2018 | Olive and Tate

Olive and Tate: Best of 2018

I love taking a look back over a full year of Olive and Tate to see what really resonated with each of you. From the most loved clothing items to the most popular recipe or home renovation post, I love seeing how the favorites change year after year. This year, ya'll were shopping for high-waisted jeans and one piece swimwear, wanted to snag Coastal Modern decor for your homes, loved anything geared toward entertaining a preschooler and couldn't resist a glimpse at my before and after bare belly. 

On a personal level, this year was full on change and growth - Justin moved from Greenville to Charlotte on January 1 of 2018 and the kids and I followed (after a brief hiatus in Virginia) in March. We've adapted to a new school, community, friends and home and are just so thrilled with our move to Charlotte. 

I managed to grow my business throughout all of the change - even when there were long periods of time when I had to place it on the back burner. Highlights professionally for me included being named the 2018 Pinterest Living Room of the Year, running on Style Me Pretty twice under two different lead editors, hitting TODAY Parents with one of my most personal pieces and a handful of runs on Apartment Therapy. 

Most Popular Post of 2018:

Hands down the most popular post of 2018 was my review of Faster Way To Fat Loss! After rocking Weight Watchers for so many years, the big switch to FWTFL was worth documenting. I'm still working the program and am about to wrap up my second round and now almost 100 of you have joined me on the plan, which quite honestly astounds me, so thank you for trusting my experience and jumping in head first with me. 

Most Popular Recipe of 2018:

Mama + Mini Egg Cups took the top spot as most popular recipe this year, mostly because they are insanely easy to prep and make ahead and, when it comes to breakfast time with pre-schoolers, we can all use a short cut or two. 

Most Popular Home Decor Post of 2018:

The Best of Coastal Modern Decor on Amazon made the top spot as most viewed home decor post of the year (even beating out the One Room Challenge playroom renovation!). I do love the finds in the round up and for me, nothing beats the clean, fresh hues of a coastal modern scheme.

Most Popular Fashion Post of 2018:

The Fall Capsule Wardrobe post was a labor of love and ya'll loved it right back, so thank you! The Capsule also resulted in one of the most purchased items of the year, the famous sweater wrap

Other Highlights:
Most purchased item
Most clicked item
Most shared Pin on Pinterest

I am so looking forward to what 2019 has in store, although I'll be quick to say that I hope it has less in store for us than 2018 did. We hope to start projects on our house that will turn it into a home while fulfilling our desire to renovate, we'll start Kindergarten, travel and prioritize our family. I think it's going to be a good ride so thank you for tagging along! 

Gifting the Tech Lover with Samsung SmartThings Wi-Fi

Attention: if you are my husband, stop reading now....

Ok, now that I've settled that, let's talk about what I'm gifting Justin for the holidays. When we moved into this house about 8 months ago, we decided the time was right to see if we could hack it sans cable. The kids watch the same movies (ahem, Trolls) and shows on repeat, I could live on Big Bang reruns with a side helping of Great British Bake Off but my husband....well, he was a bit of a harder sell. If we cut cable, we lost access to his beloved football games that run on local stations (like the ACC Network) that could only be picked up with a true basic cable package. We did some research, found some ideas and decided to cut the cable cord anyway, hoping for the best.

Now that we're almost through an entire Clemson football season, I can say that we weathered the non-cable storm, but we did have a few dicey moments that required an antenna purchase and some choice words shouted at our wireless router. With all of us trying to share the same WiFi stream via the same router in our ranch style house, there were moments of a lost or delayed game feed that didn't go over so well. 

So, this year, I'm solving all of my husband's woes and snagging him an updated, insanely cool WiFi system that will keep his game crystal clear, no matter how many tablets, TVs and smart devices are trying to steal his life source. 

Meet the Samsung SmartThings Wi-Fi, the latest and greatest in ensuring that you have a fully connected smart home and my husband's new best friend. Here's the deal, I leave the tech in our home mostly to him but I do know he's going to geek out a bit over the Samsung SmartThings system because it allows him to control, view and protect every single smart element in our home via one app. 

