I think that 2016 has been one of the fastest years yet, at least for me. It honestly feels like it was just New Years and I was at one of my best friend Amanda’s house (aka Glitter It Gold) playing Cards Against Humanity and siping on cocktails all night. Now it is December and we are about to start a whole new year. Why did this year go by so fast? I think a big reason why is because some big things happened. The biggest of all was my boyfriend joining the National Guard.
We live together so I am with him everyday. He went and tested in February and when he came home to tell me how it went he said he was leaving in the middle of April for training. It was so fast! First started the countdown to him leaving so that made time go quick, then came the countdown of him coming back. We had to get everything ready for when he was gone. Our lease in our apartment was going to end in the middle of his training and we were not renewing, so I had to pack us all up and move everything out and live with my sister for the last month. Thank God my other best friend literally helped me pack my entire apartment, I couldn’t have done it without her. My dad, his friend, and my boyfriend’s mom all came on the day of the move to get us out of there. That move was such a huge stress on top of the stress of him being gone at training. He was gone for three and a half months with our only communication through writing letters. It felt like a movie waiting for a letter from him. There was the occasional phone call but since he got to call at weird times I missed quite a few and was so sad and depressed after it. When we finally did get to talk on the phone it was short, one time was literally 23 seconds. Finally though we had a couple good calls, 30 minutes, then they had their family day that he got his phone the whole weekend! (I am not a horrible girlfriend, I didn’t go to family day because I was all set to come out for graduation, and out as in all the way to Georgia).
Finally August came and he came home! Two days after he returned we moved into our new place in Fullerton. I am really grateful for my month at my sisters, it was great to see her every day and to really bond with my niece more (we slept together every night!). Also during his training I had one of my other best friends, Theresa’s, bridal shower and bachelorette party. Luckily while he was gone I had so many events on the weekends that I didn’t have much time to be home alone and bored.
As I said, he came back and we moved into our new apartment the first week of August. Then the next weekend we had Theresa’s wedding (now I have three married best friends! Crazy!) AND THEN Theresa got me an interview at her now old job and I got hired! I absolutely love my job, it’s already been almost four months!
So this year probably felt fast because it had some big things. I am grateful for it all but I am also excited to see what 2017 holds. I want to make new goals and I want to still reach old ones. I will have my resolutions up soon. I hope you all had a great year as well!
This is probably my favorite fall outfit this year. The only things that were new was the vest and the boots (that I have posted about multiple times now, I just love them!). I hadn’t been able to find a vest I liked and I’ve been wanting one for awhile now. Finally I found one at Old Navy and got it half off for the Black Friday sale! It’s so cute, super warm, and isn’t that shiny material, instead it’s a woven material with a herringbone pattern. I have been really into pattern mixing and I think my favorite is stripes and plaid. This plaid blanket scarf is seriously the best and is the best combo of colors. I got it last year on Amazon for like $12!
Find the vest here!
And the scarf here!
Annnd the boots here!
Purses are an essential that we use everyday, how else would we lug around all of the stuff we “need” on a daily basis? I’m bad about this, my purse will end up so heavy and when I empty it I think why on earth do I need this in my purse?! Every day does not require a large purse, which is what I mainly use besides a few clutches I bought to wear to weddings. I want to try a small purse here and there so I bought a white quilted one from Charming Charlie that I think can go with tons of combinations and bring some fun to my outfit. I just LOVE the lips and glasses on this bag. It is cute and funky but still not too much and holds all of the essentials: wallet (which I also need to downsize), keys, lip gloss/stick, and sunglasses. What else would I need when I go out?
Find the Perfect Look Quilted Bag here!!
Lately I have been loving the simplicity of a pull over sweater. It doubles as a top and a jacket (if you’re in Cali for a winter in the 60’s). Often I have just been pairing a pull over sweater with a pair of slacks, throwing on a statement necklace or a scarf, any choice of booties, heels, or flats, and calling it a day. Like I said, so simple and easy, yet cute and comfy. I find myself saying that more often about my outfit choices: easy yet cute. Either my style has shifted to a more simplistic look or I’m just getting better at picking out quick outfits.
Anyways, this is one of those easy, cute outfits. I got this sweater from Old Navy the week of Thanksgiving (for 40% off woot-woot!) and I love it! The color is perfect and goes with so much. I bought the scarf from Old Navy too but a little while earlier and I was excited to see how well they went together. I wanted to wear my over the knee boots with it so I put on my black Maison Jules pants (from ages ago) that are the style of jeans but are not denim so I love that I can wear them to work. Voila, casual yet work appropriate. I was warm and comfy all day.
Find it here —> Hi-Lo Honeycomb-Stitch Sweater from Old Navy | dv Marilyn Over the Knee Fashion Boots from Target
It is always so sad when the weekend is over, especially when it was a fun one. Usually we don’t do anything on Friday nights because we finally get to relax after the long week, but this past Friday was the Year End Party for my work. I work at the New American Funding corporate office and I had heard so much hype about the year end party from how dressed up people get to how a rapper showed up last year. I only know a handful of people (the team I work with is only 4 people and the whole office is about 600), but I wanted to check it out so my boyfriend and I decided we would go for a little bit and meet up with my manager and his wife. I had bought the cutest silver shift dress but when I went to put it on the strap broke! I had to resort to a black dress, my LBD. There were well over 1,000 people there. Around 10:30pm we were getting tired but we could see the stage being set up for something, we figured maybe another artist would make an appearance this year. Soon after Nelly walked out from behind a curtain! It was fun and nostalgic hearing his early songs I had first heard in elementary school. My boyfriend and I decided to head out at 11:30pm.
Saturday, after getting into bed at 1am I got up at 5:45am to get ready and go meet my bfffffff in down town Claremont. She was going to take some pictures for me for the blog and they actually came out really well for our first time trying this and using my camera! It was also a lot of fun, I am awkward, she is awkward, so we just cancel each other out haha! I am excited to share all of the photos soon. We are already planning our next photo adventure exploring more in Claremont.
Sunday I was dead. I had all of these plans of being so productive, cleaning and wrapping Christmas presents and I woke up with the WORST sinus headache, and I still have it now, ugh! I powered through though. I would clean one thing, then take a nap, and repeat.
Today I was excited though despite my headache because I finally debuted my pink velvet heels from my last post Pink Velvet. I got so many compliments and I just felt so fancy and pretty in them! I already want to wear them again. Here is the picture we took of them Saturday but of course I wore them with black slacks today to work, and I paired my cream sweater and a gold statement necklace.
Shoes linked —–> here!
I hope you all had a great weekend too!
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Oh Steve Madden, you know the way to my heart. These have got to be the most beautiful shoes I have ever had, the Carrson Ankle-Strap Dress Sandals. This is my first dive into the velvet scene and I think I am slowly becoming obsessed (there is a pink velvet dress from Topshop that may be joining my wardrobe soon). The gold heel is just to die for. I literally felt like Cinderella as soon as I opened the box. I CANNOT wait to wear these heels with dresses, slacks, jeans, all of it! They will add such a girly touch!
Holiday parties are always fun to get dresses up for. It’s a time to wear darker colors, silver and gold, and of course glitter. A dramatic eye can really change your look and is perfect to pair with your holiday dresses. I am loving this plum colored, glitter smokey eye by my sister, Beauty by Nicole Breanne. It is just dark enough and not too overpowering. The glitter really adds the extra party look and who doesn’t love to sparkle all night? Can I recreate this look this weekend? We will see haha, I will probably be face timing my sister. Check out her other looks because she is an amazing makeup and hair artist!
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