Buy This Not That No. 2

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Welcome back to a newer series of mine: Buy This Not That! To see the first installment go here. This is a shorter post but I wanted to show you some hot items this year that are seriously trending and might break your bank if you pay the full price, I’m here to save you some money and show you some seriously cute things!

If there’s one item of clothing that I’m obsessed with this fall its vests. Puffy vests to be exact. You might remember me posting about this Gap Buffalo Plaid Vest I bought a while back. Jcrew has some of the best vests around in my opinion but their price points are definitely not the best around! I found this similar vest on RiffRaff and it has a much, much better price point and is definitely just as cute. You can also save an extra 15% on your purchase with code “RIFFRAFFREPSHELBI

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J. Crew Vest vs. Riff Raff Vest

These earrings have been all over the place lately and it seems everyone from bloggers to celebs are wearing them! The “real” ones, Dior that is will run you a little under $300 but these others that are a fabulous dupe will run you $11.99 as they are on sale at ILY Couture now! I’m hoping for a pair in my stocking!

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Mise en Dior Earrings vs. ILY Couture Dual Pearl Studs

The Stuart Weitzman boots are also very popular across the globe but at $600 don’t fit into my budget well! I was looking for boots similar to this but was having troubles finding some that would stay up on my legs and wouldn’t slouch any and I found the perfect pair! These Vince Camutos are lovely and fit like a glove. I bought them a couple months ago and they have already got their money’s worth and will be great to wear for years to come. I ordered them from Lord & Taylor as they were the best deal I could find, they do have them at Dillards for about $30 more. To see them on me you can go here, here and here.

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Stuart Weitzman Over the Knee 5050 vs. Vince Camuto Karita

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Holiday Home Tour Part 3: Front Porch

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Happy hump day y’all and welcome to the third and final post of my 2014 Holiday Home Tour! I have loved seeing all of the other holiday home tours out in the blogosphere this season. It’s so fun to see everyone’s different personalities and styles shine through their Christmas decor. My front porch (or what I like to call my front porch, it’s really just a doorstep…a big front porch is definitely in the plans for my dream home) for the Christmas season is simple, creative and fun! I’m all about lights during Christmas, there’s something about coming home to your house all lit up that just makes a girl giddy!

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If Isaac would let me I would totally keep the Christmas lights up year round!

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This year’s Christmas front porch involved a new element and created a fun project for me! This pallet Christmas tree:

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To Isaac’s enjoyment this pallet has been in our garage since I picked it up for free back at the beginning of the summer (serious sarcasm) so I finally found the perfect project for it and I’m so happy about it! It fills that big corner of the front porch of our house with something a little surprising and unique. I debated and thought a while about what to do with that big ol’ pallet without having to take it apart as we don’t really have the correct tools for that and finally ended upon this idea. This project is super simple if you too have a pallet just lying around begging to be made pretty. I put nails in the pallet in a zig zag pattern going down it to make the outline for the tree then strung the lights in that same zig zag pattern on the nails. After that I added some Dollar Tree ornaments and a star at the top to finish it off! Another thing I like about this project is that nothing about it is permanent, it can be changed up after the holidays are over for any other project I might come up with! It’s not very convenient to have a big piece of decor like this that can be used only once a year so the fact that it can change is a big bonus in my book!

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Here’s a close up of the other corner, I bought these three trees discounted after Christmas a couple years back. They were a great bargain, I just added some burlap at the bottom to cover the metal bottoms that I have weighted down with a few bricks. In my opinion if you are needing/wanting to add to your Christmas decor (or fall), after Christmas is the best way to do this. You can find so many deals at TJ Maxx, Pier 1, Gordmans, Hobby Lobby, Target etc. But don’t wait too long after Christmas because it goes fast!

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And here’s just another view of my project, I’m pretty proud of it if I do say so myself!

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And here’s my simple wreath! Living in Kansas you never know what type of weather to expect during any season so I am always cautious as to what decor I use outdoors. Yesterday for example we had tornadic like winds that knocked over my trees that are weighted down by bricks! That being said this wreath is from Big Lots I got on sale last year for $5. I love wreaths on my doors but there is no use putting an expensive one out there that could be blown off and ruined, no matter how pretty they are! I save all my pretty ones for indoors, I see those the most anyways.

I’m a little sad that this concludes my 3 part series of my Holiday Home Tour! If you missed part 1 go here, for part 2 go here. I hope you have a very Merry Christmas and enjoy this time with your friends and families.

