Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Dressed to Celebrate


With six weddings and multiple showers, bachelorette parties, and rehearsal dinners to go to this year, I am getting an early start on shopping for all of these pre-wedding events.  I am so excited for all the couples who are tying the knot this year (including the best man and maid of honor from our wedding but not to each other!) and even though I'll be wearing a bridesmaids dress for some of them, I know there will be several occasions where I'll find myself needing something to wear.

For showers and bridal brunches:


I love stripes and I feel like they're everywhere right now.  I like them best in bright colors and varying widths so they don't look too rugby-ish.  Pair them with a short hemline and you've pretty much got my Spring wardrobe right there.
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For bachelorette parties:


Sparkly sequins and bright pops of color are perfect for the last fling before the ring.  Pair these dresses with high heels, a textured clutch, and whatever fun bachelorette toys the hostesses provide.
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For rehearsal dinners and receptions:


Sophisticated and polished but definitely not boring is the way to go for rehearsal dinners (pockets to hold tissues you'll need for any sentimental speeches are a plus) and receptions.  I also recommend looking for dresses that have room to move when you're on the dancefloor!

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Wednesday, January 11, 2012

25 Ways to Wear a Scarf

I am obsessed with scarves and was beyond thrilled when I discovered this video. It gives great ideas on fun and unique ways to wear my favorite cold-weather accessory. I love "The Infinity," "European Loop," and "The Pull and Twist."



Which ones were your favorite?

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

20 New Year's Resolutions for 20-Somethings


At 27.5, I am guilty of doing more than one of these.  I know I'm not the only one, but I can definitely see why some of these things just need to stop happening.  Particularly the one about the Kardashians (and I am proud to say I am not and have never been a fan of theirs!).

1) Before you status update, Tweet, Tumble or Instagram, pause and say to yourself, “is it entirely necessary that I share this morsel of thought with my entire social network?”and if the answer is not, “yes, I absolutely must,” then step away from the Internet.

2) Know which candidate you’re going to vote for in the upcoming presidential election, and know why.

3) Enough with the 14-day juice cleanses. If you want to lose a little weight quickly, eat less and exercise like crazy. If you want to lose a lot of weight slowly, do whatever Jennifer Hudson did.

4) If you really like the person you’re hooking up with and would like them to be your boyfriend/ girlfriend, find a way to tell them, and hope for the best. If you don’t and wouldn’t, stop.

5) Find a way to save approximately 300 dollars and spend it on a flight to see a friend or family member who lives far away.

6) Please stop liking the Kardashians, all of them. It’s not helping anyone, least of all the Kardashians.


7) Spend less than or equal to the money you earn each month.

8) Wear clothes that fit you, especially to work.

9) Call someone on the phone at least once a week, and speak to him or her for at least ten minutes.

10) Start preparing now to get over the fact that Facebook is probably going to change again in six months.
You’re not going to deactivate your account. You don’t know how.

11) Wait 30 seconds before you look up a fact you can’t remember on your phone, and try to remember it using your brain. This is what the olden days were like.



12) Replace one terrible reality show you’re currently watching with one wonderful scripted show currently available on television.  Swap suggestion: Real Housewives of Anywhere for HBO’s Enlightened.

13) Try that food you think you don’t like but have never actually tried, unless it’s brussels sprouts. They really don’t need any more attention.

14) Cut one person out of your life who you truly do not like and add one person who you truly do. Note: not on Facebook, on Earth.

15) If you’re still blacking out regularly, you should stop.

16) Volunteer once over the next 90 days.  You’ll feel really good about it, and probably end up volunteering again over the next 275.

17) Tell someone who you love that you love them on a more regular basis. To their face, not in a text.

18) Back up your entire online life onto an external hard drive, especially your photos.

19) Crap or get off the pot. This applies to whatever thing you’re not doing that you should just sack up and do already.


20)  And in the eternal words of Tom Haverford, “TREAT YO SELF!

images via pinterest

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Happy New Year


Happy New Year!  Now that we're a few days into 2012, I've finalized my list of things I want to work on for this year.  I don't like creating "resolutions," but I do use the new year as an opportunity to reflect on things I think I can or should improve.

Here's my list:

1) Riding my bike more: I used to be so good about going for bike rides in the evenings after work and I really want to get back into that.  It's tricky right now since it gets dark so early, but come Spring/Summer I definitely plan to take my bike out more.

2) Cooking at home more: This is another thing I used to do a lot that somehow just stopped happening.  There are a lot of new recipes I want to try and I plan on introducing my husband (who is just about the pickiest eater ever) to new foods, too.



3) Spending less and saving more: Isn't this always a new year's goal?!  We are planning to buy a house later this year so it's definitely time to buckle down when it comes to spending less on frivolous items (damn you, Target, for being my weakness!) and focusing on what will undoubtedly be the biggest purchase we've ever made.  

4) Not sweating the small stuff: Sometimes I am good about this, and other times not so much.  Either way, I just want to start being better about remembering what's really important and not wasting time worrying about silly things.

What are your goals for 2012?

And, on a totally random note, since the only pictures I took on NYE was poor quality iPhone pics, here's a peek at the ridiculously sparkly nail polish I wore.  China Glaze's "Blond Bombshell."  I highly recommend it for any occasion where glitter is appropriate.


Here's to a fabulous 2012!

