It's a Bird, It's a Plane...

What are you doing for the New Year's Eve? My best friend is getting married and I'm the Maid of Honor. I'm so so so excited and can't wait to celebrate her all weekend. This will be a bit different than my typical NYE, I usually have a low key night with a few friends and toast in the New Year. 

While I will be wearing my bridesmaids dress on NYE, I do need a fun cocktail dress for the rehearsal dinner! This green dress fits the bill perfectly. The brocade fabric is just the right weight and its a fun alternative to typical shimmer. 

And we can't forget the best part of this dress... it has a cape!! Do I feel like a super hero when I wear it? YES I DO! 

Since the silhouette of the dress is still classic, I know I'll be wearing it for years to come. I can see myself wearing it again for a winter wedding!

This will be my last post until the New Year! See you in 2017!

Ankle Wrap Heels, old - Glitter clutch, old (similar here and here)

Kara Krittenbrink

Casual Plaid Weekend Look

While I love the Holiday glitz and glam this time of year (like this outfit), I also love a fun casual look. This outfit has been my go to for running errand and picking up last minute Christmas items. I'm happy to say that I am now done with my Christmas shopping but I still have some wrapping to do.

I've purchased several plaid button downs through the years. I've learned that spending a bit more and getting better quality is worth it in the long run! When running errands, if I can, I like to avoid wearing a coat. It adds bulk that I don't want. To stay warm I layer a quilted vest and I'm good to go.

Over the knee boots are typically a dress up item. I like to think they can go casual as well! Layered over my favorite jeans, they are a comfortable option instead of booties. 

Plaid, sold out (similar here and here) - Quilted Vest
Jeans - Flat Over-the-Knee Boot, old (similar here and here)
Kara Krittenbrink

Christmas and New Year's Outfits

This time of year is so festive! I love picking out what I am going to wear to different Christmas parties! I've worn this black on black number number to one. I added tights and booties to this dress for a Christmas party with my girlfriends.

This gold brocade number has to be one of my favorite dresses I've seen this season. The shimmer and pattern is stunning! This halter brocade dress comes in 2 colors. This ruffle strapless number is a beautiful green color. You can wear it for more than just Christmas, it would be great for New Year's eve or a wedding. 

Sometimes a new accessory is all you need to feel festive. I got these earrings as a gift and they are my go to for nicer events. This velvet clutch will give any outfit a fun touch. This choker adds a great amount of sparkle! 

Kara Krittenbrink

Velvet and Lace

Dressing for holiday parties is half the fun! Party dresses are always a fun option but I wanted to mix it up a bit with a fun pant option. I bought this tank and lace pants both from JCrew! Their latest collection has had so many great pieces and I want about everything. I love this and this too! 

To keep black on black from being boring, focuson on mixing textures. These lace pants may be my favorite find of the season. The fit is flattering on many body types. The waistband is elastic and its so comfortable! I'm always drawn to peplum and this velvet tank was no exception. I love how the velvet and lace mix together. Add just a few gold accessories to complet the look.

What are you wearing to your holiday parties?

Gold Clutch, old (similar here & here)  
Gold Heels, old (similar here & here) - Gold Earrings
Kara Krittenbrink

Gift Guide for the Girl Who has Everything

We all have the friend that seems to have all of the latest and greatest! This is great for her but makes it is not so easy to shop for her. I've put together some special gift choices. 

I've been looking for some unique gifts for the home. These geode coasters are a conversation starter and look great on a coffee table. These champagne flutes come in a set of 4 and would be the perfect gift with bottle of champagne. 

Most of us own a curling iron and maybe a curl stick. This is supposed to be one of the best curling wands and you can buy more attachments for it. This wand set has several interchangeable heads to achieve different looks. It is one of those gifts that is something many girls may not buy for themselves which makes it even more special to get as a gift.

If you know a purse girl like me, then another purse would almays make a new gift. This velvet envelope clutch is a stunner! As I've said a few times velvet is on trend this season and fun to add to any outfit. These interchangeable straps are a way to personalize a purse you already own. It is meant to go with many different Kate Spade purses but I bet could work with many others that have detachable straps.

I've had this pave link bracelet for several years and it is still one of my favorites. I pull it out for almost every night out and special occassions.

One of the best purchases I made this year was a mophie! For anyone that is on their phone alot, it is a lifesaver! It charges your phone whenever you need it. I can go a full day of using my phone and not have to plug in my phone for a charge.

Kara Krittenbrink

Men's Gift Guide

I may sound like a broken record but I really can't believe how this year has gone by! It's already December 1st! I'm a big proponent of getting Christmas shopping finished early so it is out of the way and you can enjoy this season with less stress! To help with that goal I have another gift guide and it is for the men in your life! Dads, Brothers, Sons, Uncles.... they will all love these gifts!

