Room Reveal: Wes’ Bedroom

I’m so excited to share another room reveal in the house: the boys room! It’s mostly Wes room, but Beckam likes to follow everything his brother does and have sleepovers when they are at our house (Wes and Mara are my step babies for those new here 😉 so B likes to think it’s both their room 😉

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Love these NBA sheets, sometimes I feel like patterned sheets can get cheesy but I love these!

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We’ve had this little grey chair for years! They make the best lounge chairs – and they are great for playrooms and watching movies the kids take it everywhere in the house! You can customize and put their name on them or their initials – They are on sale right now too – make great gifts!

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Wes is super artistic, and loves to take pictures and videos, so we found some old school cameras for his room I was really excited about.

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I love collecting books for the kids – Pottery Barn kids has some of the best unique kids books. I usually get them one from there every Christmas. Wes picked out this cute shark one this summer.

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FURNITURE:  STORAGE BED | SECTIONAL COUCH (COLOR: BOUCLE TWILL GRAVEL) | DESK | DESK CHAIR | STUFFED KIDS CHAIR | END TABLES

DECOR: WOVEN JUTE RUG (ON SALE – SIZE 8 X 10) | SILVER LAMP + NAVY SHADE |  BLACK DESK LAMP | RECORD PLAYER

LINENS: NBA SHEET SET | GREY REVERSIBLE COMFORTER + SHAMS | GOLDEN STATE WARRIORS THROW | FAUX LEATHER THROW PILLOW | BLACK SHERPA PILLOW |

WALL DECOR:  NEON BASKETBALL LIGHT | LED BASKETBALL HOOP | BASKETBALL OVER-THE-DOOR HAMPER | SMALL BASKETBALL PRINT (SIZE 11 X 14) | LA LICENSE PLATE | WOOD BASKETBALL HOLDER | BULLETIN BOARD | BLACK AND WHITE PRINTS (FREE PRINTABLES FROM PINTEREST) | TRIPTYCH BASKETBALL PRINT

KIDS STUFF: WOODEN TRAIN TRACK SET | GALAGA ARCADE | STREET FIGHTER ARCADE |  BACKPACK | OLD FASHIONED CAMERA WITH TRIPOD | BOOKS

One by one, we are finally putting the finishing touches on different spaces in the house! Wes room was the first kids room to be completely done so it has for sure become the kids’ favorite spot in the house – it’s the new hang out spot, for sure.

Wes loves basketball and skateboarding, so over the last year we have been collecting different pieces for his room.  This neon basketball light was one of Wes’ favorite things about the room and I also love this LED basketball hoop. He is at that in-between age where he’s not really a teen yet, so we got a mix of products between Pottery Barn Kid and Teen, and I love how it turned out! It’s versatile enough that all the decor can grow and transition as he does. They have tons of cool decor accent pieces to bring a personal touch to a room. Wes’ favorite team right now is the Golden State Warriors and favorite player is, like every 10-12 year old right now, Steph Curry haha. We also got this customizable grey jersey throw at PBTeen and it’s super soft and comes with tons of team options and it’s also on sale right now under $40 (gift idea alert! ;).

This bed is Wes’ other favorite piece in the room. When Mara and Wes are with us, Beckam loves to have sleepovers in their rooms so I knew I wanted a queen bed. I also love all the extra storage it has. All of his clothes fit in his closet, but I feel like no matter how much space kids have, something always finds it’s way to the floor so I love having these drawers available to store some of the messes  and also storage for their car tracks and stuff. We also got this sectional couch as a hang out spot for when his friends or cousins are hanging out.

The last touches that we added were all the wall decor pieces and I was honestly surprised at what a difference it makes! My favorites are probably this LA license plate sign (we love going to LA as a family and dream about moving there one day!) and this triptych basketball print. It’s a great way to fill up an empty space if you have a long wall you need to fill.

Below are a few more of my favorites for a boys room. Let me know if you have any other questions!

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XX, Christine

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Adidas Originals

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I’ve always been a major fan of adidas Originals, which is why I was so stoked to receive these new Supercourt sneakers! They have a vintage feel with a modern take and are perfect to pair with active wear and elevated looks alike. I’m also super into this adidas Allover print set and want to wear it every single day. There’s nothing I love more than being comfy and stylish!

