Monday, December 22, 2014

8 Things

It seemed hard to believe that Christmas was just a few days away but, as I sit in my ghost town of an office, it's becoming easier to reconcile with! So as I've been sitting here perusing everything on the internet, working hard, I started thinking about all the holiday things I love and all the things that make Christmas so "Christmasy." 

#1. Miracle on 34th Street. (which I ironically still call "the new version" even though it came out 10 years ago. This is my favorite Christmas movie. I think this little girl is obnoxiously adorable. 

#2. Egg Nog. Ever since "the great weight gain" of December, 2013 which I attribute to my five gallon consumption of egg nog in one month, I limit myself to one quart a year but man, this stuff is amazing. 

#3. Wrapping Presents. Given that I must have gone missing when God was handing out the crafty genes, I have a pretty mean wrapping game....as long as the objects I'm wrapping are perfectly square.
Untitled | via Tumblr

#4. Christmas Tree Lights. I'll be honest that I'm not the biggest fan of decorating the tree (is anyone?) but I absolutely love some Christmas tree lights. As soon as I wake up or get home I turn them on. They just add the coziest effect. 
Lovisaa ~

#5. The Magnificat. This is probably my favorite part of the Christmas Story. I can't imagine being in Mary's place - having something literally impossible happen to me and maintain such great faith.


#6. Christmas Cards. I don't send out cards but I really appreciate people who do. It's so much fun to see pictures of everyone's families or hear from people you haven't in a year. My fridge is so happy right now.

#7. Christmas Jams. We share a tradition with a lot of people in that we all wear Christmas jammies on Christmas Eve. I don't care what anyone says, slap some gingerbread men or candy canes on your stems and you are instantly 80% more in the Christmas Spirit.

#8. Those Tunes...I adore some Christmas music....particularly all the songs by Jessica Simpson and Taylor Swift. And this one by Carrie Underwood that I am OBSESSED with.

What's your favorite part about Christmas? 

XO, A


Friday, December 19, 2014

Friday's Letters...The one with the password, the disgusting apartment and the concert question

This cracks me up. I am forever struggling with creating passwords. I really don't understand what's wrong with "password123."

Dear Christmas....I'm going to need you to slow your roll. I feel like I haven't had enough time to fully enjoy all the lights and Christmas music and Hallmark specials. I need at least another month to be Christmas ready. Dear Kristin....It's your 30th birthday today! Considering you're getting married in two months, I think it's safe to say this might be your best year yet!

Dear This Quote....I really love you. I feel like every time I ask someone how they've been lately, they respond with "SO BUSY." And I get it, everyone is busy but sometimes you just gotta leave the to-dos and live. On that note....Dear Apartment....you are disgusting. We've apparently been doing a whole lot of living this week because half my floor is covered in clothes and I have a dishwasher full of just cups and no actual real dishes. 


Dear Ariana Grande...I might be obsessed with your music, which would pretty much coincide exactly with my taste in music. But I am loving your songs lately. Particularly this one below....oh and this one. I'm currently seeking out friends who will go see your concert with me in March....any takers? 


Dear Friends...Can you believe Christmas is less than a week away?!? What are you doing to celebrate? 

XO, A

Monday, December 15, 2014

Tis the Season.....

....for business apparently! 
While I do miss my bed....I've had such a blast at all the events going on this month. 

VICTORIA SECRET FASHION SHOW //

mmm brownies. I mean, how else would you celebrate a fashion show with insanely skinny and gorgeous women?! 

Confession....this was a staged pillow fight...The wine that got spilled on me two seconds later...not so staged 

As you can see....my relationship with the spray tan is going very well this season. 

In my defense....per snapchat....I look a normal shade in my apartment. 

PURE BARRE CHRISTMAS PARTY //

 One of our instructors is crazy talented....like Martha Stewart talented. She feeds us cupcakes topped with cookies like these...and then we workout. 

Tucking on the staircase! We have so much fun!  

Love this group of girls...such an amazing blend of personalities. So happy to be part of THIS. 

UGLY CHRISTMAS SWEATER PARTY //
Every year my friend Reese throws an Ugly Christmas Sweater party...this was the first year I've been in town to attend. Naturally I busted out the Christmas finery. 

I hope Santa brings me a set of eyes that don't blink in every picture this year

BOOK CLUB....er....MOVIE CLUB? //

On Sunday I went to see WILD with my book club. They all read the book....I didn't. And after sitting through the movie, I think I made the wisest decision of the group ;)

And on that note....O'Malley says....Merry Christmas.
And please send him your candy canes.

What's been your favorite holiday moment so far?!
XO, A


Friday, December 12, 2014

Friday's Letters....The One with the Name-Calling, The Hug and the Plans



Dear the blogger that called me a troll this week....I find it highly amusing that you called me this directly after posting about how we should discuss current national issues on our blogs. And when I did and commented on your post, you deleted my comment and called me a troll. Haters gonna hate girl. 

