Thursday, December 7, 2017

November 2017 Favorites

Hello! Happy December! And we are still wrapping up November. BECAUSE we here at Just Around The Neighborhood are so bad at staying up to date with things! Over the month of November was filled with friends and family. Going home for a half a week was the most little slice of paradise.

I can not wait to go home FOR A WHOLE WEEK in December. Seriously, to just hang out for a week sounds like a the best thing since sliced bread. It was so funny because this whole year I thought I would only have 1 or 2 days at Christmas, but I was a gatherer with my vacation days, so it all worked out!

Anyways here is everything that got me through the month of November. Unfortunately, you can not link roller food from QT but that was really the MVP for the month. 

Eye Shadow// I am a creature of habit, so getting this palette was a great way to mix things up.

Planner// As the year ending soon, so is my planner. I hate not having the next month on hand, but I realized how much I need it.

Face Mask// Hands down the best way to refresh.

Gold Nail Polish// I have been having a hard time finding a nail polish that will last a long time. This is the polish for that, it also is extremely festive for the holidays. (This is the color)

Over the Knee Boots// These make everything look put together, plus they give you a little height without making it hard to walk in. 

RXBAR// I always feel that the less the ingredients the better the food is for you. I love that it has 12g of protein and only 5 ingredients.  


Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Weekly Roundup

Happy Tuesday! Yesterday was a life round up, today is a link round up. So I send memes back and forth with my sister and my college best friend. BUT I can only send them so much, so these were some of my favorites from the month.

Also this photos is a photo of Des Moines. I took an etiquette class last week and it was a stunning view! ALSO last thing from the month. I CAN NOT STOP EATING OLIVES. So I got into making my own pizza. I know, bad. My limit is 1 every other week. BUT because I started making my own I thought it was okay to get it once, MAYBE even twice a week.

It is for sure a budget friendly move, however not healthy what so ever. Whatever, back to what this conversation started from. Olives are my new obsession. I put it on pizza, sandwiches, salads, and olive hummus is amazing! If any of you have any amazing recipes that olives are just a great ingredient in, HIT A SISTER UP! I'm obsessed and I want to keep this going.

I have watched this 200 times// No one else enjoys this as much as me, but this kid looks like he is in 7th Heaven.

Lets Talk Boundaries// This could have been a little extreme, but I think boundaries are extremely important to have in every type of relationship. I think the most respectful thing to give someone is your full attention. So if I am with someone in person, I am not going my phone. Which means I can not answer any type of notification.

In case you did not know I am a fan of bumble *wink wink wink*// But I mean who does not want to creep on a great party!

20% Code// This is great for budget friendly designer stuff as well as reusing fashion!

Favorite Blazer for Work//

Favorite Blogger//  This was such great advice. My mom always told me always ask for forgiveness before permission. which was great growing up! But it is so hard to fall into the trap that "If this happens I can do this' and this is too great for that!

Being Smart// Relationships are tricky, but it is good to know what is okay and not okay.

This Top// For Holiday Parties

Love this// One of my favorite facebook pages.

I do not want to feel like this over the top...// This was so funny though

Oh my gosh this makeup// Seriously such a sucker and can not wait to see their starry night one.

Love this for a holiday gift//

Happy Holiday Season;)// 

How some holiday meetings feel!


Overall such a great week! Everyone rock it out the rest of the week!


Monday, December 4, 2017

November Round Up

I am trying to get into a little more ~*lifestyle*~, so here is my monthly recap of November. November was such a fun month. The big highlights were going to friendsgiving! We brought a salad, it was a huge hit;) 
Then the big item for the month was HEADING HOME TO MICHIGAN. On Wednesday my mom held a little cocktail party of her side of the family. It was fun to see everyone and have everyone share their stories from the last time we saw them. That was hands down the most fun and latest night. 

Then one of my favorite things about being at my parents house, is they have pillow top mattresses, with a memory foam topper on their beds. It is hands down the most comfy thing in the world. So that week I got plenty of sleep! 

