holiday wardrobe checklist!

Holiday party season is upon us friends... and if you don't have a few pending invites for events, you are sure to very soon! I often feel like planning special outfits on top of all the other plans that need to be made this time of year can be overwhelming. Anyone else? I know I have to get myself to an event and wrap a gift and bring a dish to pass and pick up a bottle of wine on the way and... and... and... and the outfit comes dead last. So to avoid the "what am I going to wear to this holiday event?" question I like to keep a few items stocked in my wardrobe for whatever the event calls for.  A classic little black dress is a no-brainer, I love this velvet dress!   But a few other fun items like a plaid shirt,  some tassel earringsbow flats, a bow clutchvelvet jeans or a beautiful velvet blazer are great to have to have on hand to quickly pull together a festive look.

I personally tend towards the dressy-casual when attending holiday events and usually we don't have a lot of super "dressy" events on the calendar either. For events like a girls' Christmas luncheon, a book club cocktail hour or a white elephant exchange with friends there is no need to go overboard. Just a touch sparkle, plaid or other festive flair will do.  So for me a perfect outfit would be a plaid shirt paired with a metallic midi skirt and bow flats.  Or velvet jeans paired with a simple cream bell sleeve top and tassel earrings and heels would be great too! A velvet blazer easily pairs with skinny jeans and a pair of sparkly sequin mules gives the whole look a festive feel.  I try not to overthink a holiday party outfit and instead go for pieces that I know I will feel comfortable in for the entire event.

What is your holiday party style?

Advanced Style X Baleen

A few months ago my dear friends Billy and Leah, owners and designers of Baleen Jewelry, asked me if I would collaborate on some photos for their new collection. I was thrilled for the opportunity to work with my buddies and support a company that’s mission statement is to make good design for everyone at affordable prices. They also handmade every piece in their studio in Seattle, WA. Here are a few images from our shoot above starring the incredibly gorgeous Colleen Heidemann. For more check out their instagram page over the next few weeks HERE.

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holiday gift guide 2017: gifts for her!

Today I've got another awesome gift guide for you! And this time it's all about the ladies in your life... mothers, babysitters, teachers, bffs, sisters, nieces... or let's be honest - YOU! There is no shame in forwarding this blog post on to the guy in your life for inspiration. The guys usually need a little, ahem, 'inspiration' now and again!

When I pull together these gift guides I always like to make sure I am keeping it real... for my guys gift guide (here) I always run the gifts by my husband first.  I make sure to ask him if it's something he would ACTUALLY like to see under the tree for himself to make sure I am on the right track.  For the girls gift guide I always choose items that I love and also that I think are a good price point or are reasonable for what I would spend on a gift.  It's great to splurge on a gift from time to time but it's important to have a few budget friendly picks too!

These gifts here are some of my favorite to give and get.  A gorgeous scarf, the perfect pajamas, my favorite candle and candy, a few practical gifts like luggage or a cosmetic pouch,  a few beauty picks like my mini facial oil set or a lip gloss set and even a few home items like this cozy blanket or an aromatherapy diffuser (I use mine non-stop in the winter) round out the list. So whatever budget or lady you have to shop for, there is sure to be something here for her (and by her, I mean her and you, wink wink).

leopard walletkendra scott necklacepom pom hat (only $15!), polka dot pajamas (under $100!), faux fur/pom pom throw blanketlip gloss set (I love their minty scent!), pink scarf (under $25!), candy bento box (under $50!), 'she believed she could so she did' bracelet (only $35!), luggage set'make mine a double' insulated mugfleece lined slipper socksvolcano candle (my FAVORITE candle to burn!), nude eye trio (I'm obsessed with this eyeliner/eyeshadow combo!), polka dot cosmetic pouch (only $15!), convertible bow gloves/mittensrose gold wireless headphones (under $100!), pull over fleece (under $100), "hello" balloons shelf art (so cute!), aromatherapy diffuser (under $40!)

Scroll through the items below to see them all!