Last week we discussed holiday gifts under $50. Today we are slightly raising the price max to $75, and I’m sharing some items I would love to receive in that range.

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These are some of my tip-top favorite candles. They are so luxe and fragrant, I’ve never given one to someone and not had them ask me about it again later. Addicting!

When I was living in San Francisco, I would have loved something like this mini-smart garden.

I recently bought this teeny painting for our powder room. I love how small it is, but the color is vibrant.

Some of the most comfortable pajamas you will ever own. Love the long-sleeved and shorts version too.

I’m addicted to this Lip Plasma. So much so, that I brought one to the UGA vs. Ole Miss football game, and when I couldn’t find it, I was determined to make sure I didn’t accidentally leave it behind. I ended up finding it… on the row of sets in front of me. Night made!

I was given one of these a little while ago and I keep hearing more and more about it. I gave it a try last night and was amazed at how relaxing a weighted eye mask is. Wow.

I just smelled this lotion for the first time and WOW. It smells amazing.

Find more holiday picks in the menu (three lines in upper left corner), “holiday.” You can find 2023 gift guides as well as inspiration from years past! Thank you so much for checking in – XO

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This week’s wish list is themed under $50 and we have some really great picks that I think would be excellent to receive.

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I have a small Etsy watercolor print of a family photo and it makes me so happy. I think it would be so special to receive it!

We recently got this print of a restaurant in Maui where we have sweet memories. They have cities, sports teams and beyond.

I saw these Juliska ramekins when we were visiting Charleston a few weekends ago and fell in love with them. Putting 4 on my Christmas list.

Tik Tok influenced me to buy this vegetable chopper and I love it. When you need it for soup, chili, salad, etc. it is wildly helpful.

Social media also made me want this domed-lid glass cup. I am in cup overflow, but is it not the cutest thing!?

I added an octobuddy to my cell phone and I’m kind of addicted. Highly recommend it for the picture-taking lover friend.

I bought this adorable advent calendar for the boys this year. I’m really looking forward to it.

Find more holiday picks in the menu (three lines in upper left corner), “holiday.” You can find 2023 gift guides as well as inspiration from years past!

mamas fish house maui

Thank you for checking in and reading. Hope everyone has a great weekend! xo –

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I’m in the stage of life where shopping for the lil kids is the most exciting gifting happening in my holiday season. The boys are at such a fun age right now that these toys actually have me excited!

You can always find all of this season’s gift guides in the Holiday Gifts & Decor section of the site, as well as guides from years past!

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I recently bought this saucer swing (we call it the “rainbow swing”) for the boys, and they LOVE it. They’ll lie down on it together while I push them or I’ll twist it around so it sends them in circles. Big hit!

Hudson’s birthday and Christmas are one month apart, so I try to be thoughtful by giving him a few gifts that he can grow into. On this year’s list are this motorized scooter/skateboard, organic bath bombs, activity table, and some new building blocks.

I just bought this personalized pouch for a friend’s new baby. It is wipeable and perfect for a mini diaper bag as mother’s morning out or church Sunday school.

I have these pajamas in red for the boys for Christmas. Swoon!

Theo is getting this tabletop train set. Adorable.

Do you have any major hits in the children’s gifting arena? We bought two of these plasma cars last year and they are the gift that keeps on giving, for real. More gift guides to come! Hope everyone had a fun-filled Halloween – xo –

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cashmere ballet wrap sweater

sweater & pants – 20% off your first purchase with code kathleen through 12/31/23 | heels | sunglasses

My original plan was to keep this theme under $100… but there were a few ridiculously cute pieces that I couldn’t say no to. So now it’s a fall finds under $150 (except for one item that’s $158).

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I have had this cardigan for so many years. I bought it in two colors, and it sees a lot of wear every fall and winter. Even if it’s mostly around the house and to school dropoff!

These are a look-for-less that I stumbled upon and while I definitely do not need to buy another pair of Amazon sunglasses, but this $16 pair might be too good to pass up.

I don’t have a fitness onesie, but this one is so cute that it might be my first.

I’m convinced everyone needs a black puffer vest. So versatile, warm, and great if you’re active.

I really want to snag these shorts in navy. They look super versatile and would be really cute with OTK boots.

Thank you so much for checking in and reading! xo –

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Yesterday launched Shopbop’s fall sale event which is honestly so good. I love it when they do these sales – you can get up to 25% off pieces that are almost never marked down with the code STYLE.

I usually utilize this time to purchase one high-end item that I don’t want to pay full price for. In the past that has been leather boots, over-the-knee pull-on style boots, designer denim, and cashmere.

