Gift Guide for the Comfy, Cozy Homebody

Starting today and continuing every Thursday up until Christmas (that’s 7 Gift Guides!), I’m going to be posting a gift guide for a specific individual that you might be having some trouble shopping for. I’m going to try to keep all the gifts under $50 for sure and hopefully the majority of them in the $25-30 range. Most of the items will be from Target (because I love the heck out of that place), but if I find something I truly love elsewhere, I might throw it on there!

If there’s a particular person you are shopping for and need advice on what to get them, let me know and I can try to arrange a post for that person! Sound good?

Here we go then!

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The 2014 Gift Guides are starting out with one of my favorite “groups” of people. The Homebodies (full disclosure, I am one of these 80% of the time)!

The HOMEBODY
Habitat: Their home/couch/favorite oversized chair
Loves: Cuddling up on the couch, sipping some hot chocolate or tea, and being buried under blankets
Dislikes: Organized activities outside the home, putting their “real life” clothes back on, and being cold

Check out my picks (all $25 or under) for your favorite homebody!

  1. Xhilaration Owl Thermal Shirt
  2. Merona Moccasin Slippers
  3. C9 by Champion Fleece Cocoon Jacket (I have this…and only take it off to go to work.)
  4. Yogi Bedtime Tea (this is one of the two brands of tea that I drink…so gooood)
  5. Xhilaration Fleece Lined Socks (I have these, and they’re like a hug for your foot!)
  6. Mossimo Oversized Black/White Plaid Scarf (I need this too!)
  7. Mossimo Ultrasoft Crew Neck Sweater (v-necks here; cannot say enough about these sweaters! Softest things ever and they come in a bunch of colors)
  8. Nature’s Wick Bonfire Nights Candle (The wooden wick makes it crackle like a real bonfire and the smell is subtle, but still great. Highly recommended this!)

Fall 2014 Hair Trends with Dove

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Let’s change it up a bit today and talk about hair. It’s your most important accessory, really, since you wear it EVERY. SINGLE. DAY. Good hair day or bad hair day.

I’ll readily admit that I am not an expert when it comes to hair. I normally wear mine in its natural state: air-dried 75% of the way and then blasted with the hair dryer.  However, I was offered the opportunity to try out Dove’s Pure Care Dry Oil products, and I already use and love Dove’s body wash, so I figured it was worth a shot.

Turns out it was a game changer decision after just one shower! I received the shampoo, conditioner, and the nourishing treatment to try, and I loved how silky smooth my hair looked. It also adds major shine without grease, which is a big concern over here, because who wants to deal with that?

In order to demonstrate how great I think these products work, I put my freshly washed and conditioned hair up against some Fall 2014 runway looks.

fauxbangsFaux Bangs:

I started growing out my bangs about a year ago, and while 90% of the time I am SO GLAD that I did, I still miss them now and then. Well, with the perfectly glossy hair that I obtained after using the Dove Pure Care Dry Oil products, I can easily change up my part and swipe some hair over (smoothed over with the Dove Dry Oil Moisturizing Treatment and secure with a bobby pin) for a faux bang look.

prettyponiesPretty Ponies:

Waaaaay easier than it looks, I promise. I loved this pretty piecy ponytail look from the Fendi runway show and tried to recreate it using my limited skills. I actually just played around with pulling two different sections back and securing them with a tiny elastic (I used these) and a bobby pin. You could hide the bobby pin for a sleek look, but I liked how it looked (plus my pulled back “bangs” weren’t long enough).

Once secured, just cross those two sections over each other and secure with another elastic. Perfect pony!

xbraidedbangsBraided Bangs:

Probably the hardest one of the three, but totally doable! I just started at my part and took three small sections and started braiding them down. As you move the sections around (make sure to always move the pieces under – towards your face – to create the raised look), grab some new hair and incorporate it into the braid. Tie off with an elastic whenever you feel like it. Voila!

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I’d definitely recommend that you all give the Dove Pure Care Dry Oil products a try! I loved them and will be continuing to use them! Dove Hair is daring women everywhere to try Dove Pure Care Dry Oil, risk-free now through December 31, 2014.

You can even buy them at Target (or here online)! Sneak a sweater (this one maybe) into your basket while you are at it. How perfect and easy is that?

