Gift Guide No. 2 - Gifts For Her

November 20, 2014

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Thanksgiving is a week away and with that - Black Friday and Cyber Monday! Last week, I shared a Gift Guide For Guys, but also talked about how much I loved shopping Cyber Monday for the first time last year to get some of my Christmas shopping out of the way. I work in Marketing and my job always gets really crazy during the 4th quarter as we wrap things up before the new year. The past 2-3 Christmases I have been so crazy beforehand that by the time Christmas vacation came around so did some kind of cold. This year I am definitely going to be taking advantage of the sales and sharing my picks with y'all so we can all spend more time in front of the fireplace than in our cars in transit from Lenox Mall.

UNDER $50 


Splurge Worthy



ONE Do you know GiGi New York? These bags are on the top of my gifting and wish list as I really believe a gift you'd want yourself can make the best gifts for your close girlfriends.

TWO A monogrammed necklace is classic and the personalization adds a nice and thoughtful touch to your gift.

THREE Coffee lovers could always use more coffee mugs - love the pop of color and the quote - it's so true!

FOUR Pretty much every city is going through a "Polar Vortex" as we speak, so a pretty scarf feels like a no brainer everyone would love.

FIVE I love these, super cute champagne glasses for celebrations like New Years, the holidays, birthdays and engagements.

SIX Thought this was a fun dish for storing your favorite jewelry and can add a pop of gold.

SEVEN This is definitely a more splurge item, but a great classic and staple piece for any girl's wardrobe.

EIGHT Love the color mix in these Bauble Bar earrings.

NINE Ah, I love this bench too. I saw it at Target over Halloween and have been trying to figure out where I could use it in our small apartment. This one is a keeper!

TEN After buying black candles for Halloween I love the look and they are really hard to fine. I love this brand for it's chic label and smell.

ELEVEN We make a lot of meat and cheese plates are our home. This one is really useful with a marble portion for cheese and wood for meats.

TWELVE I pretty much love everything from Paper Rifle Co, but thought this was a fun calendar for the traveler on your list.

Badass Home Tour - Lauren of Studio Sven

November 19, 2014


Last week, I was talking about how much I love a black statement wall in the bedroom. This week check out this killer dark wall in the dining room! I love the feel of this room - cozy, glamorous, vintage, modern and interesting. Lauren from Studio Sven was featured on Apartment Therapy for her beautiful home that mixes antique and modern items. I was blown away with the style mix in every room and had to share. There are even some IKEA pieces in the mix that I challenge you to find, because she does an amazing job of using the method usually used in fashion of mixing inexpensive and expensive things to pull of a high end look.



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Image source + product info at Apartment Therapy.

Laid Back Leather

November 17, 2014


Leather pants can be one of the hardest items to find during the Fall season. Stores carry real leather pants if you want to make a serious investment, but finding a good pair of faux and affordable leather pants can be a challenge.  Enter faux leather leggings! These pants are amazing. On the front are faux leather panels and the back is a thicker and tighter knit spandex. The best part? If I had to choose it'd be the elastic waist. Love a pair of pants with effortless and comfortable style! 


Pair them with a loose and long knit top (this green striped top I could seriously live in, it is amazingly comfortable) and heels or throw on a sweater and flats for a more casual look.




Bag: Ralph Lauren Top: Anthropologie Sweater: Piperlime, Old (similar here and here) Sunglasses: Maui Jim, Heels: Zara  (similar here) Pants: Anthropologie Necklace: Zara Flats: TJ Maxx





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Gift Guide No.1 - Gifts For Him

November 14, 2014

I can't believe it's already time to think about gifts for the holidays. Did this year go by fast or what?! Last year, I did something new with shopping for gifts. For the first time, I actually shopped online during Black Friday/Cyber Monday to get some of my Christmas shopping out of the way. It was AMAZING. No lines, no crowds (that you can see) and sales EVERYWHERE.