No matter how long I live in Los Angeles, NYC will always be my hometown.  And adidas reminds me of that home. I remember everyone in Brooklyn rocking Stan Smiths and adidas Originals when I was a kid. New York and adidas go hand in hand: urban, classic and cool; three adjectives that so perfectly describe both the brand and the city. So to me, adidas is the home of classics and New York is the home of adidas.

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The Cyber Sales to Shop For Everyone On Your List

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Happy Cyber Monday! I hope you all had an amazing Thanksgiving weekend – we were going to go up to Montana to visit my family, but the flu was going around so we stayed home in Utah. It was a full-on blizzard last week so it was kind of nice to have an extra reason to stay bundled up inside at home with the fam.

The sales have been crazy this weekend and I had a few things I planned to pull the trigger on this weekend, but then life gets in the way and you realize how many people are on your Christmas list that you haven’t thought about yet and the pressure is on! So I wanted to share some of my favorite Cyber weekend sales to shop for everyone on your list!

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FOR HIM: NORDSTROM

SAND SUEDE CHELSEA BOOTS (ON SALE UNDER $100)

The Nordstrom sale has endless gift options. It’s a great time to pick up high-end items at a bigger discount or also to pick up those items you would buy anyway and still save a few bucks. I love these boots for Cody – such a pretty color and on sale under $100!

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FOR HER: SSENSE

YSL BELT BAG (ON SALE 28% OFF)

SSENSE is one retailer that always has the most unique designer pieces and right now is the best time of year to splurge on designer anything. For that special someone on your list, make it a year to remember and go big or go home with a handbag or pair of shoes from one of her favorite designers.

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FOR YOUR BFF : MISSOMA

MISSOMA JEWELRY (ON SALE 25% OFF WITH CODE: CA25)

Guysss I’m still drooling over all my Missoma pieces. I’ve been wearing them non-stop and they are my latest obsession. Probably my favorite accessory lately! Right now you can get 25% off site-wide with code: CA25 they made just for my readers!

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FOR BABY: H&M

(30% OFF SITE WIDE!)

CABLE KNIT SET

I have been on the hunt for gift ideas for Ollie – he is so young that I know he won’t remember anything, but I still want to find something! I think the bulk of his presents will be the items we use on the daily, especially clothes! H&M’s sale is up to 60% off items – even this cable knit set (a new arrival) was on sale for 20% off. Definitely stocking up!

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FOR THE KIDS: TARGET

LEGO SETS (ON SALE 25% OFF WITH CODE: BF25)

Who else’s kids love Legos? Target has a ton of sets on major sale right now – this one is 50% off!

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XBOX ONE CONSOLE (ON SALE 40% OFF)

For older kids (or your kid-at-heart S/O) you can’t go wrong with a video game console. This one is $100 off right now.

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FOR THE HOSTESS: ANTHROPOLOGIE

(30% OFF EVERYTHING! / EXTRA 50% OFF SALE)

FIR CLOCHE + CANDLE

Anthropologie is always my go-to for any house-warming or hostess gifts. Everything is amazing quality and feels super luxurious (plus so pretty!) These candles smell like the freshest winter forest – one of my favorites! It also comes with the cloche which is such a pretty touch. Everything at Anthropologie is 30% off right now so it’s going to be the best time this season to stock up on candles, cute mugs, or anything gifts for anyone else on your list this year (or for you! 😉

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FOR THE IN-LAWS: MACY’S

COFFEE + ESPRESSO MAKER (ON SALE UNDER $100!! 68% OFF)

Macy’s is a one of those retailers you might overlook, but they have a huge variety of items and their sales are no joke. This coffee/espresso maker is usually $300+ but on sale right now for under $100. It’s such a steal and the perfect present for your in-laws, home-body friends or also as a housewarming present!

 

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FOR YOUR FUR BABIES: FURBO

FURBO DOG CAMERA (ON SALE 46% OFF)

I shared this sale on my stories this past weekend but this would make the best present for your pups this Christmas! It’s a dog camera that has 2-way audio, a treat-tossing system so you can toss treats even when you are out of the house, and a camera so you can see it all. Honestly Mio is parked in front of the Furbo when we aren’t home now – it’s so cute! Also it’s 46% off right now, which is the biggest sale they’ve ever had. Definitely recommend if you are looking for something for your pups this year!

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FOR THE HOME: MCGEE & CO

OVERSIZED MIRROR (ON SALE 20% OFF)

Mcgee and Co is one of my go-to destinations for home decor and they are have a major sale – 20% off! It really adds up for furniture items especially like this oversized mirror. Also make sure to check out their holiday decor – so cute!

