Friday Favs: Christmas Edition 2016

After almost 2 years of not blogging, I’ve come back! The past 2 years have been busy with friends, family, dating, and life in general – but I’ve always enjoyed writing and I’m happy to come back to doing something I previously enjoyed so much.

Since it’s close to the holidays, I figured i would throw together a quick post of of my holiday favorites for this year –

First up: These DELICIOUS cookies! I made this recipe last week and it is absolutely amazing in every way.

You can get the recipe here, though in full disclosure I’m pretty sure I accidentally dumped almost half the bottle of peppermint extract instead of using the recommended amount. They still turned out really well though! I definitely plan to make more of them in the future, considering I am absolutely addicted to peppermint.

Anyone who knows me, knows that my Christmas tree is always bird-themed. I just love having tons of the little clip-on birds on my tree! I saw the most gorgeous ornament at Pier One earlier this month, but it looks like it is sold out. These little guys are super cute though, and I would be delighted to add them to my tree!

You can buy them here, if you are also a bird-themed tree lover (As a bonus, they are currently on sale).

Decor-wise, I ended up realizing this year that I actually do not have nearly as much Christmas stuff as I thought I did. So I’ve been hunting down a lot of inspiration pictures.

My Christmas shopping was all done on Etsy this year (I was actually done by late October!). Because of that, I ran across a couple things I would love to add to my place for next Christmas.

Who wouldn’t want this gorgeous freaking wreath?

(Buy it here)

I’ve got tons and tons of candles (and 2 Scentsy warmers AND incense) but I’m a sucker for holiday scented candles.

This one in Apple Cider and this one in Peppermint Bark are just two of the fifteen or so I threw in my cart.¬† In case you weren’t sure if I enjoyed scented things, I also happen to have a sizeable perfume collection as well.

 Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays everyone!

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Summer Inspiration

It’s finally starting to get sunny in Washington! After work each day, I’ve been heading outside and either running/walking or laying out on the grass with a good book, lots of sunscreen, and my iPod.

Here’s what I’ve been feeling for summer this year…

The ever classic combination of stripes and red – I’ve always been a huge fan of nautical inspired style, and this summer is really no different.

Nautical Inspired.

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I also tend to be really fond of soft florals in summertime. While springtime florals are nice, I really feel like they come into their own during summer.

floral playsuit

Though I tend to hate rompers – this floral one is too gorgeous. Found here.


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Once it’s bright and warm out, all those awesome strappy back tops can start to come out! It’s a lot easier to show off awesome details like these when you aren’t freezing to death.


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Big floppy hats are one of my favorite summer accessories. I’m still looking for the perfect one…


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Also cute shorts! I love shorts with a fun little detail like pom poms or lace.


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I’ve been looking at swimsuits and sunglasses as well, but I think that’s a whole other post – honestly!

Have you started looking at summer clothing yet? What’s caught your eye?


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