Wish List: Christmas Edition

This post may be a wee late. But better late than never, right?

The first thing on my list was a new haircut. (Check.)

Here are a few things I'd love to get or give as a gift for Christmas: 
These cards.
This skirt.
This book.
This necklace.
This case.
This handset.
This lense.

We are flying home to Utah for Christmas and I am just so excited.

Have the Happiest of Holidays.

DIY: Heart Elbow Patch Sweater

I was have been coveting this heart elbow patch sweater for a few months. I finally decided to use a little of my leftover vinyl and do something about it. I cut out two heart shaped pieces and hand stitched them onto the sweater. Easy peasy.

  grey sweater / ross - $7 | similar here (half off) | here | and here
pearl cluster necklace | similar here | here
thrifted red pencil skirt - $2.50 | similar here | here (best deal) | and here
payless heels - gift | similar here | and here (on sale) 

Sale: J.Crew 30% off + Free Shipping

J.Crew has a killer sale going on right now. Take 30% off & get free shipping until Midnight. Here are my favorite things (including lots of great gift ideas)

1 - Skinny covered-buckle belt - $10.49 (orig. $45.00)
2 - Matchstick cord - $39.99 (orig. $89.50)
3 - Printed case for iPhone 4 - $14.00 (orig. $25.00)
4 - Jackie shell - $20.99 (orig. $48.00)
5 - Café capri in colorblock - $27.99 (orig. $138.00)
6 - Chunky cable-knit tights - $11.89 (orig. $26.50)
7 - Café capri in wool - $24.49 (orig. $128.00)
8 - Metallic woven belt - $24.15 (orig. $34.50)
9 - Lexa dress in silk taffeta - $48.99 (orig. $265.00)
10 - No. 2 pencil skirt in corkscrew tweed - $41.99 (orig. $138.00)
11 - Wool-angora Glittens - $15.75 (orig. $29.50)
12 - Matchstick jean in garment-dyed denim - $34.99 (orig. $125.00)

Make sure to enter WISHLIST at checkout for the discount and free shipping!

Recipe: Lemon Chess Pie

I'm not one to post a lot of recipes (as in I have never posted a recipe in the 4 years I have been writing this blog), but I have one I wanted to share.

On our roadtrip to this summer, we happened upon a cafe in a small town called Warrenton, NC. We had buttermilk chess pie for dessert and my husband thought he had died and gone to heaven.

I've been attempting to make a suitable version of the pie this fall. After a few attempts and variations, I found the thing that made it sing for me was a little lemon (isn't lemon the yummiest?)

Lemon Chess Pie
(adapted from I Believe I Can Fry & The Food Network)

1 unbaked pie crust
1 3/4 cups sugar
2 Tbsp cornmeal
1 Tbsp all-purpose flour
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 cup butter, melted and cooled
1/3 cup buttermilk
1/3 cup lemon juice(I used fresh)
1 Tbsp white vinegar
1 tsp vanilla extract
4 large eggs, lightly beaten

Prebake pie shell according to package directions.

Whisk together sugar, cornmeal, flour, and salt. Stir in the butter, buttermilk, lemon juice, vinegar and vanilla. Mix well, then stir in the eggs. Pour mixture into prebaked pie crust.

Bake at 375 degrees F for 45 minutes, removing the foil after 30 minutes. Remove from oven when the filling is set (meaning it doesn't wiggle when you move it).

You should let it cool, and then eat it out of the pan like I did.

This Week

Here are a few pictures from the last week.

new favorite skirt | Tate's understated reaction to Santa
little buddy | new thrifted fair isle cardigan

Here are a few links to take you into the weekend:

  These J.Crew looks for less are spot on
I think these are the quintessential holiday shoes
A reader sent me a link to this fabulous sweater (& shop)
I think this necklace is beautiful (and half off)
Loving this series of holiday inspired hair dos
These are fabulous holiday dressing tips (and adorable pants
 Crushing on this casual heart sweater.

