What Makes a Christmas Tree Unique?

Happy Friday, everyone!

One of my favorite Christmas activities is decorating your tree. It’s so fun bringing out the ornaments, lights, tinsel… Or whatever you please! Your tree can have a theme, or you can create your own masterpiece with different colors and shapes.

I believe that the ornaments hanging on the branches of a Christmas tree are what makes it unique. There are so many different ornaments out there, and they can have special meanings behind them, too. Your neighbor might have ornaments of a cat, ballerina slippers, a vintage car, a chef’s hat, and a wine glass on their tree, but do you know why?

I thought it would be fun to share some of my Christmas ornaments and the meaning behind each of them!

Pink NYC t-shirtnycornament.jpgI love the city and I used to go in 1-2 times a year. I’ve gone in to see Broadway shows, around Christmastime, or just because. It’s been awhile since I’ve been so I’m hoping to go soon!

Butterflybutterflyornament.jpgI had a cousin who passed away who was also an organ donor. The butterfly is a symbol of new life, and by being an organ donor, he was able to give other people a second chance.

Orlandoorlandoornament.jpgMy mom gave this to Robby and I because we love going to Disney World; it’s actually where we spent our first day together! Plus, it’s my favorite place 🙂

Clarinetclarinetornament.jpgI played the clarinet all through middle school and high school. I really enjoyed being in band because of the people and the fun that we had! Plus, in high school, I got to go on a trip to Disney World and Virginia Beach.

Penguinpenguinornament.jpgPenguins are my favorite animal and I have a handful of penguin ornaments, including this glittery dude! Christmas just gives me another excuse to buy all the penguins!

Ruby Red Slipperredslipperornament.jpgI’ve had this one for a long time. I guess there really isn’t any special meaning behind it other than I liked it when I bought it. Although, I do love The Wizard of Oz!

Passportpassportornament.jpgThis is another one from my mom. She bought this for Robby and I after we went to Atlantis, which is where we got engaged. This was my first time using a passport, the first time I needed one.

Do you have any Christmas ornaments with a special meaning? I’d love to hear about it!

What’s On Your Bookshelf? – The Only Pirate at the Party

Hello, everyone!

I wanted to start something called “What’s On Your Bookshelf?” Basically, it’s just me sharing a different book with you!

My first “What’s On Your Bookshelf?” post is going to be about Lindsey Stirling’s The Only Pirate at the Party, which I recently finished. If you don’t know who Lindsey Stirling is… You’re doing it wrong! Lindsey is an electronic violinist who earned her success through YouTube. She’s released three full-length albums along with a Christmas album that just came out in October. She was also on the most recent season of Dancing with the Stars!

Lindsey co-wrote her book with one of her sisters, Brooke S. Passey, who is mentioned throughout. Lindsey takes you back through her childhood, growing up, and the many hurdles she’s faced since as she figured out life and chasing her dreams.


What I loved most about this book was reading about the struggles that brought Lindsey to where she is today, as well as moments I related with (especially ones she shared from her childhood and growing up). It kind of felt like I was reading about a friend, or like I had a close friend right next to me. It also showed that Lindsey is human like anyone else. She has doubts, she faces the realities of life, and she works hard to make her dreams come true.

Another great element to The Only Pirate at the Party was the humor. You know how when you type ‘lol’ to someone, most of the time you’re not actually laughing? Heck, you’re probably not even smiling. Well, I genuinely laughed out loud while reading Lindsey’s book. Here’s why:

“I considered telling her about Naomi’s five dollars, but I was worried she might call the Tooth Fairy Office and complain, and what if my fairy got fired?”

“I saw the girls of Fifth Harmony backstage, so I introduced myself and congratulated them on their new single. They smiled and nodded politely. A few minutes later I passed the real Fifth Harmony in the halls and I realized I had been talking to Pitbull’s backup dancers about their “summer hit.””

“I was almost finished when the pick got stuck in between my teeth, and of course that was also the moment the elevator doors started to open. I frantically tried to loosen the pick, with no luck. When I looked up, Ashton Kutcher was exiting the elevator in front of me. He nodded with a closemouthed smile, and I just gaped back at him – partially because I was looking at Ashton Kutcher, and partially because a floss pick was preventing my mouth from fully closing.”

