Tartan

posted on: Sunday, November 30, 2014


I hope you're having a great weekend! Today I'm excited to offer a giveaway, in coordination with the fun online boutique Personalized From Me To You. On the weekends, I tend to keep my outfits pretty casual — basics like these over-the-knee boots, a cozy scarf, and this black monogrammed bag are perfect for running errands and meeting friends around the city.



Wrap Coat

posted on: Wednesday, November 26, 2014


My favorite piece in my closet currently is this beautiful wool wrap coat. It's incredibly cozy, but fitted in all the right places, and is dressy enough for holiday parties and events. Plus, the coat has an amazing shawl collar that flips into an oversized hood, should the day become windy or snowy. I'm wearing the "Mink" color here, but also love the gorgeous wine color version, too. I'll definitely be wearing this coat on repeat these next few months. Can you believe we're almost to December? Wishing you a wonderful Thanksgiving! As always, I appreciate you stopping by and want to send a big, "Thank you!" — whether you're a new reader or have been checking in regularly this past year. Stay tuned for more exciting posts and collaborations this holiday season! xo



Holiday Gift Guide: Fitness Fanatic

posted on: Monday, November 24, 2014


Today's holiday gift guide is dedicated to the fitness fanatic. Whether she's training for a marathon, taking classes at the gym, or looking to start a new routine for 2015, a few pieces of activewear make a great gift to start the new year on the right foot. When looking for workout clothes, I turn to Nordstrom, Target and Lululemon — they always stock a good variety of activewear, across all price points. Hope you had a wonderful weekend!



Lately...

posted on: Friday, November 21, 2014


{pretty assortment of colorful roses}

{fresh and healthy mixed berry smoothie >> Did you catch the recipe?}

{the perfect shade of pink >> Shop: lipstick (#06) || dress || earrings}

{a collection of my favorite coffee table books}

{cozy nights at home >> Shop: sweater || faux fur blanket}

{beginning to decorate for Christmas at home..!}

Holiday Gift Guide: Under $100

posted on: Thursday, November 20, 2014


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While Tuesday's gift guide was all about luxe and glam gifts, today's round-up features fun and more affordable pieces — all under $100. I always love smaller, little gifts that are thoughtful for everyday use — like this mug and card case. Be sure to check out the many affordable jewelry pieces from BaubleBar and Nordstrom, like this crystal statement necklace and these classic pearl earrings. I'm also loving this monogram necklace, which gives a special personalized touch. And how cute are these decorative matches? They'd make a perfect pairing for your favorite candles. Hope you're having a great week!



Holiday Gift Guide: Glam Gal

posted on: Tuesday, November 18, 2014


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Have you begun shopping for the holidays yet? This year, I'm trying to get a little ahead of the game and begin gift shopping early, as to avoid the rush! Over the next several weeks, I'll be sharing a collection of holiday gift guides covering perfect pieces for your family, friends, husband or boyfriend, plus affordable gifts under $100. So stay tuned! Today's gift guide is all about the glam gal, featuring luxe classics she'd cherish for years to come. Some personal favorites include these soft cashmere gloves, this structured leather bag, these splurge-worthy heels, and my gold link bracelet I wear almost daily.



Mixed Berry Smoothie

posted on: Monday, November 17, 2014


One of my favorite recipes to make at home is a Mixed Berry Smoothie. I've been making the same variation of this smoothie for years — just ask anyone from my college roommates to my boyfriend! It's been a staple in my routine because it's a healthy and refreshing way to kick-start the day. So when Williams-Sonoma asked me to team up and share my favorite recipe, with a creative twist of one "unusual" ingredient for Williams-Sonoma's Smoothie Week — I happily said, "Yes!". Here is my classic Mixed Berry Smoothie recipe, with added natural oats, to supplement an already delicious and healthy breakfast drink. I hope you enjoy!

MIXED BERRY SMOOTHIE
• 1 cup mixed berries (raspberries, strawberries, blackberries, etc.)
• 1 banana
• 1/2 cup orange juice
• 1/4 cup oats
• 1/2 T flaxseed
• 1 cup ice
• 6 oz yogurt (optional)
• For extra sweetness, try adding pineapple or agave.

Directions: Pour orange juice in blender first, then all the remaining ingredients. Blend until smooth. Enjoy!

Browse Williams-Sonoma smoothie essentials, as well as my kitchen favorites below:

Weekender

posted on: Friday, November 14, 2014


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Wishing you a wonderful weekend! Tomorrow morning I'm headed to Madison, where I went to school at the University of Wisconsin — it'll be so fun to be back on campus and cheer for Badger football! Speaking of weekend travel, I'm loving this weekender bag from Sole Society. It's made of vegan leather, features luxe gold accents, and is roomy enough for a night or two away. If you're in the market for a weekend bag, I'd definitely recommend this one!



Favorite Coffee Table Books

posted on: Wednesday, November 12, 2014


One of my favorite things to collect and display at home is an assortment of coffee table books. I always think it's nice to have a variety of books within reach for guests (gals and guys, alike!) to browse. Coffee table books are fantastic conversation starters, whether it's focused on travel, style, interiors, history or the outdoors. Here are a few that are currently on our coffee table. Do you have any favorite books of your own?


Weekend

posted on: Friday, November 7, 2014


Wishing you a fabulous weekend, wherever it finds you! I'm off to Florida today and cannot wait for a few days in the sunshine. Feel free to follow along here!

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