I hope everyone had a very merry Christmas!! Popping in here real quick to share my holiday outfit. This comfortable, festive look is perfect for New Year’s Eve. I’ll probably be repeating this outfit for the occasion since I can’t bear to wear a short or sleeveless dress in the winter. There’s also something so cozy about wearing stretchy velvet and a flowy midi skirt.

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I still can’t believe Christmas is over already. It feels like summer was just ending yesterday. I’m looking forward to a fresh start though, and New Year’s Day is always the best reset button. I want to be more productive in 2018 and become better at planning ahead. I want to have better personal accountability and watch more projects come to fruition. I’m so excited for what the next few months will bring because I’m definitely stepping a bit outside my comfort zone to pursue some new things.holiday outfit holiday outfit holiday outfit holiday outfit
This entire holiday outfit is under $125. Top– Forever 21 // Skirt– Forever 21 // Necklace– Forever 21 // Shoes– DSW // Clutch– Lulusholiday outfit holiday outfit
I hope you have a Happy New Year! What are your plans?!

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Well, dang! I guess you could say I had my own little winter break there for a minute. I took a partially intentional/partially unintentional month-long break. I was planning to take about a week or so off from blogging so that I could be with my family in Michigan after my grandfather passed away, but it turned into a longer hiatus when I realized I had to re-prioritize some things in my life. The end of the year can be so crazy and I think it’s so important to head into a new year and a new season with clarity and some fresh perspective, so I’d say the break was more than necessary for me.

Speaking of the year coming to an end… when did that happen?! I can’t believe it’s mid-December. I’m afraid to blink. Although the sun setting slightly after 4pm has been a huge downer, I am happy to spend more time at home with a cup of hot chocolate and a good Netflix show. I think some quiet, cozy time is good for my mental health.

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These photos were taken a couple weeks ago when Steve and I paid our first visit to Mockingbird. We had been hearing so many rave reviews about it since it opened that had to grab some brunch there when we had a day off together. Ya’ll.. it was so good. Everything from the food to the service to the decor. It’s one of the most beautifully decorated restaurants in town, in my opinion.

winter breakwinter breakTee- Old Navy // Blanket Vest- Target [same] // Jeans- Lulus [same] // Booties- H&M [similar] // Necklace-Lulus [same] // Sunnies- Lulus [same]
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I’m going to get cracking on my 2018 bucket list because I’d really like to make some big accomplishments in the new year. 2017 was huge in so many ways and I want to continue to raise the bar.

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Strapping myself in for an exciting 2018. What’s your biggest bucket list item for the new year?!

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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.
stripedstripedJeans- Zara // Sweater- Madewell [last season] // Shoes- Vinnie Louise // Cross-body bag– Hush Puppies // Necklace- Lee & Birch


Photos by Katie Kessel.

Have a great week, everyone!

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