I love staple accessories. I’m not much of a jewelry and handbag buyer, so when I find pieces that I can wear with anything and that are wearable year-round, I’m all in. Especially during the holiday season when there seems to suddenly be more events, dinner parties, and family gatherings. It’s nice to find accessories (especially jewelry) that is both tasteful and timeless.
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fossil bag This Fossil handbag is my new favorite accessory. As an adult, I’ve ditched the giant totes and have been sticking to small to mid-sized cross-bodies that don’t take up too much space or are heavy enough to give me back and shoulder problems. My thoughts on smaller bags: you’ll learn to only carry what is absolutely essential. I don’t need to carry an extra hairbrush, some mouthwash, 9 shades of lipstick, a laptop, and enough snacks to survive an apocalypse. A small bag is good enough for me.  fossil bag fossil bag On Black Friday, Fossil is offering 30% off site-wide! Use code BFSALE30 to save on your favorite watches, handbags, jewelry and more! fossil bag Sweater- Forever 21 // Jeans- Abercrombie & Fitch // Boots- H&M // Campbell Cross-body Bag– Fossil // Micah Watch– Fossil // Rose Gold Hoop Earrings- Fossilfossil bag fossil bag fossil bagHappy hump day, friends!

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Every year during the holidays, Steve and I try to host a small group of friends at our place to eat dinner, drink cocktails, play board games, and spend quality time together before departing Nashville for Christmas and the New Year. This year we’re so excited to host a dinner party at our new house. It’s going to be extra special with it being the first year hosting as homeowners. I’ve partnered with Basic Invite to show you how simple it was for me to create custom invitations and holiday cards for the occasion.

holiday cardsBasic Invite made it so easy for me to create the ideal, simple, festive holiday invitations. They allow all customers the ability to order an actual printed sample of their invitation so that you can see exactly what it looks like before you ever have to place your final order. You can’t go wrong! You’ll always end up with exactly the invitations or holiday cards you’re looking for.

holiday cardsholiday cardsBasic Invite is also incredibly colorful! They offer just as many custom colors for their envelopes as they do for their invitations. There’s a huge variety of colors to choose from. With over 40 different colors, you’ll always have the perfect custom design you’re trying to achieve. All of their envelopes are peel and seal so the envelopes can be quickly and securely closed without licking a single one.

holiday cardsThey also have their own address capturing service that lets customers simply share a link on whichever social platform they choose to request their friends and family’s addresses. Their addresses are then stored in the customer’s account and can then be selected during the design process. They make it so easy to organize everything you need to send out holiday cards!
holiday cardsPlanning your own party? Check out Basic Invite for family Christmas party invites! I cannot wait to get these invitations in the mail and have my closest friends over for a lovely holiday dinner party.

Bring on the holiday season! 🙂

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Whew, Monday! You are brutal. I’m happy to throw myself back into a steady routine after several weeks of traveling and being away from home on weekends. I had an incredible time in Orlando with some of my coworkers eating and drinking at the International Food and Wine Festival over the weekend. I’m so glad I went and had some quality time with strong, smart, ambitious women.

stripedAlthough I’m still trying to catch up on rest, I’m more ready than ever to get stuff done and hammer out some new projects and get some more things done around the house. I feel like after the first month or two of getting settled into our house I kind of stepped away from stressing about decorating and making all of the rooms look cohesive. Now I’m excited to get back into it and make our house extra cozy and festive for the holidays.

stripedstripedNow let’s jump into this style post. These are some of my absolute favorite striped jeans from Zara because if you know me, you know I’m obsessed with stripes. My friends were laughing at me all weekend because everything in my suitcase had striped and everything I bought when we were out shopping had stripes as well. S.O.S. someone help me. I need to chill. I decided to wear these striped jeans with a neutral sweater to let the stripes be their own statement. I paired it with my favorite open-toe booties from Vinnie Louise. The camel color is so perfect for autumn.
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stripedstripedJeans- Zara // Sweater- Madewell [last season] // Shoes- Vinnie Louise // Cross-body bag– Hush Puppies // Necklace- Lee & Birch

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Photos by Katie Kessel.

Have a great week, everyone!

