Pop, Fizz, Clink!

pop_fizz_clinkHas anyone else noticed that everything seems to be adorned with these three little words? Kate Spade started this trend and it has sparked a fad all over the place. To be honest, I think it’s really cute! Normally, I don’t love all the trends and I go for classics. However, I think the sound of a champagne bottle opening are worth being considered a classic. Its a celebratory drink after all!

With all the parties coming up for the holidays, I thought I might dedicate a post to the color of champagne and all the sparkle and glamor that comes with it. I chose this dress from L.K. Bennett London because it embodies everything I love about dressing up- the glitz, eye-catching outfits, and stunning figures. Gold, rose, champagne, and black were the colors of 2014 in my opinion. If sparkle were a color I might add that in too.

Over the summer, two of my good friends got married and at their wedding we had champagne. We toasted to their future together and made our speeches and told the funny stories. That’s what this little drink is all about- celebrating the good things in life. 

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Going Makeup-Less and Other Things I Do For My Skin

selfie_no_makeup_onOne of the most important things you can do for your skin besides washing it daily and applying sunscreen is allowing your pores to breathe! At least once a week I don’t wear any makeup to improve the health of my skin. I usually make that day Sunday since I’m at home and relaxing. The picture to the left was me last Sunday. I’ll admit, my hair had maintained it’s curl from the day before, but I’m wearing absolutely no makeup and I know it shows!

Besides going makeup-free once a week I do two other things for my skin. First, I wash it with body scrub when I’m in the shower, and second, I take my makeup off before I go to bed. You would be amazed at the amount of people who don’t do those things!

The body scrub I really like is St. Ive’s Apricot body scrub. It works really well and comes with a lot for the price. You can find it at Target in the beauty area. When I’m taking my makeup off I use Neutrogena makeup-remover towelettes. It gets everything off. One thing you might also consider that works well for getting that stubborn mascara off is cold cream. It works like a dream and your eyelashes will be light and beautiful again!

I’ve tried so many products that say they’ll do this or that and they never works the way they’re supposed to. These are the few I’ve tried that really do work. I’ve never had bad skin until I got to college and started stressing out more causing an increase in oil production released through my pores. When that started, I knew I had to take better care of my skin! I dare you to go makeup-less for at least one day a week! It only takes 30 seconds for your skin to absorb anything that goes on your face. After a week of wearing makeup, your skin deserves a break!

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How to Pack for Your Holiday Travels

Good morning loves! I can’t believe Thanksgiving is this week. Autumn has come and gone way too fast. Hopefully, most of you are spending the holiday with those you love. My family usually spends the day together. All of my grandparents have passed away and extended family lives pretty far from Maryland. I’m not going to lie, it can be pretty lonely during this time of the year. However, I’m grateful that I have my parents and sister. Some people don’t even have that.

If you’re like many Americans, then you might have travel plans for Thanksgiving. In recent years, many Americans are opting to drive instead of fly, but if you’re one of the few who is flying, then I’ve created a little visual guide for a few things you might want to take with you in your very limited luggage allowance.

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First, I highly recommend you take boots with you because they go with almost everything. Taking a pair of flats in a fun print like these Steve Madden ones and a pair of black heels covers all the other bases of what your holiday travels may require in terms of footwear.

Accessories wise, you can’t go wrong with a thick infinity scarf and mittens. For jewelry, your best bet is on a string of pearls and diamond studs. I always travel light when it comes to jewelry because I hate dealing with tangled necklaces and things like that.

When I travel, I take two pairs of jeans with me, one in a dark wash and the other black. With these I usually wear a cardigan like the sparkly one above and then a light weight blouse. You might also consider taking a hoodie or sweatshirt for cuddling up in and watching a few christmas classics with your family. Don’t forget to pack a tank to go with the cardigan!

For Thanksgiving dinner, depending on your family’s style, take a nice dress like this BCBG Maxazria find. If you’re a little more casual, take a jersey or shift dress.

Finally, this may seem obvious, but pack your pjs! I can’t tell you how many times I’ve forgot that basic necessity. Remember your socks and undergarments as well. I’ve forgotten those too and regretted it.

I hope you enjoy your weekend and realize how blessed you are!