Friday, December 30, 2011

Christmas Recap


I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas!  This was our first Christmas together as a married couple which also meant it was the first year we spent Christmas with both families.  Luckily both sets of parents live in the same city so we didn't even have to leave town to see everyone!


Our tree for this year.  My color scheme is gold, silver, and white, but I'm thinking about changing that up for next year.  I've also decided we need a bigger tree or maybe I just need to put less ornaments on it!


Stockings!  I got these from Pottery Barn a few years ago and I really like them, but I've lately been thinking their small stockings are cuter so I might be changing that up for next year as well.  I can't believe I'm already planning Christmas for next year--what's wrong with me?!


Dr. Pepper's biggest fan.  Seriously.


My new iPhone docking station.  It charges, plays music, and also works as an alarm clock.  Love it!


Stocking stuffers: Pilot G-2 colorful pens.  In every color.  I got these from my husband, sister, and brother in my stocking; maybe they should have talked to each other before purchasing!


Wearing our new North Face gear.  I got this vest and the hubs got a new jacket.

Other favorite Christmas gifts not pictured include new clothes for work and play, Essie's Bobbing for Baubles which I can't wait to get on my nails, and new personalized stationary with cute Paper Source envelopes--my fave!  I also got a new Paper Source planner and great big desk calendar.  Those, along with my new colorful pens pretty much make me the office supply dork that I am.


This is one of my favorite ornamnets, I bought it at the Houston Nutcracker Market this year.  I love personalized anything and ornaments are no exception.  I went a little overboard this year on the "couple" ornaments but it was our first Christmas so I figured I'd do a lot this year and not so much in upcoming years.


This one is from Lenox.  It's kind of hard to see but it has our names and wedding date on it.


A mitten and gingerbread men - what could be more Christmas-y?!


I love this mini chandelier which I also have in white.


Our bride and groom ornaments from the Nutcracker Market.  See, told ya I went a little over the top on the wedding ornaments!


This is a porcelain doll that my grandma made for me on my first Christmas in 1984.  It's so special to me and  I love putting it on the tree every year.


Along with our big tree, we have a mini tree with a Texas Tech theme in honor or our alma mater.  I also put other cute red ornaments on this year, including all my favorite Santa ornaments.




This cupcake ornament is a new one I got this year and I love it.  Also a Nutcracker Market purchase.

What did Santa bring you for Christmas this year?

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Homecoming


Hello dear friends!  After a very long (and unanticipated) hiatus, I am back and have missed my blog oh so much.  I've been slowly getting back into the swing of reading my favorite blogs, and I figured it was finally time to return to my own.

As I said, my hiatus was unintentional and the only excuse I have is that life got in the way.  The biggest thing that happened was I got a new job right around Thanksgiving time so that, combined with all the holiday happenings lately have contributed to my lack of blogging.

I am loving the new job so far but missing all of the great people I left at my old one.  Luckily my old co-workers turned into truly great friends and I have been keeping in touch with them.


The hubs and I just celebrated our first Christmas together and I will be posting more on that (including my favorite gifts!) tomorrow.  But in the meantime, since late is always better than never, here's our Christmas card for this year (compliments of Tiny Prints).


One of my new year's resolution is to get back into blogging so wish me luck!  I am going to start pre-planning and scheduling my posts so I think that will be helpful.

Christmas recap coming up tomorrow!  And a big congratulations to my IRL friend, Savanah, on her recent engagement!  I know Savanah will do a destination wedding and I can't wait to hear where (and when!) we're going!

Monday, October 24, 2011

Monday Motivation


I know you are all shocked that I'm updating my blog because it's been about a week since my last post.  I promise I'm trying to be better, sometimes my intentions just aren't enough to get me to actually do something.

Anyway...Happy Monday, friends!  I had a great weekend that included celebrating the wedding of two wonderful friends and watching Texas Tech beat OU in Norman!  That was awesome to say the least.  I could not be any prouder of my Red Raiders!

But, since the weekend is over and it is Monday again...here's what I am looking forward to this week:
1} Indulging in my new dark polishes that I ordered via beauty.com a few weeks ago.  I am rocking Essie's "Sole Mate" right now but this weekend I am changing to "Licorice" since it is Halloween and all.

2}Getting back into running now that the weather is cooler!  I've had some great runs over the past few weekends, none of which included the risk of getting a heat stroke. Amazing, right?

3} I know October isn't "officially" over yet, but it's getting pretty darn close which means it's almost time to decorate for Christmas.  Yes, I look forward to this season all year, and I am not ashamed to admit it!  Stores are getting more and more Christmas decor in and I have been waiting long enough to start purchasing it.  This weekend, I am starting the hunt for ornaments that will match our tree's color scheme of silver, gold, and white.
4} Going home to a clean house today!  Our wonderful housekeeper has been coming every other week and it is so worth every penny.  I love not having to vacuum, dust, or scrub the bathrooms.  Having fresh sheets on the bed is definitely the icing on the cake!

5} Taking the photo for our Christmas card with close friend and photographer extraordinaire Chelsea this weekend!  I have some fun ideas for this photo that I have been talking to her about and I can't wait to start working on our first Christmas card as "The L's"!


6} Catching up on all the great shows my DVR taped last night while I was sleeping on the couch suffering an allergy attack.  I am particularly excited about the new episode of "How To Make It In America" and the second part of "Real Housewives of New Jersey" reunion. 

What are you looking forward to this week?

P.S.- I want to wish a very sweet blogger and my IRL friend Savanah a very happy birthweek!