Grey + Blush Tones

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I wore SO MUCH blush in the Summer/Fall (see this post here) and had no problem carrying the trend (obsession) into the Winter. To tone down the airy feel of the color, I paired it with grey hues to give the look a darker, more wintery vibe. These amazing Moto grey jeans are super stretchy with a raw hem. You can use the code ‘LAURENEM’ for 15% off your purchase at the entire Takes Two To Trend store (but I highly suggest grabbing a pair of these for the winter! Plus they would make such a cute Christmas present!).  I’m trying to expand my denim collection and having a solid pair of grey jeans was a much needed staple in my collection.

This blush sweater has bell sleeves which were really on trend this year. It is also a slightly thinner sweater so it is perfect for layering! Plus this sweater is 40% off right now-making it under $40!! Such a steal since it comes in 5 different colors.

Finally lets talk about my favorite part of this outfit–> my beanie!! It sold out so quickly on the ASOS website, but I linked some super similar styles that were still available (all under $20!). I was a little hesitant to purchase a beanie with ears, but this hat was just too cute to pass up!

Dave & I are headed back to Chicago this weekend.  We are going to try to see some snow (TN has yet to have a flake fall out of the sky) and get into the Christmas spirit by seeing the lights downtown.  We are also celebrating Christmas with some of my family so it will be a festive and fun weekend! Happy Friday!

What are your weekend plans? Do you love blush + grey together?

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Holiday Gift Guide: For Your Dog

For Your Dog

Holiday Gift Guide: For Your Dog

If you’ve been following along with the blog for a while (or follow me on Instagram) you know I LOVE my pups.  Some would say I spoil them, or treat them as my children (because they are……). However, if you have a dog, you probably understand my obsession.  Any fellow Dachshund lovers? I love all dogs really, I grew up with a rescue mutt and then Peanut sort of stumbled into my life. Not even two years after Peanut and I became inseparable, Dave & I rescued Winnie and our little foursome was complete.

Now, I cannot imagine life without either of them.  For Christmas, I usually always get Peanut something special and my Mom even has a little stocking for her (which always has a bone in it on Christmas morning).

This year, since we have two pups, I decided to get them matching stockings.  I also never have a problem finding gifts for them-they tend to be some of my favorite people (or pups) to shop for! Today I thought I would share some gifts that caught my eye for your dog and some things I actually bought the puppies for Christmas.

 

For reference, Peanut is a pure bred mini dachshund and she actually has a really athletic build for a dachshund. Her dad was not so much on the ‘mini’ side but his papers say otherwise. She ALWAYS gets the best remarks at the vet for being in such good shape 🙂 and how pretty her color is!

Winnie is a dachshund mix.  Her mom was full dachshund and her dad is a mystery.  She was found abandoned with her mom and brothers and sisters right after being born.  They were brought to a shelter and I found her through a rescue group in Tennessee.  She is actually smaller in stature then Peanut and probably won’t get much bigger. My vet thinks she might have some Corgi or Shepard in her, but cannot confirm either (unless I do a DNA test). Either way, she’s precious no matter what her breed is and wins the award for energy and ability to pull the soles of my gym shoes out (every time!! Idk why she likes them so much!).

What breed of dog do you have? What are some of their funniest quirks? Anything specific on their Christmas list this year?

Still need some gift ideas for the rest of your list? See my Holiday Gift Guides:

For Mom

For Him

For your bestfriend (or sister/sister in law/ cousin) for under $50!

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The Best Dress For Any Formal Occasion

The Best Dress For Any Formal Occasion.

I apologize in advance for the lack of professional photos but I had to share this formal dress with you! Dave and I went to an Army Ball last week and I’ll admit I procrastinated on finding an appropriate dress. Unable to run to the mall with only a few days before the ball, I scoured the internet for a formal dress that would fit.  As someone who ALWAYS needs alterations to any dress I buy, ordering a dress online without trying it on first (especially a formal dress) made me extremely anxious.

I read a bunch of reviews and finally settled on two formal dresses off of…Amazon! Can you believe it? Maybe I’m just naive to the expanse selection from Amazon, but they actually had quiet a few dresses to pick from-some even the same designer (and same dress!) that I had looked at on the Nordstrom website. I picked this dress because the reviews were mostly positive and it looked really pretty.  I also ordered this dress (Under $60!), just in case the one I wore did not fit.  Both were extremely pretty on, but this one was a little too snug.

The Best Dress For Any Formal Occasion.

The best part about this dress? It was under $80! It has a corset back so it allowed some room to make it bigger or smaller, especially if you are between sizes. I wish I had better pictures, but it really was figure flattering! Since the ball was in December, I ordered this silver shawl (for under $15!) to go with.  I did not get a great picture with the shawl, but it is best seen in this picture below. It literally arrived an hour before Dave & I had to leave for the Ball.  Thank you Amazon prime!

The Best Dress for Any Formal Occasion

The dress would be perfect for an holiday party you have to go to this year and even a wedding! The sweetheart neckline and neutral color make it super versatile! With Amazon Prime, this dress showed up in 2 days with free shipping-so it’s perfect for a last minute function!

 

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This post may contain affiliate links. All opinions are my own. 

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How To Style A Casual Blazer

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Blazers tend to be thrown into the ‘work attire’ category but they are a really great staple piece in your closet! Not only are they appropriate for your 9-5, they can be styled for many other functions of your life.  I love wearing blazers with a solid pair of denim and a classy heel.  (These perfect black pumps are under $40!) It makes the blazer a bit more casual and versatile. I love a good blazer for happy hour or date night.  Plus they come in a whole host of colors and styles. Add in some statement jewelry or a great bag, and you have a casual (but sophisticated!) look.

