Monday, December 31, 2012

Monday Musings


Let's get real up in here.

I could muse about the fact that tonight is New Year's Eve. (An overrated holiday, I think.) I could muse about the joy of being with family over this lovely holiday vacation. (True, but not today.) I could muse about all the holiday bills. (Ah!) I could muse about the fact that my newly tailored jeans are cutting off my circulation. (See here and here for reasons why.) I could muse about the excitement over my upcoming trip. I could muse about many things, but today I can only think of one: acne.

I was a teenager who had good skin. I was a twenty something who had good skin. Now I am nearly 30, and my skin is out of control, on fire, blowing up, going to crazy town.

While this sounds like an entirely melodramatic, first world, utterly superficial rant, I have never really felt as horribly self-conscious and miserable as I have over the past few weeks. Not only do I look a hot mess, but my face hurts like a biotch! I decided that I needed to stop using my current brand of make-up because I scoured the internet and decided that that could have caused/been exacerbating the problem. So, I went and bought a new concealer and wanted to make sure that it was acne safe (if such a thing exists) and the make-up lady said, "Oh yes. I see that acne you're talking about." Um, thanks. As if I wasn't sure it was still there.

Next, I went to the doctor who barely looked over in my direction before prescribing an arsenal of remedies, so I thought, Okay, Meredith, get a grip. This is going to be okay. The next day I was armed and ready, and I started using Retin-A, the hot commodity of acne meds for people of a certain age because it is also an anti-aging treatment; I applied with high hopes. But now, seemingly one millions spots later, I am beginning to wonder if this is a tube of poison. What I've read and been told implies that this horror potion will take weeks (probably at least a month) to start working and in the meantime, things will get worse. Well, they have.

I have no words of wisdom, no miracle cure to recommend, and seemingly no hope as I believe this acne is spreading and will soon eat off my entire face.

But, I am handy with a make-up brush, folks, so I can still venture out in public. At least for the moment.

Friday, December 28, 2012

Fabulous Friday

This Friday is fabulous in the extreme. My mom and I have officially booked tickets to Paris!

Oh boy. This is going to be good. My dad also found this quaint and beautiful hotel in the heart of the city, Villa Mazarin, which we've also booked. I thought I'd show you some pics...






Are those Clarins products I spy? I think this place is calling my name.
 Does it get any more fabulous?

Thursday, December 27, 2012

Winter Weather

My family has been working on capturing some moments over the past few days, and I thought I'd take this opportunity to share some of the sights of our holiday:


I am writing this at about 2am, I have loaded up with cookies again (where are you self-restraint?), and I am watching Toddles in Tiaras (A mother just announced that she only had children so that they could compete in pageants. Yes, she really said that on national television). Ah, vacation.

We are in the midst of "Winter Storm Euclid," which is a very academic name for a winter storm. It just so happens that my parents live on a street with the same name, so we are feeling very close to this particular weather event. After declaring that I would never speak to anyone again if we did not brave the treacherous weather and head to my uncle's house for dinner, we put on our best winter parkas and ventured out, in what turned out to be a much more intense snow than I anticipated, all in the name of the duck ragu waiting for us if we survived. Thanks to my dad's very careful driving, we made it out and back in one piece and had a wonderful time eating (many, many chocolates in the quest for a caramel) and continuing what is turning into the week long celebration of Christmas.

I'm using this winter storm as all the more reason to nestle in under some warm blankets, appreciate the Christmas lights, and work on building my layer of blubber for the long winter ahead. 

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

No!!


As if the title weren't hint enough, I'm not really ready to be back "to work"! I love this bloggie baby, but I am also enjoying time spent in the company of my actual human (read not virtual) family. We are having lots of laughs and holiday happiness, and I'm in a bit of a cookie coma that makes it almost impossible to coherently write something worthwhile. (By the way, why did my brother decide to get married right after the most gluttonous time of the year?) So, until I am ready to get back on the bandwagon, here are some little tidbits to tide you over:

1. A white christmas is the best kind. Check it out.

2. My family reads my blog and shopped accordingly. Way to go, parents, grandparents, and husband alike. You made for a very happy gal!

3. You cannot beat a good snuggle with your sister.

4. There is something about hanging out in your pajamas until one pm that rivals the Christmas joy of being a child. And, it's restorative to the soul to boot.

5. Cookies are good. I like them. I do not discriminate.

Hope you are making some memories this week. If you are at work today, my sympathies are with you!