CT and my anniversary is in December about a week before Christmas, so I'm always on double gift duty around the holiday season and always looking for gift inspiration. This is the first gift guide of the series this year since I personally think guys are the most difficult to shop for I'm sharing theirs first. If there are specific gift guides you'd be interested in - please let me know. These shopping guides are for y'all!

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The Allen Edmond shoes are definitely a splurge item, but are high-quality leather that molds to the foot. Great to dress up at work with a suit or make more casual with a pair of jeans.

This Mezcal is seriously amazing. CT and I have been on a huge Mezcal kick, and this is the best we've had so far (no worm in the bottle too, score!). If you're not familiar with Mezcal, don't let my worm reference scare you. Mezcal is a liquor made from agave like Tequila that has a much smokier flavor. It can be mixed like a margarita or made into a smokey cocktail with grapefruit or bitters. It's delicious.

The Billy Reid sweater was a Christmas purchase last year, and CT loves it! It's soft and stylish without being too bold of a shawl collar.

The Go Pro...where do I begin. Guys are just obsessed with these. We were at a wedding the other weekend where CT brought his and it was a total dude magnet. The best deal I've seen is Costco because you get the Go Pro and a bundle of accessories. If you're not a member of Costco, I'd keep my eye on Target, Best BuyWalmart and even L.L. Bean for Black Friday/Cyber Monday deals.

Thought this flask was a fun and a good gift for guys who bike. The shoe care kit is something I feel like every guy should have for keeping they're shoes nice or for last minute fixes to scuffed shoes for a big meeting, and you can't go wrong with a nice razor that gets a close shave.



Make A Statement In The Bedroom

November 11, 2014


One of the biggest downfalls of renting is not being able to paint the walls (or choose the carpet, it's a close competition).  Black bedrooms have really caught my eye recently. They make a dramatic statement but just look cozy for the winter months. I also love the simplicity of these rooms and how easy they are on the eyes without sacrificing style. Mix the black walls with a pop of color or a faux fur.






Get The Look:
moody bedroom

Paris Print
Pitch Black Paint
Embroidered Duvet - (ON SALE)
Iron Colored Headboard (20% Off 11.11.14 Only)
Patterned Pillows
Fur Throw




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On My List + Giveaway Winner

November 10, 2014

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FIVE: Pour La Victorie Tote, Piperlime

Each week I end up with a list of items I love and it's fun to see trends emerge. Turns out, I'm really loving neutral prints right now. I've been trying to decide on the Staredown print and it's frame for weeks now and in that time Minted actually came out with a new frame leaving me with more decisions to make - black, white, etched white...What do you think?

One of my favorite groups of bloggers just finished their One Room Challenge's last week, and their before and afters are incredible. I am now obsessed with this patterned rug after seeing it in Mimosa Lane's One Room Challenge. The rug looks fluffy and lush and like the perfect add to our living room floor to layer with our cowhide now that it's winter. I'm trying to get to West Elm today to feel it in person as sometimes with rugs looks can be deceiving. 

The pom pom throw I just thought was really cute and a fun for the back of a couch or chair. Loved these earrings for winter time to go with winter white and this leopard print back that looks perfect for toting my laptop back and forth from work. What's on your current want list?

In other news, the Harvest Snaps giveaway has ended. Thanks to everyone who entered! The lucky winner is...

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Happy Monday everyone!

Thanksgiving Pineapple Cheese Casserole

November 09, 2014



This is a family favorite at our house for Thanksgiving and by far my favorite dish for the holiday! If you haven't ever tried it - don't be put off by the unusual mixture, it's delicious.



Ingredients:
2 cans pineapple, drained and reserved - 1 can pineapple chunks and 1 can pineapple tidbits
1 cup sugar
1/3 cup  and 1 tbsp of flour
4 tbsp pineapple juice
2 cups grated cheddar cheese
2/3 cups (10 tbsps) melted butter
20 Ritz crackers, crushed
11x7 casserole dish
Mixing bowl

I also love this recipe because it is relatively easy, and you can make this the day before and refrigerate until it's ready to be popped in the oven on Thanksgiving.



