Golden Girl: New Years Eve Wear


                           




OUTFIT DETAILS
Dress & Tights // H&M
Jacket // Lauren Conrad
Boots // Poshmark
Hair Clip // GoGee Creations
  
It’s the last few days of December 2013 and I seriously can’t believe the end of the year is already here! I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas with your family! My husband Koy’s birthday is the day after Christmas so it’s just one big celebration around our house during the last weeks of December! Koy and I got sick this past weekend unfortunately so we spent Saturday & Sunday cuddled up together, which I loved and we got to spend some quality sick time together unplugged from social media.  

I’m in LOVE with New Year’s Eve. In real life, and the movie (If you haven’t seen it, you NEED to watch it. It’s a happy-go-lucky film that I may or may not have cried in! But let’s be real, I pretty much cry at everything lately. The joys of being a woman I suppose! ) I love getting dressed up and being in a fun environment to celebrate the New Year. It’s such a magical time and who doesn’t love fireworks and bubbly? A New Year is a fresh start and it’s great to know the whole world is celebrating together! I have an obsession with gold lately so don’t be shocked to see a splash of it in this outfit. I found this adorable dress at H&M and I knew the moment I saw it that it needed to be mine. In Utah it’s unrealistic to think of wearing a New Year’s Eve dress without layers because the temps going to be like 9 degrees! I layered this dress with tights, ankle booties and my ultra-favorite motorcycle jacket from Lauren Conrad! It made for a glam, rocker look that is incredibly easy for anyone to pull off. Sequins are a must have this season so I couldn’t resist wearing my favorite sequin hair clip from GoGee Creations. Stay tuned for tips on keeping your New Years Resolutions and my theme for the upcoming year! 

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Wear Your Passion featuring Sarah Ha Jewelry


As Christmas gets closer and closer, I am really trying to focus on what is truly important during this holiday season. I ,along with the rest of the world it seemed, was at Walmart this Saturday scrambling to get last-minute Christmas goodies. It never ceases to amaze me how rude, impatient, and demanding people can be when it  comes to getting that perfect gifts for their family or children! In the end, material goods aren't what makes the holidays meaningful to me. I love traditions ( check out my list of 100 traditions here) and spending time with the ones I love. Christmas to me is a time to reflect on the life of the Savior, Jesus Christ and to appreciate all of the many blessing we have received from up above.

 I am a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and we believe in the Book of Mormon, another testament of Christ. The Book of Mormon contains the history and God's dealings with the people who lived in the Americas. This book has been a blessing in my life and I have grown so much from reading the inspiring words found in its pages. While this isn't a blog post meant to convert you to my religion, I know many of you out there have various religious books that are close to your heart. They are books that have changed your life and continue to do so every day!


This necklace from Sarah Ha Jewelry is one of my prized jewelry pieces. Using nanorosetta engraving technology, it contains the entire Book of Mormon, word-for-word, on this sparkly medallion! This necklace is gorgeous, made from 100% Sterling Silver to ensure high quality and is extremely resistant to wear and tear. Sarah Ha Jewelry offers necklaces also containing the words of the Bible, Torah, and Shakespeare's collected works! I know it's hard to believe that there really is an entire book on these necklaces, check out their online pendant reader to see for yourself! These necklaces are truly one of a kind and are a unique way to wear the meaningful works close to your heart. Regardless of what religion you may affiliate with, we can all relate that religion has had an impact on our lives for the better. What an amazing way to wear your passion every day and just think of what meaningful gifts these would make for friends and family! These necklaces from Sarah Ha Jewelry are absolutely amazing and will be something that you and your loved ones will cherish forever.

Visit Sarah Ha Jewelry to see their variety of engraved necklaces and  follow them via Social Media on Facebook // Twitter // and Pinterest !




