5 Days of Giveaways : Day 2 - DryBar Giveaway + Gifts for HIM Under $50

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Happy Wednesday! 5 days of giveaways continues with a really great one! I recently got the DryBar blow dryer and fell in love with it. I mean I think it is the best thing ever and it dries my hair in a fraction of the time, leaving it smooth with no frizz. Once I started using that, I was hooked on anything and everything DryBar. I more recently got the curling iron and am SO excited to use it! I am not a big blowout gal because I am SUPER picky about my hair, but I absolutely love the experience!

So how ‘bout a girl’s day?! To show you my appreciation this Holiday season, I’m gifting a lucky winner and two friends a blowout at Dry Bar Avalon, plus another lucky winner this Double Triple gift set.

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To enter, head over to Instagram and like this post, tag the two friends you would take with you for blowouts or tell me why you want the . Giveaway ends tomorrow night at midnight, winner announced on Friday. Good luck!

Plus, today I’m sharing my favorite gifts & stocking stuffers for HIM, all under $50. These are great things for your hubby, brother, dad, father-in-law, etc. and they won’t break the bank. Shop them all below!

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A few noteworthy / explanation-worthy mentions:

If your husband is always losing his keys / wallet like mine is, he NEEDS the tile. Put one on his key chain, one in his wallet and he’ll never bother you again (ha- yeah right!)

Tommy John underwear - why yes, it’s strange that I have a photo of a man’s crotch on my gift guide but I am telling you these underwear are apparently life-changing! Harrison is obsessed and I get him a pair every year in his stocking.

I got Harrison this valet last year and it’s a great spot for tossing keys, wallet, watch, etc. to keep them in one place.

Do you have or love labs (how could you not)? How cute are these lab PJ pants?

Every woman needs a vest, every man needs a vest too. This one is perfect and such a great price.

SHOP IT ALL :





5 Days of Giveaways : Day 1 - Anna B. Designs

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Happy Monday! Let’s kick off this week with a giveaway, shall we? In the true spirit of Christmas, I’ll be doing 5 days of giveaways, every other day (Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Monday & Wednesday), starting today.

I recently fell in love with Anna B. Designs, a jewelry brand right here in Atlanta. I love anything beaded and unique, which is why I love her stuff so much! Her jewelry, especially necklaces like the ones I am wearing, make such great gifts and I love the price point compared to some other handmade brands.

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One lucky winner will win a necklace of their choice (value up to $75)! To enter, simply head over to Instagram, make sure you are following me and Anna B. Designs, ‘like’ the photo, and tag 3 friends in the comment section below. PLUS, get 15% off your purchase with coder COURTNEY15.

Giveaway closes tomorrow night at midnight; I’ll announce the winner on Wednesday along with the next giveaway. Good luck!

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shop my looks from above :

Don’t forget, today marks the end of the first installment of the Christmas Countdown Sale! Last day to get 20% off your order for Christmas, so hurry! Tomorrow the discount decreases to 15%.

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The Perfect Holiday Dress + Gift Guide #1 : Gifts for Her Under $50

 
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Happy Thursday! This is my absolute favorite time of year, and this year is even more special with us awaiting the arrival of baby girl! I had my 36 week appointment and things are completely closed for now, but Harrison and I are both hoping she might surprise us with a pre-Christmas arrival. That would be the best gift ever! We are so ready for her, but we’ll see when she decides to make her debut.

Today I’m sharing this dress that’s perfect for holiday parties, Christmas day, and just fall/winter in general. It’s non-maternity and you can get your regular size if you are pregnant (plus the fit is forgiving which is perfect for post-baby!) Plus, it’s 40% OFF! I’m wearing a size small and it’s perfect for pairing under a vest like this faux fur one, with tights & boots or heels. I also love plaid because it will never go out of style; you can wear this holiday season after holiday season.

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Outfit details are linked below:

Now for the start of my Gift Guides! Today I’m sharing gifts for her, all under $50; these are perfect for stocking stuffers, or smaller gifts for mom, sister, friend, wife, etc. etc. and all things that I either have, or would love to get in my stocking. Tomorrow, we’ll address the men. Happy shopping!

