Monday, November 28, 2011

OOTD: Thanksgiving

I can't believe it's Tuesday already! I feel like Thanksgiving was 2 weeks ago! Why are my days going by so quickly! Ahhh! I hope everyone had a fabulous Turkey Day! I sure did! I ate lots of yummy food and spent the day with my family!
I also dressed the part! I loved my Thanksgiving outfit! It was incredibly comfortable and very seasonal.
I wore a beautiful cranberry colored top from Gap that I picked up a few weeks ago for only $10! I love it! I have worn it with so many outfits. The material is heavenly! It's so light and soft. I paired that lovely top with a great pair of black shorts I picked up from Gap, as well, for only.. are you ready... 6 dollars!!! They were originally $50! Bargain shopper!

As you can see from my oh so professional mirror pictures that I went for the European look and wore tights with my shorts. The tights had a fun, but faint, zig zag pattern that looked great with the solid black shorts. I opted for my favorite black boots from Wet Seal. Although, I an in love with the clothing I wore, I am even more in love with the accessories. The necklace was definitely the statement piece of the outfit, and I loved how it stood out from the rest of the outfit against the cranberry colored top.I picked it up for the Forever 21 in NYC on my last trip. I also wore my new watch that I wear just about everyday! Best 40 dollars I have ever spent!

What did you wear on Thanksgiving?

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving! I am heading to the airport to pick up my youngest brother in a little while, and then we will be going to one of my favorite places in the world. My aunt and uncle's cottage. This year, like every year, I have so much to be thankful for. I am thankful for my health, my wonderful family and friends, my job, and I am thankful for making new blogger buddies. I have become very close with a handful of bloggers, and I am thankful to have made these friendships. I hope everyone has a fabulous and delicious Thanksgiving!
What are you thankful for this year? And what are your Turkey Day plans?

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Colors of the Season

I cannot believe tomorrow is Thanksgiving! I am so exited to spend the day with my family at my Aunt and Uncle's cozy cottage. My cousin, who is one year younger than me, and I always sit by the fireplace eating little appetizers while we chit chat. I barely ever get to see her besides family gatherings, so we always have a lot to catch up on.
I have been thinking a lot about what to wear tomorrow. I want to be classy around the fam, but at the same time comfortable because I plan on eating as much as possible. I love Thanksgiving! The stuffing, the mashed potatoes, the beans, the turkey!! Ahh, I'm salivating, and getting way of topic! Back to clothes. In an ideal world, the outfit below is my perfect pick for Thanksgiving. I love the sweater and the pants, but this outfit is rather dull with all the neutrals, so I thought some sweet potato colored booties and a cranberry red bag would be the perfect side dishes, if you will, to the main course. This outfit was definitely inspired by the yummy food I plan on devouring tomorrow, can you tell?

While, I do have a majority of similar items in my closet to recreate this outfit, I am drifting toward the ever safeness and comfort of the LBD. I have one little black dress in particular that has just the right amount of class for family and fashion.
What do you plan on wearing tomorrow? What delicious item are you looking forward to eating? My favorite has always been the stuffing!

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

A Baking Classic: Chocolate Chip Cookies

Last night, I was in the mood the bake, but didn't want to do anything too extravagant so I turned to a kitchen classic. The chocolate chip cookie. I have probably been baking chocolate chip cookies since the age of 2. When I think of this classic recipe I always think of my mom. We used to bake these all the time when I was little. My fondest memory is coming home form school one day when I was about 10 and finding an entire bowl of raw cookie dough. After being in school all day, this was the perfect coming home surprise. I ate a few bites of the raw dough before my mom and I scooped out the rest to bake. Chocolate chip cookies will always be my comfort food, a reminder of my mother, and my all-time favorite cookie recipe.

What is your favorite cookie? Is there a memory you tie with your favorite food?

Monday, November 21, 2011

The 2011 AMAs: What They Wore

The day following any type of award show I love to hit up Yahoo OMG to scoop out what the celebs wore! Unfortunately, I have not had a chance to watch the AMAs yet (thank goodness for DVR!), but that will not stop me from critiquing the outfits! Here are some of my favs!

Taylor Swift looked stunning and glamorous, as usual. I love the floor length gold sequin gown. The cut of the dress of beautiful and simple. I like how she kept her hair and jewelry simple. The sleek ponytail makes the dress the focal point, and the green pop of color from the earrings is a great color against her skin tone.

