Giveaway 6

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Total Value Per Gift - $110

I apologize for being so late on this giveaway!!  I've been so busy and haven't been able to blog and film as much as I used to... It makes me a little sad.  I miss you guys!!

I promise after the wedding and honeymoon are over I will be back to answering my blog/YouTube emails, posting blogs, and making videos all the time.  I've cherished this wedding process, but I can't wait to get my old life back!! 

In the meantime, I'll be updating my Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook page regularly so you can keep up with me on those!!  And... Whenever I can I'll be posting here and on my YouTube channel.

Good luck on this giveaway!!  You guys have no idea how excited I get to draw the winners each time... It makes me so happy to be able to give back to you in some way.  I'll draw the winners for this Giveaway 6 next Thursday January 15th!!  Can't wait.  


Christmas Cozy

After arriving home from our Chicago/New York trip I had a short week before we left for Christmas in the Midwest.  It was pure chaos, I'm telling you.  I was unpacking our suitcases and repacking them at the same time, finishing our Christmas shopping, wrapping our gifts, and packing them up in boxes to travel... All while trying to tie up wedding details and emails.  I'm surprised I remembered to get in the car!!  Twelve hours later we were home and ready to relax.

Even though this is late, I wanted to share some iPhone snaps and some outfits with you.  I definitely found some favorites and I think they're perfect for these chilly Winter months ahead.  

[Sweater]  [Earrings]  [Bracelet]  [Jeans]  [Boots]

On Christmas Eve we had a casual dinner and a gift exchange with my family, including my two cousins who are like brothers to me.  I hadn't seen them in an entire year and I swear they had grown a foot each!!  It was fantastic to spend time with my family.  The best part was staying up late playing the board game Aggravation... Have you played it before??  I always remember playing it with my grandparents.

I kept things casual and simple for my Christmas Eve outfit.  I wore a cozy cashmere sweater from the Neiman's Cashmere Sale and a pair of jeans that has quickly become my favorite.  I've been loving pairing this skinny bootcut with heeled booties... It makes my legs look extra long and balances out the heavy sweaters, coats, and vests I wear in the winter.  When spring comes, I'll be wearing them with wedges and summery heels.

[Pajamas]  [Necklace]  [Slippers]

On Christmas Eve, Mom gave us monogrammed pajamas to wear on Christmas morning.  We spent Christmas morning having a fireside brunch and opening gifts.  I threw on this multi-layered pearl necklace to give a preppy, polished vibe to my pajamas... Nothing wrong with dressing up a bit, right?!

I will be honest... I didn't get out of my jammies all day long and it was wonderful.  I relaxed a bit but took some time to get caught up on wedding emails in the evening.  I can't tell you how excited I am for those to be over and my inbox silent for the honeymoon!!

[Cardigan]  [Tee]  [Leggings]  [Slippers]

On Boxing Day I threw on this comfy loungewear to help prep for our Boxing Day Dinner.  These sweater leggings are adorable and super cozy... This specific version is sold out, but you can get a similar version.  I'm addicted to loungewear, especially in the winter.  There's nothing better than coming home and putting on some cozies for the rest of the evening.  These hybrid sweater-leggings can even be paired with cute boots and worn out to run errands.

[Dress]  [Sweater]  [Boots]  [Earrings]

Boxing Day evening our home was full of people, some I hadn't seen in two years.  Filling their plates, talking, laughing.  After a cozy dinner everyone nibbled on the buffet of desserts, chatted, and played games together.

I wore this fitted turtleneck dress, which I found to be flattering and super comfortable.  It's a great piece to dress up with  hose and heels or dress down with tights, a sweater, and boots like I did.  This outfit was a Christmas gift from Mom and Dad and the boots are my absolute favorite - plus they come in a wide width for those of you with ginormous calves like me.

