Holiday Gift Guide #1: For Your Super-Organized Friends

Thursday, November 28, 2013
I figured I would jump on the bandwagon, and put together a few quirky gift guides for Christmas. This one is geared towards your super-organized, stationary obsessed friends. They love the smell of fresh paper, and never met a 0.5mm ball point pen they didn't like. Look at all these bright colors! Oh yeahhh... Let's get crackin'!
1. Kate Spade - Emma Pouch
2. Polka-dot washi tape - Madewell
3. Eraser - Poppin

5. "Trust Your Gut" - Etsy print for your motivational wall
6. Spiral pen - ASOS
7. Erasers - Kate Spade
8. Life Planner- Erin Condren

I've got my eye on the last one to keep me on track for Step 1 studying come January + scheduling 3rd year rotations come July. So pretty! 

What kind of person would you like targeted for my next guide? 
I definitely want something out of the ordinary since there are already tons out there!


10 Links For A Rainy Day

Saturday, November 23, 2013
I've been having a bit of writer's block lately, and after bringing it up with The Boy, he suggested I talk about this on the blog (Oh boy! You can all have a chuckle now!). Haha, needless to say it actually triggered an idea to share a few links I've been collecting. If you'd like some new reads, and pretty things to look at on a rainy/snowy day, just keep on reading!

1. Overnight Beauty Tips by Lauren Conrad & a video by A Model Recommends.
2. The Not-So Secret Path to Greatness - The John Maxwell Company
3. This split pea, bacon & potato soup that changed my life. Also, soup can sit in the fridge for a week without spoiling. That's great if you don't want to eat it all in 2 days. There's also no pasta in it, which I hear makes soup go rancid in less than a week. This soup feels like someones hugging you from the inside. ^.^
4. 25 Days of Christmas Movies
5. Ashton Kutcher vs. Walmart - For those of you interested in wages and poverty.
6. NEMJ Medical Case on Anthrax - just when you think your life is going great, a small particle the size of a microscopic fleck can kill you in a week. What a REALITY CHECK.
7. Science & cooking: an online course by Harvard.
8. Maybe a work-life balance means you should work more - TheBullish
9. 101 Fashion Tips & Tricks - StyleCaster
10. The Everygirl's Ten Favorite IKEA Finds - The Everygirl

What have all of you been up to this weekend?
Any good reads I should check out as well?


image via Riley Briggs

Home Decor Inspiration

Wednesday, November 13, 2013
Don't you just love how your home can take on a different atmosphere as the seasons change? At my parents house, the colder weather would bring out more furry blankets, candles, and dark neutral shades. I thought I'd share some beautiful homes I've been loving lately. I think I may start keeping a box of decor for "warm weather" and another for "cold weather". What do you think? Maybe I'm just making excuses to spend my petit study breaks perusing H&M Home and One Kings Lane.
source: 1//2//3+4+5 H&M home//6
How have you brought the holidays into your home this year!?


Guest Post: 5 Tips for Cleaning Your Jewelry at Home

Monday, November 11, 2013

Getting your jewelry cleaned can be expensive. What if you could clean your jewelry at home? This home remedy is not recommended for soft stones such as opals or pearls as it may damage them. It’s better if this treatment is reserved for metals such as gold or silver, and for stones such as diamonds or other gems. So if you have diamond necklaces, this home remedy is perfect for you.

1. Use a Toothbrush

 When you’re cleaning jewelry at home, be sure to use a toothbrush, preferably one with soft bristles. Often, gunk builds up around the settings and you can
’t merely wipe it away. If you use a toothbrush, you’ll be able to have a good handle on the brush and you’ll be able to scrub at the hard-to-reach places.

2. Use a Colander

 If you’re working at your kitchen or bathroom sink, be sure to use a colander. You’ll want to use water to rinse of residue from your jewelry, and you really don’t need your jewelry to accidentally fall down the drain. The colander gives you the freedom and space to work without the worry of dropping it.

3. Use Glass Cleaner

 Just freshening up your jewelry? Unless you need a thorough overhaul, don’t underestimate the value in a quality glass cleaner. Glass cleaner can brighten up your jewelry and remove dust and grime. With only glass cleaner and a good microfiber cloth, your jewelry can look new in minutes.

4. Use Dawn or Lestoil

 Does your jewelry have oil or hard-to-reach gunk? If a little glass cleaner can’t freshen up your gems, you can try using Dawn Dishwashing Liquid or Lestoil with your trusty toothbrush to see how much you can clean away. Be sure to rinse afterward and use a microfiber cloth to dry your gems.

5. Use Ammonia or Alka-Seltzer

 If these options still aren’t tackling the residue, mix together half water and half ammonia and soak your jewelry for no longer than 15 seconds. Another great dunker is Alka-seltzer: pop your jewelry in a glass of water with Alka-seltzer for a few minutes and let the fizzy water dissolve the grime. These short dips should be enough to loosen the build up, and all you need to do thereafter is rinse it off with water and wipe it clean with a microfiber cloth.

images: mila kunis for gemfields, anjolee 

Keeping Cozy in November

Wednesday, November 06, 2013

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Cutesy things to keep you cozy in November! 
I'm in the midst of my fall break, and I've been reading/studying almost every day. 
"Yay!" (said no one ever). Ahh, c'est la vie.
What are all of you up to this weekend?