His & Her Holiday Looks!

One of my most asked questions about fashion is – “can you please share some girl/guy duo outfits?!” Why yes.. yes I can!  If you’ve been following me long enough, you know that my sweet husband is not a big fan of pictures… as in, he hates them! So getting him to do a few pics with me for the blog is always a challenge BUT he surprised me with agreeing to some holiday looks!

JCrew Factory is another place I love to shop for myself and Logan!  It’s Jcrew quality without the hefty price tags!  And right now, they’re offering crazy deals with Christmas approaching – which is is a huge win in my book!

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This skirt totally made me feel a little like Britney Spears circa 1999.  This skirt is perfect for the holidays – holiday party – yep, work with tights – oh yes, Christmas day – yes yes! And it’s 50% off so who doesn’t love that?! I’m also lusting over this velvet skirt for the holidays – and for under $40, it’s a no brainer!

Blazer’s on men are legit one of the best things to me!  They can be dressed up and down depending on the occasion – which is perfect during the holiday season. Logan loved this flannel because it’s one he’ll wear on a regular basis for work (he has a “dress down” pass for winning a golf event) or just a day out and about! Also.. the flannels are under $25 which is just crazy!

Gosh, I just love this guy 🙂

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I told you I was a sucker for this print!

Another thing I’m a sucker for?! My husband in a sweater over a button up! He wears them to work often and it’s just perfect as a dress up or dress down option again.

What are some of your favorite items to wear around the holidays?! And where do you shop?!

Let me know if you want me to keep these duo style posts in the rotation going forward 🙂

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Two Casual Holiday Looks!

If you know me… then you know I love everything about the Holidays; from the movies, foods, Christmas trees and lights to the drinks, family time and overall holiday spirit!

Another thing I love? Cute holiday outfits, of course!

Nordstrom is a huge place I shop throughout the holiday season for both myself and Logan. – shocker, I know 😉

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They have legit, everything!

Logan is a big fan of Vineyard Vines so this shirt was a no-brainer with their take on holiday colors!  Vests have been all the rage for Logan lately – I know, he’s a little late to the game! – and this Patagonia one is perfect to wear over shirts and sweaters! It would also make a great gift for your brother/father/significant other… just saying 🙂

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I’ve always been a fan of puffer vests but this is my first Patagonia vest! I love how warm it is – even on the windiest of days.  My shirt isn’t available but  how cute is this one?! I love any floral type tops and this one is all the heart eyes!

Fun story – Logan and I looked at this venue for our wedding!  I was obsessed with the outside of the yacht club and was convinced we’d get married there!  After we toured inside though… I wasn’t as in love! Had we been able to have the whole wedding and reception on the front law, I would have been like “take all my money, I NEED this” but unfortunately that wasn’t an option they said SO we ended up where we got married instead which was beautiful as well 🙂

Y’all… about these next outfits…

A) I need a spray tan, STAT! B) this is the cutest little house C) look at the camera, giiiirl and D) Where has this faux fur vests been my whole life!?

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I wish I could say we have a fun holiday party where we get to get all dressed up and swanky BUT not this year!  This dress would be perfect for Christmas Eve though 🙂 How fun are those bell sleeves?!

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Logan switched out his vest for this North Face style and has been wearing it non-stop! It’s his go-to for the cooler days that don’t require a jacket.  He’s also been wearing it under a lighter jacket because it’s great for the office to keep a little warm! PS – why are offices so cold?! I swear every time I’m in the office, I just shiver!

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I just can’t believe we’re officially 2 weeks from Christmas today!  I’m trying to soak up all the Christmas things and embrace the holiday season as every year before but this one just seems to be a flying by! I need time to sloooooow down!

What fun holiday activities have you been doing?!

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Annual Christmas Cookie Exchange!

My oh my.. it was my 2nd annual Cookie Exchange on Tuesday and while that doesn’t seem like much… it’s one of my favorite events every year (aka this year and last… 🤣🤣).

