Unique Personalized Mother’s Day Gift

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‘Frankie 35’ Wood Watch c/o Jord Watches

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Can you believe that we are already in May of 2017? Seems like just yesterday I was taking down my Christmas decorations, yet here we are in May – finally some sunshine and leaves back on the trees! May is such a great month because it signals the real end of winter and it’s also the month that we celebrate the most wonderful women – our Moms! Mother’s day is May 14th, so before the big day gets here, I’m teaming up with Jord Watches  to share a really unique gift idea for Momma’s special day!

Obviously, a watch is used to tell the time and to keep us on track overall. Time is something that is SO precious, it’s important to remember not to take it for granted. I can’t think of a person who makes the time REALLY special quite like my own Mom. My family has fallen into difficult times with my Dad’s cancer diagnosis, but my mom has been our backbone – making the best of the bad times and reminding us; all that matters is the time we have here and now.

Whether she’s cooking all my favorite foods on my bday, decorating every inch of the house for an upcoming holiday because she knows how much I love that, spoiling her grandson (aka my puppy Chip) or just lending a listening ear when I’ve had a bad day at work, my mom does it all and she is my entire world. Both of my parents are my world, but on Mother’s day, it’s especially important to celebrate our moms specifically for all the sacrifices they’ve made and all the life lessons they’ve taught us.

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This mother’s day, I’m giving my mom something timeless, yet unique – just like her! A watch is something that will never go out of style, but a wood watch is something that remains classic and still retains a uniqueness. These Jord Watches  are something REALLY truly special, and if you haven’t guessed it already, that’s exactly how I think of my mom.

This watch is SO SO cool! It’s actually made from real wood found all over the world, so no two watches are the same! It has the prettiest rustic-chic, yet minimalist vibe. There are many other women’s watches (here!) to suit any woman’s style, plus also SO many cool men’s watches that can be found here here! too! It’s never too early to plan for Fathers Day!

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Not to mention, each watch comes in a beautiful wooden box to house the special timepiece and the accessories. The whole set honestly has such a luxurious feel and you can tell that Jord really cares about the quality and details. You can even have your watch engraved on the back FOR FREE for a personalized touch. Tell your mom how special she is with an engraved message so she can always been reminded of it while wearing this watch! For an additional fee, you can have the wooden box engraved too. I think personalized gifts are the most special and I absolutely LOVE that Jord allows their customers to make these watches even more special than they already are!

Don’t worry about the size of the watch either – Jord can either have the watch pre-sized, or they can send you an un-sized watch. This watch can be resized at any jeweler just like a traditional watch. I had mine pre-sized and it literally fits me perfectly! Jord makes it so easy to figure out your size, plus they send a couple additional links in case you make a sizing error.

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The best part of this partnership with Jord is that we are hosting a GIVEAWAY to give one lucky winner a $100 gift certificate to get their own watch! Maybe you can try to win one for your mom as a late mother’s day gift, but I’m sure this is something you’ll want to keep for yourself! Each person who enters will receive a $25 credit just for entering the giveaway! Entering is super easy, just clink this link [ https://www.woodwatches.com/g/eclectickristen ] and enter your information! That’s it! The giveaway will close June 4, 2017 at 11:59pm. Both the $100 and the $25 codes will expire on August 31, 2017. Jord will pick a winner.

My Mom and I have different styles, but we both appreciate each others fashion choices. My mom will probably wear hers on it’s own because she is the ‘less is more’ type, but this is how I recently styled mine!

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I’m so excited to give my mom this ‘Frankie 35’ zebra wood and champagne  watch! I know she is going to love it and truly appreciate that it’s personalized to her. Don’t wait any longer to order your mom her personalized wooden watch, she will honestly be blown away by its beauty and your thoughtfulness!

