The Best Holiday Gifts You Need in Your Life

 

distressed jeans

cardigan // tank top // jeans // slippers

big cozy scarf

checkered scarf

blanket scarf outfit

pink plaid scarf

long necklaces for women

long necklaces for women

both necklaces

mantle decor

pitcher // eucalyptus garland // pink Kate Spade book // clock // similar candle holder

cute suede skirt outfit

faux Burberry scarf // black long sleeve top // suede skort (sold out but might come back!) // OTK boots

christmas pom pom blanket

pom pom blanket // pajamas // lanterns // tree // stockings // stocking holders // pom beanie

personalized heart ornament

personalized heart ornament

personalized sleep mask

personalized sleep mask

Since I got some pretty awesome gifts for Christmas, I wanted to share a few of them with you because they’re awesome finds and most are under $25!!

Obviously because of this wonderful blog, I request a lot of clothes. I wasn’t disappointed! But I also got some other fun things, too, because my family is always creative.

My family and I exchange Amazon wish lists which makes it easy for all of us to make sure we’re getting one another things we actually want/need. I have an ongoing list that I add to throughout the year when I find something I like (which when I browse on Amazon is fairly often…).

So, onto the best things:

I’ve been wanting these jeans for months. I’ve been wanting some with more distressing and these were on sale for 40% off making them $44. My husband knew I had been wanting them for a while and gifted them to me :). They fit like a glove (wearing size 26 R; I’m 5’8″, 120 lbs) and they’re super stretchy. I used to hate high-waisted but I actually think they’re way more comfortable. I’m loving them.

I got this big warm scarf from Jake, too, and it’s soo soft. I love the simple plaid design and since it’s neutral (like basically everything I own), it goes with everything! It comes in a few other colors, too.

I got this pink and grey blanket scarf, which is also thick and warm. It gives a subtle pop of color.

And the same scarf with burgundy. Basically the only two color variations I do hahaha. I’m a big fan of the burgundy trend going on right now.

My dad got me this necklace set and I LOVE it. Both necklaces came together and only cost $12!! I’ve worn the gold knotted one to work a few times and people have been mistaking it for a Kendra Scott necklace! I happily tell them it’s from Amazon and is basically $6 haha.

My mom and sister also shopped on our wedding registry for the things we didn’t get and found this lovely Keurig and this beautiful pitcher that I wanted to use as a vase. I love them both! I got this reusable k-cup to be more eco-friendly and save some money as k-cups are pretty pricey. I just love the simplicity of the Keurig!

If you saw my stories when I got this blanket, you’ll know I’m OBSESSED. I opened it as soon as I got it because I wanted it so badly. I have been wanting one for so long, so to find this one on sale AND it be the last one, I was elated.

Now, the best for last:

My dad got me this faux burberry scarf and y’all, I LOVE IT. I’ve gotten SOOO many complements on it. It’s not too thick so it’s great for transitional times of the year and it looks soo nice. It’s great quality and it’s ONLY $15!!! It’s such a steal.

In my family, it’s a tradition to give each other personalized ornaments every year. My mom and sister gave me this beautiful customized ornament with one of our wedding photos on one side and our names and wedding date on the back. It’s so beautiful and I love it.

And my favorite gift of all: this embroidered sleep mask!!!!! I wear a sleep mask every night because I’m a very light sleeper and it helps to have the dark. My sister got me this awesome mask with my new initials embroidered on it. The back is 100% silk and it’s so soft. I love that it’s black because it doesn’t show any left over make up and it blocks more light. I have 4 sleep masks but this is by far my favorite.

What were your favorite gifts from the holidays this year?? Let me know below!

XO,

Dani

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  • Simple is always better. I tried so hard to figure out what I was going to wear for Easter. I spent a good hour trying things on the week before. I sent my sister tons of pictures asking her thoughts. In the end, I wasn’t really satisfied with any of them for some reason so I decided to just go with an outfit I know I love and feel good in. For some reason wearing white just makes me feel super put together. And I managed to not spill anything on myself or get chocolate on my pants which is a major win y’all. .

We don’t need to overthink things so much. It just causes unnecessary stress. I do like to plan ahead because it saves me time, but I also should have realized sooner that the dress I was trying to make work just wasn’t working. Even though I love that dress, it doesn’t flatter me how I want it to and it might be time to let it go. Don’t be afraid to let go of things that don’t give you exactly what you need. You don’t have to settle, something else will always come along. Or you probably already have something else in your closet (or life, this isn’t limited to clothes!) that’s even better than what you’re trying to make work!
  • Happy Easter 🐰❤️
  • Casual Good Friday ❤️ this was yesterday’s work outfit but I jazzed myself up before we went to church with Jakes mom and stepdad last night. I cried like a baby. Good Friday always both kicks my ass and reminds me how blessed we all are. 
The beautiful KC weather this weekend is so exciting!! I’m so happy when it’s Spring weather 😍 Have a beautiful Saturday!!
  • “There is beauty in simplicity”
My simple wardrobe makes me so happy and I love the seemingly endless possibilities I have with it. Having a love of neutrals really works well for me with this! 
Happy Good Friday ❤️
  • The only things in my life these days are the things I really want there. This isn’t limited to the stuff in my house and the clothes in my closet. This includes my job, relationships, hobbies, everything. I’ve even started eating better as a by-product of simplifying my life and I just feel better over all. .

By removing the things and people that don’t make me happy, I have more time and energy for the things that do that I used to put off and not prioritize like I should have. We spend so much of our lives being “busy”. But what are we busy with? Most of it is actually unimportant when you break it down. .

I say no to things much more now and that allows me to spend more of my time relaxing and enjoying life. I used to constantly feel rushed or like I should be doing something. If I wasn’t moving, I felt like I was wasting my time. But the truth is, resting and just being home with Jake and the boys is my happy place. It brings me so much joy, so that’s what my priority is. .

Having more time to just BE has been amazing. Being more picky in my relationships has helped me really value the ones I hold most dear and has brought me to an amazing new job because I wasn’t willing to settle for anything less. Respect yourself and your time and prioritize the things that matter most to you. Life’s too short to live any other way.
  • “When you love what you have, you have everything you need.” So many wonderful things have happened since I simplified my life. Changing my outlook on life wasn’t really intentional, but I’m so thankful it happened when it did. I was kind of at a breaking point. Fed up with where I was and how things were going with my old job. Struggling with depression and comparison. I knew something had to change but I had no idea what. Simplicity was that thing. .
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Now, I spend way less time on social media. I deleted Facebook off my phone and haven’t  looked at it in weeks. I’m much happier without it. I read a lot more. I’m getting much better at ignoring the impulse to pick up my phone and when I am on it, to compare my life to the perfect pictures people post. I even cut a few inches off my hair! 💇🏻‍♀️ I want things as easy as they can be right now. It takes a lot of stress out of my life. Try to go a whole weekend without social media and see how awesome it feels!

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