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Thanksgiving Day Outfit Inspiration

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Turkey day is almost here and I'm carefully packing up everything I need to enjoy my holiday. I'm heading to the midwest to spend Thanksgiving with J.P. and his family. It's the first Thanksgiving that I have ever not spent with my family, but I'm making an effort to bring a few of my favorite traditions with me. This includes spending the morning doing all my beauty prep for Thanksgiving, relaxing and watching the Thanksgiving day parade. This includes painting up my nails in a festive cranberry shade, a deep conditioning of my hair and trying out a new face mask to prep my skin. 

For dinner, I like to mix in with the colors of the season. I like to pick out a dress that lets me won't get super too tight after eating a little too much at the dinner table. This stretchy Alice Ponte Dress is perfect for that. Along with the perfect stretchy dress, I also love to find the perfect products to have in my purse for quick touchups. One of my new favorite sets to always have in my purse is the LOC Clutch Collection Royal Flush from birchbox. I have been loving the Glam Life lipstick. It's a beautiful deep berry shade and pairs so well with the two shadow sticks that come with it. It makes putting on my Thanksgiving makeup a whole lot easier. 

What's your outfit plan for Thanksgiving? Share with me in the comments below!

Packing for Thanksgiving

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

I have finally started packing for my Thanksgiving weekend away. I usually need to think ahead to make sure I don't forget to pack any essential. Since we're going for a little bit longer than a weekend, I aiming to pack only the essentials needed for each day. Check out all my absolute necessities for a Thanksgiving weekend away!
1. Weekend Bag: Even though it's only a short trip, I still need a bag that's big enough to carry everything I might need, which tends to be a lot of things so I end up needing a big bag. This sunshine satchel from Tuckernuck can actually pack a whole lot. It's also has the added bonus of having the cutest monogram stitched on the side of the bag. 
2. Noise Canceling Headphones: It's going to be a bit of a long flight and I have A LOT of work that I need to get done before the holiday so, along with pre-buying wifi for the plane, I also made sure to secure a pair of active noise canceling headphones. These are seriously the best headphones I have ever had. I can't believe I ever settled for the white iphone earbuds for long flights. I'm so ready to get a ton of work done so that I can be a bit more carefree and properly enjoy my vacation. I'm also making sure to download a ton of movies, tv shows and books on my iPad before we leave so I know that, even with poor wifi, I'll always have something to entertain me.
3. Travel Friendly Haircare: I can never seem to get enough of tiny cute kits. Anything mini-sized and I basically HAVE to have it. This kit has everything I need to keep my hair healthy and shiny during my trip.  It has both travel sized shampoo and conditioner, a leave in mist and even a sea salt spray to give myself some beachy waves. 
4. Hot Rollers: I'm not a curler person. It's just way too much time and effort for me to sit and hold each area of hair. I'm too antsy of a person to be able to do all that so when I want to go curly, I always opt for hot rollers. I just got these voluminous hair hot rollers from T3 and I'm already loving them. They're compact enough that I can easily pack them in my travel bag. What I love the most is that they're super easy to use so I can roll up my hair and let the rollers do their job while I finish my makeup or get dressed.
5. Eye Mask: I can have trouble sleeping when it's not my own bed so I always make sure to bring an eye mask with me when I travel. It helps me keep my eyes closed and makes it a whole lot easier to sleep. Plus, the pattern on this one is just so cute!
6. Comfy Pajamas: I found these pajamas on J.Crew factory and I knew I already had to have them for the holidays. With a christmas light pattern, this two piece set with top and drawstring pants bottom will be super comfy to wear on Thanksgiving morning while I cook around the kitchen. 
7. Cute Dress: Since I'm going to be spending Thanksgiving with my boyfriend's family, I wanted to be a little dressed up for the big dinner. I love Boden dresses! They're perfect for long events, like a long Thanksgiving dinner. They're comfy and cute and are never too tight in the stomach area. (so necessary for eating seconds... or thirds!) 
8. Eyeshadow and Lipstick Duo: For traveling, I always look for easy packable makeup products that can do double duty. I got a sample of this lipstick in the shade glam life in my latest birchbox and I loved the color. It was a deep berry shade and gave me some fun color for Fall. It made me want to try out their eyeshadow sticks. The videos make them look quick to apply and easy to blend, which makes it perfect for a quick makeup look before we put dinner on the table. 
 9. Tinted Lip Balm: For the plane and for quick color touch ups along the way, I'm packing this tinted lip balm from Too Cool for School in the shade spilled wine, which is a rich burgundy shade. It will be great for applying a touch of quick color before I get off the plane. Don't want to look like a total mess when we touch down!

