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2016 Holiday Gift Guide + Free Printable Gift Tags

Happy happy joy joy Lovelies!! Three cheers for the holidays. I love this time of the year so much I could squeal! While I know December and the thought of shopping, cooking, errands, parties and galas may be stressful for some, I encourage you to take a few minutes to breathe. Take it all in. You don’t have to do everything.

You don’t have to give your kids a million plastic toys, you don’t have to get them the latest sneakers or phone, you don’t have to go to every recital or class party.

You don’t have to go to the white elephant party. You don’t have to go to the company holiday party.

You don’t have to entertain out of town relatives, you don’t have to have your house perfectly decorated like the pages of a magazine.

You don’t have to run out on the 23rd and get any last minute gifts. Nope. Not at all.

You don’t have to bake a million cookies. You. don’t.

The beauty and joy of the season will still be in abundance. If you want to take some time for self-care and reflection, you should do that. The holidays shouldn’t stress us out. I cringe thinking about how flustered everyone is and how we all run ourselves ragged.

Are we really enjoying the holidays? I’m one to talk, my son’s birthday is smack dab in the middle of it all. December 20th. I have a kiddo birthday party to plan and execute and it gets hectic. I want to enjoy it!

I have done the hard work for you and curated some of my favorite gift picks for everyone on your list from stylish and hardworking mamas to overworked teachers. I even threw in ideas for tweens and guys. There is something for everyone.

Sip on a hot toddy while you shop and then download this sheet of printable gift tags to wrap up the gifts in style.

Just download the pdf and print on cardstock. Tie with some pretty ribbon and you are done.

I’ve thought of everything for you because I love you so much!! I can’t thank you enough for your support of the blog this year and I hope to bring you more fresh content and tips in the coming years.

I can’t wait to see your gorgeous creations with the tags and gifts. Tag me #luckyandlovely and have a joy-filled holiday season.



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What I am packing for my Mexico vacation

Have you ever been to a place that makes your soul come alive? When I was 19, I traveled to Mexico and Guatemala with a friend to go to a spanish language school in Guatemala. Because her passport never arrived, she had to return home but we relaxed in Playa del Carmen, Mexico for a week before we were due to leave. I continued on alone and when I returned, I visited a magical beach called Tulum. Yes, the Riviera Maya is dotted with large luxury and glittery resorts but Tulum maintains it’s natural laid back vibe. 2 years ago, David and I escaped for a romantic holiday over Thanksgiving and he we sick with cold and flu. My poor babe was miserable for an entire week. We stayed at La Revé (which was lovely and I highly recommend it) and took a day trip to Tulum. He surprisingly recovered briefly and when we got to the top of the cliffs at the Mayan ruins overlooking the bright turquoise sea, his soul came alive as well. We languished for the day-eating, sipping, reading, napping and frolicking in the ocean before returning to Playa.

Since that vacation, I vowed that we would return to Tulum and soak it all up again. Reservations are made and I can’t wait to share our adventures with you. This time we are staying at Sanara Tulum, a luxury eco chic hotel and wellness center and a premier yoga retreat studio. 

But first a girl has to decide what to wear. Ok, so this is my dream suitcase. 
First up are the swimsuits. I’m a sucker for anything ruffled and I’m dying to try out the high waist bottoms of this American Apparel suit. So fun!

Then the cover ups…Because a girl has got to hop on the bike and head to downtown Tulum for a fresh lunch of fish tacos and margaritas. Can you keep a secret? I already scooped the J. Crew white eyelet tunic. It is on sale with an extra 25% off with code “SALELOVE”. It was practically irresponsible not to get it.
I’ll need a straw fedora to keep the sun out of my eyes.
I’m loving this black and white one from BCBG MAXAZRIA.
Finally, the beach bags. Seriously, I have a problem. Why is this the largest group? I am a sucker for a straw beach bag. Give me a market tote and I am a happy happy girl. I’ve had my eye on the Mar y Sol (every single one of them) for months now. This is the perfect excuse to grab mine. The little pom poms are too adorable. Decisions, decisions!

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Happy Sparkly Friday!

3 Cheers for the weekend! Have you lovelies heard of Rocksbox? They were so sweet to provide me with a 3 month subscription to try out its unlimited access to its jewelry closet! It’s so fun to have a stylist pick out things for me for a change. Everything inside is something I would wear with my existing pieces. So fun!

My box arrived in the cutest packaging with everything neatly packed inside. I’m dying over the Perry Street Daisy Crystal Earrings. Yay! I’m rocking them with a denim jacket and black joggers. 

As a special treat, Rocksbox is treating you guys to a FREE month! Just enter code “luckyandlovelyxoxo” to try it out for free for a month. Send back the box as much as you want to try new pieces. I’d love to see what you get!

Tweet to share: @luckyandlovely I’m trying out @rocksbox free! Enter “luckyandlovelyxoxo” for your free month!  

*The opinions I shared about Rocksbox are my own, and Rocksbox did not tell me what to say or how to say it.

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Fab Friday + Lovely Links for the weekend

Happy Friday Lovelies! Have ya’ll seen Kate Spade and Jack Spade for GapKids? So flipping cute! I’m putting one of everything on my list for Henry. Scoop up some great deals with their friends and family sale. I’m getting excited for cooler weather. I scored the most adorable winter coat for Henry at Old Navy using points and sale, it came in at $7.
Follow my Instagram feed for pics of me and the kiddos in our everyday adventures. Hope you have a wonderful weekend filled with cups of tea, warm cozy fires, blankets and snuggles with a movie.
I’ve rounded up some of my favorite links for the week. Grab a cup and have fun exploring.
  • Can’t wait for Toms + Target! Lots of holiday goodness is launching November 16th.
  • It’s time to start getting those holiday cards out in the mail. Start here for ideas.
  • I love reading about parenting. Learn about raising thoughtful children here.
  • I’m a pushover for a luxurious face oil and pretty packaging. This one from Beautycounter just may send me over the edge.
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Chalkboard round up from Brooklyn Bride

Lovelies! It has been a long week of designing, coding, pinning on Pinterest, shopping for props and flowers for my upcoming engagement shoots and weddings! I have loved every minute of it and I am tickled pink and can’t wait to show off the new Lucky + Lovely site to all of you. Pinterest has the most interesting things and so many gorgeous inspiration photos. Loving this chalkboard round up, I spied today from Brooklyn Bride and just had to share! xo

Sources: 1. stakes from BHLDN | 2. Shanna Murray decal | 3. Save the date via Brokeass Bride | 4. Wine bottles via Ruthi Auda | 5. Eshoot by Ben Blood | 6. Chalkboard set from MSW via Randi Brookman Harris | 7. outlines viaemmas designblogg | 8. Chalk save the date from Paper+Cup | 9. Dana Tanamachi | 10. Chalkboard coast DIY