Friday, December 19, 2014

Warm December Days

::Sweater c/o ShopRiffRaff (sold out, but I love this one), Tunic Nordstrom (here), Boots c/o DSW (here, love them!), Bag Mary Nichols Handbags NY c/o, Leggings c/o Karen Kane (here), Necklace Banana Republic (old) / BaubleBar (here), Bracelets J.Crew (similar) / David Yurman, Sunglasses (Kate Spade)::

You guys, I wish this cardigan was still in stock. It's from ShopRiffRaff and Im obsessed. It's funny, my friend Emily was wearing it the other day and she is much taller than I am (I am 5'2) and it fit her so differently in terms of length, but still looked fabulous! I love ShopRiffRaff- they have some adorable clothing and great prices, I am loving this similar version in aztec print. 

In other news, I wore this a bit ago on an extremely warm day for fall/winter. I still forget that NC is much warmer than Ohio this time of year, so it amazes me when one week before Christmas I don't even need a coat! I know I am going to be freezing next week, so I plan to pack lots of hats, scarves and gloves!




Happy weekend (soon) friends. I will be posting next week, but I hope you all have a Merry Christmas and Happy Hanukkah if you're not going to be reading!

Thank you!

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Holiday Hustle

 ::Bag Kate Spade (here), booties (old, similar here), Jeans J.Brand (here), Cropped Sweater (here), Gingham J.Crew (love this tuxedo version here), Bow ring (here), Bracelets J.Crew / David Yurman / Watch: Al'tardd State, Necklace J.Crew, Lipstick MAC Rebel::

How is everyone faring with the deadline for the approaching holiday? I must admit, this week at work has been super busy and I have a ton to do before we pack up the car on Sunday and drive home for the holidays. Aaron is working a 24 hour shift on Saturday, so I am hopefully that I can tie up every single loose end then and sit back with a glass of wine that night! It might be wishful thinking, but I guess Ill find out! I love this season though and I think part of the craziness and hustle and bustle is what make it so fun for everyone! While Im stressed, this little bow ring makes me so happy- it's the small things right?

My hair is dud in these pictures. I curled it and it rained, go figure. Sorry for the blur and blah hair, but I will say I love a good cognac and B&W outfit. Remember when everyone thought brown and black couldn't go together? Or was that just me? Oh how style evolves!





Have a good one friends! Almost the weekend (yay!)

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Holiday Wish List




|| This watch | A fun coat | A Navy Bag | Cozy Slippers  | Flannel Jammies  | New Makeup Brushes | More perfume (my husband got this for me last year and Im out!) | Another Bracelet to add to my stack | A Soda Stream | Active wear  | My favorite Candles ||

I've shared numerous gift guides with you the past few weeks (hostess here, him here, stocking stuffers here), so today I thought I would show you what I am asking for Christmas in hopes that if you still don't know- this will give you some ideas! 

As I get older, I really believe in investing in pieces that I'll have for years as opposed to buying trendy items that I might just wear a season. If I do go trendy, I always try to find them at more affordable stores like Forever21 or H&M. But investment pieces are investments for a reason and most of the items above would be just that: nice jewelry, a navy bad, a gorgeous fun coat = investments. However, those leopard slippers? Totally fun and my favorite smelling candle? Yum! Also, Aaron got my J.Crew pajamas last year for Christmas and I am obsessed with them, I wouldn't be sad if another set ended up under the tree!

What are you asking Santa and his elves for? Maybe you'll give me some more ideas (considering Aaron does his shopping last minute, I still have plenty of time to drop hints!)

Have a great one!

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Buffalo Check

 ::Hat Nordstrom (here), Bag Kate Spade (here, 25% off), Jeans Madewell (here), Necklace Madewell (here), Bracelets David Yurman / J.Crew, Buffalo Plaid top (ShopRiffRaff, sold out, similar here), Jacket J.Crew (similar here), Boots DSW (Here)::

Downtown Durham is decorated so pretty for Christmas that I wanted to go home right after spending the morning there and slap big red bows on everything. Sadly, I didn't- but I am excited for our trip home and for Christmas! Also, after wearing this shirt, my husband is now convinced he needs a buffalo plaid flannel. #hesjelly He claims I only buy the clothes I want him to wear, not what he wants to wear- little does he know- I WANT him to wear buffalo check! And that's reverse psychology my friends!

