Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Outfit: Christmas Party 4 &5

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Jacket: Express // Scarf: Threadsence // Pajamas: Victoria's Secret 

Christmas morning is always an adventure in my family. We start the day like any other would begin Christmas morning with opening gifts from Santa at our house. 

 Our next family party begins at 9:00am at my in-laws. The attire is pajamas though looking at the photo above I look a bit "walk of shame" like. ;)
We had a wonderful breakfast and opened more gifts then any one person or child would need! Yes, we know we are very blessed! 
Our big present this year is that we are all (sister & brother-in-law, mother & father-in-law, and the four of us) going to Disney in April!! We are over the moon! 

The second party we go to on Christmas day is at my mom's house. 
Here is what I wore for the second part of my day:
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Top: Lauren Conrad for Kohls // Jeans: 7 for all Mankind // Watch: Fossil // Necklace & Rings: T+J Designs // Boots: c/o Sole Society 

The last photo is what happens when your little sister is your photographer. Thanks Kristen! xo

We had a grilled fillet mignon dinner and the mimosas were flowing. 
With 4 other siblings and 7 grand kids at this party it's a bit chaotic, but that's how I grew up so to me it's just normal. Loud but normal. ;) 

Again, the kids and ourselves were given more gifts then anyone needs. 

Like every year, prior to opening up any toys, the kids load almost all of their toys to give to the Children's Cancer Society (13 bags this year)! 
We know we are blessed so it is important that we give back and our kids know it is important to give back. 

What do you do on Christmas day? 
How was you holiday this year?

Monday, December 30, 2013

Outfit: Christmas Party 2 & 3

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On Christmas Eve, we attended two parties. 
The first was with my siblings and dad and the second was with the hubby's mom's side of the family. 

So essentially I needed to wear something that I would be comfortable in from 2:00-10:00pm. My solution, a shift dress of course. Lots of room for excessive eating and super cozy to boot! ;) 

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Dress: Loft (similar) (similar) // Tights: Walgreens // Shoes & Bag: c/o Just Fab // Necklace: Guess // 
Earrings: c/o Castellammare Jewelry // Jacket: Express // Bracelet: House of Gemmes // 
Watch: Fossil // Bow Ring: T+J Designs // Emerald Ring: Jared // Stackable Ring: Shop Jules

I decided to add my green and red in accents and not the main outfit this year. 
The coat and bag were red(ish) and my ring was green, but other then that, I just went with a pretty and practical outfit. 

What did you wear on Christmas Eve? 
I hope you have a wonderful time whatever you did! xo

Friday, December 27, 2013

Top 21 Looks of 2013

2013 marked the largest number to date of outfit posts for me as a blogger. It was very hard to narrow it down since I had almost 200 outfit post to choose from, so I decided to share with you my favorite twenty one looks of the year! Why 21? Who knows! lol That's just how many I loved. ;) 

 So here they are, my favorite outfit posts from 2013:
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I can't believe another year of blogging is now under my belt! So crazy! 
Thank you everyone who continues to come back day after day and year after year, I love you all! xo

** I will be on WGN Monday morning modeling NYE looks styled by Zahra of Love Zahra with seven other Chicago Bloggers. I think we will be on around 9:15am so check it out if you get a chance! 

Hope you all had a wonderful Holiday! 

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Winner Announced: Rosegal Item of Choice


I am happy to announce the winner of the Rosegal giveaway today on Christmas Eve. What better way to kick off your holiday then to win an item of choice from the below photos?!


And the winner is....... #10 Carly. 
I will email you later today for item decision, size, and shipping info. 

Congrats, and thank you to Rosegal and all who entered the giveaway! 

Monday, December 23, 2013

Outfit: Everyday Wear with a Pop

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There is nothing easier or more comfortable to wear then jeans and a knit for everyday wear. 
To make the outfit a bit more dressy I added these amazing earrings that I borrowed from Kaitlyn, and finished the look off with a great print scarf. 

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Top: Old Navy (Swap w/ Kaitlyn) // Scarf: Loft // Jeans: American Eagle // Boots: c/o Just Fab //
 Earrings: T+J Designs (swap w/ Kaitlyn) // Stackable Rings: Shop Jules // Sapphire Ring: Jared 

Sometimes just a few pops of color can really be a mood helper on a cold, snowy day. 

How do you dress up your everyday wear?

Saturday, December 21, 2013

A Healthier Way to Live

Last time we talked about chemical free deodorant and a great way to eliminate odor in you kitchen sink.

This week I want to talk about The Honest Company.

Here is a bit of information about the brand:
"Toxic-Free TLC for Everyone

Finally, a body care line that’s safe & effective for the whole family! Honest is:
  • natural
  • non-toxic
  • hypoallergenic
  • pH-balanced
  • extremely effective
  • honestly enjoyable




Because what goes ON your body is just as important as what goes IN."

