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[LIFE] October 2014

I love everything about October –  the pumpkins, the foliage, the candy, the weather, Halloween …I cannot believe that it’s already over! I had such a great month & I wanted to recap some of the festive fun!

October via pictures :)…

Enjoy!

There's a little observation deck along the reservoir in my hometown & I had to stop to take a peek at the foliage...
While visiting my family, I had to stop at one of my favorite places in my hometown. There’s a little observation deck along the reservoir that offers a beautiful view & some gorgeous foliage…
So beautiful.
So beautiful.
Our girls pumpkin painting party!
My Mom, Sister & I had a little girls pumpkin painting party!
Mom & Dad
My Mom decided to make pumpkins that looked just like her and my Dad LOL
My sister made this crazy detailed skull pumpkin that I never got a good final shot of
My sister made this crazy detailed skull pumpkin that I never got a good final shot of 🙁
My candy cane pumpkin :)
My candy cane pumpkin 🙂
I love Jodi Picoult & thought October would be the perfect time to read this book. It was SO good! Bonus: Lifetime made it into a crummy made for TV movie too! ;)
I love Jodi Picoult & thought October would be the perfect time to read this book. It was SO good! Bonus: Lifetime made it into a crummy made for TV movie too! 😉
Winery fun for my best friends birthday :)
Winery fun for my best friends birthday 🙂
Bests.
Bests.
My Mom turned me onto coconut oil this month. Coconut oil on my feet, arms, legs, face, hair, everything! It's replaced half of my usual products!
My Mom turned me onto coconut oil this month. Coconut oil on my feet, arms, legs, face, hair, everything! It’s replaced half of my usual products — that’s a whole nother post!
Golfing with my Dad :)
Golfing with my Dad 🙂
Giving the pumpkin pie coolata a shot! First few sips were good - the rest made me feel sick lol.
Giving the pumpkin pie coolata a shot! First few sips were good – the rest made me feel sick lol.
Lily dressed up as "Miss Mexico" and participated in a Halloween Dog parade
Lily dressed up as “Miss Mexico” and participated in a Halloween Dog parade
Trying on random costumes at home!
Trying on random costumes at home!
Lunching at my favorite burger place of all time!
Lunching at the Sycamore in Bethel, CT — my favorite burger place of all time! [Double cheeseburger with everything on it = heaven!)
I decided to go at Dionne from Clueless
I decided to dress up as Dionne from Clueless for Halloween
I made a makeshift nose ring for my costume that I FORGOT TO WEAR OUT THAT NIGHT! I was so bummed I forgot it.
I made a makeshift nose ring for my costume that I FORGOT TO WEAR OUT THAT NIGHT! I was so bummed I forgot it.
Happy Halloween :)
Dress: Aeropostle, white button down: boyfriends, socks: halloween store, shoes: Mandees, headband: CVS. Easiest costume ever 🙂
Celebrating at the New Britain Museum of American Art with my pretty peacock roomie :)
Celebrating at the New Britain Museum of American Art with my pretty peacock roomie 🙂
Grilled cheese & cupcake trucks...and break dancers!
Grilled cheese & cupcake trucks…and break dancers!

October was such a fun month! I definitely didn’t capture everything that happened (and WordPress wouldn’t let me upload a handful of photos), but I thought that I’d share the pictures that I could. 🙂

I’m really looking forward to the next couple of months, I LOVE the holidays. Ahhh, so excited just thinking about it!

Are you looking forward to Thanksgiving/Christmas?

What’s your favorite time of year?

 

XOX

Weekend Playlist

There are so many songs on the radio right now that I just love! It’s so rare when you want to turn up the volume for nearly every one in rotation!

This morning, I thought I’d pull together a little playlist of my current favorites to kick start the weekend.

Enjoy! 🙂

Mr. Probz – Waves

 

Iggy Azalea – Black Widow

 

Clean Bandit – Rather Be

 

Ingrid Michaelson – Girls Chase Boys

 

Ed Sheerhan – Don’t

 

Nick Jonas – Jealous

 

 

Ahhh, they all put me in SUCH a good mood! 🙂

Are you loving any of these songs as much as I am!?

 

Happy Friday! XOX

Summer Reading

I love to read – more so for entertainment than education – but regardless, there’s something about finishing a book that feels like a darn good accomplishment. I wish I did it more.

