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New York City Trip Recap

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I Love The Big City

This past week Jase and I went to New York for a work trip for him! He was promoting his new show- In The Room, which aired on E! this past week with an interview with Tom Brady. I am so proud of him!!

Whenever we spend time in NYC, I am so happy. After living there twice, something comes alive in me reminiscing on all the life-giving memories and experiences. We stayed in the coziest hotel, 1 Hotel, and I couldn’t of been more content! Plus we visited some of my favorite restaurants when we were there, including Springbone Kitchen + ABC Kitchen.

Trips With Jase Are The Best

Jase and I love traveling together. My happy place is definitely with him whether at home or away, but traveling together is always so sweet. We had just been in Idaho with our families before going to NYC, so we had two memorable trips back to back. Yay for the holidays! Traveling well together comes naturally to us which I am just so thankful for.

NYC This Time Of Year Is Magical

If you haven’t been to NYC during the Christmas season, definitely add it to your list of things to do! It is truly magical. There are so many bright lights in the big city as it is, but add Christmas decor and the entire city is glistening at all times.

The hustle and bustle of NYC is real, and during the holidays is even busier! But the energy is so special and really puts you in the Christmas spirit. The restaurants feel cozier, the shopping is exciting, and the Rockefeller Center is a must-see.

Brands To Shop This Weekend

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Hey friends-

Hoping everyone had a sweet and relaxing Thanksgiving holiday spent with friends & fam! Once you have some downtime this weekend, after all the eating and fun, take a second and think about gift shopping. 🙂 All of the sales can feel overwhelming, so a good place to start is via my gift guide (100 gift ideas…!) or check out this quick list below for a few of my favorite brands that are hosting special black friday + cyber monday promos.

Special call out to The Citizenry, who have a beautiful philanthropic campaign happening right now. Read more by clicking their links.! And another call out to Nisolo! Use my unique code for 25% off site-wide! LSCRUGGS25. xo

the citizenry | branch basics | primally pure | follain | goop

hobo | nisolo | serena & lily | anthropologie | rag & bone | shopbop

Our New Custom Closets

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When someone asks what my favorite part of the house is, I immediately think the kitchen and the master bath. But I realized that the closet is very high up on my list! It is such a personal space and if we think about it, so much time is spent there! We have been remodeling our home for the last eight months, and I must say, amidst the excitement of seeing everything come together, what I looked forward to the most was closet install day by The Container Store.

You might also know that organizing is such a passion of mine, so partnering with The Container Store to customize our closets was a complete dream. The Container Store Custom Closets is made up of 4 closet lines that fit any size, style, or budget. The particular line we used in both closets is called Avera, and it not only helped maximize the space in each room, but it created a relaxing and organized atmosphere. We were drawn towards the clean lines and peaceful color + the choice of adding LED lights under each shelf was a game changer. My sweet friends from The Home Sort came to completely finish our closets with the drawer organizers, shoe boxes, and in Jason’s closet (hence the extra space), beautiful wooden hangers.

As we are approaching the holidays and the new year, right now is the perfect time to invest in a custom closet by taking advantage of the Avera and Laren spend and save! The best feeling entering the new year is a fresh space, especially a fresh closet!

Thank you, Container Store, for partnering with me! 

100 Gift Ideas For Those You Love

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Tis’ the season for gift giving and gift guides! Rounding up 100 gifts ideas for those you love in four different categories: for her, for him, for your stocking, and for the the parents of both kiddos and pups! Keep scrolling, click to shop, and keep in mind that all cosmetic beauty/personal items listed are toxin-free! xo

 

