Monday, December 24, 2012

Friday, December 14, 2012

Without Words

There are no words for me to express the heartbreak I feel today after learning of the events in Newtown, CT.  My thoughts and prayers are with the Newton 
community and those personally affected by this tragedy. 

With the busy lives we lead, a hug on the way out or an "I love you" text often goes without.  

But it should not take such senseless acts of violence for us to remember how 
important our loved ones are.

Take a moment today to tell them.

And tell them every day from now on.

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Christmas Cocktails

The Christmas season is full of parties and get togethers.
And if your friends, are like my friends, you will enjoy a cocktail or two over the next few weeks.

Here are a couple of festive cocktails that I am looking forward to this year:

Bloody Mary
You can't beat a good Bloody Mary.  This is my favorite for holiday brunches.

Mulled Red Wine
I love Mulled Wine and it makes the house smell so yummy!

Royal Plush
This one is just so festive!  And I love that it has bubbles {from Champagne}

Champagne Mojito
Another champagne based cocktail, but this one with a twist of mint. 

This one isn't a drink, but one of my favorite Christmas Albums.  
Very retro and sets a great mood for a holiday party.

What are some of your favorite seasonal cocktails?

Until Tomorrow . . .

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Book Club: Three Girls Series by Rachel Schurig

Given that my last read, Interred With Their Bones was a little intense, 
I decided to go with some lighter fare for my next book{s}.
Every now and then I need a something like this to curl up with on 
the weekends and before going to bed.

And the books of the "Three Girls" series by Rachel Schurig were just what I was looking for.

I ran across these books on my Kindle one evening, and quickly, after DEVOURING 
the first book in a single night {it was a tough morning at work the next day,} 
I promptly downloaded the rest of the series.

Four books make up the "Three Girls" series:

And each book follows one of four girls on her path to true love and happiness. 
{The fourth girl "KiKi comes into the series in the second book, and I couldn't have been more excited that she gets her own book too!!  She reminds me of a dear friend.}
By the end of it all, I found myself wanting to be friends with these girls!  
They seem like so much fun!
If you like any of the books written by Sofie Kinsella or Emily Griffin, I think you will really like these.

The "Three Girls" Series is available on Amazon.
And just in time for the holidays, Rachel Schurig has created a digital boxed set of the first three books. Trust me, you will want to read all of them.

Let me know what you think!

Until tomorrow . . .

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Must See Holiday Movies

Much like the commercials I wrote about yesterday, there is a list of
 movies that I just have to see each holiday season.

There is nothing better than cozying up on the couch to watch one of my favorites.
I don't have any of them on DVD or VHS {yes, my parents still have a VCR!} 
so it is even more special when I find them on TV.

"A Christmas Story" 24 hours straight on TBS every year!
{Starts at 8pm}

The Grinch is so evil-y wonderful 

I couldn't tell you how many times growing up my friends and I imitated the 
"Kevin tries aftershave" yell 

This isn't technically a Christmas movie, but Judy Garland's 
"Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas" gets me every time 

Disney knows how to tell a story and this adaptation with all my 
favorite characters can't be beat 

There are just too many good songs in this one and Bing Crosby has one of the best 
"Christmas Song Voices" out there

South Coast Repertory's adaptation of "A Christmas Carol"
This isn't a movie, but if you are in the Southern California area this is a MUST SEE.
The company puts on an amazing show every year and Scrooge is an Orange County legend.

What are some of your favorite Holiday movies?

Until tomorrow . . .

Monday, December 10, 2012

Christmas Commercials

Even though I work in marketing, I'm not one to watch commercials.  
In fact, most of my TV viewing these days is done via DVR where I can breeze through the breaks. {I've even been known to skip my own commercials from time to time!}

But at Christmastime, there are those select few that make me put down the remote.
In fact, it doesn't really feel like the holidays until I've seen a select few

Here are some of my favorites.

Hershey's Kisses

Mercedes Benz



And my #1: Corona {not surprising for a California girl}

What are some of your favorite Holiday Commercials?

Until tomorrow . . .

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Current Obsession: Green & Navy

Everywhere I go this season as I have been seeing people in green and navy.  I just love this color combo for winter.  And there are so many ways to wear it!  

