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The weather may say otherwise, but Christmas is only three days away! Santa already visited once this weekend, but will return. My brother and his wife came to town this weekend for the holiday due to work schedules conflicting with Christmas. It's the first Christmas in my parents new home and it felt like we've been here for years. The celebration was a little different from our past holidays: no traditional large breakfast due to family portraits that morning, steak and deer meat (of course) for dinner, and a mid-day gift exchange. But, the early holiday and variance in tradition didn't change our Christmas spirit! Family is most important to us (behind our Savior, Jesus Christ) so our hearts were happy! And, the home looks a Christmas portrait- perfect tree and decor.

You might be wondering if Santa was good to me this year. The answer is: better than I imagined, which is typical. If you read my letter to Santa, you know I was willing to sell the contents of my home for Anthropologie. My mother, um Santa, paid attention! Then, there's the TOMS wedges I've wanted and Betsey Johnson bag, both of which also found their way under the tree. Combined with home decor and scents, my gifts were very generous. 
earband  /  wedges  /  jeans  /  bag (black/leopard no longer available)  /  headband set

The earband shown is not the actual one I received. Mine is quite sparkly and I love it! Unfortunately, it's sold out. These jeans are incredibly flattering and work wonders for any body type. Online images of the bag do not do it justice. In fact, my mom (I mean Santa) didn't want to buy it because she (he) didn't like it. But, after seeing it in person, my mother thinks she needs one too. So, I'm on the hunt.

There's one thing that matters more to me than any gift I could receive. I get just as much joy in seeing others enjoy their gifts as I do receiving gifts. I was all smiles! The hubby and I don't exchange gifts until Christmas Day, but I expect he will treat me well! Christmas Eve is reserved for his family and snow is in the forecast! Let it Snow!

Merry Christmas


There's one thing on my mind this winter- fur, faux that is. Last year I invested in a few pieces with fur accents and I've been in love since. Here are a few of my favorite faux fur loves.

All three outwear pieces are on sale at none other than Anthropologie. There's something about fur that instantly makes you feel warm despite cold temps and strong winds.

Thanks for stopping by and stay warm!


lipstick  /  necklace (J.Crew)  /  kit (J.Crew)  /  earmuffs (Kate Spade)
Looking for gift suggestions? Or, looking to buy stocking stuffers? These are sure to please any glam gal (hint, hint).
First, this Retro Matte lipstick in Flat Out Fabulous is, well... flat out fabulous. It's the perfect combination of pink and purple. I ordered it last week and have worn it every day since receiving it! Therefore, I'm going to need another in no time. I highly recommend this shade for any skin tone.
What girl doesn't love pearls? Add gold and emerald accents and the necklace becomes nothing less than stunning. I can see this paired with a classic sweater, vintage dress, or flannel button-up. I need this. Pronto!
Ever find yourself needing a safety pin, tissue, floss, etc.? I know I do, and quite frequently. Here's where this adorable, yet fully loaded, girly kit comes in. Anything us gals need is covered.
Lastly, I love something a little unexpected in my stocking. These earmuffs are so me! I am admittedly a geek, yet chic. It's my identity and who better to advertise it than Kate Spade.
All these items are perfect- from trendy colors to usability to wittiness, I'm sold! Now, someone fill my stocking.


Dear Santa,

There are only 16 days until... gifts! Ok, so maybe I should be a little more caring about family time and celebrating the birth of Christ versus gift hunting. But, in my defense, I have been a very kind, encouraging, helpful, responsible young lady this year... That should count for something, right?

I know it's a little late to share my Christmas wishlist, but I've been devoting all my time and energy to my children (aka incredibly talented but sometimes needy students).
Yes, I'm making a plea for gifts!

To help save you time, I'm sharing my list with the worldwide web. That means, you can access my list 24/7, have pics, AND links to locate the gifts! What more could you ask for?
1. dress // 2. shoes // 3. earrings // 4. jacket // 5. hat // 6. lipstick (MAC Retro Matte)


It's been one of those weeks. I've worked at least ten hours the past five days, but it's all been worth it! Student campaign pitches to clients are well underway and all have been outstanding. Yep, I'm a proud teacher!
But, I've missed my husband! We had a few hours to spend some together today, so we headed to Bristol, Virginia to enjoy the Christmas sights, and a little shopping.
  No shopping trip is complete without a stop by my favorite local boutique. If you've read my blog before, you'll know I LOVE Serendipity Boutique. With locations in Johnson City, Tennessee and Bristol, Virginia, the options are varied and I always find something. Okay, several somethings...
Shop along with me as I show you all that's golden and bright at Serendipity Boutique.

This adorable vest made its way to my closet. Love! And, only $65.

This BB Dakota sweater is a beautiful color and the sparkle is just right.

Obviously, animal prints are a must this season. Check out that skirt. Only $45!
For all things Serendipity, click here.
Once shopping was complete, we walked the streets to take in the Holiday spirit. My peppermint oreo milkshake was the perfect accessory, despite the 30 degree temp.


The Bristol Ballet features The Nutcracker next weekend. This display reminded me of my past days when I performed in the iconic seasonal performance. Too bad I was always a boy because I was so tall...

As the sun faded, the Bristol sign took center stage downtown.
Enjoy the Christmas season and don't forget to shop local. You'll find unique pieces all while benefiting the town you love. 



With Thanksgiving officially behind us, I've started my countdown to Christmas! But, I'm not rushing it as I have much to do before Santa makes his annual visit.
 It seems as though Thanksgiving is a rushed holiday. I hope you enjoyed gathering and making memories with family and friends! I sure did. I'm thinking of renaming my blog after my mom declared me "A Country Girl in Designer Jeans." And why this statement? Our Thanksgiving consisted of a trophy deer... I'll let the picture do the explaining. WARNING: it's a little on the graphic side if you're opposed to hunting.