Father’s Day Gift Guide

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We’ve celebrated Mom, and now it’s time for dear ole’ Dad!  Maybe he brings home the bacon or maybe he’s the one who fries it up in a pan!  Whatever he does, and is to you, this is HIS day.  I’ve rounded up some great gifts for every guy on your list…there really is something here for every guy!
Father's Day Gift Guide
1.  Traeger Junior Elite Grill – my husband has and LOVES this grill!  We have smoked and cooked everything from ribs to hot dogs!  It is so user-friendly and hands down leaves your food with the best smokey flavor!
2.  Jack Nicklaus Golf Shorts – Have you heard that Jack Nicklaus has a line of Golf wear at Tarjay??  The price point is awesome!
3.  Bluetooth Grillian Smart Cooking Thermometer – Use your phone to keep an eye on the temp?? yes, please!
4.  Cole Haan Men’s Pinch Weekender – A great looking shoe for summer.
5.  Nixon Men’s Watch – This is a great looking watch and comes in lots of different finishes!
6.  Bose SoundSport Headphones – no explanation needed!
7.  Can Jam – this is a fun game perfect for the backyard or the park!
9.  Fizzics Beer System – this will be very popular with Dad!
So, if you were having a hard time thinking of fun unique gifts for the special Guy in your life, I hope this list will give you some great ideas!
xoxo~Dawn
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Pajama Party

One of my most favorite times of the day is when I put on my pajamas for the night.  If I am being perfectly honest, some days that is earlier than later!  I have never been a fan of sleeping in old t-shirts and sweats.  I think making your night-time routine relaxing and pretty contributes to a peaceful night.
 In the winter, I am all about the flannel pajamas, but in the summer light and pretty.  I have 3 grown boys in my house, besides my husband, so coverage has always been the name of the game for me, and I am NOT a fan nightgowns so you’ll see none of those in my list here…sorry.
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1.  Vintage Pajama Set  I love this set, it reminds me of some from the movies.  Have you seen the movie, The Holiday?  I love the line where Arthur describes to Iris what a “meet cute” is…that’s what I think of with these!
2.  Lounge Cami  Nothing like a cute cami to throw on with some lounge pants or sleep shorts.
3.  Pajama Set Well obvi I would choose some from my favorite Tarjay!  These cute things are on their way to me!
4.  Long Sleeve Pajama Set another cute pair from Target!  I love the sweet pattern on these!
5.  PJ Salvage Set I really love the cute pattern on these…coffee and eye masks!
6.  Plush Hoodie Set I have and love these!  They are hands down the softest things ever!
I recently picked up these two pieces at Wal-mart.  I actually wore them to an event that was a “pajama party”.  They are super soft and the perfect set for lounging at home, or great if you might have company at your house!
If you are looking for some new pajamas, I hope I have inspired you with some cute options!
xoxo~Dawn

Mother’s Day Gift Guide with The Outlet Collection/Seattle

Hey Mama’s!!!  Mother’s Day is just around the corner, and I get asked a lot about gift ideas. So, I partnered with The Outlet Collection/Seattle to share some things that I already own and love, and some fun ideas for the “Mom, Nana, Grandma, Sister” on your list!
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Mother's Day Gift Guide

 

The best part about all of the gifts listed here…they are under $25…so you could get Mom 2!!
 
#MomLife Tee/Francesca’s – I love this tee!  It is super soft and flattering.  Let’s be honest if you’re a Mom, #MomLife is crazy and beautiful, but we wouldn’t give it up for anything!
Mini Succulent/Francesca’s – I’m a sucker for succulents.  I have a new-found love and appreciation for the faux ones especially!
Mom Mug/Francesca’s – Coffee addict right here!!  Oh, and a mug addict.  This one had me sold at white and gold!
Sandals/Old Navy – These flip-flops are $12 and so comfortable.  They have the softest straps, and look a little dressier than your basics….at this price get her a couple colors! (I own the nude!)
Stud Earrings/Nordstrom Rack – I have owned at least 4 pairs of these earrings!  No, they are not real but I guarantee no one will know!  When you turn your head just so and your hair moves, they add just that perfect hint of sparkle!
Palm Mug/Francesca’s – Not only is the saying on this mug so cute…but the palm leaves and gold just make me happy!
52 Lists Projects/Fuego – I have had the opportunity to hear Moorea Seal speak and visit her store in Seattle.  I love the meaning behind her 52 Lists Project.
Robe/Nordstrom Rack – I actually bought this robe for myself I love it so much!  It is the PERFECT robe for Spring and Summer.  It is lightweight so I wont sweat to death while doing my hair.  And, honestly, it looks like it cost more than $20!
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While shopping the mall, I could have easily picked up so many cute things!  Below are a few other ideas from stores in The Outlet Collection/ Seattle that caught my eye!
Loft – How adorable is this hat?  I love a big floppy hat in the Summer and I love this trend of having fun sayings on them!
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Gosanko’s Chocolates is a locally owned handmade chocolate company.  Their store is full of amazing chocolates and wine!!!  Sold!  I fell in love with these chocolate bottles and tulips, and think they would be such a sweet gift for your girlfriends, teachers or just tied on to a bottle of wine for the wine lover Mom!