SmartThings Wi-Fi comes in a single hub or 3 pack option. A single hub covers up to 1,500 square feet while the three pack covers up top 4,500 square feet (way more than our home size!) and provides the fastest internet speed of all time with AI based Wi-Fi. And, because I know he'll want to pre-game each week, the SmartThings system allows you to test your Internet speed whenever and wherever, you know, just to soothe those pregame jitters. 

As a bonus for me, we can also use the SmartThings system to manage internet time for any device we choose, which means I can turn off the Wi-Fi to my kiddo's tablet or set restrictions on Wi-Fi use for any guests (um, hello tech free play dates!). 

All of our smart devices such as our alarm, light bulbs, video doorbell, smoke detectors, wireless baby monitors and home based informations systems will automatically sync to the SmartThings app via the built in Plume system within 30 minutes of pulling those bad boys out of the box, so I know what my husband will be doing on Christmas morning. By syncing all of them to one app, Justin will be able to monitor our entire house, internet usage, Wi-Fi speed and capabilities from one spot on his phone. The Plume app can even be used to set up total home automation so the lights will be on at night when we get home from work, the alarms will be turned off as we pull in the driveway and we can even get the baby's white noise pumping at full blast to ensure an easy car to crib nap transfer if needed. 

If you didn't catch all that, here's the non-techy info: Samsung SmartThings Wi-Fi will set up your entire house via the Plume App with raging fast internet speed and the ability to lock it all down if needed. Bonus: you can make your house work for you by syncing all of your Samsung gear, SmartThings and Works With SmartThings devices to the single Plume App, letting you (or your husband) feel like a total tech boss. 

And also: no more lost game feeds. 

Do you hear that? It's happiness and I'm so digging it. 

Last Minute Amazon Gifts For Everyone On Your List

Last Minute Amazon Gifts For Everyone On Your List

The countdown is on, my friends! With less than 10 days til Christmas those gifts need to be under your tree but if you're behind, don't stress. I've hit Amazon to find the best gifts for everyone on your list - and they'll all ship Prime, so whether you've been surprised by an office gift exchange or haven't found the time to shop, you'll be covered and ready to roll by the big day. 

Last Minute Amazon Gifts For Everyone On Your List

For Him:

Perfect for propping up phones or tablets at your desk, bedside or in the kitchen while you cook, this tech stand is under ten bucks! 

Justin won this in our family gift exchange and it's super cool - a soft cooler bag that can be worn over the shoulder or as a backpack, it's perfect for the beach.

This tailgate chair has a built in, wood grain table with in laid cup holder and a side cooler. I mean.....that's a gifting slam dunk if you ask me.

For your bearded guy, comes complete with all he needs to keep that hair growth in check. 

Tailgate snacks anyone? This table top deep fryer will get the job done. 

This looks like something my husband would waste endless time playing so I think your husband (or boss or teen son or handyman) would like it, too. 

I actually ordered this for our kitchen because we have very little usable countertop space - perfect for a guy in an apartment or any man who love his knives, I love this unique in-drawer storage option. 

This little baby can be charged via USB so it's perfect to stash in the glove box or in a stocking. 

Because I can't be the only person who thinks Apple makes crappy charging cords in order to stay in business! 

Classic, utilitarian, masculine and comfortable. 

Mostly, I can't think of anyone who wouldn't want or need this but my husband works in a cube and has to fight for outlet space, so this would be the perfect stocking stuffer for him. 

Justin ordered himself this pair of tech tip gloves for our upcoming mountain trip so I'm guessing they'll be a hit across the husband board. 

Lock and load multiple devices and charging cords in one central location - perfect for a husband like mine who has a work phone, personal phone and tablet.

We cut cable so we're full on streaming - do it with Alexa voice control via a Fire Stick. 

I mostly just love the term "boxerjock" but this pair of Under Armor underwear is supposed to be the best of both worlds! 

Perfect for yard work, hunting or drowning out a colicky baby.

Last Minute Amazon Gifts For Everyone On Your List

For Her:
1. Lip Rescue
I just ordered this for myself and am loving it - I have the clear and it comes out of the tube in a thick consistency but wears easily without causing my lips to peel. I have super dry lips so I'm always on the hunt for winter lip products and this one is on the top of my list.