Mix the first five ingredients in a bowl until all flour and sugar have been mixed in. Next, heat 10 tbsps (or 2/3 cups) of butter in a microwave safe dish and heat for around 50 seconds. Add the melted butter to the mixture and stir. Then, lightly butter your casserole dish and pour the mixture in making sure the pineapple chunks and tidbits are spread evenly. Crush the Ritz crackers and spread them evenly over the top of the mixture as well. 



If you are cooking it that day, pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees and cook for 40 minutes or until golden brown.









Once cooked, let stand for 10-15 minutes to cool off and serve. Is it Thanksgiving yet? 
What's your favorite dish for Thanksgiving?


These table linens are my favorite print for the Thanksgiving holidays from a company called, Pomegranate. Super cute and festive! Shop the print here:

Free Save The Date Printables from Wedding Chicks

November 06, 2014

Get printable from Wedding Chicks here.

Picking out a Save The Date can be really difficult and time consuming. First, taking the engagement pictures, and building the guest list then picking out a design, printing and mailing. Phew. Plus, they can get really expensive ($600+ depending upon the number). When I was looking for our save the date I visited pretty much every site out there, but I couldn't quite find the right design for our image or one for the right cost. Then I stumbled upon this awesome site, Wedding Chicks that has a lot of wedding inspiration, AND free save the date printables! You guys know I love a good DIY so this was right up my alley. 


I fell in love the one above with it's mix of block letters and Bombshell font. Here's how ours turned out and it only cost us around $100 for printing and stamps!

The one thing I would call out that I didn't know until it was too late is that when the postcard goes through the machine the top front of the card gets stamped too. Evidently, you can ask the Post Office to hand-cancel your cards so I'd recommend it. We ended up with some black smudges on our face once mailed :/

In case you missed it, I'm hosting a giveaway this week...


 for these amazing healthy, low-fat, low-calorie and gluten-free snacks from Harvest Snaps! Don't forget to enter here. Winner will be announced Monday.

A Guilt Free Snack + Giveaway

November 04, 2014


I am always looking for new healthy snacks, so when Harvest Snaps reached out to me to do a product review of six of their snacks I was excited to give them a try. Harvest Snaps boasts being a healthy alternative to potato chips with 40-50% less fat giving you a guilt and gluten-free snack option that is low in sodium and fat, but high in protein and fiber. Um...yes please!











They sent me 6 different flavors to try from their Snapea Crisps and Lentil Snaps snacks, so CT and I did a taste test this weekend. We tried...

Snapea Crisps -
Lightly Salted
Black Pepper
Caesar
Wasabi Ranch

Lentil Crisps -
Tomato Basil
Onion Thyme

The verdict? These snacks are the bomb! Seriously... I might be addicted.

They are crunchy like potato chips and flavorful. CT's favorite flavor was the Lightly Salted Snapea Crisps, which if you ask me is a testament of the great taste. The snapea crisp taste without heavy flavor is great by itself and perfect for dipping like hummus or a veggie dip. My favorite flavor was a close tie between the Wasabi Ranch Snapea Crisps (I love spicy things) and the Onion Thyme Lentil Snaps. So good. I will be eating these snacks all week!





Now it's your turn to try them! One lucky Decor-Eat reader will win a Harvest Snaps Snack Box. 
To enter, comment below with what flavor you'd like to try. The winner will be announced Monday, November 10th.

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Pumpkins on Pumpkins on Pumpkins

October 30, 2014

There have been some pretty amazingly creative pumpkin carving and no-carve decorative ideas going around this year that I had to share. Pumpkin and spooky chic for sure. I am obsessed with this constellation pumpkin idea. Love the idea of using a drill to make small holes for patterned decorations.

We're going to be carving pumpkins tonight -so check out our end product on Instagram @decoreat.
Happy Halloween Everyone!







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