One of the best part of the holidays are festive sweaters and sweatshirts. It’s a blast to go to a holiday party and don your favorite cheesy Christmas apparel. I can’t remember what I was reading, but recently, a link took me to the below sweatshirt on ShopBop.
So cute, right? Price check: $98. What the WHAT?! (as my co-worker Julie would say). It’s cute, but that’s just too much for a sweatshirt that might be worn once a year. But… it’s the perfect DIY project!
This project cost under $15 and took less than 10 minutes. During a busy holiday season, that’s all you can ask for, right?
-White sweatshirt (I got mine at Walmart for $5.96; it’s even cheaper on the website!)
2-Cut two large squares with rounded edges for eyes, the carrot nose and seven squares with rounded edges for the mouth. I based the size of each on the proportions on the sweatshirt.
3-Cover the back with a hearty amount of Liquid Stitch and secure on sweatshirt.
4-Let the sweatshirt and all the pieces dry for 30 minutes.
I mean, really? How easy is that?!
As you prep for the holidays, don’t spend too much time if you’re looking for a festive top for a party. This DIY will save you lots of stress and time. Throw on a red scarf, a black winter hat or top hat (that would be so cute!) and head to your party!
Since October (okay, maybe I’m exaggerating a little bit), my mom has been asking me what I wanted for Christmas. I guess today’s Wish List Wednesday is the ‘Lindsey Gift Guide’…ahem, SO and Mom, you’re welcome! Ha ha!
Reese Witherspoon was brilliant in the move, Wild, but I really want to read the book. I bought it for my brother-in-law a few years ago and wish I would have grabbed an extra copy.
If I had to sum up my hopes and dreams in 10 words, I think this shirt is pretty much on point. Coffee could be replaced with wine, too – I think I love them equally!
At this point in my life, I’ve baked thousands of cupcakes and I STILL cannot make a full batch that are consistency the same size. This little cupcake scoop would be a HUGE help!
The Big Cats Initiative collaboration with TOMS and National Geographic has been included in several gift guides and it’s making another appearance. I usually don’t invest too much in sunglasses, but I’m loving these – and the fact that profits benefit big cat conservation – purrrrrrrfection!
Anyone that knows me knows how obsessed I am with Ellen. This water bottle would be great for work – I’m REALLY trying to drink more water!
We have a few Pure Barre locations in NOLA and I’d love to try some classes—I’ve only heard amazing things and it’d be fun to try a new workout.
After traveling this weekend, in true Lindsey-fashion, I had to analyze what travel necessities were missing from my collection and figure out if there were any upgrades I needed to make. I was in better shape than I thought — I don’t travel as much as I used to — but there is definitely room for improvement!
We’ll start with carry-on luggage. I’m a little neurotic when it comes to packing my carry-on bags. I usually take a big tote that houses anything I would need in-flight and then my laptop bag that’s branded as an ‘overnight laptop bag’ that goes in the overhead bins that houses any additional work items, all of my toiletries, including makeup, my jewelry and my DSLR camera, if I bring it on the trip. It may seem like a lot, but I want the things most valuable with me at all times.
1 – I forgot to pack it this time, but I usually bring my Bobble water bottle with me to fill when I get to the airport. Traveling is expensive, so if I can avoid throwing money away on bottled water, I will. On this trip, I bought one bottle of water for my first flight and then refilled it all weekend. The great thing, too, is most airports have areas with filtered water to refill bottles — cost efficient AND good for the environment! Bonus: the new version has a cap that’s attached! I’ve already lost my cap, so I’m always nervous it will leak. I’m excited to buy the new one even more now!
2 – When I purchase travel size bottles, I usually go cheap, but I’d really like to invest in good ones like the GoToob ones pictured here.
3 – When I booked my trip, I knew it might be a little chilly and I’m ALWAYS cold on planes. A few years ago, I bought a poncho from Warehouse, a UK-based store. I brought it with me on the plane and it was one of the items I used the most. I used it as a blanket on my first flight, wore it over my turtleneck sweater to dinner when I landed, wore it over a dress to the rehearsal dinner and then used it as a blanket again on the flight home. Best part — it’s less than $40. I love this one, but they have a few other designs as well. The best part about this one is that it would go with black OR brown.
4 – I’m a horrible packer. I’m not afraid to admit it. I’m just one of those people that likes my things with me–beauty products, the same shower products I use every day–just, my things. We have a luggage scale at home that I use before I leave, but it’s too clunky to travel with…this little one is perfect!
5 – My daily purse is organized by pouches and one of them contains frequent-shopper cards, little discount cards, etc. and is super nerdy of me. I love these little card books — add this to my Christmas list, because it would eliminate a pouch and make it easier to browse through all of my little cards!
