Thursday, December 1, 2016

my everyday style: warm up with Nordstrom!

The holiday season is here and it has unfortunately brought it's cold weather with it.  At least to those of us here in the midwest... it was GORGEOUS in Florida last week (oh, vacation!).  Which makes facing these cold temps even more daunting!  Even though I have lived in the midwest my whole life, each winter I still manage to be surprised by the cold.  You would think I would be mentally prepared for it by now!   Even if I can never be fully mentally prepared for the cold weather each year I at least can have my wardrobe prepped.

Coats, boots, and hats are daily mainstays for my outfits.  And for good reason! They are the foundations to keeping warm every day so I depend on them greatly.  The trick each winter is to stay warm AND stay stylish at the same time.  I love a good practical coat or boot - but they have to be good looking too.  That is why my first stop for boots, coats, hats and everything else to keep me warm is always Nordstrom.  I know they stock the goods that are both pretty and practical.

This year Nordstrom is carrying J.Crew coats for the first time! You get the quality J.Crew with the FREE shipping and customer service of Nordstrom.  You can't beat that!  I love this gorgeous grey coat, but this one is another favorite of mine.  There are tons of other outerwear brands that Nordstrom carries too, of course... this wrap coat is gorgeous and I love this faux fur trim puffer coat too (and the price is right!).  Boots are a no brainer this time of year to keep my feet and legs warm - it was love at first sight for these over the knee boots (or this pair is on sale!) - but the great news is that they are also super warm and waterproof.  So they not only look good, but they are incredibly practical as well.  Then of course I love to fill in with hats, scarves and mittens or gloves as needed.  Last year my husband got me these rabbit lined mittens for Christmas and I am seriously SO in love with them. I've never had a warmer pair of mittens in my life!

Scroll on through this post to see my round up of warm AND stylish coats, boots and accessories for your winter wardrobe!

Outfit Details:

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Wednesday, November 30, 2016

holiday 2016 gift guide: for the home!

Today I am featuring all sorts of great gift ideas for the home.  Gifts for the home are some of the easiest gifts to give - especially for those on your list that seem impossible to buy for. And let's admit it, we all have a few of those on our list each year.  Beautiful ornament sets, holiday tableware, a live wreath  an indulgent candle or even a throw blanket are thoughtful yet neutral gifts for anyone on your list.  Also, these are great gifts for newlyweds, new grads, or even for the secret santa exchange at the office.  Even teens or tweens would love a little jewelry tray or fun mug under the tree come Christmas.

Don't see what you are looking for here? Check out all my other gifts guides too!

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Tuesday, November 29, 2016

my everyday style: everyday festive!

This is the time of year when the plaid, faux fur and party shoes are on serious repeat.  With no shame.  The days between Thanksgiving and Christmas (or heck, even New Years!) are all about festive winter wear. If you have a few holiday parties to attend it's SO fun to break out some fun holiday pieces.  But even if you don't, plaid and faux fur are still super fun to wear on an everyday basis! Isn't the holiday season reason enough to dress up a little bit this month?

I recently wore this plaid top layered under a sweater... but it's super fun on it's own too! This black coat has a removable faux fur collar... so it's festive AND practical.  I will be getting TONS of wear out of this baby this winter. And let's not forget a great pair of party shoes!  I'm obsessed with olive green this season and these shoes are fun and festive and also super versatile.  I plan on wearing these a ton this party season.

(photos by Jennifer Ketchum)

Outfit Details:
Coat, Topshop
Plaid Top, J.Crew Factory
Hat, Nordstrom
Bag, Coach
Jeans, Gap
Earrings, Kendra Scott
Shoes, Sole Society

Monday, November 28, 2016

holiday 2016 gift guide: gifts under $50!

Let's be honest, while your holiday shopping list may include some fun 'splurge' items - we all still need to watch our budgets this time of year.  Today I rounded up some really fun under $50 pieces for stocking stuffers, babysitters, tweens, teens and even for the the guys.  These gifts would make any recipient thrilled while still being a reasonable price.  I even was able to find some big name brands under $50 like Kate Spade, Free People and Kendra Scott.  Bonus!

Everything here is under $50 - but many are under $30 and $25... so have fun shopping!

Scroll through below to shop the pieces! 

shop the holiday sales! (ALL in one place!)

Happy CYBER MONDAY!!! Also known as the day you get all your Christmas shopping done on your lunch break at work.  Wink, wink!  But in all seriousness, the deals are SO good you will want to be shopping when the boss isn't looking. 