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SHOP gifts for her :

And don’t forget! My Christmas Countdown SALE is in full swing; now through December 10th, get 20% off with code CHRISTMASCOUNTDOWN. Click below for all the details.

What's on my baby registry

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I’ve gotten so many questions from y’all about what I registered for for both baby girl and her nursery. Today I’m sharing the top things that were recommended to me by other moms, or that I did research on and chose. I hope this helps some of you trying to create your registries and wondering what to put on there! I would be lost without other moms helping me know what you need and what you definitely don’t, and luckily I am surrounded by lots of super-mom friends! 4 (ish) weeks to go, let’s do this!
Here are the top items from my registry:

NANIT MONITOR - If you saw my instagram stories a few weeks ago, this is the coolest monitor ever! Links to an app on your phone so you can watch your baby no matter where you are. Also tells you stats like room temp, movement, sounds, and humidity levels

BABY BJORN BOUNCER

OWLET SMART SOCK - SO many mamas told me this is a life saver and gave them so much peace of mind

SNUGGLE ME ORGANIC - I did comparison research between this and Dockatot and decided to give this a try because it got better reviews (from my research!)

KEEKAROO CHANGER - love that it is rubber so it’s easily cleanable! Came highly recommended by multiple moms

BASSINET and STAND - I love this so much because you can take it out of the stand and use it anywhere in the house, and the stand rocks.

CRIB MATTRESS - top rated on amazon, but still budget-friendly

CRIB SKIRT - I love how neutral and pretty this is - for boy or girl!

BUMBO ( a given)

BOTTLE WARMER - came highly recommended to me by multiple mamas

BOTTLES

BATH KNEELER MAT / PAD

BATH SUPPORT SEAT

ONESIES + SOCK + MITTENS SET - I hear they live in onesies the first few weeks, so this is key!

DIAPER BAG - I got the Fawn Design bag in gray and am in love

STROLLER - Uppababy Vista

CARSEAT - Uppababy

SOLLY BABY WRAP - I got this swiss dot blush one and it’s soooo pretty & soft

BABY BJORN - Came highly recommended as a carrier that would fit newborns too

LOVEVERY PLAYMAT GYM - this had so many RAVE reviews and I love that it’s not super bright colored & plastic ;)

GATHRE MAT - for changing on-the-go, playing, and use as a placemat when out

HUMIDIFIER

SOUND MACHINE BUNDLE - one for home, one for travel

HIGH CHAIR - lots of people recommended the Stokke Tripp Trapp but at the end of the day, it seemed a little too pricey to me (and no one was buying it so it clearly was!) for a high chair. I registered for this one for now, and may upgrade down the road!

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SWADDLES - I got both THIS and THIS to try out

AIDEN + ANAIS SWADDLE SET - love these swaddles, plus they can be used for blankets, burp cloths etc.

BEAUTYCOUNTER WELCOME BABY GIFT SET

CLOSET SYSTEM - this is the best thing ever! Gives me so much organization and room to hang her clothes in age groups, etc. Plus, it is super affordable.

These are the PJs I got to wear in the hospital! SO soft, comfortable and obviously nursing friendly

You can view my full registry here.

Cyber Monday

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Happy Cyber Monday! The deals make heading back to work today a * little * less painful… Many of them are the same as Black Friday, just carried over into today. So, I’m sharing them all with you! We did some major Christmas decorating this weekend and many of my living room items are included in Cyber Monday sales. You can shop my living room details :

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MY biggest sale of the year ends TODAY!

25% off** with code BLACKFRIDAY (This is the only time of the year I will have 25% OFF!) Go ahead and get your Christmas gifts (redeemable within 1 year of purchase; all Christmas gift certificate recipients must schedule in spring due to my maternity leave) Click ‘SERVICES’ above to browse all services, and click HERE to purchase.

**15% off yearly style subscriptions & holiday gifting with code BLACKFRIDAY2.

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And just like Black Friday, here’s a list of the best Cyber Monday sales to shop :

JCREW - 50% OFF your entire purchase with code CYBER, plus EXTRA 60% OFF SALE

ANTHROPOLOGIE - 30% OFF everything! No code needed.

