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Last weekend before Christmas! Time to grab those last minute gifts and wrap everything up! I am so glad I finished my holiday shopping early this year. I attempted to go to the Annapolis mall today - so. many. people. every. freakin. where.
Want to know where I will be this weekend? At home. I will be baking Christmas cookies, wrapping gifts, cleaning and getting ready for my 15+ relatives that will be here on Christmas. I will also burying myself under my down comforter and watching all the Christmas movies I can squeeze in.
+ Sneak peak of Blake Lively & Ryan Reynold's wedding - you can see all the pictures in the December 24 issue of Martha Stewart Weddings - so sorry Target employee working on Christmas Eve, you will see me. Buying this magazine. And probably a Starbucks Christmas- themed latte. Ya know, just to get in the spirit.
1. Feed NYC Hoodie for Sandy Relief, will provide 25 meals to New Yorkers affected by the storm // 2. TOMS in Black Glitter, with every pair you purchase, TOMS will give a new pair of shoes to a child in need // 3. Lush Charity Pot, 100% of proceeds goes to fund and support grassroots charities all around the world // 4. Charity Water KOR Delta Hydration Vessel, $17 from each of these $24 water bottles will go to support the staff and operations of Charity Water // 5. SAME SKY Fabric Wrap, SAME SKY provides employment to HIV-positive women in Africa struggling to lift themselves out of poverty // 6. Warby Parker Everett Gimlet Tortoise, for every pair of sunglasses sold, a pair of optical glasses will be distributed to someone in need // 7. Bobbi Brown Eat Pretty Powerful Cube,portion of sales of the cube will help KIND fund a new KIND Kitchen at the Broome Street Academy, a public charter high school that prepares New York City's most vulnerable young people to graduate with Regents diplomas. // 8.Laura Mercier ‘Rose Hope’ Lip Glace, 100% of profits of this shade goes to the Laura Mercier Ovarian Cancer Fund// 9. Divine Chocolate Christmas Trees, Divine is the only Fairtrade chocolate company which is 45% owned by the farmers. While Fairtrade ensures farmers receive a better deal for their cocoa and additional income to invest in their community, company ownership gives farmers a share of Divine’s profits and a stronger voice in the cocoa industry // 10. altruette charm braceletStart with a bracelet and pick your favorite charms. Each charm raises funds for a different nonprofit and altruette donates 50% of their net profit to their cause partners 11. unicef Circle of Friends Journal, every unicef gift purchased supports efforts to save children's lives around the world // 12. Thirty One Bits Sunday Frill Necklace, Thirty One Bits purchases jewelry from 108 Ugandan women each month, providing them with immediate, consistent and fair income // 13. INSPI(RED) Ladies T-Shirt by (RED), 100% of profits go to the Global Fund to help deliver an AIDs Free Generation by 2015 // 14. Company Store Down Comforter, The Company Store will match each purchase of a comforter with a donation one to a homeless child in America // 15. Tory Burch Foundation T-Shirt, all profits benefit the Tory Burch Foundation, committed to providing economic opportunities to women and and their families in the US // 16. MAC Viva Glam Lipstick, 100% of proceeds goes to the M·A·C AIDS Fund to support men, women, and children living with HIV and AIDs // 17. METAvivor Awareness Pin, 100% of profits go towards metastatic breast cancer research // 18. Create Jobs in the US Wristband from Starbucks, donors who contribute $5 or more will receive a wristband. Donations will go to the Create Jobs for USA Fund at OFN and will be awarded to select community development financial institutions (CDFIs) to help finance community businesses that help create and sustain local jobs // 19. Laughing Man Coffee in Espresso, Hugh Jackman's coffee brand gives 100% of its profits to charities around the world // 20. philosophy WhyHunger to Believe Charity Shampoo, Shower Gel & Bubble Bath, 100% of proceeds benefit WhyHunger, a dealer in building the movement to end hunger and poverty
Julie Vos is a Manhattan-based jewelry designer who specializes in gorgeous semi-precious stones and luxe gold tones. Her items, which are known as "wearable luxury," have been featured in Marie Claire, Lucky, InStyle, Martha Stewart, Lonny Magazine, and Vogue.com and have been featured on the covers of Oprah Magazine and Real Simple. They also feature jewelry in silver as well as scarves and clutches.
