Thursday, December 31, 2015

A Year in Review


Well help there! Yes I've been gone for what seems like forever, but I'm back! I had all intentions of doing #12DaysofKate,but finals seemed to conquer all of my time and then I was jut feeling free to be on break and not deal with blogging for a bit. Don't get the wrong, I absolutely love blogging, but sometimes you just need some time to tune out and go unplugged. My break was fully unplugged because the first day of break my phone managed to break so I was without a phone for two weeks As enjoyable as it was to take a brief break, it was super difficult to remain connected to everyone. I resorted to Facebook Messenger which worked just fine for the time being, but not having my phone left me absent on practically all forms of social media.

That's just a little recap for all of you, now onto the purpose of this post. Today is the last day of 2015.  This year was actually such an amazing year and probably one of my absolute favorites. Junior year has been my favorite year of high school so far and second semester was absolutely incredible. Not to mention an amazing summer filled with trips, concerts and so much fun. That wraps a year for A Sprinkle of Kate and I'm so stoked to have a super amazing year ahead of me. A resolutions post is on its way...beware I have quite a few. Thank you all for all your support this year and cheers to many more years!

Xoxo

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

#12DaysOfKate {My Favorite Vest}

Vests are my absolute favorite. I find myself constantly grabbing a vest rather than a coat almost always. They make for the perfect outerwear piece and I have quite a few in my collection. Although my two J.Crew excursion vests will forever be loved, this Patagonia vest is my new favorite. The "Los Gatos Vest" is the newest addition to my vest collection and definitely a newly coveted piece. I had wanted this vest for over a year before I decided to splurge a bit and purchase it. It's not too expensive (for around $100), but I wasn't sure how much wear I'd really get out of it. To my surprise I find that it matches everything, fits so well and is overall super versatile. The fit is more snug than my quilted vests, but I like it that way for this style! 

Unfortunately, this vest is sold out in so many places (tears, I know), but it will most definitely be restocked in the spring. It's so worth the wait though! Last year I wanted this for Christmas, but it was sold out literally everywhere and took a while to restock before I ended up ordering it in the fall. I highly recommend this vest if you're looking for a new signature piece that is super cute and comfortable!

One of my favorite ways to wear this vest is with a total black outfit. This features all the attention on this stunning vest. Plus, it's an easy way to be super cute and also comfy (leggings and an oversized sweaterr = best outfit ever!).





Sorry about the lack of photos in this post! A lot of them my hair looked absolutely horrible in and a bunch of them were blurry too!

Shop my outfit below:

Xoxo

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

#12DaysOfKate {Hint of Gold}

Yay it's day 2 of #12DaysofKate! Today I'm sharing a recent find from J.Crew Factory. I managed to snag this sweater at 65% off and I'm totally obsessed with it. I absolutely love the touch of gold on the side seams! It's subtle, yet so adorable! I originally wanted this sweater in gold, but they did not have my size in store and I also realized I have way too many gray sweaters anyways. I paired it with my go-to pair of jeans and favorite ankle booties. December has not hit Chicago quite yet; I've worn shorts the past few days!! It cooled down a bit more, but we're expecting cooler weather in the near future...do a predict a white Christmas? 







Shop my look below:

Xoxo

Monday, December 14, 2015

#12DaysOfKate {Christmas Pajamas}

My Christmas countdown begins with day 1 of #12DaysofKate! I'm so excited to share with you my favorite winter pajamas along with a personal favorite holiday recipe. I've shared these reindeer cookies before, but they're seriously the cutest and I wanted to share them again. I make these cookies practically every year because they are super festive and also delicious! Definitely try out this recipe if you're looking for something new to bake this holiday. Also, I'm never one wear the traditional pajama sets. I personally love them, just never tend to buy them in time for the holiday season. I do love these festive pajama pants though. They're super cute and I paired them with a thrifted waffle shirt for the ultimate comfy and cozy outfit. 







