Friday, December 19, 2014

Friday Favorites

Hi Y'all!

How happy are you that it is Friday and next week is Christmas?  It was funny, while waiting for the subway to work this morning, I noticed everyone was carrying gift/Christmas/holiday bags to the office and many of my friends start their holiday break after today and have their holiday party tonight.  Unfortunately, I work in finance in NYC, which means technically I work through Christmas Eve but I am heading to Austin the 23rd for my mom's birthday.  So I actually don't work but I will be working the whole week of New Years.  It's ok - I am used to it thanks to years and years of basketball (usually had an 8/9 AM practice on New Years Day).

This week has flown by, like most of this year! I can't wait to spend the next two week making lists and lists and then narrowing my goals down for the New Year.

1) Blogger's looks I love:
Pink Peonies

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Travel/Throwback Thursday: Turkey

Hey Y'All!

Sorry that this is so late but it's been a busy day - luckily it means the day has flown by.  But all I can think about is how I have 4 hours worth of stuff to do in 2 hours tonight (if I want to get to bed at a reasonable time) and that is going to have to fight my desire to watch Arrow - R got me hooked!

For "Travel Thursday," I figured I would do a flashback to my time back in the fall of 2012 when I lived in the Middle East and I never shared my pictures of my weekend trip with one of my good friends J!  We had such a blast and such a remarkable time. It was early December just before the riots that occurred in some of the same places we visited.  But for us, we ate great food, I still drool when I think about the Baklava and Turkish Delights and kebab, and had such a fun time exploring, sightseeing and shopping!


This was the view from out hotel/hostel. The Blue Mosque (literally right across the square) and the Bosporus.  

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Wednesday Work Outfit Inspiration

Hi Y'all!

Sorry that this is late! I really want to start pushing myself and puttin gup pictures but honestly, I hated being in pictures since I was little.  I always preferred to take them (even though my lil sis was so much better at taking them).  I also don't think selfies are the way to go.  SO I think I am going to have to enlist my friends or my Aunt for help, but it is pretty difficult when you work all day-long hours - but excuses, excuses! But hey, it is Wednesday and it is almost Christmas (p.s. HAPPY HANUKKAH - one of my good friends is currently in Israel and I am just so jealous)!

Going back to the blog posts, I have started working on making my New Year's Resolutions, and I think one of them will be to have one outfit post a week (and it can't be a selfie).

Here is a simple but perfect look for the office (in my opinion at least):

Work Outfit Inspiration



Thanks for reading!

With joy,

A

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Weekend Favorites

Hi Y'all!

So I am awful and have been  non-existent.  Seriously life got terribly busy and I didn't even get to really rest this weekend and then the work week started again and it was back to the grind!

Since I am only just now starting to catch up on blog posts, I thought I would share some of the things that caught my attention this weekend!

1) Thorncrown Chapel - I discovered it through my obsessive watching of 19 Kids and Counting (love me some) and I fell in love with this place.  How perfect is it? I mean where religion and nature meets. It blows me away!

2) These two items from anthropologie:

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Travel Thursday - Dubai

Hi Y'all!

So, I don't actually have some place to share with you so I thought I would go back into my "archives" and finish sharing pictures from my various trips to Dubai (in the UAE) so this would have been from Fall 2012.

This is more for family than anything else but hope you enjoy.





Wednesday, December 10, 2014

What I Wore to the Office Wednesday!

Hi Y'all!

Another outfit post today! I am sorry about the lack of post yesterday.  I need to get back on my game but thought I would share my outfit from yesterday - sorry that these aren't the best quality of photos. Also, two things first - who else is completely obsessed with the podcast serial? oh my goodness one of my friends got me into it, and I am already completely caught up in three days! I also went to the Nutcracker (NYCB) last night, and it was just so beautiful and I got to catch up with some of my friends from church, so that was really special. I also made myself stay up (yes I like to go to bed at 10 pm) and watch the VS Fashion Show in London.  Just loved it.  R and I texted throughout the entire thing!

Ok so an outfit I wore this past week. I would say it's more on the "funky" end for me.  But I love my plaid pants, especially because they keep me warm and Monday was freezing.  Let's just hope there is no ice today. 




Jacket: h&m (old); Top/Tank: J. Crew (old); Pants: h&m (old); Zara: booties; Necklace: Baublebar Watch: Michael Kors via Nordstrom.

Thanks for reading! 

With joy,

A

Monday, December 8, 2014

What I Wear to Work

Hi Y'all!

Hope y'all had a good weekend!! I had a good weekend for the most part even though it was cold and rainy from Friday night through Saturday night.

I thought I would start sharing some of the outfits I wear since ideally that's what I would want to do but since I am not dating anyone it can be more difficult to get pictures and also to be honest I feel a little silly but I just love fashion blogs and I started this blog to emulate them so here we go.

