Fur Throws (Way) Under $50: Cozy in Charleston

Hi friends! How is your week going? Christmas is closing in quickly and the time has come to finish that holiday shopping for friends, family, co-workers and teachers! At Target over the weekend, I found a super warm, cozy fur throw just like the ones sold at Pottery Barn and Anthropologie, but for more than half of the price! No shade intended, because I love both of those stores, but when you are spending so much on gifts, it's nice to be able to grab a little something luxurious and decadent for yourself, without breaking the bank. Honestly, it has been in the 70's all week here in Charleston, but I am enjoying my new ivory fur throw (#3)  from Target anyway.  It is just so soft, that it makes me feel like a Princess wrapped up sitting next to it on the sofa. 

I don't know if many of these are left in the store, but I've included links to the products below. Enjoy!!

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Warmest Wishes,

Under $50 Teacher, Coworker, Best Friend Holiday Gift Guide: Williams-Sonoma

You know that Hollywood sound effect that mimics car brakes screeching to a halt when something traumatic happens suddenly?  That happened here this morning when I attempted to add a new image to my blog header and ended up with what you see above. I spent some time trying adjust the image to fit, but to no avail.  I cannot edit HTML and my template is customized, so it will take a professional to render it right. However, I had created this little gift guide from Williams-Sonoma last night, and wanted to share it with you today, regardless of behind the scenes shenanigans.

My mailbox is full of catalogs during this season and one that always stands out to me is Williams-Sonoma. As I sat down last evening and poured through the holiday catalog, I decided to gather in one place all of the cute ideas for amazing gifts for teachers, coworkers and friends. While the smaller items would make unique gifts on their own, they could be combined to make a larger gift for the boss, your best friend or the school principal. I would be thrilled to receive any of these items, and I think they take the gifting to another level, above my usual candle or pair of earrings for teacher gifts.

I've included the (affiliate) links below for you to shop quickly. Just click on the item description and you should be directed to the corresponding page on the Williams-Sonoma website. Thank you for reading the blog today and always for shopping with me!!
Home, Entertaining, Cooking, Gifts
William Sonoma Holiday Gift Guide

November Favorites

Hello friends! As we begin to embrace the month of all things merry, I wanted to share a little roundup of the items that I've used/enjoyed the most over the Fall season. I do believe it is the little things that make a difference in our daily lives, and I'm grateful every day for the conveniences of modern life and the products that me look better, and feel comfy.

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                                 November Favorites

1. St. Ives Green Tea Blackhead Clearing Scrub

While blackheads (yuck) are not a concern for me normally, I love the scent of this gentle scrub! I use it once a day to get my skin ready for the creams or treatments I use. It has the benefits of the antioxidants in the green tea, natural exfoliants made from walnut shells, and olive leaf oil. I think it feels and smells like something that could be much more expensive.

St. Ives Green Tea Scrub

2. Colleen Rothschild Skincare

This is new to my routine, but I've fallen in love. I found this line through some of my favorite vloggers/bloggers. It's not the most inexpensive skincare you can buy, but Colleen often offers promotions where you can purchase products at a bit of a discount. I started my journey with the Discovery Collection which offers generously sized samples of seven of her products. The travel size tubes of moisturizers have lasted me months and I've just purchased my first full sized container. My favorites are her Extreme Reovery Cream, Sheer Renewal Cream (use it as a makeup primer), and the Radiant Cleansing Balm (like a mini spa treatment). This is the first time in my life where I feel like I am adopting a skin care routine that I can actually do every day. I highly recommend the Discovery Kit!
CR Discovery Collection

3. IT Cosmetics CC Cream

I honestly cannot say enough about this foundation. My hairdresser urged me several times to try it and when I finally did, it did to disappoint. I was sold on the significant SPF it offers, specifically to wear to all of the soccer games and during outdoor summer activities. But after using it, it quickly became my everyday foundation. It claims to color correct and provide full coverage, which I feel is important for my skin. After I started wearing it, I suddenly wasn't afraid to take selfies as much! It really is your skin but better!
Your Skin But Better IT CC Cream

3. Lou & Grey Leggings

Let's be honest. I'm a 40ish mom who "works from home." I don't buy office wear, or often invest in fancy clothes. If I can buy a garment that will make me feel like I'm still in my pajamas, I'm there. Bonus points for anything that can be worn with a tall boot. These leggings are my holy grail for pants that aren't jeans. They have a significant waist band to keep them up and your jiggly parts in the right place. And they are just so soft! I've heard good things about HUE leggings as well, but have not tried them. I think these are a good deal if you make it to LOFT when they are having one of their 40% off sales. (The inseam on them is 25 3/4" if that matters to you).

