winter layers, winter outfit ideas

In solidarity with everyone in the aftermath of the winter blizzard I felt it appropriate to pull out one of my favorite winter looks from my trip to Park City last year and give you some ideas for a warm but chic winter look.

Layering not just keeps you warm but creates a more interesting look. Here are my recent favorite neutral layering pieces. 

Thanks for stopping by and stay warm! 


lowe's carpet review before and after photos, chic neutral carpetTa-da! What do you think? I am so happy with the carpet we chose! And it was so fun going through all of the great options through Lowe's and finding this beautiful carpet, perfect for our new house. lowe's carpet review before and after photos, chic neutral carpet
We chose Stainmaster TruSoft Berber carpet for a few reasons. When we were picking out our carpet we wanted quality, stain resistence, style, and softness. This carpet checked all of these boxes. I tried several Stainmaster carpets including the Pet Protect line but the TruSoft did better for stain removal than the Pet Protect did. I tested our carpet sample by putting pizza sauce, wet dirt, and apple juice in each corner and then used soap and water to treat the stain. I know, I should have photographed this but I didn't. Sorry, but you will have to take my word for it. The stains did come out even though the carpet is a light beige. Winner! 

lowe's carpet review before and after photos, chic neutral carpet
lowe's carpet review before and after photos, chic neutral carpet, best patterned carpet, closet carpet
This stylish carpet, also by Stainmaster, stole my heart from the very beginning. I actually toyed with using this carpet all over but we decided it was too busy for the entire upstairs with all of the bedrooms, but we both loved it so we put it in our master closet. The chic herringbone pattern took our closet to a whole other level. From blah to beautiful! It is gorgeous. I love this carpet for the stairs especially but with the flow of our upstairs we couldn't make it happen.   
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lowe's carpet review before and after photos, chic neutral carpet

I really can't get over how much more cushy this padding is under our new carpet and how soft and luxurious it feels to step out of bed in the morning. Totally worth the upgrade! Carpet is so important in your home as it is a base for your style and comfort. Now that we have the carpet done, it's time to buy furniture and start to decorate upstairs. We were holding off on doing this until we chose the carpet. 

My advice when choosing new carpet is to take your time and look at lots of samples. Order lots of samples in several shades to try out in your home in different rooms. Do a stain test on some of them to see how easily it will be to spot treat it. Be smart about your needs and what works for your family. I had such a great experience with Lowe's from start to finish and I would absolutely recommend them to you for your new carpet. 

Our Carpet: 

Be sure to check out the "before" shots and my review of the installation process here. I would love to hear from you, what do you think about the re-do? What questions do you have?

*Thank you to Lowe's for sponsoring this project. All opinions are my own.


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Hey there! I have been quite busy as of late, between getting life back to normal after the holidays, trying to kill it at work and oh yeah, a huge new carpet project. When we bought our house this was one of the top projects on our list to take care of within the first year. The first step was to head over to Lowe's and start ordering some carpet samples. I took my good 'ole time on this and I have to say the Lowe's flooring specialists were so great. I talked to them almost weekly as I chose samples and visited the store on more than one occasion to meet with them. Since this is such a big project, I wanted to make sure I chose wisely getting the best quality and style for our budget.

lowe's carpet installation review and before and after
As you can guess from these "before" shots, the brown shag carpet the previous owners had installed was completely not our style and had seen better days. We really wanted to brighten things up in the house and after tackling a complete re-paint of the interior the carpet was really dragging down the the look of house. 

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lowe's carpet installation review and before and after, lowe's home remodeling
During what I will call the "sample review period" a specialist was sent over to measure our upstairs and go over where seams would be. Once we chose our carpet, things moved forward quickly. We met with a Lowe's flooring specialist to choose our padding and finalize our carpet selections, yes selections- we decided on a fun carpet for the master closet! We placed our order and it only took a couple of weeks *even over the holidays* for our carpet to arrive at the warehouse and the installation company to schedule our installation. 

lowe's carpet installation review before and after
lowe's carpet installation review before and after
During the installation we were at home all day and for almost 1,300 square feet of carpeting it took from 10:30-about 5:00 for them to finish. I was so antsy and snuck upstairs to take a peek a couple of times during the installation. "Excuse me gentlemen, may I take a look around?" haha. The installation went well. I will say, I had to go around and touch up the trim after all was said and done. There was quite a bit of tool banging to get the carpet nice and tight. So be prepared for touch ups after. The specialist warned me about likely needing to touch up when she came to measure so I wasn't surprised. 

lowe's carpet installation review and before and after, lowe's home remodeling
The day after the installation, Lowe's called to check on the installation and see how everything went. I mentioned that when I was vacuuming the stairs I noticed a small wrinkle in the carpet. That evening the installers came back to the house and fixed it and also inspected all of the other stairs. I really appreciated the follow up and quick response to fix the issue. 

I am so happy that I got the opportunity to partner with Lowe's for this project, they were so great to work with. One of the reasons Lowe's came to mind when we were planning the carpet renovation was because I know they are super into helping you create a beautiful home with the best quality for your budget. My mother remodeled houses when I was growing up and I spent many hours (days, years of my life) with her at the local Lowe's Home Improvement store, let's just say I really know my way around ;). 

Overall, I am really pleased with the whole process. The flexibility, guidance, and professionalism from the Lowe's team was just what I hoped for. I can't wait to show you the finished product on Monday so check back for a tour including the master closet carpet. I will also share the carpet and padding we chose with you!

*Thank you to Lowe's Home Improvement for sponsoring this project. All opinions are my own.


