December 21, 2014

Sunday Link Round Up


I know I've been a terrible blogger, and it's been ages since I've done one of these round ups. I blame the holidays! I promise to get back in the swing of this! But first....

As someone who is already excited for NYFW in February these pre-Fall collections are getting me more jazzed up. I love these "backstage" photos from the Chanel Pre-Fall 2015 collection.

Anyone else in love with the Victoria Beckham & Nails Inc collaboration? I love the bottles, I love the shades, a must have for sure. Thoughts?

Have you read this article about "The Secret Organ" that makes your legs longer and leaner? It sure is interesting and might be something I need to look into, I've always wanted to be taller!

Ever since I read Eat Pretty I've been on the hunt for healthier snacks. I like eating frozen grapes lately instead of ice cream since it tastes just like a grape Popsicle! This list of 55 Healthy Snacks is a great reference.

One reason I love my city of Baltimore - good eats. This list from Buzzfeed hits the nail on the head for all we have to offer (but there's always more!).

Lastly, a cute little quiz to find your 'spirit print'.

(Photo by John Lewis found on Honestly WTF)

December 20, 2014

Travel To : 34th Street // Baltimore

Today I'm off and running to the always beautiful NYC to indulge in Christmas shopping/eating/and gazing. Hopefully I'll be able to share some photos from my mini adventure soon after. However, here's a little must see in my home of Maryland during the holidays to hold you over.

 
 

Each year the residents of the 700 block of 34th Street in the Baltimore community of Hampden take their holiday decorations to the next level. Started in the 1940s the tradition brings visitors from all over the world. You can easy see why, with the millions of gorgeous lights giving the block a festive glow to the more unique sights like the one above of the hubcap tree.

 

An obvious, holiday must see it can get a little crazy and crowded, but definitely worth it. While you're there make your down two more blocks and check out the shops and food on The Avenue. I love The Food Market and there's a "secret bar" on Hickory. Eat, drink and be merry!

 
720 WEST 34TH STREET
BETWEEN KESWICK & CHESTNUT
BALTIMORE, MARYLAND
RUNS FROM: LATE NOV TO EARLY JAN
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December 18, 2014

Gift Guide : Gal Pals


I think out of all the people I get gifts for my girlfriends are my favorites. It's always a treat to find something that screams your friend's name that you can't wait to give her. Or to scoop up something she's had her eye on but never got around to getting. Here are a few ultra cool things you can give to all your gal pals. xx

Cordelia Gem Collar Necklace from BaubleBar $32 // Leopard Raglan Sweater from Zoe Karssen $246 // Too Faced Beauty Wishes & Sweet Kisses from Sephora $34 // Large Agenda Lilly Lovers from Lilly Pulitzer $28 // Ecote Beaded Zip Pouch from Urban Outfitters $29 // Marc by Marc Jacobs Floral Print iPhone Case from Net A Porter $80 // Champagne Bubbles Highball Glasses from Anthropologie $58 // Evil Eye Intarsia Gloves from C.Wonder // Cedar Street Dot Darla from Kate Spade $78

December 17, 2014

Gift Guide : Mamas


Shopping for my mama is always fairly easy and a joy. She likes a little bit of sparkle, cozy things, and cooking. Christmas is the perfect season for all of these things. Here's a few ideas for getting something your mama will treasure be it a stylish scarf and satchel or gifts for the kitchen. xx

French Striped Apron from Williams-Sonoma $28 // Gum Drop Bracelet from Bauble Bar $36 // Falling Cloudberries $22 // Live In Love Perfume by Oscer De La Renta $58 // Yessica Satchel from Sole Society $60 // Woolrich Alpine Sheepskin Suede Boots $85 // Daisy Place 4x6 Frame from Kate Spade $65 //  Hawthorn Cheese Board from Pier 1 $60 // McQ Alexander McQueen Festive Floral Scarf from Net-A-Porter $295

December 10, 2014

Gift Guide: The Guys



Sometimes shopping for the guys can be easy, other times you're struggling to find anything that they'll like without settling for the standard tie and socks. Here are a few things that any guy in your life would like, be it beer aficionado father, outdoorsy boyfriend, or stylish brother.
My favorites are those awesome headphones and the bee watch! So cool. xx

