12.5.17 6

What’s On My Nightstand, Vol. 17

Yay! This On My Nightstand series is one of my favorite ones to put together, and since we last spoke, I’ve read quite a few books. I was able to be a more prolific reader than usual this post since I traveled quite a bit in late October and always do a lot of reading on planes. But it wasn’t just the travel that lead to an increased number of pages read—I was really engrossed in a few of these books and ended up staying up until 2am a few times to read them. Though I paid for it the next day at work, reading a good book is one of the simple pleasures in life and I’m not one to deprive myself from that joy!

As always, you can follow along with my nightstand in real time over on Goodreads, and if you’re in need of a Christmas gift idea—I can’t recommend my Kindle Paperwhite enough!  Read more “What’s On My Nightstand, Vol. 17”

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12.4.17 8

My Experience with Temporary Wallpaper

I’ve been meaning to write today’s post for a while, but finally got around to taking the photos for it this weekend! It was harder than I expected because of the lighting situation in my apartment—there isn’t a ton of natural light in my living room since my unit is tucked into a corner, but with some creative angles, I think I was able to snap y’all some photos that do this wall justice.

When I moved in, I knew immediately I wanted to make this large wall an accent wall of some sort. It’s huge—too big for a realistic gallery wall—and doesn’t have a window, so I initially looked into painting it. My building will paint an accent wall for you for free, the only problem is they only offer four colors—a dark gray, a mustard yellow, an aqua blue, and a burnt orange. None of them were really “me” so I started looking into other options.

I have a few friends that installed temporary wallpaper in their apartments and loved how those walls turned out, so I began looking around for patterns that I liked and wouldn’t be too overwhelming on a wall of this size. Once I found this Simple Shapes watercolor stripes pattern on Wayfair, I knew it was the pattern for me. At the time, it was sold out on Wayfair, so I purchased it directly from the Simple Shapes website. (PSA—if you purchase through their website before 12/5, you can take advantage of their 25% off sale!) On the product description, they have an easy-to-use wallpaper calculator that helps you determine how many rolls to buy. For the size of my wall, the calculator told me to buy seven of the 24 x 108″ sheets—to be safe, I purchased eight, but did not need the last roll and had extra from the seventh roll, so if I had to do it again, I’d go with the calculator’s recommendations.

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12.1.17 6

Link Love + Favorite Christmas Movies

Happy Friday! Is it just me, or does the week after a break seem extra long?

I’m especially excited for this weekend because we’re heading to vineyards tomorrow to celebrate my best friend Molly’s birthday! One of my favorite things about living in Virginia is the awesome wine growing region we have right here in our backyard, and our friend group has celebrated some of our best times in the vines. I’d love to build out my winery content next year, but if you’re looking for some recommendations on my favorite Virginia wineries, check this page out.

I’m also looking forward to this weekend because it’s the first one in the holiday season! Tomorrow night, I’m going to a ugly sweater party Monica and her boyfriend are hosting and could not be more excited to break out my festive vest. Tonight though, I’m parking it on my couch and binge watching all my favorite Christmas movies and I’m so excited. While I usually cave and listen to Christmas music around November 1, I hold out until Thanksgiving to watch any Christmas movies. As such, I thought it’d be fun to share my favorites today in case you too have a holiday movie marathon on deck for tonight, too!

  • The Family Stone—not just my favorite Christmas movie, but my favorite movie of all time. A wonderful ensemble cast with a great storyline about familial love.
  • I’ll Be Home for Christmas—a movie about a road trip and Christmas with JTT and Mary Camden thrown in? I’ve obviously been a fan of this movie since 1998.
  • It’s A Wonderful Life—two quotes: “Merry Christmas, you wonderful old building and loan!” and “To my big brother George, the richest man in town!” Need I say more?
  • Home Alone—if needed, I think I could recite this movie by heart. A wonderful story, a gorgeous house, and amazing soundtrack.
  • The Santa Clause—a favorite since childhood, I love how this movie reminds us the Christmas magic is always there for those who believe.
  • Christmas with the Kranks—Tim Allen plays the opposite role in this movie, but I love it nonetheless. My family always laughs at the “Blair & N-Reeky” sign in the airport scene.
  • Love Actually—is there anything better than that All I Want For Christmas Is You scene? (Sidenote—does anyone know if octopi costumes are a thing in Christmas pageants now?)
  • 12 Dates of Christmas—anyone else remember this cheesy Christmas movie with Zack Morris? It came out the year I lived in my sorority house and I made Molly watch it with me…multiple times, and now we watch it every year together for both the nostalgia and cheese factor. It’s on Netflix and a great mindless movie—think Groundhog Day meets Christmas.

I’d love to know your favorite holiday movies in the comments below! I’ve never seen White Christmas and think this needs to be the holiday season I finally sit down and watch it, but I’d love to know if there are any other great ones I am missing. Read more “Link Love + Favorite Christmas Movies”

My Favorite Christmas Movies