Here's what you'll need for the cookies:

+sugar cookie dough (I just bought the pre-made kind)
+red and green m&m's
+pretzels

1. Create your cookie base with sugar cookie dough in the shape of a circle. 

2. Add "antlers" using the pretzels and eyes/nose using the m&m's.

3. Bake according to your cookie recipe and you're finished!

Stay tuned for the rest of the series #12DaysofKate leading up until Christmas!

Xoxo

Friday, December 11, 2015

TGIF


This being my last week before final exams it has been nothing short of stressful. I have two days of school next week and then two days of final exams. I am feeling #blessed that I have no exams on Friday!! Woo, an extra day of break! I haven't had much of a chance to even study for exams though because I've been busy with final projects, tests, etc. I'm not quite sure why teachers cram everything for just before break...not to mention plenty of practices for drill team to prepare for competitions in the new year. I'm praying that being a second semester senior is as fun as everyone says it is, and much less stressful than first semester. I only have one application left to finish and plan to finish it this weekend or at some point next week. I am so happy that the process is finally over, but I'm still quite terrified to hear back from my top schools. Here's what I'm loving this week.

+12 Days of Outfits
I'm SO excited to announce that starting Monday I'm starting my countdown to Christmas series called 12 days of outfits! Yes, TWELVE OUTFITS! I'm so excited to share so many different outfit ideas for the holidays. These are all different styles, some casual for winter break, some dressy for holiday parties, etc. Stay tuned for the next 12 days to see all that is to come! Get excited and be sure to follow me to never miss a post (or outfit!)!

I've been following along with Frannie and Caroline's Merry & Bright collaboration and I've totally been loving it. They are two of my favorite bloggers (and friends) and all of their posts have been super cute as of late. I'm loving both of their outfit ideas for Christmas...see them here! (Caroline // Frannie)

+Fun Things To Do Over Winter Break
Winter break is quickly approaching (please come sooner though!) and my fave Youtuber, Danielle Marie has got you covered on a few fun things to do over break. I tend to lounge pretty much all of break, but it's so fun to do festive things like go Christmas shopping, sip a warm drink and go ice skating. I haven't taken full advantage of Chicago around Christmastime in past years, but this year I'm trying to enjoy everything Chicago has to offer during the holiday season!

+KJP & Sarah Vickers Wedding
My absolute favorite couple just got married and I couldn't be more excited. I'm utterly obsessed with Kiel James Patrick and Sarah Vickers and I'm so happy they are finally married. They are so perfect to each other and their wedding was just beautiful and in a Christmas tree farm. How perfect! They are such #goals (ew, can't believe I just referenced that!), but seriously they are! Ah! See photos on KJP's Instagram!

Have an amazing weekend and stay tuned for Monday ;)!

Xoxo

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Gift Guide {The Fellas}

I think guys can be especially difficult to shop for if you go beyond the classic clothes, shoes and cologne departments. When I'm purchasing gifts for my brother and dad I tend to stick to something that I already know is a personal favorite of theirs to ensure they will like it. But, honestly the one gift I have found that most guys love is flannels. I have purchased both flannels for my dad and brother multiple times and found them to wear these nonstop. It's a pretty universal piece for almost any guy's style so if you're super lost, go with a quality flannel & a gift receipt. Here are some other great ideas of what to get the fellas in your life.


Gift Guide {Your Guys}

I'm mainly basing this gift guide off of my brother because he seems to be the only boy I have to shop for (and my dad). Anything Vineyard Vines is always good because their quality is amazing, and they have super basic pieces that your guy will sure to wear all the time.

Another great option is cologne. If you happen to know your guy's favorite, he could always use a spare bottle of it. Like I said above, if all else fails, get your guy a flannel! I know it sounds crazy how much I'm telling you, but I swear they'll wear it!

Shop the gift guide below:

What are you getting the guys in your life this Christmas?

