December 2014 - Doused in Pink - a fashion and lifestyle blog

Budget Recap

The last several months have flown by and I realized my last budget recap post was back in September. If you have visited my blog before, you know that while I love fashion, I have a limited budget, and only allow myself $50/month to spend. Luckily, paying for groceries, gas, etc with my BR rewards card and then paying it off, I rack up the rewards dollars. You'll see that the majority of my wardrobe comes from one of the Gap brands. Here's how I did in October, November and December.



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December Ipsy Glam Bag Review



This month really flew by and I can't believe Christmas is over! I'm going to keep things short and sweet today and review my December Ipsy Glam Bag. If you aren't familiar with Ipsy, it's is a monthly beauty and makeup subscription where you get five full or deluxe size samples of a variety of products and a cute makeup bag all for $10! You never know what you’ll get and once again, I've hit the jackpot! Here's what I got in mine this month:

Casual Holiday Sparkle and Firmoo Glasses



I usually wear contact lenses but it's nice to have a pair of fun glasses to wear as an option too. When Firmoo contacted me and offered a pair of prescription eyeglasses at no cost, it was a no brainer. I've never ordered prescription glasses online before but Firmoo  makes shopping for eyeglasses online easy. They offer classic and fashion frames at an affordable cost, many under $40! I uploaded a photo of myself to virtually try on frames. Once I found a pair I loved, I entered my prescription and in less than two weeks, they were delivered to my doorstep.  If you are in the market for new specs, check out Firmoo and give them a try!

Now let's talk about this skirt, last seen here. I wore this over the weekend when the Hubs and I met friends out for drinks. The lounge we were headed to has a casual vibe but dressing during the holidays requires a little sparkle. What to do? I downplayed the skirt with a basic, striped tee and booties. I added the Chloe & Isabel earrings and necklace I won through a giveaway and a layered bracelet.

Holiday Home Tour


Happy Friday! After today, I'm off work for a week! This holiday season snuck up on me! I usually have the majority of our shopping done before Black Friday and have the house decorated the weekend after Thanksgiving. This year I was way behind, but now our home is decorated and the shopping's done so I can relax and enjoy the week with my family and friends!

We've been in this home for 10 years and this will be our last Christmas here. We have made so many memories in this home, I made sure I took plenty of photos that we can enjoy looking back at in the years to come. I'm excited to share my home tour with you!

Poncho Love & Real Mom Street Style Linkup



When I was about 10 years old, my grandparents went on a trip to Spain and brought back a beautiful necklace for me and a poncho for my younger sister. I remember thinking she was so lucky to have such a fun and unique piece of clothing. The poncho trend has come and gone over the years and I'm so happy it's back! 

Why is this simple piece of cloth so popular? Ponchos are easy to wear, they go with everything and are one size fits all. They are cozy and more fun than your traditional sweater and are the perfect layering piece for all of your fall and winter looks. 
Styling Tip: Cross-body and shoulder bags wont' work with a poncho. Pair it with a clutch or tote instead.

What is Your Favorite Holiday Tradition and Linkup

Happy Monday! Today I'm excited to be part a fun blogger collaboration that Brooke and Erica from Pumps and Push-Ups put together.  The holiday season is a time for special memories and holiday traditions and today we are sharing ours with you!
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DIY Candy Cane Wreath


I've always wanted to learn how to knit, it seems like it would be therapeutic. I bought a bunch of yarn ages ago with the intent of taking a class and came across it digging for some holiday decorations in the basement. After pondering what I could make with it, I decided on this candy cane wreath.

Denim & Lace


When you are in a rush and don't know what to wear, one of the easiest pieces you can throw on is a dress.  This denim shirt-dress is another Anthro Black Friday/Birthday score! The lace detail and high/low hem gives this classic piece some fun details. For the winter months I'm wearing it with leggings and boots and there will be so many more styling options when we head into spring and summer.




Don't forget a Daniel Wellington watch is the perfect holiday gift and you can still get a 15% off holiday discount and free worldwide shipping on all products on the Daniel Wellington site through December 31st with the code holiday_dousedinpink. You will also get free gift wrapping with the purchase of an extra strap, and if you place an order before December 19th, you will get it in time for Christmas! 

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Winter Scenes - Mason Jar DIY


Happy Monday! Did everyone have a great weekend? I know mine went by way too fast. With a three day swim meet, I was not able to get much holiday decorating or shopping done. I did have time for a quick and easy holiday decoration using: mason jars, miniatures from the dollar store, and epsom salt. The total cost to make these was only $5!

Sparkle and Shine

Sparkle and Shine

Chairish.com makes it fun and easy for design lovers to buy and sell vintage furniture and decor to one another and now they have added vintage jewelry pieces to their online marketplace, including necklaces, earrings, bracelets, handbags and scarves.

With the holidays approaching, Chairish asked me to create a style-board around accessorizing holiday party wear using pieces from their vintage jewelry collection. They had so many great pieces to choose from but in the end I decided on the Chanel Vintage CC Black and Gold Rim Earrings and a Gold Plated Metal Fringe Necklace as a starting point for my style board.

The earrings and necklace make a statement on their own so I wanted the outfit to be minimalist. I picked a simple black jumpsuit, shrug and cold heels. The sleek black and gold clutch was the finishing touch to sparkle and shine through the holidays.



What are you wearing to holiday parties this season?

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Camac Cardigan

Happy Monday! I hope everyone enjoyed their Thanksgiving holiday and the Black Friday Shopping weekend! I braved the crowds early on Friday morning after our daughter and her friend talked me into taking them to the mall. Luckily, we were so early, it was less crowded than on a regular weekend and we were back home by late morning.

While the girls were shopping at their stores, I headed into Anthropologie to spend some of my birthday money. Anthro never disappoints and as soon as I saw this cardigan, I knew it would be a perfect addition to my closet. There is nothing better on a fall day than a cozy cardigan, and the pattern mix on the collar and sleeves adds a unique detail. Another bonus was that it was on sale and an additional 25% off.  





Don't forget you can still get a 15% off holiday discount and free worldwide shipping on the Daniel Wellington site through December 31st with the code holiday_dousedinpink. These classic watches with interchangeable bands would make the perfect holiday gift. You will also get free gift wrapping with the purchase of an additional band. I love mine and it hasn't left my wrist since it arrived! 


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