November 26, 2013 § 1 Comment
TWENTY NINE DAYS UNTIL CHRISTMAS!
If you could see me, you’d know I’m jumping up and down with joy. I absolutely love this time of year! The chilliness of winter is officially down here in Texas, Christmas decorations are going up all around town, and only one more work day until we can stuff ourselves full of Thanksgiving scrumptiousness. With some friends and family coming in town, I thought there’s not better time to add a little holiday twist to my decor.
What you’ll do:
Super easy as pie and simple. I just picked out my favorite color and style of pieces, and then wrapped the little wire ends around various areas of the wreath.
Tip: if you have a curious slash always-hungry-all-the-time pup, you may want them to not be part of this activity. Examples below.
After multiple “Belle, stop! Do not eat those”, she laid next to the wreath and sulked.
Pre-decorated wreaths are super expensive so I thought this was the best alternative! Cheers to holiday decorating!
November 22, 2013 § 4 Comments
It may seem a bit early for Christmas shopping, but I personally like to get my shopping done before usual because I love giving that perfect gift. With a mostly female family, I absolutely love getting those little feminine gifts with a pop of originality. Here are my top favorite stocking stuffer ideas for the 2013 holidays.
1. Capri Blu Jar Candle – Anthropologie $28. If you’ve ever smelled this candle, you understand why I put it numero uno on my list.
2.Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment SPF 15 – Sephora $22.50. I recently discovered this gem and I love it! Sheer Petal is the perfect color and the balm is ultra moisturizing.
3. BAGGU Medium Leather Zip Pouch – Urban Outfitters $40. This little pouch comes in six gorgeous colors and is a great size for all a girl’s little carry-alongs.
4. Botticino Marble Coasters – Anthropologie $40. There are multiple sets with different adorable patterns. I chose these ones because who wouldn’t love to have some Scotties & plaid on their coffee table?
5. TARTE Pure Maracuja Oil mini – Sephora $17. I cannot express how much I LOVE this oil. In the short 2 months that I’ve applied it at nighttime before bed, I have noticed my skin is much smoother and clearer.
6. Mini Etched Enamel Bangle – JCrew $35 (25% off 2 or more until 11/24!). The simplicity of this bangle makes it one of my gifting favorites this season.
7. Flannel PJ Pant – JCrew Factory $25.50. My family has a Christmas jammies tradition and these are just right. Love me some navy.
8. Butter London Nail Lacquer – Sephora $15. Gorgeous nail polish. Can’t go wrong with this one.
9. Shina Stud Earrings in “ivory pearl” – Kendra Scott $29.97. Simple and beautiful. I love the minimalist beauty of ivory pearl.
10. Champagne Bottle Coin Purse – Kate Spade $68. I know, I know its a bit expensive, but I’ve saved the best for last. Champs is my favorite drink and the new Kate Spade line is perfection.
Whether shopping for your sister, best girlfriend, mother, or lover these are some great hand picked items to stuff their stockings!
November 15, 2013 § 1 Comment
Here’s a quick visual post of whats been up with me lately…
Halloween is officially over. Now, it is officially Christmas in my world.
I can’t stop lighting fall candles. #alldayerrday
With December quickly approaching, I’m relieved my first semester of grad school is almost over
But, then relief went out the window when… my car got broken into and my sheeeyit stolen
And I got super stressed when I had to deal with insurance and banks to get valuables refunded
So I handled the situation like a mature adult
Then, I remembered I was going to see DRAKE in concert in just a mere few days!
Got happy again. So I planned my outfit accordingly
Got sufficiently tipsy with my girlfriends. Majorly fangirled over Drake when we got to the concert
Then, spent the rest of the night screaming rap lyrics and dancing embarrassingly
Spent the rest of my week working, but hey! TGIF
Lastly, MY BOO COMES INTO TOWN TO VISIT TONIGHT. (one month of being apart is way too long, yall).
In my mind when he walks in, I’ll be all
CHEERS TO THE WEEKEND
November 13, 2013 § 12 Comments
This weekend something horrible happened.
I took my dog to a park in the Heights in downtown Houston. If you’re familiar with Houston, you know this part of town is extremely beautiful; beautiful over-sized Victorian homes, beautiful perfectly manicured landscaping, and beautiful cars. I absolutely love this area and love the gorgeous park with rolling hills and the outskirt surrounding of tall city buildings. I parallel parked my car in one of the designated parking areas, went around to my passenger side to safely take Belle out of the car without being subject to oncoming traffic, and we went about our walk.
The weather was just perfect, I snapped multiple pictures, and Belle was having a blast running up and down the hills. We walked back to my car and just as we were venturing up the tiny hill to the parking area, I noticed something strange on my passenger window. It looked like little razored pieces were placed around the edge of my passenger door. Any normal person would realize that the window had been smashed, but I was so naive it did not even dawn on me that this is what had happened. As I got closer to the car I saw it all. Glass shattered in millions of shards all over the ground. Window completely gone and even more millions of glass pieces scattered across my passenger seat, driver’s seat, and back seat floor. When I astonishingly looked inside, I realized my purse and belongings had fled the scene along with the violating thief.
I wasn’t sure how to respond. I was so confused, how had this happened? I had safely tucked my purse and belongings under my passenger seat as always and double locked my doors – with the little safety “beep” and everything! I sat down in the grass beside my car, scooped Belle into my lap, and called the police. By now I was sobbing, the dispatcher could barely understand me, and I was panicked to quickly get through the first call to start making the next hundred calls to insurance companies and banks. There is no other word to describe my feelings than violated. It is one thing to have items stolen, but it is and entirely different and violent thing for someone to smash my window, rummage through my things, and then pick and choose which valuable things to take as their own.
How could this happen? I took all the precautions that have been ingrained in my head through “friends of a friends” horror stories and Lifetime movies. Why did this happen to me? I’m a good person!
Its funny that only three days later, I kind of view this horrible event as a blessing in disguise. This didn’t “happen to me”, things don’t just happen because of some believed divine intervention of “karma”. I’m not a bad person. I did nothing wrong. This is not a punishment. If it didn’t happen to me, it would’ve happened to someone else at the park that day. Sometimes we stumble upon the worst things simply so that we may grow and learn from them. Yes, it sucks. Excuse my unladylike language, but it really freaking sucks. I have to file multiple claims with my insurance to get most of my things replaced, order new debit and credit cards, get my car window fixed, and file claims to have the fraudulent charges hopefully refunded. I had countless business cards in my wallet, prescription medicines, perfume, relatively expensive makeup, notes, and not to mention my favorite wallet and purse taken from me!
But, all of these things are replaceable. I am safe. My wonderful pup is safe. And, I still have my car (big phew). It scared me and still does. But, I can’t let the wrong doing of one person ruin the way I go about my day to day activities. And, yes, I will still go to that park because Belle and I absolutely love it! I will not live in fear or sadness because one person made the wrong decision. I was not wronged. They were in the wrong, but I will not be wronged.