rainbow living room

Happy Sunday evening to all of you!

At home I have been making a lot of changes to my living space over the last couple of months and I have reached a point now where everything is settled in just the way I like it. What sparked the changes was the beautiful commissioned art piece I purchased at the end of the summer and then received in my home in October.

Because of all of these changes I wanted to make sure I shared some updated photos as well as walked through the new pieces to the space. I also have added an amazing faux fireplace, a yellow accent chair, and a new rug: just to name a few others! The style and vibe of the space has turned very boho and electic and I love how the space feels. It has given me plenty of ways to incorporate a heavy use of color just like I like to.

If you have any questions on any of the pieces in the space please don’t hesitate to ask! Some were purchased quite recently but others not. I will always try my best to find you something similar if something isn’t being sold anymore. Ok…here we go!

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Here is a wider look at the overall space. I am standing over by my dining room table to capture as much of the new layout as I can. I changed the layout of the room completely during the Christmas season and I have loved having the couch this way. It makes the room feel WAY bigger. and allows the window to be highlighted and lets in so much more light when it’s not partially blocked by the couch. One thing that is best seen in this photo is the amazing rug I found on Amazon. It goes PERFECTLY with this space and I got it for a steal of a deal. The tassels at the edges add a great element of texture and I like that the rug itself has a higher pile so its nice and warm on your feet at this time of the year!

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This stunning yellow arm chair was a gift to myself for my birthday. I got it on Houzz.com (similar to Wayfair) for an amazing price. I love the statement it makes and the classic oversized shape. The infamous commissioned art by the incredible Bailey Builds team from Duluth steals the show everytime – they got the colors of my living spot on and I couldn’t be happier with it. It really stands out against the wall and I highlighted it even more by draping a strand of pom-pom garland below it from the Opalhouse collection at Target. The wooden wall decor and sparkle wording above the chair are both from Hobby Lobby. As for the pillows and blanket – the faux fur pink blanket is from Home Goods, the pink knot pillow is from Hobby Lobby, and both the blue ruffled and metallic beaded pillows are from Gordmans. My metal magazine storage basket is from the Hearth and Hand Magnolia collection from Chip and Joanna at Target!

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I scored this incredible rattan accent table from Picks the other week and it was the perfect addition to this room. It doesn’t look too busy in front of the window and it’s the perfect place to create different vignettes for each season – now with Valentines and spring hopefully around the corner I have fun florals, tassel garland, and a sweet new pink and gold lamp from Hobby Lobby. The faux fiddle leaf fig tree in the textured basket was a great score from TJMaxx – SUCH a good price compared to other ones I’ve seen. My gold and turquoise yarn and metal wall hanging is from Target – it’s probably more than a year old but it might still be around!

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My white faux fireplace with faux marble accents is another of my favorite new additions to the space. This piece is also from Target (only sold online) and it’s truly stunning. I have loved having the feeling of a fireplace at home – especially during these colder months. It’s certainly an investment but it’s the prettiest TV stand ever in my opinion! Atop the TV are all pieces from Target – two different gold and white vases, some faux floral stems, and then two fun gold picture frames. My vintage paned window is from Picks a couple of years ago. I love showcasing and updating photos of my beautiful friends and family there – right under my “thankful” word wall from Hobby Lobby. The fun turquoise and gold hooks on the wall for purses and jackets are also from Hobby Lobby. Another new addition is the white decorative bell hanging from my doorknob – I got it at Kittsona and love the delicate touch it adds to the entryway.

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The gallery wall behind the couch also got a slight face lift – the large gold piece and the small framed canvas are both from Gordmans, the fun pink textured tapestry hanging is from Hobby Lobby, and then white feathered hanging (called a juju hat!) is from Surface Abroad. My white sectional couch was my first adult purchase after graduating from college – it’s from Furniture Row but its unfortunately no longer available. My yellow lumbar velvet pillow is from Target (Opalhouse collection) and the pink throw and two metallic style/blush pillows are all from Home Goods.

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My stunning dining room table is from Picks and my chairs were a steal from a garage sale. The wooden letter board was a Christmas gift from my brother and is still available at Target! The yellow vase, floral steams, pompom garland, and the glass jar are all Target items from various times. The gold mirror is the Dollar Tree and the beautiful colored yarn hanging is from Kittsona (a few years old).

As for the dubbed “awkward corner” at the landing of the stairs I finally found the perfect set-up and now I love how it looks over there. I wrapped another string of pompom garland from Target around the banister, used the great vintage dark wooden table that was by the couch before and placed it on the landing. The silver and gold basket I spray painted myself (was a plain rattan basket from Target) and I placed a mini faux fiddle leaf inside of it – also from TJMaxx, just like the bigger one by the front door. What REALLY stole the show over there though and made everything work perfectly is the amazing sunburst rattan mirror. I found that at Hobby Lobby a few weekends ago and I am so happy I came across it. I put a more up close picture below just so you can see it in all of it’s glory πŸ˜€

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It has been so fun to evolve this space into something that matches my want for color. The changes have certainly been done slowly over these last 4 months so that’s a good reminder for all of you who are stressed about decorating your own spaces – take your time finding pieces that really meet what you’re looking for. No need to rush πŸ™‚ when you find something after a period of waiting and it’s exactly what you want you’ll be glad you didn’t rush into buying something just because you felt you were on a timeline.

