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Christmas + NYE Picturebook

C H R I S T M A S 

[the start of Christmas break means Mom’s birthday – fun celebration at Midici!]

[Christmas Eve with this wonderful family + a new baking favorite: salted caramel cookies]

[Christmas morning love]

[celebrating Christmas evening with another wonderful family]

B I G  C E D A R
[a few days of rest and relaxation at this amazing place]

[the best Hotarman-masquerade house party ever]

[Cheers to 2018!]

xo xo

life lately

img_1237{enjoying this || breakfast with the best team everrrr}

img_1446{relaxing with this || big poodle by the fire}

img_1350{dying over this || meeting harry connick jr. backstage at his show – he’s soooo dreamy}


{making this || beautiful wreaths with beautiful friends}

screen-shot-2016-12-23-at-9-21-46-am{eating this || chrissy teigen’s delish chicken noodle soup}

screen-shot-2016-12-23-at-9-23-29-am{celebrating this || mom’s birthday at the hip hop nutcracker!}

the-u-s-capitol-christmas-tree{planning for this || christmas in DC!}

We have a busy couple of days ahead with several fun Christmases, then we head to DC for the week to see more family. Wishing you all a merry and blessed Christmas!

xo xo

‘Tis the season

Yes, the holidays are craaaaazy. They can be busy and stressful and sometimes we just want to pull our hair out. I mean seriously, I posted this on Instagram yesterday, so I’m with you.


And in all of that, we can so easily let the season slip by without truly remembering the purpose of this season, without cherishing the extra time we have with family and friends and without experiencing that little extra dose of joy.

Here are a few little things that have brought me extra joy this season –


[christmas parties]


[ridiculously big christmas trees]

img_1441[gifts from your mom that are just too perfect]

15193415_3485504609343_956750986888329339_n[ugly sweaters + bowling]

screen-shot-2016-12-14-at-5-59-59-pm[christmas movies in the backyard]

img_1439[pure relaxation in front of the fire]

img_1296[impromptu photoshoots at work]

screen-shot-2016-12-14-at-6-00-17-pm[annual date night to see the lights of the ozarks]

What’s bringing you extra joy this season? Take the time to think about it and cherish it, because as they say, it’s the most wonderful time of the year.

xo xo

life lately

img_0796{darkening this || my hair for the winter}

screen-shot-2016-12-01-at-6-49-40-pm{dying over this || gorgeous views a la runyon canyon in los angeles}

screen-shot-2016-12-01-at-6-49-21-pm{FINALLY doing this || screenshot from our mannequin challenge, thanksgiving edition}

screen-shot-2016-12-01-at-6-49-03-pm{loving this || a very thankful turkey day with our amazing families}


img_1214{bingeing this || GILMORE GIRLS REVIVAL, DUH!!! of course we spent all day bingeing, eating, drinking coffee, eating, discussing, crying, laughing, eating. remember when we did something similar a few years ago?}

xo xo

P.S. Team Jess!

12 Days of Christmas [Picturebook]

IMG_9401[Husband’s company Christmas party at Barn at the Springs]

IMG_9443[First of several holiday movies watched – Love Actually]

IMG_9422[Team Christmas party, with our very own Snapchat filter!]

IMG_9474 (1)
IMG_9472[Night on the Fayetteville square + dinner at Tiny Tim’s]

IMG_9498[Friend Christmas party with photobooth fun + telephone pictionary]

IMG_9540[Christmas Eve with the in-laws]

IMG_9547[Early Christmas morning || Very full hearts, indeed]

IMG_9561 (1)[Christmas Brunch at Mom’s || Have yourself a merry little cocktail]

IMG_9559 (1)IMG_9563IMG_9568[Christmas evening at the Aggus’]

IMG_9592[Sadly, our final Christmas shindig got cancelled thanks to rain/flooding/tornados the day after Christmas. Instead of a Family Christmas Cocktail Party of 20, Husband and I ate the prepared food, drank the purchased booze and had a perfect little party for ourselves.]

Other wonderful Christmas celebrations not pictured: 
Annual Community Group favorite things party at Fred’s Hickory Inn
Weekend in Little Rock visiting two amazing families

xo xo

life lately

Screen Shot 2015-12-14 at 5.59.16 PM{obsessing over this || adorable baby E – in our matching sweats!}

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{feeling thankful for this || wonderful families to celebrate Thanksgiving with}

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{eating this || my first hanukkah dinner, complete with potato latkes, matzah ball soup, challah, lamb and rugelach}

Screen Shot 2015-12-14 at 5.59.39 PM{loving this || amazing guy – my holiday party partner-in-crime}

Screen Shot 2015-12-14 at 5.59.59 PM

{learning this || how to play poker … remind me to tell you about that time I kept going all in (just so I could go home and go to bed) and kept winning … :))

Screen Shot 2015-12-14 at 6.00.16 PM{oohing over this || beautiful sunset, 60 degree december weather and my favorite puppy}

xo xo

Favorite Things: Gift Edition


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  1. Bobbi Brown Lip Balm – Sephora, $20
    I’m so obsessed with this lip balm. It feels amazing, has the perfect amount of shine, and comes in a cute tin. This is a great stocking stuffer. (Hint, hint..)
  2. Magazine Subscription – Price varies by magazine
    This is a great gift because you can choose a magazine based on the person’s interests, and it keeps giving all year round. I was gifted Real Simple for Christmas a few years ago, and thought it was such a great idea. It’s also so much more affordable than you’d think!
  3. Plaid Scarf – Etsy, $20
    This is the BEST scarf. It’s big, cozy and perfectly plaid. I’ve seen these in local stores for $40, so this is a great deal and I can personally attest the scarf is great quality.
  4. Personalized Mug – Etsy, $14
    This is another great gift you can personalize! For example, this one is perfect for me, but if you just search Etsy, you’ll definitely find one for anyone on your list. You could even fill it with candy, coffee, a gift card, etc.
  5. Zodiac Necklace – Sequin NYC, $48
    My mom got me this for my golden birthday this year, and I’ve loved it. I get compliments on it every time I wear it because it’s so unique. This would make a perfect gift for the accessory lover or sign-obsessed.
  6. “Why Not Me?” by Mindy Kaling – Walmart, $15
    Books are always great gifts. (If you need more recommendations, check mine out here!) And this is a great new book that will keep you laughing all the way through. Have I mentioned before how much I love Mindy?!

xo xo