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All Natural, Cruelty Free Skin Serum: Revive Tonic Review

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All natural, Cruelty Free Revive Tonic c/o Beauty Tonics

Facial Oil is all the rage in the beauty world right now. It seems like every Instagram tutorial video starts with the beauty guru applying facial oil before starting their makeup application.  Honestly, at one point, I thought to myself “If I see another damn guru apply oil before their makeup I’m gonna freakin scream.” I have oily skin and I know that so many others do too, so I couldn’t fathom adding more oil to my skin when it already overproduces it. To me, it just seemed like an unnecessary step and a bad idea for anyone who is capable of a pimple (aka EVERYONE besides maybe Adele with her perfect self.)

But then I remembered, when my acne was at it’s worst, I wouldn’t even use moisturizer on my face because I thought it would clog my pores and create even more oil. As soon as I got over that fear and started to moisturize my face, my acne actually started to go away. I think the lotion was adding something to my skin that it was desperately missing. I don’t know why moisturizing helped me tackle my acne, but it did. My face still remains oily, but my acne has decreased by SO much by moisturizing.

So when Beauty Tonics reached out to me and asked if I’d like to try their Revive Tonic Facial Oil Serum, I decided to go ahead and see what all the fuss was about. I secretly hoped this would help my skin in someway like using moisturizer does. I was especially sold when they let me know that their oil is all natural and cruelty free. Those are two really amazing attributes that not every company has. You can find all the ingredients, read claims and see real reviews here.

I was pleasantly surprised to find this oil to be really light and quick absorbing. After the first time using it, I was pretty confident that it wouldn’t be causing me any breakouts. There was no weird, greasy residue or heavy feeling after use which was really nice. Keep in mind, this was my first rodeo with facial oil, but I imagine that some oils can be really heavy/greasy and not beneficial to an oily skin type.

I received the product quickly and started using it immediately. As far as my regimen with this product goes, I mostly apply this at night after washing my face and don’t do anything else! It sinks in almost immediately and it makes my skin the softest it has ever felt. I feel like my skin is recovering overnight and is really soft and supple in the morning. As you’ve probably guessed, I’m not really big into skin care, (although I know I should be) but this is a product I actually look forward to using at the end of the day.

Also, for those of you who are wondering how it applies under makeup… I pretty much completely stopped wearing a liquid foundation probably about 2-3 months ago, so its TBD how it wears under foundation. However, I do wear concealer under my eyes regularly and have applied this oil prior to using it. The new wet n wild concealer that I have been using gets a little drying, so this really helps balance that dry-cakiness out. I don’t have oily under-eyes however, so some extra moisture is definitely needed in that area. I honestly don’t think the oil would be a good idea on the rest of my face where I produce an extra AF amount of oil and I probably wouldn’t recommend using it under liquid foundation unless you have dry skin or really appreciate a “dewy” look. I definitely think of this as more of a skin care type product versus a makeup/beauty product.

As far as breakouts go, I haven’t had an abnormal amount of acne since using this product. Even though my bad acne phase seems to be over, I still regularly get a couple zits here and there which hasn’t increased or decreased since using this product. I’ve used it for about a month now and use it probably 3-4 nights a week, so I think it’s safe to say that it reacts well with my skin! Overall, I will continue to use this product and would consider purchasing on my own once it’s done!

If you’ve tried this product, I’d love to know what you think of it. Feel free to leave me a comment below and thank you for stopping by today 🙂

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Neutral Spring Decor Haul

Hey All! Today I’m going to be showing you a few things I picked up to decorate my home for spring. To be honest, spring and summer decor really does not excite me anywhere near the level that fall and winter decor does, so I’ve been feeling really uninspired lately. If you read my fall decor blog post back in September, then you know that my outdated apartment leaves me much to be desired until I can smother it in all kinds of fun decor. For some reason, I feel like loads of decor is completely acceptable in fall and winter, and not as much in spring and summer. Maybe the reason for that is because we spend so much time inside during the colder months that the fun decor just makes our space more cozy and visually appealing? Anyway, I picked up a few pieces that aren’t specifically spring or summer related, but they are fresh and bright making them the perfect pieces for the new seasons upon us. All items are linked too if you are interested in them for yourself! And by the way, I also made a Youtube video of these items, so please feel free to watch that [at the top of this post] instead of reading!

