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January 6, 2015
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Cheers to 2015!

As I said, I loved being home with my family for Christmas. By the time we got back to MO though we only had about 24 hours to repack and head up to Kansas City to have a major friend reunion with some of our favorite people alive. That particular group of friends hasn’t all been together in 5 years or so and our stomach muscles were hurting because the LPM (laughs per minute) ratio was pretty off the charts. So much fun.

Speaking of fun, I recently did a collaboration with Women’s Health online magazine and I shared with them last week my favorite tips for having a luxurious NYE evening in. This approach is totally something I would recommend for any date night when you feel lazy and it’s too cold to venture outside (which is pretty much every night around here lately…).Hope you guys had a fun New Year’s Eve! I can’t wait to see what 2015 has in store!signature

January 4, 2015
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I’ll Be Home for Christmas

Just wanted to share a few pics from my Christmas trip home. My mom is a real life Martha Stewart so everything she does for the holidays is so thoughtful and cute. We always dress up and do a Christmas Eve dinner with some traditional favorites (fried shrimp and a potato dish we call “potato puff”), drink wine, listen to music, and just catch up on our family togetherness time. My sister Rachel and her husband Jon can only get up to PA every third Christmas due to work schedules, so having them around the whole week made it an extra special year.Don’t you love those Hobbit feet slippers? My brother Joel and his girlfriend Sarah gave those to him and he even wore them to the Hobbit movie the next day. The weirdest thing is that nobody in the theater noticed he was wearing them…so odd. For the last few years we’ve had my brother’s girlfriend Sarah and her sister Annie come by for all the Christmas Eve and Christmas morning activities. They are totally a part of the family now and I don’t think they mind it a bit (except maybe when we make them wear plaid shirts and take a picture).We also took my (almost) 90 year old Grandma bowling and I think Todd is the only one that could beat her! She recently got the ladies high score of the week where she usual bowls (189!). All in all, I’m so thankful every time I get to be with my family. They are a precious bunch of people and my only Christmas wish is that I could get to see them more. Gummergal out!signature

December 9, 2014
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Dress For The Holiday You Want (Not The Holiday You Have)

I have this weird love affair with dressing up. I’ve been known to scour the discount clothing store racks looking for the $300 evening gowns that have been marked down to $25 because of a stuck zipper or small stain. When others see pretty dresses and think, “It’s lovely, but I have no event to wear it to,” I think, “It’s lovely and I’ll make me a damn event to wear it to.” I even instituted an annual (and fancy) Summer Date Night just so I could make sure any floor length chiffon dresses I came across were given a night on the town. Anyways, my mind starts with a special dress and then makes the plans to fit the outfit. Backwards? Maybe, but it makes getting dressed so much more fun.

I apply the same rules when it comes to holiday attire and I start looking for Christmas/New Years Eve party dresses a few months before the events. For me, holiday dresses mean two things whenever possible; loads of sequins and very tall heels. This year, to find my holiday dress I teamed up again with Lulu’s, and because of the insane amount of party dresses they have in stock, it was really easy to find the perfect match for me. There were so many adorable ones to choose from (like this, this, and this one), but the shimmer of black and white sequins won out. There are few things in life I love more than a full sequin dress—it just puts you in immediate party mode—and even if the heels get kicked off by the end of the night, at least they looked great for the first half.                                                 Dress, Shoes, and Clutch c/o Lulu’s

I told you how I’ve been getting more into red this year so I thought I’d add some into my holiday attire with the bright red heels and lipstick. It’s still a slow trickle of rosy items, but it’s been a fun change-up from my usual picks. Are you still in need of a holiday dress? Well, check back because we will have a giveaway soon that could change your luck!signature