Friday, November 22, 2013

Dear Friday…I Heart You!

Dear Friday…

Happy Friday everyone! Can I get a whoop whoop for the weekend finally being here? I think this week dragged for me because I am SO close to Thanksgiving break! I get 6 glorious days off from work so I am definitely anxious to see my family and eat some turkey!

Dear chalkboard prints,

I recently shared with you my love for this chalkboard prints that are all over the place on Pinterest.  Like this pin here.

Well I decided I was going to do some research so I could learn how to do it myself …and I have!  I have been busy making some and I finished one and framed it in the living room.  It looks so darn cute (if I may toot my own horn) that I wanted to share it with anyone who stops in here to read my blog.  Download it from this document below and it will print 8x10.  I just trimmed it up on the sides to get rid of the excess and framed it in a cutie-patootie wooden frame, placed it next to a candle, a sparkly reindeer, and a lamp!

Dear chalkboard banner,

Speaking of chalk I have been on an obsession trying to find a cute chalkboard to put in the kitchen and write on.  I haven't found the right one yet, but my search is not yet over either.  Have you seen one somewhere? If so, please share with me! I did however snag this chalkboard banner.  I hung it up on my fake fireplace and for now the word snow is displayed.  I will be changing it up as the creative juices decide on a new word.  Do you have any four letter word suggests? Oh, stop it.  Appropriate and holiday related please. ;)

Dear Catching Fire,

I really hope you are all that I want you to be.  I absolutely cannot wait to see it in the theater.  I have read US Weekly's special edition, which got me all pumped up and stuff to see the costumes, the make up, and the ARENA!  I am waiting until Sunday to see it, but I seriously am on pins and needles!

Well that is it today… I hope you all have a fabulous weekend and enjoy your relaxation time!  Link up with Lauren for H54F too!

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Thursday, November 21, 2013

Gifts for Her, Under $100

I don't know about you all but I love shopping.  I actually have an unhealthy love for it.  However, when I am not shopping for myself, I feel a different joy than I feel when I find the perfect puffer vest or fabulous pair of shoes.  I feel like I am Santa myself when I pick out something that I know will bring utter joy and a huge smile on my family member's face!  

So I am planning some gift idea posts to help some shoppers out there.  I first collage is today! I have gathered several gifts for her that will cost under $100! Let's get started… 

owl hat
I would be lying if I said I didn't want this hat myself.  It is adorable.  I think it would be perfect for skiing.  Can you imagine seeing a cute lil gal heading down the slopes with this adorable owl on her head? But you don't need to be an avid skier to want this hat.  You just need to like to be cute.  So shop at Kate Spade if you know a gal that would love this hat. 

I love this tech wallet by Stella & Dot and costs $59.  I actually have carried a tech wallet by them for over a year now.  And let me admit that I have purse/wallet commitment problems.  I maybe carry a purse for a month and in the closet it goes.  I only get them back out if I truly love it.  But this wallet is SO all purpose.  There are slots for your credit cards, ID, miscellaneous cards.  There is a middle slot for your iPhone (or maybe smart phones too).  There are even two areas where you can store money, receipts, change, etc.  I think the color combo on this wallet is to die for…so cute with the dots and the stripes too.  You do need an independent consultant to order this, if you need one my roomie from college sells S&D--just let me know!  

Since it is confession time over here in my corner of the web, I already ordered this sweater for myself--oops.  I love it.  I feel like it has a lot going for it.  A) it looks so comfortable, B) it is wintery with the snowflakes, but they are also sequins (score!), C) it is perfect for holiday wear.  I haven't gotten it in the mail yet to know if I love it in real person, but I can't imagine that I won't!  Head on over to VS and order this for $80.

