Monday, December 21, 2015

Holiday Ready

Unfortunately all items are old but I will link similar items.

SHIRT: old (loving this instead) | SKIRT: Express (similar here, here and here) | SHOES: Nina (love these) | NECKLACE: Boutique 

I am finally back in Texas for the holidays!!  I am so excited to be home, but I am a bit jealous of the white Christmas they will have in North Dakota.  Let's be real though, snow doesn't beat being home.  I can't wait for C to join me on Tuesday.  Unfortunately he had to stay back and work.

I am so sorry I look like a vampire.  Obviously this girl has been bundled up for the past couple of months.  I will be fixing this soon though.  Spray tan here I come because this is awful!  I do have to say I am digging this outfit, though.  It is perfect for holiday parties, family gatherings, or even church.  I love that Christmas time gives you an excuse to add a little or a lot (let's be real) of sparkle to your daily wardrobe.  It is so festive for a time of the year that is truly magical!

On to the details.  I picked this skirt up last year on sale at Express for only $25!  It was such a score.  I paired it with a simple black top and an awesome necklace.  I love that this necklace is long so it makes a big statement without overwhelming me.  I couldn't find anything I really liked that was similar to the necklace, so another option for this outfit would be to pair it with a red crop top.  I actually just bought one today to wear with this skirt.  

I hope I have inspired you to glisten a little during the holidays!  Have a fabulous Monday!!

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Christmas Tree Decorating for Under $70

We had plans for a gorgeous home to be build and finished here in North Dakota by the time we got married.  So I would move into a brand new house just in time to decorate for Christmas!  It was perfect.  But like so many tell you home building never goes as planned.  We ended up not being able to build our home because our builder did not have his finances straight.  We decided not to continue the building process, and for now we are going to continue hanging out in our one bedroom apartment for a little longer until we can find the perfect home at the right price.  The only problem with this is, the majority of our stuff, including my gorgeous collection of Christmas decorations, is in storage.  Christmas is my favorite holiday, and I absolutely love decorating for it!  I did not want to spend a lot of money on ornaments or trimming for the tree since I already have a good collection.  Our main tree was a 5 or 6 foot Dollar Store tree that I got for $20.  It was pretty puny with large gaps but I made it look pretty good with lots of big ornaments, garland, and all kinds of picks.  Since, we've gotten married, I figured we should own a nice tree that is a little bigger.   Target was having an awesome sale on Christmas trees during the Black Friday weekend.  I think I saved $60 or $70 on this tree and it is beautiful!  I ended up not getting a prelit tree.  My mom always has trouble with hers and I have tons of Christmas lights from the wedding.  Once I got the tree I headed to Michaels to find some great ribbon that was 40% off.  I figured I could decorate the tree with ribbon and skip the ornaments and other trimming to create a good-looking tree without spending too much on decorations.  I am happy to say I am very pleased with what I was able to accomplish with about $60! Keep reading for tips, tricks, and the details.

We already had the cow hide rug.  Since I don't have a tree skirt and I did not want to spend time making one or trying to find one, I just slid it under the tree.  It give the tree a great rustic feel.

I used this tutorial that shows you how to use ribbon to fill your tree!  I put 3-4 different ribbons together with floral wire and wired them to the tree.  This is a great way to make your tree look like one of those trees dripping with decorations.

The antlers are real mule deer antler shed that C has found out hunting.  He loves this aspect of the tree.

I used this tutorial to make the gorgeous green and plaid ribbon that looks like designer ribbon for less.  It's super wide and add so much to the tree.  I used 2 rolls of 2 1/2 inch and 1 rolls of 1 1/2 inch ribbon.

Friday, December 4, 2015

Thanksgiving Recap

SWEATER: Forever 21 (similar here & here) | TOP: Stein Mart (similar) | LEATHER LEGGINGS: Gianni Bini (similar) | SCARF: Old (similar) | BOOTIES: LC Lauren Conrad (similar here & here)

We spent Thanksgiving in Red Lodge, Montana and it was absolutely gorgeous there!  One of C's very generous friends let us stay in his house and we were so thankful to have the perfect getaway.

  We drove in during a snow storm which wasn't great for us because we have no experience driving in the snow.  In Texas, if we ever get ice or snow, we don't even think about trying to drive in it.  But it made for such a gorgeous stay in this mountain town.  The snow was so beautiful!  I can't tell you how many times I told C, "Just look how gorgeous it is!"  At night, I would just stare outside and admire the serene landscape covered in snow and thank God for the beauty he's given us to enjoy.

We weren't able to get the Cowboy's football game at the house so we ventured downtown to a small little bar.  I think it was the only place open.  Everyone there was so nice and it was a great small town atmosphere.  They even had a Thanksgiving buffet for anyone to enjoy!  After the game was over, we headed back to the house to cook and watch  movies.

I hope your Thanksgiving was wonderful as well!

Also, I am so happy to announce I was featured on Living in Color and Stylin' in St. Louis as the Spotlight of the Week!  I couldn't be more excited about it.  Head over to their blogs to find out more about their weekly fashion link up!