Friday, December 30, 2016

2017 New Year's Resolution Printable

Happy New Year! Hope everyone is having a great holiday season! And, as we all know, a great holiday season often means our wallets may be a bit emptier, our clothes a little tighter, and our routines out-of-whack. It may be cliché to write up New Year's resolutions, but we think that writing them down helps make them more intentional and gives a nice visual reminder. So, we came up with a downloadable printable for you to get your thoughts down on paper (link at bottom of post). We think it's easier to come up with resolutions for categories of our lives to help cover different areas of improvement, because for us specific goals work much better than broad, vague ones.

I wrote down some that may not seem like concrete life-changing goals, but just make me happier by spending time with friends and family. Like making a from scratch dinner together at least once a week or hosting a girls' night. I have some serious ones too, but this shouldn't be chore, just reminders of goals or things you'd like to improve!

What's one thing you've resolved to do this year? Do you ever set fun resolutions for yourself?

The link to download is here.

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Festive Spice Champagne Cocktail

I'd be lying if I said I didn't enjoy a good champagne drink year round, but New Year's Eve is especially exciting because it's flowing like water, folks! Champagne feels fancy, but it doesn't have to be fussy or break the bank. This fun take on a traditional champagne cocktail, with an extra wintery twist, would be perfect to serve at or take to any party you may be attending. 

This fancy-pants drink is so simple, and it's perfect for parties because of the fun and interactive aspect of watching the sugar cube bubble up and disperse in the champagne. It will look like you took ages to concoct it, but it comes together in mere seconds! Without further ado, let's get bubblin'.

For one cocktail you'll need:

Festive Spice Tincture (recipe here)
Spumante Champagne
Sugar Cube
Cinnamon Stick
Freshly grated nutmeg

Simply place the sugar cube in the bottom of a martini glass or champagne flute and squirt one dropper full of Festive Spice Tincture to saturate. Fill the glass with champagne and swirl to combine with a cinnamon stick. Garnish with freshly grated nutmeg. That's it!

The tincture gives the drink a wonderful aroma and slightly spicy undertone that's perfectly wintery. The whole sugar cube won't dissolve, so don't worry about it being too sweet either! 

What's your favorite recipe to ring in the new year? 



Monday, December 26, 2016

Wear it Two Ways: Comfy and Cozy New Years Eve

We hope you had a wonderful Christmas yesterday if you celebrate it! Now, onto the next holiday: let's talk New Year's Eve! Last year, we styled formal black and gold NYE looks, so this year, we took a slightly different approach. New Year's Eve doesn't always have to be rung in dressed to the nines. We're also fans of casual, laid back New Year's celebrations where you can still be comfy while drinking bubbly and eating apps.


For my comfy New Years Eve look, this jumpsuit was a perfect fit. It feels like straight up pajamas, but the silver velvet piece looks more elevated than everyday attire. I love outfits that are like that, when people think you're dressed up but deep down you know you're way more comfortable than you'd be in any pair of jeans.

To match the silver sheen on the gray velvet, I accessorized with silver, silver and more silver. Ruffle silver shoes and a silver purse would be perfect for just about any NYE ensemble and this one is no exception. 

I also added a silver choker necklace and vintage ring, because I'm really hitting this silver theme hard. Don't know if I've mentioned that. A dark maroon lip and shimmery silver eyeshadow add a dramatic party vibe to the look perfect for ringing in the new year. 

This year, we're looking for something low-key to do in Kansas City with a few friends, but we're really behind on making a decision. Let us know if you're in the area and have any recommendations! 

Molly's Outfit Details: Jumpsuit: Zara, Shoes: H&M, Purse: H&M (similar), Necklace: Post/Edit, Ring: Vintage, Eyeshadow: H&M


I've basically been living in leggings recently. Something about their stretchy nature has really been speaking to me. I think it's the non-stop baking and eating that comes along with the holidays and the uncomfortable feeling I get trying to button my jeans. Anyone else just been gorging themselves with sugar and cocktails? Well, if you're like me and not quite ready to slither back into your skinniest pair of jeans, then you might want to think about a pair of sequin leggings for NYE. 

These sparkly babies are perfect because they are equal parts comfy and dazzling and if you've been reading here for any amount of time, you know those two things speak to my soul. They can either be dressed way up or kept casual chic, depending on what you pair them with. In this case, I went with a sleek black sweater and simple black heels. You could just as easily pair them with a blazer or snazzy blouse too. 

I went with a smoky/vampy makeup look and loose waves for a sleek winter look and a sparkly black clutch, because honestly, you really can never have too many sparkles on New Year's Eve, amiright? 

I'm actually attending a wedding on New Year's Eve and I have something slightly different planned for that, but I may or may not be changing into this after the festivities wrap up. :) What are you doing for New Year's Eve?

Outfit details: Sequin leggings: Express,(similar here, here, here) Sweater: Nordstrom (similar here), Coat: Kensie, Heels: Kohl's, Clutch: T.J. Maxx

Friday, December 23, 2016

Merry Christmas!

