much needed update.

I’m back.

in more than one way.

on christmas eve [morning], I woke up to a broken cell phone. perfect. sadly, my phone is my livelihood. how else am I supposed to capture every food & beverage put in front of me? thank goodness, [J] came to the rescue .. & my replacement was shipped that day!

I hope you all had the best christmas!!

we are in colorado now, extending our holiday celebration. we left chicago late on christmas day [after dinner ..& dessert], headed for des moines, IA. where we met my parents. loaded suitcases into their car. and joined them for the rest of the road trip to colorado.

we arrived yesterday. I love colorado. it’s beautiful.

let me show you a mini recap of what has taken place the past few days.

[J]'s parent's beautifully lit street.[[J]’s parent’s beautifully lit street].

before proceeding: go to {TwoCoins Gingerbread House Voting} and vote for your favorite gingerbread house. we had a family competition. ten houses were made.

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this MAY or may not be mine. but regardless – you should vote for this one ;)

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thanks grandma for the christmas slippers for christmas morning.

wait this is better - christmas mimosa.

wait this is better – christmas mimosa.

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don’t judge. but we called ourselves JELSEA [jeff + chelsea]. this is the gift [J] got me ..he’s the JE of the LESEA :)

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he’s a clever man. & I would NOT let him wrap my cole haan coat. so he did this …

[but he also got me {kate spade neon pink studs}. love].

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heart melted.

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the family pup [lexi] – a great road tripper!

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[J] & lexi got the front seat.

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“are we there yet??”

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helllllllllllllllo rocky mountains!!

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tell me this isn’t the most beautiful, hand-cut colorado christmas tree?

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I’m currently posted up at the island in my aunt & uncle’s kitchen. drinking beer my dad brought me from his work trip to germany. loving life. & the holidays!

see you tomorrow :)

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currently ..

[J] kept me up until 4AM, working on the fine print of our {TwoCoins} etsy shop [shipping details, return policy, etc]. then proceeded to wake me up at 9AM, slightly redeeming himself with a venti starbucks coffee. & off to fedex we went! to ship our first order! it’s imperative our first customer receives their order before christmas.

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two ‘not-so-dainty’ margarita glasses.

now that that’s done ..am I climbing back into bed for the additional three hours I need to be a semi-pleasant human? nope! because..

it’s party day!

[J]’s mom’s infamous 9th annual ornament party is tonight. it’s my first time attending. big effen deal. and [J] has been recruited head bartender. [I’m going to the bank to stock up on dollllla, dolllla bills. extra tips will ensure I don’t end up on the “cut off” list].

in true “what to wear” fashion ..I prepped my outfit yesterday. here’s a sneak peek.

more pictures to come tomorrow.
more pictures to come tomorrow.

and my [so simple] holiday-inspired manicure.

silver + red mani.
silver + red mani.

the idea came from {TheBrunetteOne} [an iowa, fashion blogger. that I love]. then last night her manicure got some added sparkle ..

happy engagement!!
happy engagement!!

congrats samantha! my manicure is officially envious :)

now time to get ready. & brew a pot of coffee. dang my business partner for keeping me up all night! [love saying ‘business partner’].

5 day 'til christmashapppppy thursday.

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