a day in the life


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// a piece from bauble bar and emma robert’s collar + a book on my favorite family //

and fall is winding to an end…

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// one of my favorite places to walk to: the world war II memorial //

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// the “gallery” above my bed //

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// the view from up top @ drybar georgetown //

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// this is my dog, his name is brady, and he wakes up like this //

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// home sweet home //

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// a little peek into some late night sketching //

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// eating georgetown cupcakes while in a very non-georgetown place //

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// louis francis dempsey: my grandpa, a georgetown grad, and marine scout sniper //

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// a little taste of philly //

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// fall views of one of my favorite spots on campus //

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// a little bit of fall baking  //

photo 3-1// there’s nothing like french toast… but wait until you add pumpkin //

i <3 new york


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there is something special about heading home on amtrak whenever i have breaks from school. as i mentioned a few posts back, it’s insane that thanksgiving is already here, but i really do love going home. being with my family and relaxing at home while watching movies in front of the fire may be one of the best things in the world. i’m very close to my family (shoutout to my mom, who always tell me i don’t blog about her enough) and i love them like crazy. i can’t wait to go home and see them, eat an egg sandwich or two, sleep in every day and not just on saturday, wear comfy clothes, and go into the city with friends, but there’s something else about returning home… i really do miss new york when i’m gone, both the city and long island. i grew up so close to the city and since my grandparents lived there we always visited. new york has always been my second home and i still feel that way. whenever my train approaches the city and i see the new york skyline, the feeling i get is hard to explain; a mix of happiness and nostalgia, excitement and wonder, all-in-all it’s something that i cherish. i think john steinbeck said it best, “once you have live in new york and made it your home, no place else is good enough.”



the state of the union

state of the union

unlike the lust list, the state of the union is about everything that i’m “into” at the moment. yes, i use a political pun, which may or may not have something to do with the fact that i go to school in d.c., but please work with me. i’m heading home for thanksgiving today and basically everything in the photo above will come into play during the next week (kinda sorta).

i cannot wait to read this book by lauren oliver. i’ve had it for a few months and have been saving it for thanksgiving break, because her other books have been amazing. may or may not finish it on the train ride…

i have been listening to anything and everything hozier for the past few months. not only is his voice absolutely unreal and so, so powerful, but he seems like a very cool guy. i’m also a fan of his hair, especially the man bun, but his voice is what is unbelievable. at the moment, i’d kill to get tickets to his show in march… do yourself a favor and listen to his stuff.

i’ve watched chef once already, but i plan on watching it again. it is SUCH a good movie, and for someone like me who loves to cook and bake it’s perfect. i love the plot, the actors, basically everything about it…

hopefully these olivia palermo x westward leaning sunglasses have some sort of deal on black friday, because i am obsessed. i found a photo of someone wearing them online, and they are the only pair of sunglasses that make me want to stray from my aviators.

FISHERMAN SWEATERS ALL THE WAY. i’ve been wearing the same one since high school (actually wearing it now while i write this) and it’s beyond comfortable. they’re so easy to wear with leggings or jeans, and are my go-to once the weather gets colder.

trader joe’s is my favorite place to go food shopping because of their pre-made items. you’d think something that was pre-made wouldn’t necessarily be as good as something homemade, but tj does it right. their mini pumpkin pies are next-level and if you want to impress at thanksgiving, get a few boxes, put them on a pretty dish, warm them up in the oven, serve with cool whip, and pretend you made them. you can thank me later.



a day in the life


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 // lounging about with a new read (yet to be finished) //

 this happens to be a super short recap of life lately (through instagram snapshots). i have weeks worth of photos built up and ready to be posted, so get ready for an influx of instagrams during the last few weeks of fall.


// a life-changing meal of fried fish and potato wedges //


// pumpkin patching with the little brother a long, long time ago //


// a little glimpse into fall decorations //


// caramel apples with butterfingers and chocolate drizzle = wow //


// saying goodbye to new york before heading back to georgetown //


// inslee continues to be my ultimate favorite //

the lust list


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the lust list classics


anything and everything inslee // the coolest speaker i have ever seen // hand towels that get a little wild // the perfect everyday bag // the ultimate red lipstick // these booties are the definition of lustworthy // i’m not usually a pearl earring kind of girl, but i love these 

there’s obviously a theme here… a little bit of classic red, sleek black, pearls, and some basics. this year i have worn a lot more black clothing than i used to. there’s something so easy about throwing on a black leather skirt and top or even a black dress. it looks like you’re put together, even though i might have just rolled out of bed. add in a red lip, and you’re good to go. from the title of my blog you may be able to tell i have a thing for lipstick, and that’s an understatement. i love lip color, whether it’s plum or nude, and i especially love bite’s products. they make insanely pretty lip colors and they smell amazingly good. lisi lerch’s earrings are a dupe for oscar de la renta’s tassel earrings, and won’t destroy your wallet. also they’re not heavy, even though they look otherwise. if you want a unique speaker that sounds UNBELIEVABLY GOOD, restoration hardware has you covered. seriously. i went into the store, plugged in my phone, and sat there listening to “all i want” by kodaline for a good amount of time (not dramatic at all). plus, it’s completely natural… no electricity needed. finally, i will continue to dream about those shoes and that bag, and one day when i have my own place i will be getting those hand towels.

