Five On Friday

It's time for another edition of Five on Friday and I do hope you'll join me, DarciChristina, and Natasha!

Remember, all you have to do is post about five things on your mind, add our logo (found at the bottom of this post), and join the party using the linky tools below. Easy, and a great way to find new blogs and be found. :)

Next week I have an appointment for a cut + color which is HUGE because I haven't colored my hair in years. What do people do nowadays for color? I'm thinking maybe add in some chestnut highlights -- basically trying to cover the gray here, people. :)

This link has SUPER GREAT TUTORIALS for hairstyles, blowdrying, etc! Love it!

I love the dark brown with the very nice, complimentary light/copper/chestnut brown highlights. It's not too extreme but it's noticeable

Christmas food planning has already begun and one thing I can't wait to make is chess pie. It's a holiday favorite around these parts! Sort of like a pecan pie, minus the pecans.

A. Liz Adventures: Chess Pie. Best Ever. Serious.

TGIF! I'm so very excited that the weekend is here. Tonight's plans include pizza, a Christmas movie, and lots of gift-wrapping. And a little eggnog. Want to know my all-time favorite Christmas movie? THE GRINCH!

Bahaha my favorite scene in this movie by far! "But if I moved the loathing til 9, I would still have time to lay in bed, stare at the ceiling and slip slowly into madness...but what will I wear??!"

This Sunday, Camille gets to experience her first fancy tea at the Ritz with her BBF (bestie baby friend). Prepare for an Instagram overload. Sorry in advance.

(PS, we did an outfit trial for her this morning and it's wayyyyy cute)

Three cheers ... Fickle Resale officially launched last night here in Charlotte and it was a SUCCESS! I shopped a little for myself and got a pair of boots, a Stella and Dot necklace, and an adorable Petit Ami dress for the baby. All great condition at stellar prices. The newest listed items are released each night at 8:30pm. If you are in Charlotte and need an invitation to join, just email me or leave a comment below.

Fickle Resale

TGIF y'all, and hope you will join in on Five on Friday this week! Cheers to the weekend!


Making Your List and Checking It Twice

I'm desperately trying to ignore the coffee table behind me right now that is stacked high with unwrapped presents and stocking stuffers. It's a MAY-ESS.

And still, I find myself jotting down notes of last-minute gift ideas I need to pick up before the weekend. Thank goodness for hour-long lunchbreaks and Amazon Prime.

If you're like me and you are still looking for some gifts, here are some ideas from me to you. Most of these are between $10-20 so they will not break the bank and make us even more stressed out this time of year than we already are. :)

For A New Mom
We love all of her books, but this one is next on our list. I do the ugly cry when I read them. Click the link and then click "Listen" underneath the book image and see if it doesn't bring a tear to your eye. No matter how old you are or what stage of life you are in, I think you will see how magical this book is. 

For A Husband/Boyfriend
Whiskey Ice Ball Maker (or really any kind of cocktails)
Slow-dissolving ice formation ensures that your Maker's Mark doesn't get watered down. God forbid.

For A Mother In Law
Southern Living or Real Simple subscription
You can even buy the December issue and attach a little card to the front saying that she has 12 more issues heading her way!

For A Best Friend
Proud big sister here :) Etsy shop owned by my sister.

Beige Ten Tassel Necklace

For The Baby
Shhhh.... this is under our tree as we speak! A $10 investment in our future Beethoven-ette.

To Slip In Your Own Stocking
I read recently that everyone should wear an eye mask to ensure good sleep. Sooo ... doctor's orders. Right?!


Buying Upscale Consignment

If you've read here for a while, you know that I LOVE buying consignment!

When shopping for myself and for the baby, I get a real kick out of finding nice brands at a fraction of what they once cost. I would say "it's a problem," but you won't find my husband complaining ... he loves that I shop wisely.

My sister Laura lives in Greenville, SC and has raved for months and months about how wonderful Fickle Resale is. She has a membership, and most of her girlfriends are also members. She really piqued my interest!

