Friday, December 19, 2014

The Grinch

Happy Friday all. I don't know about you, but it has been a really long, not so great week. I feel like I say that more and more often now…

Since Christmas is less than a week away, I thought I would share a little Christmas confession with you. I have been The Grinch this year.  I haven't always been this way.  When I was younger, I LOVED Christmas.  I seriously started getting excited about it in September.  I watched tons of Christmas movies, listened to lots of Christmas music, went to see lights …

But the last few years, it has been harder and harder for me to get in the Christmas spirit.  To be honest, this time of year is really hard on me.  Ever since the hubs started law school, December has been a time that I dread because of exams. His stress level is so high, and I really just try to stay out of the way.

I feel like Charlie Brown in A Charlie Brown Christmas (my favorite).  Oddly enough, I've always sort of identified with Charlie Brown.  I haven't done any Christmas shopping, or listened to Christmas music, or watched Christmas movies.  I don't even know what I am going to get for anyone.  I wouldn't have minded skipping it all together this year.

I did put up a few decorations.  I have a tiny tree that my mom sent me last year.  I hung our stockings, and I did a little bit of decorating on my bar cart.  But that is it.

That is the extent of my Christmas-ness.  This weekend, I will be rushing around, trying to figure out gifts for everyone before we leave to go home Tuesday night… Fighting the crowds is probably not going to put me in the holly jolly mood either.

So what about you?  Have you been more Buddy the Elf or The Grinch this year?

Have a good weekend!

Thursday, December 18, 2014


Happy Thursday all!  Can you believe that Christmas is just a week away?  It is kind of frightening, especially considering I really haven't done any shopping… I'll be doing my shopping with weekend with all of the other procrastinators.

And since Christmas is one week away, that means New Year's is 2 weeks away.  Have you decided what you are wearing?  We aren't doing anything this year (unlike all of those other years that we do so much…)  I actually thought we were going to be out of town, but I don't think we will.

So, for those of you with big New Year's Eve plans, I've got some great ideas for what you should wear!

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So have you decided what you are wearing for New Year's Eve?  

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Pantone Color of the Year

With all of the talk of Christmas and gifting, I have neglected to discuss the Pantone Color for 2015!  Marsala, a deep red wine color, was chosen as the Pantone Color of the Year for 2015.

I personally think it is a great choice.  I am always a fan of deep reds and burgundies.  Plus it plays so nicely with so many other colors.

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So what do you think about Marsala?  Will you be stocking up?

Have a great day!

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Gift Guide: Stocking Stuffers

Happy Tuesday all!

I've got more great gifting ideas for you.  Today is all about stocking stuffers.  Sometimes stocking stuffers are the hardest gifts!  I don't want to just give something to give it, you know?  So finding really great stocking stuffers can be a challenge (other than gift cards, of course).  

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Have a great day! 

Monday, December 15, 2014

Old Favorites

Ughhh Monday.  Why?????  I hope you all had a nice weekend.  I had my yoga teacher training, so I an exhausted… and sore.  Did I mention exhausted?  

Everything I am wearing in this post is old… like at least 4 years old, with the exception of the scarf.  The scarf is new, but I have worn it so many times that it is practically old in its times worn years.  

The boots are Coach.  They are 7 years old… I got them before I met the hubs.  The dress is somewhere between 5 and 7 years old.  I can't remember exactly when I got it, but it is old too.  And the blazer is I think maybe 4 years old… Sometimes the oldies are the goodies, you know?  

Dress: J. Crew (similar); Blazer: J. Crew (similar); Boots: Coach (similar); Scarf: Target
Do you have some closet favorites that are really old?  

Have a great day!  

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Thursday, December 11, 2014

Plaid and Lace

Happy Thursday all!  We are getting so close to another weekend… can you taste it yet?  Of course, my weekend will be consumed with yoga teacher training, so I won't be getting any rest.  

I bought these two tops during Black Friday (Saturday) shopping at Banana Republic.  I love the plaid button down layered under the lace top.  I didn't take a picture of the back, but the lace top buttons up the back.  

Plaid Shirt: Banana Republic (same shirt, different color); Lace Shirt: Banana Republic; Pants: Ann Taylor;
Shoes: Ann Taylor (similar); Necklace: Kate Spade (similar)
By the way, Banana Republic has 35% off right now, so you can totally get this look too.  

Also, I am going to suggest you get some holiday gift shopping done (or shopping for you).  There are SO MANY sales!  It is craziness.   For some of my gift guides, go here, here, here, here and here.  

J. Crew - 30% off Full Price & Sale with code GIVETHIS

Banana Republic - 35% off with code BRMOMENT

Gap 30% off with code SHOP

Madewell - 30% off purchase of $200+ or 20% off purchase of $100+ with code GOFORIT

Shop some of my favorites below! 

Have you entered the Aziza Jewelry giveaway yet?  Go here to enter.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Gift Guide: Monograms

Happy Wednesday everyone!

If you know at all by now, you know I am a crazy monogram loving fool.  I just can't help myself.  In a perfect world, everything would be monogrammed.  So of course I had to do a gift guide based on all things monogrammed!  Plus, giving a monogrammed gift, to me, is special because it shows that the gift is for that person only.  You put a little more thought into it because it is monogrammed.

This might be my favorite gift guide ever.

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Another great personalized gift?  Jewelry from Aziza Jewelry (don't forget you get 15% off with code 15Nikki).  Have you entered the giveaway yet?  

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