If you follow me on Instagram, you already know my love for Alex & Ani.  I have several of the bangles with charms and beads, but this lil lady caught my eye.  The gems are so pretty and colorful and I think spikes are in on jewelry! If you have my name in an exchange, feel free to get this for me, lol.  You can go to a distributor of A&A like Nordstrom or order on their online site, it will cost you $68. 

iPad case
I love Vera Bradley just as much as the next gal, but their tech accessories go the next mile.  Not much to say about this iPad case other than get it for someone.  It instantly amps up the girlie factor of the iPad and of course it is adding a back to the device to help from getting scratched up.  Many stores sell Vera and there is an online site too.  The case will cost you $48. 

passport cover
Two years ago when I was going on a cruise, I was on the look out for a passport cover.  But after a long search, I did not find a cover that pleased me.  I found one a couple weeks ago at JCrew Factory and thought it would be a great gift for someone who travels.  So if you like it you can visit a Factory store near you or hop to their online site and it will only be $21--watch for sales because they run crazy ones all the time so you may be able to save even more money!

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

What I Wore Wednesday

a peak at my recent fashion…

I thought it was due time for a little fashion post.  I have been posting my #ootd pictures on Instagram pretty much daily these days.  I will link some items if they are still available online for shopping.  Disclaimer: I did not just buy all of these items…they are a mix of super old, old, recent, and gifts! So let's take a journey into my closet…
jcrew and tory burch

 Vest :: JCrew via Ebay, Shirt :: Old Navy, Necklace :: JCrew, Skinny Pants :: Seven, Flats :: Tory Burch, Beaded Bracelet :: Target, Braided Bracelet :: JCrew, Small Beaded Bracelet :: Michael Kors, Watch :: Michael Kors

This vest will be a winter staple, there isn't any doubt about that.  I have been stalking it for MONTHS on Ebay and seeing it in a GAzillion pins on Pinterest didn't help my shopping cart.  However, needless to say, paired with my flowered necklace and a button up…I was pleased with the outfit.
jcrew on the scottish side

 Denim Top :: JCrew, Plaid Skirt :: JCrew, Tights :: Target, Boots :: Franco Sarto, Chain Necklace :: Derng, Jeweled Necklace :: TargetBeaded Bracelet :: TargetSmall Beaded Bracelet :: Michael Kors, Watch :: Michael Kors

I kept getting asked if I was Scottish when I wore this outfit.  But I have to tell you, I loved it.  I have bought at least four different denim shirts in the last two years trying to find the best fit and one that was truly one I loved.  Well, I have finally, finally it.  JCrew Factory had this one 30% over Veteran's Day and I got an extra 30% at checkout!  The tights are on sale right now two for $8--so if you are into color tights for skirts and dresses, head to Target!

leopard, sequins, and leather

Sweater :: Kohl's, Pants :: Kohl's, Necklace :: Jewel Kade

My favorite part of this outfit was the pants.  They are trimmed in leather on the sides and the waistband.  I couldn't find them online but I know they are still at Kohl's, brand APT9.  The sweater is super comfy which I love because usually crew sweaters make me look like SpongeBob Square Pants.  But this one was flattering and I appreciated that.  I loved the outfit and think it will be on repeat for this winter!

pleated poppy

Monday, November 18, 2013

Selfie Saturday

and the rest of my weekend… 

Friday night was spent at the football field again!  I did get a new hoodie to wear to support the school, and it was glittery which is a bonus.

Saturday morning I woke up with a massive headache which lead me to be lazy and to spend too much time on Pinterest and with my DVR.  I was really pleased with Grey's Anatomy this week and OMG was Scandal ah-mazing or what? Woah! Once noon rolled around I got moving to get ready for my friend from OU's wedding in Canton.  I love these events because we all get to come together, put on our dancing shoes (or lose our shoes because our feet hurt) and live like it is 2003 all over again!  

