15 Things to Do On Valentine’s Day If You’re Single

Where are all my single ladies at?! I’m spending this Valentine’s Day single and honestly, I’m okay with it! There are plenty of fun things to do on V-Day without a significant other and I plan on enjoying my day. Keep scrolling to see my ideas on what to do if you’re spending this Valentine’s Day Single ↓



  1. Make Chocolate Covered Strawberries
    • All you’ll need:
      • Strawberries
      • Almond Bark (I like to buy milk chocolate and white chocolate and do a mix)
      • Icing or sprinkles (or both) for decorating!
    • Simply:
      • Heat water in a small saucepan on the stove
      • Place a medium bowl that fits on top of the saucepan (without falling in) and place almond bark in bowl
      • Once chocolate is melted, dip strawberries
      • Place strawberries on parchment paper
      • Decorate with sprinkles or icing! Voila!
  2. Buy Yourself Sushi. Because why not treat yourself to some sushi on Valentine’s Day?! My sister and I are actually going to the restaurant I work at, it just so happens Wednesday’s they have a deal on half price sushi and it’s DELICIOUS. Treat yo self!
  3. Have a Galentine’s Day. Who needs a guy when you have your gals?! Even if you can’t spend the day with your best girl friends, at least give them a shout out on social media! They probably deserve it 🙂
  4. Order Pizza. Lots of pizza places have deals on Valentine’s Day and some places even have heart shaped pizza you can order! If that doesn’t make your day better, I don’t know what will.
  5. Watch Chick Flicks. This is one of my favorite past times, so if you’re anything like me, I’m sure this will make your night more enjoyable! I’m probably going to watch Trainwreck of Friends With Benefits tonight, two of my favs (among hundreds of others, HA).
  6. Online Shop. One of my other favorite past times. Treat yourself this Valentine’s Day and buy yourself a gift online, you’ll thank yourself later!
  7. Buy Yourself Some Angry Orchard Rosé CiderOkay, seriously guys – trust me on this one. This stuff is amazing!
  8. Get a Massage. This is something I’ve been wanting to do for a while just to treat myself and Valentine’s Day would be the perfect day to do it!
  9. Get Your Nails Done. Always puts me in a better mood – treat yourself to a mani or pedi!
  10. Take a Relaxing Bath. What sounds better than taking a relaxing bubble bath with a bath bomb and a glass of wine? Nothing.
  11. Go Out. I don’t plan on doing this, but if going out to a bar will make you feel less alone on Valentine’s Day then by all means do it! Have some fun, order a few drinks.
  12. Have a “Pamper Yourself” Night. I don’t know about you, but I love to just stay in and pamper myself. Buy a face mask from Target, paint your nails, whatever you feel like! If you’re like me, ULTA is your go-to spot for these types of products!!
  13. Cook a Romantic Dinner For You and Your Roomies/Besties. Are you besties with your roomies? Then just have a fun night in and cook dinner!
  14. Have a Craft Night. I don’t know if it’s just me, but I love to craft! Whether I’m adding décor to my room or simply buying a blank canvas from Hobby Lobby and painting, there’s something about it that’s just so calming to me.
  15. Do Absolutely Nothing. And lastly, for those of you that protest Valentine’s Day, you could just treat today like any normal day and do absolutely nothing. Nothing wrong with that!


Love Always,



Cheers to 24!

Hey y’all! I wanted to come on here and do a post about my birthday. If you guys didn’t know, Friday, February 9th was my 24th birthday. I had a wonderful weekend celebrating with family and friends. On Friday, I went out for pizza and drinks with my family and one of my best friends. On Saturday, I spent the whole day shopping (aka my favorite thing), and Sunday my family threw me a brunch! You know how your mom will usually ask “What can I cook you for dinner for your birthday?” Well, this year I requested a birthday brunch and let me tell ya, it was the best idea I’ve had in a while! We had a mimosa bar, blueberry french toast casserole, frittatas, and  A LOT of bacon! Brunch is my favorite meal. How did I not think of this years ago?!

Anyways, I decided to do a post on how I’m looking ahead to the future and already making a conscious effort to make 24 my happiest, best year yet!

