Alex & Ani

Christmas Vacation Haul

As I’ve been saying, I took a bit of time off around Christmas to have a nice, long vacation. I got to enjoy the holiday in upstate New York with my family and I got to come back home, play video games (stayed tuned for ORAS progress tomorrow!) and of course, shop! I wanted to share with some of the new things I brought home!



Top Row: Santa Baby

Mom & Dad got me this classic Omega timepiece for Christmas/my birthday, which is fast approaching! | My awesome parents also searched far & wide for this Martha Stewart dachshund pillow! I’m obsessed with dachshunds. | Martha Steward does me good every Christmas. You know you’re old when you’re psyched to unwrap mixing bowls!

Middle Row: Nicole Spends Money

Every relative is supporting my coffee habit this year. I’m swimming in Starbucks gift cards! | I picked up Lena Dunham’s Not That Kind of Girl at B&N last week. I guess this is officially my first read of 2015! | I gave in and started my Amiibo collection last week with the purchase of Pikachu & Kirby!

Bottom Row: Always Accessorize

My brother got me the Alex & Ani skeleton key earrings from the Providence Collection! I’d wanted these so badly! | When he ordered them for me, these Sacred Stud Anchors came up under “you may also like.” He thought I would also like and got them for me too! And I really do! | I bought myself a FitBit Flex on New Year’s Eve. It’s taken me a while to be able to fasten it on myself and to get it to track my sleep, but now that I’ve figured it out, I really like it!


What did you get for the holidays?

Friday Favorites: Alex & Ani

Before Christmas, I finally took inventory of my massive collection of Alex & Ani jewelry.  This Rhode Island brand is super popular now, but I’ve been collecting for a long time.  Elissa of Style Wire introduced it to me when the Newbury Street store was new.  She learned quickly that she created a monster.  The collection as of 2013 was featured on her blog, but I hadn’t taken inventory of it since she took those photos.

Results are questionable.  My collection currently consists of: 70 bracelets, 1 ring, 5 pairs of earrings.  My brother got me two pairs of earrings for Christmas, so they are not featured in the glimpse of my collection below.  They will, however, be featured in my Christmas vacation haul post coming next week!

Here’s a little taste:


Yes, some of these bangles are extremely well-loved.  They clean up easily, though!  What you’re looking at here is:

  • A lot of nautical | a small anchor (my second A&A ever), conch shell, seahorse, and compass in silver; a rope wrap in silver; large anchor in both silver and gold; crab, oyster, and scallop shell in gold.
  • Sleek & shiny | one gold & five silver beaded bangles; a silver unicorn and gold turtle both is the shiny finish.
  • Go-to’s | silver Kingston wrap; silver & gray beaded Gypsy wrap, gold peacock feather & silver cross; New England Patriots in silver; BC in gold; Boston in silver; Rhode Island in silver.
  • Beaded beauties | 9 various earth-tone and black beaded bangles from Boston, Newport, Saratoga, and Patriot’s Place stores.
  • Other pieces | silver skeleton key Providence collection bracelet; silver star ring; two pairs of silver earrings; topaz crystal therapy earrings.
  • Blues | a big, beaded green-blue statement bangle; various beaded bangles & wrap.
  • Some silver bangles | Olympic Aphrodite & Diana bangles; Charity by Design elephant & water drop; lotus peace petals, January birth flower, and Mother Mary; key, feather, & bicycle.
  • Colors | six beaded bangles, two beaded wraps, one gold & silver wrap.
  • Even more bangles | older style silver Capricorn & gold tree of life; gold phoenix, buddha, and grapes; gold owl & penguin; silver YAY & “everything happens for a reason.”

The fact of the matter is, I love this brand.  As a summer Rhode Island resident, I love the local aspect.  I love what the company stands for, spreading positive energy with each stylist talisman.

Do you guys have any crazy collections you’re proud of?

Do you have any Alex & Ani jewelry?


Writstmas List

Alright guys, this is the last of my Wishlist Wednesdays!  If you wait until next Wednesday, well that’s Christmas Eve and you may be too late!  Don’t worry, though, I’ll have something to help you out then.  For now, because you know I have a bracelet obsession, here’s what I have on my Wristmas List!

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[1] Michael Kors Runway Pink-Dial Gold Tone Watch | $225
[2] Alex & Ani Lotus Peace Petals Pull Chain Bracelet | $68
[3] David Yurman Classis Cable Bracelet with Blue Topaz & Gold | $625
[4] Kiel James Patrick Atlantic Pearl Bracelet | $68
[5] Fitbit Flex – does this count as making an effort?! | $99.95
[6] Marley Lilly Monogrammed Teardrop Stone Bracelet | $29.99 $24.99

What do you think of my picks?

What arm candy is on your wishlist?

November or Nah?

Well, it’s December!  In this month’s edition of Photo Finish, we say goodbye to the month of November.  I admit, I was a bit off my instagrind this past month, but I’ll do better!

Here’s what I did capture:


[1] Beautiful golden autumn in the South End for Stephanie Cmar’s last donut pop-up of the year. [2] Alex & Ani’s Providence Collection made a great addition to my enormous A&A collection.  The matching skeleton key earrings are on my Christmas list! [3] I attended my first little event as a blogger!  Did you read my post on Loretta’s Last Call? [4] I attended my second midnight release at Game Stop and this one was a big deal!  I picked up Super Smash Bros. for WiiU, Pokémon Alpha Sapphire & Omega Ruby! [5] I finally got my hair done!  Blonde for the holidays, please and thank you. [6] I decorated my Christmas tree early… again!  It’s full of dachshunds, obviously. [7] I play A LOT of Pokémon.  I redeemed my download codes for Gengar and Diancie on this exciting Saturday night pictured. [8] I spent Thanksgiving at my parents’ house.  I swear, my mom’s decorating could be in a magazine! [9] Leftover pumpkin pie for breakfast.  Yes.


Is everyone ready for the holiday season?

Follow along for more instagram adventures, and expect lots of sparkle this month on the blog!