Wednesday, December 25, 2013


Matt, Millie, and I wish you and yours a very merry Christmas! We hope you spend today surrounded by the people you love the most.

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Friday, December 20, 2013

What Have We Learned? V.2

Friday, Friday, Friday. I thought you would never come! But, here you are, and I can breathe a big sigh of relief to know that the holidays have finally arrived. Come tomorrow, Matt and I will be on our way to SWVA, and I am just over the moon about it! (You probably haven't noticed, not like I've been talking about it all week.)

Remember that time I did my very first "What Have We Learned" post? Well, this week has been long, and throwing life lessons at me left and right, so let's get to it!

- I've realized that "holiday stress" is a thing, and it has affected me more so than I have realized. That's usually how it goes, though--I internalize and ignore stress until it reaches the point where I'm almost crying and having an anxiety attack because people are falling over themselves to defend that Duck Dynasty guy. We've had a lot going on these past few weeks, both at work and home, and I think that the real issue here is that I am constantly aware that this will be the first Christmas without Grandma. I haven't been dealing with that like I need to, and so it's kind of been spilling over into everything else. I am happy that I get to see my family for Christmas, because it will be easier to handle these emotions when we're together.

- Speaking of that Duck Dynasty guy, I've learned this week that some people are still confused on what it means to "violate the first amendment." The protection of free speech extends to people saying what they want to say (for the most part), without being thrown in jail or stoned to death (I'm paraphrasing here, people). It does not, however, extend to you using your public platform to throw around insults to several different groups of people and cultures, and then expect to not suffer any consequences. (Side note--I actually had a whole post planned on this, but I was getting way too worked up and emotional over it, and I almost got in a Facebook fight and was told that I would be "judged before God" for my beliefs, so I'm going to put that one aside for another day.)

- On a lighter note, I went to RPM tonight at the gym (RPM is just another version of spin class, but BETTER). In the beginning things were great. I thought, "this is AWESOME I am SO happy to be here and be back in this class, I'm going to get in SUCH good shape and I will feel and look soooo good!" Cut to about 30 minutes later, and I'm all, "WHYYYY are we only halfway through?!?!" Finally, at the end:

- Despite the above CLASSIC Chris Traeger gif, I've learned that I can survive an entire RPM class (even though I'm a little bit out of shape when it comes to cardio), and I'm stronger than I think I am. (p.s. did reading the word "stronger" also make you think of the classic Britney hit, circa 2001? Because I did.)

- I've learned that M&Ms sadly make my stomach feel weird, but did that stop me from binge eating them for an additional two days after I learned that fact? No. No, it did not.

- I've learned I can no longer tolerate lunch meat/deli meat. What happened?!? This is puzzling to me. I mean, I've been eating soft tacos from Taco Bell on the regular for over ten years now and haven't tired of it yet. I've been making turkey, ham or, on occasion, bologna sandwiches for many years as well, but for some reason a switch was flipped and I can't even think about it without getting nauseous (also, not pregnant--let me clear that up before someone asks). This is going to make packing lunches extremely difficult. Guess the Taco Bell drive-thru lady and I will rekindle our friendship.

- Thanks to Nicole, I've learned that cats don't want to be petted, they want MASSAGES! I've been doing it wrong for years!

Lastly, friends, I realized that this stress and anxiety needs to get out of town so I can relax and enjoy my favorite time of the year. Therefore, today will be my last post until probably the end of next week (with the exception of my guest post next week at Freckled Italian!). I want to take some time to really let go of things and spend quality time with my family. Don't worry, you can still follow along on Twitter or Instagram, and I will be back before ya know it!

All Love,

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Snowy Day

Last week, we had a little snowstorm here in Loudoun, and we just happened to have a photo shoot already scheduled that morning with Whitney from Sweet MEmery's Photography. Kristine (SIL) put it together for Debbie's (MIL) birthday, and it was so much fun for us all to get together and take pictures, both inside AND in the snow.

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I LOVE the way they turned out, especially the ones in the snow, and Whitney was kind enough to do the anniversary picture we wanted to take as well.

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Not to mention--isn't Charlotte the best? I just love that little girl so much.

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Gimme dat cookie! 
Professional photo shoot in the snow? Guess that's one item I can check off the bucket list.

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Lastly, did you think I was going to end this post without telling you where I got my fabulous outfit? Of course not.

