Best Dressed Guest :: Wedding Season Inspiration

It’s wedding season!

I adore weddings – absolutely adore them. I have had so much fun at work recently helping everybody pick out items to wear as a wedding guest. While I always enjoy helping people shop, as a wedding guest it can be extremely stressful. I decided to put together a bit of inspiration for the wedding season. Continue reading

Reading List :: January 2017

One of my 2017 goals is to read 104 books this year. It’s kind of a steep number, but I know I can do it. In January, I only read four books – all in the first two weeks. You could say I kind of slacked off in the last two . . .

I’m going to share each of the books I’ve read with you when the month over and then pick my favorites at the end of the year.

 

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Animal Magnetism – Jill Shalvis

Animal Magnetism, one of Jill Shalvis’ many books set in Sunshine, Idaho, is an endearing story about a two lost souls discovering that they bring out the best in each other. Lilah Young, a cute and self-reliant kennel owner, is forced to confront everything she typically avoids when she lets Brady Miller, a no strings attached kind of guy, into her life – and ultimately her heart.

This book is adorable. Lilah is incredibly relatable and Brady is furiously male – a combination that makes for hilarious one-liners, amusing situations, and a great love story.

 

 

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Animal Attraction – Jill Shavis

Animal Attraction, also set in Sunshine, Idaho, features a powerful, yet vulnerable strong female lead, Jade Bennett. Jade is forced to confront the struggles of her past – and her growing attraction to her boss, the incredibly handsome and generous Dell Connelly.

Animal Attraction had the making of a great love story, but falls slightly short when it relies on Dell and his ridiculous good looks to spur Jade into confronting her traumatizing past.  Despite this, Shavis spins a delightfully funny story with several memorable moments.

 

 

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Since You’ve Been Gone – Morgan Matson

Since You’ve Been Gone follows Emily Hughes as she attempts to complete a to-do list left behind by the enigmatic – and now mysteriously missing – Sloane. Along the way, she meets Frank Porter and turns her life upside down, eventually coming out of her shell and solving the biggest mystery of the summer — – Where is Sloan?

Since You’ve Been Gone is a fantastic coming of age story that will ensnare audiences of all ages with its unpredictable moments, impressively realistic family dynamics, and heart stopping realizations. Matson makes it complete by adding in playlists specifically attuned to her characters.

 

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Royally Lost – Angie Stanton

Royally Lost follows Becca as she travels Europe with her family and meets Nikolai – a crown price of a small, virtually unknown country. Becca finds the confidence to be herself, as does Nikolai. Both teens forge their own path – a path that might lead them apart.

Stanton tries – and fails – to weave a realistic story from a teen’s point of view. The story is ultimately whiney and lackluster…which I hate because I feel like the plot has potential.

 

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All in all, this month was kind of bust. I was afraid of that because I got both of the Shavis books and the Stanton book from a book list I found on Pinterest. I sort of liked the Shavis books. They were cute, despite being pretty simple. But, there is always a time and place for different books, so if a nice, easy read with a cute, romantic outcome if your cup of tea – check these out! I found them bound together,, which was pretty cool.

One of my friends gave me Since You’ve Been Gone for Christmas. This is by far the best book I read so far. It is funny, cute, and relatable. I fell for the characters, which I think is a sign of a great writer. I’ve already put a few more books by Matson on my ‘to read’ list.

What books have you read this year?

Better yet, what are your favorite books??

 




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Closet Wish List :: Plaid

Plaid is one of my favorite colors and I have pretty much lost count of how much plaid I own. If I were one of those people that organize their closet by color or pattern, over half would be plaid . . .

And I am not remotely ashamed of this. In fact, I put this little closet wish list together to show you that no matter what your signature style there is a plaid for you.

Urban Outfitters Plaid Skirt Tripp NYC Plaid Moto Jacket – Ralph Lauren Coat American Eagle Shirt Dress American Eagle Shirt Dress

 

Ann Taylor Peplum TopLucky Casual Shirt High Low BlouseCrazy Expensive Plaid Tee

 

Celine Fall Handbag Dooney & Bourke Handbag Oxford Pointed Toe Heel

 

Do you guys love paid? If not – – – why?!

Better yet, leave me links to your favorite plaid pieces so I can indulge a bit 🙂

 




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25 Days of Christmas :: Day 11 :: Favorite Holiday Jams

I literally listen to Christmas music all year long because it is sincerely my favorite. But, I get so excited when Black Friday rolls around and Christmas music starts playing on the radio and in stores. When I worked at Subway in college, I made my crew listen to it as much as possible during the holiday season. They didn’t really appreciate it, but that was the perk of being the crew leader, right? I love my job at Dillard’s because Christmas music is the store jam this time of year!

I thought in the spirit of the holidays, I would share my favorite Christmas songs that make me squeal “Oh-my-gosh, this is my favorite!” when they start playing. I listed them with my favorite artists’ version, but let’s get real – is there even a bad version of I’ll Be Home for Christmas? Nope.

Please, please, please leave your favorite holiday jams in the comments so I can check them out!