Here are a few of my favorite sales today if you are joining in on the shopping fun.  Check out discount codes and scroll right or left for each retailer to see my top picks!

Gap has a lock down on the holiday gifts! Today their entire site is 50% OFF with NO EXCLUSIONS with code: CYBMON ! Sweaters, hats, scarves, jeans... all these great pieces make for super fun gifts!  Scroll below for a few of my favorites! 

J.Crew Factory is always a favorite for festive clothing for the whole family.  And this deal is a GOOD one... up to 60% OFF site wide!!! Here are my picks: 

Gifts for EVERYONE on your list are easily found at J.Crew and this is the day to shop with 40% SITE WIDE with code MONDAY!!! OMG! I love these pieces....

West Elm has everything to trim your tree and your house for the holidays.  Today only they are offering up to 50% off - here are a few things I have my eyes on!

Minted is my FAVORITE for holiday cards and with today's code: CM2016 you can get 20% off off any order - they are such a great deal!  Here are my favorites:

Who doesn't love a gorgeous gift (or two!) from Anthropologie this time of year?  They are having 20% off regular priced items today... can you believe it!?!? What a deal!

Nordstrom is a holiday shopping destination that I love... they have some drop dead amazing prices today with already marked down prices plus an extra 20% off select sale items! You will want to check out all the boots, jeans and purses on sale! Plus we all love their FREE SHIPPING and returns to sweeten the deal!

Need some new holiday duds? LOFT has a great deal today on all these gorgeous holiday party ready styles at 50% OFF with code: CYBERMONDAY - now that is an awesome deal!

Kate Spade is always a lovely gift to give or receive.  They are classic and fun at the same time.  They have an amazing offer with 30% OFF today with code: WIRED - whoa!

My kids love ANY gift that comes from Pottery Barn Kids... today they are offering select items up to 40% off and 20% off your ENTIRE order!

Or check out all my gift guides for the season for more ideas!

Here are a few more sales you may like!

Tory Burch is offering 30% off $250 purchase!

Amazon has all their Amazon devices on sale starting at $29.99! (new kindle anyone?)

Friday, November 25, 2016

holiday 2016 gift guide: bundle up gifts for her!

With all these amazing Black Friday deals - this time of year is the BEST for stocking up on warm winter wear!  I know I LOVE a good deal on boots, cashmere, coats and socks.  They tend to be on the pricey side and rarely go on sale.  This weekend is a different story though!  There are some amazing deals on HUNTER boots, UGG boots, my favorite: SOREL boots and of course, coats, hats, scarves and gloves.   Snagging these great deals this weekend will not disappoint. These are gorgeous pieces you will have for years to come - no doubt!

sorel 'tofino' - 25% off, fur trimmed anorak - under $150!, striped knee socks - almost 50% off!, cashmere slouchy beanie - only $26!, pink coatwinking beanie - under $30, grey cashmere scarf - under $50!, ugg boots - under $100!, camel cashmere infinity scarfcashmere plaid scarf - under $40, camel coat - under $50!, burgundy puffer coatNorth Face 'Indi' Fleece (love the sleeves!) - 30% off!,  hunter boots - 25% off, Hunter boot socks - 25% off!, red rib knit cashmere gloves - under $30, army green ombre infinity scarf - under $15!, lace up wedgesfree people black over the knee socks - under $15!

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Thursday, November 24, 2016

amazing holiday deals!

I hope you are enjoying a relaxing and fun weekend with those you love most! And doing a little shopping in your pjs - I know I am!

There are SO SO many amazing deals all weekend if you are doing some Christmas shopping for friends and loved ones (or even  little treat for yourself!)... I rounded up my favorites here!  There are so many holiday weekend sales this year are SO crazy good!  I had to put together a post JUST for my personal favorites!  A lot of these deals are almost too good to be true. I know I am adding a few to my cart this morning.  I know these aren't exactly "gifting" material, but if you were looking to invest in your wardrobe or had your eye on some name brands that rarely go on sale - this is the weekend to shop for them!

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Wednesday, November 23, 2016

holiday 2016 gift guide: for the guys!

GIFT GUIDES are HERE for 2016! You can find them all here!

