Manicure Monday: Hubba Hubble

WOW. Just WOW! Everyone, stop what you are doing and run, do not walk, to your nearest Sephora and pick up this color. This color, called Hubba Hubble, by Formula X for Sephora is described as an iridescent silver glitter. No. They need to change that. This is a holographic, crazy shiny glitter that screams bling! There are different sized chunks of glitter, each of which catch the light differently. The pictures can not even do this polish justice because as you move your hand it truly begins to sparkle. I thought this was the perfect polish for New Year’s Eve. I applied a silver polish by Sally Hansen as a base coat then two coats of the glitter. To be honest, I would’ve been fine with one coat but I gave it an extra coat just to be safe. I will note that it does dry to textured finished, as most glitter polishes do, because of the chunks of glitter. It isn’t something though, that deters me from saying this is my new favorite glitter polish. Ever. Hope you enjoy the look!

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What I Wore: A Celebration Lunch

Around here we celebrated Benjamin’s swearing in for quite some time. A few weeks ago my grandma, mom, Benjamin and I went out to lunch. We introduced Ben to one of our favorite hidden lunch spots. We enjoyed a delicious lunch (I got truffle mac and cheese) and walked around the area for a few hours. I’m hoping that Benjamin’s parents can come visit us because I’d love to take them there. Here’s what I wore:

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My outfit details:

Vest: H&M

Top: C&A

Jeans: Joe’s Jeans

Sandals: VC Signature

Bracelet: Baublebar

Necklace: J.Crew

Sunglasses: Ray-Ban

Purse: J.Crew

A Very Merry Christmas Indeed

Wow, what a busy few weeks it has been. I’ve been working nearly 30-35 hours a week for the past few weeks and while I love the paycheck, the time off for the holidays has been a welcome rest. On Monday, Benjamin and I celebrated our first “anniversary” of dating and after work I was whisked away to a surprise night in San Diego. He had planned a sweet date of dinner and ice skating for us. We walked around Horton Plaza and then headed to the Gaslamp district to find a restaurant for dinner. We perused the streets and browsed a few menus before I found what exactly what I didn’t know I was looking for. Fries. Not just any fries though. I was immediately sold on this swanky little place that had duck fat fries. Since first trying them at a Restaurant in Denver, Colorado I’ve been hooked. Unfortunately, the steep entree prices of $30+ wasn’t quite what we were looking for. Too expensive! Benjamin said. But, they have duck fat fries here! Viktoria said. So, we headed to Yelp in an effort to find another restaurant that also served duck fat fries. Our search ended us at a sports bar called BarleyMash. We didn’t quite realize it until we sat down to check out the entire menu, which we quickly glanced over before entering, but they do in fact not serve duck fat fries. Little did we know, we were in for a treat! The waitress explained that everything on the menu is organic or locally grown and freshly prepared. Being the foodies that we are we couldn’t make up our minds and ordered two entrees to split between the two of us. I like to say we but really it was just my indeciveness. Luckily, Benjamin is an easy man to please when it comes to food so I was able to talk him into it. And really, what guy doesn’t want to be talked into gooey mac and cheese topped with bacon and ranch, and a delightfully greasy cheeseburger on a beer-battered bun with fries. I know it sounds like the furthest thing from romantic but we had such a blast and the food was out of this world!!! I absolutely can’t wait to go back. The best part? Even with his beer our bill was just over $30. Granted the football game was a little bit distracting but man, you’d easily pay double what we paid for that kind of deliciousness in a fancier setting. We explored the area a little bit more and planned to head back to the ice skating rink. By the time we got there we were both so stuffed and tired that we ended up being lazy bums and going home. We do, however, plan to make that up soon!