I personally think her pieces are bright, elegant and timeless, so when they offered to send me a few, I was over-the-moon ecstatic. They sent me their Corsica Ring in Moonstone, Chalcedony, and Labradorite as well as the Midway Pendant in Labradorite.
I wore the necklace and rings almost everyday last week and received a number of compliments from coworkers and even people I ran into while out running errands (looking at you, lady at the post office who yelled at me from her car and just had to know where my necklace was from).
Last Saturday, I paired the Midway Penant with a pink peplum top to run around and do some last minute Christmas shopping.
This week was in. sane. I got home from NYC Monday night and just hit the ground running at full speed. Remember this post about sitting in my kitchen with nothing to my name and being grateful? Well, let's just say this week it was more like eating a bowl of couscous for dinner and doing laundry and paying bills at one in the morning. Not pretty.
So, this weekend will be filled with nothing but relaxation and working on a few fun posts that I have lined up for next week including a New York City recap, a post featuring gorgeous jewelry from julie vos, and a couple more gift guides.
:: Scott Schuman, "The Sartorialist" will be holding a book signing at Sixth & I Synagogue in DC on December 18. Sadly I will not be able to attend due to a Junior League event I have that evening but I will be envious of every single person attending.
Last weekend, as I was racing around in New York City, my luck turned around. I received a tweet from Erin of Living in Yellow saying I had won the Ad Space on Twenty Blogs Giveaway. Twenty ad spots on twenty blogs - a reach of over 60,000 followers. Me. Out of 17,499 entries, number 7451 belonging to me, won! These ladies are incredible and I am honored and ecstatic that my little ad gets a space on these blogs.
This weekend I am up in New York City visiting friends. I made a to-do list before we got here of all the things I wanted to see and do - admire holiday windows, give SoulCycle a try, visit Bryant Park and the Rockefeller Tree, the Piperlime Store and The Bar at BaubleBar, the list goes on.. It just doesn't get any better than New York City during the holidays!
One day recently, without me really realizing it, my life became full. With my job and with meetings and with activities related to Junior League and METavivor and with this blog that I love and with friends and family and traveling, and well, I am busy. I am sometimes very, very stressed. I am in constant awe of those who manage to fit in workouts three to five days a week and drink eight glasses of water a day and keep a full refrigerator and have dinner on the table and maintain friendships and maintain a relationship and heck, even have children! But as I sit here, with my cat, an empty refrigerator, and not even a granola bar to my name, and I am so thankful for this place I have recently found myself in.
After my Everygirl article was published, I received a handful of emails from girls, just like me, who have lost their mother. Girls wondering how I got to this place that I am in. Words fail me when I try to describe the deep dark places that I have been to since losing my Mother. Nothing, and I repeat, nothing is easy about losing a parent, or anyone for that matter. While this blog shows the creative side of me, there is another side of me that I choose not to show. The side of me that wakes up every single morning with a hole in my heart that takes the shape of my Mom. Days like Thanksgiving and Christmas, and days like her birthday and my birthday, the hole feels bigger then most. Then there are days when I am swamped and feel like I am barely staying afloat and I sit with just my cat and empty refrigerator, and cry and really, really just want my mom. The emptiness is always there, and will be there for the rest of my life.
Everyday, I dream of "someday things." Someday opportunities that will come from this little blog, someday travels and a someday husband and a someday dog and a someday home and someday children. While my someday contains a life that is fuller than my current, nothing about my someday will be easy because my someday does not include my Mom.
My point from this reflection is, that if you are reading this and have recently lost a parent or relative or friend or anyone that you love, it is hard. I know it is hard. I urge you to reach within yourself and look around and find what makes you happy. It took me three years of tears to finally find myself in this place, a better place, and I have many more tears to come.
I leave you with this quote from Cheryl Strayed. Lately, it is everything.
"The kindest and most meaningful thing anyone ever says to me is: Your mother would be proud of you. Finding a way in my grief to become the woman who my mother raised me to be is the most important way I have honored my mother. It has been the greatest salve to my sorrow. The strange and painful truth is that I am a better person because I lost my mom young ... My grief taught me things. It showed me shades and hues I couldn't have otherwise seen. It required me to suffer. It compelled me to reach."
The Victoria's Secret fashion show airs tonight on CBS at 10/9c. I love watching this show because the outfits and musical entertainment are seriously unbelievable. As are the model's bodies, I mean, talk about post-Thanksgiving motivation!
Below is my idea of Victoria's Secret Fashion Show viewing essentials: