NYE ootn


shirt: old navy, similar here | pants: vero moda, old from sweden, similar | purse: danielle nicole, similarclutch version too | choker: misguided | sunnies: target, similar from minkpink @ saksblack-and-hot-pink-3

Happy NYE people! It’s crazy to me that tonight’s the last night of 2o16.

This is what I’m currently wearing. Cute, right? I love the head to toe black with a pink lip and bag.

I’m all casual because tonight is always a family night for us. It’s been that way for years now. So no fancy parties or great dresses. Just me, my love, and our sweetiepie sipping on sweet wine (or milk for Wolfie) :P. black-and-hot-pink-4

2016 was full of joy and family time for us. It was also a time of uncertainty and decisions…black-and-hot-pink-5

…but through it all, we are grateful to God for each other and our healthy, happy baby boy.black-and-hot-pink-7

So here’s a toast to 2017– may it be filled with joy and adventure for us all!


I am so grateful to you readers too on here & on Instagram. You dolls have shown me loyalty, support, and friendship– all things that I often feel I lack in my life.black-and-hot-pink-11

And a special thank you to my husband, Beckett, who loves me unconditionally and supports me unceasingly.black-and-hot-pink-12

shirt: old navy, similar here | pants: vero moda, old from sweden, similar | purse: danielle nicole, similarclutch version too | choker: misguided | sunnies: target, similar from minkpink @ saks

Stay safe and cozy tonight, loves!




warm ears, warm hearts



cape: topshop, similar by via spiga | earmuffs: kate spade | boots: similar under $70 without a heel, or $119 real leather by vince camuto  | sunnies: prada, similar under $130 and another that look designer under $50 | choker: bp from nordstrom thats under $10 | jeggings: vero moda, similar. mine are coated fabric to look like leather | shirt (not pictured): old navy, similar to this short sleeve version ($12) and this long sleeve version ($23)!

Does anyone else want to be a bear in hibernation lately?

It’s crazy how unmotivated I feel to do anything but drink hot cocoa and cuddle. Seriously. Can we all stay in bed until 2017?


But before you go back to cuddling in front of the fire, check out these adorable earmuffs gifted to me over Christmas. They’re Kate Spade and so cute. They make me feel like a total Blair.


My husband got me a new camera for Christmas (we’re lovin’ ittttt!) and it came with editing software so I tested it out this round of posts and I’m a little miffed. It didn’t save right away so I had to save and upload them twice. For some reason I thought the Canon program would be easier than Photoshop but definitely not!img_0008

I just really like these earmuffs. They’re great because they’re warm and also muffle some noise so when I have a headache noises aren’t as annoying. lol



cape: topshop, similar by via spiga | earmuffs: kate spade |boots: similar under $70 without a heel, or $119 real leather by vince camuto  | sunnies: prada, similar under $130 and another that look designer under $50 | choker: bp from nordstrom thats under $10 | jeggings: vero moda, similar. mine are coated fabric to look like leather | shirt (not pictured): old navy, similar to this short sleeve version ($12) and this long sleeve version ($23)!

I’ll definitely be posting more regularly again now so stay tuned for more outfit inspo as we head into the new year. I think I’ll put together a 2017 inspiration mood board post because I have some fun forecasts about how we’ll be dressing this coming year!



a review of an organic, all natural sunless tanner

My family lives on the lake so I spent my summers in the water swimming, tanning, on the boat, or on the beach collecting glass, interesting rocks, and even the occasional fossil. Sometimes a friend and I would lay out on the dock or even put the trampoline in the lake and sunbathe from there.

Summertime meant my skin was always dark tan and my (normally dark brown) hair always streaked with natural highlights that came from the hours spent in the sun.

