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New Year's Resolutions

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

New Year's Resolutions! 2014 was a busy and a big year for me. There was a lot of good and a fair amount of bad. While I can't completely ensure that the next year won't hold a few bumps, I can work towards learning from the bumps that happened before. 
Balancing Work Life - I switched jobs this year to a new position at a new company that I was really excited about. The only problem for me is that I could never seem to manage separating my work and home life. There's a big difference between checking your email a couple times while you're at home and constantly refreshing to see if you have any messages. This is something I'm determined to work on this year. I need to find that happy middle ground.
Investing in Myself - For me, this means a lot of things. One of which is saving more money for myself. I know the importance of having money saved up for a rainy day or a really bad one, but I have never been great at this in the past. I always found it difficult to tell myself no when push comes to shove, but this year I'm steeling my resolve. By the end of next year, I hope to have six months to a year's worth of emergency funds saved up. This may not seem like a lot, but every little bit helps. Another way I want to invest in myself is in my closet. When I was younger, I always found it easier to stock up on inexpensive and poorly made items that did not stand the test of a second season. This year, I'm going to invest in a few expensive pieces that will last both the test of time and style. Here are some great pieces I plan to invest in this year.  
Move it - This is probably one on everyone's list after a couple of heavy eating holidays weeks, but I really want to work on my exercise routines this year. Now, I'm not going to go out and immediately sign up for a gym membership and a personal trainer because I know I can't stick to that. In truth, I may have tried it before and failed miserably. Instead, I want to work on small workout extras to try everyday. Maybe that's taking the long route to work or doing an extra ten minutes on the treadmill, but it will be a constant and everyday effort. Those something smalls could add up to something big in the long run. 
Relax- I used to do this so well, but with my mounting stress levels, all of my usual go-to stress relievers haven't been doing the trick. I need to work on finding new ways to take away the piles of stress that seem to mount after a few long and hard weeks. Whether it's meditation, yoga, or some good old fashioned pampering, I will be working very hard this year to learn how to relax.

What about you? What resolutions are you working on for the New Year? 




Wall Calendars

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

With the New Year fast approaching, I started looking for a new wall calendar to hang above my desk. I love writing down fun events to look forward to and crossing off the days that have passed. It may be totally weird, but I always find it really gratifying to cross off days on my calendar. It also helps me to keep track of all my big events. It's definitely saved me from forgetting a couple of birthdays and big dinners. Below are some of the wall calendars that I have been checking out for this year. It's definitely a difficult decision considering you will be looking at all year long so be sure to choose wisely!
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Red, Blue & Striped All Over

Monday, December 29, 2014

I took a bit of a blogging sabbatical last week to take full advantage of the upcoming holiday that is my absolute favorite, Christmas! I wanted to be fully focused and enjoy the passing moments so I did my best to avoid my computer for the whole week. While I couldn't do it 24/7 (I still had my day job to do), I managed to keep myself from delving back in too much. Now that I've had a very eventful and restful break, I am completely ready to be back! I couldn't wait to show off this Kate Spade dress that I bought as an early Christmas/Birthday present for myself. I am turning 26 after all and I consider every birthday to be a big birthday. This fit and flare gem of a dress was the perfect outfit for an afternoon brunch with my boyfriend and my sister as we got ready to celebrate my favorite holiday. I paired the dress with a bright red cross body bag and a comfy fair of red wedges. I felt very nautical the whole day. 
I love that almost all Kate Spade dresses have pockets. Dress pockets are a HUGE plus in my book.

I just adore this C.Wonder initial necklace that I'm wearing. It came in a gift box that also has the matching B initial earrings too! 

Dress // Purse // Shoes (old, similar) // Earrings // Necklace 



All Wrapped up in Sugar Paper

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

I've been totally focused lately with wrapping up all my presents for the holidays. In previous years, I've wrapped them up in whatever Christmassy paper I had on hand, but they never looked as spiffy as they do this year. This year, I found the ultimate in Christmassy cards and festive wrapping paper in Sugar Paper LA
I was completely intrigued by Sugar Paper LA the first time I spotted a photo of some super festive cards on Twitter. I kept coming back and visiting my favorite items on the site before making a bit of wrapping paper and Christmas card splurge on Black Friday. I picked up this awesome reversible wrap in cheerful red that shows off candy cane stripes on one side and red and white polka dots on the other. Perfect paper for Christmas present wrapping!
They had such an awesome Black Friday sale that I also grabbed their From Santa gift tags, which classed up all my gifts with their festive and beautiful calligraphy. I also grabbed a bunch of fun Christmassy cards to spread some holiday cheer. 