Jack Black Mr. Big Set from Sephora $85 // Milemark Twill Overhead Bag from Jack Spade $398 // UNKNOWN Bee Black Leather Strap Watch from ASOS $124 // Leather Trim Knit Gloves from Barneys $115 // Brewery in A Box (1 Gallon Homebrew) from Urban Brewery $115 // The Curious Bartender from Anthropologie $28 // Sorel Premium T Canvas Boot from Urban Outfitters $140 // Marc by Marc Jacobs Motorcycle Applique Merino Wool Sweater from Mr Porter $260 // Marshall Headphones Major FX Black from Amazon $82







December 3, 2014

December Wishist



I'm pretty fortunate in my life that I have been able to get by without any real monetary issues. I have a job, I'm able to pay my bills, and I can buy something every now and then for myself. When it comes to Christmas I rarely ask my parents for anything over the top, I end up asking for practical things (seriously, last year I asked for new tires for my car, the year before that windshield wipers....).  So December wishlists becomes more so a wishlist for myself of things I might try and scoop up with gift cards or holiday money. A few things I may throw on to my list for my parents, but I never expect anything astronomical from them!

I've been sort of obsessed with that CK bra ever since I saw someone post a photo of it on instagram. I'm also obsessed with turtlenecks for some odd reason (used to hate em). I love a good watch and this rose gold/navy one is a dream combo. I've been looking for a new scent and this Tom Ford one is heavenly - rum and honey yes please. Obviously in need of a new calender, this incorporates honeybees my fav. Dolce & Gabbana have made my must have sunnies. I love a good pair of black boots, these snakeskin ones are awesome. It's about time I grow up and invest in some good brushes, I like this antibacterial set. Lastly, who would I be if I didn't want a book?

December 1, 2014

Books I Read : November


I was able to power through a ton of books this month! I set a goal to read forty books this year and while I'm not going to probably make the cut I've still made a substantial dent in my goal. (I'm at twenty-six out of forty and though I'm good, I don't think I'm going to be able to tackle 14 books in the month of December.) A wide variety of books this month from mysteries, to history, to comedies and memoirs.

A Little History of the World by E. H. Gombrich - Quite literally a 'little history' of the world this book is intended to be a overview of the world's history aimed at young readers. Entertaining, insightful, and a great refresher for those history buffs that may have fallen off the wagon (hand raise). This was a wonderful and quick non fiction read to give me a bit of a breather in between fiction tales.

Where'd You Go Bernadette by Maria Semple - Truthfully, I don't even know why I waited so long to read this novel. I should have known I'd love it as the author used to write for Arrested Development (one of my favorite shows of all time). I honestly wished I had more time in a day to finish this book all in one go! About a family who is left to pick up the pieces after the wife disappears after having a meltdown. It's funny, sweet, and hard to put down.

The Last Dead Girl by Harry Dolan - A fairly decent crime novel surrounding the mysterious death of young woman and how her past begins to catch up with her roping her current lover into solving it when the authorities try to downplay it. I finished it rather quickly but it can be a bit predictable at times (however this is coming from someone who has read almost every Agatha Christie novel so perhaps I'm a bit jaded to the mystery/crime genre these days!).

The Woman I Wanted To Be by Diane von Furstenberg - I adore DVF and have been dreaming of getting one of her iconic wrap dresses for yonks now. I loved reading about Diane's musings on life/love/fashion, her work ethic, her confidence, and her passion. After reading I felt like making a change in my own life to be more confident and simply have a zest for life like Diane's. I can say without hesitation, she is definitely one of the women I want to be.

Eat Pretty: Nutrition for Beauty Inside & Out by Jolene Hart - I've mentioned a couple times about how I'm attempting to make a conscious effort to be more aware of what I'm eating and drinking. After reading Jolene's book I'm ready to tackle this head on. A great education on how what you eat can affect your beauty health more so than any miracle product. I loved that it broke down what to eat by season, and also that it was by no means encouraging you to eat what you don't like to but find what works for you. I urge everyone who is feeling that they don't look their best to take a peak!  

Oh and I just started a horror novel by Steven King's son. Rather lengthy so that might be the balk of my December reading!