Along with some giggles, Lindsey gets into some of life’s valuable lessons, things she admits she has to relearn sometimes. She also admits that the last few years of her life have been one big learning experience, which just goes to show that we’re always learning and growing no matter how old we are or what we’ve already been through. Here are some of those lessons:

  • The chapter “Sticks and Stones” is introduced with this quote: “You can spend your whole life feeling small by looking up at everyone above you, or you can look down and see how far you’ve come.”
  • Loving yourself is an incredibly difficult thing to do. Oh, the struggle is so real with this one. It’s so easy for us to overlook self-love and self-care, especially when it’s something we’re very unfamiliar with. Lindsey offers a list of qualities and traits that she might feel self-conscious about or dislike and puts a positive spin on them by describing why she loves them.
  • Don’t depend on other people’s opinions. I feel like this is something all of us face at one point or another. Lindsey shares the disappointment she felt after not winning a Grammy Award, but realizes that her self-worth shouldn’t have been relying so heavily on winning or losing. Inevitably, there will be people who don’t like you or say things that hurt your feelings, but it shouldn’t dictate your self-worth. Be the best you can be and be proud of that.
  • No doesn’t have to mean no. If someone rejects you or tries to tell you that you’re not good enough, don’t listen to them. Keep being you and keep going.
  • It really is okay to be different. I think this is something a lot of people struggle with or get negative reactions to. But Lindsey is a great example of how sticking to your true self will take you far.

If you’re a Lindsey fan and haven’t read this book yet, I highly recommend it! If you aren’t, you should still read it.

Now I want to know about one of the books on your bookshelf! Or, what book are you currently reading? Let me know in the comments!

My Favorite Albums From 2017

I know I’m not the only one when I say that I love music. I love going to concerts, the excitement when your favorite band announces their new album, the community, and the emotional connection songs create.

2017 was a great year for music, and to celebrate that, I wanted to share my favorite albums that were released! This isn’t meant to be a review of any kind, just me sharing my favorite albums from this year. I’ve also included a few songs from each album for you to listen to so you can see what you’re in for!

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The Maine, Lovely Little Lonely – I listened to The Maine in high school, but never really kept up with them. They dropped their song “Black Butterflies and Déjà Vu” at the beginning of the year, so I gave it a listen. Clearly, I enjoyed it because it led me to check out the rest of their newest album. These are great songs to jam loudly to in your car.

Songs to check out: “Don’t Come Down,” “Black Butterflies and Déjà Vu,” and “The Sound of Reverie”

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Eisley, I’m Only Dreaming – Sherri DuPree-Bemis has such a sweet, beautiful voice. The songs from this album are catchy and make you sometimes feel as if you’re in a dream or a different world (that’s how I feel at least). There’s always been something about Eisley that I’ve found to be whimsical and fairytale-like.

Songs to check out: “Always Wrong,” “Defeatist,” and “Sparking”

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HAIM, Something To Tell You – The HAIM sisters’ sophomore album continues to showcase their talents as musicians. They have an 80s vibe (stylistically as well – love it!) that you can dance and sing along to. Plus, Danielle Haim’s voice is brilliant.

Songs to check out: “Little Of Your Love,” “You Never Knew,” and “Kept Me Crying”

Lights, Skin&Earth – This is my first album from Lights, and I really enjoy it! The songs are accompanied by a comic series she created/designed (I’m slowly collecting all of the issues), so it’s cool to see how they connect and feel like you’re a part of the story. I also like that the album consists of different sounds with each song.

Songs to check out: “Giants,” “Savage,” and “Almost Had Me”

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All Time Low, Last Young Renegade – I’ve followed these guys for most of their career. I’ve seen them through all of their album cycles and have watched them grow, both as individuals and as a band. Their latest album, Last Young Renegade, really shows that growth through lyrics and sound. It’s definitely darker than any of their other albums, but I think it just shows they can tackle anything!

Songs to check out: “Ground Control” (feat. Tegan and Sara), “Dirty Laundry,” and “Last Young Renegade”

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Paramore, After Laughter – Like many Paramore fans worldwide, I was anxiously awaiting this album. I honestly wasn’t sure what to expect, though I don’t think I was expecting such an open, honest set of songs (not to say their other songs aren’t honest because they are). I’ve leaned on this album so much, and the lyrics express things I feel like I’m never able to fully get out. It’s therapeutic and relieving.

Songs to check out: “Rose-Colored Boy,” “26,” and “Hard Times”

Do you like any of albums I mentioned? What are some of your favorite albums from 2017? I’m always looking for new music, so let me know in the comments!

My First Trunk Club Experience

Hello and Happy Saturday!

I wanted to share my first ever experience with Trunk Club. My husband, Robby, told me he wanted to try this service where you work with a stylist who sends you a box of different clothing items and you can keep whatever you like (and pay for, of course), then just send back the rest! As someone who loves clothes, I was definitely interested.

I signed up and was immediately asked questions regarding my size, stores I like to shop at, and what type of outfits/clothing I was looking for. The stylist I worked with, Kathleen, was super friendly and asked me additional questions to get a better understanding of what I wanted. I even sent her a couple of Pinterest links of outfits that represent the type of style I like/clothes I like to wear!

