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Birthday Babe

Here are a few photos from various celebrations early this month.

My babe Bekah, my boo, & I celebrated early with brunch in downtown Anchorage.

Once in California, I celebrated with my family in Los Angeles.

Finally, I celebrated my BFF Ashley’s birthday in Venice along with some of our friends.

Because I live in Alaska and my family & dear friends live in California, we don’t normally get to spend special occasions together. It was really such a pleasure to celebrate with all the people I love this year. Truly a fabulous start to my new year!

How do you like to spend your birthday?

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Beauty, Design, Fashion, Home, Personal, Seasonal

December Favorites

December was a month of seasonal goodies. Here’s a look at my favorites!

Beauty Faves

So White Shower Gel from LUSH

Shocking news: another LUSH product is a favorite! So White is a seasonal scent that smells of crisp apple and instantly perks up any gloomy winter shower. It leaves your skin soft & fragrant all day long.

Design Faves

Pink Floral Weekly Desk Pad from Rifle Paper Co.

Rifle Paper Co. is my new favorite. I’m in love with all their paper goods, but this desktop pad is my absolute fave! It’s perfect for keeping track of my weekly to-dos and looks great doing it! I also purchased the 2015 Appointment Calendar to note each months events. It’s equally as beautiful and well made in the US.

Fashion Faves

Hanukkah Sweater from Ragstock

During my trip to Minneapolis in November, I purchased this sweater while shopping at the Mall of America. I had been in the market for a Hanukkah sweater, so I was very pleased to find a sweater, in stores, that was the style I was looking  for. Comfy and well-loved, this sweater was an easy & festive go-to for cold mornings. Here’s a similar sweater from Wet House on Etsy.

Home Faves

Vintage Spruce Scented Soy Candle from Target

I bought this candle in November and instantly loved the warm, natural scent. During my next Target shopping trip, I put another Vintage Spruce candle in my basket, but ended up not buying it. Instant regret! The next time I was at Target, I didn’t hesitate. I picked up one of the last Vintage Spruce candles they had in stock, and my heart cried a little. Unfortunately, this baby is seasonal but here are two (one & two) other candles with a spruce scent that may fill your Vintage Spruce void.

Personal Faves

House of Cards on Netflix

My boo has a back for knowing a good series when he sees one. I do not. He had been wanted to start House of Cards and I kept refusing for longer than I’d like to admit. One night he pressed play, I gave in, and thank goodness he did because OMG babes, it is phenomenal! There’s ruthless politicians, greed, and corruption. So dramatic and scandalous I cannot wait for the next season to go up in February.

 

What are some of your December favorites?

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Menorah Roundup

Hanukkah begins next week! So, in preparation of the Festival of Lights, I’ve created a roundup of menorahs to buy and to DIY.

To Buy

01. Silver Art Deco $53 from Target | 02. Origami $115 from Etsy | 03. Cast Iron $100 from Dwell | 04. Industrial Style Copper $128 from Provisions | 05. Lucite $198 from Casa.com | 06. Wood + Metal $49 from West Elm | 07. Contemporary Aluminum $20 from Bed Bath & Beyond


To DIY

01. Color Blocked on ConfettiPop | 02. Branch on Martha Stewart | 03. Glass Votive on Good Housekeeping | 04. Bead Blocks on Martha Stewart | 05. Hardware on eHow


BONUS

01. Dreidel Matchstrike Jar on Thanksgivukkah | 02. Chanukah Candles from Amazon

Do you like to buy or DIY your Hanukkah decor?

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DIY Autumn Decor: Bringing The Outdoors In

I’ve been pinning up a storm while looking for some autumn decor inspiration, so I thought I’d share with you some of my favorite DIY finds.

Wreathes

  1. Fall Twig Wreath from Design, Dining + Diapers
  2. DIY Autumn Wreath from Tiffany Zajas Photography
  3. DIY Fall Paper Leaf Wreath from Lia Griffith

 

Candles

  1. Birch Bark Candles DIY from Just a Smidgen
  2. Twinkling Twigs from It’s Kriativ
  3. Tree Stump Candle Holders from Cozy•Stylish•Chic

 

Garland

  1. Super Easy Leaf Garland from Lorajean’s Magazine
  2. DIY Pine Cone Garland from CAKE.
  3. DIY Felted Acorn Garland from Style Me Pretty

What DIY Autumn decor will you be making for your home?

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July Favorites

Now that July has come to a close I thought I’d share with you babes some things I have been super into this past month.

Beauty Faves

TruMagic The Sunkisser Bronzer 110 from Cover Girl

I’ve really liked using this bronzer because it’s a cream & blends really naturally into the skin.

Super Lustrous Lipstick in the shade Siren 677 from Revlon

This shade of orange is bold but wearable. I like to pair it with loads of mascara for a low-makeup look with high impact.

The Righteous Butter Body Butter from Soap & Glory

This body butter is my everything! It smells so floral & hydrates my skin to perfection.

Sleek & Shine Flat Iron Perfecter Straightening Mist from Garnier Fructis

I use this product mostly for its heat-protection, but it also tames frizzies like a boss & smells divine.

