My weekend + Christmas Movie Obsession

Happy Monday! Today’s post is a little different than normal. I wanted to share a little of my weekend with you all.

Yesterday, I shot some amazing looks for you guys for the next couple of weeks and I am so excited about them. I also had an amazing 3 year anniversary dinner with Russ, watched the OU game (BOOMER) and hung out with my mom!

Here’s why I wanted to share my weekend – it was full of much needed relaxation. I think it’s so easy to get caught in everything going on that you don’t let yourself just be. I’ve been running not stop these past few weeks so I felt like I just needed this. Do you ever feel that way?!

My weekend was full of laying in bed and watching Christmas movies. Saturday, Mom and I spent most of the day watching Christmas movies – seriously one of my fav things! Then Sunday I spent half the day curled up, drinking chia tea and watching every cheesy movie I could find.

I have a thing for cheesy (and predictable) movies and books. I don’t know why but something about a guaranteed happy ending gets me hooked. I can’t count the number of romantic books and movies like this I’ve watched but I have to say I love it!

Every year, I hunt these downs on all TV/movie platforms. Here are 4 MUST watch Romantic Christmas movies that totally topped last years list!

1. White Christmas: This movie is such a classic. I’ve watched it so many times I have every word memories and I never get tired of it!

2. A Christmas Prince: this is a new Netflix original and although it’s super cheesy it was so cute!! Totally reminds me of a Hallmark movie!

3. Merry Kissmas – Also on Netflix. Y’all the title alone almost turned me off but I decided to go for it and I was in love. The story was great and I loved the characters, especially the two main characters!

4. Falling for Christmas: I found this on Amazon Prime today. It’s about a figure skater who goes to a small snowy town and it really was so cute and different than most of the Christmas movies. All are cheesy but this was definitely a love story out of a book!

Well that’s all I have for today! Do you all have any other must watch movies or books for the holiday season?!

Grey Slouchy Sweater

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Shop: Sweater (Wearing a Small)// Purse // Jeans // Black Velvet Booties -Under $30

Are you guys tired of seeing grey sweaters yet? If you follow me on insta like 5 of my last 8 posts have grey. I’m seriously so in love with the color. I think my friends + fam think it’s weird but🤷🏽‍♀️

This oversized slouchy sweater is the absolute softest thing I’ve ever worn. I have been living in it. Although I absolutely love it with jeans like I’ve styled here I am loving it over tight dresses and with my spanks faux leather Moto Leggings. Adding it with leggings and tennis shoes makes for the perfect Saturday errand look but throw on a pair of heels and you are ready for date night. You can’t go wrong with oversized sweaters and this one comes in a gorgeous dusty pink color too under $50!

On a completely unrelated note, I want to hear from you on the types of holiday posts you are wanting to see! This blog is meant to be helpful to you so if you have any ideas send them my way! I’ve had requests for cute and easy wrapping, ribbon, and label ideas so I am going to work on that over the weekend. IF you have more ideas, an easy ways to get ahold of me is by DM on Instagram (@thefinishingtouchblog_) or send me an email at thefinishingtouchok@gmail.com

Planning a fun Friday favorites post for tomorrow so check back 🙂

Holiday Party Look

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Y’all I am 100% obsessed with this velvet and lace top from Free People. I’ve already found an excuse to wear it to two events and I have plans for so many more (haha).

It is a gorgeous top with such beautiful details and the color! Red has always been one of my favorite colors but I’ve really started loving it on clothes. If red isn’t your thing don’t worry it comes in a really pretty mustard and in black! Perfect for any occasion.

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My primary goal with tops that are over $40 dollars is to find more than one way to wear them. With this top it was easy. The first way is a casual look with jeans and boots. This look is great for more casual get together such as friends Christmas, home holiday parties, and casual dinners.

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Shop: Skirt (3 colors – I sized up) // Top // Jeans // Boots // Black Velvet Booties -Under $30

The second look is a little more dressy and a little more fun. The leather skirt creates an edge to the soft velvet and lace details of the top. This look would be great for Work Christmas lunch/parties, New Year’s Eve, and Christmas Eve/Day outfits.

You really can’t go wrong with either look! If you want more ideas and ways to wear it leave me a comment below and I will give you a few more ideas 🙂 See you back here tomorrow!

