holiday arrival roundup

here’s a little secret – i spent at least 45 minutes last week signing up to receive holiday catalogs from all of my favorite stores. i can’t help it, i’m officially in the holiday mood and what’s more exciting than coming home to get a catalog out of my mailbox everyday for the next month? ever since i was little i can remember pouring through the glossy pages and circling my favorite items. now it’s a lot easier to just skip the catalogs and go right to the email gift guides – but they aren’t as fun. go sign up to get them delivered to your mailbox, who doesn’t love getting mail?

here’s a roundup of some of my favorite holiday items so far:

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[plaid shep shirt via vineyard vines]

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[light up the room candle via kate spade]

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[all that glitters emanuelle via kate spade]

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[pop, fizz, clink iphone 5 case via kate spade]

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[striped pajamas via j.crew factory]

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[classic flannel button down via j.crew factory]

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[in flight essentials kit via j.crew factory]

i’m sure there will be more to come on the holiday arrivals homefront but these are my favorites as of right now! what’s catching your eye? be sure to check back for a few gift guides as we start to get closer!

xo, Samantha

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fall favorites

it is officially fall in ohio! i wore yoga pants and a long sleeved shirt to class today and i had goosebumps walking around campus! i can officially break out my vest and riding boots without looking like a crazy person and i could not be more excited!

here are a few of my fall essentials!

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[polka dot charley sweater via j.crew factory]

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[navy quilted vest via j.crew]

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[sam edelman penny riding boot via nordstrom]

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[cap toe leather ballet flats via j.crew]

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[neutral infinity scarf via loft]

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[monogrammed bow for gameday….go bucks! via etsy]

what are some of your favorites this year? also, a PSA for anyone and everyone, all i can think about is the fault in our stars and i am reaching out to all of you for suggestions! please recommend any and all books that could help to cure this book hangover, i can’t wait until the movie!

xo, Samantha

orzo stuffed peppers

happy monday!

i hope you all had a great weekend filled with college & NFL (go pats!) football and good friends. some crazy things happened over the weekend but finally being with all my friends in one place made it all worthwhile. i have been cooking up a storm so there will be a few awesome recipes coming your way this week!

on another note – hello NYFW! i don’t know about you guys but i love seeing some of my favorite new york based bloggers post gorgeous fashion week pictures. here is some of what i’m loving, all photos via glitter guide:

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so it is obviously no secret that i heart kate spade ny. the bright colors and soft girly-ness and the stripes (!!) have totally sucked me in. here’s to spring 2014!

but back to the post, i promised stuffed peppers and clean eats and all that jazz and here you have it! as a side note: everyone run to your nearest tj maxx/homegoods/marshalls and buy yourself a chopper, they’re a real game-changer.

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orzo stuffed peppers
serves 4

  • 1/2 cup orzo
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 1 zucchini, diced
  • 1 tomato, diced
  • 1/4 cup black olives, chopped
  • 2 bell peppers, cored & halved
  • olive oil
  • salt
  • pepper

1. preheat oven to 425 degrees and chop all veggies.

2. cook orzo until al dente, according to package directions.

3. heat olive oil in a skillet (i used a wok) over medium heat. add the onion, zucchini, tomato, and black olives, stirring occasionally until tender, about three minutes. season with salt and pepper, stir, and remove from heat.

4. stir in the orzo and divide mixture among the four peppers. arrange on a cookie sheet and bake for about 25 minutes or until the peppers are tender.

5. enjoy!! both hot out of the oven and refrigerated are delicious.

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[convinced yet?]

this recipe was inspired by the cutest cookbook, cook yourself thin, and then slightly altered by me!

xo, Samantha

bookworming

my new glasses have finally arrived! the speed at which i checked the tracking info and ran to get my tiny new package could have been rivaled by usain bolt. jusssssst kidding, running is not my friend. 

but really, these glasses are beyond cute. and warby parker as a company is outstanding. from trying them on in the store to the simple ordering process and the speed at which they arrived, i couldn’t have asked for more. bravo, WP.

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[does everyone love simplicity as much as i do?]

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[meet mallory]

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[shameless selfie]

i had the hardest time deciding between mallory and sims but after some convincing by my boyfriend i eventually decided on the mallory in the blue marblewood and i couldn’t be more sure of my choice.

check out warby parker, i promise you won’t be disappointed! and the best part? with every pair sold, they donate a pair to someone in need. what’s better than letting someone else have the ability to be a bookworm just like you?

and speaking of that, does anyone have any suggestions for books? i’m in desperate book hangover mode and i need something to save me from it!

xo, Samantha