Labor Day weekend, my hometown library puts on a HUGE book fair that sells everything from books to DVDs to records to games to magazines – all in great condition, and all SUPER cheap [like $.50-$3 dollars cheap]. My Mom & I like to go together & scope it out. Lucky for me, I picked up a ton of great books from some of my favorite authors- for only $7!

book fair
Inside the book fair

I can’t wait to read them all! 🙂

While on the subject of books, I always find myself reading the most in the Summer months. This year especially, I was able to get a few great reads in.

One of which [although a little late to the game], I was SO glad I could get my hands on…

Gone girl

After hearing that the film would be coming out in October, I was dying to read Gone Girl! My Mom lent it to me and I couldn’t put it down. What a story. Really bizarre concept, super strange ending, interesting characters, and twist & turns for days!

I cannot wait for this movie – especially since there’s an alternate ending! See the trailer here:

Also – have you seen Amy Dunne’s Pinterest page?! It is the creepiest/strangest/coolest thing ever. I have a hunch that social profiles for fictional characters are about to be popping up all over the place! Check it out here.

 

Did you read Gone Girl? What did you think?

Do you plan to see the film? 

#OperationNailGrowth Update (6 Weeks)

Time for an Operation Nail Growth update!

I began really putting in the effort to grow my nails at the end of July (about 6 weeks ago)…and it’s paid off! I’ve done nothing particularly special other than be extra careful when doing anything with my hands – always wearing dish gloves, NOT using my nails as tools, and applying cuticle oil like crazy!

Sally Hansen Vitamin E Cuticle Oil - THE BEST! Cannot tell you how many bottles of this I've been through in the past few years.
Sally Hansen Vitamin E Cuticle Oil – THE BEST! Cannot tell you how many bottles of this I’ve been through in the past few years.

I’ve definitely seen some serious growth & have pretty much reached my ideal length; now it’s time for the tricky part – keeping them long & strong!

July 25th, August 4th
July 25th (Gelish, Exhale) – August 4th (Julep Lissa, Julep Tazeen)
August 11th, August 25th
August 11th (Gelish, Bella’s Vampire) – August 25th (Spoiled, My Silicone Popped)
August 30th, September 8th
August 30th(Orly, Prelude to a Kiss) – September 7th (Sally Hansen, Red My Lips)
Today
September  8th (Sally Hansen, Red My Lips – natural light)

I’m thrilled to have my nails back. Growing them out takes some time & determination, but it’s definitely worth it!

I’m looking forward to my next mani [maybe on Thursday] so I can re-shape & give them a fresh coat of polish.

 

Do you have any nail growth tips?

Let me know below!

XOX

#OperationNailGrowth

I’m currently in the process of growing my nails out. Woof.

This time last year, I had some serious claws – and I miss them!!

Sometimes, I can't even believe that these were are mine!!
Sometimes, I can’t even believe that these were mine!! Loved the almond shape.

I go back and forth between wanting long nails & super short nails. I’ve had baby nails for a couple months now, so I’m currently longing for some growth. 🙂

Being cursed with thin & weak nails, the *only* way for me to see serious growth is via gel manicures. These manicures last me [a week, minimum] & do a great job at preventing nearly all splitting or breakage. SO, a gel mani was in order…

Current mani: Gelish "Garden Teal Party"
I opted for Gelish “Garden Teal Party”

QUICK SIDE NOTE: I tweeted a photo of my mani last the weekend & got some social media love from Gelish [so fun]! At least they think my nails look amazing. 😉

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Since I’m trying to make my manicures last  as long as possible during these growing pains, I’ve been using my little manicure-lasting trick…

I’ve been able to prove time & time again, that if I paint over my gel manicure with regular polish, the mani lasts at least twice as long.

I was really loving my Garden Teal Party and wanted to paint over it with a similar shade. I recently had these polishes delivered in my Julep Maven boxes…

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Julep – Tazeen & Lissa. LOVE!

The teal was exactly the color that I was looking for, but I was dying to use this amazing full coverage glitter as well – so I opted for an accent nail on my ring finger. Stupid me wasn’t paying close attention while I was painting my second hand and I painted right over my ring finger with the teal. SO, I compromised & made my index finger on my right hand the accent nail. I can’t say that the mis-match has been bothering much!

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Here’s to hoping this mani lasts me another week! Come onnnnnn long nailllllllsss!

In the meantime, I’ll continue to drench them in cuticle oil every hour. 🙂

Sally Hansen, of course - my all time favorite oil!
Sally Hansen, of course – my all time favorite oil!

What do you do to help grow your nails out?

Any tips?

 

 XOX

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