Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Midnight Cami and Artsy

It feels like I haven't done my nails in forever! Every time I have sat down to paint them, I felt like they would be chipped and messed up within a couple of days, and just didn't want to bother with the maintenance.

Last weekend though, I was shopping at Ulta, and I saw this sparkly blue Revlon polish, "Artsy." I can never resist a glittery polish, and dark blue is one of my favorite non-traditional colors. Well, immediately after purchasing it, I knew I just had to use it right away. This time, I layered it over a coat of Essie's "Midnight Cami." Together, I think the pairing makes for a unique holiday manicure.

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Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Winter Warmth

Vest: Eileen Fisher
Shirt: Lauren Ralph Lauren
Pants: J. Crew
Shoes: Lucky Brand
Earrings: Charter Club

It feels like the winter weather kind of came out of nowhere this year. The past couple of weeks were pretty mild, and most days were  in the mid-50s. Unfortunately, the cold front came through this weekend, and the harsh, bitter cold days of winter are here. So, when I was getting dressed to go out in DC for a friends birthday this weekend, I was really conflicted as to what to wear.

Normally, I would probably wear a cute silk blouse, dark jeans, and heels. However, I knew I would have to walk about a mile and a half from the metro to the restaurant, and who knows where else. There was no way I was getting all dolled up, so I went for comfort and warmth (you know you're getting old when...). This puffer vest has been a staple in my winter wardrobe since I purchased it last year, and you can never go wrong with classic riding boots and a chambray shirt.
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Monday, November 17, 2014

I Feel Pretty

Dress: Kate Spade
Cardigan: Kate Spade
Shoes: Coach
Necklace: Vintage

I am embarrassed to admit that I had this dress for more than a year before I ever wore it. Now, this isn't because I forgot about it or anything like that, no, I noticed this dress sadly hanging in my closet at least once a week. But when I got it last November, it was already far to chilly to wear this how I wanted to (with bare legs), and every other time just didn't seem right for some reason.

Anyway, so after more than a year, it felt like just the right time. Once I put this dress on and looked in the mirror, I felt so good! Just like with most Kate Spade items, this dress hugs my body in all of the right places, and has such a good personality. I love the square neckline, the fuller skirt, and of course, the fun and colorful print.
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Tuesday, November 11, 2014

A week in Instagram

Whew! The last few weeks have felt like a whirlwind. I've been spending a lot of time in the car travelling to spend time with my family and friends, but it's all worth it. 

1. Checking out the local creamery with my fiance. He had a peanut butter chocolate milkshake, and I had dutch apple ice cream, which was the obviously the better choice.

2. Girls trip to Hershey Park! Here we are waiting in line for the Super Duper Loop.

3. Yup, still waiting in line. But this time, we managed to get everyone in the shot!

4. My college roommate was visiting from Kansas, so we all got together for brunch. And took lots of pictures afterward, of course.

5. My favorite of the carved pumpkins at work - Jack the skeleton.

6. The prettiest sunrise basically ever that I snapped a photo of on my drive to work.

7. My camera simply could not capture the beauty of the fall foliage in Charlottesville.

8. Visiting Thomas Jefferson's house, also known as Monticello.

9. Enjoying a crunchy walk in the leaves at the University of Virginia.

10. Pumpkin cupcakes with cinnamon maple cream cheese icing (recipe to come)!
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Monday, November 10, 2014

101 in 1001: October 2014

Okay, I'll admit my accomplishments for October were pretty lackluster. With so many weekends spent away from home, it was hard to get much done. However, I did manage to cross two items off my list:

7. Finish all the Harry Potter books. 

8. Watch all the Harry Potter movies.

For a long time, I just could not get through the fifth book, so I never thought that I would finish the whole series. Once I finished that though, it was smooth sailing from there! I loved the sixth book, and was very pleased by how the whole series ended. 

Here's hoping next month will be much more successful!

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