holiday cards with basic invite

now that it is December, it is time to get serious about ordering holiday cards to send to family and friends. Andrew and I love opening all the cards we get and displaying them on our refrigerator. these cards remind us just how blessed we are to have such wonderful people in our lives!

this year, we decided to order our cards from Basic Invite! they seriously have cutest holiday cards! there are so many companies to choose from but let me tell you what makes Basic Invite stand out.

Basic Invite gives you all the freedom. you can choose from 250 different holiday card designs and take your pick of over 180 color options to customize every element to make it your own! my personal favorite are the foil cards. the foil comes flat or raised and in silver, gold or rose gold!

you can choose from over 40 different colored envelopes to really make a statement. best part? no licking required! envelopes from Basic Invite are peel and seal. they also offer recipient address printing at NO COST!

do you get nervous your card won’t turn out exactly as you’ve hoped? have no fear! Basic Invite allows you to order a sample of your holiday card so you can see and feel all the details to make sure everything is to your liking before you place your final order.

right now, Basic Invite is offering 30% off your order with code: holi30. so whether you’re needing holiday cocktail party invitationswork christmas party invitations, or holidays cards make sure to check out Basic Invite.

can’t wait to share our card with you!

XO Lo

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the night before christmas…the rest of the story

this post has been a draft for so long just WAITING to be shared and today is the day!

I am so excited to share with you that my mom is a published author of a children’s book called “the night before christmas…the rest of the story!” she originally wrote this book to use in a Christmas program at our church. after years of reading her story to her students during the holidays, she finally decided to submit it to a publisher and I am so glad she did. my mom is such an amazing woman of God. she labored over this book so that every detail, from the story to the illustrations, would be biblically accurate and lead others to faith in Jesus Christ.

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this is a perfect book to read to your kids during the holiday season to remind them of the real meaning of christmas. her book is currently available on Amazon and will be in bookstores near you in the next few weeks! i am so excited for my mom and hope that you will be encouraged by her book! {click here to buy your copy}

XO Lo

7 must haves for fall

7 must haves for fall

now that it is officially Fall, i thought i would share my “must haves” for the season!

scented candle

bath and body works is my all time favorite place to buy candles. they have so many to choose from, are very fragrant, and last a long time. for fall try leaves, sweater weather, or flannel.

cozy pullover 

as the days get colder you definitely need something cozy to wear! this pullover looks similar to something Patagonia would make but is half the price!

leopard print

i truly believe leopard print will never go out of style. make a statement in these booties this fall!

lip color

i started wearing lipsense about 6 months ago and absolutely love it! it is amazing how much lip color adds to your look. all the colors are great but these 5 are perfect for fall! {interested in ordering? head to my friend Amy’s Facebook page Amy’s Ever After Lips!}

statement sleeve

bell sleeves are super popular this season and i love the ruffle on this sweater from Brea Boutique! i love shopping local and you can find this boutique in Mandan, ND.

plaid 

whether that is in a shirt dress, button up, or scarf nothing says fall like plaid!

scarves

i have an embarrassing amount of blanket scarves but after seeing this scarf styled by Alyson Haley i think i might need this one too!

XO Lo

herbal essenses: bio renew

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Influenster sent me their Herbal Essences Voxbox to give their shampoo and conditioner a try. i was a little hesitant because i have used Herbal Essences in the past and did not like it! i felt like the shampoo and conditioner left a film on my hair and their hairspray left “flakes” after it dried. however, being a cosmetologist, i love giving new products a try so i thought i would give Herbal Essences a second chance.

Pros:

-this shampoo and conditioner smells SO good. scent is something herbal essences has always been good at!

-it is paraben and silicone free which means there is no film left on my hair.

-it is safe for color treated hair!

Cons:

-i didn’t feel like the shampoo and conditioner was as moisturizing as i would like.  it doesn’t suck all the moisture out by any means, but i think it could be better!

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they also sent me their volume dry shampoo. i haven’t had too much luck with dry shampoos and was very impressed with the one they sent! it truly made my hair feel fresh and gave it a lot of volume. i suggest using the dry shampoo at night and letting it absorb all the oils while you sleep. {if you have any questions about how to apply dry shampoo let me know!} the only con with the dry shampoo is that it is white. i am a brunette so when i spray this on my hair my hair turns gray! once it absorbs the gray goes away so if you are brunette i definitely suggest using it at night.

do you have a favorite shampoo, conditioner or dry shampoo? let me know in the comments!

