Monday, December 31, 2012

Happy New Year!!!

“This is my wish for you:  Comfort on difficult days, 
Smiles when sadness intrudes, Rainbows to follow the clouds, Laughter to kiss your lips, 
Sunsets to warm your heart, Hugs when spirits sag, Beauty for your eyes to see, Friendships to brighten your being, Faith so that you can believe, 
Confidence for when you doubt, Courage to know yourself, Patience to accept the truth, Love to complete your life.”

--Author Unknown--

May you all have a Healthy, Blessed, and Happy New Year! :)


J.Crew: January 2013 'Partial' Catalog

Happy New Year! Here are the first 47 pages of the J.Crew January 2013 Catalog...enjoy! :)


Inspiration: Time


Sunday, December 30, 2012

Review: Dooney & Bourke Python Embossed Leather Small Satchel

Dooney & Bourke Python Embossed Leather Small Satchel in Black

Hello everyone! I hope you are all doing well, and enjoying your weekend! Today I have another review to share with you! Some of you may remember when I first blogged about the Dooney & Bourke Python Satchel in my 'Yes Please!!!' post here back in November. Well, I did end up ordering the handbag during a Friends & Family event that Belk ran at the end of that month, and even though it was absolutely gorgeous, I returned it because it was a bit too large for me. Instead, I chose to try the smaller version (mine came from QVC on their Easy Pay plan), and have to say that it is equally divine.

The description from the QVC website reads:

Get your hands on this haute look--for yourself, or for the fashionista on your list! The perfectly posh satchel is done in python-embossed leather with solid leather detailing for cool contrast. Double handles and a removable, convertible shoulder strap lend versatility to the luxe design. From Dooney & Bourke.
  • Python-embossed design; double handles; removable, convertible shoulder strap; leather embossed logo plate on the front; solid leather trim and detailing; bottom feet; top-zip closure
  • Lined interior with back zip and slip pockets, leather logo plate, cell phone pocket, front-wall snap pocket, suede trim along the top, key leash
  • Measures approximately 11-1/2"W x 10"H x 5"D with 6" handles and 23" to 25" strap drop; weighs approximately 2 lbs, 6 oz
  • Body/trim 100% leather; lining 100% cotton
  • Made in China

Here is a picture of the bag IRL taken without the camera flash. As you can see, the color is slightly different than the online image above, but I do not find this to be an issue, as the colors IRL are beautiful.

The bag has double handles, goldtone hardware, tassles on each side of the bag, and opens at the top with a zipper.

There are shades of grey, black, navy, brown, and cognac throughout the soft and supple python embossed leather.

 Lovely red and green lining in the bag...

Feet on the bottom...

So pretty with the Mossimo® Kailyn Leather Heeled Buckle Boots from Target... IRL they are an almost perfect match in color.

A few styling options...

Grey Day

Navy & Grey.2

Navy & Grey

The Dooney & Bourke Python Embossed Leather Small Satchel is a wonderfully crafted handbag made of soft, supple leather, in beautiful color investment piece to be treasured and carried for many years to come.

***In other shopping related news...the FREESHIP and BOXING30 codes are still valid at J.Crew today. You can read more details about them and see the list of Promo-priced items and Markdowns here.

Have a lovely day! :)


Weekly Recap

Sunday: Weekly Recap


Friday, December 28, 2012

A Little This, A Little That...

Love This...

And This...

Absolutely Stunning...

This Too...

One of my all-time favorite movies...The Princess Bride. What about you? Have you seen it?

Speaking of favorites...

Not too much longer now...January 6th, to be exact. Are you anxiously awaiting the return of the series like I am? 

On another note...J.Crew is offering FREE SHIPPING on ALL ORDERS with code FREESHIP at checkout until 12.30.12. As of 12.27.12, the code BOXING30 also works for an Extra 30% off Promo-Priced & Final Sale items, but cannot be combined with the FREESHIP code. However, if your order is $175+ (after the 30% is applied), you will still get free shipping, along with the discount when using the BOXING30 code. J.Crew has also done a 'switch-up' on the Promo-priced items this week...a lot of new items have been marked to promo-price, while others have gone back to regular-price or marked down to sale price (now making them final sale). I have updated the Women's list here, and you can see the Men's list here.

