My Cozy and Stylish Holiday Hosting Essentials

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I am soooo excited that fall has officially arrived! Hosting and entertaining is so much more fun in cozy weather. I love everything, from the fall and winter décor to the sound of the crowd cheering on the TV during Sunday football to the pumpkin spice anything! Last year, we even hosted a meatball cook-off and voted on our favorites!

But, my absolute favorite thing about hosting during the colder months is lighting all the cozy candles! I want guests to feel at home the minute they cross the threshold, and with my new favorite candle (and candle brand), they will feel comfortable and cozy in an instant! read more


6 Spring Outfit Ideas with Boots

So here’s your dilemma. You’re ready to wear spring clothes, but your feet are cold! You decide to brave the elements anyway and put on your favorite new wedges, and you’re miserable the entire dinner date, show, happy hour…whatever it is you’re doing on that spring day. When your feet are cold, YOU are cold.

But you don’t have to dress like winter because the weather is too cold for open-toed shoes! I’m giving you 6 cute spring outfit ideas, and you can wear all of these outfits with your beloved tall boots! Problem-solved! read more


Friday Faves: Joss & Main Kitchen Décor Under $20

Can’t. Stop. Buying. Décor. So, I’m all about finding awesome deals! I feel like it’s waaaay too easy to overspend on home décor, especially when you’re caught up in the moment! And 2 days after I bring some new décor home, I find holes in other areas. For example: I currently need vase fillers, shelf accents, an area rug for our master bedroom, wall décor… I definitely have an ongoing list!

If you haven’t shopped Joss & Main before, it’s time to start! I recently purchased my first item from them, an area rug for our office (up to 75% off rugs right now!), and I’m sooo happy with it. Plus, it arrived in 24 hours. Like, what?! And they have major daily deals! So for this week’s Friday Faves,  I am sharing Joss & Main kitchen décor and tools that are all under $20! (Sale ends soon!) read more


Friday Faves Vol. 3- Home Gifts 20% Off!

Heading out for Thanksgiving this year?  Why not bring the hostess a cute gift for the home from Anthropologie!  All full-price gifts are temporarily 20% off!  Furniture and bedding are also included in the sale!  So if you have an empty corner of your home to fill or a bed that needs some TLC, Anthropologie has the cutest, unique bedding and furniture options!  In the meantime, here are my Friday Faves!

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Fall Front Porch Decorating Ideas

Fall is absolutely my favorite.  Last week, I showed you how I decorated the inside of my home for fall.  Now, I’m going to show you my porches!  Pinterest is overflowing with tons of über-inspiring fall front porch decorating ideas.  After browsing and pinning, I concluded that more is more when it comes to decorating for fall.  Below, I’ll tell you why I had to make several runs to my local décor spots to gather more and more fall items!

My fall décor is appropriate for any front porch!  I chose items that universally flatter any steps and cozy-up any outdoor space!

rustic fall front porch, farmhouse fall front porch

rustic fall front porch, farmhouse fall front porch

rustic fall front porch, farmhouse fall front porch

Grab a Wide Variety of Pumpkins

When it comes to pumpkins, the more you have, and the more kinds you have, the better.  We started off at a local pumpkin patch with our girls.  Of course our four year olds piled orange pumpkins into the wagon.  It’s only natural!

But the farm also had an amazing market and shop, where I picked up some different-colored stacking pumpkins and my prized pink pumpkin!

rustic fall front porch, farmhouse fall front porch

rustic fall front porch, farmhouse fall front porch

Even though purchasing all of these pumpkins seemed like it would be enough, it totally wasn’t!  After setting out all the pumpkins on my porch, I immediately knew I wanted more.  And not orange ones.  I was literally on the hunt for a really ugly pumpkin and some gourds.  I also wanted to add more texture with a metal pumpkin.  All of the sizes and textures of pumpkins really adds character to a fall front porch!

rustic fall front porch, farmhouse fall front porch

rustic fall front porch, farmhouse fall front porch

Besides local farms and shops, here are my favorite fall décor shops! If you click on the links, they will bring you right to all the fall goodies!









A fashion, beauty, and lifestyle blog written by Jackie Mikkelson, Instinctively en Vogue is a source of inspiration for busy girls, especially moms like her, who want to be chic while staying comfortable. #stayCHIComfy

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