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2019 Holiday Gift Guide: For Him




It's that time of year again, y'all! Whether you're shopping for your husband, father, grandpa, brother, or any other male influence in your life, I've got a gift in every price point for every guy on your list!

PRICE POINT: $$$

Clearly not everyone on your list is going to receive a gift in the $50 and up range, but for those special loved ones that really deserve something special, here are a few ideas that my own husband has and/or wants! Pro Tip: partner with a sibling or other family member to chip in on a larger gift together! Knowing you were all in on it together will make the gift that much more special.




PRICE POINT: $$

In my Instagram stories poll, this was the most popular price point for gifting! I agree, anything from $20 to $40 is usually a really nice gift without breaking the bank, and leaves wiggle room for those nicer stocking stuffers or for a splurge gift for a loved one.




PRICE POINT: $

Here we have gifts ranging from $20 to as low as $6! Some of these will make perfect stocking stuffers!





Are you shopping for any guys this year? Do you have a go-to gift that always wins over the men? I find that a gift card to their favorite restaurant usually works, plus means a date night for me if it's for my husband!



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Leopard Print Ruffle Dress


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Spotted: the cutest fall to winter outfit I ever did see! I snagged this leopard print dress at the end of the summer when the fall clothes were just starting to come out and immediately wanted to pair it with a wool beret and booties. If you follow me on Instagram, you may have already seen my post sharing 3 ways to style it! I've been itching to break it out and finally had the chance over the weekend to wear it to church (with Lucy in a matching leopard print dress, of course).







I'll admit I've been wearing these berets a little too much, maybe, but they are just the perfect way to elevate an outfit! I love hats of all kinds, but I'm really liking these because of how windy it can be in the midwest this time of year--no more chasing down my hat or awkwardly holding it to brace the breeze. I feel like berets can really make a casual outfit just a little more dressy, too, without a lot of extra effort. When you find a new accessory that works, you just roll with it, right?

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Are you ready for winter outfits or still hanging on to the fall fashions? For me they kind of run together, but my winter wardrobe does tend to have darker neutrals and dressier looks, maybe because of the holiday season. I don't know what it is, but all those twinkling lights on display make me want to dress up!

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New Fall Makeup Under $25


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I'm so excited to be back in the beauty game now that we're unpacked in the new house and finding our new "normal"! If you haven't been following along on Instagram, head on over and keep up with us as we renovate a 120 year old 3 story home!

Anyway! It's been a minute since I got to focus on buying new makeup and I couldn't wait to share a few new seasonal picks with you all, all of them $20 or less! Y'all know I always stick to that budget!



Let's just dive right in to these new finds!



I had no intentions of purchasing a palette, truly, but when I saw this while picking up a few staples, I just had to have it! I love how the top row is all staples I can use daily for fall (and all year, really!) while the bottom row gives me a few bold choices like emerald green and a deep matte black that's just begging for a smokey eye! I always want to try interesting colors like that so it's nice to have the variety added to a palette that's more versatile for my daily use.

The formula of these shadows is sooo much better than the original Makeup Revolution. I guess that's why they're calling this line Revolution PRO--it does feel more professional quality! The prices did go up from the original line to reflect the added quality, but it's still extremely affordable for a palette and the shadows are all decently sized. The only shade I don't love is that lavender glitzy shade in the far right, bottom row. It had quite a bit of fallout in the initial swatch and was very chunky with glitter, which I'm not a huge fan of on the eyes. Every other shade swatched beautifully and they apply very smooth and blend evenly. I haven't noticed much creasing throughout the day, either! All in all, I would definitely recommend checking out the Revolution PRO line for yourself! They have several other palettes, as well as a whole range of products, a few of which I'm reviewing in this post!






I couldn't have a fall beauty roundup and include less than a handful of lip products, could I?! I love finding new lip colors for new seasons and this time I feel like I've got a good mix of shade ranges + finishes to share. First up, the Revolution PRO satin matte lipstick in the shade "Cashmere". Yet another Revolution PRO product I can get behind, it's a beautifully smooth everyday lipstick that holds up to food, drink, and daily wear well. The finish is truly a satin matte--not so matte that it dries and cracks, but not so satin that it shines. I am loving the shade for casual days and neutral looks.

Next up, the Maybelline SuperStay Ink Crayon in the shade "Live On The Edge". It's very similar to my usual favorite fall shade, a darker berry mauve. It's not too vampy to wear to church but still gives my lips a bit of oomph. It does dry very matte and lasts all day, but is not smudge-proof. If you have dry lips, give this one a pass--it does show lines and cracks after a few hours. Their shade range is fairly wide, so I might have to give another one a try. I like the formula when I want something long wearing that won't have to be completely scrubbed off at the end of the day.

Finally, I'm excited to finally own a Buxom product! Their lip plumping gloss has been on my wishlist forever and when I found this Buxom Va-Va Plump Shiny Liquid Lipstick in shade "Honey Do" at Marshall's a while back I thought it was the perfect opportunity to give the brand a spin. The plumping effect is definitely there but of course only lasts a little while. The color is a warm nude that's perfect for autumn and the finish is definitely shiny! I like that it goes on like a very pigmented gloss, but it does have a bit more staying power. Definitely not smudge-proof but I didn't find myself reapplying all day like I do with true glosses (which makes sense, because this is a lipstick...). I highly recommend shopping your local TJ Maxx or Marshall's for high end beauty products--this is normally $20, which isn't that bad, but I paid only $6.99! I like that it gives me the chance to try out new brands or trendy one-off products that I might not have purchased at full price without a trial run. I'll definitely be adding a Buxom lip gloss to my next beauty run!