How it works: I send out an invite a few weeks ahead of time. Have everyone send me their recipes a week in advance and I put together a book for everyone to have a copy! This year, I did an EBook because let’s be real… I lose all things paper!

I have all the girls bring a dozen cookies per person and we have fun, sip wine, play games and enjoy cookies!

We vote on a winner and there’s always a prize for the best cookies!

Last year we did Christmas charades and family feud. This year we did two Minute to Win It games and they were hilarious!

The first game was a candy cane competition where you had to pick up candy canes and put them in a bucket. Sounds easy right?!

Try it with only using a candy cane 🙂

I got a whopping 2……. Ashton was our winner with 9!

The next game really had us girls crying! It’s called… Bottoms Up!

How it works… tie string around your waist to make a belt. Tie a longer string to hang down and attach an ornament.

You set up empty cans and have to use your booty to get the ornaments to knock down the cans!

It was so funny! And one other thing.. you only have 60 seconds to do each game!

Then we chatted more, ate cookies and voted for our favorite!

This years favorite was Elaine’s Christmas Crack! 😍

It really is the best time! We were missing a few girls but they’ll be there next year I’m sure! 🙂 It’s been a bit of a rough year for personal reasons and I wasn’t feeling the most Christmasy.. which if you know me is very UNLIKE me!

I actually wasn’t even sure if I wanted to have this party.. but I’m so glad I did! These girls are something special 😊

I’m already looking forward to our next get together and next years Exchange!

What holiday traditions do you do every year?! I’m always looking to make new ones 😊

Kristi

Weekend Rewind!

Happy Monday!!

We are going to rock this week, right?!  I have to keep telling myself since i’m currently wishing I was snuggled in bed and it was the weekend!

I had such a fun and busy weekend! Let’s just  jump right into it!

Friday night involved a fun Happy Hour at a new place with this girl…

It’s been forever since we’ve gotten together so it was nice to catch up over a few glasses of wine 🙂

Saturday, I met a good friend for coffee and a manicure bright and early!

It was so nice to chat about everything life and Christmas related!

I’m so thankful I met this girl earlier this year – she and her husband seriously been such a blessing in our lives!  Have you ever met someone and instantly had a connection?! That’s how it was with our this couple and we’re so thankful!

Saturday was also the big candle sale day at Bath & Body Works!  I literally light these candles almost daily so I needed to stock up 🙂

After nails, I met up with another good friend to shop at a Holiday Bazaar at a nearby church!

I haven’t been to one since I was little and it was so much fun! All the crafters, baked good and Christmas music gave me all the feels!

I wasn’t kidding when I said the weekend was busy…

I then headed over to my Brother’s house for some family and more Christmas time!

I matched little Nora 🙂

We went to Afton’s Holiday Tours – which is just about the CUTEST little town here in Minnesota!  It’s a total gem and we’d never been.

This art school offered free s’mores (yes please!) and the best Santa and Mrs Claus!

I mean…

Everyone at shops were so sweet and friendly!

The whole town is old fashioned and full of Christmas cheer!

We ate at the Lumberjack Lodge and it was such a cute little place!

And we heated up with a fire by the road… odd, right?! haha!

We missed the ice cream shop (so sad!!) but it just means we have to make another trip there soon enough!

Wonder where Logan was?! GOLFING – in December in Minnesota.. how crazy is that?!  He was in heaven, of course 🙂

Sunday was filled with quite a bit of work (it’s a busy time of year!) and some baking goods.

These ones joined me in my office while I worked!

We had 2 bunches of bananas that had to be eaten (or thrown away tomorrow) so I made some PB Banana chocolate chip energy balls and Banana Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Oatmeal cookies – say that fast 5 times!

I ended the night with a Hallmark movie and playing ball with this guy while Logan did some homework.

Today’s agenda after work?! Baking cookies and getting ready for my annual cookie exchange tomorrow! We’re missing a few girls and I’m so sad but hoping to enjoy some good cookies and games 🙂

If you have any suggestions for Christmas games – I’m thinking Minute-to-Win it games, let me know!

