Where have you been?

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Hey everyone!! Oh my, it’s been a hot minute since I’ve blogged. And boy, have I missed it!

Well, life threw me some curve balls (really great ones) and I haven’t been able to find them to blog. But, I had a sec today, so here I am.

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We’ve been a ski trip with friends and made several trips to the doctors office. What can I say, ear infections have loved to hang out at my house. Oh, and strep throat too, ha!

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But, all in all, we’re doing well. The kiddos are growing super fast! My daughter just turned two and is quite the mess-maker, ha! My son is 4 and like to surprise us with random facts, like about satellites and the Internet. Needless to say, they keep up on our toes. And of course, we wouldn’t have it any other way.

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As some of you know, I started to carry a small amount of inventory at a local boutique. We call it Tori’s Collections. It has been so much fun to see clothing and accessories – and I love being around all of the locals! You can check out my Facebook page – Tori’s Collections to see what I have. Oh, and some of it is even on sale. Check it out!

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Also, back in November, I became of distributor of LipSense (SeneGence is the company). This was something I wrestled with for two months, but eventually decided to follow my gut on. And you know what, it has been the biggest blessing. I wouldn’t change it for the world! I know have a fabulous team (that’s growing quickly) of ladies that are achieving goals, making money, and learning about themselves during the process. If you would like more info, head to my page Shop LipSense or my Facebook group Glossy Gals to see more. Have a question? Email me at yourgalnextdoor@gmail.com 

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I really hope to keep up with the blog more! I truly enjoy connecting with y’all! Take care and chat soon!!

XO

Fall Favorites with WEWOOD Watches

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Hey y’all! Happy Thanksgiving! I hope you have fun plans with your family and friends. We’re keeping things super low key this year — can’t wait!

Since fall is upon us, that brings events, parties, and christmas cards pictures. So, I thought a little collage of some of my favorite fall pieces would be fun to share.

I don’t know about you, but I always enjoy seeing other outfits put together in magazines, online, or from other fashion bloggers.

First up, let’s talk about the men. I found some fun and versatile pieces at Nordstrom. The olive green twill pants and jeans are both staples in a man’s wardrobe. Also, the chambray and plaid button ups can be layered with a vest, denim jacket, sweater, or the quilted jacket included. Last, the WEWOOD watch. For every watch purchased, a tree is a planted. So neat! By the way, I may or may not have discount code at the bottom of this post!


Next up, items for the kiddos.                                                                                                         Gymboree is a one of my go-to places to grab a few things for my two.

 I found a pair of olive green pants, with a contrasting cuff. So cute! Paired with a moose print button up, a vest, and miniature hiking boots, your little guy will look sharp for your Christmas card photo!

For your daughter, a printed cape will keep her cozy and stylish. Paired them with      fleece-lined leggings (so cozy) and riding boots for a trendy, kid-friendly look. I think a little beanie or bow would be the perfect addition to her ensemble.

Last, but not least, it’s time for the ladies. These items are also found from Nordstrom. Can we talk about the blue coat? Oh my! The oversized collar and tie-waist, makes this coat a show stopper. Pair them with the skinny jeans, OTK boots, and the blue stud earrings for a chic ensemble. Also, I’m totally crushing on this grey sweater dress. How cute would this be with the OTK boots too? Ok, I know, I’m really obsessed with the boots. Ha! Last, I can’t forget to mention the WEWOOD watch for women. With a round face and animal print dial, this watch is trendy and earth-friendly.

Make sure you check out the links I have provided. Everyone is having killer Black Friday sales! Also, as promised, here is a special code for WEWOOD watches. I think these would make great Christmas gifts!

Use WWBF to receive 30% off of your WEWOOD watch purchase and a free link removal tool. How cool is that? I’ve always been so frustrated when I have a brand new watch, but have to wait for a jeweler to remove a link or two. Enjoy!

Happy, happy Thanskgiving! Hug your family, eat some good food, and be thankful!

❤︎❤︎❤︎

XO

1 Top / 2 looks with Celizzione

Hey, hey! How is everyone?! Happy Wednesday — Friday is almost here. What are you’re weekend plans? We’re planning a quick family road trip 🙂 Can’t wait!

Today, I have a super fun post with Celizzione. They are one of the cutest online boutiques out there, y’all! Not to mention, their prices are wallet-firendly! I’m styled a lovely black top 2 ways – one daytime look and one evening look. The versatility of this top can’t be beat! Not only is it perfect for layering, but the lace detailing feels chic and unique. 

For my causal look I added a black hat, camo printed jeans, and fringe booties.                            Perfect for lunch with the girls! 

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Also, in love with these sweet fresh water pearl studs from Cezillione!

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For a dressier look, I added a bold lip (LipSense of course), flared denim, metallic pumps, and gold clutch. I would totally wear this out on a date. Wouldn’t you?

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Check out Celizzione to read their Blogger Spotlight. Your’s truly is being featured!                 I’m very thankful for the opportunity! 

