Saturday, December 3, 2016

Gift Guide for a Teenage Girl

Last week, my college girlfriends and I were all on a group text chatting about our upcoming holiday plans. We all have kids in the 12-18 year old range, and one of them asked if I had any ideas on what I was going to get my teenage daughter for Christmas. So, I put together a list of everything my 14 year old loves and thought I would share it with all of you.


I think all teenage girls should be on some sort of skin care routine - get them to start washing their face every morning and night. This Clinique 3 step kit is a great one to get your teenager into this daily habit.

LUSH - you haven't heard of LUSH? I'm sure you will soon enough. My daughter and many other teenage girls are obsessed with anything Lush. My daughter's favorite is the Yoga Bath Bomb. You drop this bomb into a warm bath; it fizzes and turns into pretty colors while you are soaking in the tub.

Trust me when I say you need to go ahead and buy one of these for yourself! The Beauty Blender is a must for any teenager or woman who wears makeup. I've tried a few "dupes" on the market and nothing compares to the original Beauty Blender. Applying makeup with this sponge will make any liquid foundation look flawless.

Even if the teenage girl you are buying for doesn't wear a lot of makeup, they all seem to love lipgloss. I love this NYX lipgloss set because all of the colors are very wearable, which rarely happens in a holiday set.


Most teenagers are very active and mine lives in athletic wear. My daughter's favorite sports bra is this one by Nike. She says this one is "super comfortable" because she can adjust the straps. It also comes in a variety of colors.

Water bottles are popular with teenage girls and boys. Swell and Yeti are the most popular brands and guest what? They really work! We tested it and it stayed cold for many hours.  My daughter loves the Swell bottle, while my 16 year old son loves the Yeti cup. Make sure you only wash these by hand.

You can't go wrong with a pair of Nike or Adidas shoes for any teenager. My daughter and her friends love the plain black ones, and they come in so many colors. Can you believe Adidas is making a comeback? I had a pair of these white ones many, many years ago... (I bet you did, too.) :-)

A huge trend for teenage girls is athletic leggings. (They wear them a little differently than I do because I like to cover my rear, but that's beside the point.) My daughter is on the small side barely hitting 5 ft tall so she can still fit in a girl's size at Ivivva (part of Lululemon) or can wear 2/XXS in Lululemon. Trust me when I say, you can't go wrong with leggings.


I'm assuming the teenage girl you are buying for already has a phone. It seems like they are all taking selfies for snapchat, instagram or the newest social media site. So, in addition to the phone, they like accessories for their phones - cases, headphones and portable chargers. My daughter loves her Beats headphones and says they "look cool" and cancel out all the noise especially when she's on a plane. 

With winter quickly approaching and depending on where you live, your teenager might enjoy a new coat. We live in Minnesota so a warm coat is a MUST! We just bought this coat for my 14 year old the other day and she likes because "it's not too puffy and the fur on the hood is not itchy." You can't go wrong with a North Face coat or jacket.

My daughter currently has a Vera Bradley wallet and has enjoyed it for many years. This year for Christmas, she's asking for a Kate Spade Wallet and I think this one is cute and it's on sale!

Last but not least is to get your teenager a great pair of snow boots. Again, depending on where you live, your teen might not need these, but if you have a chance of snow in your area or you are planning a ski vacation, warm snow boots are a great gift. My daughter and I both own these Sorel boots  (except mine have fur) and we LOVE them!

I hope this gave you some ideas for your teenage girl. Wishing you all a Happy Holiday season!


Monday, October 17, 2016

Evereve Fall Haul

As some of you may know, I moved to Minnesota last summer. One of the best things about MN besides the beautiful lakes and nice people is EVEREVE! I had never even heard of this store when I lived in Virginia, but I quickly discovered it as there about 3 locations close to where I work, live and shop.

I have quickly become addicted to this store. Here are a few items I picked up for fall:

These boots might be my favorite purchase of all and they are Sorel which means they will be perfect for the Minnesota weather that lies ahead. I love this gray color because I can wear them with black or blue jeans.

I picked up this black blazer with a built in hoodie. The coolest part is that you can unzip the hood and just wear it as a black blazer. Talk about versatility!

I also bought this moto jacket in a beautiful cream color. I've worn it with jeans, but think it will look great over a floral dress which I'm on the hunt for...

And finally, I picked up this army green lace up shirt that's long enough to wear with leggings or skinny jeans.

Until my next stop at Evereve. And no - this is not a sponsored post. They don't even know I exist except for the sweet ladies who help me in the shop.