Velvet Off The Shoulder Dress

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Two of my favorite styles combined in one dress – velvet & off the shoulder. Needless to say, I was excited to find this dress at The Pink Petal Boutique. I think this dress would be great for holiday parties, especially if it is a warmer night.

I love the idea of velvet for holiday parties, you will be seeing another velvet party combo later this week. This pink dress is so pretty and feminine. It is beautiful with nude and camel and the pumps definitely dress it up but it would be equally as cute with a pair of sock booties and a sparkly blazer for a more glam NYE look.

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Shop: Dress ($40 – size down) // Heels // My peacoat – last years (tons of colors but no longer available in this color) // Similar Pea Coat (SALE  – Under $50)  // Clutch 

Although I love seeing bloggers wear and style dresses, I don’t think there enough posts showing practical ways to wear dresses in the winter. I mean come on, how often do you get ready for a Nov. or Dec. holiday party and it is beautiful and warm enough outside for a short dress? I don’t know about you but usually, it is so cold out I can’t even think of wearing a dress without a big bulky jacket? Pea Coats and faux fur coats are a great way to stay warm without ruining the dressed up vibe of your dress.

I have a serious love affair with the Pink Petal Boutique so beware more looks from them are coming! I want to know – how to you warm up dresses for the winter?

 

 

5 Things I am Thankful for + His & Her Thanksgiving Style

 

Family Pic 1Family Pic 3Family Pic 11Family Pic 10When I sat down to write this post, I totally felt like I was back in 1st grade with a Thanksgiving worksheet but I sort of loved it! It’s amazing to just sit down and think about just how many amazing things I have in my life right now. I promised I wanted to get more personal with you all so here it is!

What I am thankful for:

  1. My beautiful and mighty God who constantly blesses my life in more ways than I can even realize.
  2. My family. I have the most amazing family in the entire world. I have blessed that my parents double as my best friends. They are patient, kind, and show me more love then I could ever imagine yet they are fun and outgoing. Not a day goes by that I am not extremely thankful to have them in my life. I am also incredibly grateful to have the best-extended family. They have turned into the best friends and role models I could ever ask for.
  3. Russel. There are no words to describe what this man means to me! He is one of the best gifts God could ever give me. I am so thankful he puts up with my competitiveness, my talkativeness, and yes even my nosiness when we eat out at restaurants 😉 In my defense, some people have the oddest convos haha.
  4. My pup – Bree. That little fur ball can put the absolute biggest smile on my face! She has so much personality and it is so fun to watch.
  5. My friends and you all! You all are truly inspiring and keep me going! I am grateful to my friends who encourage me and push me outside of my comfort zone and to you all who uplift me and keep my little corner of the internet going.

His + Her Thanksgiving Style

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My look: Scarf // Jeans // Boots // Sweater (Old – Similar linked – On Sale $19.99)

R’s look: Boots // Black Jeans // Button Down // Jacket

 

Now for a little Thanksgiving day Style. Russ and I are celebrating our  “official” three year anniversary this weekend so I thought it would be fun to include him in this post. I mentioned it above but I am truly so grateful for all he does for me! Especially that he is not only my biggest supporter & blog photographer but that he is also willing to occasionally jump in the post and I even get great pictures out of it!

For Thanksgiving, we put together a pretty simple look. Mine is just a sweater and my favorite blanket scarf. This is the perfect casual thanksgiving look yet it is so cute and leaves wiggle room for that extra piece of pie ;). R’s look is a simple grey button down and his “dressier” pea coat. It helped to “warm up” his button down and “dressed” it up a bit. Between the jacket and his boot, this look is perfect for the cool Thanksgiving day weather.

I hope you all have the best Thanksgivings! I would love to hear what you all are thankful for right now 🙂

P.S. I will be back tomorrow with a ton of Black Friday specials so be sure to check back!

