if I could design a shirt…

Life lately:

Before all else, look at this little cutie! She and Wolfgang are just the apples of my eye! I posted some of these last week, but had to post more because I just love her so much!

Wellesley has two cousins due soon & we are soooo looking forward to meeting them! I gave their moms my tips to going into labor a bit early and my #1 tip is to eat a can of the SPICY Bush’s Baked Beans!!!! In case you’re wondering, I ate 1/2 a can at night, at the second 1/2 the next morning and then went into labor that day! I also walked and tried another method found in this article, but I won’t talk about it on here. lol, I’ll let you guess.

I should also specify that I’m not a doctor and I’m not guaranteeing anything, but it’s what worked for me x2 and I was 3 days early with my first and 8 days early with my second!

There’s a new book I’m reading called, Creating a Beautiful Life by Elizabeth George and it has been really thought-provoking so far and I’m only a little ways into it!

I love how she pulls from her knowledge and experiences to help me think of ways to prioritize and teaches me how to set myself up for success each day. I never thought of myself as a procrastinator before because in college and grad school I always was that student who had the assignment done a few days after it was given. I also always try to work super hard at everything and get things done, but I noticed over the last few years I’ve been getting a little slower and almost lazy so I’m so excited for how this book is reigniting that fire & drive within in a gospel-centered way!

Speaking of drive, have you been watching Tidying Up with Marie Kondo on Netflix with the rest of America? Well we have been and let me tell you– our donate pile is beyond. It is so freeing to finally be decluttering and getting rid of old/unused objects. I kinda started in the middle of the Marie Kondo Method though since we purged our closets a few months before Wellesley was born. So far we have completed the kitchen, laundry, powder bath, living room, and front hall closet. We still have a ways to go, but it feels so fresh to be rid of unwanted and unused items.

The article I linked above and here is not the actual Netflix show, it is a Australian news article with a bit of a warning to people who start purging all of their old items and donating them to charities. It basically states that charities are getting overwhelmed with junk people are dumping with them as a direct result of the show. It essentially says to recycle or throw away your junk instead of making charities do it. No one else wants our broken, torn, or otherwise useless things. On the other hand, now might be a great time to hit up your local thrift store to do some shopping because I bet a lot of people are getting rid of unused clothing, gadgets, shoes, and bags– I know we are!!!

The blouse:

When I was little, I used to draw outfits ALL the time. In fact, going through my old sketchbooks I think 80% of my childhood artwork was fashion related and sometimes I still like to dream up designs from time to time. And I am not joking, this top is very similar in concept to one I designed last year around Christmas; except I love the leopard even more than my design, which included a plaid in various shades of dark brown.

Actually, the main thing I love about this blouse is that the stiff (but still comfortable) material gives it some sheer structure. The bow is grand and the sleeves have that feminine little poof!

When I was a girl I always adored Laura Engles Wilder books and when she describes her desire for puffed sleeves I always knew exactly what she meant. ūüėČ

Order one size up if you’re busty.

Jeans:

These jeans are actually the high-waisted jeggings from American Eagle, which I think are the absolute best fitting jeans out there. I order one size down and am tall so I always need the longs. These are actually not the longs because I was in a hurry (tired) and didn’t want to try them on and the salesgirl advised me that they run long…. not true… don’t trust salespeople. ūüėź

This is my exact pair of jeggings, but other ones I like include these green ones,  &these cropped distressed jeggings– that hem is so cute and casual!

Shoes:

These are my Jessica Simpson nude pumps. they are very high heeled, but they don’t feel like it because they are relatively well designed. I also love this updated version of her nude pumps with a little peekaboo feature.

If you are a heel wearer you know that it can be difficult to find comfy pairs so my tip today is that Jessica Simpson and Sam Edelman brands are really great designers who won’t kill your your feet or your bank account like other brands can.

Hope that was helpful!

Xo,

Kellie

we wish you a berry Christmas…


Hello folks! I cannot believe Christmas is so close! I was thinking about helping y’all with more gift guides because you know I love to do those, but then I was thinking that if you don’t know what you’re getting people by now you will probably be running to your nearest Target for a quick pickup or Prime things to your house!