We woke up and had breakfast together. Then headed to my cousins house to watch the Lions loose (a family tradition). Then after that we headed back to my house to have a small little dinner with my fam. I got pulled into watching Trains, Planes, and Automobiles (I'm not a big movie person, and I would rather have chatted with my fam than just sit in the same room as them) 

Then for Friday, I could not sucker anyone to hang out with me except my brother (And bae) so we all headed down to Campus Martius in Detroit to check out the big tree and to go ice skating (Also snag a brew). 

This was the highlight of the week. Seriously, we had so much fun. We were probably the oldest people there, but it was a great time. The weather was great and I was actually HOT ice skating in MICHIGAN. 

So after that we visited my Dad's side of the fam then headed back to see A's fam! There was a lot a lot of family! With A's fam we cut down a real live tree! We went to a tree farm, which I have never been to one, cut it down, and then BAM! We had a Christmas tree! 

We wrapped up the Michigan trip and headed back to Des Moines. When I got back, I had a meet and greet at Gordmans which was so fun!

Sunday, December 3, 2017

Fall into Place

Happy December! Just Around The Neighborhood has a big surprise coming up this this month! But before winter hits, I thought I would show my favorite fall sweater. I love a good sweater. I am kind of what I would classify as "a high strung lazy person" so I like to look put together, but I do not actually like to put for the effort to look over the top nice. 

That is why I love sweaters. It is practically wearing a sweatshirt! So Jcrew has this one about 5 holiday seasons ago, and I fell in love with it. Actually I brought home a catalog, and my mom saw it. She was said "This sweater is YOU". and I have not been able to get rid of it since.

I always wear this around the holiday season, and trust me this sweater has gone through many a Mario cart  tournaments. 


Saturday, December 2, 2017

Gal Gift Guide

Gifts for your gal pals! If you saw my last post, gals are a lot easier to buy for than a significant other. I also posted some extra options at different price points. So lets just dive right into this. 

Mule Cups// I got mason jar cups for my birthday and that was AMAZING! So some good cup ware you can not go wrong with it. 

Necklace// I linked both bold jewelry and dainty jewelry depending on what the person's preference is. I love a good bold necklace, but I always find myself always wearing something dainty. 

Eye Palette// Good quality make up is the best. Everyone hates buying it but it is so great to get. Tarte is a good go to if you do not know what the person wears, PLUS you can never go wrong with an urban decay naked palette. 

Instax// This was hands down the best gift I have ever gotten. I knew I wanted one, but I also knew I would never buy one for myself. It is so fun to have the stuff print off instantly. 

Cozy PJs// Christmas means PJs. My friends were joking that the only thing I would ever want to do is hang out in my PJs all day, have someone make my food for me, and never leave unless I am taking blog photos. That was over dramatic, but I am guilty of wanting to stay in my PJs all the time, so you have to make them cute! 

Bag// This is something I hate buy for myself, but is a good gift to give. You have to be in tune with the person's style, but everyone could use another going out bag. 

1/4 Zip// These were the best invention ever. They are so comfy, its like wearing a sweatshirt, but it looks nice on everyone. I don't have a good reason for this one other than everyone wants one. (Trust me, I'm a blogger)

Flannel// I got this one year for Christmas and I probably wear it every other week at work. Plus its like wearing PJs that are acceptable.  (It took me a solid 8 minutes to find the correct spelling of acceptable)

Blazer// Perfect for your young professional gal pals!

Lilly Pulitzer// There are plenty of things from every price point that will be a good gift. I am all color all the time and my sister is all dark and stormy colors and we both love anything from the trinkets to the clothes of this brand. (Just make sure the gal is a little more on the preppy side)

Boots// My brother and my mom usually get me boots every year and it is hands down the gift that keeps on giving.  You can wear them the rest of the season, and then back again in the fall! 


Wednesday, November 29, 2017

How to Guide: Finding Your Significant Other A Gift

This can also be called a guys gift guide, but I will also put a step by step guide on finding your significant other a gift. This step by step guide can be used for male or female. 