Have you checked out Sugar Paper LA? Let me know in the comments below!



Comfy in Disney

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Busy, busy, busy. I just got back from my whirlwind weekend at Disneyland last night and I was so exhausted. Going to the parks for a couple of days is amazing, but totally exhausting since you are running around the park all day trying to hit all your favorite rides and eateries. This type of all day exercise calls for a comfy all day outfit. The weather in Anaheim was a bit temperamental being freezing (freezing for me is anything under 60 degrees) in the morning and at night and being really warm during the day. This meant I had to strategically choose an outfit that contained a couple of layers. 
I went for a pair of super comfy black leggings from Forever21 and I got them for under $4! Seriously, I had to buy them in at least four other colors. They are the perfect basics to throw on. Walking around the park all day, you need to opt for a comfy pair of shoes and I am never comfier than in my favorite pair of black converse. 
Walking around the park, I always feel like I need at least one piece of Disney attire and I have the perfect sweatshirt for that. My Minnie sweatshirt has a cute hood with Minnie Mouse ears and her signature bow. My boyfriend got it for me the last time we hit Disneyland since it got so cold at night and I love to wear it whenever I'm having an off day. It gives me a little dose of the disney magic at the Disney parks and at home. Sadly, you can only really find these at the Disneyland Resort parks, but if you happen to stop by, this is the best sweatshirt to pick up!

I needed a shirt that would keep me warm, but could also be converted to handle the midday sun. I love these J.Crew flannel shirts and picked a festive red and black one to wear while we wandered around Disneyland. It was great to keep me cosy, but the sleeves can easily be rolled up if it got hot. I also went for a really low maintenance hairstyle while walking around the parks. You never want to be the one having to restyle her hair after every ride so I opted for a cute little side braid with all my whispy hair pieces and bangs pinned to the side. Perfect for all the topsy turvy rides with their sudden stops and drops.

The last absolutely essential piece of my Disneyland outfit was my Kate Spade Mini Maise in black. I picked up this little purse at a Kate Spade holiday event last week and I found that it was the perfect cross body mini bag for my weekend trip. It was great to put all my airplane essentials so I didn't need to pull out my huge purse every time I needed to grab chapstick, headphones or my wallet. It's the perfect size for carrying those absolutely must have items and I can totally see myself using it for every upcoming holiday party!

Disneyland for the Holidays

Friday, December 12, 2014

I am so excited to be spending all of this weekend at the Disneyland resort! I love going to disneyland and I try to make it there for a weekend at least twice a year, but never have I been there around the Christmas holidays. I can’t wait to see it all decked out for the season. They have a 60 foot Christmas tree on Main street, the castle is decked out with lights and "snow" and they have amazing colored lights and garlands strung everywhere. They also have festive treats at all your favorite Disneyland restaurants and even a special Holiday parade with new Frozen floats!
I’m so excited I can barely contain myself. I just love all the magic of Disney and, not to mention, all of the fun rides! I can’t wait to see The Haunted Mansion decked out with The Nightmare before Christmas decor for the holidays and see It’s a small world all lit up in Christmas cheer. Safe to say, my weekend is going to be very busy and very festive.

Are you a big disney fan too? Share with me in the comments below!


5 Must Do's for the Holiday Season

Thursday, December 11, 2014

1. Decorate A Christmas Tree  This is totally a no brainer for most. Duh, there’s nothing more Christmassy than decorating a tree, but I make it a whole affair. When I was younger, I remember having my own personal ornaments that only I could add to our Christmas tree. Each kid in our family each had their own. There were the normal personal ones that had your name on them from Baby’s 1st Christmas and then there were the ones you made in school with paint and glue, but then there were also the super special ones. The ornaments that were your absolute favorite to stare at on the tree every year. In the spirit of those ornaments, my boyfriend and I buy two new ornaments to add to the tree each year. We pick them out especially as our favorites, mine are always Disney themed, to add to our tree for this year and every Christmas to come. It’s becoming one of my favorite Christmas traditions.
2. Visit Festive Lights - I am so thankful to have been born and raised in San Francisco. I especially love it during the holidays. The city seems to get more and more festive around this time every year and it seems like every door has a wreath and every window has a tree. The hotels in the downtown area become especially festive around the holidays with their enormous trees and fantastical gingerbread creations. I love taking a tour of all my favorite hotels to see how they dolled up for the season. It really gets me in the Christmas spirit.
3. Bake Up A Storm - Baking & the Holidays go together like PB&J and I love to hole up for a weekend making secret ingredient cookies, homemade peppermint bark and my own personal favorite, oatmeal jam bars!
4. Watch A Bunch of Christmas Movies - The Christmas season would not be complete without watching a million and one Christmas movies! I love to pull out all my Christmas favorites and watch them as I decorate the tree or bake something festive. Some of the movies on my top ten Christmas movie list have to be Elf, Home Alone, The Polar Express, How the Grinch Stole Christmas and The Muppet’s Christmas Carol. I wish I could watch all of those right now!
5. Open Advent Calendars - One of my new Christmas Must Do traditions has to be the Countdown to Christmas with Advent Calendars. It’s like opening up a new present every day as you count down to my favorite holiday of the year!

Currently I'm Loving...

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Almost everything I'm currently loving is themed around the upcoming holiday and why wouldn't it be? I just adore Christmas and I love anything and everything that gets me into the festive spirit!
Home Alone - The Christmas season to me means getting the chance to re-watch all of my holiday film favorites. Every year, I am reminded why each of these movies is so awesome. One of my absolute holiday favorites has to be Home Alone. A holiday classic to be sure, I can never get over how much of a smartie Kevin is to be able to set all that stuff up to trap the Wet Bandits. Don’t lie, we all totally wanted to do that when we were younger!
Fresh Sugar Rose Lip Treatment -  I have always loved Fresh. Their products do wonders for my skin and they always smell so relaxing. I got one of my old favorites, the Fresh Lip Treatment in Rosé in their All Star Wonders kit and I have been absolutely loving it for my day to day look. It gives a very light hint of color, but what I really love about these treatments is the scent. It’s like this brown sugar delicious scent that makes your lips perfectly kissable, which is definitely a good thing around all this mistletoe.
Essie Really Red - The polishes that have been on my nails in the last few weeks have all been in the red family. Red polishes are the only ones I’ll wear in the Christmas season, unless I find that elusive forest green shade I’ve been trying to find. I can’t seem to get enough of the color red for polish. The red shade I seem to be favoring the most this season is Essie Really Red. I mean, it is just that, a super gorgeous bright red, perfect to show off your festiveness in the season!
Sugar Paper Wrapping paper & Gift Tags - I’ve been getting really into the festive spirit lately and that means sending out Christmas cards and wrapping presents and Sugar Paper LA has been helping me to do that with such style and class. Their products are just too cute and festive for the season. I had so much fun picking out my wrapping paper and tags to go along with it. And what’s more, their wrapping paper is reversible so it was like two different wrapping papers in one! I also adored their From Santa gift tags, which added that air of special Christmas magic to all my presents.
Fresh Balsam 3-wick Candle - The Christmas season wouldn’t be complete without that tell tale smell of Christmas trees. To make sure it could be smelled all throughout the house, I have been burning Bath & Body Works Fresh Basalm candles and totally loving how they fill my home with the smell of Christmas!
Lego Advent Calendar - The last thing on my Currently I’m Loving list has to be my Advent Calendars. Getting up and out of bed is usually so hard for me in the moorings, when my bed is always so warm and comfy, but having these little bad boys to open makes me jump up and rush to go see what I’m putting together today!
J.Crew Factory Shearling Slippers - To keep away the chilly cold, I have been absolutely loving my J.Crew Factory shearling slippers. They are ridiculously cosy on chilly mornings padding back and forth between the kitchen (for coffee) and the bathroom (for makeup) and my bedroom (for clothes). Seriously, if you are looking for a pair of inexpensive and ridiculously cosy slippers for the house, then you have found the perfect pair here.
Kate Spade Cedar Street Patent Aster - I have been absolutely loving this purse lately and it’s so appropriate for the season. It’s my go to bag whenever I’m hitting a happy hour downtown or a brunch with the boyfriend. It makes me feel so festive whenever I’ve got it on and I love to pair with it with all of my Kate Spade bow jewelry.

What have you been loving lately? Share with me in the comments below!

