December 13, 2016

PJ & Loungewear Week: Long Cardis and Leggings

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I. Love. The. Holidays. And you know the most perfect thing that happened on this day? It snowed!!!!! We get so many loads of rainfall each year, but snow is not a regular occurrence here in most of the Pacific Northwest, so we get pretty excited about the first snowfall. I will skip over the part where the next day it pelted us with freezing rain and focus on the magical wintery wonderland we had Thursday.

Sienna was insanely hilarious y’all, this being the first snow that she can remember. She was running around yelling “snow!” for 30 minutes straight when she went outside. She could not believe it! My heart definitely grew three sizes while watching the sheer joy on her little face.

Needless to say, I did not move out of these comfy clothes all day. My new favorite thing is a long cardigan. Pair with soft knit leggings, sherpa lined slippers and (possibly spiked) egg nog and you have a recipe for a perfect snow day right there.

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December 12, 2016

Laura’s Gift Guide: For the (Semi) Social Introvert

 

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I like to call myself a social introvert. I love entertaining my friends, but am easily as happy curling up for some Netflix binging. I seriously need half and half in my life. My 60% extrovert 40% introvert self (thanks Meyers-Briggs) constantly battles back and forth between spending time with people or holing up by myself. Just ask my super-extroverted husband and daughter.  So for my gift wish list this year my split-personality came up with gifts for both.

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December 11, 2016

12 Gifts For Your Most Stressed Out Friends

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This year especially, we can all use a little more comfort and joy as we wrap up a tumultuous 2016. As a hardcore Type-A stress puppy, I feel pretty confident that any of these gifts can bring some moments of zen to your most frazzled friends.

I found the most gorgeously soft blanket, cozy microwaveable(!) slippers, a beefcake “activity book” and more to bring on the good kind of winter chill.

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December 9, 2016

Baby Gifts for the Design-Minded

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Lucky me… I got to round up adorable baby gifts! It can sometimes be tricky shopping for the itty bitty ones at the holidays though. You want to get something fun for them, but depending on how tiny they are, they may not be super into toys yet. Sometimes for the littles you’re essentially gifting to the parents, so you want something lovely and cute.

I tried to include a good mix of toys and special items to help ya out this year when shopping for the 0-2 year old loves in your life. Check them out here…

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December 1, 2016

Fun Modern Holiday Sweaters for Kids

Have you guys seen this year’s range of cool, offbeat holiday sweaters out right now for kids? (Apparently some of you have, since the boutique I set up a few weeks ago got decimated during Black Friday/Cyber Monday!) In case you’re still looking for a holiday outfit that looks nice, lets kids express some personality and is comfortable, I found some that check all those boxes, and at reasonable prices, too! Think cheeky spins on traditional patterns (from astronauts to ice cream cones), unique color combinations and versatility to wear beyond the holidays.

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November 22, 2016

West Elm’s Holiday Sale: Up to 30% off everything

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Really good deals on west elm’s modern holiday decorations (30% off) and flatware, trays & glasses (25% off) for holiday entertaining happening now! I combed through the sale sections and picked my absolute faves from cozy throws, sleek barware, gorgeous ornaments and festive decor to get your home ready for holiday hosting.

Plus, there’s up to 30% off everything on the site with code SAVENOW – think gorgeous, timeless mid-century modern furniture, cool throw pillows and accessories, sofa, lighting and more! Need more chairs to accomodate holiday guests? We’ve got you covered.

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November 21, 2016

Jess’ Go-to Holiday Outfit: Velvet + Leather

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My favorite place to visit during the Holiday season here in Grand Rapids is the Downtown Market. If you live in West Michigan chances are you’ve already been (and love it) and if you’re just passing through, it’s definitely worth a visit. Home to an expansive 24 vendor market hall that’s packed with inspiring local vendors: artisan foods, wines, gift boutiques, bakeries, clothing and decorated to the tills during the Holiday Season, the Downtown Market never fails to get me into the Holiday spirit. It’s a great place to connect with friends over coffee or a glass of wine,  shop for Holiday gifts AND the perfect opportunity for me to break out my new favorite Holiday outfit.

In past years, my holiday outfits have centered around skirts or dresses (which I love), but since they were such dressy looks, and not very warm to boot, I usually only wore them once over the holiday season. This year’s outfit: a Blank NYC Vegan Pant, velvet cami and slouchy cardigan, is so much more versatile and functional, that I could almost wear them everyday!

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November 20, 2016

Amanda’s Go-To Holiday Outfit

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It might be the most wonderful time of the year, but it’s definitely the busiest! It seems every weekend between Thanksgiving and Christmas is booked solid – we’ve got gingerbread house decorating, casual get-togethers at friends’ houses, school holiday concerts and a bunch more that I’m forgetting. With all that to keep straight, I don’t have time to think of a new holiday outfit for every event, so I’m going to do what I do every year – pick one versatile go-to outfit that can cover all the bases.

This year, it’s a mod mini swing dress, warm tights or leggings (depending on how dressy/grown-up the event), booties and a cute, cozy jacket. It’s virtually foolproof and is a great option for postpartum mamas or those with “gentle” bellies (saw that in a reader comment & loved!). I started early this year and wore it to a friend’s outdoor October wedding – the faux fur jacket was a big hit among my friends who were freezing in their sleeveless dresses! It’s the ultimate holiday outfit formula for minimal effort and maximum comfort, just my style.

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November 16, 2016

Laura’s Go-To Holiday Outfit: Sparkly Sweater

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The. Holidays. Are. Upon. Us. Everyone take a deep breath. Whew. But thank goodness they are. I think we all need a little extra cheer right now.

I adore the holidays and yes, am one of those who might start playing Christmas music a bit before Thanksgiving. Get mad if you must. Christmas music is the best. But, this year, we at TME got to get into the holiday spirit even earlier. When we chatted about doing holiday looks we were all excited. And then, some of us were a little stumped.

What actually encompasses a go-to holiday look for me? I rarely have anything very dressy to attend during the holidays (with the exception of last year’s fun cocktail party – I tried out looks for it here in one of my first posts!) So, like Cam, my go-to look had to feel festive and fun but be somewhat casual and comfy and work for a variety of occasions. I also wanted to invest in pieces I could wear again and again. (Don’t we always?)

Fortunately, I found a shimmery sweater and of course you know about these lovely suede boots and it just started to come together. So my go-to holiday outfit formula?

Jeans + Fancy Sweater + Gorgeous Boots

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November 15, 2016

Cam’s Go-to Holiday Outfit

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My Christmas season looks a lot like…

Cocoa and cuddling on the couch with the hubs (the cocoa may or may not be spiked. idk).

Making cookies with the kids (or watching as they eat and simultaneously drop all of ingredients on the kitchen floor).

Grabbing a drink with the bestie, laughing until we realize we need to stop drinking, talking about how fast the year flew by (and how big our babies are getting ::sob::).

Blasting Christmas music in the minivan and dancing to it like a fool, while running around doing the normal mom things with the kids.

Bonfires with our neighbors/built-in-family in the back yard. <3

Online Christmas shopping. Amazon.com for ALL OF THE PRESENTS. Free two day shipping. I mean, come on!

A very little amount of sequins, glitter and champagne bottle poppin’.

Darn.

Nah, really I wouldn’t change a thing (except to maybe go to ONE fabulous holiday party – haha).

So. My go-to holiday outfit is a pretty casual one, but one with festive elements thrown in…because CHRISTMAS.

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