On the day of my birthday, as I was driving home, I couldn’t help but think to myself how happy I truly am for where I’m at in my life. I have a tendency to be pretty negative sometimes and only focus on the bad. But, on my birthday I felt so optimistic (I’m always just in the best mood on my birthday). But seriously, it made me realize that if I made a conscious effort to look at the positives in my life every single day, I would be a lot happier.

The following are some of the things I’d like to focus on this year to make myself a stronger, happier person!

1. live in the moment

“Depressed people live in the past. Anxious people live in the future. People at peace live in the present.”

This is a quote that I saw recently and it really hit home.

I feel like ever since I turned 21 the years have just been flying by. My twenties are supposed to be the best years of my life, I don’t want them to fly by! But here I am, just turned 24 when it feels like I was just celebrating 21 yesterday. Heck, I remember being 20 and counting down the days until I was 21 so that I finally didn’t have to worry about being carded.

I think our twenties fly by (or seem like they’re flying by) at times because we fail to live in the moment and be thankful for what we have. We’re so focused on what our lives should look like that we fail to just enjoy the moment. I sometimes worry that I should have already found the person that I’m going to marry, or that it’s a problem that I’m not at the peak of my career yet.

TBH, I expect A LOT out of myself. People probably read that and think, “OMG you’re 24, you have all the time in the world.” I know, I know. That’s why I’m making a conscious effort to live in the moment this year.

There are a lot of beautiful things about where I’m at in life.

#1 – I can basically go any direction I want with my career. I’m starting to realize more and more that even though I have a marketing degree, I can truly do whatever I want! I’m starting to realize through my current role and blogging that I have a true passion for writing, and I’d like to maybe turn that into a career. But again, who knows?! I’m at that age where I can just explore and anything is possible!

#2 – Even though I don’t appreciate it at times, being single at my age is pretty awesome. I’m honestly not ready to get married or have children yet, I’m too focused on my career. So I’m very thankful for where I’m at and know God will put the right person in my life when it’s time.

#3 – I’m simply young! I’m at the prime of my life (or at least that’s what people tell me?!) So I guess I’d better enjoy it! 🙂

BTW, with all of this talk about career, you all should check out my LinkedIn article “Work—More Than Just a Paycheck” this article focuses on how everyone should strive to have a job that makes them happy. It’s gotten almost 100 likes and 20+ shares! I’m absolutely overwhelmed by the love that my LinkedIn network has shown me. It just reminds me how much I love writing and just encourages me to share what’s on my heart as often as possible. I’m so thankful!

2. stop comparing myself

If there’s one thing that’ll bring you down it’s constantly comparing yourself to other people; what they look like, where they’re at in life, what they have, etc. Unfortunately, I’m guilty of this and lemme tell ya, it’s a real easy way to feel like sh*t about yourself.

As a newbie fashion and beauty blogger I follow tons of other bloggers who I aspire to be like. I love following them, I think their feeds are awesome! Plus, it gives me inspiration for my blog. However, a lot of the fashion bloggers I see on my feed I’ll always think to myself “wow, she’s way skinnier than me” or “wow, she is just so pretty. I wish I looked like that.”

Why do I have these thoughts? To be honest, I just can’t control it.

But, when I sit back and think about it, I think yeah, those girls may be really beautiful, but they’re not me. And what makes me unique is what makes me beautiful. People are going to want to follow me because my content and my ideas are unlike anyone else’s, because they are MINE. Everyone is their own person, and I’m not going to let someone else’s appearance get me down. I’m awesome and I should be celebrating me and trying to grow my platform, not constantly worrying about whether or not it’s like theirs!

3. be kind, always

I know this is something that we should all strive to be every single day is kind to one another. It should simply be second nature. But, I want to make a conscious effort this year to make sure I’m always being kind. I truly believe that what goes around comes around. If you are always spreading kindness, good karma will come back to you!

I don’t want to gossip about people, I want to make new friends. I don’t want to have a negative attitude, I want to be someone who others love being around. Simply put, I want to focus (even more than I already do) on being kind!

4. read every night

Reading truly inspires me and I believe makes me wiser! I love cuddling up at night with a good read, but I’ve been really bad about it lately. Some of my favorite books that I just stopped reading (not even sure why) are “The Defining Decade” and “The Girl’s Guide“. I highly recommend both from what I’ve read!

