December 2019 - Dimples and Tangles

MERRY CHRISTMAS 2019



Wishing each of you the very Merriest Christmas and a Happy New Year!  I pray you feel loved and know peace this holiday season, ultimately because of the reason we celebrate in the first place... Jesus being born to save us from our sin.  May His love and peace bring rest to your heart!

"For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given; and the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mightly God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace."  Isaiah 9:6


I also wanted to take this opportunity to just say thank you- for being here, for leaving kind words of support and encouragement, and for truly cheering me on in each and every project.  YOU are the reason I continue to share here, and I can't tell you what it means to me when I hear that you're inspired by something I've done to make a little change in your own home.  Thank you for each comment, thumbs up, heart, e-mail, or whatever you do to make the tiniest acknowledgement that you're here and enjoying the content.  Thank you for shopping through my links, which allows me to cover some administrative costs and help provide for my family, as well as keep more projects coming to share!  Honestly, this job is a lot of work and the minute I feel that what I share isn't helpful or inspiring to my readers, there's a lot of other ways that I could spend my time and efforts.  But, I love it and the opportunity to connect with you and am so thankful that you find value in what you read here.  Thank you for hanging in there with me this year.  It was exceptionally busy for our family and I know my posting was much more sporadic than normal, so I appreciate your patience and that you didn't give up on me!

So Merry Christmas, I'll see you in the New Year with 3 major projects to start sharing right off the bat (the kid's bath reveal will finally be coming up, and we're hitting the Master Bath immediately afterwards!)!  I'm excited!

Much love,
Jennifer

P.S.- I've been wanting to do a little semi-regular Q&A here for ages.  I don't mind sharing whatever you want to know, but I don't want to blab on by myself and overshare things you're not interested in!  ;)  Instagram lends itself to easily asking and answering questions and I'll ask this there too at some point, but I'd like to hear from you here on the blog as well if you're not on IG.  Anything you'd like me to answer?  Life, family, blog details, project or product info., anything a little more personal (within reason-ha!)... leave your question in the comments here or send me an email and I'll choose as many as I can to compile in a post just after the new year.  Thanks!

Photo- Barbi Photography, Oahu, Hawaii



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FRIDAY FASHION FAVES


I usually do a random group of items for Five Friday Favorites, but lately I've had several great fashion finds so decided to stick with that for a theme for what I'm sharing with you today.  These are all recent additions that I really love and think you will too.  We're probably too late to add these to your Christmas wish list, but if you find yourself with a little Christmas money burning a hole in your pocket I can help you find something to do with it... ha! (*This post contains affiliate links, including Amazon.  As an Amazon Associate, I earn from qualifying purchases. Read my full disclosure policy here.)

Leopard Flats- I think I own about every style of leopard shoe available, but I've just about worn holes in the bottom of my leopard flats.  I've had my eye out for a new pair, and I recently saw that these that are normally around $150 had been clearanced at one of my favorite mall stores.  But, then I found them online for an even better price!   I really love these, you can tell in the photo that the heel has a cushion and the rest of the foot bed is slightly cushioned as well.  Most of the reviews suggest sizing down 1/2 size, trust those!  I'm a strong size 10 in shoes, and the 10 was too big for me.  9 1/2 was perfect!  (And I couldn't figure out why they didn't feel quite right when I got them until I realized there were still cardboard liners in them across the top of the toe... duh!!  ;)  Totally couldn't see or really feel them, make sure you take those out!) Shoes also here on sale if sizes are unavailable in previous link.


Cream Sweater- I've had this sweater for a little over a month and have worn it since I got it at least once a week!  It is One Size but is very roomy, almost like a dress.  Perfect for leggings or skinnies!  It's lightweight but drapes nicely, is really warm and is only $20 this week!  I wore it to the movies yesterday and was so glad I had, it was freezing in there and I could wrap it around most of myself like a blanket!  (PS- have you seen Ford vs. Ferrari?  We really liked it!)

Leopard Pants- no longer online but you might find some on the clearance rack at H&M


Santa Pom Pom Earrings- I know it's late but I just got these a couple of days ago and wanted to check them out before I shared them with you.  They're super festive and are on Prime, so you still have a bit of time for this season.  I've admired some super similar ones on a pricey accessories website, and was thrilled to find these on Amazon.  They quality is great for the price and they're not as heavy as I would have thought, the weight didn't bother me at all!




I've also wanted these for a few years but could never bring myself to pay the price for a "fun" pair of earrings that I knew I would only wear occasionally.  Well, I just happened to come across those on Amazon too!  I scooped them up for $14.99 and am so pleased with them.  They are long- not too bad for the body but the dangling legs really add to the length, but how cute will these be especially in Spring and Summer with a simple t-shirt and shorts or easy Summer dress?




Leopard Coat- This has been a nice layering piece this season.  It's more of a jacket weight and I can easily dress it up or down.  I wore this to church a few weeks ago- I was a bit unsure of my pattern mixing- even for me!- but ended up liking it!

Black Bow Heels  ||  Green Gingham Blouse  ||  Green Pants- so old  :)


Pink Bow Flats- These are dreamy!  My friend from church bought these at the mall last year and I knew I should get a pair, but never got around to it.  Well, of course they disappeared but after I found my black bow heels above that are the same brand I decided to try to track down the pink flats.  I did, and they're going to be under the tree for me next week!  (I "borrowed" them from my husband's pile  ;)  to wrap so I could take a pic for you- not sure how long they'll be available.)  True to size.


