holiday trance.

christmas is a mere six days away.

and I’ve officially entered into a holiday trance.

the symptoms:

  1. you can’t think of anything else besides the gifts you still need to buy.
  2. you spend the majority of your time on pinterest looking for appetizer recipes for the parties you’re attending.
  3. you only want to consume ‘winter foods,’ like chili even though it was 48°/practically a heatwave yesterday.
  4. eggnog replaces milk and water.
  5. peppermint schnapps & baileys become the most important bottles of booze in your house.
  6. you refuse to buy beer that doesn’t sport a holiday-themed label.
  7. when you get home you change immediately into your flannel pajamas & matching socks. tis the season
  8. you alternate between the hallmark channel & ABC family [because they play the BEST holiday movies] and you forget other channels exist.
  9. every time you look at snow, you break out into song .. “oh the weather outside is frightful, but the fire is so delightful. and since we’ve no place to go, let it snow, let it snow, let it snow”.
  10. you completely abandon your daily routine, and swap black coffee with a venti gingerbread mocha. tis the season.
  11.  the first thing you do in the morning is plug in your christmas tree. heck the sun is hidden by 100 ‘we might snow’ clouds, so it’s practically dark out. 
  12. you want to stay in your pajamas and sleep all day, because you’ve worked really hard this semester & pulled 3 all-nighters, you deserve it. oh wait, that was just a 4-year teaser of the time you wish you had off during the holidays.
  13. you feel full of love, gratitude, and candy canes.
  14. and a strong desire to just celebrate.

now that all of you know where my heads at. and you can probably relate.

just give in. 

crank up the christmas tunes. turn on your twinkly lights. and make yourself a drink, or two.

spiked eggnog //

spiked eggnog // use spiced rum or cafe patron.

irish candy cane //

irish candy cane // just baileys, peppermint schnapps, & a dash of cinnamon.

holiday trance //

happy thursday all.

tomorrow is friday!


decorating above the kitchen cabinets.

[J] & I have made so much progress in our apartment. I am absolutely in love. I walk through the door and immediately “ahhhhh” in happiness. it feels like home.

we are so excited to be welcoming our first out-of-town guests this afternoon: [J]’s family. they’re coming from chicago, to spend the day with us. and to see our new place. so naturally, we spent the weekend working on the projects left on our ‘to do list’. including ..

decorating above our kitchen cabinets.

we have a lot of empty space between our ceiling & cabinets – it needed to be decorated. but it’s an area I’ve never tackled before. I took to {pinterest} for ideas. where I stumbled upon my final {inspiration}.

decorating above kitchen cabinets

we did all of this in one day. from two stores [TJ maxx & hobby lobby]. and all for under $100.

decorating above kitchen cabinets


all pieces [above] from TJ Maxx.


letters from hobby lobby.

[we spray painted: espresso brown].

decorating above kitchen cabinets

decorating above kitchen cabinets

there is absolutely no rhyme or reason to the pieces we picked. we just liked them. [especially the fish]. and they provided the ‘pop of color’ we wanted.

it may seem to be an ‘insignificant’ space to take time & money to decorate, but it has made a huge difference. and we are so happy with the finished product.

happy monday all.

[and let’s all hope for spring to come to the midwest. it’s been snowing for two days. and I’m over it. I’d happily settle on 40°].


bar cart inspiration.

ever since moving into our new place, I have been craving [yes, again] a bar cart. there is nothing more adult/1920’s about ..‘can I pour you a drink?’. 

so [J] & I gathered some inspiration. and began building our cart. [hint: ‘bar cart’ on pinterest leads to an array of ideas].

here are the tops.

bamboo bar cart


bar cart white{source}.

bar car blue glasses


bar cart bamboo


I cannot wait to share our finished cart with you next week.

complete with vodka. lemons. and bottle openers.

[isn’t decorating so much fun?]