Xoxo

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

The 12 Days of Love Letter Writing


If you read last week's TGIF you might remember me talking about The World Needs More Love Letters. If you're unfamiliar, the goal of the organization is to mail hundreds of love letters to people who need them most. Each month they curate a list of about four people to write letters to. They give a little back story on each person and where to mail your letter to.

Immediately after discovering this site I pulled out my cutest stationary and began writing. It is such an incredible concept to be able to write a letter to someone you do not know in hopes of helping them through whatever they are dealing with. 

Because it is the holiday season it is the perfect time to give back and help someone in need. This year they are hosting The 12 Days of Letter Writing. From December 7-18, a new letter request will be posted on their request page. All letters must me mailed by December 19th, so get writing! This is the perfect way to help someone this holiday season and surely bring a smile to their face. Read more about their mission here!

This is an incredible opportunity to give back that you should not pass up!

Are you writing letters this holiday season?

Xoxo


Tuesday, December 8, 2015

5 Ways to Get in The Christmas Spirit


Ever since I entered high school it has always been especially difficult for me to get into the Christmas spirit. I think it's because finals are typically a week before Christmas and I'm too focused on passing my classes that I can't fully get into the holly jolly spirit! Each year I try harder and harder to enjoy the holiday season and I'm especially thankful that this year is my last year in high school for Christmas. Next year I will have a much longer break so I can truly enjoy the holiday season.

I completely understand that studying for final exams is always the priority during the holiday season, but here are five ways to get in the Christmas spirit.

+1. Create a playlist
Christmas music being on constant repeat is probably the best thing about the holiday season. I love listening to festive tunes while in the car on the radio, but when I'm at home I love listening to my own personalized playlist, complete with all of my favorite Christmas songs. I shared this playlist with you too! Read more here. Even if you're caught studying you can totally play Christmas tunes softly in the background!


+2. Decorate for the holiday season
I've attempted to keep focus during these past few weeks of school, but sometimes your brain just needs a break. Whenever I'm feeling swamped or my brain is fried I like to take a study break and do something fun. The other day I took my break to print out fun pictures from Pinterest (are you following?) to create a cute gallery wall. I decorated my wall during the summer with bright fun images, but I decided it was time for a change! Take a look at my Christmas board for inspiration.

+3. Give & be kind
The Christmas season isn't all about the presents and Santa Clause. Christmas is about giving to those that need it and also being kind to others. Just doing something as simple as complimenting someone can truly make their day. Try giving at least 3 genuine compliments a day this holiday season. Also, give to those in need. Adopt a family for Christmas and buy them gifts they could not otherwise afford, send a love letter to those struggling, or donate change to the Salvation Army.

+4. Bake something festive
I have yet to take advantage of my new kitchen, but I'm hoping to whip up some Christmas cookies before Christmas. Baking Christmas cookies is one of my favorite things to do during the holiday season because it is so much fun and so delicious! It's also super fun to gift these cookies to family and friends. I'm in a few secret santas this year so I'm hoping to include a few homemade cookies with their gift. Check out these this adorable reindeer cookie recipe from my archive.

+5. Get shopping
This year I decided not to purchase all of my Christmas gifts on Black Friday because although I got really great deals I realized it took a lot of the fun out of Christmas shopping. I love going shopping with my mom and sister a few days before Christmas Eve to get any final presents. It's so much fun to enjoy a warm drink, walk in the brisk winter air, and appreciate the many lights and decorations in the malls near me.

What are your favorite things to do during the holiday season?

Xoxo

Monday, December 7, 2015

Gift Guide {My Wishlist}

This year for Christmas I feel like there is a lot on my list, so I'm leaving it up to Santa to pick out a couple things that he thinks I deserve. Most of my gifts are pretty expensive this year, just because I would rather receive one nice gift than multiple small ones that will lose value quickly. My list can also be used as a gift guide if you're looking for what to give a friend my age (hint: I'm 18). I'm obviously not expecting to receive all (or any for that matter) of these gifts for Christmas, but these are some things I'm totally loving.


