Saturday, December 26, 2015

All Dressed Up With Nowhere To Go

Red Lace Dress: Urban Outfitters// Leather Jacket: Zara//Booties: Steve Madden// Ear jackets: Renegade Silver//

Hey everybody! I hope you had a wonderful and lovely Christmas Eve and Christmas day with your friends and family! This year, Jake and I just relaxed together in the apartment with a big pot of home made chili with cornbread and had a movie marathon. It's so rare that we both have a day off at the same time, so relaxing and spending quality time with each other felt amazing! :)

I bought this lovely red lace dress about a month ago and have been dying to wear it out however, I have nowhere to wear it to (haha, we are LOSERS!)! I decided to play dress up and walk the deserted streets of San Francisco to take some pics at the San Francisco City Hall. It was a little chilly, so I wore my favorite faux leather jacket from Zara to keep warm and some sturdy booties to walk around in. I always love good combinations of hard/soft, masculine/feminine, structural/flowy etc so this leather and lace combination was right up my alley!

How was everyone's Christmas this year and did Santa bring you anything special? What was your favorite gift that you gave or received? Sorry, I am SO nosy but I love hearing what people get as gifts!! It's really exciting! Oh, I almost forgot to tell you what Santa brought me! It's a new video camera! I can't wait to show you what I plan on doing it, but I will include more on that later ;) Hope everyone had a great holiday!

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

5 Holiday Do's and Don'ts for the Closet Scrooge

With Christmas just around the corner, I have been seeing a flood of beautiful themed posts revolving around the Holidays. I love seeing how everyone enjoys this time of year, and I know that everyone experiences the holidays differently. That being said, I have a weird thing to admit- I'm a complete Scrooge when it comes to the Holidays. Whenever the December rolls around and I hear the first Christmas song of the year, I start to lose my goddamned mind. All the sales, the panic of finding the "perfect gift", crowded shopping centers, and the pressure of feeling like I have to enjoy myself this time of year majorly freaks me out. Sure, this might be a dramatic and adverse reaction to the "most wonderful time of the year", but for a closet introvert and agoraphobic like me, thing's aren't always as they seem.

I put a lot of thought into why I'm this way and never really settled on a real answer. Maybe working retail for years could be a big reason? Perhaps this is my inner rebel that tries to boycott all things popular and mainstream? Or maybe the Krampus is my secret spirit animal? No matter the reason, I've realized that I can't pretend that I'm Mother Christmas and do all of the festive things I would love to do. I used to beat myself up about getting moody during Christmas and over my lack of control when it comes to instinctively slapping the radio off when a holiday song comes on. The truth is, I am seriously envious when I see all of these other bloggers posting those amazing gift guides, beautiful gift wrapping techniques and recipes that make your mouth water. I want so badly to participate in these beautiful, festive posts but alas, my inner Scrooge is stopping me!

Holiday Flatlay
Isn't Sabina from Jeans and Roses lovely? Her festive flatlays are just too good. This is one of hers! ^^
It's taken me a while to write this post because I originally had a gift guide and festive Christmas recipes on my blog planner for this week but I just wasn't passionate about it. I love giving gifts, but I do that year round when I see something that catches my eye for someone else. I love baking, but I don't want to feel pressured to make things that fluctuate depending on the season (like I said, inner rebel coming out). Sure, my thoughts definitely could change in the future, but this is how I really am right now. In hopes there are some of you that can relate, I put together a little survival guide for my fellow Scrooges out there who are just like me during the holidays. I hope you enjoy!

