Thursday, December 20, 2012

Life lately

It's only been eight days, but I feel like I haven't blogged in forever. My apologies!

Last weekend, Aimee and I went to NYC to visit our friend Elizabeth, and it was literally one of the most fun trips I've ever had. 

We drove, which actually wasn't that bad at all because Aimee is a fantastic driver and stayed super calm during NYC traffic. We got there Friday night and had some Mexican food and margaritas, which were fantastic. 

Saturday we were all excited to participate in Santacon, which is where basically everyone in New York dresses up as Santa or something similar and goes to various bars all through the city. 

We. Had. So. Much. Fun. 

We dressed as reindeer, and we were so glad we got to see our friend Rachel for a little while, too! 

Elizabeth and I: 

On Sunday, it was raining and freezing, but that didn't stop us from going to see the Rockefeller Tree, which was so beautiful. It was my first time seeing it in person. 

Aimee was also able to catch up with some of her family who she hasn't seen in awhile, and I was able to see my cousin Jayme, too! 

We left the city Monday, so I've been spending this week trying to catch up on life. I can't even believe Christmas is so soon! I have so much wrapping left to do, so wish me luck!

Thursday, December 6, 2012

One of those songs

Every now and then, I hear a song that makes me stop whatever I'm doing and just listen. 

Gary Allan's "Every Storm (Runs Out of Rain)" is one of those songs. The first time I heard it, I literally sat in my car until it was over, and then I immediately ran inside to download it. 

And the best part? You can download a free acoustic version of the song on his website as an incentive to donate to the Red Cross for Hurricane Sandy relief. 

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

The best medicine

Need a few laughs to brighten your day? I'll share my Buzzfeed obsession with you.

You can thank me later. 

The next time you need a few laughs, try googling "worst Twilight tattoos" or watch YouTube episodes of Ellen when she scares people.

You're welcome, friends. 

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Keurig rant

Dear Keurig, 

Does that coffee mug look full to you? 

Because it certainly does not look full to me. It's actually about a quarter full, to be exact. And this is after I've hit the button for a large cup. 

I thought one of the benefits of using a Keurig was that it brews the perfect size of coffee every time. Recently, however, our Keurig has decided it wants to play games with how much coffee it's going to brew on any given occasion. 

I don't play games with my coffee. 

I want a full cup — I don't want to have to hit the brew button twice and get watered-down coffee the second time around, and I surely do not feel like filling the container with coffee grounds two separate times. And worst of all, I don't want to clean up the hot water spewing from every direction as my coffee brews. 

I follow the instructions and make sure everything is lined up and fitting correctly, and this catastrophe still happens every morning. 

Keurig, if you're reading this, I'll take a replacement as soon as you can send me one. 

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Friday, November 23, 2012

Friday's Fancies #3: Black Friday

If I was venturing out today, this is the kind of outfit I'd need. Must haves include: an easy top and bottom to slide in and out of while trying on clothes, and comfortable shoes. A crossbody bag solves the problem of the achy shoulder/arm/whole left side of your body when you're carrying a heavy purse all day. And I'm always glad when I have a piece of jewelry on while trying on clothes to see what certain outfits would look like accessorized.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Wishful Wednesday

I don't know about all of you, but I'm so ready to throw on something super sparkly this New Year's Eve! Regardless of our plans (which are yet to be made), I know I will be wearing something glittery! 

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Hair help

I've been wanting to do something different with my hair (in terms of styling it) for awhile, especially now that it's getting long enough to actually do something with it. (Thank goodness.) I have thin, fine hair and I either wear it straight or use some sea salt spray and let it dry naturally and wavy. What I really want to do though is learn how to curl it with either a wand or a curling iron. I can't even remember the last time I curled my hair—just because it never lasts. I could never find the right product to keep the curls from falling out. So here's where I need your help, pretty please!

When you curl your hair, do you use a wand or a curling iron? And what hair spray, root lifter, etc. is the best to use?

I spent my Sunday doing productive things like googling how to curl my hair with a wand and stumbled across The Small Things Blog and totally fell in love with all of Kate's hair tutorials and makeup tips. She uses a product called Acquage Uplifting Foam, and after watching her video on how to use it, I can see that it works, but I'm still a little intimidated to try it. Have any of you tried it?

Also, I am probably the last one on the planet who hasn't tried the sock bun yet either. Does anyone know how long hair has to be for a successful sock bun?

I'm grateful for any and all advice! Tell me your secrets to pretty curled hair!

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Wishful Wednesday

I'll take any or all of the above. Please and thanks. 

