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Countdown to Christmas | Vol. 2

Hello and happy Monday! It's Veteran's Day AND my birthday so a lot to celebrate! First, I want to pay respect to all the past Veterans that have fought for our country and have helped keep freedom alive! Thank you all so much for your service! 

Over the weekend we celebrated Bill and my anniversary, our Nephew's birthday and my birthday! So it was definitely a fun weekend. Yesterday, I spend some time with my mom shopping and ended the night with ice cream with the family, it was just what I wanted for my birthday. Well, that and to put up our Christmas tree! Yes, I know it seems a little early, but for some reason this year I was just itching to put up our new 7' Prince Flocked tree from King of Christmas! I grabbed some cute ornaments and the metal tree collar from Hobby Lobby. The pillow is from Amazon! I may still add a few more details to it, but for now I'm loving the color scheme and the soft glow of the lights at night and in the early morning.

tree | similar tree collar | truck pillow cover


Last week I also worked on a new gift guide all for the hostess! I know Thanksgiving is coming up and you may have some holiday parties you are attending, so I wanted to get this one done asap! All of these ideas are under $50 and most are under $30!




Shop this gift guide:


Lastly, I wanted to share these items I tried on at Old Navy yesterday since they are still having their friends & family sale! Card members get 50% off their purchase with code: FAMILY at checkout! They have so many cozy sweaters and cute plaid tops that are perfect for the upcoming holidays!

For reference: I'm 5'2" and am wearing a size 4 in the jeans and smalls in the tops.





Shop it all below:



More favorites from Old Navy:



Countdown to Christmas | Vol. 1

Happy Monday and Happy November! I can not believe it's time to start thinking about Christmas shopping and decorating all ready! In the past, I have always 'respected the turkey', but for some reason this year I am ITCHING to get our tree up asap! Maybe it's because every year, the holiday season seems to fly by even faster... especially with little ones, I want to savor this magical and special time of year as long as possible! So, I am determined to get our tree up this week! We got rid of our old faux tree because it was shedding so bad, and got a new 7' faux flocked tree (use code: LOVELYLIFESTYLING' to save 10% off your order)! It's a beaut!! I can't wait to share! 

On that note, I decided that every Monday I will be posting a round up of my gift guides (trying to get at least one done per week until Christmas), Christmas decor inspiration, sales or any other holiday related content I want to share. I thought this would make it easy for all of you to shop along with me! You can always reference all of my holiday gift guides on the Holiday Shop tab on the home page of my blog. I also have a page dedicated to Christmas jammies and Christmas decor, so make sure you are checking those pages weekly for updates!

This week I have a gift guide for the cozy girl on your list, a round up of vintage Christmas decor I found on Amazon, some toddler Christmas jammies and a boot sale! Lots of great options to start checking off your shopping and to do list!

Let's start with my first gift guide! These cozy gifts would be perfect for friends, moms, sisters, cousins, MIL, SIL, co-workers, teachers... the list goes on! I would love anything on this list!!

Shop this gift guide:


Next up, I put together this round up of toddler Christmas jammies from Target that are all under $20! We don't always wear matching jammies as a family, but you better believe I'm putting my boys in matching jammies as long as I can get away with it! I got the boys this matching set already and I'm sure I will end up getting a few more!

Shop Toddler Christmas jammies HERE

Next, I found a bunch of cute, vintage inspired Christmas decor on Amazon as I was shopping for some new holiday throw pillows and a tree collar for our new tree. All are prime shipping!

Shop Christmas decor:


Last but not least, there is a really great boot sale going on this week! All boots for the family are BOGO 50% off at target! I've rounded up some of my favorite boots below. I ordered these Sorel 'dupes' and these over the knee boots to try. I can't wait to share them when they get here!

Shop women's boots:



Shop all men's boots HERE

Shop all Kid's boots HERE

So, tell me...Have you started your Christmas shopping yet? Who is first on your list?

Also, when do you typically start decorating for Christmas?

October Amazon Finds

Happy almost Halloween! I can not believe tomorrow is the last day of October!! This year has been flying by! The boys are so excited to dress up as the PJ masks tomorrow night for trick or treat. Their cousin (who is a girl) is joining them to be Owlette to complete the super hero trio! As much as I LOVE the holiday season that is about to start, I also love that my boys get excited about these holidays. Camden especially loves Halloween, so I am going to really try to have fun and make some memories tomorrow. He also had his halloween parade and party in his pre K class tomorrow, so he will definitely get some good use out of his costume! 

