December 2018 - Like Honey

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!


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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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Festive Plaid Shirt Dress From Day to Night


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Few things get me into the holiday spirit more than a festive plaid! When I saw this dressy on @sandyalamode a few weeks back, I ran to my local store to pick it up and I'm so glad I did--they had exactly one left in my size! I have yet to ever see it show up online, so if you're looking for this specific one I recommend calling your local Old Navy or stopping in to see if it's still available there.

I love finding multiple ways to wear statement pieces since they can sometimes be tricky, so today I'm styling this holiday-ready plaid dress from day to night!





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This cardigan is part of Kohl's "super soft" line and it is just that! I've barely taken this off of my body since I got it and I love the kind of in between grey and cream color. I just added my every day riding boots (I need to replace them!) and a pearl necklace to keep this casual but still put together. If it's not too cold, you could even roll the sleeves up to created a deeper layered look that's even more relaxed.




My favorite little photo-bomber! I think he might be mocking me...


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To dress it up, I swapped out the cardigan for a faux fur vest and traded my boots for classic red heels. I personally think a pair of pointed toe pumps can dress up just about any outfit, from shirt dresses to ripped jeans. I kept the pearls but you could easily complete this look with statement earrings or a pendant necklace instead.

Do you have a favorite pattern that just screams "festive"? If I couldn't choose plaid, I'd definitely go with fair isle!




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2018 Holiday Gift Guide for Him


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It's that time of year again! The time of year where the only answer you get from any man when you ask what they want for Christmas is, "nothing". Cue MAJOR eye roll. Today, I'm gathering up a few ideas (most are under $50!) that every guy on your list is sure to enjoy, even if it didn't make their wishlist. Whether it's your dad, your brother, your spouse, or even your son, there's plenty of dude-approved options to shop below:

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1.) Quarter Zip Pullover 2.) Tile Smart Finder 3.) 3pk Notebooks 4.) Whiskey Stones
5.) Glasses Stand 6.) Wireless Earbuds 7.) Seinfeld Complete Series DVD 8.) Travel Coffee Mug
9.) Plaid Pajama Pants 10.) Programmable Thermostat 11.) Recipe Cocktail Shaker
12.) Mountain Bookends 13.) Beard Oil 14.) Smart Watch 15.) Sweater Socks 16.) Graphic Mug
17.) Atlas of Beer Book 18.) Dopp Kit 19.) Bluetooth Speaker 20.) Grill Tools Set
21.) Bluetooth Soundbar 

Preston actually already owns a lot of the things on this list! He wears his quarter zip pullovers almost every day for work and takes that exact travel coffee mug with him! He has at least 6 of those, now and uses them for both hot and cold drinks. He received whiskey stones in his stocking a year or two ago and they've also been a hit! Best by far as been the soundbar! That was a big gift that I scored on Black Friday several years ago and I can't believe I hid it from him until Christmas that year! He loves having the TV hooked up to it for better sound quality, but we all enjoy using it's Bluetooth feature to blast music from our phones throughout the house! This one is a really affordable option that is sure to please any techie on your list!

Does your guy ever actually tell you what he wants for Christmas? Preston has gotten a little better about giving me ideas, but he's still mostly a "nothing" guy! I know a lot of these gifts are pretty standard, but hopefully there's a few ideas in there for whatever guy you're shopping for this holiday season!


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Wakeup & Makeup: The Ultimate Beauty Lover's Gift Guide


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Whether you're a daily, full coverage/full face makeup kinda gal or a special occasions only babe, there's a little something for every girl in this beauty-themed round up! From value box sets to individual must haves, I've broken it all down by price point so you can get the most bang for your holiday buck!






$100 OR LESS


$50 OR LESS



$15 OR LESS





Whoever the gal, whatever your budget, these are some of my favorite items for great deals this holiday season! I know I have a few of these in my own wishlist (and totally purchased a few for myself already)! Do you get excited for beauty deals this time of year? What's your favorite makeup or skincare item to stock up on? Mine's definitely the Purity face wash! Share your wishlist in the comments below!


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Simplistic Holiday Party Look


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Holiday parties are one of the most exciting parts of the holiday season! Who doesn't want to share the joy of the season with their friends and family?! As much as I love to get dressed to the nines, there are times and places where the extra bits and baubles are just too much and get in the way, especially if it's an occasion where I'll be taking my kids. Sometimes, simple is just better, and that's really what I love about this pearl embellished dress! Did I mention that it's only FIFTEEN dollars?! You really can't beat that!



I think this is just one of those outfits that kind of puts itself together, saving me time and effort! The pearl embellishment really takes the place of jewelry so my job is super easy, needing just a classic heel and a festive earring to complete the look. I went for classic green and red, but this dress works all winter long with any neutral heel. Add black tights and black heels for a more monochromatic look that's both warm and slimming, or toss on a cute jacket and little booties to dress it down. However you choose to style it, this $15 dress can take you a long way without having to spend a lot! It also comes in black, and I've linked a similar dress with pearls on the skirt instead of the bust that comes in a couple different colors as well!


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Do you have a favorite color scheme for holiday party outfits? Are you a classic girl or do you prefer to branch out with your holiday hues?





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Get Cozy: The Ultimate Comfy-Cozy Gift Guide


Y'all know how much I love a good comfort item, whether that's a plush new throw blanket or a fuzzy pink sweatshirt (this one is SO SOFT), so I couldn't say no to a gift guide full of all things comfy cozy! Below, I've rounded up 13 of my favorite gifts (UNDER $50!) for the homebody in your life (or for yourself, because who doesn't want a little fur in their life?):



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I am literally living in that fuzzy pink sweatshirt! It's the coziest thing in my closet and worth every penny for a piece that works for both casual wear and lounge wear! I love pairing it with joggers around the house and throwing on jeans and my chenille pom pom beanie to run errands! I also own a really similar robe that is SO luxurious for frigid winter mornings!

I love that these gift ideas are so comforting and really work for all ages and lifestyles! There's something for everyone on your list in this round up, so get shoppin' before it's all sold out! Don't forget to use Ebates to get some cash back as a gift to yourself! It's completely free and I never shop online without it! Sign up HERE with my referral code to earn $10 right off the bat!

Do you have a favorite cozy comfort item that you reach for when you're relaxing at home? Which of these would you love to see under your own tree?


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