Once your stylist puts together your trunk, you’re able to preview it before it’s shipped. You’ll see a photo of each item, the price, and the brand. There were two items in my trunk that were very similar to things I already own, so I was was able to give feedback and my stylist exchanged them!

There’s a $25 deposit fee that gets charged to your credit card. Your stylist will ask you to enter that information before your trunk gets shipped out. That $25 will go towards your final purchase total.

You’ll also be notified when your trunk ships. Mine came a day earlier than it said, so I was very excited! This is what my trunk looked like, it was a decent sized box:IMG_6545My trunk consisted of 2 pairs of shoes, 2 pairs of pants, a jacket, 2 sweaters, and 3 tops. I put on a mini fashion show for Robby and tried on everything. Also, the trunks vary depending on the person. For instance, Robby’s didn’t have a jacket and he only had 1 pair of shoes. But it’s also nice because as I explained before, if there are things you either have, dislike, or the price is too high, you can let your stylist know and they’ll do a swap.

I only ended up going with two of the items in my trunk. I figured I wouldn’t LOVE everything in there and/or there would be things I didn’t like (size, fit, etc). Also, Trunk Club is a Nordstrom company and has high quality clothes, so if I were to purchase everything, I would have spent a pretty penny! (Robby also kept two items from his trunk – a sweater and a button-up shirt)

Here’s what I kept:IMG_6546IMG_6547I’m excited to wear this as an outfit!

You can schedule to receive trunks on a recurring basis, but I didn’t opt for that. I definitely plan on doing it again because it was a fun experience and I found some great clothes, I just don’t think regularly will work for me right now. And that’s okay 🙂

They provide you with a return shipping label so you can just drop off your trunk at UPS. Nice and easy! You also get to provide feedback on your trunk by checking off what you kept, what you returned, and why.

If anyone else has tried Trunk Club, let me know what you thought of it!

Hot Cocoa on the Porch: The Glories of Cold Weather

Hello, everyone! I hope you all had a nice weekend.

As a New England resident, I love the changing of seasons. Summer, fall, winter, and spring each have their own beauty and I’m lucky that I get to experience all of it every year!

I’ve already mentioned that fall is my favorite season. However, I have to admit that winter is my least favorite because I’m not a fan of the cold weather. I get cold very easily; plus, the sun doesn’t shine as long during the day!

Now that it’s November and we’re heading towards the winter season, I thought I would put a positive spin on my dislike for cold weather and list some of the good things it brings! 

Christmas time – Christmas is my absolute favorite holiday!  I love the Christmas spirit, the decorations, putting ornaments on your tree, candy canes, Christmas music… Everything! I definitely don’t mind enduring the cold if it means I get to experience Christmas!

The first snow fall of the season – I think this event, whenever it happens, is so exciting. And I’m not talking about a dusting or flakes that instantly melt when they hit the ground. I mean actual snow that sticks to the roads, covers cars, and leaves a few inches on the ground so the world is under a blanket of white. It looks so pretty, too.

Blankets – Cold weather means breaking out those blankets and snuggling up on the couch! We have a bunch of blankets in the apartment, even a heated blanket that was given to us as a gift. Heated or not, blankets are perfect on a cold night or when you’re snowed in there’s no other choice but to have a movie marathon 🙂

Comfy sweaters – Oh man, I love sweaters! Even though you typically have to bundle up in the winter, your bundle can include your favorite comfy sweater. Add a nice scarf, a hat, and some warm boots and you’re ready to brave the cold!

Hot beverages like cocoa and apple cider – Who doesn’t love sipping hot cocoa or hot apple cider from their favorite mug? This is a nice treat to have at the end of a long day while you’re relaxing on the couch. You could even enjoy it outside on your porch or deck wrapped in one of those blankets if you’re up for it!

Sledding and ice skating – I’m not the best at ice skating, but it’s still fun to try! And sledding is always a fun time, especially when you find the perfect hill to ride down! Our apartment complex is on a hill, so I’m hoping we’ll have the chance to do a little sledding this winter!Lovely-53Lovely-164.jpgLovely-88 (1).jpgIs there anything you would add to this list? Let me know in the comments!

**All photos on this blog post were taken by Courtney Murray, Live Lovely Photography, our wedding photographer. We did a winter engagement photo shoot with her at the beginning of the year!

Outfit of the Day

I love clothes and fashion, but I feel like I’m not the best at putting outfits together. I’m working on it, though. I’m always perusing Pinterest for ideas, and there are certain musicians, artists, or just individuals who I look to for inspiration as well (i.e. Hayley Williams, the HAIM sisters, and Allie Wesenberg-Trippy).

