Whenever Carly and I meet up, we usually just look at each other and laugh. Nine times out of ten, we’re wearing some type of coordinating outfit! Take Wednesday morning, for example. Carly and I met up for breakfast (breakfast dates before work are seriously the best!) at Sarabeth’s and were planning to do a fun shoot with our matching santa hats afterwards before I headed into the office. There were almost tears when we met up in front of The Plaza… Plaid skirts, navy tights, sweaters, monogrammed crossbody bags, navy suede shoes, etc. I think we’re as close to twinning as humanly possible, without actually wearing the same thing. Honestly, the only thing we planned on matching was our hats. (We later realized that she has my Vineyard Vines skirt and I have her J.Crew skirt. #closecall)
I’m so happy with the way the photos turned out… They’re so festive and fun and capture how magical the city is during the holiday season. We look like Santa’s Little Helpers! When I splurged on this Santa Hat a few weeks ago, I didn’t realize how much I would actually wear it. I just loved it so much and knew I had to have it! (Even if just for a dress form decoration in my bedroom!) But I’ve been sporting it on the commute to work, running errands on the weekend, you name it. It’s so cute! It’s currently on sale and then an extra 25% off so if you’ve been lusting after it, nows the time to get it!
PS: If you’re in New York over the holidays, you have to check out the fountain in front of The Plaza! Once the water is drained from the fountain, it’s filled with Fraser Firs. So pretty! The perfect backdrop for festive photos.
To me, gifting your girlfriends is almost as easy as gifting yourself. You know her favorite brands, you know what she hates, you know what she loves, you know her pet peeves, you know her favorite type of vino (hence, which wine glasses to buy her), you know her must-have shade of lipstick, you know what she needs, and you most certainly know what she does not need. Am I right?!
I was shopping at Sephora last week (I’m desperately in the market for a new eye cream that targets dark circles and some puffiness.. if you have suggestions, I’m all ears (and eyes)!) and I was loving all of the gift sets from bareMinerals & Buxom. There were a ton of great fragrance sets, too! All would make for a great (platonic) girlfriend gift.
Today’s post is Christmas overload… Apologies in advance if that’s not your thing!
I teamed up with The Everygirl a few weeks ago to shoot a fun feature in my apartment… Christmas Morning! While I won’t be spending Christmas in my apartment, I’m almost festive to a fault during the holiday season. Christmas pajamas, garland, festive rugs, all sorts of Christmas lights, wreaths, ornaments hanging over my bed, balsam candles, plaid everything, and alllllll of the peppermint hot cocoa. I’ve essentially been treating each weekend morning like it’s Christmas morning since Thanksgiving!
I truly can’t believe Christmas is in 9 days. I’m going to be honest… I’ve barely started my Christmas shopping. And I leave town in less than a week… Yikes! I need to start browsing my own gift guides.
Here are my favorite stocking-stuffer-type gifts under $30!
The countdown is on! I leave early next week to head to Florida for Christmas. I can hardly wait! Warm weather Christmas… It’s definitely been a while! I haven’t spent Christmas outside of Illinois in a longgg time… Like, 15 years or something. So excited!
I was going through my folder of photos on my computer trying to figure out what dresses to pack for my trip and I came across these photos that I accidentally forgot to post earlier this fall. Oops! (Side note: I really miss my summer tan..)
Seeing the NYC store windows all dressed up for Christmas is one of my favorite things to do in the city during the holiday season. For a casual day of window shopping, I wore a sequin tee with a giant plaid blanket scarf. Coat not pictured!
One of my favorite gifts for the traveler? This Barbour travel bag. Works for both girls and guys! (Excellent gift for a couple because they can both get use of it!)
I’ve been lusting over this Bric’s suitcase for quite some time. It’s just so chic, right?! But it’s pretty pricey. I was looking for some similar styles and found this little Delsey gem for a fraction of the price. Plus, I’ve been using the brand for years and years. (More on that here.) Fabulous find, if I do say so myself! (And it’s on super sale right now, too!)
Per my usual last-minute antics, I just ordered my holiday cards last night! Minted has a gorgeous selection of gold foil (and silver and rose gold, too!) cards and I thought the “Warm Wishes” looked so cute with the Santa Hat and hot cocoa. If you’re in the same boat as I was, you can order on Minted through this weekend to receive by 12/19, which is plenty of time to get them out before the holidays. I’ve done “New Years” cards in the past, which are a great option if you’re swamped before the holidays! (I love this card, this card, and this card.)
Apparently it’s been a good week for my pajama game. I ordered this robe and OH MY GOD it is wonderful. When I got it out of the box and put it on, I’m sure my neighbors probably thought something else was going on in my apartment. So, so good. I don’t know what the material is on the inside, but it is amazing.