Dress: Tahari c/o Nordstrom Rack; Boots: Ivanka Trump; Watch: MK (old) via Nordstrom; FitBit: Flex

Ok. So I work for a more conservative office but now that I am getting more comfortable at my office, I am willing to take a few more "risks" regarding my clothing and shoe choices.  We shall see if I get any better at taking pictures, I actually am not a fan of selfies but I would like to work on it.

Thanks for reading!

With joy,

A

Friday, December 5, 2014

Friday Favorites

Hi Y'all!

Happy Friday. I have been doing so much stuff that this week has flown by and I actually am completely booked today and I need to get a lot done so yikes!! So this will be a quick post and then down to work!! I even hope to make time this weekend to catch up on Pinterest. Hope y'all have a great day!

1) Look how cute this pillow is from Nordstrom Rack - it is not on the website but call any Nordstrom Rack that sells home goods/accessories as well and they should have it (I just did yesterday). It is $16.00! It is the perfect addition to give my room a festive touch!

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Travel Thursday: Las Vegas (part 2)

Hi Y'all!

It is almost the weekend again!! Just one more day. To say it was almost impossible to get out of bed this morning and head to work is the understatement of the century (duh dun!) but I survived and made it anyways.  Last night was the Christmas tree lighting at Rockefeller Plaza and I got watch a part of it, after enjoying delicious Junior's cheesecake, with one of my bestest of best friends T.  I am so happy that T is here and S will be here tomorrow night!

Onto the post, so I already shared the first day, if you couldn't tell we did and walked a ton (basically almost all the strip and then walking off the strip to the Las Vegas convention center, definitely got major mileage in.

The second day, we both woke up pretty early, i.e. jet lag (since Las Vegas is 3 hours behind and we both have jobs that have us up super early) and then we eventually went for a run in the cardio room before it got too packed full of people and followed it up with brunch at the MGM Grand Buffet.  Man there was a lot of food.

Afterwards, we majorly crashed and went into food coma extreme.  But by mid-afternoon we were back up and exploring this time the other side of the strip.  We walked past Luxor, the Mandalay and the Las Vegas sign (basically down to the airport) and then back up the strip to eventually eat dinner at Giada and dessert at Holsteins.  We finished the night dancing at the Bank at the Bellagio before going to bed and resting up for the run the next day.  

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Wednesday: Currently Craving

Hi Y'all!

Good morning.  It is Wednesday - Hump Day.  I am actually chipper and hoping to get a lot done today both at work and in my personal life.  Also, one of my best friends T is coming back to the city for a few days and then S comes into the city Friday.  I am truly blessed to have friends like this though I really need to make a decision as to when I will make the trip to DC. Whether it is for a long weekend and get seeing my friends and my sister's in or make it two weekends.  Decisions, Decisions.

Ok for today's post, I just wanted to share my constant obsession (my mom can attest to it).  Holiday pajamas.  I made her go with me to target two separate times looking for pajamas i could get my sisters and mom (and even maybe friends) for the holidays - i.e. Christmas!  Also, with the weather NYC has been getting, chilly and rainy (though nowhere near as cold as it could be which I am grateful for). But seriously, when the weather is like this, all I want to do is curl up watch movies (right now I am feeling any Star Wars movie will work for me) and hot chocolate with marshmellows and whip cream.  I also have been super bummed because a lot of the bloggers that I follow religiously, are wearing super cute and usually really affordable holiday pjs but everywhere they are sold out!!! So I thought for today, I would do some research and find some other viable options and share them.

Holiday Cozy Pajama

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Travel Tuesday: Las Vegas

Hi Y'all!

Sorry for the late post! I know that it is a Tuesday and this last weekend I was in Austin, but I didn't do anything too crazy and touristy while there (I more or less relaxed outside by the pool or cooked with my mom).  So I thought, I would finally share my photos from Las Vegas and I have a feeling that there is a need for 2 separate posts on it, hence the post today!

S and I arrived early Friday morning at the Las Vegas airport and then checked in at the MGM where we were staying for the weekend.


Monday, December 1, 2014

Cyber Monday Sales

Hi Y'all!

I hope y'all had a wonderful long weekend (and I am sorry if you had to work).  I had such a wonderful time in Austin.  Was able to do a little bit of this and that, but was most grateful to spend some time with family.  I should be back in the coming month and I also know that this month will fly by. We shall see...

Now if you are like me who ate twice the amount that I would normally ever eat while I was home and celebrating Thanksgiving, then you might want to take advantage of Cyber Monday sales.

To be honest, I am focused on tops since I have so many bottoms (but in all honesty, I have so many of both I shouldn't buy anything, but I can look right?).

LOFT - 50% off!