Top Ten Tuesday: Fall Nails

It’s the most wonderful time of the year!  Pumpkin spiced flavored everything, big chunky sweaters, scarves galore, apple picking, carving pumpkins – I could go on forever. I know it’s technically not fall yet (and won’t be for a few more weeks),  however, back to school traffic is back in full force, so therefore it’s time to start celebrating.

Fall nail polish colors are my absolute favorite.  (AKA, basically black.)  During the Summer I try to spruce it up – neon pink, or a cool blue like Bikini So Teeny by Essie, but it feels forced.  Dark colors just look so classy.  And, lucky for us, we’re not just stuck with one solid color.  They’re are so many different shades to choose from!

 

Here are my Top Ten Favorite Fall Nail Polish Colors.  (In no particular order! 😛 )

  1. Lincoln Park After Dark – OPI

Lincoln Park After Dark

   2.  After School Boy Blazer – Essie

After School Boy Blazer

3. Vant to Bite My Neck – OPI

Vant to bite my neck opi

4. Roadhouse Blues – OPI

Roadhouse Blues OPI

5. Carry On – Essie

Carry On Essie

6. We’ll Always Have Paris – OPI

we'll always have paris opi

7. Honk if You Love OPI – OPI

Honk if you love opi

8. Smokin’ Hot – Essie

Smokin HOt essie

9. William Tell Them About OPI – OPI

William Tell them about OPI

10.  I Brake for Manicures – OPI

I Brake for Manicures OPI

What are your favorites?

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A Sunday well spent brings a week of content!

Sunday

 

 

I had so many different topics I had wanted to blog about this week, but I was seriously exhausted every night after work.  I also did not want to be anywhere near a computer screen after staring at one for eight straight hours every day.  Going back to work was rough after vacation.  I had a lot of catching up to do.  I was really excited to see Kirsten, though! All in all, it was just a super emotional week.  By Friday, everything was good, and I was thrilled that things seemed to be getting back to normal.

I had a relaxing weekend.  (My favorite kind. 😛 )  I really didn’t feel well Friday (I’ve been getting horrible headaches….I don’t know if it’s allergies, or the fact that I need a new prescription for my glasses, or that I never wear my glasses…or all three), but I ended up falling asleep at 7:30 PM on Friday night.  Accidentally.  I woke up at 6:15 AM Saturday so confused.  I spent the entire day on Saturday at the beach, which is always my favorite.  I am so looking forward to Fall, but I am going to miss beach days.

Today (Sunday) I spent with Melly.  We went shopping.  Like I just said, I’m so excited for Fall!  Pumpkin flavored EVERYTHING is already starting to come out.  Halloween decor has  been on display in majority of store windows.  Mel & I went to Home Goods in Westford, it was seriously amazing.  I found the cutest fall decor.  I got new organizational items for my office, which I’ll talk about in another post!  I also have been scouring Pinterest for cute fall outfits, and then trying to replicate them.  (I got the most amazing sweater today, that I plan to wear with skinny jeans and my new boots (that are currently waiting to be picked up at DSW) when I go apple picking.

FallLoVeBoots

 

Anyway, I’m really getting off track here.  (My ability to focus on anything at all this past week has been horrible.  Easily distracted would be an understatement…especially by pretty things.)  My point of this blog post is, that “A Sunday well spent brings a week of content!”  I’m ready for a new week, a fresh start, and to accomplish some goals.

 

Weekly Goals

 

1.  Go to the gym twice!  (This may seem like a lame goal, but I’ve been making excuses as to why I “can’t” work out.  So yes, two times for me this week, Tuesday & Thursday to be exact, is a reasonable goal for me right now!)

2.  EAT HEALTHY! STICK TO WW.  (This should be easy.  I’ve prepped my meals, and Saul is making our own version of “South West Chicken” in the crock pot for dinner this week.  It’s healthy, and I love it!)

3. Write, write, write!  (I have been slacking.  With blogging, and my book!)  A good goal for this week would be to write two blog posts, and to write two chapters of my story. 

4.  Read three chapters in the book I’m currently reading.  (I’m reading The Girls, by Emma Cline.  It’s disturbing right now.  But I’ve read great reviews on it, so we will see.)

5.  Make a cleaning schedule.  (I want to come up with a weekly cleaning schedule, that way when I go to do my “deep cleans” on a Saturday it won’t feel like so much work.  I just really hate doing house work during the week!  I’m okay with little tasks, like a load of laundry or the dishes, but the last thing I want to do when I get out of work is clean.  I just feel so much better when the house is sparkling.)

6. Create a budget.  (I’ve been saying I wanted to do this for a while. Every time I attempt to, I realize I’m poor, and then I don’t want to face reality so I ignore it.  But I need to do one this week.  It’s time!)

That’s pretty much it! I’ll let you know how it goes! 🙂

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Vacation Recap

As you know,  I was off this past week from work.  I had such a nice, relaxing, fun week.  It was exactly what I needed.  Rest, relaxation, sun, and some adventure.  I couldn’t have asked for a better week!

