Saturday, November 30, 2013

Pinterest Monthly: November 2013

A simple bookshelf turned into a shoe/display closet.

Love this chair and color scheme.

A shot of the cover of one of my journals.

Chanel for the holidays! I always treat myself to a few boxes of goodies around this time.

Faux Fur infinity scarves. 

Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette. 

I like the comfort of the holidays spent at home but spending a Christmas in the Swiss Alps or in a beautiful mountain village like this is definitely on my bucket list.

This sequin stag pillow is the perfect accent for holiday decor!

Or in my case, they don't even let Thanksgiving come to a conclusion. I had to be at work at 7 pm. The shoppers are insane and the businesses that do this are evil.

Toronto Bootie by Splendid. Love this shoe.

Such a cute pup family.

Geodes are some of my favorite things. These finials are on my wish list.

Speaking of favorite things, gold, ivory and twinkle lights are my thing.

Album Art Wall. This is a nice idea if you have the right space for it.


Now Playing: "Blood Bank" by Bon Iver
*One of my very favorites!

Elf Yourself!

Every year, it doesn't feel quite like the holidays until I create one of these little Elf videos for my family and friends. It's so simple and easy to do but manages to wow people who haven't seen it before. It always puts a smile on my face and laughter in my heart; sentences like that confirm that I am officially in the Christmas spirit!

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Classic Christmas:

Honky Tonk Holiday:

Now Playing: "Hold On When You Get Love & Let Go When You Give It" by Stars
*That title...

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Luxe Living: 2013 Thanksgiving Decor & Style

Now Playing: "Construction" by Radiation City
*Fits my mood perfectly, at the moment.

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Want, Need, Wear, Read


Want: A tufted headboard! The piece that I have now matches my bedroom suite but it's so bulky. A new, slimmer headboard would give me a bit more space, be more comfortable and give an updated look to my furniture. I love all things tufted so I'm on the lookout for a good one.

Need: Drink more water! I love water and always have a bottle with me but I'm on a mission to drink 100 ounces every day. My skin is dry and in the winter it gets even more dehydrated. Not only is drinking more water excellent for anti-aging and skincare but overall health as well. 100 ounces sounds like a lot but it's actually what's recommended.

Wear: LBD for a wedding this weekend. I didn't have a lot of time to browse but this is comfortable and fun. Anything with a touch of gold and I'm sold. This one is by Tahari-Levine.

Read: Magazines! I'm subscribed to so many but have fallen behind on my perusing. I'm hoping to set aside a day next month when I can light some candles, have some drinks and catch up on all my issues (that's an understatement).

Now Playing: Mazzy Star, live on Jimmy Fallon

Monday, November 25, 2013

Music Monday: Spies

"November Sun"

"Distant Shorelines"

Spies is an indie pop-rock band from Dublin, Ireland. Their release, Distant Shorelines, is out now and can be purchased here.


Sunday, November 24, 2013

Sun in Sagittarius, November 22 - December 21

I have Saturn and Uranus placed in Sag. While I don't generally pay too much attention to the outer planets, I'm an Aquarius Sun. Being that Aquarius is co-ruled by Saturn and Uranus, I do have a powerful Sagittarius connection in that regard. My Jupiter (which rules Sagittarius) is also in my Sun sign of Aquarius. A bit confusing but lots of ties back to Sagittarius.

My Dad is a Sagittarius as was as my beloved childhood dog and some of my best friends from college. Next to Libras, I've always found Sagittarius to be one of the most popular signs of the zodiac. You can always count on them to be fun-loving, full of energy and outgoing. They make some of the best friends you could hope to have.

Those who have Sun in Sagittarius or strong Sag placement in their chart may possess these personal attributes:

  • Social
  • Powerful
  • Strong
  • Outgoing
  • Hot
  • Fun
  • Energetic
  • Willful
  • Longevity
  • Athletic
  • Upbeat
  • Lucky
  • Gregarious
  • Optimistic
  • Courageous
  • Inventive
  • Warm
  • Restless
  • Adventurous
  • Impatient
  • Flirty
  • Partiers
  • Popular
  • Well-liked
  • Friendly
  • Truthful
  • Honest
  • Loyal
  • Spirited
  • Enthusiastic
  • Arrogant
  • Blunt
  • Prideful
  • Perfectionists
  • Creative
  • Headstrong
  • Travelers
  • Playful
  • Intellectual
  • Frank
  • Free
  • Reliable
  • Hardworking
  • Philosophical
  • Tireless
  • Successful
  • Vain
  • Artistic
  • Superficial
  • Sporty
  • Generous
  • Funny
  • Fearless
  • Independent
  • Confident
  • Scattered
  • Nomadic
  • Flaky
  • Curious
  • Inquisitive
  • Real

Famous Sun in Sagittarius':

  • Brad Pitt
  • Jim Morrison
  • Jimi Hendrix
  • Taylor Swift
  • Miley Cyrus
  • Britney Spears
  • Christina Aguilera
  • Nicki Minaj
  • Alyssa Milano
  • Scarlett Johansson
  • Bruce Lee
  • Jay-Z
  • Beethoven
  • Steven Spielberg
  • Woody Allen
  • Frank Sinatra
  • Daryl Hannah
  • John F. Kennedy, Jr.
  • Caroline Kennedy
  • Jake Gyllenhaal
  • Katie Holmes
  • Tyra Banks
  • Tina Turner
  • Ted Bundy
  • Samuel L. Jackson
  • Keith Richards
  • Jane Birkin
  • Jane Fonda
  • Vanessa Hudgens
  • Pope Francis
  • Walt Disney
  • Julianne Moore
  • Jane Austen
  • Anna Nicole Smith
  • John Malkovich
  • Ben Stiller
  • Katherine Heigl
  • Amanda Seyfried
  • Ozzy Osbourne
  • Kaley Cuoco
  • Kiefer Sutherland
  • Jeff Bridges
  • Frank Zappa
  • Billy Idol
  • Nikki Sixx
  • Christina Applegate
  • Julie Delpy
  • Mark Twain
  • Jon Stewart
  • Sarah Silverman
  • Ray Liotta
  • Bette Midler
  • Marisa Tomei
  • Ann Coulter
  • Andrew Carnegie
  • John Kerry
  • Ed Harris
  • Joe Dimaggio
  • Steve Buscemi
  • Ashley Benson
  • Little Richard
  • Donny Osmond
  • Larry Bird
  • Mos Def
  • Kathryn Bigelow
  • Bill Hicks

