Saturday, November 25, 2017

My Christmas Wish List

It is officially one month away from Christmas, which means shopping begins! I absolutely love to give gifts. Find something that so perfectly fits another person brings me so much joy. My family always says that there is so much thought and intention behind my gifts, and it's true. I take my time and really think about what would make the other person happy. It's one of the reasons I love Christmas so much. It's a great excuse to buy a special something for those in my life.

Today I'm sharing what's on my Christmas wish list to help inspire some gifting for you. They're simple gifts that speak to who I am and what I love.


1. A long tassel necklace to compliment any outfit.
2. A Starbucks gift card for my latte addiction.
3. A daily devotional to start my day with God.
4. A go-with-anything purse for work.
5. A pair of girlfriend jeans.
6. A 2018 planner to organize my life.
7. A new Naked palette - my everyday eyeshadows.
8. A sweet and fruity perfume.
9. A cozy sweater for all occasions.
10. Revlon balm stain - my go-to lip product.
11. A how-to for modern calligraphy.
12. Earrings with a hint of sparkle.
13. An Aynsley china tea cup and saucer to add to my collection.

Need help finding the perfect gift for someone in your life? Let me help - my Christmas Gift Guides are coming soon! 

Mark you calendars - it's one month until Christmas!
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Thursday, November 23, 2017

Thankful Thoughts this Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving everyone! I hope that your day is filled with friends, family, and some delicious food. I couldn't let this day pass without sharing what I'm most thankful for at this time in my life. It can be so easy to get wrapped up in the start of the holiday season, so I wanted to make sure I set some time apart to remember all that I have to be thankful for.


I am thankful for a God that loves us unconditionally. For allowing us to lay everything at his feet, coming before him in all our brokenness. For the beauty that's He's created for us to enjoy, from the changing leaves to colorful sunsets. 

I am thankful for the proximity to my family. Living at home has been the most surprising blessing in my life. I never thought I'd be living at home again, particularly at 25, but it's been amazing. Spending time with my parents as an adult is so different than when I was in high school. We spend time together in a different capacity and I love it. Although I miss living with my sister, having her only a couple of hours away is perfect. We talk on the phone constantly, so it's like we're still together. And of course, living with my puppies has been the best. I love having two little fur-balls who love to love. They constantly want to snuggle and show their appreciation for you, and that is so pure.

I am thankful to be living in a home that is so warm and welcoming. When I enter the door, I immediately exhale. My mom has always created a space that allows people to be themselves. It's comfort in a home.

I am beyond thankful for the friendships I've developed over the years. I don't take for granted how lucky I am to have remained friends with people from each place I've lived. I have been blessed with supportive, caring, thoughtful, crazy, loving friends. From grade three to high school to college, my friends are the best!

I am thankful for friendships that are developing here in my new town. I've been here for almost six months and I feel like I have friendships that are blossoming into something truly wonderful. Having women of God support me and love me is one of the best things that has come from moving here.

I am thankful to finally be working in the field that I've been pursuing since college. Working in human resources is exactly what I needed and wanted, and being able to do it at a company that has been a part of my family for fifteen years is the cherry on top.

I am also thankful for the little things. For lattes from Starbucks; my growing jewelry collection; comfortable sweats; designing my bedroom; this blog; the insta hot in the kitchen to make tea quickly; cozy blankets; Netflix; my Mazda; my Spotify playlists; bright beautiful days outside; and so much more. 

I encourage each of you to take a moment to remember what you're thankful for.
Have a beautiful Thanksgiving spent with those you love.

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Thanksgiving Table Ideas

This may be an unpopular opinion, but I'm not a big fan of Thanksgiving day food. I know, I'm weird. However, I do love decorating for Thanksgiving! The event planner in me loves any excuse to transform a table, particularly when it involves fall decor. I love the colors, the feel, and the natural looks that come with autumn decorating. 

Today, I'm rounding up my favorite table decor ideas perfect for your family this Thanksgiving.

1. Simple greenery with apples by Your Marketing BFF
2. Deep colors with pear accents by A Fabulous Fete

3. DIY "Give Thanks" napkin holders by On Sutton Place
4. Rustic table with candles by Jenni Kayne

5. Full runner with candles, greenery, and pumpkins by Sweet Little Peanut for Pottery Barn
6. Natural charger with white pumpkin by Home Stories

7. Bright flowers and gourds by Homey Oh My
8. Wishbone place card by Country Living

9. Light and bright table by Armelle
10. Hanging greenery and fall flowers by Design Love Fest

11. Plaid tablecloth with pumpkin runner by Home is Where the Boat Is
12. "Thankful For..." place cards with monogramed napkins by Tasia Malakasis

13. Gold and copper table by Design Improvised
14. White pumpkins atop eucalyptus by Fashionable Hostess

15. "Give Thanks" table runner by House of Harper
16. Cornucopia-inspired place setting by Martha Stewart

Show me your Thanksgiving tables by tagging #thanksgivingtable on Instagram!


