Christmas Gift Guide 2015



Here are some things I love/want that you may want for Christmas or would make great presents! Not a paid advertisement–they are all items I either love or want. What’s on your Christmas list?

Cute Planner from Emily Ley

Lush Ocean Salt Scrub

Any and all Bath Bombs from Lush

Mason Jar Tumblrs

Dagne Dover Tote

Super cozy throw blanket from West Elm

Subscription to Stumptown Coffee or Blue Bottle Coffee

Grapefruit Essential Oil–a few drops in the bath smells so good

Gift Certificate to Minted for Wall Art

Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert


Happy shopping!


What I’m Loving Right Now

It’s been awhile since I’ve done a Best Of post, so here are a few things I’m loving right now:


Shoes I’m loving right now:

Jack Rogers Marbella Sandal

Seychelles Impatient Boot

I don’t own this, but I want it. Bad. It’s such a grown up girl purse, and I feel at 30 years old it’s about time for me to graduate from Old Navy to grown up girl purses, right?

Tory Burch York Buckle Tote

The two items of makeup I wear everyday (and usually the only makeup items I wear):

Bare Minerals Complexion Rescue Tinted Hydrating Gel Cream

Benefit ‘They’re Real’ Mascara

-Basically anything from Page 6, including this cute Emma top

-Jess Lively’s Intention Tattoos. When I catch myself staring at my phone when I’m with other people, I remind myself to be present. I turn my phone over so I’m not tempted to look at it every 2.5 seconds. It’s a daily habit to practice being present and mindfulness, and I think these intention tattoos are a great reminder. (Image taken from here.)

Just a reminder, I won’t be posting about interior design on this blog anymore. Anything interiors related will be on

That’s all for now!


*Some links may be affiliate links, but they are all products I either use, want and/or love.

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Hey world-

Gosh it was a rough semester–4 grad classes is a LOT to handle. I’ve basically taken the month of December to recover. I didn’t want to let the month pass without a single post though, so here’s what I’ve been loving lately:

Ayres Body Butter. It smells and feels amazing. Another Birchbox find.


SJP Alyssa Peep Toe Booties– Sarah Jessica Parker recently launched a shoe line and came to town the other month to sign items from the line (yes, she signed the bottom of shoes). Being a very poor grad student, I do not own any over her shoes (I believe they are manufactured by Manolo Blahnik)–i.e., they are fairly expensive.


This woman actually curtsied to SJP (as would I, if I had gotten to meet her).

I went to her shoe signing at Nordies not expecting to meet her since I wasn’t going to be purchasing anything, and I didn’t get to meet her. But y’all, when she was leaving she walked right by me, so close I could have reached out and grabbed her. Thankfully I had my senses and didn’t, but oh my it was exciting. Like any red blooded American girl, Sex and the City is my jam and taught me everything about love and relationships I did not (surprise surprise) learn growing up in a conservative Evangelical home. So imagine me, sharpie in one hand, pink velvet Sex and the City complete series in the other, sweating profusely while standing practically in the middle of a clothing rack, and SJP walking by and me thinking “if I wanted to, I could jump on you and hug you.” Instead I chose to stare like a deer in headlights and just whisper “I love you.”


Julie the #Creeper


Hi, friend. Can I hug you?

Major creeper, I know. Anyways, the point it… several women that night were wearing these peep toe booties, and gosh darnit, I NEED them. Doubtful that I will ever own them anytime soon though, but a girl can dream.


This pore refiner by Dr. Brandt, found on Ipsy. It’s the smoothest stuff you will ever put on your face, and has a little tint in it, which is good enough to count as a full face of makeup for me. I spend probably 3 minutes on makeup in the morning, so something that moisturizes, refines and covers blemishes gets two thumbs up in my book.

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Make it Happen– Lara Casey just published her first book–as in it came out today. I just got it in the mail a few hours ago and am only a few pages in so I can’t give a full critique, but man do I love her. I am a huge LC goupie, and anything she puts her name on I am down to buy. Looking foward to digging in to it. Her powersheets have really helped me with goal setting and separating the daily to dos from long term goals.

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I heard this quote by Shauna Niequist while listening to Around the Table Podcast (which is another thing I am loving), and this quote really struck a chord with me. I’m looking forward to reading some of her books. (By the way, I just got into the Kindle world, and oh my is it life changing–I know I’m about 5 years late to the party).



This chili recipe. My stepmom made it the other day, and oh my is it good. Surrriously.

The complete novels of Jane Austen, which Santa so thoughtfully purchased for me off of my Amazon wishlist for Christmas.

This documentary on the Architecture studio, which has a lot of parallels with the interior design studio process.

These Bean boots. Totally not necessary for Virginia winters, but they’re cute.

That’s all for now…. follow along on Twitter or Pinterest to see what else I am loving.

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Here’s what I’m loving this week–going to share it in non-collage format. Makes it a little more straightforward to comment on each thing:


Joan’s Corn Toaster Muffins– The other day at Whole Foods I met Joan herself, who was handing out samples of her gluten free toaster muffins. I was about to say no immediately upon hearing the words ‘gluten free’, because I love me my gluten, y’all. I’m naturally a little wary of gluten free products, but YUM these are good corn muffins.  I ended up buying a pack, and they don’t disappoint. Not a paid advertisement, I just really liked them! And I love supporting a woman-owned, small business!