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100 Christmas Traditions


Starting a new family? Already have traditions of your own? Or maybe you’re in need of something new to spice up your Christmas season?  Keep reading because this is for you! I know for me, Christmas wouldn’t be the same without our family traditions. Traditions create amazing memories and special things to look forward during the holiday season! I remember always looking forward to new Christmas pajamas on Christmas Eve (seems like this one is a favorite among many!)  and sprinkling oats on our front lawn to feed Santa’s reindeer! I am definitely inspired by my own mother, who always makes sure the Christmas season is meaningful and fun, regardless of our age.  Being a newlywed and no children of our own yet, I often wonder what traditions I will want to have for my children. Every family seems to have traditions passed on from generations to generation but do you ever think about maybe starting some new ones? I’m not saying that old traditions are not great because they are; I just think it’s important to evaluate your traditions as your life changes! Whether you’re single, a recent newlywed, or you just popped out your fourth kid, this list of Christmas traditions is for you!

I’ve compiled a list of 100 Holiday traditions, perfect for you no matter your martial or family status. While no one could do all of these in a Christmas season AND stay sane, I hope they give you an idea of all the many wonderful Christmas traditions out there that can be enjoyable for you and your loved ones! **See anything I missed? I’d love for you to comment below and add any of your own holiday traditions that I left out!