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FOR YOU: SHOPBOP

(SITE WIDE 25% OFF CODE: MORE19)

SLVRLAKE DENIM

You know you are going to add those shoes, jeans, or sweaters to your cart at some point, so you might as well check out while it’s on sale! Shopbop is having their spend more save more sale, so you can save between 15-25% off your order. I have had my eye on SLVRLAKE jeans – they are definitely an investment pair but they are so good I keep coming back to look! Right now you can save up to 25% off your Shopbop order with code: MORE19.

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FOR YOU: REVOLVE

FAUX FUR  COAT (UNDER $100)

Also make sure you check out the Revolve sale! They have tons of my favorite brands, but I feel like they have some styles that a lot of other retailers don’t carry. How gorgeous is this faux fur jacket and  this striped coat  is on sale.

 

Below are a few more Cyber Monday pieces that are perfect for the people on your list:

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XX, Christine

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3 Ways You’re Drying Out Your Skin During The Holidays

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As we are gearing up for the holidays, I am already braced for the inevitably driest time of year. It’s so bad in Utah that you have to put lotion on your hands multiple times a day just to keep them from cracking. Hands are one thing, but I’m even more conscious of my facial skincare routine so I wanted to share a few things I’ve learned recently (that we pretty much all do) around the holidays that is 100% drying out your skin, and some of my favorite products to help hydrate and hold in that moisture!

Traveling.

The busiest travel season of the year is just about to kick off and it also happens to coincide with the driest time of year, so I think it’s safe to say we’re all on high skincare alert. In-flight skincare routines are all the rage, but I actually read a story recently that it might be drying out your skin even more. When you apply sheet masks in-flight, it can bring the remaining moisture in your skin to the surface and then the dry plane air will basically absorb it all. I know there are so many different theories out there, but to play it safe, apply your skincare routine before you get on the plane so your products have a chance to absorb and start working for you instead of against you. My travel skincare must-haves are a good hyaluronic acid serum (been using Mineral 89 by Vichy for months and love!), a good eye serum (just started using Mineral 89 Eyes) and cream, and a moisturizer. Hyaluronic acid is capable of holding over 1000x its weight in water, so it really helps keep your moisture locked it! I also always pack a good face mask to give my skin an extra boost to combat some of the side effects of travel.

Washing your face with hot water.

Am I the last person to learn this one?! I always thought that the hotter the water, the better but it’s actually doing more harm than good. When you wash with hot water, you strip your skin of the natural oils and as a result your face feels dry/parched. Nobody wants to use cold water, especially in the winter, but instead, use lukewarm water whenever you wash your face. Then apply your moisturizing products immediately after –  there will still be some moisture on your skin, and your products will help seal it in. Vichy’s Mineral 89 plumps, hydrates and fortifies your skin, so definitely one to add to your skincare regimen as an everyday staple.

Cranking the heat.

There’s nothing cozier than turning up the heat in the fall and winter. (Does anyone else love the smell of the heater when it kicks on for the first time of the season?) It dries out the air, but an easy fix is adding a humidifier. If you haven’t, it makes a huge difference! A tip for any of you building a home right now – you can actually have them build a humidifier system into the house! It’s not as expensive as I would have thought, so it was a no-brainer considering how much we had our humidifiers going.

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I know we can’t live day-to-day avoiding 100% of the things that might be drying out your skin, but one thing you can control is what you are putting on your skin to add that moisture back in! It’s such an easy step to add to your routine, but even easier to skip so I wanted to share some of the moisturizing products in my current line-up. You’ve seen me post about my Vichy Mineral 89 before – it has 89% Vichy Mineralizing Water and also has hyaluronic acid so it leaves your skin plump and hydrated. They also just launched their Mineral 89 Eyes Hyaluronic Acid Eye Gel, which has the Mineralizing water, hyaluronic acid, and… drum roll… pure caffeine. I love eye serums with a little caffeine to help tighten and brighten your under-eye area!

(All of Vichy’s products are super clean too! No parabens, silicone, etc.) Right now you can get 20% off at VichyUsa.com so you can try out the Mineral 89 Eyes (just apply code: CHRISTINE19 at check out 🙂

You can also see more of my favorite Vichy products in this post and my guide to great skin here.

XX, Christine

*In collaboration with Vichy.

