Festive Fashion

Aside from cultivating my own Christmas traditions, making my own wrapping paper, and all of the usual reasons to love the holidays, my favorite part of this time of year is having oh so many lovely reasons to get dressed up. So far this year, I have combined my love of family traditions with a few new festive holiday looks. Every year since I was a child, my family goes downtown Chicago to the iconic Lawry’s restaurant to celebrate my dad’s birthday and the holidays. This was the perfect excuse to wear my fabulous Chic Wish skirt – this skirt is even more wonderful in person, and in fact, about 15 people stopped me in the restaurant to comment on it! Next, I attended my family’s business Christmas party where I wore a red dress with red lips. Finally today I had our annual Christmas brunch, only this year it was more special with the addition of my daughter, niece, and nephew. I paired my Forever 21 skirt with black lace DKNY skirt.

While I have been wearing a lot of conventional red and black so far, I am really loving Jaclyn from Beauty and the Binky’s green festive look. What are some of your favorite holiday looks? Comment below and feel free to leave a picture!

13 Unexpected Uses for Babies

You did it – you did the most incredible thing in the world. You made a baby! You created a person, grew it in your body, and somehow got that person out of your body. You are seriously extraordinary. Now that you have a baby, you have millions of things to do and carry quite the responsibility.

Change diaper 10+ times a day. Feed baby 7-100 times a day. Clean poop off of onesies, socks, three-piece outfit (why did I put the baby in a multiple piece outfit??), the changing table, curtains, walls, and carpet, depending on the severity of the blowout situation. Bathe, dry, lotion, (carefully) powder, and clothe baby. Snuggle, rock, sing, read, walk, play, sleep (maybe?), and stare at the baby. All. Day. Long.

With all of these wonderful, important, and critical responsibilities you now have as a parent, you may be missing out on these 13 unexpected ways to use your baby. ‘Use your baby?’ you say. ‘That’s absurd,’ you say. It’s your baby, you can use it! Don’t miss out on all of these baby benefits.

December Fashion Challenge

If you’re familiar with my blog, then you know I participate in fashion theme challenges through Instagram. Every day, there is a new theme for participants to interpret and dress accordingly! So far, the themes were as follows:

  1. Dress it up: comfy grey sweater dress with embellished neckline (TJ Maxx)
  2. BOWnanas: feminine oversized bow blouse with navy pencil skirt (TJ)
  3. FURgalicious: pink suede boots with chocolate brow fur trim (Macy’s); dainty gold tiered necklace- Nordstrom.
  4. Silver belles: I never wear silver, but I love the few sparkly pieces of silver jewelry I have.
  5. Stripes: (top/skirt Forever 21; necklace Charlotte Russe)
  6. Still has tags: my new Charlotte Russe mock turtleneck dress is quickly becoming my new fave. Long chevron necklace from Nordstrom.
  7. Welcome to my cardi: (outfit: TJ Maxx, necklace: Burlington Coat Factory).
  8. Poinsettia princess: okay, I did take a photo with an actual poinsettia plant, but I didn’t like it. I opted for a cozy casual Saturday look to go shopping with my sister.

Why Feminism is for Everyone

Let me ask you a question: Are you a feminist? (Shake your head yes or no.)

Okay, so when you heard the word feminist, what did you think of?

Angry lesbians who don’t wear bras?

Spiteful women who hate men?

Crazy females who believe women are superior to men and deserve special treatment?

Well, if that is the case, I would have a hard time convincing you that, in fact, YOU are a feminist. But thankfully my job is much easier because despite popular belief, feminism does not embody any of these statements. Are you shocked? Here, let me ask you another question: Do you believe men and women should have equal rights and opportunities socially, politically, and economically? Think about that statement. It would be difficult to find anyone who would say no to that question, right? 

Creating My Christmas Traditions

I’m so excited for Christmas every year, but this year is especially special because it is my daughter’s first one. Every part of my life has become exponentially better since this little, sweet, funny person came into the world , so I can only imagine how magical Christmas will be this year.

I love the traditions and enchantment my family created for my siblings and me growing up, and I want to make sure I cultivate the same traditions for my Ginny, and maybe even add a few new ones of my own.

Last night, my husband and I spent all of dinner talking about our Christmas traditions and memories and discussed what we want our family holidays to look like. Here is a list of my family’s Christmas traditions I want to carry on as my own little family grows, and I’d love you to leave a comment with your family traditions so I can see what else we’d like to include!

How to Treat Under Eye Circles

Over the last several months, I have taken control of my skin by having a consistent routine with quality products that work. One insecurity I have always had, truly ever since I was a kid, is my under eye area. At one point in grammar school I remember putting any product I could find under my eyes, including…wait for it…Carmex. What!? What was I thinking? I was 10-years-old, and I didn’t know anything about products, I just knew it worked wonders on my lips, so why not try my eyes? Makes me shudder to think of it! I’ve always been concerned about darkness under my eyes, and because of the structure of my face, I have a little crease in my under eye area that I have never liked. However, now that I have my beautiful daughter and see that she has that same natural crease, I’m learning to deal with my insecurities. Accepting my eye structure doesn’t mean that I can’t take charge of other issues, such as darkness and fine lines, though. I’m also trying to add preventative anti-aging steps into my everyday skin routine, so I can prevent wrinkles instead of trying to correct them later on.

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