Now Playing: "Everlasting Light" by The Black Keys
*Sagittarius type of song.

Sweater Weather Tag


1. Favorite candle scent? I'm not at all particular. I like candles more for its ambiance and look over the scent. Anything woodsy is fine. Leaves by Slatkin & Co. is nice.

2. Coffee, tea, or hot chocolate? None. I don't like warm beverages. I like seasonal beers if that counts for anything. 

3. What's the best fall memory you have? I have too many to choose just one. My freshman year/fall semester of college at WVU was spectacular.

4. Which makeup trend do you prefer: dark lips or winged eyeliner? Dark lips. I like the shape of my eyes and prefer not to alter them too much with liner.

5. Best fragrance for fall? Anything with vanilla. I've been loving YSL Manifesto.

6. Favorite Thanksgiving food? Wine.

7. What is autumn weather like where you live? Gorgeous in the earlier part of the season. Foliage, Mild to chilly temps. But it's the end of Novemeber right now. Snow is on the ground and it's frigid. When winter truly kicks in, varies from year to year, but fall is always my favorite.

8. Most worn sweater? A black high-low, boat neck sweater by a brand called Shu Shu. I found it last year on HauteLook for less than $30. I wish I could have 3 or 4 more but I can't find the brand or style online! It's so comfortable, flattering and can be dressed up or down. I've gotten so many compliments but it's unfortunately starting to get slightly worn out. I've also always loved a good turtleneck. When done the right way, they're perfect.

9. Must-have nail polish this fall? Greens- Chanel Alchimie & Deborah Lippmann Laughin' to the Bank are two of my favs.

10. Football games or jumping in leaf piles? I love to look at the leaves but football is the best.

11. Skinny jeans or leggings? Leggings in the day/casual. Skinny jeans at night/dressier.

12. Combat boots or Uggs? UGGS! I'll own a few pairs forever because they are so comfy and keep me warm. But I do love boots when I'm actually going out. I don't own any combat boots but I have plenty of styles that evoke the look and feel.

13. Is pumpkin spice worth the hype? Not for me. 

14. Favorite fall TV show? Ja'mie: Private School Girl pemieres on HBO tomorrow night!

15. What song really gets you into the fall spirit? "Harvest Moon" by Neil Young. Someday, I'd like to get married on a full moon in October and dance to this.

Now Playing: "The Fall" by Rhye
*An obvious selection.

Friday, November 22, 2013

Seasonal Selections


  • UGG Slippers & Snuggly Soft Socks
  • Gucci Guilty Perfume
  • Fairy Lights
  • Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette
  • Red Lips! Urban Decay 69 Pencil & Lipstick
  • Leather- Hats, Accessories, Accents, Decor...
  • Houndstooth Outerwear- Coats, Capes, Scarves...
  • HBO- Ja'mie: Private School GirlTrue Detective, Real Time, Girls...
  • Penguins Hockey
  • Red Wine (Pinot Noir, Merlot, Cab)
  • St. Nikolaus Bock Bier
  • Bing Crosby Records

Now Playing: "Kites" by Geographer
*Love this song so much. Such beautiful sounds.


"Conformity is the jailer of freedom and the enemy of growth."
-John F. Kennedy 1917-1963

Now Playing: "The Wolves (Act I & II)" by Bon Iver
*Like clockwork, as soon as winter approaches, I reach for his music.

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Go Deep: Dior Homme 'The Film'

This ad short was so well done. Directed by Romain Gavras. Also loving the music selection!

Now Playing: "Whole Lotta Love" by Led Zeppelin

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Missed Connections: Why Wasn't I Invited?! Edition

A '70s Porn Party. It apparently went down in Mount Washington. What are you going to tell me next? Champagne was on tap and every guy there had facial hair? My e-vite must have been lost in one of Gmail's unnecessary new folders. I have to make a wider circle of friends. Ones who throw together parties like this. I've been looking for an excuse to dress up (or down?) as Amber Waves from Boogie Nights for years.

Now Playing: "Many Rivers to Cross" by Jimmy Cliff

Monday, November 18, 2013

Music Monday: Matthew Fowler

"Beginners" (Recorded in Pittsburgh)


Matthew Fowler is a singer/songwriter from Orlando. His self-released debut album, Beginning, is out now and is available here.


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I'm living life in beautiful Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. I hold a journalism degree from West Virginia University. I have worked in television news, fashion marketing, PR, and cosmetic sales. My love for writing and sharing with the world my various passions is strong. One of my many ambitions is to be published and continue creating in the fields of digital and print media, literature and film. In my free time, I enjoy listening to music, going to concerts, reading, following Pittsburgh sports and traveling as often as possible. Some of my favorite things include beauty, style, architecture, books, tarot and astrology, thrifting and my shih-tzu, Ireland. I’m engaged to the love of my lifetimes and we look forward to starting our next chapter together. If you have any questions or comments, I would love to hear from you!