What did you do this weekend?! Was it filled with Christmas?!

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Christmas q & a!

Happy Thursday!

I can’t believe it’s almost Friday and yet again it’s another week of one blog post! I promise I’m trying to get myself together and I do have a lot of fun Holiday posts coming (no gift guides, don’t worry!) so just bear with me a little 🙂

One of the sweet bloggers I follow, shared this fun question/answer game and one of the biggest things you guys constantly reach out to me about is getting to know me better (as if we’re that fun around here ;)) so I thought I’d join in! I’d love to hear your answers as well!

1. Real or Fake Tree? Real! We just got our Christmas tree and it’s my favorite thing to do all year! No joke! Give me all the fresh tree smells and colored lights!

2. Favorite Christmas Cookie? Frostbite cookies! They have the perfect amount of crunch with a good amount of white chocolate! I just realized I haven’t shared the recipe here.. stay tuned!

3. Home on Christmas Morning or Travel?  Home. We travel before Christmas so that we’re where we need to be on Christmas morning 🙂 we switch off every year between my family and my in laws.

4. Clear or Colored Lights?  Clear lights! Logan is more of a colored lights person (imagine that! #givehimallthecolor) and our first Christmas together – we got our real tree and…. colored lights! We’ve since switched to clear the last few years 🙂

5. Send Christmas Cards? Oh yes! We’ve sent them since our first Christmas! It’s so funny to see how we’ve changed over the years.. I’ve definitely gotten better with age (and 20 pounds lighter!) 😂

6. Favorite Christmas Present Received? All the gifts I receive, I love! It’s hard to pick just one. I’m hoping for the best present ever this year – isn’t everyone?! 😉

7. Favorite Christmas Present Given?  Gift giving is my love language – I don’t care if I receive one gift but i love making sure others have plenty 😍 One year my siblings and I surprised my Mama with a plane ticket to visit her bestie in Seattle – who she hadn’t seen in years! Her face, when she figured it out, was priceless!

8. Stockings or no stockings?  Yes ma’am! Logan and I exchange stockings – more so when St Nick comes early!

9. Christmas PJ’s? Oh yes – I mean, I’m all about the Christmas! We usually get Christmas pajamas with my Mama every year and I’m hoping we get some matching ones from my in laws too! Just so fun to match for the holidays.

10. Favorite Christmas carol?  Carol of the Bells.

11. Favorite Holiday Tradition?  The last 5+ years, Logan and I do a holiday show – usually the Grinch or a Christmas Carol! I just love getting dinner and enjoying the festivities! This year, Ashton and Ryan joined us and it was fun to share that!

12. Early Shopper or Last Minute?  Very early! I try to start shopping in July (yes I know it’s crazy!). I have 1 more gift to buy and I’m set to enjoy Christmas time!

13. Favorite Christmas Movie or Show?  Four Christmases or the Family Stone, although I cry all the time in that one.

14. Favorite Holiday Beverage?  Grasshoppers! My gf and I get them annually downtown and do a Christmas activity after!

15.Cookies and Milk for Santa?  We used to do this growing up and carrots for the reindeer. It was so fun to see a note from Santa and hear what we thought was him on the roof!

Thanks for reading along! Share a few of your answers in the comments below if you have a chance – I love learning more about you guys too!

Also – don’t forget, you have until December 10 to send me your picture (happilyevergriedls@gmail.com) for the front porch contest! Hopefully more of you have decorated by now and I can’t wait to see them all!

Have a great night!Kristi

Thanksgiving Weekend!

I can’t believe we’re literally a day away from December! And also… it’s been 50-60 degrees! Winter is nowhere in sight and while I would usually be thankful for that.. I’m ready for snow! At least until January 1… then I’ll take all the 50-60 degree weather I can get! #neverhappens

This weekend was busy and slow at the same time but I realized i didn’t snap too many pictures! #busyenjoyingfamilytime

We ventured to my in laws for Thanksgiving and part of the weekend! It’s about a 5 hour drive so we don’t get down there very often! The last time we were there was June for the US Open!

