Stocking up on Christmas Decor

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It’s that time of year again! Alix gives us her tips for “stocking” up on Christmas decor

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It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Or so they say… in that one song… totally kidding I LOVE CHRISTMAS TIME! My husband and I are not only newlyweds, but also new home owners as of October. It’s been so much fun getting our new little house together and making it our home. We both share of love of Holiday decorating, from the inside out. However being brand new home owners left us with absolutely nothing with some holiday cheer. So in true holiday fashion we started planning and collecting things to make our house a bright and merry home.

Whether you are like me (starting from scratch) or looking to change it up a bit, I came up with some helpful tips and tricks for decorating your home for the holidays.

1. It is an investment: I had to keep saying this to myself every time I swiped my card. I know that we will replace decorations and add to our collection over the years, but it will take a good chunk of change to get it going. Since it is an “investment” put your dollars into pieces that will last (we got deer for our yard, canvases for inside, a pretty tree skirt). Our higher dollar items should last us a few years.

2. Look for the deals/hand-me-downs early: The first Christmas décor I bought in early November… two stocking for our dogs at $3 a piece! Yes, now you know where my priorities are… but actually it was a great deal I couldn’t pass up. Craft stores are always having 50-75% off their holiday décor, places like Ross or Marshalls have bits and pieces for a steal (think hand towels, candles, etc.), and I am a huge fan of random online deals. Also, I’m all about taking hand-me-downs. If it is in good shape then why not? My Mimi had a gorgeous fake tree she was just going to get rid of…heck no, that thing is currently sitting in my living room. It’s all about looking early and planning out.

3. Pick something that won’t go “out of style”: At first I wanted my house in plaids… just plaid everywhere like a lumberjack convention. After some convincing from my husband, I dropped that dream and started thinking long term. So we went with golds and reds, it’s turning out beautifully inside. It makes it feel like Christmas time and I know it will be a good feel for years to come.

4. Research: The inside of the house was my realm (minus the veto of the plaid) for me to decorate and bring to life. The outside was all for hubs… I’m not really into standing on ladders and dealing with spider webs in trees and bushes. He did a great job of researching what he wanted the front yard to look like. When we went to get all the pieces it literally took no time at all, he knew the type of lights and the deer and the extension cord plan. Literally… he is the best, it came out so cute!

Our little house is now looking like a cozy home, ready for the holidays. We are still putting bits and pieces together. But don’t worry, it will be all ready for Saint Nick to visit our baby pups!

Be Merry,

Alix Josey

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Holiday Traditions

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My favorite holiday tradition…shopping

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How was everyone’s Thanksgiving? Hopefully full of stuffing, turkey, and lots of red wine with your loved ones! My boyfriend flew in from California (he lives in San Francisco) and we spent our Thanksgiving holiday in Waco, Dallas, and Houston! This season is one of the few times of the year I get to see certain parts of my extended family, and it’s so nice. My family is HUGE…like crazy big. I technically have 6 parents (it’s confusing), so you can imagine the amount of relatives I have on each side. It’s such a blessing though! I love having so many cousins, aunts, uncles, and grandparents.

Growing up, my parents made every holiday and birthday ridiculously special, and it rubbed off on me. Gifts are definitely my love language now. I want people to feel thought of and loved, and for me the best way to do that is giving them something that I know they’ll love. With such a big family comes multiple “What do you want for Christmas?” questions around this time of year. My family is also pretty big on gifts, so I better come prepared with a list! One of my favorite childhood memories is sitting on my aunt and uncles staircase writing my list out with my cousins and running it over to our parents and grandparents. Now that I’m older though, I’m always completely stumped when I sit down to make a list. During the year I see a million things I need or want, but when it’s time to ask, I either blank or feel guilty! Luckily, my little sister doesn’t have this problem. I know because she sent me a page long list in October 😉 She’s a girl who knows what she wants!