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Happy Merry

This tree is to die for gorgeous: rosenotes

The Merriest Christmas to all! xoxo Meredith

Monday, December 24, 2012

Out of Office

Today we should all...


Poster available at: LaFarme 

Dang! I wish I had bought this for my husband... (They sell a "sir" version.) Next year!

Friday, December 21, 2012

Fabulous Friday


Today marks a fabulous milestone. This is my 200th post. And while that is not very many posts in the world of people who have been blogging for years, I made myself a promise on my last birthday that I would do this, and I've stuck to it. I have been blogging for nine months now, and I can't imagine stopping! If you've been here from the beginning, I thank you mightily.

Happy 200th post! May there be 2000 more! Have some champagne. It's on me.

P.S. Since Monday is Christmas Eve and Tuesday is Christmas day, I'll be back in full force on Wednesday. Enjoy your time with loved ones. I know I'll be squeezing the people I love just a little tighter this year. 

images: 1 / 2 / 3

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Interiors to Inspire

It's been too long since we've looked at any interiors up in here. Consumerism and clothing obsession has usurped this blog! Let's get back to some pretty place and spaces to clear our heads. I am not sure that you remember, but a while back I mentioned an online mag that got me jazzed about online mags (of which I had previously not been a huge fan). Well, Adore Home magazine has done it again with their beautiful colors and to die for decor.

Through this magazine, I discovered the work of interior designer Maria Barros. Check out this gal and her showroom. By the way, I highly recommend her website. It is as gorgeous as she is.


And then the magazine featured the work of the amazing Anna Spiro, whose sense of color and pattern floors me every time. I just want to move in to every room she designs. These images are of her store in Australia, Black & Spiro (ampersand alert!).  Remember that Christmas in Australia is during their summer (hence the watermelons and pineapples)!



And then the work of Vanessa de Vargas who is based out of Venice Beach, California and is the designer behind Turquoise. Good things she's close by so when I make my millions I can hire her! Expect a call, Vanessa.


And guess what!? Amazing Ashley, who I so admire (and who showed us what was on her vanity), was featured in this lovely mag! You go girl! Here she is:


I feel very cheery after the color bonanza. Horray! Can't wait until the next issue.


Wednesday, December 19, 2012

What's In My Bag?

Tomorrow I'm headed to Connecticut for a nice long holiday. Want to see what's in my bag?

Now, let's be honest. I would only be traveling this light if I were going away for maybe two days, but here are some of my staples for this holiday season:
  1. A white blouse always looks sophisticated. Works under a dress, works with jeans, gives you bang for your packing buck. 
  2. How cute is this little bow sweater! Love it! Perfect for a holiday event. 
  3. I am thinking of wearing this soft pink bejewled number to a bridal shower. It's fancy and whimsical. 
  4. I don't have these exact pants (I have an Elie Tahari version I bought a few years ago), but a slouchy pair of cropped black pants is exactly what I need so I can expand with Christmas dinner. You can let it all hang out and look put together at the same time. Score. 
  5. What you can't see is the adorable little bow at the back of the neckline on this striped top. Too cute. 
  6. My mother doesn't believe in heat. She lives in Connecticut. Enough said. Must travel with slippers.
  7. Just bought these beauties, and I cannot wait to wear them with everything!
  8. I never go anywhere without this shirt
  9. Flannel + cookies + presents + family = happy girl. 
  10. This dress is adorable as a tank dress or with a top underneath. I plan on changing up how I wear it so it can work for a few occasions. The fabric is perfect for travel as it is a stretchy knit that won't wrinkle.
More than anything, I cannot wait to hug my parents! Catch you on the flip side (of the country that is).

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Tuesday Musings



The other night I was lying in bed when I had a realization.

I happened to be watching the show Hung about a History teacher and basketball coach whose wife leaves him for a wealthy dermatologist, and, because he is so tight on cash and afraid of losing his kids after his house burns down, he turns to his other great gift (his p---- (can I say that on here??)) to make a buck. As the name of the program suggests, he is, well...hung.
By the way, side note, this is a really awkward show to watch at the gym, which is primarily where I have been watching it. When Ray (whose prostitute name is...you guessed it...Richard (aka Dick)) is with his *ah-hem* clients I always feel the need to cover the screen so fellow gym goers do not think I'm just casually watching some porn. Ride the stationary bike. Throw on some porn. You know how it goes...
It is actually an amusing and, at times, even poignant show.

