Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Music for Christmas Eve

Merry Christmas Eve, dear friends! I hope you all are able to spend the next few days with the people you love the most. Matt and I will be driving down to my hometown in southwest Virginia on Friday, to spend time with  my family and see a dear friend get married. For today, I have a special Christmas playlist that I actually put together last year, for a guest post on the Freckled Italian. 

Christmas music is incredibly special to me, as dorky as that sounds. You know how it's said that scent ties strongly to memory? While I believe that to be true, I also believe that a certain song can trigger memories just as easily as any old smell, and for me, that holds especially true for Christmas music.

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Can you spot me? I'm OBVI the one in the all pink, Little Mermaid outfit. Even at a young age, I was a style icon.
Just a few notes, and I'm instantly transported back to childhood, the soft glow of the Christmas lights in the background, cookies baking in the oven, and the pleasant smell of fires burning in chimneys all over the countryside. I'm reminded of running wild all over my grandparents' house with my cousins, putting on my prettiest dress for Christmas Eve mass, and sipping sparkling cider in wine glasses so we could feel like adults. Christmas music brings me back to seasons past, times of warmth and love, and the belief in magic and miracles, even in the shortest, darkest days of the year.

Since we'll be busy traveling and partying it up like a Power Couple, I may not be around here for a few days. But, you can probably find me on Instagram and Twitter, and I will try to get back to it as soon as possible. Who knows how many blog posts I'll manage before grad school begins to destroy my life again! For now, I leave you with a playlist of my very favorite holiday songs for you on this Christmas Eve--I hope it warms your heart and overwhelms you with the happiest of memories.

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays.

All Love,


Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Fashionably Late: Holiday Style

Hello, friends! I debated doing this post, because the pictures turned out so terrible--white walls do not a pretty background make. But, I went through the effort to put on lipstick and mascara, so we will move forward as planned.

The holidays have to be the best time of year for getting dressed up. So many outfits with glitter and sequins, it just makes my heart so warm! I've been very good at resisting all the sparkly displays this year, and instead of purchasing anything new for Christmas Eve, I've decided to go with a few, festive pieces that are already in my closet.

First, I started with a tulle skirt. What's more festive than a tulle skirt? Okay, probably a sequined skirt would be more festive, but would a sequined skirt twirl like this? I don't think so.

Next, I added a sweater I picked up at the J. Crew warehouse over a year ago. You can't do the holidays without an embellished top!

Finally, I topped it off with my trusty Kate Spade earrings and my purple wedding shoes. I typically only wear these shoes once a year--purple shoes don't always go with everything, and I suppose I'm just trying to make them last.

As usual, Millie wanted in on the photo shoot action.

And sometimes, if you take a picture in front of a painting, it looks much better. No. I'm kidding. But you can't blame a girl for trying!

Top // J. Crew (similar); Skirt // Zehui (similar); Shoes // Nina; Earrings // Kate Spade (similar); Watch // Michael Kors (similar)
I'm planning on sporting this little ensemble to Christmas Eve mass. I've got plenty more holiday outfits where that came from! But who knows if they will make it into a post. To follow along with all of my glamorous outfits over the next week, check me out on insta.

Linking up with Walking in Memphis in High Heels for the Trend Spin Link-up!

What are your favorite holiday outfits?

All Love,

Monday, December 22, 2014

Holiday Traditions

It's that time of year again--the time when everyone starts waxing poetic about their favorite holiday traditions. Sipping hot chocolate by the fire, baking cookies with little ones, singing carols--anything that sounds warm and cozy and gives you the warm fuzzies. But what about the traditions we don't share on Instagram? If you think about it, a tradition could include something that happens year after year, whether you intend for it to happen or not. Here are a few of my favorite, non-traditional holiday traditions.

1. Fighting with my brothers over the lighting of the Advent Wreath
So maybe this doesn't actually anymore, but lighting the Advent Wreath as an adult always brings to mind lighting the Advent Wreath as a child, and how my brother and I would fight tooth and nail over who was going to get to play with matches that night. Such sweet childhood memories.