I love sharing my spaces with all of you and I hope you enjoy seeing photos and details! Thanks for much for reading. Have an amazing week!

#sugarspiceandstylethatsnice

xoxo Jen

 

the beauty of SHE

Hello, my friends! Those of you that follow along with me on Instagram (@sugarspiceandstylethatsnice) heard me talk about some wonderful events I have attended in the last month and I wanted to spend some time discussing them here so that I can build awareness for my sweet friends and the beautiful community they have created right here in Grand Forks.

SHE is a women’s empowerment movement that was started by 3 gal pals of mine: Mary, Kristin, and Nicole. I attended my first SHE event at the end of January and was overwhelmed with the community, vulnerability, and sweetness that happened over the course of a few hours together in the workshop they hosted. I learned a lot about myself and experienced a lot of emotions while opening up to a group of women about healing and the healing journey.

As I was leaving the event in January I asked if we could be expecting another event anytime soon and was overjoyed when they shared they were planning something with a Galentines theme in early February. Last Friday night they hosted a wonderful Galentines retreat and it was honestly the perfect Friday night: a pizza party, pajamas, wine, hot chocolate, candy, yoga, education on healthy relationships, and the creation of community with like-minded women.

The event was hosted at Nicole’s home and it was so beautiful!! I had to take a few photos of the space because they had it decorated so nicely for us and all of the little touches made it even more special. There was a spot for photo booth style photos, tons of food and drinks, and a big open living space that fit all of our yoga mats!

When we arrived we just got to spend time (in our pajamas – arguably the best part) getting to know the other women at the event and enjoying snacks, wine, hot chocolate, and plenty of candy. They thought of every little detail – all the way down to your gift for attending which a coffee mug of your choosing out of a whole selection of Target coffee mugs….another dream come true for me. I chose one that has to do with shopping (surprise, surprise) and enjoyed filling it up with hot chocolate and a heaping serving of marshmallows πŸ™‚

After we had a meal and team for community we had such a great session of yoga with the always lovely Kristin of Sorella Wellness. It was the perfect way to wind down and find center and grounding in your own body through breathing, movement, and meditation. There’s always something powerful about practicing yoga and in a room full of women it felt extra empowering (maybe it was the fact that we were all in our pajamas!?)

With the theme of the retreat being Galentines, Mary spent some time teaching us about relationships and the way toxicity can be found in them: friendships, romantic relationships, family connections, coworkers, etc. It was a good reminder to hear about common ways that we allow toxic behaviors to be a part of the relationships we keep with people and caused reflection on my part to think about the relationships I currently have and which ones I am negatively influencing or allowing to negatively influence me.

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After the discussion on toxicity Mary changed directions to talk about what positive relationships look like and a framework to follow that will help to evaluate the best qualities that a friendship (or other type of relationship) can possess to be healthy for both parties and allow for growth and trust. The framework was created by the incredible Brene Brown and its called BRAVING. You can read more about it here!Β The framework is laid out and explained in depth in Brene’s book ‘Braving the Wilderness’ which has been on my reading list for awhile.

To end the night we spent time doing something that we did at the first workshop event I did called “circle processing”. We spend time sitting in a large circle as a group and we go around the circle one person at a time and answer different prompts or questions asked – usually about the content we learned in the workshop or from the speaker. We spent time talking about BRAVING and relationships and where we have experienced positive or negative relationships in our lives and how we’re working through and journeying through them. One woman speaks at a time and it’s powerful to have so many women listening to you and your thoughts while showing support.

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You can learn more about SHE by visiting their Facebook page here (and you can also find them on Instagram!) which will keep you updated on the upcoming events and workshop that they are hosting. I highly recommend SHE to all of the women in Grand Forks and the surrounding area – it is a fabulous place to build community and practice vulnerability and self-care in the presence of other women with open hearts and listening ears.

If any of you are looking for a friend to attend the next event with please don’t hesitate to reach out to me. I would be more than happy to join you πŸ™‚ As always, thanks for reading and I’ll be back with more soon!

#sugarspiceandstylethatsnice

xoxo Jen

beauty product roundup

Hey friends! I have been noticing how much you all enjoy when I share beauty products and routines on my Instagram stories so I wanted to share a blog post with all of you that showcases some of my favorite beauty go-to’s

Almost all of these products are available at Target and almost all are under $20. Each of the products is linked so if you want to buy for yourself just follow the link directly to the item πŸ™‚

Haircare

Speaking as someone who suffers from really dry hair (especially in the winter months) this Kristin Ess weightless leave-in conditioner has been SUCH a good find for me. It’s only $10 and sprays on just like a hairspray. I put it on my hair immediately out of the shower when its still damp and use about 10-12 sprays. You don’t have to be afraid of how much you use because the product is so light. It provides good leave in protection and keeps my hair moisturized all day.

