holidays

Holidays at Cambridgeside

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It’s that time of year again– when everyone spends as much time at the mall as I do!  Whether it’s running to Macy’s for the perfect holiday party shoes, or Sephora for the latest eyeshadow palette to compliment my holiday look, or popping in Newbury Comics for that a fun Secret Santa gift, Cambridgeside Galleria is my go-to for shopping!

Cambridgeside Galleria recently underwent a make-over and it looks so new & clean!  The Christmas decor is all new too and I am absolutely mesmerized by these adorable hanging trees in geometric crystal shapes.  Below, Santa waits for you to tell him what you want for Christmas.  Photos with Santa are free, so this is a great place to bring your family (or girlfriends) for a little holiday fun!

Of course, there’s plenty of fun for bloggers as well with the annual Glamour Swap– I never miss it!  This year, I pulled a Celestial-print bag from Ann Taylor that couldn’t be more my aesthetic!

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Holiday party ready from last week with my Ann Taylor pouch; LOFT dress (old); and Alex & Ani necklace.

It’s a busy time for us all, so if you’re anything like me, Christmas is sneaking right up on you!  With only one week til Christmas, I suggest you make your way over to Cambridgeside to finish your holiday shopping!

Thank you to Cambridgeside Galleria for inviting me to celebrate the holidays with you!

Cambridgeside Holidays

It’s inevitable– you’re going to be spending some time at the mall this month.  I’m the kind of person who frequents malls, and Cambridgeside Galleria has become my mall.  (Literally, I met my fiancé there!)

I never miss the Cambridgeside Galleria Glamour Swap.  It’s a great chance to get in the holiday spirit and get some gift ideas!

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Of course, the Glamour Swap had me leaving with a gift of my own.  Though I coveted an Urban Decay palette, I opened up this adorable clutch from J. Crew.  I think it’ll look great with black, which most of my wardrobe is, and be great to throw in my big purse for traveling– thus allowing me to only take what I need when I do go out!

Cambridgeside Galleria is not only a great place for Christmas shopping, but it’s the only place you can get pictures with Santa for free!  They assure me it’s for “kids” of all ages.

What gifts are you grabbing this year?  (It’s totally still a gift if you’re getting it for yourself, right?!)

 

Too Faced: Grande Hotel Café

Too Faced has put out some beautiful limited edition Christmas sets and they’re just so hard to resist.  They make great gifts for make-up lovers, and the Grande Hotel Café has made a perfect edition to my holiday make-up rotation.

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The Grade Hotel Café opens to reveal three lightly scented palettes: Gingerbread Cookie, Peppermint Mocha, and Eggnog Latte.  Seeing these individually, I could never have decided between them, but you get all three for $49– they even throw in a mini Better Than Sex Mascara!

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I’ve had so much fun creating subtle eyeshadow looks for the season, and I can’t wait to amp it up for holiday parties.

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Each palette includes 6 eyeshadows and one cheek color, which I’ve loved being able to reach for as a finishing touch!

These limited edition holiday sets definitely tug at me when I see them in stores, but I’m so pleased with this purchase!  Which holiday sets have made it to your wish list?

Resolutions

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Happy 2015!  I’ve never been much for New Year’s resolutions.  I also keep away from the gym for a couple months to avoid everyone’s else’s.  Last year, I started this blog in early January.  We’re almost a year in now, and I’m so proud of what I’ve done.  There is a long way to go, but that’s what life is… a work in progress.

This year, I do have some realistic resolutions.  These are things I’ve been trying to do in general– not so “new,” but things I want to do and believe I can do.  Here are my resolutions three:

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make an effort

I’m not always the most social of butterflies.  I’m perfectly happy to stay in with a book and ignore my text messages on a Friday or Saturday night.  I’m not going to be saying yes to every offer that comes my way, but I do promise that I will make more of an effort to go outside of my comfort zone in 2015.

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the golden rule

Something I learned when I was very young was this maxim: treat others the way you want to be treated.  This is not always easy, as not everyone follows this rule.  You will be yelled at for no reason and treated badly by others for no fault of your own.  I’ve been trying to remember that positivity is contagious.  I resolve to not take my moods out on others: to just be nice even when it’s not so easy!

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save, save, save

I’m proud to say that I hit my savings goal in 2014!  This is not a number I had in mind all year, but something that evolved overtime as I started regulating my spending habits.  Trust me, this girl loves to spend money and that’s not going to change.  I’ll be picking a new savings goal, though, and I’m confident I’ll be able to report the same success for 2015!