Sweater // Loft
Jeans // Loft
Ballet Flats // Coach
Necklace // J. Crew
Earrings // Kate Spade
Snow boots // LL Bean (similar)
Wool Coat // J.Crew Clearance Store (similar)
Scarf // Target (similar)
Beret // Christmas gift from my mom, similar here

Linking up with Nicole for Treat Yo Self Thursday!

All Love,

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

The Very Best in Music in 2013 (And the Worst)

HUMP DAAAAYYYYYY! After I make it through today, all that's standing between me and our trip home is a potluck lunch, one afternoon program, and a gel manicure. I think I can manage.

Today I'm linking up with Helene for:

Helene in Between
I know I talked about the Grammy's on Monday, but my favorite list of songs can be quite different than what's on the Grammy nomination list (but seriously Grammy people, when are you going to appoint me as Evil Overlord of Grammy Nominations? Get to it). I'm also going to add a few of the worst songs, because sometimes the music snob that lives inside of me needs to be heard.

Donna Meagle knows whats up.
Best Song about the Complex Nature of Relationships
"Thin Line," Macklemore and Ryan Lewis
Didn't we all go bananas over M & RL this year? I know I did--everything on The Heist was our jam while we were honeymooning in Costa Rica. We're all familiar with the hit songs (I'm lookin at you, Thrift Shop), but this is another song from the album that I particularly love.
"she walks that thin line...each time I love her less."

Best Song that Makes me Tear Up and Get All Nostalgic
"Ribs," Lorde
Because if I have to hear "Royals" one more time I might throw up. However I still love Lorde, and this song absolutely captures the emotional, tumultuous years of my early 20s.
"I've never felt more alone, it feels so scary getting old."
Song of the Summer
"Pompeii," Bastille
You thought I was going to say "Blurred Lines" or "Get Lucky," amiright?!?! Ummm okay, let me rename this the "songs the masses are listening to of 2013!" I joke, and while I mildly enjoyed those songs, it wasn't what I had on repeat all summer. This song is everything you need in a summer jam--it's got an upbeat tune, it's catchy, and the name of the song alone reminds you of the very first time you rode "Escape from Pompeii" at Busch Gardens.
"we were caught up and lost in all of our vices"

Best Discovery
Anything Diane Birch, but if I had to choose, "Tell me Tomorrow"
I hate to use the term "new artist," because what does that even mean? Usually, when you see the Grammy nominations for "new artist," what it really means is "person working their rear off for ten years just so you can hear their song get covered on Glee." So, I prefer to say "discovery," and say things like "oh, I saw that band like, three years ago in my neighbor's garage with five other people. They're on the Grammy's now? I guess that's cool."
"bullet in my chest just for lovin' someone."

Best Song that Makes me Want to Teach Spin Class
"Harlem," New Politics
This was basically a spring/summer jam that every time, without fail, made me dance in my car.
"shake it like a bad girl up in Harlem."

Music Video that Makes me Sob Uncontrollably
"All I Want," Kodaline
If this doesn't make you cry, you must be cold and heartless. Or, maybe just not overly emotional like I am. If part 1 doesn't get you, part 2 will.

"when you said your last goodbye, I died a little bit inside."

Best Song by an All Female Band
"The Wire," Haim
Just you wait. Haim is about to hit it big, and when they do you can bet I'm going to gloat big time.
"always keep your heart locked tight."

Best Song from the Person Who is a Total Mess, but She's Like the Messed Up Cousin You Love Anyway
"Work B*tch," Britney Spears
Raise your hand if, every time Britney says "gov-uh-nuh," you immediately think of Walking Dead. 

"you want a hot body, you want a maserati."

I know this is getting long, and this is only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to my favorite songs. Now, I will wrap it up with the very worst song of 2013:

Florida Georgia Line, "Cruise." 

Friends, there is A LOT of terrible music out there in the world, but if I had one wish, it would be that this song would never see the light of day, ever again. 

That's it for me, friends! What's on your best and worst list? Don't you worry, I've got the Best of 2013 playlist for you below, plus a few extras I threw in as a bonus.

All Love,

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Treat Yo Self: Oreo Truffles

Hold onto your hats, kids, I'm about to bring you my very first recipe vlog:

Oreo Truffles.

I felt it was appropriate to start with these delightful buddies. It is one of my signature recipes that people frequently request, but I do not frequently make. Oreo truffles aren't hard to create, they are just time-consuming.

