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Growing up, I hoarded t-shirts.  Long-sleeved, short-sleeved, burnout, school-spirited, team-related.  Even now, I have a collection of tees that I threaten to clean out and pair down each season, but find reasons to keep them around.  There is something about a basic tee that is so essential, no matter the time of year.  But then, there are times where you want the comfort of that same fundamental shirt, and a look that’s elevated.  Enter, the not-so-basic tee.  Free People is notorious for some of the comfiest (and some of my very favorite) clothing, so it’s no surprise they carry some of the best basics with a twist.  I love how lightweight and soft this long, ribbed tee is.  But the sleeves are stunning.  The mesh and ruffled lace detail look so chic and take even the simplest outfit up a notch with zero effort.  I got it in classic black, but it also comes in a light lilac.

{ JEANS: free people (but super old), similar here / TEE: free people (I found mine in-store at Dillard’s on sale for $40!) / SNEAKS: nike }

Here are some of my other not-so-basic-tee picks from Free People right now:

1.   This relaxed shirt has a boyfriend fit to it and fun ruffles along the sleeves.

2.  The cutest striped tee with a smocked detail.

3.  Loving this oversized crewneck with flirty mesh sleeves, in the softest shade of pink.

4.  A body contouring shirt offset with a puffed shoulder would look great with wide leg denim.

5.  This sequin tee is a bit pricey, but would be perfect for a special occasion, like New Year’s Eve.  And would look great with faux leather leggings or a denim mini skirt.

Happy (almost) New Year!

xo gina




After a month’s worth of holiday-ready outfits that included lots of red and green, trendy velvet, and added sparkle, an all-black look was a much needed change. This convertible sweater is under $70 and I have already worn it so many different ways this winter.  Here, I styled it super casually for a walk through the desert.  Since you are able to wear it as a cowl-neck or off-the-shoulder, it is the perfect item to pack for a trip where the temperature will vary from day to day.  I paired it with my favorite pair of leggings and these new boots that Santa left under the tree.  I’m sure you’ve heard it before if you know anyone else who has gotten these leggings, but it’s true: they are worth every penny.  Hands-down the most flattering (and comfortable) fit.  I saw some reviews that said to size up, but I disagree, I find that they run very true to size.  They kind of conform to your body and I think that is exactly what makes them so amazing.

{SWEATER: nordstrom / LEGGINGS: spanx / BOOTS: sam edelman}

Hope everyone had a great holiday!

xo gina 


‘Tis the season for so many fun and festive events from Christmas light shows, to town and neighborhood displays, to holiday parties.  And while it truly is a special time of year, it can be stressful to stand in front of your closet not knowing what to wear, or in a store or an online shop, trying to narrow down a few pieces that can be mixed and matched to get the most out of your holiday wardrobe.  Here are some of my favorite style picks as of late, that can take you from casual to cocktail.

1. Romantic and comfortable(!) bralette that takes every camisole up a notch.

2. Winter white never goes out of style.  The length of this sweater is perfect for a front tuck with dressier jeans and will provide extra coverage when worn with everyday leggings.

3. These studded booties add just the right amount of sparkle and edge to every outfit.

4. My favorite faux leather leggings of the season are sold out at the moment, but this moto version by the same brand is sure to be just as flattering.

5. A slim puffer jacket in an unexpected color for the holiday season that’s much needed for bundling up to catch all of the best Christmas lights (now 40% off)!

6. Such a simple, classic sweater that can also be worn as a dress with over-the-knee boots.

7.  I am loving these jeans that can be worn with everything and are under $60.

8.  This faux fur jacket is stunning and would be a great addition to jeans and a tee or worn over a holiday dress. *this has since sold out, similar jacket HERE*

9.  A wrap top that is warm and effortlessly chic when paired with a lace cami.

10.  Leopard print is easy to mix with anything and will elevate an all-black outfit.

11.  Love this festive, velvet dress that only looks expensive, but is on sale for $35.

12.  This closet staple looks so good with black pants or denim and a camel trench coat.

Happy holidays!

xo gina 


I have never actually hosted Thanksgiving since my parents have held it at their home since I was little, but I just can’t resist a good holiday tablescape.  Since I have successfully put off throwing away the last bit of our fall decor this long, I decided to use what was left to create a festive table setting that takes all of five minutes or less.  To cut down on set-up time, I chose a theme, this way I didn’t have to go looking for a bunch of different items and the end result ended up consistent, clean and less cluttered than if I were to have kept adding more.  It helps that our family usually keeps things informal, which means no need for fine china or place cards, and a few less things to worry about the day of.  I used all of our everyday dinnerware (sources listed at the bottom of the post) mixed with the last few real pumpkins that were on the mantel, and some pumpkin candles that were scattered throughout the house.  I love the way the combination of blue and white looks with pops of rich color, so I used a variety of autumnal tones.  If your pieces are more eclectic or if they clash with certain fall colors, sticking with all white pumpkins instead would work so well, too.  If you have another minute to spare (and don’t have toddlers running around, like me) you can light a few candlesticks spaced out every few pumpkins or so and voila!


A few more tablescape tips:

*When decorating a table, I like to stick with an odd numbers of things, so it looks more natural.  So, 13 pumpkins (and three candlesticks, if not for the said children, ha!) worked perfectly.

*And when you can, incorporating items at different heights is always appealing to the eye.  Here, I just added a cake stand that sits in our dining room cabinet.  

*Make sure to leave plenty of room on either ends of the table decor for all the yummy food!

*Keep the wine flowing. 😉

Happy Thanksgiving!

xo gina 


With the holiday season fast approaching, a lot of people will be be looking to shoot family photos either for Christmas cards, to print and give as a gift to grandparents, or just to commemorate this festive season of being thankful for the ones we have.  That  being said, it should be as fun and as stress-free as possible.  And the most stressful thing (aside from having your kids be willing to participate in the photos…bribery in the form of sugar usually works on mine!) is the coordination of outfits.  Just like in the home, I like to start with three or four key colors to work with.  This way, the look will be cohesive without matching.  And by pairing down the color palette, you will be able to pick out clothing more easily.

Some additional tips:

GO NEUTRAL.  I love an all neutral look, although, I don’t suggest everyone being in the same exact color.  Having everyone in all white or all black just won’t look as natural, while a mix of beige, camel and white will produce a clean, calming image that feels fluid.  Think dusty rose, pale pink and faded denim.  Or sage green, light blue and a sandy brown.

OR GO BOLD.  Though this is the opposite of the first tip, I either like everyone staying the course of dressing in neutrals, or everyone adding a bit of color.  I would avoid a ton of patterns, this way the main focus of the picture remains the people in it, but a small print here and there is a good way to use similar colors without matching too perfectly.  And know your location.  If the backdrop will be all one tone (like a whiteout snowstorm, or a solid, red brick wall, choose colors that will pop against it.  Similarly, if you are shooting among fall foliage with a bunch of oranges, yellows and greens, opt for different colored clothing than the leaves, so that you stand out.

ADD TEXTURE.  I love adding a chunky scarf to one person’s outfit, or a faux fur vest to another’s.  Texture adds a little something extra to the photo, without being too cluttered to the eye.   And it gives the subjects in the photo another way to stand out, so you can highlight a big sister or brother to-be or an expectant mom.

We haven’t taken holiday photos over here yet this season, so I better get going!  Need to put together outfits for my whole family next.

Happy holiday season!

xo gina 

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