We can’t believe it’s already the last day of November. We just put our Christmas decorations up and are in full holiday mode. Here are some of our favorite gift ideas and Cyber Monday sales from around the web, to get you started on your holiday shopping. Cozy slippers (for him and her), sweaters, and small accessories are always some of our go-to gifts.
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With the holidays right around the corner, Black Friday sales extended, twinkling lights everywhere, and gift giving on everyone’s mind, it’s easy to get caught up in the season. This year we’re excited to have teamed up with Gap and Bombas socks for a very special way to give back, which is what the holidays are truly all about. Gap and Bombas created an exclusive collection of socks to help raise awareness for one of the most requested items in homeless shelters: socks. For every pair of Gap and/or Bombas socks purchased, Gap donated a pair to those in need. The goal this holiday season was to give away one million pairs of socks! They were able to reach the goal today! We’ll definitely be sneaking a pair of these into each of our family members’ stockings this year.
We hope everyone had a very happy Thanksgiving with their family and friends. We had a great holiday celebrating with some friends at our place, eating a lot of turkey, and ending off the night roasting marshmallows around a fire pit in our yard.
Today we are decorating around the house and skipping the lines in the stores, doing a little Black Friday shopping online. Below is a round up of some of our favorite sales that are happening this weekend, along with some favorite gift ideas!
You guys have been so sweet on instagram about different hairstyles I do, so I thought it was finally time I shared a little tutorial on one of my favorite (and easiest) hairstyles. With the holidays right around the corner, we all could use a quick hairdo to get us out the door faster, while still looking pulled together. I used to be intimidated by this hairstyle, but it has definitely become a go-to and is perfect for “second-day” hair. There’s a lot of hair tutorials floating around the internet, but I thought I’d share the approach that works best for me, and hopefully some of you as well.
Step 1: Separate your hair into two equal sections. I like to just do this with my fingers verses a comb, to avoid a harsh looking part.
Step 2: Start to braid your hair loosely and secure with a small elastic tie. I like to put the hair in front my ear and start the braid pretty low down. I’ve found that if you start too high up and braid too tightly, it makes the next few steps a bit harder.
Step 3: Repeat the braid on the other side and pull out strands/whispy pieces to frame your face (if desired). This gives the style an overall softer look. I find it easier to pull out these little pieces early on, rather than when everything is already bobbi-pinned.
Step 4: Once both sides are braided, lightly pull them apart starting at the top, working your way down. This creates fuller looking braids.
Steps 5 and 6: Wrap around one braid at a time, pulling it up from your ear and then around the crown of your head. Where the braids lay will be different for each person depending on the length of their hair. I like to pull mine over and rest them right above where my bangs start on top of my head. I’ve seen other people do this a little more forward on their forehead, too. Once you get it in position, pin with bobby pins.
Step 7: Repeat steps 5 and 6 with your other braid, wrapping it toward the front of your head. Don’t forget to tuck in the ends (where your elastic ties show) under your other braid.
Step 8: Add a little hair spray and you’re ready to go!
Hope this was helpful! Please let us know if there’s anything else/other styles you’d like to see.
We headed to one of our favorite coffee shops the other day for a little afternoon pick-me-up. We got the usual, green tea and a latte, plus this pretty amazing Nutella pastry. Oh man, we’ve been on a Nutella kick lately. Rob tried Nutella for the first time this week and has been seeking it out everywhere we go. Haha. It was such a pretty day out, so we brought our treats outside and sat on the patio. It was a bit windy, but we’ve been embracing every chance we get to be outside lately, layered up in flannels, scarves, and fall accessories.
We usually keep things pretty simple when it comes to accessorizing. Neither of us have ever been ones for flashy jewelry or super bold prints. Classic pieces that can transition into our everyday wardrobe, as well as be dressed up for a fun date night or holiday party are our favorite. Lately we’ve been loving styles from Cluse watches. They focus on simplicity and the beauty of minimalism which we’re huge fans of. I remember a few years back when big chunky jewelry was really popular (maybe it still is?) and everyone was stacking up their bracelets and watches. It never really appealed to me. I like the idea that simple doesn’t have to be plain or boring. Kind of a “less is more” approach.
