SHADES OF GREY

Love the way these jeans zip over my booties!! 

Love the way these jeans zip over my booties!! 

SWEATER - ROMWE (NOW 60% OFF!!!) // JEANS - ANINE BING // BOOTIES - BORN (LAST SEASON) SIMILAR HERE // SUNGLASSES - RAYBAN

 

Happy Friday All!! I, for one, am SUPER pumped because I get two weeks off from work! That means it's full on Christmas 24/7 over here! Christmas is my favorite holiday and I am so glad I get two full weeks to bask in the gloriousness of it all! As I've mentioned numerous times on here, the weather in Alabama is crazy. You can literally be freezing and bundled up like you're in Antarctica one day and the next day lay out and bask in the sun like it's summer. (Side note: That's a true story - 3 years ago Alabama had a freak "ice storm" with some snow and it stayed like that for 3 or 4 days and then one morning it was warm enough that I lounged outside in a bathing suit trying to get a winter tan!) But, as I was saying the weather is weird here and it's currently really cold but the sun is shining making it warmer so if you're outfitted in long pants and a sweater you should be golden throughout the day! I recently got this sweater from ROMWE and I couldn't love the knot back and oversized fit enough!! (Maybe the knot is supposed to go in the front? I' not too sure. I prefer to put it in the back! I paired it with some of my favorite Anine Bing charcoal jeans! About that...like I said these are some of my favorite jeans and when these pictures were taken they were in pristine condition with no holes! But then...I went to a friend's engagement party that night and was leaving her house with an armful of decorations trying to hurry and walk down the concrete stairs...well, let's just say they now have a nice little hole right in the right knee! I was so mad because now they're ripped but my sister reminded me that ripped jeans are in and to be thankful the hole is in a place where it makes them look like I bought them that way! I guess it could be worse, so I'm starting to get over it! Anyone have that kind of luck? Just me?...OK. Anyway, if you haven't heard of ROMWE, it's an international women's fashion store/website where you can find the latest trends for a really good price! I'm talking SUPER affordable! And they usually have good sales going on! As I mentioned in the details above, this sweater is currently 60% off!! I received tons of compliments on it when I wore it and I know it would look amazing on you too! Head on over to their website to grab yours before they sell out and be sure to browse their other items while you're there!! 

Hope you all have an amazing weekend!

Erin

 

 

*Thanks to ROMWE for sponsoring this post!

STAYCATION SUCCESS

How amazing is this light decor in the center of the hotel? Seriously so pretty!

How amazing is this light decor in the center of the hotel? Seriously so pretty!

Hey loves! I hope you all had an amazing thanksgiving with your families and friends! I sure did! It's always so great to just be around all of the ones you love! (Eating delicious meals and desserts doesn't hurt either! ) But this time of the year can get crazy busy and overwhelming with holiday shopping, meeting work deadlines before the holidays, etc. It can be so fun yet exhausting at the same time. That is why I decided to take a break from it all and planned a quick get-away with one of my best friends down in Mobile, AL. We stayed at The Admiral Hotel and seriously had the best time! The staff were all so wonderful and accommodating. Probably the best part of staying at The Admiral is that you don't have to leave the Hotel to get an amazing dinner! Their restaurant, Launch, which is located on the first floor of the hotel is a hot-spot for locals to meet for cocktails and dinner after work. The restaurant is not too large that it loses its intimate appeal yet is big enough to hold large parties and gatherings - if you book in advance! Which I highly recommend that you do because our experience there was divine!  Another plus for me about the hotel, is that they have a small gym located on the first floor so I didn't have to take a break from my fitness routine just because I was on vacation! So, if you're burnt out from holiday stress and just need some time away by yourself or with your friends, consider taking a staycation with little or no travel at all! And if you're near the Mobile, Alabama area, I highly recommend staying at The Admiral! Our experience really was so great and I just know yours would be too! 

Special thank you to The Admiral Hotel for hosting us!

PEACE & WISDOM

LOVE THESE SNAKESKIN BOOTIES!! 

LOVE THESE SNAKESKIN BOOTIES!! 

This necklace completes this outfit perfectly! I know I always talk about how talented my friend  Burgwin Studios  is but ya'll she just knocks it out of the park every time!! Her style and attention to detail is just so good!

This necklace completes this outfit perfectly! I know I always talk about how talented my friend Burgwin Studios is but ya'll she just knocks it out of the park every time!! Her style and attention to detail is just so good!

