Friday, December 19, 2014

Friday's Five


- an early sunset while watching Christian surf - 


- an early Christmas surprise thanks to my friends at BareMinerals -


- that moment you catch roses in perfect bloom -


- these pony-hair booties that are living on my feet all day, everyday -


- packing this fancy coat (under $40!) for a week in Malibu with my family -

Can you believe it!?  Our last weekend until Christmas!  Every year the holiday seasons seems to breeze by faster and faster - it's almost frightening.  As Christian and I enjoyed a December beach sunset together we stood in awe of God's incredible creation.  I couldn't help but get a lump in my throat at the blessings I have been given.  My supportive husband who I still get excited to hear enter the house every night, getting to see my entire side of the family (two, three and four legs) and celebrate the holidays with them.  I am so grateful that I am healthy, my spouse is healthy and we still have Lula LaShonda with us for the Christmas season.  There are so many incredible gifts that don't cost a penny.  For that, I am eternally grateful and appreciative.  Sometimes it takes those bumps in the road to appreciate all of the good.  All of the good.

2 Corinthians 2:8-9 “And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work. As it is written: 'They have freely scattered their gifts to the poor; their righteousness endures forever.'"

Let us be thankful for all the blessings in our lives that are completely free and the most meaningful of all.  Happy holidays to you and your loved ones.  Thank you so incredibly much for being a part of this journey with me and for sharing your own journey. Your feedback is so motivating and inspiring to me.  Lots of love to all of y'all.  Words cannot express how thankful I am for you. XOXO - 

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Cozy


I would wear two sweaters everyday if SoCal would let me.  We had some serious rain recently that brought chilly weather just in time for Christmas.  Even better because last week I chopped several inches off of my hair which means I won't get the "scarf tangles."  

Every time I wear a scarf with my hair down (or almost any fuzzy sweater for that matter), my hair gets tangled in knots like a six-year-old.  It is a nightmare.  Two years ago in New York I remember showing my parents the aftermath of a coat + scarf + hat - knotted like a dog!!  Do any of you have this problem?  Detangling spray and this brush are my saving grace.  Although I've seen people using this kind of brush - do any of you have a detangling tool you swear by?

oxblood cardigan c/o | cowlneck sweater c/o | denim c/o No Rest for Bridget | bag c/o | heels | earrings c/o | lipstick | sunnies | watch c/o | arrow cuff c/o INPink 



Thanks so much for reading! Merry Christmas, y'all - XO - 

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Home for the Holidays


I wanted to share a peek into our holiday decorations with you guys!  I don't have a ton of holiday goodies, but what I do have I love, and it reminds me of home.  

When Porch.com asked me to share some stories about special decor in my home, I knew exactly what I'd share.  These little carolers.  They are special to me because my Dad bought my Mom a caroler every year that completed our family - Mr. and Mrs. Claus, two parents, two girls, one boy and two dogs.  Mom set them out on the buffet in the dining room every year and my sister and I would argue over which girl was who - obviously I wanted to be the one with the fur hand muff.  Now my mom gives Sarah Thorne and I one each year - although she gave me a daughter last year not realizing I don't have a daughter... but it's fine, we'll let it go.  I may have bought a Lula and Bailey for myself.  Mom - if you're reading, I still need Mr. and Mrs. Claus, hint hint!

Note:  I was showing these to a California coworker and she couldn't help but hide her facial expression which made me laugh so hard.  She definitely thinks these figurines are super creepy and I get that - they're not for everyone but they are just sentimental to me!  Kind of like my dad's unusual gnome collection... another story for another day.


What are some Christmas decorations that are sentimental to you?  Porch.com and I would love to hear.  Share your holiday stories with pieces that are special to you with the hashtag #loveyourhome.  Thanks for reading and sharing.  Merry Christmas, y'all! XO - 

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Twirl


I can't even say enough about this skirt.  It's one of those pieces that when you put it on, add some sparkly bling (like my latest obsession, this Michele watch) and instantly feel fancy and glamorous - like you could walk in the room anywhere and feel like a million bucks.  Anything that makes me feel like my most feminine, confident, powerful (read: sky-high stilettos) self is a friend of mine.  

The best part?  It won't cost you a million bucks.  The skirt is on sale (!!) and will cost you less than $40.  And that my friend, I think would make Carrie Bradshaw proud.

skirt c/o | striped top - Forever21, old, love this one and this one | heels | clutch - TJ Maxx, old, similar here | earrings c/o (10% off with code CBLGIFT10) | sunnies | lipstick in F-Bomb | bracelets - INPink c/o  | watch c/o | gold bangle | assorted David Yurman | knot ring c/o | diamond loop ring c/o 



Thanks for reading - Happy Holidays, y'all! XO -