Holidays At Home

This year we are so excited to spend Christmas in our new home. I’ve had so much fun decorating every space for the holidays! I’m thrilled to be partnering with one of my favorite brands; Pottery Barn, to share cozy holiday pieces for your home, as well as a few beautiful gift ideas for loved ones! Holidays At Home Holiday Bar One of the first furniture pieces I ordered for our home was actually this stunning vintage looking trunk which acts as our bar in the living room. It’s so well made and I know I will have it forever! If you’re looking to accessorize your bar or give the man in your life some new bar tools, this dark bar tool set is really fun, as well as this ice bucket, and shaker to match. I also love this silver bar tool set and ice bucket – so elegant! You also can’t go wrong with these thick, hammered glass stemless wine glasses or white marble coasters. And how nice is this decanter that you can personalize with a monogram? Cozy Essentials For cozy nights in, give someone you love a plush Pottery Barn blanket or robe. Their faux fur blanket is the best, and this short plush robe is great for chilly mornings. I’ve been obsessed with these super oversized mugs for hot cocoa and soup (would make a great gift) and slippers to wear around the house. Gifts For Everyone A few other gift ideas that anyone in your life would love… I can never have enough coffee table books, and Pottery Barn carries so many wonderful ones, including this Architectural Digest book, this Louis Vuitton book (have this in my office!), and this Tom Ford book. You can’t go wrong gifting a deluxe Scrabble board, and how chic is this terra cotta bowl for fruit on the counter? This whiskey set would be great for the man in your life! Decor For Your Home While you’re buying gifts for everyone else, why not pick up a few things for yourself and your home? ;) I’m buying this faux olive tree for when we take our Christmas tree down. This gold picture frame will be perfect to put on my nightstand with a special engagement photo. I love displaying a coffee table book on this simple display. And many of you have been asking about my fireplace screen – this one is identical! I just ordered this fireplace tool set to match. Shop more of my favorite gifts from Pottery Barn below!
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Best Last Minute Gifts

Christmas is 2 weeks away and I don’t know about you, but I still have a few last minute gifts to pick up for loved ones. Nordstrom always carries the best gifts for everyone, so I’ve rounded up my top picks below! Many of them are from Diptyque which is always a no-fail beauty brand that literally every woman loves. I wear their Eau Duelle perfume, burn their Vanille candle, have their extra large candle in my entry, and keep this Baies room spray in my bathroom. They also have the cutest gift sets this year, that are selling out fast – so if you see one you like, definitely scoop it up now! Best Last Minute Gifts 2020Nordstrom Spend + SaveIt’s the ideal time to shop because Nordstrom is offering $50 off when you spend $250, $100 off when you spend $400, $200 off when you spend $800, and $300 off when you spend $1200. Under $25Silk scrunchies $20Black and white polaroid film $19Gold ornament $12Rabbit wine tool kit $25Necessaire hand cream $20Cowshed travel set $25 Under $50Oribe mini travel set $28Silk face mask $39Crystal glasses (for him!) $49Stoneware mug $36 Under $100Diptyque baies black candle $98Diptyque eau duelle perfume $98Diptyque 34 candle $85Diptyque vanille candle $68Skin Gym rose quartz set $59Marble + glass dome $68 Under $250Smeg electric kettle $230Diptyque Baies gift set $135Diptyque fragrance discovery set $110Diptyque fragrance holiday gift set $155Dr. Barbara Sturm discovery set $110Boots (for him!) $210 Under $500Baies large candle $340Vince cashmere sweater $295Barbour jacket (for him!) $300 SplurgeStuart Weitzman over the knee bootsAquazzura embellished sandals
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Easy Everyday Fall Style

