it seems like just yesterday i was talking to
a co-worker about helping him get healthy, making it his goal to hike up koko head crater. we didn't do it once this year. sad.
in acceptance of the awards below, here are eight things i hope to keep up with next year:
  • sleep early (at least a few times a week!)
  • meet up with the girls monthly
  • exercise, exercise, exercise
  • schedule one-on-one time with the minis and stick to it
  • try something new every month
    (restaurant, beach, hike, etc...)
  • read at least one book a month
  • fix my laptop & get new desk for home 
  • better organize my posts

(nails: essie fiji & turquoise and caicos)
sweet & salty popcorn.
(dress, michael kors (similar); shoes, jessica simpson (buy); bag, h&m (gift))

check out my currently obsessed page for more
snake skin favorites.


many long overdue thanks to the following fabulous divas:

teresa's blog is a compilation of her travels, reviews, purchases, and outfits. i love her 'another week behind' posts where she highlights her favorite outfit from another blogger, her fashion craving, and her favorite comment received that week.

nicole at electric daze for the
check out nicole's blog for the best in-depth movie reviews and yummy recipes made for movie watching. she was recently nominated as one of the top 5 'best newcomers' in The Movie 411 Best Blog Awards 2011. congrats, girl!

jackie at living after midnite for the
jackie is the make-up guru. check out her blog for the latest and greatest in make-up including reviews, application tips and looks to try. check out her monday posts in which her entire look is from the mark collection.

check out robin's blog for fantastic ensembles and wonderful personal posts. i feel like i have truly come to know her thru the stories she shares on her blog. her most recent goal was to quit smoking. it wasn't an easy task, but with our support, she's doing it. way to go!

passing on the tell me about yourself award to the following
new friends so that i can get to know you better.
justine at luckey's goods
rachel at da paura
kaitlin of kaitgirl



a go-to work outfit consisting of a
pencil skirt and collared shirt.
something i always feel comfortable in.
this skirt has the look of a bandage skirt but the
longer length of a pencil skirt.
thinking about 2012 and how i can simplify life...
maybe five pencil skirts and five collared shirts
for the work week?
(bracelets: banana republic, f21 (buy), express (buy);
ring, erica anenberg via ideeli (similar))
(necklace, no brand via nordstrom rack)
this necklace has three tiers of chains.
it's a tangled mess, but i like it that way.
chocolate covered fortune cookie.
(top & skirt, express (buy)(buy); bag, h&m (gift))


it's that good.

it's no secret that i love accessories.
i count on them to add oomph to my outfits,
especially on days like these when all i have time
to do is throw on an oversized sweater.
i was recently introduced to online retailer, JGOOD.
i thought i would be turned off by still-high prices,
outrageous shipping and selective returns,
but i was not disappointed.
designer jewelry up to 70% off.
no hassle returns on everything.
low $4.95 standard shipping.
free shipping on orders over $25.
oh, it's good.
real good.
scroll down for a peek.
gingerbread house decorated by the minis.
(sweater & skirt, old navy (similar)(buy);
necklace, banana republic (similar + add'l 30% off!))

$22 (retails at $45)
$39 (retails at $105)
$19 (retails at $44)
$18 (retails at $40)
$32 (retails at $75)

want to see more?
sign up for free and get $5 to spend.

links a la [oomph.] 03.

don't walk...run over to ideeli.com.
shoes under $40.
ends tomorrow.

not a member? click here.

dv by dolce vita
steve madden
ivanka trump
steve madden
lovely people
coconuts by matisse
steven by steve madden
melissa shoes


meet the expert.

i'm excited to announce the upcoming release of the
anastasia of beverly hills limited edition set,
wish you were here...available exclusively at
sephora in january 2012.
the release will be accompanied by a fabulous contest in which you can win a round trip ticket to los angeles and a brow appointment with anastasia herself!

contest begins december 28th...stay tuned!

the aftermath.

hope you all had a wonderful christmas weekend.
i enjoyed spending time with family...eating, playing games and opening presents. i was out of luck in the family dice game, too. i walked away with just a dollar for answering a trivia question, but a good time was still had. the day after christmas was spent cleaning. the tree came down, ornaments and holiday decorations were put away, and the house was cleaned in preparation for the new year.

on this evening, i met up with my friend for our traditional christmas get together and gift exchange. we caught up over dinner and delicious pineapple lychee martinis at this quaint little place downtown. the weather was drizzly and windy, perfect for this warm and festive sweater from jackie.

did you get everything you wanted for christmas?
how long does your christmas tree stay up?

this place is actually a wine bar...
i'll definitely be back to try their wine and cheese platters.
(sweater, gift from jackie (similar); denim, express (similar))

photo: random google search
i had no interest in watching this show based on its name and synopsis, but it turned out to be a surprisingly addictive murder mystery. johnny's mother moves him to palm springs after his father's tragic suicide, but after learning that he moved into the room of a teen who also committed suicide, he discovers that this sunny place has a dark side of its own. the show is somewhat similar to pretty little liars, and for that it gets a:
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