Now, on to my Amazon favorites from this month! I decided it's probably easier to just do a monthly round up of all my Amazon favorites so there is one place you can reference to find them! I found a lot of great pieces this month that will be staples in my fall and winter wardrobe! I always find that reading the reviews for quality and sizing is best when ordering from Amazon. It can also be somewhat of a black hole, so I have taken the hours of searching, ordering and trying on out of the equation for you! Saving you time and money!! I will only share items I would wear myself, so you can be rest assured these items are legit!

SO let's get started!

FOR REFERENCE:
I'm 5'2" and typically wear a small in tops and a 4/6/small in bottoms.

I shared this outfit earlier this week on IG stories. These camo high waisted leggings are SO comfy and soft! They come in a ton of pattern and color options too. Run TTS, I'm in a small. I also love these tunic long sleeve tees for layering with leggings and vests in the fall. They come in a bunch of color options (I have 3!) and run TTS.
camo leggings | long sleeve tunic tee | puffer vest | GG 'dupe' sneakers (size up in these!) | sunnies


When I saw this striped top on my friend Ja'Net from Running on Clean I knew I needed it too! The inside material is so fleecy soft! Like the perfect light weight sweatshirt! These come in other color and stripe options and run TTS (I'm in a small). Great to throw on and go!
 v-neck sweatshirt | high waisted leggings | black tall boots

How cute is this leopard print beanie?! It is so soft and cozy too! Comes in a few leopard color options and would make a great stocking stuffer! I also had to order another one of these tunic length tanks because they are so perfect with leggings and to layer under jackets for fall.
leopard print beanie | tunic length tank | leggings | denim jacket | boots

I loved the short sleeve version of this striped tee so much I had to order the long sleeve version too! Perfect for layering under jackets, vest, blanket scarfs, etc (BTW - the color says navy stripe, but it is definitely black and white)! Like this super cozy sherpa lined reversible vest! Tee runs true to size (I sized up to a medium for a length) and vest is also TTS.
long sleeve striped tee | reversible sherpa lined vest | leggings | boots


This sherpa pullover is SO soft and cozy!! Would make a great gift for the holidays too! Comes in a ton of color options and runs TTS or size up one for length to wear with leggings (I'm in a small).
sherpa pullover | leggings | boots


Another great layering long sleeve tunic top is this one! Comes in both this grey color or black. I love the side slit detail on these as well. Perfect for leggings and to layer under a vest!
tunic long sleeve side slit tee | leggings | puffer vest | boots

I also ordered this leopard print blouse. It would be perfect for the office, tucked into a high waisted skirt or under a black blazer. Or you could dress it down and wear it out to dinner or drinks! I have it here paired with leggings (it is long enough for me!), tall boots and my faux leather jacket. Blouse runs TTS and also comes in solid color options (I'm in a small).
leopard print blouse | leggings | boots | similar faux leather jacket


Shop all of my October Amazon Finds below:


My Everyday Makeup Tutorial

Hello friends! Today I wanted to share my everyday makeup tutorial which includes all the products I use on an everyday basis. I have always been someone that enjoys putting make up on every morning. It makes me feel more awake and productive through out the day. I might have my dirty hair up in a bun and run errands in sweatpants, but you know I will have my make up on! 😆

sweatshirt | necklace | earrings

I've got my routine down to a science and it literally only takes me about 10 minutes in the morning. I suffer from dry sensitive skin, so my everyday foundation I use helps keep my skin hydrated through out the day. If you have more oily skin, this one may not work for you and you might want to try a more matte foundation. Most of products I use everyday can be found at Target or most drug stores, but the one product that is a splurge and I can't live without is my Tarte Shape Tape! Trust me, this concealer/brightener is worth the hype! I also have been trying out this new eyeshadow pallet and blush by Milani and love both of these! Especially for the price! 

My Daily Makeup Routine

1. I have been using this primer and it has helped to color correct, smooth out my skin and reduce the appearance of my pores before I put on my foundation.

