NYE Bar Cart

sliCan you even believe 2016 is almost over?  This year has flown by!

I will admit, I am kinda happy to see it go!  However, there have been some pretty wonderful moments this year.  My husband and son both graduated from College!  I had the opportunity to spend time in Nebraska with the Oriental Trading Team for a blogger event, which was a dream come true!  I attended several local blogger events, and feel like I have really tapped into the local blogger scene here in Seattle, which is awesome!  So far all of these moments, I am extrememly grateful.  However, this past two months have been hard.  Our family lost a favorite Uncle so tragically that our hearts are still so broken, and I have watched some very close friends walk through some very had stuff.

So, in the spirit of fresh starts,  new beginnings and all the promise a New Year brings I put together a simple bar cart to welcome in 2017!

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My husband and I have always spent NYE with our kids…minus the ONE year that he suprised me with a trip to Victoria BC, that my boys will not let us forget, so whether we’re at home or with friends, it’s always a “family affair”.

I will be adding Sparkling Cider to my cart, so these pretty plastic stemless wine glasses from Chinet are perfect for all the 12 year olds to toast in the New Year!!

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Happy New Year 2017!

I hope your New Year is full of hope and promise.

xoxo~Dawn

This review is based strictly on my opinion. I was provided these samples free of charge by Oriental Trading to provide my honest review. I was also compensated to blog on the Oriental Trading Blog.  In addition, some links in this post contain affiliate links and I will receive a small commission if you make a purchase after clicking on my link (Amazon links).  All ideas and opinion are my own

Girly Book Gifts

Books are some of my favorite gifts to receive.  I love everything from fiction to coffee table books, but some of my favorites are cookbooks, fashion realted, home and party styling.  I’ve rounded up a few that are on my Christmas Wish List this year!
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I hope you find something here that you can add to your wish list!
xoxo~Dawn
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Holiday Gift Guide for the Homebody

If I had to choose a perfect day, it would be at home drinking tea cozied up with a warm throw and a delicious smelling candle.
If you have someone on your gift list who is a homebody…this Gift Guide is perfect!  I have gathered some of my favorite things perfect for curling up by the fire.
Homebody Gift Guide
Kusmi Tea – I LOVE coffee, but I love a delicious cup of tea.  A friend of mine gifted me a can of Kusmi tea and I was hooked!  It was one of the most delicious loose teas I have had!
Celebrate Everything – This book is on my wish list.  Darcy Miller is a creator, crafter, party planner and has worked for Martha Stewart for 25 years!!  She knows her stuff, and this book looks amazing!
Candle – Who doesn’t love a great candle??  Anthropologie wins the candle game…hands down!
Mug – I am a HUGE Anthropologie fan.  There mugs are some of my favorite..they are artistic and beautiful.  A cup of coffee or tea always tastes better in a pretty mug, don’t you think??
Heated Fur Throw – I am always cold!  So when I saw this heated throw at Target, I knew it was perfect for my gift guide…faux fur and heated, yes please!
Slippers – When I’m at home I always have slippers on!  JCrew slippers are some of my favorites.  I love the moccasin style and hello…plaid!!!
I hope I have given you some ideas for that Homebody on your list!!
xoxo~Dawn
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Holiday Gift Guide for the Hostess

Do you know a Hostess with the mostess?  If so, this is the perfect gift guide for one stylish lady.  I have shared my favorite bar cart, that I own, as well as some favorite things that I would love to receive.  A few of these are also perfect to have on hand as you head out to all those Holiday parties.

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Gold Dotted Napkin Set – I love having cute napkins at the ready when I host a Girls Night. These are particularly cute with the gold polka dots…I love them!

Renesse Glasses – How gorgeous are these glasses?  The are so feminine and perfect for cocktails.

Hammered Ice Bucket – My barcart is in need of an ice bucket, and I am loving this one.  I especially love that brass has made a huge comeback!

Wood and Metal Bar Cart  – This is the bar cart I currently own, and I had to add it to my gift guide because the price is AMAZING!

Faux Fur Apron – Two of my sweet friends sent me this apron as a gift a couple years ago, and it is hands down, my favorite!  It’s the perfect gift for the most stylish hostess.

Gilded Greetings Cheese Board – This cheese board is darling.  Nothing like marble, gold and a cute saying to catch my eye!

I hope you find something perfect for the Hostess on your list!