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Now, I know not every Mom wants kitchen gadgets for Mother’s Day, BUT when they’re pretty, how can you say no!

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Bed Bath and Beyond//  Cutting board/measuring cups/measuring spoons

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The Banana Republic Factory Store is filled with their new Spring and Summer collection!  How about getting Mom a cute clutch and a scarf with darling fringe detail?  And, while you’re there, do yourself a favor and pick up a pair of my favorite Sloan Ankle pant, you’ll thank me later!

Francesca’s is new to The Outlet Collection/Seattle and there is something that would suit every Mom on your list!  Their Mother’s Day display is filled with some of the cutest mugs, trinket dishes, and candles…

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and if you need something to wear to brunch, there are tons of cute ideas from casual to dressy!

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For the Mom who has everything…you can never go wrong with a little sparkle!  Zales Outlet at The Outlet Collection/Seattle has an amazing selection.  I fell in love with this Bolo Tennis Bracelet…it’s perfect if you have a small wrist, like I do, because it adjusts!

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There is a fabulous Shop for Mom Event going on now thru May 14, 2017.  For every $100 you spend at Kay Jewelers Outlet, Piercing Pagoda, and/or Zales Outlet you can enter to win $100 Outlet Collection gift card.

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So there you go…if you are looking for stress-free, one stop shopping for your Mother’s Day gifting needs, head to The Outlet Collection/Seattle.  I promise you are going to find something your mom is going to LOVE!  Who knows, you might find a little Mother’s Day gift for yourself, like I did!

xoxo~Dawn

A special thank you to The Outlet Collection/Seattle for sponsoring this post.  As always, all thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.  

Splurge vs Steal

I always love to share when I find a great deal.  I especially LOVE finding the “look for less” when it comes to trendy items…things I know that I will probably only wear one season/year.  I do believe, on classic pieces it is best to spend your max to have comfort and quality pieces that will last you for years.
I thought it would be fun, to take 4 shoe styles that I am loving right now, and give you a Splurge vs Steal option.  I really cannot believe how similar each of these are!
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Pom Pom Booties  (Splurge / Steal) – I am DYING to get my hands on this Steal pair of sneaks!  I am a self-proclaimed sneaker addict, and I think the pom pom’s are adorbs!
Block Heel Sandals ( Splurge / Steal ) – I love the heel height and color of these sandals.  These might be a case where the Splurge price is great already and these could be a classic in your wardrobe.  Maybe if your stepping out of your comfort zone in color, the Steal would be the way to go!
Perforated Bootie ( Splurge / Steal ) – Super cute and chic!  I personally love the cut of the Steal better than the Splurge!
Espadrille Sandals (Splurge / Steal ) – Now these….so popular last year, and are def on the A-list again!  I love them, but am scared I would feel 10 ft tall…however $60 Steal might make me suffer for fashion!  I have read over and over again, that the Splurge version is SO comfortable.
So, what about you??  Are you a Splurge or Steal gal, or does it just depend on the goods??
Hope you have a great day!
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 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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{fashion} Spring Updates on my list!

Spring is close…can you feel it??  I am so ready, it has has been a looong rainy winter here in the Pacific Northwest.
I have been looking through my closet, and making a list of a few things I would like to add this Spring.  I definitely don’t have a big wardrobe budget, so I usually find the style I’m looking for and then try to thrift something similar or  if it’s something I love, I try to find it at the best price I can!
So, here are some of the pieces I hope to add this Spring.
Spring Must haves
1.  White Jeans.  I had to recently retire my old pair, so this is at the top of my list!  This is something that I will spend a little more on to get the best fit…no one wants a saggy behind!
2.  Ruffle Sweater.  I recently bought this sweater in Navy and I LOVE it.  I tried the Orange on in the store, and cannot believe I left it behind!  The fit and color are on point!
3.  Wedge Espadrilles.  I love this trend, and with a pair of high waisted flares they would be perfect!  I love this pair, and have seen several other styles that I love as well.
4. Fringe and lace up sandals.  I am definitely adding these to my wardrobe.  I love the lace up trend, and the fringe detail on these with the perfect size heel, in my opinion, make the perfect sandal for jeans or a dress!
5.  Distressed Jeans.  I don’t want too many pairs of ripped denim in my wardrobe.  As I get older I know when too much is too much.  I love these because “less is more”.  Again, this will be a time where I will spend a little more to get the look and fit I’m looking for.
Below are a few more things I thought of as I was writing this post…because isn’t there always one.more.thing.??
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Lace up flats...definitely on my want list!
Another piece I would like to add, is a crossbody bag.  I usually carry a big bag, but I would love a smaller style for day trips or date nights!
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I love this classic sadle bag.
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This bag can be used as a crossbody, but also a clutch when the strap is removed.
So, there you have it, just a few “essentials” on my Spring Radar.
xoxo~Dawn
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