Recent Shopping

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Other new miscellaneous things that I'm in love with, but first...
Here's my cat Rascal scoping out the Christmas tree :) He's too cute!!
 Zara sweater with leather sleeves
 Zara trench coat
 New staple black bag: Michael Kors Large Hamilton in black with gold hardware
 Urban Outfitters taupe bag... I'm a little obsessed with bags these days :/
... and a lovely black blazer with gold feather embroidery on the shoulders!

A Wonderful Christmas!

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So sad the holiday spirit is drifting away! Vacation is coming to a close, and I'll soon be on my flight back to Chicago. Here are some things that made me smile ear-to-ear from family from Christmas...
I was so happy to receive my Sephora gift card, and with it I bought all of the above! I've found it's worth spending a little extra on quality brand products. You just don't get the same results from drugstore make-up, though sometimes there are good finds at CVS.
-Revlon lipstick in Black Cherry
-Chloe roller ball perfume, one of my all-time favorites
-Sample fragrance set. I've always wanted to try some of these out.
-UD concealer stick, Lancome gold eyeliner for the holidays :)
-Freeman face mask. I love that you don't need to wash your face after-- you're good to go with this stuff!
-500 point perk from Sephora: Benefit's pore minimizer and mascara
-Sephora pencil sharpener, Boscia blotting papers, and a hello kitty mirror
 -NARS blush in Exhibit A... it looks super intimidating, but a little goes a long way. It gives a perfect flush of red to the cheeks!
-Probably my favorite powder foundation by MUFE
 UD Naked 2 Palette!! This came out a while ago, but I'm so excited to use this. I still have yet to play around with it :)
 ...Here is a jumble of comforting things ranging from tea and bath products
 ...Medium sized Longchamp bag in taupe <3
 I adore this watch from Sabo Skirt! I had to get a bunch of links taken out in order for it to fit my super tiny wrist. This is way better than that cheap one I found at F21, haha
The iPhone 5 version of my beloved case... the only thing is it really limits my service and wifi... so we'll see about this. It's suuuuper cute though.
 Gotta love chocolate and gummy bears!
A mix of desperately needed tanks to go under cardigans or whatever else. The top are from American Eagle and the bottom are from Brandy Melville.

Merry Christmas!

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My house turns into a giant factory during this time of the year! We made several kinds of cookies, I can't even name them all. I helped out with the Mexican wedding cake cookies-- I haven't even tried them yet!
Yummy batter for the Mexican wedding cakes
All ingredients mixed well
Ready for the oven!
Rolled in powdered sugar and ready to eat ;)
... home-made ginger syrup for the cocktails!
Hors d'oeuvres: Stuffed mushrooms
Hors d'oeuvres: Stuffed figs
Shrimp dish
Funny Christmas decor :)
Drinks table
Yummy sparkling pomegranate and ginger syrup!
Christmas Eve dinner feast
...what beautiful wrapping!! I'll post some things I opened this morning soon :)

I loved Christmas so much this year, probably because I found much joy in seeing my family open the presents I got them <3

Home for the Holidays!

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After being home for a week, I've finally been able to get back on track a little and find time to get a new post up! I've officially finished off my first semester of sophomore year at Columbia College, and am so happy to be relaxing at home here in Boston with friends and family. I finished my Christmas shopping in a matter of days and wrapped them all yesterday :) I forgot what I asked for this Christmas, but maybe I'll share some things on here.

My lovely chica Erica Caso helped me execute a mini photo shoot in my garage the other day, and here are the finished photos! I can't wait to take more photos over the long vacation. With no homework or job responsibilities on my shoulders and lots of empty days to fill with plans, I'm sure I'll be posting more often :)
tank / urban outfitters, jacket / zara, skirt / tobi, lita boots / jeffrey campbell

And now Erica's beautiful self!
coat / nastygal, boots / h&m

life via instagram

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Just a jumble of things that I've been up to slash eating over the past couple months...
1. Mango and strawberry mochi from Trader Joe's!
2. Marshmallow Latte
3. Red Velvet Sprinkles Cupcake
4. Birthday cupcakes from Mom
1. Geja Cafe menu: if you like fondue, you MUST try this place for a special occasion!
2. Appetizers: fruit and bread with cheese fondue
3. Entree: Seafood with 8 different sauces... ugh! So good
4. Dessert chocolate fondue ;)
1. N9NE roasted s'mores dessert
2. Chocolate Mint Truffle tea
3. Sandwiches and pastries
4. Aoife and I at High Tea in the Drake Hotel 
1. My crunch time fashion illustration assignment: watercolor and fine liner
2. Applied Drawing class assignment: colored pencil
3. Bringing some life to my room with pretty flowers
4. Jeffrey Campbell Litas :)