*If you are not completely satisfied with the Dove Advanced Hair Series Pure Care Dry Oil system, Dove will refund your purchase (from 9/21 – 12/31). Visit hairmoneyback.com for details.

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective, and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

Wedding Recap 2

*All photos taken by the lovely and talented Bailey Roberts Photography. If you need an Indianapolis wedding photographer, she’s your girl!
For Wedding Recap 1…click here.

I’ll just try to sum up the rest of the details in this post, and share some more photos!

brideandgroomThe Puppy: Before we got married, I told The Husband that the only two things I wanted to happen at the wedding (besides marrying him and someone wearing Colts blue) was The Puppy (Cooper) to be a part of it and for him to play a song on the guitar (he played “Here Comes the Bride” at his sister’s wedding and it was magical). Well, he must have heard me during the 100 times I told him this, because behind my back, he and his mom coordinated Cooper’s presence at the wedding (cue the awwwws).

Turns out he can’t keep secrets though, because he told me about this secret plan about two months prior to April. That’s when you know you married a keeper, folks. He coordinates this whole big secret and then can’t keep it to himself! Win-win.

reception2Photographer: Best decision that I made for the wedding! Photos were a huge deal to me, and photographers get expensive, real fast. I can’t say enough about Bailey Roberts and the team she came with (I hired two photographers and Bailey was training another one, so it was a big photographer party). She’s extremely affordable and does amazing work (though she did nab a whole album of terrible face “bloopers” by yours truly…what can I say, I’m just an expressive dancer – see the above right photo…that’s my brother, R).

B’s using her for her wedding too, and I can’t wait to see her again!

stripesStripes: So you already heard a little bit about this, but stripes are my favorite pattern (sorry polka dots), and I loved having them as part of my wedding.

Etsy and this seller saved my life, because I thought I was going to have to ask my mom to buy a ton of fabric and sew these striped runners for me. I probably should have ironed them, but still love the way that they turned out on the white tablecloths. Ribbon (here) was off Amazon. The Husband’s tie can be found here, and you can just see a bit of his wedding gift (bike tie bar) sticking out.

backsJust a quick break for shots of my favorite men ever (and my very bare back)! Our first dance song was “Swept Away (Sentimental Verision” by the Avett Brothers (who I love very much), and my daddy-daughter song was “Edelweiss” from The Sound of Music, which had very special meaning to my dad and I.

cakeandcupcakesCake: Who doesn’t love wedding cake? Not this girl! We had cupcakes for all the guests (white, strawberry wine, and chocolate peanut butter) and a little topper cake for The Husband and I to cut and feed to each other (yes, I smashed it in his face). The little cake toppers were meant to be us (and The Puppy). I made them myself with cheap Walmart paint and a kit from Etsy. I did them in a weekend and literally laid on the floor of our office in pure joy, because I’m NOT paint-artsy. It was amazing.

centerpiecesCenterpieces: Each table had a different centerpiece. Half of the tables had beer bottle arrangements tied with more stripe ribbon (middle photo above). The Husband loves drinking and brewing beer, and I wanted to make sure that he was represented, so I thought that was a nice way to do it (totally stolen off Pinterest). The other half of the tables had vintage canisters on them (each one different). We were engaged for maybe two months when I knew I wanted to do that, so we scoured local antique stores for cheap pitchers, vases, flour/sugar canisters, and lard buckets. I love how our florist made them “connected” but unique.

reception1The Song: In case you were wondering, yes, I did get my guitar song. The Husband ran out to grab his guitar from his car and snuck it back upstairs. He had collaborated with our DJ for her to make an announcement, and I was shocked beyond belief. He played “Fallin'” by the Lumineers, which we have seen in concert. Clearly by my face, I love every second of it.

Wow! So much fun re-living that all and getting to share it all with you. Thanks so much again for your well wishes and cheer for The Husband and I back in April (and now)! He’s the best ever, and I’m lucky to have him (end mushy post now)!

Wedding Recap 1

*All photos taken by the lovely and talented Bailey Roberts Photography. If you need an Indianapolis wedding photographer, she’s your girl!