Here's a rundown of how Fickle Resale works:

+ An invitation-only site that is formed as "friends of friends" ... like shopping your girlfriends' closet but a much larger group.

+ Female only keeps it safe for you as a buyer and seller

+ Items are curated to be upscale, stylish, and in great condition ... no sorting thru junk

+ As a seller, you keep 100% of your selling price -- no listing or final sale fees

+ A small yearly membership of $29.95 is often recouped in one sale and this also helps keep the group open to those who truly have an interest in buying/selling upscale goods.

Here's a peek inside the Greenville, SC group:

So basically, Fickle Resale is a great way of connecting with other stylish ladies who no longer have a need for really nice clothes, accessories, baby and childrens' clothes, and home decor ... and you, as the buyer, score big.

We are just now launching in Charlotte, and here are some of the items that have already been listed for our city:

If you are not a Charlotte reader, you could always see if there is a Fickle Resale in your area already, and you could also start your own! Details can be found on the Fickle Resale site (here).

We are excited to get this rolling in Charlotte, and we are giving away one $250 gift card to Monkee's of Charlotte to all who join through today. So, if you are a local reader and you are interested in joining, please email me at or leave your email address in the comments below!


Monday Catch-Up

This weekend was filled to the brim ... lots of holiday happenings. Friday night, my mom babysat while we went with friends to see The Black Keys. Awesome concert, and we had great seats on the floor which really made the show that much more fun.

Saturday we went out to Mistletoe Magic at Morrison and we got to say hello to a baby kangaroo and a baby giraffe!

Camille was obviously more interested in my Chewbeads

Even though we had plans to see Santa on Sunday, we couldn't resist a little trial run with the sweet one who was at Shower Me With Love during this cute family event.

She was in such awe at Santa and Mrs. Claus, so we were really excited for her to see Santa again the next day. This time, she did have a little stranger-danger going on. Sweet girl.

Am I positively crazy if I take her to see Santa again next weekend? There is a local store that has a beautiful Santa set-up and you can take your own photos at no cost. I know it may seem like overkill, three Hoho visits in one month, but .... 'tis the season?

I know. I need to pour a glass of egg nog and chill out.  

So, I just purchased a few items from Old Navy -- a store I usually shop at in person, not online -- because they are doing free 2-day shipping today with code FREE. Usually they have a minimum order level for free shipping, but not today!

Only a few more people to shop for and then I will be DONE with my holiday purchases. How is your shopping list coming along?


Five On Friday: Holiday Love

It's time for another HOLIDAY edition of Five on Friday and I do hope you'll join me, DarciChristina, and Natasha!

Remember, all you have to do is post about five things on your mind, add our logo (found at the bottom of this post), and join the party using the linky tools below. Easy, and a great way to find new blogs and be found. :)

We have a jam-packed weekend ahead of us ... a concert tonight, some holiday fun Saturday afternoon, a mamas + babies night Saturday, and meeting Ho-Ho on Sunday!

(When we were little, we referred to Santa as "Ho-Ho" and now I've got Ian saying it to Camille. Love it. Makes my heart happy.)

Pretty idea for table top

Kid's holiday clothes are too much fun. I am enjoying this season more than a person should just for the fact that I can dress C up in fun clothes!

holiday tee (available in 6-12mo, 12-18mo, 18-24mo)

bloomers (at Sears!)

For my girlie night on Saturday, I think a new cocktail recipe is in order -- any suggestions? I would like something not too sweet, maybe something that involves rosemary, and I also have some cranberries on hand if that helps. Hit me up with some fun ideas!

10 Christmas Cocktails to keep you sane during the holidays. @nicsita is so good to me!!

On my Christmas list to Ian I'd like a "Baby's First Christmas" ornament for our tree. Which gets your vote? I think I know which one I love.

As I sit here sipping (gulping) my coffee ... I need this mug in my life. On sale now for $14.99. Santa -- take notes!

How's your list coming along? Are you done with your shopping? I'd say I'm about 30% done. Maybe even just 20% done.

TGIF y'all, and hope you will join in on Five on Friday this week! Cheers to the weekend, and I hope you find yourself under the mistletoe with the one you love. 


