Friday, November 21, 2014

Kick off the Holidays Favs

Such a busy yet fun week, and I'm looking forward to some relaxation and the kick-off to holiday fun.

1. Celebrated one of my favorite mama-to-be's birthdays. Half priced wine and yummy Italian food are always a good idea.

2. It was soooo cold here this week... ok I digress.. it was "Florida-cold". But I have obviously lost my CT blood, because this girl was COLD. Running the heat and wearing scarves, boots, and sweaters in Florida is not normal for November. December or January yes, but not November. I have a feeling we're in for a chillier than normal winter. Funny thing is it'll be back in the upper 70's/low 80's this weekend and I couldn't be happier!

*Warming up with a non-fat gingerbread latte*

3. Farewell happy hour for a great co-worker who leaves to go back to Denmark next week. Of course there was more wine...

4. Ventured into Pier 1 on my lunch break this week and fell in love with the Hayworth Vanity, it's just so pretty and I love that it has a drawer too. Does anyone know if big items at Pier 1 ever go on sale/clearance?

5. Loving my recent finds on Pinterest:

I already have most of these, but how fabulous is this set?! Great gift!

Linking up today with Lauren for High Five on Friday, Rebecca for That Friday Blog Hop, and Amanda for Friday Favorites. Hop on over and join us! Happy Friday!

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Holiday Party Dresses

Tis the season for festive parties, weddings, and of course New Years Eve. I tend to gravitate towards all things shiny, lacy, and/or sequined this time of year and can't get enough!

I need several dresses as I have a kick off to the holidays party this weekend, our annual Christmas party at the house, my work Christmas party, a wedding, and a New Years Eve martini party that we're supposed to wear all white for. That's a lot of new dresses, and I couldn't be happier with an excuse for a shopping spree. Some of my favorite finds are from my go-to stores: Express, F21, Kate Spade, Kohls, Bebe, and LuLu's. Some are total splurges, while others are steals!
Holiday Party Dresses
1. LuLu's Black Swan Tinsel Lace Dress - Perfect for one of my many Christmas parties

2. Kate Spade Open Back Silk Mini Dress - Gorgeous festive dress

3. Express Sequin Cut-Out Back Mini Dress - You can't go wrong looking for holiday dresses at Express.. sequins and lace galore!

4. Bebe Embellished Lace Dress - Beautiful gold and blush tones

5. Kohls Lily Rose Embroidered Scoopneck Sheath Dress - I've found my holiday dresses for the past 2 years at Kohls and they continue to have great festive finds.

6. F21 Sateen Midi Dress - Nothing says the holidays like red and satin. Perfect combination.

7. F21 Sequined Fit & Flare Dress - Beautiful and comfortable looking, you won't feel stiff (or stuffed) all night.

8. Bebe Geometric Studded Dress - A decadent white dress perfect for the NYE party.

9. LuLu's Bariano Nanita Navy Blue Sequin Dress - Loved the color and pattern on this dress.

10. LuLu's Pretty Olive Green Dress - What could be more festive than green and sequins?

11. LuLu's Glory Never Fades Gold Sequin Dress - I'm always drawn to gold especially this time of year.

Where do you like to shop for holiday party dresses?

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Pretty Baubles

If you still haven't heard of Rocksbox it's time to see what all the fuss is about. A jewelry stylist picks three pieces to be shipped to you, and you can keep them as long as you'd like. When you're done, send them back and they'll ship you a new set. It's like Netflix for jewelry! You can see my previous sets here and here.

Urban Gem Elsa Necklace in Amethyst
House of Harlow 1960 Tres Tri Cut out Cuff
Kristine Lily Druzy POP Ring in Quartz and Silver

How can you not love a new shipment of pretty baubles as often as you want right on your doorstep wrapped in cute little bows? If you have any questions about Rocksbox, just ask me and I'll be sure to fill you in.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes

One of my favorite fall desserts are my pumpkin spice cupcakes that I make from scratch. Perfect for Halloween parties and Thanksgiving potlucks.

The Cake

Cream 1 and 1/2 sticks of unsalted butter until smooth in a large bowl
Add 1 cup of sugar and 1 cup of firmly packed brown sugar and mix until smooth
Add 3 eggs one at a time and set aside

Combine 1 cup of pumpkin puree, 1/2 cup of buttermilk, and 1 tsp. of vanilla in a medium bowl and set aside

Combine 2 cups of all purpose flour, 2 tsp baking powder, 1 and 1/2 tsp. of cinnamon, and 1 tsp. of baking soda in a large bowl.

