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Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Gift Exchange Reveal with Ada at Elegance and Mommyhood

Happy Tuesday everyone! Well, today's post is the last post for this week on the blog and then I'll be turning my attention towards my family and good food (and, starting on some Christmas decorating)! Today's post is a fun one, last month Ada from Elegance and Mommyhood and I decided to do a gift exchange. Ada wanted me to send her some handmade goodies and she sent me some fashion items she knew I would enjoy. It was a win-win for both of us and we had a lot of fun with it!

This is what she sent me:
Ada sent me a lot more items then I sent her! She is a rockstar! My two favorite pieces were this burgundy scarf and the agate necklace. Although, I loved every single piece she sent me!

She sent me so many items, it was hard to show it in just one photo. She also sent me these two pairs of earrings. I have been wanting a pair of turquoise beaded earrings like these and I was so excited to receive them from her. The White House Black Market earrings go great with the scarf!

She also hand selected these two jewels, a mother necklaces and this other necklace with an amber jewel on it.

And, a pink bow for Autumn!

This is what I sent her (and read more about it in her post HERE):
Sending out a little package of mostly homemade goodies to one of my blog friends that isn't on IG! Ha! I monogrammed in gold two wine glasses for her ����, made her a fall and summer necklace, included a wine colored scarf from Target
I made her two tassel necklaces (one is identical to the one I made in this tutorial (see HERE) since I had extra beads on hand, two monogrammed wine glasses in different fonts, a little Fox craft for her daughter and a burgundy scarf from Target.





I am wearing the scarf, earrings and bracelet that Ada sent me in these photos. The burgundy scarf goes great against my dark green skinny pants and brown boots. Thank you, Ada! You did GREAT!!!

Happy Thanksgiving to all my U.S. readers! 

Don't forget to enter my two giveaways I have going right now.

Enter to win an Ugly Christmas Sweater:
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Enter to win one pair of Firmoo glasses with Free Shipping!

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To see which parties I have linked up with, click HERE.

Monday, November 23, 2015

My Fifth Stitch Fix Box {November 2015}

Hi everyone! I wanted to let you know that today's post and tomorrows post will be the only posts (besides the Creative Corner link up post I did yesterday) that will be on the blog this week. I am going to take the rest of the week off to spend with my family for Thanksgiving. I rarely take breaks from the blog and as much as I love y'all... I am really looking forward to this little break!


Today I am revealing my FIFTH Stitch Fix box... it has been OVER a year since my last Stitch Fix! My only excuse for not doing a box is that I've been busy and I just didn't have time to sit down and schedule one. I am going to be better about it and try to schedule them more often. I want to try for every month, but I will probably skip the month of December... I just have TOO much going on next month, so I am planning to do another box in January.

And, my good blogging friend Lauren from Mom Home Guide is ALSO sharing her Stitch Fix box today! Be sure to stop by Lauren's blog to see what she got in her box!

What is Stitch Fix?
Stitch Fix is sort of like having your own personal shopper! You fill out a survey online (it includes photos of different outfits) and it helps them decide which outfits and which price range you fit into. They send you 5 pieces (tops, bottoms, accessories, jewelry, etc., etc.) and you decide which items you want to keep. After you've decided what you want to keep, you ship the rest back within 3 business days. If you buy all of the items you get a discount. There is a monthly fee of $20 that you will lose if you do not buy any of the 5 items. But, if you buy just one item they will subtract that $20 from your order.

And, if you sign up using my code, you'll help me earn $25.00 off my next Stitch Fix box! To sign up under me, click HERE.

Are you ready to see my items? 

Item One
Market & Spruce - Sawyer Space Dye Dolman Sleeve Knit Top in Burgundy - $58.00



I mentioned in my notes that I really like the color burgundy right now, so that is why they sent me this knit top. It is such a beautiful color and I love it with the white puffer vest and without it. I wore my leather lined leggings and leopard flats and this outfit is comfortable and stylish at the same time. This top is also the perfect length to wear with leggings. I am going to be sending it back, though... because, I had too many favorites this time and my goal is to only keep one piece per Stitch Fix box.

