Wednesday Words: Thanksgiving Edition

Happy (almost) Thanksgiving everyone!

This week’s Wednesday Words are all about–you guessed it–being thankful! A few things I’m thankful for are cute puppies, my health, being able to travel to different places and experience new things, and my amazing friends and family that let me be who I am and always support me.

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I’m also thankful for all of you reading this right now! I started this blog at kind of a low point so that I would be able to do something I enjoy. I didn’t think I would meet so many wonderful people through blogging, and I’m so grateful for all the support and kind words you have all given me!


I hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving filled with family, friends, love, and delicious food!


Weekend Shots

This weekend was jam-packed with tons of fun: a crazy birthday celebration, some shopping, and my alma mater’s final home football game. Needless to say, I’m exhausted! Here are a few pictures of my favorite weekend moments, courtesy of Instagram:


Picked up a new toy (on major sale plus I had a coupon)…what do you guys think?!


Ate the biggest, craziest burrito of my life. But it was SO good!


Captured this action shot of one of my favorite pups


Rocked out to some awesome 80’s music 


Said goodbye to my favorite football stadium…for now!

I hope you all had a great weekend too and were able to rest a little more than I was!

Gifting: Stocking Stuffers

Happy Friday! Can you believe that Thanksgiving is just around the corner and Christmas is almost here? It seems like just yesterday it was the middle of summer and I was daydreaming of a trip to the beach!

With the sunny days behind us for now, it’s time to start thinking about the holidays. And that means extra time with loved ones, TONS of delicious food, and (of course) presents!

For me, stockings are always fun because you can stash little gifts inside that are a nice surprise. Here are a few items I wouldn’t mind getting in my stocking this Christmas:

1. Midi rings–These rings from my favorite Etsy shop, gigglosophy, are so adorable–and they’re affordable enough that you can get one for yourself too! Also check out the lovely heart ring (pictured) which I happen to own and love!


2. Phone cases–Who doesn’t love phone cases? It’s easy to find cases to suit any style, so finding the perfect one should be a breeze! For more affordable options, check out places like TJ Maxx, Nordstrom Rack, and

BasAcc-Dots-Pink-White-Phone-Case-for-Apple-iPhone-4S-4-5ad427d0-f61d-4bd3-952b-d8a720b49f6b_3203. Hand cream–With the Christmas chill in the air, we could all use a little extra moisturizing! L’Occitane makes luxurious hand creams with the most beautiful packaging. You can even buy a set and share the hand creams with several people…plus keep one for yourself!

L’Occitane-Hand-Cream-Confections4. Chocolates–I mean, duh. You really can’t go wrong with anything chocolate, especially around the holidays! For the foodie in your life, try gifting them some more unusual choices like sea salt infused chocolate or even bacon covered chocolate.

81096_600_15. Gift cards–Whether it’s for iTunes, Target, or just the local grocery store, gift cards are always appreciated. They’re also the perfect gift for someone who has everything…or likes to pick out their own presents!


Hopefully this list gave you a few ideas for stocking stuffers this year. Even if you don’t do the whole stocking thing, any of these items would make a great gift for anyone in your life!

Let me know if you have any other stocking stuffer ideas in the Comments section!

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Wednesday Words

Today’s Wednesday Words are short and sweet:


It’s so easy to get caught up in trivial things…especially this time of year. I’ve definitely faced a few obstacles lately, but I’ve found that if I take these words to heart, things just seem so much better.

Take some time this week to simplify things, laugh, and tell the people you care about how you feel!

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November Birchbox

This month’s Birchbox is all about giving back. It’s important, especially this time of year, to think of all the things you’re thankful for and take every opportunity you can to help others. Birchbox is even donating a portion of the proceeds from the Birchbox Shop to No Kid Hungry, an organization that works to end childhood hunger.


theBalm cosmetics Stainiac: theBalm is such a fun brand and I was so excited to see this product in my Birchbox this month. It might look intimidating in the tube, but this lip and cheek stain looks nice and rosy on the cheeks, and gives the lips a pretty cherry stain.

DDF Amplifying Elixir: I’m not sure if this product really does what it claims, but it does feel nice on my skin. I think with a little more use I’ll see more of a difference in my skin.

Mighty Leaf Tea – Tea Pouches: As I mentioned in this post, I’m a big tea drinker, so I was very excited to see this in my Birchbox this month. I had the Organic African Nectar this morning, and it was delicious! I’m looking forward to trying the other flavors!