2. Acrylic Tray
A simple, easy piece that will blend with any decor, this is the perfect present for the hard to gift girl

3. Ring Doorbell
I am dying for a ring doorbell, mostly so I can track my online purchases as they're delivered, but also, you know, for security!

4. JoJo
Any decor loving lady will be all over Joanna Gaine's latest coffee table book

5. Studs
Perfect for every day wear and available in a ton of colors, I own a set of these and love how comfortably they wear.

6. Air Fryer
My beloved air fryer takes frozen dino nuggets and turns them into cooked dino wonders in minutes.

7. Dream Leggings
An unreal dupe for Lululemon leggings, I have this pair in navy and black!

8. Hand Cream
A perfect set to be broken down and used as stocking stuffers, teacher gifts or thank you's for important helpers.

9. Lidded Basket
The best in storage that can also double as a side table or end table if needed!

10. Tortoise Hoops
Classic, easy and under $10! Another gift that can really go anywhere - from a stocking to a teacher gift to a girl's gift exchange.

11. Make Up Brush Cleansing Mat
Another item I would love to find in my stocking, this make up brush cleaning mat is perfect for the beauty lover in your life (or teen girl/babysitter/helper).

12. Acrylic Make Up Storage
This is my personal make up storage system and I love the quality for the price point!

13. Throw
This particular blanket comes in a million colors, perfect for gifting your mother in law, girlfriends or yourself!

14. Pop Socket Phone Mount
I'm obsessed with this car phone mount - it uses any pop socket to mount into the base.

15. Echo Dot
So, I didn't know how much I would love the dot and it's video screen until my parents got one. It's amazing and has the capacity to make video calls from Dot to Dot. It's for sure on my wish list!

16. Tile 
Because my daughter loves to hide my car keys, we're going to need to snag a tile ASAP. You attach one piece to the thing you always need to track and when it's lost, you'll always be able to find it.

Happy gifting! 

5 Ways to Make The Holidays Less About Stuff (with your kids!)

5 Ways to Make The Holidays Less About Stuff (with your kids!)
This post is sponsored by Primrose Schools; however, all thoughts and opinions are my own

I'm so excited to finally sit down and write this post! If you follow me on Instagram, you know that it's become my mission to ensure that our holiday season is a mix of tradition, friends, family and giving back for my children. Blame it on my own mother who did the same, the fact that my babes have more than they need or the fact that ultimately, I'm trying to raise good humans, but whatever the driving force may be, making the holidays into something more than a few weeks of stuff has become part of our little family's tradition - and I love it. 

This year, Gray is 4 so he and I are really able to chat about the ways we can help others but finding age appropriate ways to teach him why he is so fortunate has been a bit of a challenge. Thankfully, I was introduced to Primrose Schools during our process to determine if my sweet Summer boy should pop into a Transitional Kinder program next year or head on to the real deal. Primrose is working hard to implement strategies in their classrooms that teach kiddos as young as Gray the impact of giving back. Primrose and I put our heads together and came up with this list: 

5 Ways to Teach Your Preschooler To Give Back This Holiday Season

1. Food First  
If you're unfamiliar with Primrose Schools, they actually have 9 locations here in the Charlotte area and believe who children become is as important as what they know (which I might just adopt as my own motherhood motto!). Each November, Primrose schools across the country host the Caring and Giving Food Drive in order to teach and encourage responsibility, community involvement and giving without expectation.

5 Ways to Make The Holidays Less About Stuff (with your kids!)
images provided by Primrose Schools

And get this: they ask their students to "earn" their monetary donations used to purchase food items through doing chores at home. The older kiddos bring in their hard earned money, plan a budget and actually go to the grocery store to see the value of their work translated into actual food items for those in need. Teachers (and often students, too) then personally deliver the donations to local shelters and food banks to directly impact the most needy.

I honestly love this idea (and am obviously planning to claim it as our newest family tradition) because the focus is not on gifting toys and the process is not Gray watching me purchase something in a store. Instead, he is learning the value of his work and that impact his work can have on others. Many of you know we already use a "responsibility chart" at home where Gray earns four quarter weekly for doing his assigned tasks around our home - we now plan to use the Primrose strategy and are choosing a week where his dollar will actually go to buying food items for those in need. He and I will grocery shop and purchase a meal to be donated and he will be responsible for handing over his coins when the time comes to pay. We've been talking about for a few days now and he's very excited for our shopping day.