The beginning of sophomore year in high school my skin was dark from lifeguarding all summer. I distinctly remember one day during Honor Pass while some friends and I sat at a table in the common area, an elderly looking woman lurked nearby. She worked in the school and had apparently been considering what to say to us for a few moments before she quietly approached our table and timidly told us that we shouldn’t tan so much or else we would end up looking like her. She said she had a nice tan all her life because she thought it looked good, but said, “this is the result” (as she touched her wrinkled skin). She asked us to guess her age and when none of us bit, she informed us she wasn’t even 50 yet. I may have thought the lady was weird for butting in on our conversation like that, but I was shocked by what she said.

The next summer I didn’t go back to working at the pool, partly because I didn’t want to end up like that lady at school.

 My mom always warned me about wrinkles from the sun too, but I always thought that was just a thing moms say to suck the fun out of life. Lol

Many of us now personally know of the (other) dark side of sunbathing. The worries of melanoma personally infiltrated my life when my grandpa was diagnosed a few years back. He is doing well, but still fighting. 

Then this year I had a mole removed because the doctor found a concerning mole and I also had to have  the skin around it removed after they tested the skin around the mole and found abnormal cells. The unsightly scar I now sport on my stomach is a small price to pay compared to other potential consequences of sun exposure.

A year after the wrinkled woman told my friends and I to stop tanning, I listened. I did at home spray tans to keep a little color in my life, but eventually stopped that too because the chemicals smelled so harsh. 

When Swell Skin reached out to me and asked me to try and review their sunless tanner I hesitated until I saw their promise that it is organic and natural! They also have hair and skin vitamins that I totally want to try when I’m done breastfeeding! 

Besides being organic and natural, the Swell Skin sunless tanner (A Shore Thing) gives a great olive colored tan that is a far cry from the orangey colored spray tans that were so popular a few years back. It looks, smells, and feels natural and is a great harmless alternative to your run of the mill sunless tanner!

At first it’s a slime monster green color and smells a tiny bit like alge, but I really didn’t mind it. It reminded me of an all-natural spa treatment. 

You can order yours here: Swell Life Beauty and see what you think! 

If you or someone you know still goes crazy tanning in the summer I urge you to consider the cosmetic and health issues associated with suntanning. Please talk to girls, especially younger girls, who likely don’t understand the risks they’re taking by getting that dark tan each summer. And hey,  what’s the worst that could happen if you say something? Worst case scenario they think you’re crazy and old. But you could actually have a positive impact on someone later like the lady at school who warned me. 

So do your future self a favor and keep sporting those pasty legs, unless of course you grab A Shore Thing



a few of my favorite things: more inexpensive stocking stuffer ideas for her

Mary Kay Lash Intensity Mascara. Outfit details will be at the bottom of the post.

Hi everyone! Today I wanted to show you some of my favorite beauty products that I have in my vanity that will forever be in my skincare/makeup routine. I honestly think everyone needs these things.

To begin, I HAVE to tell you about the Mary Kay Lash Intensity Mascara I’ve been using on and off since high school. It’s a little more expensive than some drugstore mascara ($18), but it’s definitely worth it, especially since the tube is HUGE compared with other mascaras so you’re getting your $$ worth in volume too.

The reason I said I use this on and off is that I like to try new things when my old makeup runs out, but this mascara will always be my favorite and I’m for sure going to stick with this brand now because I think I’ve tried enough mascara now to be sure my MK Lash Intensity is the one

Mary Kay has other great products too and I adore their lipstick line. So go check that out now! If you order with this link you’ll be ordering through a super sweet old friend of mine named Shanna. She’s the sweetest girl, a loyal friend, and a great wife and mommy! You’ll love her! And again, I am not getting paid or rewarded for this in any way, I just really love their mascara. 🙂

YSL Lipstick

Another makeup brand that I’m a little obsessed with is YSL, but really I just love their lipstick! It is so soothing, moisturizing, and smells amazing! If you’ve never picked some up, check it out here and grab a few for you and as stocking stuffers for the gal pals in your life. How can you go wrong with a lipstick that guarantees to moisturize your lips? There’s nothing worse than drugstore lipstick that dries out your lips…. then you’re buying more chapstick… so really, you’re saving money by getting a quality lipstick like YSL. 😉

I personally like the color in Rose Sahararienne (and asked for it for Christmas), but literally any of them would be amazing on any of us!

