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Baby Come On Home

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Went back home this past weekend for my best friend, Megan’s, baby shower. She’s due in November and having a baby girl! Aside from picking out the cutest baby shower theme ever, she chose the name Nora.

I’m so mad that I forgot to take a picture of the treat yo self kit I made for her! I made Meg some lavender scented bath bombs, they were pink and flower shaped. I also used washi tape to decorate a vanilla bean candle and a mason jar full of tea bags (they’re mom friendly, it seemed appropriate.) Seriously though, washi tape is my newest addiction. I’ve been decorating EVERYTHING with it lately. And I threw in a box of a peanut butter brownie mix, because why not? There was a cute little description in the card and I hid everything in the diaper bag I got for her. Seriously, can more people in my life get married or have kids or do anything that will allow  me to DIY until I die please?

If you’ve never had a cake from Wegman’s, you’re missing out. This one was a vanilla cake with raspberry filling and whipped cream frosting. I almost regret not getting a cake from there on my birthday, but this made up for it.

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Look another form of cake! I believe the cupcakes were made by one of  Megan’s friends. On the left is lemonade, and on the right is raspberry almond. They were both delicious and it was difficult not to take all of these cute little owl boxes. Whoooo wants all of the cupcakes? Me.

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My mom came along with me, her and I are an unbeatable force at baby and bridal showers. We somehow got talked into each getting blind folded while spoon feeding each other apple sauce. I got apple sauce stuck in places where apple sauce shouldn’t be. I don’t want to eat that stuff again for a very long time. Just give me more cake please.  Meg works at Starbucks, so I had no doubt that the prizes would be awesome.

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Dress: thrifted, Amvets

Tights: Target

Shoes: thrifted, Amvets

I look like I’m about to start a 1970s folk band but I think that’s why I bought this dress in the first place. As adorable as it is, it somehow got torn at the seam in the front. It’ll be an easy fix but it was a little difficult to not make it look obvious while I was at the baby shower. The shoes need to be a little restored and cleaned a bit better, but again it won’t be too bad of a fix.

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Aside from baby shower things, I also got to do some belated birthday things with my family, Jonathan, and my friends while I was home. After a quick wardrobe change, we had dinner at the new Texas de Brazil at carousel mall (I refuse to call it Destiny USA, okay.) Ever since Vegas, I’m totally obsessed with this concept. I was pretty impressed with the salad and soup bar selection. After filling up on salad, a little sushi, and lobster bisque, it was time for entrees. What’s not to love about people coming at you left and right with delicious meat on swords? It doesn’t take long to fill a plate up. I guess it could be a little overwhelming, there are lots of things to choose from and I definitely wish I tried everything offered. I don’t know why I thought I could finish an entire creme brulee on my own afterwards. I absolutely love cracking the caramel layer whenever I have one. Don’t order dessert based on amusement though.

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Finished the night with Jonathan,a few friends, and some drinks. Bring on the girly moscato, tasty Southern Tier Pumpking beer on tap, and deliciously retro white russian cocktails! Started at Bittersweet and Al’s, obviously. Then went on the hunt for Pumpking which led us to J.Ryan’s.

I’m lucky enough to have a thoughtful family, boyfriend, and friends who all gave me a few birthday presents.

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Soon to be mama Megan got me a pretty sweet iced tea collection from Teavana. On top of the tea I won at the shower, I should be all set on tea for awhile. Maybe I’ll spread the wealth and throw a tea party sometime this semester.

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I love gift presentation almost as much as I love gifts! Fun fact, Jonathan wraps presents better than I do.

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Leave it to Jonathan to incorporate Breaking Bad into this. Thanks Walt White/Heisenberg for the birthday wishes! Sadly, I don’t have a bathtub in my suite on campus, so I can’t test out these bath salts. I’ll have to wait until my next trip home to give them a go. I feel like I should probably watch Breaking Bad while soaking in a bath tub full of “meth” salts.

I’m also crazy about this sailor shirt from ModCloth! I love it to death and I know I could take it too literally if I don’t outfit this correctly. But, I think I’m okay with literally dressing like a sailor in public actually. He also threw in some cute little solid perfumes, one is French lilac scented and the other is Hawaiian guava.

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Even if I wasn’t interning for them this semester, I’m pretty sure Jonathan would’ve given me something Buffalo Sabres related anyways. Besides, I look really great in blue and gold! Maybe I’ll make hockey chic a thing and write my final paper on it.