Do's and Don'ts 

  1. Don't feel pressured by what others are doing. Just because your neighbor has a gigantic Christmas tree with all the trimmings, doesn't mean YOU need one! I was always really hard myself over this because growing up, my family got away with the bare minimum- An unconventional white tree, outfitted with red lights and bulbs nonetheless. We lovingly called it the "burning bush" and when we approached the house, it appeared to be on fire from its red glow burning within the windows. I would go to friend's houses and they would have tinsel, beautiful ornaments, seasonal soaps, beautifully wrapped gifts under the tree and candy canes in fancy bowls. I would be sad that all we had was an ugly tree with the same old busted ornaments the cat had been knocking around for several years prior. I grew up and learned that it's OK to lack seasonal adornments! Decorating the house is great and it looks soo beautiful but it's just not me. And hey, I end up using all of that extra storage space for clothes anyways. 
  2. Don't just buy because you feel like you should.  With all of the sales flying around, it's nearly impossible to not jump on them. Sure, it might be a great deal, but do you really need a new blender? This can also go for giving gifts. We've all had this happen to us where we hear someone we don't know well has bought us a gift. It's so easy to just turn to the sale page and buy some gadget with great value that is otherwise a gift the receiver would not enjoy. Instead, stop and think about these purchases and consider making something homemade instead. Not only will it save you money, but a homemade gift like cookies, a hand drawn portrait of their pet, or even a knitted scarf could say more than a store bought item ever could. Plus, you'll will now look crafty as hell. Bonus! 
  3. Do plan "me" time.  It's so easy to feel smothered by the sudden onslaught of friends and family, so planning "me" time is extremely important. By stepping away to take a hot shower or even a walk, you'll feel so much better and ready to tackle the festivities. I find that treating myself to a little something as well makes the Holidays a little more exciting, so I will buy myself the lipstick I have been lusting over, or a new Korean facial cleanser I'm interested in trying.
  4. Do understand the power of the thank you note. This one goes without saying, but I think it's often forgotten and lost in all of the festivities. A handwritten thank you note goes a really long way for those kind enough to give you a gift. I save all of the envelopes with everyone's addresses in a big pile and systematically work through it, addressing an envelope and tossing the corresponding wrap in order. I personally love writing thank you notes, especially when you can find the cutest ones ever at Target! I scored some with cats and dead mice on the front! 
  5. Don't beat yourself up. Hey, it took me 26 years to publicly admit that the holidays weird me out, but it is what it is. I always felt really bad about this because Holidays bring so much joy to other people and there's never been much to say about them, for me. I would try to make myself into a Christmas lover, but I learned that if you force yourself to "enjoy" something, you will resent it even more in the long run. While I love to give gifts and dress up, I'm a huge bucket of stress with a bare apartment and sudden hatred of crowded public places.  As I get older, I realize that it's just part of who I am that I can't cover up. If you're not comfortable and don't like something, you shouldn't try to make myself enjoy it because other people do.

Miniature christmas tree
Our "tree" is sadder than Charlie Brown's :( 

I would absolutely love to hear your thoughts and PLEASE don't take this post as me knocking down anyone who loves holidays because that is definitely not my intention. I love reading everyone's posts about their seasonal adventures, gift guides (so handy!), DIY crafts and I love seeing the holidays through everyone else's eyes. I think the Holidays are beautiful and fun when someone else is enjoying them, but for me, I'll be hanging back with a mug of hot chocolate, watching A Christmas Carol :)

Friday, December 18, 2015

Apple Turnovers with Salted Whiskey Caramel Sauce

Guys, I have a fever... Baking fever... And the only cure is MORE PASTRIES!

Ok, that was kind of a lame intro, but after visiting Mr. Holmes last weekend and drooling over all of those baked goods, I thought I would save myself a hike and make them right here right now in my own little apartment. Things are about to get boozy up in here as we get closer to the holidays, so join me as I make another delicious recipe that's perfect for a cozy winter weekend in. Share these with your special person, eat them all alone in bed or bring them to as a sweet treat to a family gathering. No matter how you choose to eat them, they are certain to be easy, delicious, and the prep can be really fun if you're a whiskey drinker, like me! ;{D These turnovers are flaky, crunchy, sweet and tart from the apples in the filling. The caramel sauce is buttery, smooth, and has a punch of flavor from your favorite whiskey. Are you sold yet? Oh, and I know the recipe sounds really intense, but trust me- If I can do it, you can too! Homemade caramel sauce sounds really intimidating but I promise, my only cooking skills and qualifications are the fact that i'm always hungry. Let's get to it!