[Sweater]  [Jeans]  [Necklace]  [Ring]  [Lipstick]

A morning visit, coffee, and cinnamon rolls with my second family.  Taking my cousins to dinner and movie date.  Activities in chilly weather require coziness and a little sparkle!!

This sweater was also a Christmas gift and I was thrilled to find it has the tiniest bits of shimmer woven throughout.  It also looks bomb with those skinny bootcut jeans I told you about.  I added a long necklace and delicate jewelry to bring out the shimmer in the sweater.  You can't beat MAC's "Creme Cup" for a soft, winter nude.

I never want to leave my family and I tried to soak up each moment with them before we took off back to Colorado with a car full of dogs and goodies.  It was bittersweet; I wanted to stay and relax but I knew how much was on my to-do list waiting for me!!

Hope you all had wonderful holidays with your family and friends!!  I will try to post as often as possible this month but things are getting a little crazy over here, so please bear with me!! 


NYE Bridesmaid

[Dress]  [Earrings]  [Bag]  [Polish]  [Lipstick]  [Heels]

Weddington Way asked me to style a New Year's Eve bridesmaid look with one of their new rental bridesmaid dresses and I was thrilled.  Our wedding plans are in full swing and my creativity is running wild at the moment!! 

When I imagined a NYE wedding to ring in 2015 I pictured cool, icy colors everywhere to echo the winter weather... Sparkling crystal chandeliers, platinum gray linens with the tiniest crystal accents, and extravagant floral arrangements in shades of scarlet, crimson, and red with shimmering "icy" silver branches shooting out. 

This NYE wedding would be classic with little nods to the 50's and 60's.  Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin are playing, waiters in tuxes bring chilled champagne by the rounds.  The bride wears a vintage lace dress, her hair waved and held up with her grandmother's crystal hairpiece.

The bridesmaids are wearing this classic Grace dress, rented for $75 or purchased for $129.  For the glam bride, this dress could be accented with a crystal belt that echoes the beautiful vintage-inspired crystal toe of these Badgley Mischka heels.  This quilted Michael Kors chain bag brings in a little shine while still maintaining a ladylike look.  And the teardrop crystal earrings are perfect for such a festive occasion.

For hair and makeup, I would keep everything very simple and chic.  A polished chignon for hair to show off the earrings.  A dramatic cat eye with black liquid liner.  An ethereal highlighter on cheekbones.  And a bright pop of color with red lips and nails.  

What are you doing for NYE??


NYC By Day


[Vest]  [Sweater]  [Bag]  [Lipstick]  [Hat]  [Booties]  [Jeans]

As I type this, I'm now far from the city... But I still feel a bit tingly from all the festivities there.

If you've never been to NYC during the holidays, I urge you to make every effort and go.  There's truly nothing else like it.  NYC is a city that makes me feel alive and energetic each time I go, so you can imagine that intensity is turned up during the holiday season.

The magnificent architecture soaring above your head is adorned with twinkling, sparkling holiday decorations.  Christmas music plays from nearly every angle, surrounding you with this festive environment that for a second might make you think you've entered a movie set.  As you walk along the street, people are hustling and bustling excitedly with their bags of holiday shopping.  It's not unusual to see Santa or his elves.  It's like a musical production come to life.  Welcome to New York.

Mom and I had absorbed the NYC Christmas spirit and were in jolly moods as we left Radio City Music Hall's Christmas Spectacular.  The snow was falling in large, wet snowflakes and Madison Avenue looked like a giant snow globe.  

We walked to Rockefeller Center, where music played as ice skaters skated underneath the big tree.  Salvation Army volunteers dressed in crisp billed hats and double breasted dress coats swayed and danced as they sang along to Taylor Swift's Shake It Off.  A couple ran across the street hand in hand, the man wearing a very long Santa hat.  

