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Recent Favorite Things.

Okay, let’s do this, Wednesday. I’m going to keep this short and sweet as I share my favorite things from the last month.

First up, this mug, mia mama got me for Christmas. Clear eyes, Full Hearts, Can’t Lose. #TexasForever It’s a Friday Night Lights thing. If you have never seen the show, boy, oh boy, you missed out (but it is on Netflix). Watch it asap. Have I led you astray yet? Saffron Avenue makes this one.Screen Shot 2015-01-06 at 7.09.17 PMThis throw my nonna got me for Christmas. I’m in love.  LOVE. Also I love my nonna because she has the best taste!Screen Shot 2015-01-05 at 8.38.52 PM 2This concealer from Laura Mercier. Someone recommended it to me on twitter (I am so sorry I can’t remember who) but I love it! P.S. If you buy from that link, I make a couple of cents but it doesn’t affect your price. Also, you know, it’s amazing. Bex tried it this weekend.IMG_0026This lipstick Chels got me for Christmas. It’s a red she said I would never buy myself. She is right but I love it. It’s MAC Damn Glamorous, an apt name. I am wearing it in my vlog tomorrow. Don’t even get me started on that. I am wincing.IMG_0018I was so skeptical about Essential Oils but now I am on board. This one in particular has stopped me from getting the cold/sick several times this winter. Email me if you want to know more about Essential Oils. I am learning too but I will give it to you straight, girlfriend. Unless you are a man in which, I will give it to you straight, bro.IMG_9997
I’m linking up with Mia and Kelli, by the way. They are great!

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Santa’s List for Friends and Family | $100 or Less.

I am hoping that some of my friends and family aren’t reading today because they will actually be getting some of these items. No, but seriously. 

Also, I am legally bound to tell you that affiliate links are used when you hover on the image. All that means is that the retailer gives me a tiny commission if you do buy by hovering over the image and clicking. It does not affect you or the prices of the items. I promise. Complete transparency here, yo.

Okay, first: Capri Blue Volcano. This candle is my Oprah gift. It was on my gift lists last year as well because you get a candle, you get a candle, and you get a candle. Well, I think Anthro has finally listened to me. They now have a room spray and a diffuser. (Can you imagine, those of you who know the amazing Volcano smell, if you used the spray on your sheets?)

Classic cookie cutters are great not only for kids but the cook in your life. They are so fun to use when wrapping the present to add something extra. Just tie the the cookie cutter with the bow. It’s such a cute add on. 

I love this mug. I might give it to all my relatives. Because we love each other. But…Coffee may be necessary first.

This blanket is fabulous and cozy–just how I like my life.

My brother, who lives on the West Coast, is getting these beer glasses. I am positive he does not read the blog but you can choose any state.

How amazing is the sleep mask? I fell in love with it when I found for my stocking stuffer list.

 I always struggle with what to get my dad. These gloves will work with his love of all things apple and touchscreen.

This necklace and these earrings are perfect for the ladies in my life–both friends and family. Combine it with this and perfection:giftsI love this book so much and I want everyone in my life to read it.

Also love this and this for girlfriends (but wait for a sale)!

Hopefully if you are reading this, you aren’t a friend or a family member because these are real gifts. 

I’m linking up at Cheer’s Y’all, A. Liz Adventures, A Southern Style, and Miss DixieMy_Favorite_Things_Linkup_2014

What are you getting friends and family? Is there someone who is especially difficult to buy for?

Merry, Merry,

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When the dog bites, When the Bee Stings | Volume 3

It’s that time of the month again. No, not that time. (Was that joke too much?) Once again, I am linking up with Mia and Kelli and sharing my favorite things of August which means it is September which means my friend texted me: Can you believe summer is almost over? To which I responded: I don’t want to talk about it. Now will come the real test of my reentry into Chicago. No Pumpkin Spice Latte will save me from a Chicago winter. But now I am off topic. Here are some of my favorite things.

