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Matilda Jane Floral Gingham Dress


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I know a lot of you have probably heard of Matilda Jane for little girls' clothing, but have you ever checked out their women's line? This dress is my second MJ item for myself and once again I am blown away by the quality! This is the Fa La La Dress, part of Matilda Jane's holiday 2018 collection! I'm normally a size small, but I had to exchange for an XS in this dress and the fit is perfect! I love the length and the adorable mismatched lining around the cuffs and placket.

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Dress // Matilda Jane
Boots // Macy's (super old, similar linked)
Necklace // Kiel James Patrick





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I love that this dress is festive enough to be perfect for the holiday season but still neutral enough to wear all through fall and winter! I'll probably even wear it into spring since our weather can be so terribly unpredictable! Matilda Jane actually just released another line with Joanna Gaines, which as usual is nothing short of adorable! If you don't already have a trunk keeper, I purchased this dress from my friend, Maureen, thanks to winning a discount on her Facebook page! She always keeps me up to date on deals and has some fun giveaways and discounts throughout the year so be sure to follow along here to get some savings for yourself! And no, this is isn't sponsored in any way, I just won a great discount and loved the dress I bought and want to share it with you! I'm always happy with my Matilda Jane purchases, so even though they're on the pricey side, I think the quality and unique designs are 100% worth it when you find an item you love!


3 Easy Ways to Elevate Your Gift Wrapping Game



Have you started wrapping those Christmas presents, yet? Have you even gone shopping? If you're like me and find yourself procrastinating year after year, you'll know that by the time you actually have the presents, there's little to no time left to wrap them! You'll end up slapping whatever roll of holiday paper you had lying around from last year on them and accept defeat.

Well NOT this year! I may still be waiting until the last minute to purchase the presents, but this year, I'm making these gifts look professionally wrapped, with absolutely no effort! Here are 3 ways to elevate your gift wrapping game and look like the next Martha Stewart in no time:


CHOOSE A QUALITY WRAPPING PAPER

Starting out with a sturdy, beautiful paper will immediately make your gift look polished and fancy! Quality wrapping paper doesn't have to be expensive: I purchased both of these rolls from TJ Maxx for just about $3 each. They are a thick paper with a light texture/gold foil printing which feels super luxe, plus the inside has a grid pattern for easy measuring--another important factor to professional looking presents! Be sure to take your time cutting, measuring, and securing the paper so that you have no tears or lumps.




ADD A FEW TOPPERS

For the smaller gift, I simply wrapped a large strand of ribbon around the box, keeping the crossing point off center, and tied it down. Once the box was tied with ribbon, I took a small scrap piece of ribbon, strung 3 jingle bells onto it, and tied the small piece onto the crossing point of the original ribbon. Cut the ends of the small piece off completely or taper the ends like I did here to finish the look. I love the way this looks off center, but you could easily recreate it with a centered ribbon. Try a few pinecones or a floral pic instead of bells for a less whimsical look.

For the larger gift, I swapped the gold foil paper for a beautiful festive plaid. If you're looking for simple, this is where it's at: simply tape down a nice gift bow (this one is a stiff, sturdy ribbon with lots of glitter), tape a floral pick underneath it, and add a small tag if necessary. Talk about easy! Once again, quality toppers can really take a present's wrapping from cheap to luxe without breaking the bank. This gold bow was $2 at Hobby Lobby and the greenery pick was only 98 cents at Walmart!


FAKE IT TIL YOU MAKE IT

While I suppose this one would be easy enough to DIY, sometimes you just gotta settle for store-bought! This glitzy gift card holder was a Target dollar spot find a couple of years ago, and I'm so glad I held onto it! It came in so handy when I needed a quick wrap for a gift card. To finish it off and keep the top of the holder closed, I tied ribbon the same way as mentioned above, only on a much smaller scale. I opted for a simple bow in the center this time to give it a neat, clean finish.


So to wrap things up (get it?), investing in a quality wrapping paper, grabbing a few toppers + ribbon, and finding a few store-bought aids can completely elevate your gift wrapping game with little to no effort or added cost! I just love wrapping presents (it was a job requirement for a few of my past jobs and I loved it!) and creating a beautiful presentation whenever I can, so I hope this little guide is helpful to you!

Now, are you ready to get your wrap on? Or do you still have a list to cross off? Check out this year's gift guides for new ideas that won't break the bank!
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