When to Shop for Holiday Decor

December 21st, 2017

Sharing my tips from a Fox31 news spot on when to shop for holiday decor! (Hint, it may be next Tuesday!) Pottery Barn will have amazing steals the day after Christmas, and you have the best luck going in the store.  I snag a few things each year and am pleasantly surprised by the new things the following season. See my segment below for more detailed tips!

Today I have a gift guide for the frequent traveler (aka me). I travel all the time for work and personal and one thing’s for sure: it pays to be prepared.

COMFORTABLE FLATS

Comfortable shoes are key, but comfort doesn’t have to sacrifice appearance. These flats from Tory Burch are perfect and will fold up into your carry on.

GOOD LUGGAGE

This one goes without saying, but good luggage is key. I’ve been eyeing hard cased bags lately, and this one comes in the perfect shade of rose gold.

WATER BOTTLE

Carrying your own water bottle is so much cheaper than grabbing one in the airport. This collapsible bottle is perfect to throw in your purse.

TRAVEL SIZE PRODUCTS

I always bring a travel size group of my favorite products. I know they have free samples in most hotels, but let’s be honest…most of those leave your hair dry and brittle. These are my favorite and help keep my hair tame in any climate.

THROW BLANKET & HEADPHONES

Most planes are freezing and I tend to be a germophobe on airplanes. Bring your own blanket and headphones to stay snugly and entertained. These wireless ear buds are at the top of my list.

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Life Update

December 8th, 2017

Hello and happy Friday! Weekends have a whole new meaning with a baby.  I live for the time together.  She met Santa at a church function last weekend and it was so sweet.  She was not phased by it, but I have a feeling next year will be another story.  Here’s some noteworthy links for your Friday!

This is HILARIOUS.  I love him

I want these so bad! (and they’re 40% with code MITTENS until tomorrow)

If you haven’t watched this yet, you’re missing out

The perfect Stranger Things t-shirt

I kid you not, these are SO comfortable

My favorite holiday drink

These are at the top of my wishlist

I really want to see this

My favorite new jammies for Taylor

I dare you to watch these without laughing

Happy Friday!

Holiday Reading

December 7th, 2017

One of my favorite ways to relax is to curl up with a good book.  Now that I’m a new mom, I’m not exactly rolling in free time.  I’m looking forward to reading a few books over the holidays. I’m in a book club here in Denver and have read almost all of these books.  The only one I lack is this one and I’m hoping to read it over break.

What are you reading at the moment?

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Prepping for Holiday Guests

December 4th, 2017

This post is an oldie but a goody! With the holidays approaching, I’m trying to get our house ready.  Here’s a few tips on how to have your home ready for holiday guests:

One thing I like to focus on is giving our guests (whether close friends or mere acquaintances) a hotel like experience.  This cuts down on awkward moments of your husband’s college friend asking you for shampoo in the hallway at 6am. I always start with a hospitality basket in the room with a few Colorado items as well as bottled water and chapstick.  My Texas friends are never prepared for the altitude and lack of humidity, so it’s always nice to have this ready to go.  Voss is my favorite bottled water to get.  You can pick it up at Whole Foods for the same price as most bottled water, but people are always very impressed by it.

I also have a nicely framed printable with our WIFI password on the nightstand (you can find the one I have shown here), as well as a small ironing board and high quality steam iron ready to go in the closet.  To top it all off, I stock our medicine cabinet in the guest bath with travel size toiletry items. If you want to be a real all star, add robes and slippers to your closet, but don’t take it too far or they may never leave.

I hope you’re more inspired to pull out all the stops for future company!

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Hello and happy Friday! Today I have a Meghan Markle inspired gift guide. I love to throw in a celebrity inspired collection (remember Mindy Lahiri’s?) and I think we can all agree Meghan’s style is one to aspire to.  I am so excited for another royal wedding and something happy in the news.  Hope you have a wonderful weekend!

 

White Christmas Tree

November 27th, 2017

I’m currently coveting a white Christmas tree (a flocked Christmas tree in fact). I think it’s such a fun modern take on a long time tradition.  Quite a few of my blogger friends have gone white and it looks stunning.  What do you think? Would you go white?

 

 

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Home Decor Gift Guide

November 22nd, 2017

Hello and happy Wednesday! Today I have a gift guide for the home decor obsessed.  It’s a heavy board because, well, it’s my favorite topic! Let’s begin:

JOSH YOUNG DESIGN HOUSE PRINT

I posted a blog on this recently, but I LOVE JYDH prints.  I think one definitely needs to go in our new powder bath.  I’m eyeing this one. They’re beautiful and at a great price point.

WAITING ON MARTHA 

I’ve been blogging about Mandy’s shop since day 1.  I love her online store.  She has a uniquely curated shop full of gems.  I love the cactus vase, memo board and this candle pagoda.

THE HOUSE THAT PINTEREST BUILT

Diane Keaton has a book out on her new home and it is at the top of my wish list. What a great addition for any cocktail table.

PRETTY PLANTERS 

These planters are perfect for any mantle or counter needing a little punch.  Throw in your favorite succulent or flower and you have a beautiful statement piece.

TIC TAC TOE SET 

I also love a gift that is not only beautiful but functional.  This Tic Tac Toe piece is good looking and fun for any party guest.

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Black Friday Giveaway!

November 20th, 2017

 

‘Tis the season for giving! I teamed up with an amazing group of bloggers to give back to you! We are giving away $500 in Paypal cash to TWO WINNERS! The winner will be announced on Friday, November 24th just in time to get your Holiday shopping started! See below to enter and good luck!

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Hotel Saint Cecilia

November 18th, 2017

It’s no secret that I love Austin, Texas.  If I had to move back, it would be my top city of choice.  It’s the Boulder of the south.  This weekend my friend mentioned Hotel Saint Cecilia and now I want to plan a trip.

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Amazing, right?!

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