December / the most wonderful time of the year

Sunday, December 31

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+ It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas It's the last day of 2017! Wowwweee!
I spent a pretty blissful week in California with my family, snuggled up, not wearing real pants, and I've actually continued that routime back in Nashville for the last few days. It is COLD- perfect blogging, reading, watching TV weather. December was a really fun, festive month for me!
+ Quickly touching on my small goals: I completely re-did my bedroom, I won a planner in Emily's giveaway, which changed my plans a bit (can't wait to receive it & start using it!), for the most part, I stuck to my festive advent calendar, I've done one year-end post so far (with at least 2 to come!) I bought hella gifts, and I made the Thai Beef salad and it was SO good (pro-tip: deli counter London Broil.)

+ What Christmas Means to Me I actually had a lot of fun blogging this month!
The festive outfits were poppin'- I wore a yellow velvet dress, purple velvet trousers, and patent leather!
+ We chatted about small goals, I shared a gift guide for the Priya in your life, & a Boxycharm review.

**Skipping beauty otherwise because I'll be sharing my Best of Beauty 2017 tomorrow!**

+ Underneath the Tree a few presents for Pri, too
So what happened was...I went to LOFT to get some gifts for my mother (found these outstanding pants), and followed up with what I saw in stores online, where they were having a mega sale. I ordered this coat (that I'm obsessed with, doesn't fit me right :/), this skirt that I LUV, the corduroy skirt of my dreams that I will need to get tailored, basic black leggings, THIS PURPLE skirt (exchanging for the correct size), new tuxedo pants, & this fantastic sweatshirt dress. I debated velvet booties & then I was like whatever I work hard (+ BOGO got these neutral block heels too.)

Shop with meeee (all of this stuff is actually available online right now!)
+ Silver [Screen] Bells 
Due to the subject nature, I feel weird saying I was enchanted by Mindhunter; but it had this hazy 70's nostalgic vibe and I absolutely loved the characters (the mains, NOT the serial killers.) If you watch the pilot and it takes a few weeks to work up your courage for the rest- me 2 girl.
I was SO excited to see Lady Bird and it did NOT disappoint. The story of Christine McPherson is a coming-of-age tale, a study of the complex relationships between mothers & daughters, and a glimpse into attending a religious high school. I chuckled, I sobbed, I missed my mom so much, Saorise Ronan is a dream and Sacramento has never looked so good.

+ Do You Hear What I Hear? Here's my Top Songs 2017 Playlist, bless you, Spotify!
Amy Shark is a new-to-me artist whose far-too-cool EP, Night Thinker came out earlier this year. Listen to: the single, Adore. Moody gold, and who hasn't been that girl before?! Really into the whole EP.
I was somewhat familiar with SZA from Insecure/the Billboard Top 100/What Lover's Do, but shout-out to Dago for encouraging me to listen to the full album, & now I can't stop! SZA is a queen and really doesn't like shaving her legs (theeee realest.) Listen to: Drew Barrymore
This is such a sleeper pick, sorry- I've only been a casual St. Vincent fan in the past, but her newest album, Masseduction, is sssoooo fantastic. Not to mention, I admire the hell out of her. Listen to: Los Ageless
I would like to applaud Sia for releasing an entire ALBUM of original Christmas songs. Sia is a pop master so this is really just a great pop album that happens to take place in December.
Speaking of Christmas- I already shared this, but I made a dope Christmas playlist with the best pop, some classics, lots of Soul/Motown, and no Santa Baby, Baby It's Cold Outside, or Pentatonix. Bookmark it!

+ Let it Snow! (So I can read.)
I finished The Nightingale last night which means I officially hit my reading goal for the year- 12 books! This story of two French sisters during WW2 was probably the best book I read this year, and I cried like a baby.

+ Walking in a Winter Wonderland- Nashville!
I can't believe I haven't mentioned Rudie's- my neighborhood gastropub! It's solid and pretty under the radar, but I went the other night and had my dream meal: red wine, a local cheese plate, shrimp cocktail, and seasonal roasted vegetables. If this is not your dream meal- they specialize in sausage & seafood.

I can't believe I've written a whole year of these posts! Check out the series right here and, as always, share your December joys with me in the comments!

Wishing all of you a fabulous and safe New Years Eve, and I'll talk to you in 2018 (teehee!) 

