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My week feels totally weird.  It feels like a Wednesday to me, but I’m super pumped that it’s FRIDAY!

This is me all week long…

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…anyone else?

So, my favorite station on Pandora right now is Michael Buble Christmas, my favorite on iheartradio is iheartchristmas and my three favorite Christmas albums are…

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Hahahahaha!  Right?! 😉

Just like every Friday, I’m linking up with my friends Erika, Narci and Andrea and sharing my favorite things from the week starting with…

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…I got to spend a few days in NYC with these beautiful ladies.   I just could go on and on and on and on all day about these friends of mine.  I thank the Lord every single day for such a strong group of women in my life.  I love each and every one of them, and we had the BEST time on our little getaway to the Big Apple.

This was hands down THE PRETTIEST I’ve ever seen New York City.  We probably said a million times “oh my gosh, look at the leaves!”.  The city was STUNNING.  The trees were on display, the weather was crisp but not too cold, the food was delicious, the walking was delightful…we loved it all.  I did an entire post on Tuesday about my favorite things to do/see/stay/etc in New York City, and then updated it yesterday with our itinerary from this particular trip (I was trying to keep all the NYC stuff in one succinct post).  You can read that whole post HERE.  In that post, I share the food tour company we used (we love you, Cindy!!) and listed all of the restaurants where we ate plus shared my favorite hotels.  The best part about that post though?  THE COMMENTS FROM NEW YORKERS!!  Even if you read it before, go back and read it again!!!  THANK YOU, NEW YORKERS!!!

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Karla, Erika, Lisa, Narci, Lori, Jeni, Sheaffer, Andrea, Meagan and me 🙂 .  We were headed to dinner on this night.  Shoes so high?  The restaurant was all of 20 feet from our hotel, so we didn’t have to go far! 😉

Head HERE to read about our trip in my All About NYC post.

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I wanted to share a few of my favorite things from the trip that I wore.  This trip, I knew we were doing a lot of walking and that the weather would be 40s/50s, so I dressed comfy and warm.  These two things were worn all three days…

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my black North Face jacket and New Balance sneakers.  I do not know what the people at The North Face do to make their stuff so thin yet warm, but thank heavens they do!! I love this jacket so much!  It has lots of pockets and it also has the little hand things you can pull down from the wrist if you want to keep your hands warm.  I sized up and bought this in a small and it fit perfectly.  I bought black, but it comes in three other colors too.  My New Balance aren’t new, so I can’t link directly to them, but they were just comfy. My feet were happy for three days straight!

I wore two dinner outfits while we were there.  Here is my outfit from night one…

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velvet jeans and THE CUTEST TOP EVER!  I could not get over how much I loved this top!!!  I am absolutely obsessed with everything about it!  I love the length (it’s longer in the back), I love the cutouts, I love the fabric, I LOVE IT!  I bought it in black, but it comes in six other colors too.  It’s perfect for the holiday season!!

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See how the hem is longer in the back?  These velvet jeans are super amazing too!!  The ends are frayed and they wear just like regular jeans but they’re velvet.  Hello holiday season!!

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My silver sandals just finished everything off 🙂 .

One last find for our trip…

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…my roommate Karla and I each had matching leopard onesies for bed!!  Hahahahaha!

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We laughed so hard wearing these!!  They are fleece, so they kept us super warm and in hysterics.  My kids think they’re fun around the house too!

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Calling all bow head mamas…

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my cousin Casey just sent me all sorts of fun holiday bows for the girls!!  Look how cute they all are…

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…if you’re looking for some fun and festive bows (she has everything from your basic colors to fun prints and even sequin bows too!), you can find her website HERE.  These bows are basically indestructible!  I wash my girls’ all the time.  They will last you years and years!

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Last but certainly not least…

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…it’s my annual THANKSGIVING EVERYTHING post!  With Turkey Day a week earlier this year (which is how I prefer it!), we have less than two weeks before the big day!  You can see a roundup of my favorite Thanksgiving day recipes HERE.