If you’re interested in other Christmas related posts you might check these out:

Everyday Mrs Gift Guide

Everyday Mr Gift Guide

Holiday Sips & Eats

Christmas with Whole Foods

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Christmas with Whole Foods

The holiday season can sometimes be stressful with all the events, busyness, functions, cooking, shopping that there is to do! Whole Foods Market is there to make the season much easier and enjoyable! I hosted a little holiday get together for a few friends last night and needed a few yummy treats to serve so I headed to Whole Foods to figure it out!

If you haven’t been to Whole Foods Market before I highly recommend you go and if you need an incentive stay tuned for the end of the post, there might be a little giveaway in store for you! I started in the produce department at Whole Foods which I love! There are so many different types of produce available at Whole Foods that I’ve never even tried before, I was like a kid in a candy store! They had these satsumas available to taste so I had to give them a try, they are similar to an orange and sweet like a clementine. SO, so yummy! I decided to pick a few of these up and take another go at a different holiday sangria, for my first attempt at sangria for Thanksgiving along with the recipe head here.

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The recipe for this sangria is:

1 bag of cranberries

A couple satsumas (or oranges)

Granny Smith apple

Few sprigs of rosemary (for the pitcher and for garnish in glasses)

1 bottle Pinot Grigio

Club Soda

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How beautiful is this glass of Sangria? So christmas-like and the aroma of the sprig of rosemary is amazing.

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And you can’t host a Christmas get together without a few sweet treats to serve! Whole Foods has an incredible bakery and ready made food department available for all your Christmas get together needs! I chose to pick up a few of their yummy macaroons for just a little something to go with the sangria. The flavors I chose were: pumpkin spice, cranberry, red velvet, and chocolate peanut butter. I probably could have eaten all 6 of them by myself but I refrained!

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How perfect does this all look together? Pretty great if I do say so myself and so minimal effort on my part which is the best! Sometimes we get too caught up in thinking we have to prepare this amazing food and get the most elaborate gifts for the holidays to be a hit but it’s really about the time spent with friends and family that matters. If I could give you any advice this holiday season it would be to go easy on yourself, don’t try to do too much and just enjoy the season!

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Don’t think I forgot about that incentive I mentioned at the beginning of this post! Enter to win a $25 gift card to Whole Foods and make the holidays a little easier, my gift to you this Christmas!

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Must Haves for Every Winter Wardrobe

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Red Plaid Midi Skirt // Black Fur Vest // OxBlood Sweater // Colorblock Scarf-Cape // Backless Dress // Fur Knit Cardigan

I’m teaming up with Sheinside today to bring you a few must haves for every winter wardrobe this season! Like fall wear (which is my favorite season for fashion) many of those same styles follow us into winter just with some more layering pieces for warmth! I am loving all these pieces I picked from Sheinside (and seriously loving the prices also!) and I think are some of the perfect pieces to add into your wardrobe you might not yet have.

If pantone made a color for this fall/winter season I think it would definitely be “Ox-blood” or you might call the color “wine”, whatever name you call the color it is definitely the “it” color for fashion this year! This is why two of the pieces I picked are in this color, first the cable knit sweater which can be easily worked into your everyday wardrobe. All you need is to add some jeans or cords, tall boots and a scarf or statement necklace and you are ready to get your Christmas shopping on! The next piece I picked in “ox-blood” is a little more fun and definitely more flirty. If you have any holiday parties you are attending this year this backless dress in this color is absolutely stunning!

If you haven’t seen one of the newer skirt trends out there let me introduce you to the midi skirt! This midi skirt incorporates two things that are trending right now: the buffalo check print and the skirt “midi” length! Ever since buying the gap vest I’m now obsessed with that is in the buffalo check print I just can’t get enough of it! To me this print screams winter and all things cozy, warm and inviting.

One of my faves for winter has to be faux-fur for sure! (like what I did there??) This black vest is a more subtle way to introduce fur into your wardrobe as it’s more tone on tone than the fur knit cardigan though I think both would be easy to incorporate into any wardrobe. I see the black fur vest easily being dressed up or down with a casual plain white shirt like in the photo or over a long sleeve dress for a night out. The fur knit cardigan has that casual yet cool vibe to it and would be great to throw on for all those cold mornings when you have to leave your warm home!

The last item I chose is the color block scarf/cape, it mimics the ever popular Burberry monogram cape I blogged about here. I love all the scarf/capes out there because they serve two purposes, they can be an accessory as a scarf or could act as a cardigan/cape! And believe me it has a much better price point than the Burberry cape.

If you haven’t checked out Sheinside yet and you’re needing a few new pieces to freshen up your winter wardrobe you should definitely check them out. They have new arrivals weekly and are always on trend and in budget!

Happy  Monday!

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