I change up my leave-in curl creme and product every so often just because my hair tends to “get used to” certain products and they don’t create as nice of a curl anymore after a period of time. I’m currently using Miss Jessie’s and I really like the weight and smell of this coily custard. It has been creating great curl definition for me and it’s less than $15 so it’s a major score.

Skincare

I have extremely sensitive skin and way back in high school my dermatologist recommended the Cera Ve brand to me because it is so light and free of scent. I have used it for the last 8 plus years and I don’t think I will ever change. I buy both the AM and PM versions because the AM contains SPF for daytime wear and the nighttime packs in extra moisturizing for the overnight hours.Β 

The Bliss brand (which you can find at Target!!) has quickly become a new favorite of mine. The first thing I purchased was this amazing watermelon scented overnight energizing face mask and I use it 2-3 times per week. You apply right before bed and the scent is heavenly. It’s lightweight and dries really quickly – it’s easy to remove in the morning and leaves your face glowing and energized! The second product I bought to try is this under eye cream – it comes with an easy to use rollerball applicator and can be used both morning and night. I appreciate that it’s unscented especially because it’s used so close to my eyes which are really sensitive. For $20 it’s a really affordable anti-aging product.

Last but not least is this Ahava hydration cream. You can use it as a short-term application mask or you can apply it and leave on all night as another overnight mask. It is such an amazing product and always leave my skin feeling amazing the next morning (I always use as a full overnight mask). This one is a little bit more costly but certainly worth the price – I use this on the 2-3 nights of the week that I don’t use the Bliss energizing mask so just rotate between them πŸ™‚

Makeup

If you follow me on Instagram you know how much I love NYX soft matte lip cream. You can score these at Target or other drug store locations and they come in TONS of shades. I don’t like shiny/glossy lipstick so I’m all about the matte. This goes on great and has long lasting wear – especially for the price. Truly can’t be beat! If you’re looking for a shade to get started with Cannes is my favorite!

I have used Maybelline lash sensational mascara for at least the last 5 years and I love it so much. After trying SO many different kinds I finally found one I love and I truly don’t know what I will do if they ever stop making it one day…I don’t even want to think about it!

Julep brand is something that I had never even heard of until my mom gave my a cute beauty gift box from them as a Christmas gift. I fell in love with the “it’s balm” lip crayons that came in the box and I’m so excited to see that there are way more color options online. I got three in my box and I’m planning to order at least a couple more. Since it’s a lip crayon it’s really hydrating and easy to apply. At $20 per stick it’s a little more than I would typically spend but for the quality I’ve witnessed so far it’s definitely worth it.

I have used Bare Minerals foundation for countless years as well. I use the matte powder because I tend to get oily/shiny throughout the day. I use two different shades depending on the time of year and sometimes combine the two. I love that it has SPF so then I have an extra layer of protection on top of my moisturizer.Β  I have always been a fan of powder foundation because I feel it’s easier to apply and I feel that liquid foundation doesn’t fare well with my breakout and acne-prone skin.

Miscellanous

I’ve shared this Queen Bee perfume from Target multiple times now but it’s so good. It’s a great every day scent and at $25 a bottle (which will last you a long time!) it doesn’t get much more cost effective than that.

These bausch + lomb lumify eye drops are pretty amazing…I got them in my Target beauty box a few months ago and they are definitely expensive but their eye whitening and refreshing feeling really helps with my itchy, sensitive eyes.

Lastly, if you’re looking for a way to shorten time in a certain area of your beauty routine definitely considering buying some Sally Hansen Insta-Dri nail polish. It comes in countless shades and truly does try instantly (60 seconds or less). When I paint my nails at home I usually have zero patience to sit there and let them dry and I usually end up ruining them by starting a task or project before they’re all the way dry. I gave this product a try a few months ago and at less than $5 per bottle it’s a cheap way to have quick dry polish.

 

I hope all of you enjoyed checking out some of my favorite products that are all friendly additions to your beauty product regimen. I hope those of you in the upper Midwest with me are staying safe and warm this week. As always, thanks for reading and be back soon πŸ™‚

#sugarspiceandstylethatsnice

xoxo Jen

msp food adventures

Hi, all! Last weekend I took a nice trek down to Minneapolis/St. Paul to spend time with some of my best gal pals. I have some friends who are true foodies like myself and they knew that I wanted to hit up some great places during my visit. They did not disappoint and I did some of my best eating in MONTHS. I always enjoy sharing travel and food snippets with all of you so here is my food diary from last week including pictures of every last thing I ate! Enjoy πŸ™‚

Nice Juicery – Alexandria, MN

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On my way to the cities I made a quick pit stop to stretch my legs and I decided I wanted to check out Nice Juicery for the first time! I had heard of this place before and had never had the opportunity to stop and I’m really glad I did. It’s a locally owned cold-pressed juice shop that sells juice by the bottle in about 15 different combinations. You can buy bottles individually or you can choose to buy 1, 2, or 3 day cleanses.

