Monday, November 24, 2014

Peachy Keen's Holiday Gift Guide

So this year I'm breaking my number one rule and letting the Christmas spirit in before Thanksgiving is over. While most of my family is happy to watch Annabelle's Wish in July or listen to Jingle Bells in October I like to keep the Christmas craziness between Black Friday and December 25. However, since Thanksgiving is incredibly late this year and I'm living in a country that doesn't celebrate Thanksgiving I've gotten in the Christmas mood is early. I even started my Christmas gift shopping yesterday (so much earlier than my usual December 23 starting date). 

Since I'm getting a jump on all things Christmas a little early I thought I would share the spirit with all my readers :) So here we have it, my holiday gift guide! You can get all the help you need with hostess gifts, presents for mom & dad, and maybe even what to add to your wish list over on Peachy Keen's Holiday Shop. Plus, if you are a late shopper you can check back at the gift guide over the next month just by clicking on the handy button on the sidebar. 

If you're looking for a little inspiration to get you in the holiday spirit make sure to check out my Holiday Board on Pinterest as well! Over the next few weeks I'll be updating it with my favorite looks, decorations, and recipes.

Friday, November 21, 2014

Happy Friday + Links

Well here we are. It's finally Friday! While this week wasn't particularly busy it did seem extra long because of a shortened weekend last weekend. Today I'm headed to Toledo for a day trip with my school. I'm pretty excited since I've heard it's absolutely beautiful and the weather is supposed to be perfect (65 and sunny). Plus, with brunch plans and (somewhat) light workload I couldn't be more ready for the weekend to begin. 

It's been a while since I've posted some links, so here are my favorites from the last few weeks...

I would sacrifice my life to get my hands on Hallie Wilson's new flats (ok maybe that's a bit extreme).

If you want to send a holiday card to someone this year I absolutely love the selection from Anthropologie and this Joy card is easily my favorite. 

The story of how Dannijo became such a an amazing jewelry company. My favorite piece of theirs right now is this incredible necklace. 

Emily Schuman's perfect pumpkin pie. I'll take 10 please. 

I'm way behind on my movie watching and need to add many of these 'top ten fashion films of the season' to my watch list.

Design Darling has teamed up with Amy Stone so that you can finally have Amy's incredible instagrams hanging on your wall! (I died a little when I found out). There are 8 different prints, but my favorites are the anchor door, cabana, and pineapple prints. 

Make sure to check back Monday because I'll be breaking my number one rule and talking about Christmas before Thanksgiving is over. Hope you all have a great weekend!

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Shop: Thanksgiving Wear

sweater* // jeans // bag // boots // watch
*An extra 30% off these items at J.Crew right now

Can you believe that Thanksgiving is next week? Even though I won't be going home for Thanksgiving (or even be in the US) I'm still counting down the days. A few years ago, when my sister joined our high school's cheerleading team, my family started hosting a breakfast for her team before the Thanksgiving football game. Going to the game and then having family over for a very large dinner is something I look forward to every year. 

 While usually I love to dress up for the Holidays (I've begged my parents for years to have a less casual Christmas dinner), Thanksgiving is a time for jeans, flannels, and sweaters. Above I have tow options for Thanksgiving that I'm considering. The left look is pretty much as dressy as I would ever go for the day, but luckily leather leggings and a button up are still perfectly comfortable. Then, on the right, is the classic fall look with a few changes. Switch out skinny jeans for boyfriend jeans and your classic v neck sweater for a chunky loose turtleneck. Plus, with both these outfits you can start the day with warm boots for a family or school football game and then switch to flats for dinner later. Even better, the stretchy waist lines and loose tops will be incredibly forgiving when you eat half a pumpkin pie. 

Monday, November 17, 2014

Travel: Postcards from Prague

Happy Monday everyone! After a crazy week last week (lots of assignments, an test, and a very important presentation) I'm finally back. With all of the school work I was feeling incredibly uninspired and decided to take a week off from blogging, but I'm excited to finally be writing something I really care about again. 

Part of the reason last week was so crazy was because I was coming back from spending the long weekend in Prague (Monday was a holiday in Madrid). I planned my trip to Prague to visit friends who are studying abroad there months ago and was so excited I almost killed someone when my flight was delayed. When I did finally arrive it was already dark and I couldn't see nearly how beauitful the city is. The next morning as my friend and I explored Old Town I think she started to get annoyed with how many times I said everything was so beautiful. I lucked out with a perfect fall day complete with blue skies and the prettiest leaves. The city felt a bit like a fairytale and leaving Monday morning with my friends still in Prague was more than a little sad. 

Prague has easily been one of my favorite cities I've visited and yes I know I say that every time I go on a trip, but this trip is one that will not easily ever be forgotten. Extra thanks to my friends who were incredible hosts :)

Friday, November 7, 2014

Shop: Fall Covets N.3

It's been a while since I've put up a Fall Covets post (see N1 and 2), but there are plenty of items on my wish list. I finally got a chance to wear my leather leggings this week and now I don't really want to wear anything else. I chunky white fisherman sweater would be perfect over my leather leggings with a classic J.Crew field jacket thrown on top. I've also been missing my otk boots that I left at home (what was I thinking?), but for those of you that don't have a pair yet, these are under $100. 

Plus, accessories like a red & black scarf (which is very hard to find by the way, they are all red and blue!) and a black floppy hat keep you stylish and warm in the almost winter temperatures. 

I'm headed Prague today for a long weekend off from school and a variation of pretty much all these items is packed in my suitcase (minus the peacoat, because I'm the idiot who left hers in the US). I'll definitely be layering up so that I don't freeze while exploring the beautiful city. My dream would be to look as amazing as Julia Engel did exploring the city just a couple weeks ago. Hope you all have a great weekend!