I adore everything about the holiday season. Christmas music and movies (even the really, truly terrible kind), crazy shopping, baking, gifts - all of it. My absolute favorite part of the holidays, however, is the abundance of kindness. With the knowledge that my friends, neighbors, and complete strangers are probably dealing with an extra dose of stress around this time of the year, I like to go the extra mile to brighten someone's day. That is why I absolutely adore the #NoHumbug challenge from lululemon athletica.
I can't wait to try some of these ideas. I'll be following #NoHumbug on Twitter and Instagram, so be sure to tag me in your posts - I'd love to see them!
Sweet Lemon Magazine's holiday issue debuted today, and it is just perfection. Think tons of gift guides, holiday beauty tips, and all things festive.
My favorite part? Adam Braun of Pencils of Promise is featured on the cover. Who doesn't love a handsome guy with a huge heart? At just 30 years old, he was named on of Wired's "50 People Who will Change the World."
I'm also so happy to be included as one of the contributing bloggers! You can check out my feature on page 76 of the issue.
As winter weather and the holiday craziness approaches, it's nice to have respite in the form of good books. Here's what I'm currently reading:
Humans of New York by Brandon Stanton
By now, most people know that I absolutely adore the Humans of New York blog. The Facebook comments tend to get a little crazy, but the book is purely a celebration of diversity present in a single (amazing) city.
Awakening to Your Life's Purpose by Eckhart Tolle
Okay, I'm going to admit this one sounds hokey. It came with a great recommendation though, and I want to keep an open mind. The Amazon description says "Tolle expands on these powerful ideas to show how transcending our ego-based state of consciousness is not only essential to personal happiness, but also the key to ending conflict and suffering throughout the world." So there you go - who doesn't want that?
The Fault in our Stars by John Green
As the only fiction book I'm currently reading, I'm expecting a lot out of The Fault in our Stars. This one also comes with stellar recommendations, and even the bookstore employees told me it was their favorite book, period.
What are you reading? Any great books I should know about?
While I may not be able to visit my immediate family this year, I'll certainly be celebrating.
I'll be fitting in an early morning workout for a great cause at Elmntl Fitness. Kevin Wimmer, the brains and brawn behind the outdoor fitness program, is donating all the proceeds to an animal rescue.
(Calm down ladies, he's married)
If you aren't familiar with Elmntl Fitness, here's an example what I'll be doing while most people I know are still cozy in their beds:
Luckily, I'm a morning person! Sunrise is by far my favorite time of the day.
I'm also very blessed to have the opportunity to spend a few hours with some extended family and friends in Cincinnati. Let's all take a moment to be thankful for hospitality and cocktails, shall we?
Wishing you a wonderful holiday and lots of things to be grateful for!
In need of a desk and inspired by Kelly, I decided to grab the Vittsjo desk from Ikea for a DIY project. It's only $39.99, so I figured my project couldn't go too badly. The desk is the perfect size for me, and I like the streamlined, open/airy feel.
I picked up a jar of Liquid Leaf from a nearby craft store for just $6 and started applying it all over the steel frame using gloves (very important!) and a paper towel. I prefer liquid leaf to spray paint because it has additional depth. An old dress bag served as a drop-cloth to save my kitchen tile. This is what the first coat looked like:
After allowing it to dry, I went back and applied a second layer of Liquid Leaf with a foam brush. The desk also comes with a little shelf, so I used plain old masking tape to create stripes. I subconsciously tried to channel Kate Spade a little, maybe?
Aaaand the finished product (although the space is certainly still in need of some styling):
Stay tuned for more DIY projects! The joys of a new apartment...
Holiday themed everything is creeping into my life, and I love it. The holiday season is my absolute favorite, and I like to celebrate as long as possible. This BCBGMAXAZRIA dress makes it all the more fun:
I love cozy weekends in parks and coffee shops. What are you up to this weekend?
I love Instagram and finding awesome new companies, so I was thrilled when Instajunction sent me these photo magnets made from some of my Instagram pictures!
The following pictures (taken with my iPhone...still unpacking from my recent move!) don't do them justice. Each photo is a two inch square and the colors are completely vibrant and crisp, just as they would appear on Instagram. The magnets come in a single sheet, and it takes just a few seconds to separate them.
(Note: "Be the change" magnet and yoga class pass not included...)
The founder, Chris, and the rest of the team are so passionate about their products and their customers. They also offer items other than magnets, including coasters, posters, greeting cards, and calendars. The Instajunction team was kind enough to send me a discount for my readers! Use FRIENDS25DQ on any order before December 8th to get 25% off. I think these items would make great stocking stuffers or Secret Santa gifts!
Disclaimer: I am in no way affiliated with Instajunction. All the opinions in this post are my own, and I did not receive compensation for this review.