Best of 2013

Instead of doing my typical 5 Things Friday posts I’m going to do two New Year themed sort of posts. This one will be the things that I’ve loved in 2013 and the next post will be sort of a New Year’s Resolution post. I absolutely hate making resolutions since I sort of think it’s corny, but I know it’s inevitable to think about changes every time a new year rolls around. On to 2013…

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ONE// USC

This August I started graduate school at USC. I had somewhat of a non-conventional undergrad experience. After I graduated high school I started class at the University of New Mexico and I hated everything. I didn’t have any advising while I was in high school. I didn’t know what I waned to do or why I was there so I never showed up to class. My GPA was absolutely abysmal and after I was put on academic probation I gave up and moved to New York. Once I finally went back to UNM I knew I was ready to be in school and take it seriously. I found something I loved (Classics) and joined clubs and groups knowing that I would need something on my resume to make up for the fact that my GPA would never be stellar. Once grad school application time rolled around I knew I had to be at the top of my game to be able to compete with some of the students who didn’t have the same setbacks that I did. I worked my butt off to get into USC and I’m so proud of myself for getting to this point. I’m not one to boast but this was the first semester since possibly middle school that I’m made all A’s. To be fair, Latin and Greek were pretty tough.

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5 Things Friday on a Saturday

Yikes! This whole week has thrown off my schedule! I didn’t even realize it was Friday until I was getting ready for bed last night. I’ll make this week’s post short and sweet.

christmas

Here is a bit of my Christmas haul. The Boyf got me a few pairs of earrings and an adorable cat shirt. He knows the way to my heart. We decided not to spend too much money on each other this year and just buy Disneyland annual passes sometime in January.

The small bottle of Patron was from the white elephant exchange at my gym. I originally got a few very adorable workout tops, but they got stolen. I’m more of a whiskey girl myself, but I can’t say no to top shelf alcohol. We also got the Patron Cafe from The Boyf’s mom since we created a Cafe and Irish Creme shot a few weeks ago and it was pretty tasty.

We got a bunch of coffee for our K-cup machine, thank the coffee gods, and a few candles which I’m looking forward to lighting now that my obsession with things that smell good is at an all time high. Thanks Fortune Cookie Soap! I got a few J. Crew tops and a Sephora gift card which I promptly went out and spent. I splurged on a YSL lipstick since I can never justify buying one on my own. I made a few mini hauls while at the Beverly Center spending that gift card (Bath and Body Works) which I’ll probably pull into a post this week.

You know you’re officially an adult when you get stoked about getting storage containers for Christmas. The Boyf’s Mom has a fantastic set of glass storage dishes which make my dirty old Ziploc containers look like old take out dishes and she remembered me gushing over them and bought me a set of my own. She always manages to do a great job with the gift shopping.

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The holidays are almost here…and almost over. This is my first Christmas in Los Angeles and I knew it would be busy and crowded, but I’m still somewhat alarmed.

vodkaMy vodka infusing experiment is going pretty well. I bought small jars at Target and some ingredients to make six sweet flavors and six more savory flavors. I have habanero, coconut, garlic, skittles, raspberries, cucumber, marshmallow, rosemary and more. I took the habanero out after 24 hours but I’m going to let the rest sit for another day and test them out tomorrow.

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5 Things Friday

I’m trying to stay positive since I’ve been sick for the past few days. At least I didn’t get sick while in school, but either way it’s still not any fun. Bleh.

caramel

Last weekend I went to Trader Joe’s to grab a few snacks to bring to a holiday party on Saturday. While I was there I saw this caramel taste test and thought it would be super fun for the Boyf and I to do. It comes in a big long box and it has the flavor suggestions on the sides and then guess the flavors as you taste them. You’re supposed to cut them into four pieces and share with friends, but I guess they didn’t realize that cutting them would still be difficult after putting them in the fridge for a bit. They looked so pretty…afterwards, not so much. Most of them were really tasty, except for a select few. I’m a big coconut hater, so I didn’t enjoy that one.

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5 Things Friday

Oh, what a long and stressful week it has been. I’m so happy to finally relax a bit. Here are my five things of the week:

gelato

I’ve had the nastiest sweet tooth lately. Seriously. I’ve never been too huge on sweets, I would rarely crave them. Now, I need them all the time. Recently the Boyf and I discovered a Neveux within a short walk from the house. Not only do they have crazy, unique flavors like Basil Olive Oil and Pepper Peach, but they have some of the best knock-you-in-your-face coffee around. If I ever need a boost that a simple cup of coffee won’t fix, I head straight to Neveux. My absolute favorite is the Salted Caramel affogatto. The flavors blend perfectly.

pug

This little guy. Earlier this week I was sitting on the Annenberg patio and someone sat down for a meeting right next to me with this sweet little pug. I’m not a massive fan of dogs (I’ve always been more of a cat person) but I had to get out of my seat and put him. His person said his name was Hugo and is super friendly. I didn’t realize until I was petting him, but he was missing an eye! I think owning Michael has made me a total softie for “broken” animals. I know, it sounds worse than it is, but I just want a collecting of special needs animals to spoil them rotten.

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5 Things I’m Loving This Week

Following in the footsteps of many other bloggers, I decided to make a quick ‘5 Things’ post. It’s also to remind myself of the simple pleasures that keep me smiling throughout the week. Here are 5 things I’m totally into right now:

LeafPile

I added a new Fortune Cookie Soap to my soap dish. I absolutely love this company, obsessed is more like it. Their scents are completely unique and they’re constantly releasing fun new collections. The owners are completely engaged with their followers on social media and I love the feeling of actually being connected to the company.

This cookie is from their fall collection. It’s called Leeeaaf Piiiile! and it smells like apple and acorns. I’ve never been fantastic at being able to differentiate scents, but it smells so fresh and lovely. I can’t wait to get the matching body butter.

campussquirrel

Oh, the darling little campus squirrels. I’m fortunate to go to a school with a consistently green and leafy campus. On my way to class I generally see about 7-8 squirrels. I know, I know, it’s just a squirrel, but they’re so adorable. I clearly didn’t see enough wildlife in my childhood because I want to feed them snacks and run after them with open arms. This little guy was hanging out on that tree and squeaking at me so I snapped his photo.

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