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Between the holidays, impressive post-holiday discounts, and just generally being a self-proclamed shopaholic, my wardrobe gained quite a few additions recently. My wish list this holiday season was all about gold and accessories. From the tassel of all tassels (looking at you, Kendra Scott), to my new favorite studs from BaubleBar; my jewelry collection is nearing perfection. If you’re in the market for a new water bottle, I swear by the S’well. It comes in dozens of colors and patterns and keeps beverages cold for 24 hours and hot for 12. This is a stylish solution to my resolution to drink more water in 2015!

Below are ten of my favorite holiday gifts and purchases. Here’s to starting the year off right on a fashionable and well-accessorized foot!

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The Ten Takeaways:

Marc by Marc Jacobs Watch

Kendra Scott Tassel Necklace

Assouline CHANEL Books

Barney’s Gold ID Bracelet

BaubleBar Pearl Earrings

Nars: Dressed to Kill

S’well Water Bottle

Gigi New York Crossbody

J.Crew Flats

Rebecca Minkoff Moto Jacket

For the Love of Fall

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Just a few short days away from November, one would expect chilly weather, warm coffee, and a lot of cozy knits. Not in Georgia. The weather is still nearing the upper 80s, and the sweaters are still neatly packed away. That does not mean that this Northern girl is not prepping up for fall. Screen Shot 2014-10-28 at 4.56.12 PM

 

One: chunky plaid knits and jackets
Two: maroon pants
Three: neutral ankle boots
Four: tartan scarves for every day of the week
Five: moto-inspired coats
Six: the highly-coveted-waitlist-elite Mansur Gavariel bucket bag
Seven: slip ons in bold patterns
Eight: pleated minis (bonus points for tweed)

European Holiday: Paris

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Bonjour, friends. Almost immediately upon finding out about my brother’s acceptance to study abroad in Paris, I was planning my trip. I was the kid who had a Paris themed room. I’m the one who envisions going to Paris Fashion Week twice a year. I knew I had to go and I had to go soon. After deciding that skipping class was not the best idea, I settled on Christmas Break. And here I am! 

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I haven’t done much yet. Just a little walking around and exploring. This amazing view of the Eiffel Tower is from the Arc de Triomphe. 300 steps was just the small price we had to pay. 

A few of my Parisian observations and experiences so far: 

1. I’ve tried snails. 

2. I’ve realized I know much more French than I thought. However, it’s still not much. 

3. Drinking espresso after every meal is a must-do. 

4. Bread and wine are among the cheapest things in Paris. Needless to say we are consuming copious amounts of both. 

France is fun. After two days, it’s off to Italy for us! 

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New York Life

If you are in New York or ever come to New York I HIGHLY recommend going to Stone Street in Financial District. It was recommended by a friend, and my boyfriend and I decided to try it out while he was visiting last weekend. It’s a short, cobblestone street that is most easily described as adorable. It’s also a really incredible atmosphere. They shut down the strip and it’s filled with tables. There are roughly 8 restaurants along the street and everyone sits outside. We liked it so much that we actually went twice, ha! Stone Street Tavern and Adrienne’s Pizza Bar were our two choices and they certainly didn’t disappoint. I guess now that I’m a less picky eater I’ve become a bit of a foodie. Who wouldn’t in this city?

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Okay, one more foodie remark. If you love mexican and ever find yourself down in SoHo, you must check out one of my favorites: Lupe’s. I frequent this place and take all of my out of town friends! I’m not into big chain restaurants so this little gem was a great find!

I carried on being a tour guide and tourist the rest of the time he was here. We walked along the water in Financial District, visited the World Trade Center, ate dinner in Little Italy, went to the top of the Empire State Building at night, and walked the High Line. I’ve actually never walked on the High Line and it is absolutely something I intend to do again.

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This is my fourth extended stay in New York City and it amazes me that there are so many things I’ve yet to do! Do you have any suggestions or must-haves of your own! I’m up for trying all sorts of things with the rest of my time here.

 

 

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Someone said that to me this past weekend when I told them I was leaving for Africa in a week. Clever. African LOVE the fact that I leave for Ghana, Africa in six short days, though. I have no idea what to expect. I’ve decided that since the summer of 2013 is bound to be an eventful one, I wanted to not only document it but also make a bucket list. So, here’s what I have so far. Let me know if you have any good ideas!

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Summer 2013

-Document Ghana with photos, letters, and journals

-Design a piece of clothing in Ghana

-Bring home an awesome leather bag! 

-Bring home some piece of jewelry! 

-Emerse myself in Ghanian culture. Live, breathe, and love Ghana will all that I have. I don’t want to look back and think “I should’ve done that.” Instead I’m going to try the weird foods, talk to the locals, and dance to the African dances like I was born to. And of course, laugh hysterically along the way. 

-Move to NYC for the 4th time! 

I’ll work on my NYC bucket list before I get there. You’d think I would’ve done everything there is to do, but I’m far from completing the list!