Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Dirt Cheap Haul

Dirt Cheap knocks it out of the park again with good deals.  If you don't have a Dirt Cheap, I'm sorry.  I didn't have one until we moved to Alabama and I had no idea what I was missing out on.  If you have a Dirt Cheap and haven't been in, go check it out!  You definitely have to search and hunt but the finds are worth it.    

Here's my most recent haul:

These Mossimo skinny jeans are great and I paid $2.50.  I have been wanting a pair of unfinished hem jeans for a while so these were a great score!

I have found a few of these Mossimo plaid button downs and I love the fit.  This particular one is the "boyfriend" fit.  It's long and loose so perfect for throwing on over leggings or tying around your waist.  This one was the prettiest burgundy color and less than $2.

Duster cardigans have been really trendy since last year and I was a little weary of them, I'm a shirt girl.  This one was $3 and I figured it was worth a try.  It's not too long and fits really well.  I can't wait to throw it on over a dress this fall.

How cute is this Christmas Darth Vadar shirt???  Y'all it was less than $2 and I love it!  It would be perfect for Christmas at Hollywood Studios...always thinking about Disney.

My best find of the day was a pair of faux suede over the knee boots for $3...yep $3.  They are so soft and chic.  They are heeled so they aren't an everyday shoe but perfect for dressing up an outfit.

My last find was another shirt for less than $2 and I love it!  It is just the "slay" version I picked up recently and love.  The fit is super comfy and slouchy and I am loving the embroidered pocket saying.  So cute for a comfy fall outfit.

What have you found lately?

Monday, December 25, 2017

Merry Christmas!

Wishing you a season of joy, 
a season of cheer,
but most of all a wonderful year!

Merry Christmas!!

Friday, December 22, 2017

Christmas Favorites

It's Christmas Eve Eve Eve!!  In celebration of the season I thought I would share some of my Christmas favorites.  Starting off with our tree, we got a fake tree for the first time this year and it is so nice!! We got ours on Black Friday from Michaels and it is perfect!  Just the right amount of flocking and the lights are color changing so we can flip between color and white (which we do throughout the week).

On to ornaments, I always admire the fancy put together nicely "designer" trees but that's just not Christmas to me.  We have a collection of ornaments from places we have been, ones that have been given to us and old family ornaments from when we were young.  It makes decorating the tree a sentimental time to reflect on our memories.  Our tree is a scrapbook of our life and I can't wait to fill it with more memories and share our memories with our future children.  
Some of my favorites:  

We got this one after Christmas for just a few cents and I just love how cute it is!

I made this one the first Christmas we were married.  I cut up our wedding program and the ribbon is our wedding color.  

"For unto us a child is born, unto us a Son is given."  Isaiah 9:6-7
This simple ornament is a reminder of the Hope that was born to the world and why we celebrate Christmas.

My mom gave me this one and I love it!  It is a delicate pottery piece that represents where Kyle and I went to college.

This was another one from my mom (she always gives good ornaments) the first Christmas after we were married.  I think it is adorable! 

This last one was another after Christmas find and he is so cute. We have a little docker dog (dachshund x cocker spaniel) so we call this one our Riley ornament.

How do you decorate your tree?  Do you go all out fancy or is yours more sentimental?

I also wanted to share two of my favorite Christmas movies that I hardly ever hear anyone talk about:

My absolute favorite Christmas movie ever is The Muppet Christmas Carol.  It just isn't Christmas unless I watch this one.  Growing up my family always watched this one so there are really great memories tied to this one.  I love the characters and the songs are great.  I know every word and will definitely sing along.  Have you seen this one?

My other lesser known favorite is The Nativity Story.  This is such a great dramatization of the story of Jesus' birth.  It gives a look into the characters and what they may have been feeling during this time.  Yes, I'm sure things are added for the movie but overall it stays true to The Word.  I like watching this one just to further put in perspective the reason for the holiday and to remember the miracle of the birth of Jesus.  How he was born in a most lowly place, born for everyone to save us and give us a home in Heaven.  It is a beautiful, inspiring depiction of the miracle.

