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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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Fall Fashion Finds Under $100

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If there’s any indication that Fall is making an early debut, let me recap the evidence:

  1. NYFW kicks off in a few days. I CANNOT wait!
  2. Cleveland has been averaging a steady high of 68 degrees.
  3. Leaves have started to drop.
  4. I’m literally sitting on my hands to keep from spending all of my money on fall clothes — in my humble opinion, the BEST clothes of all.

In order to keep some of your hard earned cash in your wallets, I’ve compiled a great collection of Fall Fashion Finds UNDER $100! Here’s your chance to get your shopping fix without the inevitable guilt, as the UPS delivery guy keeps dropping boxes at your front door… not that I know anything about that.

Well, maybe a little…

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I Dare You: Striped Pants

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Sometimes it’s nice to dip our toes outside of our comfort zones.

Whether that’s learning a new skill, trying a new food or flavor, or even testing out a new style of fashion — taking a risk is never a bad thing. Historically, stripes have been unfairly generalized as unflattering, ESPECIALLY when worn on a woman’s bottom.

Well, we’ve come a long way, baby.

Just take a look at these striped pants finds! From wide and bold, to skinny and subtle, these are the pants you’ll be seeing a lot of this season.

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Friday Link Love, Vol. 2.01

Friday Link LoveI gotta be honest, I just haven’t been feeling it lately. Have you ever had one of those days/weeks/months? My creative brain is closed for business, I’ve been distracted, overwhelmed and uninspired. As a result, I feel as though I just haven’t been my best — at work, at home, etc.

Just going through the motions, you know?!

In all truthfulness, there’s been a lot going on and the constant stress, anxiety and responsibility have crushed my sleep, my appetite and my general disposition.

(Sorry to be quite vague, but I’ll be sharing more in a few days. Don’t worry, it’s all positive stuff!)

I feel like I’m constantly on razor’s edge, which trust me, is not a good place to be. I’m hoping this upcoming holiday weekend will take some of the “Ugghhhh!!!” out of my daily lexicon and bring me back to a more balanced place. Coincidentally, one of the few things that helps me escape all of the mental chaos is online browsing. I love to get lost in new news feeds, blogs and shopping sites. It’s pretty therapeutic (at least for me!) to peruse “NEW ARRIVALS” at my favorite stores. Even though I may not buy anything (at least I didn’t until this morning – whoops.), it’s a relaxing exercise to fill up my assorted virtual carts and think about fun things like fashion, accessories, food, travel and beauty.

So, on that note — let’s get to this week’s Friday Link Love!

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