December 6th, 2013 — 8:33am
I have a gift card for Coach right now and they have a 25% off purchase promo going on… This is very dangerous territory! Basically I would be happy with any of their new arrivals! Here is just a small glimpse into a few of “my favorite things”…
Coach’s current outwear selection is killing it and I almost wish I lived some where that I could have so many fabulous warm jackets for! That is an almost of course! This Wool Bonnie Cape Coat is perfect for the Bay Area. It’s long enough to keep you warm and I love the wool blend mixed with leather trimming! Turtlenecks are my jam! I could wear them multiple times a week and still want more! So this Handknit gray turtleneck is about the greatest thing I’ve seen all winter long (it’s not technically winter yet.) I have been on the hunt for a leather skirt for what seems like forever and this ONE has to be my favorite! The length is perfect and I could just picture it with oh so many different outfits! The Hollis Heel is super sexy and it super needs to get in my closet! For the longest time I was stuck (in a good way) on Coach’s Legacy collection for handbags. Well I am now unstuck and have so many different favorites from pretty much all their collections! This Urbane Bag in moss screams me! I’m not really sure how it screams, but it does and this might be my first splurge with said gift card and discount promo… Lastly we are back to gray. My all time favorite color. I could have gray everything and be content! Their Bleecker Bistro satchel is the perfect graphite color! I surprisingly do not have a purse of this graphite color and now that I’ve seen one I have decided that needs to change!
Counting today we are 19 days away from Christmas and I have still yet to buy anything… Maybe this weekend??? Eh probably not, but the intent is there!
What am I looking most forward to this holiday season? It’s not the presents, but the time I get to spend with my family and friends and most importantly my sister and my niece. Yes it is fun to dream up wish lists of clothing and accessories, but none of that truly matters… What matters is seeing my family and being with them to create memories that will last way longer than a new pair of shoes! xo
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December 4th, 2013 — 9:23am
This morning was the first sign that winter is coming… My car kept talking to me telling me it was freezing outside and that was just so depressing. Since it is December I’ll try to not dwell on the freezing temps, but this warm weather loving girl hopes it does not last long!
In the wake of cold weather I decided this morning would be the perfect time for some online browsing, my favorite past time of course! Luckily we live in an area where it does not snow so it is okay to get away with flats year round. So my list right now includes a gorgeous bright blue pair of heels. I love the front detail on them and how they are cut straight! It’s a fun new twist in my eyes! These wine colored ankle booties are gorgeous! The heel height is perfect and the leather quality looks top notch! I’m still in need of flat black ankle booties and this pair is number one on my list! The two toned blacks about seals the deal for me! The skimmer flats are probably my all time favorite. And this pair in the blood orange is so fun! These goldshine loafers scream Bay Area chic and I would love to add them to my closet! Lastly a pair of brown pull on boots is a necessity if you ask me! When you are in a hurry and well don’t want to fuss with finding the right shoe having a pair of pull on boots will help out big time!
We are now 20 days away from Christmas Eve and I have yet to buy one Christmas present… This is beyond weird for me, but maybe I’ll be in the mood this weekend…
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December 2nd, 2013 — 9:41am
Thanksgiving is over and December is upon us! November was a great month full of so many great memories! The month kicked off with a mini college reunion. A large group of us were able to get together for some tailgating fun and a football game. I had not been to a football game since graduating so it was definitely bittersweet! Seeing all my favorite people was by far the best moments! Some college friends I am lucky to see a couple times a year, but some I hadn’t seen since graduating in 2007 so this mini reunion was way over due! I hope we can make it a yearly tradition!
Some other great moments in the month were celebrating my best friends mom’s 50th birthday! That night was a blast and am so thankful to have been included! Lots of pictures of the pups, always! A trip to Seattle!!! If you have never been to Seattle I say go now! It is a great city to visit! There is so much to do and the food is amazing! There was a Friendsgiving and well never enough pictures of my Lucy! She is getting so big and is on the verge of walking any day now!
