Goodbye November









November has been a whirlwind of a month, but a happy one in the end. I never thought I'd be able to say that, but it was. Though slightly stressful in the beginning (let's not go on about the election), it's ended on a massive high. I've spent copious amounts of time with my family. My brother and his sweet family came to visit unexpectedly over the Thanksgiving weekend, and I was able to spend four or five days with them. I had a lovely and stress free Thanksgiving, which has never really happened, and now I'm smack dab in the middle of my favorite time of year. The Christmas decorations are up, and I'm baking festive cookies as I write this. 

I'm excited for December. Let's get to it.


Jojoba Oil




Earlier this year, I decided that I'd had enough of going through too much moisturizer and not fully understanding what was actually in it. I began to research different natural oils, and I ended up ordering this jojoba oil from Leven Rose (not sponsored). I've been using it for a few months, and I can safely say that I am completely converted to facial oils.

I haven't used as much product as I did moisturizer. I've still yet to have to repurchase, which is honestly a pretty big factor. I don't have to use much at all on my face, and I've actually fallen into the routine of only thoroughly washing my face once a day, which was not the case before. The natural oils on my face have evened out immensely. My breakouts still aren't gone, but it's a single con on a list of pros.

If you've considered making the switch to oils, I highly recommend it. You'll probably have to do a little research to find what suits you best, but it's so worth it. I wish I did this years ago.


More From The Marker Book




I've just had the loveliest little Thanksgiving work break, and now it's time to really get into the thick of the holiday season. Blogmas begins later this week, and there are some minor adjustments being made to ongoing projects. The first is that I've changed the idea of this project from one Copic marker, to just one marker, per section I suppose. I wasn't so impressed with the marker in general, and I personally didn't think that it was worth the money. The project is on hold through December, because I'll have plenty of content for Blogmas in the coming weeks. I'll have to get another marker to continue, and I thought I'd use this as an opportunity to try other brands, and see what kind of marker I prefer, and I'll start a new section of the book with each marker.

Anyway, these are the rest of the Copic marker illustrations I did during November. I meant to add a few more festive themed illustrations in the book before the marker ran out, but it did run out, and I strayed to other festive projects, so this is what I'm left with. They're somewhat on theme, or cozy at least, and that's basically Autumn in a nutshell anyway. I'm content with them.


A Statement Coat Edit



I was finally able to break out my coat over the weekend, and I took it to the max, faux fur collar and all. I also had my eye on a few coats while I was out and about, so I thought this would be the perfect time to share some statement coats I've been coveting. Some are affordable, some not so much, but they'd all make the perfect addition to any wardrobe. Never have I ever been into coats so bright. I'd have all of these if I could.

I also wanted to add an update to this week's posting schedule. I won't be posting tomorrow or Thursday, but I'll still be around the internet, and Friday's Weekend Reading post will go up as normal. I want to wish a little pre-Happy Thanksgiving to everyone who celebrates on Thursday! If you want to see what I get up to this week/weekend, follow me on Instagram.


*I do not own the images in this post.


It's Time To Be A Busy Bee (& Some Misc. Photos)






So sorry that today wasn't planned properly, but it just wasn't. I don't have any excuses. I did have a lovely weekend however. I finally got around to buying ornaments for my Christmas tree, and I've started trying to put together a list of everyone to buy gifts for. I've got my mom's gift taken care of, which is the easiest task I have every year, but I'm at a loss right now. I have no idea what to get anyone. But there's still time, and there's still another holiday in the meantime.

Thanksgiving is this week, so I've been cracking pecans for pies and planning what needs to be made with my mother. Thanksgiving is lovely, and I really try not to blow it off, but I usually do. It's tradition to decorate my parents' house on the night of Thanksgiving, and it's what I'm actually looking forward to the most. 

Blog posts will go up as usual, but I probably won't have much posted on Thursday. I'll be busy baking pies on Wednesday night. Not that I'm complaining; this is my favorite time of year after all! It's time to be a busy bee in the very best way. 


Affordable Holiday Dresses With Fashionmia.com



Remember when I said it was time to get festive? I meant immediately. What better way to really kick things off than with an affordable holiday dress edit?

Today's edit is from Fashionmia.com. They've currently got a lovely selection of affordable, cheap dresses, perfect for any festive event you've got coming up this season. You can see their entire affordable dress selection here. I've listed my personal favorites above. I think all of my picks are chic and fun, and there's something for everyone.