But then I started thinking about one of my other favorite shows: Breaking Bad.

This one is about a science teacher who finds out he has cancer and uses his high caliber chemistry background to make and deal crystal meth in order to pay his medical bills. Turns out he makes some sweet meth that the people of New Mexico just can't get enough of, plus he really likes being a bad ass drug dealer more than a lame ass high school teacher, so he quits the teaching gig and becomes Heisenberg, a nasty and cruel drug lord.  Way cooler than being Mr. White. (Notice the horrible similarity in our names?!?!?)

This is where the realization comes in.

Teachers are poor. They have to pimp and sling to support a reasonable, middle-class lifestyle. This is bad. I am a teacher. If you see me hangin' on the corner, you'll know what's up.

If the J.Crew bills get out of control, am I destined for a life of crime and debauchery? What will be my illicit profession of choice? 

Discuss amongst yourselves.

Monday, December 17, 2012

Just In Case

J. says that it is impossible to buy me a gift because I tell him a million things I want and I don't allow him any room to surprise me. But, I've always been that way, so why change now? This leopard cannot change her spots. Just in case you aren't sure what I like, dear, here are a few more ideas.
It's been raining like woah. I have the tall Hunters, but I love these short, glossy black ones. And how about some adorable snowflake socks to go with them?
I hated it for about a year, but I am starting to feel a little Cali love.
I wouldn't be disappointed by some loverly earrings...or...have I mentioned this bracelet (a million times) before?
This sweater with its blingy buttons is a steal!
I am a huge Loren Hope fan, and this necklace is so terrific. The stylish Roxy Owens can often be seen sporting it. Need I say more?
Pretty, lacy, ladylike.
How amazingly adorable is this sweater? Major sale.
Can a gal have too many turtlenecks? I'd say definitely no.
And, for the girl who wishes she could wear a blanket to work, the perfect scarf.

Don't forget that Madewell (until 12/24) and J.Crew (until midnight 12/17 ET) are having a 30% off everything sale. Dang! Sometimes procrastination pays.

This week I'm musing on Tuesday. Didn't want ya'll to miss this sale!

Perhaps you'd like a bow!

Saturday, December 15, 2012

No Words

I wasn't going to post something on the blog because I couldn't formulate my thoughts, but I just found out that a former classmate of mine was among those killed in Newtown, CT, a town close to where I grew up where I used to attend my writing group. I was devastated by what I heard before I realized this woman was among those killed, and now that devastation feels much more personal.  It made me reflect on the true sense of peace and happiness I had at school as a child. I often jokingly told my mom that it was all down hill after eighth grade, but I truly did feel that some of the most carefree, joyful days were spent at my school (even though if you knew me in grammar school you probably thought I was a little "high strung"). Besides the awful violence, having that sense of freedom and safety taken from you  as a little child is one of the most horrifying crimes I can imagine; not being able to believe that the world is a safe place when you are only six, or eight, or ten is wrong, and it's unfair, and it's criminal.  Knowing that a person who was part of my childhood memories suffered in such a senseless act breaks my heart. For any and all people touched by this horror, my tears are for you.

Friday, December 14, 2012

Fabulous Friday

This week I unleashed my inner Martha. Tonight we are hosting a Holiday Soiree for a few work friends, and girl got her bake on and whipped up a few batches of holiday cookies. I thought I'd share the recipes because they are all recommended by my taste testers (J. and my brother). Perhaps you too will channel Martha this weekend and make yourself a delicious little treat.

I made both gingerbread cookies (which are waiting for me to decorate them) and snickerdoodles from Joy of Cooking, but the linked recipes are very close to what I did. And then I found these delightful Nutella cookies on the wonderful blog Oh Joy! Chocolate chip cookies with extra deliciousness. 

And now for something completely different:

I have to tell you about my fabulous find: The Speed Freak. This thing is freakishly amazing. It makes my hair look nice and smooth, it gets really hot, and it dries like a wiz. I read about this somewhere, can't remember where, and then (fortuitously) my cheap-o dryer broke. So, I had to get it, and now we are in love. I spend more money and time on my hair than anyone should. But, I spend less time now that I have my handy, dandy Freakinator!

This weekend is all Christmas, all the time. Parties, tea dates, packing for the upcoming trip, and enjoying the company of friends. So delightfully fabulous. Have a terrific weekend!

images: 1 / 2 / 3

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Go Green!

It's official...