2. Read About It
I asked my friends at Primrose if they could recommend a few books geared to preschoolers that focus on giving back and they absolutely delivered. I put together a little graphic so that everyone can save for future use - most of these books are perfect for year-round and not just holiday themed, so you'll get traction out of them! 

7 books that teach preschoolers about giving

How to be thankful during Thanksgiving and all year long
A story about a llama who learns how to give to others
A classic and favorite in our house that teaches compassion and kindness
Teaches how to notice other people's kind actions and to show gratitude 
The Big Red Dog practices selflessness as he goes out of his to do good deeds for others
Introduces toddlers to the concepts of taking turns, sharing and playing with others

For reference, both Sharing Time and How Kind! are geared for ages 2-3 while the rest are perfect for kid's ages 4-5. 

One of the questions I am asked most often is to talk about how and why we use our Santa Sacks! So here's the deal, my children are just incredibly blessed and have a playroom full of toys - most of which they don't play with. We do ask that our families skip the gifting of toys and instead gift experiences, but of course, the stuff piles up (mostly thanks to my Dollar Aisle habit). With that said, I searched for a way to teach our children the value of their things and finally found a Santa Sack that says "Dear Santa, I've outgrown these toys, please share them with other good girls and boys". I made sure to steer clear of sacks that referenced broken or old toys, because I didn't want my son to consider it a throw away process, but a giving one.

Last year, when Gray was 3, we presented the sack on Christmas Eve Day at told him that all children leave toys for Santa to take back to his workshop and share with other little boys and girls. He was thrilled and filled that bag right up. Now that he's a bit older, we've already started talking to him about how some children don't have as many toys as he does and how every Christmas we will choose toys to send to other boys and girls who would love to play with him. He has asked if he can clear out his sister's things but once we cleared that up (she has her own sack to fill!), he was completely on board. 

Our tradition is to fill and leave our Santa Sacks on the fireplace with Santa's cookies on Christmas Eve and Santa picks them up when he visits our home. I take the toys and hide them in our shed until I can sneak off to donate the toys - the sack is left empty on the fireplace with a note from Santa, thanking Gray for having such a giving heart. 

I am often asked if I worry about Gray donating certain toys or how I let him choose and quite honestly, he can donate what he chooses and it's even more special to me if he chooses a toy he's played with quite often because he is choosing to gift something important to him to another child. As long as he is donating his own stuff (and not baby sisters), he has free reign. 

4. List It Carefully 
This may be a bit controversial, but we don't encourage our children to make a list for Santa. We tell them they may ask Santa for 3 things when we visit him in person and we don't sit down to list/write it out. For us, that process makes the focus on what they are getting and not on what they are giving. We don't pull out catalogues or magazine and circle our wish list items and we ensure to remind them that Santa is working hard to surprise them and all of the other children with thoughtful gifts. There really isn't a need for a long wish list, so we skip it!  

5. Make It
Each year, Gray and I work together to make a hand crafted gift for his Teachers. Last year we made stove pot simmering goodness and this year we'll be tapping into his love for Great British Bake Off and whipping up Cinnamon Rolls. As parents, we participate in the class gift to show our appreciation, but nothing compares to Gray's pride as he gives his teachers the gifts he made them. I make sure that we talk about how important it is to give our time to a handmade gift and explain that we are making our gifts with love. He "signs" his name to each gift and truthfully, I love the quality time we get to spend together on our gift making days. 

I love fostering their little hearts in this way and slowly integrating more traditions that focus on the time we spend together and the needs of others for the holiday season - if you have an amazing tradition that you do with your kids to shift the focus away from the stuff, tell me in the comments! 

The Ultimate Holiday Party Outfit Guide (For Moms!)

Holiday Party Season is upon us, my friends! From preschool to the office and everything in between, I set out to brave the horrible fitting room lighting with the hopes of finding us the perfect outfit for each and every occasion. I managed to find 5 gorgeous outfits all at amazing price points!
Wanna see??

Oh, and because I know ya'll love the mirror selfies, I included them for your viewing pleasure!
As a reminder, I'm 5'9", busty and wear a size 29 in jeans.

