Shop By Pattern: Buffalo Plaid

It’s no secret that buffalo plaid is having a major moment in fashion right now. I, for one, am all over this trend. I’ve been a huge fan of classic plaid patterns for a long time and always pick up cool vintage wool blankets and scarves when I stumble upon them. Right now you can find the buffalo check appearing just about everywhere – even on this adorable baby onesie! While it does make appearances in other colors, I’m most fond of the traditional red and black. Paired with denim or a chic wool coat or even stripes, the look can be surprisingly chic while still feeling super cozy. I think the scarf and the cocktail shaker are my favorites! I will take one of each, please and thank you.

Shop by Pattern: Buffalo Plaid from @cydconverse

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[1: Infinity scarf | 2: Zip pouch | 3: Trapper hat | 4: Baby onesie | 5: Satchel | 6: iPhone case | 7: Cocktail shaker | 8: Slippers | 9: Backpack.]

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Boozy Orange Hot Chocolate

This time of year I love playing around with yummy variations on the classic hot chocolate. Because who doesn’t love hot chocolate? Every once in a while, it’s fun to booze it up a little bit to give the classic a little twist. This boozy orange hot chocolate is festive and seasonal and crazy delicious. Honestly, it’s kind of outright decadent. Just what the situation calls for when Jack Frost is nipping at your nose! Made with yummy things like chocolate and fresh orange zest and brandy, it’s guaranteed to warm you up and make you feel all cozy. To get the recipe and add a little warmth to some chilly evening this week, pop over to Momtastic where I’m breaking it down for you.

Boozy Orange Hot Chocolate by @cydconverse

Boozy Orange Hot Chocolate by @cydconverse

Boozy Orange Hot Chocolate by @cydconverse

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[Photos + recipe by Cyd Converse for Momtastic.]

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Festive + Nostalgic Christmas Decor

I know I’m not the only one who feels all levels of nostalgia come the holiday season. For me that nostalgia snuck up on me in full force as we spent the weekend doing so many of the things I remember doing as a kid. On Saturday we pulled out all of our boxes of decorations and ornaments and put up our tree. We baked cookies. We tortured the dog by dressing her up in garland. We blasted Christmas music for hours on end. Yesterday the boys and my mom helped me get a jump on a few upcoming posts. We spent the day in the kitchen and crafting and playing cards. All of those are things I always loved doing with my mom and my grandmother during the holidays and that nostalgic vibe definitely influences my personal taste in Christmas decor, too. My decorations are a collection of things I’ve picked up here and there over the years and a whole bunch of baubles and decorations I inherited when my grandmother passed. I tend to gravitate toward classic holiday decor with a touch of a woodland vibe, a bit of a Scandinavian influence and the occasional modern element. I don’t go out and buy a whole bunch of new things each year, opting to stick with the things I already own and love, but every year I usually find a new favorite to bring home and love. These are the things I’ve been eyeing this year in particular. The red candlesticks or the felt garland might just be my favorite. What’s your Christmas decor style? I’d love to hear all about it!

Festive + Nostalgic Christmas Decor from @cydconverse

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[Row 1: Cut glass jar candle | Gold star ornament set | Red Candlesticks | Row 2: Gold bottle brush tree | Monogram stocking | Ceramic Santa | Row 3: Christmas fabric tape | Gold stemwareRed glass ornaments | Row 4: Felt garland | Stag bust | Snowy spruce trees.]

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Shopping for the Best Gift Ever

By now we all know that Fridays during the holiday season are reserved for talking about gift. And because they apparently picked up on the fact that I love giving awesome gifts, the folks at T.J. Maxx, Marshalls and HomeGoods sent me out shopping with the challenge of scoring three amazing gifts for those people on your holiday list that might be a little trickier to shop for each year. Maybe it’s the new neighbor who just moved into town that you’ve become close with or the best friend from high school with whom you’ve recently reconnected. I worked at T.J.Maxx back in my early college years and have continued to be a loyal shopper ever since, so I was pretty excited to take on this challenge. Now I’m here to share with you what I scored! While I won’t be sharing specifically who is getting what (because I would hate to spoil the surprise for them), I will definitely give you my thoughts on the people in your life that these gifts might be perfect for, cool? Cool. Let’s get gifting!

Shopping for Holiday Gifts with @cydconverse

Shopping for Holiday Gifts with @cydconverse Shopping for Holiday Gifts with @cydconverse

The Gift for the Foodie Dude Friend from HomeGoods
This gift is my pick for the dude who is into cooking and who, more specifically, is into all kinds of condiments, spices, rubs and things that are pickled. Frankly, this describes a number of the men in my life and this is the type of gift I’ve given far more than once. And it’s always a hit! People love trying out new things and they also love it when someone else comes along and stocks up their spice cabinet. (Or cooks and foodies do anyway!) Pair a collection of spices, condiments and staples (these ranged in price from $2.99 to $6.99 each) with an awesome cutting board ($16.99), which can also double as a serving board. This also makes an awesome gift for a neighbor or a killer hostess gift, too! It’s worth noting that we’re huge fans of McClure’s pickles in our house and we usually have a handful of the Victoria Gourmet spices in our cabinet, too, so these ones are tried and true in my world.

Shopping for Holiday Gifts with @cydconverse

Shopping for Holiday Gifts with @cydconverse Shopping for Holiday Gifts with @cydconverse

The Gift for Your Long Lost Best Friend from T.J.Maxx
I really want to spills the beans about who is getting this one, because it’s my favorite gift of the bunch for a couple of pretty obvious reasons. That said, this is the type of gift that’s super special and it’s reserved for really making a statement and treating someone to a bit of lady-like luxury. Think that aforementioned long lost best friend, a new friend you’ve found yourself really close with all of a sudden or the neighbor who has helped you out with this or that on what feels like a million different occasions. So here we’re pairing a gorgeous Michael Kors wallet ($79.99) with this pretty Vince Camuto scarf ($16.99) and really making Christmas awesome for someone who deserves to be treated like a queen. What I particularly love about these pieces is the gold hardware on the wallet and the leather detailing on the scarf because it just makes it even more lovely.

Shopping for Holiday Gifts with @cydconverse

Shopping for Holiday Gifts with @cydconverse Shopping for Holiday Gifts with @cydconverse

The Gift for the Teenage Girl from Marshalls
B and I have a special teenage girl in our life who, while technically not family, is someone we always add to our holiday shopping list. This gift is perfect for either a teenage girl who is really starting to come into her own when it comes to beauty and hair care, or the lady friend who is a YouTube beauty guru in the making. I absolutely love receiving gifts of this kind! Gifts that are functional and practical while still being super thoughtful, so in return I love giving this kind of gift, too. Big pump bottles of Joico K-Pak shampoo and conditioner ($16.99 each), a bottle of Batiste dry shampoo ($5.99), a detangling brush ($5.99) and a couple of Essie nail polishes ($3.99 each) and you’re gifting that lucky lass with a bit of everyday pampering. I got the inspiration for this one from my mom, who is the queen of making sure each Christmas that my sister and I are fully stocked up on our favorite lip glosses, eyeliner and heat protectant. It sounds so simple, but it’s basically the best gift ever and I love that I don’t have to dole out the money for that stuff myself. As in, I haven’t bought eyeliner in years and it’s amazing.

So there you have it! I hope you found a few ideas here that are fun or that might inspire you to pick up something special for that “extra” person in your life who might not otherwise be on your holiday shopping list this year. For my continued rambling about all things gifts, be sure to keep up with The Gift Guide each week. Share your favorite gift ideas from T.J.Maxx, Marshalls and/or HomeGoods with me on Instagram by tagging me and using the hashtag #bestgiftever. I’d love to see what you’re gifting this year!

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[Photos by Cyd Converse for The Sweetest Occasion.]

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The Gift Guide: Gifts for Girls

I became an aunt at the ripe old age of 17 and Christmas shopping instantly took on a new meaning. Kids are undeniably the most fun to shop for, because they just get into the whole Christmas thing hard. My favorite gifts to give kids revolve around really beautifully made things that still have that touch of child-like wonder to them. So, no, I can’t claim to never end up in the toy aisle with a cart full of brightly colored plastic, but I much prefer something that feels a bit less disposable. So today we’re focusing on gifts for girls, all of which are beautifully designed and all of which are plastic-free. These are the special gifts that balance out all the princess paraphernalia without sacrificing even a bit of fun. From a truly lovely necklace for the teenager in your life to the prettiest wooden blocks you ever did see, I hope you’ll find something here that’s just perfect for one of the little ladies in your life.

The Gift Guide: Gifts for Girls from @cydconverse

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p.s. If you missed them, be sure to check out my picks for fabulous hostess gifts, thoughtful gifts for inlaws and awesome gifts for guys!

[Gifts for Girls | 1: Kids apron set | 2: Yarn tassel mobile | 3: Kitty gloves | 4: Pastel tumbling tower | 5: Turquoise necklace | 6: Baby blanket | 7: Rifle Paper Co. classic books | 8: Little Friend rattle | 9: Party crasher headband | 10: Building block set | 11: You Are So Loved art print | 12: Oliver the Cat.]

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