Cozy Christmas Style and a Cinnamon Bun Recipe You’ll Love

west village christmas tree

It’s almost Christmas! I’m so excited to be spending Christmas with David’s family in San Antonio. Every year his grandma gets the whole family together for a Christmas Eve dinner and to open presents and sing carols together. David thinks its corny but since my family is so small it was always just the 5 of us when my grandma was living and then just the 4 of us after. I’m thankful that we had each other but a big family Christmas is what I had always dreamed of and I finally have it!

Luckily, David’s family gatherings are pretty casual so I plan on wearing this cozy outfit! My mom got me this sweater on sale over Thanksgiving and it’s so cute! Best part is you can find it heavily discounted on Amazon right now! The detailing on the back is unique and I get tons of compliments on it. My blanket scarf is also on Amazon here. When my photographer Luisa and I got together last week to shoot this outfit I couldn’t believe how perfect it looked right in front of the Christmas tree in West Village!

Mom’s Cinnamon Bun Recipe

For Christmas morning, I’m making homemade cinnamon buns that my mom makes on special occasions. She got the recipe from one of my grandma’s friends years ago and has been making it ever since. They aren’t the healthiest thing you’ll eat this Christmas but certainly not the worst either! Diets don’t start until New Year’s Day right? My mom scanned the recipe into her laptop and sent it to me and now I’m sharing it with you! Enjoy!

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*Amazon affiliate links are present, they help pay for my blog

Stocking Stuffer Ideas that Will Make You Swoon!

stocking stuffers under $10

Happy Monday guys! It’s only a week until Christmas! Have you finished your shopping yet? Of course I haven’t but that’s not a surprise, I’m usually late to the party anyway. I’ve still gotta hit up the mall and make a few last minute orders from Amazon Prime. However, I have wrapped all the gifts I’ve bought so far! Winning!

So I don’t about you but stocking stuffers are some of my favorite gifts! My mom, I mean Santa, always used to put a new tooth brush, fuzzy socks, British candy, and other fun little things in my stocking when I was growing up. It was the best! Since I’m an adult(ish) now and living away from home, my boyfriend and I really didn’t do stockings. However, if you need to give your man a few ideas of what to put in yours, then send him my way! These  items are all under $10 and guaranteed to be a hit!

It always cracks me up how some stocking stuffer gift guides I’ve come across have items that are small enough to fit into a stocking but have a price tag large enough to be it’s own gift. Heck no is anyone getting $50 headphones and calling it a stinking stocking stuffer. I just can’t even with that. So like I said, everything on this list is under $10 and won’t break the bank! You can thank me later.

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How to Find Your Side Hustle

Happy Friday you guys! I’m so excited to share this post with you! As many of you know, I’m a Style Collective member and every few months every city that has Style Collective girls in it does a meetup, Last weekend, I met up with the Dallas/Fort Worth SC girls at The Theodore in North Park mall and we had a blast!

We ordered our brunches, shared a few style tips, and chatted about Christmas plans and that sort of thing. Just gal talk! It was so nice! After we finished eating, we all exchanged blogging tips and suggestions for coming up with a “side hustle.” Every blogger has one and I’m no exception. I write freelance on the side for small businesses that need content for their websites. A topic that came up during our conversation, is how do you know what your side hustle is? And that’s what I want to chat about today.

Finding Your Side Hustle

It’s so hard to know what you’re good at. We all have jobs, careers, and things we enjoy doing but what of those things can be turned into a side hustle? We all talked through our side businesses and I noticed a few things we had in common:

  • it was an extension of what we did as bloggers
  • it used our creative mindset

For example, Jessica of My Curly Adventures blog is also a photographer (and happened to take the pictures shown above!) In addition to her regular job, she blogs and does photography on the side.

Other bloggers I know sell product lines like Rodan & Fields or essential oils. Quite a few them do really well with it too! Their side hustles are an extension of what they love to do and value in their own lives. But how do you know what your side hustle is? Here are a few of my tips:

  • Would you do it if you weren’t paid? My dad always told to do what I loved and the money would come later. I’m still waiting on that great paycheck but for now, I’m writing, which is what I love.
  • Is it something you do for your blog anyway? Photography, SEO, social media, graphic design, and content creation are all part of what a blogger does to create a  blog post and promote it. Selling these talents as a freelance service is a great way to start a small business.
  • Is there a subject you blog about more than others? For example, if you find yourself blogging about how you’ve decorated and then redecorated your apartment a million times then sell your design services! Or if you’re a fashion blogger that comes across great deals on clothes, start an eBay account and sell the items you find!

