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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friday things!

it is officially november!! cue the holiday music, red cups, and yummy desserts. i am so extremely excited for this month and the upcoming holiday season! november has been and always will be one of my favorite months of the year because after daylight savings on sunday things start to feel that much cozier. i’m so excited to spend most of the weekends this month relaxing on the couch with holiday music, cozy socks, and a few good reads.

here’s what i’m loving this friday!

one . red cups

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 [my very first red cup of the season – well documented of course! nothing makes me happier than that little cup of cheer at 8 am! my favorite holiday drink is also officially out as well – skinny peppermint mocha! what’s yours?]

two . michael buble holiday pandora

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[it is never too early. never.]

three . desk inspiration

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[i am truly loving scouring pinterest for some major desk inspiration. it’s my goal to have my desk organized and a new inspiration board by the time i leave for thanksgiving break!]

four . mark and graham

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[absolutely in love with this little monogrammed shop. i will definitely be getting some holiday goodies from here!]

five . sam edelman

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[i still need to have these heels. sam edelman himself is coming to ohio state tomorrow for a fashion show benefitting a cause near and dear to my heart – buckeyethon! i’m so excited to play dress up with my best friend and have so much fun at the event!]

have a fabulous weekend and go treat yourself to your favorite holiday drink! you all deserve it!

xo, Samantha

happy halloween!

confession: i actually am not a fan of halloween. i’ve hated scary movies for as long as i can remember so the spook appeal is not for me. what i do love about halloween is the candy and the fact that you can eat it all day long and not feel bad. so tonight while i’m finishing crafting together my costume, i will be blissfully eating candy corn, baking pumpkin muffins, and roasting pumpkin seeds. and for breakfast? i had a salted caramel cake pop. best decision of the day so far.

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this year for halloween i’m channeling my inner audrey hepburn/blair waldorf and am going as holly golightly! i am so excited for my costume because it is so me. here’s a sneak peak!

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happy halloween!!

xo, Samantha