I found this recipe way before the days of Pinterest, so I am going to go ahead and call it my own, since I've adapted it to the way I want it over the years.

So here it is, dear readers, and let me know what you think of my first recipe vlog! (And no worries, the full recipe is posted at the bottom as well).

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Glossy Blonde

Monday, December 16, 2013

Just Another Music Monday, V.10

Happy Monday, friends! Just one more work week and we will be on our way to southwest Virginia to celebrate the holidays--I am so excited, I can hardly stand it!

You may have heard about a little nomination list that went out recently. It was for a modest awards show called the Grammy's, and its release was most likely overshadowed by Beyonce and her new album.

Anyway, you may have noticed that I like--nay, love--music. Music is pleasing to my soul, and my tastes range from going crazy over a new Tay Tay album, to acting like a music snob any time a band becomes popular AFTER I already knew about them.

Despite my love for music, I think awards shows are THE WORST. So, to make things easier for all, I'm going to go ahead and tell you the winners (in my opinion). You'll be in the know and you won't even have to sit through two hours of insufferable nonsense!

Thoroughly Modern Presents:

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Record of the Year: 
Kate's pick: Radioactive--Imagine Dragons
I feel it in my bones, enough to make my systems blow, that this song will take home the grammy.

Matt's pick: Royal's--Lorde
They won't have to drive cadillacs in their sleep after this.

Album of the Year: 
The Heist; Macklemore and Ryan Lewis
I think this duo would be well deserving for this award, but if I had my druthers it would be my girl Sara B., all the way.

Song of the Year:
Same Love; M & RL
Macklemore and Ryan Lewis have been ON FIRE all year, and everyone loves to love this song because of the positive message it sends. We are in agreement this will win, and you can take that to the bank!

Best New Artist:
Diane Birch
Wait, she wasn't even nominated? Booooo. Guess we'll settle for M & RL.

Best Pop Solo Performance:
Matt says Katy Perry (Roar), and I say Sara B. (Brave). Two songs, both with the same message, who will win? (Spoiler alert: I usually win, even when I lose.)

Best Pop Duo/Group Performance
Suit and Tie--Justin Timberlake ft. Jay Z
Get off ya seat Hova, and go get that Grammy.

Best Pop Vocal Album:
Kate's pick: I think Lorde's album Pure Heroine should win, but I think The 20/20 Experience (JT) will win.

Matt's pick: Robin Thicke's Blurred Lines--why? "Because it will win," Matt says. (I win $100 if Robin Thicke loses, so let's keep our fingers crossed.)

Best Rock Song:
Doom and Gloom--Rolling Stones.
Matt doesn't even know (who are these old people?!?), and I think Muse is the worst. Also, Doom and Gloom was a good song, no matter ol' Mickey J.'s age.

Best Alternative Music Album
Trouble Will Find Me, The National
I struggled choosing this one, but considering how everyone literally FREAKED OUT when the album was released and the radio could not get enough of "Don't Swallow the Cap," (but I had enough of it, seriously). Wild Card--watch out for Neko Case and Vampire Weekend.

If I'm right about these winners, I think I should be promoted to President of Grammy Winner Selection of All Time Forever and Ever (you see how much I know about awards shows?).

What are your picks, dear reader? Stay tuned for part two next week, when we will reveal our picks for ten more categories! (Don't know if you all realized, but there are a total of 82 nominations--as much as I would love to go in detail on my choice for "best classical compendium," for the sake of brevity we will keep this at two blog posts and a sampling of 20 nominations.)

And since it is Music Monday, here is a lovely playlist featuring all of the above. Enjoy!

All Love,

Friday, December 13, 2013


Hello, friends! Today I am thrilled to announce I was recently nominated for the Sunshine Award by Miss Karly Kim. I've heard about it before, but I'm not really sure what it means--my best guess is that you nominate bloggers who are shy, quiet, and modest, in order to get them to open up and talk about themselves...does that sound about right, Karly?

According to the rules of the Sunshine Award, I have to now tell you 11 facts about myself. I thought this would be the perfect topic for today, to indulge my narcissism and introduce myself to the new followers around these parts!

1. In college, if you were my friend and it was your birthday, then you could expect a funfetti cake baked by yours truly.

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You could also expect a detailed lecture from me on partying positive.
2.Christmas is my favorite time of year.