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I’m really loving these Hunter boots too! Winter always destroys my poor defenseless leather boots. I’m hoping these will last better, and they’ll look great with my trench coat too. I’ve been having fun shopping around for welly socks too. Right now, I’m torn between the moss cable cuffs and the birds eye cuffs.

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And then of course, my parents got me a few things. It’s safe to say that my mom wrapped these up. I got my gift presentation appreciation from her, along with her joy of picking out cards.

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I’ve been in love with Honey by Marc Jacobs since I first tried it in Sephora. My bottle of Dot just ran out, so this gift came at a good time. It smells very similar to Dot, but you can definitely pick out the honey scent, which gives it a distinct sweetness. I know this is a strange way to describe smell, but there’s warmth to this fragrance. Maybe it’ll make sense if you spray it on for yourself.

My parents know I’m a huge Lady Gaga fan, so a bottle of Fame seems fitting. I’m not big on perfumes by celebrities, but this actually smells really nice. It has traces of honey as well. I’ll never understand how this black liquid sprays on clear. What black magic are they conjuring at Haus of Gaga?! Also, I’m not sure if it was supposed to be funny, but I thought the description was a little funny. “Tears of Belladonna” was first on the ingredients list. These are reasons why I love mother monster.

I also got another Fossil watch. It’s very similar to the black and gold one I wear a lot. It’s a nice casual counterpart, it’ll be a nice pop of color to add to certain outfits and it’ll look nice with any of my silver rings. I got a nice variety of new earrings too.

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My parents also got me a brand new 50 mm F 1/8 lens! I’m absolutely in love with it so far. I decided to test it out on my favorite corgi, Aggie. She technically belongs to my mom’s boss and he leaves Aggie with her whenever they’re out of town. She spends so much time with my family that I consider her my dog too.

Even though I’ve been back in school for about three weeks, it was still  nice to go home for a little bit to see everyone and spend time at a few of my favorite places!

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Feelin’ 22

I turned 22 on September 9! My birthday fell on a Monday this year, so I celebrated all weekend of course. I’m surprised no one has tried to strangle me because I’ve been blasting 22 by Taylor Swift for several days.

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Kicked off the birthday weekend by going out to sushi with my friend Matt (yes the one from my We Can’t Stop post) at Kuni’s. This photo was taken moments before a swarm of wasps attacked us. I had to abandon one piece of my tuna roll because a wasp decided to snuggle with it. *sigh* Shout out to our server for being lovely and helping us move inside. Luckily, it’s adorable, cozy, and insect free inside. This is my go-to sushi place when I’m feeling a little fancy but can’t spend too much. This is also the only place I know of so far in Buffalo that serves Koshu. If you’re into plum wine, give it a shot. And if you’re not, but like sweeter wines in general then you should try it too. It’s definitely my favorite one so far.

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Shirt: Forever 21

Jeans: Modcloth

I came back to my suite with more wine waiting for me. My roomies get me obviously.

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Dress: Nasty Gal

Shoes: Forever 21

I love this dress to death! The last time I wore it was to a wedding last year. It’s gorgeous but I don’t have too many opportunities to wear it out. I figured a birthday outing was a perfect occasion. The only thing I hate about it is that I have to wear a bandeau underneath. As pretty as the lace is, it’s quite revealing. The first time I wore it I tried fashion tape and a black backless bra. It was uncomfortable and I was checking for wardrobe malfunctions every two seconds.

I recently learned how to do beehives. They’re incredibly easy to do and make any outfit look instantly vintage. Unfortunately, my hair did not remain this cute the entire night. I literally had to run to catch a bus. I gave up and threw it up into a bun. I sacrificed my hair for an extra half hour worth of drinking. If running in heels were an olympic sport, I’d make the American team without a doubt.

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Cantina Loco was the meeting spot because it’s right across from the bus stop and my legs still felt like death after running. I refused to walk any further until I had a drink. I should have stuck to with go-to, amaretto sours, because this drink right here was deceiving. You’d think something called a cactus berry (or was it berry cactus?) would be sweet and fruity but this just tasted like tequila. I am emotionally damaged thanks to tequila. I’d rather not talk about that night ever again. However I do appreciate this adorable cactus glass. I eventually washed it down with some Southern Tier Pumpking beer. Which reminds me, I need to go stock up on that stuff. I wish I could remember what else I had to drink that night, I hope I made good choices. That can also be said for whatever sort of shenanigans I got myself into. I have lovely friends who were good sports and dealt with my weirdness all night. It helped that they were probably entertained by it as well. I don’t think it’s possible for me to have a normal night out whenever I’m around Allen.