Lou & Grey Super Soft Leggings

4. Sam Edelman Flats & Petty Boots

Perfect with jeans, leggings, and even dresses and skirts. Love these flats and booties. I updated my collection this season with the flats in the Port Wine color, and I am loving the pop of color they give an outfit.
Sam Edelman Petty "Chelsea" Boot in Putty Suede

Sam Edelman Petty "Chelsea" Boot in Black Suede

Sam Edelman "Felicia" Flat

Sam Edelman "Felicia" Flat

5. Gilligan O' Malley Women's Pajama Legging Total Comfort

For the cozy part of this post, let's talk about these pajamas!! These are hands down my favorite pajama ever. I put them on the moment I get in the door and only take them off to shower and when I go out. Actually, I don't sleep in them because its been so warm here. But, when it gets colder, these leggings have a bit of elastic at the cuff to keep them in place all night without choking your ankles and leaving ugly red marks. A little warning, because they are made for comfort, they are not thick and opaque enough to really wear in public. I've made it through carpool a couple of times in them, but I stay in the car.

Perfect Sleep Pants
6. Cozy Target Graphic Sweatshirts

I pair my perfect sleep pants with these super soft graphic sweatshirts. I have the one with Weekend written on the front. It is the softest thing ever! I want the Cheers one next!

Brushed Cozy Sweatshirt
Cozy Brushed Cheers Sweatshirt
Cozy Brushed Weekend Sweatshirt
7. Ebates

I keep encouraging everyone to sign up for Ebates during the holiday shopping season and while they are running their special Refer a Friend promotion. I honestly love my Ebates and use it every time I order something online. You simply sign up and add a button into your toolbar that lets you know if there is an Ebate available from each retailer. I love to stack Ebates with retailer promotions like the 40% off at Loft or the recent 50% off at J Crew. I even got a rebate from a hotel stay we made at Hilton during the hurricane. With a few clicks, you really do get free money. Please sign up with my link and make sure to install the Ebates button in your toolbar. Sign Up For Ebates.

There you have it guys, everything I'm using and loving on a daily basis. What are you loving this Fall? I hope this December brings your family all of the joys of the holiday season!!!



Cocktails with Cranberries: A Cosmopolitan Charleston Thanksgiving

Happy Wednesday, friends! Is it me, or is this week flying by?
I'm just "popping" in to share some photos from a little Thanksgiving Eve cocktail gathering we hosted with some out of town friends last Wednesday.  One of my favorite people in the world was in Charleston to spend the holiday, and after a delicious lunch at Jestine's, we headed home to enjoy the beautiful evening around the fire pit sipping libations.

We started with prosecco while our mixologist, Robyn Bird, started making our Charleston Cosmos. Robyn writes an insightful, thought provoking blog over at The Robyn Birds Nest, so check her out!


I purchased these skinny flutes last Christmas season for a champagne toast for my birthday. I was thrilled to have an occasion to use them again. Unfortunately, they are no longer available, but I have linked to some other festive options in the collage below for your soiree.

Over 40 Life and Style Ring In the Holiday Season In Charleston, SC


Over 40 Life and Style Champagne Toast in Charleston, SCFestive, Sparkling  Drinkware for Holiday parties in Charleston, SC
1. Gold Cheers Stemless Flute http://go.magik.ly/r/thecharles/34a9a/
2.Rosanna Pink Glass Champagne Flutes http://go.magik.ly/r/thecharles/34a9c/
3.Confetti Stemless Champagne Flutes http://go.magik.ly/r/thecharles/34a97/
4.Champagne Bubbles Highball Glass Set http://go.magik.ly/r/thecharles/349f5/
5. Faceted Gold Cocktail Shaker http://go.magik.ly/ml/2pmt/
6.Pop Fizz Clink Tea Towel http://go.magik.ly/r/thecharles/34a93/
7.Metallic Confetti Stemless Champagne Flutes http://go.magik.ly/r/thecharles/349d5/
8. Holiday Contemporary Flutes http://go.magik.ly/r/thecharles/34aa8/
9. Gold Rimmed Bubble Glass Champagne Flutes http://go.magik.ly/r/thecharles/34a98/

Setting up for the main course/drink.