I love Julie Bowen's ("Modern Family") dress! I think it could be because this is the type of dress I am looking for to wear on New Year's. I love the length, the long sleeves, the stripes, and, of course, all of the sparkles. But overall, I think this dress was a little casual for the award show. I feel like she's going to the club, not the AMAs.

Selena Gomez's outfit still has me undecided. I think her hair and makeup are beautiful, but I don't think I love the dress. Something about it makes her look unproportional. I think it's the deep v-neck and the low fabric knot. I'm also not a fan of the color. Sorry Selena, this outfit just didn't do it for me.

I love the color and detail on this silver dress donned by Heidi Klum. It's very unique and flattering. My ownly issue is that you can see her underwear or bodysuit through the cutouts. I would have preferred to see a black slip under the dress instead to class it up a bit. I mean, she has like 3 kids. Cover yourself up, Heidi!

Matthew Morrison look great in his all black ensemble. I like how he isn't wearing the traditional button down shirt, but stills looks classy with an unbuttoned collar. Such a good looking man.

Ohh, Joe Jonas. I love the facial scruff, hate the see-through t-shirt. I love the detail on the lapel on his blazer, and the deep grey color of his pants are a nice step away from black. I think he looks good, but I just can't forgive him for the shirt. Why? It's just weird.

Well, there were my favorite outfits with a few critiques here and there. Hey, no one is perfect. What do you think of the AMAs and the outfits?

*The photos courtesy of Yahoo OMG and Hollywood Reporter.

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Little Rambling's Little Quirks

Are there things you do that are a bit quirky? I have a handful of little things I always do just out of habit for no particular rhyme or reason!

1.) I don't like to cross of the day in my planner until the following day. I feel like it's a bad omen.

2.) I CANNOT wear socks to bed. I don't know why, but I just can't. I don't care how cold it is.
3.) I always put the pepper on before the salt. Always.

Adorable salt & pepper shakers from Anthro

4.) I am so much more productive at homework and blogging when sitting on my bed than anywhere else.
5.) After I eat something salty, I have to eat something sweet.

6.) I like to eat certain chocolate bars frozen.

Do you have any random quirks? Are any of yours the same as mine?!

*click on the pictures to find the source.

Saturday, November 19, 2011

OOTD: Easy Breezy

Last week,we had a few record breaking days due to such warm weather! It was fantastic. The sun was shinning and it gave me a chance to wear some of my favorite pieces before the cold sets in for good. This particular outfit may look so familiar because you have indeed seen it before here. But I couldn't help but do an OOTD featuring the amazing J.Crew Waverly Chinos. I love everything about these pants from the color to the fit to the material. The top is also one of my favorite items in my closet. I love sheer tops and the unique pattern on this one makes it one of my go-to tops.

What I Wore:
Top- Forever 21
Pants- J.Crew
Shoes- Cole Haan
Bag- H&M
Sunglasses- H&M

So, thank you Mother Nature for those last few warms days. Much appreciated. How has the weather been where you are? Have you been able to wear a last few Fall favorites or has the cold weather already hit?

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

A Necessity or an Accessory?

The watch. When it was first created, the watch was used for the sole purpose of being able to tell the wearer the time. Fast forward a couple centuries and today the watch can be viewed as more of an accessory than a necessity.

I have owned a watch or two in my day, but I never felt inclined to wear it. After seeing some fabulous watching on friends and all over the internet, I decided I need one. I had my eye on the gorgeous Michael Kors gold watch pictured above, but it is a pretty penny. I figured I should not invest a huge amount of money into a watch just yet. I don't want to buy a $200 watch and never wear it. So instead, I ventured over to my new favorite online shopping site,, and searched the women's watches.
Not only did Asos have an incredible gold watch, that is very similar to the Michael Kors one, it was also a great price! I have already worn it twice (even though I do need to get it sized), and it is stunning. It is my little gold time telling child. This watch is gorgeous in the box, and with the right ensemble, I honestly find it really pulls an outfit together for a classy and elegant feel. Who knew a watch could do so much?

I am in love! An outfit post featuring this gorgeous piece of artwork (too much?) is coming soon! Until then, I leave you with this quote I heard on my new favorite show- thank you AlmostBritain!- The Walking Dead. This quote is about a watch. One of the characters is asked why he always wears his watch even though time really doesn't matter in their situation anymore, and this was his response...

“...I give you the mausoleum of all hope and desire...I give it to you not that you may remember time, but that you might forget it now and then for a moment and not spend all of your breath trying to conquer it. Because no battle is ever won he said. They are not even fought. The field only reveals to man his own folly and despair, and victory is an illusion of philosophers and fools.”
-William Faulkner, The Sound and the Fury

What is your watch style? Gold, silver, funky, classic? I'd love to see your favorite watch! Please share!