2. Fighting with Matt over the opening of gifts
Fighting over the Advent Wreath has been replaced with another holiday themed brawl--a constant back-and-forth between myself and my dear husband over when we will open gifts. "Can't we just open one gift early," He'll say, and I'll respond, "No." This fight also includes always keeping an eye on Matt, as he is known to snoop.

3. Gettin' rip roarin' drunk!
Did that make me sound like some sort of hillbilly hooligan? Good. Admit it--it's not the holidays until you've had a few too many glasses of spiced wine or eggnog. There's something about meeting up with friends and family, and the stress of seeing friends and family, that drives us all to drink. In 2011 and 2013, it all went down on the Eve of Christmas Eve, as we caught up with old friends back home. (For 2013, I blame my brother and his insistence that I try all the holiday themed drinks. Couldn't argue since he was buyin'!)

In 2012, it was a few too many cadillac margaritas for our one week anniversary. Lastly, this year's holiday shenanigans have come and gone, but it did not reach the level of me unpacking and playing "Greensleeves" with my flute, so you know it was quite tame.
For all the years I was under 21, just replace alcohol with ritz crackers, a Hillshire Farms cheese ball, and a coke over ice, and you've got yourself a lifelong holiday tradition.

4. Eating all the things
Ever heard the phrase, "Christmas calories don't count?" Well, it's a scientific fact. It's true, you should look it up.

5. Sobbing along to Judy Garland's "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas"
I start playing Christmas music the day after Thanksgiving and I don't stop until New Year's. This song really does have a depressing origin, and it's not Christmas until you've caught me crying and feeling all the nostalgia to this song at least once.

And there you have it, dear reader--my most typical holiday traditions in a nutshell. What are yours?

All Love,

Thursday, December 18, 2014

2014: The Best and Worst in Music

Last year, Helene in Between hosted this awesome linkup featuring the top picks for the best and worst in music. Obviously, it was a hit, and obviously, due to my obsession over music, I had to do it again. In the interest of time, I will try to keep it to five songs each. Here we go!

The Best Songs Of 2014

There's no one song here to write down--2014 was the year Nickelback released yet another album of nails-on-a-chalkboard whining. Apparently, they have repeatedly missed the memo that they need to stop making music.

2. "Cool Kids," Echosmith
Don't get me wrong, this song would have been my jam in 7th grade, and I actually kind of liked it at first...until I saw the video. A parade of adolescents wearing the most pitiful expressions, broken up by shots of the lead singer scrunching her face into all sorts of emotions, was kind of the worst.

3. "Sky Full of Stars," Coldplay
I expect better from Coldplay.

4. "Fireball," Pitbull
I used to find Pitbull tolerable, but each song he records just makes me respect him even less. And yet, the less respect I have for him, the more money he seems to make. What is this sick and twisted world we live in??

5. "This is How We Do" Katy Perry
Maybe if Katy Perry was 22 years old, this song would work. Instead, it just reminds me of that 40 year old who tries to hang out with the college kids at the bar, buying everyone shots in a desperate attempt to get their finger back on the pulse of what's hip.

Now that we've slogged through the worst, let's cheer ourselves up with a review of the very best! It is so hard to keep this to just five songs, but it's almost 9pm and I'm likely to die soon from the spin class I just attended. So, a short list it is!

1. "Riptide" or "Mess is Mine," Vance Joy
I can't pick between these two songs. Of course, "Riptide" made me fall in love with Vance Joy in the first place, but "Mess is Mine" made that love so much stronger. It is basically 50% of the reason I bought tickets to see Tay Tay this summer. (With 25% being because I get to drink beer in a ballpark without having to sit through a baseball game, and the remaining 25% goes to Taylor. No, jk kidding, love you Tay Tay 4eva.)

2. "Blank Space," Taylor Swift
Speaking of Tay Tay, you KNOW she had to make this list! I know many would choose "Shake it Off," but I had to go with this one because it is the best, cleverly written "Eff You, Haters!" I have ever seen from any artist.

3. "Yellow Flicker Beat," Lorde
Sometimes, I get scared and think, "what if Lorde peaked in her first album?" then I heard this song and all was right in the world.

