Thursday, December 29, 2011

It was a very good year...

Can you believe that 2011 is almost over? I'm sure it has been a great year for many of you and I would have to agree. So many amazing and even unexpected things have happened that make me eager to begin anew and say HELLO to 2012. My long weekend starts today, and hopefully I will be back to post over the holiday but I wanted to wish everyone a Happy New Year just in case time slips away (which it somehow always does). I can't even begin to thank all of you who take the time out of your very busy lives to step into my world for a minute or two each day. Honestly, you can't even imagine how wonderful this blog has made me feel over the past year- its a part of me now, it inspires and keeps me driven, more then I ever thought it would.I have so many things to be grateful for this year and so many individuals who make my heart full, cheery, and shine each and everyday.

2012, be kind to us. May your days hold as many bright ones as the year passed.

Happy New Year everyone. CHEERS!

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Wednesday, December 28, 2011

1100 Media - Paradise Valley Edition

I was asked to be a contributing writer for the Paradise Valley Edition of 1100 Media Magazine. I covered a couple of local hot spots here in Scottsdale and had so much fun with the whole process. Interviewing, tasting and taking pictures! Take a peek at the electronic copy if you get a chance - and if you are in the Phoenix area I highly recommend trying some of the places featured. I wanted to share what I have been up too lately and also currently in the process of brainstorming for new places to write about for the January issue too - any suggestions welcome! xo

Pictures From Our Holiday Party

I promised you all I would eventually get up pictures from our Holiday party that we had a few weeks back and here they finally are! My roommates and I worked so hard preparing and putting everything together and it ended up turning out perfectly! Hope you enjoy :) Most treats on the dessert table were found on Pinterest and all appetizers were original. If you need links to any of the recipes or have any questions on any of the dessert table please feel free to contact me. Happy Wednesday! (I could get used to these short weeks).

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

My Christmas Through Instagram

I know I have been somewhat MIA with all the Holiday hustle and bustle but I wanted to wish everyone a belated holiday blessing! Hope everyone's days were filled with lots of family, food, and most of all plenty of holiday beverages :). Below are a few snapshots I've taken over the past few weeks.

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Trend Gawker

I have slowly started to notice a trend coming about. Cuffed jeans have been making their way around all the major fashion houses as well as, of course, Pinterest and Tumblr. So naturally, I wanted to show some inspiring pictures of this fab trend with you all. I know the next time I slip on my skinnies I will definitely try this out!

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Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Holiday Sam Edelman Style

Ever since I purchased my first pair of Sam Edelman shoes (shown here) it seems as though I have been seeing them everywhere. Maybe because they somewhat flew beneath my radar until I found my beloved wedges but I simply can't get enough. If you ask me, I think his holiday styles have captured the season to a "T". I still have some shopping to get done..are you all finished? Have any of you gifted a pair of Sam Edelmans this year?
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Monday, December 19, 2011

Christmas Spirit

I have been all completely wrapped up in the Christmas spirit lately. I have decorated 3 Trees, can you believe it?? My office tree, my own tree, and I also helped my Mom decorate her's last night. What fun! Some may say I'm crazy but I can't help it that I love doing stuff like that. Our holiday party was a huge success, I am planning on posting pictures later this week so you can see all the details. However, there are a few snapshots on my Twitter from the weekend. Hope everyone had as fun much fun this weekend as I did - Cheers!

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Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Time To Prep!

My holiday party is just around the corner (on Friday) and our Party Prep is in full force - naturally. Decisions on appetizers, outfits, and beverages are to be made and I am loving every minute of it! Hope you all are having a great week!

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Sunday, December 11, 2011

Featured

Today I am going to be featured on one of my best friend's blog, A Dash of Details. I am posting about Christmas traditions and my holiday wish list. Go check it out! And don't forget to follow her blog :)

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Friday, December 9, 2011

Merry and Bright

December is filled with holiday parties, some even end up on the same night - and you may even be lucky enough to be hosting one this weekend. If you are a guest, hostess, or simply a social butterfly with 3 parties each night always remember the reason for the special season. Be thankful and gracious for loved ones, friends, and family this weekend. And if you get the chance...steal a kiss under the mistletoe. Happy Weekend Ya'll!! xo

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Thursday, December 8, 2011

These Glamorous Holidays

The Holiday season always kicks the glam factor up a notch and allows you to go a little over the top in anything you do. Whether it be the clothing on your back, the party you throw, or the polish on your toes...holidays = glamour. If you know me you know I love sparkle and glitz and I wanted to share some of this fab inspiration.
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Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Bundle Up

Happy Wednesday all! Today I did not want to get out of my bed or take my warm fuzzy slippers off before heading out the door. Suprisingly, It has been pretty chilly here in Scottsdale. I know, I know....I get what you might be thinking, but it SERIOUSLY is. Heat turned on, fire crackling, candles burning, and cozy slippers are in full force in my house! Hope you're enjoying your wintery nights as much as I am :)

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Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Greater Than > Less Than

I saw this sweater in the Juicy store in early November and completely fell in love with it. However, I was not a fan of the steep price. Then - on Black Friday I saw the similar one from American Eagle and was thrilled. I ended up not buying it because the line was wrapped around the entire store and didn't have the time or energy to wait. So I thought I would share with you all. I'm actually glad I waited because there is now a sale going on at AE for 40% off sweaters. :)
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Friday, December 2, 2011

I'm Dreaming of a White Christmas

Unfortunately, we never get a white Christmas in Scottsdale...however it is still fun to dream right? My roommates and I have decided to throw a holiday cocktail soirée for our friends in honor of the festive holiday sesason. So naturally, I have been obsessing over pictures of lavish holiday parties and dreaming that ours will turn out perfectly. I came across this amazing white and blue Christmas event and I instantly fell in love and was completely inspired. We want to attempt to steal some of these ideas for our own party! Hope everyone has an amazing weekend - and Happy December! I cannot believe how fast time is flying...xo
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Thursday, December 1, 2011

Dear Santa...

If you are anything like me I never have a hard time creating my own wishlist for the holidays. However, finding gifts for my boyfriend always proves to be a more difficult task. I've put together a quick gift guide for those of you who might find yourself in the same position. Clearly there are many more ideas, and chances are I will create another gift guide (mostly because SCM told me that there are too many "clothes" on this list and that I should have consulted with him before creating this post hehe). Happy Thursday! One more day until the weekend. xo
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1.Daniel Buchler Drawstring Pants - $78 - Nordstrom

2."The Original" Maker's Mark 6 x 50 Cigar - $11 - Teds Cigars

3.Levi's Clean Shaven Jacket - $88 - Piperlime

4.Similar Style - $117

5.Jack Spade iPhone 4 Hard Case- $40- Piperlime

6.Polo Ralph Lauren Men's Knit Socks- $12

7.Movado BOLD Large Watch- $350 - Bloomingdales

8.Sperry Top-Sider Authentic Original- $75