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Oh, Saint Valentine

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For this particular post I was just looking up images of “love” on a tumblr that I enjoy incorporating into my blog. I searched pages and pages, and while i found wonderful and beautiful pictures of love, none seemed just right. After all, today is a day to celebrate the one most important thing we have in life: l.o.v.e. Real, honest-to-God, and true love. No wonder I couldn’t find it on a tumblr— I was looking in the wrong place! If i want “real love,” I need to find real people in real life situation. People I know, people.I.love. People that understand it won’t always be easy and that sometimes things get confusing. But people that also understand, it is all worth it.

Let’s take a moment and be honest if we’re already chatting about “true love.” Today , it doesn’t matter if you are in a relationship or not. Anyone and everyone can celebrate the oh-so-frequently-despised Valentine’s Day. We all have experienced some sort of love (I genuinely hope so). Everyone deserves to know what love is. In my opinion, it doesn’t matter if your love is a love for a friend or a love for a parent or love for anyone else… it’s all considered love. That is what I love about love! They’re are sooo many different kinds of love in the world. I think we can all agree that the most important love we should have is love for our self. I am not going to rant and rave about the things I love about myself because well, that’s slightly egotistical and who wants to read about that? I certainly don’t want to write about it. However, i do think it needs to be recognized. Without question, we are our biggest critics and I think it is a valuable quality to be able to step back from mirror, look at the big picture, and realize, “everything is okay and i am happy.” Haven’t you ever realized that when you feel good about yourself or you get a compliment from a stranger or you’re involved in some random act of kindness… you just feel happy!? It’s the universe’s way of patting you on the back to let you know,  you can do it.

My guy and I aren’t for celebrating big but an exchange of cards is a must. I may or may not have hinted at flowers to accompany the card so hopefully he got the hint. He hasn’t seemed to fail me yet. I feel so blessed to have such an amazing man in my life. However, if we are going on this whole “let’s be honest” rampage, I have to admit, my dad will always be my first and favorite valentine. Is that dumb? I am a twenty-something daddy’s girl. Nope, I don’t think so. My dad is my most favorite man in the world and will always be my first love, I suppose he deserves some credit. I love you, Dad. Happy Valentine’s Day!

May your day be filled with love, chocolate and wine. All things you can gift yourself… or others :)

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All my love,

MEB

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Currently Coveting: Red Hot Items

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| 1. Mara Hoffman bikini | 2. NARS Lipstick in Jungle Red | 3. JCrew Beaded Rose Necklace | 4. Kate Spade Terry Flat | 5. Joie Pinot Top | 6. Cosa Bella Never Say Never Sweetie Soft Bra | 7. Kate Spade Pop Art Scarf | 8. Cosa Bella Never Say Never Cutie Lowrider Thong |

Whether you’re buying for yourself or others this holiday, you can always find an excuse to go shopping. In my case, these are some “red hot” — err, or pink— items that I have been eying lately. Some are just practical for the holiday, cue the most comfortable bra and undies known to womankind (Cosa Bella), while others just happen to be red and pink so they fall into the “holiday” category. Without question I think my favorite item on this list is the Mara Hoffman bikini. I have been lusting after one of her suits for so long. Hence the reason I managed to pick out one of the suits that had pink in it. Sorry, I had to— her bathing suits are always so cute and chic. Who wouldn’t want to dive into a pool in one of these bad boys? I certainly do!! On another note, once hopping out of the pool and switching the gears into a cute sundress, a perfect lipstick to pair it with is necessary. PS. can you tell I am ready for warm/beach weather?! Anyways, I have about three NARS lipsticks so far and I am hooked. They’re so great and they have a bunch of different types (i.e. smooth, matte, semi-matte- you get the picture) and I love them all. I highly recommend everyone purchases at least one asap. Not to mention, they’re color selection is top notch. In fact, I think it might be time i add numero four to the bunch. We shall see!

PS. i suppose these couldn’t hurt to add to the wish list either!

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Have a wonderful Wednesday!

xx, MEB


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Cue, 2013.

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2012. When I look back on the past year it amazes me how much has happened. I graduated from college, I started my first job in the workforce, I took on financial responsibility that I never really thought was possible, I’ve been asked by my wonderful and amazing soon-to-be sister-in-law to be her Maid of Honor, I marked year numero tres in a wonderful relationship with a man I love, and I’ve grown more as an individual than ever before.

