It's the most wonderful time of the year!! I'm talking holiday cheer, time, and my husband's favorite JORD wood watches. They make the top of the list for gifts for him. Come on over and see why and don't forget to get your promo while you're here.
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It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year!

*I received a free wooden watch from JORD in exchange for writing this post on my blog.

It’s the most wonderful time of the year, right? Of course it is. It’s crazy that I am talking time, me, the lady who has consistently struggled with it lately. There are days where I feel like all I do is stare at the time ticking by as I scurry to hold on tight. It is all passing by too fast. However, as much as I am continually gobsmacked at how fast time is slippin’ slippin’ into the future, I am wildly excited for this time of year, even if it came faster than I was ready for.

Its' the most wonderful time of the year for gift giving! This JORD watch for him is stunning. Plus I'm sharing a PROMO CODE just for my readers. :) JORD

Christmas Time is Here Happiness and Cheer

Bring on the cheer, the holiday magic, the twinkly lights, all the Christmas music, latkes, and the childhood glee that breathes life back into me. I know this time of year can be stressful, but I NEED the cheer right now, the bright lights… the jubilant bliss! Things have been murky lately, well, almost all of 2017, actually. And for that reason, I welcome this season with open arms.


Do you follow me on Instagram? If you are not, chop, chop, get to it. Did you see my Instagram story where I decorated my daughter’s room for her birthday? My youngest daughter is my very own real life Christmas elf. She loves all things Christmas, so each year I decorate her room Christmassy. This year the task of being mama elf garnered an immense feeling of hope for more cheery times. I’m pumped for it all. I’ve already purchased a few things for our Christmas countdown and I am ready to talk holiday gifts and gift guides!! I hope you’re ready too.

Let’s Rewind the Hands of Time to that Time When I Talked about Our Move and JORD

This summer I moved from Washington (state) to Illinois. Before I moved I announced the move on my blog and I shared the tradition my husband and I have with every new job or promotion. If you missed the post about our move and our watch tradition you can check it out here. What you missed in that post: my husband got a new job within his company and to celebrate my friends at JORD helped us keep our watch tradition. My husband received a stunning JORD Dover Koa & Black Wood Watch.

Stunning, right? My husband is absolutely in love with his watch. Wherever he goes (because sometimes his new job takes him places) he gets tons of compliments and no lie people will ask to take a picture of his watch.

It’s Gifting Time and JORD Makes the Top of the Good List

Because his watch is such a big hit with him, with strangers, with ME- JORD makes my list for one of the best gifts for him. 🙂 There’s a gift guide coming, but I thought JORD needed a little extra love. Besides the beauty of this watch, we love that the watch is versatile my husband is able to wear his watch with jeans and tees or suites and ties. The unique wood makes it a conversation piece because not many people own wood watches, but they should, because hello, look at this beauty.

Gifts for him: Conway Kosso and Midnight Blue JORD watch. Promo code.

This is my husband’s new baby, his Conway Kosso and Midnight Blue JORD wooden watch.It’s absolutely gorgeous!

A little more about the Conway Kosso and Midnight Blue Jord Chronograph Watch:

  • sapphire crystal glass
  • luminescent hands
  • deployment buckle with push buttons
  • screw-down crown
  • case width: 42mm
  • case thickness: 12mm
  • lug ends: 49mm
  • band thickness: 20mm
  • band length: 161mm
  • bonus: cleaning can be done with lemon or orange oil extract


Even the packaging is perfection.

JORD Wooden Watches for him and her. I'm sharing a promo code just in time for the holidays!! :)

Gifts for him: JORD Conway Kosso and Midnight Blue Wooden Watch | Gifts for him | Wooden Watch | Unique Watch | Style | Mens Fashion |

I hope to build my husband a collection of these wonderful pieces. There is a mega sale going on right now, so who knows….

I have to say I’m kind of jealous of my babe. But hey, JORD makes wood watches for women too! 😉


 Don’t miss out on the BLACK FRIDAY SECRET DEALS!!! This sale won’t last long- ends 11/27

JORD Black Friday SECRET DEAL PAGE!! Click here for the best savings on these unique wood watches for him or her

Wooden Wristwatch

My husband's new friend, Michelle, has style. She actually styled me! I'm not jealous of her, at all, I'm actually quite fond of her. She's my... stylist!! That felt really fancy to write. I'm not fancy at all, but Stitch Fix has me feeling all fancy. Check out my FALL fix.
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My Husband’s New Friend Michelle

*This post contains affiliate links. I am part of the Stitch Fix Influencer program, therefore I’m sharing links to Stitch Fix. These links cost nothing to you, but help me should you decide to try Stitch Fix, too.

Ladies, you know I’m crazy in love with my guy. So, I know when you read the tittle of this post you may have did a ….


But wait! I know you have my back, and I’ve got yours, too. Michelle is awesome! She’s my Stitch Fix stylist. I know you’re wondering how does that make her my husband’s friend.. good question!

My husband's new friend, Michelle, has style. She actually styled me! I'm not jealous of her, at all, I'm actually quite fond of her. She's my... stylist!! That felt really fancy to write. I'm not fancy at all, but Stitch Fix has me feeling all fancy. Check out my FALL fix.