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Dress: Forever 21

Boots: Aldo

Believe it or not, Jonathan actually picked this dress out for me! It was part of my anniversary present in July. Embellished collar and floral print, he’s been paying close attention for the past year. The next day was full of recovery and food with more friends. We some how wound up at Panera and Matt was lovely enough to let me pick out a pastry. I got a seasonal apple flavored one. I should drop out of school to pursue a career as a muffin model.

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I wanted to do a birthday dinner at first, buuut remembered that I’m broke. So I went out for some frozen yogurt with a few friends instead. We went to White Rabbit on Elmwood. It was my first time in there. The upstairs seating area is adorable and surprisingly spacious. Read the frozen yogurt facts posted on the wall, they’re educational and a little funny. I had the birthday cake flavor. I went a little crazy and piled on lots of nutella, m&ms, rainbow sprinkles, and mochi. I’m not sure if any of these flavors compliment each other but it tasted awesome. Much love to my friend Rishaya for being a doll and paying for my froyo masterpiece!

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Sweater: Thrifted, Amvets

Top: Urban Outfitters

Skirt: Thrifted, Amvets

Boots: Aldo

At last, the actual birthday outfit. I got so many lovely compliments on it throughout the day, which made it that much better. This sweater was much baggier and looser until I stuck it in the dryer. I never get upset when my clothes shrink while I do laundry because they usually end up fitting me better. I didn’t have to adjust the hemline of this skirt at all either. Finding maxis already at a perfect length is a shorty struggle. It’s a little loose at the waist which made my crop top a little obvious at times. Give me a break, an occasional bare midriff plus a blanket sweater and a maxi skirt should be acceptable, right? My hair was much cuter when I first did it that morning. It’s difficult for my hair to hold curls for a very long time since it is pin straight and fine.

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Proof my hair was adorable at some point on my birthday! Anyone who follows me on Instagram (and if you don’t, the photos under “click, flash” should lead you to my account) knows that I abuse the A Beautiful Mess app. I can’t help myself, it’s beyond adorable! I’m also an avid reader of the blog.

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Right after my first class ended, I received an adorable flower arrangement from Jonathan! Out of all of the one’s he has sent me, this one takes the cake. It doesn’t get more precious than a bouquet in a tea cup.

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My friends are fully aware of my love for cats. My friends are also fully aware of my love for writing. I’ve received so many pretty journals throughout the years. And yes, I do use them!

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Aside from my birthday falling on a buzzkilling weekday, Mondays are also my busiest school days. I thought about getting a cupcake from Firefly all day. I went with their ‘nilla birthday cake flavor, for obvious reasons. And then I decided I couldn’t devour this without wine. I was on the hunt for the girliest pinkest wine. Would any of you honestly expect anything else from me? An employee handed Barefoot Refresh, Perfectly Pink to me because I told her I was a fan of their pink moscato (which they were unfortunately sold out of) It tastes pretty similar, but it’s a little bubbly. Party cake ice cream has been a favorite of mine since high school. It has birthday cake batter flavored ice cream, cake bits, and frosting swirls. I can be extremely childish when it comes to my dessert choices sometimes.

So, let’s re-cap birthday weekend round 1 with some of the lyrics from 22:

– It was indeed a perfect night to dress up like hipsters. I don’t think that I dressed like one, but there were plenty of hipsters spottings around Allen. No surprises there.

– At least one ex was made fun of.

– I wish I had breakfast at midnight. No one wanted to take me to Denny’s to get my free grand slam.

– After enough drinks I was happy, free, confused and lonely at the same time.

– Places did get too crowded due to too many cool kids trying to get their drink on.

– Everything was alright if you were right next to me or kept dancing like you were 22. ooh-ooh

– If you didn’t already know, I am definitely feeling 22.

Thank you to everyone who made my weekend and birthday extra special. I absolutely love each and every single one of you. Cheers to another year of being a twenty-something!

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Like We’re Gonna Die Young

Hope everyone enjoyed the holidays and everyone better have a blast tonight! This is the part of the blog post where I thank everyone for being awesome. This is the other part of the blog post where I make some new year’s resolution to improve my blog (which is totes gonna happen so stay tuned!) Since this is my last post of 2012/I procrastinated for a few days, here’s an extra long post!