My Favorite Outfits of 2017

Friday, December 29

It's the most wonderful time of the year! 

Year-end lists can feel tedious, but for me, it's really more of a self-study. I always enjoy putting this list together (and I always say the same thing, sorry) as my own little highlight reel for the year. It's such a great way to look back through the seasons, see my new favorite trends, my favorite items in my closet, and how my style shifted throughout the year. 
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Though I use the term "style blogger" very loosely, what I'm wearing is always important to me. Especially because I always find that the biggest events of the year are usually linked to the best outfits. I loved looking through this little style scrapbook from 2017! 

All of these are left to right, and click the title for the full post & outfit details! 
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Mohair, Mo' Problems | This was a year of fuzzy sweaters, these girlfriend jeans, and Supergas from my trip to Italy! This was maybe the dreamiest photo locale of the year- thanks Miles! 
Spring Flare | Another trend this year- bellbottoms! Specifically the Madewell Flea Market Flares. Stephanie took these gorgeous pictures during a weekend in Nashville. 
Tornado Culottes | I'm looking back at this outfit and wondering why I haven't worn it since. This may be the most chic & professional look of the year! 
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Wears Like a Sailor | Helllooo Summer 2017. This was my very first shoot with Miles, and I loved how these pictures turned out. Oh, and the sailor jeans my sister gave me.
On Tropic Crop Top | A blog highlight of my year was getting to collab with Tobi, and pick out this super trendy botanical print crop top. Another really cool shoot with Miles.
Truly Madly Deeply | Hands down one of my favorite purchases of the year- my pink Dr. Martens! I put together the most 90's outfit I could muster and totally loved it.
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All I Want For Christmas is Velvet | I've never not been a fan of velvet, but it was definitely THE fabric of the year. This outfit feels very 2017 to me, and goodness I love those purple velvet trousers.
Wimbledon Whites | I love everything about how this outfit and shoot came together- this polo is a rand-me-down that I'm remembering I need to wear again.
Perennially in Style | I saw this jacket at Zara in Chicago but didn't order it until I came back to Nashville and couldn't stop thinking about it. Also I have always wanted to shoot at this abandoned service station.
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Varsity Girlfriend | Probably the coolest I looked this year- you already know these jeans are my absolute favorite, and I love how dressed up/dressed down this is!
Theme Dinner | Realizing I'm starting to look like a hippie with very long middle-parted hair and GIANT flared jeans. I'm into it. And this foliage!
Island Hipster Joanna Gaines | Ok this look/shoot is a super fun memory- I flew back to California after the best show of the year, Steph helped me do my make-up and took these pics! I love this weird outfit.
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Woulda Got Away With It, Too | Maybeee my favorite altogether outfit post of the year? The look is totally me, Miles crushed it with these photos, AND my favorite t-shirt!
Rager Romper | Such a special memory- I wore this to my mom's 60th birthday party that I co-hosted. Stephanie was the photographer for the party but also ran outside with me and took these in 5 minutes.
26! | I bought this dress during my birthday weekend in Chicago and wore it/took these pictures on the actual day! Adriane & I drove out to this wall and it was rainy, but it worked out.

This list was especially fun (and difficult!) to make because of the amazing photographers I was able to work with this past year. HUGE shout-out to Stephanie, Adriane, and Miles- I literally could not do any of this without you making me look good! (Specific photo credits can be found on each post.)

If you have a year-end list of any kind, please share it with me below in the comments (or on Twitter!) I would love to check it out.

Oh- and if you have a vote for the very best of the best outfit of the year- let me know! :)


Have Yourself a Patent Leather Christmas

Saturday, December 23

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Lately I haven't been able to get enough different textures in an outfit (I bet you've noticed!) here we have suede, patent leather, knit, and...puff ball? Ha. This mini skirt is so fun- I got it at H&M a few months ago and now it's $10! I wore this on Thursday when I woke up and before I even got out of bed was thinking, this DAY. There is so much that needs to happen. It was also my last day in the office, so I really wanted to wear something festive, but still fresh. I would totally wear this red sweater and my green pants if I was allowed to. Stay tuned for a fresh holiday take on those green pants! 

I was in a straight up TIZZY by Thursday afternoon, trying to getting everything done before I left Nashville Friday morning. Right after work on Thursday I went to see Home Alone performed by the Nashville Symphony. They played all the music alongside the movie and it was MAGICAL. Home Alone is a family movie for us if there ever was one. They do this in a lot of cities and if you have the chance to go, you must! 