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I’m excited to share about my experience with Xoby Organics today. Xoby Organics is an online marketplace that delivers organic groceries straight to your door. It’s amazing! Rather than spending hours running to multiple stores to put together a full organic shopping list, Xoby has all of the products I need in one place… and I don’t even need to leave my house to get them.

xoby organicsYou can order from Xoby organics in just a few easy steps:

1. Add Your Products to a Box

You can create multiple boxes and label them for specific things. For instance, I created my box called “Laura’s Pantry” because all of the products were things I needed to add to my pantry for future cooking and baking. You can have a separate box titled “Baby” if you’re planning to shop for all baby food and baby products. You get the idea.

2. Choose Your Delivery Schedule

Although you can shop from Xoby for a 1-time purchase, you can also set recurring shipments. If you want the deliveries to keep coming, you get to choose your own delivery schedule. You choose the frequency. You’ll never run out of your favorite products!

3. Choose a Delivery Address

You can have the boxes shipped to your home, your work, your mom’s house, or wherever you desire! You can have different boxes delivered to different places.

4. Set Your Payment Information

You can set a unique payment option for each box. They all get stored in your account so you don’t have to enter them each time.

They make it so easy to purchase all of your favorite organic products.

xoby organicsFor my first box, I ordered some everyday pantry needs as well as some organic baking supplies that I can use over the holidays. I’m excited to start baking with coconut flour, pure cane sugar, organic chocolate, and other goodies. I also ordered some ingredients for making white chicken chili.

xoby organicsWhite Chicken Chili

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb. Boneless, skinless chicken breasts or tenders
  • 2 tbsp. avocado oil
  • 1 can organic Cannellini beans
  • 1 can organic Garbanzo beans
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 3 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 medium jalapeno pepper, chopped
  • 1 large poblano pepper, chopped
  • 1 1/2 tbsp. ground cumin
  • 1 tsp. ancho chili powder
  • 1 32 oz. carton chicken bone broth
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • 1 bundle fresh cilantro

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Directions:

In a large skillet, drizzle 1 tbsp. of avocado oil over medium-high heat and add chicken. Cook thoroughly. Remove chicken from skillet, cut into small pieces, and set aside.

In a large pot, add another 1 tbsp. drizzle of avocado oil and add diced onion, jalepeño, poblano, and minced garlic. Cook for about 5 minutes or until fragrant. Season the vegetables with cumin, chili powder, salt, and pepper. Stir in the bone broth and chicken. Add parsley to taste.

Drain and rinse the beans. Add to the pot and bring to a simmer for approximately 15 minutes.

Serve chili topped with fresh parsley and a dollop of sour cream.

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It’s been a minute. My life has mainly consisted of working my butt off on product and course improvements at work and trying to not fall asleep at 5:30pm now that it gets dark super early. I also was in San Diego two weeks ago for a Book-Based Business Mastermind that I co-hosted with my Self-Publishing School coworkers, and that was awesome. Other than that, I’m just trying to stay on top of my day-to-day tasks. Does anyone else have a hard time adjusting to the lack of sunset in fall/winter? It’s always so challenging for me this time of year.
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flounceTomorrow I’m heading to Orlando to meet up with some of my female coworkers at the Wine and Food Show at Epcot. I haven’t been to any Disney theme parks since I was in middle school, so I’m looking forward to seeing what all the hype is about. I’ve typically been pretty apathetic toward Disney, but I’m really looking forward to eating and drinking in every ‘country’ and spending quality time with my coworkers. Plus, I’m getting to a point where if I don’t have travel plans each month I get restless and antsy for my next adventure. This at least holds me over until the holidays. flounceflounce

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Tomorrow I’m heading to Orlando to meet up with some of my female coworkers at the International Wine and Food Festival at Epcot. I haven’t been to any Disney theme parks since I was in middle school, so I’m looking forward to seeing what all the hype is about. I’ve typically been pretty apathetic toward Disney, but I’m really looking forward to eating and drinking in every ‘country’ and spending quality time with my coworkers. Plus, I’m getting to a point where if I don’t have travel plans each month I get restless and antsy for my next adventure. This at least holds me over until the holidays.

flounceflounceBell Sleeve Sweater– Free People // Knit Skirt- Free People // Shoes– Lulus // Necklace- Doxahlogy // Sunnies– Lulus // Earrings- Sparrow Boutique 

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Photography by Katie Kessel.

I’ve got some fun collaborations coming up on the blog soon, so stay tuned!

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