So how was your Christmas? Was Santa Claus good to you this year? We had a very happy LEGO Christmas for the most part at our house again this year, and the 3 youngest boys were thrilled, to say the least. Here are just a handful of the creations they have built so far. There are still more yet to come though...

Can you believe another year has almost passed? Where did the time go? 


Do you have any special plans for New Year's Eve? Are you a party goer, or do you usually ring in the New Year at home? We will more than likely celebrate at home with family and friends this year. If the weather cooperates and it cools down again, we may be able to have a bonfire, roast marshmallows, and watch the fireworks displays from the local area attractions (Disney World, Universal Studios, etc) that all shoot off at once when the New Year arrives. It is quite a display, especially seeing them light up the night sky all at the same time.

From the Kitchen...

If you are not yet in dessert overload from all the Holiday festivities so far, or need a new one to make for New Year's Eve, I have an extremely delicious and decadent dessert to share with you.


It's called the Ultimate Chocolate Chip Cookie n’ Oreo Fudge Brownie Bar, and it is a chocolate lover's paradise! My sister discovered the recipe on Pinterest and made it for one of our family Christmas parties this year...yummy, yummy, YUMMY!!! You can see the original version here, and the recipe is as follows:


1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened
1 cup granulated sugar
3/4 cup light brown sugar
2 large eggs
1 Tablespoon pure vanilla extract
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
2 cups (12 ounces) milk chocolate chips
1 pkg Double Stuffed Oreos
1 Family Size (9×13) Brownie mix
1/4 cup hot fudge topping


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Cream the butter and both sugars in a large bowl with an electric mixer on medium speed for 3-5 minutes.
  •  Add the eggs and vanilla and mix well to thoroughly combine. 
  • In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda and salt, then slowly incorporate into the mixer until the flour is just combined. 
  • Stir in chocolate chips. 
  • Spread the cookie dough in the bottom of a 9×13 baking dish that’s been lined with wax paper and sprayed with cooking spray. 
  • Top with a layer of Oreos. 
  • Mix together brownie mix, adding an optional 1/4 cup of hot fudge topping to the mix. 
  • Pour the brownie batter over the cookie dough and Oreos. 
  • Cover with foil and bake at 350 degrees F for 30 minutes. 
  • Remove foil and continue baking for an additional 15-25 minutes. 
  • Let cool completely before cutting — brownies may still be gooey in the middle when still warm, but will set up perfectly once cooled. Enjoy!!

To half this recipe for an 8×8 brownie mix, simply half the chocolate chip cookie dough ingredients.

That's it for now...I hope you all have a lovely weekend! Do you have anything fun and exciting planned? Just going to relax at home? Please do share! I always love to hear from you! :)


PSA: J.Crew Excursion Quilted Vest Back Online Plus Free Shipping On Any Order - FREESHIP!!!

The J.Crew Excursion Quilted Vest is back online 12.28.12 in all colors for those who have been trying to catch one on popback. Click here to get yours, and enter code FREESHIP at checkout to receive Free Shipping on ANY order until 12.30.12 ! :)


Thursday, December 27, 2012

Love This...

Get the Look...

The Sky's the Limit:

*Bracelets here and here

On a Budget:

*Scarf in Charles Flannel plaid
*Boots in Black
*Bracelets here and here


PSA: J.Crew Excursion Quilted Vest Back Online Plus Free Shipping On Any Order - FREESHIP!!!

The J.Crew Excursion Quilted Vest is back online now in limited colors and sizes for those who have been trying to catch one on popback. Click here to get yours, and enter code FREESHIP at checkout to receive Free Shipping on ANY order until 12.30.12 ! :)


Wednesday, December 26, 2012

You Look Very Familiar...Have I Seen You Some Place Before?

Hello Everyone! I hope you're having a great week so far! It's time for another edition of *You Look Very Familiar...Have I Seen You Some Place Before?*, so let's get started! :)

Madewell Artdot blazer

*Felicia Ballet Flats in Black Glitter

Brooks Brothers Cotton Polka Dot Blazer

***If you have a *Familiar Find* you would like to share, please feel free to email it to me:

That's it for this week's edition...I hope you've enjoyed it!