I decided to buy one juice to enjoy in the shop (how cute is that hexagon planter wall!!!) and then I bought a 1 day cleanse to bring back home with me to have on Monday following my full weekend of eating! Each of the juices I had was delicious and you would definitely appreciate the freshness if you try for yourself someday. The one I had during my roadtrip had cold brew coffee mixed in with a hint of mint and it was divine and refreshing.

All Square – Minneapolis, MN (Minnehaha Ave)

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I heard about All Square through a Minneapolis eats/foodie Instagram account that I follow and I’m so glad I suggested to my friends that we check it out. They serve exclusively grilled cheese sandwiches but in a ton of varieties (including options for dairy-free). I went with the charcuterie grilled cheese – brie cheese, onion jam, prosciutto, and crushed almonds. It was HEAVENLY. Especially for someone who is as big of a brie-lover as myself. It was a difficult choice because the whole menu looked wonderful.

The atmosphere of the restaurant was funky and simple. They had a blue-light effect which is why my food photo looks like I had a green sandwich! I am even more glad I chose the restaurant because of what I learned when I was there: All Square is staffed entirely by formerly incarcerated employees. This allows them the opportunity to get back into the working world and provide amazing service to the people of Minneapolis. All of the employees who helped us at the restaurant were so friendly and as mentioned before the food was to die for. Please stop by to support and check it out if you’re a Minneapolis resident or plan to visit.

Muddy Waters – Minneapolis, MN (Uptown)

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After our dinner we got a wonderful wine nightcap in the Uptown neighborhood at Muddy Waters which is a favorite place that holds memories for my friends. The atmosphere was really moody and comfortable. We sat in a characteristic booth and enjoyed quite possible the best plate of fries I’ve ever had. These were on the appetizer menu and reminded me a lot of “fresh cut fries” from the MN State Fair. That perfect crispy on the outside but soft on the inside texture. The seasonings were perfect and they were serve with an aoili that was light and refreshing. The perfect compliment to a glass of red wine.

Cafe Astoria – St. Paul, MN

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I almost feel as though I don’t even need to say anything about this latte from Cafe Astoria in St. Paul because it certainly speaks for itself….but I will anyway. This is another Instagram find and when I saw there was a place to get a rainbow latte I couldn’t pass it up. This little cafe in St. Paul (near the Xcel Energy Center on Grand Ave) is a sweet spot to enjoy a baked good and a great cup of coffee. They have a lot of fun specialty lattes on the menu – this rainbow latte is made with peppermint to give it a nice refreshing taste. Some other top contenders that I saw on the menu – a campfire smores’ latte and one with gold foil on top to make you feel extra extra! We didn’t enjoy any baked goods because we were headed off to brunch but what I observed of them they looked like they would not disappoint!

Nightingale – Minneapolis, MN (Uptown)

Nothing says a Saturday morning brunch like bottomless mimosas. Nightingale was such a fun place to enjoy brunch in uptown. The atmosphere was fun as the restaurant was full of groups of people enjoying the weekend together. I indulged in the mimosas and for my food I went with a cornmeal style waffle at the waitress’s recommendation. I really enjoyed the texture and the fact that it was savory versus sweet like a regular waffle. It came with pineapple on top which was a good offset to the cornmeal taste. The bacon was an A plus too! When we walked into the restaurant I couldn’t help but think how fun it would be to dine there during the nicer months of the year – they have a beautiful outdoor area that would make for great people watching πŸ™‚

Nolo’s Kitchen – Minneapolis, MN (North Loop)

Nolo’s was far and away the best meal of the weekend. I am still salivating just thinking about my food from here!! The 4 of us enjoyed red wine paired with a delicious cauliflower and brussel sprout medley as an appetizer. The herb dressing that topped the vegetables was too food for words. We asked the waitress to share the secret but unfortunately we came away empty-handed!

When it came time to decide what I wanted for my main course something about pasta was attractive to me and in the big open concept restaurant I saw the station where a chef was making fresh pizza dough along with fresh gnocchi. That made my decision really easy because I am in love with gnocchi and I can truly say that this meal change my life. The photo on the right doesn’t do it justice at all because of the lighting in the restaurant but the colors were beautiful. It was the handmade gnocchi with butternut squash, a brown butter sauce, and hazelnuts for additional brunch and flavor, and some sage and parmesan cheese. Next time I am in Minneapolis I will certainly be going here to have the exact same meal again.

I also wanted to mention the atmosphere – North Loop is a really fun neighborhood to explore in MSP. Nolo’s was a big open concept space with industrial looking white pillars and white washed brick walls. A nice mix of tables and booths around the edges and the large circular bar in the middle. It’s a trendy place to be and I’ve also heard great things about their brunch menu!

