High Five for Friday…

and my last “work day” for two weeks!  Of course, knowing me… I’m going to have a tough time now working for two whole weeks BUT at least I have lots of fun things to look forward to!  Including… NY in less than a week!!  I can barely contain my excitement!!

A few things I wanted to share with you guys that I am totally loving this week:

1. Stylish Chicks Who Inspire Me

These blogs are hands down my favorite when it comes to style.  These girls are so adorable you totally hate them for it… and so sweet it makes it impossible to do so!  You must follow them:



I would steal her style in 1 second – love everything she wears!


Running on Happiness

The picture is worth a thousand words….

2. Simple Up Dos

So simple, even an accountant can do it! Winking smile


3. Finding “THE” Lipstick

I am always on the prowl for a new lipstick colors to try out… I absolutely love when I find something that works for the office AND play.  Not too long ago I had one of those moments where I tried on a color that seems as though it was made for me.  It was complete love:


Lancôme L'Absolu Rouge in Rose Mythique


Ahhh – it makes me so happy!  And, let me tell you – I am the LEAST brand loyal when it comes to beauty products… I try everything.  But ladies… this color will always be in my arsenal.  Go try it on!

4.  New York… Shopping!

With less than a week to go until my NY trip, I can’t stop thinking about all of the shopping damage that is going to happen… I should probably bring an extra suitcase to hold my new wardrobe Smile  I'm seriously excited to hit up:



Also – obviously excited for Soho… Greenwich Village. 

Do you guys have any suggestions??

5.  The Kid

I don’t think I’ll ever not have Quigs in my Top 5… How cute is this picture??



Couldn’t help myself. . .

How sweet is this???  I’ll let you take a guess at how many takes we had before we were able to get one picture of all three of us looking into the camera.  (Hint: More than 10, less than 20!)

Loving our new tripod – More family pics to come!  Merry Christmas!!



Confession (Tuesday?): Red

Gosh…. I’ve been a bad girl.  I must admit I’ve had a bit of a blogging dry spell over the last few weeks.  I just can’t seem to think of anything that I really wanted to post about.  Well, the dry spell ends today!
I’ve had such an obsession with red heads for so long – There is just something incredibly glamorous about a girl that can rock red locks.  I mean really, how gorgeous is Emma Stone?  I love.
Seriously?  A red lip, nude eyes… Bombshell.
I’ve tried to rock the red look, but I’ve always muted it down a lot.  I’m not one to shy away from changing my hair color, but… this would be SUCH a scary change!  Some day I would love, love to do it… This is probably the closest I’ve ever come…
Okay, so it’s dark brown with a tinge of red… baby steps!! Winking smile

My red hair obsession went a step further when I saw (drum roll……)
FLORENCE + THE MACHINE this weekend!!!  She blew my mind – I definitely have a girl crush on her… and I think everyone at her show fell in love with her as well.  She has the most amazing stage presence… she’s so graceful and dream-like – she literally floats around the stage. 
Please, if you guys have a chance to see her in concert – DO IT.  I’ll definitely be seeing her next time she’s in SoCal.
And, can I please have her wardrobe?
Have a lovely Tuesday!


Guest Bloggin'

Ladies and gents... (not that I think any guys follow this blog, other than hubby): I'm guest blogging today on The Small Things Blog!

Get over there today to check out some seriously drool-worthy cookie recipes....

(Mental note, I neeeeeed to make these babies: Salted Chocolate Carmel)


Confession Sunday: Holiday Party

Sorry for the blog silence… I realize it’s been nearly a week but I assume you can all relate to how busy life can get this time of the year.

Anyway, I must share that my office is throwing our Annual Christmas party this weekend and I couldn’t be more excited.  Drinks, dinner, and dancing… it doesn’t get any better!

So, in the spirit of planning for the party I had to find the perfect outfit.  Well ladies and gentleman…. check out this gorgeous Ted Baker number!



These are the shoes…. affordable, adorable, AND comfy!  I hit the trifecta!


