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Cape Scarf Obsessed

Here's the first of my posts from my trip to Texas last week! I was down there for Thanksgiving with my boyfriend's family and we spent a few days out on their ranch outside Austin. I've been to Texas several times in my life, but this felt like my first real Texas experience. Shooting guns, wearing cowboy boots, and all. I'm totally all about it now. 

Of course I mulled over what to wear for days, and I bought this cape scarf thinking it would be a cozy and ranch appropriate look. Plus, I'll wear it all the time back home in DC because not only do I love gray and white, but the cape scarf style is my absolute favorite. I love that it has arm holes so that it stays on, yet you can wear it over a jacket, as a cozy blanket, or even a wrap over a dress. 

Cape Scarf {also similar options here and here} - Black Pixie Pants 

You can find all the items I'm wearing above, plus a few more cape scarf options since I know the J.Crew one is going in and out of stock (I wish I had the navy one too, now!)

Holidays with It Cosmetics

As someone who can never get enough beauty products, makeup has to be one of my favorite gifts to both give and receive. Everyone uses it and it's so fun to try out products that you probably wouldn't buy yourself—I mean when was the last time you actually replaced your makeup brushes?! It had been years for me before I received this set and I had no idea what a disservice I was doing by using raggedy old brushes.

Another thing I never buy is compacts with multiple products like this Complexion Perfection set below. Yet, these are all products I use and having them in one handy case is so much easier than lugging all four separately, especially when I'm traveling! Again, great gift idea that's easy to pack up and bring home and let's the lucky recipient try out new products.

Below are the products shown in the images below, as well as some of the other It Cosmetics products that are now in my regular rotation (how fun are these glitter brushes!?). I've also linked to the Gray Malin book and the Domino book in the pictures and the candle—all of these are such great gift ideas for the holidays!

Christmas Sneak Peek

I'm back in DC after a wonderful trip down to Texas for Thanksgiving! I'll have more than one recap post of that trip for you, but in the meantime, here's a sneak peek at my Christmas decorating. I've started decking the halls, though my tree still has some work to be done. I'm hoping to get it finished this evening so stay tuned to Instagram for the big reveal!

In case you're in the market for a white Christmas tree, I've linked a few options below, as well as the gold ornaments that I picked up for my tree. They're a steal at under $5 for 18 and make the perfect filler in between bigger, fancier ornaments. I'm obsessed with the mid-century vibe of this big wooden snowflake, but unfortunately my local Target only had 4 and they aren't sold online. Fingers crossed that they restock!

Cashmere and Athleisure

I love getting dolled up, I promise, but I haven't resisted the athleisure trend one bit. Add in some "real clothes" to a yoga pant look and I'm even more on board (yes, I was once called out at a bar—by someone I hadn't seen since college—for wearing my lululemon leggings. I thought no one would be able to tell. I was wrong.) 

I need to start with the disclaimer, I actually did put this outfit on after working out last week. My sister was in town and I made her snap a few pics, so this is her blog photography debut. This cashmere poncho is one of my favorite sweaters to toss over everything from a dress to jeans to a casual post yoga look like this. And these awesome sneakers? I got them during the Nordstrom sale when I was feeling edgy, and even though the rest of my look may not totally go with their vibe, I'm still into it. 

You can find all these items, plus a few more options for the sneakers, in the links below.

Holiday Gifting for Him

Well, here we go! The start of the Holiday season. Usually I'm like "woah, y'all, let's wait until December 1!" This year, however, I'm all about jumping right in. I've even ordered my Christmas tree so it'll be ready and waiting for me when I get back to DC after Thanksgiving (no surprise, I don't go the traditional go to a Christmas tree lot and find a normal Frasier Fir route—spruce green isn't exactly in my color palette.)

Moving on from the decorations that you'll certainly see on the blog sooner rather than later, let's get into the first gifting idea of the season. Lovely Beards sent me some of their suggestions for holiday gifting, which is more than convenient given every male in my life that I will be giving a gift has a beard. They have the perfect stocking stuffer products ranging from balms to oils in both unscented and scents such as Vanilla & Sandlewood to Bourbon.

While I clearly haven't sampled the products personally, I can attest to how delicious the Vanilla & Sandlewood scent smells and that the packaging is slightly hip, definitely masculine, and absolutely gift worthy.

Since I'm sure you're now inspired to get a start on your holiday shopping, you can check out their full line here and use code Beards10 for 10% off your order and free shipping from now through December 12.

Travel Recap: Cabo

Remember the relaxing weekend of laying around my apartment, the one I was so pumped for? Yup, that didn't happen thanks to two last minute friendly house guests (it was my sister and her fiancĂ©, so I'm allowed to sound snippy!), but luckily I'm thinking this coming weekend is totally safe from interruption. I can finally catch up on the many, many blog posts I need to take pictures for and get some holiday content going. 

For now, I have a few pictures of my recent trip to Cabo. Of course the weather and the water were gorgeous and the frozen cocktails were plentiful. Honestly, there's not a whole lot to say beyond that! It was a fun girls' week and we saw a pair of humpback whales breaching right off the coast in front of us, which was awesome and so unexpected. 

So what's next on the travel agenda? I'm headed down to Austin, TX next week for Thanksgiving, then I need to plan another NYC trip at some point in December before I go home to Richmond for Christmas. As far as the new year goes, I'm wide open and ready to make some plans!
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