Pizza Luce – Minneapolis, MN (Uptown)

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Not much explanation is needed for a 2 AM slice of pizza. It is never a bad idea…especially when it’s Pizza Luce. All 4 of us grabbed a slice and enjoyed it sitting cross-legged in the appropriately dubbed “pizza corner” of Rose’s living room in our pajamas. The perfect way to end the night. The pizza itself – I went with classic cheese and it was delightful. What was equally as good was the Italian cold noodle pasta salad with mozzarella and pepperoni/hard salami.

Gigi’s – Minneapolis, MN (Uptown)

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For my parting breakfast on Sunday morning we found ourselves in the neighborhood of Uptown again only a few minutes’ walk from my friend Rose’s house. They had told me lots about the neighborhood cafe, Gigi’s, so I was expecting great things and I was certainly not disappointed. It’s such a sweet local place with great coffee and even better breakfast food. I enjoyed a bacon and egg scramble with breakfast potatoes, and toast. The portions were just right and it was the perfect meal to share great conversation over.

By the time we were wrapping up our breakfast it was crazy to see how the cafe had completely filled up all the way with people of all ages from around the neighborhood who were enjoying the best breakfast around!

Bogart’s Doughnut Co.Minneapolis, MN (Uptown)

Last but certainly not least was the final pit stop I made before getting in my car to start the drive home. Just down the street from Gigi’s you will find Bogart’s Doughnut Co (BoGoDoughCo) where you would be crazyyyy not to stop for a doughnut. I went with the glazed brown butter option (obviously the theme of the weekend!) and it was so dang good. All of the options looked so fabulous but I knew better than to pick multiple to “bring home” which I knew would turn into “bring into the car and eat all of them during my drive home”.

I hope this gives you all some inspiration for great food stops next time you find yourself in Minneapolis/St. Paul. Have a fabulous week and thanks for reading πŸ™‚

#sugarspiceandstylethatsnice

xoxo Jen

the year of bold

Happy 2019, my sweet friends! I apologize for my few week hiatus from writing blog posts – I was soaking in the holiday time with family and enjoying a few week break off of class. Everything kicks back in next week so I’m getting back in to my work routines and preparing for my last semester of grad school as well so it’s time to get back on track πŸ™‚

I don’t tend to be someone who makes really specific New Year’s resolutions but last year for the first time I decided on a word for the year and what the meaning behind that word and focus meant for me. 2018 was “the year of calm” and you can read all about that in this post linked here.Β I found that my focus on rest and calm in 2018 brought me a lot of good lessons and I do feel I made a lot of positive strides throughout the year. There is still much more to be done but I feel happy with my progress and looking forward to continuing to prioritize rest in the coming year, especially once my final semester of school is complete.

When sitting down to think about my word for this year I had a lot of thoughts. One thing I discussed quite a bit with one of my best friends was “boundaries”. Up until a couple of nights ago I was certain that was going to be my focus for the year but as I was continuing to brainstorm on my couch the other night it just hit me all of the sudden: bold. Bold is what I want to focus on this year and I wanted to explain my thought process behind what that means to me and my thoughts for the coming 12 months.

As soon as the word entered my mind I began doing some searching on quotes about boldness and the definition of the word bold. Bold be defined in two ways:

  1. (of a person, action, or idea) – showing an ability to take risks; confident and courageous
  2. (or a color or design) – having a strong or vivid appearance

As I read these two definitions it became even more clear to me that this is exactly where I want my focus to be this year. Those that have followed along with me for awhile (especially on Instagram) know my love for color and how much I like to incorporate it into my daily wardrobe and in the decor in my townhouse. When I read the definition of bold surrounding color or design I look at it through the lens of personal appearance. I want this year to focus hard on having a strong and vivid personal appearance that incorporates the first part of the definition: confidence and courage.

Working on self-love and self-acceptance when it comes to my body image has really been strengthening these last couple of months and I want to continue on that path. I want to remind myself that I am bold and confident in my appearance just as it is now. That doesn’t mean I don’t embrace the continued changes and journey of becoming more healthy but it will also remind me that it’s OK to exude confidence in the state that my body is in now (and the state it will be at in April, and July, and October…)

The first part of the definition is one that will be the most difficult for me: “showing an ability to take risks”. Even though I am an extroverted and mostly confident person I find myself to be someone who tends to stay in a comfort zone, especially when it comes to certain areas of my life. I’m hoping this year to find that level of courage to take some risk in those areas where I’ve stayed closed in and comfortable for a long time. I don’t see myself turning into someone who takes risks freely and easily, but I know I have an opportunity to create more space for the unknown and be willing to give things a try that I have always counted out in the past.

I also want to focus on adopting bold in my professional life. As a younger female in the workforce I can often feel the subtle (or not so subtle) discounting of my ideas or abilities at work because of my age and experience level. I hope this year to work on comfortable pushing the envelope when it comes to my courage and confidence level at work when I’m met with resistance or find struggles when working with others.

