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There is only one week until Christmas. One. Week. I am already getting a little sad that it is almost over. It’s my absolute favorite time of the year. Everyone is so much more cheerful and everything is a bit prettier with all the lights, and of course, the anticipation of the actual day is exciting! This week though, is all about the cheer! I am flying home tomorrow morning and I am super excited for some last minute Christmas shopping and to see my family, bake, curl up by the fire place, and spend some much needed time off with my husband!

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// Pants: H&M // Top + Sunglasses: via Crossroads Trading Co // Coat: Nordstrom Rack //Boots: Thrifted via Goodwill // Hat: Thrifted via Buffalo Exchange //

I am the only one who is noticing that my hair is out of control lately? I definitely need a hair cut, or at least a trim! I might go at it myself; the beauty of having thick, wavy hair is that I can mess up and it is not very noticable.  More and more lately, I’ve been super tempted to get it chopped off – long bob style. I can picture it and love the picture, but who knows what this unruly, thick mane would do if it was that short! Any experts out there that can shine some light on the topic?

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I want to hear all about your Christmas plans! Our traditions are super simple and I wouldn’t have it any other way!

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I think I’m growing a unicorn horn. This is just based on the ginormous zit in between my eyes. I guess it’s safe to say that it is fairly obvious I don’t photoshop any of my blog photos. I don’t even have photoshop. David tried to teach me once on his Mac, so that I could take over the color correcting duties he so graciously handled for me, and I was over it in about 10 minutes. Technoloy is not my forte. All my photos are now color corrected on an app on my phone. That’s enough technology for me to handle.

In other news: I am an old lady.

I wore this get up ( <— see!), for a Sunday of Christmas errands with David. Errands are not my favorite thing to do, I am sure a statement many would echo, but come Christmas time, I love nothing more than running around town trying to get everything checked off my list. I think half the reason is that everything is decorated so beautifully this time of year!

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// Jeans, Top, Sunglasses + Boots: Thrifted via Crossroads Trading Co // Plum Blue Open Coat: c/o Crossroads Trading Co // Hat: Urban Outfitters

Weekend errands definitely call for comfort: boyfriend jeans and no makeup embody comfort!

Last Friday we decorated our Christmas tree and I commented that we should get some ornaments on clearance after Christmas to start building up our collection; the majority of our ornaments now are just balls from the 99 Cent Store, so classy. During our errand run, David surprised me with a new Christmas tradition: Each year, we will buy each other new Christmas tree ornaments and gift them on the night we decorate the tree. It was such a sweet gesture because he knows how crazy about Chrismas I am, and he tolerates a lot of cheesy Christmas movies, tree lighting celebrations, and Christmas music from me this time of year.

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The most cheese-tastic part of the whole story? We went to Hallmark and took turns picking out ornaments alone and when we exchanged them, it turns out we picked out the exact same ornament for each other for the exact same reason (an inside joke)! So sweet, it hurts! We ended up exchanging one of them since we each had also picked a second one just in case. Here is a photo of our first two ornaments! The one we both picked out was the ginerbread cookie and milk ornament. We exchanged mine and I gave him my second choice of the drummer.

it’s really exciting to begin to start our own traditions now that we’re married!

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Is everyone ready for Christmas? It’s still a bit early (for me, anyway!), but I tend to get most of my gifts online so that I’m able to get the best deal, so I’m about halfway done with shopping, I think. I also happen to be a bit crazy and add last minute, unecessary details here and there the few days leading up to Christmas because I’m worried someone won’t get exactly everything on their wish list. I am trying my hardest not to do that this year, I’m on a bit of a budget and I’m such a tight wad as it is, but Christmas brings out my festive side and sometimes I don’t even realize what I’m doing.

I am trying a bit of DIY this year for the first time. If it’s successful, I will be sure to share! I can’t say too much because people may read this blog who will be receivers. Most likely, the few out there who visit every so often aren’t any of my family members, but I wouldn’t want to spoil any surprises!

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Apparently I don’t like looking directly into the camera! It must mean that I am becoming a real blogger, right? Just like having my jacket on my shoulders. What an annoying blogger habit, huh? Hey, I read forums, I know the snark surrounding bloggers. No one actally wears their jacket on their shoulders in real life, do they? Well, I do sometimes. Maybe not for a long period of time; possibly from the car to the door if it’s chilly. I get it, bloggers have some silly habits: jackets on shoulders, pretend walking, writing about their life like they crap roses and sunshine. I try not to commit any of those faux paus, but sometimes, it really is the best way to show off an outfit.

It’s all silly really. Who cares if someone takes a picture of an outfit on a day they didn’t actually wear it, kind of, sort of like this one. The one I stay away from is photoshop. Not only because I have no idea how to use photoshop, but because that’s just a lie; to your readers and yourself! I color my photos (on an iPhone app nonetheless, so cool, so professonal), but every little freckle is all me. It can be kind of hilarious to see how far some bloggers go. I don’t need to name names. It’s obvious enough. It’s also obvious it stems from deep self esteem issues. If you’re reading this: You. Are. Beautiful.

