It’s been a crazy holiday season so far so I’m shaking things up with a Thursday outfit post! Today I’m excited to share with you a fun holiday photo shoot I did this past Sunday. I met up with some of my favorite Philly blogger babes Sarah of Shades of Sarah and Melissa of Skinny Affair along with our intrepid photographer Julia of Philly with a Fjallraven. We had so much fun taking photos around festive Rittenhouse Square. I seriously love this time of year in Philly! It was the perfect occasion to pull out my favorite simple holiday dress.
Let me share with you an unpopular opinion: I hate gift guides. Shocking, I know, in a season where everyone and their mother has a curated list of gifts slapped on their blog. It’s not that these bloggers don’t have great ideas because they do. It’s not that these gift guides are terrible because most of them have a pretty good theme and solid ideas. What makes me dislike gift guides is the idea that they’re not useful to me. A gift guide for my mom, my dad, the “man in my life” are all completely useless to me. Many gift guides are totally impersonal and I already know what I’m going to get the ones I love.
You know where my gifting struggles are? What do I get the person I barely know? I’m always in need of gift ideas for those random holiday gifts like the office secret santa, your boyfriend’s random aunt, or the new friend who totally surprised you and got you something. That’s why I decided to round-up my favorite gift ideas that always work when you don’t know what to give. [Read more…]
The week of Thanksgiving I told myself that I would take a little break and focus on the holiday. Then grad school decided that, hey, if you’re taking a break from blogging, why not pay more attention to me?! So after some family time and lots of papers and presentations, I’m finally back! Just in time too since I’ve got so many ideas to make your December effortless, stylish, and awesome. I did manage to blog one of my favorite outfits for the holidays already. This really is the best time of the year. Happy Monday!
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Style was always number one on Gossip Girl and this roundup of GG looks perfect for the holidays is exactly what you need
This ultimate gift guide from The Everygirl has just about every idea for gifts you could possibly need
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My Starbucks order: grande chai tea latte. I love my chai but I’d love to know how to order something else/know more about coffee. Thank goodness for former barista Kasia’s post all about coffee
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Anyone else feel like we should all receive a reward for making it through this week? I’m not talking a big trophy; a small medal will do. The week after Thanksgiving feels long but this one felt extra long. Whether it’s because we just got to relax and be around family or we’re not ready for a full week, this week was a doozy. For me, there were multiple meetings, a big grad school project, and some overtime work that kept me busy. But all that is behind me and I’m ready to tackle December. Send in the Christmas lights and pump up the Christmas jams!
One of the things I’m tackling this season is getting pretty for all the holiday parties. While I wished I had tons of fancy parties, my invites are usually to casual and simple get-togethers. Is there nothing better than candlelight, wine, and good friends? Or laughing over a festive brunch? The only thing I can think of that might be better is finding the perfect, where-everywhere sweater that will take you from brunch to tree shopping to a cozy dinner. Mine will forever and always be the classic cable knit.
I always associated cable knit sweaters with snowy days curled up by the fire. While these sweaters are perfect cozy wear, they’re also easy to dress up. To take this outfit from couch-sitting to crowd-pleasing, I relied on my two favorite accessories: fun flats and a eye-catching scarf. It was love at first sight for these Target flats. I was planning on sharing a shoe love ballad to these flats on Snapchat. They are not your boring ballet flats. There is nothing worse than ruining a perfectly good outfit with boring ballet flats. They also manage to elevate this outfit from everyday to a fun holiday…day.
This weekend I am doing ALL the holiday things, including having a cozy holiday brunch with some blogger babes. I promised I’d be a little more dressed up. I am super tempted to dress my cable knit up with a sweater and tights. But I’ll resist for now. If you want to catch a glimpse of my holiday-filled weekend, catch me over at kendallblossoms on snapchat and instagram! Here’s to December, ladies!
Around the World in 28 Cakes is back! I turned off my oven during the summer heat wave and just didn’t turn it back on. With it getting chilly in NJ the past week or so, it’s time to dig into some new recipes. I’ve also got a new oven with a convection setting! This is both exhilarating and intimidating. I think I’m up to the task.
To start my practice, I spent last weekend whipping up a German sandkuchen. This delectable pound cake is made up of all ingredients that are (mostly) all in your cabinet. It can be made up in a little over an hour and it’s light lemon flavor will compliment any holiday breakfast buffet. Or let it stand alone and you’ll devour the whole thing!