3. When I wake up with a hangover (which is rare these days, but can easily be caused by a glass and a half of wine), my go-to meal is a #1 at Mcdonald's with a coke. Extra mac sauce.

4. During my senior year, I was drum major for my high school's marching band. Don't act like you're not impressed.

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5. I was the youngest and the only girl, so you know life had to be tough for me growing up.

6. I was in 4-H for nine years and I was kind of a big deal.

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I mean, obviously!
7. I was my county's spelling bee champion in 2001. My mom treated me to Taco Bell afterwards and it was awesome. Not so awesome when I lost out during the third round in regionals. I still suspect sabotage.

8. Matt and I only dated (and really, only knew each other) seven months before we got engaged.

9. When I was ten years old, I wanted to be Gwen Stefani.

10. Thunderstorms at the beach are my favorite--but also kind of terrifying.

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Awesomely terrifying.

11. Yes, I have been to a place called Dinosaur Land. No, I was not five years old. Yes, I did have the time of my life.

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There you are, dear readers, eleven random facts about yours truly that you probably never needed to know! 

I believe I'm supposed to nominate eleven others for this Sunshine business, so I apologize if you've been nominated before and are all like "I can't even." But, whether these ladies do their own post or not, please check out their blogs because they are worth the read! (And in alphabetical order, no less--aren't I so good to all you Type A crazies like me?)

- Kate
- Katie (obviously)
- Ryan

Have a lovely weekend, friends!

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Treat Yo Self Thursday

Hi, friends! Did you miss me yesterday? Dry your tears, because I'm back! Matt and I had a lovely snow day on Tuesday with the doodle, and I worked on a few special projects for the blog, but I didn't get aorund to putting together a post for Wednesday.

No worries though, because here I am with a special Treat Yo Self post for Thursday! Nicole asked me to do a guest post for the Treat Yo Self link-up, and I was tickled pink! Why? Because as you probably already know, I firmly believe that TREAT YO SELF isn't just for one single moment or day--it's a lifestyle.

My husband and I first discovered the magic of TYS in the summer of 2012; we were binge watching Parks and Rec when we first laid eyes upon Donna and Tom's TYS episode.

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We were immediately enamored with the whole idea. At that moment, we were four months out from TBD (The Big Day--can you tell I like acronyms?), and the stress of the whole planning process was driving us up the wall. So, we put wedding planning aside and dedicated an entire week to treating ourselves. 

Flash forward to one year later, and I started doing TYS-related posts on an (almost) weekly basis, because that's when I started to realize that treating yourself should never be limited to one day (or week) out of the year.

Maybe you're thinking, "but Kate, I don't have the time, I don't have the money!"

KNOCK IT OFF. Those are excuses and you know it! You don't have to be rolling in the dough to treat yo self. It's simple, really--as you start to get overwhelmed or frustrated, take a minute to do something you really love. Draw yourself a bubble bath; make a delicious meal of crabcakes; mix up a quick mimosa; or, indulge in a little retail therapy.

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Treat Yo Self to a photo shoot in a winery!

The Treat Yo Self lifestyle is simple--find what you love, and do it often. 

So tell us, friends, how do you plan to TREAT YO SELF this week?

Link up your posts, about anything and everything, below! It doesn't even have to be TREAT YO SELF theme!

All Love,


Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Life Lessons from Elf

We're back! It's time for the second edition of Life Lessons from Christmas Classics. This week, we discuss another one of my favorites--Elf.

I think I could probably act out the entire movie line by line. I watch it multiple times during the holiday season, and sometimes I'll watch it just for kicks in the middle of July. You're probably thinking "gee Katie, surely you've learned at least one thing from watching it a bajillion times!"

Yes, I've learned plenty, and don't call me Shirley!

1. Be adventurous
Being adventurous could mean something as big as journeying to a land you've never journeyed to before, or it could mean trying new foods. Who knew spaghetti noodles and pop tarts paired so nicely?

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2. Believe in yourself
Don't ever let anyone call you a cotton-headed ninny muggins. We've all got special talents--and if anyone tries to tell you different, just smugly remind them of the time you saved Christmas.

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3. Don't cram cookies into the VCR (or DVD/Blu Ray player)
Sometimes, the lessons in Elf are self-explanatory.

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4. When in doubt, sing
There are times in life when we have to have tough conversations with the people we love. For instance, it's not easy to show up at a stranger's office and tell him you're his 30 year old son that he never knew existed. The next time you have to deliver earth-shattering news, do so via a singing Christmasgram.