Food porn

You Will Need: 

For the Pastry: 
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 4 cups water 
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 4 apples, peeled, cored and sliced ( I used granny smith) 
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp nutmeg
  • 1 tbsp cornstarch
  • 1 tbsp water
  • 1 package frozen puff pastry
For the Whiskey Caramel Sauce-Recipe from Portuguese Girl Cooks
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 tbsp water
  • 3/4 cup heavy cream
  • 3 tablespoons whiskey 
  • 1/4 tsp flaky sea salt (optional)

Cooking apples

FIlling for Apple turnovers

DIY apple turnovers

Puff pastry recipe


For the Pastry
  1. Preheat the oven to 400ºF. In a large bowl, add water and lemon juice. Add apple slices to prevent from browning. 
  2. Melt butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Drain apples and add to the skillet, cooking until golden (~2 minutes). Add brown sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg. Cook for 2 more minutes until apples are tender. 
  3. Make a slurry out of cornstarch and water and add to the apples in skillet, stirring until sauce is thick. Remove from heat. 
  4. Unfold pastry sheets and cut each section into a square. Spoon apple mixture into the center of the square and fold from corner to corner, forming a triangle shape. Press corners to seal and place on baking pan about an inch apart. 
  5. Bake for 25 minutes or until pastry has puffed up and is golden brown. 
For the Caramel Sauce: 
  1. In a large sauce pan, heat the sugar and water over medium/low heat. Do not mix! Once the edges start to brown, gently swirl the pot a few times to mix. It might be a little chunky or grainy, but don't worry! It'll melt together. Continue to cook the mixture (5-10 minutes) while swirling the pot occasionally until the sauce is a golden brown.
  2. Remove from heat and slowly add heavy cream while whisking constantly. The mixture will bubble and hiss aggressively so watch out! Whisk in the whiskey and sea salt. Transfer to a container and allow to cool with lid off. Heat slightly in the microwave before serving and sprinkle with a pinch of sea salt (optional, but really tasty). 

How to make caramel sauce

Whiskey Caramel sauce

Flaky puff pastry

You're all done! Don't they look tasty? I just want to let you guys in on a little hot tip I learned the hard way. So i've never actually made any sort of carmel before and I got distracted and walked away from it for a minute or two (or five, let's be honest). The pot turned black, started smoking, and stunk up the apartment like you would not believe! I had to open all of the windows and dangle the smoking pot out of the kitchen window while it cooled. The fumes from the burnt sugar were so foul, my eyes were literally burning from all the smoke and my hair and the apartment still smell of it haha. I highly recommended keeping a close eye on this! The second time around, I lowered the heat and stuck around with a closer watch. Don't be discouraged! It's truly easy if you aren't easily distracted. Also, the second time around, the caramel smelled amazing so it sort of counteracted the stench of the first batch.

What do you guys think of this recipe? Do you think you'll attempt to make it? Any fellow whiskey drinkers out there? Let me know in the comments below! Have a great weekend everyone! :) 

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

The Perfect Holiday Skirt Two Ways

Ohh, the Holiday season. A non-stop onslaught of family gatherings, gift giving, parties and the resulting hangovers. Those things bring seasonal funky party dresses, bright colors, sexy silhouettes and feathery skirts. I've always avoided the siren songs of these festive pieces until now... *dun dun dun*... I caved and bought an ostrich feather miniskirt! Why have I avoided buying one until now? Maybe it was the fear of molting all over the apartment and dance floor. Or perhaps because of my rambunctious cat who will stop at nothing to stalk and maul anything with feathers to death. Either way, the skirt is here to stay and i've learned a few things about it. First, this thing hides a lot under those little feathers. It's sort of like a magician's cape but for your ass and thighs. Then, there's the fact that it sways and moves and shakes in a way that you wouldn't believe. I seriously could NOT stop dancing around like a big, sexy, Big Bird.

Now that we are all thinking of our beloved Sesame Street character waggling his ass around (you're welcome lol), here are two ways to wear a feathered party skirt! One look is more edgy and structured, while the other is more Khaleesi at a company Christmas party. Let's have a peek, shall we?

