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I've been doing a lot of reflecting on this past year lately, and I can definitely say that one of my standout favorite parts of 2017 was the workshops I started hosting! I love working with my clients so much, helping them have those a-ha moments for their personal style, and there's something so special about bringing that energy to a group setting. Having a room full of people with different personalities and senses of style creates a unique learning environment that you don't often get when it comes to fashion. One where we can all feed off each other's individuality, and see living examples of how no two people (or styles) are the same. I'm so happy that this year was finally the year I got over some of the fears I always had about doing them (such as, "what if no one shows up?") and made it happen. I hosted several workshops here in LA, teaching about how to find your essence, and how your style can serve you in achieving your deepest desires. The feedback has been so positive, and I'm beyond excited keep them going in 2018. So, that's why I'm kicking off the year with not one but two workshops in January! The first is shaking things up a bit. I'm taking the workshop ON THE ROAD to somewhere brand new to me: Blue Bell Farm, just outside of Columbia, MO! I learned about this gorgeous place from one of my best friends who lives there, and was all heart eyes when I saw that not only is it the dreamiest setting, but that they couldn't be a more perfect match for The Life Styled and Fashion Feng Shui! They actually host element themed farm-to-table dinners, with everything from the cocktails, food, to the table decor inspired by one of the five elements! I know! Needless to say, I'm dying to grab a seat at that table and just had to find a way to collaborate with them! So, I'm teaming up with Blue Bell Farm to host the ultimate INTENTION SETTING workshop with Fashion Feng Shui on January 20th, and we are offering a holiday discount ($50 off!) to those who grab their tickets before the 23rd!

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In this intimate and cozy workshop, you will learn a whole new way of looking at your closet and how to make decisions without any doubt in your mind that what you're wearing and buying is right for YOU. We will be focusing on the five elements, how you can use them to settle into your own defined personal style, and how your wardrobe can help you reach all your goals in 2018. We will be starting the year off with a bang and a killer closet that does nothing but excite us and help us be our best selves. All of the details and a link to get tickets are HERE. So if you're in the area, grab a friend and make it a girls' day! This would make the perfect Christmas gift for your gal pals, or something fun to ask Santa for. Can't wait to sip wine and enjoy elemental farm-to-table goodness together after the workshop too. It's sure to be a day to remember!

If you are in LA, not to worry! A local intention setting workshop is in the works for January. Details for that coming soon! If you're interested in attending, leave a comment below and tell me: do you prefer a weekend or a weekday evening?

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Photography by Ashley Burns


The Life Styled Christmas Tree 2017

I try to avoid it every single year, yet here I am - deep in the holiday haze, racing to the finish line. I genuinely LOVE the energy of the holiday season and all the nostalgia, coziness, giving, sparkly outfits, and cheer it brings up. Yet somehow no matter how hard I try, I end up in the thick of massive To Do lists, falling behind on the gift shopping, and working day and night to finish projects that I simply can't leave undone come the 24th. I'm starting to think this is all unavoidable every year, and it's becoming more about just learning to love the chaos and do small things to keep my sanity in tact and the vibes high. No matter how crazy life feels at this time, I always manage to find some ways to bring the cheer into my home and style and today I thought I'd share a few of the ways I'm doing that this year.

The Life Styled Christmas PJ's

1. PAJAMAS! I went pajama crazy this year. There is nothing better than some cozy, festive, warm pj's to wrap yourself in at the end of the day. Honestly nothing. From Target alone, I bought 2 pair for $20 each, this velvet robe with retro dad vibes (I think my dad literally had a robe just like this in the 80's), and these fluffy slippers which I'm wearing as I type this. I also finally pulled the trigger on some Hanna Andersson matching family jammies which took me FOREVER to decide on the pattern we'd go with (I'll post a pic on Christmas morning). The key for choosing holiday patterns is to go with ones that aren't SO overly Christmas (no Santa's or reindeer) but just more generally festive, so we can still wear them after the 25th and not feel weird about it. Do you get into the whole Christmas pajama thing?

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The Life Styled Wreath

2. Handmade wreaths. This is only because I attended a super fun workshop with White Fig Designs and made two different ones. I love how this one came out! The other is hanging above our bed. I'm also burning that Ember candle from Simone LeBlanc nonstop! 

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The Life Styled Christmas Tree 2017

3. A color scheme. This year it's all about white, blush, and metallic (the tree is mostly rose gold). I try not to be crazy about it otherwise I'll end up spending way too much time looking at ornaments online til the wee hours. Most of ours are basically the same ones we have used every year since 2011, and I always pick up a couple of new ones to add in. Maybe one year I'll switch it up and go in a different direction, but I wanted the tree to match our family room color palette. I'm really loving how the colors look in wrapping paper, and I'll still be able to use the leftovers for non-Christmas presents down the road.

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Greenery bundle The Life Styled

4. Festive greenery. I went to Trader Joe's and bought 11 different variations of festive greenery and just made a whole bunch of arrangements to put around the house. You guys know I love neutral colored florals, so I'm not one to buy bright red flowers. Instead I stuck to eucalyptus, coniferous sprigs, and a few deep red accents like little berries to work into the bundles. Even some baby's breath which kind of looks like little snowflakes with the sprigs! 

The list goes on and on. Candles, festive essential oils in the diffuser, and my favorite winter teas (the winter one from Trader Joe's is even amazing). As for the holiday wardrobe, I'll be sharing some festive party outfits ideas next! Stay tuned!

Photography by Ashley Burns (except the wreath photo which I took with my iPhone)

Manic Monday

Cyber Monday

Every year on this day, I seem to get very little work done. Internet shopping opportunities are endless the other 364 days too, but today they're all screaming right in our faces. If you're anything like me, maybe you haven't quite gotten all your plans in order for my family and friends' gifts. Some ideas are circulating, but nothing decided on yet. I'm not one for Black Friday. In fact, I think that day is dying a slow death. No one wants to "brave" anything when we can do much more fun and relaxed shopping in our pj's (speaking of pj's, we can get some super cute ones on sale today - see below). So while the long Thanksgiving weekend is behind us, we might just find some gifting inspiration as we peruse today. And if a treat for ourselves make it into the cart, hey - it's basically free because it's Cyber Monday, and it's fake shopping because it's the internet! ;) So here are my select favorite sales happening today, and a few fun finds from each site:

DOEN - 15% off

FREE PEOPLE - Extra 20% off sale

HANNA ANDERSSON- 25% off everything (matching family pj's!)

INTERMIX - 30% off everything + Free Shipping

JENNI KAYNE - 20% off with code BLK20

MADEWELL - 25% off everything with code GOODMOOD

MODA OPERANDI - Extra 30% off sale

NEED SUPPLY CO - 20% off sitewide and free 2-day shipping with code SHOP20

NORDSTROM - Extra 20% off sale items

PARACHUTE - 20% off

RAY-BAN - 20-50% off

SPLENDID - 40% off everything

URBAN OUTFITTERS - $50 off $150

WEST ELM - Up to 70% off (Mongolian Lamb pillows are only $33!)

Happy shopping!