We celebrated Thanksgiving by eating lots of food, watching football and going through the ads to see what we need!

Then us girls headed out for a little shopping later that night!

We headed to Shopko, Best Buy, Walmart (which wasn’t crazy – I mean, no lines!!), the outlets and Target!

… where we clearly found a bit of stuff! 😂

We headed home early – around 10 I think and relaxed for the night!

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, I headed out to shop a little at the outlets by myself before grabbing Logan and my SIL to join!

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hopping, my MIL met up with us (she worked!) and we enjoyed a quick margarita (I mean, I kind of enjoy these I think 😂) and my all time favorite queso!! Logan was with as well but didn’t want to be in the picture #shocker

Friday night, my MIL and myself held a Black Friday live sale for Lipsense (she was so obsessed with the products, she signed up too!) and it was so much fun! My recent favorite color is this Razzberry pink..

I mean, for real… obsessed!

We hung out a bit on Saturday (I did a little shopping with my SIL) and watched the Badgers kick some butt before giving an impromptu mini makeover on my SIL to share the Senegence makeup!

Don’t they look great?!?

We headed home and ended our weekend finding our Christmas tree!!

And it was so weird to pick it out in 50 degree weather with no snow! Reminded me of Christmases in Florida growing up 😊

We usually go to the Rum River Tree Farm and grab our tree – we even did engagement pictures there 3 years ago!

And I apparently wore the same flannel from Old Navy! 😂

But this year, we opted for the easy route! A tree lot from Rum River Tree Farm!

It was much easier and the trees were all so pretty!

After getting home and putting the tree up, Logan made a yummy pasta dish….

And homemade garlic cheese bread! 😍

Anyone who knows Logan, knows he isn’t a fan of pasta (I can’t believe it either!) so this was a nice surprise to enjoy!

There’s just something about seeing a Christmas tree when I wake up in the morning… and the smell helps as well!

It’s a shame he doesn’t like the tree at all 😂😉

That’s a wrap! How did you enjoy your holiday weekend?!

Y’all.. it’s less than a month until Christmas and I don’t know how that happened! I’m so sad when it’s over! I need to get all the Christmas in I can! 😍

Kristi

What I wore Wednesday!

Happy hump day and last day of the work week for many, myself included!

I’ve had so many questions about outfits from Instagram and in other posts and realized it’s been forever since I shared a “what I wore Wednesday” post!

A lot of the items are on sale now as well which is a bonus!

Top (on sale)

scarfFAVORITE sweatshirt (40% off right now!!!)

Top (size up), Handbag (sold out, similar, on sale)

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Top – sold out, Similar, on sale

Where are you shopping for Black Friday?! I saw JcPenney is opening at 2:00 tomorrow.. on Thanksgiving! It’s just crazy to me how much earlier these stores open every year.. I’ll be enjoying some turkey and football during that time, thank you very much! 🙂

Have a great Wednesday!

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Weekend Rewind!

Happy Monday!

I feel like the only thing I post lately are these things! I promise I’ll be blogging more consistently and sharing some fun holiday tours/outfits/his and hers in the coming weeks!

But for now, let’s chat about my weekend!

My aunts came into town Friday to do some shopping at the outlets (and to our house, Friday night!).  This was special to me because they had never visited us since we’ve lived in the Minneapolis area (we’ve been here about 7.5 years!) and I don’t get chances to see them much throughout the year!

Friday night, we didn’t do a whole heck of a lot!  We caught up, ordered pizza and watched Daddy’s Home.  My cousin came as well – which was so great! She’s a bit younger than me at 18 years old and I hadn’t gotten to know her really well since they live in Michigan but the last few months I’ve chatted more with her and she’s just so sweet!

And pretty cute, right?! It must run in the family 😉

Saturday morning, we got up and got ready to go meet Ms. Nora!  My brother is about 40 minutes from us so it worked out well for them to see her!