Don't be green with envy at my insane collaging skills. I wouldn't want you looking green around the gills with all the holiday parties you inevitably have coming up! I'm giving you the green light to get your green on. So, if you feel like you're in a fashion rut, look forward to greener pastures! Or, if fashion is not your thing, if you're more of the outdoorsy type, perhaps you can use your green thumb to help this planet go green. Either way...the grass is always greener.

Dork alert.

Besides being the Pantone color of the year, this is the favorite color of my hubs and my grandfather, so perhaps this is the year for me to sport a little extra green for my extra special guys.

Stubbs and Wooten
Equipment Blouse
Emerald Bling: Bauble Bar gets it right.
Emerald Velvet
J. Crew Emerald Pants: (I just returned these: they looked horrible on me. If you've got yourself a booty, these are not the pants for you!)
Emerald Skull Bangle: If you need a little goth to go with your green. 
Emerald Tassle Necklace: Sorry this one is no longer available.
Faux Malachite Frame Ornament
D & G Cat Eye Shades
J. Crew Fairisle Sweater: On sale for a mere 449.99! What a steal!
Gap Sweatshirt
More Emerald Bling!
Hunters: These are foldable! How cool is that! They are perfect for travel.
Le Pen

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

I Like Big Books

Much of my job involves reading. I read all the time. Practically every day, all day. But, often I have to read the same books over and over again. I don't always have as much time for pleasure reading as I'd like. Thankfully, I have discovered that though I get carsick when I read, I do not get bus sick! So, now I look forward to time to read anything my little heart desires on the way to and from work. Here's what I'd recommend and what's on my "To Read" list. Winter is the perfect time to snuggle up with a great book.

Recommendations

  • The Family Fang by Kevin Wilson: This is a strange and wonderful tale of a family of performance artists. In its own unique way, this book explores what some people are willing to sacrifice for their art.
  • The Corrections by Jonathan Franzen: This book is sad and silly at the same time and chronicles the challenges of getting old and having parents who are getting old. Anyone who is part of a family should read this.
  • Little Bee by Chris Cleave: Stunningly written. A story of a young refugee and her quest to find a new life in England. Read it for the lyrical prose alone.
  • A Visit From The Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan: This is the one I'm currently reading. I am a fan of Jennifer Egan. I started reading her when I came across her short story "Safari" in the New Yorker. That story is actually a chapter in this novel that explores the intersecting lives of a motley crew of San Franciscans. The chapters are told from various perspectives, which makes for an interesting reading experience.

To Read

  • Wild by Cheryl Strayed: This book has just gotten huge amounts of publicity. While I am not usually a non-fiction reader, I'm inclined to see what all the fuss is about.
  • The Newleyweds by Nell Freudenberger: This story of a "modern day arranged marriage" between a Bangladeshi woman and an American man by a widely celebrated young writer  smacks of something right up my alley.
  • This Is How You Lose Her by Junot Diaz: I really love Junot Diaz. Similar to Jennifer Egan, I started reading him in the New Yorker, and one of the stories I particularly like ("The Sun, the Moon, the Stars") is part of this collection of short stories.
  • Waiting For The Barbarians by J.M. Coetzee: This is for when I'm ready for something to stretch my intellect. Coetzee's Disgrace is one of the most challenging and moving books I've read in ages. Since I love that one so much, I thought I'd try another.

And how great is that tote?

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

On My Radar: Cuyana

I have just discovered (excuse me if I'm late in arriving!) the wonderful website Cuyana. Their products are beautiful and simple, a collection that is timeless. And, to add to their already enticing product line, check out their mission:
OUR MISSION IS TO ELEVATE THE FASHION INDUSTRY:
1. Timeless Style: We add an unexpected twist to classic fashion by using globally sourced premium materials to design one-of-a-kind accessories.
2. Sustainable change: We rejuvenate communities by supporting small business, micro-industries, craftsmanship, and local water projects
3. Products with soul: Each piece celebrates a country’s culture, heritage and its people.
4. Shared vision: Join our global fashion revolution by contributing to the design esthetic of future Cuyana collections.
I'm a believer! These are some of my top picks:




1. I love the way this beautiful Merino Wool Scarf looks wrapped around the neck or open like this. It's almost like a sweater vest!

2. This Merino Wool Cape is topping my list. I showed the picture of it belted, but it is terrific without the belt too. So chic and perfect for a San Francisco weekend. I can wear leggings and a tee-shirt and still look like a fashionista if I top it with this!

