Friday, December 9, 2016

on my radar: December

I do about 99.9% of my holiday shopping online. I just can't handle the lines and the traffic to shop around town this time of year, it drives me insane! And hey, I might be a little lazy too.  Why deal with so much hassle when you can do it all from the comfort of your own home (with your pjs on and a glass of wine and Gilmore Girls on in the background)? Why?  Since I do the shopping for pretty much everyone - even including myself sometimes #momlife - I end up running into quite a lot of things I like for myself! Oops!  I do my best to avoid the temptation - Black Friday excluded - but I would be lying if I wouldn't say I've left a trail of items in carts all over the internet as a sort of "wishlist" lately. Am I the only one that does this? 

Between blogging AND shopping for all the people on my list I think I have pretty much found the end of the internet.  And quite a few lovelies along the way!  Here are a few things on my radar right now.

I have absolutely NO need for this gorgeous faux fur scarf - but I still kinda "need" it, if you know what I mean.  It's SO gorgeous and ON SALE ladies!

This is the time of year I start stocking up on my favorite candle for the winter.  I find I don't burn candles a lot in the summer.  But the winter is a candle fest. This one is always a favorite.  

This new tote from Tory Burch is everything right now.  I love the pattern and it's the perfect size for everyday use, especially since lately I am toting hats and scarves and gloves on the regular.  It comes in a few colors and the price is actually quite nice!

How cozy does this sweater look? This and jeans or leggings all winter with boots is what I'm talking about friends. 

Pajamas are ALWAYS in my cart this time of year.  These striped lounge pants are pitch perfect. 

I'm going crazy for these ankle wrap flats (also available in bright pink!) are these perfection or what? 

How fun is this eyes clutch?  Perfect with jeans and sweaters for date nights all winter long. 

With all these grey days I could use a little pep in my step when the sun finally does come out. I'm pretty sure these pink sunglasses (which are on sale!) would do the trick.

I've been looking for the perfect pair of winter white denim for a while.  These look like the perfect shade of creamy white. 

Too early to start looking forward to Valentines? Maybe. I admit. Although it's my favorite holiday and I love this kiss striped shirt so much. It's the perfect bit of fun for the post holiday hang over. 

Have you heard of this ORG Mineral Peel? My skin is kind of a mess with winter setting in and I just received this with my recent FabFitFun box!  I can't wait to try it!  (ps, get $10 off your first FabFitFun shipment with code: JILL )

What fun pieces are on your radar these days? 

Thursday, December 8, 2016

my everyday style: beautiful winter classics with Nordstrom!

With holiday party season in full swing I am realizing the importance of having some elevated winter pieces on hand. Those pieces that toe the line of basic yet indulgent and really take an outfit to the next level are necessary to have on hand.  A cashmere sweater, a coat with faux fur detailing, leather-look jeans or velvet shoes are the perfect example.  You can easily integrate these pieces into your everyday wear... but when you put them all together a little magic happens.  I love this outfit because it's something at first glance I would wear everyday, but upon closer inspection it's got a little glitz and glam that is perfect for my casual, yet festive, holiday party needs this year.  Sure, plaid and sequins are overtly festive, but sometimes the event or your day calls for something more understated.  I'm thinking Christmas dinner, New Year's Brunch, or more specifically my own Christmas gathering with my bookclub ladies which is usually a low-key evening in a friends home.

I always know that when I need a piece that is beautiful and timeless, but still has the festive edge, the place to go is Nordstrom. Beautiful sweaters or blouses, classic outerwear and stunning shoes are just a start when it comes to stocking your closet with winter wardrobe pieces.  The perfect clutch purse and jewelry is the icing on the cake!

(photos by Jennifer Ketchum)

Coat - also available in camel!

This post is sponsored by Nordstrom. All opinions are my own.
Thank you for supporting the brands that support this blog.

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Wednesday, December 7, 2016

holiday 2016 gift guide: sleepwear for the whole family!

I've got another great gift guide today for you... if you are just tuning in, check out all the other gift guides here!

In our household we are super SERIOUS about our cozy clothes.  We like to wear them as much as possible, and we like them super cozy.  So it's no surprise that sleepwear is one of the top gifts under our family tree.  My kids go nuts for the Hanna Anderson pjs - yes, even my 12 year old boy! They like them because no pjs are warmer and softer, I like them because they wash really well and are free from chemicals that lots of kids pjs have.  But my kids will pretty much take any cute pjs!  And me too... there is nothing like sliding on super soft robe or pair of pj pants at the end of the day. Or waking up first thing and putting your toes into soft slippers instead of on the cold floor. And for once and for all I really need to get myself one of those eye covers for traveling.