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The Office Party

The Ultimate Holiday Party Outfit Guide (For Moms!)
pants, wearing size 8 | tee, wearing a medium | shoes, similar 

Appropriate, tailored, classy and festive, I love the bold red pants in this outfit. I prefer the paper bag waist paired with a fitted layer and this tee is one that I wear year round. If the red pant is too strong for your liking, this pair is also available in black. My shoes are from a few years ago but I've found amazing options, like this pair in the same plaid! 

The Ultimate Holiday Party Outfit Guide (For Moms!)

The "Festive Attire" Gathering

The Ultimate Holiday Party Outfit Guide (For Moms!)
Jumpsuit, wearing a 10 | necklace | heels 

The Ultimate Holiday Party Outfit Guide (For Moms!)

Truly, I don't love a vague dress code - I'm a girl who loves specifics, like Black Tie or Pajama Party, so when I see "Festive Attire" I feel a little lost. But attire crisis averted this season thanks to an amazing jumpsuit that covers your arms, isn't too busty (there's a hook and eye closure at to keep it closed!) and feels really chic thanks to the cropped ankle. You can pair this baby with anything - strappy heels, pumps, flats, your fave statement necklace or earring and you're out the door! This is probably my new favorite piece in my wardrobe, and it's my first jumpsuit!

The Preschool Holiday Concert

The Ultimate Holiday Party Outfit Guide (For Moms!)
Sweater, wearing a medium | jeans, wearing a 28 | shoe, similar 

Easy, comfortable and able to endure pulling a four year old out of a sugar cookie filled classroom, this outfit will be on repeat around here. The sweater is cropped with a bit of a boxy fit and is super soft, especially considering the price point! The jeans are an investment pair so I'm linking a pair at a friendlier price point that I also own and love here.

The Ultimate Holiday Party Outfit Guide (For Moms!)

The Girl's Night Out

The Ultimate Holiday Party Outfit Guide (For Moms!)
Sequin Top, wearing an 8 | Jeans, wearing a 28 | shoes, similar 

If you can't wear a sequin tee at the holidays, when else can you wear it?! I love this tee paired with jeans and a fun heel for girl's night (and then again for New Years Eve!). And yes, even we busty girls can wear those sequins!

The Ultimate Holiday Party Outfit Guide (For Moms!)

The Nutcracker

The Ultimate Holiday Party Outfit Guide (For Moms!)
skirt, wearing a 6 thanks to the elastic waist | sweater, wearing a medium | shoes 

This outfit is so feminine and easy thanks the elastic waist skirt that has a tiny bit of sparkle and the cream sweater with pearls. This would be my ideal outfit for the Nutcracker or special holiday brunch with my Mom.

The Ultimate Holiday Party Outfit Guide (For Moms!)

Trader Joe's Baked Apple Bacon Pecan Brie

Honestly, I've tried to write a few intro paragraphs for this recipe but all I keep coming back to is the fact that the name should sell it all - I mean, a warm, gooey Brie covered in rich cinnamon sugar sautéed apples and pecans then topped with salty crumbled bacon, all from Trader Joe's and so, so easy to pull together - what more can I say!?

Trader Joe's Baked Bacon Apple Walnut Brie

Perfect for girl's night, holiday get together's or whenever you need a warm Brie, this little number comes together with minimal effort and prep work, so get on it! 

Recipe inspiration comes care of my friend and incredibly talented photographer Ashley Cardoza who always knows when I need a little Brie in my life. 

Trader Joe's Baked Bacon Apple Walnut Brie

Here's what you need, all purchased from Trader Joe's,

2 Granny Smith Apples, peeled and diced
1 heaping tablespoon of Trader Joe's Brown Sugar and Cinnamon Butter Spread
1 Petit Brie Wheel
1/4 cup roughly chopped raw pecans
2 slices bacon, cooked crisp and crumbled

For serving:
Crackers (my favorite are the Pita Bite Crackers from Trader Joe's)
fruit, berries, grapes and a sprig of fresh rosemary, for a pop of color

Trader Joe's Baked Bacon Apple Walnut Brie


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees

Line a baking tray with tin foil, lay out two pieces of bacon, cook in oven until crisp.