And because I know a few of you will ask 😉 My sweater is under $40 and comes in such good colors!

After visiting for a bit (poor girl was a little bit cranky!) we headed to the other outlet mall before finishing up at Mall of America!

We stopped for a quick bite to eat and drink before hitting the mall!

After the mall, we headed home for some smoked chicken, pork chops and loaded baked potato casserole!  Thankfully the hubby did the cooking – ha!

We ended the night with a little Moana (my husbands favorite movie, no joke!!) before heading to bed!

My aunts’ flights were early Sunday morning – I mean, like leave the house at 5:45 am early – so I saw them off before heading back to bed!

We I spent the rest of the day decking the halls and resting a bit.

It really was such a fun weekend – too short as usual but I’m hoping we’ll be planning many more in the near future!

How was your weekend?!  I don’t know about you but I’m ready for a short week and lots of turkey!

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Weekend Whereabouts!

Hello and happy Monday!

I swear that is an oxymoron every time I say it.. but alas Monday is here and we’re ready to rock this week!

On another note – how cute is this #basic tee?!It’s from Prep Obsessed and I’m obsessed 🙂 it’s a perfect accessory to my usual PSL! 😉 but giiirl do I need to clean that mirror or what?!

This weekend was just so good that I need to share it so I can remember it in years to come!

Honestly… it wasn’t a crazy weekend – we didn’t leave town or do an insane amount of activities but that’s what made it the best!

Friday night, I headed out to the new Viking Stadium for a huge holiday boutique event!

I’m not kidding when I say huge! And out of all the boutiques, guess what I bought?! Homemade caramel corn and mix for wine slushes 🙂 clearly, you can see where my head was at!

Saturday, I headed out for errands after relaxing that morning with Logan! I had a few returns and some Christmas shopping to do but stopped by Kirkland’s for their big sale and y’all.. so good!

After getting ready quickly, we set out for a fun night with one of our favorite couples! First stop… (after the pharmacy!)

…front row for the Grinch at the Children’s Theatre downtown! We’ve been a few other times and it’s just always so fun! Speaking of the couple we went with..

Gosh, we just love them! 🙂

After the show, we stopped for dinner in Maple Grove and enjoyed good conversation and drinks! Perfect night, for sure! Looking forward to our next get together 🙂

Sunday, we meal planned, grocery shopped and cooked all day! Well… one of us cooked that is! We enjoyed a Packer win with plenty of food!

I mean… smoked Mac ‘n cheese, smoked cheese stuffed meatloaf, cheese curd mashed potatoes and some country fried steak!

If you watched my instastories at all (kristilynn531) then you saw a little glimpse into our cooking filled day 🙂 if not – go follow along and you’ll get a look!

I’ve had requests for the recipes above and I’ll definitely share those soon enough!

What did you do all weekend?! Have you started your holiday shopping?

Kristi

Happy hour – Thanksgiving traditions!

Hello and happy Thursday!

Thanksgiving is 3 weeks from today and I’m linking up with Holly for a good happy hour to share some Thanksgivingness!

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We don’t necessarily have a lot of “traditions” aside from eating as much turkey, mashed potatoes, corn and bread as possible.  We switch holidays every year with both our families – if we’re with my family for Thanksgiving, we’re with Logan’s for Christmas.  The next year – we reverse and do the opposite holiday.

Sometimes it’s hard when our families live about 3 hours away from each other but we make it work!

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The last few years have been a bit trying for personal reasons but I like to make sure I count my blessings especially during Thanksgiving!

This year we’re with my in-laws for Thanksgiving (my family for Christmas) and that means we’ll head on over to Logan’s Grandma’s for the day to eat, watch football and peruse all the Black Friday ads!

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I’m a big Black Friday shopper – not one who stands in lines outside before a store opens shopper but I love going out in the atmosphere and finding some good deals!

We usually go the weekend of Thanksgiving to find our Christmas tree as well.  This is probably my favorite part 🙂

What are some of your Thanksgiving traditions?  Do you shop or do you stay in all weekend?!

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