1.      As a family, write your holiday letter. Have each member contribute one memorable moment from the year to be recorded to share with friends and family.
2.      Attend a Christmas service for your church
3.      Be a kid again! Adults -- Go visit the local mall and tell Santa in person what you’d like for Christmas!
4.      Bear your testimony to your family about your love of Jesus Christ and his Atonement.
5.      Build a fort of blankets in front of your Christmas tree and sleep in it!
6.      Buy a nativity scene each year for your children. They will have quite a collection by the time they are grown!
7.      Candle-light dinner for Christmas Eve
8.      Celebrate some unique traditions from countries throughout the world **See HERE for great ideas
9.      Create a Christmas video card with you and your family members/ friends on www.ecard.com or www.dancingsantacard.com
10. Create a memory book by collecting all of your Christmas cards from each year.
11. Create a slideshow of pictures you’ve taken throughout the past year. Pop some popcorn and watch your year in review.
12. Create snow tips on your Christmas tree using glitter and acrylic paint to create a winter wonderland effect.
13. Cut out paper snowflakes and hang them from your ceiling (especially good for those who don’t live in places where it snows!) **See paper snowflake guide HERE.
14. Decorate each child’s room with Christmas lights
15. Decorate your tree with popcorn garlands or  a construction paper link
16. Deliver Christmas inspired goodies to your neighbors
17. Deliver treats to the local fire department, police station, etc. to show appreciation
18.    Design your own candle-light luminaires
19. Design your own ugly sweaters ** See HERE for some great ideas
20. Display or visit a nativity
21. Do easy Christmas crafts, perfect for adults and children **See HERE
22. Do the 12 dates of Christmas if you are still newlyweds! **See HERE
23. Donate your old gently-used clothing to the homeless shelter each December
24. Dress up as the people in the Christmas story and reenact the Christmas story as found in the Bible.
25. Drive around the town Christmas Eve and look for Rudolph in the sky
26. Drop some change in the Salvation Army’s Santa buckets at your local grocery store
27. Get photos with Santa Clause at your local mall or family party.
28. Get your sleds out and go sledding! (P.S. If you don’t have sleds, use a baby pool. They work GREAT!)
29. Give an ornament to each family member every year that represents something that was special that year (Ex: If you traveled a lot = passport ornament, ornament for your favorite sport, movie, etc.)
30. Give new pajamas as a gift on Christmas Eve ** See HERE for some great deals!
31. Go caroling to your local retirement home and bring happiness to the elderly who may not have family nearby.
32. Go skating at the local ice skating rink.
33. Hand pick and cut down a real Christmas tree
34. Hang mistletoe somewhere in your house and kiss, kiss, and KISS your significant other!
35. Have a candy-making party where everyone brings a recipe & materials of their favorite candy, and once it has all be made, everyone can take home some of everyone’s finished candy
36. Have a movie marathon of all of the “Santa Clause” Movies featuring Tim Allen.
37. Have a shopping day date with your friends or family. Split up and get all your shopping done at once!
38. Have a snowball fight with your neighbors
39. Have a specific breakfast that is a tradition for Christmas morning ** Amazing Christmas burrito recipe HERE.
40. Have a stocking for each family member that represents their personality **See HERE for some great ideas.  Hang these on the fireplace for Santa to fill with goodies on Christmas morning
41. Have a white-elephant party and exchange gag gifts.
42. Have children help and make a Christmas wreath for their bedroom door
43. Have children make a paper advent countdown chain for Christmas to hang in their room
44. Have the same entrée for Christmas Eve Dinner (ham, turkey, stew, you name it!) or a specific side dish that becomes a yearly tradition
45. Hide the Christmas Pickle (This is a very old Christmas Eve tradition in Germany. You are to hide a pickle ornament** See HERE to purchase one** deep in the branches of the family Christmas tree. The parents hung the pickle last after all the other ornaments were in place. In the morning they knew the most observant child would receive an extra gift from Santa Claus. The first adult who finds the pick traditions gets good luck for the whole year. You can award a prize to the first person who can find the pickle Christmas morning.)
46. Host a birthday party for Jesus!
47. Host a gingerbread house-making party (Give prizes to whoever makes the best house, whoever includes the most candy, least amount of candy, most detail, etc.)
48. Host an Ugly Sweater party
49. If you have children, have them make a gift for their school teacher or church leader
50. Learn about different Christmas traditions and why we have them ** See HERE for a great list
51. Leave cookies out for Santa **See cute Santa plates HERE
52. Leave one present to open on December 26th, which is Boxing Day in England, Canada & Australia! ** See more on Boxing Day HERE
53. Leave your Christmas tree up until January 7th, the day after Epiphany. This is considered the day that the Three Wise men came to pay homage to the Child Jesus. This is a traditional catholic tradition.
54. Let Children stay up and watch the local news on Christmas Eve night to see Santa’s current location across the globe
55. Make a fire in your fireplace and snuggle up!
56. Make a snowman
57. Make an igloo **See HERE for ideas
58. Make bird treats by rolling pine cones in peanut butter and birdseed and hanging them from your trees outside!
59. Make holiday-inspired food items during December such as Rudolph pancakes and snowman soup.
60. Make homemade holiday ornaments
61.  Participate in a Christmas service with members of another faith
62. Participate in a Santa 5k run
63. Participate in an Angel Tree or Sub for Santa Program **See HERE
64. Participate in feeding the homeless or local veterans in your community **See HERE for links
65. Participate in the “Elf on a Shelf” tradition **See HERE for more
66. Place a Christmas tree in each child’s room where children can hang their ornaments from the previous years
67. Place a poinsettia flower and Christmas decorations on the graves of your loved ones.
68.       Place a video camera in the front room to capture the children’s excitement as they see their Christmas presents for the first time
69. Play Christmas music while you decorate the Christmas tree
70.    Purchase a bouquet of poinsettia flowers ( the official flower of Christmas) to place in your home
71. Purchase/ build a small wooden manger, and a little toy baby. When someone does something good throughout the month of December, you put a piece of hay in the manager. By Christmas Eve, there should be enough hay to lay the Baby Jesus in the manager
72. Read a Holiday Christmas book each night before going to bed
73. Read children the classic Christmas books such as The Polar Express, Santa Mouse, The Christmas Cat, and The Night before Christmas.
74.    Read the Christmas story found in the Bible in Luke 1, and Matthew 1 & 2.
75. Read/watch messages from your church leaders regarding the life of the Savior (see here for some great videos and messages!)
76. Record a fun “Christmas-themed” message on your voicemail
77. Reflect on your life the past year and make a list of attainable New Year’s Resolutions. ** See HERE for ideas
78. Relieve your holiday stress by having a peppermint bath using these bath bombs! ** See HERE for more.
79. See a local production of the Nutcracker, Christmas carol or other holiday-themed show
80.    Send a gift package to family members living out of state
81. Shovel the snow for the elderly in your neighborhood
82. Sit around the Christmas Tree and talk about all of the fun memories you have had throughout the year together as a family
83.     Sit down with your grandparents and hear their childhood Christmas stories. These will be stories you can pass down through the generations and can bring your family together during Christmas time.
84. Spend Christmas morning feeding the homeless
85. Sprinkle a combination of oatmeal and cereal on the grass as food for Santa’s reindeer to eat
86. Start a holiday village display on your mantel
87. Surprise neighbors by putting treats & gifts on their porch and door-bell ditching them!
88. Switch years of who gets to put the tree topper on the Christmas tree
89. Take a drive through the surrounding neighborhoods to see the bright light displays of all your neighbors!
90.    Take a romantic horse-drawn carriage ride through downtown with your significant other.
91. Take individual photos of each family member in front of the Christmas tree
92. Take part in caroling through your neighborhood
93. Use an advent calendar to countdown to Christmas as a family **See THESE or buy a chocolate one from the store!
94. Visit a holiday lights display downtown
95. Visit the lights at your local zoo
96. Visit the window displays at your local Macy’s
97. Watch a Charlie Brown Christmas
98. Watch the 25 days of Christmas on ABC Family
99. Watch the original cartoon versions of Frosty the Snowman, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and Santa Clause. ** Purchase the entire collection HERE.
100.   Write letters to Santa and mail them HERE to receive a letter back!


