Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Hanging LKJ's Stocking!

According to Gretchen Rubin, author of The Happiness Project, "we should all strive to have a big menu of healthy treats, so that we can recharge our battery in a healthy way." 

This is so totally my justification for thinking about what to get myself this holiday season. The more we take care of ourselves, the better we're able to take care of others!

And who's better at taking care of others than a mom???  

Lauren from Simply LKJ is definitely one of those wonderful moms. I love learning from moms who are just a few steps ahead of me on the mothering path. An empty nester now, Lauren traveled to Texas recently for a weekend with her second daughter. 

Before she left, I asked her to think about some of her favorite things for a virtual stocking (mine is here).

Here are her fun choices!

From the top: Philosophy's Amazing Grace Perfume; Monogrammed Ball Cap;
Streams in the Desert Devotional; Simple Strand of Pearls; Plaid Scarves (this one happens to be J Crew); Kendra Scott Pendant Necklace; Queen Bee Goes Home Again by Haywood Smith--according to Lauren, her books are hilarious and take place in Georgia; Lilly Pulitzer Script Earrings; Jo Malone Candles. 

Isn't this a great look? Lauren has some beautiful taste! And couldn't she totally pass for a college girl herself?!

You can check out her Christmas home tour from last year here. The stockings were hung by the chimney with care (and style)!

If you would like to create your own virtual xmas stocking (or whatever YOU celebrate), please send me an email.  

And if you're decorating your tree this weekend? I hope you can do the last part of this bit of wisdom with a smile. :)

Friday, November 21, 2014

High Five Pre-Turkey Friday

TGIF! Do I say that every Friday?! Eh, here are my favorites from the week:

1. Silver Bells

In a week from now it will be totally acceptable for me to be listening to Christmas carols and eating candy canes because Thanksgiving will be over. But because the snow has been flying all week, I sort of feel like doing all of that now. In fact, my daughter and I ARE going to this holiday gateway event tonight. Doesn't it look exciting?! I said last year we were going, but then didn't, so this is the first time in a decade that I'll see the state tree lit and the fireworks over the capitol! My fingers are crossed that the mystery Disney character leading the parade is Elsa (from Frozen). That would totally make the evening for my eight year old. This cute band will also be performing for free. Maybe because our state is shaped like a mitten that's why we all love the cold so much?!

While Bela and I are freezing are buns off at the parade, my middle schooler will be attending his first dance/activity night at school. I remember holding him in my arms the last time I went to Silver Bells, so this is a bittersweet occasion. 

2. Brrrrrrr


My favorite weather-related quote is the Norwegian saying: "there is no bad weather, only bad clothes." We stocked up on new boots, snowpants, and hats & gloves last week for the kids. But I thought this post was laugh out loud funny. Because when the novelty of all these pretty snowflakes wears off...

3. Bettering Myself


Maybe it's because Gillian Flynn is such a good writer and I find myself identifying just a little bit with both Nick AND Amy, but I'm thinking about trying to be a better person. Here's a good article about how to say no and not sound like a jerk that actually is also a great example of daily scheduling. This one is about how much complaining sucks the joy out of living for everyone who hears it. 

4. At Home in the Sky

Paris is talking about allowing another skyscraper and I'm thinking about how to decorate a home in the sky with inspiration from these young design assistants' apartments:
5. Crafty Christmas

Michael's has this cute craft project on its website here. It looks really really easy. Just promise me you will buy your supplies before next Thursday (also known as Thanksgiving).

Happy weekend! Xoxo

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Sparkle & Shine: Chairish

Everything old is new again. Do you feel that to be true? I sure do! And I think it is so great!!

My pals at Chairish recently added thousands of pieces of vintage jewelry, handbags, scarves, sunglasses, and neckties to their collection of accessories.  The company is best known for their furnishings and home decor--like the bar stools in this design here.

Fringe necklace / turquoise tassel necklace / rhinestone earrings / bib necklace / bohemian Indian cuffs / Griffin brooch / pocket knife pendant / Chanel earrings / Chanel fantasy charm bracelet

But this new category of offerings is perfect -- not only for getting glammed up for holiday events or gifting someone with something sparkly but also for styling your home!

Unicorn /
Imagine using this unicorn bookend with a strand or two around its neck and maybe a bracelet hanging from his horn??


When you buy pretty things for yourself, you're actually buying pretty things to display in your home too! You can even make your own beautiful things like this marble dish, which would be the perfect size to hold a pair or two of earrings or a brooch.

Victorian woman bust / Rhinestone handbag / Hermes tie
A bust is another super fun and irreverent way to display your jewelry. I imagine I'd layer this Victorian lady with both necklaces, hang the purse off her partial shoulder, and fix the necktie around her head like the Fresh Prince.

 Moving on...

This beautiful vintage scarf could be worn a multitude of ways. Or, you could frame it...

As I mentioned, though, the collection even includes neckties like this gorgeous silk necktie which is actually Hermes and eight more here. (Chairish's search function makes it easy to find whatever your heart desires!)

Speaking of Hermes, it is not yet--but almost!--too late to enter Chairish's cozification contest to win a Hermes blanket. All you have to do is pin!

Monday, November 17, 2014

Habits: Strategy of Inconvenience

Happy Monday, friends! I'm sharing a video from Gretchen Rubin today. She is the author of The Happiness Project, Happier at Home, and the forthcoming book Better Than Before, which is about habit formation and will be released on St. Patrick's Day. 

"strategy of inconvenience" is how I would describe hiding the brownies
in the cupboard and putting a bowl of fruit or veggies on the counter
in order to re-train myself to eat healthfully. 

Also, how great is that pattern on her sofa?!? Anyone know who makes that fabric?


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