Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Blogmas Reflection

I, for one, cannot believe how quickly December has gone by. One day I’m undertaking the task and a half that is Blogmas, and the next it’s over! I suppose time really does fly when you’re having fun.

Friday, December 25, 2015

To you,

To wrap up Blogmas I'd just like to say thank you so much for sticking around. You all are incredibly important to me. Wishing you a day as wonderful as you are! :)


Thursday, December 24, 2015

The First Gift of Christmas

Copper Reindeer

Merry Christmas Eve, everyone!

Every Christmas Eve, for as long as I can remember, my parents, brother, and I each open one gift. No doubt this initially was my parents trying to appease my brother and I when we were young and bouncing off the walls from anticipation and excitement over Father Christmas' arrival; however it's now developed into a fun tradition I always look forward to. This year I ended up opening a gift from my big brother. In a bag underneath loads of tissue paper was this cute copper reindeer. I absolutely love the sleek modern shape of it, the fact that it's a deer, and of course the color! This little gem has already found a spot on one of the shelves next to my bed. It fits in so perfectly with my style and newly redesigned bedroom! It also doubles as not only a decor piece, but ring holder, too. You've hit the nail on the head with this one, Brian, so well done! I absolutely love my first gift of Christmas! :)

Do you have any traditions like this?


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Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Yankee Swap

Tonight a group of my high school friends and myself are having a get together. Though we're all in college, we've made it a point to maintain the tradition we started freshman year of having a holiday party. Between blasting Christmas music, dancing around, and simply having a jolly old time in our sequins-covered numbers, we have a Yankee Swap. For those of you who don't know what that is, a Yankee Swap is a gift exchange. Everyone brings one gift to the party. To exchange them, everyone draws a number and gets to pick a gift in that order. After opening a gift, that person has the opportunity to swap with someone else who has already opened a gift. So basically drawing number one is the best because you get your pick of every gift! A Yankee Swap is literally luck of the draw. You never know what you're going to get. The fun of it is unboxing a mystery.

Before I head out, I thought I'd unveil the mystery within the box I bring. The theme is a pamper evening. Seeing as we all survived our finals from last week, I wanted to give a sort of reward for that. Like "Congrats! You did it! Now treat yo self."

Sunday, December 20, 2015

Starting The Week Off Right

With the least alluring day of the week coming around again tomorrow, sometimes we all need a bit of help in tackling it and the week ahead. This week in particular may not be as much of a struggle compared to some because of Christmas on Friday (!!!), but that sense of excitement isn't something we can rely on every week! Besides, for all I know the mad rush of the holiday season may be getting to you and weighing you down a bit. Either way, there are ways in which we all can start our weeks off right, Christmas or no Christmas.

Saturday, December 19, 2015

The Minimalist Gift Guide

Hello, lovelies! I'm back after only a slightly hellish week of finals. As it's crunch time to wrap up Christmas shopping, I wanted to share a quick little gift guide with you. Rather than have it be a typical guide, I decided to align it with my personal style (/unofficially add a few bits to my Christmas list). Hopefully there's a minimalist in your life and this post will be of some benefit! If not, enjoy the 10/10 aesthetics and theme! ;)

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Brief Blogmas Break

*sigh* As you can probably guess from the title of this post, my Blogmas endeavor is going to have a bit of an intermission. I've come to this conclusion due to the fact that I literally just got home from work (11:50 pm). Ten minutes has not left me with much time to post content I am pleased with. I'll have even less time these next few days due to working, studying for finals, and then actually taking my exams. Those take priority, so no matter how much it pains me, I won't be doing Blogmas days 16-18. :(

Hope you all understand that I'm having to prioritize school and work over blogging at the moment. Do stick around, because after my Saturday morning exam, I'm free to blog as much as I want! 

See you on Saturday!! <3


Monday, December 14, 2015

The 12 Days of Blogmas

I can verify firsthand that Blogmas is in fact a huge undertaking. It is a commitment that requires great organizational and time management skills. Frankly, keeping up with that for 25 days straight is draining on top of other daily happenings. Intimidated by this task? Don't be because there is an alternative that requires only half the work; The 12 Days of Blogmas. Only from December 13th-25th would you post. Ideally I should have posted this a few days ago in case anyone would be interested in trying it this year... clearly I need to work on my organizational skills. Feel free to still follow along the guide I've made, even a few days late, or bookmark it and already start planning for next year!

Saturday, December 12, 2015

Finals Week | Elf Edition

This upcoming week is jam-packed with finals for me. Seeing as I've been complaining about finals for the past few posts, I thought, why not just dedicate an entire post to that? To take my mind off all I have to do (/procrastinate), I wanted to combine Christmas and what will basically be how I take on this busy week in a lighthearted way. Get a good ol' chuckle from Buddy the Elf. Plus, I wanted an excuse to watercolor, and ended up coming up with this illustration! Hope you enjoy!

