OOTD - Keep it Inside

Can I vent for a minute?  This weekend was AMAZING weather.  I mean, we sent the kids outside, went to the park, and I even managed to get away with short sleeves outside yesterday.

TODAY, on the other hand?  It's freezing.  Not even in a figurative sense either, like literally little white balls of frozen stuff are falling from the sky.  So, even though I'd love to take advantage of the amazing lighting that comes from a cloudy day (really, it's like a natural filter), I'm going to skip that and just post some indoor pictures instead.  Because, you know, cold.





excuse the derp....
Outfit Details:
Top: thrifted, $3
Vest: Chico's, thrifted, $5
Skirt: DIY'ed from thrifted dress, $5
Shoes: thrifted, $10
Pearl Necklace: thrifted, $1
Gold Necklace: DIY, $2 for materials
Grand Total: $26

Fair Trade Friday - Hostess with the Mostest

It's DECEMBER!  It is officially the start of another holiday season, and what goes hand in hand with the holidays?  Holiday parties!  If you're planning on making the rounds this year, and prefer to have a more intentional gift for your host than a last minute gift from the nearest Target rack closest to the door (not that I'm speaking from experience or anything....), I decided to round up a few Fair Trade gift ideas from Ten Thousand Villages for this holiday party season.

For the Chef:

Palm Wood Photo Holder Set

Palm Wood Serving Dish
For the host who always provides the cutest appetizers, either of these pieces would be a great addition to their home.  Both of these pieces go hand in hand, and are made by Rehab Craft Cambodia, a nonprofit providing employment for Cambodians with disabilities.

For the Bartender:

Good Neighbors Bottle Toppers

Revelry Ornament Set
I'm a total sucker for kitsch, so of course these two little gifts caught my eye.  The bottle toppers are just so CUTE and a perfect little addition for that neighbor who always pairs the perfect wine with dinner.  And the glittery ornaments were just too fun not to share.  They really help with decorating your home in the holiday SPIRIT. (haha, get it?  I'm hilarious.  I probably need that serving tray to go along with all this cheese.)

For the Trendsetter:

Deco Cuff Bracelet

Key Concept Earrings
'Tis the season for shine, and both of these pieces of jewelry would be a great match for a brilliant and stylish host.  The cuff is Art Deco inspired, and a gold cuff really seems to go with everything.  And I haven't been able to find a stud earring I didn't like, but a vertical bar has been one of my favorite styles lately.  It's understated, modern, and just different enough to earn the 'trendsetter' seal of approval.

There are about a hundred more gifts I'd love to share with you, but as I'm short on time in this busy season, I'll just suggest you check out the curated Gift Guide that Ten Thousand Villages has put together to make your Christmas shopping that much easier.  Also, if you're doing your shopping all in one spot, make sure to take advantage of the free shipping that they offer for orders over $75! 



Which items are your personal favorites?  Are there any other products on the website you think I should have shared?  Let me know in the comments, I'm always looking for more gift ideas!

OOTD - After Midnight

Let me tell you a story:

A little while ago, the hubs and I stayed up late to watch movies and spend some time together after the kiddos went to sleep.  Fast forward a few hours and more than a few glasses of wine, and I'm tipsily browsing through eBay.  Apparently the hubs thinks I need some overalls, and so I went searching the interwebs for an affordable pair.  I made my order, and then when we woke up the next day, soberly checked my order history to find I had ordered this:


OOTD - Here's Hopin'

Oh, hello there.



Fair Trade Friday - In the Write

I may have started a new hobby.  Yes, another one.  But, it should help with organization and still inspire my creative side, so I'll call it a win-win.

It's bullet journaling.  If you're not familiar, the bullet journal site explains the basics, and there is a rabbit-hole on Pinterest for page layout ideas that I may have fallen down before venturing into my own little ideas.

Don't judge, it's been a CRAZY week!

OOTD - All The Prints!


Sometimes less is more.  But, in this case, it's time to throw together ALL THE PRINTS!  I DIY'ed a wrap dress into a maxi cardi, (sounds complicated but it was really just a couple snips and hems here and there), and the blue just meshes so well with the print on this traded dress I got!

Fair Trade Friday - OOOh, Shiny!

In case you haven't noticed, there are 7 (SEVEN) weekends until Christmas!  And yes, you have every right to be a grump and insist that we don't talk about that until after other holidays have passed.  BUT, that doesn't negate the fact that the holiday is coming.  So, in that spirit, I decided to bring back my weekly installment of Fair Trade Friday to help with a little holiday gift-giving inspiration beyond the big box retailers.

This week I'm highlighting some of the new offerings from Starfish Project's newly released holiday collection, because no gift guide is complete without all the shiny pretties!  If you're not familiar with Starfish Project, they are a jewelry company committed to providing hope, healing, and work to women who want to escape from the net of prostitution in China.   All the pieces are as beautiful as this company's vision, so I'm only going to highlight a few personal favorites:


Audrey Necklace