Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Five Easy Ways To Add Glam To Your Holiday Style

Thank you FitFlop for sponsoring this post. All thoughts, ideas and opinions are our own! 

This time of year is full of holiday parties, gatherings and get togethers.   We love any chance to dress up, go out and be glam so we take full advantage of this time of year. Whether your event is formal, casual, or somewhere in-between, it is still fun to add a bit of fancy to your style. Today we're sharing five easy ways to add glam to your holiday style. 

1. Red Lips 
We usually both tend to lean towards a more neutral lip, but recently we've been upping our lip game and it has paid off in a big way.  We can't think of anything more glam than red lips! 


We have gotten SO many questions about this lip color since we first wore it at the Taylor Swift concert and we've used it so many times since then.


Well we also discovered this red lip ink that has staying power like none other.  It lasted 8 hours and through meals and drinks and was still on!  Highly suggest this one, too.  Color is Pioneer. 

2. Metallics 
Metallics are so on trend right now and there are tons of ways to add it into your wardrobe. Perhaps the easiest is with shoes. We love these gold and silver ballet flats from FitFlop for a comfortable option!


Fit Tip - These run a bit large, so size down a 1/2 size. 



Metallic skirts are also a fun way to dress up add some glam.  This one came home with me and you won't believe where it is from!  It will definitely be making an appearance this holiday season!


skirt//velvet top

Fit Tip - I usually wear a 4, but these are sized S, M, L so I sized up to a Medium. 

3. Sparkly Jewelry 
Who doest love to sparkle!  While we would love to be iced out in the real thing, costume jewelry is just as fun and sparkly and obviously much more in our price range.  From fun earrings to a sparkly necklace or bracelet...even just adding a one piece can dress up a plain tee-shirt.


4. Statement Piece 
Whether it is a bag or a fun vest, adding one statement piece makes a simple outfit look pulled together and festive!


We love these faux fur vest and think they add just the right amount of glam to an otherwise a simple outfit.


5. Sequins, Velvet and Bows 
If you can't wear sequins during the holidays, when else can you???  Sequins are always a fun way to add some holiday sparkle to your life and we also love little details like bow tie shoulders and rich velvet fabrics to make things more glam!

Some of our very favorites are these sequin pants (on sale for $30)!



And this adorable bow velvet top.  I have this top and have gotten so much wear out of it already this holiday season.



Fit tip - The velvet top runs large, so be sure to size down!  I'm usually a small or medium in tops and got an XS in this one. 


What is your holiday glam style???  



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Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Findlay Rowe Favorites: Holiday Edition

If you've been a long time reader of this blog, it's no secret that we are huge fans of local boutique Findlay Rowe. Over the years we've gotten to know Audrey and Barbara and their sweet staff, and just adore everything in their shop. 

A few months ago they asked us to do a series of videos sharing our favorite things. We kicked off our series with a fall edition. Now we have a quick little holiday version. 

The fall one we realized we were slightly more serious than we are in real life, so this one we tried to put a little more of our personality into it.


We're sure it was highly entertaining for all the ladies shopping, and those who helped us film a part or two. 

But seriously, all the amazing things they have in store it makes our job easy.

Almost too easy. 

Especially since we both left with huge bags ourselves. 


You know, in the spirit of giving and all. 

From us, to us. 

(We're totally kidding. Sort of.)

FINDLAY ROWE FAVORITE HOLIDAY THINGS

Here's just a little peek at some of our favorite things we spotted in store, and then check out the video to get a look at our top picks for the holidays and some great gift ideas. And note, so many of the gift ideas are so pretty you don't even have to wrap them...but if something does need wrapping the lovely ladies of Findlay Rowe will do so for you on the spot. Such a great time saver!









Carrie Beth & Jen

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Friday, December 7, 2018

Friday Favorites: Holiday Style

Hi Friends, happy Friday! 


Whew...the holidays are officially here! We blink and the week is already gone, and we feel like we are on warp speed with all the fun happenings. We are sooooo excited, and have a few fun things to share coming up in the next week or so. We might have a fun goodie or two for you so stay tuned. 




Okay today we are going to link up with some of our favorite bloggers for Friday Favorites, but we are going to switch things up a bit. Normally we share a random assortment of our favorite weekly moments or finds. This week though we are going to concentrate on one topic - holiday style! 

This weekend kicks off all the holiday events and parties for us, and it's been a constant back and forth on the phone chatting about what we are going to wear, what will look best, etc. We thought it would be fun to kind of bring you in on the conversation and also share some of our favorite styles we've already worn in hopes that if you need a little girlfriend help this year too, we've got your back! Your sequined bedazzled stylish back! ;) 



GLAM

There is something about the holiday season that just makes us want to put sequins on ourselves from head to toe! We had to do a holiday photoshoot early last month, and it was so much fun getting all glammed up. 


We had so much fun shopping for holiday attire together, and snagged this gorgeous gold dress and this fun red jumpsuit for less than $100! 


All we have to do is add our favorite red lip stick, a few fun accessories and we are super glam for any holiday event.  


We have been itching to wear them again, and can't wait to break them out at holiday parties coming up because in these looks we are soooo ready!  


The exact red jumpsuit is currently sold out, but this one and this one are super similar! 

| Gold Dress | Leopard Heels

MAD ABOUT PLAID

Plaid is one of our favorite patterns to incorporate into our holiday style. From traditional tartan to ginghams - we love it all! We try to look for pieces that are versatile. And that's key when you need to be at the Preschool holiday program one minute and a evening holiday dinner the next. 