BEAUTYCOUNTER - 15% OFF everything + free shipping is extended through today! Click HERE to see my full post of my skincare + makeup routine, plus holiday gift set favorites. Plus, 4 new travel sized items / sets have been released! If you’ve been wanting to try the Resurfacing Peel, Countermatch collection (what I use), cleansing balm, or CounterControl collection, TODAY is your lucky day.

NORDSTROM - up to 60% off select items! Click HERE To see my full post of favorites.

SHEIN - 70% off EVERYTHING, with extra $ off if you spend a certain amount. Code CYBER.

TORY BURCH - 30% off $250 or more, + up to 60% off sale with code THANKS

AMAZON - Cyber Monday Deals (specific items on major sale - click for those items!)

OLD NAVY - 50% off EVERYTHING. No code needed

GAP - 50% off EVERYTHING with code CYBER, + EXTRA 10& OFF with code YOURS

BANANA REPUBLIC - 50% off everything. No code needed

JCREW FACTORY - 60% OFF with code ADD2CART

LOFT - 50% off everything with code CYBER (Okay - this isn’t the biggest deal because it literally happens every other weekend, but here you go anyway!)

ENEWTON - 30% off with code HOHOHO30. I have been eyeing some bracelet stacks and plan to take the plunge today with the sale going on. Love her stuff and the quality - never tarnishes!

HEARNE DRY GOODS CO (I am in love with all their jewelry!) - Everything 10-25% off! No code needed.

LUCKY BRAND - 50% off EVERYTHING! No code needed.

TARGET - Extra 15% off sitewide!

WORLD MARKET - Save up to 40% on almost everything

POTTERY BARN - 25% off your regular-priced order

WEST ELM - Sitewide savings up to 70%

Black Friday Sales Worth Shopping

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Happy Friday! This won’t be a lengthy post, but I am sharing a list of the best Black Friday sales with you so you can get to shopping! Many of these retailers NEVER have sales so today is the day to take advantage. Just click below :

JCREW - 50% OFF your entire purchase with code TGIF.

ANTHROPOLOGIE - 30% OFF everything! No code needed. This literally NEVER happens.

BEAUTYCOUNTER - 15% OFF everything + free shipping is still going strong! Click HERE to see my full post of my skincare + makeup routine, plus holiday gift set favorites.

NORDSTROM - up to 60% off select items! Click HERE To see my full post of favorites.

TORY BURCH - 30% off $250 or more, + up to 60% off sale with code THANKS

AMAZON - Black Friday Deals week (specific items on major sale - click for those items!)

GAP - 50% off EVERYTHING with code BLKFRIDAY

BANANA REPUBLIC - 50% off everything. No code needed

JCREW FACTORY - Extra 40-50% off sitewide!

LOFT - 50% off everything with code FRIYAY (Okay - this isn’t the biggest deal because it literally happens every other weekend, but here you go anyway!)

ENEWTON - 30% off with code HOHOHO30. I have been eyeing some bracelet stacks and plan to take the plunge today with the sale going on. Love her stuff and the quality - never tarnishes!

HEARNE DRY GOODS CO (I am in love with all their jewelry!) - Everything 10-25% off! No code needed.

LUCKY BRAND - 50% off EVERYTHING! No code needed.

And of course, MY biggest sale of the year!
25% off** with code BLACKFRIDAY, now through Monday. (This is the only time of the year I will have 25% OFF!) Go ahead and get your Christmas gifts (redeemable within 1 year of purchase; all Christmas gift certificate recipients must schedule in spring due to my maternity leave) Click ‘SERVICES’ above to browse all services, and click HERE to purchase.

**15% off yearly style subscriptions & holiday gifting with code BLACKFRIDAY2.

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Nordstrom Black Friday Sale

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Happy Wednesday! The Black Friday sales keep starting earlier and earlier, and today marks the beginning of NORDSTROM’s. I have to say, there are SO many great finds for women & men - from stocking stuffers to big gifts! (not too many great deals for kids in my opinion) From designer items at major discounts, to cashmere, to stocking stuffers, denim & more, I’m sharing all my favorites below.

Plus many of the pieces I’ve worn on the blog are included, like my camo vest, favorite wedge sneakers, otk black boots and easy shift dress (linked in photos).

So get gifting if you haven’t already, and take advantage of these MAJOR steals!

