Current State of the Union, 12.30.16

Currently / life:
+ If you're reading this...we've nearly made it through the holidays! Amidst the insanity that is December, I managed to have some festive fun (office holiday party, spending my evenings wrapping presents), and yeah, I enjoyed Christmas. I just got back from spending the holiday with my family in San Diego, which was so chill and cozy (more to come!)
+ Around these parts, I went festive with neutrals, rocked a simple outfit for work, shared an episode of sartorial serendipity, debuted my striped drawstring pants (twice), brought back my favorite blanket scarf, paired my holiday outfit with a holiday wish, AND listed my favorite outfits of the year!
+ Ooh, I also scraped together a bit of "holiday content" with a gift guide...for Priya, and had a pretty epic birthday-wing-Christmas party weekend.

Currently / pop culture:
+ Have you guys checked out your Top Songs of 2016 playlist on Spotify? Mine was pretty predictable, although I will say I was pretty tickled to see Overprotected - Britney Spears.
+ Apart from my playlist, my favorite Christmas albums have been on repeat all month long ('tis the season!): The Beach Boys Christmas Album, Christmas Portrait - the Carpenters, Under the Mistletoe - Justin Bieber, and new this year, A Very Kacey Christmas - Kacey Musgraves.
+ Christmas movies I watched this month: Home Alone 2, White Christmas, A Muppet Christmas Carol, Miracle on 34th Street, and Love Actually.
+ My crowning pop culture achievement of the month might be the ode to Divas that is the playlist I made for my roommate Emily's birthday. #MariahWhitneyBeyoncéCélineRihanna

**psst, I would love to connect with you on Spotify!**
Currently / beauty: my travel toiletry bag is the real MVP this time of year, so here are my travel beauty essentials!
+ Cargo blush/bronzer duo | I have a small pre-packed make-up bag that travels with me, and products that pull double-duty are the all-stars. This tin combines blush & bronzer, and I even put it on with one brush!
+ Color Club mini in That's My Jam | I stuck this in my bag for a Christmas manicure on the go. Bonus that this polish is so glossy, I didn't have to pack a top coat!
+ Marc Anthony Argan Oil cream | When I travel, I'm also a lot more prone to let my hair air dry and go. My hair is super coarse/wavy, but this smoothing creme does the trick for ruly texture.
+ Jelly Pong Pong & Peony Cosmetics eyeshadow palette | Vacation is the perfect time to break out these mini shadow palettes! I love having options for a day/night/festive look, & these palettes combined have my bases covered.
+ mini blush brush | I don't travel with my real make-up brushes, & this mini brush is great for both blush & blending.

**actually all of these products came to me straight from ipsy/Birchbox! Sign up for ipsy/Birchbox for $10/month.**
Currently / shopping:
+ It was technically the end of November when I placed a couple Old Navy orders that were half gifts/half necessities. Since then, I've been absolutely living in long-sleeve/short-sleeve solid/striped tees! Nothing fancy, but getting dressed has been a snap! This striped one drapes so well over leggings and with my drawstring pants.
+ Obvi most of my budget/energy this month was spent on Christmas presents! I bought ban.do pins for my girlfriends, some natural cosmetics for my Momma, and the Newlywed cookbook and pretty dishes for my new sister!
+ A few things Santa (& friends) spoiled me with this Christmas: ^a new blanket scarf^, ^a perfect leather work tote^, and another plaid scarf!

Currently / Nashville: 
+ Salt & Vine | Totally adorable, fantastic cocktails and good food- but stick to lunchtime, because the bright white isn't super cozy for dinner time. They also have a market I can't wait to visit for fancy cheese and wine!
+ Edgefield Bar & Grill | Just another great dive with some of the best wings in town, darts, and a jukebox! 
from Christmas in Oceanside, CA, taken by Amir

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