giving thanks


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1782008_10152316284348694_986948137_nthe year is officially speeding by. i feel like i’m always saying that on here, but it’s true. i have no idea where the time goes, and i find myself wondering when it became the week before thanksgiving. even though i’m more than excited to go home, there’s something bittersweet about this upcoming thanksgiving. it’s my last time leaving college for thanksgiving break, and this thanksgiving will be different… but i’m okay with that, and if anything, i’m accepting of the fact that it will be different. something i’ve learned in the last few years (and the last few months) is not only that i’m stronger than i think, but also that it’s okay to not always be strong. this post is not how i planned it out to be; instead i was ready to post a collection of instagram photos from the past few weeks, but i guess i started writing this because i needed to. as thanksgiving approaches i realize how grateful i am for my family and friends and everything that i have been blessed with. while some of my family isn’t here with me today, it’s something that i’ve gotten better at coming to peace with. peace is a good word to describe it, but also a weird word to describe a relationship with someone’s death; this summer was tough, due to the loss of my aunt, and all the emotions and struggle that come with that. however, as thanksgiving approaches i’m grateful for my family, for my friends, and for all the opportunities i’ve had in the past few years of my life. this thanksgiving, i feel truly grateful, and while there’s a lot i can fixate on and worry over, i need to remember to always appreciate everything. i’m rambling now and my thoughts are all over the place, and i’ll have some thanksgiving cooking and “lifestyle” posts up soon, but for now i’m going to call it and leave you all with one of my favorite quotes.

“as we express our gratitude we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.” – jfk

meet meg


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i’ve done this once before, but i figured it’s time for round two…

1. from the picture above you may be able to tell what i’m getting at… i love elvis presley. love. i’ve seen all his movies, been to graceland, have an elvis pillow, books, and shirts. i also love johnny cash, but there’s something about elvis.

tumblr_ne5eatEyem1rl727go1_12802. showers are amazing and i love them. there’s nothing like an amazing shower, but i love taking baths. if i could take a bath everyday i would. give me candles, a book, and bath bombs and i am happy.

3. i am very particular about certain things, especially when it comes to organization. if i notice something is a bit messed up, i have to fix it. if i’m stressed out i clean to calm down, and it actually soothes me. (i get it from my mama)

tumblr_nel50jiQ4h1rqy6sqo1_12804. breakfast food is EVERYTHING. i love eggs, bacon, sausage, waffles and i love to make them. there’s something special about making breakfast food and i think it goes back to memories of growing up.

5. i usually need to listen to music to fall asleep at nighttime, but it has to be soothing… so edm is avoided and i stick to m83, bon iver, hozier, kodaline, etc.

6. more often than not you can find me baking. i’ve loved baking since i was little, and my dream of all dreams is to one day open a bakery. i even have plans for it in a notebook that i’ve had for years…

tumblr_ndwl2jjQzI1qe7cyro1_5007. rainy weather is where it’s at. yes, i love the sun, and i love fall days and snow more than a lot, but there’s something about rain. i love curling up with a book or watching tv, a chai latte and a cup of soup, and just being cozy. best feeling in the world (not to be dramatic or anything)

8.  i have a serious love/hate (emphasis on hate) relationship with chocolate. i can’t eat chocolate by itself, it makes me sick. i don’t like chocolate ice cream, or brownies, or sweets that are too chocolatey and end up being way too rich. on the other hand, i love reese’s peanut butter cups, chocolate chips that don’t have too many chips, etc. basically i’m a diva about chocolate and you get the idea…

austin-postcard-mural-19. something on my bucket list is traveling the united states. there are so many cities i want to see (austin, nashville, charleston, denver, portland, and seattle to name a few) and my hope to travel to them is growing. i already know i’m going to fall in love with all of them.

10. i’m a really big basketball fan. while the knicks are my home team, my love isn’t limited to them only. i love nba basketball in general and like to watch almost any game. also… my #1 nba crush is marc gasol.


link loving


these tiny homes are some of the coolest things i’ve ever seen

i have a thing for evil eye bracelets (especially because mine broke)  

i think it’s time to rematch friday night lights

i am too excited for the new avengers movie  

these are some seriously pretty pillow covers 

if you like coconut, this drink seems like it might be for you

just another reason to love kevin spacey  

hozier can do no wrong in my eyes 

getting excited to head back to new york for thanksgiving 

this is halloween (a week later)


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photo 3i have a lot of feelings about the fact that i just celebrated my last halloween at georgetown. the weekend itself was great, the weather was amazing, but there were moments when i realized that this is it. i remember my freshman year halloween like it was yesterday, and now i’m here in my final year and i have so many fixed feelings about it. in the past three years i’ve grown so much, learned so much about myself, and dealt with so much, and i feel more “me” than i think i ever have before. as i get closer to graduation i definitely will have more introspective posts on here, but for now i’m going to keep it light. back to halloween… i went through three costumes last weekend and i loved all of them. the first was a “the lost boys” inspired punk vampire, so imagine lots of fake blood and very realistic fangs and spikes. the other night i went as a sons of anarchy character and for trick-or-treating on embassy row i rocked my space jam costume. i tried to go out with a bang (and managed to scare a few people), and every halloween serves to remind me how much i love the holiday. although i don’t want to rush ahead, it’s time to prep for thanksgiving, so recipe research here i come.

roasted sugar pumpkin (with some extra sugar)

roasted sugar pumpkin (with some extra sugar)

it's not real blood… or is it?

it’s not real blood… or is it?

looks may be deceiving, but it actually tasted good

looks may be deceiving, but it actually tasted good

mötley crüe

mötley crüe

d.i.y. crow tattoos (do not try at home)

d.i.y. crow tattoos (do not try at home)


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