Festive Shades of Red & Green

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

A chilly Sunday in the neighborhood and I decided to go a bit festive with my ensemble. With Christmas fast approaching, I found a perfect top to get myself in the Christmas spirit. 
This hammock green peter pan collar blouse from J.Crew Factory is flowy and festive and perfect for work or grabbing a weekend drink with a friend, especially when paired with my Kate Spade Cedar Street Aster purse. Pairing the top and purse with a white skirt, navy blue tights and some dark brown booties, it was the perfect outfit for an early morning brunch and on to a tour of some of San Francisco's most festive Christmas trees.
Top // Skirt (old, similar) // Tights // Purse // Shoes (old, similar) // Lipstick

Stuff the Stockings

Monday, December 8, 2014

I've always loved opening my stocking on Christmas morning. Aside from the presents from friends and family, my mom always filled our stockings with small little items that she knew we would each love. Stockings would always be filled to the brim and laid out on the couch and they have always been the first thing we opened on Christmas morning. Even now, I really love finding new little minis to fill the stockings. Here are some of my stocking stuffer inspirations from this year. 
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Friday Funny: Fantasy Football Bets

Friday, December 5, 2014

After years of watching The League, I definitely get the entertainment value of people winning and losing Fantasy Football leagues. I won once with a random selection of players I got because I auto drafted and victory wasn't as sweet because I did absolutely nothing to work for it. On The League when you lose, there is the dishonor of the Sacko Trophy and usually an embarrassing bet that has taken place, which the loser has to carry out until the next season. 
 In this case, the loser of this particular real-life league had to create a shot for shot remake of Sia's 'Chandelier' video and post it on Youtube. I must say though he really did an excellent job. Full costume, dance move memorization and the rest, this gentleman really committed. 
 Bravo Sir, Bravo!


Fair Isle Style

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Lately, I've been totally obsessed with sweaters. Tons and tons of sweaters. They are so simple and comfortable and they can style up any boring outfit. It's my daily go to to pick out a sweater and then throw on a skirt and pair of tights or a pair of jeans and be good to go for whatever may come. One of my favorite sweater styles lately has been Fair Isle sweaters. Fair Isle is a traditional knitting technique used to create patterns in multiple colors. I've seen them everywhere this Fall and I have been obsessed with them too! They're so colorful and festive that it can cheer up any dark and dreary morning. Check out some of my favorite Fair Isle style favorites below! 
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Are you a fan of the Fair Isle style? Share with me in the comments below!

Desktop Essentials:Holiday Edition

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

I love to dress my desk up for the holidays. Having it look festive and bright cheers me up daily and helps me get into that holiday spirit. I mean, who can be sad at their desk when they have their own little light up Christmas tree!
 The Christmas Tree actually is powered by computer so I never have to worry about changing the batteries. It just plugs into one of my USB ports and it's under $10 at Target. I also love to switch out the hand sanitizer and hand cream on my desk for something more festive. Bath & Body Works has the ultimate festive hand sanitizers so I went and picked up 5 of them for $5 to put on my desk, throw in my purse, put my door, etc. I love the 'Tis The Season one cus it smells like Christmas fruits! I've talked about this in a winter hand cream favorites post, but it is also the absolute perfect set of hand creams for the Holidays. I grabbed the The Holiday Handbook Hand Creams set at Sephora during their big VIB sale and I have been loving it. My very favorite has to be the Peppermint Stick hand cream, which reminds me of candy canes and Peppermint Mochas. Every festive desk needs a festive mug and I think the seasonal Starbucks Christmas Mugs fit that bill. They have a new one every year, usually designed to look like one of their Starbucks famous red cups. I have been drinking everything out of this mug just because it looks so cheery! I also like to switch out my little mini tea infuser that sits on my desk. I usually use a cute little whale infuser, but with the holidays approaching, I switched to the most festive one I could find. It's a little Christmas Tree Tea Infuser that sits just below the water, bringing a bit of festive cheer to your glass. The last thing I like to dress up for the Holidays on my desk is my #Cube. It's perfect for streaming holiday themed photos from Instagram all day long. My favorite one to stream right now is Holiday.Desires.


Do you add any festiveness to your desk during the Holidays? Share with me in the comments!