The next day, Tuesday, was Christmas Eve which is when my family and I celebrate Christmas. In the morning we made a quick stop at Benjamin’s family friends Gene and Beth (the ones that joined us for his swearing in here) to wish them a Merry Christmas. Afterwards, we scoured a few grocery stores to find two Julian pies that we were bringing to my parents house for dessert. We were smart to bring two because they didn’t last more than 24 hours. It was a whirlwind of opening gifts before we finally settled down for dinner. Everyone seemed so pleased with all of their gifts, especially the dog who was literally jumping up and down for joy with his new squeaky toys. Our Christmas tradition is to have fondue for dinner so that’s exactly what we did. The cheese fondue was quickly devoured followed by a simple broth fondue for meat. I do have to say that the leftover soup, which I had for dinner tonight, was one of the best I’ve ever had. By “cooking” all of the raw meat in the broth the night before it takes on the most intense flavor. I’m a little ashamed to admit that even after all of that we still had apple pie. I enjoyed every last drop. I think we all enjoyed just hanging out for the rest of the night before Benjamin and I were up again to take him to the airport at 5 am. He went to visit his parents for Christmas and unfortunately I wasn’t able to because of work but we are hoping we can both make it there next year. We relaxed and hung out for most of today before ending the evening watching the movie The Help. I sat cuddled up in my new fuzzy blanket drinking hot tea (mixed with a quarter cup of freshly squeezed orange juice and some honey, yum!) before heading off to bed. It may not seem like much but its those little moments when everything ordinary becomes exactly what makes you happy in life… the little bits.

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Not Bad for a Monday

Yesterday was my first day off since we got the apartment so naturally we spent the day eating Julian Apple Pie and lounging around. Wild day, I know. On a side note though that pie was beyond delicious. If you’re ever in southern California and happen to come across one do yourself a favor and eat it. Yes, the whole thing. Which we may or may not have done. After a few mutterings of “We shouldn’t have done that” and “Man, that was so delicious” and “I want to throw up” we decided to go explore the neighborhood. Really, I was the one exploring because I’ve only visited the town a handful of times. Benjamin went to high school in the area so he is much more familiar with the town than I am. The sugar rush kicked in right as we were leaving and I’m sure Benjamin was not embarrassed at all when I went skipping and jumping down the street. Thankfully, no one was around to witness it. We made sure to note the time we left so that we could see how long it would take us to walk to certain places downtown. The restaurant and bar that we went to on our second date are only a 3-5 minute walk away. How awesome is that? Starbucks clocks in at a mere 10 minutes. As does the beach. We couldn’t have had better timing on our walk because right when we hit the beach the sun was setting and we were able to watch it set right over the ocean. Talk about magical. This time of year I really do believe there is magic in the air and I love it. We ended up taking over an hour walking up and down the beach and back home. It was exactly what I needed on my day off to escape the holiday madness. I can’t wait until we can do it again and for all the great things to come from our new place 🙂

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What I Wore: Apartment Hunting

Today we looked at the final options for Benjamin’s apartment and I’m happy to report all went well and he now has the keys to a new place! I’m excited because the space is newly updated and so spacious. I can’t wait for us to spend time there. We’ll be able to walk or bike downtown, something I’m looking forward to doing on the weekends. Anyways, on to the outfit. It has been cooler than usual so layers were a must. I had seen a tip on Pinterest recently to layer a tank top between a sweater and button up shirt to avoid wrinkles showing through the sweater. I tried it today with a white tank top and I was pretty pleased with how it turned out. The tank shows through a little bit, but for the initial try I’m pretty pleased with the result. And, of course, the hot tea was a must. Enjoy!

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My outfit details:

Sweater: J.Crew

Shirt: J.Crew Factory

Jeans: Citizens of Humanity

Boots: MIA

Necklace: J.Crew

Watch: Guess

Sunglasses: Ray-Ban

Here’s to Tuesday Morning!

Can you believe its December already? Where has the time gone??? Well, let me rewind and tell you. Last week was a busy week of training and my first few shifts of work.  Thursday, of course, was Thanksgiving where I stuffed myself with turkey and mashed potatoes followed by a slice or two of coconut cream pie. Friday was the infamous Black Friday where instead of shopping this year I spent 10 hours working. Oh, and did I mention that that was only my second shift? Yes, it was madness. I relaxed and did some Christmas shopping on Saturday and Sunday before picking up Benjamin at the airport Sunday night. It was so nice seeing him again (he was gone almost a month). Monday morning we got right to work apartment hunting the entire day. Which takes me to Tuesday. Ah, Tuesday. My mom and I joined Benjamin and family friends Gene and Beth at the Sheraton in Anaheim for a little ceremony. It was a HUGE day for Benjamin (and myself!) because he was sworn in as a lawyer for the State of California! I could not be any prouder of him. All of his hard work studying for the bar and not to mention years of law schooling have paid off and he’s made it! I am so happy for him and us and what’s to come. CONGRATULATIONS BEN!

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My outfit details:

Red Trench: H&M

Top: Forever 21

Skirt: J. Crew

Necklace: J. Crew

Shoes: Corso Como

Bag: Michael Kors