 

Blue Christmas – Elvis

I’ll Be Home for Christmas – Rascal Flatts

Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas – Michael Buble

Mary, Did You Know? – Pentatonix

Last Christmas – Taylor Swift

Hard Candy Christmas – Dolly Parton

Baby, It’s Cold Outside – Brett Eldredge & Meghan Trainor

Mistletoe – Justin Bieber

Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow – Frank Sinatra

Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays – ‘N Sync

You can check out the rest of my holiday hits on my Spotify playlist.




Check out my other Blogmas /  25 Days of Christmas posts

Ugly Christmas Sweaters

Beauty Babe Gift Guide

Christmas Cookie Roundup

Gift Guide for Moms

Cutest Christmas Cards

Gift Guide for Boyfriends

Holiday Outfit Inspo

Bestie Gift Guide

Favorite Holiday Movies

Gifts That Give Back

25 Days of Christmas :: Day 3 :: Cutest Christmas Cards

Christmas is a great time to reconnect with friends and family members and a super easy way to reach out is through cards. These are my ten favorite cards I found on Etsy – they are cute, heartwarming, and incredibly funny. Plus, by buying off Etsy, you’re helping support not only a small business, but a family, this holiday season.

 

 

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25 Days of Christmas :: Day 2 :: Gift Guide for Him

These gifts could work for any man in your life. And honestly, it doesn’t have to be men. These gifts are fun and would be great for anybody!

 

The Glass Holder ::

Send your boyfriend over the moon and make him the coolest of his friends with these DIY alcohol kits. From ale to hard liquor, Uncommon Goods has the right kit for your man at the right price.

The links are below and I’ll be really honest – some of the different brew kits look SO similar so I may have them linked as the wrong one, BUT the all the links are all there (even if slightly jumbled).

From top to bottom ::  Belgian Brew Kit, Gin Kit, Irish Brew Kit, Oktober Brew Kit, Texas Ale Kit, West Coast Ale Kit, and Whiskey and Rum Kit.

Now that your man can make his own alcohol, he needs something cool to show off to his friends when he invites them over for a drink. Any of these picks are sure to please – even if he hasn’t quite made it to making his own liquor.

Top to bottom :: Beer Flight, Home Brew JournalOne the Rocks Set, and Home Brew Kit. 

The Sports Fanatic ::

We’ve all been there – they love sports but they also own every jersey and ball cap known to man. Sometimes it’s hard to find something they’ll love that show their team spirt. These slightly unconventional ways will help them rock their fav colors whenever and wherever.

Top to Bottom :: Broncos Bottle Opener, Yankee Coasters, Soccer Prints, Helmet Cufflinks, Baseball CufflinksSteel MLB Logo, Baseball Cutting Board, and Personalized Golf Book.

The Reader ::

Always has his nose in a book and a stack of unread ones on a table somewhere? Maybe he’s they type that uses books for decorations because he (like me!) ran out of shelf space a long time ago. Well, luckily for you this makes him super easy to shop for – sometimes. Pick any of these cool gifts and it’ll sure be a hit.

Top to Bottom :: Book Tee, Book Stand, Reading Journal, Staircase Bookends, and Lamp Bookends

The Cook ::

I love a man that can cook and adore those that love to do it. If your man likes to dabble in the kitchen, these are perfect for him.

Top to Bottom :: Bamboo Salt Chest, Potato Seasoning, Kentucky Bourbon Pecan Pie Filling, Pizza Dice, Salt & Pepper Mill, Flavors of America Salt Kit, Soup & Sandwich Tray, and Pizza Cutter.

The Man Who Has Everything ::

These are the toughest to shop for – you know who I’m talking about, the guy that pretty much has everything and then some. These picks are unique and sure to please!

 Top to Bottom :: Birthday Book, Custom Puzzle, Grilled Cheese Bags, Mini Bowling, Phone Acoustic, Pranamat and Pillow, Record Doormat, Sand Art, Tie Roll, and Recycled Wetsuit Yoga Mat.

As you can see, I adore Uncommon Goods for fun and unique presents. But Etsy and a ton of other sites are wonderful, too.

Where do you go when you need a unique gift?

 

Don’t forget to check out some of my other Blogmas/25 Days of Christmas Posts!

 

National Suicide Prevention Week

So, this is a heavy topic, but such an important one. This week is National Suicide Prevention Week and tomorrow is World Suicide Prevention Day. If I’m honest, I sat staring at this post for entirely too long trying to decide what to say and how to say it, but this topic is so close to my heart. However, I’m not yet comfortable sharing my story with the whole world yet. I just wish I had thanked the person that took the time to help me when I was at my lowest. But I never did and now I just hope I can be a positive voice.

To Write Love On Her Arms is running a campaign this week to help raise awareness and present people with the tools they might need in their battle. They started a hashtag on Twitter – #IKeptLiving – that is helping people share their stories and raise awareness. You can learn more about their And So I Kept Living movement here. The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention is sharing the message with #StopSuicide.

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These organizations are incredible and are doing such incredible work. Please, please spread the word and awareness.

Your voice might help somebody. Raise it and spread the word, the love, and positivity. It could honestly save somebody’s life.