Aren't these pictures in the tree lot so magical? I've been driving by these trees on the way to work every day, and luckily Miles obliged me for this shoot! I just couldn't resist! It smelled incredible and I was feeling so festive on the way out- I even bought a wreath. 

I'll keep this short because I'm off to Tahoe with my family for Christmas. 

MERRY CHRISTMAS to all of you! I hope the coming days are filled with joy and peace for you! xo

photos by Miles Price

December Boxycharm Review

Wednesday, December 20

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It's BOXYCHARM day! Boxycharm has quickly become my latest and greatest obsession. 

The scoop: for $20/month, you receive 4-5 FULL-SIZED products sent to you, many of which are worth $20+ EACH. Seriously, you pay for the entire box with the price of one product. 

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Here's what I received this month:
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+ Crown Blush Brush | Retail: $12
I do love that Boxycharm will send you a palette with a corresponding brush, however, when I picked up this brush I immediately thought, this is wayyy too dense for blush (let alone, super pigmented glittery blushes. STOP!) Several beauty experts have reinforced this. But, let’s not let that detract from this being a great, fluffy, soft, dense, make-up brush. My first thought was to use it to fill the void of an under eye setting brush, and I’m gonna try it for cream contouring next!

+ tarteist Lash Paint Mascara | Retail: $23
This is the win of this Boxycharm for me- a full-sized mascara is always welcome in my home! I was actually in the market for a new tube when lo and behold (the BEAUTY of Boxycharm.) I was super excited to try this, having heard great things, and Tarte products are generally amazing and I want them all. This, as far as I can tell, is the Tarte version of the Benefit They’re Real! mascara (my all-time favorite.) Something about this spindly brush (see that close-up, girlll ^) totally works. And whoever is responsible for packaging at Tarte- give that lady a raise! 
 
+ Pretty Vulgar My Lips Are Sealed Liquid Lipstick in Secret Sabotage | Retail: $24
I had my first foray into metallic liquid lipstick earlier this year and LOVED it (Wet n Wild Liquid Catsuit in Harbor a Crush, worn here!) I am shocked by how pink it swatched (far left below) because this looks totally nude on me, which is subtle, as far as metallic lipstick goes (honestly- I would have preferred a darker shade.) Unlike many liquid lipsticks, this one is not suffocating and really does stay creamy after it dries down. It couldn’t be more festive for this time of year- and this packaging is GORG.

+ Beauté Basics Bronze Essentials Palette | Retail: $40
Things that are wrong about this palette: first of all, you can’t even open it without mega fall-out from those shimmery shades e-very-where (see this in the swatches below.) This of course means that the shimmery gold is mixed across every shade in the palette- I thought, ok, at least I can use the darkest matte shade for contouring but NOT when it’s riddled with shimmer, I can’t! I would really like to know how you’re expected to use this palette. You can’t stripe across it with a brush (to use where?) and again, when I tried to use the dark shade to contour, even my skinniest brush was too big. So! I’m at a loss here. And how on earth is this a $40 product?! No, thanks.

+ RealHer Blush Kit | Retail: $32
I love blush- but I opened this palette and thought WOAH that is some glittery blush. Well, the swatches don’t lie (starting from second left below) I don’t know that I’d ever reach for the first shade, but I’ve mixed the second two a couple times with a pretty nice result. Apart from the shades themselves, the product is just not my favorite. When something is this expensive ($32) I just expect it to be great (for reference, the Tarte blush palette is $39) but this one does not stack up.

COST ME: $20
TOTAL VALUE: $131 !!
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I always go back and forth with subscription services, and while I really want for nothing, my subscription auto-renews for 3 months in January aaaaand it's good enough that I'm not cancelling, for now. :)

Do you have a subscription service that you absolutely love? Can you tell me how to use that bronzer palette? What's your take on metallic liquid lipstick? And if you're subscribed to Boxycharm too- what'd you get this month? Share with me below! 