2. I then apply my foundation (I use the color 'cool beige') all over my face using a damp beauty sponge (get a pack of 5 for under $10!)

3. Then it's time to go in with my Shape Tape Concealer (I use the shade 'Light'). I use a good amount under my eyes and around my nose (to reduce redness). I then blend out with a damp beauty sponge.

4. I set my face with this translucent powder using a fluffy brush. I focus around the areas I used the Shape Tape. 

5. Next, I will fill in my eyebrows with this eyebrow shape and fill pencil (in the color 'blonde'). I use the color 'blonde'.

6. Then, I will start on my eyeshadow. I just recently got this eyeshadow pallet and love the colors for fall! I use a neutral light color for the base and then fill in the crease and outer corners with a few of the darker colors. I also really love this 'Tartelette in Bloom' Pallet for everyday. 

7. Then, I use my Stila 'Stay All Day' Liquid eyeliner (in 'intense black') to line my top lid. I have been using this eyeliner for years and it is SO good! It makes a dramatic line and does not smudge AT ALL through out the day. Liquid liner may take some getting used to, but now I will never go back! 

8. After I put on my liquid liner on the top, I go in and 'tight line' my upper and lower water lines with this eyeliner pencil (in the color 'perversion'). This just helps make my eyes 'pop'! 

9. Then, I put on my eyelash primer on my top row of eyelashes. While I let that dry, I will go in and do my bronzer/contouring (below). Once the primer is dry, I will put on this mascara in the color 'black'. This primer + mascara combo really helps my eyelashes look full and longer!

10. I have been using this bronzer to contour my face, but a good 'drug store' alternative is this one! I just use an angled brush to contour around my forehead, under my cheek bones and around my jaw line. I also make sure to blend really well so there are no harsh lines.

11.  just got this blush in the color 'Blossomtime Rose' and I LOVE it! It has a slight shimmer to it which acts as somewhat of a highlighter as well. I just use a big blush brush and apply to the apples of my cheeks.

12. Then, it's time to fill in my lips! I have been using this lip liner in the color 'whipped caviar' and it is the perfect mauve/pink/nude color. After I line my lips I will put on whatever shade of lipstick I have on hand (I change it up a lot!). Right now I am loving this Milani lipstick in the color 'Rose Femme' which is a great darker color for fall. 

13. Last but not least, I top my lips with my favorite NYX Butter gloss in the shade 'Crème Brulee' Which is the perfect nude gloss and helps to tone down the darker color of the lipstick. I keep this gloss on me at all times and will reapply through out the day.

There you have it! My everyday make up routine! It sounds like a lot all written out, but really it takes me just 10 minutes in the morning to do this! 

Watch my tutorial on IGTV HERE!

Shop all my makeup products below:


Weekly Recap | October Wk 3

Happy Friday! This week seemed to fly by, anyone else? It really started to feel like fall this week and even dropped down in the 40s one day here in Ohio! I have to admit, I'm not mad about it! Now I can actually wear all my fuzzy sweaters and boots out in public without sweating! We have plans to visit a pumpkin patch this weekend and Bill and I may get a chance to sneak out for a date night so, I'm excited about that! 

In case you missed it, I shared some of my favorite recently finds from Walmart in this blog post earlier this week. I also created a really fun styling video on IGTV styling my favorite faux leather leggings 6 ways! I also partnered with a handful of my best blogger buddies to hare our favorite pairs of jeans

Here are some outfits I shared on IG this week:

These pj sets are always my favorite! They are SO soft and comfy and less than $30!

Shop this outfit HERE


Another Target find is this super soft and comfortable sweater dress. I can not believe it's under $30! Comes in several colors and runs TTS (I'm in a small for reference).

Shop this outfit HERE


I just got this sherpa vest from Old Navy and it is so cozy! Perfect to pair with this tunic plaid top! And these new wedge boots from Target are such a great Sorel 'dupe' and under $40!

Shop this flat lay HERE


I had so much fun sharing my top 4 favorite pairs of jeans this week! I have options from all price points. I will say the 2 pairs from Old Navy have been on repeat and are SO comfortable! I also shared some new tops from Amazon with this post!