OUTFIT DETAILS: // TOP- ANTHROPOLOGIE (OLD) SIMILAR HERE , HERE , AND HERE // SKIRT-ANTHROPOLOGIE (OLD) BUT LOVE THIS , THIS, AND THIS //BOOTIES: SHOEMINT (OLD) SIMILAR (ALL ON SALE FOR $25) HERE , HERE , AND HERE // EARRINGS, NECKLACE & BRACELET- BURGWIN STUDIOS

Today's outfit is from Anthropologie (not shoes and jewelry) and it is one of my favorite outfits that I own!! I have had it for 2 years and wore it to a thanksgiving dinner in 2014. I am planning on wearing it again this year! It's just perfect since it is both elegant and festive! Sort of like I imagine the first thanksgiving dinner between the Pilgrims and the Indians was. Sidenote, I have been OBSESSED with learning about the Pilgrims and Indians since I first learned about them in kindergarten! (Really, I'm not kidding!) There's just something inspiring about it all - thinking back years ago to when the Pilgrims traveled to an unknown place and encountered the Indians who already inhabited the land and who were complete opposites in every way than the newcomers. Yet they helped each other learn new things and worked together to put on a special feast to celebrate and give thanks for the new friends and prosperity that was found when both groups worked alongside one another, for the common good. It seems that peace was easier to find back then considering how divided our country is today. My prayer for this thanksgiving is for our country to be united under God, that He would give us all peace for trusting in the plan He has for us, and the wisdom to do as He has commanded, that we "love one another." I truly believe that if we all did that, most of the issues and problems we have could be resolved and there might be a little more peace and understanding from all. (Because I really do want World Peace, ya know?) Anybody else just flashback to Miss Congeniality?! Me too! But, I really am so thankful for each and every one of you who take the time to comment on my posts and instagrams. I love getting to know all of you! Wishing you and yours a Happy Thanksgiving!! Love you all!

-Erin

PHOTOGRAPHY: KOLI NICHOLS PHOTOGRAPHY

NIGHTLY ROUTINE FT. FIRST AID BEAUTY

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Disclosure: I am not in any way being paid to promote any products from First Aid Beauty. The thoughts and opinions expressed in my post are entirely my own! 

 

One of the things I HAVE to do before I go to bed each night is wash my face. I don't care how tired I am I make myself muster up the energy to go take my makeup off and wash my face. In high school, I was bad about being too lazy and just sleeping in my makeup but now that I know the aging effects sleeping in your makeup has on your skin I make sure to scrub it all off! I literally read somewhere that your skin ages 7 days by sleeping 1 night in makeup! Yikes! No one wants that! I'm ok with aging but I want to do it gracefully and while taking care of myself and my skin! I have been using several products from First Aid Beauty for several months now and I can tell you that I just love them! My skin feels fresh after cleaning and very well moisturized! Below I will include the links to the products that I use and what they do! 

1. Milk Oil Conditioning Cleanser - This products helps remove stubborn makeup while cleansing and conditioning my skin! It is known to protect and boost the skin's moisture levels! So you get a good cleaning without stripping your face of the necessary oils and moisture that you need to help your skin stay healthy and supple!

2. Skin Rescue Deep Cleanser - I use this gel cleanser to detox, cleanse, and unclog my pores! This cleanser is great for oily, combination, or problem skin. I tend to have combination skin and this stuff works great for an every night and morning cleanser! It also contains red clay which is known for it's ability to draw out toxins and excess oil!

3. Facial Radiance Polish - This product won a "Best Beauty Buy" award in 2014 so you know it has to be good! This polish contains natural exfoliants to gently buff and polish skin to reveal a bright and healthy complexion! I typically use this 2-3 times per week to give my skin a good (not harsh) scrub!

4.Ultra Repair Hydra-Firm Sleeping Cream - I put this all over my face before I go to bed. This hydrator works while I sleep to smooth the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, improve the appearance of my skin's firmness, and to replenish my skin with moisture! There are a lot of nightly face creams or moisturizers out there that can break the bank - this one doesn't!!

5. Eye Duty Triple Remedy Overnight Balm - This product is great for use on both the under eye area and the upper eye lid. It firms, smooths, and hydrates my entire eye area while I sleep! Helps tighten sagging eyelids and improves under eye circles! Thanks to genetics, I have inherited some dark circles under my eyes and I love that this helps me keep the dark circles in check!

I almost always do a good amount of research before putting anything on or into my body and made no exception with these products. First Aid Beauty is a reputable brand and their products contain good for you ingredients and do what they claim to do! I have known several other beauty bloggers to use them and love them as well! Hope you guys give some of these a try and that they work as well for you as they do for me! Are there any other First Aid Beauty products that I haven't tried and should?! What are your favorite First Aid Beauty products?

Photography: Koli Nichols