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All I Want for Christmas is Velvet

Monday, December 18

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| lipstick: Stila Liquid Lipstick in Beso | earrings: vintage {similar} | button-up: Ralph Lauren via Jamie | sweater: H&M {similar} | belt: Target | trousers: Old Navy (still available!) | flats: Madewell via Carina {similar} | 
Hello my holiday hunnies! I hope the craziness of the season has you feeling magical and not bogged down and if not...here is a list of little festive things you can do every day of December

I didn't even know how badly I needed these velvet trousers in my life until I got them. I remember wanting a pair like this last year, but luckily Old Navy repeated them this year (they are so good about that!) These fit me like a dream and are SO comfortable- velvet on both sides! Still available in some colors/sizes so scoop them up. The only other thing I have to say about this look is- the Stila Liquid Lipstick is still the best. I just picked up a pack of minis for a Christmas gift last week (such a great gift idea.) 

There are a few things I need to tell you about! FIRST of all before I forget, you must check out Ulta's Holiday Beauty Blitz. Basically they are counting down to Christmas with one super amazing deal everyday, it's unreal! You'll be kicking yourself for what you've missed so far, buttt there's still some great stuff left (hello Lorac Pro palette.) 

My highlight of last week was co-hosting a festive dinner party. I have been wanting to do this ALL year and it was perfect. I was looking for a playlist that was mostly Christmas pop, a few classics, no Santa Baby or Baby It's Cold Outside (READ THE ROOM), or Pentatonix, and I couldn't find one, so I made my own! Here it is, my little Christmas present to you. 

Then last night, my darling roommate had her birthday party at a roller skating rink !!! You guys, I don't think I had ever really experienced the magic of a retro skating rink. All my hopes and dreams. Amir also randomly stopped in town on his way back to CA from NC so we're just hanging for a couple days (lots of eating, lots of ping-pong, lots of hugging, he's another little early Christmas present.)

Minus the roller skating, the one thing I haven't been doing is really any exercise- BUT I did sign up for the Nashville marathon in April 2018! I am very excited to get back on a regular training regimen in January, and until then, pass me those cookies tho. 

I feel like I have one MILLION things on my to-do list before I leave for California on Friday morning. One of those things being getting a couple more posts up- talk to you soon! 

photos by Miles Price

Gift Guide: for the Priya in your life

Wednesday, December 13

Absolutely NO shade to those of you who put together thoughtful gift guides for everyone in your life- I just haven't the time, energy, or even the know-how. I don't know what you should get for your roommate or niece, what am I, a scientist? A mind-reader? Buying gifts is hard. I hate that what my Mom always said, Everyone already has everything, is so true (cut to me screaming "NO THEY DON'T MOM!")

Anyway- I do know what one person has on their Christmas list- and that person is M E! While this is literally the list I gave my family, they're also just some solid gift ideas; for the Priya in your life, or really any 20-something lady you know, whether she be naughty or nice. All Pri-approved, for you (U WELCOME.)

+ Sunday Riley serum | I feel like I should be getting into serums? I did some research & this is raved about.  
+ Magic Bullet | I want to make smoothies for breakfast, it's really that simple.
+ Outdoor Voices gear | Activewear is ALWAYS a good gift. Really want to add some OV to the family.
+ Marc Jacobs perfume | I haven't had perfume in a WHILE. I know that I like this one.
+ cashmere wrap | If someone tells you they don't want this, punch them in the face because they're a liar.
+ cookbook | I'm trying this new thing where I eat less Taco Bell? Cookbooks are such a good gift, guys.
+ Swell water bottle | Hello, rose gold water bottle of my dreams. A gift for the whole family!
+ Tombow pens | Ok, I'm getting into lettering next year, and a friend recommended me these!
+ graphic tee | Buying clothes for people is hard but you can't go wrong with a fun t-shirt. I love this one.
+ face mask | A little slice of self-love that is the perfect gift for anyone, your mailman, your neighbor, etc.
+ Mizuno trainers | Not exciting, I ask for new running shoes after I run through mine every year!
+ Tarte palette | Did you know that I like make-up? Tarte palettes are GORG and I just want one, ok?
+ Strathmore sketch pad | Again, for my lettering attempt! A friend put together a "starter kit" for me.
+ Tom Ford lipstick | Christmas could be a fun time to give or get a fancy AF lipstick.
+ Trivial Pursuit | I love games and I love trivia! I would love to own a nice classic set of this game.
+ cocktail book | A beautiful coffee table book that could actually come in really handy.
+ loungewear | and pjs are always an appropriate gift. Aerie makes my favorite stuff!
+ Glossier moisturizer | Another make-up-y idea, this is the Glossier product I want to try next!
+ ping-pong paddle | I love ping-pong and I left my paddle at a bar like THREE years ago.
+ Sharpie pens | These are my favorite pens for my planner/journal and I'm due for a new set!
+ tea pot | Isn't this gorgeous? I don't have a teapot, but more than that, I love TEA.