On another note, do y'all own utility jackets? I LUUURVVVE utility jackets. I've had this one from J.Crew for years and I've definitely worn my money's worth. I linked up some similar ones (like this on sale) below! And, I love this two tone one!





Tomorrow I am sharing my Christmas wish list with y'all! Maybe it will help those of you who still are stumped what to ask for out!

Thanks for reading, I really am so blessed you come to CB&BP and read my little ramblings!

xx

Monday, December 15, 2014

Rosemary Spiced Nuts


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Today I wanted to share a quick and easy recipe that's perfect for packing up as gifts or just sitting around in cute little dishes for people to munch on during holiday entertaining. Rosemary spiced nuts! I used Ina Garten's recipe (Ina can do no wrong in my book) and they turned out amazing. As opposed to just using cashews like her recipe called for, I used a Planter's Holiday Tin Mixed Nuts which I picked up from the sleigh display at Walmart

Also while I went in to get the nuts, I saw something about the Blippar app - have y'all heard of it? It let's you scan packaging of some of the biggest grocery brands and then do things like virtually try on (think nail polish, etc), play games with your favorite brands, browse recipes and so much more! Download it here for free! I had so much fun browsing the recipes for the nuts, though I still decided to go back to Ina Garten's recipe simply because I love her!







These are seriously a great thing to munch on to be more health conscious during the holidays instead of just popping cookies left and right (but hey, who doesn't love a Christmas cookie!). 

Have a great Monday friends, Christmas is around the corner which means it's crazy around our house preparing to head back to OH-IO!

Friday, December 12, 2014

Gift Guide: For the Hostess

|| A cute Mug filled with cocoa mix or a bag of coffee |These soaps are too cute for personalizing a bathroom | Ornaments are cute (if you know how your host decorates his or her tree)- or just keep it simple | Wine playing cards are sure to be a conversation (of game) starter | Cute stationary | Wine accessories  | Some of the best cookies! | cookbook (Ina Garten is my fav!) | candle wrapped pretty! | This wine tote would be adorable with an inexpensive bottle in it | Some cute little lotions | A unique initial wax sealer | Appetizer plates | Linen Cocktail Napkins ||

I know taking a host/hostess a gift is not something that's required, but in my experience, it is always something that is appreciated. Hosting is some serious work and often can be more pricey than one would think, so I always think it's nice to take them a little happy as a thank you. With all of the holiday parties happening right now, or soon to happen, I always like to have a few little ideas in my mind for that perfect person who so graciously welcomes me into their home for some fun and good cheer! Here are some ideas I'm loving for this season!

Also, if you still have people on your list to shop for (or just want to score some items for yourself, check out some GREAT sales below that are still going on!

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Thursday, December 11, 2014

Christmas Tree Pickin'

::Bag Kate Spade (love this color here), Turtle Neck J.Crew (here), Jeans Madewell (here), Boots (DSW, love these), Buffalo vest J.Crew (here), Rings Prismera (here) / David Yurman, Necklace MindyMaes Market (here) / Bracelets David Yurman / J.Crew (here)::

Over Thanksgiving, my mother in law was in town, so we headed to the tree farm to pick a Christmas tree. I have never had a live Christmas tree, so I literally was a little kid in the rows of trees. I wanted to pick the perfect one! After much deliberation we settled on a beautiful tree and she is happily decorated in our home- I love the smell! I don't know if Ill be able to go back to a fake tree after having a real one, but man do they need watering often!

I had my MIL snap a few photos of Aaron and I during tree hunting for our Christmas cards. I wanted to hire someone this year, but his schedule this month is just too crazy! So we did our best! We both wore plaid (I am obsessed with this vest!)- so hopefully we will look festive!







The rings Im wearing are from Prismera and I love them. It's such a unqiue jewelry site and can I talk one second about how adorable the packaging was when they were delivered. I know to some people that's not important, but opening it was so fun and exciting because it was packaged beautifully! Anyway, you should check out the jewelry because it truly is gorgeous and unique. I am obsessed with my new rings and the owner is the sweetest! The items would make amazing presents for the holidays AND there is something in every budget!

Also, today Prismera is giving away the Treasures PavĂ© Ring to a luck CB&BP reader! Make sure to enter below with the RaffleCopter! It's gorgeous!



Thanks for reading friends, almost Friday! Whoo who!

xx

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