I’d also like to start reading the bible this year. As I grow older, I’ve grown much closer to God. I pray very often and live by many bible verses, but I’d love to actually say I’ve read the whole bible. I think it would give me such a better understanding.

5. put my happiness first & don’t hold back

This year, I’m going to make sure I put my happiness first. I often times put other’s before myself and I’m not sure why. I’ve just always been a people pleaser. But, what I’ve learned is that you can’t be your best self if you aren’t happy first. Once you’re happy, you radiate happiness, and everything and everyone around you gets better too. Focus on yourself, love yourself, and always put your happiness first even if it seems selfish.

Secondly, I don’t want to hold back this year.  I’ve noticed that because I put other people and other things first before my own happiness, I hold back. Maybe I don’t take an opportunity because I’m too concerned about others, maybe I don’t take a risk because of what others say. IDK! It’s hard to give specific examples. The point is this – we shouldn’t hold back, ever. Especially in your twenties. Take every opportunity and embrace it for what it is. Travel on a whim. Take chances, even if you’re afraid you might fail. Now is the time to do it and who knows, maybe something great will come out of it!





Sparkly Tank Top (similar from SheIn, mine is from Express) | Leather Black Leggings | Wedges (similar)Kendra Scott Necklace | Fossil Watch (similar) | Gray Cardigan

That’s all for now friends. I am so excited for 24. Thanks for following along with me and I can’t wait to grow my blog and share even more content with you all this year.

Love Always,


Gloomy Afternoon + Gold Accents

Hi, lovelies! I hope everyone is having a relaxing Sunday night. I wanted to come on here and give a little life update and share this black & gold outfit with you guys! I did a big photo shoot on Friday so lots of fun content is coming soon.

I absolutely love this outfit! you can never go wrong with cute jeans and a black top, such a classic look! And I LOVE to accent with gold whether it’s jewelry, shoes, a purse, anything! In this outfit, I’m wearing my gold Fossil watch, gold sunglasses, a gold ring, a gold purse, and gold sneakers from Steve Madden. Funny enough, black and gold were my college colors (M-I-Z! Go Tigers). During undergrad, I always loved that these were our school colors because it’s so easy to throw on a black sundress for game day and spice it up with some cute gold earrings.

To give you all a quick life update– I’m starting a new job in Columbia tomorrow! I’m so excited. I’m going to be working at a digital marketing agency doing content creation for our clients. I’m so excited to be doing something that I love! I think the direction I want to head with my career is down the advertising path, or social media/content creation (that’s the general direction I plan on going, but who really knows where they’re going these days?!) I’m just excited to be getting more experience doing something I love and I’m excited to continue growing my blog over the next few months as well. I hope to have several jobs and get a lot of experience in my 20s, I believe that’s the only way to truly find out who you are. Sometimes you just have to put yourself out there and learn on your own. There can be rough patches, but finding out who you truly are + what you’re passionate makes it all worth it.

Anyways, that’s all for now! Thanks for reading!!

Love Always,

DIFF Eyewear Sunglasses (Jessie James Decker Frames) | Kendra Scott Necklace | Michael Kors Gold Purse | Fossil Watch (Similar) | Gap Jeans (Similar) | Steve Madden Shoes

Nighttime Skincare Routine


1. Cleanser Olay Gentle Clean Foaming Cleanser

Obviously, cleanser is a very important step for any skincare routine. I’ve been using this Olay face wash for a long time, it’s my absolute favorite! I love how gentle it is (my skin can be sensitive, so I don’t like to use anything with a ton of chemicals). Personally, I think face washes that aren’t gentle do more harm than good and cause breakouts. Something gentle like this is perfect!




2. Makeup Remover Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water & Ponds

I love this Micellar Cleansing water from Garnier! It gently removes makeup, helps improve the tone of your skin, helps with dry patches, and moisturizes. Cleanser isn’t going to remove all of your makeup, so micellar water is a great way to remove what’s left over.

Another favorite for makeup removal… Ponds! I’ve used this stuff for years. This stuff not only removes makeup, it’s a deep cold cream cleanser as well!








3. Astringent – Neutrogena Clear Pore Oil-Eliminating Astringent

Astringent can improve your skins appearance by minimizing pores and drying up oily skin. Astringent is meant to be applied after cleanser, but before moisturizing. Astringent also helps remove dead skin, bacteria, and any makeup that was left behind even after makeup remover.