What’s your favorite day to night item hanging in your closet? 

Take care and have a fabulous day!

❤︎ ❤︎ ❤︎

XO

Let Them Make a Mess

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Happy Saturday, y’all! This was a another busy week, and I didn’t get my post up yesterday. But, I did a little event introducing my mini-boutique — it was so fun! Thanks again to everyone that came out!

I wanted to talk about something I have encountered as a mom. What I want to talk about isn’t revolutionary. It’s not going to make in the pages of Parenting Magazine or mentioned on the Today Show.

I just want to talk about kids making a mess.

Why? It’s just part of having kids, right? We all deal with cleaning the house, laundry, and, picking up toys. I know sometimes I have bribed (yes, bribed. You have too, right?) my son to clean the playroom. I’ve said something like, “If you clean up the playroom, we can go outside.” Or, “If the playroom is cleaned up, we can have a friend over.”

As much as we have to clean, it’s easy to resent this daily chore. Anybody feel like this? Trying to maintain a house, especially when the kids aren’t cooperating (or following chore rules) can create a lot of frustrating. 

That’s why this play session was a lot different.

The other day I was wanting to snap a pic of my kiddos playing. In order for me to do this in my house, I have to move my kitchen table. I know, crazy! It’s the only way I can get natural light with a white background, ha! But, I wasn’t planning on my little picture turning into something that inspired me.

While the kiddos were in the kitchen, I ran into the playroom and grabbed a puzzle and a bag pom poms. My daughter is obsessed with pom poms! 

After making back into the kitchen and giving them their goods, playtime quickly began. At first, there were only a few pom poms puzzle pieces on the floor, but that soon changed. They ended up All. Over. The. Floor. As the mess ensued, I could feel my anxiety rise, but I also noticed something else. My daughter was so clam and happy. She teetered around picking up and dumping pom poms. My son, played with his puzzle and then (queitly) joined in with his sister. What did I do? I watched. I played on my stomach and admired their sweetness. I snapped a many pics as I could. I wasn’t going to miss this little moment. This memory will stick me. A simple memory of I time that I put my Mom duties on pause and let them just play.

I put aside all of the chores, to-do’s, and rules. I just watched them play.

 I don’t have a spick and span hosue, but I like to keep things picked up. I’m also not super super hard on my kiddos. But, I do quick a little worked up when my house gets messy. Why? My anxiety! I can control what chores get done. I can control the mess. Yeah, I’ll stop there. Another day, another post, ha!

Next time the kids want to make a mess, let them. It can always be picked up. I’m glad I let them make a mess in my kitchen. I second guessed myself, but I’m happy I flipped my “mom” switch off and just watched them play. It was exhilarating and motivating. Kinda like, “You got this girl!”

Oh, if I could bottle that moment!

Do you recall a favorite Mom moment? Please share below!                                                      I would love to hear you story.

Have a fab weekend, y’all! Hugs to all of you mommas out there! 

 ❤︎ ❤︎ ❤︎

XO

Transitioning Your Dress for Fall

November 8, 2016


Hi y’all! How’s your day been? I hope you it’s been good one. Well, sorry for being m.i.a. lately. We have been super busy around the here. It’s that time of year, isn’t it? I love it!

It’s time for another Tip Tuesday! Today, I’m talking about transitioning your favorite dress for cooler weather. This has been something that we all deal with, right ladies? I have had asked and been asked ways to transitions items for cooler weather, especially when it’s that “in between” time of the year.                                                                   Here is Texas, it takes it a while to get down right cold.

Here, I’m wearing a simple, yet elegant dress from Laudem Deo. This dress is handmade of ethically sourced materials by women who face unemployment in South Africa.
What a powerful brand! I’m honored to share this beautiful dress. Not only does Laudem Deo create beautiful garments, as a company they care deeply about who they employ and their personal lives.

We do this by focusing on all the people who make up our very intricate process, by considering who they are, what they’ve been through and caring deeply about the kind of lives they and their families lead in a country we love and will continue to support. ~ Laudem Deo  

Do you have a simple maxi in your closet? Maybe something you have worn a million times, and feel that it has become boring.

Well, let me tell you how you can transform what you already have in your closet.

Accessories can make or break an outfit. They can also carry you look into another season. Here, I switched up my footwear and accessories to transform a classic wrap dress.

First, I kept things classic (and warmer-weather appropriate) with lace-up heels and a clutch.

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Next, I added a classic black wrap and booties.

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Last, I added faux fur stole for the ultimate coziness!

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Here are a few other ways to change up your favorite dress

A denim jacket and scarf
A leather bomber and bold earrings
A statement necklace and a wrap
Bold earrings and a cropped jacket
An embellished coat or jacket and simple earrings

And finally a bold lip, statement earrings, a wrap, and booties.
The total glam look! A bold lip always counts as an accessory.

I hope you found this post helpful! As I always say, please shoot me an email at yourgalnextdoor@gmail.com or IG message if you have any styling questions.


