Blogmas Day 25: What I Got For Christmas

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Oh, I know it’s another late post for Blogmas, but it is Christmas after all. I go into super-family mode on Christmas Day, so it was pretty much written for me to be posting super late today. Family first!

I thought, since it is Christmas, I’ll share some gifts that I got. I’m not sharing in a braggy way; in fact, it’s really no different from a haul right? I don’t really know, but I still want to share anyway!

First up is this Somme Institute travel/try-me kit. My mom has been hounding me to try this line of skincare for the longest. She finally just gave this to me as a gift. I used it about ten minutes ago and I like the way it feels on my skin, so fingers crossed that it’s a good line.



Second, I combined two gifts into one – these gorgeous rose gold sunglasses and this pretty tie up choker. Can’t go wrong with accessories!


I finally got my hands on these Clean Rollerball perfumes! They smell so…clean! Also, these Laura Mercier mini lotions smell and feel amazing! For once, I can actually moisturize my hands and they stay that way!


Ugg Earmuffs! I pretty much love anything Ugg – boots, scarves, earmuffs, and gloves. They make some of the best winter wear in the market.


When I opened this gift, I wasn’t so sure I would like it that much. I once had a different Parisian book that came off as being snobby. Like many things in life, I give them a chance and I ended up reading about a quarter way through. So far, I love it and it actually doesn’t come off as being snobby.


Those are just a few of the things I got for Christmas. All of the other things will most likely be featured in another blog post as well as better photographed.

This blog post was definitely a bittersweet post because this was the last day of Blogmas. I had a great time writing for Blogmas and am so proud of myself for staying consistent. Although I didn’t post at the same time every day, I’m still so glad I managed to get anything up some days. Thanks everyone for reading and of course I’ll be posting regularly on here twice a week. I hope everyone had an amazing Christmas Day and enjoyed time with their family!



Blogmas Day 24: Christmas Traditions

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I know, I know, it’s really late and almost Christmas. This post probably won’t even be read until tomorrow afternoon, but that’s just fine. I just wanted to quickly share my Christmas traditions that my family and I participate in every year and you’ll know why I’m posting as late as I am.

Every year my family and I open one present around midnight…actually close to midnight. Someone usually gets tired way before 12 am and wants to just open their one gift at that time. This year the sleepy person happened to be me. I knew that I had to get a blog post up too, so I was very adamant about getting our Christmas tradition done.

I apologize for these not so great pictures in advance, the lighting was just so wonky but I still wanted to share with you all!

Another tradition that my family and I partake in is, eating crab legs and potato salad for Christmas dinner. Most families usually eat pretty much what they ate on Thanksgiving, but apparently if you’re from the west coast then you probably indulge in seafood. I love this tradition so much because I adore seafood so much!

The last tradition that we have kind of gotten away from was, watching A Christmas Story in its entirety on Christmas Day. I mean they play it ALL day on TNT so there’s no way that you can even miss it. My family gets grumpy when I want to watch the whole thing now, so I try to catch at least part of it.

Those are all my Christmas traditions that my family and I do. We’re definitely really into Christmas and I wouldn’t have that any other way. Thanks for reading as always!


Blogmas Day 23: Last Minute Gift Ideas

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So if you’re here, either you really like my blog or you’re looking for a good last minute gift to give. You’re probably looking for something that doesn’t scream “I so got this right before I got here, which is why I’m late!” So, I’m going to be sharing some of my last minute gift ideas for my Blogmas post today!

#1 when in doubt DIY!

As you know, I’m a huge DIYer and am ready to DIY in a heartbeat. Not only do these gifts scream thoughtful, they also show how creative you are. You can make jewelry, body scrubs, facial masks, lotion or even spiced rum. There’s a ton of DIY’s out there (even on this blog) that you can get into that are also super easy!


#2 Candles

Okay, so maybe you’re not a DIYer or don’t have too much time to get into all of that. Candles are really great gifts to give and they will most likely be used…especially if they smell like food. Personally, I would go beyond a candle and get an oil diffuser. I recently purchased one for myself because I just couldn’t resist. Voluspa has alcoholic scents that are just amazing.

#3 Lush

You just can’t go wrong with Lush! I don’t know too many people who don’t like bath bombs. If they don’t like bath bombs for some odd reason, then go for a massage bar or a bubble bar. If you don’t live near a Lush, go to your nearest organic grocery store (Whole Foods, Moms, Trader Joe’s etc.) and peruse through the soap section. They always have some sort of bath salts and amazing scented soaps to create a nice gift bag or box.

#4 Winter Outerwear Accessories

Scarves, gloves, earmuffs, and socks are great last minute gifts. Nobody will be mad at you for grabbing any one of these things or all of these things. This is also great for the fellas when you just don’t know what to get your beaux. Now, you can find these outerwear accessories at drugstores and grocery stores if you’re in a rush.