Item Two and Three
Market & Spruce - Denver Cable Knit Elbow Patch Cardigan - $58.00
Mavi - Freida Skinny Jean - $98.00





These jeans may look a little dark (almost black) in some of the photos, but they are navy colored. I am definitely purchasing these jeans. They are priced at $98.00 which is A LOT for jeans, but I have a $50 credit I'll be using, which will make them a price I can afford. They fit perfectly and I have been needing a new pair of skinny jeans, so I am not sending these back. We all know how hard it is to find the perfect pair of jeans! I was looking for a pair that would be a dark wash or denim color, but I think navy will actually be a fun color for a change.

The gray cardigan is really cute, too and it has leather elbow patches. The cardi is pretty thick, but it didn't feel heavy when I wore it. It is incredibly soft and it fit nicely on me. I already have a marsala sweater that has elbow patches (the one I have layered under it!) and I can't afford to buy all of these pieces, so I won't be getting the cardigan.

Item Four
Market & Spruce - Chaplin Lined Hooded Anorak Jacket - $94.00


Ahhhh... I love this jacket, LOVE it. Since I'm not getting a Stitch Fix box in December, I am trying to tell myself to get TWO pieces this month instead of one. I really love that this jacket has a nice hood, too. I already have a military jacket, but it is a lighter one that is more of a layering piece... this one is longer and heavier. Darnit, why did Stitch Fix have to start carrying coats? They sent me this, because I asked them to send me a military vest, but they didn't have one and sent this instead. Anyway, the verdict is still out on this one.

Item Five
Gilli - Tawnya Dress - $64.00



This was the piece that I pulled out of the box and thought it would be the item I would purchase... the windowpane pattern is what sold me on it. I tried it on and it IS really cute... but, I started to think that I really do have a lot of black dresses already. I wore it with a burgundy scarf in some of the photos, but decided to show it to you without the scarf. I am going to pass on this dress, but I may tell them to send me a dress again next time. ON had a really nice b/w poncho with this same windowpane pattern on clearance last week and I purchased it, so I feel I don't need two items with the same pattern. 

Well, that is it! I think they nailed it this time, since I'm having such a hard time deciding. I will probably purchase the jeans, which are the most boring item... but, they really are such a nice pair! The coat... I WILL talk myself out of... and, I'll try and force myself to purchase something more exciting than just jeans in my next Fix! lol!

If you decide to check out Stitch Fix yourself, please go here and sign up! If you sign up with that link, I get a $25.00 discount towards my next box. So, please sign up with that link so I can buy more clothes! ;)

And, be sure to enter the two giveaways I have going right now:

Enter to win an Ugly Christmas Sweater:
a Rafflecopter giveaway 

Enter to win one pair of Firmoo glasses with Free Shipping!

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Sunday, November 22, 2015

The Creative Corner Link Up Party - 11/22/15 (and Meal Plan 87)


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Welcome back to our DIY/Craft Link Up Party! Thank you for stopping by every week! 

I wish all of my U.S. readers a blessed Thanksgiving holiday! We will not be holding The Creative Corner link up party next Sunday (Nov. 29), since we will all be relaxing and some still celebrating Thanksgiving. I hope everyone is having a wonderful weekend! We got our first snowfall (it didn't stick) here in St. Louis, I got my hair done and Brian and I got a chance to see Mockingjay! Not a bad weekend at all!

I also have two giveaways going right now and they are at the bottom of this post- one for an Ugly Christmas Sweater and the other one is for a free pair of glasses from Firmoo!

Here is this weeks Meal Plan:

Meal Plan Week 87

Sunday - Seeing Mockingjay, eating out!

Monday - Frozen Pizza
Having an electrician over to the house and my mom is picking up the kids from school, so this will be an easy dinner for us with dance and karate later that evening.

Tuesday - Cub Scout Turkey Dinner
Yay! I don't have to cook, but I do have to prep a sweet potato side dish.

Wednesday - BLT Sandwiches and Chips
We have church tonight, so I wanted something quick and easy for us to eat.

Thursday - Thanksgiving and Brian is making the pie's, so I am off the hook! YAY!

Friday Dinner In/Out

Saturday - Dinner In/Out
Having a Thanksgiving lunch at my brothers, need to prep a salad.