Gift Guide {My Wishlist}


I think the number one thing on my list this year is a Tory Burch wallet. My current wallet is a cute Kate Spade one that a friend gave to me, but I really want a nice, zip wallet that I can use for the next few years. Of course I'd love it in navy, but practically everything I own is navy so I'll rather settle for a camel or pink one.

I've been debating purchasing a GoPro for the past couple years because it seems like such a fun thing to have. I feel like I could make such cool videos if I could bring it on trips or to concerts. Last year it was on my wishlist, but definitely not at the top. This year it's much higher up, but I'm still not totally sure about how much use I'd get out of it.

One other thing I've been wanting for a while is new makeup. The current makeup I have just isn't doing it for me and I want to go to Sephora or Nordstrom and talk to an artist there and see what products would work best for me. The problem with makeup is that if it's not drugstore, it tends to be super expensive. That's why I thought it'd be a great idea as a Christmas gift in the form of a Sephora or Nordstrom gift card. Stay tuned for more gift guides to come this week!

Shop my Christmas list below:

What's #1 on your list for Christmas this year?

Xoxo

Friday, December 4, 2015

TGIF

I wish I could spend all of my time holiday shopping!

This week has been hell. Between long practices, piling homework and test overload I've had trouble keeping it together. Thankfully I only have a week plus finals before break (eep!). I cannot wait to be free from school & stress for two whole weeks. And I cannot wait for Christmas. It's just always difficult getting into the Christmas spirit when you have to study for exams. Anyways, I have my second dance competition tomorrow and a spirit assembly & basketball game tonight. I'm going to be exhausted by the end of Saturday, but I'm so excited to spend Sunday at the spa for my grandma's birthday. It will be much needed r&r. Here are a few things I'm loving. 


This is just about the coolest thing ever. I discovered it thanks to Olivia and I'm in love with this concept. Basically, each month they hand select four people to send love letter bundles to. That's where you, yes you, come in. They give a little backstory to the person who you'll write letters to and their address. Immediately after I found the site it said the letters needed to be in the mail by the fourth so I grabbed my cutest stationary and got writing! It's so amazing how these letters have changed peoples lives. A definite MUST try!

+What would your Gossip Girl life be like?
I'm a sucker for all BuzzFeed quizzes and especially when it has anything to do with Gossip Girl. Take the quiz and see. I got "Queen of the Upper East Side", what did you get?

+Freddy My Love
I recently discovered that one of my favorite YouTubers, Freddy, has a blog! First off, I love her channel because she has an obsession with pink and I'm in love with her accent. She's so beautiful, I'm not quite sure why she's not a Victoria's Secret model...but the photos on her blog are stunning. Not to mention her incredible style!

+25 Days of Christmas
Have you been tuning in to watch ABC Family's 25 days of Christmas? I've been watching The Santa Clause for the past two days. It's probably one of my favorites! View the complete schedule here. Also, is anyone else heated they're changing their name from ABC family to Freeform? I'm not sure how I feel about it...

Have an incredible weekend!

Xoxo

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Holiday Playlist

The best thing about Christmas has to be the nonstop Christmas music everywhere you go. I cannot deny that I started listening to Christmas music well before Thanksgiving, but thankfully now it is widely accepted to start listening. I've compiled my absolute favorite Christmas songs into a playlist that I'm totally obsessed with (& my friends are too). I'm constantly adding new songs that I forgot, so be sure to keep listening! Enjoy!


What's your favorite Christmas song? I'd love to hear any suggestions of what to add!

Xoxo

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Gift Guide {Under $25}

I'm part of way too many secret santa's this year, but thankfully $25 seems to be the limit for the gifts. I love buying people presents during the holiday season, but it tends to add up when you're buying for multiple family members and friends. Here are a few gift ideas that won't break the bank!


Gift Guide {Under $25}


One of my favorite gifts I ever received from a secret santa was a pair of pajamas from Old Navy. I remember falling in love with them from the start because they were oversized and so comfy. Although I couldn't find a super cheap pair of pajamas, I think all of these would make great gifts. You can truly never go wrong with simple winter accessories; a cute scarf or pom pom hat. Also, beauty items are super easy because they also tend to have holiday sets for sale.