I've been on the hunt for a neutral toned bronzer and cooler toned light blush for fall and finally found them! The Revolution PRO duos come in several shades, this being the darkest option and I find it to be the best for true contouring (not bronzing all over). It's a little dark, so you'll want to be light handed. The highlight that comes with it is really nice, too. It's well pigmented albeit a bit glitzy, so if you're looking for a subtle glow maybe skip this one. I personally don't mind it as long as I don't go overboard, and it makes a great inner eye/brow highlight! As for the blush, it's the perfect shade for fall--not too cool, not too dark, not too warm, not too light--exactly what I was looking for! I find you can rarely go wrong with Revlon products and this one is no exception.



REVLON NAIL ENAMEL IN 'RAVEN RED', 'TOTALLY TOFFEE', AND 'ROMANTIQUE', $5 EACH

These are some of my favorite nail polishes! I've had Romantique and Raven Red for a few years now and sometime last year the Revlon polishes disappeared from all of my local stores! I suddenly saw them back in stock again recently and was able to repurchase Romantique (the perfect year round light mauve, and only polish I've ever finished a whole bottle of!) as well as a new favorite called Totally Toffee! It's the perfect cross between a rust orange and warm brown, making it perfect for the autumn season! The formula is so-so, but with a good top coat I find it lasts just as well as the higher end polishes for a fraction of the cost.


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After a huge makeup purge over the summer, it was nice to try out some new things in a new season! Do you have a favorite beauty product for fall? Leave a comment sharing the details and tell me which of the products I shared today sounds like your favorite!






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Corduroy Pinafore Dress


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OUTFIT DETAILS
Corduroy Pinafore (I'm wearing a small) // Striped Sweater (similar linked) // Wool Beret // Suede Booties // Cognac Satchel (more affordable version) // Lip Crayon

I remember wearing little jumper dresses as a kid in the 90's, usually with a turtleneck that I hated and itchy tights that I fought my mother tooth and nail over. This button front version is a fun way to upgrade an old classic, without looking childish. I love the length and that the color works with so many different tops! Funnily enough, I fully intended on wearing this jumper with a basic white sweater underneath (and probably will in future!), but when I pulled it out of my closet I saw this sweater from last fall sitting on top of my sweater pile and realized it was a perfect match! I love when I come up with new ideas right in my closet--it's great for my wallet!





As for accessories, I've fully embraced the beret this season! I love how it adds just a little something extra and that I don't have to worry about it taking off with any autumn breezes. It's also a great way to tame any wayward cowlicks if you're running short on time in the mornings (or hide unsightly third day hair when you run out of dry shampoo...)! This year, it was finally time for me to replace my everyday brown booties. I found these on a recent shopping trip and ended up loving them so much I bought them in two colors! They're very comfortable--wore them for the first time for an entire day walking with no blisters or discomfort, completely true to size--I almost always need a half size up for pointed toes but I got my usual 8 with these, and a versatile style that can be dressed up or down--the suede material and pointed toe looks chic with dresses and makes casual jeans + sweaters look more neat and pulled together.




OUTFIT DETAILS
Corduroy Pinafore (I'm wearing a small) // Striped Sweater (similar linked) // Wool Beret // Suede Booties // Cognac Satchel (more affordable version) // Lip Crayon

The only complaint I'll add is that if you've wider hips, you might need to keep an eye on some of your lower buttons. The very bottom one kept popping open on me when I walked. It wasn't a big deal, as it wasn't in a revealing spot, but just something to keep in mind! I believe this pinafore is already being clearanced out so snag one fast before sizes run out!

How do you feel about bringing back nostalgic styles? Leave a comment!


Click HERE see how I styled this striped sweater with a mini skirt last year, too!

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Floral Babydoll Dress for Fall


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If I could encompass fall into one outfit, it might be this one! This dress doesn't look like much online, but blessedly I saw it in person first and the color palette just stole my autumn-craving heart! It does run very short--I'm 5'3" with a long torso and my usual size small was basically a t-shirt! I sized up to a medium not expecting a huge change in length and ended up loving it. The sleeves are a bit baggier as a result, but I'll take it!

Do you ever just see a color palette or pattern you can't get over? I've had a black floral dress in my wishlist forever but just couldn't find the right one. I needed it to dress up or down and didn't want it to feel goth or heavy. This one finally met the mark and I can't wait to style it with black tights and accessories when it finally cools off! What an Indian summer we're having!





Did I mention this cute location yet? We shot these pictures outside of Ellbee's General Store in Wentzville, MO! It's the cutest little old fashioned general store with a stunning array of unique candies and tasty treats, as well as darling home decor and gifts. The kids both got a bag of candy (old-fashioned, by the pound!), I finally got to try my first ever macaron (spoiler: I loved it!), and Preston got his daily coffee fix (which I may have borrowed for pictures...thanks, babe)! I definitely need to come back to check out their fully stocked soda fountain! We love finding little local stops like this to check out before church. If you're local to the area, I'd love to send you more recs and invite you to church! We go to First Baptist Church Wentzville and love our church family there.






OUTFIT DETAILS
Floral Babydoll Dress // Asymmetrical Flats (Free People Dupes!) // Wide Brim Fedora // Cognac Crossbody Satchel (splurge similar, save similar) // Lipstick

I actually planned to wear this outfit to a fall festival after this, but the heat came barreling in when we got out of church, so we had to go home to change. As soon as it finally cools off and gets crisp, I'll be wearing this on repeat. I can't wait to style it again for y'all in darker hues!

I'm so excited that fall festival season is upon us, even if it still feels like Fourth of July. Being surrounded by pumpkins and cozy crafts is my favorite way to spend a weekend, and I love taking the kids to enjoy local fare and free activities. The food trucks aren't bad either....


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