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Holiday Cheer


If you haven't heard of Skip N' Whistle, you've been hiding under a rock these past few months! I am in love with their graphic tees, especially their new Christmas Sweater collection! Visit Skip N' Whistle today to see their large variety of ugly sweater tee's for men and women. They're extremely affordable and perfect for any Christmas get-together. I loved the bright green color of this tee and did you notice the cats at the top? Icing on the cake! I've been wearing this shirt to every Christmas party I've attended this holiday season and it's definitely a crowd favorite. I loved dressing it up with this bright red skirt and layering it under a striped sweater. Who knew so much green and red could fit into one outfit right?



  




Outfit DetailsShirt // Skip N' Whistle c/o
Skirt // Sis Miss Clothing c/o
Tights // H&M
Striped Shirt // J Crew
 

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How We Wore It: Winter Outerwear

It has been artic here in Utah lately so when I did this collaboration with Karissa from Karissa& Co, a bit of jealous crept in because of her blue skies and warm temps in Idaho! I couldn’t be more delighted to introduce you to Karissa’s blog. She has such great style and I love reading her posts throughout the week! Check out her blog here and follow her on Instagram // Facebook // and Twitter!

Regardless of wherever you live, it can get “cold” ** define that however you will**. When that happens, it’s a great excuse to get bundled up in cute winter accessories! Karissa is seen wearing a cute bow headband and some fingerless gloves, while I’m sporting some leg warmers and a bow beret! These are all great accessories combinations to keep you warm and toasty.
  




 

OUTFIT DETAILS
Coat // Forever 21
Leggings // Target
Boots // Forever Young Shoes
Leg Warmers // gifted (see similar here)
Beanie // Lauren Conrad at Kohls
Bag // Thrifted


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Handling Holiday Stress + A Link Up!


While the Christmas season may be filled with joy, happiness, and service; it’s also can be filled with stress, lack of motivation, and weariness. As I’ve gotten older and taken on more “adult” responsibilities I can now understand why this isn’t necessarily the “most wonderful time” of the year for everyone. Parents ransacking every store looking for their children’s must-have Christmas toys, mothers spending countless hours making Christmas goodies, trying to balance work responsibilities while making time for family parties and other Christmas traditions….. You get my drift. I am the queen of Stress so coming from an expert on the subject, I’m sharing my recommendations of how to have a STRESS-FREE holiday season, no matter what comes your way!

Relax & Pamper Yourself // Christmas is a time for service, but don’t forget to serve yourself! By this time of the year you’re likely burned out (I know I am!) and are in need of a little pampering to keep you sane. Consider treating yourself to a massage, pedicure, or simple bubble bath away from all distractions. A little relaxation will rejuvenate your energy and keep you at the top of your game.