#5 Alcohol

I feel like this one didn’t really need to be said. A nice bottle of wine or liquor is a nice gift, however, it does come off as being pretty last minute. This probably isn’t the best if you’re good friends with someone and you’re having a special gift exchange at dinner.

#6 Gift Card

While this gift definitely exclaims “LAST MINUTE,” it’s still one of the best gifts to give in my opinion. I promise nobody is going to complain about getting basically free money. One year, I put a Panera and Starbucks gift card inside of a really pretty card and gave that to someone I didn’t know too well. Turns out, they loved going to those places during their breaks between classes.


Sometimes waiting until the last minute can be a good thing, but no matter what the person receiving the gift will like it…hopefully. I hope that I was of some help for those who do wait until the last minute to shop. Thanks for reading and now only two more days until Christmas!


Blogmas Day 21: Favorite Christmas Movies

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Hey, and welcome to another day of Blogmas. Today, I’m posting about my favorite Christmas movies! It took me awhile to come up with a decent list because I couldn’t remember any of the Christmas movies. Eventually, I went over to Google and then my “memory” was like “OH YEA!” Without further ado….Awww, here it goes!

#1 The Nightmare Before Christmas


I can’t pinpoint why this is one of my favorite Christmas movies but I grew up watching and absolutely loving it. Sometimes I forget that it is actually a Christmas movie because it’s so dark and Halloweeny, which of course is the point.

#2 Home Alone


I mean isn’t Home Alone everyone’s favorite movie and do I really need to explain why it’s my favorite?

#3 How the Grinch Stole Christmas


I love both the original and the real life adaption of How the Grinch Stole Christmas. As I get older, I feel like I turn more and more into the Grinch. Of course, I end up getting into the Christmas spirit just like he did.

#4 A Christmas Story


I literally watch this over and over and over again on Christmas Day and laugh every single time. This is my absolutely favorite Christmas movie because it’s just so funny and I always have so many questions about the family’s shenanigans. A Christmas Story was way ahead of its time and will forever be my fave!

I hope you guys enjoyed my Favorite Christmas movie list. Now I want to watch one of them..or all of them. As always, thanks for reading.



Blogmas Day 20: Favorite Christmas Candies

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There are only five more days until Christmas, but five more days until Blogmas is over. *sad face* So, because Christmas day is so close, I thought I’d start posting more festive post rather than things wintry type posts. Today, I’ll be talking about my favorite Christmas candies!

#1 Caramel Candies!


These could be Werther’s Originals or just any ‘ol brand of caramels. I WILL eat them! I typically enjoy these candies around the holiday season simply because that’s when I see them the most. I also like the hard candy ones as well.

#2 Sea Salted Caramels


I told you I liked caramel! I can eat sea salted caramels year around, but there is nothing like the ones that Crate and Barrel have during the holiday season. I don’t know why these just taste so good…maybe its the caramel, maybe it’s the type of chocolate. These happen to be dark chocolate, which I’m not a fan at all but I can tolerate these babies for some odd reason!

#3 Snowflake Yogurt Covered Pretzels


Another gem that can be purchased at Crate and Barrel. Technically, these aren’t candy, but they are sweet like it. I used to eat these all the time, but can’t anymore because they aren’t gluten free. However, I can still remember the taste and can probably remake them if I really wanted to. I’ve really got a thing for the sweet and salty thing, though…it’s fulfilling two cravings at once!

#4 Candy Canes


This is a no-brainer – who doesn’t like candy canes?  I actually really like the spearmint for some weird reason. Have you ever noticed you’ll find a random candy cane lying around somewhere 5 months after Christmas?

That’s all for today. I’d love to know if they’re any other Christmas candies that I should try because I have a hell of a sweet tooth! Thanks for reading as always.


Blogmas Day 19: It’s the Simple Things

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Hey, you guys and welcome back. I did the silliest thing last night and deleted all my pictures to my previous blog posts. If you go back on some days in Blogmas, there will no longer be pictures. I for whatever reason thought it would be a good idea to clean out my “storage.” Silly me, the photos still link to the actual blog post…I just shook my head to myself too.

I’m deviating from my Blogmas list again because honestly, I’m just so tired. The last couple of days have been jam-packed with gift exchanges, brunches, and dinners. I thought today I would just take a couple of beats and post something a little shorter and more meaningful to me.

As you all know, I normally talk about simplicity and mindfulness so I thought I would bring that up again before I get extremely Christmassy on you for the remaining of Blogmas.

So, I just want talk about some of the things that have made me smile this holiday season. It really is the simple things that make us truly happy right?


