Hey guys! Hope you all had an amazing time celebrating Thanksgiving yesterday! We’re here in Montana with the family.
No better way to recover from your turkey-induced coma than with some retail therapy, right? ;) I’m in full Christmas mode now! Christmas sweatshirts and pajamas and all (color: retro plaid)! I got some of these flannels (under $15) for my cousins, these shirts I love to give to my newly married friends (extra 25% off code: ILYGIFT), also these zip cardigans are 25% off too (code: ILYGIFT) they are my favorite – I wear all the time! For the boys Cody is obsessed with these hover board scooters, he got some a couple months ago and everyone in the family loves them! They are on sale plus an extra 25% off (code: ILYGIFT) – They are best gifts! I love Anthro’s home and Christmas stuff. I stocked up on some Christmas bowls for 25% off. Also a lot of you have asked about what camera I use – my photographers shoot a lot of my stuff but this is the camera I have and use a lot (and it’s on sale!) also this is a more affordable version I’ve read great things about and it’s on major sale!
I love the first couple snowfalls of the season. I always get so excited to pull out my new coat and mittens. Call me cheesy, but there’s something so magical about the first snows during the holidays that just get you in the Holiday spirit.
One of my favorite parts of this coat is the white pom-poms. It’s such a chic accent to the sporty coat. I love the bright red against the white snowy backdrop and also love this black style and this navy style (with the pom-poms too of course ;)
See below for some more great coats and winter accessories to get you excited for the first snowfall.
I always love any excuse to get dressed up, so Cody and I are all about throwing holiday parties for friends and family. As hosts, your attire is one of the most important ways for really sealing the deal for your holiday party so it’s important to dress accordingly. A glam dinner party is one celebration guests will always get excited to get a chance to dress up for. I love this red dress (50% off) with the shoulder cut-outs. This is another great red dress for a Christmas party and they also have a lot of really cute green dresses. All their dresses are 50% off right now so you can get your Holiday favorite on sale!
I always like to coordinate with Cody (even more so when we are hosting a get together) so we coordinated our looks together with this plaid tie. I’m also obsessed with this velvet jacket. I’ve been looking for one forever and love this one.
Another must for setting the right mood is a touch of DIY to make the party feel more personal. I’d been wanting to make a DIY ice bucket for an extra festive element to the party. To make your own, get 2 round containers of different sizes. (I used a plastic Red Vines container; you can also use a plastic popcorn tin or anything else you can find really – just make sure it’s not glass so it doesn’t crack during the freezing process.) Set the smaller container within the larger and fill the space between the two with distilled water for a clearer end look. Add cranberries and rosemary (in hindsight, I wish I would have thrown in more cranberries for color). I filled it up about halfway and froze it in phases to keep all the red and green from floating to the top. Repeat again once the first half has frozen through. Once both phases were frozen, I filled the sink with hot water and set the containers in the hot water to melt the sides so I could get the ice bucket our of the container a little easier. Once you are ready to display your ice bucket, set it on a chilled platter to minimize the melting.
Another easy but festive element we incorporated was the gold sugar-rimmed glasses and it was definitely a fun touch. :)
There are so many different ways you can celebrate the holidays, whether it’s getting dressed up or going low-key. Instead of sticking to the same holiday themes over and over, here are a few more ideas below.
Color themed (pick a color for everyone to wear)
Give-back (collecting or making items to donate to charity)