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Holiday Party Style: The Little Black Dress

Cue it... IT'S THE MOST WONDERFUL TIME OF THE YEAR!! I don't know about you, but my favorite time of the year is definitely the winter holidays. There is just something so magical about the season of giving, spending time with loved ones and believing in Santa! I am glad to add new traditions of our own each year to the mix to make it really special to us. My favorite traditions now include making my favorite Crock-Pot hot cocoa bar, wearing onesies on Christmas morning and taking holiday photos with our pets (a crazy, yet cute experience each time).

This year I was beyond blessed to join The Blog Bloc and really get my creative juices flowing by meeting so many amazing creatives in my area. I cannot express how much fun it has been to meet new people, navigate out of my comfort zone and enjoy the opportunity to learn so many new things from so many amazing people all throughout the year! What better way to commemorate these moments than to get together with my girls from this amazing group at a fun and new location- The Sawyer Hotel in the downtown Sacramento area.


We thought it would be fun to each wear a favorite little black dress that made each of us feel and look great and celebrate our own unique styles. You certainly can't go wrong with a black dress for the holiday events you have coming up because it helps hide the imperfections and highlight your assets, can be used for any variety of event and is always easily dressed up with a splash of color or perfect accessories!

Photography provided by Seeking the Sea Photography

I chose a Grace Karin black Vintage Tea Dress that you can find in a variety of patterns and colors for very reasonable prices on Amazon. I am a lover of the vintage style already, so I always feel my best when I have these beauties on. I especially love that hourglass shape they give you. I added in a Grace Karin black petticoat that you can also find on Amazon for some extra fancy fluff for your upcoming special occasions. Now, it wouldn't be a holiday party without some razzle-dazzle sparkles would it?


I don't think so! For my sparkle, I was fortunate enough to stop by The Pomegranate Boutique and happened to find the cutest Peter Pan-like collar necklace that worked perfectly with the cut of the dress. Thank you so much, Stella, for gifting me this lovely piece that worked so well! I also had some black stockings with little gems on it that I figured why not add them in for even more of that evening flare. And with that, you have my simple, yet slightly holiday spicy little black dress getup!



Now that you have some of my personalized party dress inspiration, please head over to my fellow blogger's pages to get even more ideas and find the style that makes you feel your cheery best at Racquel AlwaysAshleyNewell.me and The Kachet Life! But before you go, be sure to tell me what your favorite holiday party style is below in the comments. Enjoy amazingly blessed holidays, friends!

Happy Fall, Y'all!

The crisp air has settled in, the leaves are a changing and the clocks have fallen on back...shall we say fall is finally here? I think so and I cannot help but feel that holiday anticipatory joy bubbling up inside. I know some of you hate the jump-right-into-the-next-holiday thing, but I really enjoy getting ready for those very special memory making moments with friends and family. Some of my top things include Crock-Pot hot chocolate, wrapping presents and wearing warm and oh so snuggly clothing!


One staple I have in my closet that is always ready for a spin with layering for varying weather is my handy dandy scarves. I have big, ones, small ones, some as big as your head (fitting song since Lion King will be coming out in the near future, no?)! I think scarves are great because they help with accessorizing, can add that splash of color when needed and can keep you just as warm as you need in various settings. One of my favorite types of scarves are the blanket scarves because they are especially versatile in my mind. You can fold them various ways to style it as a scarf, use it as an actual blanket from plane to picnic and dare I say, use it as a fabulous prop in styling any lovely photo!


So, here is a little fall celebratory outfit styling for your enjoyment and cuddle-spiration! I hope fall gets you in the festive mood and all your favorite people help you create all the best moments for our last little bit of twenty-seventeen.

 




Outfit details:
  • Tan belted hat, from Groupon
  • White Calvin Klein turtleneck
  • Rue21 plaid blanket scarf (perfect holiday colors)
  • Black Matty M leggings
  • Finished off with tan and black riding boots from Amazon

Don't forget to leave me a note and tell me what your plan to do to celebrate fall in style or gear up for the holidays ahead in the comments below. See you soon, friends! 

Cupcakes are Muffins that Believed in Miracles

As a child, I was adorned with the nickname "Muffinhead" by my grandfather. He said my head just looked like a little muffin top. If you have ever seen my hair I am sure you can imagine how it must have been as a kid and back then it was also so curly sometimes it had to be cut to be brushed. This nickname stuck throughout my life and never bothered or embarrassed me; I always thought it was so cute and happy. I would get gift certificates to massages and whathaveyou for my birthdays with that name and the folks were always tickled when I came in to redeem my coupon! I would always hear things like, "Oh, you are Muffinhead!" Again, never once embarrassed by that! As I got older my grandpa decided that just "Muffin" was more suited for a young adult and that was what he always called me up until the last time I saw him before he passed away this February.


