{How to Take Better Christmas Card Photos}

DTKAustin shares tips on how to take the best family holiday and Christmas cards with Minted.

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! The time of the year when everyone is scrambling to get their holiday cards out. Can y’all believe this is the first year Grayson and I are sending out Christmas cards? I’m shocked, considering we’ve been together over 6 years and have taken PLENTY of photos together! Every year that goes by I always tell myself we’ll get to that next year… and then another year goes by and I tell myself the same thing. Not this year!! We made a point to shoot some fun Christmas card photos for our 2017 holiday cards! I hate to even admit it but this is the first time I have sent out cards! It was so fun to get our little family together to take some adorable family Christmas card photos out at a Christmas tree farm in Austin! The cards came out so dang cute too!

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{7 Ways to Give Back During the Holidays}

For most people the holidays are a joyous time but for others it can be one of the most stressful times of the year. That’s why giving back is so important. I am always such a huge fan of giving back anyway that I can no matter the time of year. The Today Show recently had a story on a woman who was helping pay off stranger’s layaway debts for the holidays. They are called Layaway Angels. I thought to myself, what a great idea! This is something I want to try and do. That evening I told Grayson about my idea and he was all for it.

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{‘Tis the Season to Sparkle with Baublebar Jewelry}

DTKAustin shares her go-to holiday jewelry with Baublebar. Save 25% with code GIFT25!

I have enough jewelry. Said no one ever. I’m going to keep this short and sweet. No one likes buying shitty costume jewelry. Am I right? The stuff that you wear once and it either falls apart or turns your skin green after a few minutes? No thanks! Baublebar Jewelry to the rescue! Baublebar has been a household name since before I even started this blog. I would browse Baublebar jewelry on their site and want every single thing I laid my eyes on. After 3 years, nothing has changed. Shocking! Baublebar jewelry has to be one of my favorite sites to buy fun, statement pieces that actually last. I am happy to say every piece of Baublebar jewelry I have purchased is still in amazing condition and as gorgeous as ever! There’s no better time to stock up on new jewels and gifts than the holidays!

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{Splurge-Worthy Designer Gifts for Her}

DTKAustin is sharing the best splurge worthy designer gifts for her for Christmas or any occasion. - Splurge-Worthy Designer Gifts for Her by Austin fashion blogger Dressed to Kill

Am I the only one that only would rather have forever pieces for the holidays? If you’re anything like me you want a gift that is going to last an eternity. Something you could even pass on to your children or grandchildren. I still have almost all of the designer gifts I’ve received over the years and cherish every single piece! I’m also extremely hard to shop for so you can never go wrong with an investment piece. I always feel like I’m the crazy one that wants absolutely nothing for Christmas or my birthday because I’m not one that likes stuff unless its REALLY good stuff. 😂  Please tell me I’m not the only one that loves being a minimalist?!

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{Holiday Accessories with JTV}

This post was sponsored by JTV. I was paid for this post and received JTV jewelry pieces as compensation but all thoughts and opinions are my own.

Who else is getting excited for the upcoming holidays and all of this chilly weather we’re having?? I just finished putting up my holiday decorations the other day. I know it’s early to be thinking about, but I’m slowly starting to eye things that I want to buy for my friends for Christmas, such as Holiday accessories. I’m sure you probably have seen their ads on TV, but JTV.com sells some really amazing pieces, especially Holiday accessories.

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{Best Little Black Dresses for the Holidays}

DTKAustin shares her top 12 affordable LBDs little black dresses for any holiday/Christmas occasion.

It’s the most fabulous time of the year! That fabulous time when I start stocking up on cute holiday little black dresses for all of those fun holiday events or family get togethers. I don’t know why but I absolutely love wearing cute little black dresses with fun details for the holidays. It has been one of my go-to looks for years and the details never seem to stray too far from the previous year. My Christmas day look always consists of a black dress, Spanx tights (only because they are super thick and warm), a pair of OTKs or black heels and a chic black bag. Black on black on black, for the win!

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{The Importance of Strong Friendships}

Austin Blogger DTKAustin is talking about the importance of having an amazing best friend in the industry you work in.

As we get older it’s not the quantity of friends but the quality that actually matters. A good friend will be your biggest cheerleader when you succeed but more importantly a shoulder to lean on when times are tough. It’s usually during those tough times that we find out who our true friends are. Growing up I was always so selective of who my friends were. I wasn’t someone who trusted many people in my life so if I found strong friendships, they were there to stay. In high school I quickly realized that most girls my age were more drama focused. Sadly, I’ve come to see that not much has changed in this world and that finding a friend who would do anything for you is hard to come by.

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{Must Shop Black Friday + Cyber Monday Sales}

DTKAustin shares the best Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales from the best women's fashion retailers.

Outfit Details:

Sweater – Splendid (40% off) + Additional sizes HERE (Only $60!)

Jeans – Mott & Bow ($10+ off tiered sales) // Boots – Sorel (25% off)

As most of you know Black Friday is the one day to shop the best holiday sales but now Cyber Monday sales are taking over. I literally just heard on the local news that sales predictions from the past few years shows that Cyber Monday sales actually net more revenue for retailers than Black Friday has. In honor of the season for shopping I have rounded up my favorite retailers that are having the best Cyber Monday sales! Just click the name of the retailer and it will take you to the site to shop! If you are looking for anything in particular let me know and I will hunt it down for you!

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{Sweater Weather with Goodnight Macaroon}

DTKAustin shares some must have sweaters on sale for Black Friday from Goodnight Macaroon all under $100.

Who else gets overly excited for sweater weather? Any excuse to bundle up in a cozy sweater with a warm cup of coco next to a fire is a perfect day in my book. That would definitely be my Thanksgiving weekend… The weather in Texas is back up in the 80s so I guess it’s back to shorts this week! A girl can dream though of the perfect sweater weather. As we all know, Black Friday is the best time to shop some of your favorite retailer’s mega sales on your winter-wear. I have rounded up the top 12 sweaters under $100 that you need in your closet this Fall/Winter for sweater weather.

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{A Few of my Favorite Things}

DTKAustin shares some of her favorite Fall pieces that are all on sale for Black Friday.

Happy Thanksgiving Eve!! Who else feels bombarded with Holiday Gift Guides and blogger b*tches telling you what you NEED to buy? 😂 My list is short, sweet, affordable & down to business even though I’m totally one of them too! I wanted to do something a little different and share some cold weather staples that I can’t live without. Fear not, those Black Friday and Holiday Gift Guides are coming your way in the near future so keep an eye out. Until then, I wanted to round up a few of my must-have Fall pieces that are one sale or extremely affordable and will take you through Fall/Winter and into next Spring! Just like I have talked about splurge pieces in the past, these items wont break the bank and will last you season after season.

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