5. Cumulus clouds are full of wisdom
They carry that wisdom with them when they become snow, and eventually, snowmen. It's a scientific fact!

6. It's okay to have a lot of feelings
Buddy was always willing to express his feelings and, let's be honest, not many of us are courageous enough to do the same. Buddy taught me it was always important to be open and honest with others, even if that meant getting into a fistfight with a fake Santa in front of a room full of children. 

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7. Be prepared
You never know what life may throw at you next--a new job offer, an opportunity to travel abroad, or maybe a situation in which you need to construct a winter-wonderland village overnight while locked in a department store.

8. There's room for everyone on the nice list
Even though I have been disillusioned from Breaking Bad, I still hold fast to the belief that, deep down, people are good. If there's hope for a guy like Walter Hobbs (I almost typed Walter White, whoops), then there's hope for us all! 

I think I love this movie so much because it makes me feel like a kid again (even though I was a teenager when it was released in theaters). It reminds me of being home for Christmas, wrapped up in a blanket on the couch, with Buddy the Elf and the twinkling lights of the Christmas tree to keep my company. I always believe it to be of the utmost importance to sing along at the end, otherwise Santa might not get his sleigh to fly! 

Now I'm getting emotional, so this might be a good place to stop. What is your favorite lesson learned from Buddy the Elf (what's your favorite color)?

All Love,

linking up with Karly and Niki; Taylor and Helene; Nicole and Rachel

Monday, December 9, 2013

Power Couple's Guide to Anniversaries

If you follow along on instagram or Twitter, you've probably noticed I've been posting anniversary-related things all weekend. By now, I can only assume you're sick and tired of hearing about it, BUT I can also assume that you are on the edge of your seat just DYING to know the Power Couple Way to celebrating anniversaries.

Well, dear reader, your wait is over.

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1. Eat all the things
There is no better excuse to eat whatever you want than celebrating the anniversary of a celebration. You'll want to focus on the three main food groups--carbs, cheese, and meat--but it's okay to throw in a healthy amount of red velvet cheesecake as well.

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2. Drink up
A wedding anniversary also serves as the perfect excuse to spend $35 on a bottle of champagne--fancy toasting glasses require fancy beverages.

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3. Relive wedding memories
One way to do this is by going through your guestbook--you'll laugh, you'll cry, and you'll scratch your head as you try to decipher who kept signing ornaments as Peyton Manning. 

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4. Celebrate EVERYTHING
You're going to be in a partying mood, so why not take advantage of that by celebrating other momentous anniversaries, such as the 80th anniversary of the repeal of prohibition?

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5. Spend quality time with your family
You should definitely have alone time with your spouse, but make sure your children don't feel neglected.

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6. Congratulate yourself on a job well done
Marriage is tough work (just ask Kim Kardashian!), so any time you manage to make it through another year without any major catastrophes is definitely a cause worth celebrating. 

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linking up with Sami
All Love,

Sunday, December 8, 2013

One Year

"525,600 minutes, how do you measure, measure a year?"
-- Rent

How cheesy is it that I quoted Rent in our anniversary post? UBER cheesy!

It's hard to believe that it's only been one year--some days, it feels like it was just yesterday we got engaged, and other days it feels like we have crammed ten years worth of memories into 365 days. 

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Was this really only two years ago?

It has been an incredible year--our family became three when we brought little Millicent home, we welcomed two nieces into the world, we bought a house, and Matt hit some major milestones with his career. 

Marriage is pretty great--you've got a special person you get to laugh with, fight with, and share endless mimosas with on cold, winter days. To sum it up, we both feel very blessed to have found each other at the bar that fateful night. Even through all of the ups and downs, we've had an amazing year, and we are excited to get started on our second year of marriage.

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So Happy One Year Anniversary to Us, and here's to many more.

All Love,

Friday, December 6, 2013

Fashionably Late: Winter Sparkle

One week down, two more to go until Christmas break! I have to say that I'm TREMENDOUSLY excited for this weekend. Why? Because exactly one year ago on Sunday, this happened:

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We got married, and it was pretty cool and stuff like that! 

Anyway, Matt and I both have surprises planned for this weekend, so you'll get to hear all about the big celebrations on Monday. I've also got a post planned for Sunday, the day of our anniversary. 