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I have these in leopard and I love them. They’re so fun and very comfortable.

I wear these every fall and winter nonstop. The cost per wear is ridiculously good.

A friend of mine has this dress and it’s so fabulous in person.

One of my most-worn pairs of denim.

I bought this classic turtleneck bodysuit that has been highly recommended during a Shopbop sale many years ago and I still love it so much. Somehow it’s super lightweight!

This year I’m contemplating these as my purchase. I am kind of loving them… I think.

Thank you so much for checking in! I’ll be sharing other favorites this week on LTK as well. xo –

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camel leather boots

I’ve been wanting to do this review for at least six months, so hooray! We’re doing it!

I bought these Loeffler Randall Goldy boots in cognac and black in 2021 and 2023. I think they’re classic and my assumption was correct: they look good with most things.

They’re pull-on style with an almond-shaped toe which I think is the most comfortable type of leather boot. They also go beautifully with skirts and dresses that are both long and short, but I will confess I have a harder time styling them with pants. I just never quite like the look on myself. So if you’re a big pants girly, I think that is important to note.

If you want to see them styled with other looks on video, you can see that here, here and here. I think I’m going to combine a few videos for an Instagram reel / TikTok, so I will update this post with that link as well!

SIZING

I sized up a 1/2 size in these because I sometimes wear them with thicker socks or put gel inserts in them.

MATERIALS

These boots are leather and are a pull-on style, no zipper. I think the leather is soft but just stiff enough to keep its shape.

I do store them with cardboard inserts inside of them (the ones they come with).

COMFORT

I find these really comfortable. They are a 3.5″ heel which is a little high for all-day wear, but do-able. I think they’d be my perfect leather boot if they were a 3″ heel… but maybe I’m just getting weak. Don’t tell Carrie Bradshaw!

I prefer to wear them for periods of 4 hours or less if I’m being honest.

COST

They are $695. I bought the cognac pair full-price at Saks, but the black I scored on a big markdown at Nordstrom (almost $300 off) which is what convinced me to buy a second pair.

WHERE TO BUY

Tuckernuck – should I have bought this 2″ heel version!?

Saks

Nordstrom

Revolve

Shopbop

Anthropologie

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blue dress | red dress | bedroom details

leather knee high boots

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Amazon vs. Skims Review

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Thank you so much for stopping by. If you have a request for reviews of certain products, please let me know! I think next might be Stuart Weitzman boots… xo –

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lovesac sofa

While we mostly furnished our home within the first few years we lived here, I’ve been slowly focusing on each little closet, bathroom, and secret spot (like our basement aka the “lower level” a la Housewives, IYKYK).

I knew this room, which is just a large rectangle, needed a little love. Christian loves it down here, and I haven’t really had the time to give it the attention it deserves. You can see below that the big pieces were there, but it needed styling and details. So when The Inside reached out with an opportunity to team up, it was a no-brainer.

basement refresh

I have a few of their skirted storage ottomans and love them. We also have their outdoor pillows on our patio. We got two of these square modern ottomans in the bright navy solaire print and I can’t say enough great things. They are beautiful in person and the fabric is a linen-cotton blend and so easily wipeable. I’ve already wiped toddler snack residue and someone’s runny nose off with water and a towel. EASY.

We finished it off with an assortment of throw pillows and a few yards of their windowpane fabric and had the roman shades made locally.

I also took the liberty, much to Christian’s dismay, to nail 147 nails into the wall to make a gallery wall. And I love how it turned out!

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lovesac sectional sofa | modern ottomans | striped club chair | abstract lumbar pillows | blue and white throw pillows | boucle throw pillows | rug | similar mid century three arm floor lamp inspired by this one | swinging arm floor lamp | circle art | black and white poufs | myx bike | sole treadmill | weight stand | weight bench

And in the furthest corner of the room, you can see our little workout area. In my childhood home, we had a workout area in the back half of my mom’s art studio. There was a TV in there and big windows – we would use it often. I wanted to have the same type of space, and down here the TV is on a big swinging arm. It’s really easy to hop on the treadmill and put on a show, which I love!

Right now you can get $50 off your order of $199+ from The Inside with the code KAT50. Thank you so much for reading! xo –

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We are SO excited that we can play outside without sweating right now. Cozy season is upon us and we are ready for it!

Below are some loungey yet stylish pieces that I’d love to lounge in this fall. To shop, click directly on the item or find its associated number below the collage.

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I just saw these shearling slides for the first time and LOVE them. I have these (but they’re shearling-lined), which are similar, and I wear them all the time.

I have this cashmere henley in the grey/cream color and love it. It’s a piece I hope to wear for years to come.