4. Moisturizer – Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion

Moisturizer is a very important step in any skincare routine and this Clinique moisturizer is one of my personal favs! It’s so hydrating and again, works well for my sensitive skin. However, I’ve found that when it comes to moisturizer, everyone has their own favorite. I’ve talked to people who do not like this moisturizer at all. I personally love it, but my general recommendation is that you use a moisturizer that YOU love in your skincare routine, it doesn’t necessarily have to be this one! But you should definitely fine one that you like.


5. Eye Cream – Baebody Eye Gel

I found this product on Amazon and I’ve been using it as an eye cream to help with puffiness, dark circles, wrinkles, etc. I have to say, it isn’t a MUST HAVE for me (yet!) like the products above. I’m open to trying other things. But I definitely recommend adding an eye gel to your routine. No matter how young you are! The earlier you start using anti-aging creams, the better.



6. Face Mask (2x per week)

A few of my favorites…

Looking to try some new masks and serums! Any suggestions? Leave a comment 🙂

Hello 2018

Hi everyone, Happy New Year! Sorry I’ve been MIA for a while on my blog… I had a very busy, but wonderful Christmas. I also got sick a few days after Christmas with a sinus infection and I’m still feeling pretty terrible. I just got back from Chicago where I celebrated New Year’s Eve with some of my best friends downtown at the JW Marriott. It was a lot of fun, but I wish I hadn’t been sick. I barely had a voice, had a terrible cough, and was super congested. It was NOT FUN! But I’m still glad I went, I love Chicago and it was an amazing experience.

Anyways, I hope everyone’s 2018 is off to a great start! **WARNING: LONG POST!** I wanted to do a post looking back on 2017 and looking forward into 2018. By doing this, it’ll not only help me to better visualize my goals, but I hope it tells you guys a little more about me. This post is going to get DEEP and I’m going to break my silence on some of the hardest things I went through in 2017. Not everyone knows these things about me, so I just ask that everyone respects my decision to share and remember, this is a judge-free zone! My blog is my outlet for these types of things and I love that I have a place to share what is on my heart. If you don’t like hearing about my life, you don’t have to read. All that I ask is that you respect my decision to share. So, here it goes.

First, let’s look back on 2017 and some of the big milestones (good and bad).

  1. Vacations
    I was lucky enough to travel a lot in 2017 which I’m super thankful for!
    January – Disney vacation with the fam. My family was in Disney World for New Year’s Eve last year and two days later we left from Port Canaveral, Florida on a Disney Cruise. It was so much fun, and my little brother had a BLAST since he was only 3 at the time!
    June – Work trip to Seattle. It was so cool to be in the PNW for my first time!
    July – Panama City Beach, Florida with the fam and one of my best friends! Such an amazing trip. Our house was HUGE! Gosh, I miss warm weather and the beach.
    July & October – I had the opportunity to go to New York twice this year for work. July was my first time EVER! I’m super thankful for this. Anyone who knows me knows that I have a huge obsession with New York. It was a dream come true and two trips that I’ll remember forever!

    vacation photos from 2017…

    Landing in Seattle

    First Time in NYC!

    Had to see the Friends building!

    Disney Cruise With the Fam!

    What I Learned: I need to travel as much as possible in 2018. It’s part of who I am, and I’m happiest when I’m traveling a lot. Time to plan some trips!!!