Gift Guide: Gifts for Him

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Buying a present for your favorite guy can be undeniably difficult. You want to get them something you know they'll love and truth is, they'll probably love anything you give them because it's from you and nobody else. Here are some of the fun gifts I've had my eye on for my guy!
MeUndies - Probably the most comfortable underwear in the world. If you're looking for a gift he will absolutely love and you are at that point where giving underwear is totally not weird than you absolutely must pick him up a couple pairs of these. They have them in every basic color and they add a new fun pattern monthly. This month's theme was the Fair Isle undies!
Trunk Club - This is definitely a more expensive gift for the man in your life, but I always like to do one big gift surrounded by a bunch of smaller ones. This is perfect for any guy looking for a good wardrobe update, but isn't quite sure where to go or what to buy. Every guy gets paired with a stylist who sends him an array of pieces based on his personal style.
The Art of Shaving Kit - My boyfriend is really into his shaving kits. As a girl I probably don't understand because, for us, all we need is some shave cream and a razor. He needs pre-shave oil and shave cream with a little brush and after-shave balm and special towels. Although I know nothing about shaving, I know that this Art of Shaving kit will be a huge hit for any guy who is really into his shaving. Sephora even had mini travel shave kits in store!
Fantastical Belts- Gone were the days when men's belts were boring and plain. I mean you can buy those too, but why not get him something that will really turn his head. I was looking around on Tuckernuck the other day and I saw their huge collection of what I like to call fantastical belts. Great patterns and styles and each one with their own personal flair.  
Season Pass - Lately, my boyfriend has been really into Homeland so when trying to figure out what to get him for Christmas, I thought why not buy him a season pass of his new favorite show from iTunes. He would get to download all new episodes right as they aired and watch them whenever he had a bit of time. This is also a perfect gift for those show lovers who don't have cable! They will never miss a moment. 
Shearling Slippers - I picked up a pair of shearling slippers for myself a couple months back and I have been wearing them non-stop since the weather turned chilly and I have even tried putting them on my boyfriend's feet a few times when I noticed his were a bit cold (they clearly did not fit). It's definitely a time of year for cosy slippers and I have to say these shearling slippers may in fact be the absolutely coziest. 
J.Crew Casual Shirts - Maybe not the most fun gift, but perhaps the most necessary are the restocking of his casual shirts. Guys don't always like going shopping for themselves so refresh his wardrobe for him with some casual buttons downs in colors and styles that you know he'll like and you like too!

Shhh...What are you getting for the special gent in your life? Share with me in the comments below!

Countdown to Christmas

Monday, December 1, 2014

Happy December 1st everyone! The official Countdown to Christmas has begun and I love celebrating that countdown daily with fantastically fun Advent calendars. These calendars have 24 hidden surprises, one for each day until Christmas. After waiting too long last year, I went overboard this year and bought three different Advent calendars. I can't wait to open up new surprises each day. Check out some of the fun Countdown to Christmas options below!
The Benefit Cosmetics Advent Calendar was actually the very first Advent calendar I got this year. My sister grabbed it for me at a Benefit event she went to in November, knowing I had been super bummed to have missed out on it last year! It's got the perfect, travel sized editions of my favorite Benefit products tucked away in each day and I so can't wait to start opening it. It sold out pretty quickly last year, but you can still get your hands on it online at Sephora.com.

Another one of the calendars that I picked up this year was the Yankee Candle Christmas Countdown Calendar. If you're candle obsessed and Christmas obsessed, then this is the perfect Countdown calendar for you. It has small tea candles in each day in varying Yankee Candle Christmas scents. I can never get enough Christmas scents and I can't wait to start using my Christmas candles all around the house. 

The last calendar that I picked up for this year was the Lego City Advent Calendar. If someone tell you that this one is only for children, then phooey on them. This is one of the coolest Advent calendars I've ever seen as each box opens to a little lego character or set piece to put together to create a snowy Christmas scene. I can't wait to pop open each door and bring a little winter wonderland to life.

Another Advent Calendar that I had my eye on is perfect for the polish lover in your life. The Ciate Mini Manor Advent Calendar  has 24 mini polishes in every shade you could want for the Winter and Christmas season. If you were looking to add a few more pretty polishes to your collection, then I would definitely grab this one!

The Best of the Body Shop Advent Calendar is an in store exclusive at the Body Shop and contains an array of travel sized portions of your favorite Body Shop products. If you travel a lot and love using The Body Shop, then this is the perfect Calendar for you. I almost got this one too, but I thought it was going a little overboard to have four different Advent calendars to open!

Are you getting an Advent Calendar this year? Which one do you prefer? Share with me in the comments below!


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