Sunshine On My Shoulders Makes Me Happy

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the scoop

So disregard my hair in these pictures, I didn’t feel like messing with it and I was really just trying on outfits for our Christmas party this weekend. I want something fun, different and warm since we will be in the mountains. Above all since I am hosting, I have to be comfortable. I have tried on several things and still haven’t come up with what I want but I did like this look so I thought I would share it. I would wear this if I were not hosting but as a working host I need less fuss.

We got our final RSVP list and it looks like between 35 and 40 guests so we decided to ask our pianist to play the piano for us again this year. I had thought we would just play music but having a local musician has become kind of a tradition. I am putting real pine trees on each side of the front door and using real wreaths to decorate a couple of windows and laser lights to decorate the front of the house. It will all be very simple but festive.

these boots

Hands down these are my favorite boots for this season. I wanted to buy them last season but they went out of stock so when I saw them on sale late this fall I snapped them up. They go with everything. They are out of stock but there is a new version that I will link. The thing I love the most about them is the wood heels.

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I took my little black dress that is sleeveless and added the warmest brightest sweater I had. I think yellow is a fun out of the box color to add to a holiday party look. Next I added my boots because I love the contrast of the brown boot with the black dress. I carried my leopard clutch that is probably the best investment I have ever made on a bag because I use it a lot and it is holding up perfectly. Plus this bag is the perfect neutral to go with everything. I wore a necklace that is several years old to add a little gold bling and that was that. Fun, warm, comfortable and a little out of the box.

create your own look

I’m linking my exact dress including the long sleeve version. I’m also linking my boots (this years version on sale now) and I think the same boots in black are fabulous also on sale! I’m linking sweater options, a pretty yellow one but wouldn’t the red be perfect for the holidays. And the purple is a trending color right now that will take you through spring and is so different and pretty for the season. I’m linking my exact bag too.

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How I Take Casual to a Party

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the scoop

Last Monday I came home after taking my fur babies for their check up at the vet to find a big box at my door. Well, who doesn’t love to find big boxes at their door especially when you don’t know who it is from or what was in it. I knew right then that the holiday season had begun! I was already in an elated mood because my fur babies’ checkups had given me great news, so this added event tipped my day even higher.

I took the package inside and found it was a PR package full of beautiful clothes from Diane Gilman. I had shown some of her clothes this time last year. See here and here. And they were asking me to let them know what I thought of this year’s fall and winter collection. And if I liked would I be an Ambassador. So this post is C/O Diane Gilman and Alison Brod Marketing & Communications.

I don’t do collaborations anymore unless it is something I really love and I wouldn’t being showing these things with you if I weren’t a fan so all this week I will be sharing what they sent to me with you.

my look

I’m wearing DG2 jeans that are in a fabulous grey with a seam down the front and a slit up the front. The details on these jeans are so cute. They have a little stretch so they fit comfortably and give you shape. They are of excellent quality. The fabric is a nice weight and all the seams are straight and perfect. The jacket is also DG2 in a stretch denim and a almost buttery cream color. The jack has faux fur detailing on the collar and inside the front. I mean it is over the top pretty. You can remove the fur from the collar which can give you another look. I think I need it in other colors!

I wore the jeans and jacket with a plain long sleeved white tee and pulled out my party pumps! You know “tis the season” when I start wearing my plaid pumps. I carried my leopard clutch and to take my casual look to party I wore over sized pearls.

The best part about this look is that I took a casual denim and tee look from day to party just by adding fun jewelry, a clutch, fur collar, and pumps with pizzazz! All comfort, no fuss and party ready!

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  • I missed the gym and running for a week so back on track this week.

  • I was bored on Saturday night so I put up our tree. I wanted to try some things I learned on YouTube.

  • I will be working on my own YouTube video this week with friend who is a makeup expert. I really want to learn how to apply make better.

  • I made the most amazing and healthy fist tacos last night. They will be on repeat. Here is the recipe. Next time I think I will try them with shrimp.

  • November is my blogiversary. I will have been blogging five years. Kind of a big deal to me so I am trying to come up with a way to mark the occasion. One is that I am working on a blog makeover, you might have noticed some of the changes already.

create your own look

I’m linking exact jacket and it comes in three colors ( cream, black and dark denim), I could not find the link to my exact jeans but I am linking others that are really festive. Linking my exact clutch and similar heels. My necklace is J Crew from a few years ago but I am linking one that is really pretty also from J Crew. I’m also going ahead and linking the jeans and sweaters they sent me that I will show later this week. They sent the sweater to me in black and one in cream but it comes in many beautiful colors and I want them all. The jeans are butt lifting and that they do! I will tell you more about how they are made and why they work on my next post. You’ll find more Diane Gilman on

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