  2. A Trip to the Hospital
    In March, I went to the hospital because I had a seizure. My sister (who also happens to be my roommate) heard me fall while I was taking a shower and came in to find me having a seizure. She called 911 while my other roommate and best friend, Tahely made sure I was okay. I remember waking up and seeing my friend Tahely and she was saying “Mollie? Mollie? Are you okay? You had a seizure” I also saw a paramedic standing in my bathroom, and as I was coming back to consciousness I was thinking to myself “Who is this person?!”
    My History of Having Seizures
    At this point, you’re probably wondering, “why did you have a seizure?” Well, I have epilepsy. I had my first seizure when I was 5 years old. It was a grand mal seizure (A type of seizure that involves a loss of consciousness, violent muscle contractions , and in my case, vomiting). This happened in the middle of the night on the eve of Thanksgiving. My parents drove me to the nearest hospital. From there, I was flown in a helicopter to a children’s hospital downtown. It was extremely scary for my parents, I don’t remember much of it. I remember one thing, and that was waking up and the first thing I saw was my moms face. I was very scared and said “Where am I?” and she said “you’re in the hospital, you had a seizure” she has trying to explain to me what had happened since I was so young and probably didn’t understand why I was there. I may not remember that exact day, but I remember what it was like to grow up with epilepsy. I would have absence seizures pretty often in elementary school, and some of my teachers didn’t have much patience for a kid with epilepsy. It was hard to go through for sure. But, my parents and I are both super thankful that something worse wasn’t wrong with me. They ran all sorts of tests and tested for everything (a brain tumor, brain infections, etc.) and everything came back negative. The conclusion was just the simple fact that I had epilepsy.When I was about 12 years old, I hadn’t had a seizure in a very long time. I was performing well in school, all of my medical tests were coming back normal, so my doctor decided to wean me off of my medicine. I didn’t take my medicine all through middle school or high school and I was seizure free. In March of 2012, I had a seizure for the first time in years. A month later, I had another one in the middle of a parking lot where two ladies found me and called 911 (I was about to get in a car and drive. If I had drove, this seizure could have been fatal). After that, my parents and I decided it was time to see a neurologist and get back on medicine.Since going on medicine, I have been able to control my epilepsy which I’m very thankful for. Throughout college, I was able to have an amazing experience (go out, drink, stay up late, etc.) and I had no seizures freshman-senior year (thank you meds!!!) I started to become careless and not take 3 doses per day which is what I was prescribed and directed to take. I figured “I haven’t had a seizure in 4 years and I’ve missed pills before, I’ll be fine.” I guess, secretly, I was kind of hoping that I could wean myself off of the medicine to a point where my doctor would say “yeah, you can probably take a smaller dosage now.” This wasn’t the case, and it was silly of me to think that.March 22nd, 2017 was a scary day for me. But I’m thankful for my close friends and family who were there for me. It meant the absolute world and made me feel super loved. In a weird way, I’m thankful for my epilepsy and where it has brought me today. It’s shown me how strong I am, I haven’t let a minor disability affect my life. I still graduated college with a marketing degree, I’ve traveled to some amazing places, and I have big plans for myself career wise. Also, in some cases, seizures can be fatal. Part of me feels that, by some grace of God, I didn’t lose my life from any of these seizures for a reason. God still wants me on this earth to fulfill my purpose, and I will keep on fighting to find my purpose every day for the rest of my life.
    What I Learned: Well, the obvious answer is to take my medicine regularly. But I also learned who is truly there for me. When something like that happens, you realize who in your life is truly there for you and cares about you. In this situation, I was super thankful for my family. But especially my sister and my best friend, Tahely Garcia, who both lived with me at the time and were with me at the hospital after it happened.
  3. Losing My Job –
    This was by far probably the hardest thing that I went through in 2017, and it’s something I’ve debated whether or not I should share on my blog. It wasn’t just losing my job that was hard, it was the months leading up to it that were also bad. I would go home sometimes and just cry into a pillow, I woke up in the morning unexcited to go to work, and left feeling unfulfilled. I sat around all the time and daydreamed about all of the other things I could be doing with my life but was too afraid to do. But, most importantly,

    I was not happy.

    Maybe bad things have to happen to us in order for better things to come along. Maybe we are blind to the negative things in our life because we fail to realize that we deserve better. Maybe losing my job was the best thing that ever happened to me.

    Here’s the story….

    On October 24th, 2017 (the day of my little sister’s 21st birthday), I woke up in a great mood with high hopes that it would be a wonderful day. I had gotten my sister tons of gifts and decorated our apartment. I couldn’t wait for her to get home and see the surprises we had for her.

    But first, I had to go about my regular day. I went into work in a good mood, the previous week I had been in New York City meeting with clients which was amazing, I’ve always loved New York. I had a lot of great meetings and even closed a big deal, so it felt good to have a win under my belt. So, as one can imagine, when I heard the words “today will be your last day with the company,” I was shocked.

