black and white outfit christmas tree nyc It’s starting to hit me that I’m heading home to California soon (one week from tomorrow to be exact!). I’ve been trying to hang out with my friends one last time before I leave for the holidays and yesterday I hopped on the train to Brooklyn. In honor of her birthday and the holidays, my friend hosted a tree-trimming gathering at her apartment. As always, there were plenty of yummy snacks and good company.

I’ve got a little bit over a week to sort out my business before I fly home. I’d like to check more people off my Christmas card list, pick up a few more Christmas presents, and deliver presents to local friends before I leave. I also have another tree-trimming party to go to next weekend. This time of year is so busy busy busy, but it’s all fun stuff, so I don’t mind!

Outfit Details: Forever 21 white sweater (similar), American Eagle black hi-rise jeggings, Payless flats, Fossil Erin Satchel | Lips- Rimmel London Lasting Finish Lipstick- Kate Moss Collection in 01 | photos of me- my roomie

What I Read November 2014

YES PLEASE

About- Amy Poehler’s (of Parks and Recreation, SNL, and The Upright Citizen’s Brigade fame) memoir.

Why I picked it- Hello? Amy Poehler’s book? That’s all you had to say!

Grade A I listened to the audiobook version and it was fantastic. I’m not normally an audiobook person, but it’s narrated by Amy herself and that convinced me. The whole book felt very honest and relatable. Amy’s writing just makes you feel like the two of you are old pals. If you like Amy Poehler, I’d say you should definitely pick up this book. If you liked Bossypants or Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?, I’d say you should buy this book. Basically, anyone with a sense of humor should buy this book! I’m glad I listened to the audiobook, but I also ordered the physical copy because I want to own it and flip through all of the pictures.

THE MAZE RUNNER

About- A teenager named Thomas wakes up in a strange location with no memory of his past and must fight to make his way back home.

Why I picked it- I know this book is pretty popular and the movie adaptation came out earlier this year.

Grade C- I was rather disappointed by this one. This is one of those books that did not live up to the hype for me. I thought it was pretty repetitive in the beginning and I didn’t find the main character compelling. I never really felt a connection with the characters, so I wasn’t invested in the story. Maybe I’m getting a little tired of dystopian YA fiction?

A LITTLE PRINCESS

About- A rich, young girl whose father dies and leaves her penniless.

Why I picked it- Last month was Children’s Literature Month and I wanted to fit at least one kids book in.

Grade B+ I absolutely loved this movie as a kid and the book is just as charming. I really like the message of making the most out of a bad situation. I also enjoyed the main character’s big imagination. Those were my favorite scenes in the movie- when the things she imagined came to life. If you’ve seen the movie and liked it, I think you would also enjoy the book as well.

Tell me: Have you read anything good lately?

(as always, click the titles for links!)

Gift Guide 2014 For the Home Kitchen Sometime over the last few years, getting things for my home or kitchen has become nearly as exciting as getting new clothes or books. It really takes time to turn a house (or apartment) into a home and it’s fun to add your own little personal touches. I like to switch up the decor in my room from time to time and I’m slowly building up my baking tools (next on my list- a donut pan). These are a few fun gift ideas that I think many people would be happy to receive for their home and/or kitchen. I mentioned that I had a bunch of ideas for gift guides, but I think I’m aiming to do about five in total, so there might be a few more combo guides like this one. As usual, everything in this guide is under $75!

01. Lace Gold Frame 02. Metal Basket 03. Jordan Carlyle Feathered Pillow 04. Trinket Tray 05. Initial Candle 06. Faceted Vessel- Live Bright 07. Geometry Espresso Cups 08. More Please! Metallic Salad Servers 09. But First Coffee Mug (need this) 10. Ceramic Cutting Board 11. Star Cookie Cutter Set 12. Donna Hay: The New Classics 13. Ho Ho Ha Coasters 14. Emily Henry Pie Dish

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Holiday Party Dresses Under 100

It’s my favorite time of year- the holiday season! Now that Thanksgiving has come and gone, I can officially get into the holiday spirit. Every year, I look forward to the parties and gatherings that happen around this time of year. Sadly, this year I’ll be missing a couple of work parties because I’m heading back to CA, but I am planning to go to my friend’s tree-trimming party this month. I wanted to round up a few dress ideas for those who’ve also got a few holiday parties on their calendar this month.

Did you all have a nice weekend? I had a very relaxing weekend- it was wonderful. I didn’t really do much of anything but it was so nice to have some alone time and just hibernate a bit. I watched a lot of TV/movies, put up some twinkle lights, made an apple pie, started working on my Christmas card list, and did a bit of reading. It felt like a taste of the Christmas break that’s coming up. Just another 2.5 weeks to get through!

Tell me: Are you hosting a holiday party this year or do you plan to attend one?

01. Jeweled Cami Dress 02. Scuba Lace Detail Dress 03. Eyelash Lace Strapless Dress 04. Delicate Lace Gathered Dress 05. Shift Dress in Geo Sequins 06. Burgundy Backless Midi Dress 07. Rose Pattern Fit & Flare Dress 08. Sequined Skater Dress

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