Remove from oven, turn oven temperature down to 150 degrees. 

Peel, slice and dice the apples, add them to a skillet with the large tablespoon of the cinnamon sugar butter spread. Stir and cook them on medium low heat until they are soft.

Trader Joe's Baked Bacon Apple Walnut Brie

Continue to stir occasionally to ensure the butter is evenly spread on the apples. If you're feeling generous, add a little more butter to really get things going. 

Once the apples are soft, add in the pecans, stir to coat pecans in the butter, turn off heat.

Trader Joe's Baked Bacon Apple Walnut Brie

While the apples and pecans are warming together in buttery goodness, line a baking sheet with parchment paper. 

Slice off the top rind of the Brie, place on the parchment lined baking sheet and then into the warm oven

Trader Joe's Baked Bacon Apple Walnut Brie

Heat Brie to your desired level of warmth/gooeyness. I left mine in for maybe 5 minutes.

Once warmed through, remove Brie from oven and transfer onto your serving dish 
(hint, I cut the parchment paper down and left it under the Brie, making it easier to transfer and ultimately clean up)

Trader Joe's Baked Bacon Apple Walnut Brie

Top with warm apple and pecan mixture and then crumbled bacon. 

Serve immediately with crackers and fruit. 

Trader Joe's Baked Bacon Apple Walnut Brie

The salty bites of the bacon pair perfectly with the rich, gooey apples and are plain Heaven when served with fresh raspberries and crackers. I might just make myself one for dinner!

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Trader Joe's Baked Apple Bacon Pecan Brie

Gift Guide for Her 2018

Gift Guide for Her 2018

Let's call a spade a spade, my friends, this little round up is absolutely my personal wish list, but as I'm always one to consider others, I thought it might be the perfect way for you to drop a hint or two to the Santa in your life. Forward this post right along to your husband, partner, mom, co-worker or bestie and you'll be a happy girl come Christmas morning! 

And in case you're worried, I still covered all retailers (and those known for fast shipping because: husbands), price points and stages of life so I know the perfect gift for you is on this list. Let's get to it! 

1. Wine Backpack
Yep, I absolutely do think I need a wine backpack in my life. It's insulated, can hold 2 wine bottles + 8 cans, comes in three colors and has padded shoulders to help handle the load. I'm so here for it.

2. Slip on Mom Shoes
Spotted these on a fellow preschool mom at soccer practice the other day and had to have them. They're made by a brand known for comfort and my friend assured me they are crazy durable, she's been rocking hers for a year and they looked great. Perfect to wear with jeans or leggings, this is the kind of shoe I need in my life.

3. Jade Roller
I'm not sure what this Jade Roller is really supposed to do except make my under eyes less baggy and my jowls less saggy so I'm probably going to need two.

4. Aviators
This is my fave brand of sunglasses mostly do to the price point - they tend to all be oversized and I love the two pair that I currently own. This is an aviator style that I don't have and I think they'd make the perfect stocking stuffer.

5. Wine Chiller
Yep, another wine accessory. Hey, I am who I am. This particular wine chiller promises to keep all wine or champagne the perfectly chilled temp for hours thanks to its vacuum-insulated, stainless steel canister. Plus, it's pretty.

6. Vase Book Ends
I really love the style of this set of bookends, which also serve as a flower vase. Bringing greenery or a pop of color into my styled bookshelf makes me happy, so this little set should keep me pleased for days on end.

7. Full on Sweatsuit
I consider this a step up from my velour Juicy track suit days, but I'm always going to be a fan of a full body outfit that is meant to induce laziness. Bring on the sweatsuit!

8. Layered Beaded Necklace
I actually already own this necklace but wanted to put it on the list because it would make a great gift from the husband. It is a little pricey but each strand of beads can be worn alone or paired up to make an endless variety of looks. The brand also happens to be made here in Charlotte by a pair of sisters so I love supporting the home town girls.

9. Cross Body Lucite Handle Tote
I love this price point for a bag with a unique detail (that might not always be in style). It comes in a ton of colors - I actually love the army green - and can hold a good amount of crap without feeling like a total mom bag. I think I need it.

10. Big O Wine Glasses
Yes, they're called Big O glasses, mostly because of the joy you get when you toss them (gently) into the dishwasher and don't have to bother with hand washing. Technically a Syrah glass, the bowl of these babies is large and ready for a generous pour.