We hope you're having a wonderful and relaxing season with friends and family! If you need any holiday inspiration or warm fuzzies, check out our 'Tis the Season Pinterest board or any of our holiday posts from last year:

We'll be back with New Year's Eve inspiration on Monday. See you then!

Card Design: Molly Heise Design

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Velveteen Dream

As you know, we've been talking a lot about alternative holiday looks this month and it doesn't get much more alternative than this velvet jumpsuit! The rich material is accented with gold accents around the dark floral pattern (another favorite of ours), making it a decadent addition to your holiday fashion repertoire.  

I paired this baby with tights, because hello, ain't nobody ready for this jelly, but also, it's freezing outside! It's also decently low-cut, but I found that a cami and necklace combo makes it totally wearable and a touch more conservative. 

I kept the velvet theme going with my shoes, complete with festive gold bows! A dark berry lip and fun clutch round out the whole look for a decidedly funky, festive look. Cheers to having a funky holiday season!

Outfit details: Velvet jumpsuit: Joys by Austin Warren, Bag: Zara, Shoes: Modcloth


Monday, December 19, 2016

DIY Cocktail Tinctures

Have you finished your Christmas shopping yet? If you're short some gifts, don't worry: we've got you covered with this DIY cocktail tincture recipe! DIYs are always great because it means more that you took the time to make them and because you can personalize them for the receiver.

Have you heard of cocktail tinctures before? I hadn't until recently, though I'm sure I've had them in cocktails I've ordered quite often. Tinctures are extracts, like vanilla or almond, but can be customized to be pretty much any flavor. They can be added to any kind of cocktails to provide a fresh and aromatic vibe. It's the same principle as bitters, but they're much quicker to make and are made with fresh herbs or spices, rather than dried ones. 

There's an almost endless list of possibilities of flavors you could make but easy ones might be orange, cardamom, rosemary, cinnamon, jalapeño, blueberry, the list goes on! For our recipes, we're making rosemary, festive spice, and cranberry-orange but, again, just apply this recipe to any fresh herbs, citrus peel, or flavorful fruit or veggie, and go from there! You can also customize the batch size to whatever you'd like.

You'll need:

Mason Jars
Dropper Bottles
Everclear (1.5 liters fills 3 mason jars, or about 40 dropper bottles)
Herbs/Spices (my selections are described below)
Small labels (I cut down shipping labels)

Just add whatever herbs and spices you'd like to your respective jars, and top with Everclear. For the rosemary, we used two bunches, toasted and chopped to bring out the flavors. We also generously sprinkled in dried rosemary. 

For the cranberry-orange tincture, I crushed fresh cranberries and used craisins and also added orange peel, being sure not to include the bitter white pith.

The festive spice concoction was made up of cinnamon sticks, allspice, crushed nutmeg, and cloves. 

Give the jars a good shake and let them sit for a few days, continuing to shake daily, test the flavors in flavorless soda water, and add more spices if necessary. 

Check out how much the colors have developed below over the course of a week! It looks like we used food coloring, but it's all natural. 

To prepare for bottling, strain each mixture into a new mason jar, using a cheesecloth to strain out all of the solids. 

Using a small funnel, pour each mixture into the dropper bottles, filling not quite to the top. Pop in the dropper tops and add handmade labels. Viola! Overall, this process only takes about an hour to assemble initially and about an hour to bottle. This time could be significantly cut if you only did one or two flavors. 

Anywhere from a few drops to a dropper full of tincture can be added to soda water, Sprite, or to any cocktail for an aromatic flavored effect.

Keep a look out for my recipes to use the tinctures in soon! Let us know if you make any; we'd love to hear what combinations you come up with!



Friday, December 16, 2016

Blue Christmas

If you know me well, you know I love a good deal, which often means buying items in big end-of-season sales. This sometimes means that I won't be able to wear that pair of boots for another 8 months when it gets cold again, or in the case of this dress I bought last January, I couldn't really wear it until Christmas rolled around again.

I knew it would sit in my closet for a good 11 months, but I just couldn't resist the adorable vintage holiday pattern and cut of this dress. I just had to cross my fingers that I didn't put on holiday weight by the time December was here, but it fit like a glove. Whew!

It's a perfect dress for parties that's whimsical and fun, but with a pattern sophisticated enough not to be too goofy. But, let's get real, if there is a time to dress a little over-the-top, this season is it! It's kind of like the perfect mashup of a cocktail dress and and ugly sweater. 

I accessorized with a hot pink vintage clutch to reinforce that vintage vibe. I went with red nails and fuchsia lips, because the dress contains both pink and red, and in that case, it's just rude to choose one over the other. 

A teal necklace and silver ruffle shoes dressed up the look a bit. Now I'm ready for sipping mulled wine while listening to vintage Christmas records at a soiree. Finally time for this dress to shine!

Outfit Details: Dress: Modcloth (similar here and here), Coat: Target similar here and here), Purse: Vintage (similar ), Shoes: H&M, Necklace: Penney UK (similar)

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Christmas Morning Style

I know we probably say this every year, but, holy cow, how is it almost Christmas?! By this point, hopefully you've knocked out most of your shopping. By some miracle (on 34th Street), we're looking pretty good on the gift buying front, which means only one thing: treat yo' self! What better way to do that than a fun and festive outfit for Christmas day? 

