Correspondence Club: November 2012

November-Correspondence-Club-Collage

All participants- AlexCarrieDebbieKaitlynKatMikeSaraTracyChrisRehanaEmilyNatasha,
StephanieCarmilaImogenAmberAshlieMikaElizabeth, Anne, Suki, Aly, Kirstin, me, Kaitlyn H.MariaAnastasiaJessica, Polly, Blair, JoChristineAshleyCatie, Lisa W., Ashlie, Emily C., DreaBethsaida, Chiara, Kaitlyn P., Sauni-Rae, Kate, Marian, Laura F., Lysa

Well, November just flew right by! This month’s theme was Thankful for the Little Things. I asked people to take a minute and think about the little things that make them happy. After recovering from Hurricane Sandy at the end of October, I was thankful for things like electricity, good books to keep me from going crazy when we didn’t have power, and warm meals. This month Marian also wrote about the Correspondence Club, so be sure to check out her post too!

I’m really excited for next month because this is my favorite time of year! I’ll be asking everyone to put together an extra special package for their partner and I can’t wait to see what everyone will come up with.

Do you want to join the Correspondence Club for December?  We’d love to have you!  If you would like to participate in December, please use the link above to sign up by midnight on Saturday (December 1st at 11:59pm EST).

Gift Guide: $50 and Under

Gift-Guide-$50-and-Under

Fresh Sugar Kisses Mini Lip Trio (now I get why everyone raves about these- they’re amazing!) // Mossimo Colorblock Sweater with Black Sequin // Kate Spade 2013 Desktop Spiral Planner (I still keep an old-school planner and I can’t resist a cute one like this) // ASOS Luxury Spike Gem Drop Earrings // Lollia Relax Evening Bubble Bath (bubble bath that looks like a bottle of bubbly? love it!) // Adia Kibur Short Stone Necklace  // C. Wonder Resin Tile Box // Williams Sonoma Peppermint Bark (this stuff is dangerously delicious) // Domino: The Book of Decorating (this book has been on my wishlist for a while!) // Old Navy Sweater // Gorjana Friendship Star Earring Set  (one set for you and one for a friend!) // Le Animale Cat Petite Necklace // The Great Gatsby Ebook Jacket (use with your iPad, Kindle, or Nexus 7) // West Elm Thomas Paul Toiletry Kit

If you want to see all of my gift picks so far, check out my dedicated Pinterest board!

Julep Maven Review: Classic with a Twist

Julep Maven Classic With a Twist

Recently, Julep sent me a Classic with a Twist box and I was so excited to test out these colors when they arrived! To me, these are the perfect fall/winter colors- dark and rich.

Olivia is a lovely dark brown nail polish. I have to admit, I was skeptical about brown nail polish at first (I don’t generally like to wear brown because I feel like it blends too much into my skin color), but I totally changed my mind once I put this on. It looks like a delicious dark chocolate- how can I not love a color that reminds me of chocolate?! It was also wonderful to apply and very opaque- I think I could have gotten away with one coat, but I decided to do two coats just to be consistent.

Ahhh, Catherine. The perfect red nail polish. I mean, it’s just like bam! I don’t know about you, but I love a classic red nail polish- it can’t be too dark, or too light, or too orange, and that can be pretty tough to find. I feel that this polish hits the nail on the head and with two coats I had the perfect pop of color on my nails. I think this will definitely become my go-to red polish!

If you like purple, I think you’ll definitely be a fan of Gayle. I personally prefer a darker purple to lighter ones, so this color is right up my alley. The color is very rich and deep, but not so dark that you’re not sure if it’s purple or black.  After testing all three, this is the color I decided to stick with for now! I hadn’t sported a purple manicure in a while and I do love to wear darker colors at this time of year.

You guys already know that I really like the Julep formula- it’s a great consistent, goes on smoothly, and dries pretty fast.  The Classic with a Twist box is what I usually order each month because the colors are so wearable- classic, but never boring. If you like what you see, Julep has been kind enough to offer my readers 20% off on purchases of $20 or more- just go to their site and use the code VIP20 to get your discount!

Tell me: Would you wear any of these colors?

Disclaimer: This nail polish was provided for me to review by Julep; however, I only recommend products and services that I like and believe that my readers will like as well. All thoughts and opinions in this post are entirely my own.

The Most Wonderful Time of the Year

Christmas Tree on A Car

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! But seriously, the holiday season is always my favorite time. It has everything to do with the decor, the gifts, the feeling in the air, spending time with friends, and getting to see my family! I’m super excited that I’ll be going home to California in less than a month :)

How was your Thanksgiving? I had a great time at my friend’s place in Brooklyn- we made roasted vegetables, potato and leek soup, wild rice, and a berry tart for dessert. And of course we had the other usual suspects- turkey, ham and a delicious cranberry sauce. After dinner I called my family and then pretty much laid on the couch for the rest of the night because I was so full!

Did anyone do any Black Friday shopping? This was the first year in a very long time where I didn’t buy a single thing on Black Friday. It all just felt rather overwhelming, what with pre-Black Friday sales and actual Black Friday sales and Black Friday weekend sales and today, Cyber Monday sales! I certainly wasn’t going to venture out to the stores and I did do a lot of online browsing, but I didn’t actually buy anything this time.

Speaking of shopping, I’m having a hard time figuring out what to get my loved ones this year. I’m getting lots of good ideas from my holiday gift guide series, but none of these yet seem like the perfect gifts for my family.

Tell me: How is your Christmas shopping going?