Babushka

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Scarf – Irish wool blanket // Shoes – Jeffrey Campbell // Duster – Eileen Fisher //

Dress – Bel Kazan // Necklace – vintage

Christmas is over, so is my fall semester. I can’t believe I did it yet again. Let me tell you, college second time around, especially when you are 29 is hard. Hard, but doable. Now it’s just waiting for the grades to go up.

I am really excited for 2016. I will be graduating, moving for work and basically starting all over. Don’t worry, Sam and Mason are coming with!

Meanwhile, here I am at the Cedar Lake Beach in my babushka scarf, wishing that there was less snow and more sand.

Day After Christmas

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Sam and I spent Christmas day together, just the two of us. We went on a long walk along the Cedar Lake Trail and I even convinced him to take some pictures for me. Since I spent all night Tuesday baking, I thought I deserved it 😉

We are leaving for Eau Claire today, which is exciting! Here is hoping I get to go thrifting there! My friend Ann (who I did the photo shoot with) told me about a store there that’s so amazing it even sells cars. While I am not looking for a car, there are a few vintage pieces I would love to get my hands on. I have been looking for a camel coat, and any sweaters I can find.

I also got a Tess + Tricia necklace for Christmas, and if you haven’t heard of them, they are a local jewelry brand out of Excelsior, MN. I just learned that their jewelry will be available in over 80 Core Power Yoga locations, which is huge!

The sweatshirt I am wearing is H&M and it is a save version of the Rachel Zoe one I wore in this post. $14.95 vs $275, you do the math 😉

Notice how red my hands are in the photos. It was pretty cold out, even though we have no snow!

And by the way these quilted boots were only $30 from HauteLook.com. I used to order from there a lot a couple years ago, and now, that I can return to Nordstrom Rack, I think I will be shopping there more often!

Meanwhile I am enjoying my break, watching Twin Peaks, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, and waiting for Friends to go on Netflix.

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Add Some Spice to Your Holidays #TargetWedding + Giveaway

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After having been married for over 3 years, Sam has finally started cooking for me. Before, the most advanced meal he’s cooked was mac ‘n’ cheese, or scrambled eggs. But this fall something happened and he makes me dinner at least once a week. I am sharing this because my husband is an amazing cook, but the fact that it took him all these years to realize that still makes me pretty sad. So I want to help you avoid this situation and encourage you to cook together as a couple.

Of course our cooking experiments are not experiments, we have a recipe book called “How To Boil Water”. I am sure that you may have guessed from the title that Sam and I are no chefs. But it works wonders for us. We love trying out the new recipes, and there is something nostalgic about using a recipe book versus the now popular cooking apps.

So far Sam has made me delicious chicken with olives and dates, salmon, baked pasta, and quinoa! I can’t wait to see what he makes me this week.

Target Wedding Registry has a lot of great products that will not only give you ideas for wedding gifts, but Christmas gifts as well. Check out the my Christmas Wish List board on Pinterest!

I’ve been dreaming of a kitchen renovation, and once I am done with college, I think we’ll definitely make it happen. So I’ve been eyeing items and thinking of my color palette. Threshold Bistro Ceramic 16-Piece Dinnerware Set

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Calphalon Stainless Steel Cookware (on my personal Christmas wish list)

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Kitchen Aid Stand Mixer is something that I own, and absolutely love. I used it to mix pancakes yesterday! It’s that handy!

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From a tranquil dinner for two to a decked out Thanksgiving spread, a Target registry sets you up wiht all the tools and ingredients for epic kitchen feats and delicious feasts all season long.

And finally the Giveaway! I know that Black Friday is over, but Cyber Monday is on it’s way! That’s why I am hosting this really short 2 day flash Giveaway, and you can win $25 to Target! I don’t know about you, but I think $25 could buy a nice gift for someone 😉

So all you need to do for the giveaway is fill out this short form below and in comment section tell me what kind of posts would you like to see on my blog more often! Good luck and I will announce the winner on Monday!

 

And stay tuned for a fun series of Holiday Posts I will be doing in collaboration with other bloggers. There will be recipes, giveaways and Twitter chats 🙂

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Give CHEER

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This Holiday Season Our Thrift Style Thursday crew is bringing you some cheer in a form and shape of Ugly Sweaters! Happy Holidays! We love you!

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This is Sam’s Ugly Sweater! What do you know? It won him one of the first prizes!

Check out the other ugly sweaters!

Justine at TheTwo Cent Chick

Nout at Sandpaper Kisses

Jackline at Sincerely Miss J

Martyna at Spoolish

Kristi at Alligator Toe 

And the winner of the Crown Brushes Set is Comment #4 (Thanks to Random.org! I was also counting from the bottom) Elisse

Didn’t win? Don’t worry! There will be a lot of Giveaways coming up in January! And don’t forget to enter this MAC Cosmetics one!

CLICK HERE TO ENTER! 

Zhenya

PS. Do you have pictures in Ugly Christmas Sweater? Tweet them to me! I would love to see how ugly it can get 😉

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Fall Trends 2011

You are not going to read about those in any of the fashion magazines, because these are not fashion trends, these are the trends that dress your heart and soul, the trends that keep you warm and the trends that brighten your day better than the bright colors from the pages of Elle, Vogue and all the rest!

1. Apple Cider!

2. Leaves Fights in the Park!

3. Reading a good book on a rainy day!

4. Walking through the puddles in those brand new rain boots! 

5. Wearing Knitted bulky scarves!

6. And Holidays, with the family! 

Happy Fall 2011 everybody!

 

 

 

PS. There are only 111 days until Christmas!