If you're anything like us, Christmas morning (or all day) is a casual, comfortable time to relax with family, so there's no need to put on real pants or shoes. Below we've rounded up festive PJs, sweatshirts, slippers and more that are perfect for lounging, but cute enough to be picture-ready just in case mom starts snapping pics. 

1.   Noel Sweatshirt
2.   Merry Christmas Ya Filthy Animal T-shirt
3.   Bright and Shiny Sweatshirt
4.   Happy Holla Daze Velour Sweatshirt
5.   Plaid Muk Luks
6.   Snowflake Slipper Socks
7.   Merry Christmas Mug
8.   Santa Leggings
9.   Striped Thermal Pajamas
10. Buffalo Plaid Pajamas (sizes for the whole family!)
11. Polar Bear Fleece Hooded Jumpsuit
12. Red Knit Pajama Set
13. Plaid Shearling Slippers
14. Flannel Sheet Set

What's your Christmas morning uniform?

Monday, December 12, 2016

Holiday Alternative Chic

We love alternative looks around here, especially when it comes to the holidays. Switching up the smallest detail can take a look from "meh" to "whoa" quicker than you can say Feliz Navidad! I get bored easily, so switching up my standard party look helps to keep things fresh and interesting. 

One easy way to switch things up is to change the color palette. White is normally a very holiday centric color, but as we've mentioned before, never underestimate the power of a dark color scheme in the winter. To keep the holiday vibe going, I paired a tulle skirt with a plaid shirt and glitter heels. All of these things are what you'd call holiday materials and patterns, but in a dark color, they're super chic. 

Is it just me, or is tulle inherently a party fabric? I mean, it instantly makes you feel prim, proper and ready to mix and mingle. 

A dark lip and sparkly black clutch keep the dark chic theme going, while a pair of shiny heels let's everyone know you're as cheery as Buddy the Elf! Now, all I need is a glass of eggnog and I'm ready to spread that holiday cheer!

Outfit details: Skirt: Amazon, Plaid shirt: J.Crew Factory (similar), Heels: Modcloth (similar here, here and here), Clutch: T.J. Maxx


Friday, December 9, 2016

Downtown Dazzle Shopping Experience

This past weekend my husband and I went on the Downtown Dazzle Shopping Experience in Kansas City. It's basically a tour of places to shop in KC, with special offers and coupons along the way. If you missed it, don't worry, it's still going on the next two weekends. This weekend's agenda is slightly different (it includes Union Station, and not The West Bottoms), but it's generally the same otherwise. 

We agreed that the biggest advantage of our tickets was the shuttle that took us from location to location. We didn't have to spend time parking, or paying for it, and could just hop on and head to the next location. We also were able to sip complimentary cocktails at various locations, which was the real reason I got my husband to agree to joining me!

We began our tour at Crown Center, where we hit up Hallmark for some local KC makers' art and merch. Crown Center also currently has a family Christmas show running at one one of their theaters, and a place to see Santa, so this would be a great place to go with kids!

Next up, we took the shuttle to the Power & Light District, where we perused The Garment District, a boutique collective, where you can grab a cocktail to sip while you shop. There were tons of stylish party outfit options here, and I found a leather jacket that I really wanted, but we were on a mission shopping for other people, so I sadly put it back and we went on our way. I may or may not go back to get it.

We grabbed lunch at Leinenkugel's, where we ate a plate of delicious fried food, got more complimentary drinks, and made our way out to The West Bottoms.

The West Bottoms was hopping! Man, we're glad we didn't have to park there. There was the usual array of seemingly unlimited antiques, and Christmas decor ranging from country cottage style, to modern understated, to delightfully tacky retro. The last of these is obviously my favorite. 

Some of our favorite antique stops here included Good JuJu, Hello Sailor, Bottoms Up. Within Hello Sailor was an adorable and trendy vendor, Fringe and Folk, which I can't wait to go back and check out.  It was painful not to buy a light blue crushed velvet mock neck, but again, trying not to shop for myself. Ok, I do regret not getting that one.

Another great stop in The Bottoms is Easy, Tiger, full of "finely crafted sarcasm (and stuff)," which is manifested in clever cards, drinkware, plates, prints, and other great giftables. You've probably seen these cards around Kansas City in old cigarette vending machines. 

I also had to take the obligatory photo with the Kansas City Dreamin' wall outside their shop. 

Overall, we spent a good portion of the day out shopping and got some gifts checked off our list! The Dazzle wristbands helped us get some discounts and cocktails along the way and we got some really nice Crown Center tote bags. If you aren't out wanting to sip bevys and shop 'til you drop, it may not be for you, but we certainly had a fun time on the self-guided tour and we've still got tons of restaurant and shop coupons to use through January!

Outfit Details: Ruffle Top: H&M (similar), Gold jacket: Donna's Dress Shop, High Waist Jeans: H&M, Flatforms: Target (similar)

Tickets c/o Downtown Dazzle
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