Hope you guys all had an amazing Christmas and holiday season. Can you believe we’re already coming up on our last holiday of the year?! If you’re planning to host a party or go out this New Years Eve, you’re probably using this week to decide on what to wear. See my handy guide below to choose an ensemble that’s just as exciting as this last hurrah.
Try a jumpsuit. Can’t find the perfect dress for New Years Eve? Enter jumpsuits! If you’ve been wanting to step outside your comfort zone, this is your last chance to do so in 2016 (no pressure…) – and New Years Eve is the perfect time to test the waters when it comes to style. Everyone will be donning something just as bold, so choosing something a little more daring than your typical going out look will fit right in. The trick to pulling off a jumpsuit? Fit. It has to fit perfectly. This is one outfit it will be totally worth having a tailor put the finishing touches on.
Reimagine sequins. Loved wearing sequins for my E! holiday segment, and it made me realize just how many ways there are to pull it off. From a full-on sequin covered jacket to a pop of sparkle on your collar or bodice, you can really go as subtle or as bold as you want to when it comes rocking them.
Add a pop of color. Although all-over black is a chic look for NYE, some of us crave color. Red is an obvious go-to (that dress and coat at the end of my slideshow would be fabulous ways to turn heads) but you can also opt for greens, purples, blues, or even gold too. If black isn’t your thing, don’t be afraid to flaunt the colors of the season for this holiday too.
Which look is your fave? This is the outfit you’ll be ringing in the new year with – wherever you are, make sure it’s fun!
As you might’ve seen from my post last Friday, I love decorating our home for Christmas. Red, green, and gold are fun to throw around this time of year, but there’s a catch – our home has a coastal, beach chic vibe throughout. Combining these two themes isn’t the easiest, but instead of doing away with our beachy everyday décor, we decided to roll with it and create our very own Christmas design.
We placed our tree near our nautical built-ins and a big window so that it would stay just as light and bright as the rest of the space. Natural light is a MUST for me, so keeping the tree we’ll gather around on Christmas makes it even more inspiring.
One tip? Find unexpected places to hang things like bows and garlands from. That way you don’t have to rearrange much at all.
Yup, that would be 3 A’s and a T up on our mantel…
Because our everyday décor is full of nautical colors like red and blue, it actually mixed in well with the festive accents. (See my tips for mixing prints here!)
No need to take down current décor if there’s a way you can work in greenery and other winter accents. Love how this turned out!
Hope you enjoyed my holiday gift guide for little ones (check it out here if you still need gift ideas). This last gift guide is for her, whether she’s a momma or not. I went the girly, romantic pink and gold route with this one, as you can probably tell…
You don’t have to come up with the trendiest item or spend a ton of money to achieve a thoughtful gift for a girlfriend, sister, co-worker or any other important woman in your life. When shopping, it’s easy to over think it, so I wanted to share some classic gift ideas – like this scarf, candle, and jewelry – that have been updated in a chic, modern way. And if you’re trying to come up with a gift package that has that “wow factor” you can combine several of these into a themed box – entertaining, pampering, fashion etc.
If this gift guide brought any of your girlfriends to mind, she probably deserves it. Our girls are so important!
Who do you still have to shop for? Hopefully these guides have helped!
As you might’ve seen in my behind the scenes holiday post, I love to get in the Christmas spirit. If it’s glittery and festive, I’m either wearing or decorating with it! Lol. But seriously, it’s hard to pull off gold and sparkles in a casual setting like a relaxed get together, so I thought the outfit from my house tour could inspire your next festive look:
We all know to bring on the sparkle at a NYE party, but what about at brunch with friends or a laidback holiday happy hour? There are a surprising amount of reasons to wear a hint of sparkle this time of year.
Enter the sequin top and jeans combo! With a fun open blouse or kimono, you’re channeling a celebratory look without screaming holiday party, or worse, looking like the Christmas tree itself. These sparkly Chan Luu tops are sold out, but there are a ton of ways to channel this look with other designers.
A fun heel is a perfect match for ankle jeans and ups the chic factor a bit. Make sure they’re already broken in and cozy – save the super high heel for New Years. These are surprisingly comfortable – gotta love a sneaky shoe.
Don’t forget to pair the look with some simple, elegant jewelry like a delicate necklace, layered rings and a gold watch. It’s the little things!
I know how much many of you love infused water as a healthy alternative to juices and soda – it can be amazing. But are you still drinking enough of it when cooler temps roll around? The fruity, refreshing taste of infused water is ideal for summer, meaning you probably reach for that glass a whole lot more. But we need water year-round, every single day, which is why I wanted to create some recipes that you could easily find yourself enjoying while cozying up on the couch or hosting a holiday party. Gotta have that water!
Here are two tasty combinations to get you started:
Fall Infused Water Recipes
Apples + Cinnamon – You might think of this as the recipe for a great hot beverage, but you can infuse it into your 8 glasses a day too. If you’re making a whole pitcher, make sure you put enough apples in – at least two whole apples, thinly sliced. Add in 2+ cinnamon sticks, depending on how cinnamon-y you like it, and chill. This is one of your longer waters to infuse – it’s helpful to prep and throw in the fridge before bed so you can enjoy the full apple cinnamon taste the next day.
Orange + Pomegranate – Pomegranates are in tons of infused water recipes because they’re great detoxifiers thanks to their fiber, antioxidants and ability to reduce inflammation. They’re also super sweet, so it pairing it with orange makes for a refreshing burst of flavor that still looks beautiful on a fall table. For this combo, slice up a whole orange and add it to your pitcher. Add about ½ cup of pomegranate seeds and mix before storing. Let chill for at least a few hours before serving, and add more seeds if you’d like to up the intensity.
My tip? Single servings look cute in mason jars. Garnish with fresh ingredients when ready to drink.
If you have trouble reaching your recommended daily intake of water, infused is the way to go. See more infused water recipes here.
Did you guys get a head start on your holiday shopping over Thanksgiving? Shopping sales can be fun, but there’s plenty of time left to find the perfect gift for everyone in your life this month. Since so many people I know have little ones, I thought it would be fun to put together a gift guide with them in mind. (Plus, toys are just more fun!) Whether you want to wrap something up for your own, have some nieces and nephews to shop for or want to gift the mommas in your life with something special for their babies, this gift guide has you covered.
Here you’ll find a mix of toys like this cute retro kitchen and more practical gifts like a quality blanket and storage solutions. Love when something practical can act as décor too, such as those wheeled storage boxes with the fun sayings. Stylish, creative toys and wares like the pieces above are gifts that both mom and child can make use of (though I think we know who would prefer the toys ;)) and they don’t throw off the care you put into decorating your house and making it look welcoming for guests. Win, win.
Are you gifting with any little ones in mind this year? Stay tuned for more gift ideas!