Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Goodbye 2014

NYE 2014
Don't know about you, but I think it's an incredible experience to look back on your year - especially when you're a blogger. Growing up, New Year's Eve was a night to watch Dick Clark's TV special, eat lots of junk food, and watch some fireworks. I wasn't concerned about resolutions, what happened last year, much less what would happen the next. Thanks to blogging and instagram, I have something to look back on.

2014 Resolutions:

Read more: So I only read 3 or 4 books? I don't remember and I'm not going to kick myself for it either. I still love to read and still can't stop laughing through each chapter of the Man Repeller!

Volunteer more: I continued volunteering for a local animal shelter, but I also volunteered in other small ways. I recently joined the Meals on Wheels team and the people are wonderful. Looking forward to new volunteer opportunities in 2015!

Run more: Not only did I run a 10K, I also beat some personal records this year! I decided to try yoga for the summer, but now I'm back into running. Here's to new races in 2015, possibly a half?

Dress Up more: Thanks to my new job, my shopping habits now revolve around "work clothing". I constantly ask myself, can I wear said item to work? And if it works for work and the weekend, bonus points! Whether I went to the grocery store or out to happy hour, I loved dressing up this year!

Take Vitamins: So I never bought a pill organizer, thus my vitamin days lasted a mere month or so. I'm thinking if I take them to work, it can become part of my morning routine. Check my email, grab a cup of green tea, and take my vitamins. Sounds easy, right?

Sleep more: I think this year's lack of blogging should explain itself. I chose sleep over late night blogging sessions and it was wonderful.

Even though I didn't hit every 2014 resolution perfectly, I'm proud of my 2014. I decided to leave a job I wasn't happy with, started a job somewhere new, went to some amazing concerts, made new friends, ran my first 10K, explored Austin with my college besties, discovered feminism, had my first promotion, and chopped off my hair - twice! I took chances, pushed myself out of my comfort zone, went on new adventures, and you know what? I don't regret a single moment.

Monday, December 29, 2014

What Day Is It?

Remember when I wrote about what to wear to your holiday party? Either do I. This month has been filled with lots of socializing, laughter, and Christmas traditions. While it's been a great way to end the year, I definitely missed taking the time to sit down and write a post. Although I drafted a bunch couple of posts, I never got around to finishing them. So instead of deleting time well spent, I thought I'd share a recap of December as a whole. If you follow me on Instagram, you might recognize some of the pictures - but read along for the details!
I found this daily calendar for the 24 hour women and couldn't help but take a picture.

We had a white elephant at work and I was lucky enough to get this cozy little mug.

That mansion though. Holiday work party was amazing!

Have I ever mentioned Houndstooth or TacoDeli tacos? Trust me when I say they're heavenly. Fridays are quickly becoming breakfast taco Fridays.

After the first week, I had my first cold of the season. I slept a bunch, watched a ton of Gilmore Girls, and ate way more cuties than I can remember.

The following weekend, we made it to the living nativity show for our annual Christmas traditions!

We even made it to new Christmas events and heard the Austin Banjo Club play some holiday favorites!

To celebrate the 75th Anniversary of Gone with the Wind, my dad and I were lucky enough to attend the Paramount Theatre's showing!

This month's book features The Man Repeller herself! Excellent writing and sooooo funny.

Fulfilled a lifelong dream and took a pop pilates class with my fitness role model and popular youtuber, Cassey Ho! Also, we took a funny picture, so naturally we're besties now.

Made it to Zilker Park's annual Trail of Lights and got to wear santa's hat for the photo booth.

Painted probably my worst painting yet, but hung out with my marketing bestie at Pinot's Palette.

Guess who got a pretty white desk for Christmas? Now guess who's writing at her desk?? LOVE it.

Because I'm terrible and waited 10 months, I thought I should end the year with the haircut I kept telling myself I would get. Meet my new angled lob and subtle touch of side swept bangs!

Hope everyone had a lovely December, Christmas, and if I disappear again - Happy New Years lovelies!

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Movie Inspired Holiday Party Style

December is finally here and that means Holiday parties. Don't know about you, but I loveee dressing up for these sort of events - plus, it's my favorite the most wonderful time of the year! Bright lights, happy music spending time with family, etc. I love it all.

In preparation for my own Holiday party(tomorrow night!), I searched high and low, but I had no luck didn't want to spend big. Instead I decided to wear an old favorite and bought a new necklace and lipstick! I can't tell you how awesome it felt when I swiped my card and it was less than $15. Sometimes it just takes a couple accessories and bam, a new outfit!

Even though I won't be donning a new holiday dress, I can still share a couple ideas, right? Especially when they're inspired by my favorite holiday flicks. Happy Holiday parties, lovelies!