    I wasn’t happy at this job for a while. It had been going on for so long that I was kind of just immune to it at this point. If I had a bad day, an issue with a co-worker, or if the company did something I didn’t agree with (which was often), I just learned to deal with it the best I could. I had good weeks and I had bad weeks. There were many reasons for my unhappiness at the company that I won’t get into here, but it was bad. It was very hard to express why I hated my job so much to anyone. Unless you were in my same position, it was hard to see what day-to-day struggles I dealt with. So, I continued at the job, taking the good with the bad and pretending that I was okay.

    On my first day of unemployment, I went to visit an old boss of mine I had during an internship as a student (I still live in my college town, so she wasn’t too far). She said something that has stuck with me and opened my eyes —

    Sometimes we get so comfortable where we are with a job, that we just use it as a security blanket. We may be blind to other things, better opportunities, because we just feel so safe.”

    Wow, that is truly what I had been doing this whole time.

    Since graduating college a little over a year ago, I’ve learned a lot about myself, my interests and passions, and about life in general. I don’t believe that my time at this company was a complete waste. It made me realize what I want to do with my life. I’m finally putting all of the pieces together of what I’ve learned. I’m realizing who I want to become and setting goals to become that person. And, not everyone may agree with me, but if losing my job was what it took to realize this, I’m 100% okay with that.

    Here is what I have learned, and my general thoughts over the last couple of weeks of unemployment.

    Nothing is worth it if you aren’t happy. Plain and simple. Happiness is so important – it fuels all other good things in your life. Happy people are more motivated and they radiate happiness so that others around them are happy as well.

    Mental health is so important. When I was unhappy at my job, my mental health was terrible. My anxiety was through the roof all the time, I wasn’t sleeping, and I truly felt depressed. It is SO IMPORTANT to invest time in YOURSELF in making sure that you are happy.

    You have to see the good and the bad in everything. Still to this day, even after everything I went through, I am thankful for this job. It made me realize what I’m passionate about and the career path that I want to take. I also learned a lot from this job. I learned a lot about myself, and I gained transferable skills that I can take to other jobs. While there was a lot that I hated about the job towards the end, I am thankful for the good parts.

    It’s okay to realize when you deserve better. On days when I really hated my job, I would sometimes have the thought “I deserve better.” Immediately after that, I would question myself and say “do I deserve better? Everyone hates their job sometimes. I just need to deal with it.” I should have NEVER felt like this. It all goes back to the simple fact that nothing is worth it if you aren’t happy. If I wasn’t happy at this job, I should have taken matters into my own hands and done something about it. But instead, I just decided to stay miserable for a paycheck. It’s sad that it took losing my job to realize this, but it was a major learning experience.

    When you are doing things that make you happy and make you better, you are 100 times more motivated to do them in the first place. Almost a week after losing my job, I started having other realizations. Things that made me realize, “maybe this is for the best”. I know who I am and I know what I want to achieve. It may be hard for me to see now, but without losing my job, I may have been blind to these things for much longer. Losing my job was what gave me the confidence to take the leap and finally start my blog. I’ve also had a lot of time to self reflect, and plan what I want in the future for myself.

    A job sitting at a desk can be more draining than a job where you’re moving around. Mental exhaustion can be just as serious as physical. In the beginning of my time at this job, I would have days where I would leave feeling so energized. I would be in a great mood and literally smiling from ear to ear sometimes because my day was just THAT GOOD. Towards the end of my time at this job, I never had days like that. I couldn’t figure out what was going on with me. But I was just exhausted at the end of the day. Unmotivated, unhappy, and sad. That’s how I felt. The reason for my feeling this way was obvious: I sat at a desk all day doing something that I didn’t love. Doing a job that was unfulfilling to me. I was practically being taken advantage of and wasn’t doing anything about it. Bottom line is this: if you are unhappy where you are, YOU are the only one who can change that.

    If you wouldn’t recommend your job to a friend or someone else that you care about, then why should you be there? The person you should care about the most is yourself. I started to think to myself “would I tell someone I cared about to work here?” The answer was always no. You should care about yourself just as much as anyone else. At this time in my life, I was not taking myself and my feelings/well-being into consideration. I will always put myself first from now on.

    In Conclusion….

    everything is a learning experience.

    Although I went through a lot this last year, I learned from everything and became a better, stronger person.

    i am not perfect.

