Thursday, December 25, 2014

Merry Christmas...

DRESS: Chelsea + Violet | HEELS: Christian Louboutin (similar version for under $100!) | EARRINGS: J.CREW sold out (love these + these from Baublebar) | SUNGLASSES: Karen Walker | WATCH: MICHELE | BRACELET: Catherine Popesco | LIPS: STILA "BESO"

Merry Christmas everyone...Jesus our Savior is born!! 

May you have a blessed Christmas day with your family and friends...
Keep it cool and refreshing...


Monday, December 22, 2014

Holiday Ready | Ski Knit Sweater...

SWEATER: J.CREW Factory | PLAID TOP: Gianni Bini | DENIM: Express | BOOTIES: Tory Burch | BAG: Gucci (love the Rebecca Minkoff option) | Necklace: J.CREW old (similar) | EARRINGS: Baublebar | SUNNIES: Karen Walker | WATCH: Michele | LIPS: Stila "BESO" |

It's been a pretty dreary few days here in southern Mississippi, but the weather just can't seem to dampen my spirits because it's ALMOST CHRISTMAS ya'll! This year we have decided to shake things up a bit for our annual holiday feast and opted against the traditional turkey or roast and chose to go with an Italian themed meal (which apparently is quite popular or so I learned from the lady at the grocery store next to me also stocking up on absurd amounts of cheese!) I am in charge of making my mother-in-law's famous white chicken and spinach lasagna. and I cannot wait for the next few workdays to fly by so we can dive into all the holiday goodies and treats and just spend time with close family and friends.

OK enough with all this talk of yummy food (sorry I couldn't help myself) and on to today's outfit post! Like I said earlier, the weather was so uncooperative over the weekend, so I have basically been living in my comfortable jeans and slouchy sweaters. This J.CREW Factory knit has been a recent favorite of mine and with a distinct holiday theme it has been a great piece to pair with plaids, gingham, and any other festive colors (P.S. if you need a last minute Christmas gift, I highly recommend it!!)

Have a great Christmas week everyone...
Keep it cool and refreshing...


Thursday, December 18, 2014

Holiday Spirit...

TOP: Dillard's | SKIRT: Dillard's | HEELS: Kate Spade (similar) | BROOCH: Chanel (love this option) | SUNGLASSES: Karen Walker | EARRINGS: Baublebar | WATCH: Michele | LIPS: Kismet "Burnout"

There's nothing I love more than celebrating a good old fashioned Christmas. This year has been particularly special for Ivory and I, since we have been deployed the last 2 years during the holiday season. I think we have managed to cram just about every holiday-related activity into our schedule this month (Christmas lights, holiday parties, movies, and even a trip to the Alabama Shakespeare Festival to see the play "A Christmas Carol"). Today's outfit is a look I wore to a holiday office party this past weekend. It is definitely fun to get dressed up every once and a while for a special occasion and you better believe I am going to use every chance I get right now to add in a little sparkle!

Have a fantastic weekend everyone and enjoy the last few days before Christmas...
Keep it cool and refreshing...


Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Holiday Stripes...

TOP: Macy's | DENIM: Express | SCARF: Target extra 30% off code JOY30 (herehere, and here) | BOOT SOCKS: Nordstrom (love these) | BOOTS: Hunter | BAG: Tory Burch | EARRINGS: Tuckernuck 

Stripes and plaid have been one of my favorite go-to combinations lately. It's not only a fun way to pattern mix, but since we are deep into the Christmas season, it also gives me a chance to infuse bright pops of red into my outfit to bring out a fun and festive vibe (plus I seem to be living in these hunter boots lately!!) Do you have a special or favorite go-to holiday look this year?

P.S. Don't forget to stop by and enter the Sugar Love Boutique Giveaway for your chance to win $100 gift card to their on-line boutique. Only 2 days left to enter...


Monday, December 15, 2014

Holiday Glitter + Giveaway...

SEQUIN BLAZER: Nasty Gal | TOP: BCBG | LEGGINGS: Piperlime | HEELS: Christian Louboutin So Kate Pump (runs a full 2 sizes small or similar) | BAG: Rebecca Minkoff | SUNGLASSES: Karen Walker

10 days until Christmas ya'll. It's finally time to break out the sequins and sparkles as we gear up for the last few weeks of 2014! So naturally, when I spotted this AMAZING silver sequin blazer (which also comes in gold too) from Nasty Gal, it was love at first sight!  Perfect for a touch of unexpected holiday bling and will definitely stand out at any holiday party or NYE celebration. 

