Christmas Cheer

 

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Happy Tuesday my friends! I am currently at home sick with a cold, which is so frustrating! It’s my second cold this season even though I’m usually never sick. I’m medicating and resting as much as I can so that I get well soon. I have too much to do to be sick!

I’m hoping that a little bit of Christmas cheer will make me feel better today. I have my Christmas tree up, some hot cocoa, and I’m about to watch Elf! I plan to do a little bit more online shopping this afternoon and finish up everyone on my list. If I’m going to be home, I’m at least going to be productive!

Dress: Target / Sweater: Kohl’s / Booties: DSW / Bag: Tory Burch / Earrings: Rocksbox

XOXO Miranda

Pop Up Shop Recap

Hey guys! Today I wanted to share a quick recap of what I wore and what I saw at the Culturemap Holiday Pop Up Shop I attended last Sunday. I had a great time serving as a brand ambassador, and it was so fun to catch up with some of my favorite blogger friends! I also had a chance to check out all of the vendors and there were tons of great little shops I had never heard of before. I love that this event brought so many local shops together to have fun and support small businesses. There is also a recap on the Culturemap website that pictures all of the bloggers (including myself), and I even have a quote in there! I’m basically a celebrity now, right?

The first thing I wanted to mention was one of the shops at the event, Sweet Suri Jewels. It was my first time meeting the shop owner Layla in person, and she was so sweet! I got to talk to her a little bit more about her business and was fascinated to learn that she designs everything herself. She also grew her brand through the use of social media (her Instagram has over 7k followers!) and was selling her jewelry exclusively online until she recently started doing pop up sales around Houston. I found myself completely falling in love with her design aesthetic because the pieces are all so bold yet versatile. I particularly love the Druzy Alchemy rings and the Lariat necklaces (both pictured below). I’d wear them with everything!

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I also had to show you what I wore to the event! I definitely felt under-dressed around all the dolled up fashion bloggers there, but I was super comfortable so it’s all good! Sometimes a girl just needs a sweater and jeans, you know?

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With my blogger friends Lauren, Meg and Whitney!

Sweater: Le Tote / Tank: H&M / Jeans: Joe’s Jeans / Flats: Target / Bag: Tory Burch

XOXO Miranda

Budget Post: November 2014

I started my monthly budget posts last year in an effort to both hold myself accountable and to be transparent with my readers. I like the visual of seeing where my money is going every month – it helps me to identify what I am missing and what I’m buying too much of. I also want my readers to be aware of what I’m buying, why I make certain purchases, and how I find good deals. To see previous budget posts, click here – or you can always click on “monthly budget series” in my menu bar.

I’ve been way too busy to shop lately, which has worked out perfectly for my bank account! I made a large Gap/BR/ON purchase early in November during a big sale, and I bought a couple of vintage items during a trip. I suspect that I won’t buy a lot in December either since I need to use my money towards gifts. I am on the hunt for a perfect birthday dress, and I may invest in some more jeans or sweaters for our upcoming trip to New Mexico. Other than that, I am going to try my hardest to minimize my spending on me this month!

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1. Gap 1969 Super Stretch Legging Jeans: $45.46 (on sale) – I was desperate for some new black stretchy jeans because my old pair had faded so much that they looked awful. I almost never order pants online, but since these are more like leggings than pants, I figured it would be fine. Luckily they fit, but I do have to say that wearing them for many hours causes them to stretch too much and get really loose in the waist. I wish I had known that before I wore them so long! I probably could have used a size down, but overall they fit my needs and I will continue to wear them.

2. Banana Republic Gemma Diamond Print Wrap Dress: $63.00 (on sale) – This dress may be my favorite thing I’ve purchased all year! The fit is perfect, the wrap style is very flattering on my body type, and the graphic print is unique without being too loud. The dress is definitely low cut in the front, but I just wear a camisole underneath when I go to work. I am seriously considering buying this dress in more colors/prints because I love it so much!

3. Gap velvet polka dot tights: $10.46 (on sale) – These tights were a total impulse purchase. I couldn’t resist the cute polka dots! If it ever gets cold enough I’ll wear these on the blog for y’all to see.

4. Old Navy leopard print tech gloves: $4.55 (on sale) – I didn’t own any tech gloves before, and it’s been so frustrating to not be able to use my phone when I have regular gloves on. I wear gloves so rarely that I just never bought any, but I figured I could swing this purchase for under five bucks. These will definitely come in handy when we’re in New Mexico in a few weeks!

5. Vintage polka dot scarf: $4.00 – This was a Georgetown purchase from our trip last month, and you can see me wearing the scarf has a headband in this post.

6. Vintage telephone brooch: $15.00 – I can’t wait to wear this on the blog…stay tuned!

Monthly budget: $200.00 / Grand total: $142.47

Today I’m linking up with Fran for her budgeting bloggers series. Head on over and see how everyone else did on their budgets!

XOXO Miranda

All-American

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This outfit feels very All-American to me with the red and blue and the denim-on-denim thing. I’d usually never wear my denim jacket with jeans, but it was getting a little chilly at the end of the day and it was the only option I had with me. I ended up really liking the look, so I’m considering this to be a happy accident!

In other news, I have finally made a dent in my Christmas shopping! Thank goodness for internet shopping because the thought of stepping foot in a mall right now gives me the heebie-jeebies. I do still have more people to buy for, but I feel good knowing that I’ve at least started and can cross a few people off my list. Progress, people!

Top: Le Tote / Jacket: A&F / Jeans: Joe’s Jeans / Heels: Enzo Angiolini / Bag: Tory Burch / Necklace: Rocksbox

XOXO Miranda