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Things I’m Loving Lately

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Happy Humpday, folks!

First off, I wanted to say thank you to those of you who submitted your official votes for THE GREAT COFFEE TABLE CHALLENGE! Based on the comments thus far, this is going to be an extremely tight race to the end. Don’t worry if you haven’t voted yet, as I’ll be leaving the official polls open until Sunday. Honestly, I could use all the help I can get, so take a moment and weigh in!

Aside from hearing from you all, here are a few other things I’ve been loving lately…

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Holiday Gift Guide 2017: The Health + Wellness Junkie

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We’ve all got our vices…

THIS individual’s list of vices just happen to include green juice and boutique fitness classes.

If you know someone who’s constantly on the hunt for their next endorphin high (exercise related, of course) and whose idea of “dressing up” includes their very favorite pair of LULULEMON LEGGINGS and DESIGNER SNEAKERS, then this guide is a MUST READ.

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Friday Link Love: The Black Friday Edition

Friday Link Love Black FridayWhy, hello there! 

Have you fully emerged from your turkey-induced haze?

I just (happily) sent the kids out the door to see the movie, “Coco” and I’m finally able to collect myself and get back to post-Thanksgiving business! Family time is fantastic and so fun, but it’s also nice to have some peace and quiet without the constant bickering and chirping in the background. I’ve got a very low-key weekend ahead and just might even emerge out of my domestic hibernation to do a bit of in-store shopping! I know, crazy right!?

In the meantime, I’m catching up on all of the Friday Link Love worthy reads and obviously, some shopping finds, too! Hope you enjoy!

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Holiday Gift Guide 2017 — The Homebody

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…and so it begins: a new holiday season and a whole new slew of gift guides!

This year, I’ll be posting a fresh weekly gift guide (perhaps with a bonus edition or two!) to help keep your holiday shopping on track and on budget.

I should totally add the title: “Santa’s Project Manager, North Pole Inc.” to my resume! Right?!

Between now and Christmas, I’ll be covering all sorts of gifting quandaries from finding that perfect gift for the person who has everything, to last minute gift ideas for that individual you completely overlooked #GiftingFail. BUT before I get too far ahead of myself, let’s chat about what to get the person who hates to leave their home when it’s cold outside (raises hand proudly!) — a.k.a. The Homebody.

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Let’s Get Personal: Sleepwear

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Yesterday evening, at a standing monthly get together with a group of diverse and lovely ladies, we got a little errr’…. personal.

After a few cocktails, the topic turned to bedtime routines and more specifically, sleepwear. As in — do you wear any?! As we went around the table, it was surprising (and hysterical) to hear what women actually slept in. More importantly, it was interesting to hear their WHYS.

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Friday Link Love, Vol. 2.05

Friday Link LoveOur Indian Summer has called it quits and this Friday, it certainly feels like Fall.

Trees are starting the change colors, the sky is grey and cool rain is in the forecast. I. LOVE. IT. Our new home is surrounded by mature trees and I’m excited to see all of the colorful changes as the days go on. Now, cleaning up all those leaves… eh, not so much.

This weekend, I’ll be up to more of the same: packing, purging + organizing. Not the most exciting of weekend activities, but it’s nice to see an end in sight. I also foresee some fall-inspired cocktails in my future (keep reading for one of my favorites!). Hey, if I’m gonna be home packing, might as well make it fun!

Here are a few of my favorite internet reads, recipes and sales (a.k.a. Friday Link Love!) to inject a bit more fun into YOUR weekend!

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Shopbop Fall 2017 Sale Picks

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It’s time to pillage and plunger one of the best sale events of the season: SHOPBOP! You have exactly 2 days left to get 20% off purchases UNDER $500, and 25% off purchases OVER $500 with code: EOTS17.

By the way, this includes sale merchandise, too!

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Here’s The 4 Piece Fall Outfit You NEED

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With our big move right around the corner, I’ve started to consider what clothes will be coming with me into interim housing while the renovations are in full swing.

Always a minimalist at heart, I want to ensure that I have all of the essentials necessary to get me through the fall. The fewer pieces, the better. This led me to start categorizing my wardrobe and pulling my absolute favorites from the top of the lists. What I realized, is that there are truly only 4 basics necessary to create my absolute, favorite fall outfit: cozy sweater, fitted pants/jeans, mid /low-heel boots and a neutral coat.

Sounds like a no brainer, huh?!

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In The Mood: Fall 2017 Mood Board

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In case you haven’t noticed, I’m a pretty visual person.

I need to see it, write it or document it, or it didn’t happen.

Thank goodness for sites like Pinterest and Instagram and most importantly, the handy notes feature of my iPhone to keep my thoughts organized. If I’m going “old school,” a mood board is my favorite method to keep my ideas and inspirations in check. Whether I’m pulling an editorial from my favorite magazine, or a quote that simply speaks to me, I like to keep all of these “tidbits” filed together. Over time, I’ll start to see patterns forming and a color story emerging. Moods and emotions become visualized and from this new intel comes a creative springboard from which to draw from as I write, shop and style.

I thought I’d share some of my favorite images and the looks they inspired for this Fall 2017 season ahead.

Perhaps you’ll be inspired, too.

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