What are some of your Christmas favorites?    

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

What I Read in November

This is so late but I wanted to share what I read last month.  Nothing super exciting but I do like to document what I read throughout the year:

Going Home by Nora Roberts: This was a set of three books and was just ehh.  They were all focused around the main character and how their family changed their lives.  Some were coming home, some were already with their family but things were changing.  The story-lines were pretty easy to figure out, nothing surprising.  I enjoyed the first mini book but the other two were just ok.  Nora Roberts has really been hit or miss with me lately.   

The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins: This was recommended because I read Gone Girl and they have similar tones.  This book was about a woman, Rachel, who is going through a tough time in her life.  She recently got a divorce, after her husband cheated on her.  She is an alcoholic and lost her job.  She rides the train everyday and looks for a husband and wife from the window.  She imagines their life and becomes slightly obsessed with their life.  One day she sees the wife with another man and things start to spiral.  Next thing she hears the woman is missing and the police are at Rachel's door asking where she was the night the woman went missing.  This was a really interesting book, fast paced and surprising end.  If you liked Gone Girl check this one out.  

What have you been reading lately?

Monday, December 18, 2017

Too Faced Natural Palette Dupe for $4!!

I am all about getting a good deal and am all for a good dupe.  No shame in my dupe game.
I love the Too Faced Natural Eyes palette, my husband got it for me for my birthday one year.  I have had it for about two years and it is still going strong.  It is the perfect everyday palette and I pretty much always travel with it.

I was shopping on Forever21 for Black Friday and saw this Night and Day Eyeshadow palette.  First of all the packaging was so pretty and it definitely looks a lot like the Too Faced palette.  P.S. this is $3.99!!

Side by side they don't look exactly the same but swatched they are pretty close.

Here they are swatched, Forever21 is on top and Too Faced is on bottom.  As you can tell the colors are really similar.  Of course the Too Faced shadows are creamier and more pigmented, but the Forever21 shadows aren't bad.  The Too Faced palette is almost $40 while the Forever21 palette is pretty much 90% off at $3.99.  This would make a really great gift for someone just getting into makeup.  It is a really nice palette for neutral looks.

Have you tried this palette?  Have you tried any other Forever21 makeup products?  

Friday, December 15, 2017

Last Minute Gift Ideas, Designer Dupes under $25!

"Tomorrow is Christmas, it's practically here!"  It sure feels like it, thanks goodness we have a few more days to get everything ready.  I know I always have a few people that I struggle till the last minute to decide what to get them.  
I found a few things (all from Wal-Mart) that I wouldn't mind getting myself as ideas for last minute gifts.  I have seen these in stores but if you don't want to brave them Wal-Mart offers 2 day shipping, which is awesome and perfect for last minute shopping.  Bonus all these picks are designer inspired items all less than $25!!

Ring Crossbody: Ring details have been super trendy this year...thanks Chloe.  This one is less than $15, comes in two different colors and is gorgeous! 

Quilted Slip Ons: Less than $15 and you get a Steve Madden dupe.  These are super cute and perfect all year round shoe.  

Double Zip Crossbody: The perfect everyday bag at less than $15.  

Faux Fur Slides: These faux fur slides are super trendy and these come in different colors and are less than $6!! 

Velvet Backpack: Backpacks are all the rage right now and I am loving these velvet ones!  Two trends in one for less than $20.

Faux Leather Crossbody: I have been eyeing these Rebecca Minkoff mini Mac dupes.  They are less than $15 and come in so many different colors!  I am in love!! 

Lock Satchel: Michael Kors Hamilton dupe for less than $25...yep!  This one comes in lots of different colors and is so classy.  

Slip on Mules: I have been loving the mules trend that has been going on and this black pair is less than $20 and look like the Gucci ones, for WAY less.  

Velvet Crossbody: Yes more velvet!!  This is another Rebecca Minkoff dupe but in velvet and I am so in love!  Also less than $15.  

Ring Tassel Crossbody: Another ring crossbody, told you it was a thing.  This one has a tassel and faux suede detail.  It also comes in a pretty blush color.  Less than $15.  

