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Life Lately | December

Happy Friday friends! This was a blur of a week as most of December has been. I had a day off on Wednesday and it was awesome to get an extra day with Gary and Sophia, also made the work week go by that much faster. With how quickly December (and this year) has gone by I thought I'd do one final life lately post. This is one of my favorite times of the year and I really refuse to let it just pass by without really enjoying every moment!
Watching || We just finished the second season of The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel and the only downside is that we have to wait another full year before the next season comes out! I thought this season was even better than the last and if you haven't watched it, you absolutely should!
Making || Plans for blogging in 2019. I have a lot of goals for myself and this space - including possibly switching over to WordPress. Similar to goals I have for myself at work (that I'm reviewed on at the end of each year) I want to do the same for my blog!
Enjoying || Sophia's first holiday season! We finished celebrating Hanukkah this past Sunday and now we're on to the festivities of Christmas. Santa photos, celebrating Christmas at my sister's in a couple weeks & then heading to celebrate with Gary's family for the actual holiday! This is also the first time I'm going to take Christmas Eve & the day after Christmas off, so that in and of itself is a great thing to enjoy!
Planning || A couple trips taking place at the start of next year! Gary and I are headed to Florida for a very short trip in January and then again in March to celebrate my birthday with Sophia! So also trying to figure out what I need (documents and stuff) to travel with an infant!
Changing || I got a much needed hair refresh this week! It actually looks a bit more blondish in the photo, but it's just the light! I ask for caramel balayage and my guy knows me pretty well - I've gone to him for the last 8 years and the last 2 for color. I go in with a ton of pictures of what I like and he nails it every single time! If you're in Boston and want to know who I go to, just let me know! 
Buying || Unnecessary items that I don't need, like this rose gold utensil set! The brand "cook with color" has a lot of different options, so I'll be updating our cooking sets to match this! 
Also this beanie that seems to always be out of stock, was in stock (as of yesterday and on sale for less than $8!!) Needless to say I added to cart super fast and bought it! 
Reading || I shared my recent reads last week and since then I've finished two more books - one of which was another RS Grey read!! Next up is Tony's Wife by one of my favorite authors - Adriana Trigiani! 
Hope you have a fabulous weekend friends! 

Five November Favorites

Happy Monday friends! We had a pretty low key weekend - watching the latest season of the Marvelous Mrs. Maisel on Amazon, going to a barre class and a little friend holiday date with Jackie. I wanted to share some of my favorites from the last month. I've really like highlighting how certain products I'm using have held up over the month!  
IT Cosmetics Concealer || I have been using this concealer for the past month and I'm loving it. Much like other IT Cosmetics products, a little goes a long way. I'd say it's more of a thicker consistency that smooth, but if you use a setting powder you don't get any creasing! As you may know, we've been going through a bit of a sleep regression with Sophia so all the concealer is needed! When I tell someone that I'm only getting 4-5 hours of sleep (and not even at the same time) they are shocked because they say I don't look tired! I attribute this 100% to the concealer! I wear the lightest shade so it does a good job of brightening! 
L'oreal Nude Lip Balm || I've either used a chapstick or a lipstick, but this lip balm marries those two things perfectly! A hint of color and so much moisture for my lips, which is a must this time of year. I bought the shade "nourishing nude" and I'm a huge fan of how effortless it looks! 
Holiday Cards || I got our holiday cards out at the end of November and this is definitely my favorite card to date!! BUT full disclosure, I seriously had a moment - likely because I'm always doing 20 things at once - and had a repeated word on the back of the card. I was mortified for about 1 minute, until my sister reminded me that this is the season of life I'm in - it's a little messy and I'm going to make mistakes, but I'll always look back on this card and smile with that little mistake! 
Celebrating the first of many holidays || I recapped our Thanksgiving weekend, but it was definitely the highlight of the month! There are so many firsts this year and the first Thanksgiving is one we will always remember! 
New Bag || I think this is my favorite bag of the year because of how different and versatile it's been to use. I wear it to work daily and then out and about as well. It has so much storage space and I'm so impressed with the quality! 

Hope you have a great start to the week friends! 

Gift Guide | Stocking Stuffers

I love buying all types of presents, but stocking stuffers are my absolute favorite because it's these little gifts that are really unexpected! I put a little something in the guide for everyone on my list & hopefully on your list as well! 
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  • I'm all about mini products because I feel like it will actually be used up! This MAC mini lipstick kit is perfect and has 4 of the most perfect nude colors! 
  • Gary has sort of come to expect a tie in his stocking and for some reason he's actually surprised every year when he get's one - he must just forget! I love these "Tie Bar" ones (we actually have a store here in Boston) and for the price of $19, it's a beautifully made tie! 
  • We're putting a bunch of little things into Sophia's stocking and teether's are at the top of that list! She's been putting everything in her mouth recently and we have a lot of teether's already, but a cute one for her first Christmas is worth it! She also love's her Sophie the giraffe and they also make a miniature teether version
  • I think a gift that keeps coming is a great stocking stuffer in disguise! I've done a hot sauce on it's own and then add a little note saying that I signed Gary up for a hot sauce of the month club! So every month it's a little gift. Funny enough the year that I did get Gary this gift, we ended up having so much hot sauce that we just finished the last of it - 3 years later!
  • Committing to a full perfume is always hard, but a rollerball is the best of both worlds! Also, so easy to transport for someone who loves to travel or likes to keep it with them in their bag!
  • Tech gifts that relate to something bigger under the tree are always a nice little treat! So either an airpod case for their new airpods or watch band for their new apple watch would be a great surprise! 
  • If you're as pen obsessed as me, finding anything stationary related is always a nice stocking stuffer! Last year, Gary got me the entire Le Pen color set! 
  • I received a selfie ring light in a press package a month or so ago and it's been really fun to see the difference in photos. If you have someone in your life that loves taking selfies, this is a great gift - perfect for a teenager! 
  • These are my favorite hair ties because they don't leave your hair with a weird crease and they also don't snag / pull it out when you're taking your hair down! 
What type of gifts do you like to buy to fill a stocking?