Over 40 Life and Style in Charleston, SC

Over 40 Friendsgiving Party in Charleston, SC

Friends Gather For Drinks To Celebrate Thanksgiving in Charleston, SC

Over 40 Lifestyle Celebrations in Charleston, SC

Over 40 Lifestyle Celebrations

Since none of us had finished the prosecco, Robyn had the brilliant idea to pour it into our Charleston Cosmos....and a new drink was born. The extra fizz from the prosecco just took our cosmos to a whole new level! We headed outside to the porch to enjoy the mild November weather, listening to Christmas tunes on the iPad while the boys made a huge fire in the fire pit.

What a great way to start the Thanksgiving weekend!


Black Friday Shopping: Charleston Style

Happy Thanksgiving friends! I hope to write a little recap of our day here in Charleston, but as of this moment, I am fully immersed in my first Black Friday shopping extravaganza from the comfort of my own bed (with my sweet fuzzy little fat kitty curled up next to me).

I'm thinking of writing this on the fly and just add deals live as I find them. I think your first step though would be to quickly sign up for Ebates. Once you have done that, you will receive a rebate for most stores back in your PayPal or by check quarterly!! I like to stack the Ebates on top of discounts I already receive at places like Target or Old Navy.

So sign up on the link below:

So first thing that I found, and it is super limited is 3 Too Faced Chocolate Bar Palettes for $97!!! Too good to pass up, as they were the #1 item on my Christmas list! The color and pigmentation are amazing, and they just happen to smell like chocolate! And, if you have Ebates, theres another 3% rebate!

Too Faced Chocolate Bar Palettes

Found this earlier today. Bauble Bar offers fun, trendy costume jewelry that is a blogger favorite. And if you stack with your Ebates, you get another 1.5% cash back!!

Bauble Bar Black Friday Sales The Charleston Lens
Bauble Bar 35% Off Sale

Adorable Tassel Drops

Acrylic Monogram Necklace
Let's check into family favorite, Old Navy. Almost everything is 50% off which you can stack with your Ebates for another 8% cash back That's almost 60% off. Here are a couple items that I have my eye on.

Women's Wool Blend Pea Coat

Flannel Scarf
Penguin Pajamas
I recently took baby girl in to Old Navy, and we found some super soft skinny jeans and a warm ski vest. 
Girls Sateen Leggings (On Sale)
Frost Free Vest
And now for one of my go-to spots for kids' clothing, J Crew Factory! There's nothing in this place that I don't love. And with Ebates, you get another 9% off on top of the 50-60% reductions already taken on most items! Crazy! I think there are even some extra 20% coupons floating around which increases to 25% if you are a cardholder. I'm not sure I can even do the math on that: 50% +9% +20%=80% off? Not really because they take a percentage and then another, or something.......I know how to do it on my phone calculator. But I promise, its a good deal!!
Girls Neon Fair Isle Sweater

Girls Cat Popover Sweater
These are my favorites so far. I will add a few more specials that I love as the night/day tomorrow wears on! Please know that there are affiliate links in this post, so if you chose to shop through the links, I may receive a small commission, at no cost to you. Thanks for shopping with me!!!

Morning Update:

Another of my favorite beauty companies is having a sale, Tarte Cosmetics!!!

25% Off Everything at Tarte Cosmetics
Kendra Scott Jewelry is on sale too!! I never see a discount like this. I have two of the Rayne necklaces that are my daily favorites! The just give and outfit the extra punch it needs! They might be the best necklace ever. Maybe. 

Kendra Scott 20% off
My favorite Kendra Scott Rayne Necklace


The Charleston SC Edition: What's Up Wednesday

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Happy Thanksgiving week!! Today, I am linking with a couple of amazing blogs to talk about what's been happening around here lately. Thank you for stopping by, and be sure that you check out the host blogs. I enjoy them and you will too!