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What are your resolutions for 2015?

What I Wore: Company Holiday Party

Okay, you all know that Outfit of the Day posts and few and far between on this girl’s blog, (the same can not be said for this girl’s instagram!) but I couldn’t wait to share this look with you!

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When I first saw this long-sleeved, dark green, sequin mini, I knew I had to have it.  Luckily, I had an excuse to wear a fancy dress.  Company holiday parties are tough– you need to look professional, but still want to have fun and look your best.  This Poison Ivy green spoke to me, and these sleeves make me think of Bewitched’s Endora.  This look definitely went over big at the party!  It makes a major statement, so I didn’t even need to add jewelry– I just wore my every day pieces.  Here I am with my little Christmas tree modeling like a goofball!  This would make a great New Year’s dress, too.

Dress: Express | Shoes: Nine West | Jewelry: Tiffany’s & David Yurman | Lips: Fresh Sugar lip balm in Cherry

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Hair by Julia Moynagh, my sparkly partner-in-crime!

Links for a New World [06]

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It’s been another busy week!  Now I just have one day in the office before a some time off for the holidays.  The above photo was taken hastily at my company holiday party.  This, believe it or not, is the non-blurry one I took.  So, yes, it was a fun one.

Let’s get on to the internet things!

  • Sailor Moon wedding | I’m not strict on themes for weddings, but gosh do they make for cool pictures.  This wedding is so incredibly detailed and lovely.
  • Single Girl Christmas Cards | I feel this girl’s struggle.  With her siblings married, Bridget sends some pretty amazing single girl Christmas cards.
  • Monsters of Christmas | Atlas Obscura is one of my absolutely favorite websites.  Here’s a list of some Christmas creepers that will make you thankful for Santa.
  • Christmas on Netflix | BostInno’s made a list for us.  Behold, the 16 best Christmas episodes on Netflix streaming right now.  I’m partial to the X-Files ghost story and Futurama’s Xmas.
  • New Instagram Filters | Instagram gave us 5 new filters and a couple new features to play with.  Follow this link to learn about the new filters & what they’re best for.

 

I hope you all get to enjoy some time off for the holidays too!  I won’t be taking a blog break, so be sure to visit as usual.

Any fun holiday plans?

Boston Ballet’s The Nutcracker

Everybody has their own holiday traditions to make the season merry.  Many of you might be in all-Christmas-music-all-the-time mode.  My seasonal music is a bit different…

I’ve always loved The Nutcracker.  I remember seeing it as a child– the first ballet this then young ballerina ever saw!  I remember having a cassette tape as a child (okay, NOW I’m dating myself!) which told the story as stated in an accompanying picture book.  In that version, which I can still hear parts of in my head, called the young protagonist Marie.  You may know her as Clara.

The Nutcracker tells the story of young Clara’s Christmas gift, a nutcracker, as he battles the mouse king, and as a prince takes her to the land of sweets.  It’s a dreamlike ballet of colors, sounds, and lovely dancing.

Thanks to my friend Elissa of Style-Wire, I got the opportunity to see Boston Ballet’s production this season.  This particular production is under the artistic direction of Mikko Nissinen.  I saw Boston Ballet’s Nutcracker last year under his artistic direction, and was pleasantly surprised that this year’s held some more surprises for me!  The sets and costumes are even lovelier than I remember.  They definitely make modifications and improvements each year.  The production is full of comedic moments like the adorable toy bear and the arrival of the mice– as the clock tolls the stage is like to focus on each mouse comically posing making me laugh every time!

L to R: obsessed with chandeliers like these at the Boston Opera House | beautiful backdrop before the show begins! | Elissa & I snuck a quick selfie before the show.  Stole this photo from her!

obsessed with chandeliers like these at the Boston Opera House | beautiful backdrop before the show begins! | Elissa & I snuck a quick selfie before the show. Stole this photo from her!

Boston Ballet's The Nutracker promotional photo by Rosalie O'Connor

Boston Ballet’s The Nutracker promotional photo by Rosalie O’Connor

The Boston Opera House is gorgeous too!

The Boston Opera House is gorgeous too!  This is maybe my favorite photo I’ve ever taken.

I highly recommend you see this production at the beautiful Boston Opera House!  After two years in a row, I’m committed to going back year after year knowing there are more surprises and Christmas magic around the corner!

For tickets, and more information, visit bostonballet.org!

What’s your favorite holiday tradition?

[Full disclosure: my ticket was complimentary, but all opinions are my own!]