When I was looking up the definition for bold I found some great quotes that really embody what I’m looking to accomplish this year as well

 

I chose “fortune favors the bold” to be my first quote of the year on the new wooden letter board I got for Christmas from my brother. I displayed it on my dining room table and hope to use that as a daily reminder of my word of the year. Throughout the year I will work to update it with new quotes that continue to keep me focused on my goal for the year.

I’m looking forward to another great year ahead on the blog and I’m so thankful to each of you that follow along with me. I hope you had a wonderful New Year and that you’re feeling refreshed and ready for what 2019 has in store for you. Cheers!

#sugarspiceandstylethatsnice

xoxo Jen

 

the ultimate christmas gift guide

Alright, everyone! It’s here: the ultimate Christmas gift guide!! Creating this guide has been a labor of love but I enjoyed every second of it. Every single item in here is less than $100 and more than 90% of the items are less than $50. Some of these products are on here because I’ve used them personally and love them. Others were items I’ve stumbled upon and researched about to give you all a variety of fun products to add to your own Christmas wish list or to use as a guide while shopping for others!

Every item on this guide comes from one of three places – 1) Target 2) Old Navy and 3) Kittsona….no surprises there, right!? I wanted to make sure that each piece I included would be something everyone would have access to either in store or very easy to order online from any of these three places. I hope you find this guide exciting to look through! I’m already excited to make another one to share next year πŸ™‚

Here are a few ground rules to the guide: all items are sort under the following headings

  • Beauty
  • Outerwear
  • Dresses & Sweaters
  • Jewelry & Accessories
  • Home Items & Decor
  • Stocking Stuffers (all $15 and under)

There are pictures for every item but the list of links and items below each heading isn’t necessarily “in order” of the photos – so just make sure you’re matching the photo you’re interested in to the description with the link. Each item has a direct link to the product on the store’s website. Keep in mind there are often multiple colors and patterns in some items so the exact item I have posted may unfortunately be sold out (in some or all sizes).

I have short descriptions behind each item and I’ll comment on the ones that I own and/or use myself! When it comes to the stocking stuffers/price points some of the items in sections other than the stocking stuffers are also under $15 but I listed things I felt fit in best with “Santa” type gifts for Secret Santa, etc. in that section.

Lastly, if you go to purchase any of the items from Kittsona don’t forget to use my #kittsonabrandbabe discount code SUGARSPICESTYLE10 at checkout for 10% off your total purchase. Phew, ok, I think that’s it……Enjoy!!

Beauty

Hydrating sheet face mask Β 

This miss spa brand is sold at Target. I have tried each of the sheet masks from their brand and love them all. They’re a good price and I’ve had good results from consistently using them. This hydrate one is best for this time of year when we’re getting blasted with that cold winter weather up here in the northern Midwest.

Overnight energizing face mask

I tried this bliss brand overnight mask for the first time about 2 weeks ago and it’s been unreal for my skin. I’ve been using 2-3 times per week. I love that you put it on right before bed. It dries almost instantly and then you sleep with it on and wash off in the morning. Biggest bonus – it smells amazingly refreshing – watermelon is one of my favorite scents!

Queen Bee perfume

This is the perfume I use. I realize it may not be a scent everyone is crazy about but I thought it was worth listing! It’s $25 for a large bottle and only $12.99 for the rollerball version. Target is breaking into the fragrance game and I’m definitely ok with it!

Matte liquid lipstick set

Bare Minerals always has great gift sets! These three colors are great – and this would also make for a perfect stocking stuffer for a gal pal

Deep cleaning face brush

This is elf brand. I haven’t tried myself but I’ve heard great things and you really can’t beat the price point

Silicone brush tool for face masks

This I own and love. I use it to apply any of my non-sheet style face masks. It’s a big win to not use your fingers to apply – both for mess reasons AND for cleanliness of not using your own oils/fingers to spread the mask around your face. Keeps things more hygenic and all you have to do is rinse with warm water after each use.

Facial hair removal tool

This. Is. Life. Changing. and I’m not kidding. A blogger I follow on Instagram recommended this and I decided to give it a shot. I’m never turning back. Totally painless way to remove any facial hair and at $20 NO ONE is complaining about that price!

 

Outerwear

Blush suede moto style jacket

Even though I have very pale skin I’m finding myself drawn to a lot of blush pink lately. I love that this blush color turns something normally masculine looking into something softer that still has plenty of edge.

Plaid with fur detail dressy coat

This coat would be great as a dress coat for work and other fancier gatherings. The faux fur sleeve collars are a unique touch and at $70 it won’t break the bank.

Faux fur vest

Again with the light pink…I know…but I’m so glad faux fur vests are still on trend. It’s a fun way to add texture and dimension to any outfit and takes virtually no effort.

Fleece-lined patterned athleisure jacket

This is a fun patterned number – I like that it’s a way to dress up an athleisure look. This could be your coat to wear on your way to and from the gym, or with any athleisure look that you wear to tackle errands on the weekend!