Also, you should go check out the awesome monogram necklace giveaway going on over at Beauty & The Beard. Because seriously, who wouldn't love winning a monogram necklace?

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Color crush: Oxblood

I love, love, love the oxblood color trend right now, and it's my goal to incorporate something of this color into my wardrobe ASAP, although I may have to start with the nail polish. 

What fall colors are you loving?

Friday, November 9, 2012

Friday's Fancies #2

In this week's Friday's Fancies, we're gathering around the bonfire. In my perfect bonfire world, however, I would be able to leave without my hair or clothes smelling like smoke.

Especially these pretty clothes:

I actually scooped up this painter tee and vest last weekend during some birthday shopping. I can't rave about this vest enough—I would wear it every day if it was socially acceptable.

And to top off the bonfire-themed Friday's Fancies, here's a yummy recipe for some spiked apple cider.
There's nothing better to sip on while sitting around the fire. 

Happy weekend, everyone!

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Thursday randoms

First things first, I bought the new Jason Aldean CD last weekend, and I cannot stop listening to it. For those of you who haven't bought it yet, I highly, highly recommend it. 

One of my favorite songs is "Staring at the Sun." Take a listen. 

Next, have you heard that Pinterest is allowing users to make boards private now? I'm so excited about this in terms of planning for Christmas. I always think of things I want to buy people, but then I never remember to write it down. Now I can make boards for each person I'm buying for and I'll never forget a thing. 

Here's a link that teaches you how to make boards private. 

Happy holiday planning! 

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Wishful Wednesday

How comfy do the wrap scarf and the cardigan look? I want to snuggle up in both. 

The skirt is just so fabulous I don't know what to do with myself. 

The Michael Kors watch is such a classic piece, and the ring reminds me of the beautiful initial bracelet Elizabeth got me for my birthday. 

{What are you wishing for today?}

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Gimme those shoes

{gimme those shoes}

These cognac-colored riding boots from Target are a dead ringer for the more expensive Frye version and are a fraction of the cost. You know there's room in your closet for a pair.

Women's Merona Manette Double Buckle Boot 

 How much fun are these flats? I'd pair 'em with skinny jeans, a black blazer and a chunky statement necklace.
Belle By Sigerson Morrison Vamante

These Jack Rogers rain boots are both adorable and a nice change from Hunter rain boots. I love the fun zipper.

Jack Rogers Whirlaway Rain Boots


These Tory Burch flats are droolworthy. I need a pair ASAP — end of story.
Tory Burch Aaden Ballet Flats

Finally, how about these beauties? They're Sperry Top-Siders so you know they have to be super comfortable. I am obsessed with the glittery gold toe. 

Sperry Top-Sider - Annabelle (Leopard Pony/Gold Glitter)

Which is your favorite pair?

Friday, November 2, 2012

Friday's fancies #1

My first-ever Friday's fancies is devoted to sweaters, particularly the drool-worthy sweaters at J. Crew right now. 

Here are the top four sweaters on my wish list (and hey, tomorrow is my birthday — hint, hint!)

While I am in LOVE with all of these sweaters, I seriously need something the color of first one. Cashmere and a lovely butternut color? I'm sold. 

Visit {av}'s blog to link up and see her Friday's fancies, and while you're at it, check out Laura's top sweater picks, too!

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Gangnam-style study break

A Gangnam-style break from all of my work: 

Behold the official JMU version of Gangnam style. 

The video below is PSY explaining the dance to my favorite Today Show hosts. I still crack up at David Gregory's dancing skills. 

(And if you still don't get it, here's PSY's original music video.)


Tuesday, October 9, 2012

My life lately

And by work, I mean school. 

Be back to posting when I can get a grip on these assignments. 

Friday, October 5, 2012

Happy Friday!

I saw this post on Emily's blog this week and I just had to share it. I had never heard of Cat Facts before and I died laughing when I saw this. 

Happy Friday!!

Friday, September 21, 2012

Happy, happy Friday

I'm so ready for the weekend! 

I know most of you probably already know this, but J. Crew has had a sale going on all week, and today is the last day for it. Use the code LOVEIT to get an extra 30% off of all final sale items. 

Happy shopping!

Tomorrow, I'm excited to see my wonderful parents for the day, and then Michael and I are going to the Melting Pot (my first time!) for dinner! 

What are your weekend plans?

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Underwear drawer organization

I have this theory that you can tell how organized someone is by looking at their underwear drawer. Lucky for you, I'm here to tell you how to get that messy drawer into tip-top shape.