And I don't think our family is alone.  Everyone loves great pjsrobesslippers and blankets this time of year.  That is why they make for some of the easiest gifts to give! Here are some sleepwear inspired gifts that will be just perfect for any loved ones on your list this year.  Think babysitters, aunts, bffs, boyfriends, nieces, nephews and on and on.

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Tuesday, December 6, 2016

my everyday style: staying fresh while traveling with Dove!

One of our favorite activities as a family is to travel.  We are partial to Disney World in Florida, but we have had some amazing adventures in California, Seattle, Park City, and Northern Michigan to name a few highlights.  But let's be honest, traveling with kids is no simple task. As my kids get older it definitely is starting to get easier.  But from packing up myself and two other people to making sure all the final arrangements are in place - as in, the night before panicking about whether or not we booked a rental car. It's a harried process.  I'm partial to laying by the pool or beach on vacation, but of course, that is not usually all my kids have their sights set on.  They want to play tennis and take a hike and run to be the first in line at the new Frozen ride at Epcot.  Vacations with kids are busy... and, maybe TMI alert, sweaty.

Dove contacted me just a few days before we left on our recent Florida trip and challenged me to 'Shake, Spray, Go' with their new Dove Dry Spray Antiperspirant.   With 48 hour protection, instantly dry application and the standard Dove 1/4 moisturizers for added skincare benefits, I figured I was in good hands - and I was!  From rushing to making our flight connections (why, oh why, are they always so short?) to indeed being one of the first on the new Frozen ride (nailed it!). I was fresh and dry my entire trip.

Dove Dry Spray Antiperspirant instantly became one of my tried and true vacation necessities.  It was right at home alongside my other can't-fly-without items like an oversized scarf, a book, my must-have beauty products (like dry shampoo and a great lip gloss!) and comfortable sneakers.  I chose the "sensitive" scent because my skin tends towards the sensitive side and I wore it the entire trip with confidence!  What are some of your tried and true travel necessities?

This post was kindly sponsored by Dove in partnership with Simply Stylist.
All opinions are my own, thank you for supporting the brands that support this blog.

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Monday, December 5, 2016

holiday wardrobe checklist!

This time of year the holiday parties just keep on popping up! I've got so many other things to think about that sometimes my holiday party wardrobe planning gets put on the back burner.  To insure I am in tip top shape for holiday parties I like to make sure I have a handful of party-ready pieces on hand.   You know, those pieces that are festive and fun that can be mixed and matched easily to make for the perfect holiday party look.

Here I rounded up the perfect plaid top, fun sequined pieces like a sequin embellished jeans and sequin skirt a kick butt faux fur jacket, a classic red blazer that would make any outfit instantly festive and the most gorgeous pair of green earrings.  When you pair them with a feather topvelvet pumps or a plaid clutch - you are party ready in NO time at all.   Not all gatherings this time of year are super dressy - so even just pairing a gorgeous white sweater with a red bag and some crystal earrings can make for a festive look.

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Thursday, December 1, 2016

my everyday style: warm up with Nordstrom!

The holiday season is here and it has unfortunately brought it's cold weather with it.  At least to those of us here in the midwest... it was GORGEOUS in Florida last week (oh, vacation!).  Which makes facing these cold temps even more daunting!  Even though I have lived in the midwest my whole life, each winter I still manage to be surprised by the cold.  You would think I would be mentally prepared for it by now!   Even if I can never be fully mentally prepared for the cold weather each year I at least can have my wardrobe prepped.

Coats, boots, and hats are daily mainstays for my outfits.  And for good reason! They are the foundations to keeping warm every day so I depend on them greatly.  The trick each winter is to stay warm AND stay stylish at the same time.  I love a good practical coat or boot - but they have to be good looking too.  That is why my first stop for boots, coats, hats and everything else to keep me warm is always Nordstrom.  I know they stock the goods that are both pretty and practical.

This year Nordstrom is carrying J.Crew coats for the first time! You get the quality J.Crew with the FREE shipping and customer service of Nordstrom.  You can't beat that!  I love this gorgeous grey coat, but this one is another favorite of mine.  There are tons of other outerwear brands that Nordstrom carries too, of course... this wrap coat is gorgeous and I love this faux fur trim puffer coat too (and the price is right!).  Boots are a no brainer this time of year to keep my feet and legs warm - it was love at first sight for these over the knee boots (or this pair is on sale!) - but the great news is that they are also super warm and waterproof.  So they not only look good, but they are incredibly practical as well.  Then of course I love to fill in with hats, scarves and mittens or gloves as needed.  Last year my husband got me these rabbit lined mittens for Christmas and I am seriously SO in love with them. I've never had a warmer pair of mittens in my life!

Scroll on through this post to see my round up of warm AND stylish coats, boots and accessories for your winter wardrobe!