This past year has been one for the books without question. Its been full of so many emotions and blessings, not to say there hasn’t been bumps in the road along the way. I don’t think it would have been a memorable year without everything that has occurred. It’s all about what you learn these experiences though, right? Some things I learned over the past year:

+ pay the bill as soon as you get it, don’t delay the inevitable
+ don’t be fooled— dogs are great, vet bills are not
+ family is most important— more of a reassurance seeing as I already knew this
+ best friends are rare, but keep them close when you find them
+ also, no matter the distance between best friends, the good ones will always be there
+ champagne gives the worst hangovers
+ don’t be afraid to over-indulge
+ pay day is always the best day
+ it’s not always about want, instead, focus on need
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work hard & play hard — balance is key
+ the right song can fix any problem, for a few minutes anyways
+ it’s okay to simply trust your instincts
+ wearing heels from 8am-6pm will never end well
+ anything is possible

Yes, I know — that is just scratching the surface but there was a lot to be learned this year! From graduating to starting a new life in a new city there are many things that I have picked up along the way. 2012 was good to me, to my family, and to my friends. I am blessed to have such amazing people in my life and I am looking forward to everything that 2013 has in store for me. I hope everyone had a wonderful night celebrating the countdown to a new year!

Have an amazing day and cheers to 2013!!

xx, MEB


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10…9…8… Don’t Be Late!

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“You don’t have to be rich to sparkle,” how perfect does that describe my night tonight?! I may not be high-rollin’ but I can still put on a sparkly dress paired with some fabulous jewels and have a fantastic night! Whatever you’re doing tonight, staying in or going out… have fun! It’s the end of the year and this is the time to celebrate everything that’s happened over the past year — good or bad. Take a break from worrying and just enjoy yourself… and a few cocktails. Doctor’s orders. I’ll be out in Dallas tonight and I can’t wait for my first NYE in the “Big D!” I feel like I am bound to have a good night, right?? Yes, I think so! Cheers to a great 2012 and even better 2013!!

See you next year!! :)

xx, MEB

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Time Off… Don’t Mind If I Do!

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I decided that the rest of this week is deemed as time off. I haven’t had this long of a break since college and I want to fully enjoy it. Have no fear, I will be doing some work on the blog and will be back on Monday! If you’re on vacation like me, enjoy it! I sincerely hope that everyone has the happiest of holidays!

xx, MEB


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All I Want For Christmas Is You…

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Merry Christmas Eve!! This is one of my favorite days of the year. “Why?” you ask? Well, we have family holiday traditions that commence today! We spend the day relaxing around the house while preparing for the activities to come in the next day. As the evening rolls around, everyone gets ready for church and the annual Christmas party. One of our family-friends host a holiday party every year on Christmas Eve. It is a great time to catch up with people from my hometown that I normally don’t get the opportunity to see. After the party, we head home to open one present. Each year we get to open one present the night before. I think it is partially because when we were younger we had little-to-no patience. It was the only way to get us to stop asking about what was under the tree. Opening just one present calmed the nerves and allowed us to spread out the holiday cheer of opening presents for just one more day. After presents are open we all go into my dad’s office and read ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas.” Possibly one of my favorite books ever. My momma reads it every year but I remember the one year when I was old enough to read the entire book. Big deal in a child’s life. But now that all of us are old enough and have read books longer than twelve pages, momma continues the tradition of reading the book.

Does anyone else have Christmas Eve traditions? I would love to hear your Christmas Eve/Day plans! Have a wonderful holiday!!

xx, MEB


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Home for The Holidays!

Tomorrow morning I am waking up bright and early to head home for the holidays! I could not be more excited! I haven’t been home since October and for this home-body, that is a long time. I know what you’re thinking “home-body that moved thousands of miles away? hardly.” But I have to admit, I am very much a home-body. I love my home and my family. Home has always been the equivalent of a happy place for me. Whenever my parents even slightly mention moving out of our house I immediately throw a fit and start laying down any argument possible. I can’t help it — I was born and raised in the same house. There is no other house I want to come home to. No other house would ever be “home” to me. This holiday season after all that has been going on in the world it really makes me appreciate my family that much more. Sure there is guaranteed bickering and chaos with my brothers but that is inevitable. I go home expecting this. But this year, I cannot wait for it all. I love my family so much and I am so blessed to have them. Take me home :)

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Now if only I could get a little bit of this for Christmas! Here’s to wishing and hoping!

Safe travels to all and may you have a very happy holiday!

xx, MEB