Conair True Glow Cleaning Skin Beauty Treatment

This Conair True Glow Cleaning Skin Beauty Treatment is something I’ve been using for almost a year now and I still recommend it. It uses little movements to loosen and brush out dead skin cells, dirt, and bacteria in the pores that cause zits and blackheads. It always leaves my skin looking and feeling radiant. The other thing it does that I like is that it makes my pores less noticeable by cleaning them out. If you look in the mirror really close you’ll probably notice tons of blackheads that you didn’t even know you had and this helps clear those right up.

I like to use this right after a shower (or sometimes while I’m taking a bath) so the steam helps to open up my pores, but they also make a facial steamer that’s just $25.

The reason I recommend this Conair cleansing treatment above other brands is that I own it, it’s more cost effective than the Clairisonic brand, and it works wonders on my skin! I actually have two of these, one is for facials and the other to get rid of dead skin on your feet and I use them both often.

This is an old palette from UIta, but I found a similar one by Makeup Revolution here.

It’s funny– I never used to wear eyeshadow until I realized I could apply it like watercolor! Why? Because I was always annoyed with the “fall” from the eyeshadow and if you get your brush a little wet, you avoid that all together! See a tutorial here.

Here’s a closeup of the facial tool from Conair.

Shirt: Make Me Chic, sold out, but they have TONS of other cute + inexpensive styles | Jeans: American Eagle

Well, that’s all I have for you, but be sure to check out the links and see what you think! But seriously, give these to the girls on your list and they will be thrilled!!!!



Sadly, nothing in this post was sponsored, but as always all thoughts and opinions are def. my own! 😉

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up your stocking stuffer game this year with this simple giveaway x 2!

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Also, I’m amping up the giveaway by giving the first 3 people to comment below on this blog post will be eligible to win an extra $50 gift card toward a JORD Wood Watch!

All you have to do to enter is, follow my blog and comment below, telling the watch you want (women’s selections or mens), your follower username (so I know which follower you are), and your e-mail address! Then I’ll send you a confirmation email to make sure you’re not a bot. If you don’t reply to the confirmation email within 24 hours after I send it, I will move on to a new winner. Keep entering even if there are already 3 comments below because, like I said, if someone misses my email I’m moving on in 24 hours!

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Thank you to JORD for sponsoring this post.

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PS- If you can’t see how to comment to enter, click on the title of this post and scroll down toward the bottom of the page.

…six tips to help add fun into your winter style…

Tip 1: mix prints.

See how the gingham contrasts with the paisley pattern on my scarf? Print mixing perfection.


Tip 2: Wear a blouse with an interesting detail.

This Make Me Chic blouse is perfect for this! These billowing sleeves make all this cold weather lots more fun!

Tip 3: Match your lip color to an accessory.

In this case it’s my son’s coat! 😉 Compliments of his aunite! Another option would be to match the lippie to the handbag.

Tip 4: Have fun!

There’s no better way to make an outfit fun than to have fun in it!

Tip 6: Throw on a pair of statement earrings!

Don’t go overboard in the jewelry department, it can look gaudy. A bracelet would distract from the sleeves and a necklace would be hidden under this great built in choker– so earrings were my best option!

Do you see how cute this little boy is?

Wolfgang wasn’t too smiley in these pics because he was tired and also enthralled by the snow plow that was on our street at the time!

My outfit:

Shirt: Make Me Chic | Pants: American Eagle | Boots: Hunter | Scarf: old, similar here | Bag: Coach


Coat: Tucker + Tate (from auntie!) | Hat: Old Nay, similar SUPER CUTE here!!!