Casual Holiday Style for Thanksgiving

I don’t know about you, but on Thanksgiving, I’m all about a cute, put together, but comfortable and cozy look (mainly so I can indulge in as much food as I want). The outfit below does just that – and includes some of my favorite brands too.

You can shop this look with the links below, and if you want to shop lots more similar styles, follow me on Instagram and sign up for ShopStyle.it. After that, you can “like” my Instagram pics (or any with ShopStyle.it links) to get an email to shop the look. Today’s link has lots of great sweaters, faux leather pants and more!

Casual Holiday Style

Earrings: Kate Spade / Watch: Karl Lagerfeld (on sale!) / Sweater: Free People
Shoes: Tory Burch / Bracelet: David Yurman / Leggings: BCBGMAXAZRIA

What will you be wearing for Thanksgiving tomorrow? Let us know in the comments below!

Not-So-Ugly Holiday Sweaters

My favorite part about this time of year is getting together with friends and family, especially since so many of my favorite people are now living all over the country. And with the holiday season comes reasons to get festive with these people, which either calls for a fancy dress or ugly holiday sweater. Today I’m sharing my favorite not-so-ugly holiday sweater finds for any budget.

You can shop these sweaters with the links below, and if you want to shop even more of my favorite holiday sweaters, follow me on Instagram and sign up for ShopStyle.it. After that, you can “like” my Instagram pics (or any with ShopStyle.it links) to get an email to shop the look. Today’s link has so many fun holiday sweaters!

Not-So-Ugly Holiday Sweaters

Tell us about your favorite holiday sweater or outfit in the comments below!

Start the Holiday Season with a $200 Target Giveaway!

It’s hard to believe the holidays are right around the corner, with Thanksgiving (and of course Black Friday) next week. I’ll be sharing lots of holiday gift ideas in the coming weeks, and to kick it off, I’ve teamed up with a group of bloggers for a $200 Target Gift Card Christmas Giveaway! Whether you spend it on yourself or gifts, you can’t go wrong with cash to Target. So read on below for details on how to enter – and check back for more on holiday gifts and more now through the end of the year!

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{image via Target}

The $200 Target Gift Card Christmas Giveaway

Who?

You, of course!

Note: Giveaway is open to the Continental US, Hawaii, and Alaska. Ages 18+. Gift card will be sent in digital format via email.

What?

ONE – $200 Target eGift Card (digital format)

When?

Giveaway will be open from November 18, 2014 – December 11, 2014. Winner will be chosen at random on or about December 14, 2014. If winner does not respond within 48 hours, an alternate winner will be chosen. Please read more about giveaway terms here.

How?

To have a chance to win the $200 Target Gift Card– all you are required to do is leave a comment below telling us your favorite things about shopping at Target!

All other tasks are optional to increase your chances of winning.

This giveaway is sponsored by:

Moms of Faith
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The Cookie Rookie
Simply Sated
Your Home, Only Better

Disclaimer: Target is not affiliated with this giveaway or its sponsors. Prize is being provided by sponsors mentioned above.

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Beach Destinations Around the World {Pinspiration}

It’s officially cold here in New England, and now that most of my travel is done for the year, I’m dying to plan our next trip. So of course I spent the afternoon on Pinterest – and now I’m sharing some of the destinations I’m daydreaming about right now. And to kick it off… a few pics from our honeymoon in Santorini, because I’d do anything to teleport back there asap.

1. Santorini, Greece

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{via me, from our honeymoon}

2. Pink Sand Beach, Bermuda

Pink Sand Beach, Bermuda

{via Corner of the World}

3. Calabria, Italy

Calabria, Italy

{via Holiday Spots 4 U}

4. Bora Bora, French Polynesia

Bora Bora

{via St. Regis Hotels and Resorts}

5. Kauai, Hawaii

St. Regis Hawaii

{via Jetsetter}

What are your favorite tropical vacation spots? Let us know in the comments below!

 

Nordstrom Clearance Finds {Get the Look}

I’m off from work today and couldn’t resist shopping the Nordstrom clearance sale this morning. Check out some of my favorite items below and click the links below to shop these looks. Happy shopping – this should help you get through Monday!