To be honest (pun intended) this brand is taking over my house! ;)  
I have always bought items here are there, but lately I have decided to get monthly bundles. 

Here are some of the items we currently use and love:
 Upstairs: Tooth paste, face & body lotion, hand sanitizer, healing balm, conditioner spray, bubble bath, tear free hair and body wash for the kids, and kid toothpaste

The Kitchen: Dish Soap, Hand Soap, and Hand sanitizer

Downstairs: Hand Soap, and Laundry Detergent

I also have the lip balms, more hand soap (literally in ever room with a sink), and organic cotton dish clothes but I forgot to take photos of them. ;)

They even offer a free trial where you get 5 samples sent to you! That is how it all started for me. I was quickly hooked and will never go back to using so many chemicals in our everyday lives!

Do you shop the Honest Company?

Friday, December 20, 2013

Outfit: Let it Snow, Let it Snow, Let it Snow....

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I love the snow before Christmas, after, I could do without! ;)
This day called for a super cozy outfit that could be worn from volunteering at the school in the A.M. to a dinner out at night. 

I love this over sized turtleneck knit. Perfect to stay not only cozy but warm.
I kept the styling simple with a ponytail, skinny jeans, scarf, and threw on the ankle boot for the second half of the day. 

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Knit & Large Ring: H&M // Scarf & Earrings: Swap w/ Kaitlyn // Jeans: Tommy Hilfiger via Macys // 
Shoes: c/o Sole Society // Ring: Lili Claspe // Bag: c/o Just Fab // Bracelet: T+J Designs 

What do you do to take your looks from day to night? 
Do you love the snow before Christmas as much as I do? 

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Premier Handmade Area Rugs


There is a great history on area rugs written on NOVICA, and I wanted to share a few bits from it with you.

"Arearugs have served as home décor essentials since the beginning of civilization. 

 As the art of rug making evolved over the millennia, area rugs transformed into artistic canvases. Today, the finest handmade area rugs are treasured as prized objects of art.

Interior designers often recommend area rugs as the fastest and simplest design element available to totally reinvent a room or to revitalize existing décor, while at the same time providing warmth and depth, sound absorption, and floor surface protection."


My husband and I have lived in our current home for almost eight years now and it is still not fully decorated.
Each year we get a few new throw pillows or update the bedrooms, but we never really put tons of cash into the house's decor. Mostly because with young kids things get ruined fast. Like really really fast! ;)

 When Medallion Rug Gallery contacted me, I knew right away I wanted to get a runner for the upstairs hallway. 
Every morning, I walk down the hallway and my feet are cold. The floor itself actually makes some creaking noises too as the house was built in the 50's. 
It's a beautiful real wood floor, but it could defiantly use a new rug!

Here is a bit about the company: 
"Established almost 35 years ago by Amir Amidi, Medallion Rug Gallery offers an extensive selection of area rugs ranging from imported antique rugs to traditional Persian rugs. Amir Amidi has devoted his life to the selection and import of high quality hand-woven and handmade rugs from all over the world including India, China, Pakistan and, of course, Iran. These functional works of art are ideal for any home and are available in a wide range of sizes and colors to complement the existing decor or serve as the basis for a new look. Amir Amidi and the knowledgeable and professional staff at Medallion Rug Gallery specialize in the import and sale of oversized rugs and handmade rugs of all varieties, large and small."

The selection I was able to choose from was amazing! They have rugs in every shape, in every color, and in every size.

If I didn't want a runner so badly, I would have had a hard time narrowing it down.  

I had my eye on this one for my master bedroom:

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This rug would look beautiful in my kitchen:
New Contemporary Chinese Area Rug

I would very much enjoy this rug in my family room: 

See what I mean? So many wonderful rugs to choose from.

I measured the hallway and decided a two foot by ten foot runner would be just perfect.  

I even choose one that pulled in the colors from our living room/office space just below as we live in a split level. 

When the rug arrived it was wrapped up tight so that no moisture could get to it. 
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Here is a picture of what the hallway looked like before we rolled out our new beautiful runner:
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Here is the rug I choose:
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New Contermporary Persian Sultanabad Area Rug: c/o Medallion Rug Gallery

How beautiful is it?! I am in love. Not only does my home feel more finished but it is so soft and enjoyable to walk on. 
Maybe I just like that it is a handmade rug made of silk and wool. (swoon) ;)

I feel like my upstairs looks ten times more beautiful! And as an added bonus the creaking noises when you walk down the hallway are all but a thing of the past. 

Do you own an area rug
They really DO reinvent the area of the house they are added to!