Monday, February 5, 2018


Controversial thought: I love Valentine's Day. I'm fully aware it's a consumer-driven holiday meant to drive sales post-Christmas, but I am the type of person who will take any excuse to be festive. Besides, it's a holiday that celebrates love and affection, which is a wonderful sentiment and something the world can always use more of. Of course this has the ability to make people feel extraordinarily lonely (which I can easily understand) but even when I was single I would take the time to treat myself on Valentine's Day. I'd happily buy myself chocolate, new lingerie, or even just have a nice long bath. Self love doesn't need an excuse but when love is the theme of the day why not take the opportunity? Likewise, I looooved going out with my girlfriends on Valentine's Day. Galentine's is PRIME. Truth be told there's been PLENTY of years where I had way more fun celebrating with friends than I did celebrating with a partner (sorry lads, but it's true) 

This year I felt inspired to create a bit of a gift guide for in honor of ValGalentine's Day. A list of festive treats that I think would be lovely to treat yourself or your Galentine/Valentine to that isn't your typical flowers/chocolate/perfume. My last gift guide was two Christmases ago and it's one of my most popular posts ever, so I hope you guys enjoy! 

From top left to bottom right, 

'Love Potion' mug, a requirement for a cozy night in 

Notebooks - a fresh notebook is always a nice gift, but I think the idea of giving someone a notebook with a love note written inside is romantic AF. Plus they come in at every price point!

'You're My Significant Otter' enamel pin, extremely corny and I love it 

String of hearts, the cutest alternative to flowers ever 

Red lace bodysuit which looks far less complicated then lingerie with fancy garters and ribbons

Silk robe for $13, how can you go wrong?! 

Ladurée macarons, as an alternative to chocolate (but...why not both?)

Miraval rosé, or any rosé really

Too Faced "Love Light" highlighter to make your cheeks shine for the gods 

Bougie matches which look much cuter than a pack you picked up from a dive bar 

Overose "Nudesse" candle, supposedly smells like roses and rain and I NEED it

Dainty heart ring, pretty and understated 

Pink Fujifilm Instax instant camera to capture endless memories together  

Diptyque Rose Delight candle because look at this dreamy packaging 

Sunday, January 7, 2018

A dream 2018

I realize this post is up a bit late, but please forgive me. They say you should start your year off the way you intend to go on, and in my case that was being extremely jet lagged. Obviously being a complete potato for the first week of 2018 was not ideal, but I guess if I spin it from a positive perspective, jet lag is a sign of having traveled, and traveling is definitely always a goal!

I for one am welcoming 2018 with open arms. 2017 was very, very hard for me and strained my mental health more than I anticipated. In retrospect, some cool things did happen - I got to travel quite a bit! I started the year in San Francisco, followed by Los Angeles (including Disneyland!), Las Vegas, then back to Dublin where I traveled to Edinburgh (twice), Kerry, Amsterdam, Norway (for the first time and I am in LOVE), back to San Francisco (and a trip to LA...again), then back to Dublin with a trip to London, Galway, Boston, New Hampshire and Maine to close the year out before heading back to San Francisco again for the holiday season. Phew!

Those travels truly saved my year, and I could NOT be more thankful that I had the means to do it. And I know what you're thinking - "uh, that sounds like a great year!" but in terms of personal growth, health, achieving goals and feeling accomplished - that stayed at virtually 0% until the veerrrry end of the year when I finally (FINALLY) found a new job. So at least my year ended on a high note!

To start 2018 off right, I wanted to create a list of goals/things to do for each season. I'm a serial list maker, and I find when I post a list publically I am WAY more likely to hold myself accountable for checking it off. Cheers to new beginnings!

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Fall Beauty

'Tis the season for coziness and lord knows my introverted ass embraces all opportunities to stay at home wrapped in a blanket, surrounded by candles and plenty of pumpkin-flavored treats. But on the odd occasion that I do leave my house, I have a few special treats that I use to keep me feeling festive and I'd like to share them with you!

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

New Hampshire Foliage

Long time, no blog. 

I have no excuse really, besides feeling completely uninspired lately. It happens every once in a while! Truth be told I don't think I've been completely cured of it but alas, I figured I was overdue a blog post, especially since I've done a bit of traveling! 

A couple weeks ago I flew to Boston to see some of my favorite people. We took a road trip on a lazy Saturday into New Hampshire to see the White Mountains - and by "to see the White Mountains" I really mean - FOLIAGE. New England in the Autumn has been high on my bucket list forever, and oh my sweet baby Jesus it did not disappoint me. I was completely floored, driving along Kancamagus Highway with my mouth open like a derp the whole time because I actually could not cope with the colors. Spectacular. 

Monday, September 18, 2017

London Favorites & a To-Do list

(Neal's Yard, London)

I've been to London upwards of 10 times now, all within the last 5 years - crazy! At this point, I've become familiar enough with it that it feels comfortable to me. There's something refreshing about going to a city that I've never lived in and knowing my way around, having favorite spots I like to visit, and not feeling at all like a tourist (even though I DEFINITELY am, especially when I lug around my massive camera!)

Here's a short list of my favorite things to do in London. No matter how many times I visit, these are staples I always go back to!