This corner on my desk is not staged. This is my real life. Also please note I have papers in piles because it is a big desk but this corner. Mmm.I love everything about it:IMG_8178

Mug (The EveryGirl) | Elephant Art | Russell + Hazel Acrylic Tape Dispenser| Kate Spade Acrylic Gold Tone Stapler

When one of my best friends married, I got her these mugs with the initials of everyone in the family. Well, they’ve added to the family so I was so happy to go and buy this “A” mug which I kind of also think is the prettiest.IMG_8200This part of my bookshelf is my favorite because of the version of the version of Jane Austen books I found on sale and also this candle from Anthro. If you have been around for any amount of time, you know that I consider this candle to be my Oprah gift. As in, you get a candle, you get a candle! I would buy everyone one if I could. It is a life changer and I have too many. Fact.IMG_8190

Jane Austen: the Complete Works | Capri Blue Volcano Candle
These pillows massively on sale at West Elm bought with gift card. Booyah. (Oh yeah, and they are still on sale along with all the other pillows.) Also this couch to be revealed at a later date. Home Goods. So cheap and so comfy. Just how I like my couches.IMG_8185
These File Folders or the notebook (which I don’t have…yet):IMG_8205

This 2015 Great American Authors Calendar By 1canoe2:IMG_8207I bought it for myself and then realized it was so perfect for a friend so I also gifted it. Paper goods. They kill me. I am on a stationary hiatus currently.IMG_8209Finally, I don’t know if you have been paying attention on Instagram but macarons. #MatchYourMacaronsIMG_8037justdessertsThis link up is always so fun. Thanks to Kelli and Mia!MonthlyFaves ButtonOne more thing, you know these? The shoes I am obsessed with because of how they look and how comfortable they are and how on inexpensive they are? Yeah, well they are more on sale here:IMG_7881What were your faves this month?





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When the dog bites, When the bee stings.

You know? I simply remember my favorite things and then I don’t feel so bad(ly). No, but seriously I am linking up with Mia and Kelli to share some of my faves from the month of July. I’m pretty positive that every single person in the world is saying: oh my gosh, how is it August? But really, how is it August?IMG_7881These shoes are incredibly comfortable and they are camel (my favorite color when it comes to accessories) so they go with everything. I would totally leave you a link and make it a RewardStyle one but RewardStyle won’t have me! Yes, for real! I have been referred…I have applied myself. And finally they just said: no. This hurts me because…what did I ever do to you, RewardStyle? Also these shoes were on major sale here but it ended last night. So wonderful did I find these shoes that even as we speak (when the sale is still in place because I am writing this the night before), I am still debating whether to get a second pair. (But, seriously, RewardStyle.)IMG_7849AppleTV, how I love thee…Let me count the ways. It is kind of like culture shock to go from having no TV for two years to a television with AppleTV. What is life?!IMG_7861New desk accessories…this is something I dreamed about for all my time in SF. I am a writer by trade so my desk? It should look like a perfectly posed instagram photo (even though I am against that) because I should yearn to be seated at this desk, writing until my fingers are sore, and when I am too tired to go on, I can glance at my Kate Spade Acrylic Gold Tone Stapler or Russell + Hazel Acrylic Tape Dispenser, and keep on keepin’ on. IMG_7877That also goes for this Kate Spade Acrylic Gold Letter Paper Tray that reads: things to do. Yes, Kate Spade. I am a very important writer with many things to do. IMG_7859So if you follow me on instagram, you may be aware that this past month, I had to say goodbye to a dear friend–my J. Crew leopard phone case. I didn’t want to quit it. I tried to buy the same exact one. But they don’t make it anymore. Why J. Crew? Why??? So I traded in for this abstract leopard version which I found at Rifle Paper Co. Later I found this adorable blotter (it’s smaller which I like) at Waiting on Martha. And I was a sucker for the matching. (But I’m not a sucker. I’m talking to you, RewardStyle.)IMG_7889My Nonna graciously gifted me some amazing things from Home Goods for my apartment. This woman has taste; I’ve always said it. When my apartment is ready for the grand tour, you’ll see exactly why this set is so ideal for my bathroom.IMG_7854Remember when I said this was one of my favorite lotions? Okay, it still is. But I found a lavender version and it is so soothing at night. I love, love, love it.(Everyone Lotion, Lavender plus Aloe) I dare you to try it and not love it. Dare yaaaaa.
IMG_7883I picked this little baby up at the Nordstrom’s semi-annual (What, RewardStyle?! I shop. More than you know! More than I would like to.) I ordered a ton of stuff online in several round and then I weeded everything out. Originally, I started with Frye Boots and a bigger Marc by MJ bag but thankfully, neither of them worked for me and I returned them. (I mean, my bank account thanks me.) But this little baby is perfect. And for someone whose purse, no matter how small, ends up being a black hole where keys cannot be found…the little zipper pouch is perfection.MonthlyFaves Button

This was so fun again! Okay here are my questions for you. Where are your favorite places to get fun prints to inspire one around the office? Also, RewardStyle, what is your DEAL?






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