Whenever I see this quote, "Cupcakes are Muffins that Believed in Miracles" it makes me think of him, his special nickname for me and all that I have gone through in my life that I think fits my journey so well in this cheery line. So I would like to dedicate this post to him and celebrate his belief in me so that I could one day become a cupcake if I just kept believing in the miracle of life; even though I wanted to give up many times along the way! He also always used to recite the Don't Quit poem to me anytime I had a moment of wanting to give up during those tough times. Thanks for always being there for me, grandpa and helping me make sure I never quit.

I hope you enjoy this outfit inspired by these sweet memories and you remember not to quit so those miracles can come true for you my sweet muffins!






This cupcake skirt with amazing pockets can be found on Unique Vintage and is paired with a plain black button up cardigan, black t-strap heels and white wicker purse. The outfit is so fun and a great way to make sure I keep all these memories fresh in my mind each time I wear it. Do you have a childhood nickname or memory like the one above? Throw it down in the comments; I would love to give it a read!

Unicorns, Sprinkles and Cupcakes... Oh My!

The funny thing about that title is that the dress I am sharing today has all of these things and more, and I know you are not surprised, but it is also my favorite color... Barbie pink!! This dress gave me the hookup, holla' if ya' hear me *uhhhhhhh*. Even better, I was able to pair it with sparkly shoes AND a cupcake purse. I know, I am pinching you right now because you are actually not dreaming.



It is Friday and I think this outfit is fitting for preparing for a magical weekend ahead so I thought I would go ahead and just share it with you to get some fun started up in here, up in here!

So you can see I have my gorgeous (must-have) Hell Bunny pink unicorn and cupcake dress paired with silver t-strap sparkle heels and a too-cute-for-words cupcake purse, both from Unique Vintage. No vintage-inspired look is complete without my great grandmother's pearls and some whipped up victory rolls. I remember when I first tried this hairstyle for my engagement shoot many moons ago and it is nice how much easier they are to do now than when I first started. So if it looks daunting, don't worry, give it whirl and know that practice does make perfect or at least easier.

I hope you enjoy this outfit combination as much as I do, and even if you don't like this print, maybe this will inspire you to venture out a little with some fun print you normally wouldn't wear! Who knows, you may be brave from now on once you try your first crazy print, I know I certainly am now.





So, here I go jumping into the weekend, ready to sparkle, unicorn and cupcake the heck out of it! Please share one thing you are doing this weekend with me below. 

No Excuses: 6 Week Slimdown by Foxie Fitness

Am I the only one who never quite got a summer body and now summer has come and passed by? I don't know what the heck happened. I even teamed up to try a mini Biggest Loser competition...so far that has also been zero percent motivation for me either. I was just feeling like I don't know what the heck to do anymore. I feel so hopeless sometimes when it comes to fitness and eating better because it seems hard, that is until I heard my friend Rebecca Fox had a simple solution for me that requires no thinking just action!


Finally, someone has laid it all out in several ways for me and I am set up with no excuses just a simple method to follow. I am not good at these things unless they are spelled out; really and truly. I am easily bored by workouts and would much rather eat ice cream and watch Disney movies, but I have to say these workouts created by Rebecca that you do at home in a jiffy are right up my alley! She is great about offering a helping hand if you have additional questions and really making you feel supported through your fitness journey. I love that her aim is to help women feel more empowered and confident in themselves.

Not only have I learned a lot by doing her simple workouts before, I have also enjoyed her additional resources on her website as a well as her quick check-in ideas through Instagram. Like did you know that you need to warm up your glutes before you start working them out? I had no idea and no wonder the target workouts I was doing had not been yielding the best results! Knowledge is power and if you don't like working out like me, then we certainly need to work smarter and not harder.

I swear you are just going to love Rebecca if you try her out, so are you with me? Then let's stop making excuses and start this fitness journey! You can purchase the plan on Rebecca's Foxie Fitness page here:

Thank you again for all your help, support and motivation. You are the best, Rebecca! Feel free to check out her Instagram, Facebook or website for more information or to connect with her. I am sure she would love to hear from you and answer those confusing fitness and nutrition questions you have.

I hope you all enjoy the program and please comment with any additional suggestions if you have them. Keep progressing towards your fitness goals, my friends and let's start this next week out strong (see what I did there)!