Thursday, December 18, 2014

Christmas Playlist #2

My first Christmas playlist I posted a couple weeks ago {click here to see} was packed full of traditional songs, so of course for my second playlist I had to pack it full of more fun modern songs. Now, in my book nothing beats Nat King Cole singing “Chestnuts roasting on an open fire” but I love almost any song and let’s face it the modern Christmas songs/renditions are fun to listening – I mean who doesn’t love All I Want For Christmas is You by Mariah Carey? To download myChristmas 2014 Playlist #2 from Rdio Click Here!

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Gifts Under $100 Gift Guide

As I write this gift guide I am fully in the Christmas spirit – drink hot chocolate, listening to some Christmas songs {I just might make another Christmas playlist in the near future}, and enjoying the view of the Christmas tree. I can hardly believe that in exactly one week from tonight it will be Christmas Eve and time for the man in the red suit to make his journey. I still have a little last minute Christmas shopping to do, as I am sure is the case for most. It seems that it can be somewhat of a challenge to find a nice gift that is under $100 but it can be done! For today’s gift guide I put together a few items that would make for a wonderful Christmas gift and just happen to be under $100.

Here’s where to shop for my above top 10 gifts for under $100. Click on the name of the item to be directed to the website.
1.               OliviaMini Skirt
2.             LarabeeDot Decanter
3.             Pearl-BackedStuds
4.             EauDe Parfum
5.             IceMolds
6.             StripedBoxes Custom Cards
7.              PearlTwisted Hammock Necklace
8.             EasyCable Pullover Sweater
9.             BobbiBrown Warm Eye Palette
10.           TortoiseshellHighball Glasses

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Where She Went

Yes, it’s time for another book review, the third this month – don’t say I didn’t warn you via Instagram that there might be a lot of review coming to the blog this month. Another book I read while I was at the beach {wishing I was there right now} is Where She Went by Gayle Forman. Where She Went is the perfect sequel to If I Stay; if you are looking for a good quick read then this just might be a book for you to look into.

Where She Went picks up three years later after the conclusion of If I Stay. Where She Went continues the soulful love story of Mia and Adam, two people who parted ways find their way back to each other through music. Mia made the decision to stay but choose to be without Adam. During their time apart Adam’s music career takes off in a way he could once only dream about. His album, borne from the heartache and pain he felt over losing the relationship he had with Mia catapulted him into rock star status. Although Adam has achieved more than he has ever dreamed of somewhere along the way he lost his joy of playing music, causing him to re-evaluate his life.

Mia accepts a scholarship to Juilliard, which takes her musical abilities to the next level. She has become a top-rated cellist, playing in some of the finest venues in the world. One faithful night both Mia and Adam are in New York and are bought together by chance. Adam attends Mia’s concert, thinking that he will go unseen, but to his surprise is invited backstage by Mia after the concert. They spend the night exploring the New York City, the place that has become Mia’s home, revisit the past and open themselves up to the possibility of the future.

I am without a doubt a hopeless romantic; I am always secretly hoping for the grand gesture to come at the end or an unforgettable love story to come to a perfect conclusion. Where She Went is a sequel that delivers and has an equally strong story line as the first book, If I Stay. This is the perfect book to read over a cold weekend next to a fire or while listening to the waves on a beach.

Monday, December 15, 2014

A Norman Rockwell Christmas

I love the sense of nostalgia, emotion, and reliability that all of Norman Rockwell paintings seem to radiate. My grandmother still has a few issues of The Saturday Evening Post and I used to love to look at the covers when I was younger. Last year The Frist had a Norman Rockwell exhibit and I enjoyed it so much I went to the exhibit twice! Even though I was not a live when Norman Rockwell painted the unforgettable covers for the Saturday Evening Post his paintings still take me back to child. Norman Rockwell painted Santa Clause exactly how I imagined he would look like and he so perfectly captures the emotions that all families feel during the holiday season.

For Her Gift Guide

I can hardly believe that Christmas is exactly ten days away from today. Seriously, where does the time go? I always enjoy the holiday season and am never ready to see it end. The twinkle lights, Christmas decorations, festive music, beautiful warping paper, and the yards of ribbon – I am in my element this time of year. I will confess I still have a bit of last minute Christmas shopping to do, but I have no problem walking around the mall with a hot chocolate from Starbucks and picking out a few gifts plus maybe a few gifts for myself here and there…shopping can be hard, right…it’s always good to treat yourself! For today’s gift guide I put together a few “for her” gift ideas that pretty much any female would love!

Here’s where to shop for my above top 10 gifts for her. Click on the name of the item to be directed to the website.
1.               Pajama Set in Plaid Flannel
2.             Alphabet Disc Charm Pendant
3.             Tory Burch In Color
4.             Blaire Skirt
5.             The 3-Day Bender
6.             Excursion Quilted Vest in Buffalo Check
7.              Cable Collectible Heart Ring with Diamonds
8.             ToccaMini Eau De Parfum
10.           Rain Boot Wellies with Yellow Bow

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Sunday Night Thought


Kate Spade Surprise Sale

How perfectly timed is this Kate Spade Surprise Sale? Not only is it a surprise sale but it is the gift edition with all items in the sale $99 or under. Whether you are looking to treat yourself or trying to get that last minute gift shopping done here are a few of my favorite items included in the sale.