Check out what my fellow bloggers have been up to and don’t forget to check out my feature for this week as well.
Free Christmas Chalkboard Printable from Pastels and Macarons.
Crocheted Coffee Sleeve from Making It In The Mitten.
Ocean View Ornament from The Southern Couture.
Glitzy Strawberry Champagne from Curly Crafty Mom.
Easy DIY Deer Art Video from The DIY Mommy.

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Glitter Indian Corn Place Cards
Susan from Oh-My! Creative shares these easy yet radiant Thanksgiving place cards made with indian corn dipped in glitter! If you're still looking for an easy way to spruce up your Thanksgiving table, then be sure to check out her post!

Now hop over to all the other cohost’s blogs and see what caught their eye this week. You just might be featured there too! Don’t forget to grab this button if you’ve been featured.

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Enter to win an Ugly Christmas Sweater:

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Thursday, November 19, 2015

Ipsy Review #12 - November

Last month I mentioned that I might stop subscribing to Ipsy. Well, I know I have a ton of products, BUT... I can't give it up! This marks 12 months of Ipsy for me!

Next month I am going to add a section to my review post where I'll review the products from my Ipsy bag from one year ago (December 2014). I want to share with you which products I actually used or which ones I need to toss!

I also decided to give Stitch Fix a whirl again! I will be sharing my Stitch Fix box this Monday  along with blogger Lauren from Mom Home Guide! I plan to keep ONE item from my box each month, even if I love them all!

What is Ipsy?!
If you've never heard about Ipsy before, it is a mail subscription that sends you a new makeup pouch each month along with 5 products to sample. And, the kicker? It is ONLY $10 a month! It is also fun to see what others get, because not everyone gets the same products... you fill out a questionnaire and they base your products off of your answers. If you're interested, you can sign up under me, by clicking HERE and I'll earn some points to buy myself extra products. Thanks!

Now, let's review my Ipsy bags!

November Ipsy

*This month I received TWO extra products, because I had earned enough points by reviewing products and referring friends to join Ipsy. I'll talk more about them at the bottom of the post.

INSPR Beauty - Angle Liner Brush
I already have the Anastasia Dipbrow brush, but it is nice to have a second brush. This one works well and I used it with my new Pixi eyebrow shadows and it applied nicely!
I would rate it 4/5 stars. (4 stars since I already have one.)

Smashbox Cosmetics - Full Exposure Mascara
I am always excited to receive mascara from Ipsy! And, Smashbox is such a great product, this product alone made my bag worth it! I was really pleased with this mascara, it did lengthen and thicken my lashes without clumping. 
I would rate it 5/5 stars.

ModelCo - Highlighting Trio
I wasn't sure what this was when I first looked at it, but the luminizer highlights your cheekbones, the blush is for your cheeks (obviously) and the glowing bronzer helps contour and define. I looked on their website and it gave specific directions on where to apply each highlight on your face and I had A LOT of fun with it! I would wear this on a special evening out, but not for just a normal day... it takes a little extra time and I think the glossy look would be perfect for a night out. It blended really well, too!
I would rate it 5/5 stars.

Coolway - Stronghold Spray
I wasn't sure what to expect from this hair spray and the outside of the bottle didn't look appealing to me. Once I tried it on my hair, though I was really surprised how much I liked it! I usually use a light hold hair spray that isn't sticky at all. This spray reminds me of my regular hair spray, except its in a pump and not a can. I will definitely use this all up!
I would rate it 4/5 stars.

tre'StiQue - Mini Matte Lip Crayon
I received an eye shadow crayon from this same company in the past and I didn't really care for it... SO, I wasn't sure how I would like the lip crayon. This lip crayon stays on for quite a long time! The color I received was just OK... it is a red, but a red that is pretty vibrant and that I'd reserve for a night out/LBD. They sent some people a brownish color and I wish I had received that or some sort of fall/berry color. Oh well! It slides on like butter, so I will say I would probably love this in another color.
I would rate it 3/5 stars.

And, here is how I look with these products on!


And, here is how I looked with ALL of these products... I've even used the hair spray in these photos!

The bag for this month was just ok. Its a space theme, which... I don't really know what to do with. :)

These were the two products I received for FREE by earning points with Ipsy! Both of them are AWESOME!