Kate, Lori, Emily
Meredith, Kristen, Me

Meredith sent us this picture of us this morning.  This is from Renee's wedding circa 2005 (I think).  We were all a little more tan and little more "fresh" as Kate called it.  While a few of us were not present last night, we still had a great time! Happy wedding Kalli & Doug! :)

My wedding dates :)

Another stop to Target burned a hole in my wallet. I picked up some super cute things like this metallic gold polka dot scarf.  It is sheer, it is light weight, and it is beautiful.  This time last year I got on a kick of the Kate Spade gold polka dotted stuff and that kick has come back again this year.  There is just something about gold, metallic, dots…they just pull me in!

I also grabbed this necklace.  I thought it would be perfect for my upcoming trip to Vegas and of course any other time I want to have a little extra sparkle.  :)
I also picked up some Christmas decor to get me rolling with getting this house in the holiday spirit!  I put a few of the decorations and decided to not get the tree out yet.  I think I will save it for next weekend.  It is such a long job and I kinda felt like being lazy after traveling for the wedding.  
Sami's Shenanigans
Happy release of Catching Fire week! Is anyone else pumped to see it? It was my favorite book of the series so I know I cannot wait! Happy Monday!

Friday, November 15, 2013

Hurry Christmas, Hurry Fast!

Is it too early to be wishing for Christmas' arrival? Two days ago I told myself, "Self, you cannot decorate yet. It is too early!" And then today I found myself thinking, "Heck with it. Turn on some Christmas tunes and get in gear."

For the record I have not gotten a single decoration out yet. But I am thinking this weekend or next week for sure. For sure.

There are many reasons why I love Christmas.  A few that come to my immediate mind are: decorations that sparkle and shine just make me happy, the music makes me want a Santa hat on my head, being with my family, shopping for others (yes I do sometimes I enjoy that!), taking time to be thankful and to relax, snow…snow…snow, and of course CHRISTMAS VACATION!!

Oh, and dressing up my pup!

So today I want to share with you some of each of my favorites…let's get started.

1) Decorations that sparkle and shine.  I am a big decorator and DIY creator.

I made this Santa tulle wreath last year and he was my favorite DIY project from the entire season.  I cannot wait to get him back on my front door.  Want to make one? Check out how.

 This mantle was also a favorite.  I am going to change it up a little this year which I am excited for.  Mostly because I have the confetti canvas pieces hanging up in my beauty room all year round now.  So stay tuned for this change.  If you want to make this glitter reindeer, go here.

2) Christmas music makes me want a Santa hat on my head.

Rascal Flatts' version of White Christmas is a great one.
Kelly Clarkson's Underneath the tree makes me want to sing and dance and just be a kid again.
Glee's We Need a Little Christmas is just a fun fun song!
DO you have a favorite Christmas song? Please sure them with me!

3) Being with my family!
I love clocking in some QT with all of my cousins, second cousins, and our pets! We are all goofy and just a fun time period.  We laugh, go to the movies, play games, hang out in pjs, etc.  No matter what we do, we have fun.  I cannot wait.

4) Shopping for others!

I get excited when it is time to think and brainstorm a gift that you know someone else will honestly love. We will draw names for our family exchange at Thanksgiving and then the hunt begins. Whoop!

5) Taking time to be thankful and relax. Enough said.

6) Snow!! Snow!! Snow!!

We had our first snow this week, crazy enough.  It was enough to cover the ground.  I always hold on to a hold for a white Christmas every year.  Maybe this year.  My fur ball loves the snow too.

7) Christmas Vacation

I am a teacher so I get a really nice vacation from work to enjoy the holidays and this year I have a big reason to be excited.  Reasons 1-6 are all still really true…but #7 is great this year. Why? Why? Why?

BECAUSE MY MOM, BROTHER, AND I ARE GOING TO VEGAS FOR CHRISTMAS!!!!  We have talked about it for months.  We have stalked the travel websites.  We have changed our minds and come back again.  But I am finally accepting it as we are booked and really, really going.  I am the most excited to see how Vegas gets into Christmas mode.  I have been to Vegas a dozen times, but all in the spring and summer seasons.  So to see my favorite holiday done Vegas style….well it has to be amazing.  Right?