4. "Fools Gold," Fitz and the Tantrums
If you thought you couldn't love Fitz and the Tantrums anymore, think again.

5. "When You Were Mine," Night Terrors of 1927 ft. Tegan and Sara
I chose this song because 1., it is awesome, and 2., it makes me so pumped for what could be coming next for Night Terrors. They surfaced a few years ago with "Dust and Bones," and I knew right then we would be friends. They haven't produced a full length album just yet, but you know when they do I'm going to lose my shit.

Ok, so I said I was going to keep this short, but I have to throw out a few of my very favorite albums from this year. You will thank me, I promise.

1. Lights Out, Ingrid Michaelson
Ingrid has been my very favorite artist for the past seven years or so, ever since I heard her on an episode of Grey's Anatmoy I watched while recovering from surgery and thought to myself, "this woman speaks to my soul." I was a little bit worried about this album, because I didn't care too much for Human Again, but Lights Out reminds me of every single reason why I love Ingrid.

2. Ledges, Noah Gundersen
If you're looking to find an folksy/indie album so you can sound hipster, let this be it. Seriously. I just can't even describe how much this album ruled my life for a solid three months.

3. Strange Desire, Bleachers
Jack Antonoff, from a tiny little band you've probably never heard of (Fun., they weren't that big or anything), released his own album and it is the bomb dot com. The sound is a little bit different than Fun., but there are some really great songs on this album--it makes me feel like I am in the middle of an 80s movie love story, in a good way.

Alright friends, we are getting close to bedtime here, so I'm going to wrap this up. In conclusion, don't listen to the worst songs. Listen to these amazing songs I have handpicked for you, and you will have a very fulfilling end to 2014.

The Best of 2014 by Kate T. on Grooveshark All Love,

Where Are They Now? Blogger Edition.

And by "they," I am only referring to myself, and my location is the same it's been for the past three years. I suppose a more accurate title would be, "How I have been spending my time since I stopped blogging," but that's longer and not nearly as clever. Also, can't we all just agree how much we want to be on, or be, a VH1 show? That's what I thought.

Let's get to it.

1. Spending time with my family
Let me tell you about a game. It's called "3/3rds Gang's All Here," it is the best game, and don't let anybody ever tell you otherwise.

2. Eating pizza
Joe's Pizza is my life. We order it at least once a week, and the fact that we don't order it every single day is a testament to the strength of our willpower.

3. Taking grad school classes
And disappointing everyone by making an A-.

4. Acclimating myself to shots of Humira every other week
Or, more accurately, acclimating myself to a panic attack every other week until I finally force my husband to do the shots, and only then getting through it with the help of whiskey.

5. Trying to write a novel
I tried to complete National Novel Writing Month--tried and failed MISERABLY. I even made a bet with Matt to motivate myself--new bedroom furniture was on the line!! Luckily, Matt is very generous and gave me an extension. We'll see how it pans out--maybe I'll even post excerpts! Then you can all be hipsters and say "I read that book before it was popular."

6. Exercising
Steroid weight is no joke. Spin class is also no joke.

7. Working. All the time, working, it won't stop!
Last week was my first week without a late meeting. And by "late meeting," I mean I go into work around 8am and get home after 9pm.

8. Talking about returning to blogging
I've been talking about returning to blogging since I stopped, but nothing ever materialized. Actions speak louder than words and all that, so here I am! For now, until school starts again and I hate everything.

As you can see, I have been quite the busy bee this fall! I seriously don't know if I have the time management skills to keep this going once my next class starts, but we shall see. Until then, please enjoy my witty observations, my impeccably styled fashion posts, my music recommendations, and pictures of the most beautiful goldendoodle in the world.

Case in point.

All Love,

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Oreo Truffles: An Oldie but Goodie

Is that blog title deceptive or what?! I mean, here I am, posting for the first time in nigh on four months, and nothing so much as a "hey" or a "howdy;" just a recycled post from almost a year ago.

Well, you can't blame a girl for trying, right?

