Holiday Gift Guide: What Moms Want, But Won't Buy For Themselves

Happy Thanksgiving WEEK friends!!!!  Today is the last of my holiday gift guides...and in my opinion, I saved the BEST for last! Sometimes us mommas don't always get what we really want for Christmas.  Sometimes, we have to buy it for ourselves, wrap it, and put it under the tree for a "surprise" come Christmas morning.  It's just the reality, as moms usually are the ones making holiday purchases for everyone I right, ladies?

So in putting together this gift guide for mommas, I polled some of my closest friends asking what was on their wish list this year.  Answers ranged from high end, to low end, to simple gift cards, to vintage collectables.  Really all over the board.  I've included many of their "wish lists" on this gift guide to both help those certain "Santas" doing the gift buying for momma this year, AND to give inspiration that just might spark a different gift idea that will suite her perfectly!

*And mommas, feel free to pass this onto Mr. Santa...I'm sure he'll appreciate it. ;)

{Shop the gift guide by clicking on each image, or use the links below}

// High End //

// MakeUp Palettes //
-NAKED '2' PALETTE // $54

// Plush // 

// Photos //

// Vintage // 

// Gift Card ideas >> Hobby Lobby // Target // Amazon // Spa // Panera // Nails

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Holiday Gift Guide: Teenage Boys

Have a teen boy (or two or three) in your life who's not-so-easy to buy for this year???  Or maybe just a young-at-heart man?  I kid.  As promised, here's the second installment of gift guides for teens (check out my Teen Girl Gift Guide and Dad/Brother/Husband Gift Guide).  It'll still be a few years (10 to be exact) until I have one of my own, but I'd like to think I have a clue about gifts that will knock their teenage socks off come Christmas morning!

*P.S....ALL of these items are available for free shipping and under $100...SCORE!

{To shop, click on individual images or use links below}

LED HEADLAMP // $24.97




BOSE EARBUDS // $99.95





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Holiday Gift Guide: Teen Girls

As a follow up to my holiday gift guide for men (perfect for all the dads, brothers, husbands in your life), I've gotten together gift guides for those hard-to-buy-for teens as well!  Today is all about teen girls (stay tuned for teen boys)...and can I just say I'm loving some of these options for myself too!  I sure hope this gift guide makes your Christmas shopping a bit easier and efficient, as you can shop it from the comfort of your own home.  All the featured gifts (except one) have free shipping, so happy shopping in your jammies!  AND all are UNDER $50!

{Click on each image to shop or check out the links below}





-SLEEP MASK // $19

-BRAID BOOK // $16.95




-SELFIE STICK // $12.99


-MAKEUP POUCH // $17.99



Holiday Gift Guide: Dads & Brothers

As many of you commented on my Facebook video when asked "who is your toughest person to buy for this holiday season?"...the resounding reply was the MEN in your lives!  Specifically dads, father-in-laws, and brothers.  And let me add my two cents that I whole-heartedly concur.  Why are the guys so tricky to buy for?  They always seems to be easily pleased and most of them (in my life at least) have some sort of "wish list"...but I guess we always want to get them just the right thing.

So today, I'm sharing with you the top gifts any men in your life would LOVE to get this Christmas!  Prices range from about $40-$200, so these would be some of the "nicer" gifts to give.  To shop, simply click on the individual images in the graphic, or on the links I've provided below.  I sure hope this helps and makes your shopping a bit easier this season!  Happy shopping!

{shoppable links below}

-GO PRO HERO // $129 //





-FITBIT // $149 //


-YETI BUCKET // $199 //



-MENS WATCH // $155 //

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Scotland Travels | My 5 Favorite Places in Scotland

It's been roughly a month since we returned from our amazing "holiday" to Scotland...and each day, I've longed to return.  It was no doubt the best trip I've ever experienced.  I absolutely fell in love with the land, the history, the vibe, everything!  I plan to do several posts about our time in Scotland (including what to wear, places to stay, etc), but thought I'd start out by sharing my 5 top favorite places we visited.  These were all wonderful for various reasons, so take note (or pin) if you're ever thinking of visiting the majestical land of Scotland.

1.  Doune Castle - Parts of Outlander were filmed here (Castle Leoch), which is reason enough to love it...however, we thoroughly enjoyed this castle we "happened upon" because it was not touristy.  It's set on gorgeous land, we moseyed on through it, then even walked down to a small clearing and stream for a bit.  The combined feeling of history mixed with tranquility was something unique.  I felt like we were in on a little secret...although, I think we just lucked out to be there when few others were.