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Ever since I put these two shelves up, I’ve had nothing but trouble decorating them. They are awkwardly short in length, making it hard to balance items on each end. Then, since there are two shelves, you have to balance the items on the top shelf with the bottom shelf. Not to mention, I wish we would have just gone with the floating shelves instead of these ones that are held by brackets. Anyway, my main goal when shopping was to find things to put on this set of shelves to finally get them to my liking. I would describe my style as pretty eclectic, however, I always gravitate towards rustic farmhouse kind of style and anything glamorous. The two styles couldn’t be more opposite, so I’ve had a difficult time marrying them together. However, ever since the emergence of “rustic glam” style, I think I’m learning ways to make the two opposite styles coincide. I’m finally happy with how my shelves look and don’t plan on changing these until fall comes rolling back around. Well, except for that white bunny which I found for a steal of a price from the Target dollar spot!

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One of the problems I was having was how to incorporate these stacked books into a rustic vibe. Since they are both clean and modern looking with the black and white covers, they didn’t necessarily match the browns from twine and burlap that I enjoy. Also, if you take a look at my shelving from the first photo, I have a silver Scottish Terrier dog figurine that I refuse to put away. The silver from that piece went well with the books, and since I’m trying to use things that I already have, I decided those would be my “glam” elements for my shelving. All I had to purchase to pull the books and the dog figurine together was this little hammered silver ball. I got this from Hobby Lobby for $3 on sale. Next up, the rustic elements…

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I cant tell you how much I fell in love with this little John 3:16 sign the second that I saw it at Hobby Lobby. I knew it would be the perfect addition to my shelving because it’s very small in size, it has the rustic elements that I was looking for, it has the black and white text to match the stacked books AND I love the quote! This was a on sale for $5 and I figured that if I can spend $5 on a coffee, then this sign was worth one less Starbucks frap. I placed it next to these beautiful faux roses that I’ve had for a while now from Homegoods.

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To match the rustic John 3:16 sign and the greenery from the flowers diagonally below, I added this cute little herb pale that I picked up from a shopping trip to Ann Arbor, MI. I found this in a department store called Von Maur, which I had never heard of before. It reminded me a lot of Dillards and the prices were comparable. This little pot was only $10 (here) and turned out to  be a really great addition to my decor. The text on the front pulls all the other texts on my shelves together and I just love the touch of green from the faux herbs. The burlap adds a rustic touch, while the galvanized pale pulls the glam-silvers together.

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And the last elements of this rustic glam set up are two pieces that I already owned and was trying to build the rest of the decor around, just like my two stacked B&W books. I’ve had this faux vintage book for 3 years now and I believe it came from Hobby Lobby. I put my little silver Scottie dog on top of the book to continue with the mixing of rustic and glam. Everything on these shelves really had to be coordinated with this little Scottie dog since I refuse to ever put her away. A friend got her for me because at the time, my family pet was a Scottie dog named Coco that I was absolutely in love with. All of my friends always get me Scottie dog related things as gifts, since they know how much I adore my dogs. However, coco passed over  a year and a half ago and I just can’t part with this little piece that reminds me of her. However, as you may know, I have my own little Scottie pup named Chip now and so I don’t ever foresee this figurine not fitting into our home decor seamlessly 🙂

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I should have taken a full shot of this room so you can get an idea where all these pieces fit into the rest of the decor, but, I wasn’t thinking ahead. If you watch the youtube video at the top of this post, the backround of that video is the wall I’m speaking about. The shelves I was previously discussing are on the right side of my fireplace and mounted tv, and this rustic gate is on the left side. I like to try to have that wall balanced, but not completely symmetric. I need balance, but don’t like the stale look of perfect symmetry. There’s actually a little parsons chair in front of this gate with some pillows that add a little busy-ness that aids in balancing this side of the wall with the shelves. I also added this faux magnolia wreath to my gate to 1.) add some visual excitement, and 2.) match the touches of green from the shelves. I absolutely adore magnolia wreaths, but they can be so expensive. This Magnolia wreath from Von Maur is $40 and is only two inches bigger in diameter than mine. How much was mine, you are wondering? Well, it was $11 because I ended up DIYing it. I purchased a 10inch foam wreath from the Dollar Tree for $1 and then hot glued the leaves from this Magnolia sprig from Hobby Lobby which was on sale for $10. The 10in. wreath size fits perfectly on my gate and I saved $30 making this myself. Plus, it was super easy and I like that I was able to decide how closely I wanted my leaves together.

