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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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Merry Christmas!

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Merry Christmas to all!! I hope everyone is spending quality time with family, friends, and loved ones. I’ll be at home spending the day with family, opening some presents and certainly over-eating — all things I am looking forward to! Hope everyone gets what they wished for!

Have an absolutely amazing holiday!

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


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A Holiday Size Hangover

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What is the worst thing around the holidays? I know it’s hard to imagine anything about the holidays is bad but there are one, well two, things. 1. the large consumption of food which later creates the inevitable “food baby” and 2. the holiday size hangover. I don’t care who you are —  hangovers are the worst. If you happen to be one of those people that drink excessive amounts of alcohol and have never experienced a hangover: congrats…and how rude. There is literally nothing worse than waking up in the morning after spending time at a holiday party the night before and being miserable. The holiday season is supposed to be a time of happiness and merriness… which, in my opinion guarantees a glass of champagne. So what if a few cocktails happen to get thrown into the mix. Sue me. But the key is being able to get rid of the aftermath in a timely manner. Keyword: timely. I am not talking about laying in bed all day sleeping off that headache that won’t crack or the stomach ache that never seems to subside. Well have no fear, your holiday hangover cure is here!! That’s right. I have found some tidbits that will surely help you rid you dreadful symptoms. Enjoy! …and bottoms up!

  1. Gatorade/Vitamin Water/Coconut Water – Low blood sugar paired with dehydration accounts for most of those nasty hangover symptoms (think headache, shakiness and thirst), so a beverage enhanced with vitamins, sugar and electrolytes are your best bet for a quick rebound. Meanwhile, if you’ve got an exceptionally wicked hangover, just go straight for the Pedialyte.
  2. Spa Day – If your hangover is mild to moderate, a massage might be just the thing to release toxins, ease achy muscles and relax an overworked nervous system. Afterward, spend some time in the steam room to sweat out any leftover toxins. Just make sure to drink plenty of water throughout the day so you don’t get dehydrated. *Note: If your hangover has you feeling truly terrible, it’s best to skip the massage, since releasing any more toxins into your bloodstream can actually make you feel worse.
  3. Bitters and soda water – If nausea is your biggest hangover issue, this old-fashioned remedy is a well-known standby for quick stomach relief. Angostura Bitters was initially created nearly 200 years ago as a stomach medicine, but nowadays, it’s frequently used as a cocktail flavoring (or hangover remedy, whatever).
  4. Peppermint Tea – This warm, caffeine-free beverage helps hangovers in a number of ways. Peppermint is a well-known cure for headaches and migraines, and it also has anti-spasmodic properties, which can help alleviate stomach maladies. Not to mention, tea is mostly made of water, which is what you really need after a night of heavy drinking.

Does anyone have any remedies of their own to help rid a hangover?! Please share :)

Have a great Thursday! Tomorrow is finally Friday!! Woo!

xx, MEB