If there is a toy on everyone's list this year that I am forgetting, please share it with me below. 

25 Days of Pri-mas

Thursday, December 7

I found this image on Pinterest and then could NOT find it again! Sorry! Not mine! 

If you've read this blog at ALL you know I love a "daily-list challenge" (not totally sure what to call this, but see 26 Days of Priya/26 Days of NOT Priya.)

Well, this translates pretty nicely to a festive activity advent calendar for the month of December! Really the idea behind this is to slowly get myself into the holiday spirit in a low-stress way, one day at a time. I just don't want the month of December to pass me by and realize "I didn't even enjoy the holiday!" Some of these are very small (say "Merry Christmas" to a stranger!) some are bigger (attend my office holiday party!) but all of them result in a festive af celebration of the holidays all month long.

(The calendar is accurate up until today, and I took into account things I already had planned for the rest of the month. I might have to move things around depending on what comes up but that's not the point!)


Day 1. listen to Christmas music!
Day 2. attend a town Christmas parade
Day 3. order a Starbucks holiday drink
Day 4. buy a Poinsettia
Day 5. volunteer at a food pantry
Day 6. put up my Christmas decorations
Day 7. wear a festive scarf
Day 8. attend my office holiday party!
Day 9. shop at a holiday craft market
Day 10. buy and wrap a Christmas gift
Day 11. wear a holiday inspired outfit
Day 12. mail a Christmas card
Day 13. host a holiday dinner party
Day 14. write a Christmas wishlist
Day 15. watch a Christmas movie
Day 16. bake cookies
Day 17. do a holiday inspired make-up lewk
Day 18. go see Christmas lights
Day 19. give myself a sparkly manicure
Day 20. order a holiday inspired cocktail
Day 21. attend Home Alone at the symphony
Day 22. say "Merry Christmas" to a stranger
Day 23. go to a holiday show
Day 24. spend time with my family
Day 25. read a Christmas story (any one!)


What are you favorite traditions/activities at this time of year? If I'm forgetting something glaringly obvious or just really fun, let me know!

Oh and feel free to join in with me on any day! Or if you have another advent calendar going, let me know if the comments. Happy festive Friday!!

FIVE Gold-en Swing (Dresses!)

Wednesday, December 6

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 | earrings: Kate Spade | lipstick: Wet n Wild LiquidCatsuit in Flame of the Game | blouse: J.Crew {similar} | dress: Old Navy (still available!) | tights: Old Navy {similar} | oxfords: Primark {similar} | 

Hi everyone! So right before I left for Thanksgiving, I realized I still hadn't determined what to wear for our big office holiday party (Friday!) I placed an "emergency" order of a bunch of things, all velvet, all from Old Navy (their holiday collection this year is killin' it!), which included this little number. Isn't she pretty? There is *nothing* subtle about a golden velvet swing dress, but that's ok with me!

I've pretty much decided to go with this jumpsuit (still available!) but couldn't resist this dress for a festive wear-to-work ensemble. Layering your dresses with a button-up/sweater/blouse (I always think of this as "jumper style") is such a great way to make things a little more interesting, not to mention, warm! A few more jumper-style looks on the blog for inspo: here and here and here and here.

Can you tell I've really been feelin' these gray oxfords lately? Re-doing my room is one of my small goals for the month, so I'm on a massive decluttering spree. I've gotten rid of a lot of my cheap flats (it's boot/bootie season anyway), and these are one of the few pairs of flat shoes I have left! 

Everyone hanging in there so far this December? SAME. All I really want to do is finish working on my room but things are bizzyyy! Busy and good. And festive.

P.S. If anyone is keeping track, I know I said I'd be sharing my Advent calendar today...coming later this week! Stay festive in the meantime. xo

photos by Miles Price

Small Goals / December 2017

Monday, December 4

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It's small goal time! And, uh, yikes. I mentioned earlier that last month was totally nuts, and I feel like my small goal results reflect that!

