Friday Faves

Pomegranate and Cranberry Margaritas @ Val So Cal
I am so making these.
Guest room makeover @ The Color Issue
I am loving the bold paint & gallery wall!
 Gift Guide 2012: For the Country Girl Honestly WTF
I'll take one each, please.
Christmas in Provence, France @ Vanessa Jackman
Le swoon, le sigh....
Have a nice December weekend! Tomorrow, I am hosting a small shower for Mrs. A who is expecting a little one in January. Sunday is our annual Girls Thanksgiving.... yum!  Next week kicks off my annual My Stocking series. I am loving everyone's picks so far.  Happy Friday!


High | Low: Holiday Dressing & Accessories

'Tis the season for holiday parties and New Year's are some festive outfit ideas & accessories for any budget.
Lace pencil skirt:
High: Tory Burch 'Everett" skirt $350 | Low: Target Xhilaration skirt $19.99
Glittery, statement-making clutch:
High: Laura Merkin 'Eve' glitter clutch $180 | Low: Style & Co. 'Gwen' glitter clutch $34.98
Cozy, chic faux fur:
High: Anna Sui faux fur jacket $590 | White House Black Market faux fur bolero $158
Festive cap toe pumps:
High: Yves Saint Laurent Metal Cap-Toe Pump $733 | Low: Dolce Vita 'Selina' Pump $141

What are you wearing to upcoming holiday parties?


Holiday Decorating Around My Apartment

Bring on the holidays... I have started listening to my Christmas Spotify playlist and put up some decorations around my apartment. I had high hopes of getting a small Christmas tree, but that will wait til next year...
Small trees on a side table.
Ho, ho, ho on chalkboards...
and in the entryway.
A snowflake hand towel.
Reindeer tea lights.
On the coffee table: a seasonal scent and a classic paperback.
A Missoni-esque ornament on the other side table.


Having a "Moment for Life"...

...with Nicki Minaj. Since she's hit the scene, I've enjoyed her fun music to get ready to and blast in my car on a sunny day with the windows down. But I've since become quite obsessed, especially once she joined the Biebs on his recent single. That sealed the deal.  On current repeat:
(Thanks, Jen, for introducing me to this one.)
Any other Nicki fans out there?


Holiday Garlands

Each month, I put together Ideabooks for based on likes and ideas for home decor. It's a great site for inspiration and design, whether you have a remodeling/decor project or not.  My November Ideabook is focused on holiday garlands. There are just a few I am smitten over.  Check out my Ideabook for the rest!
Cozy Collage Christmas Garland @ Anthropologie (hmmm...DIY idea!?)
Dove Christmas Garland @ Neiman Marcus
Jingle Bells & Snowballs Garland @ Terrain
Gold Glitter Deer Garland @ StephlovesBen Etsy shop
ConfettiSystem Garland @ West Elm

Which one would you buy? How do you decorate for the holidays?


(Black) Friday Faves

Table setting with grandma's silver & great-great-great grandma's china
This recipe about to go into the oven. BTW, it was so good.
Strawberry rhubarb, apple caramel, chocolate pecan, and pumpkin pies.

Seasoning (I love this box).

I hope you all had a nice Thanksgiving yesterday! Happy Black Friday...Did you venture out for some deals this morning already, or are you skipping in favor for Cyber Monday?  I don't dare go near the mall area near us.  Instead, I am enjoying a turkey "hangover" and this long weekend.  Here are some faves!



With all the turkey, stuffing, and family craziness togetherness, it's easy to forget the reason we have Thanksgiving.  Through sips of wine, catching up with cousins, and bites of my grandma's famous stuffing, I am thankful for... good health for the people I love (and myself), a job I enjoy, friends who I can laugh with & count on in any situation, my decent-sized closet in my own apartment, unconditional love from Barkley. :)
Happy Turkey Day!  What are you thankful for today?
via Etsy


What I'm Wearing Wednesday | Europe Recap: What I Wore

You've seen the panorama views, the food, and yesterday, my favorite shots, and now what I wore!  It was all about layering and recycling key pieces.... comfortable shoes, cross-body bags, scarves, and hats - check! check! check! check! I also picked up a few accessories along the way.
On the La Pedrera roofdeck & outside the house | Barcelona
At Park Guell | Barcelona
  • LOFT jean jacket blazer
  • GAP black long sleeve shirt
  • J Brand relaxed chinos
  • Prada cross-body bag
  • Mango scarf {bought in Barca}
  • Ray Ban aviators
Augustus Gardens | Capri
  • LOFT jean jacket blazer
  • Kohl's black sweater dress- other colors
  • Calzedonia black tights {bought in Florence}
  • LOFT floral scarf
  • Prada cross-body bag
  • STEVEN by Steve Madden boots
  • Ray Ban sunglasses 
Outside my place of internship from study abroad: Duomo museum | Florence
On Via Servi | Florence
The start of our rainy day...view from Hotel Kraft roofdeck | Florence

Exploring | Pompeii
  • LOFT cardigan
  • Target white tshirt
  • J Brand chinos
  • UGG sneakers
  • Prada cross-body bag
  • Ray Ban sunglasses

Driving the Amalfi Coast | Positano
Hope you enjoyed the recaps and happy Thanksgiving eve!


Europe Recap: My Favorite Shots

Friday, you saw the panoramas.. Yesterday, you saw the food. Today, here are some of my favorite shots...
In Barri Gotic | Barcelona
Breakfast from hotel | Sorrento 
Augustus Gardens | Capri 
Vines | Capri 
"Under the sea" in Casa Batllo | Barcelona
Casa Batllo roof deck | Barcelona
Double arches | Pompeii 
Duomo through the flowers | Florence
Fishies | Barcelona 
Flambe! that resulted in singed arm hairs...totally worth it. Sorry, waiter. :) | Barcelona
Flower box | Florence 
Happy Birthday | Florence
Real life Eataly...Italian market meats | Florence 
Graffiti | Florence 
La Pedrera roof | Barcelona 
Leaves | Florence 
Picasso Museum | Barcelona 
Chilling in Pompeii 
Ponte Veccho + gelato | Florence 
Treasures | Positano 
Marina Piccola | Sorrento 
Sangria 2.50 euro | Barcelona
Tomorrow's final recap: what I wore!