Dear the boy I matched with on Tinder who never talked to me....You crashed a party I was at this week and it was about 75 Shades of uncomfortable....made even more awkward when you came up and gave me a big hug and yet still did not introduce yourself. 

Dear "Eaten Alive".....boy, you got us TLC. More than 4.1 million people tuned-in, in anticipation of a man getting "eaten" by an anaconda only to see the snake lick the top of a man's head before he tapped out. 

Dear DC...It's official, I will be ringing my New Year in with you and this little former blog muffin. So excited to get out of town for a bit. #wheelsup. I have been dying to use that hashtag every since it became popular.....one week ago.



Dear This Weekend.....Pure Barre Christmas Party, Salvation Army Bell-Ringing, Ugly Sweater Christmas Party and a Movie With My Girls....you have the makings of a good one. 


What are you looking forward to this weekend?!


XO, A

Friday's Letters concepted by Ashley Slater 

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

MADE

Things that MADE my week this week. 

I Love Lucy in color - Lucille Balle has been one of my favorites since I was a little girl. I think she's brilliant and hilarious and I loved her fashion. So Sunday night I was in comedy heaven when they displayed the I Love Lucy Christmas Special all re-done in color. It was amazing. And that hair!!!
 

Birthdays - Monday was Whitney's birthday...and the third I've helped her celebrate. I met Whitney the second week I lived in Atlanta and we've been friends ever since. 


....and I know what you're all thinking.....it's not a nipple, it's a necklace.

As Lorde would say, I'd have to capture this picture "no post code envy"....that is until I go home to my own place that overlooks a parking lot. Love having friends who live in high places...literally. 

My girls (minus Shannon and Danielle)


This Duet - I think Carrie Underwood is the perfect example of how God loves some of us a little more than others. Kidding.....kidding. But seriously, this girl got the double whammy with looks and a voice. Like, can we take a moment to appreciate her arms....is it sad that my fitness goal is to have the arms of a pregnant woman?!

Productivity - In the land of boring blog posts, would live a post about my weekend. Minus my birthday excursion noted above, I was an unshowered sloth-hermit. But a sloth-hermit that killed her to-do list. I cleaned my place top to bottom, got great workouts done, organized my closet and cabinets and even caught up on work. And there is something seriously satisfying about a productive weekend. Can I get an amen (from all the other 70 year olds)?!
Beautifully organized

What MADE your week?

XO, A 

Monday, December 8, 2014

Thanksgiving

Remember when I was a timely blogger...and I did recaps on say, things like holidays and events in the months they actually occurred? 
Today is not one of those days as I am here to recap my Thanksgiving in South Carolina. 


Shannon and I run a 5k on Hilton Head Island every Thanksgiving morning. This year was our fifth time running it...we're basically turkey trotting pros at this point. 

Killing time before the race.

Crushed it. 

Mom and I before Thanksgiving Dinner 

Me and Shannon....or is Shannon and I....I can never remember 

Got to see my Grandma too! And we matched #twinning 

And of course a trip home wouldn't be complete without spending ominous amounts of time with my favorite little fur baby 



The day after Thanksgiving we had a total girl's day complete with Black Friday shopping, dinner in and a night of girly Hallmark movies....and no pictures. It was THAT amazing, I forgot to take a single picture. But we can talk for a minute about how awesome Hallmark movies are? I am loving them this year..cheesy, predictable-ness and all.  

On Saturday, I got to brunch with my god-sister Angel. Now that she's in college we don't get to see each other that much so it was a great time to catch up. 

And then Shannon and I were off to see the third installation of Hunger Games and pick up a Christmas Tree. 

Such a fun trip and already counting down the days to Christmas. 
What was your favorite thing about Thanksgiving this year? 

XO, A

Friday, December 5, 2014

Friday's Letters...The one with the tattoo, The Angel Giants and The "Compliment."


Dear Flash Tats....I am officially obsessed with you. I think know you are going to become a staple in my wardrobe. Dear Victoria Secret Fashion Show...Must you fall right in the middle of cookies and pie season (which some people also call December.) Dear Victoria Secret Fashion Show Again...I suppose I will forgive you since you are hosting my two current favs - Taylor and Ariana

This is hilarious. I feel ya girl.

Dear Random Woman at the Gym....You told me this week that I was the perfect example of why not to judge a book by its cover. When I asked why you said it was because I "had a conceited look to me....but that I was really nice." You should know that is not really a compliment. Dear Lauren Scruggs and Jason Kennedy....Your wedding is in a week and I am so excited! I love your love story. For those who don't remember, Lauren is a fashion blogger who lost her arm in a plane accident. 




Dear Friends....I promise to try and be more exciting next week. This week has definitely got the best of me. Happy December! 

XO, A
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