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Shop the look!

1 – Dolce Vita / 2 – Vince Camuto / 3 – Nordstrom / 4 – Splendid

5 – Rebecca Minkoff / 6 – TOMS / 7 – Via Spiga / 8 – Paige Denim

9 – Nordstrom / 10 – MICHAEL Michael Kors / 11 – MICHAEL Michael Kors / 12 – Vince

What are your favorites from the Nordstrom sale? Let us know in the comments below!

Slow Cooker Creamy Tomato Basil Tortellini Soup {Recipe}

I love trying out new recipes, especially during the fall and winter months, but not everything I try is what my husband and I would consider a “make again” recipe. Today I’m sharing one that definitely is one that I’ll be making again: Slow Cooker Creamy Tomato Basil Tortellini Soup from Cooking Classy. It’s incredibly easy, healthy, filling and delicious. Plus I was excited to finally have a reason to try out my new immersion blender. Check out the recipe below and let us know what you think!

Tortellini Soup

Ingredients:

**If you have a 5 quart slow cooker, use 2/3 of each of the ingredients.

  • 1 3/4 cup diced carrots (3 medium)
  • 1 3/4 cup diced yellow onion (1 large)
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 5 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 (28 oz) cans whole Roma tomatoes
  • 1 (32 oz) carton vegetable broth
  • 1/3 cup chopped fresh basil, plus more for garnish
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 Tbsp granulated sugar
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 16 oz refrigerated three cheese tortellini
  • 3/4 cup heavy cream
  • Parmesan, shredded, for serving

Directions:

  • Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat.
  • Add carrots and onion and saute 3 – 4 minutes, add garlic and saute 1 minute longer.
  • Pour mixture into a 6 or 7 quart slow cooker along with tomatoes, vegetable broth, basil, bay leaves, sugar.
  • Stir and season with salt and pepper to taste. Cover slow cooker and cook on LOW 6 – 7 hours or HIGH 3 – 3 1/2 hours.
  • Remove bay leaves then puree mixture well with an immersion blender (or carefully in small batches in a blender.
  • If your slow cooker doesn’t keep all the moisture in well while cooking, you may need to add in 1/2 cup water or so at this point so the soup isn’t too thick).
  • Stir in tortellini, cover and cook on HIGH heat 15 minutes longer (or until heated through).
  • Reduce heat to warm, stir in heavy cream.
  • Serve topped with parmesan cheese and fresh basil.

Recipe Source: Cooking Classy

Sweaters with Leather {Get the Look}

I am loving this trend of sweaters with leather details for fall right now! It gives a simple sweater a little edge without sacrificing comfort and coziness, both of which are becoming increasingly important for me here in New England as the weather cools down.

Thanks to the availability of real and faux leather options, you can get this look at many different price points (Neiman Marcus has a ton of faux leather right now!). Check out some of my favorites below and click the links below to view or purchase!

Sweaters & Leather

 Noisy May / Quotation / Lucky Brand

Andrew Marc x Richard Chai / Neiman Marcus / Zadig & Volitaire

What are your favorite fall trends? Let us know in the comments below!

Upgrade Your Daily Routine with SOBO Skin Care

Now that I’m officially nearing my late 20′s, I’m always looking for the best skin care products. I recently had the opportunity to try out SOBO Skin Care and found a new anti-aging product to add to my daily skin care routine – the Ultra Age Repairing Cream with Resveratrol (more on that below!).

SOBO Skin Care offers cleansers, toners, creams and serums that are made with as many natural organic ingredients as possible, but without compromising the efficacy that women expect. The products are made with organic ingredients like orange flower extract, hops and strawberry oil, combined with others proven to provide visible results like hyaluronic acid, human growth factor and ceramide 3 to effectively and gently rejuvenate skin.

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Below are some of SOBO Skin Care’s popular products, including the Ultra Age Repairing Cream that I mentioned above. Read on for details on each and check out the reader discount at the end of the post.