XO Lo

*i received these products complimentary from Influenster for testing purposes*

fall with warby parker

Warby Parker launched their new Fall Line today and it is amazing! they always have such fun and unique frames and i am so excited to help announce the launch of their new line!
the color palette for this line was inspired by leather bound books at a college library. i personally love any kind of tortoise pattern and think it is so fun that they paired it with a color on the temples. that baltic blue screams fall doesn’t it?

below, i picked out my four favorite styles from their new collection but make sure to head to their website to see all of the eyeglass options as well as various sunglass styles they have to offer!

 

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Cora

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Louise

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Hadley

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Tansley

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Warby Parker glasses are both practical and fashionable and i love the new styles they come up with. what do you think of their fall collection?

XO Lo

 

embroidered details

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as much as i am ready for all things fall, it has still been pretty hot out so i thought i would share one more summer outfit with you! this embroidered top from Stitch Fix
has been on repeat ever since i got it in my last box. i generally go for neutral colors in my closet but i love the pop of color in this top. there were a few similar tops and dresses i had pinned on my stitch fix inspiration board on Pinterest and am so happy my sytlist saw those and sent me this top! i had meant to post this look weeks ago but i had a little mishap and i wasn’t sure if i would be able to even show it at all! here’s the story:

so my sweet husband did the laundry for me and accidentally shrunk this shirt. like it looked like a preschooler could have worn it. it was so short! i was super sad because i had just gotten it and hadn’t seen anything similar in local stores. i looked at the tag and it said the shirt was made of 100% rayon. anything made of rayon is notorious for shrinking and i really should have known better before i just threw it in the basket. i decided to search google for any hope of ‘unshrinking’ my new top and guess what? i was able to make it good as new!

my secret formula:

mix 1 tablespoon of hair conditioner into 4 cups of warm water. soak garment for 10 minutes. wring it out, lay flat and gently stretch in every way. stretch the garment a few more times as it dries.

i was so relieved that it worked and that the little laundry mistake didn’t completely ruin my new shirt. if you ever find yourself if that situation make sure you give this trick a try. i am so glad i did!

XO Lo

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ask a stylist: your stitch fix questions answered

hello lovelies! as you know, i have been a Stitch Fix customer for quite some time. I love getting my box of hand selected goodies and sharing my stylist’s picks with you here on Those Pretty Pieces. recently I had the opportunity to ask one of Stitch Fix’s
lovely stylists, Talleda, a few questions about her experience as a stylist.

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What do you love most about being a Stitch Fix Stylist?  

The relationships I have with my Clients are the most special thing to me about styling. We get to follow along with our Client’s through college graduations, new jobs, weddings, moves, births of their children – it’s amazing. I have Clients whose ages range from 15 to 75 and I love that no day is the same and no Fix is the same. When you really nail a Fix and your Client’s let you know you have impacted their life or helped make them feel more confident, that is the best kind of job perk.

What is the most helpful to you when styling a client? Style profile? Pinterest board? Previous feedback?

You already knew where I was headed! Yes, yes and yes. All of it helps immensely! Feedback is so incredibly helpful, especially when you fill me in on fit and style details. Letting me know if an item is fitting too long in the sleeves or tight in the thighs helps me understand your body type better and find pieces that are really personalized for you.

Do you style for women, men, maternity and plus or just one?

I am honored and privileged to style women, men, maternity, plus, petite and non-gender clients! How lucky am I?! However, some of our stylists style only women’s, it really varies. Some of our expert stylists are also on our​ Ask A Stylist team​, and if you haven’t ever asked us a question,​ you should! We give free expert style advice (if I do say so myself), even if our readers are not clients of ours.​ Men can get in on the action as well​!

– Talleda R.

thank you so much Talleda for taking the time to answer some questions for us! it is so fun to hear a little bit from ‘behind the scenes.’ did you know that Stitch Fix hires stylists in some major cities including minneapolis? hello dream job!

XO Lo

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