FRIDAY FAVORITES...CHRISTMAS IN FULL SWING EDITION

What a week it has been my friends! Probably one of the most fun and festive of the season so far! I feel so blessed and you know this girl feels the Christmas cheer! It's a jammed packed Favorites for ya today! No matter how much there is to get done, it will happen, and it will happen with joy in my heart and maybe Bailey’s in my cup, LOL!

1. Chicago One
How lucky was I to get to be in the windy city of Chicago three days in a row! Here’s what went down, precious Mr. Nine knew that I would be riding the train into town by myself on Monday because the weather was looking unfavorable for me to drive. I’ve never been on the train alone so what do we decide to do last minute? Take the train together so I would know exactly where I was going, and we got to enjoy a festive weekend in town! Such a fun time and we did all the festive things and ate all the yummy treats.


More to come next week on loosing my Santa Balls, LOL Mom to the rescue!!


Buy the Cutest Coat from PEACH
right HERE

2. Chicago Two
So, that gets us to Monday and boy did the ladies and I have a great day! Read HERE about out summer meet up.
Jill from Doused in Pink arranged for us to be on Windy City Live! They love having bloggers. What a fantastic show it was and included taping some promos for other shows like a gift guide segment where I was the lucky winner of an amazing cookware set! (More on this fabulous cookware and the video of the win) below. We also won cologne for our men and the entire seasons of Game of Thrones, lol. It's safe to say from what we heard from crew members that we were the liveliest on set.
With the lovely hosts of the show: Ryan and Val 

With Lifestyle and Entertainment Guru Josh McBride.
The cookware was so heavy that I had to buy a big rolling suitcase so I could get it to the train station.


We had a lovely luncheon at The Gage that my sweet friend Caroline had arranged and I was over the moon to see Laura from I do DeClaire again and meet Kathrine from Kathrine Eldridge from Kathrine Eldridge! We dubbed ourselves, #TheBlondeSquad! My Mom Said We Look Like We Could Be Sisters, LOL!


3. Week's Attire
Sweater HERE// Leggings HERE

Sweater Dress HERE

Sweater HERE // Jeans HERE// Boots HERE // Necklace HERE

4. Liquid Leggings & A Sweater
A favorite outfit this time of the year is leggings and a sweater and boots! I’m telling you; my favorite of the year has been my faux leggings..my Spanx and these Nina Leggings from Peach. A true staple! They are amazing and trust me, it is an investment you want to make!


BUY Leggings HERE // Sweater HERE // Earrings HERE // Boots HERE // Necklace HERE


5. Misc. Fun
POSTS OF THE WEEK
Tuesday ~ Thumbelina Cookies
Wednesday ~ Festive with XCVI

CookCraft by Candace
These amazing pans were inspired by the phenomenal Candace Cameron Bure.
So, not only did I have the honor of winning this beautiful cookware but corresponding with the company. What is so cool about these pans is: The lids are unique due to CookCraft’s patented latch lid that hooks on the edge of the pan. Silicone handles on both bases and lids prevent potential burns. 
Side note, notice my gf is wearing a PINEAPPLE Apron! Um, LOVE HER

The amazing CookCraftCo so kindly is offering a promo code so you can get 20% off either a single piece of cookware or an entire set or order. 
Use code HOLIDAY 
Yeah you can say I'm in love with my new pots and pans, LOL
BUY THIS 12 PIECE SET HERE 

AND Here is the video clip of my win...the last in the clip
Lady above sat in front of us and they all were a hoot

Robe and Hummingbird
My sweet mom always likes to give me a gift or two prior to Christmas to enjoy for the season. This year she surprised me with two perfect gifts. This adorable buffalo plaid robe and you know that back saying is so me! And it has a faux fur collar. (bought at TJ Maxx) And she also got me a beautiful hummingbird for the Christmas tree. We love getting hummingbirds to remember my sweet grandma by; her mom who passed away a few years ago. I made sure he was placed on the tree like he was flying to heaven!
BUY Similar Robe HERE

BUY Hummingbird HERE

Baby Cousin: BLUE XOCHITL
We have not had a baby born into our family in a very long time, so Sunday was a special day because Blue was born. My cousin has waited a while to be a mom and she is going to be a Rockstar!


Lunch with High School Classmates
My BFF from HS and I had not seen another friend in 30 years as she moved away after graduation. Pretty cool to see her and reminisce! 

Leopard Sneakers
How cute are these sneakers! They’re kind of a golden goose dupe but a fraction of the cost and I just love the leopard and pop of red. I’ll be showing you soon how I styled these cuties!
BUY SHOES HERE


Monday, I will share my Chrismas Decorations. Make it a Sweet and Festive Weekend my loves!!! 
My Baking Begins!






FESTIVE WITH XCVI

 Have I ever found a perfect clothing website for you! XCVI which is the Roman numerals for 1996, has the most darling clothes for real life style and comfort!
AND we are giving you a PROMO CODE for 20% off your entire order!!
Use Code: CLOUD20

The company was founded in the year 1996 in the back of a mom and pop boutique on Melrose Avenue. They believe in timeless pieces that fit real life women perfectly, comfortably but with style that never stops!

Look how CUTE the Back of this Kallas Coat is!


I was over the moon with this outfit I got from XCVI! The swing hooded coat is so comfortable and trimmed in fabulous faux fur which is super festive for this time of year and oh so cozy for winter! I was tickled to jazz this up with some pops of red and a little Leopard to give it the festive feels!


The Grassroots Leggings are such a great material, have zippers at the top and are ruched at the bottom for such a fun effect! The pale olive color is so pretty too.