We are headed to the Forgotten Carols & an ugly sweater party this weekend.
What are your plans?

Look for Less: Anthro Peter Pan Pretender Sweater

Rachel, of Shoes & Sewing, sent me this ridiculously good look for less. I've had my eye on that Anthro sweater for weeks & was so excited to see such a great option in my price range.

Peter Pan Pretender Sweater - $49.95 (Orig. $98.00)
Printed Collar Sweater - $22.80

What do you think? Is this something you would wear?

Spied: Reindeer Cardi

I have never wanted to dress for the holiday season so much as this year. I blame the tropical climate. I like the idea of this reindeer cardi, even if I would only wear it once a year.

Reindeer 3/4 Sleeve Cardigan - Forever 21 - $22.80

Forever 21 is offering free shipping (no minimum), today only. Use code FSMON

This Week

We spent the weekend getting our house ready for Christmas. 
Tate is totally fascinated with the tree and keeps giving the ornaments kisses.

Here are a few links to take you into the weekend. 

I am loving this colored coat (and it's half off!)
  This is the perfect holiday dress (& this one is a close second).
This sparkly necklace DIY project is beautiful.
This minty leather belt is drool worthy.
I am dying to try this clever updo tutorial.
I am crushing on these whimsical tights.
Make sure to check out this sale this weekend.

This weekend is the beginning of holiday parties & we're booked solid!
What are your weekend plans?

Spied: Gold Damask Skinny Jeans

I am in love with these pants. I think they are just the coolest. Especially with the holidays approaching. If I had anywhere to go on New Years, I would be wearing these.

Damask Skinny Jeans - Forever 21 - $29.80

Plus, they remind me of this outfit, which I would wear every day.

{image source | LovelyPepa}

Would you were them?

Must Have: Target Graphic Sweaters

I don't know what has happened but I am in love with pretty much every graphic sweater I see these days. Target has some pretty great ones available (all on sale), and I just had to share.

1 - Long Sleeve Pullover Sweater - $15.99 (Orig. $19.99)
2 - Long Sleeve Love Sweater - $11.48 (Orig. $22.99)
3 & 4 - Juniors Long Sleeve Sweater - $18.39 (Orig. $22.99)

I sort of love them all, but I especially like 2 & 3. Which one is your favorite?

Our Life: Family Photo Shoot

I mentioned last week that we had a few family pictures taken. My friend Amy, owner of eddy flower photography, was kind enough to take them and I couldn't be happier. Make sure to check out her portfolio.

Here are a few of my favorites:


on me:
thrifted red pencil skirt - $2.50 | similar here | and here
  banana republic leopard belt - gift | similar here | here | and here
ann taylor wedges - gift

on Tate:
carters button up - gift | similar here 
carters pants - gift | similar here 
gap outlet shoes - $10 | similar here | here (on sale) | and here
bow tie - DIY | similar here | here | and here

on Steve: 
gap outlet cardigan - $25 | similar here (on sale) | here | and here
 plaid tie - $10 | similar here | and here

Sale: J.Crew 25% Off + Free Shipping

J.Crew is offering 25% off and free shipping - today only. Here are a few of my favorite sale finds.

Enter STYLE25 at checkout to get the discount.

Inspired: J.Crew {Fair Isle + Cobalt}

This winter, a fair isle sweater has made it to the top of my wishlist. It's a classic design that never goes out of style.

From the second I opened the J.Crew Holiday gift guide, I fell in love with this look. I had an impossible time finding the image online & ended up scanning it in (old school) and cleaning it up in photoshop.

{ sweater | blouse | bow tie | earrings | $978 }

Get the look for less.

Multi-Patterned Crew Sweater - Old Navy - $30
Pintucked Button Up w/ Neckerchief - Forever 21 - $22
Solid Knee Length Skirt - Forever 21 - $18
Hematite-Tone Acrylic Crystal Drop Earrings - Macy's - $22

What do you think of fair isle sweaters?
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