FOR HER:

FOR HIM:

 CAMO VEST

CAMO VEST

 $27 SHIFT DRESS

$27 SHIFT DRESS

 LINEA PAOLO WEDGE SNEAKER

LINEA PAOLO WEDGE SNEAKER

Beautycounter Black Friday Sale

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Happy Tuesday! Today marks the start of the Beautycounter Black Friday sale, which you DON’T want to miss! Get 15% off plus free shipping on your order! This is one of the VERY few yearly sales they will do, and if you’ve been wanting to try Beautycounter skincare and / or makeup, now is the time! They also have tons of amazing holiday gift sets that are great for stocking stuffers or gifts for loved ones.

If you’ve followed along for awhile, you know I am in love with Beautycounter. I won’t do a long post about it (you can read the Beautycounter story here), but I’ve been using it for about a year now and when I first tried it last November, I was immediately hooked. The products FEEL so good, make your skin LOOK so much better and are clean + safe, even during pregnancy and breastfeeding! Below I’m outlining my daily skincare & makeup routine and what I use, plus some holiday gift sets I’ve already bought. Happy start to your Black Friday shopping!

MY DAILY ROUTINE :

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1) Countermatch collection | Cleanser, serum, day / moisturizer, eye cream. *Sidenote - I don’t LOVE the milky feel of this cleanser, so I usually mix it with this exfoliating one. I LOVE Countermatch because I have more normal / combination skin and it really balances my skin out. But, there are tons of options depending on what your skin type is! You can browse all the skincare collections here & decide what’s best for you.

2) Overnight Resurfacing Peel | I use this 3-4 nights a week and swear by it. It’s not necessarily a “peel,” but more just a serum type feeling product that you apply after you wash your face, then leave on overnight. It brightens, gets rid of dark spots, acne spots, and makes your skin tone more even. Safe during pregnancy which is a major plus with dark spots!

3) Skin Tint Foundation | This is a super lightweight foundation which I love. It adds the perfect amount of color and evenness to your skin without being heavy

4) Concealer Pen | I use the color ‘light’ and I use it under my eyes, on any blemishes, and around my nose. It is the best concealer ever!

5) Mattifying Powder | I put this all over my face after concealer. It has no coloring to it so it looks super natural, just giving you a more matte look and preventing shiny-ness throughout the day.

6) Bronzer | I have the shade ‘Surf’ and I apply it to my cheekbones, around my forehead, and on my chin to try and give the impression that I have one instead of two ;)

7) Blush | I just ordered ‘Sorbet’ for the winter because I love a deeper berry color! I love how pigmented this is and how easily it goes (and stays) on.

8) Eye Palette | Right now I’m using this limited edition holiday set, but I am also in love with the Necessary Neutrals Palette. If you’re starting from scratch, definitely get that one!

9) Eyeliner - I will be totally honest and tell you I don’t use BC eyeliner! My favorite is this Marc Jacobs gel liner pencil and it’s the best I’ve ever tried.

10) Mascara - I don’t use BC mascara either, only because I am still using my IT! Cosmetics Superhero and can’t seem to quit it.

11) Lips - I am in love with their lipstick. It’s so moisturizing, tastes like peppermint & goes on so smoothly. I got the holiday gift set for myself so I’m currently experimenting with those colors!

HOLIDAY GIFT SETS I LOVE (Click HERE to browse all gift sets)

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1) MINI COLOR INTENSE LIPSTICK VAULT - all these colors for $79 (plus discount!)

2) SHIMMER & SHINE BODY SET - I got this for my grandmother and grandmother-in-law (and myself because I can’t resist this body butter and am dying to try the glow oil!

3) NECESSARY NEUTRALS PALETTE - a $116 value at just $89 plus 15% off + free shipping. LOVE all the colors

4) INTENSE MOISTURE DUO - Who doesn’t need this for dry winter skin?

5) INSTANT AWAKENING TRIO - I am all about any quick ‘pick-me-up’ in the morning or before a holiday party to make my skin brighter and more awake. This does just that.

6) BEST OF BEAUTYCOUNTER - Wanting to try Beautycounter or let a friend try it? This is a set of four bestsellers.

7) LIMITED EDITION COUNTERMAN SET - For him! Great stocking stuffer for your man, including 4 men’s skincare and shave essentials with a dop kit to put them in.