This picture alone makes me bounce up and down and just hope my camera can capture some of this glory.  Ah, I cannot wait.  It is now time to start thinking about what show I want to see this time! :)

Oh and it is Friday! Yay! This weekend I have more Friday night football, a wedding with my college friends, and my DVR!  Have a great one! H54F!!

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

That's Very Pinteresting!

I have found myself perusing Pinterest so much lately.  I think it is the holiday spirit creeping back into my life.  I wanted to share a few of my finds today with the hopes that I can complete the look or the craft for some of these very soon!

This pin is so cute and in perfect timing for Thanksgiving.  I need to get some card stock before I can print it though.  She has some cute ideas and her blog is cute period.  This bundle is $5.00 here.  She also makes me wanna learn how to do this technique and I think I can in Photoshop so add that to the crafty list.

I must confess that I have a love for burlap.  I love the texture and the look in general and when I saw this burlap garland, swoon. It seems easy enough too.  I am thinking that this would be a great touch with my burlap reindeer I purchased two weekends ago from Target.  Remember him?

This outfit is a current love for me and I think it would be great for Christmas Day.  I love to dress in holiday fashion once I crawl out of my Christmas pjs.

I just saw a similar sweater at Urban Outfitters this weekend. I may just need to take the plunge and order it so I can rock this look.

This last pin actually makes me a little mad because I feel like I am rather good at painting my nails.  I paint them every 5 days so they always are maintained and shiny.  However, when people put their looks on Pinterest they just look better.  But this look here, is perfect for the holidays.

So if anyone knows how to get the glitter nail to look that good, please…do tell!

Well those are my interesting pins for the time being.  If you do not follow me on Pinterest, go here!

Monday, November 11, 2013

Just Keep Swimming & My Weekend

Happy Veteran's Day everyone! Today remember to be thankful and appreciate what the past and present Vets do for us!  I wanna share my weekend with you as I had a great one! What did I get into?
 On Friday night, my cousins came to town to go to a football game.  The school district I work for has advanced into the playoffs so we attended game one.  It was a whopping 29 degrees so to say we were frozen is an understatement.  We bundled up like we were skiing and enjoyed some Friday Night Lights, popcorn, and a ring pop!  The team won too--so off to game two next weekend!

 I spent some QT cuddling with Henry on Saturday morning. Since my schedule had been a little hectic lately, I needed some down time with my DVR and fur friend. It was nice!

 Saturday afternoon I drove down to Cincinnati to see Chris.  We went to lunch and to Ikea (my fave!) during the day and spent our evening in The Banks area of Cincy.  We went to dinner and that was my view while eating.  It was perfect to watch the lights and just see the buildings there while enjoying a fancy grilled cheese! :)

 Sunday morning I crawled off the couch and over to Holtman's donut shop in Over the Rhine.  After a lot of thought I went with the Vanilla peanut donut and the fudge cake donut.  I was only able to eat half of the peanut one before I was full but you can bet your bottom dollar that I saved the rest for later! My brother actually just ate the fudge one and texted me from work to inquire about where to get the tasty things!

Sunday we spent the afternoon at the Newport Aquarium exploring all of the life under the sea.  It was a cool aquarium where we got the chance to see some pretty cool creatures.
Pretty, shiny, blowy fish.

Hello there.
So scary yet so cool.
I touched a Sting Ray.
These sharks were too cool and we got to hear a presentation from the divers while they were under water!

This was our little new friend :)
Happy Feet.

Henry and his souvenir from the aquarium.
So that was my weekend, minus a stop at J Crew Factory where I picked up the cutest skirt.  Stay tuned to see how I style it this weekend on my instagram!  Hope you had a great weekend too!

Oh--PS Pearls and Pastries is having a $5 print sale--I have talked about Lauren's shop a gazillion times.  That is 50% off. Hop over and make an order, you won't regret it.  I ordered six new ones for a new project I am cooking up!

Sami's Shenanigans