In thirds, alternately add the flour mixture and the buttermilk mixture to the butter mixture blending well until smooth.

To make a cake pour batter into three 8 inch pans and bake for 35-40 minutes at 350 degrees
To make cupcakes, pour batter into cupcake liners in a muffin pan and bake for approximately 25 minutes 

After the cakes have cooled, frost with cream cheese frosting

The Frosting

Beat one 8 oz. package of cream cheese and 1/2 cup of butter (both softened) until fluffy.
Gradually add about 8-10 oz. of powdered sugar beating at low speed until blended.
Add 1 tsp. of vanilla beating until well blended

Store any leftovers in the fridge as the frosting contains cream cheese.


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Monday, November 17, 2014

A Few of My Favorite Things

Is it too early to have a Christmas wish list? I drafted mine up a few weeks ago to give to the fam, and it continues to grow....

Christmas Wish List

1. Cards Against Humanity - the staple of game nights everywhere.

2. V by Maroon 5 - always have and always will love Maroon 5.

3. Curlipops Bed Head Wand - because I'm a total dunce at doing my own hair.

4. Statement Necklaces - everyone needs some pretty baubles.

5. Tory Burch Eau de Parfum - such a pretty scent that would be a fantastic addition to my collection.

6. Hayworth Vanity - gorgeous vanity set for getting ready.

7. Essie Nail Polishes - I just want all the colors!

8. iPad Mini 3 - perfect for blog reading and every day life, pretty much a total want not need.

9. iPad Mini Folio Hardcase Glitter Bug - just the absolute prettiest iPad case ever courtesy of KS.

10. Michael Kors Berkley Platform Sandals - obsessed with these nude platform sandals.

11. Naked Flushed - been wanting to try out this beautiful palette since I have loved all their other palettes. Always excited for the new one.

12. Barre3 Core Ball - the missing piece to my Barre3 home workouts.

Linkin' up with Elise for some holiday fun, hop on over and join us!

Whirlwind Weekending

What a whirlwind weekend, I haven't had a chance to stop and take it all in and now we're heading right back into another week. I am so thankful for the short holiday week next week, and the kick off to the holiday season.

Friday was dinner and drinks downtown with friends. I tried the most amazing apple mac n' cheese, and am still thinking about how to re-create that deliciousness!

Ughhh... Movember... love the cause/awareness I just miss my husband's clean-shaven face. December 1st please hurry up!

Saturday was BOGO holiday drinks at Starbucks, and I tried the Chestnut Praline.. YUM! Then it was doggy time, and I couldn't believe how adorable it was that there was a doggy water fountain on the trail we took her. She was so excited to have a drink after her walk.

I was absolutely exhausted, but ventured down the street to my neighbor's for the annual house divided game as one of them is a FSU fan and the other is a Miami fan. The trash talking is hilarious, and it's always a good time.

Sunday, it was time to shower the bride with gifts and of course we had champs... which is always a good idea. Can't wait for the wedding in a few weeks!

Joining Leeann and Kimberlee for Monday Morning Gossip 
Biana for Weekending
Lisa and Bella for Weekend Recap

Friday, November 14, 2014

Friday Favs

Happy Friday! After a rough week of being sick and being super busy at work I couldn't be happier for the weekend. So much to love this week!

1. My Wednesday was a little brighter when I saw a box from Sephora waiting on my front porch holding my goodies from the VIB sale. Can't wait to review them all, as I'm excited to try all three products after recs from Biana and Deborah.

2. Not only are the red cups back at Starbucks, but BOGO holiday drinks are going on now through Sunday as well.

3. Even though my week consisted of throat spray and cough drops, I was able to enjoy lots of time on the couch watching movies.

4. Finally found my first bottle of Skinny Girl Sparkling Margarita, and all I can say is YUM! I've always loved the ready to pour margarita, but add some bubbles to it WOW! Even better!

5. Loving some of my recent finds on Pinterest:

Linking up today with Lauren for High Five on Friday, Rebecca for That Friday Blog Hop, and Amanda for Friday Favorites. Hop on over and join us! Happy Friday! 

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