Recently Read

Happy Monday friends! It feels like ages since I've done a recently read post and to be honest I thought I would read a lot more on maternity leave than I actually did, but towards the end I finally found my groove and was able to read a lot more in the last few weeks. Pretty thankful for the Kindle App on my phone because I'd be bouncing with Sophia on the yoga ball and holding my phone in the other hand reading! I'm still really loving Kindle Unlimited - most of these books were part of the program and free to read with my monthly subscription! 
When Life Gives you LuluLemons | I wanted to read this book for so long and I finally decided that I wasn't going to wait for the library to get me off the wait list for it. I absolutely love the Devil Wears Prada so to continue on with Emily and her story was so fun. She's just as snarky as ever and I really liked the storyline of her becoming a sort of crisis manager for celebrities and high profile people. The majority of the story takes place in Greenwich, CT and I always find it fascinating when authors describe the over top lifestyle of these people. To me it's an absolute must read if you loved the Devil Wears Prada and books like Chasing Harry Winston. 
Evidence of the Affair || I haven't read a Taylor Jenkins Reid book in a long time and this short story was a great way to jump in with my favorite author. The short story is a compilation of letters written between two strangers that have one common bond - their respective spouses are having an affair. It's an interesting bond that TJR is able to convey between these two individuals and only through letters. I read the "book" in day - on my commute to and from work! If you're not looking to commit to a full book then I think this is a great read. 
The Good Luck Charm || Admittedly, this book took me much longer than I anticipated to finish. I would get into the chapter and then find myself sort of bored. I also wasn't expecting this book to quite as provocative as it turned out to be. Not necessarily a turn off, but just be warned. Lilah and Ethan haven't seen or spoken to each other in 8 years, not since he broke up with her over the phone when he was drafted into the NHL. Now he's back and playing for his home team again and it follows their journey of picking back up with their relationship. Only Lilah isn't sure if Ethan is in it for the right reasons - especially since his game is so much better when she's in his life. It was enjoyable enough. 
A Place in the Sun || RS Grey is quickly becoming one of my favorite authors and I think Georgie & Luca are two of my favorite character's she's written yet! Georgie is escaping London and her matchmaking mother and it lands her in Italy. She immediately meets Luca, but he's not looking for anything at all. There was a lot of depth to this book, which isn't really common for this genre, but there was also a ton of romance, a little cheekiness & a lot of Italian charm! I enjoyed this book so much, I actually ended up reading it in 2 days! 

The Allure of Dean Harper || Another fun and light read by RS Grey and set it NYC. Lilly is new to the city and trying to make it in the restaurant world. Not surprisingly, Dean is a restauranteur and has pretty much made it! Of course they got off on the wrong foot and of course they just have to work together. Even though these plots are so predictable, there is something comforting about reading something that will put a smile on your face! I think of these books a lot like Hallmark movies - you know what's going to happen, but you still watch! Also it's free via the Kindle Unlimited app so why not read it! 
Have you read anything good lately?

What I Purchased | Black Friday & Cyber Monday

Happy Friday friends! It's been a quick week for me with Monday off, an event on Tuesday and a slew of meetings in between! I have completed most of my holiday shopping already and managed to squeeze in a few things for myself as well! I wanted to share those bits with you, but I'm keeping the gifts under wraps (literally) since I know my family reads these posts, so I don't want to give anything away!  
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While I certainly had no plans on getting a new purse, sometimes there are bags that catch my eye and that was the case with this Cooper Carryall from Coach. I love the structured appearance of the bag and it's so roomy! I use it daily for work, it's classic and very feminine. The inside is a beautiful burgundy suede and has a middle zippered compartment for anything sensitive, like your wallet. I opted to get my monogram etched on there right in the store and it was a really nice touch! Absolutely love the bag!

I was not planning on making this purchase, but whoever does the targeted ads on USMagazine.com wins because I booked it over to the Macy's website and looked at this Via Spiga Asymmetrical coat. Absolutely loved that it came in a variety of colors, but opted for the all black which I thought would take me through many years and really never goes out of style. The coat is beautiful and I know I will get a ton of wear out of it! 
I've never ordered anything from Rachel Parcell's online boutique but I stumbled across this beautiful sweater and needed to get it. I love the ruffles, love the colors and the fit is TTS. It's still in stock and still on sale! 
I was looking for an animal print sweater for a while and I wanted something a bit more fitted, so when Veronika posted about this sweater, I couldn't wait to order it. It's exactly what I was looking for! 
I am all about criss-cross tops at the moment and this burgundy front wrap top from Banana Republic is just beautiful. It's super lightweight and the ruching at the sides is very forgiving!  I wore it out to the movies last weekend and loved the fit. 

Leopard print heels have been on my wish list for quite some time, so during Cyber Monday my mom treated me to this pair from Jessica Simpson. I found that a lot of the heels were just a tad too high for every day wear, especially at work, but these were just high enough. If you're not into the animal print, they also come in 7 different colors. 

Did you make any fun purchases during the sales?