FOR HER

1. The Clean Sweep: my 90 day guide to clean living

2. Pour Over Set: a beautiful gift for coffee lovers

3. Branch Basics: the starter kit is the perfect gift for clean cleaning all year

4. Sustainable Carry-on Suitcase:  travel well while helping the environment

5. Primally Pure Spa Kit: there is nothing better than spa night at home

6. Hobo Backpack Purse: the leather bag she’ll always reach for

7. Cuyana Jewelry Case: the perfect way to keep jewelry organized

8. Coyuchi Quilt: give the gift of cozy with this beautiful blanket

9. Everlane Scarf: chic and warm for the cold months

10. Janessa Leone Hat: for the hat-loving women out there

11. Cowboy Boots: something for the fashion-forward woman on your list

12. House Plant: the perfect lively addition to a home in a cute pot

13. Almond Cow: the best way to make nut milk at home

14. Anine Bing Sweatshirt: casual-cool with jeans and sneaks

15. Vitruvi Diffuser: for those who love essential oils

16. Portal for FaceTiming: the best way to FaceTime with loved ones

17. She Reads Truth Bible: a beautiful Bible for all women in your life

18. Revive Essential Oils: my favorite oils right now

19. Larq Water Bottle: the best way to get clean water on-the-go

20. Happily Grey Teapot: a gorgeous teapot for your home

21. Bamboo Cutting Board: looks great and works great, too

22. Grounding Mat: for sleeping or standing

23. Oura Ring: a ring that is good for your health

24. Monogrammed Catchall: a great way to organize the little things

25. Toxin-Free Skillet: for the one on your list who loves to cook

FOR HIM

1. Dopp Kit: a way to keep his personal items organized at home or away

2. Mugs: for the coffee or tea drinking guy

3. Belt: something he will wear every day

4. Travel Pouch: for small items when traveling or at home

5. Sweatpants: the best clothing item for lounging

6. Noise-Cancelling Headphones: made for those long plane rides

7. Air Pods Case: make that little white case a little cooler

8. Organic Weighted Blanket: a great gift for deep sleep

9. Sweatshirt: something to keep him cozy and comfortable

10. Leather Coasters: a very cool addition to the home for entertaining

11. Coffee Table Book: something interesting to keep on the table

12. Backpack: a good gift for guys on the go

13. Nike Sneakers: comfortable and cool sneaks he will always want to wear

14. Yoga Mat: for the yogi guys

15. Cozy Tee: a wardrobe basic he’ll wear on repeat

16. Staple White Tee: simply a must-have

17. Leather Journal: makes the best prayer journal

18. Laptop Case: a great way to keep his laptop protected

19. Weekend Bag: for travelers who need a go-to weekender

20. Grill Pan: the best gift for grill-master guys

21. House Plant: bring a little green into his office or favorite room in the house

22. Sunglasses: a must-have accessory for him

23. Golf Club: for the golf-loving guys

24. Golf Shoes: great pair of shoes to wear on the green

25. An Experience He’ll Love: whether it’s two tickets to a concert, a basketball game, a football game, a day of golfing with his friends… the list goes on!

FOR THE STOCKING

1. Rebekah Lyons Book: a must-read book to learn how to be truly refreshed and renewed

2. Dr. Cole’s Book: all about anti-inflammatory foods that will be good for your gut

3. Puracy Toiletry Travel Set: a must-have for travel

4. Follain Soap: my favorite soap

5. Essentiel Lotion: give the gift of moisturized skin

6. Stranded Dry Shampoo: my dry shampoo powder for all hair colors

7. Mosquito Repellent: so important and love this brand

8. Frother: hello, best lattes at home

9. Pique Matcha Tea: ceremonial grade matcha that I just love

10. New Morning Mercies Devotional: a must-read for daily doses of faith

11. Napkin Rings: the perfect gift for the host and hostess

12. Phone Case: a must-have for daily living

13. Painted Notebook: to keep all of your dreams and ideas

14. Bottle Opener: the perfect tool for a bar cart

15. Library of Herbs: a great gift for at-home chefs and gardeners

16. East by West Cookbook: written for those who love to be in the kitchen

17. Ceramic Sponge Holder: a useful and

18. Cozy Socks: because everyone loves a new pair of favorite socks

19. Henua Moisturizer: a product your skin will be so thankful for

20. Cutest Ornament: for the Christmas decor lovers

21. Linen Bowl Covers: my absolute favorite for storing leftovers

22. Luggage Tag: for the travelers and wanderlust seekers

23. Ilia Lipstick: my favorite lipstick right now

24. Silk Sleep Mask: for the best sleep of your life

25. Christmas Puzzle: a fun and festive game for the fam

FOR KIDDOS & PUPS

(& their parents)

 