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Thank you for supporting the brands that support this blog. All opinions are my own.

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Wednesday, November 30, 2016

holiday 2016 gift guide: for the home!

Today I am featuring all sorts of great gift ideas for the home.  Gifts for the home are some of the easiest gifts to give - especially for those on your list that seem impossible to buy for. And let's admit it, we all have a few of those on our list each year.  Beautiful ornament sets, holiday tableware, a live wreath  an indulgent candle or even a throw blanket are thoughtful yet neutral gifts for anyone on your list.  Also, these are great gifts for newlyweds, new grads, or even for the secret santa exchange at the office.  Even teens or tweens would love a little jewelry tray or fun mug under the tree come Christmas.

Don't see what you are looking for here? Check out all my other gifts guides too!

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Tuesday, November 29, 2016

my everyday style: everyday festive!

This is the time of year when the plaid, faux fur and party shoes are on serious repeat.  With no shame.  The days between Thanksgiving and Christmas (or heck, even New Years!) are all about festive winter wear. If you have a few holiday parties to attend it's SO fun to break out some fun holiday pieces.  But even if you don't, plaid and faux fur are still super fun to wear on an everyday basis! Isn't the holiday season reason enough to dress up a little bit this month?

I recently wore this plaid top layered under a sweater... but it's super fun on it's own too! This black coat has a removable faux fur collar... so it's festive AND practical.  I will be getting TONS of wear out of this baby this winter. And let's not forget a great pair of party shoes!  I'm obsessed with olive green this season and these shoes are fun and festive and also super versatile.  I plan on wearing these a ton this party season.

(photos by Jennifer Ketchum)

Outfit Details:
Coat, Topshop
Plaid Top, J.Crew
Hat, Nordstrom
Bag, Coach
Jeans, Gap
Earrings, Kendra Scott
Shoes, Sole Society

Monday, November 28, 2016

holiday 2016 gift guide: gifts under $50!

Let's be honest, while your holiday shopping list may include some fun 'splurge' items - we all still need to watch our budgets this time of year.  Today I rounded up some really fun under $50 pieces for stocking stuffers, babysitters, tweens, teens and even for the the guys.  These gifts would make any recipient thrilled while still being a reasonable price.  I even was able to find some big name brands under $50 like Kate Spade, Free People and Kendra Scott.  Bonus!

Everything here is under $50 - but many are under $30 and $25... so have fun shopping!

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shop the holiday sales! (ALL in one place!)

Happy CYBER MONDAY!!! Also known as the day you get all your Christmas shopping done on your lunch break at work.  Wink, wink!  But in all seriousness, the deals are SO good you will want to be shopping when the boss isn't looking. 

Here are a few of my favorite sales today if you are joining in on the shopping fun.  Check out discount codes and scroll right or left for each retailer to see my top picks!

Gap has a lock down on the holiday gifts! Today their entire site is 50% OFF with NO EXCLUSIONS with code: CYBMON ! Sweaters, hats, scarves, jeans... all these great pieces make for super fun gifts!  Scroll below for a few of my favorites! 

J.Crew Factory is always a favorite for festive clothing for the whole family.  And this deal is a GOOD one... up to 60% OFF site wide!!! Here are my picks: 

Gifts for EVERYONE on your list are easily found at J.Crew and this is the day to shop with 40% SITE WIDE with code MONDAY!!! OMG! I love these pieces....

West Elm has everything to trim your tree and your house for the holidays.  Today only they are offering up to 50% off - here are a few things I have my eyes on!

Minted is my FAVORITE for holiday cards and with today's code: CM2016 you can get 20% off off any order - they are such a great deal!  Here are my favorites:

Who doesn't love a gorgeous gift (or two!) from Anthropologie this time of year?  They are having 20% off regular priced items today... can you believe it!?!? What a deal!

Nordstrom is a holiday shopping destination that I love... they have some drop dead amazing prices today with already marked down prices plus an extra 20% off select sale items! You will want to check out all the boots, jeans and purses on sale! Plus we all love their FREE SHIPPING and returns to sweeten the deal!

Need some new holiday duds? LOFT has a great deal today on all these gorgeous holiday party ready styles at 50% OFF with code: CYBERMONDAY - now that is an awesome deal!

Kate Spade is always a lovely gift to give or receive.  They are classic and fun at the same time.  They have an amazing offer with 30% OFF today with code: WIRED - whoa!

My kids love ANY gift that comes from Pottery Barn Kids... today they are offering select items up to 40% off and 20% off your ENTIRE order!

Or check out all my gift guides for the season for more ideas!

Here are a few more sales you may like!

Tory Burch is offering 30% off $250 purchase!

Amazon has all their Amazon devices on sale starting at $29.99! (new kindle anyone?)


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