In my early twenties, all I really want is my rent paid and maybe a nice long nap, but that doesn’t suffice as a list apparently. Luckily this year, I had some cheat sheets! In the age of Pinterest, fashion bloggers, and your favorite shop sending weekly emails, it’s easy to pick those can’t live without items! I’ve rounded up my favorite bloggers and websites so you can get a better idea of what to get your loved ones and what you need yourself. Christmas is the perfect time to ask for those things you really need but never splurge on, like a great face product, a new curling iron, a new bag, or nice perfume. It’s also a perfect time to give to the people in your life who maybe you don’t always think of. I’m SO excited about the gifts I got for my mom (who 110% deserves the world) and my boyfriend’s family. It’s these people that we probably aren’t shopping for regularly, and it’s a great excuse to spoil them.

One of my favorite bloggers (another Texas girl) is Katey McFarlan of Chronicles of Frivolity. She has a great Christmas round up that she adds to frequently!

Another great lifestyle blogger is Joanna Goddard of Cup of Jo, and they’re currently doing a Christmas list for every member of the family!

ELLE magazine has a “Best Gifts of 2016” guide that literally has something for everyone.

Last but not least, Pinterest boards are overflowing with gifts right now! Just type it in the search bar and you’re sure to find what you need.

With today being Cyber Monday, get out there and find some deals! I hope this helps you to either make a list or find a gift for that super hard to buy for person in your life. Happy shopping!

-Tori Carruth



Fall Boots For Any Weather

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Fall boot style (even when it’s 80 degrees)

by Amy Tullis

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My favorite part of this time of year is being able to wear boots and booties that I can’t wear during the warmer months.  While it’s still about 75 degrees outside on a good day, I still found a way to incorporate my favorite boots into my wardrobe. Booties are my favorite to style because there are so many ways to dress them! For work I’ll throw on a t-shirt dress, cardigan and my favorite pair of booties. It’s a quick and comfortable way to look cute on a daily basis. On the weekends I’ll wear my booties with a pair of distressed jeans and a flowy top.

In Texas it’s very hard for me to wear mid-calf or over the knee boots since it’s still in the high 70s in December. If I decide to just deal with the heat and wear them (like I did today!), I’ll pair my over the knee boots with a dress that hits around mid-thigh. For my mid-calf boots, I’ll style them with jeans and a flannel for an easy fall outfit. If I need a dressier outfit I’ll typically try to wear a dress or a blouse with dark jeans with my booties and cuff my jeans.

When shopping for boots, I try to find some that I can dress up or down, so that I have multiple options. It’s also a good idea to go with neutrals that I know will match with almost anything I already have. Taupe toned boots are awesome because you can wear them with black or brown outfits. I have a pair of booties that have fringe on them for when I’m wanting a statement outfit. PS… good tip is to go boot shopping towards the end of winter so you can get them on sale for next season.

So even if you’re sweltering in the South like me, pull those boots out!



Fall Nail Colors

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Fall Is Here! 

by Hannah Sullivan

I have a confession to make: fall is absolutely my favorite season!

I love everything about fall. From the fashion and accessories, to the endless amounts of soup, the (hopeful) chill in the air, lots of s’mores, and the holidays being just around the corner!

Living in Texas limits me and my “fall-esque” fashion accessorizing, so I opt for going with fall nail colors instead! Since I can’t always rock a blanket scarf, my nails are my next favorite to accessorize.

My favorite colors to wear are greys, wine reds, and dark rich colors on my fingers and toes in the fall and winter! And yes I do my toes in the winter, even though no one really sees them. I tend to try to pick a darker shade for my toes, but something that still “goes” with my fingernails, because even though my toes are wrapped up all winter long, it still feels nice to pamper myself with a relaxing pedicure!

The richer and warmer the colors the more it makes it feel like the season to me! And even adding some glitz and glitter can get you holiday ready! Who says you have to wait for a special occasion to break out sparkly nail polish?!

After all, a girl can’t have too many choices when it comes to nail polish… am I right?

Below are some of my absolute favorites!

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Work Style on a Budget

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Ballin’ on a Budget

by Amy Tullis

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Being a college intern means hardcore budgeting. However, this doesn’t mean that you can’t look like a million bucks. I’ve always had the motto “look good, feel good, do good”. Whether I’m taking a test or just going about my daily tasks, when I’m dressed nicely it seems to push me to do better.