If there's a prop, you can count on me flinging it 

Feathered Skirt:Nastygal, SOLD OUT (similar here)//Top:H&M(psst, it's on sale!)//Leather Jacket:Zara (similar here)//Booties:Steve Madden

Structured and Textural  

Scored this stunning embellished top from H&M and thought it would look great with the feathered skirt. I tucked the top in and paired it with my favorite faux leather jacket. I was initially really nervous about showing off so much leg so I wore some black booties to, I don't know, hide an inch of ankle I guess haha. You would be surprised how modest you will feel after covering your feet up! It's really weird! I braided my hair up and off of my shoulders to show off the beautiful detail around the neck and sleeves on this top. Out of the two outfits, I definitely felt more like "me" in this one. What do you think? Here comes look number two...

Feathered Skirt:NastyGal, SOLD OUT (similar here)//Sweater:H&M (similar here)//Earrings:H&M//Shoes:Aldo (similar here

Loose and Flowy 

This look is a little more subtle and romantic than the first. I paired an oversized dark, emerald green, wool sweater with the feathered skirt and wore a nude heel to elongate my legs and show them off a little more. I kept my makeup very simple so I could wear these dangly earrings I found for $10 at H&M (such a steal!). The vibe on this outfit is different than the first and it seems more ladylike so I found myself acting super proper, dainty, and princess-like. Isn't it crazy how much your clothes can change how you act and feel?

Ok, so now that you saw how I would wear this skirt, how would you wear it? Do you have any favorite holiday staples or things you cannot live without? Also, is there an item that you wish was available year round and not just seasonally? For me, it would have to be EGGNOG! Thanks so much for reading! I hope everyone is doing well and getting super excited for all of the holidays coming up!

Sunday, December 13, 2015

Geometric Shapes

Neon lights

Mr. Holmes san francisco

San Francisco Bakeries

Platinum blonde hair

What to wear with boyfriend jeans

Geometric black and white sweater

Black and white sweater outfit
Geometric Sweater: PinkMartini//Turtleneck: Target//Jeans: Anthropologie (similar here)//Belt: H&M//Shoes:Jeffrey Campbell (similar here)

Tickled Pink

After Thanksgiving has come and gone, I keep on telling myself that tomorrow I will start eating healthy and exercising. Well, let me tell ya, breaking my own promise repeatedly has never tasted so good. Between all the jalepeño bacon mac and cheese I've been regularly consuming and those delicious baked goods pictured above, I'm pretty much ready to crawl into a cave and hibernate. This weekend, we visited Mr. Holmes bakery after several recommendations and oh my god... Look at that spread! I hear there are even more choices if you get there early enough, but Jake and I overslept and practically crawled there after late night (aka Netflix). I wanted so badly to take a cute picture of our chocolate croissant and danish but we practically took a deep breath and they completely vanished except for a few crumbs on our clothing. Whoops! 

That being said, I wanted to wear something super comfy and flattering this weekend. In my mind, this black and white geometric sweater from Pink Martini would disguise all of my lumps and bumps like the camouflaging effect of zebra stripes in a herd and by god, I think it's worked! While we were waiting in line at Mr. Holmes, I got so many compliments that it was kind of obscene. I usually don't go for bold prints, but there was something about this sweater that I was really drawn to... Perhaps it was the price ($84) or the comfy knit? Either way I treated this baby like a neutral when I was getting ready and it went well with pretty much everything in my closet. I'm currently wearing it with black jeans and a white tee but I want to try to wear it over a dress next. Oh, the possibilities! My love for prints is coming back with vengeance!

Tuxedo Cat Pet portrait

Time to cuddle up with my matching black and white cat and enjoy the rest of this rainy day :) How's everyone's weekend going so far? Also, would you rock a geometric sweater like this? What would you wear it with? Thanks so much for reading! 

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Jalapeño Bacon Mac and Cheese

My experience with Mac and Cheese has always been pretty depressing to say the least. From that blue box with the factory made sauce in a foil bag, to the microwavable noodles with powdered cheese crumbles, I just wasn't ever crazy about macaroni and cheese! In fact, now that I think about it, It was probably because i've never had homemade mac and cheese before and I always made my own nasty creations to "spice up" the dish by adding ketchup, a scrambled egg or by reserving half the powdered cheese to sprinkle on top... Hey, before you judge, that's actually pretty good!