Shop jeans and tops HERE


Last, but not least... Did you guys know it's national leggings day? I had no idea that was thing! But, I am here for it! I shared 6 different ways to style my favorite faux leather leggings this week! Here are just 3 of them. I love that you can dress them up or down! It is a splurge, but one that is definitely worth it!!

Shop first 3 looks HERE

Shop last 3 looks HERE

Fall Trends | Leopard Print & Color Block

When I want to try out a new trend for the season I usually look to the more affordable retailers first. I never want to spend too much money on trendy items that may not be relevant in a year or two. Walmart has been my go to recently for affordable fashion pieces that are on trend. And guess what? The QUALITY is also so great! I love to order online and either pick up in store OR take advantage of their new 2 day free shipping on most of their items! 

There are two trends that I am loving for this fall season. And that is leopard print and color block. For whatever reason, I am always drawn to a leopard print. It seems to be everywhere and on everything this year! And I'm not mad about it. Another trend I am loving is color block sweaters and cardigans. Walmart has so many options for these two trends right now! I'm sharing just a few that I love on this post today.

Leopard Print

I love the bold leopard print on this super cozy and soft crew neck sweater. Pair it with these $17 black jeans and these $30 tall boots for a cozy and on trend look! This sweater runs true to size, I am in a small. 

grey and black leopard print sweater | black jeans | black boots

This long sleeve plush top (listed as a sweatshirt, but it is lightweight) is SO cozy! Of course, I was originally drawn to the leopard print, but this top comes in a lot of other animal print inspired color options. This top runs true to size, I am in a small.
leopard print top | black jeans ($17) | black boots (less than $30!)

Shop leopard print tops and accessories: 



Color Block Sweaters

I love the retro feel of this 'chevron shaker' pullover sweater! It is so soft and cozy! Makes me want to head for the ski slopes. Comes in multiples color options and runs true to size (I'm in a small). And by the way, the fit on these high waisted ankle jeans is so good for the price (only $24!)!! Size down in the jeans. 


How cute is this super soft color block sweater?! I love the neutral tones of this one, but it also comes in multiple color options. I sized up to a medium in this one for a looser fit. If you like your sweaters more fitted, you could order your true size. 
color block sweater | high rise ankle jeans | booties

Shop color block sweaters:




Are you loving these two trends? 

*Thank you Walmart for sponsoring today's post! As always, all views and opinions are my own. 

Weekly Recap | October wk 2

Happy Friday and happy weekend! This weekend we have some more fun plans. I have an 80th birthday celebration for my great aunt and we may be visiting some friends for a Harvest party Saturday night. I have a lot of little projects I want to complete around the house too, so we will be busy busy! 

I meant to complete this post last night, but if you watch my IG stories you know that I ended up sleeping in Bennett's bed last night. He has been going through a very needy phase and it's so hard for me to say 'no' when he is crying for me to sleep with him. I have to remind myself that this (like everything else about parenthood) is just a phase and there will come a time I will miss snuggling up with him. I'm trying to give myself some grace and be in the moment instead of wanting him to be more independent. Because as the saying goes, 'babies don't keep'! And he won't be this little for much longer!

Now, on to the outfits from this week:

My sweater and jeans are 50% off today! Both run TTS (I'm in a small in the sweater and a 6 regular in the jeans)

Shop this look HERE

This top is such a pretty color for fall! Under $25 and runs TTS. Also these jeans are so comfy! Make sure to size down in the jeans

Shop this look HERE

This snakeskin cami is perfect under cardigans and is less than $17 with prime shipping! It also has adjustable straps. Also, my cardigan is on sale! 

Shop this flatlay HERE

I love a good sleeved swing dress with a chunky scarf and tall boots in the fall! This swing dress is on sale now for just $15!! Also comes in a long sleeve version for $20.25 on sale. I also found a great $35 'dupe' for my Sam Edleman riding boots HERE!

Shop this look HERE

I went a little sneaker crazy recently 😆 My adidas shoes are currently BOGO 50% off in cart! My Golden Goose 'dupes' are just $30 and the black star sneakers are just $16!

Shop this look HERE

I also shared some recent purchases from Shein this week, including this super soft and fuzzy leopard print 'grandpa' style cardigan which is less that $25! 

Shop this flatlay + my Shein picks HERE

Target also just came out with a bunch of new arrivals boots this week, all of which are under $40! I rounded up some of my favorites below:
Shop these boots below:




I found a bunch of Sorel boots for 25% off and free shipping! Discount applied at checkout!