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!  I want to leave you with this pic here…

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…tomorrow is the second annual Manda Strong Foundation 5K and Fun Run I miss my friend every day.  This was us at a 5K/Fun Run given in her honor in December 2014.  I didn’t know then that we only had two more years left together.  Hug your friends.  Life is super short. xo

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  • Charmaine Ng | Architecture & Lifestyle Blog November 9, 2018 at 5:03 am

    Never too early for Christmas songs! Can’t wait 🙂
    Those leopard onesies are hilarious – they look super comfy too, haha! 🙂

    Charmaine Ng | Architecture & Lifestyle Blog

  • Narci November 9, 2018 at 5:25 am

    We really had so much fun! And those onesies were so cute. 🙂 Also, that black top was darling on you! I loved it on you. 🙂

  • Amanda @ Cupcake N Dreams November 9, 2018 at 5:27 am

    Love love your black top and velvet jean look from NYC! Can’t wait to go back and read more tips for NYC (I only saw the first few) I feel like there’s an endless amount of things to see, do, and eat! The holiday bows are the cutest! Happy Friday Shay!

    Amanda @ Cupcake N Dreams

  • Sheaffer November 9, 2018 at 5:29 am

    BEST. TRIP. EVER. Thank you so much for all of your hard work planning it. I had the most amazing time and wouldn’t have changed a thing! Love you, friend!

  • Erika Slaughter November 9, 2018 at 5:30 am

    You and Karla coming out in those pajamas was hysterical! And thanks to K, we’ve been listening to the Michael Buble station on Pandora as well.

  • Jenny November 9, 2018 at 5:47 am

    When you travel do you take all of your skincare products & stick to your regular routine?? Or do you only take the essentials & if so, which ones are they (ie actual product & brand etc) ?? Thx Have a great Friday & wknd!

    • Mix and Match Mama November 9, 2018 at 5:56 am

      I usually don’t take much and try to use as many samples and such that I’ve accumulated. On this trip, the only thing I took out of my “normal” routine was my Tula moisturizer.

  • Sabrina November 9, 2018 at 6:12 am

    Happy Friday! Love all of your NYC pics! What a fun trip with your girlfriends! Andrea showed us a picture of you wearing some sequins pants….pretty much have to have those! Can you share where they are from!!?!?

    • Mix and Match Mama November 13, 2018 at 5:28 am

      They’re on my post today!!

  • Rachel November 9, 2018 at 6:32 am

    OMG we had Cindy too (did the Greenwich tour) and she was AMAZING!!!

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  • Lea November 9, 2018 at 6:45 am

    Shay, I love the cutout top. Reading reviews though I’m confused about what size to order. What size did you get? Love the velvet jeans also – I love how the whole look is dressy without trying too hard- which is my favorite way to do dressy!

    • Mix and Match Mama November 9, 2018 at 7:49 am

      I found that it ran very true to size. I bought it an xsmall.

  • Alexis deZayas November 9, 2018 at 6:54 am

    That top looks precious on you!! What a fun trip y’all had!

  • Carly November 9, 2018 at 7:26 am

    Hey, Shay, where are your cute sequined pants from? Heading to NYC in a couple weeks and love those for when we see Wicked!!

    • Mix and Match Mama November 13, 2018 at 5:28 am

      They’re on my post today!!

  • Jeni November 9, 2018 at 7:29 am

    How did I miss the tail on your pjs?!? Dying!!! 🤣 had the BEST time with you my sweet friend!

  • Melissa Terry November 9, 2018 at 7:31 am

    I immediately picked up my phone and added the MB Christmas station to my Pandora favorites-thank you! So many things to love in this post…leaves, bows, friends, velvet jeans and pie ; ) Happy Friday!

  • Andrea November 9, 2018 at 7:31 am

    Would you mind sharing the link to you outfit you had on night two? Those sequin looking pants?

    • Mix and Match Mama November 13, 2018 at 5:27 am

      They’re on my post today!!

  • Taylor November 9, 2018 at 7:36 am

    Is your purse for your nights out in NYC leopard print?? I have been looking for a leopard print purse and can’t seem to find one I like. Could you tell me where it’s from?? Thanks!

    • Mix and Match Mama November 9, 2018 at 7:48 am

      It is! It’s from YSL.

