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Sparkly-Tops

Holiday parties are in full swing, so why not show up with some sparkle.  For an outfit with a little something special but not too over the top, these sequin tops are perfect for any kind of party.  Dress them up with a leather skirt for that fancy party or dress them down with black leather pants or jeans.  Heels are a must.  This Free People top is conservative in the front but the back is open with a bow.  The MLV top is fitted with a slight open back and a slight peplum bottom, giving it a flirty feel.  I will be back after Christmas, but I hope you all have a wonderful Christmas.  Which would you choose?

Interior Love – VERY MERRY

Christmas-Tablescapes

Besides Thanksgiving, Christmas is another fun holiday to get creative with the table decor.  I like minimalist designs so lean more toward the clean palettes with pops of color.

one: Rustic table with pops of color give this decor a classic feel.

two: If you have a traditional dining room, this decor will give it richness and depth.

three: Nothing says Merry Christmas like red.  Done right, this will give put your table at the center of attention.

four: Don’t forget the kid’s table, they will love the snowmen and fake snow on the table.

five: All white and cream give this table an upscale, sexy feel.

Fave Five

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{Stockings hung by the chimney with care}

This week brought sad news to me and my family, my grandmother passed away.  She was one of the best women I have ever known, kind beyond words, silly, beautiful, and my grandma.  I can only attempt to strive to be like her and I will miss her so very much.  On the flip side, I get to see my family, cousins, aunts and uncles, all together again for the first time in a lot of years, which makes me very happy.  Have a wonderful weekend!!  xo Ilbret

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{Day of the Dead beach bag}

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{I love this coconut-scented hand cream}

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{New book for the month}

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{My little snow bunny}

Holiday Gift Guide: $100 And Under

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  1. Cashmere Hat $68 Add this luxuriously soft hat to someone’s winter wardrobe and they may repay you with some hot chocolate.
  2. Carry-On Gin and Tonic Kit $24 Mix a classic cocktail in the air with this pocket-sized kit. Just order a miniature gin, mix up a Gin & Tonic with the included tonic syrup, jigger and bar spoon, and serve in style on a linen coaster.
  3. Patchwork Pup Pillow $98 For the dog lover in your life, these colorful pillows will delight.
  4. Agate Coasters $75 For the hostess with the most, these coasters are a keeper on the coffee table.
  5. Utopia Cat Mug $32 Give one to the chic cat lady in your life.
  6. Make It Happen Pullover $88 For that lazy Sunday at the farmer’s market.
  7. Vintage Brass Wine Glasses $74 Vintage 1970’s wine or spirit glasses will style any bar cart.
  8. Soaking Salts $10 A spa treatment in a bottle, just add water.
  9. Silk Pillowcase $79 A standard pillow case made of the highest grade mulberry silk for the ultimate beauty sleep.
  10. To All A Goodnight Gift Box $50 Give this gift set with fuzzy socks and hot chocolate.

This Or That

Quilted-Jacket

The marshmallow days of quilted jackets are long behind, these days quilted jackets are sleek, stylish and can be worn short or long.  I really love the plaid detail on the Penfield jacket, and it’s also down filled and lined so it looks great and will keep you warm.  The Zara quilted jacket comes in different colors and is slim enough to wear dressed up or down.  Which would you choose?

Interior Love – VERY MERRY

Christmas-Lights

I love simple, warm, twinkling lights this time of the year and my favorite place to display them, other than the tree, is outside.  Whether on an outdoor decoration or on their own, gold or silver tiny lights can add some pizazz to your outdoor decor.

one: Brown Twig Pathway Light Stakes

two: Lit Birch Glitter Snowflakes

three: Inner Peace Wreath

four: Twinkle Gold String Lights

five: Starlight Spheres

Fave Five

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{Flowers I bought for myself}

I was hoping to have a relaxing birthday week, but work was impossible, and having a birthday right smack in the middle of the week means you have to wait until the weekend to do anything fun.  On top of everything, Noah has been sick for three weeks now and it got worse this week, so we are both looking forward to a quiet weekend with very little running around.  Have a wonderful weekend!!  xo Ilbret

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{Indulgent present #1 from Noah}

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{Fresh roasted coffee beans}

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{New book added to the library}

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{Indulgent present #2 from Noah, my favorite watch brand}

Holiday Gift Guide: $50 And Under

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  1. Velvet Bunny Slippers $24 Possibly the cutest and softest slippers ever.
  2. Coaster Set $28 I would choose the fun slogans over the stripes or mix and match.
  3. Tarte Butter Lipstick $17 We all have a lipstick connoisseur in our lives… So why hunt down the perfect color for her when you can get your hands on four?
  4. Elizabeth & James Bassa Ring $45 This chunky ring adorned with a white topaz is all you need to up your accessory game.
  5. Oasis Graduated Heart Scarf $27 Cute and cozy.
  6. Pier One Monogram Bottle Stopper $14.95 This one is for all of the wine lovers out there.
  7. Crate and Barrel Laguiole Knives $49.95 For the kitchen nut in your life.
  8. Bip & Bop The Kourtney Necklace $45 This is perfect for the girl who loves fashion and jewelry.
  9. Catbird Kitten Keepy Ring Dish $22 Who doesn’t love cute kitty anything?
  10. Rover North Bay Collar $33.17 For the pooch with style.

This Or That

Casual-Booties

Casual booties are a wardrobe staple.  Wear them with flowy flirty dresses, mini skirts (preferably the leather or jean variety), leggings and of course jeans.  Pick these up in any color and fabric, although you can’t go wrong with suede neutrals that go with everything.  I love the slouchy look of the Joie booties and the super low heel gives them a cowboy boot feel.  The color of the Sam Edelman booties is a perfect transition from fall to winter and the leather buckle strap gives them an edgy upscale feel.  Which would you choose?

Interior Love – VERY MERRY

Christmas-Stockings

I love finding new and unique Christmas stockings and these options don’t disappoint.  Faux fur, cable knot, beading and minimalist designs are all sure to amp up your mantel or anywhere you decide to hang your stockings, and even add something fun for the kids with an embroidered animal stocking.

one: Sona Beaded Stocking

two: Grey Knitted Stocking

three: Faux Fur Stockings

four: Majestic Lion Stocking

five: Woodland Critters Stocking