December Bucket List

I can’t believe November is over. I also can’t believe there’s only 1 month left in 2016! It’s absolutely insane how quickly time flies when you’re not agonizing over homework. I always want to jam pack everything into December so I feel accomplished for the year (because graduating from college, moving to a new city, and starting a job isn’t enough for 1 year). Here are my top 10 things for December:

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Capes aren’t just for Superhero’s

About a year and a half ago, C Wonder went out of business, and my suitemates and I single handedly bought their entire sale. I think we went about 5 different times, and I spent a good amount of my checking account. But the clothes I walked away with are gorgeous, and all things I’ve worn repeatedly. One of my favorites is this cape. I know these photos are silly, but we just couldn’t stop laughing while we were taking them!

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Cape: Old (Similar – Here, Here, and Here), Jeans: Gap, Bag: Longchamp, Shoes: Old (Similar – Here), Sunglasses: Old (Similar – Here)

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Financial Faux Pas: Missed Payment

So… basically I’m an idiot.

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Over the summer, I went shopping with my Mom. I currently have an Ann Taylor credit card, because opening one gave me a killer deal on a huge purchase I made before my first internship. Think: I had one professional outfit for interviews, but I needed enough to work full time. I buy a lot of my clothes (professional and personal) at Ann Taylor and at Loft, so it’s worth it to have. I’m also really good about paying it off like it’s a debit card because it’s not an account I obsessively check every hour (truth). I also make a point not to use the “credit” portion of this card (or any of my cards) for an array of reasons, but mostly I just don’t need THAT many new articles of clothing.

Anyway. Beth and I went shopping, I bought 3 dresses for work, and I waited to make the payment until closer to the due date because I was spending so much money moving. I got an email saying it was due in November and misread the (very deceiving ) part about the $25 late payment. So basically my payment was due in October, but they didn’t tell me it was due in October, they just told me it was due in November and lumped in the late fee. I wrote down the due date, and didn’t think anything of it until I went online and looked at the bill. Dumb.

I had recently read an article about how most people accept their mistakes, and don’t usually do anything about them, but that some companies will actually help you out if you explain your mistake and aren’t a repeat offender. So I figured it was worth a shot, and I called customer service and told them what happened, and although they couldn’t “refund me,” they credited my account. Which was very nice of them, but I basically ended up giving Ann Taylor an interest free loan until I go shopping again.

Thanksgiving

For years, I’ve been saying that my favorite day of the year is the Friday after Thanksgiving. Not because of Black Friday (although the deals are fabulous) but because Christmas is my favorite holiday and we eat my favorite food at Thanksgiving, so the weekend following is a perfect mix between the two. And this year did not disappoint! Call me crazy, but I’m a sucker for the corny Hallmark Christmas movies, and “Thanksgiving on a sandwich” is better than just about any 5 star meal. I spent the weekend hanging with my fam, cuddling with my dog, and stuffing my face with leftovers (pun intended), and it was a welcomed break from the busy city.

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My brother had a football game on Thursday morning, they won! and he had a bunch of great plays! I love being home to see him play, and I was so happy to be able to catch the last game of the season. Yay Jack!

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We went down to Fairfield to have dinner with my extended family. I love big family gatherings, especially with people we don’t see very often! And then we spent Saturday doing it all over again with my immediate family, as well as a few friends. As you can tell, I really do love this blanket scarf!

“I will praise God’s name in song and glorify him with thanksgiving.” – Psalm 69:30

Even just having an internet connection and a phone or computer to read this post means we’re more fortunate than so many people in this world. I hope everyone had a fabulous weekend filled with love, laughter, and food comas!

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Subway Series: November 22, 2016

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There’s nothing worse than being stuck on the subway with nothing to read. So in addition to downloading my spotify playlists, I always take a few minutes to open a few things in the web browser on my phone, download my emails, and screenshot a few articles to make sure I’m always prepared.

Here’s what I’m saving to read this week:

  1. 8 Things All Successful Women do on Sunday
  2. Natural Remedies For When You Aren’t Feeling Your Best
  3. 6 More Vocab Words I Learned In The Professional World (That I Never Heard In College)
  4. Notre Dame Football Team Placed on Probation Following Academic Misconduct
  5. Just How Much Money Do You Really Need for Retirement?

Regular Reads:

  1. The Skimm – A quick, easy, and entertaining way to know what’s going on in the world, emailed to you every morning. Sign up here.
  2. New York Times Morning Briefing – A more in depth overview of the daily events, also emailed to you every morning. Sign up here.
  3. Mashable – A news source that focuses on technology, digital content, and entertainment content while also publishing articles about global news.
  4. The Corner Office – A New York Times column that is published every Friday, and showcases interviews with leaders in the business world, and covers valuable lessons about leadership, management, and working in a business environment.
  5. Modern Love – Ugh guys. This is another NYT column that publishes a love story every Friday, and I just can’t get enough of it.

My Favorite Thing in the World

Guys. Blanket scarves. Okay and also the chocolate chips I’m munching on while writing this post because I just took one of those dead person naps and when I woke up I was so disoriented and I couldn’t move – haha. My Mom used to get so mad when we ate chocolate chips because there wouldn’t be enough when she wanted to bake something. But I think they always taste better than other chocolate, and they’re in bite sized pieces, and you don’t have to unwrap them! Also, they were on sale so I have another (unopened) bag for when it’s time to bake. Who’s with me?!

Alright, back to the scarf.

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Blanket Scarf: Shein, Jeans: Gap (On Sale!!), Jacket: JC Penny (Old – Similar here), Shirt: (Old – Similar Here), Shoes: Nine West (Old – Similar Here), Bag: Nordstrom

I found the scarf through Liz’s (*perfect*) blog and am linking her tutorial on how to tie it. It’s perfect for fall, amazing through winter, and fabulous to wear to work and wrap around you like a blanket (literally – hehe). Is anyone else’s office ice cold ALL THE TIME? I swear, they keep the air conditioning on even when it’s 40 degrees outside. I wouldn’t necessarily recommend wearing it to a client meeting, but when you’re sitting at your desk!? Instant comfort to wrap it around you.

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How cute is my sweet roommate!? Fun fact: last weekend we hit our 500 day snap chat streak. I wore this scarf to the movies the other day, and ended up using it as an actual blanket because it was so cold in the theater. Anything with multiple functions is an A+ in my book.

Hope you all had a fantastic weekend!

Motorino Pizza

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Last week, I was absolutely craving pizza. There’s something about the pizza in and around my small Connecticut town that you just can’t find anywhere else. Being that I’m in New York, you must think I’m crazy. Liv and I heard about a place called Motorino in the East Village that we had to try. I got the simple margarita pizza (because I was craving it) and it was delicious. The pizza itself was very thin, but the crust was soft and doughy. I can’t recommend it more!