Photo Credit

Barbarian Rugby

Emma Stone via Swagger NY

J Crew

Brooks Brothers via Lyst

Photo Credit

Until Tomorrow . . .

Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving!  
There is so much to be thankful this year.  
I hope that you are all having a wonderful day celebrating with family & friends.  

Photo Credit

Until tomorrow . . .

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

The Season for Sparkles

I love everything about the holiday season.  Spending time with family, the food, all of the decorations and of course the parties.

While looking at a post on Sarah Vickers' blog, "Classy Girls Wear Pearls" last week, I immediately noticed her shoes.  {To be fair - this happens almost every day and not with just her shoes!  Her style is amazing.}  But, this specific day documented what looked like a very fun party and she was wearing a pair of sparkly platform heels from Nine West.  I knew they would be just perfect for this year's holiday parties. 

Nine West

They arrived yesterday at my door and I can't wait to wear them out this evening to a black tie dinner I am attending.  I just hope I don't fall over.

Until Tomorrow . . .

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Book Club: Interred With Their Bones

While I don't make enough time for it, I love reading.  It can be so relaxing to lose myself in another world and get caught up in a good story.  Most of my the books I read come as recommendations from others; family, friends, co-workers and even people on the train.  So, I thought I would start share the books that I liked here for anyone looking for something good to read.

First up is one of the most recent things I read: Interred With Their Bones by Jennifer Lee Carrell.  It is a literary adventure based in Shakespearean lore, and while I became completely engrossed in the mystery, I also found myself bouncing to my iPad to find out more about the history woven throughout.  

Ms. Carrell tells the story about Shakespearean scholar turned director, Kate Stanley, and the global hunt she embarks on when her mentor is murdered in England's Globe Theater.


If you have any interest in Shakespeare, I highly recommend this book.  It is both educational and a page turner.  I also found, while looking at the author's site for this post, that there is another "Kate Stanley" adventure Haunt Me Still, also set in the world of Shakespeare.  I am looking forward to finding out where this new story takes the characters.

Let me know what you think.  Have you read Interred With Their Bones?

Until Tomorrow . . .

Monday, October 1, 2012

A Heavenly Charlottesville Weekend

This past weekend I went down to Charlottesville, Virginia on a recruiting trip for my company.  It is always a blast to get back to Charlottesville and surround myself with everything that is The University and Darden.  My years there were some of the best.

During the weekend, I had fun taking and sharing quite a few pictures.  Here are some of my faves:

ZoCaLo: A great place for a drink

eloise: One of my favorite CVille boutiques

Mudhouse Coffee

Gameday in Hoo 'Ville

Scott Stadium

The Band! WaHooWa!

Dinner at The Local

Lots of compliments on my Kiel James Patrick bracelet

Such a fun weekend.  Can't wait to go back!

Until Tomorrow . . .

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

California Here I Come!

I found this picture on Facebook today and wanted to share it because it totally represents my state of mind right now.

I'm headed home to California tomorrow and thats all I can think about right now!  So excited to see my wonderful parents and bury my toes in the sand!  {The week off of work isn't too bad either!}

Unfortunately, one thing stands between me and my trip . . . . packing. . . . so many clothes . . .

Maybe a martini will help . . . .

Until tomorrow . . . in Cali!

Friday, August 17, 2012

Friday Favorites: August 17th, 2012

Favorite Summer Music:

No Doubt: Settle Down

So excited No Doubt has new music and I just cant get enough of this song!

Favorite Collaboration:

Jack Spade & Barbour

Jack Spade & Barbour

My Barbour jacket gets so much use during the winter months.  This is a great collaboration between two awesome brands.  Very sharp!

Favorite Read:

via Amazon

I've seen the movie a hundred times but never read the book.  Not surprisingly, with my love of horses, I just cant put it down.

Favorite Fragrance:

Estee Lauder

A great blend of Tuberose and Gardenia that has definitely become "my scent" over the last few years.  I almost hate to post about it because I love it so much!

Favorite Way to Celebrate Friday:

Chandon Limited Edition

Nothing better than a glass of bubbly to end the week and kick off the weekend.  Cheers! Have a great weekend!

Until tomorrow . . .