Saturday, December 28

It's the Weekend!

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Can you believe this is the last weekend of 2013?  I'll be busy with one last holiday party and getting the house ready for the New Years Eve party my girlfriends and I are hosting in honor of a very special + newly engaged couple!

Hope you all have a great weekend!

Wednesday, December 25

Merry Christmas!

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I hope you all are having the absolute best day.
Merry Christmas!


Tuesday, December 24

Monday, December 23

Life Lately || Instagram

holiday decorations at my parents || favorite festive cocktail || baking with grandma || antique santa

I'm sure I'm not alone when I say that the last few days have been spent wrapping away while enjoying a few of my favorite holiday movies [Elf,  Home Alone, Christmas Vacation], spending some much needed time with friends and family, and of course eating way too much yummy food mixed in with delicious cocktails ... The holidays really are the best!

Wednesday, December 18

Gifts Under $35 || For Her

No.One Textured Fold Over Clutch $22.94 || No.Two Art Printed Aviators $32 || No.Three Brush Set $16 || No.Four iPhone Case $34 || No.Five Cranberry Pear Bellini Candle $20 || No.Six Stripe Socks $7.95 || No.Seven Party Lips Lip Balm $14.99 || No.Eight Mixed Pave Ring $26 || No.Nine Spry Drop Earrings $28 || No.Ten Garden Floral Slouchy Beanie $8.80

Just in case you are like me and still need to pick up a few fun smaller gifts for co-workers, roommates, or family members here's a list of items that I think any girl would love! Not to mention they won't break the bank since they are all under $35!

Monday, December 16

Festive Colored Cocktails

No.3 Raspberry Pomegranate Champagne Cocktail No.4 Cranberry Ginger Fizz

Whenever the holidays roll around I immediately begin thinking of refreshing+yummy [and of course festive colored] cocktails to enjoy with friends and family. Above are just a few of my favorite. But, let's be honest, any cocktail is my favorite!

Wednesday, December 11

Closet Craving || Clean Duffle Coat

Flannel Shirt $29.95 || Skinny Jeans $39.95 || Cognac Bootie $179.95 || Clean Duffle Coat $178

Flannel has always been a staple in my closet, especially when the weather gets cold. There seems to be endless color combinations and all of my favorite stores have them in stock, which is perfectly okay with me! When I saw this dark green coat I instantly thought of layering it with a red and green flannel. Making this the perfect pairing for a day of Christmas shopping with friends or by adding a little sparkle your all set for a fun little date night or even a casual holiday party!

Tuesday, December 10

Tuesday's Tune

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 Last Friday Cincinnati was hit with some pretty serious snow, enough for my work to close early. When I got home I found both of my roommates also home from work early so we decided to have a snowed in movie + wine night. Because the snow had us in the holiday spirit we decided to watch The Holiday. You might recognize the song above from the very last scene. You know, this scene where they all lived happily ever after and spent New Years Even together in London.

Beautiful Bauble

 I first spotted this beauty while walking through the mall with my sister in law. it had been placed on a mannequin in the window of my local Limited store and let me tell you, it is beautiful! And with all of those upcoming holiday parties it's the perfect piece to add to a fun party dress! Did I mention it's also currently 40% off? Because it is! Such a steal at only $36!

Saturday, December 7

It's the Weekend!

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After the beautiful snow we had yesterday I couldn't be more in the mood for the holidays.
Hope you all are having a fabulous weekend!


Thursday, December 5

Cory + Sara || A Beautiful Wedding

It's hard to believe that two months ago today my brother married the love of his life. How is it possible that two months have gone by already? So crazy! In honor of their two months together I thought I'd share some of my favorite moments captured by their amazing photographer Jose Mesa of Jose Mesa Photography. You can check out his blog post here for more pictures! And if you are in the Cincinnati area and in need of a photographer, check him out!

Photos by Jose Mesa.

