Best of Lovely Life Styling from 2018

I can not believe 2018 is coming to a close tomorrow! What a wonderful, busy and fun year it was! I have so many goals for the next year for this little blog of mine! Thank you to everyone that comes by this little web space of mine and for shopping through my links! It's what keeps this little one lady operation going!

This past year I have really started focusing on fashion and affordable style as the main content of my blog and instagram. It is something I have always been passionate about and now that I have this outlet, it is the perfect place to share my love for affordable clothes, shoes and accessories! You will definitely be seeing more of that in the next year! I'm also hoping to add in more beauty, home decor and lifestyle posts as well! PLEASE comment below of there is anything else you would love to have me share or see more of on the blog! 

Here are the top posts, top IG photos and top selling items from 2018....

From the blog

From Instagram (most liked photos)

Most purchased items

#1. This floral print kimono (which is still in stock with prime shipping) was the most purchased item from my blog and instagram this year! 

#2. This sherpa fleece pullover was the second most purchased item in 2018!

#3. Another popular fleece pullover with prime shipping!

#4. My favorite house slippers were the 4th most purchased item. 

#5. My short taupe booties were number 5! I get a TON of wear out of these!

#6. This pair of high waisted leggings was number 6! I don't actually own these, but referenced them as a more affordable option to my favorite Zella leggings. 

#7. Our favorite long sleeve tunic tee was the seventh most popular item. 

 #8. The exposed seam sweater (from the Nordstrom Anniversary sale, no longer in stock) 

#9. This herringbone puffer vest was a top seller as well and I mentioned it as a great dupe for my J.Crew Factory one that is no longer in stock.

#10. This tunic 3 button tee was the tenth most purchased item! I love layering these with my cardigans! 

Top retailer: AMAZON for the WIN!!! You will definitely be seeing more Amazon hauls, try ons, and purchases posts next year!! 

I want to personally thank you all who continue to follow and support me and my blog!! I hope you all have a wonderful and happy New Year!

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Dressy NYE Outfit Ideas

If you are planning on going out on the town or to a dressy party for New Years Eve I've got you covered! AND everything is 50% off (with free shipping over $50)!!

I am all about the sequins and sparkle for NYE! I am in love with these sequin high waisted leggings! These would definitely be my top pick! Easy to pair with a blouse, heels and statement jewelry

Shop all my dressy NYE picks below:

Last Minute Gifts (2 day free shipping!)

It's the final countdown!! 

Christmas is one week away! If you have anyone on your list that you still need to buy for, I've rounded up a bunch of last minute gift ideas all with FREE 2-day shipping!

A lot of retailers are jumping on the free and fast shipping train to compete with Amazon, including Target and Walmart. Which is perfect for this exact time of year! Trust me, you do not want to be out in the stores or mall this week! Avoid the crowds and just do all your last minute shopping here with just a few clicks!

I've separated my last minute gift ideas into categories for easy shopping. Most of these items are under $40 and a lot are under $20! 

Gifts for Her:

Gifts for Him:

Gifts for kids:

Happy Shopping!! 

Holiday Sparkle with Loft

Can you believe we are less than 2 weeks away from Christmas?! How did this happen?! It feels like we wait so long for the holidays to get here and then when December hits... BOOM! It goes so fast! This week I have been working on finishing up my Christmas shopping and I think I'm finally just about done! 

Today I'm teaming up with Loft to bring you a few last minute gift ideas for any lady on your list! Loft has always been one of my favorite retailers not only for their quality pieces and classic style, but for their beautiful jewelry and accessories! I snagged a handful of earrings and necklaces to give as gifts to my mom, sister in law, mother in law, etc! The great thing about jewelry is that you don't have to worry about sizing!

I just love all the statement earrings that are out right now, and this pair goes perfectly with my new leopard print top and chenille cardigan

I also grabbed this pack of stud earrings that would be a great gift for any new mom or mom with young kids! I typically wear studs during the day and especially when I'm home with the kids. Also, these initial necklaces are the perfect personalized gift! 

I absolutely LOVE these shimmer chevron leggings! They are the perfect leggings to wear for the holidays and just add something extra to your otherwise ordinary pair of leggings. I paired them with this tunic length v neck sweater which is SO soft! 

These pretty crystal fringe statement earrings add an extra touch of sparkle and fun to the outfit! And my initial necklace is the perfect addition!

Now is a great time to shop because Loft is offering 50% off your order and free shipping with code: MERRY!

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Shop all my favorite picks for gift ideas from the Loft below:

Loft Try On | December 2018

Happy Friday, lovelies! I wanted to share this post today because Loft is having their 50% off your purchase event through the weekend (ends Sunday!)!! So, if you're not able to make it into the store, I have some ideas of what to order. They have SO many great sweaters, ponchos and cold weather accessories right now. It's the perfect time to stock up for the season!