The truth is, I've been mulling over my return to blogging for quite some time, but that return always got trumped by grad school homework, work on my future bestselling novel, or other important things, like watching every episode of Hart of Dixie on Netflix. Hopefully very soon, I will let you all know in detail what has been occupying my time this fall. Until that time, I'm going to dip my toes in the water, and make my foray back into the blogging world with a repost of my first-ever vlog. Tis the season for baking, and tis the season for eating your feelings. I hope you find this recipe useful for all of the holiday things.

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All Love,

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Layover in RVA

Look at this, two posts in one week! Don't get used to it, dear readers. I've simply got a small break amidst the chaos, and want to use that break to share my wit and wisdom with you. I'm sure at some point I will tell you in an elaborate detail what I mean by "chaos," but that day is not today.

This past summer, we had the pleasure of spending approximately 24 hours in Richmond, VA. We were on our way to the beach, but since we hadn't got word yet if the bridge was open, we decided not to risk it and just stay the night in RVA with our friends Phil and Rachel.

I was a little sad at first at the idea of missing out on beach time (who wouldn't be?), but quickly forgot my sorrows after a few minutes in Richmond. I feel like Richmond often gets overlooked as a place to visit, and I have to blame its bigger neighbors for that--Williamsburg and Washington DC. It's tough to compete with women dressed in colonial garb and giant statues of Honest Abe, but Richmond has plenty of its own historical charm.

It's the capitol of Virginia (in case you didn't know), and the capitol building was designed by Thomas Jefferson--the 3-D model he built for it is still on display. In addition to its storied past, which boasts an impressive list of 18th century A-Listers (Jefferson! Washington! Franklin! Pocahontas!), Richmond also has a bajillion delicious restaurants, awesome museums (Edgar Allan Poe!), and the James River (for all you outdoorsy types).

On this particular visit, we sampled some of the local cuisine (which included one of the most delightful cuban sandwiches I've ever tasted) and walked along the canal.

I obviously had to stop for a few outfit pictures.

We were also fortunate enough to be able to see the 4th of July fireworks show from our friends' rooftop (I love fireworks but I hate sitting in traffic to get to fireworks).

This past weekend, we were back in Richmond for Phil and Rachel's wedding, and it just cemented my love for the city. Once again, everything we ate was delicious, and the donut truck at the wedding was on point. (Oh, and the wedding was beautiful too, of course!)

I'm excited to go back and visit and explore more of the city--I would definitely recommend a visit to RVA if you're ever close enough to stop.

All Love,

Monday, September 29, 2014

Fall: I'm Just Not Feeling It

I have a confession to make that will probably shock the blogging world.

I just can't get on board with fall this year.

I KNOW. Don't hate. While every other blogger in the world is lauding the return of PSLs and posting up the coziest outfits J.Crew could dream up, I'm over here wondering why it can't be June again.

I honestly don't know what this is all about. Typically, fall is my favorite time of year. I love the crisp weather and the impending excitement of the holiday season. For some reason, though, this year I am just not that into it.

Maybe it's because everybody likes fall these days, and I usually lose interest when everybody else likes something. It's like how I loved country music up until about 4th grade, and I was teased for it, but then suddenly everybody loves Shania and I'm just like, "whatever, I've moved on to Gwen Stefani."

Or, it could be that I'm feeling unsettled about so many things right now. My health issues haven't exactly resolved themselves, and I'm anxious about all the unknowns the future holds. It also doesn't help that I'll be working a lot this month, both on evenings and weekends, so once again I'm going to get that sick, bitter feeling I get when I'm missing out on time with my family and friends, but know there is nothing much I can do about it.

I'm hoping this is just a phase, and eventually I'll get around to freaking out with the rest of the world over boots, scarves, and pumpkin spice errything. For now, I'm going to soldier on and try to recall what it felt like during the warm weather and carefree days of early summer.

All Love,

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Fashionably Late: Coral Maxi

In my continued efforts to make summer last forever, today's fashion post is all about one of my favorite skirts, in the most summery of colors (is summery a word? it is now).

A coral maxi.


