Three Christmas Event Outfits

It’s the most wonderful (and busy!) time of the year! And a majority of the time, that business sets in weeks before Christmas. Office parties, family get-together, lunches, etc.-  it always seems like there are more events than days during the holiday season!

Which all comes down to one question every time- what to wear?! Some events are more casual with your girls or family, while others require a little more glitz and glam. No matter where you’re headed these last few weeks of December, these three looks will definitely work! 

Brunch with the girls

 If you’re meeting up with the girls to clink mimosa glasses and exchange little gift, this cozy-cute look is perfect. The oversized sweater is so soft and cozy, and I love the little scallop detail at the bottom!

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LEGGINGS
SUNGLASSES
BOOTS

Family Gathering

 Christmas Eve is usually a low-key event in terms of dress for my family, so I’m always going for casual festive in my outfit choices. This look is perfect because it uses pieces you probably already have and looks pulled together.

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SCARF
LEGGINGS
BOOTS

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Dealing with Dry Skin

As much as I love December and the chilly months, I definitely do not love the changes that it causes in my skin- as I’m sure we can all agree.

Even though it doesn’t get too cold here in California, we get a lot of dryness and wind (especially right now).

I try to take care of my skin as best I can, but skincare is something I’m setting a goal to work on and become more knowledgeable about in the coming year. Everyone always says they wish they had taken care of their skin in their 20s, so this is the time!

When the cooler weather starts to hit and I can feel parts of my face and lips start to dry, I try to incorporate a moisture-packed mask into my routine at least once a week.

I’ll start by exfoliating my face to buff out all the dead skin and help prep my healthier skin to soak in all the moisture and good oils! This is a definite must – I tend to dry out the most around my nose and smile lines, so I focus a lot on those areas.

Then I’ll steam my face. I’ve seen some great facial steamers (like this one) that I might look into purchasing in the future, but for now, I’m in the DIY stage. You can fill up your sink or a large bowl with hot water and drape a towel around your neck and bowl. Hold your face above the water and soak in allll the good steam. So good for your pores!

Finally, I apply a mask! Right now, I’m using the Yes to Coconuts Moisturizing Mud Mask. I snagged this from Target and I’m in love with it! The smell is amazing and it’s packed with coconut oil and kaolin clay to re-hydrate your face. It’s also paraben and silicone free!

Afterwards, I want to make sure all that good moisture is locked into my face whether I’m going to bed or getting ready for the day.  I spray my face with my favorite rosewater mist (you NEED this!) and then finish off with a hydrating face cream. (Can you tell how well-loved my Ponds cream is?)

What are your favorite skincare products/tips? Share away!

xo,
 M

Stocking Stuffers: His and Hers

Christmas Countdown: 19 Days

^ WOW.

Wrapping paper

I finished most of my shopping last night (bless up, Amazon), but there are still a few things I need to go to the mall/other stores for this week. And undoubtedly, there will be something that slips through the cracks and sends me to the mall in a frenzy 3 days before Christmas. But overall, I think I’m doing pretty well!

One of my favorite things to shop for are stocking stuffers. I like being able to get smaller items that are personal and can be more practical too.

If you’re still looking for something to slip in your loved ones’ stocking or even a small gift for friends/co-workers that won’t break the bank, check out my top 5 Stocking Stuffers Under $25 for Him and Her!

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Carry On Cocktail Kit: Perfect for the guy on the go! Whether its for work or pleasure, this fun little kit is guaranteed to give any flight a little holiday buzz.

Kiehl’s Beard Oil: Beard? Hot. Getting beard burn trying to kiss your man? Not so much. Snag your favorite bearded man some of this oil to keep his facial hair soft and aromatic. Bonus points: This product also works its way into the skin underneath and acts as a gentle exfoliant!

Urban Outfitters Candle: Carl loves a good candle, especially as it gets chilly in the evenings. We curl up in bed, light candles and read/work/watch movies. His current favorite is a tobacco-like aroma, but will take anything deep and musky.

Lightning Cable: This is a great practical gift for the techie guy in your life to charge his 500 devices anywhere! And really, can you ever have too many phone chargers around?

ASOS Beanie: I think that a simple black beanie is among the staples every guy should own in his wardrobe!

Now onto the ladies!

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Hello Advent

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And just like that, the last month of 2017 is upon us!

It’s also the first weekend of Advent, which I am so excited about. Advent is one of, if not my absolute favorite, season of the Church. I actually didn’t know that much about Advent until about two years ago, and since learning more about what it means for us as Christians, I look forward to it all year.

 There is so much joy in the season, but I think oftentimes we forget that it’s also a season of penance. While we are focusing on the joy and happiness that is the baby Jesus entering our world, we are also called to examine ourselves and evaluate where we are in our faith. Are our hearts prepared for this coming of Christ and His next coming? Are we living out our lives in a way that reflects our love of the Gospel and our faith first? Are we allowing others to see Christ in us and do we seek Him in them? Or are we like the women in the readings a few weeks ago, who are unprepared for what is to come?

I know I for one am falling short in a lot of these areas and I regularly find myself unprepared to encounter Christ. But I love that Advent provides an opportunity to take stock of and work to change these things before the joy of Christmas and also a new year. It’s almost like an opportunity to set goals and “resolutions” for your faith for the next year.

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Christmas Gift Guide: Shop Small Edition

Can you believe Thanksgiving week is upon us?! I swear, it feels like it’ll be New Year’s Eve in about five minutes these days.

I’m at that point of trying to juggle Thanksgiving dinner prep with Christmas shopping list prep in anticipation of the famed Black Friday/Small Business Saturday/Cyber Monday trifecta.

One of my favorite things about living in Temecula is the amount of small businesses in our area- which is why I was so excited to see my favorite businesses and city hall with stickers promoting Small Business Saturday this weekend!

I feel like SBS is often left out when considering holiday shopping, so I wanted to take the opportunity to use my first gift guide of the season to highlight just a handful of the amazing small businesses this area has to offer!

  1. Hollyhocks Boutique
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    This is one of my absolute fave shops in the area! There are so many fun gift ideas, from purse accessories to Pinterest-worthy home decor, kids and more! They also carry popular brands like The Giving Keys, Grace And Lace, etc. I will definitely be picking up some stocking stuffers this weekend from Hollyhocks!

2. Faithful Scents
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I am a huge fan of candles- they’re honestly one of my favorite gifts to give and receive. That being said, I love that these candles are so unique and stand in contrast to the usual Bath & Body Works candles that people give out. The scents are so unique and the packaging is so beautifully simple.

3. Savage Sips

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For all the coffee/wine drinkers on your Christmas list! I think these cups are so sassy and fun- a great way to show off your personality in the office or on the go. You can also get apparel with the same sayings, but I’m all about the drinkware. I also am just obsessed with the fact that the owner styles her Instagram pics in the cutest way!

4. Coffee Shops

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 Again for coffee fans- you can never go wrong with a gift card (or even some cool merch) from one of the many fantastical local coffee shops in town. My personal favorites are Bean Coffee (for someone who loves classic drinks and spending time in the cutest shop), The Press Espresso (for the adventurous and serious coffee connoisseurs) and East Coffee (their mugs are so cute!).

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