 

Design Faves

Babe Daily (obvi!)

As my newest project this July, Babe Daily is, in fact, my babe. I’m obsessed with her & can’t wait to see how she grows in the months to come.

Greenroom Metallic Pattern Notebook from Target

I had bought a different notebook from Target that I wanted to feature here, but could not find a link 😡 These notebooks have a similar metallic pattern that’s just as chic as the one on my Mara Mi notebook.

The font Windsor Hand by Skyhaven Fonts

My favorite fonts are usually a wispy, handwritten style, & Windsor Hand fits that bill. I just love the way the leg of the ‘R’ & the tail of the ‘Q’ dip down with a little sass.

Dress Your Tech Free Downloads from Designlovefest

These downloads are great for both your computer & cell phone. I like to miss match mine, but if you’re the kind of babe that likes to coordinate, then Designlovefest has you covered.

 

Fashion Faves

10-Pack of Rings from H&M

I have massive sausage fingers (eww), so finding rings that fit is a chore. This set worked great for me because I wear them as midi rings instead of trying to mash my little sausages down into them. Practical & trendy!

Statement Rhinestone Necklace from H&M

This necklace is low effort, high-impact, & I can’t stop wearing it. It’s a perfect instant-glam solution when worn over a t-shirt & jeans.

Faux Leather Weekend Set from Forever 21

This bag duo was such a score! I initially just saw the tote & had a mini heart attack over the color. When I saw there was a minimal cross-body (that I had been so desperately searching for) inside, I died. Both bags are a good size for all the summer goodies I carry. I highly recommend picking up this set if you like a minimal look.

Crop Tops like this Baby Tee from Wet Seal (I have one in each color)

Maybe it’s just that I love anything high-waisted, but I can’t get enough of crop tops this summer. I just bought a pair of overalls & I can’t wait to wear them with a fitted white crop top #90sbabe

 

Food Faves

Lucky Charms

Hi, I’m 5 years old! I like to have a bowl of charms as a dessert. It’s too deliciously terrible to be my breakfast.

Pop Tarts

Did I mention I’m 5? Another treat. I’m too impatient when it comes to Pop Tarts, so I don’t toast mine; I like them raw.

Sweetened Black Iced Tea from Starbucks

Black Iced Tea is always my beverage-of-choice, but this month has been especially heavy on the Starbucks runs, so I’ve ingested more than usual. It’s just so damn refreshing in the heat (always). Now I’m going to have to make a stop today…

Poached Eggs (perfected here)

If you haven’t already noticed, I very much enjoy breakfast foods. Eggs are my favorite ingredient (the can do so much!) & lately I’ve been having them poached. They’re so soft & yummy and the best over toast. Is your mouth watering too?

 

Home Faves

The Maison Metallo Candle in Amaranth & Jasmine from Voluspa

I know candles aren’t too much of a summer item, but I like to have a fresh scent in the house & candles are a great way to get one. This candle smells very strongly of  intense floral. Once lit for 30 minutes, my whole apartment has a lovely stink going.

The Home Collection Wooden Wick Candle in White Peach from Febreze

This candle is more about sound than scent for me. The wooden wick crackles like a bonfire & warms my soul. The peach scent is fresh & fruity and screams summer.

The Swimmer Painting Print from Hail Tiger on Etsy

I didn’t purchase this print in July, but I have been enjoying its July-esqu motif greatly. My heat skipped a beat when I saw it on Etsy, because this swimmer is so me. I’m all about a high bun, red lip, & no boobie constriction!

My Balcony Flowers

I’ve been spending a lot of time tending to my little balcony garden & it’s become of point of pride. I potted all my plants into tin cans I ½ sprayed with chalkboard paint, and they line the ledge on my balcony. Every morning I water them & the rest of the day I admire them through the window.

 

Personal Faves

Music- Lana Del Rey’s new album Ultraviolence

Lana Del Rey is probably my favorite artist. Her longing, melancholy vocals waft deep into my heart and pump through my body making me feel like I’m a tortured soul. This new album did not disappoint on the tortured soul front. 5 stars!

Literature- Man Repeller: Seeking Love. Finding Overalls by Leandra Medine

Another brunette babe, Leandra Medine (of The Man Repeller) wrote a wonderfully fun collection of essays which I read with my ears via audio book. The book has a great dose of personality, and I found it all so charming & relatable. I recommend it immensely.

TV/Film- Seasons 1-3 of Bob’s Burgers on Netflix

Because my boo was away most of July, I had a lot of personal Netflix time. I’d seen the first season of Bob’s Burgers when it first hit Netflix, & figured I give it a re-watch. The kids are ridiculous characters & it’s just so funny.

Misc.- Canon Sure Shot Owl Point & Shoot Film Camera

This camera is a relic from my boo’s sister’s college days. It’s a bit of a random favorite for me, but I’ve really been enjoying snapping images here & there. Hopefully they come out alright (I’ve had bad luck in the past with film). If so, I’ll post some on here for you babes to creep.

So there you have it! If you have any questions about the products I’ve  used, where to purchase something, etc. don’t hesitate to leave me a comment!

What are some of your July favorites?

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