There's something wonderful about New York and New Yorkers... I'm not trying to glamorize it.  Sure, you might see a homeless man peeing into a garbage can if you're out at night.  You might see a rat or two race down an alley.  It's a huge city and bad things sometimes happen.  But New York has an invincibility to it; a spirit that makes its inhabitants feel like they could do anything, be anyone, go anywhere.  It's contagious and it's wonderful.  It makes you want to skip down the sidewalks and sing a song; it makes you want to stay there forever.  I've been to many places, but this particular feeling... You can only get it in New York.

I love you, New York... Merry Christmas!! 

Radio City Music Hall

Saks Fifth Avenue

Be sure to enter Giveaway 5 of my #TTWeddingSeries if you haven't already... I draw two winners Friday morning!! 


Nighttime in NYC...

[Dress]  [Bag]  [Lipstick]  [Jacket]  [Booties]

Picture this... It's 6 PM in New York and you decide to brave the rush-hour holiday traffic.  You pull your coat a little tighter as you walk outside your hotel and wait for the doorman to hail a taxi.

"Lincoln Center, please."

The taxi windows steam a bit as you hurry through twinkling holiday lights and busy, bustling sidewalks.  You stop in a long train of brake lights outside a compound of contemporary-looking buildings.  A kind of modern-day plaza stretches between them, accented by a single glowing fountain; a photo op evident in many a movie premiere and Fashion Week show.

People are holding hands, hustling out of the cold and making their way toward the bannered building and the warmth.  They talk and laugh excitedly, some clutching tickets and some clutching a child bedecked in festive attire.  Your head kind of spins with happiness as your booties click across the snowy steps.

You finally make your way to your seat in the stunning, glimmering theater.  You only ordered your tickets an hour before and your head is reeling at how you managed to get such prime seats.  You glance through your program and feel an armful of goosebumps as the you hear the first thrumming sounds of the orchestra warming up... It's time. 

I think it's probably an underestimate when I say that my mom and I consider ballet to be one of the highest art forms.  The fact she ran a dance studio and we both danced for much of our lives may make us a bit biased, but nevertheless our love for ballet is powerful and passionate.  

And The Nutcracker is on another level.  It's slightly dark Victorian storyline is punctuated with the dramatic score by Tchaikovsky and when you combine the impeccable skill of the New York City Ballet it's truly breathtaking.  You leave feeling as if you've experienced something rather than just watched it.

We climbed into a taxi back to our hotel, but for some reason going straight inside didn't feel right and we decided to take a stroll and check out the Christmas lights along 5th Avenue instead.

Walking through the chilly air and admiring the artistry that is holiday department store windows reminded me of London as a little girl; watching these little pieces of sparkling, glittery artwork in the windows of Harrod's and Harvey Nichols.  They drew me in even then, capturing my imagination with their whimsical scenes straight out of a fantasy.

I'm so glad we didn't go back to the hotel and to bed right away.  I'll always remember walking along and gazing at holiday lights with my mom.  We snapped a few photos and I wanted to share them with you... The holiday windows in NYC (and London) are truly unlike any others on earth and photos like these don't do them any justice.  But... Maybe you can sip a hot chocolate as you scroll through and you'll catch some of the festive holiday spirit that is bursting through New York at Christmas.

Tiffany & Co.

Bergdorf Goodman:  An Ode to the Arts

Saks Fifth Avenue:  An Enchanted Experience

We chose our favorite windows and headed back to the hotel for a late-night pot of tea to warm us up.  Oh... And not only did I sleep well that night thanks to a substantial dose of herbal tea, but I'm fairly certain that I had dreams accompanied by Tchaikovsky.

If you're interested, I'll post our daytime adventures in NYC tomorrow.  Stay tuned... And in the meantime, make sure you enter Giveaway 5 of my #TTWeddingSeries!!  I draw two winners on Friday!!  It's like my Christmas gift to you.

Wishing you all the coziest, happiest Christmas Eves ever.  Stay warm and make wonderful memories with your loved ones because those are what we will cherish far beyond presents and gifts... They are truly the best kind of gift you can give anyone.

Happy Christmas Eve.