 

 

 

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Occasion Suit

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Thanksgiving is next week, which means the holidays are upon us. And with the holiday season comes lots of occasion dressing. This year, I’m thinking outside of the box when it comes to my festive ensembles. Enter this gorgeous lilac suit from Club Monaco. Are you obsessed, because I am?! It’s chic, fun and festive and I can’t wait to wear it all season long. The color pops and is the perfect alternative to traditional red and green holiday looks. What do you plan on wearing this holiday season?

Thank you to Club Monaco for partnering on this post.

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The Best New Auto Curler on the Market

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I didn’t realize how long it’s been since I shared a hair tutorial or even more how long it’s been since I’ve actually curled my hair! After sharing these curls last week I wanted to put together a step by step so you can recreate my look. Conair just launched their UNBOUND Cordless Auto Curler and it makes it really easy to get your favorite curls on the go. Keep reading to learn how to get this look:

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(My hair before)

Hands down the best part about the UNBOUND Auto curler is that you can curl your hair anytime, anywhere. You just charge it and throw it in your purse, suitcase, car, ANYWHERE, and you can pull it out and do a full look, or touch up your curls out and about.

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How many times have you burned yourself with your curling iron? Since there’s a curl chamber, this one makes it next to impossible to burn yourself and it made me think it would be perfect for Mara to start learning to curl her hair. Such a great gift idea for the holidays too!

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Settings: 400° for 12 seconds

The UNBOUND Cordless Auto Curler has multiple heat and timer settings that you can adjust to get your go-to curls or to switch it up if you want to try something new. Between my extensions and coloring, my hair is pretty dry right now, so I set mine to 400° for 12 seconds. If your hair isn’t as dry, I would try 1-2 temperature settings lower for 10 seconds to get these curls. (For tighter curls, set the temperature high and timer longer, or for looser waves, keep the temperature low and select a shorter timer setting.) When in doubt, take a few strands of your hair and test different temperature and timer settings until you figure out what you’re in the mood for that day.

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Curl Direction: Left, Right, or MIX

There’s also an option to curl right, left, or mix, which allows you to control if you you want to curl away from or towards your face. For this look I curled away from my face, so when I’m curling on the right side of my face, I select L (left) direction and when curling on the left side of my face, I select the R (right) curl direction. There’s also a ‘MIX’ option which automatically alternates between the two for a messy, undone look.

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Final Touches

I love the volume and beachy look of messy waves, so after I’m done curling I always brush the curls through with a wide tooth comb. Then just add your favorite hair products (I used an anti frizz spray after I finished curling, before I brushed out my curls) and voila you’re ready to go! Head to my IGTV to see a time-lapse of me doing the whole thing 🙂

The curler is under $100! It’s such a good tool, I’ve already used it so much, I love it! Send me pics when you try it – I would love to see your hair!

 

Let me know if there are any other hair tutorials you guys want me to share!

XX, Christine

 

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The Hair Hack I Never Knew I Needed

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DETAILS: PANTENE ADVANCED CARE SHAMPOO AND CONDITIONER

OUTFIT: SWEATER | LEOPARD PRINT DRESS | BOOTS

*In collaboration with Pantene.

Now that I am balancing life with a newborn again, I am reminded how easy it is to take for granted even the most basic things, like showering or washing my hair. My morning routine these days is basically a bare-minimum skin care regimen, quick shower – I’ll be honest this is more of an every other day type of thing right now haha don’t judge me, and *hopefully* a few extra minutes to wash my hair a couple times a week.

With simplifying, comes relying on those heavy hitting products that do double-duty. They are the best life/time savers! I always rotate my shampoo and conditioners because your hair can become immune to always using the same thing. One of my go to’s always in the mix is  the Pantene Advanced Care. The shampoo and conditioner hit 5 different musts all in 1 system – moisture, antioxidants for strength, smoothness, protection from sun/UV damage, and shine. The new formula is free of parabens, mineral oil, dyes, gluten and phthalates.

I also just recently learned a hair hack that makes perfect sense, but I never thought of it! To really get the most out of your conditioner, make sure you don’t over-rinse or it won’t be as effective! Try to stick to a 30 second rinse (I brush the conditioner through my hair with a wet brush before I rinse so it gets all my ends and doesn’t take as long to rinse).