A big portion of the Christmas gifts I buy are for men. My brother and Dad are not easy to buy for! I typically try to find something they wouldn't buy for themselves or something that has to do with their hobbies. 

Every guy can use a great fitting leather jacket! This one is soft and at a great price. 

To beat the cold this time year, I recommend these snow boots and tech gloves. This mock turtleneck makes a great layer under a heavy coat or this bomber jacket.

For the tech guy, a portable charger is a lifesaver. It will keep his devices going when he can't get to an outlet. This portable bluetooth speaker will fill his home or office with great tunes. Beats by Dre are a popular gift but pricey. I've heard great things from everyone that has them so they seem to be worth the splurge!

I've seen whiskey stones and glasses given as a gift before and it always seems to be a favorite gift. Add a nice bottle of whiskey and you've got the perfect gift! 

For the gym rat, I'd recommend a new gym bag customized with his favorite team.


Kara Krittenbrink

Gift Guide for the Women in your Life

I called this the "Mom" gift guide but really it is for any of the women in your life! Moms, Aunts, Sisters, Grandmas, Teachers, Mentors... any of them would appreciate these gifts!

A quality dress coat is a must in any closet! I got this one for my Birthday last year and love it. It comes back every year and there is a reason. The shape is flattering and its so warm! When the temperatures drop, I pair this with everything from denim and sweaters to my favorite holiday dresses. It looks great with this faux fur scarf!

Jewelry is always a good idea! I love the classic look of these pearl drop earrings. This watch is classic with the black and gold but the flower on the face makes it a little more unique. Loren Hope makes some of my favorite jewelry pieces. This cuff comes in several colors.

The cold makes everyone want to spend more time at home. For a cozy themed gift put this initial mug with this fringe sweater. You could also add some hot chocolate mix or a favorite coffee!

Red lips are always a good time, especially during the Holidays! This kit has two mini berry colors and two pretty nail colors. 

For a luxrious or pampering gift, this set of lotions is the ultimate luxury!

Kara Krittenbrink

Gift Guide under $50

Today starts my week of gift guides!! I'll have four more to come soon so stay tuned! For today's I put together a variety of gifts that are under $50. Many of these make great stocking stuffers. They are also good gifts for Christmas parties where you play dirty santa or another gift game. 

For the beauty junkie this eyeliner is a fun addition to anyone's make up bag. I also love this lip gloss set! This mat helps you clean your makeup brushes. 

I've given this cookbook as a gift many times for showers and birthdays! I like to add a cute oven mitt like this one to it. 

This blanket scarf and infinity scarf are super cozy! 

This velvet t-shirt is soft and looks way more expensive than it is!

For anyone on your shopping list that loves their home or to decorate, I have several recommendations. I love this candle set. The pineapple dish works well on a coffee table, as a jewelry dish or on an end table. These coasters make a funny but still practical gift!


Kara Krittenbrink

Holiday Sales

I was originally going to save this post for tomorrow or Friday but so many Black Friday sales have already started! I will keep this post updated with the latest sales I find! Let me know if you've found any great sales and what you are buying!

JCrew - The biggest sale they've ever done! 40% off everything in store and online with code HOLIDAY!

ShopBop - 15% off orders of $200+, 20% off orders of $500+, 25% off orders of $800+

Loft - 50% off everything with code CYBERMONDAY.

Gap - 50% off everything with code CYBMON

Banana Republic - 50% off everything! 

Old Navy - 40% off everything.

Nordstroms - Designer clearance up to 40% off. 

Kendra Scott - 20% off everything with code SALE20. 

Gigi New York - Spend $125 save 20%, Spend $250 save 25%, Spend $350 save 30%, Spend $500 save 35%

Ann Taylor - 50% off everything and free shipping with code CYBER50.

Bauble Bar - 35% off 2+ items with code SAVE35.

Madewell - 25% off your purchase with code THATSALE.

Club Monaco - 25% off $150, 30% off $250, 35% off $400 with code THANKSAGAIN.

Coach - 30% off with code THANKS2016.

Paper Crown - Spend $100 use code Turkey25 for 25% off. Spend $200 use code Turkey30 for 30% off. Spend $300 use code Turkey35 for 35% off.

Kate Spade - 30% off everything with code WIRED.

Tory Burch - 30% off $250 or more with code THANKS.

Bath & Body Works - Buy 3 get 3 free on everything.

Steve Madden - Get 30% off plus free shipping with code LEFTOVERS.

Athleta - 20% off your purchase.

Spanx - 20% off sitewide.

Express - 50% off everything and free shipping.

Bed Bath and Beyond - 20% off your purchase.

Asos - 20% off with code GOGOGO.