If you're totally unsure of what to get someone just go for something you'd like and give a gift receipt. More often than not if I'm buying for someone I don't know too well I like to think of what I'd like to receive and usually the person ends up loving what I pick!

What secret santa gifts are you giving this year?

Xoxo 

Monday, November 30, 2015

{Outfit} Christmas Tree Shopping

One of my absolute favorite Christmas traditions is that each year my family heads north to chop down our Christmas tree. I absolutely love the fact that we get to pick out the tree and make a fun day out of it spending time looking amongst the tree or at the lodge that is filled with golden retrievers. I also love having a real tree because it smells so good and it's so much more authentic. This year I knew it would be pretty chilly when we went so I opted for a super thick sweater and a vest. I also wore Hunters because there has been a history of mud at this tree farm. 







Shop my outfit below:

What's your go-to winter outfit?

Xoxo

Thursday, November 26, 2015

10 Things I'm Thankful For


Happy Thanksgiving! I hope your day is full with family, food and so much love. I also hope you snag the best deals ever if you go Black Friday shopping. 

1. I am thankful for my amazing family that may drive me insane, but that I love so much
2. I am thankful to live in the United States with so many opportunities. 
3. I am thankful for my warm and cozy home home.
4. I am thankful for the friends that are always there for me. 
5. I am thankful for my parents that support me in everything I do.
6. I am thankful for my school, although I kind of hate going, but it provides me with a great education.
7. I am thankful for my dance team that is filled with such amazing girls and coaches.
8. I am thankful for this holiday that brings all of my family together under one roof. 
9. I'm thankful for YouTube because it makes me smile every day--sorry I had to put it in there. 
10. I am so thankful for this blog and all of my readers. Thank you for supporting me!

Have an amazing Thanksgiving!

Xoxo

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Winter Styles

I feel like it's too early to be posting about winter, but with the weather we've been having it seems totally fitting. I'm totally dumbfounded by the intense snow we had over the weekend and on top of that the leaves still continue to fall. It's such a weird thing to see leaves on top of snow...

Anyways, I've been in search of the perfect winter coat and have yet to find it. I have a navy toggle coat from Asos that I totally love, but I need more of a snow coat that's made out of legit "winter coat" material. I'm dying for one with a fur hood and I've found so many options, but none that are just quite right. I've also been picturing my winter style and I'm picturing black ankle booties, plenty of scarves, cowl neck sweaters, and lots of (faux) fur. Here's a what I'm envisioning.






I was channeling my inner European street stylist on this post. I'm totally loving the effortless look of neutrals and tons of warmth this winter.

What are you thinking of wearing this winter?

Xoxo

Monday, November 23, 2015

{A Guide To} Black Friday Shopping


I thought I'd get this post out early in the week so you have plenty of time to plan your Black Friday route. If you can't tell, I'm a little obsessed with Black Friday shopping. There's just something so fun about shopping in the middle of the night! My cousin Carly and I go every year, but each year we step it up a notch. Our first time was just going early to a couple of stores with her mom, but after that experience we realized we were missing out on so much in years past! This year we'll be hitting up every mall near me and snagging as much as we can! We go through the night now, leaving around 10 or 11 pm and returning at 5 the next morning. Here are my tips for survival!


+Do your research
Look ahead of time to see what sales are going on for Black Friday. Last year we didn't even check before we went so we didn't end up getting that great of deals. This year I've been doing my research and checking what some of the deals are so I know what stores I want to go to. I don't feel like Black Friday has the most amazing deals in the world, the reason I go is because I think it's so fun to shop in the middle of the night #shopaholic.

+Make a plan
You don't have to plan out every single second of your night, but plan ahead which malls you're going to and what stores you'd like to go to. Be sure to also check local mall hours to see what stores will be open and what time they'll be open. Last year Carly and I went to a mall near us only to find that only a few of the stores were even open...total bust.