Here’s Why Michelle is My Husband’s New Friend

She saved the day for him! And when I say the day, I mean MY day. 🙂 I’m not going to bash my guy, he’s awesome. I’ve said it here a million times… he’s my everything and he makes me the happiest. With that said, sometimes, he’s a little lost and slightly last minute in the gift-giving department. This year with the help of Michelle he totally hooked me up!!

I’m not one to spend money on myself, if I do it’s usually clearance or thrifted.  Anyway, after my first box I received a waived fee as a Stitch Fix Influencer for my second box. I told my husband and he was all, “GET IT, WOMAN!” “Your birthday is coming up, maybe something in there will be perfect for your birthday.” So, I went ahead and scheduled a box. Well, before I scheduled my box I made sure to give my stylist a little more info as to who I am; I added a picture to my profile and I sent her some of my style boards via Pinterest. Michelle took that info and RAN WITH IT!!

I feel so fancy saying this, but this note is from my personal stylist, Michelle. In the event you were wondering if Stitch Fix keeps your style in mind when sending out goodies, they totally do. Thank you, Michelle.

The box showed up before my birthday on a lovely fall day.

I cannot even tell you how excited I was to go through this box. My husband saw my face light up with each item I pulled out of the box. Him: “She nailed it. She totally got your style with this one.” He’s right, she did. Everyone was home when I got the box, so I was prompted to give a fashion show, which I did. And you know what, they loved it all too. My husband turned to me and said “HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!”


Of course, I wasn’t sure because I’m super thrifty, so I started making excuses as to why I didn’t need anything. Remember how I said the whole crew was around? Well, they totally had their papa’s back on this one. They started to say sweet things like: you deserve it, you never get anything for yourself, you should have nice things too, mama, you look happy and beautiful. And then Mr. Wall Street said, “Babe, this is an investment, a good one.”

Want to see what I invested in? Stitch Fix Box #2

I'm so in love with all the things my Stitch Fix stylist sent me in my second box! Come see what she sent and maybe signup to get a box of your own, too. :)

Where do I even begin?

Toms Desert Wedge Booties: Kept

Let’s start with the shoes!! Toms Desert Wedge Booties in gray, which happen to match perfectly with my gray sugar skull purse. 🙂  My girls love Toms! I actually didn’t own a pair of Toms but I’ve been buying them for years for the girls. I’ve also purchased a lace up pair for my husband.

(Found an OLD Instagram post to prove the love.)

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When I saw this pair of Toms in my box I was instantly in love and when I was able to walk in them… SOLD! I love Toms too!!! If you didn’t know Toms has a One for One program, you buy something, they give something to someone in need. Gotta love that! 🙂

Can we talk about this Alpine Plaid Wrap Scarf? Kept


It’s amazing! I’m still learning how to tie it in all the Pinteresty ways.  Get ready to see this baby in rotation in more ways then one. It’s warm, functional, and great quality. Totally a keeper.

Market & Spruce Liz Textured Sweater: Kept

My second Stitch Fix unboxing

This picture does not do the sweater justice. This sweater is beautiful and I loved it the minute I pulled it out of the box. There’s a blue hue stitched in the little squares that gives it a unique look that I like. Before even trying on the sweater my husband knew this sweater was perfect for me.

Hi, I’m Dean, and I’m a sucker for sweaters. I have a collection of ratty sweater coats I won’t get rid of, they’re the best. I’m wearing one now and I wore one the other day ago with my Edgar Allan Poe shirt, I think it went perfectly. 🙂 Perhaps, one day this sweater will be in that stash that my husband makes fun of, but for now it’s perfection and I’ve been treating this baby with care.

Check out what my Stitch Fix stylist sent me!! All the heart eyes here!!

Pistola Tory Distressed Ankle Zip Skinny Jean

Michelle was right, I do love a good distressed jean. I’m a (displaced) Texas gal, I love jeans and I love holey jeans. 🙂  Who use to own zipper ankle jeans when they were younger? Not me 🙁 I always wanted a pair though. I remember always loving Susan’s zipper ankle jeans in school. I don’t know why I never asked for zipper ankle jeans as kid, but I always wanted them. Michelle + my husband made that a reality for me. I NEVER, EVER, EVER, would spend this much on jeans. But again, Mr. Wall Street said it was an investment and he also said a certain region looked good in these jeans. 😉 I guess this is where I should start referring to my husband as my Instagram husband because he took these pictures of me in my Stitch Fix clothes that him and Michelle hooked me up with.

the-perfect-psl-outfit-stitch-fixOf course that’s a PSL in my hand. If I’m going to be basic might as well go all the way, right?stitch-fix-fall-outfit-back

Tinsel Odensay Cargo Vest: Kept

I’m pretty sure green cargo anything is in for fall. Amiright?



I’ve always loved the green utility vest/jacket look. And green also happens to be my favorite color. This vest is warm. It’s lined inside, which is perfect for the PNW, where it can get cold but not Chicago cold. The collar is removable, which I like. I don’t know if I’ll wear the collar much, maybe if I’m trying to dress up things. My teen is already eyeing up this vest. She’s already worn my Toms. I kind of wished this vest has a hood, because PNW. Regardless, I love it.

