Rebel

Haha.. not really. But I like to pretend to be one in t-shirts that say I am. This is one of the graphic T’s I got from Old Navy last week and featured in my last post. I have basically lived in it since. I wanted to show how I paired that cool kimono from TJMaxx with it, as well as a more feminine way I styled it another day.

 

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Annnnnnd a lil more fun & flirty… *I tied it on the side because I went a size up and it doesn’t sit very well when it hangs normally.

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Until next time!

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Let’s Talk About Coffee

Let's Talk About Coffee

Can we also talk about how I unintentionally turned this photo of my coffee into a Marc Jaobs ad? Nailed it. 

I’m not even going to try to hide it – I’m a little obsessed. Coffee flavored anything is my weakness, I can’t even begin to think about getting my day started without chugging down some, and a good portion of my Christmas gifts this year from friends and family had to do with coffee in some form. Hey, it could be worse! At least it’s not meth, am I right?!

This fall I decided it would be a good investment to buy a Keurig coffee brewer since I would no longer be living in my tiny one-person apartment with my tiny one-person coffee pot. I bought the K10 Special Edition and it has worked out rather nicely. There are much more techy/expensive versions, but I figured the K10 would do the deed.

So far I’ve been loving it! I wanted to share my favorite K-cup flavors and get some recommendations from you guys as well.

K-Cup Flavors to Try 

 

  1. Chai Latte by Cafe Escapes | I’m not that much of a chai – or even tea – fan, but this one is subtle enough to enjoy at any time.
  2. Newman’s Special Blend Medium Roast Extra Bold by Newman’s Own | A good wake-me-up coffee for when I have to be up at un-Godly hours of the morning.
  3. Gevalia Colombia Medium Roast Coffee | Another standby wake-me-up coffee.
  4. Pumpkin Spice Light Roast  by Green Mountain Coffee | I got this flavor in the Fall when pumpkin everything is equal to gold and I didn’t feel like paying $35.50 everyday for a Grande pumpkin spice latte from you know where.
  5. Starbucks Blonde Roast | This was one of the first K-cups I tried because I loved getting the ground Blonde roast for my regular coffee pot, but I will say it tastes a little different through the Keurig and I had to get used to it for awhile.
  6. Hot Chocolate: I’ve tried Swiss Miss and the Cafe Escapes K-cups and Cafe Escapes by far wins in this category. The Swiss Miss version tastes no different than the standard packs you microwave on your own, but the Cafe Escapes has a rich, real chocolate flavor that I was expecting from the Keurig Swiss Miss version.

 

Sidenote – I actually haven’t tried the Caribou coffee pictured above yet since I picked it up the other day, but I will inform if I explode with pleasure afterwards.

 

A Tip on Buying K-cup Packs:

 

I only buy K-cup packs at Kohl’s because they are usually on some sort of sale (this weekend they were BOGO 1/2 Off), and I can use a coupon toward them. Plus, they sell 18-packs whereas grocery stores usually don’t sell that high of quantity and I can never find coupons for them!

 

 

Holidaze

I am really not meaning to sound like a Grinch here, but this holiday season has been a little more frustrating than most. I did myself a favor by picking up some gifts here and there early on so I don’t have to scramble at the last minute, but I still have a few important pieces to get along the way. The major source of stress is from work, naturally, and not finding the time to actually go out and get said gifts or being able to enjoy all the special holiday activities… and when I do have time I somehow find myself on the couch with hot cocoa and Netflix… whoooops. With all that being said I am still hopeful I’ll get a few days squeezed into December to do all the sparkly, cozy, festive, fun-filled Holiday traditions!

Here is the way I styled the plaid jacket I found at Target I had mentioned in the previous post.

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Don’t ask me why I hardly ever have shoes on in these posts. I do not have an answer for you, other than by the time I walk out the door I can assure you I have found a pair.