6 – The amount of germs on the bottom of shoes TOTALLY freaks me out. Lately, I’ve been packing my shoes in plastic bags, but I’m open to an upgrade. Do I need $58 shoe bags from Bendel’s? Probably not. Are they super pretty? You betcha. I’d probably still use plastic on the inside, but shoe bags are a complete necessity.
7 – I have this eye mask at home, but I had to put it on the list because I’ll definitely travel with it next time. It’s filled with lavender to boot, so it’d be great for falling asleep in a hotel room. I LOVE mine and use it when I need a little help getting to sleep.
8 – A few years ago, we vacationed to the British Virgin Islands and I purchased a new Sonia Kashuk make-up bag for all of my toiletries. It’s awesome — it holds everything I use day-to-day (unless I bring full-size items) and it’s held up really well throughout the trips I’ve taken over the last few years. I have this style currently in a different pattern, but the one pictured seems like it’s a more compact version. Definitely going to have to check it out. For more pics of the sections, click here.
9 – I couldn’t find the exact laptop bag I use as my second carry-on, but I like this one even better because it has spinner wheels. The top pouches are my work areas and the big back pouch is great for everything else I want to have with me at all times. It ends up being SO heavy with my laptop, jewelry, makeup and toiletries, but it makes me feel so much better that everything is in one place.
10 – Slippers. This is one of the items I’m adding to my wish list after this last trip. I usually just throw socks on to walk around the hotel room, but I want to get some rubber-soled slippers that pack easy for future travel. These look SO comfy!
11 – This is another item that’s on my list. I usually drag an extension cord wtih 3-pronged outlets along with me when I travel, but this guy would be awesome to have!
12 – Luggage tags are something I always get lazy with. I usually buy cheap ones because I feel like spending a ton of money on one is a waste (I could TOTALLY be wrong on that, but we switch luggage so often that it just doesn’t make sense for us). I love the idea of buying some cheap plastic ones and then getting some vinyl monograms made to put on them. The luggage tags pictured are around $1 a piece and the monograms are so inexpensive and can be added to anything (pictured is an iPhone charger with a monogram added; apparently, parents with multiple kids are adding monograms to their respective chargers because siblings are stealing each other’s — who knew?!). Two of my friends recently started Lagniappe Crafters and make awesome items — check them out!
13 – Lastly, this is on my list for ASAP. I have really thick hair and usually drag my huge hairdryer with me when I travel. This one folds up, is light and has the same wattage as my one at home. Sold.
As everyone prepares for the holidays, I hope this helps map out your travel needs. What are some of your must-haves when traveling?
Basketball is back!! The NBA season officially started last night and our home opener is Saturday! FINALLY!!!
Last night was the first game of the season. It didn’t have the result we were all hoping for, but that’s the beauty of the NBA…there is always another game. Last night’s game didn’t end until after 12:30 a.m. our time which is WAY too late for me. Tonight we play at Portland — another game past my bed time — but it’s fun to be able to WATCH us play (pre-season games were broadcast via radio only). We’re playing a new style of basketball and it. is. exciting.
Since the team rebranded to the Pelicans, I have been on the hunt for red and blue clothing and accessories. Some of the items I found online are so cute — the color change has been great — much easier to find navy and red!
Lucy Rose, a local boutique, has some great pieces that are VERY Pelicans game-day friendly (4, 7, 9, 23) and I am LOVING the cardigans — a must for games in case it gets chilly in the Smoothie King Center.
The Real LA shirt is awesome — would be a great shirt for when we play the Lakers or the Clippers. The fringe booties are from Candy Apple, another local boutique. Fringe booties are at the top of my list for shoes, so I may have to run over and see if they still have them in my size.
For the local fans, below are three items the Pelicans Shop by adidas (located at the Smoothie King Center) is currently carrying. Unfortuantely, they’re not on the Pelicans shop site, but the burlap bag, especially, is so cute.
After making the playoffs last year, I really hope the locals are looking forward to the season — it’s going to be a good one!
If you’re really a superfan — you could add one of these to your game-day look!
I’ve become a little obsessed with their pieces the last few years, but couldn’t be more excited to be able to shop in person! I’ll let the photos speak for themselves–the space is beautiful. From the light fixtures, to the Color Bar and all of the displays… can I move in? It’s just so pretty — I apologize for the geeking out over a store, but I had never been in one before, I’ve only shopped online.
If you’re local, stop by the store (5757 Magazine St. near Whole Foods) — I mean, how amazing is that fireplace?! Also — sign up for the Kendra Scott newsletter — you get 50% one piece during your birthday month!