Polka Dot Sweatshirt- I've been loving this little cutie polka dot sweatshirt lately.  I think the v-neck cut elevates it a bit and makes it look a little nicer than a regular sweatshirt.  I layered it with a past season button-up that I already had but this one is just like it. Would look super cuter over a chambray shirt, gingham, or Christmas plaid too! (Updated- I wrote this up and had it all ready to share with you, and it looks like this one is out of stock online right now.  Still sharing though, maybe they'll restock or you can find one in store.  Sorry about that!)


Green Leopard Sweater-  You might have seen me wearing this in my Christmas Tour,  but it's so good I wanted to make sure you didn't miss it.  It's available in several different colors, I was so tempted to buy another!  Very soft, not as cropped as the stock photo appears, size up one.


Plaid Puffer Coat- I tried this coat on a few weeks ago and keep thinking about it!  It fit well and was cozy without being too bulky or heavy.  It's $20 right now so that just might seal the deal!


Happy weekend before Christmas, friends!  Enjoy scurrying around doing all the fun things and all of the prep for next week, but I hope you take some quiet time to savor the season, too!



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TAKEAWAYS FROM THE "IT'S A COLORFUL LIFE" CHRISTMAS HOME TOURS


The "It's a Colorful Life" Christmas tours last week were too much fun to visit!  I always look forward to seeing these lovely, colorful homes all decked out for Christmas, and never leave without new ideas from each one!  Today I'm sharing a little wrap-up of the tours, and some takeaways that inspired me from each one.  I've selected one photo to share from each one, but there is so much more  and often multiple rooms packed into each post, be sure to click over on each one to see the full tour.


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IT'S A COLORFUL LIFE 2019 CHRISTMAS HOME TOUR: PART 3- BREAKFAST NOOK, MASTER BEDROOM, POWDER BATH, AND THIS AND THAT!


I'm so happy you're here for the final part of my Christmas Home Tour this year!  Today I'll be showing you around the Breakfast Nook, Master Bedroom, Powder Bath, and a few other nooks and crannies decorated around the house.  This week has been such fun, I hope you've enjoyed being here!


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IT'S A COLORFUL LIFE 2019 CHRISTMAS HOME TOUR: PART 2- PORCH, ENTRY, AND DINING ROOM


Welcome to Part 2 of this year's Christmas Home Tour!  Thanks so much for all of your kind words on yesterday's Living Room tour, I'm so glad you enjoyed it!  Today I'm sharing our Porch, Entry, and Dining Room all ready for the holidays.



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IT'S A COLORFUL LIFE 2019 CHRISTMAS HOME TOUR: PART 1- LIVING ROOM


Hello, and Merry Christmas!  It's hard to believe we're well into the holiday season once again!  This year, I'm thrilled to be hosting the 2nd Annual It's a Colorful Life Christmas Tour with Jewel from Jeweled Interiors.  The best group of bloggers who love color are joining us for a three day colorful Christmas eye candy feast!  Today I'm so excited to help kick this party off by sharing my Christmas Living Room Tour with you.  

If you've landed here for the first time, welcome!  I'm so glad you're here.  My name is Jennifer and I've been sharing my home for over 8 years through this blog and on Instagram.  My goal is to share helpful tips and inspiring projects with you to encourage you to create your own home that's a reflection of your life and style.  I worked several years after college as an Elementary school teacher, but have always been creative and interested in decorating, and although I have no design training have experimented with my own style and home over the years.  I live in Oklahoma with my husband, son (who is actually away at college), and teen daughter.  I obviously love decorating with color and mix and match patterns every chance I can.  Get comfy and come on in, I'd love to show you around! 



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STOCKING STUFFERS AND GIFT IDEAS- ALL UNDER $20!


I shared this year's Christmas Gift Guide earlier this week, but today wanted to share some additional ideas with you.  Everything I selected for this list would make a great stocking stuffer or smaller gift since all of the items I picked are less than $20!  I organized my choices into 5 different categories... For Her, For Him, For Teens, For the Home, and Books.


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DIY HONEYCOMB BALL WREATH, FA LA LA SIGN, AND CHRISTMAS TOUR SNEAK PEEKS!


I've been a busy bee decorating for Christmas and it never fails that along with that I have a few crafty projects thrown into the mix!  This year I was inspired by a honeycomb ball wreath and DIY Christmas sign I saw in HGTV Magazine, and from a project I saw from a fellow blogger.  They got my creative juices flowing for a few key pieces to switch up my Christmas decor a little bit this year.  In the process of sharing these projects, I'll also show you a few sneak peeks of my Christmas tour.

honeycomb ball Christmas wreath

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2019 DIMPLES AND TANGLES CHRISTMAS GIFT GUIDE- SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE!


Hello everyone!  I hope you all had a marvelous Thanksgiving holiday.  Are you shopped out yet or have you even started?  I've purchased a very few things, but lists are made and I need to get on it!  Today I'm sharing my yearly Dimples and Tangles Gift Guide with you, and hopefully you can take advantage of a few extra good Cyber Monday deals on some of these items.  Most of these are things that our family has and loves, with a few things that might be on a wish list or two or I just thought they were cool.  :)  There's bound to be something for everyone on your list!


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