Let me know which one is your favorite?

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Graphic Tee Love and Styling

Y'all know I love a good graphic tee, I love the quirky character they bring to an outfit.  Layering is my favorite and throwing a graphic tee in the mix makes for a cute detail.  Here are some of my latest flatlay graphic tee stylings.

Coffee is my love language so why not let everyone know??

This top was in support of Hurricane Harvey victims, with a portion going to relief.

Add a little sass to your game day outfit with this cute tee and a cardigan.

I love pairing this olive jacket over all my shirts, the perfect layering piece.

One of my favorite hymns in a beautiful shirt, that design is gorgeous!

I love the western/country vibes this outfit is giving off and how cute is that cow tee??

Monday, December 11, 2017

Walmart Fashion Finds and Gift Ideas

If you've been around for awhile you know I am a big fan of Wal-Mart.  You can go get your groceries and pretty much anything else you need as well as shop for clothes and accessories.  I was in Wal-Mart recently and had a little time to browse around.  I found so many cute things that I had to share.  These could also be really cute, affordable gift ideas.  Check out my last Wal-Mart post here.

Camo is so big this season and the strappy back detail is so pretty!  This top is available online for $7!!

The quality on these jeggings is similar to my Hue pairs.  These are online for less than $10!! Such a great gift idea, I'm loving the metallic and velvet ones.

This top is so pretty!  Perfect for dressing up a pair of jeans.  It comes with a tank for easy pairing.  This one is online for $13

I love cuddling up in a cozy sweater in the winter and Wal-Mart has you covered for cute ones.  They have cold shoulder, cowl neck, zipper details, etc.  So many and less than $20!!

This top is so feminine!  Bell sleeves and velvet, you can't beat that.  I could see this one paired with a statement necklace for a party.  It's online for less than $15.

I am loving the bomber jacket trend going on.  These quilted jackets are super cozy and come in three colors.  They are the same price online right now.  My curvy ladies, these are on sale online for less than $15 here.

This bag is really nice and a total knockoff of the Michael Kors Hamilton.  They have them online for the same price but you also get a few different patterns.

Backpacks are so trendy right now and Wal-Mart has them all!  Velvet, fur, leather, so many cute ones and at less than $25 you can't beat it!

I fell in love with this crossbody when I saw WhoaWaitWalmart post about it on instagram.  It comes in black as well which I am also loving.  Definitely giving me designer feels.

What have you found a Wal-Mart lately?

Friday, December 8, 2017

Christmas Wishlist

I don't know about you but I love seeing what people want for Christmas.  I'm nosy and it also gives me some ideas for what I might want to ask for.  Here are a couple of things I am hoping for this year:

Chick-Fil-A calendar card: I ask for this every year because it's the gift that keeps giving.  If you haven't ever gotten a calendar card form Chick-Fil-A you are missing out.  These guys are less than $10 and you get around $40 worth of food and drinks.  Each month is a new deal anything from a free sandwich to a frosted lemonade.  If you love Chick-Fil-A like I do this is perfect!   

Duck Boots: I have been wanting a pair of duck boots for a while and wasn't sure if I would get use out of them.  There has now been enough times when I wished I had a pair for an outfit that I felt like I needed them in my closet.  Perfect for rain or snow and they are really cute!  

Olive Booties: I love booties, I have quite he collection.  I have been seeing a lot of olive booties styled lately and really like the look.  I have a light olive but would really like a dark olive pair.  

Chenille Cardigan: Unless you have been living under a rock you know that chenille is all the rage right now.  Super soft and cozy, I'm all about it.  This chenille cardi is from JCPenny, comes in three colors and I am in love! 

Fitbit Alta HR: I have had my Charge HR for almost two years and it is about to bite the dust.  It is peeling, doesn't sync and the clock is way off...I think it's time for a new one.  

Druzy bracelets: I am really loving bracelets at the moment, especially druzy stones.  I love the natural chic feel they add to an outfit.  This one is less than $10! 

Kristin Hannah The Great Alone: Kristin Hannah is one of my favorite authors and this is her most recent book that I haven't read yet.  You be it's on my wishlist! 

