Newlywed Christmas Cards

November 23, 2015

One of my favorite parts about the Holiday season is snail mail. Christmas cards, pictures, sweet messages... they all get hung up at our house and remind us of all the amazing family & friends we have in our lives. We contribute to the snail mail each year with a holiday card, but this one is extra-special since it is our first Holiday season as a married couple.

First of all, I think we can agree that I am way ahead of the game this year, I can attribute that preparedness to Shutterfly, 100%. They made it so easy to go in and select a card that worked with the wedding photo of John and I that I wanted to share. It was easy to coordinate the envelope and envelope insert, as well.

We wanted to send a card that had extra special meaning, as we owe an extra special thank you to all the family and friends that made this year so special for us. The support we received through our engagement, wedding, the big cross-country move and our dog passing away has made us realize how truly blessed we are. 

Our Holiday season is just insane (we are going to three different states for Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years), plus there's a week-long trip to Los Angeles sandwiched in between all of that! It is such a relief to check this off the list. I wouldn't dream of leaving this task to John. Sorry honey, I love you, but Holiday cards are not your strong suit. 

Thankfully, you still have plenty time to design, order and send out your own special Holiday cards. Use this code to check out Shutterfly and try it for yourself: CARD4U

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The Must-Have Trench Coat

November 17, 2015

Seth Aaron Trench Coat with Faux Leather Sleeves c/o -on sale! | H&M Striped BlouseLC Lauren Conrad Faux Leather Leggings - on sale for $15! | EMU Australia Nepean Booties c/o | Zac Posen Leather Winged Top-Handle Bag - on sale!

I am going to say something very, very cliche, but...All of the things in these photos are literally my favorite things to wear right now. From my faux leather leggings (which I wear almost weekly), to my warm leather booties to my go-to handbag... all of these things are in heavy rotation in my closet.

When this gorgeous trench coat entered my life, I knew it would be THE jacket for me until snow hits the ground. It is the classic trench coat, reimagined for the edgier woman who likes to take style risks. Every single inch of this trench coat was carefully planned and thoughtfully executed. The quilted faux leather interior adds so much detail. The edgy updated leather sleeves are unexpected, but they work with any black shoe or bag. The zipper details and the the classic silhouette all come together to make one bad ass coat. I love this jacket. It is one of those staples I know I will wear season after season.

Speaking of seasons, how gorgeous are these fall leaves?! So glad we captured them before they are gone. Next up, snowy winter weather...

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Short Hair Routine

November 16, 2015

Let's talk hair this Monday, shall we?

When I cut my hair short (see photo here), I was so excited to remove the long length along with the time and energy it took to wash, dry and style it. Well, guess what? Joke is on me, my short hair still takes about the same amount of time. I like to style it with a super loose wave, and that "effortless" look takes quite a bit of time and -you guessed it- effort. 

I begin to notice about a month ago, that after blow drying my hair, I was a walking ball of static. My ends flew up and stuck straight out! I have rarely dealt with this issue in the past, so I took to the internet to find a product or solution that would help me with my hair.

Basically, I needed a daily shampoo and conditioner that was light enough to not weigh my already-fine hair down, but strong enough to remove hairspray and product residue while giving my ends the extra moisture they needed. I stumbled upon the amazing Living Proof hair diagnostic tool and began the hunt to find the perfect Living Proof products for my daily styling.

My daily styling routine involves a washing almost every day or every other day. I cannot go without washing for more than 2 days thanks to my super-fine hair. Then I blow dry upside down and finish with a strong hold hair spray and some curl. 

When I came across Living Proof's Perfect Hair Day shampoo and conditioner, I was sold. It is one of their most popular products to date, with beauty awards from Cosmopolitan Magazine, Allure Magazine, TotalBeauty.com and more. If this many people give it the stamp of approval, I knew I had to check it out to see what I'd been missing!

I have been using Living Proof's Perfect Hair Day shampoo and conditioner for about two weeks now and I am really pleased with how it is working! In combination with the thickening mousse (which I put in my hair before blow drying) and the control hairspray, I have been able to escape that static flyaways and maintain my loose curls. 

A fun new trick I have been trying is to add some of the Instant Texture Mist to my roots after blow drying and before curling. It gives my hair the extra boost of volume I am always trying to maintain. 

On my in-between washing days, I love a good dry shampoo. Living Proof even has a Perfect Hair Day dry shampoo that is exceptional! I love the smell and it doesn't leave my roots looking white or stiff. 

If you are looking for a great daily haircare line, check out Living Proof. Even if you don't have hair similar to mine, you can follow the prompts in the hair diagnostic tool to help you find a product that might help! I also love that Living Proof has mini-sized product options. That way, you can buy a small product and see how it works before investing in the full size, which is often times what I do.

The post was created in partnership with Living Proof, all opinions are my own.

Weathering the Weekend

November 13, 2015

J. Jill Diamond Quilted Long Jacket c/o | Knox Rose Olive Button Down Peasant Top | Old Navy Mid-Rise Rockstar Skinny Jeans | NastyGal Holiday Plaid Blanket Scarf | Zac Posen Black Crossbody Bag | Chooka Rain Boots c/o | Novie's Buffalo Plaid Doggie Jacket (similar here & here)

Story time! On Monday, this sweet little dog of mine is going to be five years old. I can hardly believe it. In her short little life she has lived in 6 different states, played in the ocean and in the snow and has watched her parents go from dating, to engaged to married.

I still remember the night John (reluctantly) went with me to pick her up. I had been wanting a dog for weeks (we were still in college) and John advised against the idea. He thought it was too much to take on a puppy our senior year. But he came with me anyway, thanks to lots of pleading and convincing done by yours truly :) Who doesn't love a squirmy, squishy, tiny little puppy?

Anyways, when we arrived to pick her up, there were a few puppies left. They were advertised as an "accident" litter and the owner needed to get rid of them as soon as possible. He'd made mention of taking them to the pound which broke my heart. I knew I had to rescue one, but I wish I could've rescued them all. Anyways, I picked up one of the puppy siblings, and John picked up Novie. She was the runt and a bit timid and shy. The minute she was in John's arms, she did not want to be put down. Meanwhile, I was getting nipped, licked, pawed at and jumped on by Novie's remaining siblings. When I looked at John holding her tiny little body in his hands (she was the size of a kitten), I knew she was the one. We took her home that night and I knew she would be such a joy to have in our lives. Happy Birthday Novie!

This weekend we will probably do some of the things she loves like going for a walk along the parkway in our neighborhood which leads to a really pretty lake. Walks like this require my amazingly warm quilted jacket and my durable rain boots. The past few days have given us 40-50mph winds and on and off rain, so we are hoping to see the sun come out.

 I hope you all have a great weekend. Check back Monday for an amazing round up of fall sales and steals!

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