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:

Image

[plaid shep shirt via vineyard vines]

Image

[light up the room candle via kate spade]

Image

[all that glitters emanuelle via kate spade]

Image

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

Image

[striped pajamas via j.crew factory]

Image

[classic flannel button down via j.crew factory]

Image

[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

Advertisements

currently loving

it is wednesday! we are halfway through the week or if you’re taking an (extra!) long weekend like me, you’re all done! i packed up my books and notebooks and stashed them away in their spot on my bookshelf. i’m off to see my boyfriend and family back home this weekend and i could not be more excited!

something about sitting in the airport starbucks and doing some blogging tomorrow morning has got me extra excited! not to mention the fact that i finally finished getting the proofs done for some merch for my glamour gals chapter….hello spirit jerseys! and endless emails from the girls with sizes. but back to wednesdays and currently loving, which we all know is one of my faves!

Image

 

tassel garland . i’ve been hunting around for a cute garland to hang by my television which is mounted on a wall and i think this might be the one! pink and gold is my favorite decorating technique lately, it just looks so pretty!

brooklyn nine nine . um, one word: obsessed. i was kind of heartbroken when andy samberg left snl and i am almost not really over it. digital shorts and one of the cutest goofy guys to grace television was a serious loss to late night, i pity the people that don’t get to watch snl with him. BUT he has found his home in brooklyn and debateably could not do his detective job better. if you haven’t watched this, start. swoon.

true american . with my recent obsession with new girl (okay so obviously i love tv, let’s just be upfront here), i have been dying to try to play true american. there are no official rules but i’m pretty sure with my love for us history….and my tendency to play games better while drinking, i know i would rock it. 1-2-3 JFK, FDR.

kate spade . go to your address bar right now and search kate spade fall 2013. the librarian, nerdy cute theme is back in its best form yet! i want something, anything with the literary glasses print, too cute!

mindy kaling . love her, for me she’s right up there with lena dunham. i’m downloading this on my nook tonight and cannot wait to break it open tomorrow on my flight! sorry in advanced to whoever is sitting next to me as i’ll for sure be laughing away.

enjoy your night and just remember, we’re halfway done!! back tomorrow with a reese’s pieces cookies recipe that will be sure to brighten your weekend!

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:

Image

Image

Image

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.

Image

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.

Image

[convinced yet?]

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

xo, Samantha

wednesday musings

Image

and it has become fall overnight! i’m definitely not complaining. here are a few things i’m loving on this sunny wednesday morning:

Image

[this article from levo league. i’m a skinny vanilla latte, what about you?]

Image

[the simplicity and daintiness of this scallop ring via kate spade.]

Image

[lengthy emails to my best friend, Melanie, living in Madrid.]

Image

[newest obsession. i love waking up and reading these emails so i feel educated enough to have an intelligent conversation. note: probably should start reading the paper, any paper.]

Image

[on the hunt for cute stationary and i think this set via paper krush might be a winner! let me know if you know any cute shops that have pretty stationary!!]

enjoy your wednesday, loves!!

xo, Samantha

statement necklaces

i have loved statement necklaces since they made their debut last year. from bubble necklaces to sparkly bibs and everything in between, they can dress up the most casual of outfits. the best part? i’ve hunted around and found such pretty pieces at all different price points. here are some of my faves!

Image

Short Crystal Bib Necklace (Loft)

Image

Beaded Rose Necklace (J.Crew)

Image

Kahlo Bib Necklace (Stella & Dot)

ImageHancock Park Collar Necklace (Kate Spade via Nordstrom)

ImageButterfly Statement Necklace (Banana Republic)

let me know some of your faves, i’m always up for suggestions!!

Samantha