I believe the right outfit can give you a huge boost of confidence. It gets you excited to go into the office, to school, or to the store, even. There’s also a Marilyn Monroe quote that reads, “Give a girl the right shoes and she can conquer the world.” As a big shoe lover, I totally agree!

Anyway, as I mentioned, I’m working on my sense of fashion (very, very slowly). I figured I would share today’s outfit that I really liked!

I bought this sweater over the weekend at TJMaxx. When I tried it on I ended up liking it more than when it was on the hanger. The sleeves are wider, but I think that’s what makes it different. Sweaters are my favorite, so this was definitely a great find!


I wore jeans from Old Navy that are comfy and fit me well! I always struggle to find jeans, so when I found these I made sure to get them.


I ordered these shoes online through Journey’s (they’re Roxy brand). I was on the hunt for new boots or booties, and I finally found the perfect pair. The color is just what I wanted, the heel isn’t high (not a fan of big heels), and though today was my first day wearing them out, they were comfy! Like I said, I love shoes and I believe the right pair can really bring your outfit together.


Since the weather has been getting cooler, I also wore my green jacket and my Gryffindor scarf (bet you can guess where I got that from: the Warner Bros. Studio Tour!). Outerwear is another favorite and scarves are the perfect accessory to include. Plus, I was warm and comfy along with feeling good in my outfit!


Here’s a quick overview:

Sweater: Cliche, bought at TJMaxx
Jeans: Old Navy
Booties: Roxy, bought online from Journey’s
Jacket: Forever 21
Scarf: Warner Bros. Studio Tour – The Making of Harry Potter (I’m sure you can get this online)

Share with me some of your favorite stores, fashion tips, or articles of clothing!

When in London: Harry Potter!

I hope everyone is having a good weekend!

I thought I’d share a piece of my honeymoon with you all. I’ll definitely share more, but this one activity needs its own post!

We spent two weeks in the UK; most of it was in Scotland, but then the last few days were in London. While we were in London, we did the Warner Bros Studio Tour – The Making of Harry Potter. I’m a big HP fan, so I was super excited to be doing this!

We took a double-decker bus (which reminded me of the Knight Bus) to the Warner Bros. lot for our 9am tour. They even played Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets for the ride over!

Seeing all the actual sets, props, and costumes that were used in the films was incredible. There was so much to look at (the amount of photos I have just from this tour is probably ridiculous, but that’s okay). We saw everything from the Great Hall, the Forbidden Forest, and the Gryffindor Common room to the large chess pieces, the serpent door Harry opened to get into the Chamber of Secrets, and Aunt Marge’s body when she was blown up.

*I apologize that these photos aren’t of the best quality. I took them with my iPhone since my DSLR camera was giving me a hard time (I didn’t want to spend too much time trying to fix it or else I would’ve have missed parts).

The Great Hall:


The Mirror of Erised:


The Fat Lady:


Gryffindor Common Room:


Dumbledore’s office:




Entrance to the Chamber of Secrets:


Professor Dolores Umbridge:


Platform 9 3/4:


The Knight Bus, 4 Privet Drive, and the Potter’s cottage in Godric’s Hollow:


Chess pieces:


Goblins, Fawkes, Dobby, Cornish Pixie, and Buckbeak:


Aunt Marge’s body when she was blown up:


Diagon Alley:


Hogwarts Castle:


Phew! Apologies for the lengthy post, but like I said, TONS of photos (I took way more than I actually showed here). I might do a part 2 so I can show you guys things I didn’t include like the Yule Ball, more costumes/props, The Burrow, etc.

I hope you enjoyed! I would definitely recommend doing this if you’re ever in London and are a big HP fan like myself.

Fall Friday

Happy Friday, everyone! What a great day to kick-off my new blog 🙂

I wanted to dedicate my first post to my favorite season: fall! I’m lucky enough to live in New England, which has some beautiful fall foliage. The weather finally cools down, but not to the point where you don’t want to be outside. It means sweaters, boots, jackets, and scarves, as well as fun activities like apple picking, pumpkin carving, and mazes!

I also love the feeling of fall. That might sound a little weird, but it’s like the world shifts from the weather changing and the colors of green, red, yellow, and orange. Not to mention Halloween and people decorating their houses and shops! It’s fun, it’s festive… It’s fall!

There were two weeks in October where I was away on my honeymoon with my new husband (!!!), so I was a little bummed just because we would be missing all that fall. Luckily, there’s still been some beautiful weather and foliage, and we even went apple picking last weekend! Oh, and now I have yet another reason to love fall because we got married on October 8th (I will be writing about that at some point).

It’s unfortunate that fall doesn’t last very long, but it segues into the holidays – my other favorite time of year!

Since I know I’m not the only one, I would love to hear from you and reasons why you love fall!