Winter & Holiday Fashion

Thursday, November 15, 2018

We are prepping ourselves for the first winter storm of the season!  I can't believe it's already mid-November!  It feels as though I've been saying that every month, that I can't believe how quickly time is flying, but it's so true!

I'm known to be a creature of habit when it comes to many things, fashion included.  One of my known go-to looks for holiday parties is an all black outfit.  I find it to be dressier and flattering.  I can't lie, I typically grab black jeans vs dress pants, but this girl loves her denim!

Talbots denim has become an absolute favourite of mine.  I love how they have a bit of stretch, the high waist and that they fit your silhouette so well.  The absolute best has to be that they are available in petite sizes.  This is a huge deal if you're under 5'5!  They work perfectly with heels, flats and ankle boots!

I also love love love their jackets in petite sizes as I am not a fan of arm sleeves that are too long.  I love how this jacket has a removeable fur collar and a polka dot lining!

This holiday look is fantastic and can take you from day to night easily!  I'm wearing a plum (reversible!) belt to break up the black, but you could remove it for a dressier look for evening wear.  The black sweater has the sweetest embellishments along the neckline, which automatically gives it a dressier look and feel.  A darker lip and gorgeous pearl & rhinestone pumps finish off this holiday inspired look!

Have a lovely day, friends!


This post is a collaboration with Talbots, however all opinions are my very own.

Our Holiday Cards

Monday, November 5, 2018

Hi everyone!

I hope you enjoyed the most wonderful weekend!  I can hardly believe that the holidays are nearly here.  As a huge lover of the Christmas season, I'm nearly ready to say "bring it" and start decorating the house!

One thing that I have checked off of my holiday to-do list is our Christmas cards!  This year I went with beautiful cards from Minted.  I love Minted for so many reasons, primarily because their products are designed by Independent Artists from all over the globe.  I decided to go with three options, one with a family photo and two non-photo cards.  They are even more beautiful in person than they are online!  Honestly!

There are a variety of ways that you can customize your cards, blank back, designs on the back, additional text, font options, etc.  However the detail that I probably love the most is the free (!!!!) printed envelopes!  Just load your recipients' addresses and the envelopes arrive printed!  Honestly, how's that for a time saver?!

Do you send out cards every year?  It's been a few years since we've sent out a card with a photo, so I'm super excited to have some once again this year!


****The cards were provided by Minted, however all opinions are my own****

Holiday Entertaining Tips With Talbots

Monday, October 29, 2018

I am so excited that the holiday season is nearly upon us! The holiday season is all about cozy layers, texture, a touch or sparkle and being surrounded by those close to you!  I'm thrilled to be patterning with Talbots to share tips to ensure that your home is ready for the cooler months and holiday entertaining!

Indulge Your Senses 

Think apple pie, pumpkin pie, the scent of a wood fireplace burning while out on a walk and the feeling of wool socks on your feet. There's a little bit of nostalgia that comes with these aromatic scents and cozy textures. Simmering a pot of homemade potpourri using cinnamon sticks, cloves, a dash of nutmeg and orange slices will fill your entire home with the most delicious scent! Next, you'll want to introduce cozy textiles, such a velvet pillows and warm throws. Place throws where they are easily accessible and visible.

Be Our Guest 

Create an inviting, help-yourself environment by making items readily available, that way guests can easily help themselves throughout the evening. This includes finger foods and beverages which can be placed on tiered trays, in bowls or on platters on the coffee table or side table. You can even create a signature beverage and have it in pitchers so that guests can easily refill their glasses on their own. A hot chocolate station is always a hit!

Take A Seat 

Opt for a family style dinner. I love the conversations that happen around a family style dinner, everyone is immediately relaxed and at ease! Guests seem to linger at the table a while longer as they are just so comfortable. The wonderful thing about the holiday season is that when it comes to your menu, you don't have to veer too far off from traditional dishes. These dinners only happen once or twice a year, making them extra special!

Plan Ahead 

Prepare as much as you can ahead of time. You can do this by setting the table a day or two before, adding the final touches the day of your party. Consider creating seating arrangements. I love the idea of assigned seating for a number of reasons. I find that it helps to encourage conversations and allows your guests to get to know one another if they haven't met before!

Be Inspired By Mother Nature 

An easy way to decorate the table and other rooms in your home is by using items that are in season. Choose a seasonal color palette and select decorative pieces with that palette in mind for a cohesive feel. When it comes to decorating your dinner table, place flowers in small vases.
This allows you to distribute them the length of the table. You can also use seasonal fruit! Bring the outdoors in by placing branches with beautiful fall colored leaves in a vase and use natural items such as pinecones, pumpkins, birch branches and acorns as part of your decor!

Dress The Part 

Last but not least, of course you'll want to dress the part! I will forever love classic pieces and when hosting or attending parties, I typically opt for outfits that include layers, as I never want to be too hot or too cold. As the host, you'll be on the move - so you'll want to be comfortable!

Keep this in mind when selecting your outfit for the evening.  Pairing a dressier top with a blazer and jeans is a look that I will always adore. I find it to be a great balance between casual and dressy. You can dress this look up by wearing a pair of black jeans instead!

I hope you enjoyed these tips! Happy entertaining, friends!

***This post is sponsored by Talbots.  All opinions are my own***

A Spooktacular Living Room Mantle Decorated for Halloween

Monday, October 22, 2018

Turns out that having a mantle to decorate brings me an immense amount of joy.  Yeah, I'm crazy like that! lol

The kids and I went out to grab some halloween costumes this past weekend.  While they were perusing the costume section, I decided to wander over to the decor section and well, that's all it took for me to decide that we needed to decorate the mantel for Halloween!

This is the most that I've ever decorated for Halloween and I'm so excited, as are the kiddos!  All it took to achieve this look was a kit that had some gauze and bats (with adhesive on the back), some black crows, spiders, bones and skulls of course!

I had some burgundy candles from last year, so I used them to replace the white candles that were in here previously.  I used old books to prop some velvet pumpkins.

Bowls of skulls and spiders are sure to make you take a double take!  I love the fact that mini white pumpkins are so popular, they are so cute and pretty!  I have purchased a slew to decorate rooms around our house.  They mesh seamlessly with any colour palette!

Do you decorate for Halloween?  You know what's next, right?  Ahhhhhh yeah!  I can't wait to decorate the mantle for the holiday season!



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