What We're Eating This Week:
Mexican food, every chance we get. Some great food truck burgers at our soccer tournament this past weekend. And in a separate, random incident, Chris bought the world's largest box of mozzarella sticks at Costco and immediately brought them home and fried them in a skillet full of coconut oil. Unbelievable. Coconut oil takes everything to the next level. 

Kay's Southern Gourmet Food Truck

What I'm Reminiscing About:
Our trip to Puerto Rico/Caribbean Celebrity Cruise in November 2010. Something about the holidays makes me dream of sitting on the beach in Puerto Rico with steel drum Christmas carols playing in the background. Take me back....

What I'm Loving:
 Free Money. That doesn't happen every day, does it? But it can. Sign up for Ebates, and get a percentage back on almost every purchase you make online and now, in some stores. There is literally no catch. Since signing up, I've received $125 cash back from purchases that I've made online. I'm including a link so that you can sign up before you do all of your online holiday shopping. You can thank me when you receive that first "Big Fat Check."  (Wonder if that's trademarked?) Once your purchases clear, you receive a check quarterly in the mail or in your PayPal for all of your rebates. Simple.Easy. Free!!! Sales Pitch over.

What We've Been Up To:
Soccer. In two days this past weekend, our two children played 8 games, four 5 minute overtimes and 2 penalty shootouts, with one being at 7:15 in the morning. Yep, that was fun! But the kids came away with a gold and silver, so it was successful for all. I practiced dressing so I wouldn't melt one day and bundled up to protect extremities from frost bite the next. 

What I'm Dreading:
How fast this holiday season will inevitably go by.

What I'm Working On:
This blog and posting more regularly. I'm doing research, shopping for a new template, taking notes on every idea that crosses my mind. I'm hoping to get into a rhythm, and create a daily workflow that will make this blog better and better.

What I'm Excited About:
Sleeping in the rest of the week and lounging around a bit with the family!

Holiday lounging over thanksgiving
Brunch Squad Sweatshirt

What I'm Watching/Reading:
I'm always reading others blogs, and I have become addicted to You Tube. I'm planning a post on my favorite You Tubers soon. Kind of a diverse bunch from exotic car collectors to beauty bloggers.

What I'm Listening To:
Christmas Music 24/7. I also want to check out the newish Bruno Mars CD. But because of a little Apple ID issue, I'm afraid to purchase it on iTunes and have to go to the wrong account.

What I'm Wearing:
Pajamas. A lot. My favorite pajama pants are from Target and they are simply divine. They are called the Women's Fluid Knit Pajama Legging and they are slim, soft, and lightweight with some elastic down the leg and around the ankle to keep the pant from riding up. Perfection!

What I'm Doing This Weekend:
Thanksgiving! Last week I shared my menu for a simple family Thanksgiving dinner on the blog. I've  done half of the grocery shopping for that meal at Costco, and will hopefully get the remaining needed ingredients tomorrow at the grocery store. I'd also like to hit Trader Joe's for some flowers for the table.

Here are two previous posts on Thanksgiving if you are running low on ideas for your own last minute Thanksgiving prep:

Family dinner time

What I'm Looking Forward To Next Month:
Charleston is so festive around the holiday and there is magic everywhere you turn. I'm looking forward to seeing the train display at the Belmond Place Hotel, shopping King Street on Friday evenings, and watching my sweet baby girl sing a solo in the Lessons and Carols. I'm so excited to have our Christmas Tree decorated seeing the lights twinkle every time I come down the stairs. 

What Else Is New:
I really want to make this blog a regular endeavor for me, where I can combine my love of Charleston, taking photos, shopping, and home stuff into my own creative home on the web.

What Are your Favorite Thanksgiving Traditions?
 I'm going to leave this for you to answer. I would love to hear what your friends and family do on this holiday. Please comment and tell me how you will spend Thanksgiving Day. Home or away, fancy and festive, or simple and just making do......it's the love and grace for each other that make this day special. And I'd be honored if you would share it!

Many Blessings for ya'll from Charleston!!