Today, I am also teaming up with one of my favorite clothing and accessory stores, Sugar Love Boutique to bring you an exciting holiday giveaway worth a $100 gift card to their on-line store.  

Fill out the rafflecopter entry form below for your chance to win:


Tuesday, December 9, 2014


01). MSR Hubba Hubba Tent | 02). GARMIN Watch | 03). 20pc.Wrench Set | 04). 10 in. and 6 in. Wrench Set | 05). Take Him on a Trip - GO EXPLORING (see the world together) | 06). Buy Tickets to a Sporting Event or Concert | 07). Spotify Gift Card | 08). Beats by Dre. Headphones | 09). Keurig Machine | 10). Starbucks Gift Card | 11). K-Cup Sampler | 12). NIKE Running Shoes | 13). Grilling Sauce Marinade | 14). Grilling Tool Set | 15). Big Book of Burgers | 16). Popcorn Machine | 17). Christmas Vacation DVD | 18). E-Tip Gloves | 19). The North Face Back-pack | 20). ENO Hammock | 21). Sleep Eye Mask

OK ladies, we have to get real here for a minute. Shopping for your man...NOT EASY (at least I know it isn't for me). Every time the holiday season rolls around, I dread thinking about what I am going to get my husband for Christmas. Although the men in our lives probably think that it is way more difficult to buy for us ladies, the truth is that shopping for a man can be just as trying.

With that said, I know that everyone is being bombarded with holiday gift guides right now, but I want my readers to know that I really put a lot of effort and thought into today's post to help you find your man the perfect gift. Quite honestly, many of the gifts I have given Ivory in the past were heartfelt sentiments that really couldn't be wrapped and put underneath a tree. We love to make memories together most of all, and we always enjoy a little weekend getaway (which doesn't have to be expensive). Book a one night stay in a nearby town, go for a hike, pitch a tent in the backyard and just spend a little time together (he wants you to be just as romantic to him too!!)

However, I do always make sure to have a few smaller gifts nestled under the tree as well. Ivory is not really into getting clothes or shoes, so I like to give more practical gifts such as tools he can use around the house, gadgets to help him train for his half-marathon races, and a funny movie to watch after we unwrap Christmas presents. Shopping for your man doesn't have to be hard, just use a little imagination!


Monday, December 8, 2014

Holiday Plaid + Green Monday...

BLAZER: Helmut Lang (similar) | PLAID TOP: BCBG (adore this Michael Kors version
SEQUIN LEGGINGS: Gianni Bini (under $60!!) | HEELS: Valentino | BAG: CHANEL 
(Rebecca Minkoff version ON SALE!) | EARRINGS: BAUBLEBAR | LIPS: KISMET "Burnout"

Happy "Green Monday" everyone (FYI apparently there is a name for the Monday 10 days out before Christmas jam-packed with tons of holiday sales...who knew??) Sorry I was a bit MIA last week. I unplugged for a bit because Ivory and I were celebrating our 4 year wedding anniversary. We actually hiked in the Blue Ridge Mountains for 3 days and stayed at this incredible Inn that you can only reach by foot (Len-Foote Hike Inn). For anyone traveling to North Georgia, absolutely put this on your bucket list! 

Now on to today's outfit! Since it is the holiday season, I of course opted for some sort of sequins for today's ensemble. I found these incredible Gianni Bini black sequin leggings at Dillard's a few weeks back and new they would quickly become a holiday favorite of mine! Below, I listed a few of my favorite "Green Monday" sales taking place today! Perfect for some last minute holiday shopping!


ANTHROPOLOGIE//Extra 30% off with code EXTRAMERRY
ASOS//20% off select brands for men + women
BAUBLEBAR//Extra 30% off with code INSTAGLAM
C.WONDER//30% off + free shipping
J.CREW// 30% off with code MERRYMERRY
J.CREW FACTORY// 40-60% off everything
KATE SPADE// 25% off with code JACKPOT
NORDSTROM// Up to 40% off, new items added
SAKS//Up to 40% off, new items added



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