Sounds like an oxymoron, right? But this is quickly becoming one of my favorite looks this winter. The keys to making this look work? Pair dressier shorts with a pair of tights and you're good to go!
You can also switch it to a pair of heels for a Christmas party or dressier occasion.
Hope that gives you a new look to try this winter!
So, when I hear the weather forecast for a possibility of snow, I lose all perspective.
Instead of acting like the adult that I am and realizing a snow day means our school will just have to make it up later, I desperately hold my phone waiting for an automated call from School Reach letting me know that school is cancelled.
Thankfully, I got the call.
Make up days later? Eh. Let's worry about today! Here's how:
1. Make a batch of cookies. Preferably with snowmen on them. Your husband will most likely eat all of them, so plan accordingly.
2. Sit by the fire and curl up with a good book.
3, Watch a good winter movie or catch up on your fave series.
4. Make an easy DIY craft for the holidays.
5. Take a hot bath with bubbles or bath salts or divine smelling things.
6. Invite friends over that can get to you by walking and play games.
7. Bundle up with a cup of hot hot HOT tea or cocoa and take a walk in the snow.
8. Go Sledding.
9. Make snow angels.
10. Take pictures of your golden retriever eating the snow.
Hope that gives you some inspo!
To me the Christmas season is just not the same if I don't do something to show love to others. Here are a few easy ways to give back to those around you:
1. Make cards for children in the hospital. I found this website called Cards for Hospitalized Kids. It walks you through everything and it is so easy! In fact, I am super excited to have my pre-k class make some cards to send out this holiday season.
2. Donate to Toys for Tots. There are literally drop boxes EVERYWHERE! Make a child's Christmas brighter by picking up an extra present or two for those in need.
3. Clean out your closet. This one is sooo easy. Chances are, you have plenty of gently worn clothes that some people would dream of having. Purge that wardrobe and then take those items to Goodwill!
4. Go visit a nursing home. A lot of elderly people here don't have many visitors and you could make there day just by wishing them a merry Christmas. Another great idea is to set it up with the nursing home to go caroling there!
5. Serve at a homeless shelter. Some of my most humbling moments were when I served meals at the Phoenix Rescue Mission. Sometimes I think our acts of service do more for us than they do for the ones we're serving. This is another great way to give back!
Okay, I for real started this post on Friday, but didn't get around to finishing it. I decided to post it today because better late than never! Here goes...
Favorite wedding detail (unmarried friends, you should definitely steal this idea!):
Favorite indulgence (pumpkin bars via Four Seasons Recipes:
Favorite pair (unknown source):
One more work day until we can all put on our Thanksgiving pants!!
Today's my 26th birthday! I am officially closer to 30 than I am to 20 which is fa-reaky! But I think this is going to be the best year yet! Here's a little grainy snapshot of me and the cous on our 7th and 5th birthdays, respectively. I love that we are holding our porcelain dolls. And yes, I'm wearing a sweatshirt with a cow on it over my pink turtleneck.
color: to wear- probably black; to look at- pink
ice cream flavor: if I have to have ice cream, something like white chocolate or red velvet. although, I never crave ice cream.
hair product: Kenra 25 hairspray although for a cheaper option I really like Tresemme hair spray
beauty product: Urban Decay Naked II eye shadow palette
nail polish: currently- OPI in Malaga Wine
mode of transportation: car
tv show: all time- FRIENDS, comedy- How I Met your Mother, dramedy- Parenthood
material possession (non-electronic): probably my bed
vacation spot: Aruba or St. Thomas
month: November or December (I'm a sucker for the holidays and my birthday)
day of the week: Friday (Friday...gotta get down on Friday)
time of the day: probably around 4 or 4:30. I am usually home from work by this point and have put in a load of laundry and made our house cozy for the night
year of life, so far: This one probably. I feel like each year just keeps getting better. Though we've been through a lot of changes with moving across the country, I am so grateful for the adventure.
physical activity: talking Marley to the riverwalk, but I rarely do this in the Winter so then probably Zumba
lazy day activity: lighting a bunch of candles and lounging around the house with comfies on watching a movie with drewbs
store: ha. like I could pick just one. but if I had to maybe like TJ Maxx because of their prices and all-encompassing options
type of animal: dog. duh
holiday: Christmas. i'm that person who sets up the tree 2 weeks before thanksgiving. I can't help it.
sport: eh.....college football if I have to pick.
This gem that I speak of is my dear sister-in-law, Courtney! We were so excited to spend the weekend with her! Friday night we went to French Lick and ate at The Vintage Café at the French Lick Winery which was divine. I highly recommend it. Here's a shot at West Baden.
Saturday, after watching the Ohio State game, we went out to dinner and then saw Last Vegas. It was pretty funny and had a lot more heart than expected. It's not a must-see, but definitely a cute movie.
Sunday morning I made this asparagus and parmesan frittata before church. Yes, please.
And we most definitely watched a whole lot of Hallmark Christmas movies. Here's a few of my faves in case you're wondering, which you totally should be:
1. Hitched for the Holidays
2. A Very Merry Mix-Up
3. The Christmas Ornament
4. Catch a Christmas Star
Wish you all a very merry Monday!!
Too soon to say phrases like that? Oh well, it's happening!!
How beautiful is this outfit?? And let's not even talk about the hair. Gorgeous! Here's how to recreate it!
Sweater: Siren London
Necklace: Pirate Treasures
TGIF! Here's a little mix up from the High 5 posts with 5 of my favorite things lately. Enjoy!
Favorite Dish (Chicken Alfredo Penne Pasta via Onion Rings and Things):
Favorite Thanksgiving DIY:
Favorite Smile (Lego's new father-son ad is precious, click to watch):
I hope you have an amazing weekend!
This is a battle I've really struggled with. One of my favorite things about a new year in high school and college had always been getting a brand new, adorable planner. What design would I pick out? Would I get it from Barnes and Noble? Would I order it from somewhere and get it personalized? Would the cover be made of fabric? The endless options thrilled me with excitement.
So, when I finally got my smart phone a few years ago, I felt like I needed to stay up to date with technology...meaning I needed to use the planner on my phone. So, I did this for about a year. Yet, every time I went to check it or put in an event, I felt something inside me die. I wasn't excited about adding anything to this electronic calendar. I hated how small everything was on the screen. I hated how auto correct capitalized certain words that I didn't want capitalized. So, I made a compromise. I would get a small, little planner that I could still write down things physically. Nobody could judge me too much because it would be so tiny. Perfect. Except I've been "using" this planner for the last year and it still doesn't thrill me all that much. It's not cute. It's not big enough. And I'm sick of hiding it.
So, for 2014, I am getting a paper planner in a size that I actually want. I will use it in public and be unashamed. This is my public declaration of my true love for real planners.
If you're in this minority with me, here's a few I have my eye on.
But let's be real. I am leaning toward the Kate Spade one because hello...if you're gonna be willingly behind in the technology world, you might as well do it in style.