What are you packing for Thanksgiving? Share with me in the comments below!

Sugar Paper for Target

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Christmas came early! Well, at least it did when it comes to all of the holiday wrapping paper at Target. I discovered Sugar Paper last year around the holidays and became completely obsessed with their holiday festive wrapping paper and gift tags. This year, they did a whole holiday collection with Target that is just chock full of holiday cheer. I may have gone a tad overboard and got A LOT of pieces from the collection, but can you blame me? Look how cute they are! Check out some of my favorites below!
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Birchbox November Unboxing

Monday, November 16, 2015

The theme for this month's box is 'Feeling Fancy' and I think it's just on par for all the upcoming holiday parties! I really loved how diverse my box was this month. I had everything from makeup to haircare to fragrance. All perfectly travel sized to be thrown in my bag and used for my upcoming Thanksgiving trip. Let's check out all the goodies I got in this month's birchbox!
What's in my box:
- The Balm Frat Boy Blush
- Obliphica Professional Seaberry Serum
- Temple Spa La La Lagoon Aromatic Bath & Shower Gel
- Harvey Prince Sincerely
- LOC Glam Life Lipstick
One of the items in my box that I really liked was the LOC Tati lipstick in the shade Glam Life. It's a beautifully rich burgundy color that goes on super smooth. Seriously, really pretty. I now really want to try out their shadow stick shades too to see how well they blend. 
The other product from the box that I was so excited to try out was the Balm Frat Boy blush. I love these little mini blush boxes. They're perfect for happy hour touchups between work and drinks and even better for quick traveling tips! Plus, I love how decorated their boxes are. This one makes me feel like I should be at a high school football game!

What do you think of this month's birchbox? Share with me in the comments below!

Stock Up On Sweaters

Thursday, November 12, 2015

One of my favorite parts of fall, besides when the temperature dips and it finally gets chilly is when I finally get to pull out all of my favorite cosy sweaters. I have a a habit of stocking up on new sweaters every year to add to my ever growing collection, but this year I've kinda been blown away by how many cute sweaters I keep finding. (Seriously, I'm going to need a bigger closet soon.) 

I always like my sweaters with a bit of pizazz so I go for bold colors, fun prints and cute embellishments. A sweater with a cute little pup or a taxi decal'd on the front beats a plain sweater any day of the week for me! And with the chilly weather here to stay, I've been making it a sort of uniform for me to pull out a colorful sweater and a pair of jeans or pants to match as my everyday look for work so that means I need A LOT of sweaters. Check out some of my sweater favorites from this year below. 

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Where do you go to shop for your favorite sweaters?


Hostess Gift Guide

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

While this may seem a bit premature, my mailbox is already starting to see the tell tale colorful envelopes that contains invites to some fun holiday parties. With the calendar quickly filling up, I definitely know that I need to have the perfect gift to bring to each soirĂ©e and holiday get-together. 

I've never been one to show up empty-handed, but I know how much time it can take to find the perfect hostess gift to bring with you to every event. For me, I like to stock up on a bunch of hostess gifts beforehand that work for almost every party. Check out some of my hostess favorites below.
Nest Holiday Candle - Candles are a great hostess gift for basically every event. In a delicious festive holiday scent, it's sure to bring a smile to her face when she finally lights it. 
Peppermint Bark Syrup - Perfect for the hostess that loves her java, this syrup is great for adding to coffee, hot chocolate, you can even add a little to your tea. No need to make a Starbucks run when you can just add a splash of this to your hot chocolate at home. I'm definitely getting one of these for me as well. 
Dessert Plates - This set of dessert plates is a great gift that a hostess will appreciate before the party is even over. She can use these to serve all the tasty desserts after dinner. 
Aspen Needlepoint Pillow - I saw this pillow and immediately thought of like five hostesses that this gift would be perfect for. It's a little on the pricy side, but will really wow the recipient. 
Lush Merry Christmas - I'm kind of a Lush addict so anyone who receives a gift like this from me this year will totally know I aim to convert them to loving Lush as much as me. After all the stress from planning, preparing and hosting, tell your hostess to go enjoy a relaxing bath with a ton of fun holiday accoutrements like bath bombs and bubble bars and Santa's dashing through the snow.
Peppermint Bark - No one brought dessert? No worries, your hostess gift has it covered. This box of festive peppermint bark is a delicious after-dinner treat that your hostess will definitely enjoy. Whether she shares any or not is a totally different story! ;)
The Bake Shoppe Bubble Bath & Shower Gel - If your hostess is very into the holidays (like me!), then she will love this bake shoppe bubble bath duo from Philosophy. She'll love the chance to relax in a sea of deliciously scented bubbles after the party is finally over.