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Pinspiration: What’s Inspiring Me

It’s a sleepy Sunday morning for me! I woke up, rolled out of bed, washed my face, then went straight for the coffee maker. Above the coffee maker is where we keep all our mugs. Mom and dad’s mugs don’t occupy nearly the amount of space mine do. I’m pretty sure they’ll be happy about all the space available to them after I graduate. I usually grab my “Keep Calm and have a cupcake” mug but today I went with my Vera Bradley mug. Fascinating, right? I poured my coffee and added some pumpkin spice latte creamer to it and then sat down to write this.

Most of you can probably guess that I’m the queen of Pinterest. I love to pin! Clicking on the pin and seeing where it takes you is half the fun. The photos people take are always amazing. For me, it isn’t a waste of time either. A lot of what I pin inspires these posts. Today is no exception. Here are a few of my pins that are inspiring me right now:

Check out all of these and more on my Pinterest page!

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Warm & Cozy Weekend

warm_and_cozySaturdays are made for relaxing and recovering from a stressful week. Unfortunately, my Saturdays usually have me working. With Christmas coming, I know my boss is going to be scheduling my weekends packed with work. Now that the temperature is dropping into the 30s, I hate leaving my house period for any occasion much less work. Anyway, for those of you who do have today to yourself, here’s 8 things that make my chilly days-in worth waiting a whole week for.

1. A Starbuck’s Gingerbread Latte

2. Fuzzy Ugg Mocassins

3. A plate of warm cookies

4. A flannel shirt (if I could find one that would look cute on me)

5. Christmas with the Kranks (fave Christmas movie!)

6. Cutting out paper snowflakes

7. Warm, cable knit blanket (this one is from Ikea)

8. Bath & Body Works candles

What does your perfect Saturday include? 

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Nails for the Holiday Season

nail_colors_for_autumn I have a love for painting my nails and with the holiday festivities coming up it’s only going to get worse. I find the best deals on nail polish from good brands like Essie at Marshall’s. At most I pay about $4.50 for Essie or O.P.I. there. I have quite the collection! I’ve compiled 6 colors that are worth wearing in the next 6 weeks that bring out the warmth of the season (ironic, right?) The brand I chose to go with for the purposes of this post is Zoya.

I chose gold and burgundy for the rich undertones in them. Gold reminds me of champagne and giving toasts and the burgundy reminds me of the wine at festive dinners.

Navy blue and forest green were my second favorite color combo because they’re often seen together in tartan plaid. It’s an age-old classic that’s sewn into big, warm blankets, scarves, and the Scottish kilt.

My third choice was a little more modern and icy, if you will. The gray brought in the chill of late Autumn and early winter while the purple embraced some of the non-traditional colors of Christmas.

What I like to do is paint my nails one color but leave out the ring fingers on both hands. With those fingers I paint them a complimenting but different color. For example, you might choose the navy blue as your main color but the green you would use on your ring finger. Sometimes I add a layer of silver or gold sparkle onto that. You can never have too much glitter, right?

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A Week in Review

Good morning and happy Thursday. I hope my posts brighten your day a bit and maybe even inspire you. I love going through Instagram or my blog feed and reading what other people are saying. It usually gives me that extra skip in my step to get my day going. Everyone needs something to groove to!

panera_breadThe last week has been relaxing and I’ve truly enjoyed it. Just sitting around and not doing much of anything is a luxury in life and I don’t take it for granted. Starting Saturday my life is going to get busy really fast. Not to mention Thanksgiving is next Thursday and I for one am looking forward to it.

Sunday I spent the day with a friend and we went to Panera Bread. I got tomato soup and a turkey and cranberry flatbread sandwich. It was a nice combo and just enough to satisfy me. I hate feeling overstuffed! You can just look at your stomach and see how it has expanded in the last hour. Getting on a treadmill seems like a great idea until you realize that the food hasn’t quite digested yet.

I also spent a little time shopping around town. I live in typical faux_fur_headbandsuburbia the only difference is that we don’t have many good places to shop. The nearest mall is 45 minutes away. The nearest nice mall is about 90 minutes away. So when I say I’m shopping what I actually mean is going to Target and maybe Marshalls. Anyway, I found the cutest little head band at Target and it’s made to look like fur. It’s on my Christmas list now.

keep_calm_and_eat_cupcakesThe rest of the week has been filled with a lot of sitting around and drinking hot beverages while updating the blog and sending out my resume. Did I mention it’s hard to find a job right now? I’m graduating in 3 weeks and the job market seems to hate me at the moment. I’m getting a tad nervous! It’s times like these when I wish I could jump up and marry a rich man so I wouldn’t have to worry. I think this elevates me to gold digger status though. Oops.

I’ve also been going through my closet and seeing what dresses and little_black_dressprofessional clothing needs dry cleaning or tailoring. I tried on this lacy, black Express dress and am debating on whether I love it anymore. It has become my go-to dress for events but I’m not sure if it still flatters my figure. Opinions please!

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Blogger Challenge: Create a Look Around a Sporty Hat

Happy Wednesday y’all! Today, I’m doing something I absolutely hate- going to the dermatologist to have treatment done for my Hypohydrosis. For those of you who have never heard of this, it’s basically where your body produces too much perspiration under your arms. For me, it happens when I’m cold and my body is trying to warm me up, which makes no sense given that when you sweat your body is trying to cool you down. Anyway, the procedure goes like this: the doctor fills an applicator full with Botox and at the end of the applicator is a thin needle. The doctor then inserts the needle in about 30 different spots under each arm. Yes, this is painful and yes, Botox has been proven to work for conditions like this. I had it done back in March and it worked very well but over time the Botox wears off and you need another treatment. Wish me luck please!

preppy_essentials In other more pleasant news, Fanatics.com and I teamed up to create a stylish, preppy look surrounding a hat that had a sports logo on it. Here’s my creation surrounding my love for the Baltimore Orioles. I chose this hat because it’s chilly outside and a hat with a pom pom on it just says “winter” to me. Pairing it with a few preppy essentials like a puffer vest and riding boots really makes the look sporty with a New England feel.

I’m a pure bred American and I love baseball so anything with a baseball sports logo on it makes me smile. My grandpa used to play on a farm team before he had to quit to take care of his family. That was back in the 1930s. You’ll never guess what the farm team eventually became: the Baltimore Orioles!

This hat is going in my winter wear collection. Fanatics.com has apparel for all MLB teams as well as other sports teams as well. My lovely hat and others can be found here.

Have a fabulous day!
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Kate Spade Wish List

kate_spade_giftsHappy Tuesday beautiful friends. Yesterday, I spent most of the day drinking coffee and lounging around in sweats. The weather was icky and I’ve discovered that nothing looks pretty soaking wet. On the bright side, I made my Christmas wish list! Sort of. Everything on it is just a bit too expensive and any parent or friend who spends this much on their loved one needs to know that money won’t buy you love! I will admit though, that I love these products. However, what I’m really paying for when purchasing them is the name that happens to adorn said product. And unlike other style bloggers, you won’t see me sporting my brand new $350 handbag or $400 ballet flats in a cute style post or Instagram photo (#jealous much, Liz?) My life is just too realistic for that. If it weren’t so darn realistic, then this is what my wish list would look like:

1. Cedar Street Large Monday in Dynasty Red- $198

2. Leather Bow Gloves in Deco Beige- $128

3. Garden Drive Jewelry Box in Black- $40

4. Small Square Studs in Glitter Navy- $38

5. Daisy Place Medium Square Dish- $40

6. Animal Print Tiny Metro in Cheetah- $150

7. Toast Flats- $228

8. Skinny Bow Belt- $78

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#Hustle to Have It All

One of my best friends posted the funniest thing to my Facebook wall yesterday. I literally think most girls can relate to this struggle that seems never ending:

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It’s true isn’t it? The Kate Spade handbag is a favorite of mine but way too expensive. I could eat cookies all day, but then I couldn’t wear skinny jeans anymore. And every boy I ever liked takes forever to text back. I’m sitting here asking myself why life is like that? I think it might be because no matter what, we always want what we can’t have.

I could go on and on about the things I don’t have (or can’t have) that I want, but I think you all immediately understood what I was saying. It painfully resonates in all of us. Yesterday, I went to get coffee at Starbucks with two good friends and in the long line of waiting people was this gorgeous girl who had the expensive things I wanted, could probably eat whatever she wanted and stay skinny, and judging by the huge diamond on her finger, the guy she wanted DID text her back. In my pangs of jealousy, I came to the realization that there is no reason why I can’t have the same things. I started to admire the girl. She went after what she wanted and got it.

I made a little pre-New Year’s Resolution for myself. I’m going to work hard to have the pretty things I can’t afford, sweat more to eat the tasty things I love and still keep my figure, and am going to go for the guys that seem out of reach. There’s no point in living if we can’t live the way we want.

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