Friday’s Five | Velvet Pillows

paula rallis pillowsvelvet 26" pillow

– moving these gorgeous Paula Rallis Linens pillows to these glider chairs –

p448 sneakers

– new p448 sneakers that I am loving –

dining room christmas tree

– the Christmas tree I’ve had for six years still looking gorgeous –

baby boy birthday

– reminiscing of Hudson’s strong go at his smash cake (made by Christian!), and the cake stand was safe! –

summersalt cashmere

– living in this lounge set

The first Friday in December.  December of 2020… guys, we’ve almost made it an entire year.  Can you believe it?  Honestly, I can’t.  I took Hudson on an errand with me today and I can count on my hands how many times he’s been in a store.  So when I take him with me, his eyes light up like it’s Disney.  So much to see!! He is a year old and I’ve sheltered him as much as possible to limit his exposure to the world.  I joke that whenever we have another baby, I’ll have to learn how to be out and about in the world for the first time with kids.  Scary!

This was the first week in over a month that I actually felt like I didn’t have an overwhelming amount of “to-do’s.”  Christian and I happen to have the same busy seasons in our jobs, which has made this year interesting.  Each year is a little different, and considering last year we had our first baby, this year has been a major learning curve.  I feel so grateful to have crazy November behind me and am excited for a more manageable December!  Do you guys plan on taking some time off this month?  I’m toying with disconnecting between Christmas and New Year’s… but we’ll see!

I finally got a jumpstart on my Christmas list for Christian and nieces + nephews.  I pride myself in giving good holiday gifts, so I really try to find something that is going to be memorable.  I still have a few little ones left on my list, but at least I’ve made a dent!  I have more gift guides for hostesses + coworkers, kids, homebodies coming next week.  Until then, you can check out some of the 2020 gift guides so far at the top of this site under “holiday.

I had lunch with some friends this week, and we got to talking about creating family traditions or habits.  They were sharing Friday movie nights with “Dad’s famous popcorn,” family Christmas pajamas, Chinese food after picking out Christmas trees, etc.  It really got me thinking about setting intentions now that we have a son.  In California we would go to the beach on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day.  Last year was kind of a newborn/postpartum fog, but this year I want to try to incorporate some of those holiday “habits.”  If you have any that are special to you, I would absolutely love to hear!

Thank you so much for reading and sharing, and happy December! XO –

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Classic Holiday Tablescape

If you’ve been around here for a little while, you know my longtime love of Annieglass dinnerware and serving pieces.  When we were getting married in 2012, I registered for the Roman Antique Salad Plate and the Ruffle Buffet Plate to compliment the china pattern we had chosen.  I vividly remember each time I was gifted one of those pieces because I was so excited! Cut to eight years later, and I’ve used my Annieglass collection far more than any other china or serving pieces.  Why is that?  Well not…

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Gifts for the Ladies + Gents Under $100

Let’s get right into with some CBL picks for the ladies and gents, both under $100. You can shop by clicking directly on the item or finding its associated number below! 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10  11 | 12 | 13 | 14 | 15 | 16 | 17 | 18 | 19 | 20  21 | 22 | 23 | 24 | 25 | 26 | 27 | 28 | 29 | 30  31 | 32 | 33 | 34 | 35 | 36 JavaScript is currently disabled in this browser. Reactivate it to view this content.   1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10 11 | 12 | 13 | 14 | 15 | 16 | 17 | 18 | 19 | 20 21 | 22 | 23 | 24 | 25   JavaScript is currently disabled in this browser. Reactivate it to view this content.   The gift guides will continue over the next few weeks… and I actually need to start shopping.  Work has been so…

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Best of Black Friday 2020 | CBL Picks

Earlier this week I shared some of my top picks for things I hoped to snag this weekend, and today I wanted to share some of my top items in different categories.  You’ll also find some of my picks from particular brands at the bottom where the codes are! To shop, simply click on the item in the collage or find its associated number below. And you can find all of the holiday-related content at the top of this site under the “Holiday” tab! BEST OF ACCESSORIES + SHOES JavaScript…

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What I’m Hoping to Buy on Black Friday

I am excited to share the best of Cyber Week and Weekend with you guys!  I will be sharing the best of Black Friday + Cyber Monday throughout the next several days, including what I hope to buy, what I actually bought and my picks. We are starting off today with what’s on my wish list… Shop each item by clicking directly on the item in the collage or by finding its number below the collage.  And a reminder that you can find all holiday-related content, including Gift Guides, under…

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Friday’s Five | Mesh Flats

– our first weekend away from Hudson to enjoy our anniversary (outfit linked under “shop my Instagram”) – – the prettiest pair of fendi flats – – the prettiest moss velvet pillows – – remembering how much I love green hydrangeas – – my Barrett Ervin art looking fabulous in this easel – I hope your Friday is off to a lovely start!  You guys… this weekend is Hudson’s first birthday.  With each month I am amazed at his growth and development but something about a year.  It feels so…

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Gift Idea for the House Chef

Some of you might remember me talking about my deep, deep love of my Our Place Always Pans not too long ago in this post.  We have had ours for almost a year now, and with the holidays ahead of us, I thought there was no better time to remind you guys why this pan is the bff for anyone who spends time in the kitchen! This pan is nontoxic, lightweight, comes in six different colors, and it’s ridiculously easy to hand wash.  It also comes with a steamer basket…

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Wednesday Wish List | Cold Weather Picks

1 – 30% off | 2 | 3 – 40% off | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10  11 | 12 | 13 | 14 – 50% off | 15 | 16 Now that Halloween is behind us, I always feel like I can start to get in the winter spirit with velvets, coats and chunky knits.  I wanted to round up some winter pieces I’m loving right now – some of which are on pretty significant markdown! This wrap coat is everything I love in a coat.  Soft, camel, tie belt, and it’s on sale.  And that’s called checking all of the boxes. There is nothing softer than a chenille sweater or…

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Statement Collars + Thanksgiving Outfit Ideas

Some of you might remember this blouse from this post, but it was so fancy I wanted to share it styled in an edgier way. I think something like this could absolutely work for Thanksgiving weekend.  When it’s cooler but not necessarily cold enough to really bundle up.  Plus, if you’re helping in the kitchen, it can get hot!  If you know, you know. A few more looks I would recommend for Thanksgiving: A sweater over a slip dress (without the slit (!!), of course). A sweater over a shirt…

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