 

North Conway

Saul & I went to North Conway on Monday, and stayed over for the night.  I know I mentioned this, and I also mentioned how we were staying at Merrill Farm Inn, which I thought looked “cute & cozy” after reading Google reviews.  For anyone considering a trip to North Conway, do not stay there!!  There was nothing cute and cozy about it.  It was super creepy, actually.  It was an old barn, and I’m pretty sure it was haunted.  When we checked in, the guy at the desk hands us over our key to room 223, and says, “There is something I need to tell you about this room.”  I looked at Saul, my eyes wide.  I honestly thought he was going to tell me someone was murdered in that room.  He didn’t.  But he did tell us that Room 223 had no windows, and if we wanted a room with windows it would be a hassle because they didn’t have any more rooms with king sized beds.  Um, really?  When I booked this room, do you think I would choose a windowless room?  If we were staying any more than one night, I would have demanded a new room, a discount, or I would have gone elsewhere.  But since we were only there for the night, I sucked it up.  The room bugged me out immediately.  I seriously felt like I was at the Hotel Cortez in American Horror Story.  I pictured hands coming up out of the bed at any given moment. Of course, Saul thought I was being dramatic, as usual.  But, I knew he felt the same way when we got back from dinner that night.  When we had arrived, it was like a ghost town.  When we got home from dinner, around 10:30 PM, there were lots of cars in the parking lot.  “I’m glad more people are here,” I said to Saul.  “It’s less creepy.”  Saul agreed, so I know he felt the same way.

Besides staying in a Haunted Barn though, I had a lot of fun in North Conway.  We went to Horsefeather’s for lunch, and then walked around and went to some of the little shops in the center.  I love those stores, they always have the cutest little trinkets.  Penny Lane’s Boutique is my favorite, they have everything.  Sister Crows Native American is also a really cool store.  They had very pretty home made dream catchers.  (I was too cheap to buy one, seeing that they one I loved was $26.  I’d rather make my own.)  But they had a lot of unique stuff, it was interesting.  For dinner, we went to Vito Marcello’s, which was amazing.  It’s a really cute restaurant, and they have wonderful Italian food.  They also make a fantastic espresso martini.

I did not go on the Conway Scenic Railroad, like I had thought I wanted to.  After being in the car for three hours, the last thing I wanted to do was hop on a train for another two hours.  I also did not really research my surroundings that well before we got there.  I had no idea that the White Mountain attraction area, where I had wanted to go, was an entire hour away from where I was staying.  So we decided against that, too.  We did do some exploring, though.  I’m not really a nature girl, but I will admit that it was very pretty.  Would I go back to North Conway?  Definitely in the winter.  I had a blast at Adventure Suites.  But for the summer, I would not.  I like Maine better!  I still had a fun time with Saully, though.

Nantasket Beach

I love Nantasket Beach.  Saul and I went on Wednesday.  Neither of us wanted to drive far, so Nantasket is perfect, because it’s only about 45 minutes away.  We tanned/swam all day.  I got burnt of course.  But it was really nice and relaxing.  I love the ocean.  I just feel so calm and serene when I’m there.

“For whatever we lose (like a you or a me),
It’s always our self we find in the sea.”
E.E. Cummings, 100 Selected Poems

 

 

Ogunquit Beach, Maine

I went to visit Patty in Ogunquit on Friday with Jena and Amaritta, which was a blast.  I hadn’t seen Patty in a while, so it was so nice to see her!  I missed her.  (Patty is Jena’s mom, FYI.)  I also met Patty’s boyfriend, JJ, which was really nice as well!  I got to see the motel they run, and it’s adorable.  Her house is adorable, too.  Patty and Jena need to start an interior decorating business together, they do such an amazing job!  We had brunch at Splash, and it was really relaxing sipping a Mimosa while overlooking the beach/ocean.  Jena got a Bloody Mary to cure her hangover, and Amaritta was “Tanned Girl Wasted” off of her spiked iced coffee.  (LOL, inside joke.) I really had such a great time.  It was the perfect beach day.  I love being with my girlfriends, we always have fun being so silly together.  I cannot wait to go back!

Splash

Now my vacation is slowly, but surely, coming to an end.  I’m not ready!  I want one more week.  I know I have to get back to reality though.  And I don’t think I could afford another week off – I spend way too much when I have so much free time on my hands.  In between my travels I obviously went shopping.  I always buy the most useless stuff at Target.  I browsed the Square One Mall one day (gross, I know), but I did get three dresses for $50, which is a steal.  And I can wear two of them to work/in the fall, so I’m okay with that purchase, it was worth it.  I’m also excited to get back to Weight Watchers.  This was a bad week eating wise, and I’m so ready to restart my healthy eating!  I also missed Kirsten so much! It was so weird not seeing her for a week! I can’t wait to catch up.

Hope you all had a lovely week! 

