Add a Little Sparkle to Your Christmas Outfit

similar sequined shirt / similar pleated skirt / heels / earrings / wreath

Now that Christmas is only a WEEK away (how did that happen?!) I am starting to think about what I am going to wear for Christmas Eve to church and my Christmas outfit. What a better excuse to wear a little sparkle than at Christmastime! Pairing this sequined shirt with a pleated skirt makes for the perfect Christmas outfit. It is such a cute ensemble, plus everything can be remixed into other outfits. Can you tell I like items that have a lot of bang for their buck?! (Remember how I wore this pleated skirt here in the summer?). The silhouette is so flattering and the extra bling for winter is perfect.

My skirt and shirt are old, but I found some really similar options below.

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Gift Guide: What’s On My Christmas List – Home

Now that we are heading into our ninth (!!!) year of marriage and our second home together (sixth if you count every apartment too!), our home stash is getting a bit worn. Especially during our move this year, I had quite a few bowls break and other items not make it to the new house. I’ve been eyeing a couple other things to add to my collection too! Read on to see my picks for my Christmas list.

Lanterns These would be adorable on our front porch or sunroom! Or even the foyer. I will find a place!

Dutch Oven This has been on my list for a looong time. This one is much more affordable than the name brand option!

Candle Holders These are perfect! These would be great to add to a centerpiece on your dining table or on your mantle. Or to give as a hostess gift!

Robe I an an unashamed robe wearer all winter long. Its that perfect extra layer while the house warms up in the morning when I drink my coffee! My current robe is very tired, and this one looks so luxurious!

The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up  I have been on a mission to organize and simplify my life. A lot of it has to do with parting with clutter and things that I don’t really enjoy. This book has such high reviews! I would love to read it to help me on my minimalist mission.

Crock Pot My crock pot was one of the first things we got as a married couple, but it has seen better days! This one is programmable and everything. It makes mine look ancient.

Cutting Board Can one have too many cutting boards? The answer is no.

Popcorn Maker I love homemade popcorn. Not the stuff in the little packet, the kernels you pop on the stove. This method can be tricky unless you are really watching it like a hawk and shaking the pot the entire time. And then kernels still get burnt. So I am thinking this would be a good investment!

Gold Bowls So many things got broken in our move, and my favorite white mixing bowls were one of them. Yet another original wedding present. I may have had a little funeral for it. These bowls are so classy and would make a suitable replacement!

What do you think? Which is your favorite item? What are you getting for your lady friend? Share below!

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Gift Guide: What’s On My Christmas List – Fashion

It may come as a surprise to you, but I love clothes. Shocking, I know! But really, I went through a phase of about 5 years where I was basically pregnant or breastfeeding (read the post here) and as much as I love my babies and what my body did,  I needed a wardrobe overhaul. And it is still happening. Here are some things that are on my Christmas list that I am SUPER excited about! Husband, are you reading?..

 

 

Wool Turtleneck So part of my mission with redoing my wardrobe was to mature it in the process. Turtlenecks aren’t something that was in my closet previously, but I can totally picture this paired with a vest and my beloved Hunter boots!

Necklace I am obsessed with this necklace! My daily jewelry tends to be more dainty and on the delicate side. This one is so cute and different!

Cashmere Sweater On trend with the updating my wardrobe trend, this is high on the list. Never have I ever invested in cashmere before! I love anything J Crew, so I am excited to add this to my closet.

Ruffle Front Plaid Shirt This is a fun spin on a normal plaid button up! The little ruffle gives it the cutest feminine edge. And the plaid is perfect!

Ripped Knee Jeans I invested in my first pair of high waisted jeans since my horseback riding days last week. You can say I am fully on board for this trend! These ripped knees are super cute too.

Pom pom hat Because yes, I need another hat.

Wubby Fleece Pullover Yes, another pullover. Each serves a different purpose, OK? The charcoal in this is perfect! According to the size chart, make sure you size up.

Sunglasses I have a pair of “winter sunglasses” in navy (yes, there is such a thing in my book) but I would love to add a black pair to my collection! I love this brand.

Leggings I know you’ve heard me talk about my undying love for Zella athletic wear! (Favorite leggings, favorite workout capris) I would love a long pair for outdoor winter running, and the cutouts on these are perfect!

So men, if you are reading, snoop in your lady’s closet and order her a few things on this list in her size! I love surprises, and she will be so touched with your thoughtfulness 😉

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Gift Guide: Land of Nod

Like most of the world, I have Christmas on the brain! (If you don’t, I’m sorry. Christmas celebrations start early in our house!). Don’t we all have those retailers that we love EVERYTHING they produce? Land of Nod is one of those stores for me. Not only is every item great quality, but the colors and uniqueness of each is beyond compare. Add a sale on top of that and you have a winning combination! Check out my top gift picks for my kids for Christmas!

