Thanksgiving Layers

denim | henley | sweater | booties | bag | hat

I can't believe Thanksgiving is one week from today! I'm flying home to Iowa on Wednesday for a long weekend with the family - can't wait! I stopped at Nordstrom last week to pick up a comfy, casual outfit for the holiday. I went with this pair of Paige denim - they are the 'Jimmy Jimmy' boyfriend skinny jeans. They're loose but fitted and super comfortable! I bought these Paige jeans last month too - definitely becoming one of my favorite denim brands! For some reason I gravitate to grey sweaters...anyone else? I layered this plaid henley for a little flare!

SHOP THIS LOOK AT NORDSTROM:



Huge thanks to Nordstrom for sponsoring this post!

BLANKET SCARF GIVEAWAY


We have an amazing giveaway for you ladies this week - just in time for the holidays! As you may have seen on Instagram yesterday, we are giving away the beautiful Venuska Red scarf from Krista Norris Collection (a $95 value)! To enter, be sure to visit our instagram, and find the photo above (all details listed there). For an additional entry, leave a comment here letting us know which Krista Norris scarf is your absolute favorite. Winner will be announced Friday! xx 


A Bundled Thanksgiving


Good morning, loves! I'm planning a super casual Thanksgiving this year - we are hosting a few of our friends at our home (so much to prepare for!). If the weather cooperates, we are planning to have a bonfire on the patio with festive cocktails after we stuff ourselves. I wanted a look that was casual, warm, but put together for the holiday and decided on this bundled outfit. I'm obsessed with coated denim, and these jeans are pretty much the only non-maternity pants I can still squeeze into. I picked them up at Nordstrom recently because I love the look, and love the comfort of coated denim (stretchier than regular denim). This coat has been on repeat lately, if you haven't noticed. I am obsessed with coats, and don't think you can ever have too many. My local Nordy's has the most amazing outerwear department, but they have just as many online as well - I'm seriously loving this and this (and both are under $200!). I really need to pick up some gloves or mittens - of course I can't find any of mine after our move. Will you be having a casual or formal Thanksgiving? 

SHOP THIS LOOK AT NORDSTROM:



Thanks to Nordstrom for sponsoring this post! 

More Than Just Material

During the holidays it's easy to get caught up in giving and receiving, which is definitely fun (it's our favorite time of year), but this year we're also looking for items with sentimental value, or gifts that 'give back.' 
There are many great gifts that 'give' - one piece I currently own and love is this gold bar necklace. Not only does it look great, but the "DO GOOD" necklace from IVJewelry donates 50% of the proceeds from each sale to the Wildlife Conservation Network. 

After my mom was diagnosed with breast cancer last March, a friend surprised me with this pink sweater. I had anxieties from the diagnosis and the sweater definitely brought me comfort. Such a nice gesture I will never forget! And now every time I wear the sweater I think of my mom beating breast cancer.

This holiday season, TOMS and Target have teamed up - for every gift purchased from this limited edition collection, Target is giving shoes, a blanket or meals to those in need - how great is that?! 


Compensation for this post was provided by Target via AOL Media, but all opinions are our own and not indicative of the opinions or positions of Target or AOL. 

Beauty Buys for the Holiday's

1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 6

I rounded up some of my favorite beauty buys to get us through the holiday season! We want to be be prepared for all the upcoming events! The Urban Decay 'Naked' palette has so many fun colors. You can do anything from a smokey eye to a neutral taupe - it's a one stop shop for you eyes! To avoid dark circles under your eyes from all the late night parties (and let's face it, lot's of booze) the Kiehl's Midnight Recovery creme will be your best friend. Apply at night and your eyes will look hydrated and smooth in the am. I've been using it forever and I absolutely love it - not only does it work but it's super affordable! I also love red lip during the holiday's. Nars 'Audacious' and M.A.C 'All Out Gorgeous' are two of my favs! 


23 Week Bumpdate

jacket | sweater (also love this one) | jeans | watch | necklace 

How far along? 23 weeks
Maternity clothes? I've been sticking to mostly non-maternity pieces (like above), but have had to give in to a few maternity pieces (and the jeans felt so amazing, let me tell you!). I've pretty much been living in these and these
Sleep? I've been sleeping pretty well this week, thanks to the amazing pregnancy pillow from Bump Nest. 
Best moment this week? Finding out and preparing to reveal the gender! Any guesses?! 
Physical activity? Yeah....no. 
Baby movement? Tons of movement as the baby is growing and growing! It's crazy how big these movements feel at times (like in the middle of the night when I'm trying to sleep HA!) 
Food cravings? Sweets, sweets, and more sweets! This is so different than my first pregnancy - all I wanted was fruit. I'm trying to keep it healthy(ish) as much as I can, and made this for dinner last night - it was amazing. It's really a side dish, but my hubby was working late, so I ate it as the main dish. I added pine nuts, YUM! 
Gender prediction? Taking all guesses (and name suggestions)! 
Milestones? Finding out the gender of course, and having to retire some of my favorite jeans for the remainder of this pregnancy. 


Insta, Lately

 Was inspired by Pinterest (duh!) to make some homemade parfaits! Follow our boards here!
Lights are starting to go up in Chicago!
 Loving this color block scarf from Zara. Similar and more affordable one here!
 Haha - YES!
 cnd shellac - 'romantique'
Fresh cut and color!
Cozy knits are making it extra hard to get out of bed these days!


older home