Sunday, May 22, 2016

A Peek into My House

You may have noticed that I've been posting more home pictures on Instagram. As some of you know, we moved from Virginia to Minnesota last July. I would have never picked MN on the map as a place to move, but I'm glad my job brought us here because we LOVE it! Below are a few rooms and projects we've been working on in our house.

Over the past year, I've become obsessed with the show "Fixer Upper" on HGTV. I love watching Chip & Jojo and have been inspired by many of their projects.

I had a work trip last month to Austin, Texas and was so close to Waco that I had to drive through to see Chip and Jojo's Magnolia store. Unfortunately, they were closed on Sunday, but I still had to snap a few pictures.

I ordered this big clock from Magnolia Market online and think it looks pretty cool on my mantle. I still need something for the right side, but it's all a work in progress.

Last weekend's project included painting my Grandmother's antique cabinet using Annie Sloan's chalk paint. I found the two cute lanterns at Homegoods and the turquoise glass vase at a local store. I love the way it turned out!

Here's a peek into my bedroom. I bought the sign above the bedroom door years ago at Homegoods and it's still one of my favorite sayings. We purchased our bed from Domain furniture over 19 years ago. Unfortunately, I think that store went out of business a few years ago. The bedding is by Nicole Miller and the pillows are from Homegoods.

Saturday, August 1, 2015

2 Days Left to Shop the Nordstrom Sale

If you haven't picked anything up from the Nordstrom sale, you have two days left - I repeat two days left! The main reason I love this sale is because it's one of the few sales I know of where you get the opportunity to preview and purchase Fall merchandise on sale. Normal sales occur at the end of the season and while you may get a "great deal", the choices are limited.

Here are a few of my favorite picks:

Fall Boots



Thursday, May 28, 2015

Beauty Products - Pick Just One

A few months ago, I was tagged to film a You Tube video called "The Just One" beauty tag.  Basically, you have to pick your favorite product from about 10 different categories. It was a fun video to make and really made me think about all of my favorite beauty products. Watch the video to see why I chose each product. What are your favorites?

Lipstick - Nars Niagra
Lipgloss - Buxom White Russian
Blush - GloMinerals Papaya
Single Eyeshadow – Mac Wedge
Quad – Urban Decay Basics 2
Mascara – L’oreal Voluminous Carbon Black
Foundation – Guerlain Lingerie De Peau -03
Cleanser – Cera Ve
Powder  - Laura Mercier Translucent Powder
Nail Polish – OPI Step it Up

Extra Categories: 
Eyeliner – Chanel Stylo Yeux Waterproof
Foundation Primer – Laura Mercier Foundation Primer (original)

Saturday, May 31, 2014

What I Chose to Wear for My Son's Graduation

Next week, my son is graduating from 8th grade.  I know what you are thinking... 8th grade is not a big deal, but when the school only goes up to 8th, it's a huge deal.  I really can't believe that I will have a child in High School next year!

Over the past few weeks, I have been on the search for the perfect dress.  I wanted something conservative, classic and lady-like, and I didn't want to spend too much money on it.  I also didn't want to wear anything that had a plunging neckline, a hemline that was too far above the knee or any of the bold patterns that are on trend right now.  With all that being said, here are a few of the dresses that I thought were appropriate.  If you scroll down, you will see the one I purchased...

And the one I bought was this Jacquard Sheath dress from Ann Taylor.  I think the style is classic, I love the coral color and it has one trendy element, which is the exposed zipper in the back.  I plan to wear it with my nude peep-toe pumps and a cute clutch.

If you are attending any graduation ceremonies this spring, what are you wearing?

Sunday, May 4, 2014

6 Mother's Day Gift Ideas

As a Mom, I can tell you that I LOVE anything that my children make for me.  In my opinion, nothing beats a handmade gift!  With that being said, my husband and children still like to purchase something for me on Mother's Day.  I put together a list of 6 items that I think any Mom would love to receive.  The best news is that all of these items are priced under $200 and one item is only $1.99.

1.  Kate Spade New York Riviera Triple Strand Necklace   A beautiful statement necklace that can be dressed down with jeans and a t-shirt or worn with a pretty dress.

2.  Brahmin Small Cuff Bracelet Mai Tai La Scala Nothing says style like a great cuff with a pop of color.

3.  Tory Burch Thong Flip Flop Sandal - Thora 2  Cute sandals that can be worn to the beach as well as with a sundress out at night.

4.  Sisley Rose Mask Spoil your Mom with this incredible face mask or any skincare product that she loves.

5.  Christian Dior 5-Colour Shadow Are these shadows worth the splurge? Yes!  Plus the packaging is so gorgeous.

6.  Kirklands Love You More Sachet  One of my favorite sayings of all time.  These are great to throw in your Mom's drawers or closet.

What are you getting your Mom for Mother's Day?