And last… but certainly not least, the makeup look.  If you haven’t checked out Bobbi Brown’s holiday line, it’s a must!  Here’s some irresistible makeup options:




So I couldn’t resist making an appointment to get my makeup done before the Christmas party.  So exciiiiiited!!


Confession Sunday: Color Pop!

I love, love, love the colored denim trend… but I’ve been having a tough time justifying spending a lot of money on jeans I won’t wear very often.  Well, I finally found the perfect compromise – I’m so proud of myself!  These babies were only $30!



BTW – I would have preferred to share the outfit in a portrait-like standing position…. unfortunately the photographer (hubby) didn’t realize that was my intent.  I ended up with a lot of pictures that look like this:


Which is great…..but, not so perfect for outfit sharing!  Looks like I might need to ask Santa for a tripod this Christmas!


High Five Friday!

Can’t believe it’s already that time of the week again – Time for my Top 5 items for the week!  Here we go!
1. Shellac: If you haven’t had a Shellac manicure yet, you’re missing out.  I’ve never been one to be able to commit to the maintenance of fake nails – but I love the clean and durable look.  Well, this is the perfect blend of durability and somewhat low maintenance!  Try it – you won’t regret it!
2. Black Friday (Online): I love online shopping – Coffee and the comfort of my couch… sure beats the crowds and hustle of shopping at the mall.
3. Wet Bulldogs: Enough said.
4. Red, Red, Red: Love the Christmas Season! (…as if I need another reason to wear red!) 
5. Kindle: I love my Kindle… so lightweight yet it stores all of my favorite books!  I’ve recently become obsessed with the fact that I can share books with other Kindle users (for free!)  Who wants to share??

Have a great weekend and make sure to check out Lauren’s blog (http://www.frommygreydeskblog.com/) for more High Fives!
If you want to join in on the High Five fun, link up with us!


Thanksgiving Funny

Happy Thanksgiving all!  I’m spending the day with the fam… relaxing, cooking and watching football.  Love it!  Thought I’d share with you a hilarious self portrait moment I had with Quigs the other day…. hope you think it’s as funny as I do!





Happy Thanksgiving!!!



Confession Sunday

This week’s confession: I’m a beauty-holic.  I’m fairly certain I spend most of my discretionary income on anything Sephora – skin care, makeup, brushes… I love it all.  That’s exactly why I was so excited to read about a monthly service that delivers 4-5 samples of beauty products to my door, for only $10/month!  I found service, Birchbox, while reading The Small Things blog.  I received my first package last weekend and I can’t wait to share it with you!  I plan to share each delivery, and then tell you exactly what I think of the product (good or bad!)


First of all, I’m a sucker for cute packaging.  How cute is this box?


The inside is even better!


Here are the goodies:

1. Befine Night Cream: lips1lips1lips1

This night crème is silky smooth, but not earth shattering.  I’ve been using it for the last week and haven’t noticed a lot of differences.  I will say I was slighly more moisturized in the morning.

2.  Alex and Isabelle Hair Ties lips1

Ooops… Okay, don’t judge – I thought these cute things were part of the packaging and I threw them away!  Ha!  Guess I won’t be able to report on these….

3.  Supersmile Toothpaste lips1lips1lips1lips1

This stuff is great!  A little weird because it specifically says not to get your toothbrush wet before you use it… but, I’ve already noticed a difference!  Definitely have to add this to my normal routine.

4.  Anatasia Mascara lips1

I questioned even giving this one kiss.  Terrrrrible.  Doesn’t even hold a light to my normal mascara (which you HAVE to try): MAC Opulash – Adds a ton of volume and stays put all day long… even during my 16-hour work days!

5.  Keratase Elixir lips1lips1lips1lips1

This is a miracle for hair – Add a little to your hair pre-blow dry for major manageability or add a dab after you blow dry for amazing smoothing powers.  Bonus: it smells great!!


Can’t wait for my next box to come!!

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