Tuesday, November 18, 2014

10 Things on my Christmas 2014 Wish List

The holidays seem to change the older I get- at least when it comes to gift giving and receiving. Whether it's deciding to take a trip, buying a big item purchase for your home or family, or putting money towards an experience of some sort (a concert, play, sporting event, etc), the holidays are less about the presents under the tree.

With that being said, here are a few things I would love to receive this year- and some thing I'd say would make pretty great gifts for someone else too :) I'm linking up with Elise for the These Are a Few of my Favorite Things linkup.

1. I'm pretty set on eye shadow with the Urban Decay Naked Basics palette, but I've heard amazing things about sable & sumptuous olive for people with brown eyes.

2. I'm on the hunt for a new blush and cedar rose by Lancome is the front runner. I had a sample of this shade a few years ago and remember loving it. Exposed by Tarte and Mood Exposure by Hourglass are also up there.

3. I've been into lipsticks lately and would love to try the new line from NARS- the shade Anna looks gorgeous.

4. I keep things pretty simple when it comes to my hair, and I usually use coconut oil when I'm in need of a mask, but I would love a little extra pampering with the Bumble & Bumble Creme De Coco hair mask.

5. I love the mini RL bag I got for my birthday, but something a little bit bigger would be nice and I'm loving both the RL Newbury Double Zip Shopper & the Rebecca Minkoff Amorous Tote.

6. I've always wanted to try a lip scrub so sparkling peach by Sara Happ would be a total splurge and amazing gift.

7. I recently got a sample of the Giorgio Armani Acqua Di Gioia perfume and was in love with it! All of my other perfumes are extremely floral, so this one would be something different for my collection.

8. I love this slightly oversized cotton plaid shirt from Madewell- it looks amazingly comfortable and I love the colors, though I actually wouldn't mind one in every color!

9. I've never been huge into jewelry or accessories, but every once in a while something really catches my eye & this necklace from Piperlime by House of Harlow is beautiful with the rose gold and blue quartz is gorgeous.

10. Lastly, I've had my eye on these sunglasses for a while now- I know winter isn't primetime for wearing sunglasses since it seems like the sun is rarely out, but these would be a much welcomed Christmas gift anyway!

There are also a handful of things from Etsy that I would love & a few books I have my eye on, so part two of my wish list might be coming soon. What are some things on your holiday wish list this year?

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Thursday Ramblings

It's already Thursday, and I'm sure it's no surprise to anyone that November is flying by! I'm linking up with Joey and Annie today to share a few things.

I already can't get enough of the cheesy Christmas movies. I love the classics like White Christmas and Home Alone- but I can get sucked into the Hallmark channel for hours. I've already watched Snow Bride twice this year. One Starry Night is new this year and it's so cute. One of my ABC Family favorites is Holiday in Handcuffs- if you haven't seen these yet, and you enjoy a super cheesy, cute, holiday movie make sure you set your DVR for the next time they're playing!

I'm about two weeks in and I've done well aside from Saturday. It started with ordering pop at lunch with a friend-- I had skipped my coffee that morning and felt like I needed caffeine. Later we had pizza for dinner complete with cinnamon sticks (I could not resist) & more pop...

Other than that I've done really well- even with the constant candy and cookies tempting me at work and the peanut butter cups in our freezer. Drinking tea when I want a snack has been a good distraction so far. I'll do another update at the end of the month, but I'm hoping for no more major slip-ups!

Lunch was at Rosa Mexicana; a Christmas Tree going up at the National Harbor. 
I completed my reading challenge for the year this week and read my 35th book. Its been a while but I'm excited to have a book post coming soon!

What have you been up to this week? How are your November goals going so far? Any favorite holiday movies? 

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

October Favorites

I know everyone is saying this, but I really can't believe we only have one more flip of the calendar left this year. This is a bit of a different type of favorites post because I didn't have time to take proper pictures so I went through my phone and picked a few of my favorite things from the past month. A couple of beauty products and some good fashion finds. Make sure you linkup with Mia & Kelli to share your favorites!

Monday, November 3, 2014

No Sweets November

If you're wondering why I used that tempting picture for this post-- so am I...

I have a serious sweet tooth. Honestly I have a sugar addiction and it's a hard thing to admit, but it's a huge problem for me. I'm not going to lie, I feel a little bit dramatic talking so strongly about sugar, but really something need(ed)s to change.