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// Jacket and Skirt: Thrifted via Crossroads Trading Co // Top: HauteLook // Boots: Thrifted via Salvation Army // Necklace: Forever 21 // Turban Headband: (available here) c/o Crossroads Trading Co //

Does anyone else ready snarky blogger comments? Is it terrible that I do? It’s an addiction! I don’t chime in often because, really, there’s no reason to be mean to someone you don’t know for such supercifical reasons, but as a blogger sometimes I can take some advice from these readers, even if they aren’t talking about me specifically. That’s right, my blog isn’t cool enough to be talked about. Dude, I am all sorts of sick if I want my blog to be snarked on.

What are your favorite blogger faux paus?

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Currently listening to Ed Sheeran’s “Thinking Outloud” single on repeat. This was the song for our first dance at the wedding and I often listen to it on repeat for an embarassing amount of time. It makes me smile to remember our first dance. It was perfect. We took two dance classes and did exactly zero planned steps. We probably did about 3 dips because it was the only move we knew.

I also already miss my husband and I’ve only been away for a day. Super sappy, right.

I am, however, enjoying the real Fall weather in Nor Cal. Definitely not where I wore this outfit. I would have froze!

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It’s Christmas time again! Yes, we still have to get through Thanksgiving, and I love Thanksgiving; it’s my second favorite holiday! But Christmas is my favorite thing ever! Christmas starts super early for me and I know I get super annoying to most people around me, but now everyone has pretty much accepted that the Christmas season starts before Thanksgiving. The Grove in LA is one of my favorite places during the Christmas season! The lights, the tree, the (fake) snow; it’s all so pretty!

We were going to go to The Grove’s Christmas tree lighting this weekend, but since we were not interested in any of the performers and we did not want to get there super early for just a chance to see these performers we did not care about, so we decided to wait and went Monday night. Sorry for the dark photos; I don’t normally do night photos, but I really love these ones because of all the Christmas lights. I definitely am in favor of the little white lights being a year around decoration. It makes city streets so much prettier!

Also, we saw Tom Bergeron at dinner and pretended to take a front facing selfie to get the darkest, blurriest picture of him to send to my mom. I’m cool.

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// Dress: c/o Crossroads Trading Co // Jacket: Heart Clothing Boutique // Hat & Boots: Thrifted via Crossroads Trading Co //

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I am headed home for Thanksgiving tomorrow! I know it is a bit early, but David is burried in work until Thanksgiving, so I thought it might be easier for me to stay out of his way by simply not being here. I have not visited home since the wedding, which was almost three months ago and that is quite a while for me, so I am super excited to see my family and my friends! We still have not had a chance to go through all the wedding photos and share them with anyone, so I am planning to force get together with my mom and sister and gush over them!

David will meet me in Sacramento the day before Thanksgiving, so we will still be spending the holiday together! My mom’s family comes into town and stays with us just that one day/night. We usually spend the day playing games with football in the background and at night my mom and aunt do the whole Black Friday thing whenever it happens to start that year, while the” kids” (who are all over 21 now) and dads, usually stay home with movies and finish all the pie. I think this year we may be spending some time at my brother’s bar Thanksgiving night, since my youngest cousin is finally 21!

My favorite part of Thanksgiving – besides all the food, family, love, blah blah – is our white elephant tradition. My mom and aunt gather up silly gifts for us to do a white elephant gift exchange each year. I don’t think anything is usually over $5, and they are the weirdest things they can find. One thing that comes to my mind is the “chicken poo” chapstick. Super yummy, right? Every year since this started, we have had a rubber fruit cake loaf and whoever gets it has to bring it back the next year!

Do you have any Thanksgiving traditions?

 

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I actually have a list of other Christmas trees to go visit this year, including the, apparently, tallest Christmas tree in the country at the Citadel Outlets. It is 40-feet taller than the Rockefeller Christmas Tree in New York City!

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 There is pumpkin apple bread baking in my oven and a marathon of Gilmore Girls on my Netflix. Tis a good Fall night. Netflix is absolutely ruining my life, though. Netflix marathons are dangerous! I never watched Gilmore Girls when it was originally on, though, so some might say that I am catching up on what I should have experienced in my teenage years. What are your favorite Netflix series to marathon?

In other news, I ran my first 10 minute mile! Well, 10 minutes and 2 seconds, but my Nike Running app didn’t start as soon as I started, so I’m going to throw those 2 seconds away. My miles are usually 11-12 minutes, so my new record is pretty exciting. To be honest, the next 3.5 miles were much slower, but I’m working on it! Putting it out in the universe: I’m hoping to start getting in marathons next year. Nothing crazy, not a full marathon, but eventually up to a half by the end of nexy year. I’d also love to do some of those obstacle course marathons, like Tough Mudder.

That’s pretty much all that is new for me. Gilmore Girls and a 10 minute mile. Exciting days I lead.

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// Dress, Boots, + Hat: Thrifted via Crossroads Trading Co // Vest: H&M //

When in doubt, wear black, right?