Recently, I was browsing Pinterest for potluck recipes and came across the holy grail of mac and cheese creations... This recipe is from food blogger I'm Bored Let's Go and it's to die for. It has spicy jalepeños, savory bacon, and ooey gooey homemade cheese sauce. What's not to love? I brought a huge dish of this to a friendsgiving dinner and everyone flipped shit over it including my boyfriend, who's also not normally a mac and cheese lover. After eating himself sick on this, he wouldn't stop insisting that I make it again ASAP, so here we are! I made some changes in the cooking method to make cleanup easier. Instead of pan frying the bacon with grease popping everywhere, I decided to bake it on a cookie sheet instead with the jalepeños. It works like a charm! Without further ado, here is the best mac and cheese recipe EVER. 

Simple bacon macaroni and cheese recipe

You Will Need... 

  • 1 pound box of pasta noodles (I like cavatappi noodles) 
  • 2 Tbsp butter
  • 2 cups milk 
  • 8 oz grated sharp cheddar cheese 
  • 4 oz velveeta cheese, chopped up into chunks
  • 1 pound of sliced bacon
  • 3-5 jalepeños, seeded and sliced 

Homemade macaroni and cheese recipe

How to cook bacon in the oven
My new phone Background
easy homemade macaroni and cheese


  1. Preheat oven to 400°F 
  2. Cook pasta according to package and drain. Set aside. 
  3. Line cookie sheet with foil and evenly arrange the bacon on top. Scatter jalepeños on top of the bacon to cook, and bake for about 25mins or until bacon is evenly cooked and jalepeños are soft and golden. Cool cooked bacon and jalepeños on some paper towels to absorb excess grease. 
  4. In a medium saucepan, melt butter and add the milk until warm, but not boiling. Add cheeses and cook over medium heat, stirring until cheese is melted and mixture is nice and smooth. 
  5. Add cheese sauce to pasta noodles and stir in chopped bacon pieces and jalepeños. Place in a large casserole dish and bake for 15-20 minutes or until bubbly and golden on top. Serve immediately. You're all done! 

best mac and cheese recipe

velveeta mac and cheese recipe

Taking photos of the finished product was one of the hardest things i've ever had to do. Guys, I could not stop eating it! I would drop a photogenic piece of bacon or noodle and just instinctively gobble it up. Whoops. What do you guys think about this macaroni and cheese dish? Do you think you will give it a try anytime soon? Also, what's YOUR favorite comfort food recipe? I'm trying to eat all of my unhealthy foods before the new year because I KNOW my resolution will be to eat well again, and this recipe certainly won't be on my healthy eating plan! Thank you so much for reading and happy hump day!  

Monday, December 7, 2015

How to Apply Natural Looking False eyelashes

I'll just get out there and say it: I'm a crazy eyelash person. Over the years, i've tried nearly all of the products on the market to get longer, thicker and darker lashes. I also had a nearly 10 year long obsession relationship with falsies where I would apply them every single day and trick people into thinking they were real. It's funny because during this time I met one of my good friends (another fellow eyelash psycho) and we literally bonded through our sneaky, daily application of falsies. Aren't girls weird sometimes?

The quick and easy method I'm about to demonstrate gives you a lot of bang for your buck and it's virtually undetectable. Only one eyelash strip is used at a time, which leaves the other available for use at a later date. It's far easier than applying those annoying little individual eyelashes and it concentrates the lash thickness in the outer corner of your eyes, giving an elongated, sexy cat eye appearance. I don't wear fake eyelashes on a daily basis anymore, but when I want to add little oomph to my makeup for special occasions or trick people into thinking I have the eyelashes of a baby llama, here's what I do...