After our brutal winter, I had this insatiable desire to purchase all the things, in all the bright colors. I spotted this gorgeous maxi skirt on J.Crew Factory, but tragically, they were out of my size. That day, I made a promise to myself that if they ever restocked the skirt, I would buy it, no questions asked.

You can obviously see what happened.

I've been obsessed with this skirt all summer. The color was perfect, and it didn't require much else--just a basic tee and a few pieces of jewelry.

The great thing about maxi skirts is they are the perfect thing to wear when you still want to look cute and somewhat dressy, but you don't want to shave your legs. Amiright or amiright?!?

I really lucked out with this skirt--I sometimes have to get maxi dresses hemmed, but this was clearly the perfect length (for reference, I'm 5'2 and the skirt is an xs).

Also, when wearing a maxi skirt, it is appropriate to pose next to a platter of cupcakes. Don't forget to consume the cupcakes afterwards.

Readers, fall is slowly creeping in. Today, I made chili for dinner. CHILI. I know I can't stop it, but I sure will miss the warmer weather once things really start to get cold. Maybe as winter sets in, I'll take my coral maxi out of the closet. I'll hope to myself that if I start at it long enough, summer will come round again.

Or, I'll eat my feelings and deal with it. Something like that.

top // J.Crew Factory; skirt // J.Crew Factory (similar; similar); sandals // Tory Burch; watch // Michael Kors; ring // David Yurman; necklace // Lia Sophia

All Love,

Friday, September 5, 2014

The Lieb

Oh, hi! Remember me? I'm still alive and stuff like that. I've been a little overwhelmed lately, with work and Crohn's nonsense, so I've been keeping a low profile.

The lovely Meghan from When L Met M recently nominated me for a Liebster Award (and in typical fashion, I abbreviated it). And by "recently," I mean she nominated me over a month ago and since I'm doing a terrible job at blogging consistently, I'm just now getting around to it. I'm not quite sure, but I think the purpose of the Liebby is to get to know me (even more than you already do), and check out some other blogs as well. 

I'm having trouble coming up with topics lately, so this award is totes perf (can't stop with the abbreves, won't stop). 

11 Facts About Me
1. I would take a nap every day if I could. I'm not talking about some wimpy, 20 minute power nap--I'm talking a three hour, wake up groggy and disoriented kind of nap. 

2. Garth Brooks was my favorite singer, circa 1995.

3. I have two older brothers. Have I said this before? Probably. Now you know again. 

All color coordination is purely coincidental. They would never allow me to intentionally coordinate our outfits.
4. All my life I've wanted to write a novel. That's one thing about me that has never changed. 

5. I will never like goat cheese. Never. And goat cheese knows exactly why. 

6. I think job searching, house hunting, and dating are probably three of the most agonizing things in the world. 

7. I can put up with pain from Crohn's Disease until the very last minute when I need to go to the hospital, but if by chance I get a paper cut, I'm miserable. 

8. Other than from the time I graduated college up until Matt and I got married (roughly four years), I've always had a dog. When I did not have a dog, all I could think about was getting one. 

This was Abby, my family's chocolate lab, and she was totally awesome.
9. I chug water like I've been stranded on a desert island for 30 days. Seriously, it's bizarre. I've always had a thing for ice cold water, but lately it seems like I'm constantly thirsty. It's probably why this face looks so good, though. 

10. If you come over to my house, I will show you that I have a piano. And then I will tell you "let me play you a song I wrote myself." You will then hear a beginner's version of "O Little Town of Bethlehem." And that's my piano bit.

11. If I happened to have 3-4 glasses of wine before doing my piano bit, I might transition to the "flute bit." That's when I decide I'm still extremely talented at playing the flute, even though I literally haven't practice in ten years. You never know what might happen in the Thomas household! 

So it probably took me about 10 days to write 11 things about myself. It's tough! Next up are the questions Meghan proposed:

What's your dream job?
Obviously, I really want to be a writer and publish a best selling novel. I also want to have my own cooking show in which I make other people's recipes, drink wine from a stemless glass, and be super witty and charming. 