I'm a new subscriber to Real Simple magazine, and I'm already obsessed. I've found so many useful tips for better organization. One of my favorite parts of the magazine is the "New Uses for Old Things" section. 

And that is exactly where I found out how to organize my underwear drawer.

via Real Simple 
For the ultimate underwear-drawer experience, use shoe boxes as dividers and voila, you will instantly be organized. Depending on the size of your drawers, you can either cut the shoe boxes or use whole ones.

What's your go-to organization secret?

Friday, September 14, 2012

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Shabby Apple chic

In search of that perfect dress to help your wardrobe transition into fall?

Shop Shabby Apple's best-selling dresses—I promise you will find something you love!

Dresses from Shabby Apple

Here are their top five best-selling dresses: 

From now until Friday, use the discount code favorite10 to get 10% your purchase from Shabby Apple! 

Happy shopping!!

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Today I managed to...

...get blisters on both heels. Thanks new shoes. 

...staple my finger while trying to kill a fly in my office. 

And to top it off, yesterday I sliced my finger wide open cutting an apple while making lunch for Michael and I. (Don't worry Mom and Dad, I didn't need stitches.)


So here I am many Band Aids later, limping around and awkwardly typing with a tightly bandaged left ring finger. Sigh. Tomorrow can only be better, right? 

Friday, August 31, 2012

iPhone alarm labels

After getting to sleep in all summer, waking up early this week for class has been a little bit of a reality check. I am so not a morning person—I need a hot shower and coffee before my brain starts working. 

And what better to help me wake up than a funny iPhone alarm label like this one? 

I had seen these on Pinterest and Tumblr before, but I never took the time to actually figure out how to set one on my own phone. Ready to learn how to make one?

First, go to the clock app, then the alarm tab. 

Next, click the "+" in the top corner to create a new alarm (or just edit an existing alarm).

Finally, go to "label"and write your future sleepy self a nice little message to wake up to.

For example, something like this would apply to me:

So now when I have to wake up at 6:30 every morning, I can feel a little bit better about my situation. At least I'm not Britney Spears circa 2007. 

Friends, things could always be worse. 

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Tumblr obsessed

I admit, I'm late on joining the Tumblr bandwagon. I've always enjoyed looking at other people's Tumblr pages, but I never thought/wanted to make one for myself. 

Well, I caved. And there goes my productivity for the semester.

It's still in its early stages, but here it is. Ta da!

I'd love hearing suggestions about any interesting or funny pages I should follow. 

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Tuesday funnies

I literally laughed out loud at my desk when I saw this...



But really...

What was she thinking???

Friday, August 24, 2012

See ya later summer

Today is the last Friday of summer vacation for me (maybe even forever if/when I get a job after graduation). Yikes. 

In order to cheer myself up, I went to Target and bought shoes. Yes, I'm one of those people who thinks buying things makes them feel better. Let's not kid around — it does make me feel better. 

Here are the two new pairs of shoes that are currently cheering me up: 

First of all, I love an animal print. Second of all, I love shoes that only cost $20. So naturally, I was sold. I'm jumping on the loafers-are-hot-for-fall bandwagon, and I can't wait to wear these bad boys. 

(Side note: They are a little stiff and probably need to be broken in before they're worn for a full day. Otherwise, you'll probably end up with a heel full of blisters, and no one wants that. Right now, I'm wearing them in my house with a thick pair of socks to break them in (which is quite a sight to see). I may even use my Dr. Scholl's For Her Rub Relief Strips for these. I'm a huge fan of these strips — just stick 'em on the part of the shoe that's rubbing your foot and voila, no more blisters.)


These may be the most comfortable heels/"shooties" I've ever owned. I could walk for miles in these, no Dr. Scholl's required. I have a pair of black heels that are similar to these, and they're a staple in my winter wardrobe. This taupe pair is the perfect partner to those heels and I'm so excited to wear them this fall. 

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

WIshful Wednesday

I'm not sure about you guys, but I'm so ready for fall. Not necessarily for classes to begin and for my social life to vanish, but for the crisp, cool weather, reinstating and updating my fall wardrobe, and most of all, Starbucks' pumpkin spice lattes.

In that spirit, here's what I'm loving this week:

{mustard yellow} everything...

Source: via Megan on Pinterest

{to transition into fall}

{to spice up an LBD}

Source: via Megan on Pinterest

{to wear instead of an LBD}

{to pair with a red lip}

Source: via Megan on Pinterest

{to wear with tights, boots and a cardigan}
Source: via Megan on Pinterest

{or stripes and a neutral scarf}
Source: via Megan on Pinterest

{to wear with loafers, preferably an animal print}