Target has always been and will forever be my go to place for everything. It’s trendy and affordable. Some of my favorite pieces in my wardrobe are from Target. I also get this odd sense of joy when someone asks me where I got my favorite skirt from and I respond “I got it from Target”. *hair flip*

Every time I walk into Dillard’s I’m bound to see an incredible sale rack. I’ve always been extremely impressed with the amount of designer clothes they have discounted throughout their store. It also helps that they have the most attentive employees in the world.

Another great place to purchase affordable work appropriate attire is JC Penney. Most of their inventory is already marked down, and they always have some kind of promotion or coupons available. I always find the best work pants at JC Penney and they are SO cheap!

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No matter where you shop, there are always deals to be found. One trick is to buy your fall clothes in summer, summer clothes in fall, and so on. This is when they’re going to be the cheapest, and you’ll get those great pieces that you didn’t want to buy full price!

I’ll be the first person to admit that I have a shopping problem. But that doesn’t mean I break the bank every time I go on a shopping spree.

I hope you all “look good, feel good, do good”!



Pink Makeup

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Today we’ve asked a local makeup artist to do a cute, simple, pink look for us! Below is Madi’s take on the October pink craze, and we can’t wait to try it for ourselves!

by Madi Angelelli

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Since I was a little girl I’ve always had a passion for makeup, pretty things, pink and glitter. I was honored to be asked to recreate a look for breast cancer awareness! I’ll break down the items you need to achieve this look.

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FACE:
Tarte amazonian clay foundation
Anastasia Beverly Hills highlight in ”moonstone”
NARS blush in “orgasm”

EYES:
Anastasia Beverly Hills shadow in “intense gaze”
Tarte precision longwear liner
Ardell lashes #203

RIBBON:
Nyx lip liner in “sweet pink”
Revlon photoready eye art in “topaz twinkle”

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We’d love to see your version of a pink makeup look! See more of Madi’s makeup on Instagram at @makeupbymadilyn



Pops of Pink

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On Wednesdays We Wear [Pops] of Pink!

by Amy Tullis

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As we all know, it’s Breast Cancer Awareness month, which means there is literally pink EVERYWHERE. Personally, I love it. Seeing people wearing pink ribbons and supporting breast cancer patients as well as survivors makes me smile from ear to ear. It’s a great month to get involved and show your support!

While I was cheering in college we had a huge pink out game. It was an amazing experience seeing so many people coming together for such a great cause. My squad had pink headbands and painted a pink ribbon on our faces. Even the football team was decked out from head to toe in pink gear.

No matter where you go in October, there is bound to be a section of pink products. This makes it easy if you want to add a dash of fuchsia to your wardrobe. If you want to show support without looking like a flamingo, I’ve got you covered.

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Simply wearing pink jewelry or shoes adds a perfect pop of pink to any outfit. Kendra Scott has an amazing selection of Breast Cancer Awareness jewelry. I personally love rocking a rosey-pink lipstick everyday as well as having my nails and toes painted in a blush tone. If you’re like me and need cute workout clothes to motivate you to go to the gym, you can add pretty pastels to your attire. I’ve added a pair of pink shoe-laces to my favorite pair of running shoes to make running that extra mile a little more bearable.

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Thank you to anyone who has shown support for Breast Cancer Awareness month by rocking pink. Show us your favorite ways to incorporate it into your wardrobe by using #iGoPink on Facebook and Instagram.

I hope you all have a marvelous October!

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Shop Givebacks

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I shop givebacks.  I love that a percentage of my purchase will go to something far greater than just the transaction!  Those portions that are donated to charities and organizations really do add up and help further the mission of eradicating breast cancer in it’s various forms and capacitates.  Being a part of that is something special!

With that said, IT IS OCTOBER!  That means breast cancer awareness month!  It’s that time of the year that we all “GoPink”.

It is actually my favorite time of year!

