Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Chevron X Floral

Jacket ℅ | Top ℅ Jeans | Heels (similar style) | Purse ℅ | Necklace ℅  | Earrings 

Happy Wednesday and Happy New Years! I hope you all had a wonderful time celebrating this festive time of year. 

I took a brief hiatus over the holidays as everything was go, go, go, and there wasn't any extra time to breathe (we all know how it goes this time of year). We were up in Dallas with Adam's family for Christmas, and then we headed to the Dominican Republic for a much need vacation over the new year. 

We were on our trip for ten days, and both made a conscious decision to not work on the trip, but instead focus on rest, relaxation, reading and just enjoying 1-1 time. It was perfect, and just what the doctor ordered. I read three books, ate the most delicious food, and enjoyed a margarita or two, plus, daily walks on the beach. We just got back this past weekend, so I'm in the midst of playing a lot of catch up. Definitely expect a travel summery on our trip soon! 

Before the holidays, I hosted a shopping party at one of my favorite boutiques, Trina Turk. I have long been a fan of the brand. From the bold prints and patterns, to bright colors, what's not to love. When I saw this gorgeous tweed jacket, which is made in France, I knew I had to have it. It also has the cutest fringe shorts that match, which I purchased too. The entire matchy matchy ensemble will be perfect for spring. But while winter is still here, and the temps are cooler, I paired it with these dark jeans that play up the navy hue in the jacket. You could also pair the top and jacket with winter white pants, or a cute pencil skirt. Perfect for casual Friday or a night out.

Be sure to check out all the fun, resort ready pieces from Trina Turk. Right now, all of their sale items are an additional 20% off. I've linked some of my favorite things below!

Saturday, December 24, 2016

Merry Christmas + A Festive Giveaway

Dress ℅ Shoes | Necklace & Bracelet designed by Jessie Dugan - currently sold exclusively at Miles David & Define Living

Merry Christmas and Happy Hanukkah! 

In my family we've always celebrated on Christmas Eve, and then spend Christmas Day going to as many movies as we possibly can. I know everyone's family has different traditions, but one tradition that is always the same is presents...lots of presents! 

This lace little black dress from Shabby Apple made it easy to make my list and check it twice. The mock neck collar adds the perfect winter touch, and the sheer sleeves and hem give it a subtle appeal. Check out some of their other great, vintage inspired pieces below.

I've teamed up with Shabby Apple to give one lucky winner a sweet holiday treat - a dress of your choice! To enter, simply head to Instagram, follow me and Shabby Apple, and tag a friend that would love a chance to win, too! Winner will be chosen a week from today, on December 30th! Good luck!

I hope you all have a happy, healthy, and wonderful holiday weekend with family and friends! Enjoy the last few days of 2016! xoxo

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Deck the Halls with a Festive Tablescape

Centerpiece | Santa wine glass | Cookie plate (similar style) | Bottle topper | Napkin rings (similar style) | Santa & Mrs. Claus candles | Stir sticks (similar style) | Candle holder | Napkins | Placemat (similar style)  

It's that time of year. If you're hosting friends and family for Christmas, you are going to want to be the perfect hostess. From how to create the perfect tablescape, to making them feel at home, I've got you covered.

1. Create and atmosphere that's inviting. Whether it's moving around furniture to make it more conducive to entertaining, or making extra counter space in the guest bathroom, be sure to do your prep work before your guests arrive. There's nothing worse than having them arrive and being unprepared. If this happens, they'll end up feeling like they're imposing on your time and your space. Also, remember you are sharing your house, so even if it's people you know really well, or are just getting acquainted with, nothing is off limits (i.e., if there's something you don't want them to touch, see, or sit on, put it away beforehand). 

2. Make them feel at home. Think of the necessities that people need when staying somewhere. I often like to think about what amenities hotels provide when I'm preparing for a guest. Men are a little easier than women, as they don't require as much, but I'd rather have too much to offer my guests than too little. For example, I'm a bathrobe junkie, so I love having a bathrobe on hand when a guest comes into town. Toothpaste, toothbrushes, shampoo, conditioner, body lotion and plenty of towels are must-have's too. Having a spare blow dryer is always great and extra blankets (for the bed and to cozy up with).  When in doubt, consider what you wish you had when you're at someone else's home. Even if you think you provided them with everything under the sun, make sure to check-in and see if there's anything else they need. At the end of the day, respect their privacy. I don't think anyone loves staying at other people's houses, so whether they want to do an activity alone, or decide to sleep in until 11am, be respectful. 

3. Do your homework. Do your guests have food allergies, is there something they do not eat, is there something they love to eat that you want to have on hand...all these are great things to know when hosting. Depending on the degree of closeness, you probably already know the answer to these questions. However, if your guests are newer friends or new to the family, there's nothing wrong with tactfully writing an email or having a simple phone call with them ahead of time. You can start by telling them how thrilled you are they are coming, and then go into what you're preparing for dinner, or what restaurants you're planning to dine at. This will make it easy to see whether or not there's things they like or don't like. Don't be embarrassed to ask either, but at the end of the day if you feel uncomfortable, make your significant other do the asking. That's what they're there for anyways, right!? haha. 

4. Create the perfect setting. Decorating the dining room table for an intimate dinner or for holidays with the family, is definitely one of my favorite things. I love decorating with the colors of the season and the holiday in mind. Whether it's silver and blue for Hanukkah or green and red for Christmas, it brings out the holiday cheer. The simple red, white and green color scheme is not only perfect for Christmas, but through the winter season as well. The Santa & Mrs. Clause candlesticks, polka dot placemats, and snowman napkin rings (similar style here), will make all your guest's nostalgic and reminiscent of the past. My favorite addition to my holiday collection this year were these Santa wine glasses. They're just too much fun. All the holiday decor that is pictured is currently up to 40% off. Shop it here

What are some of your hostessing tips? I would love to hear them. Also, if you have any questions on last minute tips for the holidays, don't hesitate to ask! 


Now…it’s time for a fabulous giveaway! I’ve teamed up with an amazing group of bloggers to give YOU a chance to win: a $500 Lululemon Gift Card, just in time for the first of the year!
Simply enter below by completing the rafflecopter. You’ll receive one entry per completion. This giveaway is open internationally and runs until 12/28. Winner will be announced here. Good Luck!
$500 Lululemon Gift Card a Rafflecopter giveaway


design + development by kiki and co. creative