The Pantene Advanced Care Shampoo and Conditioner are at such a good price point that I keep it stocked for the kids and guest bathrooms, too. Right now you can get $2 off the Pantene Advanced Care Collection at Costco (through November 24th) so it’s a great time to stock up, especially with guests and family visiting during the holidays.

XX, Christine

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Sweater Weather

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While I love summer, sweater weather in LA, is my favorite time of year for fashion. Layers, light coats and jackets are my go to. Ann Taylor currently has some very chic pieces to choose from, plus the The Friends of Ann Sale is happening right NOW! From 11/7 until 11/11 get 40% off your purchase (credit card members get early access on 11/6) when you use the code “friends” at checkout! So get your winter shopping on and get ready for cooler temps in style.

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The Statement Shoe That Will Transform Your Fall Style

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Obsessed with these loafers! The prettiest fall statement shoe!

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DETAILS: BLACK PILE COAT (UNDER $100) | BLACK SWEATER | DENIM | EMBELLISHED LOAFERS (ALSO LOVE THESE) | READER GLASSES | LEATHER BUCKET BAG

Fall fashion is THE BEST! I did a big fall order after I had Ollie. I was so excited to be in regular clothes again! These shoes are the real MVP of my fall haul. No matter how sweaters or neutrals (or neutral sweaters – you can never have too many! 🙂  are in your fall lineup, your shoes can completely transform you look. I love the extra embellishment coupled with the snakeskin on these loafers – they are a statement shoe but also neutral enough that you can dress them up or down, and they carry way more than their weight in the style ring. They are also a surprising price point! I honestly expected them to be over $500 when I first laid eyes on them, so I feel like I got them for a steal!

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Below are a few more of my recent fall purchases and some other statement shoe options if you feel like your wardrobe is in need of a pick-me-up.

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XX, Christine

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My Favorite Holiday Decor Finds So Far

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1. WOODEN CANDLESTICKS | 2. FAUX MINI TREE | 3. POM POM STOCKING (UNDER $20) | 4. PLAID MUG SET | 5. TARTAN PILLOW | 6. TIN EVERGREEN BUCKET | 7. MARBLIZED ORNAMENTS | 8. GREEN NAPKIN SET (UNDER $10 – ALSO LOVE THE PLACEMAT VERSION) | 9. BUFFALO CHECK MAT (UNDER $20) | 10. HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS MAT | 11. MINI CABLE KNIT STOCKINGS SET (UNDER $20) | 12. STRIPED STOCKING (UNDER $20) | 13. GLASS DOME | 14. GLASS CHRISTMAS TREE (UNDER $20) | 15. FAUX CEDAR WREATH (UNDER $20) | 16. GREEN SHEEPSKIN PILLOW (ON SALE UNDER $20 – LUMBAR VERSION HERE) | 17. CANDLE SET (UNDER $20) | 18. MERRY CHRISTMAS DINNER PLATE (UNDER $5) | 19. VELVET ORNAMENTS (UNDER $10 – COMES IN 3 COLORS) | 20. WHITE QUILTED VELVET PILLOW (ON SALE UNDER $20) | 21. TARTAN THROW | 22. MERRY CHRISTMAS STOCKING HOLDER

Help! I am in full Christmas mode already haha!  Typically I wait until after Thanksgiving to decorate but this year I am EXTRA excited about Christmas. It’s our first Christmas in our new home and our first Christmas with Baby Ollie!! If I’m totally honest I have been looking at Christmas stuff and holiday home decor since mid October lol.

This year we are doing our upstairs more formal and classic and downstairs super cozy with plaids and chunky knits.  I found the best tartan pattern in this throw pillow and blanket – I love how bright and cheery the red is and they are both really soft. I also ordered a set of plaid mugs (doesn’t everything taste better in a cute mug??) to go on our open shelves. Not plaid, but I also picked up these sheepskin pillows in green. They are on sale right now for $15 and come in 5 different colors. We also have a buffalo check mat to layer under our front door mat for the fall and I love this one to add something festive to the doorstep during the holidays. I also just ordered these stockings for our living room (they aren’t on the Inspo board above) but they are AMAZING! I am so obsessed!

I always love fresh eucalyptus and greens around the house during the holidays, but those die so quickly that I’m all about the faux wreaths and greenery when I’m decorating so far ahead of schedule. How gorgeous is this faux cedar wreath? The bells and ribbon are 😍. I also love this cute little faux tree.

Below are some more of my favorite Christmas finds so far this season:

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XX, Christine

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