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The first one is Perfectly Posh Skindelicious Fresh, Creamy Milk Bamboo and Milk Thistle Body Butter. This stuff is AH-mazing! I usually use Lush products for my body butter, but I might actually like this better... it smells SO good, too! Oh, I love it!

Then, the other item I received for free was Pixi by Petra and it is the Brow Powder Trio. I have been really into brow products lately and this one is a must. There are three shades of brown and you can mix them to get the exact color you want. I used the lighter brown above and below my brow to highlight it and then I used the darkest color on my brow. I haven't tried the medium color yet, nor have I mixed the colors. I have this product on my brows in the photo above.
And, YAY! I had enough points to receive THIS product! I have been hearing a lot about charcoal products lately and I'm really excited to try this charcoal mask.

Subscribe to Ipsy for only $10 a month!
If you don't subscribe to Ipsy, click HERE for my referral link. For $10/month it's a fun way to try new products that are delivered right to your mailbox!

What did you get in your Ipsy Glam bag this month?

Enter to win an Ugly Christmas Sweater:

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Enter to win one pair of Firmoo glasses with Free Shipping!

Thursday Fashion Files Link Up #40: Ugly Christmas Sweater + TWO Giveaways!

Welcome to Thursday Fashion Files!

Welcome to Thursday Fashion Files with Jill at Doused in Pink and Carrie at Curly Crafty Mom! We are excited to have you here and would love to have you link up one of your latest outfits with us.

We are always looking for Co-Hosts for Thursday Fashion Files. If you haven't signed up to Co-Host, but are interested, sign up by clicking HERE.

There will be no party on Thursday, November 26 (next week), we will be taking a break to enjoy Thanksgiving with our families. The party will be back the following week!

We now have a Thursday Fashion Files Pinterest board (thanks to Jill for setting it up!). We will be pinning our top two picks each week along with our own outfits for that week. Be sure to click HERE to join our new Pinterest board!

Are you into ugly Christmas sweaters? I have been seeing a lot of posts about them in the blog-land. Today I am sharing one with you c/o AND I am also offering a giveaway to win one of your own! 

PLUS, I'm offering a SECOND giveaway to win a pair of Firmoo glasses! You've hit the jackpot over here today!

I can't wait to wear this sweater to my kids Christmas parties at school this year! You can kind of see in this photo, but his nose lights up red! So fun!

All you do is push this button and you have a light up reindeer nose!


Of course, I had to pair this sweater with my red Hunters. They get so much wear this time of year!



Sweater2 offers a huge selection of ugly Christmas sweaters for the upcoming holiday season. You'll find how hard it is to select just one!

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They even sell 3D and Star Wars themed Ugly Christmas Sweaters! Don't miss out on your chance to win a free sweater by entering the giveaway below!

What I'm Wearing:
Green Light Up Reindeer Sweater -
Chambray Shirt - Old Navy (Old) (Similar, Similar)*
Red Hunters - Hunter

(*This post contains affiliate links.)

Full Disclosure: This is a sponsored post. This sweater was gifted to me in exchange for this post. All opinions are 100% mine.

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Guest Co-Host:
Osy by Style Diary by Osy is our Co-Host this week! Osy loves to share celebrity style, her favorite bloggers style and her own fashion on her blog. Be sure to stop by and say hello to her!

We will each select a Top Two every week... visit both hosts blogs to see if YOU were chosen. 

My pick this week is Tatiana from We Shop in Heels, who is wearing this beautiful leather pencil skirt. with a delicate flowing top. Such a beautiful fall look on her!

Enter to win an Ugly Christmas Sweater:
a Rafflecopter giveaway

Enter to win one pair of Firmoo glasses with Free Shipping!

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If you follow along here, you know that I love Firmoo glasses and I've shared a couple of pairs in previous blog posts (glasses shown on left, see post HERE; glasses shown on right, see post HERE). Firmoo offers glasses at adorable prices and you can select your frames right from your home and they are mailed to you. You can also upload an image of yourself and you can see how the frames will look on you. 

Recently, I picked out THIS red pair in plaid, because I love everything plaid! I will be sharing a style post of these on the blog sometime soon.


  a Rafflecopter giveaway

To see which parties I have linked up with, click HERE.

Now let's get linking!