Let's be honest... although we love 'em to pieces, the guys in our life can be the TOUGHEST to buy for each holiday season.  They always claim they don't need anything, or they already own everything they want or they are just too low maintenance to seem like they care (but I think they secretly do!).  For today's post I scoured the internet from top to bottom to find the best gifts for guys... AND I took some major hints from my husband too... These gifts are all approved by him, as well.

So what do guys really want? A YETI cooler to begin with (if they don't already have one) and you will get MAJOR props for splurging on it for them.  For the kid at heart you can't go wrong with the kan jam game or a drone or this really cool projector (no batteries needed!).  I always like to throw in a few practical things like a new sweater or two, camp socks (my husband LOVES these!), a new pair of snow boots or a plaid shirt to wear on Christmas.  My husband had this patagonia fleece jacket when we met (over twenty years ago!) he was excited to see they are now making it again, so this is going straight under the tree for him.  You can never go wrong with electronics or anything relating to them... this cord organizer is perfect for those road-warriors and what guy wouldn't love this retro bluetooth speaker for their corner office (or cubicle!)?  And lastly, if you are ready to splurge on your guy - a Shinola watch is the new "must-have" wrist wear.  I know my husband is drooling over them and they are made in Detroit. So that's a win win!

What are your favorite gifts for guys this time of year? I would love to hear what unique ideas you have!

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Tuesday, November 22, 2016

my everyday style: bundle up for the holidays!

Winter has arrived and I'm ready to face it in style!  And in lots of layers. Because I'm always freezing. What is warmer than a wool coat on a cold and blustery day? A wool coat with a vest underneath, that's what.  I can't remember when I first discovered this little coat + vest combo.  But it has become a stand-by for those days I just can't seem to warm up.

A nice thin vest can provide a fun pop of color and an extra layer of warmth - two things that I am perfectly fine with on a daily basis.  Here I paired a roomier wool coat with the Excursion vest that everyone knows and loves over a super warm fair isle sweater  It was the perfect look for shopping through the streets of the Windy City recently.  And of course cute and comfortable shoes were in order for a day of shopping as well.  These velvet flats are surprisingly comfortable for being (almost) just out of the box.  I absolutely love velvet this time of year because it's so festive... and these shoes reach the perfect festive yet practical balance.

Outfit Details:
Coat, J.Crew - 30% off! (or a less expensive option)
Vest, J.Crew (pink one here for under $50!, or I love this plaid one too!)
Sweater, J.Crew Factory
Jeans, Citizens of Humanity
Sunglasses, Tory Burch
Flats, Kate Spade

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Monday, November 21, 2016

holiday 2016 gift guides: the best kids gifts!

As a mom, shopping for kids for Christmas makes me very, very happy.  I always love picking out the gift that I hope will surprise and delight them. Which to be honest, gets harder and harder each year as they get older.  BUT, I will not be deterred. We don't do a lot of toys for gifts in our house, mostly because the kids are almost grown out of toys, but also because they tend to get the "toy-ish" gifts from grandparents, etc.  I try to focus on gifts that are fun and whimsical, a few gifts that are practical and then throw in a few surprises too.

Many of the gifts I am featuring here today are either already favorites of my kids so I know they are tried and true or they are gifts that (shhhhhh!!!!) will actually be under our tree this year for my littles (well, no so little anymore!).  Books always have a permanent place on my Christmas list each year, my 4th grader LOVED the spiderwick chronicles .. she is almost halfway through them.  They aren't too long and are perfect for boys and girls and even reluctant readers (knowing from experience).  They are also fun read aloud books if you are so inclined.

hat or two is always under our Christmas tree to keep warm and for fun.  I always love a silly gift that sparks imagination... have you seen these mice in a box?  Those will be lots of fun to unwrap and play with! Fun activities for Christmas break are always great gifts as well!  Snow tubes, fake snowballslego sets and craft supplies always pass the Christmas break quickly.  Clothes are a given too... but I try to make them fun like a crazy gold coat, bold camo pants or a classic plaid shirt. My kids always want, and usually need, a new pair of shoes - slip ons in sparkle or chambray are easy and affordable choices. And of course my kids can never wait to open their Hanna Andersson pjs... they are a classic favorite and my kids ADORE them.  They are so, so soft and free from chemicals, which is unfortunately hard to find in kids pjs.  It's always funny that this time of year their pjs from last Christmas are getting so small on them!

Whew! That is quite the round up, huh? Now to wrap it all! What will you be giving your kids this year? I would love to know what gift giving traditions you have with your kids.  Do tell!

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