November's Small Goals:

1. Find & go to the Dentist | NOPE. I did call my old dentist today which is a step! I actually completely forgot about this until like last week. I don't necessarily "roll my goals over" month to month, but I'm determined to get this done like...tomorrow. 
2. Stick to clothing/make-up budget | NOPE. I went more in depth with where my shopping dollars went in my November post, but basically, my "budget" was spent within the first couple days (including Boxycharm.) Then Cyber Monday hit, and it just felt irresponsible to not buy a few things I'd had my eye on (plus an outfit for our office holiday party.) I will say I don't have any shopping for myself planned in December. 
3. Plan wine tasting trip | DONE! Here's some pictures from our day. This ended up being less of an actual "wine tasting trip" and more just a day spent all together, but still SUPER fun. 
4. Mini cleanse | NOPE. You know, I didn't have a super clear plan for this, and then had several fun events where I wasn't about to not eat cheese etc. so it did not happen. 
5. Closet swap & clean-out | DONE! I swapped my Summer clothes for Winter, updated my Poshmark shop, and filled two giveaway bags. Done, but not completely done since I'm always, constantly, editing my wardrobe (I have more than I need/wear and I live in a matchbox.) 

December's Small Goals:

1. Bedroom re-vamp | This is a good time to redecorate my room, since nothing else is going on, right? This has been on my mind for a while (I haven't really refreshed my room situation since I graduated college!) but I went to IKEA this past weekend and that's what really inspired me. I have new bedding, a new rug, and a new dresser, and I'm hoping to complete the rest this month. 
2. Start 2018 Planner | It really IS the most wonderful time of the year. I am a planner fiend if there ever was one! My plan is to kinda transition into a bullet journal (I know! Big news!) so I'd like to start playing around with that and get a format going (plus I already need to get things on the calendar for January!)
3. "Advent Calendar" | More on this later, but it's basically a way for me to get in the spirit (without the stress) by doing some small, festive thing every day! I'll be sharing my full list tomorrow (hopefully.) 
4. Year-End blog posts | I really enjoy doing a few of these every year (last year I did my favorite outfits of the year, favorite songs of the year, and kinda a resolution recap) but it does take a bit of planning and extra work, instead of my usual blogging style (haphazard.) 
5. Gift shopping | I don't know the exact metrics of this goal, or even who all I'll be buying gifts FOR, but, let's be real, this is a time-consuming project that WILL get done this month. Do you guys have any advice for buying gifts? Any tips and tricks? Please share! 
6. Make some new salads | I do my best to bring lunch to work everyday, usually a salad. It's amazing how much more I enjoy it + feel satisfied and fuller, longer, if I put like just a LITTLE extra effort into it. This week I'm already planning to make a taco salad, and next up, this Thai Beef one! 


I'm already way overwhelmed and stressed out about the holidays (which is just so dumb and I don't want to be) BUT, making several small, attainable goals is a good way to focus on what I know I can get done. Let's cheer each other on and we'll all make it through and maybe even enjoy it! :) 


Linking up with Nicole at writes like a girl

November / the year's last, loveliest smile

Thursday, November 30

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+ Life | I know that, as a general rule, time just flies, but I sat down to write this post and could not BELIEVE November was over. Where did the month go?? Upon further investigation (looked in my planner) I realized I had two whirlwind long weekend trips (Britney in Vegas & NY marathon / Thanksgiving), and in between that, two crazy busy weeks at work. So there we go. Case closed.


+ In My Cart | Stay tuned for how epically I did NOT stick to a budget. Cyber Monday amiright!?
In Vegas I bought Spanx out of necessity & a couple new bralettes (velvet / seamless) (also out of necessity)
I also ordered these Britney Spears leggings as I left Vegas (seriously, and no regrets!)
In a pre-office-holiday-party-panic last week I ordered this top, this jumpsuit, this midi dress, this swing dress, and these pants ALL VELVET and all Old Navy. I'll keep you posted on what I decide to keep.
Finally, my Cyber Monday purchases! This calf hair clutch from Madewell, that I've wanted foreverr, and three blouses from J.Crew Factory: pink bell sleeved, printed bell sleeve, and a VERY cute purple pleated blouse that is sold out. All linked above!
On My Face | Aside from my incred BoxyCharm, I wanted to spotlight some e.l.f products I've been loving:
Mad for Matte palette- a serious blank space in my collection was non-neutral mattes. Ta-dah!
HD Lifting Concealer- YouTube told me this was a perfect affordable concealer and it IS!
Blush & Bronzer duo- perfect for a subtle contour on the go! I have Turks & Caicos.
Slightly cheating because I've ordered these but haven't tried them yet: Tinted Lip Oil (can't WAIT to try this) Crease Brush (supposed to be great for small eyelids!) Lip Exfoliator (this is genius.)