Gorgeous little-black-dresses and fun colors and silhouettes are all I could ask for right now. The lengths are classic and easily to layer however the weather. The black pieces would be perfect for any evening cocktail date with friends, and the colorful pieces are the perfect way to brighten up any already festive day or event. The red dress screams Christmas to me, and it would be perfect for Christmas Eve or Christmas Day dinner, however your family does it. Picks two and ten would be perfect for any holiday celebration, of course, but if you wanted to get a bit ahead of yourself and find a dress for New Year's Eve, you could consider those two for a lovely bit of sparkle.

They're all really great, is what I'm getting at, and I wish I could add them all to my collection immediately. I adore these twelve dresses, and you can see the rest of their broad selection of women's clothing here.

See anything you like?


*This is a sponsored post. I genuinely love these dresses though. I do not own the photos in this post.


Well...










What's the point of being in such a busy yard if you don't put on a flouncy dress and climb all over everything? Or I'm just a child. That's possible. Regardless, that's exactly what I did a few days ago. I thought I should fully embrace the environment while I was there. However, I'm finally getting back home, and I'll be back to my main photo *aesthetic* until December first, which is soon! It's time to really get festive, and get to work. 

I'm so ready.


Holiday Wear Inspiration: Elie Saab Fall '16 Couture







I've been waiting to talk about this collection for months, but I wanted to save it for the perfect time. The Elie Saab Fall '16 Couture collection is by far the most inspiring holiday wear collection I've seen in awhile, and I'm head over heels for nearly every look. It's a glorious combination of glitz, winter shades, and gorgeous textures. A lot of the looks have an old Hollywood flair, which is just up my alley. I just need a ton of money, and a ton of Holiday parties to attend.


This post is not sponsored. I do not own the images in this post. Source: Now Fashion


What I've Observed From Not Shaving



As I've mentioned a million times before, my skin has become more sensitive than ever this year. It's crossed over into a bit of a hairy area, literally. I've gotten to the point where shaving my legs and armpits is physically painful, even with a brand new razor. Because of this, I've fallen into the habit of letting my body hair grow wild, which was a pretty taboo thing before. I was always worried about what people would think. I was also worried about how I would feel about it, both physically and mentally.

As it turns out, it hasn't been much of an issue at all. I still go out with exposed legs (though not as much now that it's getting cold). I don't think anyone has really noticed, and if they have, they haven't cared enough to react. When I first began to grow the hair out, I was incredibly aware of it. I now forget that the hair is there most of the time, and my skin hasn't been near as itchy. It's also comical how patchy my leg hair is. I still have spots that are bare, and because I began removing my leg hair around ten years ago, I have no idea if they've always been that way or not. I'm also slightly tempted to dye my armpit hair, just for the hell of it. 

If you've ever considered growing your body hair out, go for it. Just do it. If you don't like it, you can easily switch back to your preferred removal method. It's worth a shot!


Fluffy Pumpkin Bread Cookies
















Sometimes we just need to put all chaotic current events behind us and take a breather. You should really consider doing so this month with these fluffy pumpkin bread cookies. I adapted this recipe, and it's the best recipe I've ever found, I'm pretty sure. They're a bit of a process (at least when I made them), and I'd personally let the dough chill overnight, but they're definitely worth the effort. I'm making more ASAP. I hope you enjoy them!

Ingredients:
5 cups all purpose flour
2 tsp baking soda
2 tsp baking powder
3 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp ground nutmeg
1 tsp cloves
1 tsp salt
3 cups granulated sugar
1 cup butter or margarine
2 cups canned pumpkin puree
2 large eggs
2 tsp vanilla extract

Instructions:
1. Combine the flour, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon, ground nutmeg, cloves, and salt in a medium bowl.

2. In your largest bowl (trust me), beat the butter and sugar until well blended.

3. Beat in the pumpkin, eggs, and vanilla extract until the mixture is smooth.

4. Gradually combine the flour mixture with the pumpkin mixture.

5. Cover and chill (I chilled mine overnight).

6. When the dough is sufficiently chilled, drop by the tablespoon on parchment paper lined baking sheets.

7. Bake for 15-18 minutes at 350F.


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