Tuesday, December 5, 2017


I finished up Lauren Graham's Talking as Fast as I Can a couple of days ago. Listening to celebrity audiobooks has become a really good way to get through the work day. I can easily listen to the stories while working on my current project. Now I'm reading the novel My Not So Perfect Life by Sophie Kinsella. Her books are such a nice, light read and I always enjoy them. I also recently read about a quarter of a book that was supposed to teach introverts how to open up in public/social situations and it was straight garbage so I moved on. My mom gave me a great holiday story to read that is burning a whole on my nightstand waiting to be read. But I want to wait until the first of December so I can truly enjoy the holiday-ness of it.

My watch list is shamefully long. I don't think I've ever watched so many series at one time.

-How I Met Your Mother, seasons 1-8. I was trying to get all the seasons in (again) before it was removed from Netflix but only made it through season 8. But it ended with Barney proposing to Robin, so I'm going to pretend that's really the end of the show, even though I've seen the actual ending before. I like this ending better.

-Blue Bloods, season 8. I started watching this and I'm so furious with what they did with Linda's character that I'm boycotting the rest of the season. Donnie Wahlberg, I still love you but I can't watch your show any more.

-DWTS, season 25. I'm two episodes behind but I've really enjoyed watching this season. Completely adored watching Lindsey Stirling and Jordan Fisher especially.

-The Good Doctor, season 1. YOU GUYS. I'm super obsessed with this show! If you haven't seen it and you enjoyed watching House, you'll enjoy this too.

-Gracie and Frankie, season 1. I'm only a few episodes in but I love the quirky characters but the realness of what they are dealing with.

-The Nightmare Before Christmas. This Halloween I decided to branch out a bit and try a new movie. KJB loves this movie so I decided to give it a go. It was just okay in my book. 

Unfortunately, I had quite a bit of pain the last six weeks. Back pain has bothered me off and on for the past couple of years, but I just couldn't shake it this time, so I made a visit to a chiropractor. I've been skeptical of chiropractic practices in the past, but a friend recommended me to this office, and I was in enough pain that I just couldn't not go. Thankfully, it gave me so much relief and the past week or so has been much better.

I have two repeat offenders - both earrings that have been taking turns back and forth. The first is a pretty pair of studs from Stella and Dot & Rebecca Minkoff in the prettiest jewel tones. They have become my favorite for the fall and I know they will continue to be regulars for winter as well. The second pair is from Bauble Bar and they are the opposite of the pretty, feminine studs. They are bold and attention-grabbing and I absolutely love them.

Tuesday, November 28, 2017


For your holiday parties this year from cocktail to formal to New Years dance party, opt for some accessories that can easily transition from dress to dress: classic gold metallic heels, a textured black bag, and a great neutral chandelier earring. And don't forget to top it off with a great red lip!

black dress | black and gold dress | red dress | heels | bag | earrings

Friday, November 24, 2017


Now that Thanksgiving is over, the stuffing I'm moving on to is stockings - I love to stuff a stocking full of all kinds of goodies. So today I'm sharing the items I love to receive in my stocking and the best part is that they work for everyone on your shopping list! Gender and age neutral, these ideas can make everyone on your list happy, plus it makes your shopping trip so much easier.

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Happy (safe) Shopping

We've been standing in line for just over 45 minutes. Our fingers are frozen so our hands are jammed into our pockets. Swaying back and forth in an attempt to keep warm I look at my sister whose eyes are watering as she bounces on her toes - her own attempt to stir up body heat. It's nearly 5 AM and we are standing in line outside a department store, waiting for the shop to open so we can have our way with the holiday doorbusters. When the time comes the line starts moving forward and I notice others getting out of their car and moving towards the doors. 

Wait a minute. They aren't getting in line with the rest of us - they are actually just going in the door. Furious that I've had to stand outside freezing and they've kept warm in their cars, I point it out to one of the store clerks who simply shrugs his shoulders and rolls his eyes. He could care less. And I realized in that moment how completely stupid we were. What those people did certainly wasn't fair, but I was the one that choose to stand outside in 30 degree weather.

That was seven years ago and I haven't been Black Friday shopping since. Instead, I stay home and listen to the Thanksgiving day parade while browsing the online shops for the nearly the exact same doorbuster deals. And I finish all of my holiday shopping. No lines. No cold weather. Safe and happily shopping from home. 

Except it's not entirely safe. It can be, but there are some appropriate measures that need to be taken. So when I came across this graphic from Lifelock, I knew it was great information to share. They also put together 15 tips that you should definitely check out before "checking out". (Sorry, I couldn't resist the play on words.) Some of the ones I didn't consider about before reading it include checking website security, keeping on top of your receipts and statements, using a VPN.  I also really recommend using one email address for all of your shopping so all receipts and confirmations are in one place.

Also, to reassure you, all of the items listed in my holiday gift guide are from reputable sources, which will make things just a little bit easier on you. If you have any concerns about online shopping or ID theft, make sure to check out LifeLock's graphic above. Best of luck!

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

wild turkey table

KJB, my husband, has this thing for Wild Turkey Burbon Whiskey. I'm not sure where this semi-obsession came from but he loves it and all I can think of when I see the bottle is Thanksgiving. Because it has a large turkey on the label. So when thinking about my Thanksgiving dinner table, I couldn't help but include it. I wanted a table that was a little more contemporary, but still classic and lux feeling. The velvet table runner and jacquard napkins give that great plush feel, but the colors paired with gold metallic keep things contemporary. I also love the colors of the magnolia wreath - a mix of dried leaves and green. The browned leaves especially bring a sense of warmth the holiday season emits. This tablescape has me really in the mood for turkey, cranberry salad, and the Thanksgiving Day Parade!  Hope you all have a peaceful holiday.

wreath | candlesticks | cake stand | glasses | flatware | table runner | napkins | pumpkins

Friday, November 17, 2017

under $100 gifting: TO THE LITTLES

Shopping for the littles in your life can be a bit overwhelming - constantly changing interests, constantly changing sizes, and the toy market is FLOODED. Because of that, I encourage you to think simple, go for classic options, things that can get them thinking (without making it obviously boring), and items they can always use. When in doubt, size up or age up so they can grow into it if needed. I also love the option of choosing something completely outside the box, like a camera or a record player, for someone young. It could get them interested in a hobby and be fun to tinker with - without breaking the bank.

markers | book | camera | pjs | board game | record player

robe | jenga | snow markerstrampoline | terrarium |  night vision glasses