If you have read one of my previous blog post, Blogmas Day 12: Holiday Booze Recipes (hopefully there are pictures) then you’ve seen this before. I have been drinking this amazing sparkling wine since Thanksgiving. I haven’t been in the mood for hard liquor lately and prefer this instead.


There’s this funny story about these shades. My mom got a package one day and I have this strange obsession with opening packages. Don’t worry, I got the OK to open them. So, I opened the packages and my mom had two pairs of these sunglasses and I instantly knew that one pair was for me. She then says, “oh you should NOT have opened that.” I told her it was fine I can open them again on Christmas. Every year, I almost always spoil at least one of my gifts from her. Two years ago, I saw the big giant Ugg box in front of our garage and was just so delighted!


My mom surprised me with an Advent calendar earlier this month. Can you tell how close my mom and I are? I’ve been enjoying opening these every day because it’s always a surprise which colors you’ll get. Also, I’m obsessed with NYX’s Soft Matte Lip Cremes and now I have more of them!


I got this cookbook for my friend for her 26th birthday. I was going on and on about how awesome the book was to my other friends and that I was really close to keeping it for myself. I was actually going to go and purchase it again after the holiday season, but during one of the gift exchanges I attended – I was given the same cookbook! I love when friends actually listen to you and get you something you’ve been wanting. Anyway, the cookbook takes it all the way back to basics in preparing your food such as grinding your own meat and mashing your own potatoes. Whenever I make things from scratch, they taste ten times better every time. This is a good cookbook if you are looking into “from farm to table” type meals.

That’s all for today, get ready for more Christmassy posts starting tomorrow! Thanks for reading.



Blogmas Day 18: Favorite Beauty Items this Year

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Ahhh it’s Sunday again…time for another favorites post. I am definitely experiencing blogging burnout again. I’m not sure if it is due to Christmas being right around the corner or if blogging every day is really just that exhausting. To be completely honest, I am surprised that I kept up with posting this consistently because I am not ever this consistent. I think I’m kind of proud of myself! Anyway on to the post! My favorite beauty items this year!


Cocoa Blend Zoeva Palette

Technically, this was a Christmas present from last year, but it didn’t arrive until the second week of January. This is my go-to eyeshadow palette because it has pretty much every color that you need. My favorite colors in the palette are that burnt umber color, Freshly Toasted and the one right above it, Warm Notes. I normally don’t like palettes (because I never use them) but this one I use every single freakin’ day!


I literally have no eyelashes whatsoever and I have struggled with different mascaras over the years. Even the best one on the market doesn’t work on my pitiful lashes. Mac Zoom Lash is the only mascara that has ever worked for a long period of time. I had trouble in the beginning with clumping, but that can be solved by simply just dabbing the wand off on a piece of tissue.

Revlon ColorStay and Givenchy Photo’Perfexion

As you all know, I have combo/oily skin so I tend to reach for foundations that cater to my skin. I also reach for foundations that have sunscreen in them, because regular sunscreen makes my skin feel clogged. Both of these foundations pretty much work the same except one is more high end and the other is a drugstore brand.


Highlighters got really popular this year and when that happens, brands start competing to sell the best one. So far, this Becca highlighter is in my top favorites. I love the way the rose gold looks on my skin. I would go on and on about it, but I could write a book.


Moving onto skincare. My favorite cleanser is the Indie Lee Brightening Cleanser. I use this every night because it takes off my makeup and makes my skin glow. What’s even better, is that you only need to use just a little bit. It’s also all natural, which makes it just that much better.


Fresh Seaberry Moisturizing Oil

This teeny tiny bottle of seaberry oil packs a ton of moisture in it. Literally, two drops mixed with a moisturizer will have your skin looking and feeling amazing. The only downside is this teeny bottle is $52, but it does last forever!

Those are my beauty favorite this year and they will probably go on into next year. Hopefully, this blogging burnout will go away by tomorrow so my post are more energetic. Thanks for reading as always.


Blogmas Day 16: Bathtime Routine

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Hey you guys, I know I’m a little later posting today, but this time on purpose! The reason is because I took a nice hot bath. I don’t take baths too often because showers are just much faster and easier. Also, I can never sit in the bath for more than 10 minutes due to my oblong shaped tub. Seriously, why are the standard tubs in homes shaped so strange? Anyway, keep reading if you want to know my bath routine.


First, I have to decide what I want to bathe in. Normally, I would just add some Epsom salts but I’ve gotten fancy over the years. My choices tonight were either Golden Wonder from Lush or my homemade tea bath that you can read about on my Blogmas Day 1: DIY Christmas Gifts.


Next, I start running the water making sure it’s not too hot or too cold. See how weirdly shaped the tub is? It’s literally an oval when it should actually be a square.