  • Marilyn Bridges November 9, 2018 at 7:55 am

    What a fun trip! Another fun Christmas album to listen to is Gwen Stefani’s You Make It Feel Like Christmas. Hope tomorrow goes well.

  • Karen November 9, 2018 at 7:56 am

    Loved your black top and velvet jeans! Where did you get the purple travel mirror from?

    • Mix and Match Mama November 9, 2018 at 9:42 am

      Amazon 🙂

  • Erin Port November 9, 2018 at 8:00 am

    That onesie is awesome and it looks like you all had the best time in NYC. I want to do a girls trip ASAP!in

  • Elizabeth November 9, 2018 at 8:10 am

    Wow, I need to get myself a pair of velvet jeans! I am obsessed with those! It sounds like you guys had an amazing time in NYC! You are there so often you should get a second place there! haha. I hope that I have an awesome group of mom friends in the near future like you do!

  • Em November 9, 2018 at 8:21 am

    I would love to recommend Darius Rucker’s Christmas album as well as Chris Issak’s. (Leslie Odom, too.)

  • Jenna November 9, 2018 at 8:25 am

    What a great list of favorites. I love North Face products, they are always so warm and functional, Also, I love their jackets because they are not overly puffy and bulky, but they keep me nice and warm! Happy Friday!

  • Amanda @ That Inspired Chick November 9, 2018 at 8:30 am

    Y’all’s trip looked like so much fun!! And that scenery was gorgeous!! And no, it is never too early for Christmas music! Or Christmas movies. Or Christmas trees. 😉
    That Inspired Chick

  • amanda November 9, 2018 at 8:56 am

    have you seen Michael Buble and James Cordens carpool kareoke? if not please do it today haha!

  • cassie // hi sugarplum November 9, 2018 at 9:08 am

    Y’all trip looks like an absolute blast!!! Love the onesie PJs too!

  • Katie Mitchell November 9, 2018 at 9:11 am

    So much fun! Where are your pants from that you wore to see Mean Girls? Are the sequined?!? So pretty!

    • Mix and Match Mama November 13, 2018 at 5:27 am

      They’re on my post today!!

  • Ashley November 9, 2018 at 9:21 am

    I love your NYC post! My girlfriends and I are going in the beginning of December. I’m hoping to try the food tour. Can you link your black sequenced pants? I loved them!

    • Mix and Match Mama November 13, 2018 at 5:27 am

      They’re on my post today!!

  • Sarah November 9, 2018 at 9:21 am

    If you haven’t yet, you should totally listen to Harry Connick Jr.’s Christmas album When My Heart Finds Christmas. It’s my absolute favorite and so fun to listen to, especially for kids! We listen to it every year when we decorate our tree, and before and after that as well! 🙂

  • Chelsey November 9, 2018 at 9:39 am

    If you would like to add to your Christmas song collection, Lauren Daigle’s album Behold is amazing and beautiful.

    Yay for Christmas being around the corner!

  • Jennifer F November 9, 2018 at 9:58 am

    Did you see that Michael Buble is coming to Dallas in March?!

    • Mix and Match Mama November 10, 2018 at 4:22 am

      I did!!!

  • Ashley Hatfield November 9, 2018 at 10:08 am

    I *think* I saw you wearing a pair of maybe sequined bottoms in Sheaffer’s post…is that right?!? If so, where are those from? I loved all of your girls’ outfits from the whole trip!

    • Mix and Match Mama November 13, 2018 at 5:27 am

      It’s on my post today!!

  • Erika Myhre November 9, 2018 at 10:22 am

    Shay – did you see that Michael Buble has a new album coming out and he’s going on tour next year!!

    • Mix and Match Mama November 10, 2018 at 4:22 am

      I did!! I’m so excited!!!

  • Leanne Gilchrist November 9, 2018 at 10:33 am

    YES to your Christmas albums! And I’ve never heard Ella’s Christmas, but I’m listening to it this year. PLEASE listen to Harry Connick Jr’s Christmas album! I know it will become a favorite for you. Besides, Harry is just a really great musician! Another favorite Christmas album of ours is Celine Dion’s! Every time I look at a post with your friends, I know you all must be feeling the absence of Manda so deeply. I pray for her family when they come to mind. A strong and close group of girlfriends is really a must. Thanks for sharing your trip with us. It would be a great idea for you to offer Girlfriend trips at your travel agency!