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Liebster Award

 

 

LiebsterI was nominated for the Liebster Award by Violet Elm and am so honored!  I just started blogging, so it’s so exciting to me that my blog is recognized by others.  Thank you times a billion!  I loved reading your answers & I also love the name of your blog, especially knowing that your initials are ELM.  The rules are as follows:

  • Thank the blogger that nominated you
  • Write 11 random facts about yourself
  • Answer the 11 questions which were asked by the blogger that nominated you
  • Nominate 5-11 and let them know that you’ve nominated them
  • Finally, provide them with 11 questions to answer

11 Facts About Me

  1. I love coloring! Melissa got me into it, and Jen bought me a Color Me Calm coloring book for my birthday last year.  It’s seriously so relaxing & therapeutic.
  2. My go to nail polish is Lincoln Park After Dark – OPI.  It’s just a classic.
  3. I know every single line in the movie Mean Girls.
  4.  Fall is my favorite season.  I love everything about it – chunky sweaters, riding boots, chicken noodle soup, Halloween….I could go on forever, so I’ll stop.
  5. My current story that I am working on (which no one really knows about, except for Mel) is set in a fictional town called Briarstone.  It involves twins, and it’s a mystery.  That’s all I’m telling! 😛
  6.  Me and my mom have the same middle name, Christine.  When I have a daughter I plan on keeping that tradition going.
  7.  I have an alcohol allergy.  (I don’t know if this is actually true.)  But ask anyone – the second I start drinking a Martini, my face instantly becomes flushed and my chest breaks out in hives.
  8.  Speaking of Martini’s, my favorite restaurant is Venetian Moon.  I love everything about it.
  9.  I live in sundresses in the Summer.
  10.  I literally could not survive without coffee in the morning.
  11.  I am very sensitive.  I’m an emotional person, and I have a lot of compassion for others.

 

Here are my 11 questions to you…

What is your favourite thing to do in your free time?

Read or shop.  Wander aimlessly around Target buying a bunch of stuff I don’t need.  Browsing Barnes & Noble for new books.  Being with my family or friends.  Just hanging out.  Watching Law & Order SVU.

 

What is your favourite book?

The Great Gatsby – F. Scott Fitzgerald.  I could go on forever, so I’ll just leave it at that.

 

What is most important to you – love or money?

Love!!! Of course.  Don’t get me wrong, though, I’m not one of those people that are like, “Money can’t buy happiness” blah blah blah.  No, money cannot buy happiness, but it sure helps.  But I will always choose love.  Without love, what do we really have?

Where is your favourite place to spend vacation?

My favorite vacations so far have been in Nashville and Punta Cana.  So I’m going to say anywhere in the south where I can listen to live country music and frolic around in cowboy boots, or on an exotic island where I can lay pool or beach side, under a palm tree, drinking fruity drinks.

What is your dream job?

Author.  If I could focus all of my energy on writing, that would be so amazing.

Have you ever met a celebrity?

I’ve met lots of celebrities, actually.  Meeting Britney Spears was my favorite, obviously.  I was only 10, and it was at the Kiss 108 Concert.  She wasn’t big yet – Baby One More Time had just come out.  I got to take a picture with her.  I remember I didn’t get to be in the first group picture, so I was upset.  My mom called out after her.  “Britney, can we please get one more picture?” And she was so sweet, she was like, “Sure!” I met Destiny’s Child at the Square One Mall (also, super young), so this was before Beyonce was big.  One time in Boston I saw Frankie Muniz on the street and Melissa literally screamed Frankie Muniz at the top of her lungs.  I was also with Jacqui & Janel and Janel took a picture with him!

Would you rather watch TV or listen to music?

Can I choose reading?

What was the best gift you ever received?

My Kate Spade bag from Greta.  My necklace from Saully.  I like cards, I’m weird.  I save them all.  So any sentimental cards I’ve received, those are my favorite.

Who has influenced you most in life?

My mom.  She’s just amazing all around.  I have never met anyone as selfless as her.  She is so genuine and caring.  She is an inspiration.  I love my mom.

If you were on a desert island, what 3 things would you love to have with you?

Hmmm….well, I don’t know if I’m allowed to pick a person in this situation, but I would definitely bring Saul because I’d go crazy being alone.  I would also want a book, and a hammock.

Do you have a hidden talent?

I guess writing?  It’s not so hidden anymore, though.

 

My Nominees are:

Sparkle with Kerry

Tea in Wonderland

Life. Love. Lindsey.

Emily’s Adventures

Mundane Glamour

Here are my 11 Questions:

  1. What is the last song you listened to?
  2. Do you have any tattoos or piercings? What are they?
  3. Who is your best friend?
  4. Would you consider yourself an introvert or an extrovert?
  5. Do you have any pets?
  6. What is your favorite actor/actress?
  7. What is the last thing you spent money on?
  8. Do you dye your hair? If so, what is your natural hair color?
  9. If you could trade places with anyone for one day, who would it be and why?
  10. What is your favorite food?
  11. Are you working toward a goal right now?  If so, what is it?

 

Thank you again, Violet Elm!!  Enjoy everyone. 🙂

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