I stopped into the Loft at Easton Town Center yesterday and I was so excited to try on all the things! Sweaters and ponchos were on the top of my list now that the temps have dropped to freezing here in Columbus! I always love sweaters from loft because I know they will be high quality and will last through several seasons! There were some really great festive options for the holidays as well!

(Just for reference, I'm 5'2" and typically wearing a XS/S in tops and S/4/27 in bottoms)

Here's what I tried on and loved:

I loved the detail on the sleeves of this sweater! So pretty! (Runs true to size, wearing XS but ordering a small). I am also wearing the Modern Skinny jeans in black, size 27.

This cardigan is SO soft and cozy! I just love the blush pink color too (comes in a few other colors). Runs TTS, wearing small.

I love this plaid blouse! Perfect for the holidays, church or the office! I paired it with this super soft chenille cardigan.

These 2 ponchos were on my list to try on! I am loving this trend and they are both perfect to throw over a long sleeve tee! Both of these ponchos are super soft too! The red and navy plaid one is reversible and perfect for the holidays!

I love the pattern detail on this open front cardigan! Wearing an XS, but could go up to a Small. I'm also wearing the velvet leggings! These leggings are so comfortable and come up higher on the waist with a thicker band which helps to shape the mid section! 

For my tall girls, Loft has a ton of great tunic length sweaters out right now! These are all perfect paired with leggings! 

I love both of these cowl neck sweaters! The one above is a bit thicker with a ribbed texture. Both fit true to size (wearing a small in both)

This outfit was probably my favorite! I loved the fit of this V neck tunic sweater! Pairs perfectly with the velvet leggings and an infinity scarf. (wearing small in both the sweater and leggings)

Last, but not least, how sweet is this cowl neck sweater dress?! It is super soft, not at all itchy! The length is great! I love the button detail on the sleeves too! Runs true to size, I'm wearing a small. 

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Gift Guide for Him

Happy first Monday of December! I'm kicking off my December posts with a gift guide for the main guy in your life today. I swear, Bill is always the most difficult to buy for, so I try to get his gift first and get it over with! Anyone else feel like guys are so hard to buy for? Anyways, I have been collecting some ideas over the past couple of weeks and decided to round up a bunch of my favorites for this post. But, make sure to check out my Gifts for Him Under $50 page under the 'Christmas Shop' tab for some more ideas that may not have made it on this post! I've also included some splurge gift ideas at the bottom if you guys are looking to spend a little more on your man!

Here are my top 10 picks for Gifts for Guys:

1. Half Zip Cotton & Cashmere Pullover ($59.50): Every guy needs a nice pullover sweater in their wardrobe. This is perfect to pair over plaid or dress shirts and looks great dressed up or down! 

2. Antlers Glass Decanter & Wood Stopper ($48.40): I love the etched antlers in this glass decanter! It would be the perfect gift for the guy in your life that appreciates 'spirits'! 

3. BOSE SoundSport Free Wireless Headphones ($169): Wireless headphones are a popular splurge gift this year. Since the Apple AirPods are basically sold out everywhere online, these are a great alternative. They are meant to be used while working out, so they are optimized for that purpose and are water resistant.

4. Tim Tebow: This Is the Day ($14.99): This book is for the guy in your life that loves football and reading. It's more of a self-help book, but also goes into Tim's own life experiences.

5. Timex Leather Band Watch ($249): I was drawn to the sleek, no fuss design of this watch. Bill is definitely not 'flashy' when it comes to watches and he needs a new leather band one that he can dress up or down. This one would be the perfect addition to his collection!

6. Tie Gift Set ($49): This would be the perfect gift for the working guy! Comes with a tie, pocket square handkerchief, and a pair of socks! You can get the pocket square monogramed for an additional $9.50. Lots of colors and patterns to choose from as well.

7. Breakfast Sandwich Maker ($18.99!): I think I may get this for every single guy on my list! What guy doesn't like a breakfast sandwich in the morning? Also comes with directions and recipes on how to make a variety of sandwiches.

8. Yeti 20 oz Rambler Travel Mug ($29.99): These Yeti mugs have been so popular this year! This is the perfect travel size and will help keep his coffee warm all morning!

9. Jack Black - The Fresh Man Set ($25): This set comes with a facial cleanser, oil-free moisturizer and a body/hair wash. Smells amazing!

10. Adidas Energy Cloud 2 Sneakers ($48.97): The perfect casual weekend sneaker! And they are on sale for less than $50!

Shop Gifts for Him Under $25:

Shop Gifts for Him $25 - $50:

Shop Gifts for Him $50 - $100:

Shop Gifts for Him Over $100:

Boots with the FUR!

