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My Favorite Things: 25 Days of Christmas

1 Dec

I have already made it perfectly clear that I am a major Christmas dork, so I am more than excited that today is the 1st of December. Why? ABC Family’s 25 Days of Christmas beings today! I can now turn on my tv at any given moment and be greeted with the sweet sounds of Christmas carols, sappy movies, and childhood memories.

Dying.

Here are my top-ten favorite movies EVER.

The Muppet Christmas Carol

Muppets who sing, what could be better? Michael Cane is perfect in this movie and I cry ever time.

Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer (claymation version)

A childhood classic. This movie has everything an elf with aspiring dentist dreams, misfit toys (the ones the out-of-town relatives give you), and of course Rudolph!

The Santa Clause Trilogy

So good! He takes his kid to Denny’s for Christmas dinner! That’s awesome.

National Lampoons Christmas Vacation

Squirrel in tree, sewer blows up, cat gets electrocuted. Watch it now. It’s like SNL on crack.

White Christmas

Bing Crosby, enough said.

Holiday Inn

Bing Crosby + Fred Astaire, stop it I’m dying.

A Christmas Story

When my brother received a BB gun for Xmas one year all I could think of was “You’ll shoot yer’ eye out!” He didn’t….

Miracle on 34th Street (Matilda version)

She is just such a cupcake, and Dylan McDermott makes an appearance. Uhm, yes please.

The Polar Express

Tom Hanks never fails to impress. This is one of THE BEST Christmas morning movies ever.

Elf

Funny. I can’t explain it. Just go watch.

What is your favorite holiday movie?

-Nicole

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No Spanx Please

28 Nov

Saturday night my parents bought the whole family tickets to see Sister’s Christmas Catechism, a comedy act that highlights good ole’ Catholic upbringing (i.e. rolling up the plaid uniform skirts…guilty). Finding an outfit for this activity was a tough one because  a.) I wanted to be somewhat modest, and b.) I had been growing a food baby since Thanksgiving. Buttoning the jeans was an issue, although I am not complaining. The sweet potato casserole and mounds of stuffing were completely worth it.

I decided to throw on whatever sweater I had on hand that was “forgiving” i.e. did not require me to drive to the current Target hell-hole and buy spanx. The end result- a nearly all black outfit with killer booties that were just as killer on the tootsies.

Oh hey girl, I was feeling sultry..what?

Sweater: H&M; Jeans: The Loft;

Booties: Forever21; Necklace: Thrifted

What did you do this weekend?

-Nicole

My Favorite Things: Christmas Songs

26 Nov

It’s after Thanksgiving and that means it is officially socially acceptable to blast Christmas music. No more hiding alone in my room, and no more stares from weirded out onlookers..it’s not October anymore! Bring it on Pandora. After visiting Bronner’s (A CHRISTmas Wonderland), I was more than inspired by the mounds of red/gold decor and thousands of hand painted ornaments to fully get into the holiday spirit; so I made a Christmas playlist for all.

Enjoy.

Top 10 Favorite Christmas Songs Ever:

  1. Last Christmas– Glee Version (Rachel Berry/Finn Hudson)
  2. White Christmas– Bing Crosby
  3. Santa Baby– Eartha Kitt
  4. Grown-up Christmas List– Michael Buble
  5. It Happened in Sun Valley– Glenn Miller
  6. I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus– The Jackson 5
  7. Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas– Frank Sinatra
  8. All I Want for Christmas is You– Mariah Carey
  9. Marshmallow World– Johnny Mathis
  10. Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree– Brenda Lee

What is your favorite holiday song?

-Nicole

My Favorite Things: Wish List 2011

14 Nov

*Disclaimer: This is just a “wish list” of anything/everything that catches my eye. I am most excited to just go home and be with my family for the holidays. Bring on the eggnog and elastic waist pants.*

I have a gift for falling for literally the most expensive items while online/in store shopping. I just can’t help it. I almost never bother to look at the price, which results in being one of those people who will bring up said items to the register only to nearly pass when they are done ringing me up. Then comes the part where I proceed to try to figure out which purchase to put back, and after ten minutes of pro’s/con’s I ultimately decide to buy everything. Cue the immense guilt and avoiding the inevitable bank statement.

Cheers to unrealistic expectations and champagne taste on a beer diet!

Here is some of my “wishful” thinking:

I am dying for the wine color.

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Lululemon Wunder Under Pant in Black

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Henri Bendel Socialite Pearl Necklace

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Anything cozy from JCrew

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Viktor & Rolf Flowerbomb

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Urban Outfitters Opaque Tights

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Topshop Military Belted Coat

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What are you wishing for this year?

-Nicole

My Favorite Things: Eats

6 Nov

It’s November, and while this means the normal “November-like” activities such as Thanksgiving, black friday shopping, and my classes coming to an end; it also marks a very exciting event. CHRISTMAS! I have been sneakily listen to X-mas music since the beginning of October, but now I feel as if it is a little more socially acceptable to prance around while Eartha Kitt’s version of Santa Baby blares from my iPod.

In spirit of my favorite holiday I will be writing a “favorite things” post each week leading up to Christmas. Yay!