So number one your have to ask everyone you know. Ask your gal pals what they have gotten in the past. Ask your guy friends what they would want. Ask your close friends and family. Get so many ideas that it is counterintuitive, and be so overwhelmed by the many choices that you are back to square one. (You might come up with one idea or two here) 

Step two, take the one advice your random acquaintance that you never actually talk to, but were bored one day so you started asking your go to questions. GOOGLE what to get your significant other. See all the cool ideas, realize your significant has everything, add a couple of things to your basket for yourself, and wait by the door for all of your online purchases to arrive. 

Step 3, Now that you have memory foam slippers, ask your significant other to come hang out. Discreetly ask what you should get your brother for Christmas. When you significant other gives you ideas, ask them "Would you want that". He will say no. Now that you have beaten around the bush for the past month, bluntly ask him what he wants for Christmas. This guy has everything in the world, so he will say "You know what I like".

Step 4, finish hanging out with your significant other and have a nice time. When that hang out is over and you rush him out the door, have a Christmas break down. This should be less than 5 minutes because more than that is dramatic.

Step 5, Pour yourself a glass of wine or coffee if it is before 5pm. (We are functioning at Just Around the Neighborhood.)

Step 6, read this guy gift guide! Buy the gift, and you are ready to roll.

But really you have to know your guys (your dad, your brother, your significant other) They all want different things so listening is your best quality this holiday season. 

Flannel// This one is a) comfy for him and b) cozy for you to look at. It is a win win. Plus flannels are my favorite thing to wear for my business casual day. (It is basically wearing PJs) He will appreciate that as well. 

Patagonia// 1/4 zips are the best. It is great a cozy gift!

A Watch With Reason// So I loveeeee a Shinola watch. It is near and dear to my heart because it is from Detroit. I can spot a Shinola watch from a mile a way, and it is so fun talking to people who love the brand too. Even in downtown Detroit there are Shinola street clocks on ever corner! Sure I love some other watch brands (Get 25% off a Jord watch with the code Bridgettemack) But Shinola is near and dear to my heart, and I'm sure you can find an amazing brand for bae too!

Luggage// Perfect for the traveler bae! Plus who could not use the perfect luggage!?

Beer Cap// This is so fun if you are all into the beer life. It is fun to see the different beers you have had from different states.

Everyone have a great holiday!


Monday, November 27, 2017

Welcome Friends!

Hey what is up hello, my sweet friends! So I see there has been a handful of new faces on the blog, so I want to say WELCOME! As well as get into the gal behind the blog (me). So lets do this!

I am a blogger by night, but in business sales during the day. My blog is my passion, and career is my little adventure. I am an over the top enthusiastic ENFJ on the meyers briggs  test. The spark notes of that is I am overly passionate and I see things in black and white. No such thing as a grey area!! Also I am barely an extrovert. The break down of the categories, I think enthusiasm is the only thing that keeps me there. 

I will say I am extremely extroverted with loved ones and once you are in my circle, you are NEVER getting out. (over dramatic). However with acquaintances, I get so drained so fast that I think that is why I am on the line for being an extrovert. 

As far as what I did last week, I headed to Michigan where my big crazy family lives. I have a family that is comparable to my big fat Greek wedding, Irish Catholic version. Thanksgiving is actually my favorite holiday because that is the first time I get to see my cousins since the summer and everyone comes together and hangs out. 

Lastly, why did I even start blogging in the first place?! That is a good question. I always loved magazines growing up. Because I was too old for the whole Youtube thing. And then when blogging boomed (2013 was my favorite year) It was like this online magazine anyone could do. Which everyone does say I am the human equivalent of a magazine tip. 

Plus I wanted to get into graphic design and more into writing, so this blog helps so much with that! Overall I am just a gal who loves fashion, writing, and documenting everything in between! I am just a gal with a tiny blog pretending that I am a Carrie Bradshaw. Which for my sex and the city character I think I would be a hybrid between Carrie for the reasons of loving my career, making a mountain out of a mole hill, and my love for fashion. And a Charlotte for her fashion sense, her delusional fairy tale life, and  someone that loves love. Thank you all for following along! 

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