Also, a shirt dress with pockets. It can’t get any better than that!

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I wore this on a way too hot for Autumn day last weekend on the video shoot set for the new Act as If video for their new single “Uh Huh”. You might know Act as If if you are local to Los Angeles, they are in a pretty good rotation on local radio stations, but if you don’t know them, you’re missing out! I may be biased because this is the second video my friend directed for them, and my husband is editing, but I listened to their new album, Steady, that came out this week, and I can absolutely say that even if I didn’t know the band, I would still be listening on repeat! You can get it on iTunes or stream it on Spotify! Yeah, I said SPOTIFY. Take that, Taylor Swift!

I am excited to share the video with you when it’s done. You may or may not see a glimpse of me in the back. It depends on if my husband takes my bribes and puts me in it!

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When in doubt, what do you throw on?

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When I don’t know what to wear, this jump suit inevitably pops into my mind. It’s so easy! One piece, matches any accessories, done. The only thing is that I have to basically have to get naked to use the restroom, but that’s what doors are for, right? It is a little awkward in a public stall, though, with the slits in the door frames and you’re so paranoid everyone sneaks a peak in when they pass by.

And my blog has come down to discusssing what type of clothing is the least functional for restroom uses. Seeking Style, everyone!

Wrost transition ever: Look at my jacket! I picked up this floral bomber at Crossroads Trading Co and I throw it on whenever I can. I am so in love with it!

My friend Michele took these photos for me the other day and I now notice, I am in various stages of jacket undress in them. It starts out completely on and ends up every way you can wear a jacket. And it really is how it ends up; it’s super chilly in the mornings but gets so warm by the afternoons, and I am prone to being cold everywhere, so I always have a sweater or jacket. If it’s not on, I tie it around my waist or I’m holding onto it.

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     // Jump Suit: LA Fashion District // Jacket + Hat: Thrifted via Crossroads Trading Co // Shoes: Target //

I feel like I’m wearing pajamas when I wear this jump suit and that is fine by me! Clothing has to be comfortable. I don’t want to spend all day tugging and rearranging myself. Shoes are the exception. I hate to say it, but I’m totally a girl when it comes to shoes and I will stuff my feet into uncomfortable shoes if I have to!

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I cannot help but laugh when someone besides David takes my outfit photos. I feel so awkward and silly when it’s anyone else. The proof is in the photos!

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What is your favorite statement piece?

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Photos by my good friend Michele!

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I think Los Angeles has finally gotten the memo about Fall! I wish the LA Fall season was as traditional as most, in the sense of lower than 70 degrees in temperature and leaves changing, etc; but I will take what I can get. Even if that means driving two hours to experience the type of Fall I am used to and absolutely in love with. David and I went on a mini road trip a couple hours away from LA to Riley’s Apple Farm in Oak Glen. The town is literally 300 acres of apple farms!

The last few, maybe even several, Sundays, we have literally done nothing. Last Sunday we planned to go apple picking, but did not realize the time the farm closed and how far the drive was, so we had to nix it. We tried to make up for it by going to a flea market, but my hopes were already dashed. Other than that little outing, we’ve used Sundays for homemade brunch and sleep. While I enjoy both of those immensely, it made it hard to get moving once Monday morning came.

So, this weekend was the weekend! It’s November, there’s a slight chill in the air, and I am so obsessed with Fall and the holidays that I could not wait any longer! You know all those “basic girl” activites? All me.

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// Jacket: Urban Outfitters // Top: Nordstrom Rack (Free People) // Jeans, Boots, + Hat: Thrifted via Crossroads Trading Co //

Who knew apple picking was so expensive. A pound of apples was three times the cost of apples from a grocery store, and we were the ones doing the work! I know, I know, it’s all about the experience and the ambiance. I definitely appreciate the experience, so I need to find some really great recipes to use all these fresh apples! I’m thinking lots of breads! Any recipe suggestions?

p.s. Dying for these clouds.

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I’ve only been apple picking one other time, up in Northern California, and they did not have many activites on the property. Riley’s Apple Farm had archery, knife throwing, tomahawks, hay rides, apple cider making, and more! Though, the selection and quality of apples in the Northern California orchid was much better. We didn’t realize we would actually spend the whole day at the farm until we got there and saw how much there was to do.

Unforutnately, we suck at all the activites you need skills for. David was pretty good at archery, but we weren’t able to stick the tomahawks or the knives. I guess we’ll have to go back for more practice!

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It was so, so cold up in Oak Glen. I definitely did not have the right amount of layers on! It made me excited to go home and cuddle up with a warm cup of the homemade (er, farm made?) apple cider that we made that day!

We made two gallons of apple cider the old fashioned way! It is definitely the best I’ve had and I wish we got more. Don’t tell David; I thought he was crazy for thinking we needed two whole gallons for both of us!

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I know, I know, photo overload. I can’t help it when it comes to Fall and holiday activites! I am always the one at family functions with a camera in everyone’s face, and subsequently, everyone yelling at me to put it away. And then after the night or weekend is over, who gets asked if they have any pictures. Yeah, thought so!

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