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This is my favorite time of the year because I love any reason to entertain and the holidays are seriously the perfect excuse to throw a dinner party. Dinner parties are my jam, especially one’s with good friends and delicious cocktails.  During the holidays I love to have festive drinks for my guests when they walk through the door.  We love to keep it casual when it comes to hosting at our house.  Patrick normally throws something amazing on the grill and I whip up the sides, salads, and a few hors d’oeuvres to start the night. I never met a cheese plate I didn’t like.  Recently I picked up this marble board that is perfect for a large spread of different starters for everyone to enjoy.

One of our must-haves during the holidays is having a fully stocked bar.  (You know everyone is in need of a cocktail or two during the hustle and bustle of December). I love to take our entry table and turn it into an accessible spot for everyone to serve themselves.  I try to make sure everyone feels at home when they walk through the door, so making sure everything easy is key. Thanks to Absolut, our bar got a little POP of color this year with their limited edition Andy Warhol bottle.

My favorite holiday cocktail reciepe is a Winter Sea Breeze

1 part Absolut Vodka

1 part Grapefruit Juice

Fill the rest with champagne or prosecco

Garnish with fresh cranberries and thyme to add a festive flare!

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My little santa shop has logged some major hours on the internet finding some of the most lusted after gifts this season. Due to a little set back- the 2014 Gift Guide will be up and running soon! For now, here is a sneak peek at the some top Beauty must-haves for this holiday season.

 LORAC Lip Luster Set / Dior Addict Lip Glow (a favorite!) / AERIN Beauty Rose Balm / The Lip Slip Balm / NARS lipstick / Keepsake- Nude Lip Set / Tory Burch Lipstick / Bobbi Brown Lip Balm

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This Dallas weather is throwing me for quite the loop. Last week it was in the 80’s and today the 30’s. Being this is our first winter in Texas, I have been going through my closet trying to make some room for pieces I know will be in constant rotation throughout these mild (or so I thought) winter months.  One of my favorite trends, as of late, is the oversized vest-coat.  I picked up this Theory vest a few weeks ago and have since become obsessed. I have been wearing it everywhere this week; to the grocery store, out to lunch, and even on date night. Pretty much the perfect thing to throw on over any outfit.

I also might be late to the game, but I just recently found a new love for J.Crew denim.  Talk about fitting like a glove, these black jeans are a new favorite of mine. They have the perfect amount of stretch, but don’t give you saggy knees (I hope you know what I am talking about) by the end of the day.  The best part is everything is 25% off right now, so it’s even a better reason to buy them in every color.

* I know it is a little early to be talking about the Holidays but I just can’t wait. Stay tuned on Monday for my best ever Gift Guide. I have been working day and night to find the best items to buy this holiday season! 


Theory Faux Fur Vest (20% off) / Tilly Sweater (25% with code: SHOPNOW)/ Lookout Highrise Jeans in Black (25% with code: SHOPNOW) / Wide Calf Hair Belt (25% with code: SHOPNOW) / Kate Spade Clutch (old/similar here) / Madewell Bracelet (old/similar here) / Catbird Rings / Essie Lollipop / Rag and Bone Newbury Booties (my favorite)

Happy Friday! and Happy Shopping!

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photography by Merritt Beck


The definite weather shift in Dallas has caused me to scramble for those sweaters in the back of my closet.  I am craving all things plaid, oversized and comfy while still staying chic.  I turn into a total homebody when the temperature drops which normally has me craving some interior updates, new holiday decor and yummy fall recipes.

Here are a few items that I want right now


New Balance 620 for J.Crew (on sale with the code GETWARM)/ Textured Slouchy Sweater / Big Top Balloon Bookend / Clare Vivier Flat Clutch / Kai Hand Cream / Keep Going Print / La Superbe Sweatshirt / Knotted Tassle Earrings (under $50) / Chelsea Rain Boots / Mon Amour Matches / Found My Animal Leash / Checkered Coat / Camille Styles Entertaining Book / Gorjana Mave Ring / Oui Ring / Shimmer Bar Ring 

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Twas’ three days before Christmas and our vacation is finally starting to turn around. We headed to Kansas City to enjoy a little early white Christmas and celebrate Patrick’s birthday this weekend but not without a few hiccups.  Nothing like a little stomach flu to start off this vacation. Finally after a few days in bed, we are back and ready to spend Christmas in sunny Arizona. These next couple days I will be sharing a few of our holiday traditions with y’all.

If you are traveling this Holiday season, I hope you have a safe and happy holiday.

If you are still in need of some last minute gifts today, here are tons of ideas for Her, for Him, for the Gym Bag, for the Little Ones, Stocking Stuffers, Under $50, Under $100, for the Beauty Babe , and  for the Hostess, you can also click the Holiday Gift Guide on the side bar :)

On another note, Congratulations to Dawn S., the winner of the Nespresso Pixie Aluminum and Aeorcino Milk Frother Giveaway! Thank you to everyone who entered! Also, you still have one more day to enter the Sesame “Celebrate” Gift set, which is the perfect way to ring in the new year!

Happy Holidays!

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We all have those Mondays (especially during the holiday season) where the start of the week comes just a little too soon. Maybe you’re still feeling the side effects of that Holiday party last night or just didn’t get quite enough sleep the entire weekend.  Thankfully my friends from Nespresso are here to help with the Monday (or Tuesday or Wednesday) blues. So too beat those tired eyes one lucky winner will receive a Nespresso Pixie Aluminum and an Aeorcino Milk Frother.