It’s been such a beautiful fall season, so I’ve been able to get away with wearing cozy cardigans like this on warm days! I’ve been taking my dad all over Connecticut and it’s been so nice exploring new towns together. We recently went to New Preston which was a bit of a drive, but so worth checking out. I can’t wait to add these spots to my Travel app! Easy Everyday Fall StyleClassic Beige CardiganI’ve been looking for the perfect beige cardigan forever and found this one from Walmart’s Fashion section for under $12! It is the prettiest taupe color and layers so well over everything. I took my normal size, but if you want a more fitted look, you could size down in it! It would look so pretty over a slip dress, or paired with a slip skirt too. I just ordered this pink slip skirt and it’s even more gorgeous in person. Best Grey Skinny JeansI paired it with this chunky turtleneck from Scoop’s collection at Walmart. I’ve been buying pieces from this collection for the past year and am continually impressed with them. These dark grey jeans are also Scoop and have just the right amount of stretch. They’re a mid to high rise and fit like a glove. Over The Knee Boots Under $50Can we talk about these over the knee boots?!! You may have seen me share them on my IG stories… they are AMAZING. I was so impressed when they came in the mail. They’re comfortable, don’t slip down when you walk, and you’d never know they’re faux suede. The best part is they’re only $44!!! If you’re looking for a leopard coat – this one is really chic. And this sweater dress is so flattering. Shop more affordable fashion finds from Walmart below!
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5 Ways To Look Your Best In Photos

I’m so excited to share the easy things I do to look my best in photos! I’ve been blogging for 10 years now, and if there is one thing I’ve learned it’s how to get camera ready quickly. These simple beauty hacks will have you looking and feeling more photogenic in minutes! 5 Ways To Look Your Best In Photos Powder Your T-Zone Forehead shine is so not cute! I’m all about dewy, glowy skin, but full blown forehead shine is a no no. Even if you don’t think you look shiny before you leave the house, by the time you’ve moved around outside/start chatting with people/stand under harsh lighting, your forehead is inevitably going to sweat or produce oil. This is why setting powder is a GODSEND and every blogger and model’s beauty secret. I’ve been using this Laura Mercier translucent setting powder available at Walmart Beauty forever and can’t recommend it enough. Take a blush brush or even thick eyeshadow brush and brush the powder all over your forehead and under your eyes. If you don’t have a brush, I’ve even used a tissue or cotton pad in desperate times!!! The powder will completely even out your skin tone and make you look flawless in photos. Don’t put it anywhere else, because you want to keep a pretty glow/little shine on your cheeks. Random – but I’ve actually used this as dry shampoo too when I’m traveling and didn’t want to pack a ton of products! Works like a charm. Apply 3 Coats of Mascara Ok so this is my trick to apply mascara and make your lashes look extra long. Put on your 1st coat like you normally would. Then about 1 minute later, put on your 2nd coat. Put a light coat on your bottom lashes. Then do something else for 10 or so minutes and before you head out the door or are going to take photos, apply a 3rd coat – and really get in there and work the brush hard into your lashes from bottom to top. By the 3rd coat you’ve got a great base so you can really create a ton of volume and get that length! This final 3rd coat will make your eyes POP and optimize that mascara. This L’Oreal mascara has been a go-to of mine for years and you can’t go wrong with the price – get 2 for under $10!!! Lightly Curl Your Hair Subtle curls give your hair volume and depth. I prefer a curl to straight hair any day. If you’re looking for an affordable curling iron, this Hot Tools 1″ iron has held up for almost a decade and costs under $40. I love that it has so many different temperature options so you can really adjust it based on your hair thickness. If you’re interested, I have a mini hair tutorial saved under my IG Hair Highlight! Gloss Those Lips A pretty pink lip gloss really enhances your lips in photos. I LOVE this Julep one in shade All The Feels. It smells so good, gives me just the right amount of color, is super hydrating and stays on. It’s not super goopy/overly glossy which is a must for me!!! This would make a PERFECT stocking stuffer too FYI. Manicured Nails I feel naked without nail polish. And to be honest, I feel unpolished – literally haha! A manicured nail looks so good, and is so easy to do yourself. It’s worth taking the 10 minutes to paint your nails before you get your photo taken. Your hands will show up in the photo, and you’ll look more feminine and put together! When my nails look good I also feel more confident. It’s weird but I really do. In the fall/winter I always use OPI Lincoln Park After Dark, which is a deep purple-ish black color. It’s on sale for under $10 here – and another great stocking stuffer idea. Holiday Beauty Gifts All of these beauty products are available in Walmart’s Beauty section! AND they’re available for 2 day shipping! Walmart’s Beauty section is also full of amazing gift sets for the holidays – and I love that they broke their gift section down by price point making it so easy to find what you need. This is a great makeup organizer for the bathroom counter, or under the sink. This Dolce & Gabbana perfume smells sooooo good (reminds me of summer in Italy!) And this gua sha + jade roller set is a steal for under $20.
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