Ardell eyelashes

Ardell eyelashes application

This is How You Do It 

Start by trying NOT to get that Montell Jordan song 'This Is How You Do It' stuck in your head, thanks to my header here, har har (sorry for the worst jokes ever I'm really working on that)

  1. Choose a natural looking, wispy false eyelash such as the Ardell Natural Lashes in 110.
  2. Grab and prep one eyelash strip by taking it and cutting it in half. Make sure to remove any of the clear glue bits that come attached to it.
  3. Apply a small strip of latex based eyelash glue* at the base of the lashes and allow it to get tacky for about 10 seconds. 
  4. Gently place the lash strip on the base of your lashes with the longer end of the lashes outwards towards the corners of your eye. Line up the end of the lashes with the end of your natural lash line. I find it's easier going at a downwards angle instead of straight on so the glue-y strip doesn't collide with your real lashes. If you screw up, you can just remove the lashes, wipe the glue away with a damp q-tip and try again! Otherwise, if you miss the mark a little, wait until the glue is nearly dry and gently pinch them with your actual eyelashes to scootch them closer together.
  5. Once you've placed those lashes on the outer half of your eyes and allowed them to dry for a couple of minutes, apply mascara as you normally would to blend the falsies and your eyelashes together. This helps the false eyelashes look the same as yours with mascara. That's it! You're all done!

*A quick word on eyelash glue... I really like the latex ones like Duo, or Ardell because they dry soft and tacky, unlike a lot of the other clear kind. They don't pull out my lashes when it comes time to remove them, it washes off easily and holds all day! I find that the clear/white glues are best because they dry clear, unlike the black variety which shows off an obvious black glue line.

Easy way to apply false eyelashes

Ardell eyelashes look

Natural looking false eyelashes
You can see exactly how they sit here, thanks to the white glue line. Don't worry! It became clear a few minutes later after it dried completely! 
Natural eyelashes

Holiday makeup looks

Once you're ready to remove the eyelashes, gently grab the corner of the false eyelash and just lift it up from a corner. It won't hurt at all, I promise! I don't recommend sleeping in them since they'll get all crunched up and fall off onto your pillow and look like spider legs the next morning. This is bad because it'll not only FREAK your half asleep self out (totally done this), but you also can't reuse the eyelashes because they'll be super wonky and gross.

Isn't it crazy how much little strips of eyelid hair can change an entire face? What do you think about my tips? Would you try this yourself in the future or have you done something similar in the past? Thanks for reading!

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

November Beauty Faves Plus A Giveaway!

It's That Time of Year Again!  

Hello everyone! Can you believe it's December already? It's crazy how fast time flies sometimes, isn't it? I feel like it was just yesterday that Jake and I moved out here, but it's now been a whopping four months already. Whew! Lately, i've been treating myself to more face masks and moisturizing products to combat the dry Fall and Winter air. Here are four of my favorite items I have been using over the entire month of November that I love. If you would like to try them as well, you can enter to win them as a holiday gift from me! :) I've included a quick review of each product below. Hope you enjoy! 

Almay Liquid Lip Balm: 
These lipglosses come in a lot of pretty and natural colors and are super moisturizing. I love this really natural pink color that goes on almost clear and smells like cotton candy! These are great for a little shine and shimmer and I feel like a little goes a long way. This color is perfect for any natural look or to add over a lipstick for some shine. I've heard that some people find that the sweet smell of these are a bit overwhelming, but I like it! 

Mario Badescu Rosewater Facial Spray:
I have really sensitive acne prone skin so i'm worried about using anything new on it since i'm usually punished by a breakout later. This product was incredibly gentle and did not cause any weird side effects at all! The spray includes Rose water, herbs, and aloe which do a great job soothing freshly washed skin and reducing redness and tightness. I love misting this on a freshly washed face before applying moisturizer and makeup, or over the top of my makeup to set it for the day. It also works great on hair (says the packaging) but i've never tried that because damp hair is never appealing to me. Hopefully I'm not missing out on anything. Either way I'm in love with the rose scent and totally abuse this spray when I have it nearby. 

Tony Moly Face Masks: 
These face masks are absolutely amazing! Once again, my sensitive skin did not decide to punish me with an onslaught of pimples and bumps after using any masks from this line so I am instantly sold! These are a cotton sheet in the shape of a face that you pull out and wear for 20-30 minutes before removing and massaging the leftover liquid onto your face. I found that these fit a little strangely over the upper lip area but otherwise it covers everything just fine. I use one of these masks at least once week before bedtime and wake up with fresh, smooth skin the next morning. They smell great and are super easy to use! Plus it's fun to put one on and freak out your roommate/boyfriend/cat by suddenly appearing from around a corner, looking like Leatherface from Texas Chainsaw Massacre (am I the only one that thinks this way? I can't be, right?). 