With snow filled mornings, coffee is essential for those early wake up calls (my day normally starts before 6:00am). I know I am not alone when I say that being busy during the holidays is an understatement, so when the folks at Nespresso sent me the Pixie to try, I was so excited to share with you their amazing 21 flavors of Grand Cru coffee. I can make a “better than the coffee shop” espresso in less than a minute, which is key for rushed mornings.

In order to take a deep breath during the Holiday season, one of our favorite things is to have a relaxing Sunday morning in bed. Sleeping in, cuddling with our two Goldendoodles (Molly and Zoey) and breakfast in bed are a few of our favorite things. It is so nice to enjoy some quiet time before the hustle and bustle of shopping for last minute holiday gifts.

So whether you are rushing around or just need a moment of peace, Nespresso and I want you to enjoy a Tasteful Holiday season.  All you have to do is fill out the Raffelcopter below to win a Nespresso Pixie for you (or even to give as a gift!).  The giveaway ends next Monday, so be sure to enter!
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Nespresso Pixie Aluminum and Aerocino Milk Frother / Anthropologie Initial Mug / Anthropologie Bowls (one sale!) / Napkin Set (on sale!) / Essie Lollipop Nailpolish / Catbird Threadbare Rings / Cable Sweater from Chicwish (c/o)

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Cold weather means dry hands and lips, thankfully Bliss and Laura Mericer have me covered this winter season.  Also a pair of cozy, cashmere gloves don’t hurt either! 
I have been wearing this combo on repeat all week long. These boyfriend jeans are the best thing since sliced bread.  
Planning a few meals with the leftovers.  Thanks to new Lemonade LA cookbook, I have the perfect sandwhich receipe for the next day.  
I finally had a chance to organize all of my jewelry (quick note: I have never owned a real jewelry box). 

Ya’ll this weekend was so productive, which means that I have a ton to show you this week and next! I don’t know if its all of the Holiday pinning going on, the lights twinkling on our main street or the fact that I enjoyed my first Shiner Cheer of the season this weekend, but I am in full Holiday mode.  I guess it is perfect timing because every day this week I will be bringing you the perfect Gift Guides for everyone on your list.  Guys, there are so many things you will not want to miss, maybe even pick out a few things for yourself while you are at it!

Remember when I told you I actually enjoy the hustle and bustle at the mall during the Holidays? Well next week all the girls in my family will be venturing out for a little shopping (ladies, when I say a “little” shopping, I really mean A LOT of shopping) You know the kind where you barely stop for lunch.  I know most people would rather just make a one stop shop to the World Wide Web, so hopefully these Gift Guides will help you cross off everything on your list (and even a little more!) Stay tuned for the second guide coming your way soon! 

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I wanted to share with you an exciting project that some of you may already know about, my friend Erin just launched her new company Grandiflora today.  It is a well curated and designed home decor website.  The difference between Grandiflora and other companies is that Erin designed almost every piece in the shop.  Each item was created from the very beginning. Being somewhat of an expert in the product development field, Erin has come up with creative, inspired products that can be used in almost every room in the home.  My favorites are the Asta Rug, the Mercury Glass vases (perfect for Holiday centerpieces), and the Cowhide Stool.  So hop on over and check out the first collection today! Also, do not miss the Lookbook, it is definitely Pin-worthy! 

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images all from Grandiflora 


31Bits Bracelet (c/o) / Flare Jeans (old/ similar here) / J. Crew Boyfriend Sweater / Rory Beca Blazer (similar here) / Zara Heels / Kate Spade Bag / Catbird Rings / JewelMint Bracelet and Ring (c/o) / Maybeline Elixr in Rasberry Rhapsody (c/o)

I knew one day my flared jeans would come back! Well really, I have never given up on them because for a petite (okay, short) girl they definitely give length to shorter legs. Pairing flared jeans with a swing sweater and a structured blazer is the perfect look for a date night. My friends over at 31Bits just released their new Holiday campaign. If you are not familiar with this amazing company, they teach women in Uganda how to make jewelry out of 100 percent recycled paper and the women earn fair income from the pieces sold. So, really not only is the jewelry beautiful, you can feel good wearing it! Be sure to check out the sparkly line, and Julia is just darling in the campaign too!

I have always wanted to try a berry lip. I am actually I total red lipstick kind of girl (thanks to my friend Michelle) but this Fall I wanted to switch it up. So what are your thoughts about the berry lip? Do you like it or should I stick with red?

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Can you believe it is already time to start thinking about gifts? I think that it may be the stores or the town I live in, but I am already feeling that Holiday cheer.  My goal this year is to purchase all of my gifts early, so I can just enjoy the holidays with my family and friends.  Honestly, I am a big fan of the hustle and bustle around the Holidays, but this year I want to just enjoy the busy instead of waiting in hour long lines at the checkout or dressing room. I know there are a few of you out there that want to get a jump start too! 

I had so much fun making this years’ Gift Guides! So, to get you into the Holiday spirit today I am kicking off this series with the ladies! Whether it be for your BFF, daughter or you want to treat yourself, there is something for just about every girl in your life.  

Long Sleeve Sweater ($22) / Monogram Bracelet ($129) / iPhone 5 Case ($60) / Bridesmaid Fund Pouch ($38.50) / Nirvana Fragrance ($75) / Gingam PJ’s ($96) / Lucite Letter ($68) / I Love You Rings ($198 for 3) / Sneaker High Tops ($250) / Leopard Clutch ($195) / Lace Bralette ($25) / Angora Snood ($99) / Tres Chic Gloves ($58)

So starting in two weeks, I will be sharing an entire week of gift ideas that include Gifts for Him, for the Little Ones, for the Hostess, for the Home Owner, Gifts Under $100, Gifts Under $50, Stocking Stuffers and a few others that will make your list complete! Stay tuned! 

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