  • Juliana Grace November 9, 2018 at 10:43 am

    It looks like y’all had a great trip! I am going to NYC for the first time this Summer and am so excited (: Love all your favorites. I didn’t see the link up option, but my Friday Favs are here:

    Have a happy weekend!


  • Marie November 9, 2018 at 12:40 pm

    I couldn’t have agreed more! I LOVE Michael Buble’s Christmas station. It’s also great dinner music for the holidays. Enjoy your Friday! =)

  • Andrea November 9, 2018 at 1:20 pm

    Sorry you didnt feel the need to answer or post my comment. I found the sequin pants on ysl, thank you.

    • Mix and Match Mama November 9, 2018 at 2:55 pm

      I was actually gathering up all of the sequin pants comments to reply at one time. I didn’t get mine at YSL, but I’m happy you found some!

  • Pamela Kennedy November 9, 2018 at 5:59 pm

    Oh my goodness!! My mom had the Carpenter’s Christmas album when I was a child and played it all the time during Christmas. I now have it and LOVE it! It just gives me that warm and fuzzy feeling. It brings back memories from my childhood and now, my daughter gets to grow up with it. 🙂

    • Mix and Match Mama November 13, 2018 at 5:27 am

      It is the soundtrack of my childhood. I’m literally listening to it right this minute!!

  • Alexis November 9, 2018 at 9:30 pm

    You need to do a girls trip or family trip to where I’m from! The Saratoga & adirondacks region in NY in the fall is amazing!

  • Hallie November 10, 2018 at 3:02 am

    Where is your leather jacket from or what brand? I love your look from night one!

    • Mix and Match Mama November 13, 2018 at 5:26 am

      It’s on my post today!!

  • Barbara Parnell November 10, 2018 at 6:21 am

    Did you know that Hallmark launched it’s own channel on Sirius that plays Christmas music all the time?

    • Mix and Match Mama November 11, 2018 at 5:19 am

      Yessssss! It’s so good too! I’ve been listening in my car!!

  • Mother of 3 November 10, 2018 at 9:09 am

    Looks like you had a great time in NYC! You picked a good time of year to visit. We just love New England Fall colors and weather.

  • Sara B November 10, 2018 at 9:54 am

    I read on another blog ( about a Christmas music app called Tinsel & Tunes. It’s really good! Just another one to add in case you need more Christmas music 😆

  • DANIELLE K RIGG November 11, 2018 at 7:26 am

    Hallmark Question…I usually watch just the Hallmark Holiday Movie Channel (Romance & love Christmas movies), do you ever watch the Hallmark Movie Mystery Channel? These too have Christmas movies but more with solving who someone is, etc. They are just as addicting. Now I have double to watch!!! If you watch both, which ones do you like better?

    • Mix and Match Mama November 12, 2018 at 4:56 am

      I know about that channel, but I can’t seem to get off of the other one to check it out. I need to though!

  • Chane November 11, 2018 at 1:40 pm

    Loved every single outfit during you trip. Where did you find the cute sequin pants? Its not a photo you posted, think I saw on instagram. I think they are sequins?

    • Mix and Match Mama November 13, 2018 at 5:26 am

      They’re on my post today!!

  • Sandra November 11, 2018 at 2:33 pm

    Loving your phone case. Do you mind sharing where you got it?

    • Mix and Match Mama November 12, 2018 at 4:55 am

      Amazon!! Just search granite rose gold phone case.

  • Kim Busman November 12, 2018 at 7:46 am

    Love the black top with the cut outs, but am wondering, do you need to wear a strapless bra with it?

    • Mix and Match Mama November 12, 2018 at 11:40 am

      I did!

  • Maya November 13, 2018 at 7:51 am

    I may have missed it, but did you mention where your white scarf you wore in NYC was from? So cute!!

    • Mix and Match Mama November 13, 2018 at 7:52 am

      It’s gray! I bought it last year at Nordstrom.