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December Favorites

Happy December, lovelies!  I've rounded up a few of my favorite things that get me through this cold and snowy month.  Although, I must say that November and the first few days of December have been divine here in Iowa.  60+ degree weather?  Bring it on.  Although I do look forward to the magic and romance of a first snow, you won't catch me complaining about not wearing a coat right now.

1. Burberry London
Mmm. Seriously. My favorite perfume ever, but I really only like to wear it during the cooler months since its a warm, heavier smell.  Out of curiosity, I looked up the notes for this scent.  Clementine, Honeysuckle, English Garden Rose, Tiare Flower, Jasmine, Peony, Veil of Musks, Indian Sandalwood, Patchouli... it all equals love love love!

2. Rimmel Lasting Finish Lipstick - Jet Set
I've always been obsessed with red lipstick, but it wasn't until I discovered which shades of red look good on me that I started wearing it on a daily basis.  And now I feel sorta naked without red lips!  This is my favorite lipstick and favorite red.  It's inexpensive (in case I lose it, which I'm prone to doing), long-lasting (but I don't kiss and tell!), and the perfect shade for my pale skin and auburn hair.

3. Denim Button-Down Shirt
Ahh, the versatile denim shirt.  I remember the days (a few years back) when I scoffed at chambray.  But it has made its comeback and I somehow ended up on the bandwagon.  I got mine from Target.  I love it with my darker skinny jeans (black ones, maroon ones) as well as over dresses and maxi dresses.  It's soft and comfy and I wish I had five more of the same shirt.  Haha.

4. Greige Combat-Inspired Boots
These aren't the exact pair I have, but they're quite similar.  A cross between gray and beige, they go with just about anything.  And if they don't... I wear them anyway because I like the unexpected contrast.  

5. Seattle's Best Coffee - Sleighbell Blend
For early mornings and when coffee cravings strike late at night, I reach for no other than the Seattle's Best Coffee bold blend... but I decided to opt for their Sleighbell Blend this time around.  (Trying to be in the holiday spirit, yo!)  It's rich and delicious. 

6. Old Books
I started collecting old, antique books before the age of 12.  And so by now I have quite a collection of interesting reads.  A few etiquette books from the Victorian era, 1920s, and 1960s.  (So interesting to read about how young women were brought up to "behave" in different eras!)  Turn-of-the-century textbooks and medical dictionaries.  And my favorites: old poetry books.  The timeworn pages, old book smell, and aged scribbles get me every time.

7. O.P.I. Nail Lacquer - You Don't Know Jacques
'Tis the season for my most favorite nail color ever.  This gray/beige hue matches my greige boots and looks different in different lighting.  


Oh I love old books too, and etiquette ones, so funny to read. :)


DIY Cat Barrier for Under $100 (See-Through, Climb-Proof, and Too-Tall-To-Jump)

ICYMI: I gave up Cotton after deciding that after trying so many things, my two adopted cats Dahlia and Cotton were just never going to get along. Long story short: I missed her. And Cotton's back. And Dahlia's not going anywhere. My heart is big enough to keep trying. And my apartment is big enough that if I need to keep them separated long term (or permanently), it can be done.
I'm going to write-up a separate post about some of the solutions I've tried, how they worked, who they worked on, and what I'll be trying next. But in this post, I wanted to share the main 'piece de resistance' of having both cats in my apartment: an un-climbable, un-jumpable, see-through barrier to separate Cotton and Dahlia.

Aria's Room | Pretty Little Liars Decor

Welcome back for LU's 2nd room in the PLL series!  Today you're getting a glimpse into my favorite room on the show... Aria's room.  Aria Montgomery is the artistic, imaginative, bookworm of the bunch.  So it's no surprise that her room has an artsy, historic, romantic eclecticism atmosphere.  Plus, it's full of books.  My two words for Aria's attic space: Vintage Eclectic.  (Those happen to be my two favorite decorating words... so brace yourself for my soon-to-come swooning.)

Pencil It In | Working the Pencil Skirt into Your Work Attire, Including 25 Examples with Do's and Don'ts

Starting this week, every Wednesday on The Lovely Side will be devoted to wardrobe, hair, and beauty content.  With summer internships right around the corner and interviews for real world jobs looming as well, I thought now would be a good time to delve into the world of office fashion.  
Sarah, a reader, recently emailed me asking about how to style a pencil skirt for her "somewhat casual, somewhat professional workplace full of fashionable co-workers."  She's been lusting after pencil skirts at several stores, but been hesitant to purchase one for fear of looking bad in it and not knowing what to wear with it.