3. As far as I'm concerned this it the winter of the Infinity Scarf, and this one in Alpaca is just divine.

4. These Stainless Steel Bangles are just plain cool. And, get this, if you purchase something for yourself, Cuyana will send a gift to one of your friends! You can either send one of these terrific bangles or a $25 gift card for use on the site. Um, amazing? I think yes.

5. This Leather Saddle Bag looks like a classic Coach style, but the price is insane. So lovely. 

6. This Leather Belt is featured on the cape. All of the products are one size fits all. Sizing is one of the main reasons I hate shopping online. Problem solved.

7. I just might order this Travel Case (Large). Besides being my fave color, it is luxe and grown up. And, since I am going back and forth to NY/CT a few times in the next month, I wouldn't mind having some really beautiful travel accessories.

8. I am in love. Come to me Canvas and Leather Weekend Bag. We belong together.

Anyone still need a little Christmas present for this gal? Just a thought...

Monday, December 10, 2012

Monday Musings: &

It is time to reflect on some things that perplex me. First, I intend to offend no one. If you love any of the things listed below, please know that I love them too. But, I also find that faith is strengthened when questioned, so with that sublime premise, let us contemplate the ridiculous.


Perplexing Thing Number 1:


Why is the "ampersand" suddenly the new must have piece of typography art? I like to say "and" as much as the next person, and I love a good squiggly line, but, I don't get it. Even though I don't get it, I found myself seeing these everywhere and deciding the ampersand is cool. Um, why? Because people I think are cool said so. This desire to do as the cool people do has been my burden since I entered high school. Why stop now? I will probably end up with one of these on my wall. Damn you, poorly developed sense of self.

Perplexing Thing Number 2:


Why do I love a song that is essentially about date rape, or at the very least, coercion? Let's examine the evidence, shall we? I highlighted the important bits.
Baby It's Cold Outside (Elf Version, Of Course!)
So really I'd better scurry - Beautiful, please don't hurry
Well maybe just a half a drink more - Put some music on while I pour
Plying her with alcohol = first sign of foul play. 
 Say, what's in this drink - No cabs to be had out there
Um, roofies!!
I ought to say no, no, no, sir - Mind if I move closer 
She hasn't officially said "no" yet, but he's pushing his luck...
I simply must go - Baby, it's cold outside
The answer is no - Ooh darling, it's cold outside
This is getting serious. She has outrightly said "no," yet he does not back off. Where is Chris Hansen? I believe we've just caught ourselves a predator.
But don't you see - How can you do this thing to me?
 Oldest line in the book.
At least there will be plenty implied - If you caught pneumonia and died
Death threats!
Get over that hold out
Oh yeah. This is very convincing.

Disturbing right!? But, the Zooey Deschanel and Leon Redbone version? Amazing! Still going to love it.


Perplexing Thing Number 3: 


In some of the gifts guides I've been reading, people have recommended very fancy desk accessories like a calculator or a tape dispenser as a suitable holiday gift. No offense, but no one wants that. Even if it's made of antique copper. Even if it was crafted by a Himalayan artist who sources calculator parts from his mountainside farm. It's still a calculator.

What's on your mind this Monday?

images: 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5

Sunday, December 9, 2012

I Bombed!

Want to see my "Lip Bomb"? Check it out over at the glossarie, a terrific beauty blog!



Friday, December 7, 2012

Fabulous Friday

Okay. I am pretty sure you've had your fill...but don't desert me now! I just thought I had to round out the week with one last dose of Christmas. And I promise I'll hold off for a while...after today...this is my last one (I am  known for this line around the house, but it usually refers to french fries/chips/chocolate/wine/something I shouldn't be eating). I've been working on my Holiday Pinterest, and I'd thought I'd share:

So fabulous, right? 

I think as much as fabulous Friday has become an important weekly occurrence for me, what's not so fabulous on Friday has started to feel equally necessary. Want to know what's not so fabulous this week? ADULT ACNE. Nope, didn't have acne when I was a teenager. Nope, didn't have much trouble with my skin in college. Oh, wait. What's that you say? Turning thirty in a few months?  Oh, yes, let's blast some acne on your chin right about now. What is going on?!?! (By the way, I have no idea who I envision saying this to me. The mean and horrible acne fairy?) Ugh. So annoyed. I guess I'll just have to keep thinking about Christmas to get me through this disfigured phase. Boo.

Happy weekend! Think Christmas! And, I do promise to tone it down next week. 
I will try to get out all my jollies this weekend.

