Chunky Style

I had a mild panic attack earlier in the season while looking through some of my favorite retailers' sweater selection. I was seeing a whole lotta the cropped sweater look and was not pleased. Long live the oversized sweaters and tunics!! (Alright fine, the cropped look is cute as long as you aren't sporting a pregnant belly.)  I'm convinced that chunky sweaters look good on every body type whether you're expecting, concealing those extra holiday pounds or just dig the look. (For the record, I fall into each of those categories.) 

Forever 21 has a killer selection of sweaters this year! If you have the time and patience to sift through their racks, I highly recommend it. 


women's fall fashion


women's fall fashion


women's fall fashion


women's fall fashion
shoes || Forever 21
pants || Stitch Fix - Kenzie Jeans (similar)
sweater || Forever 21 (similar
watch || Michael Kors
lipstick || Revlon ColorStay Ultimate Suade
bag || Michael Kors (similar)
What's your vote, chunky or cropped?

Christmas Gifts || One Year Old Edition

Initially, I intended to keep things pretty low key for Mallory this year. She is too young to really get excited about Christmas and is perfectly happy playing with the dog food bowls/emptying cabinets. 

My idea was to stick with this little guide we see all over Pinterest "something you want, something you need, something to wear and something to read." While I did check each of those boxes during my more purposeful shopping; I came across a bunch of other good ideas for her too. 

I didn't purchase everything on this list, but the bulk of it will be under our tree on Christmas morning! 



one || VTech Smart Shots Sports Center
two || Toy Balls
three ||  Fisher- Price Doodle Pro
four || Wooden Puzzles
five || Little Tikes Jr. Play Slide
six || Black & Decker My First Tool Set
seven || Sophie The Giraffe "First Words" book
eight || Mittens
nine || Little Mommy Baby So New
ten || Tea Set
eleven || Crayola Bathtub Body Doodlers 
twelve || TOMS


As far as stocking stuffers go, I'm keeping it simple with; tin containers, sports balls, toy cars and other Target $1 bin wonders. 

Did you go all out for your tiny ones this year?


Hopes & Plans [Link Up]

Welcome to the "Hopes & Plans" link up! Any hopeful or goal-oriented post is welcome! It can be your life's dreams, aspirations, monthly goals or simply your chore list. Share with us! I hope for this to be a place where we can come to be inspired and motivated by the things other people have in the works. The possibilities are endless! Most things in life begin by first having a hope and then some kind of plan.

Here is how I did with last week's hopes and plans...

|| Finish Christmas shopping! Not quite, but only a couple more to go!!!

|| Mail our Christmas cardsI'm saying this is done even though it isn't actually happening until today. The FedEx guy delivered our order from Tiny Prints in an empty box?! A couple of hours on the phone with FedEx later, the cards were on their way to my door...again. (The box had somehow come open in Maryland but the delivery man didn't find it strange that he was lugging an open, empty box...) We have them now and they are addressed and ready to roll!

|| See our little boyYES! He was just perfect. I have to say that we were quite pleased that he wasn't cooperating with the monographer, because it meant we got to look at him just a little bit longer. Doctor said everything looks great! 


 This Week's Hopes & Plans ::


one || Hammer out a list of things we will need for baby Woody. I went through all of our boxes of "baby things" to feel out what we already have stashed away. Things look good so far but I need a list or things will be forgotten!

two || Wrap a few gifts. This is tough to do with a toddler at gift level, but I have got to have some things wrapped or I won't be sleeping at all on Christmas Eve!

three || Bake or cook something festive! I usually rely on family for this one.. ;) Time to step up my own kitchen game. 

Your turn! What's going on this week?