The title is slightly misleading because I'm not totally cutting out sweets or sugar but I'm cutting way back (for me)-- if you follow along with my blog regularly you know how much I love to bake. I also have a huge addiction to candy- not so much chocolate but skittles, starburst, sour anything... it's a problem- especially when there is always a giant bowl of candy at work staring me right in the face.

My husband refused to buy halloween candy until the day of because he knew I would possibly eat half of it before halloween... ugh, it's a problem!

Anyway, for November (and maybe longer) I'm saying NO to candy, cakes, cookies, pop, ice cream, basically sweets of any kind. With the exception of something for Thanksgiving... it only comes around once a year, right?? (this is why I have a problem...)

In addition to Thanksgiving I am making a few other exceptions, because while I'm serious about making a change, I know what's realistic for my lifestyle. I will probably partake in the occasional Starbucks drink. I don't care for the sugar-free syrups, and if I'm going to pay to get a fancy drink I'd rather enjoy one that I actually like/want-- only in moderation 4 total for the month.

That's my plan for the month! It also means there won't (or shouldn't) be any baking recipes up this month, which makes me a little bit sad, especially around this time of the year, but I don't trust myself to bake anything without eating it.

Have you ever done anything like this? An elimination diet of any kind? Or made a conscious effort to cut back on certain things? 

Also, if you have any tips or suggestions please let me know. If you have any good snack or treat ideas that aren't loaded with sugar I would love those suggestions as well. Sometimes using Google and even Pinterest can get overwhelming.

Friday, October 31, 2014

I confess...

...I started listening to Christmas music on Tuesday. Usually I wait until after Halloween, but I was having a very blah day...

...I cut my own hair a couple of weeks ago-- I'm talking like 6 inches off the ends... more on that later though.

...I really want to do NANOWRIMO, but I know I don't have time even though I've been feeling inspired lately. One day left to decide!

...I was really excited to finally try out the Sephora Color IQ and it was a huge letdown because it definitely did not work (or the girl did it wrong?) The number matches me to Tarte's light sand and when I use that it seriously looks like I'm dressing up as a mime because it is so insanely light against my complexion. I even tried light-medium sand and even that was waaaay too light-- so I don't get it?

...I really wanted to linkup with Alyssa and Tracy this week but I made zero progress sooo there wasn't much to update about-- but reading everyone's posts really did motivate me and I'm hoping I'll be ready with a post for next month!

...I watched all of season one of Parenthood in a single weekend, but I haven't been able to get through a single episode of season two. Sarah (Lauren Graham's character) annoys me on every level, and there are so many things I'd rather do with my time than watch a show with someone so obnoxious.

So there's that for a random Friday post. I'm working on a favorites post to linkup with Mia & Kelli next week, and a few other things as well-- trying to get back into a blogging routine or schedule at least. Just like that October is over... two months left of 2014, where does time go?

Wishing you all a very happy Friday and joyous weekend!

[linking up with a blonde ambition & lauren elizabeth]

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Recent Etsy Finds & Gift Ideas

This is kind of my Etsy wish list, because I want every single one of these things, but I also wanted to share these shops in case they're new to you and you're in the need of some inspiration, motivation, or just something cute to spruce up your space. I think fun prints (or mugs) are also great gift ideas, so here are seven Etsy finds I'm loving right now.

1. East West Design Co: Love the globe artwork and the meaning behind the quote (Matthew 28:19)
2. Pen Meet Paper: Being away from home I'm always looking for things that remind me of Michigan & I just love this print (it's a Shel Silverstein quote)-- they have other states too!
3. Afternoon Coffee: I don't think this mug needs much of an explanation if you're a fellow Harry Potter fan...
4. History in High Heels: Love all of Ashley's artwork, especially this fun Elizabeth Taylor quote, though it was hard to narrow down a favorite.
5. Lady Poppins: I'm obsessed with everything she does-- this print is soon to be en route to me because I love it so much. If you're a lover of books, reading, or writing she has some really great pieces.
6. Laura Row Studio: If I could travel back in time I would probably choose the roaring twenties-- plus the Great Gatsby is one of my favorite books, so I love everything about this print.
7. Pen and Paint: I love the colors in this print and the quote is one of my favorites.

I think it goes without saying that all of these shops have multiple items I would love, so definitely check them out to see what else they have on hand.

Monday, October 27, 2014

My Experience Making Apple Bread

Happy Monday! This should actually be titled the apple bread that almost wasn't. I had some major baking issues with this and I think our oven temperature might be off a bit. I'm actually really proud of myself for salvaging the bread & it was delicious even with a few flukes.