1. Farmer’s Market Tote: the cutest play set for kids

2. Collar & Leash: calling all furry friends!

3. Elephant Dog Toy: an elephant toy your fur babe will love

4. Travel Dog Bowl: for the dogs on the go

5. Baby Hair Kit: perfect little set for new parents

6. Stroller Set: keep the stroller cozy this winter

7. Organic Crib Sheet: because organic sheets are so important

8. Cozy Robe for Mom: stay cozy mornings and night, mom…

9. Cozy Robe for Dad: …and you too, dad!

10. Organic Baby Blanket: for the sweet snuggle times

11. Organic Baby Snuggle Sack: keep your sweet babe cozy at night

12. Organic Cotton Burp Cloths: perfect cloths to use post-feeding

13. Organic Changing Pad: changing on an organic surface is a must

14. Organic Changing Pad Cover: a cover makes the messes no biggie

15. Organic Crib Mattress: help your baby’s sleep be sweet, safe, and sound

16. Primally Pure Baby Kit: a few of the essentials

17. Travel Magnet Set: a perfect toy to take in the car, on a flight, or out to eat

18. Alphabet Set: help your babe learn A-Z

19. Sleepy Moon Pillow: perfection addition to the crib

20. Organic Baby Jumpsuit: because babies in jumpsuits are the cutest

21. Kid Shopping Cart: a fun way for he or she to grocery shop

22. Feelings Book: a sweet book for the heart

23. Organic Dress: a cute choice for your little girl

24. Top Knots: the coolest type of headband around

25. Organic Teething Bib: for that teething stage

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And that’s a wrap! Happy shopping, friends. xo.

Old Jeans Can Insulate New Homes

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Y’all have probably seen that Jase and I recently moved into a new home that we are so excited about. The renovation has been quite a journey (updates + lots of blog posts coming soon!), but the one thing that struck me the most happened this week. #ad

We moved out of our home in February anticipating a month of living in a hotel while our renovation was in progress, so we packed a month’s worth of our clothing to prep for our time away. One month turned to eight, and this week I started tackling the clothes in the garage; doing loads of laundry (pun intended) and processing the need for another purge. My denim is in major influx and to be honest, it astounded me. It’s almost like it took living on a minimal wardrobe to realize how we definitely don’t wear all of what we have.

To get to the crux, I struggled with knowing what to do with my old jeans! Did you know that since authentic denim is made from cotton, a natural fiber, it can be recycled and used to create something new? I became aware of the Denim Stack Challenge by Cotton’s Blue Jeans Go Green™ denim recycling program and was so elated! I had no idea that I could support sustainable living through recycling my denim + I never had any idea that my old denim could create natural cotton fiber insulation to help building efforts around the country.

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Want to join me? P.S. by participating, you enter to win a $150 gift card to Madewell.

• First, gather all of your unused denim, snap a pic, and share it on social tagging @DiscoverCotton with the hashtag #DenimStackChallenge.

• Tag your friends and encourage your peers to do the same.

• Drop off your old/worn denim for recycling at one of the many participating Cotton’s Blue Jeans Go Greenprogram brands or retailers, or mail it in for free by downloading a prepaid shipping label from Zappos for Good.

• Any type of denim apparel can be contributed for recycling so long as it’s at least 90% cotton so be sure to check your labels.

Happy recycling! 👖

& thank you, Cotton, for partnering with me!

Tips For Traveling Light

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For travel plans and just everyday life, tips for traveling light are always greatly appreciated. All it takes is overpacking one time or lugging too much in your tote to understand the value of traveling with less. Eliminate the extra stuff, stick to necessities, and your load will be lighter. The less you are carrying allows you freedom to be more present, explore more easily, and go with the flow of the day more fluidly.

Jase and I travel often, especially now with a place in Idaho! When it comes to packing light for those trips, here is what I stick to…

Work out clothes: bike shorts, tanks, cropped tees, leggings, and sweatshirts

Casual vibe: denim, sneaks, boots, tees, and sweatshirts

Comfy clothes: this is a must for all vacations. I have to be comfortable in order to truly relax, so athleisure is the name of the game

Layers that mix & match: the more that you can wear together, the less you have to take!

Hats of all kinds and sunnies: for all outdoor activities and let’s be honest, the hats hide the hair that won’t be washed too often on vacay.

Sticking to these necessities have made packing for Idaho a simple strategy that I return to each time we make the trip. Not only does packing simply keep my physical load light, but it keeps my mental load light too and that is KEY for joyful travel and a rejuvenating time spent away.

WHAT I’M WEARING:

jacket | top (c/o) | pants | sunnies | shoes ( c/o | similar)

 

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