    As a blogger, I want my readers to enjoy my content. I want to have a lot of followers. Of course, who doesn’t want all of those things? But, I also want you guys to know the real me. I’m not perfect. I went to the hospital last year. I lost my job. I go through struggles just like any normal person. No matter how perfect my life or anyones life looks like on social media, it’s not reality.

    nothing is worth it if you aren’t happy.

    And lastly, my motto for 2018. This year, I’m going to be happy and fall in love with my life. Who’s with me?

The Magic of Christmas

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Ahhhh the magical season of Christmas… I love this time of year! On today’s post, I’ll be sharing some of my favorite things about Christmas. Also, I’ve added some items to my two gift guides “Gifts for Her” and “Gifts for Him”. Go check them out! You can also find my holiday wish list here.

Also, before I get into my favorite things about Christmas, let me just share a little story on the cozy sweater in these photos of me. If you have me on Snapchat, you’ve already heard the story. It’s basically my own little Christmas Miracle! The story goes like this; I was at the Columbia Mall one day (heck, I go there all the time, I love to shop LOL). I was making a few returns and just shopping around. I was in Altar’d State (one of my favorite stores EVER) and about to make a return and purchase some bangle bracelets (I’m wearing them in my Thanksgiving post, SO CUTE!) Anyways, before I checked out I went over to these cozy sweaters that I had my eye on for weeks. I debated buying it, but I knew I couldn’t afford it (they’re $100, a little steep for me). A woman who worked at Altar’d State came over and said “are you still doing alright?” I told her yes, thank you. Then, me being the outgoing person that I am, said to a mother and her daughter who looked about my age “Really, I’m not doing okay. I want this jacket but I can’t afford it.” Before you know it, I was talking to both of them like we had been friends for years. They were asking me what colors I liked, what size they should get, etc. The mother said “what do you think? A small?” (I thought she was talking about her daughter). I said “yeah, I think a small would be good!” She goes, “well try it on, see if it fits.” At that moment, I got confused. I went back to the dressing room to look at the fit, and it fit perfectly! I loved it. She said “well give it to me, I’m going to go buy it.”  A COMPLETE STRANGER WHO I HAD JUST MET BOUGHT ME AND HER DAUGHTER A $100 JACKET. I didn’t know what was going on, I was in such shock! The daughter told me, “don’t feel bad, you just made her day.” Are you kidding me?!?! She made my day!!! I gave her a hug and said thank you so much. Turns out there is still good left in the world. I also really believe in karma, so I think this was just some good karma for me. I also believe it was a sign from God. I had been going through some rough patches at the time, and this made me realize that there is so much good in this life and that everything was going to be just fine.

Anyways, on to my favorite things about Christmas. Hope you all enjoy!!

Favorite Holiday Traditions

Christmas Eve  – Christmas Eve is probably my favorite day of the whole year. We have so many traditions in my family and just something about the day itself feels magical and makes me feel really thankful. My family goes to church at 5 o’clock, then we head over to my grandma’s house where we have an amazing dinner, a few gifts, and an ornament exchange. The kids of the family get to open our stocking’s from grandma which are filled with goodies. It’s also been a tradition for years that my grandma get’s all of the kids Christmas PJs!! I love this tradition. We also do a DIY ornament exchange where everyone makes an ornament and we do sort of a white elephant type exchange, where no one knows who made what until the end. It’s so much fun!!

Christmas Cookie Baking – My family always makes sooooo many cookies for Christmas and we’ve made the same ones for years now! Holly cookies are definitely a tradition, along with peanut butter blossoms, magic bars, and sugar cookies. My favorites are definitely turtle thumbprint cookies, they are so good!! Recipes and pictures coming soon.

Decorating the Tree – Of course, like in most households, decorating the tree is a tradition in my family. We love getting the ornaments out of the box that we’ve used year after year and jamming to some Christmas music while we put up the tree. There’s nothing like it!! And when the tree is done, I love relaxing on the couch with a Christmas movie, some wine, and a fire in the fireplace. The Christmas tree just gives off a cozy vibe and I love having it up.

