MY 2015 CHRISTMAS LIST

If you are still looking for the perfect gift for your bestie, pregnant sister, any other basic female, or even yours truly 😉 …today’s post is for you!

I’m a fairly practical gift-wisher (I’m making that a thing). I don’t regularly buy myself a lot so I like to make it count and ask for practical and affordable things, even for Christmas – which I know is different from other people’s philosophy! Either way is great but basically what I’m trying to get at here is that basically everything here is less than $50, which makes anything here perfect for almost anyone on your list!! Happy shopping :)

christmas 2015 wishlist

1. J. Crew Moccasins | Because my free VS slippers from two years ago are looking rough! Only to be worn in the house husband, I promise.

2. J. Crew Pom Hat | Super, super obsessed with pom hats! Love this J. Crew one but any will do. Now, if it will only get cold in Southern Indiana.

3. Old Navy Maternity Workout Tee | This bump is growing and my workout clothes are not. Old t-shirts have been on a much heavier rotation than normal.

4. Old Navy Maternity Compression Pants | See above.

5. AEO Draped Sweater | I’ve been lusting over this sweater for a while! Perfect for my main wardrobe staple these days…my Blanqi leggings.

6. H&M MAMA Skinny Jeans | I’ve heard good things about these H&M maternity jeans! That’s rare so I’d like to give them a shot.

7. H&M MAMA Sweatshirt Dress | Because as long as this post is, I’m still pregnant.

8. 18′ Clear Barcelona Vase | I’ve been lusting over these for a while but haven’t pulled the trigger.

9. White Velvet Plum Blossoms | For my new vases, duh.

10. Halogen Olsen Flat | I have had serious FOMO since everyone else on earth purchased these flats during Nordstrom’s Friends and Family sale. I happen to know these are already under my grandparent’s tree waiting for me, hooray!

11. Gray Monroe Ryann Bootie | A great knockoff of these Sam Edelman ones I’m obsessed with for less than 1/4 of the price! Luckily, I know these are already under my own tree because Santa’s Grey Monroe package got delivered to my front door 😉

12. Anthropologie Monogram Pendant Necklace | Because you have to have a few things that are completely not practical, just fun!

13. 11×14 Hello Cocky! Print | Even though I mentioned it eons ago in this post, I’m still obsessed with it for my office and haven’t bought it yet.

14. Seriously Delish Cookbook | Jess of How Sweet Eats is my idol. I need her cookbook, like STAT.

Happy Shopping! Linking up with Katie and Kristen.

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FRIDAY FIVE | QUICK LIFE LATELY

Oh hiiiii. Long time no talk, friends! Going from a week-long business trip, to Thanksgiving, right into my busiest time at work and woof, your girl is barely keeping up! Which means fun stuff like blogging goes on the back burner…whomp whomp.

Since it’s been a minute (and I’ve actually been feeling like a normal person since hitting the second trimester so we’ve actually left the house) I thought I’d do a mini life lately today! Here’s what we’ve been up to:

ONE | MOVIE SEASON
I love this time of year for many, many reasons but one of the main ones is that I can usually count on some good movies coming out in theaters! Over the past few weeks we have seen I Love the Coopers and the newest Hunger Games. I Love The Coopers was just ok,  I definitely had my hopes up that I would love it and I was really underwhelmed by it. The Hunger Games was the exact opposite. I hated the last book – I almost didn’t finish it! So I had low expectations for the movie and ended up loving it! Have you all seen either of these? What did you think?
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TWO | INKDOT PRINTS

You may have seen my Instagram post about these prints yesterday, but if not they are from Inkdot and were supposed to be a Christmas gift to me from Nathan but he couldn’t wait that long to give them to me, he was too excited! So adorable. Him and the prints 😉 The bottom one miiiight be the only printed engagement photo in our entire house. Maybe.
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THREE | THANKSGIVING WEEKEND
We spent Thanksgiving morning/afternoon with my mom (and the world’s largest dinner rolls) then packed up and headed to Chattanooga to be with my dad’s side of the family. 18 total people including grandparents, parents, siblings, aunts, uncles, and cousins all under the same roof made for a great time! We hiked, ate lots more yummy food (Public House is a must if you are in the area!), and got to check out the aquarium. So much fun! 
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FOUR | BUMPDATE

I didn’t get around to a full bumpdate post this week but I still managed to get a photo of my belly! Not a huge change this week from last except that things seem to have shifted up a little more – which I am defintely feeling around my lungs! Every once in a while my breath will catch, which is no big deal but kind of freaks Nathan out lol. Other than that I am feeling great and about the same as last week. We had our 15 week appointment last week and everything went great. We find out who is in there December 23rd!! Best Christmas gift ever? I think so. 
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FIVE | THE WIZ
Did you all watch The Wiz last night? What did you think? We loved it!! The sets were far better than any of the other NBC productions and the cast was great! So star studded but Neyo (Tin Man) and Shanice Williams (Dorothy) absolutely killed it! There is always backlash and nay-sayers after these performances but I really don’t know what they will be able to say bad about this one.

Hope you all have the best weekend!

