christmas traditions {new / old}

I come from an extremely large extended family and holidays were quite a party growing up.  Holiday gatherings usually consisted of at least 30-40 people and chaotic madness ensued.  Spending the day with just our immediate family never occurred and I somehow equated small gatherings on holidays with loneliness.  We were the family that took […]

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weekend whats {birthday edition}

{Indulge: Chocolate cake from the Ritz-Carlton} Happy Friday! I hope everyone had a lovely week. I had an especially lovely week since my birthday was yesterday, and I couldn’t have asked for a better day. It started with an endearing rendition of “Happy Birthday”, a long-desired gift, and thoughtful poem from my husband. Then I […]

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eggnog mousse + chocolate lady fingers

I have only one regret about this treat, and it is that I am only just now posting about it.  It is that good.  If you’re unsure of what your Christmas dessert should be, or if you enjoy eating delectable goodies for no reason, then you should definitely make these two together.  The eggnog mousse is […]

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leather bracelets

My sister and I grew up with an interesting birthday predicament: Not only are our birthdays within a week of Christmas but they are only one day apart.  Her birthday is the day before mine yet she was born five years before me.  And, as you may have guessed, today is her birthday!  Happy Birthday, […]

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how-to: red lips

I love red lips, especially during the holiday season. They’re so traditional and classic, and can elevate a simple look. I’ve heard rumblings from gals (I’m looking at you, Kristine) who are weary of red lips for fear of being too conspicuous or not knowing how to apply it. I think any girl can pull […]

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peppermint bark brownies

My husband requested my baking assistance for his company’s holiday party and spent weeks deciding what treat he would like to bring. Then, as soon as our trusted Williams-Sonoma catalog arrived with what appeared to be a complicated yet amazingly delicious treat on the cover he knew that’s what he wanted. Okay, I guess I’ll […]

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five lessons for work and life

Happy Saturday y’all.  I hope everyone is having a lovely weekend.  I am interrupting your weekend of what hopefully is a holiday party filled haze with some serious chat inspired by my student and the fact I missed my husband’s work party last night because I was at work much too late.  I now have a newfound […]

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weekend whats

{Bake: Peppermint Macarons} On Tuesday I felt like Friday might not come this week and I’d be forever trapped in a purgatory of two weeks before Christmas, exhaustion, and catch-up from weekend visitors. Thankfully, Friday is here! I hope you have exciting weekend plans that may consist of a party or two. Here are a […]

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preparing for guests {the essentials}

I once read an article on guest room essentials in which a bedside coffee maker was recommended.  I thought the idea was brilliant yet not realistic for my small guest quarters and my budget.  Articles like that are inspiring for sure although can be defeating.  If you haven’t gathered yet, I am really obsessed with […]

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rustic glam gift wrap

When I was little I was the designated wrapper for all holiday gifts. The role gave me such pleasure knowing what everyone in my family was getting, especially when I wrapped my mom’s present from my dad. I’d rearrange the gifts with each new addition to ensure every box’s colorful and shiny ribbon could be […]

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