Dresses & Sweaters

Yellow midi length dress

Sign me up for anything yellow. I love the length of this dress. Would be a great holiday party option!

Brown and pink boatneck sweater

I own this sweater in the gray and yellow version. It is SO soft. I highly recommend.

Green and black striped boatneck sweater

This is a classic piece that you can’t go wrong with at all. There are many different color and pattern options in this one. I like the boatneck style – the higher neck is timeless and classy.

Cream cardigan sweater

This openfront cardigan reminds me of a piece I bought at Loft earlier this year. I like the flecked detail that keeps it from being too stark and plain, but it’s a neutral that can be worn with virtually anything.

Black floral jumpsuit

This is another fun holiday party option. A small, undertoned floral is feminine without being too overpowering and it’s a fun element to come away from wearing something that’s just plain all black.

Velvet swing mini dress

This little velvet dress is so fun!! Velvet has been huge this fall and winter so this is an easy way to work it into your winter wardrobe without going outside of your comfort zone.

Black midi dress with floral detail

I love the detail of this piece. It’s a classic LBD but with a twist – and definitely more casual for someone who doesn’t like tight-fitting or overly dressy pieces.

 

Jewelry & Accessories

Blush pink sherpa purse

I’ll be honest, out of this whole list I think this is the number one item that I want to buy for myself! I LOVE the idea of a sherpa style crossbody bag and a $30 price tag is perfection.

Mustard yellow winter scarf

Old Navy has TONS of colors in this same scarf. I gravitated toward the yellow (naturally!) but you could choose any color and it’s a fun way to add a pop if you have a neutral solid color winter jacket.

Metallic silver mittens

I love these metallic mittens!! I would definitely buy them if I didn’t already own the Old Navy metallic puffer coat in the rose gold shade of metallic. The only thing holding me back is that mixing two different shades of metallic might be a littleeee much. Even for me!

Colorblock oblong scarf

Colorblock is still a big trend everywhere – in sweaters, dresses, and anything else. I like the option of bringing it in through a scarf and the color palette is nice and classic.

Multicolor plaid blanket scarf

I was drawn to this because of all the colors. The beauty of a piece like this is that if you’re someone who doesn’t normally wear a lot of color you can add this to a solid/neutral outfit for a way to ease into some brightness in your wardrobe. It would look fabulous paired with an otherwise all-black outfit!

Dressy velvet scarf

Did someone say velvet SCARF!? That is all I needed to hear

Pom pom scarf

This is another fun and simple scarf that comes in many different colors. Pom poms may be the new tassel so hop on that trend with this scarf!

Gold winged stud earrings

These are a simple but stunning piece and can make a statement without having bright color or flashiness. I would be hard-pressed to find an outfit that these earrings DON’T go with.

Multi-layer gold necklace

Multi-layered necklaces are still really big. I like the pretty girly touch of this piece that again could be worn with anything!

 

Home Items & Decor

Hearth and Hand candle

I got this candle from a friend for my birthday and all I can say is wow. It’s actually burning right now as I type and my house smells like a miracle. You really can’t go wrong with any of the Heart and Hand candles though if I’m being honest.

Circular rattan mirror

This mirror is so much fun. Circular mirrors have been ALL over Instagram but this one has a unique touch to it. It’s from the Opalhouse collection at Target which I love.

Plaid throw blanket

For those of you with traditional colored Christmas decorations this throw blanket would be a fun way to add a touch of Christmas to your chair or couch in a living space.

Gray chunky knit throw blanket

You can never have enough throw blankets….seriously….

Black macrame wall hanging

Woven wall hangings are a fun way to add dimension and texture to your walls. This black piece is proof that it doesn’t have to be flashy or intricate to make a statement.

World map hanging tapestry

If you’re an avid traveler (or want to be!!) this world map hanging would be a great addition to a room in your home!

Bon appetit wire wall decor

I love this little wire piece. It would go perfectly in any kitchen or breakfast nook. It’s only $12.99 so the definition of budget-friendly!

Hexagon shaped letterboard

Letterboards are STILL huge but Target has changed the game up by having boards in fun shapes instead of just your standard square and rectangle. This hexagon shape still gives you plenty of room for words but adds more visual interest with it’s unique shape.

White and gold wall hanging planters

I have one of these hanging on the wall right when you come in from my garage. I use it as a “drop spot” for my work name badge and my keys so that I always know where they are. As it’s labeled they are also intended to be hanging wall planters for small house plants!

 

Stocking Stuffers (all $15 and under!)

Eyelash print makeup bag

Another thing that you can never have too many of is small bags/clutches. You can use them for countless things and they are a great way to stay organized in different areas of your house. This eyelash print one is only $5!

Ice cream cone makeup bag

Loving the pompom detail on this one πŸ™‚

Orange pom pom throw blanket

Can’t stop won’t stop with the pom poms, y’all….they are really on trend! This blanket would make the perfect stocking stuffer for virtually anyone. It comes in lots of different colors!

