have been wearing A LOT of plaid lately. Luckily, so has the rest of the world, so I don't think anyone will care. The weather has taken a turn for the cold, so you'll notice that I'm wearing my winter staples regularly - boots, leggings, scarves, and layers - it's the only way I make it through winter. 

On Friday, I woke up to a cold snap. The beautiful weather we'd experienced earlier in the week was clearly gone & I made the executive decision to wear my scarf all day long. Cozy as could be... 

scarf - Crystal Feather Boutique // jeans - J.Crew // shirt - J.Crew
 watch - Coach // wedges - Target

On Saturday, I made another executive decision - leggings. I didn't put a pair of jeans on all weekend. I rotated between sweatpants & leggings. Now, I did have the good sense to follow the advice of Shaeffer & wore a tunic with my leggings. I love this one that I stole out of my mom's closet because it's heavy enough to be warm, but not bulky. I also covers my booty & looked great with the scarf I stole from her closet too. (That's what moms are for, right?) 
scarf - Target // sweatshirt - LOFT // leggings - Cozy Orange
boots - Steve Madden // bag - Michael Kors
Another shopping outfit... this time with my new red vest. I love these vests from Old Navy because they aren't too bulky and I don't feel like a marshmallow in them. I also love my new flannel - another suggestion from Shaeffer, who has basically become my shopping guru this fall season. 
leggings - Cozy Orange // boots - Steve Madden // scarf - Target
watch - Coach // vest - Old Navy // shirt - Old Navy 

I mentioned this outfit in yesterday's post, but I'm still loving my new side zip sweatshirt from Kipling. Don't forget to RSVP to their holiday event if you are in the NYC area this Thursday, Friday, or Saturday! 
boots - MIA // jeans - Old Navy // sweatshirt - Kipling // scarf - Crystal Feather Boutique

As I mentioned in my Friday Favorites post, I was so excited for this sweater to come in! When I wore it to work yesterday everyone kept asking me if I had it made by the same person who did my monogram sweatshirt (which was another big hit). I also have to say, that I got these white bootcut jeans from J.Crew two Christmases ago & they've been so versatile. I really wasn't sure about white jeans at first, but I wear them all year long & can pair them with just about anything. 
sweater - J.Crew // shirt - J.Crew // boots - American Eagle // pants - J.Crew

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