Sorry, but that song comes into my head immediately when I see any boots with fur detail 😂

I just got these new faux fur lined boots and I am obsessed with them! They are so warm and cozy! I was so sad to see that they are almost sold out! So, I was on a mission to find some similar fur detailed boots for less than $50. All of these listed below are under $50 (including sale prices)!!

(Shop all these boots and more at the bottom of the post)

#1 - 5 all offer free 2-day shipping (if applicable in your area)! 

#6 are over $50, but if you use the code: ITSWILD by the end of tonight, you get 25% off and free shipping! 

#7 are also 50% off with free shipping through the end of today!

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Cyber Monday is Here!

So many great sales going on today in cyber world! I've listed some of my favorite online retailers below with their cyber Monday deals they are offering. I've also posted some of my favorite items from each of the retailers below. Just click on the image to shop! 

Abercrombie - 50% off entire store! Plus, free shipping on all orders! 

Amazon - Deals happening hourly! Check back constantly for new mark downs! 

American Eagle / Aerie - 40% off + free shipping! 50% off all sweaters!

Anthropologie - 30% off everything!

ASOS - 25% off everything! Free shipping and free returns!

Back Country - 50% off select styles! Lots of outerwear and Sorel boots marked down!

BeautyCounter - 15% off and free shipping over $50!

Banana Republic - 50% off everything!

Baublebar - 35% off everything with code: CYBER35

Bed, Bath & Beyond - Thousands of deals! Free shipping over $19!

Crate & Barrel - Up to 40% off furniture, 20% off select full price items!

Dick's Sporting Goods - 25% off your order with free shipping! 

DSW - 25% off everything with code: ITSWILD

Express - 50% off everything + Free shipping!! 

Forever21 - Extra 50% off sale + free shipping with code: EXTRA50

Francesca's - 35% off entire site!

Etsy - Lots of shops hosting sales!

Gap - 50% off everything! Code: CYBER + extra 10% off everything (online exclusive) with free shipping with code: YOURS

Hunter Boots - 20% off everything! 

H&M - 30% off site wide + free shipping!

J.Crew - 50% off event extended through today!

J.Crew Factory - Extra 50% off select styles, clearance up to 80% off!

JCPenny - Extra 30% off $100 or more! Lots of deals!

Joss & Main - Extra 25% off + Free shipping site wide with code: EXTRA25

Kate Spade - Take 40% off all sale items + 30% off full priced items with code: MORECHEER

Kendra Scott - Buy more, save more event! 20% off all purchases, 25% off orders of $100 or more, 30% off purchases of $200 or more! 

Kohl's - Extra 20% off with code: GIVE20 , Lots of great deals! 

Loft - 50% off your purchase + Free shipping! Use code: CYBER

Macy's - 25 - 70% off clearance! Lots of great deals!

Madewell - 25% off your purchase, use code: DEALWITHIT

Mark & Graham - 25% off everything + free shipping and monogramming with code: FRIENDS

MarleyLilly - Up to 70% off + Free gift with any $50 order

Minted - 20% off everything plus free shipping with code: CM2018

Nordstrom - Up to 60% off select items. Spend $20 through the end of today and get $50 to spend in January! 

Nordstrom Rack - Black Friday Clearance extra 30% off!

Old Navy - 50% off everything! Free cozy socks with any order!

Payless - 50% off entire stock! Free shipping on any order over $25!

Pottery Barn - 25% off site-wide + Free Shipping with code 'CYBER'

Sam Edelman - Buy more, save more! 15% off $60, 20% off $90, 25% off $120!

Sephora - Up to 50% off select products!

SheIn - 70% off everything! Use code: CYBER

ShopBop - Take an additional 30% off all sale items with code: WOW18 (Free shipping and returns AND Amazon prime eligible)

Shutterfly - Up to 50% off + an extra 25% off with code: CYBERMONDAY

Sole Society - 30% off site wide! 

Target - BOGO 60% off clothes, shoes and accessories! PLUS additional 15% off your online purchase today only! Lots of deals on toys, electronics, housewares and kitchen appliances!

Tarte Cosmetics - Up to 60% off + 25% off site wide (excludes Tarte shape tape) with code: CYBER

Ulta - $10 off any qualifying order of $50 or more with code: CYBERMON18. Lots of deals and free gift offers! Free shipping on orders over $35.

Urban Outfitters - $50 off purchases of $150 or more, $25 off $100 or more, $10 off $50 or more!

Walmart - Lots of deals on home goods, appliances and toys!

Wayfair - New deals all day, up to 80% off!

World Market - 40% off $300+, 30% off $200, 20% off $100, 15% off $50! Free shipping with $50+ purchase, use code: CYBERMSM