I bought and wore this turtleneck dress from Amazon when I was pregnant with Theo and it’s really so cute. This is reminding me to pull it back out this year! I also saw this top and pant set on another influencer and am very interested.

mint turtleneck

This salve is serious moisture for chapped lips in cold weather. I keep one tube in my car and it’s simply the best.

I am very into these parachute pants. They are fun, they look comfortable and versatile. Win!

Thank you so much for checking in and reading. I can’t believe we’ll be starting gift guides soon… wowza. Any categories you would like to definitely see? xo –

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black lace witch hat

Last year I shared a little walk-through of Halloween decorations, so this year I wanted to do the same! Truthfully, I originally took these photos on my iPhone but when I was uploading them here… they just weren’t cutting it. And dare I say it felt good to pull out my giant DSLR. It reminded me of the good ol’ days… except way less time efficient, ha!

I think a little can go a long way when it comes to adding seasonal touches… except for Christmas. I think Christmas is worth going all out for.

Each Halloween I add one or two things, and this year it was the black twinkle lights. SO worth it, and a really fun preview to the holidays ahead. I think I want one of these yard skeletons for next year.

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giant black fuzzy spiders | black spider web | skeleton | witch hats | lace witch hat | similar paper bats | trick or treat bags | similar mini pumpkins here and here | black twinkle lights

Thank you so much for reading! xo –

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Fall weddings… only the best time to have a wedding (says the girl who got married in early November). But seriously – wedding guest attire is always top of mind for my CBL gals. So we are rounding up some pieces that would not only be fabulous for a fall wedding but also perfect for other occasions (holiday parties, church, you know the drill).

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I’ve learned in the past 10 or so years that to some, wearing red to a wedding is a faux pas. What do you guys think!? I think it’s totally fine. I love all brides, but girl… we can only rule out so many colors for your wedding. White and ivory are out, the other color wheel options are IN. But that’s just my opinion (said in Tamra Judge voice)!

This dress is a splurge but wow. WOW. I would wear this to both a wedding and then save it for NYE.

I also love all the feather accents out right now. This dress is giving center of the dance floor.

Another splurge are these nude strappy sandals. But let me tell you… I have them in 3 colors and have worn them year after year after year. They look great with everything.

I love these earrings. They’re like little fireworks dangling from your ears!

This dress is so chic. If you are comfortable in bodycon, I can’t imagine a better dress.

Lastly, if you’re going to a black-tie wedding, this is your dress. So classic!

Thank you so much for checking in – let me know your thoughts on wearing red to a wedding! xo –

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This week I bought our first few pumpkins along with two huge purple mums… HOORAY! We pulled out some of my fall kitchen favorites, like my Staub ceramic mini pumpkins for sneaks of candy.

I’ve been putting some indoor things out, like Hector of course, but I’m not going to plan on going full-on Halloween until October 1st!

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I bought this skeleton a few years ago and it remains the highlight of each October. We named him Hector, we move him around the house, and last year I bought him a little skeleton parrot friend.

I love this ceramic pumpkin bowl. How cute!

I remember seeing these exact pumpkins last year and I almost bought them. I still love them… do we need!?

We have two of these and I arrange them going up the staircase wall. They are so fun and super easy to put out, using their bendable arms to wrap around things.

I love these throw pillows. If I bring one more pillow into this house, I’ll never hear the end of it. But YOU should indulge!

black paper bats

Thank you so much for checking in and reading! When are you pulling out your spooky things!? Talk soon – xo –

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LTK is having another in-app sale starting today! Just so we are on the same page, here is how it works:

If you open the LTK app, you’ll find each brand’s participating unique promo code within the app. This sale is LTK app-exclusive, so this is a special offering just for the LTK girlies!

Participating Brands: aerie, Abercrombie, Elemis, Pink Lily, Madewell, Boll & Branch, VICI, pura, American Eagle, Tula, Loving Tan, Urban Outfitters + Outdoor Voices

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I am thrilled to see my favorite towels and sheets included in this sale. We almost exclusively use these products in our bedrooms and bathrooms. Saying that I love them doesn’t even begin to express my feelings.

I’ve been using (and loving) Elemis ever since I first discovered it in London in my 20’s. My friend got me hooked on the cleansing balm and she’s right, it’s perfection.

Puffer vests are the layering accessory for those of us out West or down South… some extra warmth for cold months but not too much. I have the longsleeved version and I have loved it for years. Both sporty and sleek. A&F on sale is the ideal way to go, also with denim!

Do you typically shop the LTK sales or not necessarily? I’d love to hear. Thank you so much for checking in! xo –

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