Friday, December 9, 2016

Gift Wrapping Under The Christmas Tree













John and I almost NEVER do Christmas shopping early! We both are so busy in December that it is usually the weekend before Christmas when we finally get around to shopping and wrapping gifts. This year, we made it a point to get so many gifts ordered early on.... and it is going decently! (I have 6 nieces & nephews so that makes it a challenge.) Anyway, I recently discovered Mark & Graham and I am obsessed. They have some really great gifts on their site - and the don’t charge for personalization AND they arrive a week after you order which is so great. I loved the tortoise and gold jewelry dish - perfect for sitting on top of your dresser and storing your rings or watches. And the personalized jewelry roll is ideal for your bestie who is always on the go! I tested it out and it is wonderful for storing your jewelry so that it doesn’t get tangled! 

Mark & Graham has a TON of other great gift ideas - in case you are still shopping. I love these satin PJS (want them in hot pink) and this monogrammed robe! I’ll link some others in the tool below!

Thanks to Mark & Graham for sponsoring today’s post.

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Gifts For Your Beauty Guru Bestie (My Holy Grail Beauty Products)


I thought I’d quickly share a quick gift guide for those of your with besties who love their beauty products! (Or for those of you looking for some new beauty products to try out ;)). I actually have and use ALL of these products. They are all personal favorites of mine. Also, if you have a friend who has ‘everything’ - these gifts are really good and functional. My family always jokes that I am hard to shop for and if they got me any of these I’d be happy! 

1. HOURGLASS PALETTE: The marble packaging is STUNNING. It comes w/a blush, bronzer, and highlighter! It makes your skin look very soft and angelic.
2. TRAVEL KIT: I keep this in my cosmetic bag because I’m constantly needing something out of it! It is ideal for your purse as well in case you see a stray brow hair in the car... :/ (happens to me all the time!)
3. COZY WINTRY ROBE: Oh-em-gee! Order one of these ASAP. They are perfect for sitting around getting ready and so soft.
4. SIGMA MAKEUP BRUSH & CLEANER: This is the only foundation brush I will use - and I clean all of my makeup brushes w/the pink mitt. (PS. buy them together for the best deal!)
5. T3MICRO CURLING IRON: I get asked about my curls DAILY. This is the only curling iron I will use because it gives the BEST curls and they last for ab 2-3 days.
6. TRIPLE SEC: This will be your new BFF. SRSLY. Its a texturizer and dry shampoo. Since my hair is very soft, it doesn’t like to cooperate and this product gives it some grit to make it curl better, stay in braids, have volume, cute ponies, etc. 
7. TSA TRAVEL KIT: I had to get this in Ohio before flying home and I am obsessed. Its perfect for travel and keeping your products home and safe while still having the actual product. I put some of my moisturizer in the little bottles so that I don’t weigh down my bag w/full size products.
8. SILK PILLOWCASE: Oh em gee. I have 3 because I literally can’t sleep w/o them! These save your hair and skin - you have to read up on them. Also, they are cold feeling which I love.. :) 
9. SHEET MASKS: I use a sheet mask 2x per week now that I am pregnant because my skin is awful. It looks so dead and gross. Sheet masks have saved the day. They plump up my skin and make it look bright and glory. (AKA I didn’t get the pregnancy glow everyone talks about!)
10. DIOR LIP PLUMPER: I have been using this for almost 4 years. Ever since I started using this I’ve had people ask if I get filler (I don’t!) so I know it works! I use it very consistently to keep my lips looking fuller! It also is just beautiful as a gloss alone!



Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree..








SWEATER: Chicwish c/o | DENIM: Paige | PUMPS: Christian Louboutin (similar style) | HANDBAG: Gucci (dupe here) | LIPSTICK: Lady Danger | SUNGLASSES: BP

This was my first time visiting NY during the Christmas season and boy it was so worth it! It is so gorgeous and festive there - beautiful trees and decor on every corner. On the downside, it was packed! John and I both agreed we  will visit NY during another season next year (that is less busy!). 

I wore this warm Chicwish sweater on Saturday while we were there - and I thought I’d share my love of Chicwish! If you’ve followed me for long, you know I’ve been wearing clothing from this site for about 3 years. One of the reasons I love it is because it is unique clothing and I know if I go to a concert or event, I won’t be twinning with anyone. You literally can’t find these fun, unique pieces anywhere or in any department store. Not to mention, everything is very affordable. The site is running 20% off today! I went through the site and picked out a few things that I love... 

First off, I am DYING over this ruffle dress! Dying. If I didn’t have a bump, I’d order it in a heartbeat. I can picture it with tight, over the knee boots! So chic. Next up, I love a good chunky, cozy cable knit sweater and I am about to order this one or this one.. not sure which color I need. Okay, last one (the others I’ll link below).. I love the huge ruffle down this one - for sure ordering it since its longer!

Thanks to Chicwish for sponsoring todays post.

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Christmas Time In New York City








JACKET: BlankNYC (the BEST black jacket!) | FAUX LEATHER LEGGINGS: Trouve | TURTLENECK: Halogen  | BEANIE: BCBG | HANDBAG: Celine (similar here) | SCARF: Burberry | PUMPS: Christian Louboutin (similar here

I really wish these photos were not so dark! John flew into NYC last minute because he found out he had the weekend off. It was his first time visiting the city and I was kind of bummed it wasn’t dark out but it got sunnier the next day. We went over to the Plaza (the hotel in my background) and visited this baby store that has the CUTEST clothing. It was dangerous - I limited myself to two items, lol! This babe is going to have quite the wardrobe! PS. Did you see the cute doodle onesies I got him Fitz got him.

