Saturday, December 31, 2011


Happy New Year! I hope everyone is having a fun time celebrating the coming of the year 2012! I can't believe how fast this year went by!

2011 was a great year with many fun highlights:

* Ringing in the New Year with my sister Eileen and my friend Kim! We had a great time dancing at Union Jack's and braving the Metro at 3am on NYE..yikes!
Me & Eileen! :)
I love you Kim, haha!

* Visiting NYC with Caitlyn to see our wonderful Kim!! We had such a fun time with Kim as our tour guide! We also got to hang out with our friend Jenny, another fabulous JMU girl! :)

* Having a super fun Harry Potter baby shower for Brittany and getting to meet adorable Avery soon after! I love that little baby so much! :)

* Going skiing for the first time, with my cousin Matthew's Boy Scout troop. I'm glad that my dad came along with me on the bunny slopes because all of the boys were zooming down the intermediate slopes in no time at all...

Me "zooming" down the slopes..yeah right!

* Seeing Bon Jovi in concert with my mom and sisters! He is a phenomenal performer! We had a great time!

Girls Night Out! :)

* Having a fun Pajama/Reading Day at school!

Yea, they definitely put this photo in the yearbook, hahaha!

* Going to Richmond twice with my friend Tabitha! We went for the CAA basketball tournament so we could both see  our colleges play (VCU and George Mason--JMU was already out of the tournament unfortunately!And then we went a second time to see VCU play in the Final Four! Very exciting!!) We also got to see friends, which is always fun too!

We met up with Caitlyn and Rachel for lunch!

Good times in Richmond! :)

* Going on a totally awesome spring break trip with Tabitha! We went on a cruise to Jamaica and the Cayman Islands, which was SO much fun! When we got back to the US, we went to Orlando and went to Disney World and Universal Studios, where we spent about 7 hours hanging out in the Harry Potter Wizarding World--sooo cool!

In Jamaica!
Climbing the Dunn River Falls!

Harry Potter!!!

* Going to Rebecca's (my good friend from college) bridal shower and then wedding! So glad I got to celebrate those happy days with her! :)

Caitlyn, Rebecca, and me!
Such a beautiful wedding!!

* My younger sister graduated with her Master's degree from Marymount University! Yea Molly! We had a fun day celebrating her graduation!

The family (minus Eileen :( who was finishing up her own grad program in Colorado)

* We had a big family reunion with most of the relatives on my dad's side in Pennsylvania to celebrate my grandparents' 60th wedding anniversary! That number is mind-boggling, to say the least... was a really fun weekend, although we missed the cousins who couldn't come! :(

My grandparents and some of the grandkids! One of these days, I will crop out that random chair, haha!

* My older sister Eileen graduated with her Master's degree from the University of Denver! Yay Eileen! Sadly, I could not make the trek out to Colorado because of school obligations (grr), but our dog Bella and I were cheering her on in spirit from VA! :)

* I went to the New Kids on the Block and Backstreet Boys concert with my friend Tabitha! Oh my gosh--what a totally awesome, fun concert! We had the BEST time! I could barely talk the next day, haha...

* I went to Ocean City with my family! We had a great time walking on the boardwalk, hanging out on the beach, playing miniature golf, relaxing, and eating lots of seafood! (Well, until one fateful night of eating crab legs sent me to the ER with an allergic reaction...yikes! Just adding to my list of states that I've visited hospitals in...ahhhh...)

I love the beach!
Sisters in front of our favorite palm tree, haha!

* My whole family went to see Wicked at the Kennedy Center---soooo awesome!

* I saw Taylor Swift in concert (for the 2nd time!) with my mom and sisters! We had a great time--she's such a good singer/performer!
We heart Taylor!

* We went to many Redskins games, which is always fun, even though the team did not have a great year! :(

* My family had a fun, relaxing Thanksgiving at home and then went to PA to see relatives for Thanksgiving Round 2!

I made these cute place cards!