Ily Couture - 25% off with code GIFT25.

Anthropologie - 30% off with code LETSGO.

Loren Hope - 20% off sitewide with THANKFULLY.

West Elm - Lots of deals sitewide.
Kara Krittenbrink

Fitness Gift Guide

We all have friends that love to work out. They are the girl's that are trying all of the latest and newest workouts. Their favorite way to relieve stress is a good sweat session! For these girls or any girls that love the athleisure trend I have the gift picks for them!

Most girls have several pairs of basic black leggings. These color block leggings are a step above the basics! I also love these print leggings.

Health and exercise trackers are always a popular gift. Kate Spade just came out with their version and this is definitely on my Christmas list!!

I love the open back on this top! This sweatshirt is a bit retro and great for after workouts. I also love the asymmetrical neck on this top. 

For anyone that runs or work outs outside, this vest is a necessary layer in the winter. It is thin enough not to hinder your workouts but it will definitely keep you warm!

A new gym bag makes a great gift! This one has tons of great features. I love that it has a heat resistant pocket for your curling iron or flat iron. For a smaller 

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Thanksgiving Outfit Ideas

It is finally Friday!!! Has it been a long week for anyone else?? I think with Thanksgiving next week, I am already partially on vacation mode. I have a full weekend including seeing Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, sushi, football and a 5 year old's birthday!

Today's post is short and sweet and all about what to wear to Thanksgiving! For me, Thanksgiving is a mixture of comfortable and cute. Sweater, denim or cords and booties is a no fail combination. You just have to add a few simple accessories to finish off the look!


Kara Krittenbrink

Cozy Gift Guide

Believe it or not, it is time for gift guides again! I am definitely one of those people that holds off on the Christmas music and decor until after Thanksgiving! I like to let Fall have its time. One thing I do think about before Turkey day is my Christmas shopping list. I like to get together a game plan so I am not shopping at the last minute. I also find that once my shopping is done I enjoy the rest of the Christmas season alot more.

 Today I'm sharing my first guide guide and I will have many more to come! Each guide will have a theme or person they are for. I hope to inspire you and help ease the stress of Holiday shopping. Let me know if you have any specific requests!

This gift guide is all about being cozy! Do you know anyone that loves to spend quality time at home? Well this gift guide is for them. 

Christmas is the perfect time to get a new pair of pajamas! There are so many pajama sets to pick from but I love the classic colors on this one. These socks and mocassins are fur lined and feel super luxurious and soft. 

If you know someone that is into skin care, this Mario Badescu set has a little bit of everything. If you are looking for something a little more fun, bath bombs are a fun gift for any age. I recommend you mix and match the scents and colors and put together a great gift!

If you have friends and family that like to decorate, I would recommend this fur blanket! There really is nothing better than lounging with a soft blanket. It is not only a way to decorate but practical too. I love bringing out blankets when it gets cold out!

Another great idea for the homebody is a good book! I've recommended a few here and here. A book and a blanket or book and candles would be the perfect combination! 

Kara Krittenbrink

Long Vest and Over the Knee Boots

How was your weekend? I had an exhausting but inspiring weekend. Friday was a great night out with one of my girlfriends. There is nothing like drinks and girl talk to totally rejuvenate me! Yesterday I spent the day at a 5K to raise money to fight lung cancer. I had an incredible amount of friends and family support me and help my team! The love and support I received was overwhelming. It was a long and exhausting day but I went to bed with the biggest smile on my face! 

Now that we finally have fall temperatures in Oklahoma, I can't stop wearing a few of my favorite pieces! I first talked about long vests in this post here. I bought this one at the beginning of Fall but haven't been able to really wear it til now. It is now sold out but this one is really similar! I love the gold color too! I found a few other great vests here, here and here!

While this look is not the only way to wear the vest it may be my favorite! I let the vest be the star of the look and kept everything else simple. Burgundy and black may be my favorite Fall color combination. A black long sleeve t-shirt and jeans can really be dressed up a hundred different ways. A few seasons ago, over the knee boots were a popular trend. Now they have basically become a Fall and Winter must have. Because they are so popular it is easier to find them in all price ranges. My boots are sold out but I have found a few pairs that are just as great. This pair comes in both black and tan and are so affordable! If you able to invest a little more, I would highly recommend this pair! I spent a little more on my pair. I wear my over the knee boots at least once a week in the Fall and Winter so they were worth the investment. 

I wore this look to run errands and grab a quick dinner with friends. It could also be worn for a casual date night look. For work, I've paired this vest with both dresses and black pants. Long vests are versatile enough to wear for almost any occasion!

Suede Vest, old - Scoop Neck Tshirt - Denim 
Over the Knee Boots, old - Black Satchel, old (similar here & here)
Kara Krittenbrink