The Gal Next Door would love to style you!


See ya Friday! I have a simple and sweet motherhood post coming up next. Hugs, y’all!

❤︎ ❤︎ ❤︎

XO

Pattern Mixing with The Shoe Closet

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Hi there, y’all! I hope you are doing well! Did you survive Halloween? Whew, we did. And we had a lot of fun! My husband liked his gifts and his b’day cake. I made the easiest Oreo dump cake. I’m thinking I may need to share it here on the blog. If you would like to see it, let me know in the comment section below.

Today’s post is the last post with The Shoe Closet. If you’re just now following along with my posts about TSC, here’s a refresher. 

Located in Wichita Falls, Tx, The Shoe Closet has been the heartbeat of fashion in Texoma since 1984. With personalized styling and a warm atmosphere, the Shoe Closet is the go-to place for all things trending. They carry brands like Alice + Olivia, Tory Burch, and the upcoming accessory line Rory Ashton. Personally, I’ve been shopping at the Shoe Closet since high school. I have always appreciated their on-point advice and diverse merchandise. I’ve really enjoyed sharing so many fun looks that TSC has to offer.

Pattern play is one of the easiest trends to rock!

Whether you wearing a patterned mixed baseball tee, layering a striped tee under a floral print cardigan, or adding a polka dot blouse under a gingham sweater, pattern mixing can be achieved on any level.

My number 1 tip: Don’t be sacred of looking too busy. If you’re wearing pattern on top, keep it simple on the bottom, or vice versa. You can wear a full patterned look. I suggest staying within the same color family and having one main print with smaller, complimentary prints. 

For this Shoe Closet look, we have a leopard print top under a reversible camo/fur jacket — instant chic! As for the denim, TSC’s Hudson jeans are black, stretchy, and have grommet detailing down the leg. How cool would these look with a simple white tee and sunnies? Again, instant chic! And to top it off, the Jeffrey Campbell booties. These are next level. The adorn heel is very big this fall/winter! TSC is always in the know in regards to footwear trends.

NEWSFLASH! You can now shop The Shoe Closet online!  They are having an anniversary till Saturday. Check it out here.

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Again, a big thank you to The Shoe Closet for allowing Serena and I to shoot and share your looks! We had a blast! 


                                 

Have any questions on how to wear pattern?

  Shoot me an email at yourgalnextdoor@gmail.com or comment below. 

The Gal Next Door would love to style you! 

❤︎❤︎❤︎

XO

DIY Spider Headband

Hi y’all! As I always say, Happy Friday!! Have any fun Halloween plans? Just today, we’ve tackled two parties and several outfit changes, including a TNMT. Fun times!

Halloween is a very special day around out house, it’s my hubby’s b’day! We can’t wait to celebrate him. Aren’t birthdays the best?

Today, I’m sharing a fun and EASY diy project. After my last attempt a making caramel apples, I was a little weary of how this round of do-it-yourself would go. But, now that I think of it, everything probably went better because I wasn’t cooking. Ha!

Alright, y’all, fasten your seat belts for the easiest diy ever! 

Below is everything you need. I did add in some tulle! 

Hot Glue Gun
Headbands
Wiggly Eyes
Felt Squares
Pom Pom
Pipe cleaners
Tulle

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Love those little fingers!

I first used this cup to trace a circle. I ended up making the circles a little bit smaller. I recommend just cutting two small circles, it doesn’t have to be exact.                                        No measuring needed.

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Glue one circle on the headband and then sandwich the other on top.

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Next, grab four pipe cleaners and cut them in half. You will have eight pieces. 

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Apply a generous amount of hot glue to the felt circle.                                                                  Place four pipe cleaners on each side of the circle. I tried to space them out as evenly as possible. Ya know, like a real spider –wink, wink! 

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After letting the hot glue sit for a couple minutes, I cut a few scraps of tulle and twisted them together. I then applied hot glue on the tulle. No, this does get a little tricky. I had to use a pencil to push some of the tulle down. That being said, it sticks pretty well! 

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Meet the Spider Headband!

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A few thoughts…

You may need to trim the legs. Depending on who is wearing it, the legs can be a little long for a young child’s head. 

Also, you don’t have to use a headband. You can use this same method, without using a headband. Placing a spider on a solid colored cap would be a fun alternative! 


Ok, just like every parent, I wanted a cute picture. I actually made a headband for myself (minus the pom pom), and I wanted to get a picture of us today. And, well, you can see how she felt about that. 

It’s like she was saying, “Ain’t got time for that, Mom!” 

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I was amazed at just how easy and fun these were. Plus, I had a sweet little helper! Even though she had a melt down, she did enjoy helping me. If you have young ones, I recommend letting them play with the pom poms. I gave Camila a baggy and she enjoyed picking the pom pom ups. I mean, if she wants to help clean up, I’m not going to stop her!

I hope y’all have a super fun and safe Halloween. Chat soon!

❤︎ ❤︎ ❤︎

XO