Now on to December… The last month of the year! I am not falling into the trap of saying how is it already here? Time flies and that’s that! I am excited what 2014 has in store for me. I am hoping for lots of trips, and lots of growth personally and professionally! And maybe I’ll finally pick up running again! xo
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November 21st, 2013 — 11:15am
Let the holiday parties begin. Between now and New Year’s I swear weekly there is some type of holiday gathering. I love this season and everything that comes with it (minus the potential of gaining a few pounds), but besides that it is great!
One great thing about this time of year is the abundance of dark colors. I am a huge fan of the dark jeweled tones or my go to black!!!
J Crew my go to store of course never disappoints when having to dress yourself for the holidays! First and probably most important is having an all purpose dress coat! This coat should be able to be dressed up and down and keep you warm enough if you are wearing a dress underneath! Next you should own some type of simple dress that you could wear to different events. The idea behind one simple dress is making it look different with different accessories! Metallic pumps can be worn year round, but they are a great idea for the holidays and especially for New Year’s! Nothing completes an outfit more than a little glitter! Pink cheeks and pink lips! And you’re done!
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November 19th, 2013 — 8:12am
I had the most amazing time in Seattle! It only rained the first day and for that I am extremely grateful because in my packing madness I did not bring anything with a hood and lets face it my little umbrella did little to protect me! So to have gorgeous weather on the second and third day was priceless! I did all the touristy stuff, shopped way too much and ate the best meals. Seriously their food scene is SO good! I want to go back just to try some more of the recommendations I got! Below are just a few of my favorite pictures from my time in Seattle!
The first thing I did after checking in was walk down to Pike’s Place Market. It was definitely a fun tourist spot to visit. There was massive crowds, but I didn’t mind because I love being in new places. The fish guys were hilarious and all the flowers were beyond gorgeous. I wanted a snack so I went to Pike’s Place Chowder!!! If you like clam chowder I highly recommend this place. I didn’t go during peak lunch hours so there was a very small line. I got the classic chowder and it did not disappoint. They had I think 4 or 5 different versions and they all looked great! After my snack break I hit the downtown shopping area! Lets just say I did all my Christmas shopping for myself! People in Seattle are extremely friendly. While out shopping I got so many different recommendations for meals out. For dinner the first night I went to Elliot’s Oyster House.
I had excellent service at Elliot’s and I ended up ordering all of my servers recommendations. I had the seafood risotto with creme brulee for desert! SO Good!!! After dinner I walked around the city and tried to enjoy the crisp cold.
Day 2 was filled with more sight seeing and lots of walking and some more shopping!!! The seafood in Seattle was so so so good! Everything was so fresh and just delicious! I really liked the food if you can’t tell! After a long morning filled with lots of walking I went to a lunch recommendation from girls I met while shopping. The told me to go to the Purple Cafe and Wine Bar! I got a seat at the bar and had the best lobster mac and cheese. The lobster pieces were huge and they fried shaved carrots for the topping!
After lunch I walked more towards old town and went on the underground tunnel tour. I had time to kill so I figured why not learn more about Seattle’s history. Basically the town has been built up multiple stories from when its first settlers arrived. They didn’t take in account water levels when first building the city and found the city under water a few too many times. After fires, and other natural disasters it was decided to start building up. This has left a massive underground city that you can now tour.
The tour guides were very funny and while you could tell it was scripted it added to the tour ambiance. There was no one in our group from Canada, but oh boy if there was they would have definitely been given a hard time. Also, before the tour if you buy a drink from their bar you get priority entry. I of course took advantage of this deal. There Bloody Mary’s were very good and they used siracha to spice them up!
On my last day I had brunch at Local 360! They source much of their food locally and use almost all organic ingredients. This was another recommendation I received while out shopping! This might have been one of my top meals. While the food was simple it was so flavorful. The place has a very rustic vibe and the servers were fantastic!
I cannot wait to go back to Seattle to experience more of the food and fun! I am so happy I was able to go to a new place and cross off another city on my must travel to list!
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