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Let it be known… I am a pink girl!  My friends are pink girls!  My office is full of pink girls!  WE know the power of the pink ribbon!  Pink is not just a color; it’s an attitude, it’s a call to fight, it’s the sisterhood! When you see pink ribbons around you are looking at a bond that is not easily broken.  These women are advocates, all choosing to rise, take a stand, and be a part of something much greater!

Here is your challenge, wear pink this October!  Wear it as often as possible!  Show off your pink ribbons! Shop givebacks when possible.  If you’re not sure where to start, Brighton Collectables has a really great giveback program!  If you’re near a store, head out and show your support.  In our local area, Brighton at The Woodlands Mall and Willowbrook Mall has chosen the iGoPink/BCCA as their charity for October! Come out!  Show your support!  Be a pink girl too!

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-Tristan



What To Wear To Wine Women & Shoes

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by Tori Carruth

Happy Wednesday! You may have noticed that our blog has been a little quieter lately, and it’s because the event we’ve been planning since December is FINALLY here!

I started volunteering with BCCA in 2014, a few months after my sister passed from breast cancer, and it’s been so near and dear to me since then. The first event I attended was Wine Women & Shoes, and I happened to be volunteering with my sorority, Zeta Tau Alpha. Last year, I wasn’t a volunteer, but a guest. My mom and I shared our story (watch here!), and were treated to VIP access as the honorary story of the night. Flash forward to now, and I’m the Event Coordinator for BCCA! Life always puts you exactly where you need to be.

My first year at WWS, with my best friend, Emilie :)

Anyways, moving on to what this post is truly about…fashion! If you’re going to this year’s Wine Women & Shoes, you may be wondering what to wear, and I am here to help, girl friend! Last year, my mom’s biggest dilemma was what she was going to wear. Never mind the hundreds of people who would be hearing her story of survival and loss for the first time, the woman just couldn’t decide what to wear! That’s us women for you.

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How cute is my mom?! This is WWS 2015!

Hopefully I can take a little of that stress off of you! My favorites:

Cocktail Attire

Just Came From Work

The Classic LBD With A Twist

A Sequin Number

Lovely Lace

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I hope this helps some! All of these looks you can find at Dillard’s, our fashion show sponsor of 2016! This year, I spent 30 minutes on the phone with my mom virtually going through her whole closet…so don’t fret if you’re still unsure! Wine Women & Shoes is happening September 29 at 5:30 at The Woodlands Waterway Marriott, and we’d love to have you there! You can catch me running around like a chicken (in 5 inch heels) with it’s head cut off!

XOXO



Summer to Fall Outfit

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Transitioning those summer pieces to fall outfits!

by Amy Tullis

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Fall in Texas means 90 degree weather until Christmas. I wish I was exaggerating. This makes transitioning your wardrobe from summer to fall extremely tricky. Personally, I’ve already broken out my favorite booties and suede dresses, but on days like today when its 95 degrees with full blown Houston humidity, I needed something easy to throw together that was light and comfortable.

One of my favorite tricks for transitioning into fall is to layer a tank with a cardigan. Pairing a pair of your favorite strappy sandals with a pair of olive jeans is a super easy way to be fall-ish without dying of a heatstroke.

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A few other heat-friendly fall fashion options:
• Denim jackets/vests are perfect for layering summer tanks that need to be revamped for autumn.
• FLANNELS (my personal favorite). I love tying a flannel around my waist with a t-shirt or  over a tank with distressed jeans and booties or Converse. This is the easiest thing for me when I’m on the go and need a cute outfit.
• Throwing on a lightweight scarf with a t-shirt is a fun way to add a pop of fall fashion to your wardrobe.
• Pair your favorite t-shirt dress with booties. This is such an easy-peasy option for those days when you just “can’t even” with trying to throw an outfit together.

May all your Pumpkin Spice Lattes this fall be strong!

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Editor’s Note: Amy is an intern from Sam Houston State University. You’ll see her on the blog from time to time radiating that bright smile! We love Amy so much here at iGoPink and we’re sure you will, too. Not only is Amy hilarious and innovative, her laugh is contagious (mainly because she snorts 😉 haha).