Thoughts On Thursday

One of my very favorite bloggers and jewelry designers is Madeline from Poppy Style. Guys, if you are looking for a beautiful and handmade piece of jewelry for a Christmas gift, I urge you to check out her stunning collection. I'm so in love with the Gold Tassel on Black Jade necklace and have worn it so many times already this holiday season. 

If you are shopping for the holidays, tomorrow (12/12) is the last day for orders. I think a lot of us are making it a priority to do our holiday shopping with small businesses this year, and Madeline is a great person to support -- a truly nice person with a ton of talent.

Madeline is offering 20% off to my readers through December 31st with code ALA20. Thanks, M!

Poppy Style is also on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Pinterest

In other news, my Christmas cards are IN and I'm so excited to open this box and see how gorgeous they look. Once they hit the mail, I will share the card I chose. It was hard choosing them this year -- is it just me, or are holiday cards getting more and more beautiful? Remember when people just got them printed at the drugstore on photo paper? Now you can go with letterpress, gold foil embellished, all different shapes and sizes, and designs that look gorgeous enough to frame and hang on your wall!

Lastly, we have a really fun few days ahead of us -- mostly holiday-related adventures. I am so excited for the weekend to start so that we can get the fun started! Camille gets to meet Santa ... eeeek!

Kraft paper with black white stripe ribbon then add a little holly w/ berries - Classic Christmas Wrap

Linking up today with these sweet gals - East Coast Chic and Home of Malones. Happy Thursday!

Thoughts for Thursday


Baby Milestones & Choosing a Baby Album

It is so cool to see our baby learning new things. Watching her face stare intently as we do simple tasks like take a sip of water from a glass or give a dog treat to Drake just pulls at my heartstrings. When she accomplishes her milestone moments -- rolling from front to back, from back to front, sitting up -- that is something that I really want to record. I've been sharing her monthly updates here on the blog, but they are interspersed with recipes, weekend recaps, and too many posts about mascara.

My mom kept a baby album for each of us three girls, and it's so cool now for me to hear her say "I looked up when you first sat up in your baby book last night." I want Camille to have her own book like this! I feel like people our age don't really keep baby albums like our moms once did -- do you agree?

I decided to start an album for Camille. Having been a scrapbooker in a "past life," I even thought about making my own -- but then decided to go for ease with a pre-built album. I was afraid that if the task seemed too daunting or time-consuming, I wouldn't complete it. Time is a precious commodity these days!

After reading specs and reviews on (literally) dozens of options, I ordered two baby albums from Amazon so that I could see them up close and personal before making a decision. I decided to choose between the C.R. Gibson Jack book and the Nojo Lovebirds book. Here are my thoughts on these two, and I'll tell you which one I ended up keeping and why.

Choice One: C.R. Gibson Jack book
The first album is a little more gender-neutral. It has a spot for a 3.5x3.5 photo (hello Instagram printing!). It is yellow, green and baby blue. It does have a peapod embellishment, which may not suit everyone ... BUT being that she earned the nickname "Pea" from her daddy when she was born, this was something that definitely appealed to me.

The decor and colors on the pages are classic and traditional -- more "sweet baby" than "trendy baby." There are all sorts of fun page prompts and spots for photos.

All in all, a classic and very pretty baby album.

Choice Two: Nojo Lovebirds book 
The second book was definitely all-girl and I loved the sweet owl and bird motif on the front cover.

The designs, colors and fonts in this book are a little more cutesy/trendy. A little more funky.

The pages are so punchy and colorful with really fun designs. I think the page prompts on this one spoke to me a little more. I also loved that it was very girly.

When it came down to it, I decided to go with the first book. I just couldn't resist the Peapod reference! I also loved that it was a little more traditional in nature, with a timeless appeal. It was a difficult choice, though -- I truly would have been happy with either.

I'm now working on filling it out. I'm using adhesive mounting squares (like these) to affix photos and other memories, like some of her first pieces of "art" she made at daycare and her hospital bracelet.

Do you have a baby album from when you were little?
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