giveaway with blair ritchey

You may have noticed on instagram earlier this week that I'm hosting a giveaway with Blair Ritchey! Blair makes luxurious handbags, totes, and small leather goods that all have one thing in common—they're functional. I found Blair on instagram a while back when I spotted her with her adorable baby boy who is just a little bit older than Watson. And then I saw her Penn Carry-All and instantly fell in love. It looks like the perfect bag for someone who carries a lot of stuff and needs to keep it orderly—or to use as a diaper bag, which is the reason I was so attracted to it because it's beautiful and can also be carried as a backpack! (and then she released this grey suede one and I'm all heart eyes about it.)

Blair also makes these gorgeous PAK Mini bags, like mine pictured above. It's the perfect do-everything, go-anywhere kind of bag. I've used it religiously since she so kindly sent one to me. I keep some makeup in it, keep cards + my ID in it if I need to run in somewhere for an errand without carrying a handbag, and it's made of the most buttery, rich leather. 

So I know you all want me to get to the good stuff... the giveaway. You can win a PAK Mini just like mine! Plus, win the pom pom too. These two pieces together retail for $174. 

The giveaway ends TONIGHT at 11:59pm. If you've missed it on Instagram, hop over there now because that's where you enter. It's really easy to enter, too. All you have to do is follow Blair and me, then tag two friends in the comments. Easy peasy.


what i wore: grey on grey

The weather is really cooling off around here, which I secretly love. To me there's just something odd about an 80 degree Christmas. I'm loving monochromatic looks lately and this one has really been a winner for me lately because it keeps me so warm, too! 

Here are the details:
top: Lush Perfect Roll Tab Sleeve Tunic (on sale and under $30!)
sunglasses: Prada Sunglasses: these 56mm glasses are similar and 25% off!
bag: Chanel Wallet on Chain


gift guide: for him

Here's another gift guide—this time for the man in your life! Your brother, your husband or boyfriend, your dad, your brother from another mother... he might like this stuff. I pretty much modeled this after what I would buy for Brandon. If you missed the first couple gift guides I did, here's one for your best friend and here's another one for her. :)

2: Barbour Bedale Waxed Jacket (Like Brandon's in these photos!)
3: Beautycounter Naughty-to-Nice Gift Set (Includes charcoal bar and charcoal mask packaged in a gorgeous red gift box!)
6: Orvis Leather Portfolio (I got this for B a few years ago for Christmas and it was a hit.)
9: Shoe Cleaning Kit ($60 for everything he needs to keep his shoes in tip-top shape.)


Christmas Cards with Minted

Our Christmas cards arrived! We chose this cardMinted did a great job as usual and I thought I'd share. We never did a birth announcement for Watson (#momfail), so I included that on the back. Really love the way they turned out! I showed a few extra details of why I like these cards (like the fact that I don't have to address them myself!) on my snapchat (meg.stokes) and on my instagram story. Minted is offering 15% off all holiday cards (ending today) with code SNOW15! Also, they are doing 12 days of gifts. Today is 20% off all personalized stationery and 15% off gifts. I think personalized stationery is one of the best gifts ever. Merry Christmas! 

life lately

Backtracking just a little bit because there's some things to catch up on! Here's thanksgiving day with my loves.

I'm wearing the ALC Campbell Dress and Rag & Bone loafer mules. They are from last year and no longer available, but these are the current ones and I love them just as much! I get compliments on these every single time I wear them and I can't tell you how comfortable they are.

Did I mention my brother got engaged?!

You can't really tell in the photo, but she has a puppy in her arms! That was a surprise, too! Brandon and I helped pull it all together and picked up the puppy earlier that day. I can't tell you how much I was on cloud 9. Puppy breath galore!!

Starting December 1st, we've been picking a book out of this box to read to Watson at night. Well, we always read to him at night, but these are all Christmas themed books. My mom picked them all out and wrapped each one. Watson has been loving picking out a "present" every night!

Fun at the Clemson/USC game with my girls.

...and my guy!

Watson turned eight months old!

...and he met Santa yesterday in Charlotte. (You can see how well that went!) Brandon and I decided on a whim to spend the weekend there and it was a much needed blast with my boys. We shopped at the mall and Ikea, met Santa, watched our Clemson Tigers win the ACC Championship on TV while cozied up on the hotel sofa, and got Cheesecake Factory takeout. So fun! 


Check my instagram later today because I'm posting a great giveaway!! Here's a hint.
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