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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Get It. Gift It. Holiday Gift Guide #2: Gifts for the Office Bestie

Holiday Gift Guide For the Office


My second Get It. Gift It. Holiday Guide fills the need for buying your office bestie a fun and quirky gift as your way of saying "Thank you for being the only sane person in the office."

The office bestie becomes your work husband, your cube partner in crime... the person who helps encourage your addiction to caffeine with afternoon runs to Starbucks. Thank him or her for always being there to vent about the fish so-and-so microwaved for lunch today or show your gratitude for the helping hand they always offer you when they know you're about to scream.

Being at work is part of your life, and surrounding your office with things that stimulate the senses and make going to work fun can make a difference. Your desk becomes an extension of some of your interests outside of your 9 - 5, so throw a little flair in their cubicle during the holidays, and they are sure to appreciate the gesture!

My top picks are:





Thursday, December 11, 2014

Totally Bumpin': Cozy and Comfy Maternity Style

Faux fur vests Forever 21 | House Of Jeffers fashion blog | www.houseofjeffers.com

Can we talk about this faux fur vest? The twins had something to do with me buying it since I have a major need to keep myself cozy this winter. Plus, I was going for a posh mommy vibe when I bought it... and I think I achieved the look I was going for at 19 weeks.


Maternity Style: Faux fur vest, maroon sweater and comfy floral print leggings, as worn by Jen of House of Jeffers, a fashion blog  | www.houseofjeffers.com


This outfit is full of cozy comfort:

The leggings are pre-preggers.
The Charlotte Russe sweater still covers my tummy, and accentuates it all at once.
The faux fur vest... Well, it's just all types of fab.
Add in the fact that it was 34 degrees and the curls that took me an hour to do came undone after 10 minutes of standing in the wind for these photos - but I still felt like a stylish mommy-to-be!

For 19 weeks, I feel great. I'm officially out of the morning sickness stage, and I finally feel like you notice that I'm pregnant. Right around 15 weeks is when I started to pop. And now that I have my energy back, it's allowed me to go shopping for the twins! Let me tell you - if you think shopping for yourself is fun, wait till you're pregnant and get to buy things for your children - it's the absolute best. The pressure to dress my babies as stylishly as possible is something that I don't take lightly. It's important that clothing give them personality - and of course, I'll have to wait for their individual character's to really come out. But if I can dress them in bold colors colors and patterns that are whimsical and oh-so-cute, than I'm happy to do so!


Maternity Style - Dressing your bump for winter months | House Of Jeffers | www.houseofjeffers.com

Outfit Details:
Fuzzy Faux Fur Vest - Forever 21 / Marled Maroon Sweater - Charlotte Russe / Floral Print Leggings - Forever 21 / Square Heel Ankle Boots - Steve Madden / Blottie Bag - Steve Madden / SmashBox Cosmetics Be Legendary Lipstick

Monday, December 8, 2014

Get It. Gift It. Holiday Gift Guide #1: Quirky Gifts For The Friend Who...

Quirky Holiday Gift Guide


River Island pattern iphone case
$13 - riverisland.com


Forever 21 lip care
forever21.com




With the holiday season fully in effect, I've started my Christmas shopping. Being the non-traditionalist that I am, I love to find gifts that have serious personality and are way off the beaten path. Giving a gift that matches someone's personality makes a big impact on them, and shows that you really, truly, thought about what they would love to receive.... versus those taco socks you thought were "cute", which are tragically not. 

In the first of my Get It. Gift It. Gift Guides, I'm kicking things off with a holiday shopping guide for the friend on your list that has, shall we say, a unique interest that can be annoying and awesome all at once.

From the friend who has to #selfie everything, to the the Instagram-obsessed buddy who likes every single damn macaroon photo, these gifts are right up her alley, and are on the cheap and cheerful tip.

You never know - you just might end up buying these gifts... and keeping them for yourself! Personally, the Designer Tee from t + j Designs is going on my wishlist - immediately. Sorry blogger bestie, you'll just have to envy my shirt or get one of your own! 

Monday, December 1, 2014

Maternal Instincts


Maternity Style | House Of Jeffers | www.houseofjeffers.com

My very first official maternity post! YAY!