Monday, November 14, 2011

Avon Haul

I am in BIG trouble! One of my very good friends from work sells Avon. 'Nuff said... But, of course, I will go on.
I see my girlfriend everyday at work, and I see that wonderful Avon book just sitting on the counter waiting for me to pick it up and find another wonderful item that I convince myself I cannot live without. Do you see my dilemma? I am warning you now my friends, this is not the last Avon Haul you will be seeing. In fact... I may or may not have another order coming in on Saturday...
BUT! In all fairness, some things I picked up are going to be Christmas gifts. I swear! And no, they are not gifts for myself for being such an angel this year. They are real gifts for other people.
Okay, now let me show you all the wonderful things I picked up from that brightly colored and cheerful Avon book. That's how they get ya, you know. Bright colors and fun layouts. Or, I'm just a sucker for makeup... and a great deal! Almost all of these products were a 2 for $5 deal! Love it!

When they say Speed Dry, they are not kidding! My favorite color of these four is probably Brown Pearl It is definitely a color I would wear right now and through winter, but overall I would have to say that the sparkly Fusion is another top pick.

Love this liner. Seriously, I might buy one in every color and completely stop using my tried and true NYX liner. These babies are so smooth and easy to apply, and they last all day! I tried to rinse the color swatches off my hand after taking this picture. It was not happening. I HAD to use my eye makeup remover to get it off. That is something I really liked about this product. It will last ALL day.

I love love love these Jumbo Eye Pencils. I have been using the Blue Smoke as a eye liner, and I was pleasantly surprised by how much I liked the deep blue on its own.

Can you say adorable?! I couldn't resist buying these little guys! So cute! They make great little stocking stuffers!

Are you an Avon fan? What awesome products have you picked up in the past?

Sunday, November 13, 2011

October Favorites

I had a very hard time trying to figure out my favorites for the month of October. Hence, not posting this until now, and only having four favs. But after a few days of thinking, I finally came up with a few things.

1. Frozen Mango Smoothie from Panera Bread. This beverage is delectable! And the added flavor of the raspberry sauce you see on the sides of the cup makes for a delicious and fruity mid day snack. I probably had one for each week in October. Is that too much? I love smoothies, but I prefer when they are ice based, not yogurt based. This smoothie is pure mango puree mixed with ice. The perfect smoothie or any time of the year.
2. Reading. I started reading The Perks of Being a Wallflower and I could not put it down! It is a fantastic book! It was such an easy read, but as simple as the reading was, it really made you think. I love when books give me a whole new perspective and something to ponder. I just purchased The Hunger Games, and I cannot wait to get started.
3. Hockey games. I like have said before, I love sports! Hockey and football are my absolute favorite sporting events to watch. I am lucky enough to say that I have gone to two games already! And hopefully more to come!
4. Arts and crafts. During October, I really let my crafty side go wild. I was baking, drawing and gluing up a storm. I drew this picture while hanging out at a friends house in early October. I was definitely inspired by my all time favorite painting, Starry Night by Van Gogh. (I saw the original painting on my trip to NYC in February. Breathtaking.) I call my colored pencil drawing Fire & Ice.

So, there you have it. My four favorite for the month of October. I am trying to plan ahead for November so when I go to write my November favs it won't be so difficult. I think I already have about 3 favorites for this month! What were some of your October favs?

Saturday, November 5, 2011

OOTD: Demin Daze

I wore this very casual, very comfortable outfit to run a few errands the other day. I used to think denim on denim was, well... too much denim, but if my feelings have since changed. I have seen denim on denim looks that are dressed up, and like my outfit, dressed out. That's what I love (and I'm sure many others love) about denim, it's SO versatile!

What I Wore:
Top- Old Navy
Jeans- Levi Skinny Jeans
Boots- A boutique in my area
Bag- Burlington Coat Factory

What are your feelings on denim on denim? Hope you have a great weekend!

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Trend or End?

I have seen the booties with socks trend EVERYWHERE! One of my favorite bloggers, Saucy Glossie, is a big fan of this look. She has sported this trend quite a few times already.

I LOVE this trend. I think is it so adorable when paired with the right outfit. And I love how you can mix and match colors and textures. You can check out some of my favorite looks by Saucy Glossie here, here and here.
How do you feel about this look? Have you tried out this trend or do you just want it to end?