Thursday, November 26, 2015

thank you!

I hope everyone is having a wonderful time today. I just wanted to pop over here today and express how grateful I am for you. I was in such a dark place when I started my blog almost seven years ago. Never in a million years would I have guessed what it would help me break through those hard times.

I'm thankful for everyone who comes here to read along and share in this journey with me!

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Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Gift Guide: Coffee Table Books

If you have people on your shopping list that have you stumped on what to give, try a coffee table book. There are so many amazing coffee table books out there that you could actually get one for everyone on your list. A little bit of a silly reason, but books also wrap beautifully and look great under the tree... just saying.

What coffee table book is your fave?
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I had to share these Adele videos. Her new album 25 has already broken the one week sales record (previously held by N*SYNC since 2000) in just a handful of days.

Of course, I'm one of those people! I occasionally buy songs that I love, but it takes a lot for me to download the full album. I'm not a concert person at all... however, I think I'd make an exception to hear Adele sing live! I'd love it.

photo by Alasdair McLellan from her interview with i-D, you must read it if you haven't yet!

I just love listening to Adele sing. She's beyond talented and just listening to her moves me. Different than anyone else, right?! Oh, some of the songs have brought me to tears. (Especially when listening on repeat, it's a problem!)

With a new album, I can imagine that the media blitz she goes through is strenuous and exhausting... and maybe a little bit fun. This video of Adele pretending to be Adele is amazing. She totally gets into the role of Jenny.

Anyone else listening on repeat?!
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Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Gift Guide: My Favorites This Year

Today I'm rounding up my favorite items from this year that I think would make great gifts! These are all products I've purchased or received this year and have absolutely LOVED. If you're looking for gift ideas for yourself or someone you love... you may want to use this list as your guide.

Gingham Flannel Pajamas | These were a recent purchase and I have to admit that I spend too much time wearing them. I'm a sucker for a good pajama set in general, but these are extra cute and comfortable. They've gone through a number of washes and get softer and softer each time.

Monogrammed Black Watch Cosmetic Bag | I was sent this cosmetic bag and have found it to be incredibly useful beyond just travel. It's small enough to be thrown into tote bags that I carry during the day which adds just a bit more organization to an otherwise black hole. I throw in headphones, my iPhone charger, lipstick, and whatever else I might need on hand!

Bose Speaker | I swear by this speaker. If you're looking for ONE GIFT, make it this. Seriously, it would work for anyone from your dad to your grandma to your sister in college. I connect my iPhone to it while I'm working so I can listen to music and even tote it into the bathroom to stream podcasts while I'm doing my hair and makeup. Would be perfect for any dorm room, apartment, or home.

(Moms, this is an easy go-to gift if you're not sure what to get.... guys or girls!)

Plaid iPhone Case | I've been obsessed with Minnie and Emma for almost two years now, but this plaid case is definitely a clear favorite of mine. I can't get enough of the sleek and adorable cases. (Also, everything here is currently 25% with code "CYBER15.")

Jet Set Candy Charm Bracelet | These charms are everything. Every time I wear the bracelet, I get a handful of compliments and everyone wants to know where it's from. I've become friends with the designer this year which only makes me love the brand more.

Black Pumps | I can't believe I didn't have a pair of plain black pumps until this year. Not really sure why that was the case, but I'm happy to say that these heels have remedied that situation. These are extremely comfortable for heels and are very flattering on the foot. A staple for the closet for sure!

Patagonia Nano Puff | This was a purchase for our Alaska trip this spring. It's a game-changer for warmth. It's not bulky and layers so well. 

Monogrammed Ring | After spending quite some time looking for a good monogrammed ring, I finally decided on this tiny disk ring. It's the perfect size without being over the top and has that extra special personalized touch. 

Fisherman Sweater | This may be the sweater I wore the most this year. I wore it with shorts this summer for a beachy look, with white jeans for casual dinners al fresco, and with dark denim during the cooler months. I definitely recommend sizing up for the perfect fit.

Coffee Grinder | What a great everyday grinder. I don't really need a fancy machine and this one does the trick and then some. Grinding coffee beans every morning has turned into something I really look forward to. (And it so makes a difference for brewed coffee!) Would be an even better gift if paired with a favorite bean... I think I'm getting my mom a few bags of Martha's Blend.

Soda Stream | The Soda Stream was a birthday gift I received and I knew I liked it but wasn't sure how often I'd use it. Every night, I make a bottle of bubbly water to drink with dinner. Obsessed doesn't even begin to cover it. Bonus: It's fun and makes drinking water extra easy. (The KitchenAid version looks extra sleek on a kitchen countertop.)

Dubarry Boots | When I opened the box of these boots, I knew I was going to love them. They're super comfortable, can be worn in the rain, and look great dressed up or down.

Lavender Bubble Bath | As often as I can, I unwind with a hot bath and use this bubble bath to make it that much more relaxing. The lavender smells incredible and really elevates the bath experience. 

Monogrammed Weekender | This weekender has become a great travel companion. It's my go-to bag for travel because of the straps. (Sounds lame, but I swear having the choice between handles and a shoulder strap makes all the difference.) Plus, it's monogrammed of course!

Smoking Slippers | Garrett gave me a pair of Stubbs and Wootton slippers this year and I wore them as often as I could. They're extra chic and feel surprisingly comfortable. Love this velvet pair for the winter months.

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Monday, November 23, 2015

Kate Spade Surprise Sale

You could skip the Black Friday/Cyber Monday sales altogether and get everything for the ladies on your list from Kate Spade's surprise sale which just launched again today!

My top three picks:

Bourgeois Earrings (under $20!!!!)

Shop more of my favorites below:

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Festive Plaid

I've been trying really hard to fight off my holiday spirit until after Thanksgiving to no avail. With holiday parties on my calendar and pretty decor popping up everywhere, I can't help but feel a bit excited. Maybe I'm jumping the gun with my outfit choices lately, but December seems to fly by so I'm giving myself a little leeway for the last chunk of the month and squeezing in some early pops of holiday red.

Last week, I had a half day of meetings in the city, followed by an early evening holiday party with Ivanka Trump, and then a book club with my girlfriends. I had no idea what to wear... it was too cold to wear a dress and galavant around town for my meetings, but I still wanted to be festive for the party. (One of those days where living in the city would have been much more convenient.)

Instead, threw on my favorite black pants, donned a festive plaid popover, slipped into a comfortable pair of black pumps (with flats tucked away), and went with it. 

On long days in the city, especially when there's humidity, I don't trust my hair to last. This particular day called for a low and long pony topped with a bow. 

photos by Carter Fish 

Black Cardigan // Plaid Popover // Black Pants (size down) // Black Pumps // Monogrammed Tote (c/o) // Charm Bracelet (some charms c/o)

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