Plus, XCVI's website is just jam packed with so many beautiful pieces, trust me when I say, you will be hooked and find a lot to love!

AND Don't forget your Promo Code: CLOUD20 for 20% off their website!
COAT/HOODIE HERE // LEGGINGS HERE // LEOPARD BOOTIES HERE// EARRINGS HERE

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THUMBELINA COOKIES

These precious Thumbelina cookies go way way back! I have fun memories of my mom and spooning the colored frosting into the little dents of the buttery and tasty cookies! Tasty Tuesday at it's best with cookies!


They always add that perfect touch of color to all my cookie platters and trays as well. They are so tasty that sometimes I pop the whole thing into my mouth as you can make them kind of tiny and almost bite sized!




Plus, I always loved the fairytale Thumbelina and these petite little cookies carry that name perfectly! They truly are so incredibly yummy. I make a couple other Dent cookies but these are definitely my favorite and one of the many baking traditions of the Christmas season!



THUMBELINA COOKIES
INGREDIENTS
1/2 cup butter, softened
1/4 cup white sugar
1 egg yolk, beaten
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt

FROSTING
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 1/2 cup powdered sugar
2 tsp vanilla
red and green food colorings

DIRECTIONS
Preheat oven to 350°. Cream together the butter and sugar. Beat in egg yolk and vanilla. Blend in the flour and salt. Shape into 1-inch balls. Place on ungreased cookie sheet. Dent center of each ball. Bake for 5 minutes. Remove from the oven, dent center again, and bake for 8 to 10 minutes longer. Cool. For frosting, beat first 3 ingredients until fluffy. Divide frosting in half by placing in two different bowls. Tint each half, one with red food coloring and one with green food coloring to your desired color. Fill in dents with frosting.

Before frosting

My desired tints

So cute and delish!


Sorry, I did not post yesterday. I was in Chicago at a TV station and holiday luncheon with some blogging friends and will share more on Friday. Come back tomorrow for a sweet Style Six festive post and I hope you all have a fabulous day!

FRIDAY FAVORITES..WHAT YOU NEED EDITION

Happy Festive Friday! I’m super excited about this edition of Friday favorites because it is everything you need this holiday season from Fabulous Shapewear to creating memories to my favorite purchase of the year, the Spanx leggings! let’s get to it so you can get on your merry festive Friday way!

1.
How many of you have heard about SKIMS? It’s Kim Kardashian‘s new line of
Incredible Shapewear and you’ll be blown away at how great it fits. Such smooth pieces to go underneath all your holiday outfits, making you feel more confident and hiding any Christmas cookie muffin tops or bulges, LOL! 


I also got some fabulous Thong Underwear as well as these terrific sculpted mid waist briefs!

2. Memories Made.... 
...with Our College Kids
Let’s face it, the best thing about the holiday season and really any time of year is creating memories with your family and friends! You need to do it! If you followed along on my Instagram stories last Saturday, you saw the fun time we had at Purdue. One of our sons goes to Purdue and the other one goes to Indiana University and Saturday was the Oaken Bucket where the two rivals played each other in football. How fun to hang out at the college bars with our boys and watch Indiana University win in double overtime!




...with Friends
Also got to spend time with a dear friend of mine and her precious niece for a festive holiday breakfast.
 

.....with our Birthday Boy
And on Wednesday traveled 4 hours down to Indiana University to see our oldest who had a birthday. Took him out to dinner, hung with some of his buddies and made the return for our trip home, all in one day. He’s a senior so hopefully this will be the last day trip to Bloomington, LOL! So blessed to see him on his actual birthday.


 3. Week's Attire: The Wubby's
Let’s face it, we all need to be cozy and we all need cozy Wubby’s! I’ve shared so many of these awesome ones with you including one that I shared in my cozy gift guide on Monday but these are three that I own and three that I love and they would make super gifts! nothing fancy, no bright colors with these three but they literally go with anything and you can always add some pops of color!

BUY Quilted Placket Wubby HERE

BUY Checked Knit Zipper Wubby HERE

BUY BIG CHCKED Fleece Wubby HERE


4. Spanx Leggings & A Sweater
A favorite outfit this time of the year is leggings and a sweater and boots! I’m telling you; my favorite purchase of the year has been my Spanx leggings. They are on sale right now and trust me, it is an investment you want to make!

BUY Leggings HERE // Sweater HERE // Earrings HERE // Boots HERE // Necklace HERE

5. Misc. Fun
Posts of the Week: 
Monday ~ Cozy Gift Guide

Cheese TRAY 
I shared a cheeseboard early this week with you on my Amazon Prime finds, but the stacked ones are truly my favorites, and everybody NEEDS these, especially at the holidays for creating all those amazing charcuterie boards! This one would be an AMAZING gift and only $37

BUY TIERED TRAY HERE

Remember I did a turkey cheeseball on mine last year.


This Bamboo Flat one is my favorite single tiered fairly BIG cheese board and for only $17!


BUY HERE



Slippers
If you need fuzzy slippers that are not as hot, these Pink Flip Flop UGGS are perfect! 

BUY SLIPPERS HERE


A Favorite Ornament
We all need a favorite ornament from our childhood and this lil angel I’m touching is mine, tattered and 40+ years old but I love her! 
1970's

We have a BIG weekend planned and I hope yours is BIG and SWEET and FESTIVE!!!
I'll be back Tuesday with a CHRISTMAS COOKIE recipe! 

Linking up with  Friday Favorites  // High 5 For Friday
 xoxo

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