Thursday, December 9, 2021

Lately

How has everyone's week been so far? We are hosting an early Christmas celebration at our home this weekend with my husband's side of the family so I have been doing lots of prepping for that!! 

Otherwise, I have just been working in preparation to take the week off after Christmas. I did it for the first time last year and it was SO nice. I find working ahead and getting as much done as I can now will set me up for relaxation post-Christmas! 

December is just flying by. I cannot believe Christmas is just 16 days away!!! I am trying to slow down so I can enjoy every moment. 

Wearing: These stud earrings were my first Asha purchase and they will not be my last. They are so gorogeous and the quality is amazing. I feel so glam whenever I wear them. They were also packaged in the most beautiful, high end way so they would make such a good gift! I am not a huge costume jewelry person, but I am already plotting my next purchase! 

Drinking: I ran into Wine and Spirits the other day and snapped this photo of my cart. I heard there was a champagne shortage so that's what prompted it all, haha! They were limiting champagne purchases to 2 per brand for literally every brand I love the most. I got Veuve Clicquot, Billecart Salmon brut rosé, two bottles of Chandon brut (best under $20 bubbly), and then I finally found the 2018 Marietta Game Trail- my very favorite red wine. I haven't tried the 2018 yet, but my fingers are crossed that it is as good as the 2016 that is no longer available! I also noticed that the Billecart Salmon brut rosé went up in price by $10 since July, which is wild!!! It's pricey so I only buy it for special occasions. We will drink this on Christmas Eve! It's the best champagne I have ever had. 

Reading: First look at Bridgerton season 2 which is supposed to come out some time in 2022! 
Sale: Yesterday's post was all about the outfit I am wearing in this photo! This pullover is still on sale and it is the best! 
Sale II: Through 12/12, Sephora is 20% off using code GIFTEASY. Such a good promotion! Here's what is in my cart! I love the Westman Atelier brand. If you are interested in trying the brand, this gift trio is such a good price for all three of these things! 

Watching:
 We just watched Nine Perfect Strangers and it was so good! It was a little weird at first and kind of reminded me of The White Lotus, but so different at the same time. 

Listening: Kenny G holiday station on Pandora is soooo good to work to!! 

Loving: This is the bag I ordered during Cyber Week! I had been eyeing it for so long and finally caved. It's just gorgeous. The perfect size and I love that it has a top handle and a crossbody strap that is removeable! 
Loving II: I am not someone who has used primer much ever. However, I bought this primer on a whim and I LOVE it. This is an awkwardly close-up/cropped photo but I feel like it shows how my makeup looks with the primer. I just felt like it made my makeup blend even better and looked even more natural. I was so impressed and my skin didn't even feel like I did that extra step. I won't be using primer daily by any means, but this is so great for special occasions! 
Wanting: This is out of my budget for a novelty style cardigan but boy do I love it!!

Quoting: See more of my favorites, here.

Wednesday, December 8, 2021

Favorite Workout Items





I just ordered another one of these long-sleeved tee shirts and it reminded me to write a post about this outfit that is compromised of some of my most-worn workout items as of late. I have worn them non-stop the past several months! 

Let's start off with the Long Sleeve Tee...
It's the perfect thing to throw on over top of my workout tank before/after a workout. I wear a tank when I workout regardless of the weather so I need layers in the winter. This is the best. It's lightweight, but substantial enough that it doesn't feel cheap. It's 100% cotton so it's ince and breathable (size up to account for shrinkage in the dryer) and it's pretty oversized so it is very comfortable. 

And this Quilted Pullover...
I've shared this one a bunch. It is the BEST. I throw it on over the long sleeve tee and it's been perfect. It's thick and warm but still thin enough that I can layer it under a puffer coat. The weather has been decently mild so I've been ditching my coat and running in and out of Orange Theory in just this pullover. It's insanely soft, I love the roomy fit but it does not look frumpy. I think the quilted stitching adds some structure to the shape. My one recommendation would be to either lay flat to dry and do not tumble dry or size up one size. I got a small and I had been laying it flat to dry, but I accidentally put it in the dryer and it shrunk a bit. Not enough to make me not like it anymore, but I wish I hadn't done that!! It's cotton (which I didn't realize) so that's why it shrunk a bit. 


Lastly, these Tennis Shoes...
I have ordered no less than 8 pairs of sneakers over the past several months. You are supposed to get new workout sneakers every 6ish months. I was getting hip pain and I knew it was from my shoes that had been overused. Every pair of shoes I tried, they just did not work or feel good on my feet. I have insanely high arches. I tried all of the most popular options and finally I ordered these. They're AMAZING. My hip pain is totally gone and I feel so much better. They are technically for trail running but I use them for Orange Theory and love them. I actually bought a second pair as backup I love them that much. They're so cushiony but they are not crazy bouncy either. I feel like they have a really good amount of suppport, too, for the floor portion of OTF and they fit well in the rowers! I have loved Adidas Ultraboost, Nike Pegasus, and Nike Joyride in the past but these take the cake for the best workout shoes I've ever worn!

Tuesday, December 7, 2021

Holiday Gift Wrapping Supplies

Holiday Gift Wrapping Supplies
On Sunday evening, I posted to my Instagram stories that I was wrapping gifts and shared some photos of my gifts. I got such a huge response to these stories asking about the gift wrap and supplies I was using so I thought I would share all of that with you! 

Most of what I buy is from Amazon, Homegoods, Walmart, Hobby Lobby, Target, etc. but sometimes I find 'specialty' things that I am willing to 'splurge on' like Ballard Designs and Caspari. Also, somewhere that you would not think has a ton of wrapping options is The Container Store but they have SO many good things. I also save a lot of gift wrap from some of the PR packages I get and even save ribbon from gifts that I get from friends/family. I try to reuse as much as possible. It's so nice to always have wrapping supplies on hand! 

I love wrapping presents. It's so calming and I feel such a sense of accomplishment once I am finished. Plus, I think there is nothing better than presenting a gift to someone that was beautifully wrapped. I think presentation is a huge part of the gifting experience!

Anyway, see below for some things that have caught my eye for wrapping holiday gifts. I saw most of you were loving plaids when I was chatting with you via DM's so I tried to find as much plaid as I could! Also, for ribbon, I am telling you, check out Hobby Lobby. It's a treasure trove with all sorts of ribbon and all very inexpensive! 

Saturday, December 4, 2021

Saturday Shopping

 

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