Street Style & Gifts that keep giving

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Shop: My peacoat – last years (tons of colors but no longer available in this color) // Similar Pea Coat (SALE  – Under $50) // Jeans // Sweater // Sunnies (DIFF – Daisy)
Hi friends! I know I have posted a lot of gift guides lately but I wanted to talk to you a little bit about gift giving on a much larger scale. Charitable companies and initiatives are very close to my heart. I am a huge participant in charitable initiatives throughout my community. I am currently serving on the leadership council for two amazing charities including our Regional Food Bank who helps people all over Oklahoma that are struggling with food insecurities. I also am a volunteer at the Homeless Alliance and I tutor/mentor an amazing little girl at a local intercity school. We have been together for the last two years and seeing her is always the best part of my week!
So it is no surprise that children and struggling families are very close to my heart. This time of year I always find new ways to give back, especially through gifting. It is amazing to me that there are companies who do the same. Not only do I work for one of the best and most giving companies in Oklahoma but my blog has also allowed me to work with many who do the same! One of these companies (and probably my favorite) is Diff Eyewear. Did you know that for every pair of sunglasses you purchase, they donate a pair of reading glasses to someone in need? How amazing is it that one small purchase can do so much good?
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I have loved Diff’s sunglasses since the first time I tried a pair on, so when they approached me about sharing in their mission this holiday season I was overly excited!  I knew this look was the one to go with this post. This look is one of my favorites for the fall. It is so simple but it gives me all the vibes of New York City. Who knew that a plain grey sweater, distressed jeans, and a simple camel peacoat could turn into one of my favorite posts?! The new “Daisy” round framed sunglasses were the perfect added accessory (not to mention I love gunmetal). Adding three neutrals together might seem like a bit much, but I think it is the perfect take on sophisticated and stylish!
This year, I am going to try to give a lot of gifts “that keep on giving” to those in our community and I encourage you to do the same! Do you know of any other amazing brands that do this type of thing? I would love to hear!
P.S. If you love Diff as much as I do they are having amazing sales this black Friday including up to 50% off! Be sure to check it and my Instagram out for more details!
(Thank you to Diff for giving me these sunglasses – this post was not sponsored by Diff Eyewear)

XO - Courtney B.

My favorite fall OOT

 

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I tend to live in neutral during the fall! I love fall clothes but with the unpredictable Oklahoma weather, it is safest to dress in layers. Neutrals allow you to layer and layer and layer without your outfit clashing and it helps to create a sleek look if you have to shed some of those layers.

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Shop: Black Top // Black Jeans // Moto Jacket (On Sale) // Leopard purse (Similar – Under $40) // shoes

This is easily one of my favorite fall OOTDs. Overall it is a pretty simple look. A lot of people are scared to layer blacks together but don’t be! This can create an easy chic look! I added this camel suede moto jacket because it isn’t too heavy so it is great for the changing temps not to mention, the color is gorgeous, the fabric is amazing – and soft and it is a great neutral piece. This jacket is great, especially layered with blacks and deep reds for the fall and the holiday. Of course, I had to add a pop of leopard (I consider it a neutral haha) to add a little fun to this classic look!

I am preparing a ton of fun looks for you guys in the coming weeks but…… IF there is anything I am not posting that you want to see more of please leave me a comment or send me a message! I want this blog to be helpful and inspiring to you!

XO - Courtney B.

 

How to Dress up a White Tee

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Shop: White Tee // Sweater // Jeans // Boots // Necklace

So you have found your plain white tee? Great! Let’s talk layers. I love layers, especially in the fall.

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The perfect way to dress up a white tee is grabbing your favorite jacket or cardigan. I wear my white tee weekly with my favorite leather jacket and a pair of heels. To dress it up for work, I throw on a pair of black skinny pants.

I chose to style it with this dusty pink cardigan as a chic and easy weekend look. The pink/blush is gorgeous for fall and is so pretty with over a white tee. Throw on on your favorite pair of skinny jeans and a great pair of boots and you are good to go.

 

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If your tee has a higher neckline, chose a longer necklace. It will help to lengthen your torso and creates a little added interest. If you fall in love with a white V-neck (i don’t blame you, I love mine) try layering a couple of pendants or throwing on a pair of statement earrings.I’ve linked a few my favorite white tees here below! Just click the link and add it to your cart to create this easy look!

XO - Courtney B.

Top Ten Best Gifts from Nordstrom

Its the start of November and so many places are already playing Christmas music so I guess that means it time for Christmas shopping and gift giving!! This season is going to be so busy so I decided I am going to try to get my Christmas shopping done early.
Starting today, I am going to start doing a weekly gifting series to make shopping EASY and painless for you! The first are gifts for her all exclusively from Nordstroms. Nordstrom is an easy place to get all of your gift shopping done in one place risk-free. Not only do they have an amazing return policy but they also have free shipping!
Here are my top ten gifts for him and her! Next week, I will be sharing Christmas gifts for home! To shop these, just click on the item below the picture that you are wanting to see 🙂
Christmas Gifts for Her
Christmas Gifts For Him