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My last piece of home decor from this haul is this beyond adorable “be our guest” sign from Hobby Lobby. I picked this up on sale for $8.99 and it fits perfectly above my kitchen sink, which desperately needed something. I love having friends over for parties and cooking for loved ones, so this sign was a perfect addition to welcome guests to the center of our home, but this would be amazing in a guest bedroom as well!

As you can see, nothing from this haul is specifically spring or summer related, but it all has a fresh feel that make them really great pieces for the warmer months. I’ve been trying my best to buy smarter so that my pieces can translate through more seasons than just one. I’ve been avoiding seasonal colors for the most part unless it’s a little item that won’t take up much space to store away once that particular holiday is over. I have a couple pink/rose gold pieces sprinkled throughout my home as Easter decor. Besides that, I just have my coffee bar decorated for easter and that’s it. If you are interested in seeing those little bits of easter decor, let me know and I will absolutely make a blog post and youtube video tour. Thank you so much for reading. Please feel free to connect with me through youtube as that’s been my main platform besides Instagram for a few months now 🙂

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A touch of Blush

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SWEATER: here (runs big in this color, blush is more TTS!) | SCARF: here | BOOTS: here

Hey guys! I’m loving blush at the moment so I was so happy to find this scarf on sale! Blush is an easy way to add a springy touch to your outfit when its still really cold out. You can freshen up your winter clothes just by adding touches of spring color with accessories such as scarves, gloves and hats. The best part about adding new accessories to your wardrobe is that accessories tend to be on the affordable side, so you don’t have to spend a ton. Plus, lots of winter stuff is on sale so you might even be able to snag some pieces for cheap like I did! I always use retailmenot.com to check for online coupon codes before purchasing anything! Check out these cute pastel pink gloves, this adorable rose pink pom pom beanie and this cozy pink tassel scarf that I’m also loving!

And let me just take a second to tell you how much I love this sweater. I was so happy to find it on sale for $25 because I had been eyeing it since it was originally $65. If you’re not much of a Kohls girl… you may reconsider when you see JLOs collection there. She has tons of really on trend pieces just like this one. Its hard to tell from the photos, but this has a gorgeous metallic silver threading throughout. I also have the blush sweater which I find to run on the shorter size, but this “marshmallow” color is very oversized and cozy 🙂

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Instagram Roundup

Hey guys, today I’m going to be trying to make up for lost time and linking details to 3 outfits I’ve worn recently. Pretty much everything is currently in stock and a lot of it is on sale! That’s the beauty of a new season being around the corner, everything current goes on sale, even though its still totally in style and seasonally appropriate!

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SWEATER: here | HANDBAG: here | BOOTS: here

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SWEATER: here (so cozy!) | HANDBAG: here | BOOTS: here | NECKLACE: c/o Frou Frou & Frill (order on their IG @froufroufrill) | SIMILAR RING: here

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JACKET: here | SWEATER: here | BOOTS: here | HANDBAG: here | SIMILAR NECKLACE: here

Winter Neutrals

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PONCHO: c/o here | BOOTS: here | HAT: here / similar hat | NECKLACE: c/o Frou Frou & Frill

Hey guys! Welcome to my first style related post in SO long! Like I said in my last post about my puppy, I’ve been so busy! I finally had time (and by “time” I mean 15 minutes) to step outside for a photo. Plus, we had a break in our normal freezing temperatures and got weather in the upper 50s this weekend! Of course, I had to take advantage of the temps.