Do you always bring a hostess gift to parties? Any tips to share? Share with me in the comments below!


Rainy Day Wear

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

I can finally bask in some official fall weather. We've had such a long Indian summer here in SF that I started to think I would never get the chance to pull out my cosy sweaters and weather prepped boots. Then finally, out of nowhere, I started to feel a chill in the air. Hurray!

Then, the rain started and I knew I needed to go out prepped and ready. It's been raining on and off for the past few days, which has put me in such a great mood lately. I have a serious thing for the rain... dark clouds, thunder, lightening, being cosy inside, etc. The rain gave me just the push I needed to pull out a few new rainy weather favorites.
I'm so happy it's finally cold enough to officially call it sweater weather. I can pull out and add to my collection of favorite fair isle sweater pullovers. My newest sweater favorite is from Lands End. It's a great sweater to bundle up in and wander around outside, enjoying a late brunch, but it's also light enough that it's perfect for layering. I definitely plan to layer it over a few button down shirts for work. The blue and black fair isle pattern on the top of the crewneck cut adds the perfect fun detailing and kinda makes me look like a little snow bunny, which I love. It makes me feel like I should be skipping work to hit the slopes. 
With all that falling on and off, I knew I would need a thick jacket to keep me warm. I pulled out my new favorite cold weather coat that I picked up a few months back during the Nordstrom's Anniversary sale. With roped toggles (I'm toggle coat obsessed) and a hood to keep off the rain drops, it's perfect for layering up against rain or wind or snow. 
As for rainy day footwear, I know I love my hunter wellies. They're packable, so comfy for long wear and are super cute to boot. But sometimes, I need something that's a little shorter and a little bit more rugged. That's where these dark Sperry saltwater duck boots come in. Another reason to get excited about rainy weather, these duck boots make you want to jump through poodles and run through snow. The quilted wool keeps my feet warm, dry and cosy and the rugged sole keeps me from any embarrassing slips, which let's face it, is SO necessary. All in all, I'm ready for you cold weather. Bring it on.
Jacket // Fair Isle Sweater // Shoes // Jeans 

Have a favorite rainy day look? Share with me in the comments below!

Flats, Flats, Flats

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

My walk to and from work involves one VERY large uphill. This means that heels tend to be a no-go when it comes to wearing to work. I've taken to keeping a pair in the office to change into, but in general heels are only something I throw on once in a while. When I got out shopping, I usually have my eye on flats that will stand out as much as any cute pair of heels.

Lately, I have been having the best luck in finding crazy amazing standout flats like these incredibly adorable taxi flats. Seriously, I want to wear them like everyday. Check out some of the other fancy flats that I have been drooling over lately.

Currently I'm Loving

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Audible // I have been totally obsessed with audiobooks lately. Seriously, I've been listening to almost anything I can get my hands on. I think picking out great narrators is key because if it's a long book, which most are, you're going to be listening to them for a very long time. Audiobooks can get a little bit pricey, especially at the rate that I have been going through them so I signed up for Audible by Amazon. It's $15 a month with a free audiobook every month and 30% off all additional audiobooks. It's great for me because looking at some of the books in the iTunes store, some of them cost more than $50, crazy right?

Chai Lattes // I know everyone is all about the PSL, but for me it's all about the chai latte. There is this amazing spicy brew made in San Francisco called Tiger Chai and it has become my new morning  favorite. It's perfect for those who like their Chai's a little on the spicier side. 

Boden Clothing // IT's FINALLY getting chillier in San Francisco and one look at my wardrobe tells me that I needed to stock up on some cold weather looks. Boden has always been one of my favorite shops to check out when the weather gets colder. They have the cutest dresses that are seriously comfortable and warm too! I have already bought a bunch of pieces for fall and winter and I know I'll be stocking up on a whole lot more. 

  La Croix Bubbly Water // I pretty much live off of this water. I'm not a huge fan of drinking water and I can never seem to remember to drink my daily 8 cups, but having a tastier flavored version that also has bubbles? It definitely makes it a whole lot easier to drink my daily fill. My new favorite thing is to find the crazier flavors like cherry lime.

Longchamp Le Pliage Large Tote // I already have a medium tote with the shorter strap, which I love, but for the everyday, I wanted something that could easily swing up on my shoulder for to and from work. Longchamps tote's are classic for a reason. The nylon makes it super durable and easy to clean off when you spill things on it (which I tend to do).

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

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