Pretty New Years Makeup, the Balm Read My Lips Lipgloss, Best Pink Lipgloss, Gray Smokey Eye
Pretty New Years Makeup, the Balm Read My Lips Lipgloss, Best Pink Lipgloss, Gray Smokey Eye
the Balm Read My Lips Lipgloss, Best Pink Lipgloss, Gray Smokey Eye

Plaid Shirt (50% off!)
Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation // MAC Studio Fix Powder
NARS bronzer in Laguna// Urban Decay Blush in Video
theBalm Read My Lips lipgloss in "BAM"
MAC Eyeshadow in "Print" + Marc Jacobs Eyeshadow Palette
MAC Fluidline Eyeliner in Blacktrack// Benefit They're Real Mascara

Coming up for air from the 4 days of bliss that is Christmas break which was so relaxing this year. It was nice to have a stretch of time that we could do whatever we felt like doing whether it was watching movies, going for a walk, or doing some things around the house. We spent Christmas with family and indulged in some delicious red velvet cake after dinner. We also met Dave's Aunt & Uncle's new puppy, Stannis. The sweetest puppy I have ever met.

Since the holidays are closing, I am playing with fresh looks for the New Year. I really love a smokey eye and fresh pink lipgloss. Today, I thought I would share my current favorite pink lip gloss and eyeshadow combo. The Balm lipgloss is bright and can be more sheer or darker when layered like I did here. It lasts for hours and hours and it's my current go to pink. In fact, I'm almost out so I need to order a new tube!

Thanks for stopping by, DON'T forget to enter the Bliss at home facial giveaway today- it's the LAST DAY to enter! 


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bliss at home facial giveaway, bliss discount code
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Hello, Santa Amber here to wish you Happy Holidays and bring you a special giveaway to celebrate the season! Today, I am partnering with Bliss to gift one lucky winner with this 3 piece Bliss a-'bright' face at home facial set. I have been using it and am absolutely hooked, I know you will love it. Not only is my face clear but its also smooth and moisturized. I am really feeling the glow since starting this regimen! 

The set includes: ($91 value, retails for $49)

fabulous foaming face wash 6.7oz: A two-in-one oil-free exfoliating wash for all skin types. This fresh, fruity cleanser contains rose hip extract, milk thistle, passion flower and chamomile in a non-stripping formula that helps re-balance even the most scattered of skins.

new triple oxygen vitamin c cream w/CPR technology 1.7oz: A lightweight gel-cream infused with CPR technology, and an advanced form of vitamin C to enhance skin’s vitality and clarity and smooth fine lines and wrinkles while intensely hydrating and protecting for a smooth, glowing complexion.

  • that's incredi-'peel'! 5 pack: The only spa-powered peel pads that use time-release technology to reduce wrinkles and dark spots in just one step.

Not only does Bliss have awesome skincare and spa services but it also has loads of beauty and haircare products. I have my eye on this and these. To sweeten the deal, Bliss is offering 20% off for King & Kind readers so click here to browse and take advantage of this discount!

The Bliss a-'bright' set is available at Kohl’s, Ulta, and!

How to Enter:
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Good Luck and Happy Holidays! 

Holiday Base

best foundation for problem skin, estee lauder double wear foundation

I have always been on the hunt for the best foundation and have tried everything from drug store brands to ridiculously expensive brands and I have found that the department store brands do boast better quality but you really have to find the right product for your skin. 

In preparation for the holidays I thought I would share my latest obsession with Estee Lauder Double Wear foundation.

best nude lipstick, mac creme d'nude lipstickI have sensitive skin with breakouts, scarring, and combination of oily and dry. I need a base that controls the oil, hides imperfections, and pairs well with my temperamental skin. Oil free is a must. I love Estee Lauder Double Wear because it makes my skin look as flawless as possible without being cakey. I have received so many compliments on my skin since switching foundations and I always give the credit to Estee Lauder because what is underneath is far from perfection. I love that it stays put all day and all night until I wash it off and it really keeps the oil at bay.  If you are looking for a nice, high quality foundation I encourage you to try this! 
estee lauder double wear foundation, jcrew plaid button up
Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation // MAC Studio Fix Powder
NARS bronzer in Laguna// Urban Decay Blush in Video
MAC Lip Pencil in Boldly Bare + MAC Lipstick in Creme d'Nude
NARS Surabaya Eyeshadow Duo
MAC Fluidline Eyeliner in Blacktrack// Benefit They're Real Mascara

Have a great day!


square boxwood wreath, marble tree
cozy christmas tree
gold wire ornament
camdon fir garland, holiday fireplace
red pillows
marble side table
christmas ornaments, red gold and silver ornaments
wire led lights, marble side table

Today, I thought I would show you around our living room where we pulled out our favorite holiday decor and added a few new pieces this year. Christmas is my favorite holiday of the year. I love the movies, decor, music and food! Our tree is decorated with a personal collection of ornaments both passed down from family and new additions. We usually add a few new ones each year. This year I added more gold and white to our red and silver color scheme. I am also working on the mantle. We have (ceramic) birch logs to go in our gas fireplace and are in the process of installing those. 

We kicked off the holiday season with a trip to Cincinnati to visit family and friends. We had so much fun going to parties and seeing how things have changed since our last visit. We of course watched Christmas Vacation, our annual Thanksgiving tradition, and had a hysterical white elephant gift exchange. Back at home, I got into holiday decorating mode and have our mistletoe and gingerbread candles lit and hot chocolate brewing. 

Happy Holidays! 
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