Beauty Sleep // Don’t put your Zzz’s on the back burner. You’ll be able to enjoy all of the holiday festivities better if you’re actually awake to take part. Give yourself a schedule of when you’re going to be in bed and stick to it.  Get enough rest but remember to not oversleep!

Remember What’s Really Important // Christmas over the centuries has become more and more worldly. Perfect presents do not create a Perfect Christmas. Spending time with love ones and focusing more deeply on the life of the Savior will bring more Christmas joy than any new gift ever could. In the hustle and bustle of the season it’s easy to get caught up in the tangible desires of Christmas and we tend to forget what’s really important. Laugh. Love. Cry. Count Your Many Blessings. Reflect on Jesus Christ. Enjoy Every Moment. Be Merry.

Stay Organized // During the holiday season there is an overload of family parties, ugly sweater get-togethers and work obligations to make you want to stop before you’ve even started.  To avoid wanting to gouge your eye out with a fork, keep a calendar and day planner by your side throughout the season so you can remember details about each event and ensure that no event is forgotten. This will also help you better plan your free time to ensure all of your other “to-do” list items get checked off.


I hope these tips were helpful! I’d love to hear your comments below on if you agree or disagree with these!  Or if you have other tips I may not have mentioned. Stress can be a great motivator but don’t let it get the best of you! Christmas time is one of the best seasons of the year and it’s meant to be enjoyed! Relax, smell the fresh pine, and have a holly-jolly Christmas!



Welcome to Wednesday Style Connection! Thanks for stopping by to link-up with us! Jessica from Afternoon Style and I have created this link-up as a fun place to go every week, to share and find new fashion inspiration. Every Wednesday, we will be sharing our favorite outfits from the past week and we want you to do the same! Link-ups are a great way to meet new bloggers, create new friendships, and to share your fashion creativity with the rest of the blogosphere. Each week, we will choose our top five favorite looks so be sure to check beck to see who was featured! If you are chosen as a feature blogger, we will e-mail you by Monday night, so that you can post about it on your blog. Meet the hosts and see what our favorite outfits from last week were...

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Dear Santa Baby...

The Christmas season has snuck up on me as usual, and I definitely still have a lot of presents to buy for my many loved ones! It's hard to know the perfect thing to get someone, so I really love when people give me a "wish" list since it gives me something to go off of! I like getting people presents that I know are going to be useful and not stuffed into storage and forgotten! I've compiled my Christmas Wish List for this year and I'm crossing my fingers I get a few things I've been hoping for! ** Wink Wink Husband, Hope you read this!** Have you made your Christmas List? Are any of these items on your list too? 




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Dressing for the Holidays

I love this holiday season but I feel like I'm constantly trying to figure out what to wear to the many family parties, ugly sweater get togethers, and dinner dates that take place often throughout the holiday season. I'm teaming up with Allexis from Life of a Coy Fish to bring you some fun holiday wear you can rock at any event! Doesn't Allexis look adorable in this bright red skirt and gold details? I love this color combo and how feminine it is! I decided to go with non-Christmas colors and focused more on jewel tones. This emerald color skirt and gold embossed peplum top are great for feeling comfy and chic! 




I was able to meet Allexis this week at a local blogger event and we had so much fun laughing and hanging out! Blogging has introduced me to some amazing ladies and I love seeing the creative twist that other bloggers have on fashion! Allexis has given me lots of inspiration for some of my outfits and I love her laidback style! Visit Allexis's blog Life of a Coy Fish to see more of this outfit and her many amazing outfit posts! Don't forget to follow her on Bloglovin // Pinterest // Instagram! Here's some more shots of my easy- holiday outfit! 






Top// Jalynn's Closet
Skirt // Forever 21
Boots // Poshmark
Necklace // Bloggers Give Back Event
Clutch // H&M 

Happy Friday and stay warm this weekend! 

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