There is something so special about this time of year. While we were in Iceland, despite it being November, the streets and storefronts were lined with Christmas decorations (and a light dusting of snow to boot). It made the experience of walking through Reykjavik that much more memorable. I really enjoy getting into the Christmas spirit all December long and taking full advantage of each and every cookie, cocktail and movie I can until January 1st. We already put up our tree, sticking to our tradition I talked about here, and additionally, I compiled a personal list of various Christmas related things I would love to do the remainder of the month.
I don’t know when I became such a fan of online shopping, but it happened somewhere between my detest for malls and crowds and my love for being in yoga pants with a glass of wine doing my favorite form of cardio, online shopping. I probably do 95% of my clothes shopping online, which also contributes to many trips to the post office to make returns, but it pales in comparison to being hangry and dependent on an annoyed salesperson to help me find my size. With Christmas right around the corner, and all of this talk about Black Friday sales and Cyber Monday upon us, I thought I would share my tried and true online shopping tips to save money during the holidays.
It’s finally feeling like fall, and I love all of the seasonal and festive foods that make their emergence on the Trader Joe’s shelves. After a couple of weeks of taste tasting some new fall favorites, I compiled a list of some of the items we seem to have on repeat. The worst thing about these delicious items, is that they are typically seasonal. So, I may need to stock up on the ones with a bit longer of a shelf life, so I can transition them to colder winter nights.
Earning extra cash is always nice. Whether you’ve been eyeing a new Marc Jacobs clutch, or planning for an upcoming vacation (in my case, it’s both), having more spending money is clutch for those months leading up to big purchases. Especially with Christmas right around the corner! I stumbled upon Poshmark recently and it has proved to be a win-win for me. I have been trying to minimize the amount of clothes in my closet, but felt that many of my items still retailed their value. I discovered that with snapping a few photos, I was able to convert unworn clothing into cash. Instant game-changer.
I had great intentions of writing a post about what I learned from my first year of marriage. I even asked some of my friends to weigh in on the subject, so I could share the love in terms of advice. One particular (and so very gracious) friend, Katie, who will be celebrating her first wedding anniversary in September, volunteered to share her thoughts. When I received the e-mail, I gasped. And then I immediately asked if I could share and give her the credit, because she did a better job than I ever could.
I can’t believe how fast this year has flown by for us. For the longest time, my reply when people would ask when we got married would be, “This past August.” It took me awhile to realize that saying this in June would result in people giving me puzzled looks. I guess it’s true what they say, time flies when you’re having fun. This past year has been an incredible experience of changes, growth and love, and I am so excited for many, many more.
Whenever I return from a trip, whether its a weekend getaway or an overseas endeavor, I am instantly planning my next one. Without fail. I have the travel bug, and the only cure is the hair of the dog. I believe we are all born with the desire to travel, that can only be activated by getting outside our comfort zones and seeing new parts of the world. In this installment of advice to my younger self, it would be to travel more.
I actually look forward to plane flights. I know it may seem weird, but I love that I have an allotted amount of downtime reserved for whatever my heart desires. Whether it’s reading a new book, catching up on movies I have in my queue or chatting with my travel partner, the excuse to focus on whatever I want is so rewarding. I have found that the biggest thing is being prepared for this time. Having been on a few long flights, I have recognized the need for entertainment options, and some clutch beauty necessities. I compiled a list of my favorite flight essentials that I would love to have in my carry on.