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Play Food

My kids (and their friends!) love our play kitchen (on sale! We paid DOUBLE!). I believe they play with things more if they are better quality and better to look at! This set is adorable, and it is made by Melissa and Doug so I know the quality is amazing! I can see Levi making me a bologna waffle orange juice sandwich already…

Shopping Cart

This goes along with the above item… We had a shopping cart that sadly did not survive the move. My kids have played with this one at friends houses and the quality is amazing! It will (hopefully) withstand three kids beating on it and more than likely one kid pushing another inside it…

Pantone Board Books

Eloise has just discovered the magic of board books. These are adorable, the perfect size, and I know she will love the cutouts!

Bucket ‘O Blocks

Levi, being the stereotypical boy, has discovered building things and smashing them with a monster truck. Right now the building of choice is constructed of duplos, but something tells me he would love the weight (and crashing sound) of building with these wooden blocks!

Larry the Llama

My kids are obsessed with anything they can ride on. This is absolutely adorable! I think Eloise would enjoy this in her room…

Multicolored Train

Continuing on with the trend of things my kids are obsessed with, they also love anything they can drag/make a lot of noise with. I love the primary colors on this and the cute animals!

String Along Bead Kit

Scarlett needs this. Not only would she enjoy making herself jewelry, but her teacher recommended she do more practice fine motor skills at home. This would be ideal!

Goldendoodle Stuffed Animal Adoption Set

Another thing my kids are obsessed with? Animals. Anything animal. (If Scarlett sees an animal outside someone’s house or in a paddock, she tells me she wants to buy it. I am trying to explain to her we can’t just buy other people’s pets… it’s a work in process…). Scarlett would love to have an animal of her own, and I am sure Eloise would love this just to carry around!

Fire Engine

Levi has a small obsession with fire trucks and other “helping” vehicles. We make a trip almost once a month to the fire station to bring treats, and we even had one stop by for his birthday! This would blow his mind! And he can ride it… enough said.

That’s it for my gift picks from Land of Nod! Did anything stand out to you? What is on your list? Share below! Happy shopping 🙂

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One Dress, Two Ways

I am always looking for ways to maximize my wardrobe. I loooove to shop, but the reality is that I don’t shop that often. PinkBlush reached out to me and I was beyond excited! Have you heard of PinkBlush? PinkBlush is a trendy online boutique with so many cute and classic options to choose from. I was beyond impressed with their selection online. Not only do they have regular women’s clothes, but they have an extensive maternity clothes selection as well. I chose this gorgeous slate blue ruched dress and I couldn’t be more happy with my selection. Keep scrolling and you’ll see why! This dress was super comfortable and easy to wear. (And you can wear it while pregnant. No, I am not pregnant nor do I plan to any time soon!).

**Head on over to Instagram for a $50 PinkBlush giveaway! www.instagram.com/nicole.warner. Details, instructions, and exclusions are listed over there. Head on over to enter! Good luck!

Ok. Onto the clothes. I am so obsessed with this dress. The long sleeves allow it to transition through many seasons, but the lightweight material allows for easy non-bulky layering.

To start I put together a little date night look. Leather jacket, cute dress, and wedges. Simple, easy to wear, but still sexy enough for a night out.

 

Can we just comment on the sunshine right here? And the fact that I have bare legs? I am appreciating it while I can. And still in denial that we are supposed to get snow today and tomorrow. And it is almost April. Moving on.

 

The ruching is very flattering. For someone who is thicker on bottom (#squats) the angle of the hem is so great!

 

 

 

Here’s the next look. Taking a more casual approach, I paired the dress with simple sandals and accessories and added a utility vest. Because I love my utility vests. And I inserted a little girl for added cuteness.

Also, you know when you need warm weather if you still look crazy pale, even after an application of self tanner. Just saying.

I’m not cocky but I totally feel #prettyinpinkblush.

 

 

 

 

Are you familiar with PinkBlush? Go check out their website at www.shoppinkblush.com and browse their selection. I know you’ll be impressed! As a stay at home mom with three under four, online shopping is where it’s at.

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Date Night Look

dress  c/o PinkBlush / shoes / necklace / similar jacket / similar ring

Casual Look

dress c/o PinkBlush / shoes / necklace / similar vest / similar ring / sunglasses

Scarlett’s Look

similar sweater  / skirt / leggings / moccasins c/o Freshly Picked

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