In other news, I picked up these black Louboutins from Nordstrom recently and I have been wearing them SO much. My nude Louboutins were my first ever designer show purchase and I have totally gotten my money’s worth. That being said, during the winter and during the holiday season, I really needed a black pair. Nordstrom has SO many great shoes for holiday parties & events! I also got THIS plaid pair, as well. I just found THESE glittery pumps this morning and am so close to ordering them. I also love these that are around $100 - and have a bow on the toe!

Also, if you are on the hunt for a cool, casual black jacket - this one is SO great! It has a drapy look so it can be dressy or casual and then it has a faux leather trim around it. So cute.

Thanks to Nordstrom for sponsoring today’s post.


Monday, December 5, 2016

The $40 Black Sweater Dress You MUST Have This Winter!









SWEATER DRESS: BP (under $40 - a must have!) | FAUX FUR VEST: old (almost identical HERE) | LEGGINGS: Zella (*must haves*) | BOOTIES: old (similar HERE & HERE) | BEANIE: BCBG | RING: David Yurman | WATCH: Michele | HANDBAG: Chanel (Classic in Maxi) (dupe HERE

Okay, guys! This dress is everything. I ordered it from Nordstrom for our trip to Ohio (to wear to John’s 10 year school reunion!) thinking it would be great for my growing bump, but holy cow! I am going to be living in it this winter - it is flattering and crazy soft & comfortable! I thought I’d share full outfit photo because so many of my girlfriends have wanted to order it. My mom and sis were even fighting over who was going to wear it in NY this weekend. Size wise - it is pretty TTS.. maybe a little big. It’s definilty not body con or short, that’s for sure. It’s a sweater dress that can be worn to work and then to dinner at night!

My sister and mom came to Tulsa the night before we left for NYC to go through my closet and take clothes to wear. My sister was in my closet and asked “Emily! what is this BP brand and where do I get it? I love everything!” And I was relieved to tell her it was Nordstrom and it is all very affordable yet good quality. She sometimes gives me the side eye because I sometimes... (eek) have expensive taste! It’s more of a running joke. Anyway, she’s sold on the Nordstrom BP line now! 

I also got the green version of this dress while in Columbus btw - it’s a dark green color! It looks cute w/riding boots! 

Any who, I’m in the air flying from NY to Tulsa! My mom and sis are sleeping next to me! We loved NYC - it was my mom & John’s first time there so it was fun seeing their reactions to it. My mom is obsessed and is already planning another trip!

Hope you all had a fun weekend!! <3

Also - the winner of the monogram necklace giveaway never e-mailed me! I selected a new winner so e-mail me if it is you! (emilysweetestthing@gmail.com)

Thanks to Nordstrom for sponsoring today’s post.

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Our Whimsical Christmas Formal Living Area

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LEGGINGS: old (similar here) | SWEATSHIRT: Wildfox | SOCKS: Lemon (more here) **these socks make the BEST Christmas gifts**

I thought I’d share photos of our formal living area with the whimsical, fun Christmas tree. Last year was our first Christmas to ever have a tree - thanks to med school/residency moving so I went all out. I wanted a really funky, different tree. I opted for a flocked tree because I love how the colors really pop on it. My sister is a master tree decorator - seriously so good. We are working on a little video to share of how she does all of it! Basically, she lets me pick out my colors and ‘theme’ and then she just puts it all on the tree and it looks incredible. I’ve been getting lots of questions regarding the other tree in our living room - it is a Burberry theme and it is super classic and very traditional. John really likes that tree a lot - he likes Burberry though, lol. I’ll share photos of that room separately along with the video. We shot this super fast yesterday bc John had a little lunch break so he ran home and took these. The lighting isn’t the best, but hopefully you’ll still get the idea. I’ve had so many requests for this posts and I didn’t want to make you all wait too long.

SO.. My sister’s big thing with ribbon is making sure you splurge on ribbon! I bought all Hobby Lobby ribbon last year, not knowing, and she tossed it. (lol). It’s like fashion really - you  can wear a completely F21 outfit but carry a designer handbag and it totally changes the look and brings it up a notch. The nicer the ribbon, the better it holds up and looks on the tree. Utilizing ribbon this way is so different and fun and really elevates the look. The store where I buy all of my ribbon is in Northwest Arkansas and I think it costs about $40 a roll. This white flocked Christmas tree is from a store in Tulsa called At Home and it is 7.5 feet tall. We probably used 7-8 rolls of ribbon for this tree, but honestly, next year I will add more & change it out bc it didn’t look as ‘neat’ this year. I’m hoping to catch it on sale at the end of the month. My mom had to iron the ribbon this year because it got wrinkled in storage. Many of my statement ornaments are also from the store in NWA and other random decor are from there also. We got every October to get what I want before the good stuff sells out. *Edited- the little silver glittery deer are from WALMART! ($10)... the darker, larger silver one was from the store in Arkansas and it was $40!

I will make sure and link everything that can be ordered online at the end but for now I’ll quickly tell you all where the other details are from. The tree skirt is from Dillards (last year) and the stockings were custom made from a store in OKC. I actually snapcchatted that I couldn’t find striped stockings and the company reached out and said they can do custom ones! I just sent them a photo of the shape that I like and told them I wanted b&w horizontal stripes. They turned out perfect!

The wrapping paper was all random and last minute, lol. I’ve gotten them from Target, Home Goods, At Home, etc. The ribbon w/the deer on it is from Hobby Lobby. 

FLOOR MIRROR (25% off)
CHANDELIER (sold out - similar here) (I bought this before we even closed on the house - I’ve always wanted it but John says it looks like a a science project!)



 

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