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GIFT GUIDE FOR HER & SHOPBOP BUY MORE, SAVE MORE SALE

Guys. I’m so behind on my Christmas gifts. Like, I’m starting to get really nervous because I would usually have a good portion of stuff bought, or um, at least have thought about what I’m getting people at this point. I have purchased one gift. O-N-E. Cue the freaking out. I blame this baby in my belly taking up all my mental energy 😉

So when I heard about Shopbop’s Buy More, Save More sale it couldn’t not have come a better time! Now through next Monday they are taking 15% off orders of $250 and 25% off orders of $500 with the code GOBIG15. You better believe I made a niiice dent in my Christmas list during this sale and I rounded up some of the most tried and true Christmas gifts for women that will be on sale this weekend. Bonus: Every single thing is well under $100!

shopbop gift guide 2015

1. PJ Luxe Pajamas | 2. Cupcakes and Cashmere at Home | 3. Kate Spade Tidbit Plate | 4. Kate Spade Plaid Slipper
5. Pom Pom Beanie | 6. Plaid Blanket Wrapped Scarf | 7. Blanket Fringe Poncho | 8. La Mer Round Wrap Watch
9. Rifle Paper Co 2016 World Desk Calendar | 10. Deux Lux Elle Pouch | 11. Kate Spade Letter Pendant Necklace

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How are you all doing on your Christmas shopping? Any deals other out there that can just not be passed up this weekend? Let me know!

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FALL THEMED CLICKS & PINS

Happy Fall Ya’ll!

(How many times have you read this across all social media/blogland today? Truly, I’m interested. Tell me in the comments.)

I haven’t done a Clicks & Pins post in a few weeks, and I’ve been missing them! With this being the first day of fall and my girl Katie hosting a fall themed linkup today I decided to give today’s Clicks and Pins a fall theme. Super original, I know.

Hope you enjoy!

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1. Slow cooker meals scream fall to me. Maybe it’s because life gets so much busier in the fall or there are just so many hearty soups and chilis I love to make in there. This slow cooker chicken marsala from Creme de la Crumb sounds like a perfect fall rotation! Love chicken marsala.

2. The fall DIYs are rolling out and per usual, I want to do them all! This giant distressed fall sign from Love Grows Wild is adorable and seems like something I might actually start and finish. (But no promises. Because that’s like MY THING. Tell me you have this problem too.)

3. I’m obsessed with fall smells and if we are home, I am always burning a delicious smelling candle. It can become a mildly expensive obsession so I’m totally going to try this apple pie potpourri from Classy Clutter a whirl.

4. I’m going to shock and awe you all here really quick – I’m obsessed with Liz Marie Blog’s fall house tour. I know, I know I haven’t told you guys 1000 times how much I love her house BUT IT’S DECORATED FOR FALL NOW. #housegoals #lifegoals #allthefreakingoals

5. I really want all the seasonal pillows but I really want this Cuddle Weather pillow from Paris Chic Boutique. She has about 20 other beautiful fall themed pillows you should definitely check out.

6. We all know that Emily from Cupcakes and Cashmere knows what she is talking about when it comes to beauty (umm maybe actually everything?) She picked 5 of her favorite new fall lipstick colors and I want to try them all.

7. Did I mention I love all the fall signs? I love this Welcome Autumn sign from Just Destiny. She did a Merry Christmas one last year and I actually got it printed and hung it above our back door. LOVE it.

8. Have you seen the new fall home line at Target? Obsessed. This Nate Berkus for Target Gold Metal Lamp Base needs to get in my house like, today. I’m having a lot of trouble picturing what type of shade I would put on it though. Thoughts?!

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THURSDAY RANDOMNESS

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Happy Thursday! Does anyone else hate Thursdays? I have probably said this before but I’m always O-V-E-R the work week by Thursday evening but then ready to go with a positive attitude by Friday! Being a woman is strange…

Anyhoo, I hope you all are ready for some random today. It’s all I’ve got and, let’s be honest, it can be refreshing to just let all the randoms swimming around in your head out every once in a while, right? There are lots of things I need your help with so please power through the randomness and help a sister out!

• Confession: My straightener broke like, 3 months ago and I haven’t replaced it. That’s why you have seen so many curly haired photos around these parts. I’m almost fed up with all the curling and I’m ready to take the plunge and buy a new straightener. Do we all still agree that the ghd Classic 1-inch Styler is the best bang for your buck? I’ve always been happy with it but if any one knows of a comparable (cheaper) option let me know!

• If you follow me on Snapchat (rachelemily_49) you may know that the Michael Kors bag (looks kind of like this one) I use everyday for hauling a few things to work (ie the device I need to actually work – my laptop) broke yesterday. Insert agonizing emoji face here. I can’t decide if I want to be super basic and just repurchase, or find something else. What do you guys use to haul your crap? Laptops specifically.

• What do you think the likelihood is that Jessica Garvin will adopt me? Or maybe just design all of my (non-exsistant) children’s rooms for ever and ever?

• I have been staint-like in my shopping purchases lately. As in, I haven’t purchased one thing (that’s probably not true but I can’t think of anything). It’s a hard, sad life over here saving money for all these fall trips I will be taking 😉 So to make up for it I’ve been pinning anything and everything that strikes my fancy to this board. You know, just in case someone takes pity on me and wants to buy me something. Totally swooning over these flats, this pair of jeans, this bucket bag, and this bracelet stack.

• The fact that I have still not made these salted watermelon margarita popsicles makes me almost ill. I have zero plans for the weekend and my husband has all-the-plans so maybe I shall still around, alone, and eat these popsicles. That sounds like a good time to me. Oh, while I watch Grey’s. Obviously.

I think that’s enough foolishness for today!

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