The first snowfall of the year is here in Oxford (and seemingly the rest of the midwest), which means I made myself late to class digging around my room for my bins of hats, scarves, gloves and boot socks! Campus looks beautiful...but I could do without the extra chill. I also realized this morning I am really lacking in my collection of winter accessories...at least Black Friday/Cyber Monday is just around the corner!
Here are the winter accessories I have my eye on right now!
One of my favorite things about the holiday season is how just plan beautiful everything is. Twinkling christmas lights line the streets, colorful gifts sit underneath ornament-covered trees, and everything the season touches feels warm and festive and bright.
I've written about Sugar Paper before, and they have definitely not disappointed me this holiday season! Their collections of wrapping papers, gift tags, and holiday cards are everything. Browsing their site this morning was making me so excited for all of the fun festivities I have coming up (yes, I know, it's a little early to be thinking about Christmas, but I just can't help it!)
See for yourself, and I guarantee you'll be filling up your shopping cart faster than you can say 'Santa Clause'!
How adorable are these holiday cards?! I've never been a huge fan of plastering a big picture of myself and my family members on a card and sending it out to everyone (plus that is a lot more work!) Now my only problem is choosing which one I like best! Any opinions?
All of their wrapping papers are reversible! I love that because it can mix things up a little bit without being totally mismatched, something that for us Type-A people is very soothing! I can't get enough of that pale pink!
My family always re-uses gift tags from a giant box we bought from Costco, but I'm tempted to buy a couple of these for those very special gifts that I want to look extra-nice this year.
Now tell me you aren't getting into the Christmas spirit after looking at all of these incredible papers?! Sugar Paper really nailed it this year. And I just found out that they now have products in Target stores!!
Christmas is coming a little early this year, so don't miss out on this! In the spirit of the upcoming gift giving season, I have decided to do another giveaway! As I've gotten older, I've noticed that I get way more excited about the look on people's faces when I give them what I hope is the absolutely perfect gift than I do about receiving them. This blog has brought me more happiness than any other project I've ever taken on, and I want to give a little something back to my incredible readers!
I will be giving away the C. Wonder Endless Love bracelet!
Whether you want to keep it all to yourself (no shame, my gifts to myself tend to be my favorite!) or plan to give it to a friend, this little bracelet is the perfect item for the holiday season!
I'm constantly reading those little quotes on Pinterest about chasing your dreams, not being afraid to fall, and the fact that if you're scared that means you're headed in the right direction. Putting one foot in front of the other, every terrifying step of the way.
I've been spending a lot of time thinking about next year, moving to a new city, leaving all of my best friends behind and starting something completely new. And it is terrifying. Sure, it's exciting, too. But I am pretty sure I am scared of what my life will be like a year from now at least once per day, and I sometimes catch myself feeling like I am the only one.
It occurred to me this week, though, that it's okay to be scared. Not only is it okay - but I think it means that I am headed in the right direction. I think doing the thing that scares you the most takes a tremendous amount of courage, and is the only thing that will actually get you what you want more than anything.
I think if you spend almost every single step of the way questioning yourself, it doesn't necessarily mean you're wrong. I might not get every single thing I want, but I think I will get everything I work for, and everything I am supposed to get. Accepting that is the real challenge.
So, cheers to putting one foot in front of the other, stepping over the ledge, and enjoying the fall.
If you've been on social media at all lately, you've inevitably seen a meme, video, tweet, vine, etc. with the phrase 'Treat Yo Self'. I don't watch Parks and Recreation, so I wasn't actually aware of the origin of this rapidly spreading phrase until Aziz Ansari came to Miami to speak in a lecture series.
People were lining up for tickets, and I decided it was about time to check it out for myself. Amongst all the hype, I started to think more about this little catchphrase, and decided to dedicate this week to treating myself.
I've mentioned before that one of my biggest struggles is to remember to pause, take a breath, and take care of myself. I'm constantly multitasking and trying to do things for other people while staying on top of my own tasks, and it can get really overwhelming very fast. It's hard to find the time to do even the little things, but with a slight lull in my assignments and responsibilities, I figured now was the perfect time!
Here are a few of my most basic ideas for ways I am going to treat myself this week that anyone (even the busiest people) have time for!
Even if you insist you don't have time - trust me...you do!
Sometimes all it takes is 5 minutes and you will feel like a new person!
How do you find little ways to treat yourself? I'm always looking for new ideas!
Being a little bit OCD and growing up switching back and forth between both of my parent's houses, if there is one skill I have definitely fine-tuned, it is packing. I can pack for a week-long trip in less than 20 minutes without forgetting a single item if I put my mind to it! I'm constantly making lists, especially packing lists, even though I'm fairly certain I have the essentials memorized by heart.
My friends are constantly asking me to send them packing lists for different occasions, whether it is spring break or a weekend trip to the lake. There is nothing worse than that one little essential item you forgot about! Packing lists are hard to make universal, because it all depends on the weather, time of year, what activities you'll be doing, etc.
With the holidays coming up and the inevitable travel that accompanies this time of year, I couldn't think of a better time to publish a list of what I believe are essentials no matter what the occasion/location/events/weather!
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