+Prepare for long lines and big crowds
Black Friday is a big event and you have to be prepared for long lines at stores and large crowds of people. At one of the malls we went to last year I had never even seen a crowd so big at that mall before. It's going to be crowded so plan accordingly. 

+Caffeinate
Last year I knew I would be driving around all night so I bought a giant Red Bull to help keep me alert at night. This was a great idea and I didn't feel tired until the last few stores we went to. Starbucks and/or Dunkin Donuts will most likely be open to get your coffee fix. You're going to need the energy to be shopping all night!

+Be safe
Black Friday shopping can be dangerous though. For one people are especially desperate to get the best deals so they can be a little feisty in the stores. But also, there are plenty of drunk drivers out from Thanksgiving so if you're driving late at night/early in the morning you need to be especially aware of this. 

If all fails, there's always Cyber Monday...

Do you go Black Friday shopping?

Xoxo

Friday, November 20, 2015

TGIF

So we're supposed to get snow this weekend. Um what? 

Phew, what a long week this has been. It's been my first full week in a while and I'm especially thankful it's over. This weekend my team has our first competition on Saturday. I'm super excited, but also super nervous to see how everything goes. Aside from that, I'm spending this weekend and the majority of next week finalizing and sending in all of my college apps. My dad is only allowing me to go Black Friday shopping if all of my apps are done, so I better get those in! 

Even with the stress of applications, I'm SO excited for Thanksgiving! I kind of hate Thanksgiving food (oops), but I love spending time with my family. We host every year and this year our total comes out at 40 people. Please pray! Here are a few things I've been loving this week!

I'm so excited to announce that my holiday shop is now LIVE! I've compiled some of my favorite things that I think would make great gifts for anyone in your life. I'm so excited for you guys to see my picks and hopefully get some inspiration as to what to get your loved ones for Christmas. I also have a few gift guides coming up in the next few weeks so stay tuned!!

The wise Kate from A Lonestar State of Southern shares her tips on how to have the best day ever! She is always in such a happy mood and I'm eager to try out her tips so I can stay in a better mood on these rough and cold days. 

Okay, I know I'm getting a little bit ahead of myself with all of this Christmas talk when Thanksgiving hasn't even passed, but this is for those folks who like to plan everything super in advance. Marie Claire gives ten different party ideas that you have yet to think of...there truly can only be so many ugly sweater parties. I do a secret santa with my friends each year, but we have yet to decide on some sort of theme!

As much as Thanksgiving is about tradition, there's always room to try a little something new. Here are a few dessert recipes that look amazing and are a bit different from your classic pumpkin and apple pie options. 

Have a great weekend!

Xoxo

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Get It Done


Senior year is not what I expected whatsoever. I imagined breezing by in school, applications not taking up all of my time, and drill team being all fun and spirit. Boy was I wrong! This year has been the most stressful yet, but college is in the near future that it's motivating enough to get things done. Today I'm sharing my tips with you on how to get sh** done. I am definitely a procrastinator, but this year especially it has been crucial that I complete things in a timely fashion because deadlines are deadlines and schools are not going to care about why you "couldn't turn something in on time". Here's my advice to get things done, & fast.

+Change your space
One of my favorite places to do work is Starbuck's. I bring my backpack and laptop, buy a drink and settle down at a table where I can work undisturbed. My favorite drink choices include a strawberry acai, iced caramel macchiato or a passion tea lemonade. I find that a change of space is the best thing for me to actually focus and get everything done. I also function best when I don't have anyone to complain to about my stress, homework or whatever is irritating me at the moment. At Starbuck's I can just plug in my music, sip my drink and work. 

+Keep yourself motivated
Whenever I'm feeling swamped with applications I like to remind myself of why I'm completing these applications. As silly as it sounds I like to look up pictures, bid day videos and more of the schools I'm applying to. This makes me extra motivated to go to college because it looks like so much fun.