Quick gift idea:

If you are looking for a super unique gift, feel free to browse my art on my shop page, I will get it to you ASAP so it’s there in time for Christmas or I’ll make you a personalized downloadable printout to show your person what he/she is getting! I even have a gift card option on there if you would like to go that route for a custom piece!

Another quick gift idea could be using my 20% off code 4theclassyartist20 on Shein for someone in your life who wants a little closet pick-me-up!

Like my top?! 

This berry color top is from Shein (of course) and it is so classic for fall & winter! It is just $15 and comes in a gorgeous mustard yellow and blush pink! Use code 4theclassyartist20 for 20% off of your purchase now through January 1st!

I ordered this top along with that gold and white blouse I posted about yesterday and it is such a great one  that I’ve worn it twice this week!! It’s a little cropped compared to yesterday’s blouse, but it’s long enough to cover the goods if you’re wearing high-waisted pants like mine. I also love that it’s lined so I don’t need to wear an undershirt.

I’ll be posting our Christmas card photo tomorrow so check back for that! Also, Wellesley is 3 months old today! 

Wellesley Bea, we love you so so much! And just look at how cute they are together!

Xo,

Kellie 

all that glitters…

Howdy friends! I’m coming at you today with a spoonful of fashion and a little Christmas talk!

Quick tip: scroll to the end for 20% off this top + your entire Shein order!

Santa Tradition Idea: 

I often don’t spend a lot of time talking about much other than clothes or art on this blog, but I wanted to share about a Christmas tradition I thought was a cool idea! Don’t worry, I’ll talk about this top down below!!!

When I was a kid, we didn’t do Santa. I understand that a lot of it is personal conviction, but when my husband and I got married and began talking about kids, family traditions, and what we wanted to implement as parents, we decided we wanted to participate in the fun Santa Clause tradition. However, every once in awhile we hear from friends or family that it’s not a good idea if we want our kids to also believe in God. The reasoning: if the child finds out we were “lying” about Santa, they will doubt all of the things we tell them.

I agree with their logic to a certain extent, and I certainly don’t want my children to lose sight of the real meaning of Christmas (Jesus), but I also wanted to be able to participate in a fun Christmas tradition.

Enter a great idea I found on Pinterest! 

Give your kids gifts from Santa & let them go through the joy and magic of the season. Do advent calendars and read the Christmas message. Teach them about why Jesus came to earth and what that means for us. 

Then, once your child is old enough, take him/her out to get hot cocoa and have “the Santa talk.” Explain the history of Santa a bit and how he gave gifts to poor people because he wanted to show them God’s love. Then explain that though St. Nick is gone, we still keep the idea & “magic” of Santa alive by secretly giving to those around us.

Here comes the fun part!!! Now that this child is big enough to know about Santa, he/she gets to BE Santa! Let him/her pick one person in his/her life who needs something. Maybe a grandparent, neighbor, or kid in school. Then go on a top secret mission to the store, buy it, wrap it, and deliver it when it gets dark! And they can only talk about their 007 adventure with you!

Now you have taught your kid about the importance of giving, had a wonderful adventure, and didn’t lose their trust!

The Blouse:

Now, let’s move on and talk about this GORGEOUS top!!!!! I came across this¬†white and gold polka dot blouse¬†on Shein¬†a few weeks ago and fell hard ¬†because I love me some polka dots! I also adore anything with a gold accent (as you can tell from my artistic endeavors)!

The top is just $17 ($13.60 with code 4theclassyartist20) and will be perfect for the holidays or for year round amazing style! I can imagine it in summer with navy shorts and espadrilles, in spring with electric pink pops of color, and in fall layered under a cozy knit vest!

My jeggings are American Eagle and are linked here. Boots are from Walmart.com!

Size guide: This top runs one size too small. 

Special Discount: use 4theclassyartist20 for 20% off your entire purchase!!!

You’re welcome!!!

Xo,

Kellie