Folle de Joie eau de parfum: I wouldn’t normally wear a fragrance like this during the colder months. To me, it seems more like a spring scent. However, I absolutely love it! It’s a slightly floral scent, but it has enough citrus and spicy notes to make it a little more interesting.

Mox Botanicals Bath Milk: After a long day, there’s nothing better than taking a warm bath. This bath milk by Mox makes any bath feel like a spa experience!

Color Club Harlem Lights Collection in Baldwin Blues: This is a great dark blue color that’s great for the fall and winter. I’ve already put it on my nails which is why I couldn’t find it to photograph!

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Boot Love

Once the weather starts to cool down, I pretty much live in my boots. Because of that, the pair I’ve been wearing for several years has finally started showing a good bit of wear and tear.

I’ve been searching for nice, leather riding boots for a very long time. I think I finally found the ones:


I scored these lovely Tory Burch Kiernan boots on sale, but they are still quite an investment. However, if you’re going to splurge on a pair of boots, these should be the ones! They are made of beautiful leather, have a fully functioning zipper, and the gold logo on the side is a unique feature. These will definitely make the cold winter months much more enjoyable!

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Girl’s Night Out With Clinton Kelly!

For as long as I can remember, I’ve been obsessed with makeover shows. My absolute favorite one is What Not to Wear. I’ve watched it since the very first episode, and when I heard Clinton Kelly was going to be in town, I jumped at the chance to go see him.

Clinton has partnered with Macy’s to offer free style seminars (aka “Girl’s Night Out with Clinton Kelly”) across the country. On Friday night, my mom (and fellow What Not to Wear fan) and I were front row to see him and absolutely loved every minute of it!


Clinton started out by giving us a little behind-the-scenes scoop on What Not to Wear and The Chew (basically doing whirlwind, sometimes frustrating, makeovers versus “eating, drinking and doing crafts!”), before asking if anyone in the audience felt like they needed help with their outfit. Of course, my mother raised her hand, and Clinton picked her! Honestly, I think she wore a not-so-great outfit on purpose…just in case Clinton offered to do makeovers! She’s one smart lady!


After giving my mom some personal style advice (and a huge hug), the fashion show began! Here are a few of my favorite looks from the show:







In between looks, an Estee Lauder associate gave a mini-makeover to none other than Holly from Season 7 of What Not to Wear (of course I recognized her the second I saw her sit down just a few seats away)!


Once the fashion show was over, Clinton took questions from the audience. He was asked everything from “How do I dress appropriately for my age?” to “What are fashion trends for men?”

Clinton’s final remarks were my favorite part of the evening: Wear what makes you feel good, and don’t worry about what anyone else thinks. Or, in his own words: Wear something cute and don’t take any crap!


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Product Review: Aztec Secret Clay Mask

I’ll be the first to admit that I don’t have the world’s worst skin. However, it does take a lot of work to keep it looking somewhat decent. Because I’ve had to work hard for my skin for quite a while, I’m always on the hunt for new products to improve my complexion.

I head about this Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay Mask on YouTube and decided it was worth a try.

When you first open the jar, it looks like a bunch of dirt. Which it basically is. All you do is mix equal parts of water with the clay. You can also use apple cider vinegar. This is what it looks like:

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Once you’ve got the clay all mixed up, it’s time to apply it to your face! Apply it very thick–the directions say to make the mask 1/4-1/2 inch thick. It took a long time for me to apply this mask to my face, but I’m still not sure I got it on thick enough. This is what I looked like with the mask on:


That would have been a good look for Halloween, right?

Once you’ve got the mask on your entire face (and you look as scary as I do in the picture above), make sure you let it dry completely. This should take about 20-25 minutes. According to the directions, you are supposed to feel your skin “pulsing” while the mask dries, but I didn’t notice anything unusual.

To remove the mask, just wash your face with warm water. If your face experiences any redness, it should disappear after about 30 minutes.

Overall, my skin felt nice and clean after using this mask. I didn’t notice a huge improvement in my complexion, but, as I already said, my skin really isn’t that bad. While this probably won’t replace the masks I use regularly, I did have fun trying out this product. If you do have some skin issues, you may want to give this a try.

Have any of you tried this mask? What are your favorite masks to use?

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