{The Bybel’s Favorite Things: Christmas Shopping Guide 2014}

CONGRATULATIONS!  You’ve successfully survived Thanksgiving and Black Friday!
Hopefully today you’re resting, spending time with family and enjoying leftover turkey sammies.
But more than likely you’re running around, decorating the house, wrapping presents and coming up with gift ideas for family & friends for 2014.

While you’re making those lists and checkin’ ’em twice, we thought we’d help you out with a few ideas.  Take a look at some of our favorite things and get some ideas on gifting for this season!

{Stitch Fix}

What: Online personal stylist who will send clothes to your doorstep!
Who: 
The Ladies (age: young adult +)
$$$: $20+ (go as low as $20 to cover the Fix styling fee over even more to cover the cost of the clothing items!) Continue reading

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{Stitch Fix #3}

More clothes in the mail!  Ah-booyah!

You may remember my prior Fixes from {September} and {August} and you may recall how awesome the service is – but if case you forgot here’s the 5-second rundown:

Style Profile > Personal Stylist > Arrives on Doorstep > Keep What You Want/Send Back What You Don’t

It was time for my bi-monthly {Fix} and I asked this time for some pieces that would work for fall since it arrived on schedule this year in Texas!  I (as per usual) lost all patience and jumped online when I received the “Your Fix is Shipped!” e-mail and looked up everything early.  I was intrigued because a few items had little to no photos so I felt like I was getting awesome/unique pieces from this {Fix}!

Tart – Eldina Colorblocked Sweater

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I was pumped about this sweater!  It was warm, SO SO SO soft and easily adaptable for work or fun.  It would have been an absolute keep except for the $128 price tag (which seemed to be a trend this time ’round). Continue reading

{Bybel Abode: Progress}

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It’s been a whirlwind three weeks.  We bought a house that needed some work and we knew it.  What we didn’t expect was the break your back, on your hands-and-knees sanitation that needed to take place to even live comfortably.

This place is old and was vacant for almost 10 months, so needless to say there’s a lot of bugs, dust, grime, grit, grossness and general dirtiness.  Being comfortable in my new home requires a lot more work than touching up paint and hanging art.  And my favorite purchase thus far has been a pair of yellow rubber gloves and a package of work clothes from the Home Depot.

We’ve made a lot of progress in 22 days.  Some fun, some necessary and all without marital strife (although the comment, “We’re about to have some serious conflict…” has been tossed out in the world once).  Friends and family have continued to bless us with much needed assistance and celebrations of progress.  We’re super grateful and humbled and loving seeing our house become a home at the hands of those we love most.

And now that I’ve finished writing my mushy-gushy note, we’ll share some of the progress! Continue reading