Starbucks Holiday Drinks

The day those holiday drinks come out, I’m in line!! Maybe I’m just basic, but I love everything about the holiday drinks. For one, they’re delicious (all of the holiday drinks are better than the Pumpkin Spice Latte; yup, I said it!) and plus, the cups are so cute. My absolute FAVORITE drink around the holidays is the Eggnog Latte. It’s usually not on the actual menu, but it’s a must try if you like eggnog! Another favorite of mine this year is a Flat White with a few pumps of Cinnamon Dolce. 

Wrapping Gifts

For some reason, I’ve been super excited to buy gifts and wrap this year. I’ve always loved to wrap, but it’s December 1st and I already have my entire immediate family’s Christmas gifts done and wrapped. I’m ahead of the game! I’m just so good at shopping for myself, I guess doing it for other people comes just as easy.

I’ve gotten super good at wrapping over the years and even learned how to tie ribbon this year, I’m doing a video tutorial or a post soon, so keep a look out!

Christmas Music

Who doesn’t love Christmas music?! Heck, I was listening to it in November. I don’t care what anyone says! Holiday playlist with some of my favorite songs coming very soon to this post!

Winter Fashion

Last but not least, as a fashion blogger you know I love all of the winter fashions this time of year. I love the colors (greens, maroons, whites, taupe, etc.), the fabrics (velvet is super popular right now), and all of the accessories (scarves, beanies, etc.). Also, I have so many favorite shoes this time of year, from booties to over the knee boots!

I already have lots of outfits planned that I’m going to be doing shoots in. Hopefully I’ll be doing outfit posts at least a couple times a week so keep a look out!

Altar’d State Cozy Fur Pullover in Charcoal | Black Speckled Cuffed LYM Beanie | PJ Pants (I got these last year at Target, but Target always has cute Christmas PJs!!)

Again, I’ll be updating this post the whole month of December with various things (cookie recipes, holiday playlists, gift wrapping tutorial, etc.) Keep a look out and follow me on social media!! Thanks so much for reading, happy December and Merry Christmas!!

Love Always,

Turkey Day Festivities

I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving! I definitely did; I ate tons of yummy food, did some black Friday shopping, and just relaxed! It felt nice to go home and have a little break from reality.  In this post, I’ll be sharing my Thanksgiving outfit details, recipes, and and overall look inside my family’s Turkey Day Feast. I hope you all enjoy!!


Maroon Leather Zip Skirt (maroon is sold out, but I linked the Olive) | Black Bodysuit (currently sold out, linked some similar options below) | Dark Taupe Ankle Booties (I can’t find the exact one’s I’m wearing, but linked similar one’s from Gap. If you’re looking for booties like this, I recommend searching “dark taupe booties”) | Teardrop Stone Pendant Necklace | Inspired Charm Bracelet (first bracelet closest to my wrist in photo) | Bracelet Set (second from my wrist, in the middle – not exact one I’m wearing but linked something similar) “My Faith is Bigger Than My Fear” Bangle Bracelet (third from my wrist in photo)

pomegranate spritzers

So yummy and perfect for any special occasion you have this holiday season!
All you need is:
– POM Pomegranate Juice
– POM POMS Fresh Pomegranate Arils
– Champagne


I know what all you are probably thinking, how can you possibly eat appetizers on Thanksgiving Day? Well, that’s just how extra my family is. Plus, we love to eat! These appetizers were DELISH and would be perfect for any special occasion. All three recipes linked below.

Carmelized Onion & Pear Tarts (top left)
Flaky puff pastry topped with smoky, caramelized onions, sweet pears, earthy thyme and decadent gorgonzola and gruyere cheeses.

Spinach Artichoke Wonton Cups (bottom right)
Spinach, cream cheese, mayo, sour cream, seasoned salt, roasted garlic, onion, artichoke, parmesan and mozzarella cheeses placed in wonton wrappers and then baked.

Sausage and Cheese Wontons (bottom left)
Shredded mild cheddar cheese, shredded pepper jack cheese, sausage, and ranch dressing mixed together, placed in wonton wrappers, and then baked.

Sausage & Cream Cheese Biscuit Bites (top right)
Sausage and cream cheese mixture baked on top of mini biscuits.

I hope you all had a great Thanksgiving! I’m so excited for the holiday’s now. Holiday posts including more outfits, recipes, and gift guides coming soon!

love always,