+SelfControl
I've talked about this app before, but I'll bring it up again because I'm obsessed with it. SelfControl is an app you can install on your computer that restricts the websites you're allowed to use for a designated amount of time. You can specify these sites using a BlackList. This BlackList is the list of websites you're not allowed to go on during the time span. Some of these for me include YouTube, Pinterest, Netflix and a few blogs I tend to read when I am getting distracted. This is the best app I've ever come across! It keeps you SO focused because you can't do anything besides your work. 

What are your tips to staying focused?

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Vineyard Vines Party Recap

I mentioned a while ago that I went to my local Vineyard Vines store for a fun opening party. I'm finally getting around to doing a recap and I'm so excited to share with you the details of the event.

The Vineyard Vines store has been open in Oakbrook for a while now, but they finally hosted their opening party just a few weeks ago. Vineyard Vines had a similar event two years ago at their Michigan Avenue pop-up store in Chicago and you can read about that event here.

When I first arrived at the event I was greeted by a giant blow up whale character at the door. By the way, I apologize for the lack of quality photos, but as soon as I arrived at the event I realized I left my SD card at home...story of my life.



I also had the pleasure of meeting up with Kathleen while at the event! Kathleen and I met up over the summer (read about that here), but it was so great to finally see her again.



The event was so well put together and the stuff was incredibly friendly. One awesome feature they had was the activity to sign old ties that they would then hang around the store. I jumped at the opportunity and found the cutest tie I could find and wrote "A Sprinkle of Kate" on it. Although, I have yet to go back to the store to see it hung up. If you're ever there be sure to look for it!


My absolute favorite part of all Vineyard Vines events has to be the adorable (& delicious) whale cookies they serve. They had some of the cutest appetizers I've ever seen (I'm talking mini mac and cheese bites, itty bitty lobster tacos and mini hamburgers). The food was super bite sized and seriously so cute! And the lobster tacos were delicious.



Another perk of Vineyard Vines events is getting to meet Shep & Ian. It's always cool to put a face to a brand and actually meet them in person. I met them at the last event, but this year they were signing posters and hats too. They are super friendly and fun to chat with. They even let the girl behind me in line pick something out for her birthday from the store!


If you're ever given the opportunity to attend any store opening I highly suggest you go. It's a super fun place to socialize, shop and have a few appetizers.

Have you ever attended a store opening?

Xoxo

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Blogger Bliss {Sailing The Sea of Style}

I stumbled upon Sloane's blog a while back and have never stopped reading. I absolutely love her writing style and her photos are so stunning. She also has amazing taste and I love seeing the way she pairs things in her outfit posts. She has an effortless style that is best describes as "70s All-American girl meets Scandinavian cool". She has the most unique pieces them and curates such incredible outfits that I am always obsessed with. 

If you haven't checked out Sloane's blog yet you've got to give it a go. Not only does she discuss style, but also her favorite places in NYC, plenty of travel posts and fantastic playlists. 





Xoxo

Monday, November 16, 2015

Thanksgiving Outfit Ideas

I cannot believe Thanksgiving is almost here. I truly think it's the weather. I'm used to November being absolutely freezing and December being even more cold than I thought possible. Yesterday I was out and about and it was 65 degrees...in November. What! Anyways, Thanksgiving is quickly approaching and I'm pretty stumped on what to wear. I've curated two different looks of ideas of what to wear for Thanksgiving depending on how formal your event is. We're hosting 40 people for Thanksgiving (an all time record for us!) and I couldn't be more excited for a day full of family, food and most importantly Black Friday shopping!




Thanksgiving Outfit #2


For some reason I've been totally obsessed with high necklines recently! I am so in love with the look on the right especially and I have a skirt super similar so I might create a look similar to that one for Thanksgiving. My family dresses up, but it's still a pretty casual event so I'm safe wearing a skirt, sweater and cute boots.

What are you thinking of wearing for Thanksgiving?

Xoxo