Burt's Bees Almond and Milk Hand Cream:
I've been a fan of Burt's Bees products since Highschool, so I am thrilled that the line has expanded to include more skincare and beauty items. This hand cream smells like almonds and it's a nice, thick consistency. It's honestly a little oily after application, so I try to use it sparingly to avoid greasing up everything I touch and getting locked into a room, not being able to turn a doorknob. It works great to massage into knuckles, elbows, feet, knees and I also massage it into my dry fingernails and cuticles during the Winter. 

How to Enter! 

It's super easy! I promise. Just follow me on Instagram @Blonderhombus and after that, comment your favorite thing about the holiday season in the comments section below. You can also follow me on Bloglovin for a double entry to increase your chances! One Winner will be chosen randomly and will be announced in 11 days on Friday, Dec 10th. This contest is open internationally as well. Good luck everybody and thank you so much for reading! Hope you're all having a great week so far :)

***UPDATE!! The winner has been chosen! And it is Samantha (!!! Congrats Samantha and thank you everyone so much for participating! :) 

Sunday, November 29, 2015

Cozy Thanksgiving Weekend

Black sweater dress

head to toe black outfit

Casual messy hair style

Black sweater dress for fall

Gold Feather Bracelet
Black Sweater dress:Oak and Fort (similar)//Scarf:Forever 21//Vegan Leather Leggings:Anthropologie//Tortoiseshell Ponytail Holder:Anthropologie (similar)//Booties:Steve Madden// Feather Bracelet:Anthropologie (similar)//Purse:Primecut 

Feeling Thankful 

After Thanksgiving coming and going, the craziness of this week is finally starting to settle down.  It seems like we can't catch a break this time of year because as we are recovering from the Thanksgiving festivities, Christmas and New Year's Eve is creepin' up right around the corner. Ahh! After a hectic few days of preparing dishes, eating them all, visiting new friends, and nursing the resulting hangover.

 I've had some time to sit and read all of your super sweet and caring comments on my last post and I feel so incredibly thankful. I know I wrote a lot, so I appreciate that you stuck with me during that super long story. Each and every one of your comments means so much to me! After posting, I felt extremely insecure about sharing pictures of my gross hair falling out but you made me feel so much better about it by sharing your salon horror stories, giving hair advice and product recommendations, or giving input on the short hair inspiration. I cannot say thank you enough for your support, kind words, and bringing light into an otherwise dark, crappy situation. THANK YOU! 

Along those lines, it really has been awhile since I've taken any photos of myself because I am still feeling really insecure. I'm in a good place mentally and I'm still looking on the bright side, but I totally cried after washing it for the first time a few days ago. I'm also super greasy from applying coconut oil to my scalp and tips to manage all of my flyaways and breakage. I couldn't get an appointment to get my hair fixed with the salon until Dec 18th so i'll have to wait, but I am excited that my little dark roots are already peeking out a few millimeters. Grow hair, GROW!!! :) 

This Thanksgiving, we were invited to Jake's coworker's friend's house. We didn't know anyone, so I was anxious about going but we ended up having a really nice time. Everyone was so kind and the dishes we brought (jalapeno bacon mac and cheese and lemon bars) were a hit and were quickly devoured by everyone. By the way, i'm planning on sharing that mac and cheese recipe soon because it is ridiculously delicious and you need to try it. 

Since Jake had 4 days off in a row, we spent most of our time inside watching movies, eating leftovers and drinking wine. We stayed in during black friday but ventured out for a walk around the neighborhood and I snatched up this Oak and Fort sweater dress for 20% off! Not THAT much of a deal but I just wanted to spend money to be honest. Do you ever get that? I basically lived in that new cozy sweater dress all weekend. You can wear it with pants/leggings or without and it still looks so chic. I sized up because I love an oversized, roomy sweater and paired it with a taller bootie to add some height. How was everyone's Thanksgiving? And did anyone do any black friday shopping? What are your thoughts on black friday in general? Hope everyone had a great weekend :)