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Sunday, December 29, 2013

Life :: December in Review

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IN LIFE. If I were to choose the best month of 2013, it'd be a tie between April and December. I'm feeling so incredibly blessed this season. Most of you already know that I moved in with Brandon and we're living with two of his friends in a three-bedroom house. It's a constant party. / For #throwbackthursday on Instagram, I revealed the only photo I have from my 'awkward' years (which basically lasted from ages 7-17). / Even my workplace had a bit of holiday cheer. / Enjoyed loud and reckless girly bonding at BJ's. / Drank lots of tea on the few cold days we had. / Came back to a sweet note in a crowded parking garage after shopping. / Set aside time to pamper myself with a french pedicure. / Got my hair done courtesy of Angel at Salon Sessions. More photos from that day coming soon! / My regional manager, Karen, had a wonderful little Christmas party for the assistants at her home. I brought B, naturally. / I sent out cards for the first time in a few years. They took hours to write, but it was worth the effort. I snuck in contact cards ordered from Social Print Studio, though I was a little disappointed with the quality. Totally cute idea irregardless. Maybe I'll make my own next time? / Those two in the dope hats are moving to Africa and we're sad. / Jacquelyn and I took selfies at Angela's fancy birthday dinner. / My sister and her boyfriend Nick came to stay for a week and we went out for breakfast every morning. IHOP was the highest in price and lowest in taste, if you're interested. / We headed down to San Diego for a few days during her visit and hung out with bloggy bff Jess. / Christmas was incredibly warm and beautiful. / My mom texted me this old family photo. Cute and gross at the same time. / Got B a new jacket and kicks. He's a happy man. / A cozy bonfire with s'mores, friends and whiskey was a perfect end to the year.

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ON THE BLOG. Participated in my biggest collaboration yet thanks to Intel and Social Chorus. / Shared more IG faves including this adorable couple. / Listed some simple ways to improve your life and how to be a better friend. / Chuckled at funny videos like this one by Kimye and this by my sis. / Featured other bloggers in my 'lurk' posts on seasonal layers and holiday favorites. / Introduced you to Kerry of Mustard Seed Coaching. / Announced my winter goals. / Posted my Christmas wish list, which came in handy when B went shopping for me. He got all of the books and CDs I wanted, including Childish Gambino's amazing new album. / Wrote the easiest outfit details ever for my first boudoir shoot.

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NEXT MONTH. I'm so excited to kick off 2014 with a bang! There's going to be tons of new photoshoots featured and I can't wait for you to see the outfits. / It'll be a blast creating posts detailing my staycation with Liz and Nick. / Totally fell off the paleo wagon over the holidays, but I'm ready to jump back on and give up my cheat days for another Whole30! / B's b-day is the 21st and I can't wait to surprise him. I also just now realized that's my friend Fenn's birthday too. Woo!

*Series inspired by Mini Penny and A Beautiful Mess. Most photos by me and B; others by Mary Tap, Charisma Moran and Michael Anthony.
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