Favorite restaurant?

Taco Bell. 

What makes a good friend to you?
As an adult, I've found that a good friend is someone who will actually make plans with you. I can't tell you all the times I get the Facebook/text message that says "we need to get together! let's catch up! I miss you! blah blah blah!" and yet plans never seem to materialize. Hanging out in your late twenties takes an effort from both parties, and I think it's the mark of a true friend when they can make that happen. 

Favorite song of the moment?

Shake it Off. JK Kidding!!!! I do like that song, but it's not necessarily my favorite. Right now I'm on a Head and the Heart kick, and I'm also super cised about this new-ish band called Sheppard. 

Geronimo by Sheppard on Grooveshark

What is something small that makes you happy?

Putting on my sweats when I get home. Especially now that all my pants are too tight (thanks, steroids!). 

Do you have any guilty pleasures?

I have all the guilty pleasures. Just browse through some of my blog posts and you'll see. 

Favorite holiday tradition?

I love going to Christmas Eve mass, and it's something my family has done for as long as I can remember. There's something about that service that really makes my heart swell. The first year we were married, we had a freak snowfall on Christmas Eve and the roads got real bad, real quick. We weren't able to make it to church that night and I'm pretty sure I cried. 

But we sure looked good at Christmas mass the next day!
A good dinner out, or a new item for your closet?
A good dinner out! But then I'll probably have to buy bigger clothes, so I also get a new item for my closet. It's a win-win. 

What is your favorite spot in your home?
Probably our dining/kitchen area. We've only been living here for a little over a year now, but we've had lots of great dinner parties/memories with our friends, families, and neighbors. 

What's your favorite city?

Let me go ahead and say Paris, because come on, we're all thinking it, but domestically New Orleans always has and always will hold a special place in my heart. 

This girl definitely qualifies as a good friend.
Why do you blog?
I blog because I enjoy writing. I also think I'm funny, but I guess that is debatable. 

That's it, ladies and gentlemen! This post literally almost took me two weeks. TWO WEEKS. See why I have been absent lately? Major writers block, like whoa. 

Here are my nominations:
The Style Dunce
Love, Pasta, and a Tool Belt
The Grits Blog
The Fairy Princess Diaries
Let it be Beautiful
The Florkens
Treasure Tromp
Pink Sunshine
Green Fashionista
Club Narwhal

And here are my questions, ladies!
Name three books that have inspired you. 

Which celebrity would you like to crawl under a rock and disappear? Please be creative and refrain from using a Kardashian. 

If you could live in another decade, which would it be, and why? 

Share one song that speaks to your soul. 

If you could eat one thing everyday, and not have to worry about weight gain, heart disease, or diabetes, what would it be? 

What is the number one place on your travel bucket list?

What do you think is the most underrated movie of all time?

What is the go-to drink that you order when you're trying to look sophisticated? 

If a store/designer offered you free merchandise for a year, which store would you want it to be?

Have you every played an instrument?

What is your go-to karaoke song choice?

These questions are SO GOOD. I might have to answer them for another blog post. Remember, I'm fresh out of ideas here, so I'm going to take what I can get.

All Love,

Friday, August 22, 2014

What Have We Learned? Salvocation Edition

Hello, friends! It is finally Friday and it has been quite the roller coaster of a week. I'm exhausted from all of my emotions. To cheer myself up (or maybe make myself feel worse), I thought I would relive our wonderful vacation to the OBX from last month, through another edition of What Have We Learned?

- I learned that only having one way to get on and off the island can be quite problematic, particularly after a hurricane has blown through. (I'm looking at you, Arthur.)

Not actually a hurricane, but close enough.
- I learned that Millie is NOT okay with the ocean. In fact, she is terrified. She does enjoy taking a leisurely dip in the sound side.

Mom? Dad? What the hell is going on here?!?
- I learned that my oldest brother is a big cheat at zombie dice. How else do you explain getting so many brains, and so few shotguns?

- I learned that my other brother thinks he can just steal people's pool rafts whenever he wants. Hey, did you fork over $10 at TJ Maxx for this sweet floatie that has a cup holder? I don't think so.

