a new year of style.

There is no better way to bring in the New Year then with the ones you love and of course dressed in something you love!

I had the best of both. Spent New Year’s with my new Iowa friends, my gorgeous fiance and then watched the ball drop with my family.

I couldn’t have asked for a better evening….


{ My Fiance & me. }

{ Sample Dress from a Max Azria Sample Sale. }

{ Getting on the Downtown Trolley! }

{ First stop, GAS LAMP! }

{ Next stop : AMERICANA }

And then our last stop was at home with my family.

What a great start to the new year already!



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a true inspiration.

Have to share this AMAZINGLY brilliant video resume my best friend Emilie created in hopes of landing her dream job at URBAN OUTFITTERS.

I am inspired by you Emilie…always. Good Luck my friend!



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our wedding inspirations.

For those of you who don’t know already…Donovan and I got engaged on December 1st! It’s been such an amazing month in so many ways that I’ve lost count of all my blessings!

Although this time has been fun….now, I just need to figure out where, when and what I’m going to do for the wedding! I’ve started to pull together some of my ideas on pinterest and I wanted to share with you on here as well.

My wedding dress is bohemian whimsical and I have always wanted to do a rustic wedding of some sort – so I’m pretty sure the theme is going to be bohemian rustic (chic) of course :  ). I’m hoping I can find a loft space downtown for the wedding.  Here are my inspirations thus far!

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holly jolly lights.

Hope everyone had a magical holiday!! Last weekend my family and I went to the Jolly Holiday Lights exhibit in the Des Moines Waterworks park…we decided to make it a new tradition! The tour costs $10 per car and all proceeds go to the Make a Wish Foundation. If thats not a reason to go anyway…I don’t know what is!

It was a beautiful night outside and we were cruisin in the surburban listening to classic rock, (some may have chosen christmas music, but not us!).  We had a lot of fun! There were some great photo opps that I got and wanted to share.

{ Mom & Sis! }

{ Sisters ❤ }

{ My FAVE!}

{ Pretty. }

{ Gotta have the tractor! }

{ Pretty # 2 }

If you didn’t make it this year, I highly recommend you check it out next year! Make sure to give yourself at least an hour because it’s a good 3 miles of lights! Grab a latte or some take out to enhance the experience. ; )

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holiday dazzles + little touches.

Here are my holiday dazzles + little touches that I did around the house!

{ Clear hanging ornaments from the 99 cent store. }

{ Mini disco ball ornaments from the 99 cent store. }

{ Dazzled up my lanterns with ornaments too! }

All simple and easy touches!


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My cup of jo!


I’ve been wanting to buy one of these for awhile now, I finally got around to it yesterday (door buster at younkers- only $3!). I took my first drink out of it about an hour after I put the coffee in …..AND it was still hot!

Great purchase, I also really liked the way my pink lipstick looks on the cup : ). Inspired me.

Here’s to a productive Friday!


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Its beginning to look a lot like christmas!

Our tree has been up for awhile, but this morning I finally finished wrapping presents! I’m reusing my white tree this year (only a matter of time until we have kiddo’s running around and will be getting a REAL tree from a real tree farm!), silver, gold and clear ornaments with a pop of red is my theme! The gold bow on the top I have had since my first Christmas away from my family in 2002 (also my first christmas in LA), maybe next year it will be time to replace..a new tradition : ).

This year I decided to go with brown packing paper from home depot as my gift wrap – I think it looks really striking with the bright colored bows and tags!

I love adding positive messaging on my Christmas tree and have plans to add more over the years!

{ I got a little creative with some of the packaging this year! }

{  Heart }

Our first Christmas together as an ENGAGED couple!

Out of time for today, but have a lot more pictures to post of how I decorated other things in the house (on a budget of course!).


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