Ultra Age Repairing Cream with Resveratrol
This anti-aging cream is an exceptionally pure multi-peptide complex with organic moisturizers. Light but intense serum formula delivers a powerful wrinkle-fighting cocktail that includes resveratrol, squalene, and hyaluronic acid to reduce the appearance of wrinkles. Soothing, all-natural jojoba oil and apricot kernel oil work together to moisturize and smooth for a healthy, youthful glow and drastically improved overall appearance.

Age Smoothing Eye Serum
Moisture is the key to the youngest-looking, most velvety skin under the sun and this innovative under-eye serum really delivers and then some. Light, comfortable silicone-based moisturizing complex protects the skin around the eyes from puffiness, dryness and harmful elements that contribute to a tired appearance. A collection of essential lipids accelerates healing, promotes the production of healthy skin cells, and provides stellar protection after procedures like microdermabrasion and laser therapy. Gentle, hypoallergenic formula is perfect for all skin types.

ULTRA HGF Youth Serum
This innovative youth formula leverages the power of proven acetyl tetrapeptide-2 to help restore your skin to its former glory and help prevent signs of future aging. Skin’s critical immune functions are also boosted while the production of healthy, youthful skin cells is uniquely supported and accelerated. Light but potent formula also moisturizes dry skin and smooths for a glowing, velvety appearance.

Essential Moisturizing Cream
This rich and effective cream combines everything your skin needs to look and feel its absolute best in one convenient product. Powerful antioxidants and anti-inflammatories work together to fight aging and relieve the effects of stress on skin. Rich emollients work to return dehydrated skin to the peak of smoothness and glory. A suite of vitamins, nutrients, and essential oils work together with replenishing hyaluronic acid and retinol to promote a healthful, vibrant appearance.

Reader Discount! 
SOBO Skin Care is offering my readers 25% off their first purchase using discount code TRYSOBO, so head on over to SOBOSkinCare.com to take advantage of it! Note that the code can’t be combined with other coupons.
**Thank you for SOBO Skin Care for sponsoring this post. As always, all opinions are my own.

Manicure Tips & Giveaway from Trind Nails

I was recently introduced to hand and nail care brand Trind, which has been around for more than 25 years overseas in Europe. Their products are all made with high quality ingredients that strengthen nails and help them grow, while also conditioning both nails and cuticles – and isn’t that exactly what we’re all looking for in nail products?

Trind Nails

Trind offers lots of great nail colors, from bold reds and cool blues, to neutral nudes and grays – perfect for people like me that like to switch it up on a weekly basis. And while these nail polishes are great, Trind is really known for their nail care systems, such as the Moist & Shiny Kit shown above.

The Trind Moist & Shiny Kit will give you strong, healthy nails in just two weeks. The set comes with instructions for simple, once-a-day care that will rejuvenate your nails with a combination of strength and moisture. The Kit includes:

  • Trind Nail-Magic – gives you perfectly smooth, shiny nails
  • Trind Moisturizing Nail Balsam – contains natural moisturizers that hydrate dry, brittle nails
  • Trind Nail Repair – will strengthen your nails and prevent discoloration

Trind has some great manicure tips to share – and be sure to enter to win your own Trind Nails set by entering the giveaway below!

  • Even if your nails do not have nail polish to be removed before doing your nails, use Trind’s acetone free Extra Mild Nail Polish Remover to better prepare the nail plate. This will remove any grease and/or residue so your polish will adhere better and last much longer.
  • To push back the cuticles, first soak your hands in warm water for a few minutes. Pushing back your cuticles should never be painful.
  • While filing your nails, you can check your progress by running them down a pair of old nylons. If your nails snag on the nylons, you have some additional buffing to do.
  • Start with the Trind Moisturizing Nail Balsam for moisture and then use base coat to properly prepare the nail plate as your canvas before applying your favorite shade of polish.  A base coat also helps protect and maintain the strength of your nails.
  • Apply many thin coats of your polish rather than one thick coat. It will dry quicker and last longer.
  • Apply your polish like a professional in three strokes. Take a small amount of polish on your brush and apply one stroke down the center of your nail. Then apply strokes on the left and right. Do not use more nail polish. One brush dip should equal three strokes of application.
  • Give your nail polish at least 1 to 3 minutes drying time between coats when doing your nails at home. This will give you a nice even sheen and lasting finish.
  • Apply the top coat only after your polish is completely dry to the touch. It may be a pain to wait out the drying time but you’ll thank yourself later.
  • Chips and cracks to your nail polish are just plain annoying. Part of the preventative maintenance of your manicure is re-applying or “touching up” the top coat. It won’t make your polish last forever, but it will give you some extra mileage.
  • Don’t forget to apply base coat, nail polish, and top coat across the nail edge too.  This helps seal the ends and prevent chips.
  • You manicure doesn’t like added moisture.  Avoid soaking your hands in water if you can, and use a pair of gloves when you can’t!