So you’ve been waiting like nearly 3 months to read this (pins and needles, I’m sure), but I’m finally getting around to sharing some bits and pieces from our wedding. Cue the horns. I’m going to break this up into two posts: one today and one on Thursday.

It was honestly a magical day (April 12, 2014, to be exact) that I do not remember a lot of (I hear lots of people have this problem). The day flew by, and at the end of the day, I had a new last name and a new ring on my finger.

Oh and this stud, forever and ever!

weddingcoupleThe wedding vibe I was going for was mostly classic, a touch vintage, pretty (but not girly), and had to involve stripes once I saw this Pinterest pin. I knew I wanted Colts blue somewhere in the theme (shocker from my friends and family, not), and I didn’t want to go color crazy, so I kept to shades of blue, black, and white for our color theme. I also wanted to have some kind of subtle theme, so The Husband and I talked about it for like two seconds and decided why not bikes? We love our bikes (he actually bought his upgraded bike while we were dating) and constantly are taking them for outings and dates. It was perfectly us and perfectly lovely.

So details?

bridegettingreadyDress: I tried the David’s Bridal route with my mom and my two besties/bridesmaids, but wasn’t a huge fan of the experience, the prices, and just the collection of dresses in the store. I’m also just not a “wedding” girly girl (kind of surprising, since I run a blog based on fashion/style), so the dress had never been my dream (the stud of a husband was)! The Husband’s mother suggested I check out this store in their hometown, and I hit a homerun there. The store has normally priced, current season dresses, and then they have a $200 dress room, a $100 dress room, and a $50 dress rack. Spoiler alert: I tried on probably 10 dresses that day and scored with this $54 dress (after taxes). It was beautiful, detailed (but still simple), and a size too small (hah). Luckily, I know a great tailor in Indy, who let it out just enough, and I solicited advice on some awesome shapewear from some friends. The rest is photographic history – aka it fit!

accessoriesAccessories: My mom (from the start) wanted me to wear a veil, and I wasn’t convinced that I wanted that traditional bride look. I’m so glad she convinced me, because this piece was handmade by mom by literally piecing together history. The actual veil was cut from my mom’s hat that she wore to her wedding. She sewed it to a brand new hair comb (thanks JoAnn’s!) and then hand stitched lace trim from a box of remnants left from my great-grandma – a woman my mom was so close to. I want to cry just thinking about how much work, love, and time each of these elements have seen. It was the perfect look (even if it did blow off during the ceremony into my mom’s lap).

I wore a handful of pearl necklaces (three I already owned on my own and one from my other great-grandma), new “pearl” earrings from Target (had to have something), cobalt blue pumps that I thrifted for $8, and a six pence in my shoe from my dear grandma (sidenote: I still have it to send to you Grandma! – she’s a loyal Style On Target follower). The bow tie is what The Puppy (Cooper) wore in his duties as the “ringbearer” (photo to come Thursday).

bouquetsBridesmaid Dresses: From Target, duh! I wanted to go with a low budget option (because no one ever wears their bridesmaid dress again), and this one fit the bill. It was the right color, cost me $22 per dress, and was easily dressed up by the girls own nude pumps, colored necklaces from Etsy (love this designer I worked with), and a striped ribbon sash.

Flowers: There are very few blue flowers it turns out. Luckily, one of them is hydrangea, which I love to death (they also wilt incredibly fast, warning). My florist, Lilly Lane (adorable name right), was amazing. The owner Becky helped me recreate Kate Middleton’s bouquet (shot here) for much, much less. The bouquets, alter piece box (see above for a shot of it – gorgeous), and centerpieces (more on them Thursday) all featured mixes of tulips, hydrangeas (both white and blue), baby’s breath, and some more that I’m forgetting.posedshotsThe Husband’s Look: Tux rental (just their most classic style) from Men’s Warehouse and a special stripe tie just for him (all the groomsmen had solid navy ties). I gifted him with a tie clip (stamped with a tiny bike, of course) and a love letter before the ceremony. His (fake) lily of the valley boutonniere echoed my bouquet perfectly and was still slightly masculine (as much as flowers can be?).

On Thursday, I’ll recap some other things, including our cake, centerpieces, and some more wedding details (including The Husband’s gift to me). Stay tuned!