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Went out for my BFF Meg’s 21st birthday the day after Christmas. Birthday black out blizzard, holla at us!

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Dress: H&M

Belt: H&M

I’ve lost track of how many LBDs and lace dresses I own. I’ll never get sick of them. I thought I outgrew bows until I saw this precious belt.

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Clutch: Express

One of my Christmas presents from Flo! I’ve been lusting after envelope clutches for quite some time. Good job Flo!

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Eyeliner: Eyeko

Lipstick: Lip Tar

I’ve tried out many liquid liners over the years and this one is my all time favorite hands down. I’ve heard so much hype about Lip Tar so I finally had to give it a shot. This shade of red is fabulous and it does stay on for a crazy long time. My only complaint is that it’s kind of messy to apply if you don’t get the hang of it. Other than that I’m loving it!

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The ladies and I went to Pastabilities for dinner. While waiting I ordered a round of birthday cake shots. This baked spinach and manicotti dish did a great job of filling me up pre-drinking festivities.

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Bittersweet for some desert and more wine. Unfortunately everyone attacked the giant cookie desert we split before I could take a picture of it. But trust me it was fantastic. We ordered a bottle of white zinfandel, which I’m a huge fan. I love me some rose. Go ahead and judge me.

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1 round of shots, 2 bottles of wine, a vodka and cranberry, a complementary shot of bailey’s and crown royal, and a few rounds of irish car bombs later I took this derptastic selfie at Blue Tusk. Everything was great up until the irish car bombs, then shit got real and really weird…

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The following night was my karaoke extravaganza that I try to host every year while my friends and I are home for break. Last year’s theme was ugly sweaters, which was a 50% fail. So we’re just going to get dolled up and classy from here on out.

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Dress: Modcloth

This dress is usually referred to as “the beetlejuice dress” for obvious reasons. I bought this lovely thing on sale over the summer. It was originally a tea length dress, but since I’m super short and petite it didn’t look too flattering on me. I got the hemline shortened to my liking and now it’s absolutely perfect!

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I don’t do too many up do’s other than buns because I’m too impatient to learn them. Hair bows are incredibly easy and surprisingly fast to do though! Thank goodness for giant cans of hairspray and infinite supplies of bobby pins.

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On a side note my 2nd karaoke extravaganza was a success! We had quite the diverse variety to say the least. Like Helena by MCR, 90s one hit wonders, T-Swizzle, Total Eclipse of the Heart, and a disco remix of Sweet Caroline diverse.  P.S. yours truly and her awesome friend Rob scored a 100 on Niggas in Paris.

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I should mention that there was a good 48 hours in between Christmas and now where I lived off of my mother’s eggrolls. You’re all invited to come over and eat eggrolls because they’re fucking phenomenal. This is at the top of my list of Filipino food that I need to learn how to make asap.

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Mirror selfie at Roji’s! This was me post ice skating at Clinton Square with my boyfriend and little cousins. Side note this is one of the few times where my bun looks like what it’s supposed to. Gotta love surprise good hair days!

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Sweater: H&M

I’ve been having a wine/burgundy obsession ever since fall. Can you blame me. Also, I need more sweaters. I always need more sweaters.

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Leggings: Topshop

Bought these years ago when I was at the Topshop in Manila. They’re still in great condition and are incredibly comfy and cute! Those ice skates could almost pull off being cute boots. For the record ice skating is the only winter activity that I don’t completely fail at.

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Knitted headband: Forever 21

Scarf: Forever 21

Outdoor ice skating requires shit tons of layers. I’m obviously going to use it as an excuse to wear cute cozy accessories. I adore this headband because it kind of reminds me of a turban and that scarf is one of the warmest things I own. It’d be 100% awesome if it were an infinity scarf though.

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After freezing my ass off on the ice for over 2 hours I needed to warm myself back up. Praise Jesus that Roji’s is within walking distance from Clinton Square! I tried the new cinnamon tea that they had and filled up on onigiri and cinnamon cookies. Their cinnamon tea might be one of my new favorites of all time and my favorite cookies complemented them very well. I love onigiri and desperately want to learn how to make it. I only order it when I’m starving, and then I remember how incredibly filing it is.

 

 

 

 

 

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