When Life Gets Crazy

(Just a  random stunning kitchen I’m loving from Bria Hammel)

Hey Guys- My weekend was an absolute sh*tshow of a very sick toddler + husband away and I have a big, full day of meetings so my post will have to wait until tomorrow. Sorry! Gift guides begin tomorrow though, so get excited.  My categories this year are For Her, For Him, For Kids + Pets, For Home and Under $100/ Stocking Stuffers.  If you have any specific requests please comment, I’d love to hear what you guys are looking for, what kind of budget ranges appeal to you and anything else you look for when doing your holiday shopping! Can you believe its that time already????

XOXO,
Erin

Fashion Friday: Holiday Dresses!

(similar plaid skirts here , here and here)

Yup, it’s coming. Very soon. Which means it’s time to start keeping your eyes peeled for holiday outfits– specifically dresses!  The girls in my office suggested the topic for today’s post- so I rounded up dresses both fancy and casual (plus a couple skirts and jumpsuit) to help you find some options fast so you can spend your time on gift shopping and party prepping!

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How Faux Can You Go?

In the Gates household it is not foreign to start hearing Christmas music in July. A certain someone who shall remain nameless (ahem…ANDREW…ahem) is a bit crazy for Christmas. Like if Buddy the Elf and Clark Griswold had a baby it would be Andrew Gates.  Nothing makes this guy happier than the holiday season. So much so that whenever we have looked at real estate he tends to skim over a crappy kitchen or less than ideal layout and laser focus on one thing- OMG WHERE WILL THE CHRISTMAS TREE GO AND CAN WE HAVE MORE THAN ONE (his ultimate dream– a multi-tree house)?  While I am not psyched to hear “Baby It’s Cold Outside” when it is in fact 98 degrees and humid, it is a rather endearing quality, and one that will make this time of year so special for Henry as he grows up.

So, here we are in November and you better believe Buddy Griswold is rearing to go.  But having a toddler makes the whole tree thing a bit more precarious than in years past.  Henry will most likely try to scale the thing and/or pull every ornament off it and run around the house screaming “I got it! I got it!” Which also means needles EVERYWHERE.  And sappy fingers.  And water splashed on carpets. And so I asked the most un-holy of questions the other night…..

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A Thanksgiving Tablescape with Juliska

If you have been reading this blog for any extended period of time I’m sure you recall my obsession with Juliska’s Country Estate pattern.  So when they asked me to collaborate with them for a Thanksgiving tablescape post I literally leaped at the chance (no literally, I am pretty sure there was upward movement, perhaps with a clicked heel?)

Choosing between the delft and the flint colorway was TORTURE. In the end, my sensible, neutral-forward brain chose flint– a warm grey, it really could go with anything- bold colored napkins, chargers, tablecloths…. it seemed to be the most practical.  And perfect for Thanksgiving with it’s earthy tones.

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Fashion Friday: All the Coats.

OK guys, it’s FINALLY gotten cold here in New England (#globalwarming) and it’s time to pull out the coats! Or better yet, invest in a new coat! There are so many great styles out there right now, and so I’ve identified what I see as the biggest trends and picked some fab choices for you. Because where we live we spend like 50% of the year only seeing each other in coats, it’s important to have a few good choices. And so much is on sale it’s the perfect time to treat yo’ self.

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