Festivities

I hope it was a happy Thanksgiving for all yesterday! Mine was a nice little break from the daily grind. We drank (Merlot and seasonal brews), we ate (delicious appetizers made by my sister’s boyfriend including Rosemary roasted nuts and homemade hummus followed by all the traditional Thanksgiving fixins’), and we hung by the fire while trying to come up with decent holiday pictures (totally didn’t happen). We just stayed at my house for the day so I definitely wasn’t about to break out the LBD and heels, but still wanted to be a step up from pajamas.  Here is the live version of the Polyvore set I created in the previous post.

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Sidenote: Got this jacket on sale at Target for right under $18 the other day, I thought it was a pretty good investment with the Holiday season here now. It’s a little hard to tell in the picture but the pockets and the zipper detail going down the front is pleather and there are gold buttons on the wrist, makes it look a lot more expensive than it was. FYI – I got an XS and it’s still pretty roomy if you wanted to wear a comfy sweater underneath.

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Currently Pinning

I love Pinterest. I always wished there was something like Pinterest that existed, and then finally one day it did and I was all – about dang time. I especially love it for it’s categorization…Not sure if that is a legit word, but you understand, no? Autumn is my favorite season and I get so giddy for it each year that having one place to put all my inspirations is the best way for me to quickly reference any styles, beauty trends, recipes, and activities that make Autumn for what it is. I created an Autumn Inspiration board not too long ago and I get excited looking at it every time I log on! Is that nerdy? Nerdy for fashion, that is. Here are a few of my favorite looks I’ve found to compliment my board perfectly.

P.S. FOLLOW ME ON PINTEREST! LINK ON UPPER RIGHT TAB.

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Something about this season man, mmm.

All links and photo credits are linked to photos via my Autumn Inspiration Pinterest board.

iPhone Photo Roundup

I have been feeling so blasé about my wardrobe lately, which has caused me to do more shopping than usual but I’m totally okay with it considering the awesome sales I’ve been scoring. I went to a boutique opening hosted by the blogger Happily Grey (http://happilygrey.com/) on Thursday and then just made a night of shopping on the town with my sister. I scored two shirts from Express for $20! I mean.. really. Later on this week I went to a trendy store, Altar’d State, where their sale was Buy One Get One FREE. Yes, free. So I walked out with four shirts for right about $20. Can you beat that?! I think not.

A couple of outfits from this week

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It’s finally sweaaaater weaaaather

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What I wore to the boutique opening; with my new RACHEL Rachel Roy bag

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While out shopping on Thursday I made a quick stop by the jewelry counter at Nordstrom and found this beauty

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Ahh, that watch! The band is the most gorgeous black quilted leather and I must have it soon. Perhaps an early Christmas gift.. to myself?

Weekend Picks

Pinterest is a terrible, terrible place where all logical thinking and well-thought-out budgeting goes to die. Ever since the turn of “Fall” my Pinterest boards (link in top right) have been maxxed out with pins of moody nail polish & make-up colors, any and everything leather, and all the best autumn hues. So, naturally, I felt the need to do the same to my own closet. I did a very quick trip out this weekend and these are the goodies I found.

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L’Oreal nail polish in the color ‘Haute Couture’ – I mean, even the name is perfect. It is the fourth from the left in the picture.

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Cat eye glasses $5.80

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Wine-colored skinnies $15.80

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Cynthia Rowley leather accent pants $24.99

I wasn’t kidding. Leather. Everything.

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RACHEL Rachel Roy crossbody bag $19.99

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Ugh. Those iPhone pictures are basically insulting to this bag. This bag yelled my name across the store, told me to snatch it up and never leave my sight again in all it’s perfect-ness. I had one of those moments when you’re shopping and you just get so excited that your face/body starts doing all sorts of weird convulsions. I always wonder what loss prevention/security guards think of me if they catch me in a weird shopping-induced hyper-ventilating attack. I mean, it happens to the best of us.. right?