+ In my Earbuds | Sam Smith is still heartbroken and crooning in his sophomore album The Thrill of it All. I was so excited for this release! Favorite tracks so far: Say it First, Baby, You Make Me Crazy. 
On that note, I could really use some new music recs. Let's connect on Spotify!

+ On my TV | I wish I had more to tell you. I blazed through Stranger Things season two, and while I'm JUST as obsessed with the cast, the 2nd season really didn't hold my attention like the first one.

+ In my Nashville | Nothing exciting here either! I did go to Far East the other night, so there's a vouch for very solid pho. After a carb-laden Thanksgiving the first thing I ate in town was half a Lucayan salad from Calypso Cafe which never disappoints! OH I've now been to Cafe Roze twice, and boy is it cute (I'm about to plan a blog shoot around it, for real.) Most recently I had steak frites and an Aperol Spritz, A+!

How was your month? Share your November favorites with me below!! 

Weekend Update: Thanksgiving 2017

Wednesday, November 29

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I think I'm going to go ahead and claim Thanksgiving as my favorite holiday. It's the only one where the requirements are just hanging out with people you love (and delicious food, of course!) No pressure around gifts, a costume, an epic party, a romantic date...it's just a good, cozy hang. I really had an amazing Thanksgiving weekend!

I was in California from Tuesday night until Monday morning, running from one thing to the next, staying up LATE and waking up as early as I could muster, and squeezing in as much fun as possible...but I wouldn't have it any other way!

The BIGGEST news is probably- Coren & Marisol are expecting a lil Pappu!!!! I bullied them into telling me found out on accident about a week before they told the whole family, and, I deserve a freaking medal because I actually kept the secret! I'm going to be Auntie Blogger come May 2018!

Not pictured: a dinner party with my best girlfriends where I cry-laughed, an entire Wednesday spent hanging with my Mom, our Thanksgiving Ping-Pong Doubles Tournament, lots of Monopoly Deal, a Christmas tree lot in San Francisco, and I couldn't possibly have included all the details or extra special friends that were part of our "wine-tasting" Saturday in Healdsburg & beyond (but i HAD to include that Amir and I wore watching outfits, duh.)

Thankful for family, friends that are like family, and a forever home in Northern California! 

Theme Dinner

Tuesday, November 28

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| sunnies: Target {similar} | choker: H&M | lipstick: Urban Decay Vice lipstick in Tampered | sweater: H&M | jeans: Madewell via Poshmark {similar} | clogs: Target {similar} | mani: Butter London |

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Hi everyone!! I hope you had a fantastic Thanksgiving weekend. I really did. Hoping to share some photos later this week! For now I'm just slowly easing back in to real life. *sigh*

I actually wore this outfit on the day I flew to California last week, and both of these pieces interchangeably throughout the XL weekend.

Though this actual combination might be a bit too chunky, I loved wearing this sweater (still available!) over a dress for a day of wine tasting, and these jeans that I am *obsessed* with for dinner with my best girlfriends. I was actually walking out the door of my parents house in these jeans + clogs + a choker + a center part + this oversized floral blouse when my older brother commented "Oh is this a theme dinner? Did you buy those pants just for this?" And with an eye roll I had to vehemently defend that "anything you could wear in the 70's is back in style now!" Brothers!

If you ever find yourself saying "I wish blank still made/carried blank" STOP everything and check Poshmark (and sign up with code PRIYAPAPPU for a credit!) Like these Madewell Flea Market Flares- Madewell only makes cropped versions these days for SOME reason, but there are plenty of pairs available on Poshmark. I have a black pair that I absolutely love, and really wanted a regular blue pair (scored these for $30 AND they had been hemmed!)


So who's ready for Christmas??? Ha. Ha. Meeeee neither. Though I did pass out holiday party invitations today at work in a gingerbreadwoman costume. You just never know what the day will hold. 

P.S. Do you like my new phone case?? File under "other things my family made fun of me for." 
PriyaPappu_7 photos by Miles Price