While the water is running, I look for a good playlist to play on my phone. Right now, I really love the song That’s What I Like by Bruno Mars. I would normally light a candle, but I get candle happy and no longer have anymore.


I ended up choosing Golden Wonder from Lush because let’s be real, it wouldn’t have been nearly as much fun taking pictures of a tea bag soaking. This bath bomb has such a good scent. It’s citrusy, yet sweet like candy and ever so slightly minty.

I honestly did not expect there to be so much turquoise in the mix. I really liked the gorgeous gold color, but the turquoise was just a pleasant surprise.


Another pleasant surprise was the pretty star confetti. I was told that there was a surprise inside, but I was quite sure if it stopped at the turquoise color.

Now, I just drain the tub and that’s all! I did this all just to take pictures. Not really, though all that effort so you better believe I actually soaked in the bath for about 15 minutes. My tub was definitely glittery and gold afterward.

I emerged from the golden turquoise sea a newly moisturized woman whose troubles melted away from the power of a bath bomb. I’m pretty sure Lush is going to steal all of my money some day.

That’s all for today’s Blogmas post. Thanks for reading and come back tomorrow for another awesome post.


Blogmas Day 15: Gifts I’m Giving

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It’s Day 15, can you believe Blogmas is almost over and Christmas is right around the corner? I’m surprised that I managed to blog every single day so far, but let’s see if I can keep it going

Today, I’m showing you the gifts that I’m giving. Now, this isn’t all of the gifts, because I don’t want to spoil it for some people that may read my blog…MOM! Also, there’s still some more gifts on the way. I’m happy to say that I got the bulk of my Christmas shopping done!


Surprise Surprise, it looks like Lush took the lead this year! In fact, there’s actually two more of The Magic of Christmas wands that are hiding. I can’t believe how many times I went to Lush to buy gifts. My room smells like a candy factory right about now and I absolutely love it.


Hair care products for my hopefully future sister-in-law. I got her these because she just went natural and I think she would love to try some new products. I happen to like Mielle Organics and Kinky Curly so so much. I haven’t yet tried Fresh curl, but I’m always down to give it a try.


Pretty self-explanatory – the gift card and the shot glasses. The armadillo cube is for my dearest boyfriend. He loves Rubix Cubes and puzzles, but he solves them so quick. Hopefully, this cube will be challenging!


I’m so sorry I didn’t get a better picture of these brushes but aren’t they the cute? These are Crown brushes and they are some of the best out there. I got them from Haute Look for $12 like I do about every other year.

I know there were more gifts pictured, but I didn’t want to go into too much detail about them. I never know when they may read my blog, but just in case I have to keep a little quiet about them. I’m so excited to give presents these to my friends and family! That’s all for today!


Blogmas Day 14: Winter Outfit Ideas

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So, if you haven’t noticed I am completely obsessed with weather. I think in another life I may have been a meteorologist or a storm chaser. I almost religiously follow the weather and am always curious about what is going on in the forecast. I don’t know if I do that to dress accordingly or because I’m just that curious.

Over the next three days, it is going to get cold – like really cold. The forecast is calling for arctic weather, so I thought it would be a good idea to put up a Winter Outfit Idea post for Blogmas! Now, I’m creating these outfits based off of my particular style and what I would wear. If you like the outfits, definitely feel free to tweak them.


This is an outfit that I would wear all the time in the cold…yes the Uggs too! I would recommend a cashmere (or cashmere blend) longline cardigan for ultimate warmth. Also, don’t forget the cashmere scarf. Obviously, this isn’t the best for a windy or below 30 day, but good for the 40 to 50-degree weather.


This is my favorite of outfits. Why are sweater dresses just so cute and stylish? I love to pair them with combat boots and a belted trench coat to contrast styles. Of course, add a scarf to look even chicer.


I love getting dressed up in the winter time! I also love that midi dresses are STILL in style because they are just way too cute. If you’re heading to a bar and lounge, you probably don’t want to carry around a big winter jacket so go with the warm longline cardigan. You’ll most likely end up drinking anyway and drinking keeps you pretty damn warm.


I think everybody might own this outfit or at least one like it. When it gets below 30, a sweater, furry boots, and a puffy jacket are going to get you through the freezing cold. Obviously, I wouldn’t pair this with any ‘ol leggings, but some thick sweater or fleece lined ones. Don’t forget about the chunky knit scarf that you can cover your face with if there is some wind chill going on.

I love sharing these outfit ideas with you all. I actually enjoy playing around with Polyvore to see what styles I can come up with. I do wish they had more accurate clothing on the site, but I think it gets pretty darn close. As always, I hope you guys enjoyed this post and continue to read! Check back tomorrow for Day 15.