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Giveaway! Now through November 24, 2014, you can enter to win your own Trind Nails prize pack, valued at $90. One lucky winner will receive a Trind Moist & Shiny Kit (Nail Magic Buffer, Moisturizing Nail Balsam, and Nail Repair), three Caring Colors nail polishes (Red Shimmer, Dark Tan and Deep Blue Shimmer) and a makeup bag. Please note, this giveaway is being offered on multiple blogs and there is a limit of one prize per winner across all participating blogs. Open to US and Canadian residents.

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To learn more about Trind, visit trindusa.com or follow the brand on FacebookTwitter and Pinterest.

**While I was provided samples for this review, all opinions are my own.

October’s Beauty Box 5 {Review}

For the past few months, I’ve been reviewing the Beauty Box 5 subscription box on a monthly basis. October’s beauty box didn’t disappoint, and before I share the great products from it, below is a quick rundown of how Beauty Box 5 works, giving you the opportunity to try out hair, makeup and skincare products at a fraction of their full price.

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  • Go to BeautyBox5.com and sign up for a monthly subscription for $12 each month (less if you purchase for the quarter or year)
  • Receive five deluxe samples and full-sized beauty, hair and skincare products from top brands delivered right to your door each month
  • Post an Instagram pic of your Beauty Box 5 and include #bb5fave and @beautybox5 for a chance to win five full-size versions of the products
  • If you don’t win, head back over to BeautyBox5Shop.com to purchase full-size versions of the products you loved

October’s Beauty Box 5 includes items from ChapStick, Nanacoco, Extend Your Beauty, Lashem and Bellapierre Cosmetics. Read on for more on each of these beauty products!

  • ChapStick Dual-Ended Hydration Lock: As a lip gloss addict, I can’t go anywhere without at least a few in my bag at a time. I love this new ChapStick because it’s 2-in-1 – a conditioning SPF ChapStick for daytime and then tamanu oil and natural butters that replenish your lips at night. ($3)
  • Bellapierre Cosmetics Cheek and Lip StainMuch like the ChapStick above, I’m a big fan of products that do double duty, and this cheek and lip stain does exactly that. For some reason I tend to stick to powder blushes, but I did like this cheek stain. It’s easy to blend and the pink color is very natural looking. It also worked well as a lip stain – layer it on and blend until you get the color you want! ($20)
  • Extend Your Beauty Cosmetic ToolIf you’ve ever had a hard time getting the last of your beauty products out of the bottle, this tool is for you. It’s even dishwasher safe! ($5.50)
  • Nanacoco Nail Polish – Mermaid LakeThis blue shimmer nail polish is very fun and playful. I tried it out on my toes when I went on vacation and it was a nice change from my usual bright pink. ($4)
  • Lashem Picture Perfect Instant Wrinkle ReducerApply this serum to your face after cleansing to reduce fine lines and give you a great glow. It also works as a primer, creating a smooth surface to apply makeup to. ($40)

For more on Beauty Box 5, you can check out my first post about the subscription box or visit BeautyBox5.com and be sure to follow the brand on FacebookTwitterInstagramYouTube and Pinterest.

**This post was originally written and published by me on Examiner.com. Also, while I was provided a sample for review, all opinions are my own.