Fall Stitch Fix Box Unboxing

So, as you can see I kept everything! Michelle and my Instagram husband did great! I’m excited to share how I style these clothes all fall long. I’m in no way a fashion blogger, but I do want to show you how these clothes are investments that I plan to take care of and wear often. You did good, my stylish tag team, you did good! (I also appreciated that one of the companies gives back and another company focuses on sustainability. Those things do matter to me, not sure if Michelle got that from my Pinterest or not, but COOL. For pete’s sake I drive a Subaru.)

I guess I may owe him a box…

What!?! Yes, my husband will be in front of the camera next time. Stay tuned!



Here’s how it works:

  1. Create a profile| This part is super simple, you answer a few questions regarding style add your personal info, done. Don’t forget to share your Pinterest style board, this is helpful to your stylist.
  2. Schedule your fix| You pick when you want a box mailed to you. Stitch Fix is NOT a monthly obligation. There is a $20 styling fee, free shipping, and five handpicked items show up to your doorstep.
  3. Fashion Show!! It’s like Christmas morning. Tear into that box and try on those clothes!
  4. Checkout| You can checkout from your computer or using the Stitch Fix app. When you check out you are prompted to rate items this helps your stylist for future fixes. The $20 styling fee is deducted from the items you keep. If you decide to keep it all, 25% is deducted from your entire purchase.
  5.  Return Items You’re Not Keeping| Stitch Fix supplies you with extra packaging within your box that is already labeled and ready to ship off.

Stitch Fix Signup!!

Side note:

There is a real person styling you. The more help you give your stylist the better your box will be. Michelle, my stylist, (which feels completely weird for me to say) took my information I gave to her and went with it in the most fantastic way. So, if you do sign up make sure to share a picture of yourself, fill out the profile completely, and add links to your different Pinterest boards. If there’s something specific you’re looking for leave a note for your stylist. I made sure to do all these things with this box.

What’s your favorite fall style? What would you ask your stylist to send you?

My first Stitch Fix Box


PSSST…. Give the gift of style this holiday with a Stitch Fix gift card!!


A lot of people are afraid to say what they want.Madonna Quote That's What She Said
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A lot of people are afraid to say what they want.Madonna Quote That's What She Said

Cue the music…

Fan or no fan of Madonna, you have to admire the fact that she has held on tight to her career. I mean she’s all B**ch I’m Madonna with confidence and dancing better than some of those kids with her 56 year-old self. I’m 34 and I’m not sure you’ll see me dancing down a hall with 20-somethings singing “B**tch I’m Dean!” But that’s just it, Madonna demands that, she has absolutely no problem saying what she wants. She’s a go-getter.

Sometimes, I say what I want. Sometimes, I’m heard, and sometimes I’m not. And if I want to be heard should I repeat myself? I hate repeating myself, I just repeated myself. I’m sure I’ve said that same phrase in the past 10 days at least 4 times. So why not repeat myself once more…

This January I chose some words, I said I wanted to do all these things, do you remember?  No? Okay, I’ll say it again, because if I keep saying it maybe I’ll do better.

#OnTheBlog: My Words/Goals for 2015 #LinkInProfile

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      Present     I’m here. I’m present. This, I’m good at.  Processed with VSCOcam with x1 preset           


I said I would create, and I have. I have been art journaling, hand lettering, coloring, and there’s been a touch of hot glue. My creations have also come in the form of blog posts, free writing, and my prompt book. However, I want to take my writing to the next level- I need to focus more on that. (I’ll explain more under: brave) 

Mother's Day Monster| DIY |Pinterest Perfect   Positive

I am always humbled when people say I’m so positive.Taylor-Swift-1432413 Me? Seriously? Thank You! You know what, I think for the most part I am positive. Sometimes the little gray raincloud comes out in me..  


I think I have opened up a lot more here and I consider that: brave. I have battled with hitting publish on some of my posts that seemed too personal, but I did it! This year I vowed to send out more of my writing, but that didn’t happen. I instead did something, which many may say was even more brave, I ditched freelance and homeschooled. I was not happy with the littles’ school. I had issues with the school, a teacher, and other various reasons.

Poetry Night|Mrs. AOK, A Work In Progress {homeschool}I also cut my own hair, that’s brave, right? Me MChat Encourage      


I would say I have done quite well with this one. There’s always room for improvement, I can do better. hey-girl-you-got-this-i-believe-in-you

Wisdom Wednesday advice I got from a fortune cookie   patience          

I kind of touched on this last week. I’m trying to be patient with my new fight. No, I do not look like JLo…. yet! See, I kept it positive. Jlo   Ahem.. moving on  


My favorite word Love      

There has been tons of love!  #TWSS Mother Teresa: If you judge people you have not time to love them. TWSS Quote Take A Lover That Looks At You Like Maybe You Are Magic        I say a lot on this blog. I mean it all. I want to do better. I’m a work in progress. I will do better, I’ll keep working on my words figuratively and literally.  I know what I want, and I’m done with the excuses. You’ll see 🙂 

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