I Moved!

Things have been so crazy for me the last month or so and I haven’t had any time to share my big announcement with all of you: I moved to New York City!

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After wanting to make this move for quite a few years, I am happy to say that I accepted a job in Manhattan and moved to the city this week. I’m still adjusting to my new life and settling in, but I’m so excited to see where this adventure takes me.

In order to share a little bit more of my new NYC life with all of you, I’ve created a new blog, C & The City. My new blog will be a chance to share my experiences in a less structured, more casual space.

If you have any favorite New York City spots I should check out, please let me know in the Comments section!

 

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Life Lately: 2016

Let’s be honest – 2016 was rough. It was full of ups-and-downs and I can’t wait to throw on something sparkly and kiss this year goodbye on New Year’s Eve.

Although 2016 wasn’t the best, I thought I would take a moment to look back on some of the positive things that happened in my life. Read on to see some of my favorite moments from the year we all can’t wait to forget.

What was your favorite part of 2016?

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Life Lately

If you saw this post, you know I’ve been doing a good bit of traveling. After a cruise to the Bahamas, nearly a week in New York and a girls weekend trip, I’m finally settling back into my routine.

As nice as it is to be back home I haven’t stopped reminiscing about my travels just yet. Scroll on to see some of my favorite photos from my adventures!

Are you planning your own trip? Tell me in the Comments section below!


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Life Lately: Cali-forn-ia

Where oh where has the time gone?

If you saw my last post, you know I recently spent some time on the West Coast. I went to visit a friend and we took a little road trip to Los Angeles.

I hadn’t been to LA since high school so I had quite a bit of catching up to do with the City of Angels. Scroll on to see a few of my favorite photos from the trip!

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Throwback Thursday: Hello Kitty Pumpkin Carving Tutorial

Raise your hand if you can’t quite believe that October is almost over. It’s crazy to think that November is just around the corner. But before we head on into a new month, there’s one thing that has to happen first: Halloween!

In honor of the spookiest holiday of the year, I’ve resurrected my favorite pumpkin carving tutorial featuring the one and only Hello Kitty.

Keep reading to a step-by-step tutorial!

1. Pick a pumpkin and clean out all the seeds and gross stuff from inside. This is my least favorite part.

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2. Find a design you like. For me, simplicity is key. But if you’re up for a more intricate design, go for it. I found the stencil below right here.

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3. Tape the stencil on your pumpkin–try to make it as flat as possible. Using a sharp tool, dot along the interior and exterior of the pattern (all the black lines).

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4. Once you’ve dotted all around the stencil, remove the paper. Your pumpkin should look a little like this:

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5. Get carving! Don’t be afraid to take your time! And you may need to use several different kinds of tools/knives. A small, serrated knife works well on the curves of this pattern.

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6. Once you’ve cut all the way around the pattern, feel free to go back and fix any areas that may not be right. Your pumpkin should look a bit like this:

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7. Pop a candle in and enjoy!

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Life Lately: Chicago

So far, October has left me feeling like I’ve been extremely busy yet I feel like I’ve accomplished nothing. One thing I’m still thinking about is my recent trip to Chicago! I had a ton of fun exploring the city, shopping, and eating.

Read on to see a few of my favorite moments from the trip. And if you want to see a few of the things I picked up on vacation, just click riiiiiight here!

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Vacation Haul!

Oh hey! I’ve been up since 4:00 this morning traveling home from Chicago. I had a great vacation there (stay tuned for more on that) and of course ended up doing some shopping. Read on for a quick haul of the beauty and fashion items I picked up.

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Merona striped top: You know I had to check out Target while I was in a new city. I picked up this cute shirt and can’t wait to pair it with jeans, boots, and a cozy scarf!

Sam & Libby Peyton Ankle Boots: Also from Target, these boots will be a fall staple. They’re super comfy and a good neutral color.

Teal Flask: Call me crazy, but I’ve been wanting a cute flask for a while. I spotted this one at Neiman Marcus Last Call and knew it was the one!

Travel size dry shampoo: Dry shampoo is a major staple for me so I couldn’t resist picking up another travel size one. This one by Tresemmé isn’t my favorite, but it’s all I could find in the travel section.

Maybelline Color Tattoo 24HR Cream Gel Eyeshadow in Bad to the Bronze: I’ve heard such great things about this cream shadow and was thrilled to finally find it in stock somewhere. Because I definitely needed more eye shadow. Nope…

NYX Studio Liquid Liner in Extreme Coffee: This is my favorite liquid liner and I haven’t been able to find it anywhere near me. I happened across it at Nordstrom Rack and picked up a couple tubes!

Stila Sun Goddess Smudge Stick Duo eye liner: I love buying Stila liners at Nordstrom Rack. They’re my favorite liners and you can find great deals on them. This pack comes with a blackish brown color and a metallic golden bronze.

White and gold druzy necklace: I’m so in love with this long necklace from Nordstrom Rack. I wore it every day while on vacation and it goes perfectly with any outfit.