All of the Blazers I linked here are under $50!

The rest of my outfit here:

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Navy Stripes + 3 Ways To Reduce Stress Around The Holidays

Navy Stripes

Navy Stripes

It’s been awhile since I shared a fashion post.  I’ve been trying to get out of jeans a little more lately and expand my skirt/dress wardrobe. It can be more difficult with the colder temperatures so today I’m sharing a style you can wear during the winter months! I paired a navy A-line skirt with a navy stripped top.  To make it more winter appropriate, I added some over the knee boots (these are under $100!).

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With Christmas just a few weeks away (21 days & counting!), life is getting busier and a bit more stressful. I have yet to start my Christmas shopping (ahh!) which just adds to the tension! Here are three ways I’m reducing stress around the holidays.

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1. Christmas Cookie Philosophy Bubble Bath

I always pick up a few bottles of Philosophy’s Bubble Bath around the holidays.  They come out with some amazing scents during the holidays, including this one that smells like a Christmas cookie & it is heaven! So relaxing and makes your mouth water. These are also great stocking stuffers or smaller gifts for friends because most of them are under $20!

 

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2. Amazon Prime for Shopping

This is probably the best $99 I ever spend during the year.  Free Two Day Shipping, free returns and it makes shopping for everyone on your list SO easy.  Amazon literally has everything (as if you didn’t already know).  I just recently bought this light grey dress for the Army Ball Dave and I are attending this week.  Yes, I bought a formal dress off Amazon, for under $80, and it fit just like the reviews said it would! Buy all your gifts without having to leave your couch and you don’t have to deal with the holiday mall crowds.  Such a stress-reliever!

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3. Keep Up With Exercise Routine

‘Exercise gives you endorphins, endorphins make you happy!’ Name that movie! Any Legally Blonde fans? Exercise does make you happy & it relieves stress! Plus it’s also really helpful to keep up with your workouts during this time of the year, as we tend to eat more calories then normal (hello holiday parties and Christmas cookies!). I’m sticking to my exercise routine that I talk about in this post here.

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Thanks for checking in! Feel free to comment any ideas on how to reduce stress during the holidays!

 

 

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Saturday Thoughts

Some thoughts (& ideas I’m trying to implement in my life) for the Holiday Season.

1. Spend less time on your phone. I’m working on this (hard). I’m trying to listen to the music, give Peanut & Winnie an extra scratch, snuggle a little closer to Dave, and actually WATCH the movie. Being away from my family this year, I realized that time is precious and I want to be completely focused on the people I love during the time I get to spend with them.

2. It’s never too late or ‘not the right time’ to start something new. I tend to put myself on a schedule for everything! Including life. Married by a certain age, kids before 30, making a certain amount of money by 35, etc. I’ve recently crossed paths with a few individuals who are doing things slightly ‘unconventional’. But guess what? There are so many more people doing it the ‘unconventional’ way-there is no normal anymore! People switch careers 3-4 times in their lifetime, have kids later in life (or not at all!) and some people don’t EVER get married. And that is okay. Millennials are more likely to push back getting married or having kids, they take more career risks and are more focused on doing things they enjoy rather then how much money they could make. It’s what works for them. And it could work for you. Or me. I’m still trying to figure out what I want to be when I ‘grow up’. Some days I want to blog full-time, other days I’ve considered going to medical school. So if you have a dream, or an idea or a goal-try it out. See where it goes.

3. Moisturize! Your 70 year old self will thank you. Especially since the it is cold outside, it will cause your skin to be more dry. Also I’m trying to drink more water-this is an ongoing battle.

4. All the Christmas music! iTunes has a ton of great holiday playlists! Won’t stop until December 26th. Plus I’m really loving ‘Smoke Clears’ by Andy Grammer.

Happy Saturday!

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Affordable Holiday Home Decor

Affordable Holiday Home Decor

affordable holiday home decor

affordable holiday home decor

affordable holiday home decor

affordable holiday home decor

affordable holiday home decor

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affordable holiday home decor

affordable holiday home decor

Finally sharing some affordable holiday home decor for y’all today! I spent some time the other day making our home feel a little more festive for the upcoming holiday season!

My family and I usually take some time during the weekend after Thanksgiving to start decorating for Christmas and picking out the perfect (real!) Christmas tree.  This year, since Dave and I are in Tennessee, it was time to make some of our own traditions and that included getting our first Christmas tree together.  Unfortunately, we could not get a real tree this year but I was honestly impressed with the selection of artificial trees! The tree I picked was perfect for our (smaller) townhouse and we made it our own.  Maybe next year we can get a real evergreen (that Christmas tree smell is the best!) but for now, it’s beginning to feel a lot like Christmas in our house! I found some super affordable holiday home decor that won’t break the bank but still makes the home ready for the holidays.

P.S Did you know they make sticks that make your house smell like a real Christmas tree?? Scentsicles made me feel like I wasn’t missing out on the whole real Christmas tree experience.

I’m linking below some affordable yet festive home decor! Here is the link to my actual Christmas tree, my Joy To The World Pillow, my Joy Pillow and my red throw blanket! Plus here is the link to some of the ornaments I chose (here, here, here) and the string lights I chose.

Shop my cozy outfit here:

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