11. Heated Car Blanket
I do sometimes feel bad for my kids that I have heated seats and they have to freeze in their car seats as the car warms up, but not bad enough to skip whipping out a heated blanket powered by the cigarette lighter in my car.

12. Denim Baseball Cap
Most of my baseball caps are stolen from my husband so I'm thinking he'll get me this little number just to reclaim all of his Clemson gear.

13. Envelope Clutch
Confession: I love an envelope clutch. I think they're so elegant and timeless. This version is a gorgeous blush color and oversized, so I know it will fit my giant phone and like the entire bottle of Advil I require if I'm planning to stay up past 10pm.

14. Initial Necklace
I love the delicate look of this sweet initial necklace. This happens to be a dupe for a very expensive style and I think it looks just as gorgeous.

15. The Tote
This tote bag has been on my Wish List for years, I don't know why it never ends up under the tree! It can also be monogrammed for a personal touch (hint husbands, monogram it) and has both the crossbody and shoulder straps for easy transitions.

16. Delicate Hammered Ring
I just happen to love the look of this super thin, hammered gold ring. It's available in a few other metals but I think it would be amazing on my right hand pointer finger or stacked with a few of it's friends on my right ring finger.

Happy shopping, fellas!

A few more faves....

Black Friday Shopping Guide 2018

Happy Thanksgiving, Friends! We've eaten all the things, watched the parade, napped, had a walk and I'm making my way toward a glass of wine and a little shopping to round out the day. I hope you spent it with ones that you love and have a full belly to show for it!

I originally intended to just drop my fave sales in my Instagram story swipe ups but had some feedback that the stories expire so quickly that many of you might miss them during travels and such, so a blog round up it is! I've broken down the sales by our favorite retailers and the things we've been loving this fall, complete with all codes you'll need, direct links and anything that I've purchases for myself.

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Anthropologie: 30% off everything
Anthro is one of my all time faves and I've worn a ton of pieces from them this Fall but their gift and home section is really what I'm interested in come sale time. Here are some of my home faves:

and new in clothing is also 30% off, so of course I took a little spin through that section:

I live in Madewell these days - my number one pick would be the 9" High Rise Button Front Skinny Jeans in Hayes wash - it's a universally flattering pair of jeans!

Charlotte Tilbury: Up to 50% off (sales changing throughout the weekend)
Charlotte Tilbury is absolutely a high price point skincare and make up brand to love so when things go on sale, I make moves. If you're new to CT, my absolute fave product is the Magic Cream and I would snag it in this set. I wear her make up daily - and her skin care/masks are the ultimate indulgence.

Old Navy 50% your entire purchase

This sweater and this jacket are my must haves this season from ON!

J.Crew: 40% off your purchase
J. Crew isn't a retailer I shop often because of the price, but when the price is 40% off, I make sure to snag my fave luxe pajamas and usually a jacket or coat, because no one does outerwear like J. Crew!

Serena & Lily: 25% off your purchase
Another retailer than I lust after and shop on sale, I love their lighting options! 

Fave item: the same giraffe as the one we have hanging in our playroom! 

Some of my fave gifts to give are baubles from Kendra Scott - you'll see some of these again on my Gift Guide for her! 

I have and love this pair - but seriously have my eye on this set of crawlers.

Alert, THE sweater tunic is on crazy sale! If you buy anything for yourself, let this be it! 

H&M is where I buy all of the kid's basics - and where we stocked up on most of our Disney gear! Most of their clothing is modern and clean without writing or sayings, which is my preferred way to style the kids.

Baby Girls


Our fave, trusty playroom storage is on crazy markdown - we've moved it three times and it's still in great condition, plus it makes little kid clean up a breeze. 

My parents recently picked up an Amazon Spot and we plan to snag one too, so the kids can video chat with them without carrying around my iPhone. We currently have a traditional Echo and love it.

I live for this thing. We have wall to wall hardwoods and this is the only way I'll mop! 

Our beloved tablets are on sale - they have the best parental controls out there and come complete with a lifetime warranty, which you know we've already cashed in once! You can read more about our tablets and how we use them here.