Friday, December 11, 2015

Favorite Festive Nail Combo

Hands down these are my most worn nail polishes this season thus far. They're classic colors that just scream Christmas. Separate or used together, these colors are simply a must-have this time of year. The white provides the cool winter tone in this combo, while the red gives that oh so merry affect. As for the metallic, this jazzes up the combination. Metallics and glittery polishes have definitely been staples for me this month beyond this combo, as well. They add depth and catch light so beautifully. Plus, who doesn't love shiny things??

Thursday, December 10, 2015

The Christmas Tag

Between being a full-time student with finals coming up and working part-time, I'm honestly baffled by the fact that I've so far blogged everyday this December. Though I've technically completed this challenge thus far, it was not quite to the quality I was hoping for. On my schedule I had so many crafts and thoughtful posts planned out, but due to the fact that I'm at school, I'm lacking the supplies and time needed to execute them. This will hopefully change once I'm home, though! One more week! I have every intention of finishing Blogmas strong! For this month of blogging I wanted to make an effort not to fall back on doing tags, because I imposed a standard on myself, but in all honesty, I'm beyond tired and overwhelmed right now due to school, so this is what I can manage at the moment. Also, the next few posts will be going up at random times, much like today's, since I'm having to prioritize other responsibilities over them (final projects, work, etc). Hope ya understand, my lovelies! 

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

30 Christmas Inspired Instagram Post Ideas

'Tis the season for people to post a ridiculous amount on Instagram fa la la la (etc). But ya know, that's ok because it is the most wonderful time of the year after all. And during such a joyous time, it is acceptable and almost expected to capture and share as many lovely moments as you wish. Not sure what to post, though? Well lucky you, you've come to the right place...

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Unboxing My Canon Camera

Merry Christmas to me from me!!! I'm so unbelievably excited to now own this camera. It is such a great feeling because it's not only something I've been wanting for a while, but something I've been saving for. Even though adulthood can suck at times, to be frank, moments like these where you can say you made a big purchase solo and own it outright is an incredible feeling. Look at me adult-ing!!

Monday, December 7, 2015

John Lewis

Even though the John Lewis Christmas ads aren't ones that run in the US, I'm still obsessed with them. Ever since I discovered they existed two years ago, I immediately fell in love with the stories, cinematography, and all they stand for. The release of each holiday one is something I now look forward to this time of year. Yet again after the wait for this year's, John Lewis didn't disappoint. The one above is very cute and touching, as every other advert really. In case you haven't seen it, I thought I'd share it with you! It's a really lovely short video that helps you get into the giving spirit and to tug on the ol' heart strings a bit. Read on to see my other favorite JL ads!

Saturday, December 5, 2015

My Christmas Playlist

Sparked by just having seen the Trans-Siberian Orchestra live for their Christmas show, The Ghosts of Christmas Eve, I thought I'd share with you my favorite songs to incessantly play on repeat this time of year! Since I don't have a Spotify, I've narrowed this list down to 25 songs, so they're not quite as overwhelming and cumbersome to enjoy. Plus, that makes for one song for each day leading up to Christmas from the start of December! *So clever* In case you were wondering, yes, "Carol of the Bells" is on this list. :)

Friday, December 4, 2015

Rosy Cheeks | Review

Need a gift idea? Well look no further! Lush is always a solid way to go when looking for something to give; especially if you're going for a pamper and "lush" theme. Lush is mostly known for their bursting bath bombs and bubble bars, but don't overlook all of the other hidden treasures within their trove of products. One of their many gems are the Fresh Face Masks, but more specifically the Rosy Cheeks one.

Thursday, December 3, 2015

My Christmas List

Apologies for my Christmas list being a bit lame this year. Honestly, I'm fortunate enough to have a lot of the things I want/need already. Most of these items I want, sure, but I wouldn't be heartbroken if I didn't get them. This year I haven't been wanting a lot of tangible things either because I'm perfectly content with what I have and other aspects of life take precedence. What I really want is love, happiness, quality friendships, health, and adventure for myself and loved ones. Plus, regarding tangible items, I save up and spend throughout the year on things I truly want, so a day of receiving gifts is kind of pointless for me. Contrasting that, I loveeee giving gifts, so I can't wait to show you what I've gotten family and friends this year!! (Once I actually purchase everything... ha.)

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Must See Christmas Movies

The holiday time is quite possibly one of my favorite times of the year. Due to that, I am naturally drawn to watching films embodying the spirit of it all; especially once December hits (but tbh I watch these year round when I feel a wave of festivity... Christmas in July is a thing...). As the December days go on, and whenever I have downtime, you can find me curled up under blankets upon blankets with a mug of hot chocolate in hand going through this list of films and many more.

What are your favorite holiday films? Are any of these your favorites? Do you have any movie recommendations for me?


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Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Cookie Dough Truffles

It's the first day of Blogmas!!! To kickoff this crazy and exciting month of blogging, I thought I'd share one of my favorite treats to make around the holidays with you. After all, treats are vital during this time of year. These delights are so simple to make. With their richness and sweetness, once out for everyone to enjoy, they'll be gone in less time than it took for you to make them!