Thursday, December 31, 2015

What I want to accomplish in 2016

It's almost 2016 which means time for the New Year resolutions. Having a blog is particularly great for resolutions because it holds you accountable. While New Years Eve may not be one of my favorite holidays, I do like drinking champagne and setting some goals for the new year.

This year I'm focusing on some lifestyle goals, improving on my hobbies, and taking on some new responsibilities (hello future puppy). What are some of your resolutions? As always thanks for reading and Happy New Year!

What I want to accomplish in 2016..

1. Create an adult budget.
Let me start by saying, I do budget, just in my own way. I actually enjoy saving vs. spending. However, I am not organized about my budgeting AT ALL. I don't have a spreadsheet or any other formal document to show my expenses, etc. I pretty much just know all my bill amounts in my head and I set up automatic drafting so I never miss a payment. I budget for things I know I'll always want to do, such as traveling and shopping. But I would like to become a real adult (who still watches every Disney movie when it's on TV) with a very detail monthly budget that lists everything out.

2. Grow the blog.
This blog will almost be a year old very soon! I'm proud that I started it but now I want to actually grow it. Including redoing the site completely, posting more often, and learning more about growing your blog with social media.

3. Get a puppy.
Specifically a French Bulldog. Kevin and I send each other more pictures of French bulldogs than I'd care to admit. I don't see this happening in 2016; I don't think we're ready yet and we're traveling a lot this year, but I do want one eventually. I never thought I'd get a dog because I can be a tad selfish but if I can make myself create a real budget (see #1) I think I deserve a puppy, right?

4. Do an ab workout everyday.
I don't believe in vague workout goals. If you say 'I'm going to go to the gym more in 2016' that could mean more as in twice a month or going everyday. Focusing on one body part or saying 'I will do 1 hour of cardio twice a week' will make it easier to stick with the goal and will also help with seeing results.

5. Cook more and new vegetarian recipes.
I've mentioned on here before that I don't eat a lot of meat. Kevin will normally entertain whatever vegetarian dinner I make but I would like to cook more of them this year and try some different things. This means actually cooking the recipes on Pinterest, not just saving them for a later date.

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Christmas Outfit

I wore this look last week but it would be make a perfect Christmas Eve/Christmas Day outfit. The red and plaid are just festive enough. The leggings and long loose tunic are perfect for all those holiday treats. You can also swap out the heels for flats or take off the fur vest if you're lucky enough to be somewhere warm for Christmas (however it's suppose to be in the 50s here, yay!). Happy Holidays and thanks for reading!
Leggings here; Boots here
Faux fur vest here and similar here
Similar sweater here; Hat here; Similar scarf here

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Holiday Glam

Dressing up for the holidays is one of my favorites. Between company Christmas parties, family get togethers, and New Years Eve there's always something to dress up for. The textures and patterns you can incorporate during this time of year in your wardrobe are endless, sequins, velvet, tweed, fur and so many more.

And as always you can't go wrong with a little black dress. Look for one in a rich texture this velvet number or take one you already own and add some faux fur, red lips, and a statement shoe. Or do what I did and add all of them! It's the holidays so glam is always the way to go. Thanks for reading!

Similar shoes here and here
Faux fur stole here
Dress here
Similar clutch here and here

Friday, December 4, 2015

His Wish List

Hopefully you tackled some of your Christmas shopping on Black Friday or Cyber Monday but just in case you didn't I'm here with some ideas for probably the most difficult person on your shopping list; him.

Guys can be tough to shop for because they often don't hint at things they want (not everyone starts a Christmas wish list in October...guilty).  The items below focus of a few general interests and from there you can hopefully pick out the perfect gift! Thanks for reading.

Travel Bag- $80. This is a great idea for a guy who travels a lot for work or pleasure. Even if you don't want to go with a duffel bag you could look into backpacks or travel cases.

Wallet- $55. May not be the most exciting gift but he will definitely use it (and his wallet from collage is probably falling apart).
Sunglasses-On sale for $97. Perfect gift for when you really don't know what to get them!

Hat- $32. If you know he likes sports pretty much anything sports related will work. A hat is a good option if you don't know his size in clothing.

Beer Making Kit- $40. If he's into drinking beer this would make a great gift. Or other alcohol related gifts such as a cocktail recipe book or a couple of nice bottles of wine.