We want items that are festive for any holiday event, but that work for our lifestyle. Plaid is one of the easiest ways to look holiday ready. 


| Tartan Top | Quilted Vest | Jeans | Boots
This next plaid has been so easy to take from day to night. Just a flip of a shoe from a boot to a heel and you are ready for any style of holiday celebration. 



| Hooded Faux Fur Vest | Plaid Top | Black Jeans | Boots | Statement Necklace | Earrings



Also, if you are a fan of this Hooded Faux Fur Vest let us know. We have some discount codes that we received from the retailer. It's already pretty inexpensive and this would make it super cheap! Just leave us a comment or send us an email and we will send you a special code. 


This tartan plaid hooded vest has been one of our favorite fall finds, and is perfectly weighted for winter too! It adds just a little pop of fun to a casual holiday outfit. 

| Puffer Vest | Sweater | Jeans | Wedges | Dress | Pom Pom Boots |
(Bonus: most of this look is currently on sale!) 


And this fun plaid top was a find from last year, but we've spotted so many plaid tops in similar styles you will easily be able to recreate the same holiday look. The over-the-knee boots and the pop of red tote complete this holiday ready look. 

LITTLE BLACK DRESS...OR PANTS

A classic go-to will always be a little black dress. But dress or pants - head to toe black will always be chic. We love this look for any event, but for the holiday season it makes getting dressed oh so easy. All you have to do is add a fun accessory or a little pop of color and you are all set to go. Such an effortless way to holiday. 



We have hopped on board the faux fur vest trend in a major way, and love love love this fun blush colored vest! It's so cozy and is such a fun piece to add a little something extra to any outfit, and we love it partnered with all black and metallic accessories to make it a little more holiday ready. 

Not to mention the comfortable factor of this outfit is on another level. From the softest tunic shirt ever made to the comfiest of ballet flats to the stretchy jeans - we could live in this outfit forever and not complain once! 

| Vest | Tunic Top | Jeans | Silver Ballet Flats

(Same note as above - if you like the vest, let us know and we will send a coupon code to you!) 



Sorry, not sorry about another faux fur vest. 

We warned you we were on the faux fur train, and we don't see us getting off anytime soon. 

| Vest (similar) | Over-the-knee boots | Leggings |

| Black Dress | Leopard Heels | Gold Crossbody Bag |


Sorry for the mirror selfie on this one, but this little black dress has been worn many a time. It is our go-to LBD for any event we have. It is super flattering and has the best back zipper detail. It's currently on sale and definitely is worth an "add to cart".

Some of our other favorite LBD/LBP looks...


5. Ponte Sheath Dress (under $30!)


That wraps up our holiday style guide! Do you have a favorite look?

Now off to grab some champagne and make the holiday rounds.
Happy weekend everyone!

Carrie Beth & Jen

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Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Christmas Home Tour 2018


I don't know about y'all, but my very favorite time to decorate is at Christmas!!!  I just love how cozy everything feels with twinkling lights on the tree, cozy blankets on the couch, and lit candles making my house smell so good.  I truly enjoy seeing other people's Christmas decorations, so I thought I would share some of my decorations with all of you today! 


I always love decorating the front porch and when we were building our house I knew that a big wrap-around front porch was on my must-have list. I couldn't wait to decorate it with garland each Christmas and it is still one of my favorite things about my Christmas decor.


I used to use outdoor Command Hooks to attach the garland to the porch and sometimes they would fall so this year the Mr. suggested that I use real hooks.  It took me a while to get them all in and my fingers were frozen by the time I finished, but I just kept thinking about how easy it would be year after year now that I can just hang the garland on it and be done! 


I do use the outdoor Command Hooks on the transom above the door and because they are clear I just keep them up year round. 


These sweet little deer are always fun to pull out each year and I have the best memories of the kids sitting on them for pictures when they were little. 


I got these plaid outdoor pillows at Walmart this year for only $5 each!  They only had two at my local store so I grabbed what I could. 


You'll notice that I have a ton of nutcrackers that I use all over.  They used to belong to my mother-in-law, but she passed them on to me when they moved and now I love placing them all over. The kids love playing with them and I just love all of the intricate details and seeing how each one is different. 




We have always had a real tree, but this year we decided to go with an artificial one. I went back and forth about getting a flocked tree, but I'm so happy that I ended up getting it. 


I love it so much and feel like all of our ornaments stand out so much more on it.  I've said it before, but we don't have a "designer tree." Instead we have ornaments that have been collected over the years. Some from mine and the Mr.'s childhood, ornaments the kids have made at school, ornaments that were gifts from friends and some that we have collected on travels. Each one has a story and a memory with it and I love that about our tree.  


Each of the kids have a small Christmas tree in their rooms.  On it they have some of their special ornaments and I let them have total free reign when it comes to their trees. 


Little Mama loves decorating hers, Blondie throws a few ornaments on and says she is done and my little guy just LOVES putting ornaments all over his tree, but they are generally all clumped in together. 



I have collected so much over the years that pretty much every table top, mantle and counter have little touches of Christmas. I usually pack up most of my regular decor things and put out everything Christmas. This canvas painting was a gift from our sweet neighbors that I just adore! 


I also have a lot of old photographs of the kids with Santa that I like to put out. 


In our dining room and in other areas of the house I add red berry sprigs to greenery arrangements that I already have to give it a wintery Christmas feel. 


The playroom is full of the kids Christmas artwork and special things that they have made over the years along with some fun singing snowmen. And, of course our Elf, so cleverly named Elfie, always seems to find himself a spot around the house, too! 


I just truly love this time of year and how special the house feels every time we come home. I like to sit in the living room each night by myself with all the lights off except the Christmas tree.  The house always feels so bare after taking it all down so I try to soak it up and enjoy it while I can!

Do you love decorating for Christmas?  Have any special traditions or pieces that have been passed on to you?  


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