Some of the cousins! :)

* I went to NYC again with my friends Tabitha and Kristen! We had a great time shopping, walking around the sights, and seeing Daniel Radcliffe perform in How to Succeed in Business!! Such a fun trip!

Since I couldn't get a photo with the real Daniel, his promo photo was the next best thing!

* My family had a nice, relaxing Christmas at home and I got lots of cute gifts!

My sisters and I,  plus our crazy dog Bella who would NOT sit still for a picture. This was the best we got! Haha..

Overall, 2011 was a great year! I'm excited to see what 2012 has in store! :)

Friday, December 30, 2011

NYE's Outfit!

Today I am linking up with Long Distance Loving for Friday's Fancies! 
This week's fun challenge was to create a New Year's Eve outfit!
Although my real New Year's plans do not (in anyway) require
an outfit as fancy as this one, it was still fun looking at pretty dressy
and sparkly accessories! :)

NYE's Outfit!

Prom dress
$120 -

Jimmy Choo high heels
€1.050 -

Jessica McClintock shoes
$50 -

Tasha crystal bangle
$48 -

Diamond earrings

Paul Morelli wide band ring
£5,190 -

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

I love Pinterest!

Today I'm linking up with Michelle at The Vintage Apple for  
Oh, How Pinteresting Wednesdays.

Here are some of my favorite Pins from the week! :)

Source:  Bowties and Bliss via Justina  via Pinterest


Source:  Dancer Decals via Gary via Pinterest

Friday, December 23, 2011

What I'm Watching....

Today I'm linking up with Neely and Ashley for another week of Boob Tube Babble!

This week was so busy I didn't have much time for TV, but I did manage to fit in a few shows...

Teen Mom 2: I used to LOVE this show and couldn't wait for it each week, but now its kind of annoying sometimes. Jenelle: Oh Jenelle--where to even begin? At least she decided to get away from that bf of hers and is pressing charges against him. I was glad to see that she and her mom were able to make up, although we've seen that before, haha. Kaylin shocked me when she moved out of her mom's house without telling her! I couldn't believe it! Although her mom seems a little cah-razy so I can't say I blame her.. I always feel so sorry for Leah (and her ever-changing hairstyles, lol)--it must be so hard for them to deal with little Ali's health problems. It is a little weird watching she and her former hubby together though, knowing that they are already split up in real life...

Property Brothers: I LOVE this show on HGTV. Whenever I watch it, an internal debate goes on about which brother (Drew or Jonathon) I'd rather marry...haha. I always laugh when they take people around the most amazing houses ever and then tell them that it is about $500,000 over their budget. The reactions of people (although a little sad) are hilarious! My first thought is always "Don't they watch this show?!? Why are they so surprised?". Watching the brothers renovate old, ugly houses is always awesome--they do such a good job! :)


Monday, December 19, 2011

Make It My Own Monday!

Today I am linking up with Miss Chelsea and Holly for Make It My Own Monday (MiMO)! These bloggers host a link-up for people to show an outfit they wore inspired by Pinterest! Wellll, since I LOVE Pinterest, I was SO excited to do this link-up and try a new fun outfit!

Here is the outfit from Pinterest that inspired my look today:

And here is what I wore!

                                                             Dress: Target
                                                             Jean Jacket: Aeropostale
                                                             Boots: Nordstrom

I didn't have quite the same type of dress, but it's similar enough and super comfortable...although now that I'm looking at it in pictures, I wish I had worn a dress that was a little shorter! Oh time..

My boots are also a little different, but I love them sooo much! :)

Favorite of the Week!

Today I'm linking up with Erin from Everything According to Erin to share my favorite of the week! :)

I ABSOLUTELY love this new ELF eyeshadow set that I have! I got it from a blog swap that I blogged about here and have used it every day since!

I love the variety of colors in different shades and I love how long-lasting the eyeshadow is! It came with an eyeliner pencil too and although I love the Revlon eyeliner I already was using, this eye pencil is also really good! :)