First Look: Hearth + Hand With Magnolia At Target

The holidays are coming people whether you’re ready or not. And I don’t know about you but…I’m ready! From what I can remember, I’ve never been this excited for the Christmas season as I am in 2017. I think it’s a mixture of the unavoidable festive home decor and the fact that I’m counting down the days until my husband comes home in January! Either way, I’m embracing it and decorating from the floor to the ceiling!

With all of this holiday talk you’d assume there’d be a point to this post. Well, there is! If you’re familiar with Joanna & Chip Gaines then you’d know they’ve been teasing a collaboration exclusively for Target. Today, November 5th 2017, the collection launched online and in stores!

The couple is well-known for their hit HGTV show Fixer Upper. To give you an idea, the program follows the husband and wife through a complete renovation of someone’s new home. Throughout the demo and decorating process, viewers get to know the Gaines family very well! Both Joanna and Chip are authors, parents, and overall great people from what the television show depicts! They seem to truly know the science behind creating and creating things well.

The first batch of home goods have made their appearance. Here’s a little peek into what’s available as well as some of my favorites!

Those plaid stockings in traditional green, white, and greys would look awesome hung above your fireplace this season.

I heard some comments in my local Target that a lot of the pieces featured in this collection were specific to someone with a “rustic” taste. I couldn’t disagree more with that! I think Joanna and Chip did an excellent job of making these products interchangeable with anyones style of decorating. The whites and blacks, silvers and copper tones can easily fit into any living space.

I’ve said it once and I’ll say it again, the Gaines definitely kept this batch of items simple. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not complaining! Check out this scale for the kitchen. Perfect for preparing home-made cookies!

This wreath for your door will bring in all the holiday cheer! For only $19.99 you can spruce up the outside of your home just in time for guests or style the piece indoors hung above lots of family photos!

The last thing I wanted to touch on was the wide variety of gifts available from Hearth & Hand. Messenger bags, water bottles, wallets, luggage tags, a doll house, christmas pajamas, and so much more. There’s gotta be something for that special someone on your list this year.

Are you sold yet?! Have you fallen in love with this brand?! Let me know your thoughts on this Target collab down below. I definitely want to hear if you feel the same as I do!


Sweets, Shopping + Coffee

Sweets on treats on coffee and cute home decor?! Yes, please. I have the uncontrollable urge to yell “BRUH” at the top of my lungs because seriously let me tell you how adorable this tiny bakery and boutique is. I know I say this about everything I post on my site but…I’m obsessed.

I guess I should probably tell you where you can find these dime pieces right?! Downtown Grayslake (hidden in the Lake County, IL area) is the residing location of both these amazing places. Cacao Sweets & Treats is a bakery filled with cupcakes, cookies, breads, delicious coffees, and so much more! The old-fashioned, rustic, yet elegant decor resembles boards pulled straight out of Pinterest. The floors, the seating, the calligraphy – every detail is simply put, pretty.

On the opposite end of the building, around an alley, is the equally stylish boutique filled with home decor and gifts. Blacksmith & Co. is a recent addition to this little town but it definitely doesn’t seem to have trouble fitting in. You can see the correlation between the bakery and the owner’s vision for the store. Each are unique in their own way but have similar characteristics such as natural elements like plants, woods, and antique style furnishings. This spot will definitely be on my list to visit during the Holiday season!

Here are a few photos just in case you want a feel of what they have to offer…

Cute huh?! These are the November vibes I’ve been looking for. I wanna know, what’s your favorite boutique, coffee shop, or small town destination?! Leave a comment below telling me where you’ve been loving to visit!


Halloweekend Favorites

Lately, it seems like some things are just sweeter than usual. And I can’t necessarily pin it on the colder weather or the fact that we’re only days away from Halloween. Soon, it’ll be November! Just such a crazy thought to think about. Seems like yesterday it was still in the 80’s and now Chicagoland is barely holding onto 60 degrees. Today, it even snowed a bit. Granted for a short period of time, but still!

Because Fall is barely hanging on a thread (at least for me) I gathered up my last bits of Fall before the time was up. Here are just a few of my favs. What’s been your perfect thing, food, or place recently? Leave a comment at the end of this post and let me know!

@realgoodjuiceco company has come to a Whole Foods near me and I can say with confidence…thank the lord! After having their “Fruity Pebbowl” in the Gold Coast of Chicago, it’s all I’ve been craving. A couple of days back I grabbed this new creation made with acai, almond milk, bananas, blueberries, blackberries, cacao nibs, granola, coconut flakes, and bee pollen (which if you’ve never tried, is fluffy and melts in your mouth). It’s called the “Michael Bowlton”. Did I mention the menu is completely sarcastic and punny?! If you’re like me, you’ll giggle no matter what you order.

@realgoodjuiceco has multiple locations throughout the city so be sure if you live near the Chi to check them out! They’ve got lots of options for everyone’s taste.

Dunkin Donuts came out with a new line of Halloween themed pastries that have stolen my heart. I can’t stray away from my beloved strawberry sprinkle so DD found a way to bring the spooky to a donut called the “scary sprinkle”. Cute huh?!

I snapped this pic while stuck in traffic. The color changing leaves matched my aesthetic perfectly. How could I not capture something?

I have to say, I was thoroughly impressed with the new Starbucks Zombie Frappuccino. It seriously does taste like a caramel apple in a cup. I don’t typically go for whipped cream on my drinks so I didn’t taste test that but the rest of what I sipped was delicious!

Oh and FYI, I wouldn’t recommend ordering this in anything but a tall. It’s very sweet and a tad on the sugary side! Might just be my personal preference though!

Last but not least on this list is my Google Home Mini. I hate to say it but I’ve fallen more in love with this little guy over my Amazon Echo Dot. It’s got a much louder speaker, performs so many different functions, and best of all seamlessly hooks up to my Philips Hue system. Everything is connected and everything is easy! I’m still not sure how I lived without this for SO long!

Oh, and before I wrap up this post, how many of you are binging Stranger Things 2 right now?! I just finished today! If you’ve kept up with the show, what have been your opinions? Good, bad, in between? I thought this season had a LOT more action than the last. Definitely impressed and can’t wait to see what happens in the next installment!

Happy Sunday funday!