Thursday, November 9, 2017

My Fall Shopping Essentials

Is fall anyone else's favorite season? I just love everything about it - but most of all, I love the fashion. Dressing for cooler temperatures is the best. You can rock chunky sweaters with a light jacket; flannels with a warm scarf; or neutrals with a pop of navy. Here are the twelve essentials I think everyone should have in their fall wardrobe.


Shop my favorites here:

NAVY RAINCOAT WITH CUTE PATTERN

COOL WEATHER SCARF

LIGHT-COLORED FLANNEL

PERFECT STATEMENT NECKLACE (see more of my favorites here)

DELICATE STACKED GOLD RINGS

SWEATER TIGHTS

ANKLE BOOTS WITH SWEET DETAILS

MEDIUM-WASHED JEANS

LEATHER TWO-TONED TOTE

PERFECT-FOR-WORK NAVY SKIRTS

CHUNKY NEUTRAL SWEATER

GREEN UTILITY JACKET

What are you favorite fall essentials?
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Wednesday, November 8, 2017

8 Simple Ways to Decorate for Fall

Every year, my mom decorates our home for fall - and I love it! She has a fall wreath on the front door, fall florals on the table, and unique pumpkins around the house for added decor. For my own home, I need simple decor; maybe a cute pillow here or a DIY pumpkin there. Today I've rounded up eight of my favorite fall decor ideas - all of which are simple, but leave a lasting impact.


#1: FESTIVE PILLOWS FOR YOUR COUCH, BED, OR FRONT PORCH

#2: FALL TWIGS TO LIVEN UP YOUR KITCHEN

#3: DIY WREATHS FOR YOUR FRONT DOOR

#4: PUMPKIN CENTERPIECES FOR YOUR KITCHEN OR COFFEE TABLE

#5: WOODEN SIGNS TO LIVEN UP YOUR MANTLE

#6: DIY GOURDS FOR SOME CRAFTY DECOR

#7: COZY BLANKET DISPLAYS FOR COOLER WEATHER

#8: AUTUMN TEA TOWELS TO DRESS UP YOUR KITCHEN

What are some of your favorite ways to decorate for fall?

Saturday, November 4, 2017

My October Recap & November To Dos

I am so excited that it's officially November! This is one of my favorite months. The weather is finally chilly, the leaves have changed, and it's one month closer to Christmas. Who else is excited!?

Below: my October recap and November To Do List


Complete my personal prayer challenge by praying for someone in my life each day in October.
I got very behind very fast, so decided to move this "to do" to November (see below).

Participate in fun fall activities.
I went apple picking, bought new fall clothes, made applesauce, and celebrated Halloween.

Make homemade applesauce.
You can find the tasty recipe here.

Have all the dog cuddles I want while my parents are in Italy.
Loved this time with my pups!

Buy cute pedestals to finish my Aynsley China display.
It looks so good! I'm so happy to finally have a place to display my collection.

Go on my first business trip (to Montreal).
Just got back yesterday!

Enjoy the last month of my human resources internship.
Starting on Monday, I'm moving into my new role.

Watch the fall premieres of my favorite tv shows.
The Big Bang Theory, Criminal Minds, Riverdale, and One Chicago were fantastic!

Spend time fostering friendships within my Bible study.
I spent some quality time with these ladies this month and loved it (and them)!

Celebrate Halloween.
Spent the weekend in Chicago as Blair Waldorf.


Complete my personal prayer challenge by praying for someone in my life each day in November.

Apply to an open Human Resources position within my company.

Organize my closet to make room for chilly weather clothing.

Spend time with one of my childhood best friends.

Take Christmas card photos for a friend (and reward ourselves with lunch afterwards).

Help my mom with the finishing touches of her fundraiser.

Take time to thank God for everything he's given me during Thanksgiving.

Enjoy having my room decorated for Naperville's Cup of Cheer.

Plan my Advent Tea table decor.

Plan a girls' night with friends.

Have a wonderful November everyone!