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Clear Clinic Laboratories Vanished Clear Spot Treatment– The other day when out to drinks with a friend at a dimly lit restaurant, she let me know I had something on my face, food she thought. T’was actually a big fat zit, thanks for pointing that out. I have to admit, taking off my makeup at the end of the day and properly moisturizing/ tonerizing it (I know I made that word up), is such a drag, so sometimes I just do the bare minimum and end up zitty.  I like this spot treatment, it’s better than any I’ve tried so far. I found out about it through my Ipsy membership. I’m finding that with each monthly box, both Ipsy and Birchbox, I find one product I really love, which makes it worth it to keep up the subscriptions even though I have beauty samples coming out my ears. Again, not getting any money for plugging this (or any product on here).

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 Jack Rogers Wedges– I saw a girl wearing a similar pair of Jack Rogers wedges the other day, and gosh darn it they were cute. Definitely going on my wish list.

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Gap Ultra Skinny Pants– These pants are my jam, y’all. I heard about them from Nicole at Making it Lovely, and man are they a great pair of pants. Just an overall great fit, and I always get tons of compliments when I wear them. Great wardrobe basic.

My sister has a new foster dog, Bagel. If you live in the Los Angeles area and are interested in adopting him, check out his profile page. Here is a cute video she put together of him!


Have a great Thursday, all!

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Happy Tuesday!  Here’s what I’m loving this week:



City Gold White Gold Shadow and Highlight Mousse– I find having to apply eye shadow with a brush a total chore, so I like that I can apply this with my finger (although you probably are supposed to use a brush, but I’m a rule breaker).  This eye shadow is really light and fluffy so it’s fun to apply.  I found it through my Ipsy subscription.  (I love a good subscription, I get Birchbox as well.)

Flavor Paper Wallpaper– Funky, fun wallpaper.  Check them out.

Iced Coffee– I use The Pioneer Woman’s recipe, except I use espresso beans to make it a latte.  They have been my lifeblood this summer.  I also half the recipe and use 1/2 pound of beans and 8 quarts to make it a little less unwieldy to make (more wieldy?).

Pixi Flawless Beauty Primer– Another Ipsy find.  It gives your skin a shimmery glow.  Two thumbs up.

Madewell Transport Tote– I do not own this, but I would like to.  Love a good tote.

That’s all for this week.  Check out my latest post on The DC Ladies and say hi on Twitter.  Have a good one!




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Here’s what I’m loving this week/ month/ season (been a while since I did a best of post):

Arbonne Nightly Resurfacing Pads– These aren’t cheap, but I can really tell that they are making a huge difference on my skin.


The Wet Brush– I have a major guilty pleasure, and that is getting my hair blown out occasionally.  If I’m being cheap I go the The Hair Cuttery because it is only $28.  Last time I was there they recommended The Wet Brush.  It is cheap as far as hair products goes, and I love it.  The bristles are longer and bendy and they kind of massage your head.

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Jeff Lewis Color–  Y’all watch Flipping Out on Bravo, right?  It’s one of my favorite shows on Bravo, (and on TV in general), and I love Jeff Lewis’ design aesthetic.  In all honestly, watching that show and seeing what he did inspired me to go back to school to get my MA in Interior Design.  He recently (and by recently, I mean more than a year ago) launched a paint line, and it the perfect set of neutral paint colors.  You can request a paint card online.  How perfect is Ink Blot?  I would gladly paint my whole house that color- of Atlantic.  Love ’em all.

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This dress Crown Princess Mary of Denmark wore the other month, these 30 Rock posters, and just about every one of these iPhone cases from Rifle Paper Co.

For more of what I’m loving lately, find me on Tumblr or Tumblr or Pinterest.  Also check out my latest posts on The DC Ladies.

Have a great Tuesday!


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Here’s what’s making me happy this week…

The Cozy Guest Room



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Say Yes to Cucumbers Facial Wipes

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Love these.  Only $5.99 and they sell them at most drug stores/ Target/ even my grocery store carries them.  I keep them on my bedside table and use them every night, SO much easier than face washing (the worst).

The Gulabi Gang

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If you don’t know about the Gulabi Gang, you should.

This dress!

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Georges Hobeika Spring 2014.  So feminine and ethereal.  Lovely!

That’s all for this week!  Let’s connect on twitter.

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Happy Friday! Here’s what I’m loving this week:


I bought this dress in black from H&M last month and I’ve worn it once a week since I got it.  It’s super comfy and best of all, it’s only $18.

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This picture was not taken this week, but I came across a blog post of a collection of Bush 41’s socks, and whenever I see him with his crazy socks it makes me happy.

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I loved this dress on Kim Kardashian this week.  Yes, it was a little too booby, but I am a sucker for a full-skirted dress.

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This photo makes me nostalgic.  Time for a SATC marathon.

I ran across this post on Tumblr this week.  Does anyone else remember this book from childhood?  I remember it scaring the bejebus out of me.

The plethora or Leo Oscar posts still are making me smile.

The Real Housewives of New York City is back on. #TurtleTime

Last but not least, check out my latest post on The DC Ladies.  Have a good weekend!

Best Of: The Oscars

Here’s what I’m loving this week- Oscars edition…

“When I look down at this golden statue, may it remind me and every little child that no matter where you’re from, your dreams are valid.”

-Lupita Nyong’o

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“A rare photo of Jennifer Lawrence standing up.”


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Camila Alves, looking flawless…

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And lastly, this is still making me laugh.

Have a great weekend!

PS- Check out my latest post on The DC Ladies “Healthy, Healing Spaces”