Espresso Maker: A coffee maker that makes coffeehouse quality espresso at home...sign me up.  My mother-in-law has this model and it works great.  It even has a milk frother so you can get real fancy with your lattes and all.  

Gucci Belt: Ok, so this isn't an actual Gucci belt...I could never spend that much on a belt much less ask someone else to.  I found this one on amazon for around $15.  Yeah it's probably not the best quality but I can deal.  I have seen so many instagram posts styling these belts that I fell into the trap.    

Turquoise Earrings: Statements earrings are making a comeback and these turquoise ones stole my heart.  I love turquoise (blame it on my inner cowgirl) and these give a Kendra Scott vibe for less than $10.  

What are you hoping to get for Christmas?  Let me know in a comment below! 

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Thanksgiving Recap

This is way late but I though I would share anyway.  Thanksgiving trip recap and go.
We made the trek to North Carolina to see both of our families, it's always nice when we can work that in.  It was a couple of days filled with food, a little shopping and time together.

Pretty much tradition now (and I'm totally ok with it) to go to Cracker Barrel at least one morning with my husband and Father-in-Law for breakfast.  I love Cracker Barrel, good food, vintage atmosphere and cute gift shop!  What's your favorite thing to order at Cracker Barrel??  For breakfast I love the fresh start sampler (eggs, bacon, yogurt parfait and a big blueberry muffin) and of course LOTS of coffee!!  

We spent Thanksgiving with my husbands family (we rotate years).  Lots of good food, relaxing and my husband got to shoot guns.

I also got to break out my Carhartt, which is a rare occurrence in Alabama.  Later that night we went "Black Friday" shopping with my cousin-in-law, her fiance, my husband, and mother-in-law.  If you haven't seen my Black Friday haul check it out here.

On Friday we drove to see my family and spend a couple of days with them.  We had our second Thanksgiving dinner and stuffed ourselves yet again.

There is an amish store near where I grew up and they make the best donuts!  They only sell them on Saturdays and you have to be pretty lucky to grab them.  We ended up with two bags.  They were warm and delicious...oh my goodness so good!

In case you are new here my family raises beef cows.  I grew up on a farm showing cattle.  They also have a few horses that my sister handles.  She needed to go to a local western store to check out a few things so we tagged along.  I got to let my inner cowgirl out this trip and I loved it!

I always have to stop by the barn when I am home, it's not really home unless I've been to the barn.

Up close and personal with my sister's dog Apache.

My sister recently got another horse so all three of us got to go on a trail ride.  I hadn't been riding in years so it was a little bit of an adventure, new horse and a semi new rider resulted in some testing from the horse.  We both figured each other out and ended up having a nice ride.  My legs also let me know I hadn't done that in a while the next morning...  

There was a new baby bull calf born a few weeks ago that we got to check out.  How cute is he??

We also got to attend church at the church I grew up in, it is also where Kyle and I got married.  I always love getting to go back to church there with my family.  
We had such a great trip spending time with family, eating good food and relaxing.  I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving and are having a wonderful holiday season!    

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Starbucks Toasted White Chocolate Latte Review

I'm pretty sure coffee is my love me coffee and I'll love you forever.  Seriously though coffee is my favorite.  Holiday coffee now that is another level, I have been a fan of the Chestnut Praline Latte from Starbucks for years but I just may have found a new favorite.

Starbucks released a new holiday drink this year the Toasted White Chocolate Latte.  They proclaim it is caramelized white chocolate topped with whipped cream and candied cranberry sugar.
I am a fan of the basic white mocha so I figured I would give this one a whirl.  

I ended up getting mine with coconut milk but everything else regular.
If you like the white mocha you will love this one!  It is very similar but has a deeper, richer flavor.  The sugar topping didn't really add anything as far as flavor goes.  I really enjoyed this one.  It was sweet but not too sweet and the flavor paired really well with espresso.  Definitely a new favorite and possibly my number one...

Have you tried this one?  What did you think?  What is your favorite Starbucks drink?