Shop Sorel boots below:




Here are some sales happening this weekend:

AbercrombieBest of Fall Sale! 40 - 60% off throughout store

American Eagle | aerie : 30 - 60% off everything! 40% off all AE & Aerie tops

AnthropologieExtra 40% off all sale items. 20% off all furniture, decor, bedding and more.

DSWBOGO 50% all shoes and handbags! No code needed!

Express40 - 50% off everything!

Gap40% off everything with code: GAPFALL + extra 10% off with code: WARMUP

Goodnight Macaroon20% off + FREE express shipping on orders over $80 with code: EVENT19

H&MFall sale! Up to 70% off! Further markdowns added

Kohls20% off when you spend $100 or more or 15% off with code: SAVEMORE

LOFT40% off your purchase with code: FALLFEST

Macy'sColumbus Day sale 25 - 50% off + additional 10-20% off with code: SAVINGS

NordstromGet a $60 bonus note! now through October 13. View new markdowns HERE

Nordstrom RackNew markdowns up to 70% off!

Old Navy50% off all sweaters and jeans! Extra 25% off your purchase (some exclusions apply) no code needed.

Pottery Barn40% off everything! 

TargetView top deals HERE

WalmartEveryday low prices! New home savings up to 50% off

WayfairLimited time Super Sale! Up to 70% off!

World MarketFriends & Family event! 30% off almost everything with code: FRIENDSFAM

Happy Weekend and Happy Shopping!

Weekly Recap

Happy Friday! We made it through another week! It actually feels like fall today in Ohio, which makes me so happy! We have some fun plans for the weekend which includes a 3 year old birthday party and going to the Ohio State football game! I actually haven't been to a game in years, so I'm really excited to go. It's a night game, so Bill and I are turning it into a date night! I grew up going to the games at least once a season with my parents, so I am a buckeye fan through and through. 

A little house update, for those of you that follow me on instagram and watch my stories you know we had our kitchen (and master bathroom) cabinets painted white. Well, they are all done and look amazing! I am planning on sprucing up our kitchen space and taking some pictures for a little before and after blog post, so stay tuned for that. And I'm finally starting to add some fall decor touches here and there throughout our house!

And now, for your weekly outfit round up:

shop this outfit HERE

shop these outfits HERE (sweater poncho is 40% off and leopard cape is 50% off!)

shop this flatlay HERE

shop this outfit HERE

shop this outfit HERE

shop this flatlay HERE


Here are some sales happening this weekend:

Abercrombie: Fall Sale! Up to 50% off* plus 15% off entire purchase with code: 14977

American Eagle | aerie : take 25% off your purchase when you buy a new arrival (online only through Monday) Use code: FALLNEW Also, BOGO 50% off all jeans and joggers! 30% off aerie new arrivals!

Anthropologie: 30% off sale items

DSW: BOGO 50% off athletic shoes! Plus, 4x points

Express: 50% off all jeans + 30% off everything else!

Gap: up to 50% off online and in stores + extra 25% off your purchase with code: TREAT

Goodnight Macaroon: 40% off full price items! Use code: PREFALL

H&M: Fall sale! Up to 70% off! Further markdowns added

Kohls: Take an extra $20 off $100 promo code: BONUS20 + Take an extra 20% off with Friends & Family code: FRIENDS

LOFT: 30 - 50% off almost everything!

Macy's: 40% off 2 or more pairs of shoes, 30% off 1 pair. Up to 65% off furniture, mattresses & rugs. 

Nordstrom: Get a $60 bonus note! now through October 13. View new markdowns HERE

Nordstrom Rack: New markdowns up to 70% off!

Old Navy: 25% off your order, no code needed. Plus, up to 50% off storewide! 

Pottery Barn: Friends & Family Sale! 20% off furniture, 25% off everything else! Use code: FRIENDS

Target: BOGO 50% off women's denim, up to 25% off activewear and 20% off baby clothing! View all deals HERE

Walmart: Everyday low prices! New home savings up to 50% off

Wayfair: Holiday sale! Up to 70% off!

World Market: Free shipping on orders of $75 or more.

Happy Weekend and Happy Shopping!