This time of the year is usually so hard for a northern girl to dress for! Retailers are pushing spring clothes and colors, while we haven’t even seen the worst of the winter yet. It’s hard to transition into spring when you have to bundle up, but I’ve found that sticking to neutrals allows me to feel like my outfit isn’t too “fall” or “christmasy”, while still staying warm. Don’t get me wrong – I’m still in a slight denial about the holidays being over, but I am tiring of plaids and deep jewel tones.

Even though I swore to myself that I wasn’t going to buy another pair of boots, I went to target yesterday and WE ALL know how that goes. Winter styles were 50% off, plus an additional 20% with the cartwheel app. I had been eyeing these boots since probably the end of summer 2016, but could never find them in-stores to try on. I’m so happy that they had one last pair in my size and that they fit me like a glove! Plus, it doesn’t hurt that my total price for these after all the discounts was only FIFTEEN dollars. I will probably wear these one or two more times and then save them while they are still in great condition for next fall because these are definitely the quintessential fall boot!

As for my hat, this was a TJ Maxx purchase from late summer/early fall. I have never worn this hat until today and I have no idea why! it’s so cute, and luckily, I found it still available from another retailer online!

So, is anyone else struggling to dress themselves lately too? Let me know in the comments below and thank you for stopping by! 🙂

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Puppy Love

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Hey guys, long time no talk! I hope you all had a fantastic holiday season and having a positive start to your new year! I was soo busy during the end of November and all throughout December with holiday things and year end at work – then this little dude came along the day after Christmas and has been keeping me busy ever since!

So, meet my new puppy Chip yall! He’s a 13 week old Scottish Terrier and I just adore his little butt to pieces. I joke around that he was an “oops baby” because my boyfriend and I decided to get him spur of the moment, but I’ve been wanting a dog of my own for sooo long.

I definitely wanted to adopt from the humane society, but the financial responsibility of having a dog always kept me from putting my application in and going through the process that they require. I knew I could handle the cost and commitment, but making big changes is always so scary for me so I stayed in my comfort zone without a dog. Chip showed up as sort of a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for me though, so I couldn’t pass him up. As some of you may know, my family’s Scottish Terrier Coco passed in October 2015 and I’ve been missing her and the scotty breed so much. Unfortunately, scotties cost anywhere from $1500-$2500+ in my area, so I kinda just accepted the fact that I wouldn’t have one for a long time since $2500 is A LOT of money. However, Chip was a relatively low cost for a full bred dog, he was located in my state and he was the last of his litter left. I actually found him to show to my parents since they had been talking about getting another puppy, but they were in the middle of a long move and my dad switching jobs so the timing wasn’t quite right. They were super bummed though because they’ve been looking at scotty pups for a while and haven’t seen a deal or a cutie quite like Chip. I sort of took that as my sign that it was my time for a dog and my boyfriend and I decided right there in that moment that we were going to get him – so we did. And I’m so happy that we did because he brings so much joy into our lives (and lets be honest, a lot of pain with those little sharp puppy teeth!) Eventually, Chip is going to need a sibling and we will definitely adopt a little brother or sister from a shelter when that time comes. There are so many babies in shelters that need homes, so I don’t feel so great about adopting from a breeder, but I’m so happy that I found an opportunity that forced me to take a leap of faith though or I still wouldn’t know the joy of having a dog of my own.

Here are a few more photos that I’ve taken over the past three weeks with Chip 🙂

As you can see, his one ear was flopped over in his first week with us. It was literally the cutest thing I’ve ever seen – well maybe right next to the adorableness of the little white spot he has on his chest.

If you want to see chip in action – you can see him in his adorable little jammies in this video [ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DZ0G2rDOKg8&t=4s ] you can just skip to minute 2:11 if you don’t want to watch the whole video!

Oh and also, if you’re interested in the photo with Chip and my new purse, you can watch that video [ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oXh7Lxq91n0 ]

 

 

That it guys! Thanks so much for stopping by to meet my furbaby and I hope to see you back!

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