If you missed my Gift Guide for the Girl Boss, you can find that here!

xoxo~Dawn

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Holiday Gift Guide for the Girl Boss

I have so many amazing girls in my life, and each one brings their own unique talent and flavor!   To kick off my Holiday Gift Guide Series, I wanted to start with gifts for the Girl Boss.  Is she a college student, a full time Mom, a full time Employee or is she working to fulfill that creative passion inside her?
Below are some of my favorite Girl Boss Gift Ideas…a couple I have myself and ALL the rest are on my wish list!!
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Madewell Tote Bag – need I say more??  This tote is leather and the most gorgeous yummy cognac color.  Perfect for toting a laptop, books, etc to the coffee shop to get some work done!
Purposeful Planner – Hands down, Corie Clark’s planners are my favorite!   They are well designed, have inspiring quotes tucked inside, and Corie just nails the covers beautifully!  I have the  Coco Luxe leatherette (pictured above) in the weekly version, and LOVE it!
Amazon Echo – Black“>Amazon Echo – I need this!!  I want Alexa to be my new best friend!  Every Girl Boss needs a little music throughout her day or a news update, right??
She is Clothing Tee – I have several She Is tees and feel empowered every time I wear one, not to mention the fit is spot on!
Ringly Bluetooth Connected Smart Ring- Gold / Onyx“>Ringly Smart Ring – OMG…I just discovered the Ringly and I might be a little obsessed.  I am not a fan of the “smart watch” …definitely not my style, but this ring…I love that it will vibrate when your phone rings or you receive a text..perfect for when you cannot carry your phone on you, but still stay connected!
So, there you go…my top 5 Girl Boss picks!
Here’s to strong women. May we know them. May we be them. May we raise them.
xoxo~Dawn
P.S. you can check out my Gift Guide for the College Guy from last year too!
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How to Style a Thanksgiving Bar Cart

Can you believe it’s Thanksgiving week?  Where has this year gone?

I am looking forward to hosting Thanksgiving in my home.  The shopping is done, the menu is planned…my table is yet to set, but that will happen…but my bar cart is styled!

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I love the “you get what you give” sign I found on Oriental Trading‘s website…so fitting for this time of year…a time to remember to give back.  I am also a huge apothecary jar fan, and love filling thiem with different things through the year.

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Napkins in different colors look so pretty tucked inside a square glass vase.

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I made this really easy wine charms with just a few supplies from Oriental Trading…how cute are those little tassels?!?!

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Candles always create a cozy elegant feel, so these glitter pumpkins were perfect.  All that is left is to add wine or sparkling cider and we are ready for our guests to arrive!

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Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours…there is always something to be thankful for!

xoxo~Dawn

This review is based strictly on my opinion. I was provided these samples free of charge by Oriental Trading to provide my honest review. I was also compensated to blog on the Oriental Trading Blog.  In addition, some links in this post contain affiliate links and I will receive a small commission if you make a purchase after clicking on my link (Amazon links).  All ideas and opinion are my own

How to Style your Lularoe Julia Dress 2 ways!

I recently went to my first Lularoe Pop-up boutique.  To be honest, I really wasn’t that interested because most of the things I have seen were crazy prints…and while I love pattern, some of them seemed a little too much for my style.  I did, however, hear about the softness of the fabric that everyone is RAVing about, so off I went!

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I knew the dress I really wanted to try was the Julia.  I love the simple “t-shirt” style of this one and love this black with beige stripe.  I had also heard sizing was different in each item, and I agree.  I tried this dress on in a Small, and it was too snug fitting for my liking…the only other size available was a Large, so I went with that.  Ideally a Medium would be the perfect fit, but what I also learned is the Lularoe consultant brings all her inventory to the party, so what you see is what you get!

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(Julia Dress, sneakers, denim shirt)

This is probably how I will wear this dress most often, with my beloved sneakers and maybe a denim jacket.

 However, it is perfect for work too, so booties and a vest look cute too!

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(Julia dress, vest, booties)

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Lularoe also has little girls clothes too!  Lucy is a little like her Mama when it comes to crazy patterns, so this soft blue high/lo tee was exactly what she was looking for!  If you have kids with sensory issues and clothing, I think their leggings and tees would be perfect!

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So, I was definitely pleasantly suprised!  I would buy another dress in this style for sure, and I really would like to try the Randy Tee!

How about you…have you joined the Lularoe bandwagon??

xoxo~Dawn

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