At 18 weeks, I'm sporting a bump that I love dressing up and showing off. 

As someone who is still in love with fashion, it's important that my maternity style be an equally interesting representation of myself and all the things I love to wear. I want to feel like me... just a pregnant version of myself. 

Of course, shopping for clothes does come with limitations, but I'm finding that empire-waist dresses are my absolute favorite to wear since they accentuate my tummy. Luckily, I'm still able to shop in non-maternity stores, and this dress from Forever 21 was the perfect holiday-inspired dress to wear during the cold months. The leggings were from my previous wardrobe, and I'm able to wear them below my belly and still be comfortable.

Pregnancy style by House Of Jeffers | www.houseofjeffers.com

Pregnancy style by House Of Jeffers | www.houseofjeffers.com

Although I will say wearing shirts that fit around my stomach do make me giddy. Not everything hugs my curves now, but when I do wear a more fitted shirt, it makes me proud to show the progress of my little ones growing each week.

Plaid dresses for the holidays | House Of Jeffers blog | www.houseofjeffers.com

To accessorize, I'm rocking this AMAZING bag I scored during a Black Friday Sale on SteveMadden.com. The combination of it being a saddle bag, plus, the fringe, makes it totally boho... a style that I'm wearing more and more in my pregnancy.

Steve Madden Blottie Bag, as worn by fashion blogger Jen of House of Jeffers | www.houseofjeffers.com
Outfit Details:

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Guess what....



I'm pregnant!

My husband and I are beyond blessed to be expecting twins!
I'm due May 3, 2015, but the little ones are anticipated to arrive early.

It's hard to really explain how excited I am to be pregnant. With every week that passes, it's a little bit closer to meeting our babies. As I watch my bump grow, I become more and more giddy to be able to show off my stomach because I am so proud. I can't wait to finally meet them... and there is so much I look forward to sharing with them. It's just amazing, and I love being pregnant so much.

Twins!
What a surprise, and one that makes this chapter in our lives extra special. I'm 4 months pregnant at the moment, and starting to feel more like my normal self...

Which explains why I've been missing in action on House Of Jeffers since the end of summer. I didn't really have a choice since your body, and hormones, take control and does what it wants, when it wants.

In case you were wondering:

Did I get morning sickness?
 You have no idea. Which is why I've had to take a step back from my blog. I was sick in the afternoon a lot, and my motivation to stand outside and look pretty when I felt nothing but the sort meant forgoing outfit photos and going straight home after work (which was a real struggle on the days I could barely eat). I simply couldn't stand around and put a smile on my face. Plus, fatigue takes its toll on you when you have morning sickness.


Any cravings?
Well, for the first 3 months, my diet was extremely limited to fruit, cereal and pasta.
But, now that my appetite is back, I'm just happy to be able to eat a variety of foods again.
As of late, I've been making many trips to Chipotle... God bless their chips and guac. 


Am I feeling hormonal?
At times. I've cried watching commercials or listening to a song. I've cried out of nowhere, too. It's kind of funny, actually. I can't say I've been a moody bitch (unless you ask my husband), but when I was sick, I was cranky.

Am I wearing maternity clothing yet?
Yup! Since I was 9 weeks, actually. 
And ladies who have been pregnant, I feel your pain when it comes to finding jeans that actually look like normal jeans. Honestly, the maternity clothing industry is a big let down. I honestly don't know what some of these designers are thinking. The cut of the clothing is very unflattering at times. Thank God for button downs and sweaters.

There are lots of fugly prints and pants that claim to be "skinny", you question in what country do they mean skinny?

However, I have found ways to dress my bump, and I hope to share more maternity outfits and tricks I've been using to keep my style on game as my belly grows!




Thank you to everyone who has been so patient with me as I enter this new chapter in my life. My husband and I over the moon about becoming parents, and as I prepare my home for our arrivals, I will do my best to fit in House Of Jeffers time since I really, really, really miss writing and posting. It's been hard to leave it behind me at times, and while I don't intend to stop blogging, I might have to alter my schedule to accommodate my life and needs. So all you mommy bloggers, please feel free to send me advice on how you do it!