- I learned that it's best to coordinate with Mother Nature first before you schedule a photo shoot on the beach. Otherwise, you'll end up taking pictures on the windiest day of the week.

- I learned I just want all the seafood, all the time, with a side of carbs. This is coming from a girl who couldn't stand the smell of it just a few years ago.

- From my brother's girlfriend, Emily, I learned that calories don't count when you're on vacation.

- My niece taught me the proper way to play pool--on the table! I've been doing it wrong all these years!

- I learned that when your room directly faces the sunrise, your puppy daughter is going to get up as soon as those golden rays first brush across the window. But at least it's pretty.

- I learned that everything, including sunsets, is better at the beach.

linking up with Leslie for Confessional Friday
All Love,

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Expectations vs Reality

I'm having one of those weeks where my expectations never quite match up with reality.

For instance, I expected to be finished with the steroids this week. It was a day I had been looking forward to the moment I got out of the hospital. The reality is, some of my symptoms started to come back the moment I began decreasing, so instead of finishing steroids, they upped my dosage.

I expected that giving myself shots of Humira would be easier the second time around. The reality is I panicked and almost couldn't go through with it--almost.

I expected I would spend this week writing and blogging, since I have one whole week off before my next grad school class begins. The reality is I've let my emotions get the best of me this week, and I can't seem to find the energy or the motivation to do much of anything.

My expectations sometimes get out of control, but it's not always bad--like when I expected a terrible grade on my final assignment, and the reality was I had a perfect score. This week, however, reality keeps falling short of my expectations, and it is getting the best of me.

All Love,

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Fashionably Late: Nautical Stripes

If you'll recall, I am not letting summer go away anytime soon. In fact, I will not be discussing ANYTHING fall related until I deem it appropriate to do so (i.e., never. j/k, who am I kidding? I am a blogger).


I feel like there's nothing that screams summer more so than a blue and white striped shirt. I really think this look says, "I'm about to throw on my Sperry's and spend the day on my sailboat!"

I've never stepped foot on a sailboat, and my Sperry's are looking a little worse for wear, but I can totally rock this nautical look.

I found this shirt on clearance at the Kate Spade outlet and couldn't resist--it had a bow on it! I wore it a lot during the late spring/early summer, when the temperatures were still cool enough for a long sleeve shirt. It's the perfect shirt to wear to the office--the color and design is perfect for summer, but the longer sleeves keep me from freezing in my office.

As you can see, I'm ready for Martha's Vineyard.
top // Kate Spade (similar); shorts // J. Crew Factory; shoes // Coach (similar); earrings // lia sophia; watch // Michael Kors; ring // David Yurman; sunglasses // Tory Burch; bag // Kate Spade (similar)

What are your favorite nautical styles?

All Love,

Monday, August 11, 2014

Cool It

Dear Bloggers/Teachers/College Students/Commercials:
I write to you today out of love (except for you commercials, you know what you've done). I care about you all very much, but I must firmly tell you all to cool it. Cool. It.
Cool it. I say this to you because I care.
I get it. Summer is basically over, it's back-to-school fever and nonsense, so let's just all get on with fall! Bring on the pumpkins, the oversized cardigans, and the football!


Summer is not over, and let's all cling to every last bit of it until the fall equinox rolls around. In fact, I personally believe we should keep the summer spirit going all the way through the end of September. Oh, what's that, you can't have fun because school is in session? That's what weekends are for, kid. And don't be afraid to get a little crazy every now and then on a weeknight. Will you deeply regret it at work the next day? Of course. But that time you strolled around in your neighborhood in your pajamas, playing the B-flat scale on your flute, will always be a good story.

All too soon, the leaves will be changing and we'll be assaulted with PSL advertisements and an overuse of the adjective "crisp." Before we know it, we'll be neck deep in what is shaping up to be another miserable winter.
Is this what you want?
Join with me, friends. Just COOL IT with all your talk about fall, and let's band together and desperately hold onto the last little bit of summer before it fades away.
No. This is what you want.
All Love,
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