Jewelry storage box

This little box is precious and would be a sweet way to store your jewelry when traveling or on your bathroom counter since it’s so pretty to look at!

Flower stud earrings

I wanted to add a few pieces of jewelry here under the stocking stuffer section because things like this are always fun to give to others!

3-pair metallic stud earring set

This set is only $7.99 for all three pairs!

Minnesota retro style keychain

Keychains are a fun way to express yourself on an item that you carry around with you everywhere. If you or a loved one live in Minnesota or grew up there this retro style keychain is a great idea for a gift.

Be kind leather keychain

Kittsona has multiple sayings in this leather style keychain! Find one that works best for the person you’re gifting πŸ™‚

Set of hair coils

These hair coils are all the rage! They are certainly prettier when worn around your wrist than the traditional ponytails and they don’t leave bumps in your hair

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Wasn’t that fun!!?! As always…thanks for reading along and supporting me. I hope this gift guide gave you some ideas for people you might still be shopping for or helped to add to your own wishlist that you’ve been sharing with those who are shopping for YOU!

There is more fun holiday content to come in these next two weeks leading up to Christmas…can you believe we’re only 15 days away….

Wishing all of you a wonderful week! Be back with more soon πŸ™‚

#sugarspiceandstylethatsnice

xoxo Jen

 

 

kittsona christmas gift guide

Happy December, everyone! I promised to deliver a few gift guides to all of you during the holiday shopping season and wanted to kick it off by sharing a guide from favorite local boutique – Kittsona πŸ™‚

These items would all be great for women in your life – moms, sisters, best friends, coworkers, secret santa recipients, aunts…the list goes on! All of these gifts are under $70 and almost all are under $30 making them affordable for a variety of price points and reasons for this season’s shopping.

Details (following photos from left to right/top to bottom) – each of the items is linked directly to Kittsona’s website so follow the links for easy purchasing!

nodak baseball hat – $28

This baseball cap is simple and perfectly distressed. It would be the perfect weekend wear and having a couple of “go-to” hats is always a good idea to hide a bad hair day or wear on the weekends when you’re getting all of your errands and shopping done! They have other version of this same hat including city specific for different place in North Dakota and Minnesota.

funky white fringe sweaterΒ – $48

I was immediately drawn to this sweater. Even though it isn’t in a bold color like a lot of my wardrobe the details and fringe look make it so unique and fun even though it’s a classic neutral color. It would be a great staple to add to any winter wardrobe and could be worn countless ways – I’m envisioning it with a fun pair of colored dress trousers and ankle boots for a fun business casual look for the office.

metallic faux leather earringsΒ – $12

These earrings are simple and sweet. Since they are made of faux leather they are extremely lightweight even though they are a bigger statement size earring. The metallic colors are a nice a subtle way to add some shine to your look, especially when wearing your hair up. At $12 per pair you can snag all three colors and have no shame at all!!

be a kind human sweatshirt –Β  $68

This crewneck is a part of the Humankind collection at Kittsona and I love the simple message. The world can always use a little more kindness and this sweatshirt would serve as a reminder to anyone who sees you wear it! The price tag here is higher but I’ll speak to how comfortable these crew necks are – I have the Minnesota Vikings crewneck from Kittsona and it is so warm and cozy. Definitely worth the price!

“home” north dakota drink tumblerΒ – $22

I love all of the different color options for this tumbler – I also like that you could use it for any type of drink. Enjoy hot and cold beverages in here all year round! Coffee, iced coffee, water, wine…the list goes on! They also have this available in Minnesota if you’re a Minnesotan πŸ™‚

“home” north dakota wooden keychain – $8

This sweet little wooden keychain would make the perfect stocking stuffer or secret santa gift for your holiday party or other North Dakotans in your life. The price point can’t be beat and I love the simplicity that this would add to your key ring. Also – this would be a perfect gift for someone who has moved away but calls North Dakota home and would like to have a nice daily reminder!

“world’s best dog mom” coffee mug – $18

If you’re looking for a gift for a dog mom in your life look no further. Especially if that dog mom also loves coffee! I’m hoping Luna reads this blog post and has the ability to order items online for her mom….I would really like to see this for me under the tree this year to add to my coffee mug collection at my office!

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I hope these items give you some good inspiration and can help you to cross off some people from your Christmas gift list. Don’t forget – when you shop at Kittsona (either in your local storefronts or online at www.kittsona.comΒ Β you can get 10% off your total purchase when you enter in (online) or mention (in person) my discount code – SUGARSPICESTYLE10

Christmas is quickly approaching and I am looking forward to sharing more fun holiday content and posts with all of you in the coming weeks! I hope you are having a wonderful week so far and that you are staying warm if you’re here in the northern Midwest with me. As always, thanks so much for reading. I appreciate each of you ❀

#sugarspiceandstylethatsnice

xoxo Jen