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valentines day 2018

sweatshirt| fit bit| mules|pajama pants|candle|stitch fix gift card

happy valentines day! i rounded up a few things i’ve had my eye on lately that would be a perfect gift for your mom, sister or bestie!

andrew and i have never taken valentines day too seriously. in fact, our first valentines day was only 5 days after our first date and i had already made plans to go see a movie with all my single ladies so we actually didn’t even see each other that day! since then we have decided to make it a chill night where we pick up the heartbaker pizza from papa murpheys and watch a movie together. with him getting ready to take his board exam we haven’t been able to fit in too many date nights so i am super excited to spend a little quality time with my husband!

what are your valentines day traditions?

i recently took a little bit of time off because we just moved to minnesota! it is so good to be back in my home state and we are slowly getting settled in our new city. thank you to everyone who took my survey back in January. your feedback was amazing and I am super excited to get back to writing content for you all!

XO Lo

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get NYE ready with gordmans

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new year’s eve is right around the corner. have you found your outfit yet? i ran into my local Gordmans to find something sparkly and fun to wear. this skirt caught my eye instantly. the sparkle is perfect for NYE and the mid length keeps it looking classy and sophisticated. because North Dakota is crazy cold this time of year {think highs of -10!} i knew i needed to pair something warm with the skirt. if you’ve been following my blog long, you know i am all about those OTS tops so this sweater was a no brainer!

one thing i love about shopping at Gordmans is their “lowest price guarantee.” whenever i shop there i am always confident that i am getting the best deal possible. Gordmans already tracks competitors prices to be sure that they are giving their shoppers the best possible prices on their huge selection. however, if you happen to find a lower price on an item other than at Gordmans, all you have to do is bring in the competitors current ad or show the cashier the item on your phone and Gordmans will match that price!  not only will they price match but they will also give you a $5 gift card! {learn more about their guarantee here} when you price-match, Gordmans Corporate is notified so they can work on lowering the price for that item and continue giving their shoppers the lowest price! Basically, they want to be the best among their competitors so they give us the tools to save some money.

gordmans’ mission is to thrill every guest with fun finds and exciting deals at every turn. there’s no need to hunt for bargains at gordmans- treasures are always in store with exceptional style at competitive prices, every day.

hope you all have a wonderful time ringing in the new year! we’ll see you in 2018!

XO Lo

*this post was sponsored by Gordmans. as always, all opinions are my own. thank you for supporting the retailers that support those pretty pieces*

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

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 Sunglasses

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