There are so many smart ways to make a little extra cash on the side, sometimes you just have to be creative. Share your ideas and tips below!

 

What to Get a Guy for Christmas

Hey everyone! Hope your week is going well! I just looked at my calendar and realized it’s less than two weeks until Christmas! Time goes by so quickly. I don’t particularly like it, I want to enjoy my Christmas season! I haven’t had time to do much Christmas shopping let alone baking or anything of that sort. I went to the mall the other day for a brunch (post to come on that fun event!) and I spent an hour trying to get parking, even valet was full! Everyone and their cousin was there. Anyway, I’ve decided shopping for David is probably the hardest person on my list! Men are just difficult to buy for, so to help you out I put together a gift guide.

Amazon Prime Gift Guide

So everything listed with the exception of two items is available on Amazon Prime! I’m a loyal Prime member and loveeee it. My mom, David, and I share an account and I swear one of us orders something everyday. Hopefully, you find something for the guy in your life here!

Amazon Echo

Vinyl Record Player

MiniPresso

Breakfast Sandwich Maker

Messenger Bag

Under Armor Pullover

Sperry Top-Sider

Whiskey Decanter

Xbox One

Ring Video Doorbell

Leatherworks Cable Crepe

Homemade Hot Sauce Kit 

A lot of these items are on sale too! As much as I love buying other people gifts, I love saving money on them even more. Does anyone else get that rush when they see a red clearance sticker on something or is that just me? Leave a comment with your gift ideas for men!

*affiliate links are used for Amazon items

Bargain Hunter Finds and 3 Reasons to Shop Small Business This Christmas

Happy Friday ya’ll! It’s been a super long week for me so I’m thrilled that its finally the weekend. Tonight David’s taking me to the Dallas Arboretum to see Christmas lights and I couldn’t be more excited! Normally, I have to drag him to those sorts of things but this time he surprised me with tickets! We’re going to get bundled up and sip cocoa to stay warm though- it’s cold in Dallas! But weather changes quickly in Texas, so I haven’t put away this purple party dress yet!

I got this dress on clearance at the Woven Boutique in San Antonio for a steal- $15! I’m still impressed that I got that good of a deal on it because it’s truly one of my favorite dresses! I wore it to a wedding in October and then to brunch a few weeks ago with the Dallas Girl Gang (join our group on Facebook!) With all the Christmas parties coming up and New Year’s Eve gatherings, it’s the perfect dress to wear.

3 Reasons to do Your Holiday Shopping at Small Businesses

As I’ve said in previous posts, small businesses are so important to me! David and I have good friends that run small businesses (check out Anderson Road Co. for AH-MAZING deals right now!) and supporting them is really important to us. Here are 3 reasons why you should shop for Christmas gifts at small businesses!

Support Your Local Economy

I’ve taken an economics class or two and read tons of books on economic theory for different internships I’ve done and reinvesting money into your own community’s economy is important. When my great grandad shut down his service station years ago it was because big, chain gas stations moved into town and people took their business there because prices were cheaper. That’s just what happens sometimes and my great grandad understood that (and he was ready to retire.)

However, being able to invest my money into small businesses with unique items and fantastic customer service is good for them and the people they employ!

Find Unique Gifts

I can walk into Bath & Body Works, Old Navy, and Kate Spade and know exactly what I’m going to find. But in a boutique, it’s always a surprise and that’s part of the fun! Lord knows I’ve bought enough B&B Works candles and body lotion to gift for the next 20 years of my life, so something a little different is always nice to give.

Develop Relationships

As a fashion blogger, networking is a huge part of success. The more people you know, the better off you are. I’ve reached out to big brands before and obviously gotten no response. On the flip side though, small business are far more likely to respond or at least acknowledge you. I love working with them specifically because their customer service is better and I can have a relationship with the owner.

Leave a link to your small business’ website or to one of your favorites! Happy shopping!