Wednesday, December 4

Wish List: Birthday + Christmas

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Since my birthday is just 3 weeks before Christmas I usually provide my family with one wish list.
Above are the items I'm hoping for this year. My number one would have to be the Canon printer, I use a Canon t3i and I REALLY hate going some where to print off pictures [such a process!] and having this at home would eliminate having to leave the house [I'm lazy!] and make my new goal to scrapbook more a lot easier and more obtainable.

Hopefully I've been a good girl this year and Santa takes care of me!

Twenty-Eight Today

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Today I'm twenty-eight.

so the plan is:
working a half day
 hanging with the boyfriend
eating lots of yummy food [he's a chef!]
 drinking nothing but bubbly
watching Elf.

Best day, EVER.

Tuesday, December 3

Tuesday's Tune

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Sometimes I put my iPhone on shuffle and just let the music go. This usually happens on the days I can't decide what I want to listen to or when I'm cleaning my room which is what I was doing last night. And there are always those songs that no matter how many times you hear it you never grow tired of it or just love it that much more. For me this is one of those songs.

Life Update via Instagram


No.1 paint color options for a new project No.2 a favorite shot from my brother's wedding No.3 aerial view of Chicago before a quick layover No.4 snowy morning in Cincinnati No.5 pretty flowers from my boyfriend No.6 weekend baking

Hi friends! I feel like it has been forever and well, that's because it has! I'm so sorry for being away for so long. The last month has been a bit of a roller coaster ride due to an unexpected surgery, a few nights in the hospital and 2 weeks of recovery. I'm on the mend, finally back to work and getting back into my old routine. Which is a godsend since I realized I'm not one to lay around and do nothing. Cabin fever definitely set in after about 3 days which lead to watching the whole second season of Nashville, catching up on a few movies that were on my list, finishing two books and starting Eleanor & Park [so good!]. Had I been able to get up and move around I would have been working on the many projects I have piling up! 

But now that I'm back I promise it's for good and I'll never leaving you all hanging like that again!

all images via my Instagram @amandapattison_

Tuesday, November 12

Tuesday's Tune

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A Great Big World ft Christina Aguilera || Say Something

This song is absolutely beautiful and is my newest obsession. Originally it was recorded by A Great Big World but was later re-recorded after Christina heard the song. Read all about it and watch the video of the interview  here.

Friday, November 8

It's the Weekend!

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Happy Weekend, Friends! Are you as excited as I am? The way this week was going I felt like I'd never make it to Friday. Luckily here we are and I'm still in one piece. The theme this weekend is be productive. There's a few items on my to-do list [pick out paint colors, print NYE invitations & get them in the mail, clean+organize my closet, edit pictures .... and the list goes on!] that must get completed ASAP and I've given myself until Sunday. Thankfully there are zero plans scheduled for the next two days so I'm thinking that completing the entire list will happen. But I'll be my own worst enemy I'm sure ...

I hope you all  have a wonderful weekend!

Thursday, November 7

Food Cravings with FoodGawker




Autumn Minestrone || Pulled Pork + Creamy Apple Slaw Sandwiches || Buffalo Chicken Pizza

One of my daily stops in the morning is to foodgawker. This online website is constantly checking blogs worldwide and rounding up all things food in one place. While scrolling through if you see something you like you just click on the image and it takes you directly to the original blog post. Pretty genius, huh? With the chilly months starting to show face I've been craving warm comfort food, easy crock pot meals, and recipes that use fresh fall produce. Lucky for me it seems a lot of other people are as well because I've found a ton of yummy recipes. The recipes above are a few of the ones I plan on trying.

I just need to make sure I stay on my gym routine if I'm going to be eating all this yummy food!

Wednesday, November 6

Sparkle + Shine

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 This beautiful image showed up in my gmail inbox this morning and to say I'm swooning would be an understatement.
I"m pretty sure I need the Honeyed Lace Dress and the Gilded Paillettes Tote asap.
With the holidays right around the corner I know I'd have plenty of opportunities to pull them out of my closet.
Wouldn't you agree?