Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Bookstagram Roundup #4

Happy Wednesday, everyone. What have you been up to this week? I've been pretty busy since I'm trying to get my final projects done as soon as possible just to get them out of the way. So, I'm sorry I haven't been as active and visiting and commenting on your blogs as much as I usually do!

I'm here with my fourth bookstagram round-up, but I haven't been able to photograph quite so much last month! Once winter break comes around, I'll definitely be taking more photos and I'll probably try to stock up on some.

Monday, December 5, 2016

Monday Pinspiration: Oh Christmas Tree!

Happy Monday, everyone! How was your weekend? On Saturday, I sang for a funeral which was for the deceased wife of one of my parish's deacons. Because of this, it was a particularly long service as all of our priests, plus priests from the surrounding area, and many of our parishioners were in attendance. Also, our Deacon and his wife are first-generation Irish American and they had a huge family that was there too.

Almost right after the service, I had to head straight to an optometrist appointment and after that, my parents and I went holiday decoration shopping for the house! I'm really excited because I finally ordered myself some new glasses and this time I decided to try a pair from Warby Parker! The frame I really wanted isn't available for home-try-on since it's so popular, but I'm so excited for it to come in. I knew after writing up a post with them a while back (Warby Parker 2016 Collection) that I really wanted to get a pair by them. I'll be sure to reveal the pair I chose and do a full review once I get it :) .

Like many of you, I'm sure, my family and I are in the midst of decorating! I've put up most of the interior decorations. There are just a few things I need to do including buying the trees and decorating them! We always buy two, one for the basement and one for the living room upstairs. But we usually wait about 2 weeks after December starts to buy them because we don't want them to start dying too soon right before Christmas since we keep them up for a quite a while.

Decorating the trees is one of my most favorite things to do this holiday season. Our trees are themed. The larger one in the living room is decked in shades of silver, gold, and red - lots of glittery and sparkly ornaments. The shorter one in the basement is Victorian themed with lots of pink, purple, and silver and figurine ornaments (dolls, fairies, etc). But I love all sorts of Christmas trees and love looking at photos to see how other people decorate their's.

This is pretty close to what our upstairs tree looks like!

If you have any photos of your trees (current or years passed), please share! When it comes to decorating your tree, are you pretty traditional or do you like to experiment with different colors and textures? Do you prefer live trees or fake trees? Comment below!

Friday, December 2, 2016

November 2016 Favorites

Happy Friday and Happy December, everyone! I've put up all the decorations around the house and now we just need to decorate the outside (and the trees once we get them). But I literally spent my whole morning before I went into work decorating, so my feet were killing me by the time I clocked in. Have you decorated yet?! I've also picked up just a few extra shifts this month and I also have a funeral to sing for tomorrows which is great (and sad) so I can have some extra money for tree shopping and gift shopping.

Okay, seriously you guys. I am in love with International Delight's Salted Caramel Mocha creamer. I've been using it every morning with my regular coffee and it tastes just like hot cocoa! I know that's pretty much like un-coffee flavored coffee, but it's just so yummy and makes my morning even better.

So it totally doesn't count because I just started it earlier this week and I haven't finished it yet...but I've been dying to read Royally Screwed by Emma Chase! So when it was waiting for me on Monday, I was so excited! I'm a little over halfway finished and it's seriously so good. It's a contemporary romance/fiction about the Prince Nicholas of Wessco who is ridiculously hot and knows it and meets average American girl Olivia Hammond who runs her family's pie shop. There is an instant spark between them and sexy times ensue. This book is already so funny and adorable and steamy, so I highly recommend!

I know I've mentioned my Longchamp a million times in previous posts and have included it as a monthly favorite a while back, but I seriously love this bag - specifically the Neo version! It goes with all my outfits, holds everything I need, and is much more durable than the standard le pliage bags. I've had this one for over a year now and there's almost no wear on the corners compared to my regular le pliage which I've only used and owned for a couple months so far. I loved the my black Neo so much, that I got myself another one in navy which is just gorgeous and is a great color for me to use all year round. I recently bought this purse organizer from etsy which also came with a plastic base shaper. I like my longchamp bags to maintain their structure (I hate bag sag) and this has definitely helped with that. 

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

November #OOTD Recap

Happy Wednesday, friends! I hope everyone is having a lovely week thus far. Is anyone else going crazy because tomorrow will be the first of December?! Tonight's the night I'll be putting up decorations with my friend around the house and I can hardly wait! Also, everyone in my neighborhood has already started putting up their decorations and a lot of our neighbors have been investing in those cool laser Christmas lights. We usually go all out with our decorations and I keep yelling at my parents (jokingly) that we're slacking and everyone's trying to show us up! Have you started decorating yet? 

Monday, November 28, 2016

Monday Pinspiration: iPhone Christmas Wallpapers

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Happy Monday, everyone! Thanksgiving has come and gone, I'm sure some of us still have plenty of leftovers, and we are all on our way to prepping for the winter holidays! Have you gotten any shopping done?? I did get a few small goodies for some co-workers and trying to budget for gifts for everyone else on my list.

One of the easiest ways for me to get into the holiday spirit is to change my iphone wallpapers to something more festive! Here are just a few cute ones I found on Pinterest. Seriously, just looking at something glittery or waking my phone to one of my favorite christmas song lyrics makes my day. I honestly change my Christmas wallpapers every other day LOL. But recently, I've been rockin' the last one which is one of my favorite lines from Elf - "The best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear."

Have you switched up your iphone wallpapers yet?! Be sure to share with me any of your favorites too!

P.S. I totally stole this post idea from someone on bloglovin and I thought I saved her post, but I couldn't find it! Whoever you are, I commented on your iphone christmas wallpapers post and I hope you see this if you ever stop by! :D