Holiday Gifting Made Easy + Maternity Leave FAQs

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How can it be that it's already November?! This year (and this pregnancy) are flying by. For those of you who don't know already, my due date for little lady to make her debut is January 1, 2019. So, let me fill you in on all things holiday, maternity leave and fall scheduling!

PRE-BABY :
Since my job requires me to be solely on my feet, I will not take any clients past Friday, December 7th. If you want to schedule a fall / winter wardrobe consult or shopping trip, NOW is the time! 

OFFICIAL MATERNITY LEAVE :
Once baby girl is born, I plan to take 12 weeks fully off. This actually works out with seasonal changes, since most people get their fall / winter shopping done before Christmas, and then start thinking about spring in March / April. So, if you buy a service over the Christmas holiday, just know that you won't be able to use it until the spring! 

GIFTING MADE EASY!
NOW is the time to start thinking about Christmas gifts! While I will of course offer a Christmas special on all my services, I am introducing a brand new service this year, as well. Let me take care of your holiday gifting FOR YOU! Stuck on what to get that special someone? Let me do the shopping on your behalf. All you need to do is pick your price range, tell me a bit about the person & the gift you want to give, and I'll pick it out for you and deliver to your house (if local) or ship directly to you. You pay a flat fee for my time, and I provide you with the perfect gift, sans the hassle and stress. Click HERE to learn more about the Lifestyled Holiday Gifting. 

ONLINE SHOPPING :
I WILL be taking online shopping requests before, and during maternity leave. So, if you are desperate for some shopping, not to worry! I will send you online shopping links to everything you need.

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Already starting your holiday gifting? Here are a few of my new BeautyCounter favorites, perfect for gifts throughout this season! 

HOLIDAY GIFT SETS

 Lipstick Vault - all of these for just $79!

Lipstick Vault - all of these for just $79!

 Highlighter Palette - love the colors

Highlighter Palette - love the colors

 Limited Edition ‘Necessary Neutrals’ palette

Limited Edition ‘Necessary Neutrals’ palette

 Intense Moisture Duo for dry winter skin

Intense Moisture Duo for dry winter skin

 Instant Awakening Trio : perfect for post-holiday parties!

Instant Awakening Trio : perfect for post-holiday parties!

 GLOW & GO Mini Oil Trio

GLOW & GO Mini Oil Trio

I’ll be sharing a nursery reveal in just a few weeks, so stay tuned for that, gift guides & more fun pregnancy style for these last 8 weeks before her arrival!

What I've Bought Baby Girl So Far + Other Updates

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Happy Friday! I accidentally took the week off of social media - I have never been busier with clients than this fall! I can’t believe that I am already in the third trimester. This pregnancy has both flown by and dragged on at the same time! We cannot wait to meet baby girl. A few weeks ago on instagram I shared some of her clothes and y’all sent me TONS of DM's asking for links. So, I figured I would share what I’ve bought her so far (or should I say - mostly what Her LaLa (my mom) has bought her so far…) I’m also sharing a few of my favorite clothing items that I’ve been wearing nonstop the past few weeks/months!


What I’ve bought her: I have discovered a lot of little shops that have super cute and mostly affordable items. I’m listing them below:

Hallmark Baby (who knew Hallmark had baby clothes? But, they’re super cute!)

Spearmint Love

Kate Quinn Organics

PatPat

SK Creations for monogramming

Kickee Pants

Posh Peanut

Lou Lou & Company

MilkBarn

And of course I have done lots of things from Baby Gap, Nordstrom, H&M, Zara, etc.! Sharing some favorites below:

A lot of you have also asked about her closet system! It is from Wayfair and linked here (ours is the Weathered Gray color). You can install it with the shelves in the middle and racks on each side, but we decided with our closet size, this was a better fit! It’s great for older homes that have those narrow closets with no shelving, like ours! (I still haven’t added baskets which I plan to put her pants, socks, bows, etc. in. This was right after we installed it!)

Here are some of my favorite bump-friendly, comfortable clothing items as of late:

My nursery tour will be up on the blog in November, but here are the pieces you’ve seen in the snippets and photos I’ve posted! The wallpaper is Thibaut Tanzania and I purchased it through Miko + Boone Home. Everything else is linked below: