Are you getting back into the swing of things after the holidays? It always amazes me how much of a struggle it is to get back into work-mode after several days away from my computer, I have such trouble regaining my focus. But I do have some goodies up my sleeve this week, like pictures from my New Years Eve party, my birthday plans, and even a calendar giveaway to help you keep those New Years resolutions to stay organized!

Speaking of resolutions, did you make any this year? I’m notorious for writing a long list of unattainable and contradictory goals like “Stick to a budget, save money” and “Be more stylish, buy bolder accessories.” Last year was the first year I actually stuck to a resolution, I pledged to grow my hair out for Locks of Love. I haven’t cut it yet, but boy is it getting long! I think the key was that it was a reasonable goal, so I need to mull over what a solid, attainable goal can be for myself to work on this year.  I’d love to hear what your resolutions are!

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Are you hiding inside from the blizzard? Or stuck at home for a few extra days? This snow is a treat, mostly because I have no place to be — I’m happily stranded.

My only regret is not picking up some hot cocoa before the snow hit. I had a delicious sugar-rimmed cup when we were in Quebec that I just can’t seem to get off my mind. Stay warm!

Finishing up a few last Christmas tasks before I head out to celebrate with family in New York… among them, finishing up mailing the cards that I got from Rifle Paper Co. I’m having a hard time sending them out, they’re so cute that I want to keep them for myself!

I just got back from a very relaxing weekend away in Quebec City and I have to say, going through my pictures on my camera I’ve realized that the very best part of the weekend was sampling a stack of delicious macaroons. I wish I had saved some for when I got home!

Given my inclination for changing up my decor, my outfits, my hair styles … it’s a surprise that my little blog hasn’t been given a face-lift since I started it almost 2 years ago! It was long overdue.

Lots of thanks to Alaina at Live Creating Yourself — she is a rock star and totally captured my aesthetic with her creative design. Plus she was insanely patient with me and my … well, Type A tendencies. If you’re looking for a blog redesign I highly suggest you send her note!

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Just a few more presents to wrap up and then I’m all done with my Christmas list! I found super cute wrapping paper at Target so the presents looks delicious underneath my tree. Almost too pretty to unwrap… almost.

I have a few fun Christmas craft posts to share this week, but indulge me for a moment while I share some of my favorite ornament shots from this weekend… it’s going to be a very merry and bright Christmas at my house:

I finally got to set foot into the Madewell store during my trip to New York last week after lusting online for months now. I didn’t get to take any pictures because the place was mobbed, but did manage to see a few of the pieces I was coveting.

What caught my eye? Cozy capes, rocker jewelry, and school-girl backpacks. The mustard and white polka-dot scarf was a must-have, and I’m happy to say it was smart investment… I haven’t taken it off since it became mine!

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I’m having quite a time readjusting to the real world after a very nice long Thanksgiving break of sleeping late, seeing family and friends, and doing a lot (I mean a lot) of eating. The turkey carb coma has lifted just enough that I can recap my adventures at home for you.

Starting with Holiday windows in New York… relish in the Kate Spade goodness at Lord and Taylor; doesn’t it make you want to throw glitter up in the air and place a bulk order for vintage christmas light bulbs? (Ok, maybe it’s just me.)

Speaking of Kate Spade, I wandered around the Broome Street store for the better part of an hour with my sister and girlfriend and finally got to try on some of their new scent Twirl. It smells as good as it looks and I got some to take home with me…  I can’t stop sniffing my wrists, which probably looks alarming to those around me — but it’s worth it.

Other city stops included TopShop, Madewell, M&J Trim, Mood Fabrics, and a delicious lunch at The Grey Dog. I admired their nautical decor outside — I think it might have been what drew us in for a bite. And I snapped some pictures of the bright red lights next door.

I dove head first into mashed potatoes and stuffing and did not come up for air for hours… but somehow forgot to take any pictures of our actual Thanksgiving dinner. The only proof it occurred is in the stack of clothing that no longer fits me from all of the eating.

I did manage to get one or two pictures from a get together with friends on Friday night, and have to share one of the bar set up. I’m quite jealous of the vintage ice bucket my mom scooped up at a tag sale — isn’t it tre-Mad Men? And I bought a bottle of Prairie vodka based entirely on the label design, quite the eye catcher:

So, there you have it. Shopping and vodka, just as the holidays should be. How did you celebrate?

I had a delicious brunch with my girlfriends to cap off a relaxing fall weekend.

This was a bowl of baked heaven:

Brunch was topped off with some thrifting at the SOWA market:

Lots of Mad-Men-esque glassware, I’m kicking myself for not scooping these up:

And ton’s of retro-chic:

This one was a winner:

Also, no trick-or-treaters showed up tonight, which means I have a lot of candy to eat this week… I better go get started.