This week’s post will focus on food; because what’s more exciting than eating your body weight in candy canes and eggnog? Nothing. Here are some of my favorite eats.

Protein Bar:

Luna Bar Peppermint Stick

Coffee Creamer:

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Food Accessories:

Starbucks Annual Holiday Cups

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Pottery Barn Santa Mugs- $34

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Pier 1 Alpine Sparkle Place Setting

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Candy:

Williams-Sonoma Peppermint Bark

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Cookies: BEST COOKIE RECIPE EVER. Go make these asap (unless you hate coconut….)

Santa's Whiskers

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INGREDIENTS:
1 cup butter
1 cup white sugar
2 tablespoons milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 1/2 cups sifted all-purpose flour
3/4 cup finely chopped red and green
candied cherries
1/2 cup chopped pecans
3/4 cup flaked coconut
DIRECTIONS:
1. In mixer bowl, cream together butter or margarine and sugar. Blend in milk and vanilla. Stir in flour, candied cherries and nuts.
2. Form into 2 rolls, each 2 inches in diameter and 8 inches long. Roll in coconut.
3. Wrap and chill several hours or overnight.
4. Slice 1/4 inch thick. Place on ungreased cookie sheet. Bake in 375 degrees F (190 degrees C) oven for 12 minutes or till edges are golden.

Allrecipes.com

What is your favorite holiday recipe?

-Nicole

When Your Costume Sucks

29 Oct

Normally I am a planner. In high school I picked out my prom dress in February and presently I am super Type A when it comes to outfit choices for a big event. For some reason this year I just couldn’t get excited and plan my Halloween costume. It might be the fact that my costumes never really turn out how I envision them, or maybe it’s because last year East Lansing was crawling with people who didn’t even go there; but I just could not get in the festive spirit. This year I decided to head home with high hopes of real food, fun-sized candy, and really bad SyFy movies. However in the spirit of All Hallow’s Eve I decided that I had to go out and dress up for at least one night.

Due to my lack of usual OCD, my outfit was unoriginal and I looked more like a stripper than a classy college undergrad. Just call me Candy.

  • At first I came up with the brilliant idea of dressing as a Victoria’s Secret Angel. This plan ultimately failed when a.) I could not find huge feather wings. The bigger the better. b.) I realized this costume ultimately requires me to dress up in lingerie and c.) I have no business acting as if I am Rosie Huntington-Whiteley. Girl crush.

Sadly these wings were not available at Halloween USA. Weird right?

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  • In an attempt to appear less scantily clad, and after huge wing hunting was a bust I decided the next best route was to dress up as a stupid fairy. I feel that dressing as a fairy, indian, devil, cat, and Lady Gaga are completely overdone. I usually love to be original, see Katy Perry, and was disappointed that I resorted to throwing on a leotard, tutu and wings to be a skanky pixie. It happens.

Thank god this picture is grainy, because the only redeeming part of this outfit is the feather eyelashes.

  • So after two trips to Halloween USA, I say two trips because the first time around I bought a toddler’s tutu on accident, I made it back to my house with 1 white adult tutu, 1 pair of false eyelashes, and zero dignity. I threw on my american apparel leotard only to realize that the tutu failed to fully cover up my butt and then was forced to hastily borrow a pair of hot pink spandex shorts. Then after realizing I couldn’t remember the last time I washed my hair, I dry shampooed like I never have before and rolled in some hot curlers. PLEASE TAKE THE GREASE OUT. To finish off the look I borrowed some fairy wings, sprayed my hair pink and then hoped that I didn’t look too desperate. I definitely did. My friends were far more elaborate and original with their costume ideas. One day I hope to not suck as much.

From left to right: Halloween Spirit, Cotton Candy, Skeleton, Dorothy, Flamingo, Painfully Generic Fairy

  •  The whole Scooby Doo crew also made an appearance, however I didn’t post any pictures because I don’t really know them and that would be weird.
What is your favorite Halloween costume? Do you like to be original?
-Nicole

Talk scrabble to me

5 Jul

Hope you all had a fantastical holiday weekend!

After a family party yesterday I headed over to Max’s for some fireworks and other various activities (i.e. Dirty Scrabble, picture will not be posted due to outlandish/completely inappropriate content). There are 2 rules for the game: 1. You must play a dirty word 2. If you can’t play a dirty word you may use a “normal” word but make it dirty in a sentence. Max’s idea of family bonding is sick…I am fully aware. I think we work so well together because we have such a warped sense of humor, and puts up with the mood swings.

“Nicole, I love you even when you’re a crankypanks. I don’t know how, I just do.”- Max

What a trooper.

On a more family friendly note, Max, his brother and his cousins put up a tent to sleep in for the night. Thank sweet baby jehsus that there was at least 5 of them, because had there been any less..the tent would not have been erected (could have been used in scrabble).

The menfolk struggle

Menfolk experience success...then remember that they have to sleep in a tent...fail.

Later we all sat in front of a fire and became food for squitos roasted the mellows. I realized that I hate marshmellows…especially the giant ones. I would much rather put a slab of chocolate in between two graham crackers and call it a day, or just eat a slab of chocolate. I’m not picky, and I also have no pride.

Lake view

Well back to the grind. Booooooooo

-Nicole