Sadly, this year I am not able to go trick or treating. Instead I am going to school, running our cross country workout, and then getting on a bus and heading 2 1/2 hours away for cross country sectionals which occur tomorrow. No candy for us! I am also sad that I won't get to pass out candy to all of the precious tots in my neighborhood, but you gotta do what you gotta do!
Since I can't take part in all of the typical halloween festivities, I am instead going to list all of my favorite things about halloween below!
Movies: Hocus Pocus and Halloweentown! You can't go wrong with either of those so I recorded them so that I can have my own little solo halloween party this weekend while watching them and enjoying some of my other favorites!
Candy: I love Halloween candy! I definitely have a sweet tooth and love almost any halloween candy whether it be chocolate, fruity, or anything in between.
Candy Corn: Yes, I know this can be considered candy, but around Halloween, it deserves a space of its own! I love that you can grab 5 and have your sweet tooth solved! I also love mixing candy corn with M&Ms and peanuts for the perfect holiday treat!
Pumpkin Bread: I am seriously considering having a post all about my love for pumpkin bread, but am realizing that that may be a little extreme although it does show how much I love it. I can eat pumpkin bread whenever and in my opinion, it optimizes fall!
Decorations: At my house, Halloween starts the decorating cycle. We have always decorated our front porch for Halloween and the decoration cycle usually doesn't end till Mardi Gras, which I love!
This weekend, my husband and I went to Lee Lighting in Huntersville on a mission to pick out new light fixtures for both the outside and inside of our home. Our electricican Bobby recommended the store, and I'm glad he did. Not only did we find all the fixtures we were looking for, but I found this beautiful coffee table as well!
The scale and size is perfect for a large couch, and the detailing on the legs and frame is incredible. I love the mirrored glass top, and the fact that there is also a lower glass shelf as well, with an interesting X detail.
Did I mention that I got this little beauty for 50% off? Apparently like once or twice a year, Lee Lighting does a discount on all of their home furnishings and accessories.... anything with an orange sticker on the tag. See the orange sticker? Originally $684, we went home with this for $342--- a STEAL!
Comparable tables that I've been eyeing from Neiman Marcus and Horchow go for $1000+, so that made this table even more appealing..... and it also makes me even more in love with it!
If you have a Lee Lighting near you, definitely check it out---it's worth it. I'll be sure to post pictures of the table once we finally move in and situate it in our living room.... I can't wait :)
As the weather is becoming crisp, I become more and more tempted to curl up in my bed to study or do homework. I know that if I do end up sitting in bed instead of my desk, I become more tired and feel less obligated to complete the work that needs to be done. I have put together two of my favorite outfits that I find myself gravitating to that keep me warm and productive while studying.
If it is really chilly out, I tend to grab leggings, a long sweater, and moccasins to cozy up in while completing assignments. I like this combination because my whole body is covered therefore I am not worried about the temperature and instead am able to remain focused.
The second option is a great transition outfit. If it is moderately cold I tend to put on old reliable (aka nike shorts) and a sweatshirt or a jacket. I love my monogrammed pullovers as well as college sweatshirts which tend to encourage productivity since it keeps my future goals near to focus.
Both of these outfit choices are great but without proper "study companions" they will not do the trick. I love studying with warm hot chocolate and all of my supplies within my reach! If necessary I will have my computer nearby but if it is not required then I put that distraction aside! With all of my supplies in one place, my study time is better managed.
True life: I haven't had the initiative to blog lately, but I will make your Tuesday even brighter by some updates.
1. #Majorfail in not documenting the doggies at Alabama's homecoming parade this last weekend. I was a little overwhelmed with all the people blinding my babies with their cameras. What can I say, I have some stud-like pups.
You may or may not see them on some random Web site one day as a result of some creepers and the technology of camera phones.
2. I will, however, come back with some Halloween photos tomorrow. Pinkie promise! Here is last year's documentation:
3. My Christmas cards are being delivered today! High five for starting early!
4. I am starting to run again. Let's see how long this lasts... probably until the next time I am surrounded by a bunch of skinny college girls (oh that is next weekend and two weeks after that, and a week after that...).
I've heard of monthly subscription services before and have never really been that interested. That is, until now! Recently I discovered POPSUGAR and am so glad I did! You get over $100 worth of full sized products for $35 a month. To me, at first, $35 sounded like a lot of money but then I saw what was in the box last month!
That is a lot of stuff for one package, Christmas at your doorstep every month? Yes, please!
Here is a breakdown of all that was inside as well as how much each item was worth, again I was pleasantly surprised.
Brokedown Silver Marble Fringe Scarf- $84 retail value
The Perks of Being a Wallflower- $8.40 retail value
Two movie tickets to see The Perks of Being a Wallflower- $24 Fandango voucher
Rifle Paper Co.'s Lined Notepad- $8 retail value
Benefit Cabana Glam- $36 retail value
Becky's Blissful Bakery - caramels sample
Yes to Cucumbers Hypoallergenic Towelettes- $2.50
Kitsch Hair Ties- set of 4
Tarcie Martyn Skin Care Line- $25 gift certificate
Food Should Taste God Sweet Potato Chips
Must Have Pouch- Coin Purse
Cookie from Pop-Up Pantry
That is a lot more than the stated $100 value it is over double that and includes a fun array of products to try!
I love the idea and although the price seems steep I may dive in and order a box, I'm pretty sure I spend around $35 if I'm not careful during a single Target shopping trip so why not skip Target and have my money go farther with this box.
With food, clothing, books, movie tickets and more I'm sure waiting for the box to come in the mail would be the only downfall!
I came across this room, and it totally caught my eye.....
Amazing, right? Another successful interior space by famed designer Tobi Fairley. I love the grosgrain ribbon detailing on the sofa.... it's so fresh! Also, it's ingenious the way she tied in the graphic wallpaper with the trim on the drapes. And don't even get me started on the table....love!
Everyone should play this song while reading this post because the beginning completely described my grades lives last Friday night. It applies so well because it was written by a graduate of our school, Nick Gill.
Friday night was such a bittersweet night. I absolutely loved being on the court but it was our last home football game and this year seems to be going by so quickly!
This post is picture heavy so remember you've been warned!
Loved sharing the night with my dad, so fun to have him escort me even though there were many threats of him embarrassing me!
Sweet Cross Country friends.
Don't know what I would do without these two!
My soccer babies
Future Homecoming Queen right there!
Dad and I walking out.
Father Daughter Photo Shoot
Right before walking out!
More sweet friends
We had amazing weather for the game, it was chilly but not too cold! I loved sharing this tradition with all of the girls on the court and everyone looked so pretty. We all lined up and walked out onto the field during half time with our dads and were recognized. Then, the homecoming queen was announced and crowned and we all went over to the end zone to take a group picture.
I was shocked by the number of people who came up to me after half time telling me that they had voted for me and knew many people that had done the same and were shocked I didn't win. The thought of people thinking I would be a good representation for our school and voting for me is so flattering. After the game (which we won by a landslide 47-6) we had our neon themed homecoming dance. Unlike most schools we do not have a formal homecoming and I prefer it that way!
I was so pleased with the way my dress and shoes turned out and can't wait to wear them again in the future!
Guess who is rocking his belly shirt jersey this weekend? Um Winston!
Guess who is not rocking her new cheerleading Halloween costume? Um Winnie! (she has a problem keeping the skirt on)
I will come back next week with plenty of bullies and Bama! In the meantime, say a prayer that our Mississippi State mascot-looking furbabies and their parents survive their first weekend back in Tuscaloosa after 2.5 years.
I opened my email this morning, and I was very excited to see this email from TORY BURCH:
We're really trying to save moolah ($) for the house right now, so I can't go on a wild shopping spree...but it is surely tempting! Tory hardly ever does really good sales, so this one makes me psyched.
I've got my eye on a couple of things.....
The Brigitte Blouse
Private Sale price: $97.50
Private Sale price:$138.25
Cotton Shrunken Simone Cardigan
Private Sale price: $112.50
Clines Ballet Flat
Private Sale price:$141.00
Private Sale price:$138.25
Private Sale price:$157.50
Tory Classic Jean
Private Sale price:$80.00
Approximately 55% OFF
Adalyn Foldover Messenger
Private Sale price:$285.00
Gabi Ballet Flat
Private Sale price:$212.00
Canvas Amanda High Peep Toe Wedge
Private Sale price:$206.50
Climbing Rope Channing Tote
Private Sale price:$177.00
Make sure you check it out as soon as possible, because the good stuff usually goes fast. In order to shop the Private Sale items, you have to click on Private Sale on the website, then enter your email to gain access. If you're not already a member of her mailing list, don't fret! Simply join the mailing list and you'll gain immediate access to the sale.
This was probably my favorite theme day! Each grade had a different theme:
Freshman: Tacky Tourists
All the senior girls dressed up as princesses and we all brought scooters, roller-skates, and barbie jeeps as our chariots. It was so fun to see everyone scootering to class and gave all the teachers a laugh.
I'm combining the Pep Rally theme in this post so that tomorrow can be solely about the homecoming court.
The theme was Hillbilly and everyone looked super funny. Each grade put together a dance and our grade won which was great because we all had a great time doing the dance.