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Friday Favorites

How did this week go by so fast?! I know it’s not Friday, but I really love writing these posts, so it’s a little late.

Favorite Music

Lindsey Stirling. Holy smokes, this woman is talented. It’s violin meets dubstep. Her contemporary dance moves are fun too. Looks like she’s coming to House of Blues on April 1st, I definitely need tickets. Check out her video for Crystallize on YouTube.

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Favorite Purchases

#1 Lingerie from Nordstroms. Lacy panties and a matching bra is as sexy as my wardrobe gets. I’ve never bought a corset, a garter or anything even remotely risque from the lingerie department. Aside from feeling completely silly and self conscious dressed up like a Victoria’s Secret model, who would I wear them for? So shopping for something to wear for Carrie’s birthday boudoir photo shoot was intimidating.

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Then I found this adorable black lace wrap, and fell in love. I realized if wearing it makes me feel pretty, I don’t need anyone else to wear it for.

#2 Having my makeup done by a professional at MAC. Buy $50 in makeup and a MAC artist will do your makeup for free. Since I genuinely needed new makeup, this was an easy splurge to justify. It was so worth it relax and let someone else create my sultry alter ego, perfect for a boudoir shoot.

Favorite Fantasy Travel

When I went to France with Rachel and Carrie in 2007 we made sure to see Paris and drink  real champagne in Epernay. I enjoyed Paris, but it wasn’t my favorite place. Blasphemy right? I loved the more rural, remote Epernay. So my next trip I want to see the countryside.

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Lavender fields in Provence.

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Favorite Things Party

Chelle hosted the girls for mimosas and brunch last weekend for a “favorite things” party. Each person brings 5 of their favorite thing. I didn’t realize until later it’s 5 of the SAME favorite thing, oops. Then everyone draws 5 names and those people get one of your favorite thing. So each person ends up with 5 new favorite things! It was so much fun. I scored two samples of Jo Malone…ahhh! Seriously, the best fragrance brand ever, they all smell like heaven.

Favorite Holiday Tradition

I’m on an extra tight budget this year and cringed at spending $50 on a Christmas tree. Decorating the tree with my mom and daughter? Made it worth every penny.

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You know what else was worth the cost? Another year with a screaming picture of Santa.

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Favorite Fashion

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Cozy. I think I need a puffy vest.

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For my inner bad ass.

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More tall brown boot obsession. Pretty burgundy pants too.

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Love the arm bands and the color combination.

Friday Favorites

Favorite Music

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! For the next month I will enjoy a crackling fireplace and dreamy holiday music as I cuddle up on the couch with my book/tea/wine/cats because…Yule Log is on!

Favorite Glam

Since we’re talking about the holidays, I’d totally wear one of these outfits to a work party. Alas, my employer is two years old and prefers to party in pajamas or nothing at all – “Mama I’m naked! Wheeee!” – so I’ll need a different reason to wear something sparkly and fabulous.

ModCloth

Polyvore

Victoria’s Secret

Matches

Favorite Sexy

We’re celebrating Carrie’s 35th birthday with a boudoir photo shoot in a suite at the Hard Rock. Champagne, cupcakes, and pretty ladies in lingerie. It’s definitely out of my comfort zone….but I’m excited to try something new that reminds me to embrace and appreciate my body.

Time for a trip to VS

Time for a trip to VS

Favorite Trip For Next Spring

Camping in Big Sur. Not all of my future travel plans include the little bunny, but this one definitely does. I know Leia would love setting up a tent, exploring the coast and trees, sitting by the fire and looking at the stars just as much as her mama does.

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Favorite Recipe to Try This Week

Butternut Squash Mac and Cheese. Creamy, cheesy, sweet and savory goodness. You can’t go wrong with smoked cheddar, bacon and pasta. I’m excited to see how the squash cooked in milk creates a base for the sauce.

Favorite Place to Shop for Leia

Baby Go Round. It’s clean, well organized, with a huge selection. I’m cheap and don’t see a reason to spend money on brand new clothes/shoes for Leia when the quality of resale items at BGR is so good.

Favorite Gem in the Industry

Mark at Precision Automotive is the best! I want to bake him cookies, that’s how grateful I am for all he’s done to keep my Murano running this last year. Finding a mechanic who is honest, knowledgeable, and always goes above and beyond is priceless.

Favorite Cookie Exchange

Speaking of cookies, is it insane that I’m considering buying ingredients at Costco to prepare for the huge list of  recipes I want to try? No, I didn’t think so either. Santa, if you’re listening, I made room on my counter for a candy apple red Kitchen Aid stand mixer. I’ve been good all year, promise.

Turtle Cookies from The Kitchen Is My Playground. Chocolate cookies baked with pecans, a creamy caramel center and a drizzle of chocolate.

Russian Tea Cakes, a tradition in our family.

Andes Mint Cookies from Inspired Taste

Favorite Phrase

“So Much Fun!”

Be still my heart. One of Leia’s favorite things this week is to chase me around the house pretending to be a shark or a vampire or a ghost. I run in faux fear, leaping over toys and hiding behind walls until she captures me. And the whole time she is squealing with laughter “so much fun!” It’s worth every second of winded-and-haven’t-finished-my-coffee-yet exhaustion.

Favorite Technology

DVR. Not for the obvious reason of recording shows and watching them at ones convenience. No, it’s all about fast forward. No thank you Nick Jr., we don’t need 87 commercials for crap my daughter looks at and says “Mama, I have that!” While we’re at it, let’s fast forward through anything by the Fresh Beat Band so my ears don’t bleed.

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Favorite Inspiration

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Favorite Gratitude

I live in a warm home. I’m healthy. I enjoy good food. The people I love are nearby. I have enough and can help others.

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