Check out their site to see some more of their styles. For the most part their watches are unisex, so you can share with your significant other, which is always a plus for us when shopping.
The next room we’re looking to tackle around here is our office/guest room. We’re thinking of replacing the futon/sleeper sofa, getting a new bookshelf, and maybe a little area rug. Here are some favorites office furniture pieces, along with some fun desk accessories for your work space.
We are so excited to finally share our new logo/header and some updates to our blog design. We’ve been working over the last few months on some changes to the site to make it easier to navigate. First and foremost, a big thank you to Kristen Frasca for creating such a beautiful logo for us. We’ve been trying to come up with a fun handwritten header for quite a while now, but nothing really felt right. Last month when we visited Nashville, we fell in love with some of Kristen’s prints at the shop, Sisters of Nature. After chatting with the girls who work there and learning a bit more about Kristen’s work, we knew we had to reach out about creating something fun together. We are so glad she was on board and we are so pleased with how it turned out! Below you could see some more of her work.
We added a new navigation bar at the top with some different tabs, along with sub categories that will drop down when you hover.
Here you can find all outfit posts and anything fashion related. We’ve also made our Monthly Must Haves easier to find under this tab.
Our goal is to definitely travel more and hopefully visit all 50 states. Click the drop down menu to view posts for our favorite places in each state we’ve visited so far.
Here you’ll find the majority of our content. Everything from our favorite recipes and local eateries to bits and pieces of our home. We’re looking forward to sharing some hair tutorials, as well as more of our top music playlists.
We’ll be updating this section monthly with some our current favorites and go-tos, as well as some items that catch our eye. Under this tab you can find the LiketoKnow.it section which will you give you direct links to all products featured in our instagram photos. You just have to sign up once and then you’ll get links emailed to you everytime you “heart” a photo on instagram.
We’ve put together a fun holiday section on the site that will be seasonal. Here you can find gift guides for him and her. We’ve also added a holiday decor section, which has given us a few decorating ideas too!
In the two years we have lived in Phoenix, it feels like it is constantly evolving. New places are popping up all over the place and the best thing about it…they are good! Back in April, Desoto Central Market opened it’s doors and we find ourselves there quite often. They have a little bit of everything, so it doesn’t ever matter what time of day it is…we always find something!
Our go-to is usually some Tea & Toast and then a little outdoor time on their awesome patio. Yay for November in Phoenix!
Happy Friday! Somehow this week has turned out to be way busier than we planned, but it’s the weekend so we can’t complain. We’re looking forward to seeing the Rangers vs. Coyotes play on Saturday for our first hockey game of the season. When we lived in New York, we used to buy from a season ticket holder and split the hockey season with him, which was so fun. It will be great to experience a little bit of that fall tradition here in Arizona. It’s been unusually chilly here these last few days, so sweaters and hockey are just what we need to embrace the change in seasons.
We snapped a few photos the other day on our way to meet friends for dinner. It was actually cold enough to layer up in true fall fashion, with some classic denim and brown accents. It’s no secret one of my go-to shops is Madewell. Their denim is some of my favorite (high rise please!) and I love how they’re always giving back with theirnational denim recycling drive, turning old denim into housing insulation through Habitat for Humanity. The denim truck is heading to LA for the first weekend of November, but you can donate jeans all year round! If you bring in an old pair of jeans to recycle at your local store, you’ll get $20 off a new pair…pretty awesome, right? Their goal this year is to collect 40,000 pairs of jeans! We cleaned out our closet and brought a few pairs in. We couldn’t resist picking up a few goodies while we were there. Bags, boots & sweaters are currently 20% off. (Use code: “FALLREVAMP” for online.)
Their denim recycling drive got us thinking about the holidays and ways we could give back. Each year we like to try to give back and/or participate in a charity event. In years past we’ve participated in Adopt-A-Family, collected food for our local food bank, and contributed to Toys for Tots. We’re still thinking of something special for this holiday season. What are some of your favorite ways to be charitable during the holidays? Please share them with us!
We are Robert and Christina: husband and wife, photo takers, adventurers and best friends. We like to laugh too hard, dance all night, and explore together. Here is a little glimpse into our lives in sunny Phoenix, Arizona.