December 2014 - Prep Essentials

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Cheers to a Budgeted New Year

Anyone who knows me will tell you that there is nothing I love more than a little glitter. Sparkles, in my opinion, are always appropriate. I am definitely guilty of buying into all of the hype of New Year's Eve specifically because I can't imagine not loving something that is filled with champagne, sparkles, and of course...that perfect sparkly New Year's Eve dress!

Having purchased a small handful of New Year's Eve outfits in recent years, I have learned one pretty important lesson - the dress, much like the rest of the entire holiday, is just another piece of New Year's Eve that tends to be more than a little overrated. 


I have definitely loved some of my outfits in past years, and there are some that I really do wear all the time to this day! But those really sparkly dresses, the ones that you buy knowing full well that they'd never be appropriate for any other normal event...those are worth some hesitation.

People set so many resolutions this time of year - exercise more, eat healthier, try to learn yoga, and another big one: spend less money! So how strange is it that we kick off these resolutions going to fancy parties where we eat too much, drink too much, and waste a bunch of money on events and dresses?!

This year, I'm not "buying" into all the hype. If you feel the need to buy a new dress, go for it! But try to make sure it's something you'll wear often, and well past the actual holiday. Instead of paying some absurd fee for an "all you can drink" party, try hosting a small gathering with your friends somewhere that doesn't cost you a small fortune. At the very least, if you buy a dress because you just can't live without that sparkle, look into selling it online afterwards and earning some of that cash back!

This year for New Year's Eve I'm celebrating with a full wallet and my closest friends.

Cheers to that!

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Blazing The Bourbon Trail

Everyone has their own traditions, but I really think you can't beat the traditions of the South. My extended family and I rented a 15-passenger van today and drove the Bourbon Trail in Kentucky! For those of you who don't know - the Bourbon Trail is basically a map of all of the bourbon distilleries all over Kentucky, where you can tour & taste!

The only thing our little outing was missing was some more Cards Against Humanity and some Bloody Mary's to kick off the day!

By far my favorite distillery was Buffalo Trace - we had the world's greatest tour guide (I'm pretty sure my uncle is planning on inviting him to next year's Christmas party...) Museums and tours used to bore me so much growing up, but I have never learned so many interesting facts as I did today, but I'll just share my favorite one:

There are more barrels of bourbon in Kentucky than there are people! (About 5.4 million barrels vs. 4.5 million people...)

I loved learning about the rich history of my home state - and the bourbon tastings weren't so bad either! Delicious! Definitely some bite to them, but you could really taste the differences and some were much smoother than I expected. 

More than anything, it was just such a blessing to get to spend time reconnecting with my cousins and family members who I hadn't seen in a couple years. I'm so sad to see them leave, but I am already making plans to visit them soon!



Plus I got to wear my brand new J.Crew vest while we explored!

What was your favorite holiday activity with your family?

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Turn The Page

There are a lot of things I love (and am going to desperately miss when I'm no longer a student) about Christmas break, but I think by far my favorite thing is finally having time to relax and read something that hasn't been assigned to me. i try to read occasionally at school, but nothing beats drinking tea in my family's living room curled up with a book for hours on end, completely losing myself in a story. 

My biggest problem is always finding something to read! Sometimes I like to re-read old favorites, and other times I need something new and exciting to spark my interest. I'm constantly looking for suggestions and recommendations so please comment with some of your favorites! In the meantime, I'll happily share a few of mine!




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Oops!

Deepest apologies for the complete and utter silence on my end these past two weeks...I took a little mini-break to focus on the 4 F's: family, friends, (holiday) festivities, and finals ugh. I'm back now, and with all of this fabulous free time over Christmas break I have some great posts lined up, so don't go away! I'm here to stay this time, I promise!

I'm happily down in Naples with my family, my puppy, and my boyfriend, ready to do some major relaxing and even more blogging! Time to get to work!



PS - could Inslee be any more talented? Check out some of her work here!
Just one of the many things I've been loving (and dying to write about) lately! Stay tuned! 

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