2.  Culloden Moor Battlefield - Just a ways outside of Inverness, this historical battleground is the place of the halting end to the Jacobite rebellion in 1746.  We were there on a clear day, but it doesn't take much imagination to picture what a battle on this field would have been like in rainy conditions, boggy ground, and poor (physically and spiritually) Scottish soldiers.  It's quite a tragic story, one that I would highly recommend learning more about.

3.  Clava Cairn Standing Stones - Another place we "happened upon" that was just delightful!  Erie, but delightful nonetheless.  There are three circles of standing stones from the Bronze Age, each surrounding a burial place used thousands of years ago.  How incredible to think of how people erected these stones with preciseness.  Note:  I would NOT care to be here at night...just a friendly little FYI. ;)

4.  The Quiraing - This landslip on the Trotternish Ridge on the Isle of Skye was a fantastic and quintessentially "Scottish" least what I had in my mind.  Foreboding and rough, hiking the Quiraing was a bit challenging.  There's a point on the hike where most people we saw turned back, however, we ascertained we were going to complete the entire circle, and THAT we did.  Thankfully, a fresh scone and cream were waiting for me in the car upon our return...pure heaven!

5.   Steall Falls, Fort William - Another wonderful, yet completely different hike.  We hiked down Glen Nevis (the valley right next to the highest peak in the UK), and as we came down into the opening of the glen, I swear I heard angels sing.  It was absolutely glorious.  This was the most fun we had hiking....mainly because of some hilarity caused by crossing streams and scrambling up rocks...but gosh, there's just nothing like standing in a peaceful glen (valley) between towering mountains and appreciating God's creations.

Have you ever visited Scotland?  If so, what was YOUR favorite???

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Hey Howdy Hey!!!

Hey Howdy HEY!!!!  Good grief it's been a while!  I last blogged about my fall capsule wardrobe here and here (for what it's worth, I think I'm doing pretty good with it)...and then we were off to Maine and Scotland for two weeks...and THEN cut to my busiest time of year with my photography business.  So.  There's that.

I'm almost putting off writing/posting our Scotland adventures, tips, photos, etc...because it's so bittersweet to relive.  I literally had the time of my life.  I want to go back, nay, I want to LIVE there.  Like actually uproot my family and move overseas.  There are SO many things I want to tell and share with you, so my hopes are to get those posts up here pretty soon.

In the meantime, I wanted to share with you some things I'm crushing on lately.  So as mentioned, I'm in the throws of my capsule wardrobe adherence (loosely speaking), therefore, accessories are playing a larger role in my everyday wear.  Exhibit A - Still rocking my Lavish Leathers on the daily.  They just came out with a new tassel design that is pretty much everything!  Exhibit B - Neckwear is working it's way onto my neck. ;)  In reality, it's still too warm here in Texas for a full out scarf, but one like this (pictured) is the perfect in-between.  Also, I love how silk scarves are making a comeback!  (Which reminds me to rummage through my mother's old scarves.)

Anyhoo, I really can't wait to share about our trip, and I do hope that you'll be around to read it, maybe even share it, and even inspired by it!  Ta ta for now!

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Fall Capsule Wardrobe | Part 2 {Accent Pieces}

Well it's taken me over a week to post this follow up to the part 1 of my fall capsule wardrobe, but alas, here it is.  These pieces can be little accents to what you have in your regular rotation (they generally have higher price points), but for me, they'll most likely have "strong supporting roles", rather than "honorable mentions".  I've included several army green pieces, which I consider a neutral and compliments any skin tone.  Definitely add this color to your closet!!!  I'm also super excited to get my hands on some amazing flared jeans (these from Banana are currently sold out, but I found a great second choice) well as this white and red floral dress I can't wait to wear to a wedding next weekend!

I'd love to see some of your accent pieces you've picked out for Fall...It's my favorite time of year!!!!

Floral midi-dress {$98} // Chambray Shirt {$25} // Pleated Skirt {$80} // 

Utility Jacket {$45} // Print Midi-Dress {$99} // Floppy Wool Hat {$21} //

Flare Jeans {$80} // Chetah Pumps {$110} // Trench Coat {$200} //

Army Green Blouse {$34} // Flannel Plaid Shirt {$55} // Oversized Scarf {$33} // Camo Scarf {$20}


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