Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Music Moment || Thanksgiving Playlist

During my initial post about Friendsgiving I said I'd be back later to share a playlist for all your Thanksgiving/Friendsgiving music needs. I meant to get this published much soon, but with my mom in town last week time got away from me!

In my personal opinion I believe the perfect playlist should get you from prep to pie. With songs that everyone in the family can enjoy. This playlist has songs that are perfect for singing in the kitchen, as well as ones that are relaxing enough to have on while the conversations (and probably the drinks) flow:

Monday, November 24, 2014

Monday Musings

Sorry for the lack of posts last week, my mom came in town last Wednesday and Thursday so blogging wasn't my top priority. However here are your standard post weekend ramblings!

  • I saw Mockingjay Part 1 this weekend. To be honest, it's been 3 years since I read the book so I can't compare the movie and the book as much as I usually do. But hey, maybe that's a good thing. I don't want to ruin any of the movie for you, but this song is so powerful in the movie. Take a listen, it's pretty great-

  • I'm pretty darn happy that it's a short work week! I'm staying in Louisville to go to one of Dylan's Thanksgivings Thursday for lunch then headed to Bowling Green for the rest of the weekend, and I wish I had either this or this cute weekender to pack up my stuff in. 
  • Good thing about my mom being in town? My apartment came together at little more! Not saying it's super great, but I thought I would give a little sneak peak. Hey, maybe one day I'll get stuff on the walls!

  • I should probably invest in this blog planner notepad. Lord knows I need all the help I can get when it comes to staying on track with posts. it doesn't hurt that it's super cute too:

  • I forgot how much I loved Bulleit Bourbon! I first tried it when I was interning with the Kentucky Distillers' Association/Kentucky Bourbon Trail, and have started drinking it more lately. I think it's safe to say it'll be my go-to during the upcoming cold months. 
  • I made this creamy chicken noodle soup last week, and it was delicious to say the least! It wasn't even that tough!

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Ponte Pants

I'm always torn about the whole leggings as pants debate. In my personal opinion I think if you are wearing a shirt that covers your bottom then by all means rock those bad boys as pants. However I just purchased my first two pairs of ponte (pon-tee) pants, and my life has been changed forever.

They are completely opaque and thick (therefore super warm) like a pair of pixie pants from Old Navy (another one of my obsessions), except comfy and stretchy like a pair of leggings. Here's the kicker you can dress them up for work situations, or throw on a tshirt if you're looking for a more casual look! The ones I purchased were from The Loft Outlet, but here are some other great pairs I've found online (a lot them are on sale!)

Monday, November 17, 2014

Monday Musings

Happy Monday! It's clearly a chilly one here seeing as the above picture was the scene outside my apartment this morning. The first few snows are always somewhat special, and undeniably pretty in my book (even if you aren't expecting it in November). But past a white Christmas and maybe even New Years they're just annoying and yucky. 

  • If you don't follow me on Instagram (which you totes should) you missed this snap from this weekend in Knoxville. It was a down right horrible performance on Kentucky's part, and Rocky Top is still stuck in my head. But it was great to get down to see my mom for the weekend, and even better she's coming to visit me at the end of this week!

Hat || Scarf || Sweater || Shirt (not pictured) || Coat (old & not pictured, but similar) || Gloves (not pictured) 
  • Did you catch my first 10 under 20? This week I did journals/notebooks! I have a few ideas in mind, but let me know if there's anything you'd like to see!
  • I'm obsessed with BuzzFeed Videos. Yesterday I watched the little gem below and giggled the whole time. Assuming most of these people are from the North or out West it was comical how little they had been exposed to moonshine. 

  • Also who doesn't love military coming home videos? I once had a psych professor leave me crying in class after he played coming home surprises one day for the first 10 minutes of class. This video is made even better because it's at Rupp:

  • Lots of bloggers are doing holiday gift guides, and I'll be doing some myself. However, until then check out my friend Krista's guides for basically anyone on your list. I'm also loving the guides done solely on Pinterest by Sydney from Summer Wind, Carly from The College Prepster, and Dean from Proper Kid Problems. 

Stay warm out there!

Friday, November 14, 2014

10 under 20 || Journals

Happy Friday!!!

It's safe to say that I'm #ballinonabudget. Therefore I thought I'd try a new idea for a post every week or maybe every other week (we know how I get about these things). So I introduce you 10 under 20! Basically I'll pick category and showcase 10 items under $20 in said category. I decided to start out my 10 under 20 with journals/notebooks!

I love cute journals and notebooks, and since I'm not in school anymore I don't get the joy of having cute notebooks for class. However, in attempts to stay organized I've started carrying a small notebook or journal in my purse to write down pretty much anything or everything I need to remember. 

Left to right: Kate Spade New York Ikat Notebook Set ($12)  || Urban Outfitters Ideas Journal ($14.99) || Jonathan Adler Large Leatherette Journal ($18) || Francesca's Thought is Free Journal ($12) || May Designs May Book ($19)  || Mara Mi Animal Journal from Target ($4.99) || Moleskine Volant Ruled Notebook from Target ($12.95) || Jcrew Sugar Paper Journal ($18)  || Francesca's It's Gonna Be Okay Journal ($9.95)  || Design Darling Polka Dot Journal ($18)

I have a bad habit of writing down everything in one notebook, but to keep with 10 theme here are 10 uses for small journals or notebooks!
  1. Grocery/Shopping List- If you're like me going to the grocery or Target without a list always ends up in 50 more items that you definitely need. Ok, that might happen at Target even with a list. 
  2. To-Do List-Because sometimes (or always if you're me) you need something to keep you on track. 
  3. Goals- Because sometimes you need something to keep on track for the long term.
  4. Work- I keep everything for work on one notepad. It's nice because everything is right there from notes in meetings, to notes on small projects.
  5. Journaling- Even if it's just one line it's nice to reflect and see how far you've come. 
  6. Addresses- Of course they make address books for reason and we all have phones that do that, but hey sometimes you just need it on paper. 
  7. Quotes- I used to do this in high school. I would just write down quotes that struck my fancy. It's funny how over time you can look back on what you wrote and know exactly what you were going through at the time. 
  8. Networking- Along the lines of using a notebook for work, if you attend any networking events or meetings it's great to have a separate notebook to take down notes at these events.
  9. Blogging- This is something I'm trying to get in the hang of, but having a notebook to list out post ideas or to make notes on ideas helps insure you always have something to write about.
  10. Doodling- I can't be the only one that doodles on every extra sheet of paper around right?

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Animal Sweaters

Is that a weird post name? I couldn't think of anything better if we're being honest here. Anyways last year I was obsessed with the Jcrew Factory sweater that had the camel on it, and I still regret never buying it. This year I've noticed more and more "graphic sweaters" with animals, and they're too cute. Here are some that have caught my eye:

From left to right:
1. This is half off at Target
2. My grandparents have a King Charles Caviler, and I'm pretty sure my Grammy would die if she saw this sweater from Ruche
3. Any UGA fans reading this? Because this Modcloth sweater is perfect for you!
4. The cat on this Jcrew Factory sweater is a little more subtle than the others.
5. I thought a second fox sweater might be a little excessive, until I found this one at Modcloth. Uh the ears have sequin detailing- yes please!

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Music Moment || Uptown Funk

Shoutout to Dylan for introducing me to this song. I dare you to be in a bad mood after listening to it. "Don't believe me, just watch" :)