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Christmas, Christmas Everywhere!

I love Christmas. I am infected with the spirit! Santa's workshop has exploded in my home. Case in point:

It's christmas with a little bling! That J. Crew bow collar necklace was on my Pinterest, but it was sold out on line...and then...a Christmas miracle! I found it buried under a stack of items on Black Friday! And it was on sale! That lovely Lauren Hope tassel arrived yesterday for me to wear to my brother's rehearsal dinner. Love it!

Why do I love Christmas so much, you ask? Well, besides the fact that I am a regular shop-a-holic who literally gets a rush out of being at the mall this time of year (and I am fully aware that that is the crazy in me speaking), I just get this feeling that I wait for with baited breath; it's always been there for as long as I can remember. I attribute a lot of the "spirit" to traditions and family, which are particularly present and important during these months. Growing up, I loved sleeping at my grandparents' house on December 23 to help them set up the house for our Christmas Eve feast. I loved going home late on Christmas Eve night with loads of presents in tow and a sugar high from too many of Grandma's sprinkle cookies. To this day, I still can't sleep on Christmas morning. I love sitting at the top of the stairs at my mom and dad's house waiting for all my siblings to gather before we are allowed to go downstairs and open presents. I love the day after Christmas almost more than I love Christmas;  I love sitting around in our coziest sweaters, eating junk food, drinking wine, and snuggling under blankets we bought my parents as a gift a few years ago. Mostly, I love being with the people I love at a time when everyone seems to be at their best, and that usually feels like it happens at Christmas. What will I be doing between now and December 20th when my vacation officially begins? I will be listening to as much Christmas music as J. can possibly tolerate, and I will be crossing the days off the calendar until I can be home again.

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Stuff Those Stockings: Gift Guide

My parents just never really got in to stockings. We had them, but they never put anything in them. When I got to have a stocking at my in-laws that was actually filled up: wow. I realized I had been missing out, so I'm getting my mom on the stocking bandwagon. Mom, take some pointers...
Just to be clear, I am definitely not of the school of thought that stocking stuffers have to be throwaway gifts like toothbrushes. Why not put something divine and unexpected in there! If this were my stocking on Christmas morning...there are no words.

Gold Urchin Object: I already have the perfect spot for this little pretty picked out. Right on the tippy top of my Design Within Reach bookcase!
Lessons From Madame Chic by Jennifer L. Scott: I read a review of this yesterday over at Jennifer's blog, and now I want to read it!
Baby Bourbon: Who put that in there? *winky wink* It ain't just for the hubs anymore.
Poppy Post Green Onyx Earrings: I have the pants picked out to go with these. Thanks.
Jane Tran Bobby Pins: Ever since I cut my hair, I'm all about dressing up my do.
Faceted Infinity Pouch: A little glitter for all your holiday soirees.
Metallic Pom Pom Shoe Clips: Bling out those boring flats (or heels- but it would be flats for me).
One Love Organics Body Serum: I got to try this in this month's Birchbox, and I am a big fan. Particularly dig the subtle rose scent.
Magnolia Plaza Knit Gloves: I have a very similar pair from last year, and they are adorable.
Lady Marmalade Bracelet: Ring in the New Year with a glittery bauble in Times Square or on your wrist!
Jo Malone English Pear and Freesia: If I repeatedly tell everyone I know that I am obsessed with this scent and douse my clothing in it every time I walk through Nordstrom, will I find it in my stocking on Christmas morning? Here's hoping!
Happy Socks: Cause they're cute.
Loomed and Looped Stocking to house all these treats!

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

For the Ladies: Gift Guide

Do you need a gift for a lovely lady in your life (or yourself)? Look no further! And don't forget those online shopping days are winding down! If you want to know what I'm asking for this year, check out my Pinterest!

Tory Burch Change Purse (Pink inside no less!)

Isn't this a colorful array of goodies to put under any lucky lady's tree?

Monday, December 3, 2012

Accessorize Your Girl: Gift Guide

I interrupt your regularly scheduled Monday Musings to bring you more gifts! This is a shopping emergency, people. The days left for placing your holiday orders are dwindling!




I think all this glitter would make the prettiest tree! Let's deck the halls with jewels galore, shall we?


I just want to thank the wonderful Kathryn Webb for introducing me to a one stop shop for glamorous, inexpensive jewelry: her online boutique Bright Lily, where you can find many of the beautiful baubles above!