In the meantime, I felt it was appropriate to do a little Fashionably Late post on my rehearsal dinner outfit! 

I spent several months searching for the perfect dress for the rehearsal dinner. Since it was a winter wedding, y'all KNOW I needed something sparkly. At first, I found a lovely, gold sheath dress that was on clearance at BHLDN, but of course once I tried it on I couldn't even zip it up. I've lost about 15 pounds since then and, for the most part, wear a size smaller than what I ordered, but I STILL can't fit in that dress. Did I mention it was final sale? Womp womp. 

Anyway,  I luckily found this pretty number at Macy's just in time.

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And by "pretty number," I'm not talking about the redhead standing next to me. Ow ow!
I paired it with black booties and some shiny accessories from Kate Spade (duh). I also carried a sequined black clutch that happened to be one of those "free gift with purchase" things from Vicky's. ALL OUTFIT PROBLEMS SOLVED! 

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This dress also works really well for holiday parties, or to wear around a casino during NYE!

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Since this outfit was put together a year ago (has it really been a year?!?), I can't find all of it online but I will do my best to find similar options (in case you're a stalker and you want to look just like me--but let's face it, doesn't everyone want to dress like me?)

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Have a wonderful weekend!

Dress //  DKNYC @ Macy's
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Necklace // Kate Spade
Earrings // Kate Spade
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Booties // Bandolino @ Macy's
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Clutch // Victoria's Secret
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Thursday, December 5, 2013

Life Lessons from Christmas Classics: First Edition

Hello, friends! I sincerely hope that as this post goes live, I will be fully awake and fully refreshed, just spinning away at my gym's 5:30am RPM class.

More likely though, I'll hit snooze, oversleep, and forget to pack my lunch so I end up going to Taco Bell. Such is life!

Treat Yo' Self Thursdays Link-up

Speaking of life and the lessons it teaches us, I've dreamed up a new little series just in time for the holidays. Christmas movies are one of my very favorite parts of the holiday season. They remind me of my childhood, and by golly, there's nothing that makes me feel more warm and fuzzy inside than watching that scene at the airport in Love, Actually.

In honor of all of our holiday favorites, every week leading up to Christmas I will share with you all the lessons I've learned from my favorite Christmas movies of all time.

This week, we begin with a Classic--Home Alone (I'm going to include the first two movies in this post, because they are obviously the only ones that count).

- Always set a back-up alarm
I can't tell you how many times over the years I was super paranoid my alarm would fail and I would miss out on some important event, such as getting left behind while my family takes an awesome trip to Paris without me.

If only you had a backup alarm--we wouldn't have a movie.
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- Don't be afraid of old people
The South Bend Shovel Slayer ended up rescuing Kevin from the Wet Bandits, then the pigeon lady saved him from the Sticky Bandits in NYC (spoiler alert: the wet AND sticky bandits are the same). The point is, don't push away the elderly, because they may one day save you from a pair of crooks you just spent a good hour torturing.

The elderly were also there to deliver the movie's big lessons.
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- Drinking too much soda before bed is a PLD
I'm not gonna hate on Fuller for his "problem," because we've all been there, amiright?!? But little four year old Katie took it to heart that wetting the bed would make you an even bigger social pariah than Kevin--and Kevin was such a disease!

Easy on the Pepsi!
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- Aftershave burns and makes you scream in agony
Except it doesn't, according to my husband, and THAT'S a lie I've been believing for over twenty years.

I guess he was just having an allergic reaction.
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- Throw around legal jargon to impress your friends
How is it that people who do bad things don't get sent to prison? "Not enough evidence to convict!" Thanks, Buzz!

- Hotel employees can be easily duped
I know I wasn't the only kid who dreamed of living it up in the penthouse suite at the ding dang dong plaza hotel. If I could have just gotten my grubby little hands on a talk-back, a credit card, and a wad of cash, I would have made that dream come true.

Eating cheese pizza in a limo is still on my bucket list.
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- Don't give out your personal information to strangers
Mostly, don't give your information to creepy men parading as police officers, or the cashier in the checkout line.

I can't tell you that...because you're a stranger!
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- Be careful what you wish for
Because you might wake up and find out that it all came true.

I made my family disappear?!?
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I could go on and on forever about Home Alone, but I'll cap it off here because I'm tired. What's the best lesson you've learned from Kevin McCallister?

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