i'm always kinda of sad once christmas has actually happened, because it's over. everyone begins taking down their decorations, lights go away, & christmas music isn't played. i can't be the only one that's sad about this. i love the month of december. getting ready for christmas, decorating, driving around looking at lights, people buying loved ones presents, every one seems to be so.. jolly. i love it & am sad that this month is coming to an end! i hope everyone else had a christmas just as fun as mine!

ugly sweater party

last friday russell & kristen hosted an ugly sweater party. kristen made lots of holiday themed treats & we got the house all ready to go. it looked fabulous. everyone came and wore their ugliest & cheesiest holiday sweaters. we had a white elephant game (i got gold fish) & talked through the night. over all i'd say it was a success.i mostly took pictures of all the goodies, but there are more pictures of actual guests & their sweaters soon to come, just need to get the film developed!

california christmas

one of my favorite parts of going home is always going to disneyland, especially at christmas. the happiest place on earth becomes so much happier, and much more magical with all the christmas decorations, music & lights. i love it & make sure to go every year around christmas.  yesterday i went with shannon & my sister kelly & her kids came to meet us. it was so much fun.

alert! alert!

while looking on this tumblr (you should check it out, it is my favorite one & where i find most of my cute pictures), i saw this picture.

i clicked the picture to see what site it came from & it came from a tumblr called etymologie. it's anthropologies tumblr. this was such exciting news to me. i, among most of my friends & basically all of my friends love anthropology with all my heart. i love everything about it. their clothes, shoes, beauty products, home items, lotions, magazines, pictures in the magazines... everything. this tumblr is about to be my new favorite site to gaze at. 


i took an art class this past semester. every week we worked on a project, sometimes it would take two weeks. but all in all i'm going to say we did about 8 projects. apparently i took pictures of two actual projects & one drawing in my sketch book. i need to be more diligent about documenting these things...
the one drawing i have a picture of that i doodled in my sketchbook 

my final project. it had to illustrate a dream. either a dream we have about the future, or an actual dream. this is taken from a dream that i have had. the hands symbolize the character trying to reach someone/something that they can't, & the black dripping paint illustrates the feelings i have after i wake up & think about my dream. i start off remembering it really well, but throughout the day & over the time it changes and parts start to fade away. 
this project was on rhythm. we were supposed to create something based off of a song & show the movement we felt when listening to the song. the song i chose is linus space head by the wavves, & the lyric i wrote says :
my feet are asleep, my hands chained to clouds.
my toes, are marble stones sinking in the sand.
i'm stuck in the sky i'm never coming down.


you know those nights where you started off being so sleepy, then all of a sudden you're wide awake & all you want to do is sleep? tonight is one of those for me, so i've decided to share with you pictures i have collected of skateboarding. for some unknown reason i have a real thing for skateboarding pictures.
i'm sorry to report i didn't save where i got any of these photos from.


i'm going home for christmas break in exactly a week & i am so excited. i'm ready to be home. it's been far too long. what i'm looking forward to:
my bedroom
my house
ugly sweater party
christmas food
going to the movies
giving gifts
christmas eve
christmas day
new years eve
the beach
no responsibilities
it'll be a good winter break. just like the rest. 

it's that time of year again & i couldn't be more excited. i'm sure some people aren't to excited for it to be winter, not just because it's freezing & there's snow, but because their friends all disappear & go snowboarding all day everyday. but this is my favorite time to be in utah. last year i developed a strong love for snowboarding & it's still there. there's just something about being with my friends snowboarding that is so much fun & makes us all a little closer. the boys may not realize it, but it's true. i'm really excited for this season too because i won't be the only girl up there with all the boys! i have 2 girlfriends that will also be there. it'll be a little different from what i'm used to but just as much fun. 


remember that one time when i hiked timp & blogged about it? well, my friend nate put together a little video of our adventure which sums it up so well. it's great & makes me want to go on so many more adventures right this instant.

TimP from Nate Gunn on Vimeo.

what i wore wednesday

the past few weeks have been busy. family visiting, thanksgiving, finals coming up, being sick, working, snowboard season started.. a lot has gone on! it's been fun but hectic. next week i'm done with school & just a couple more weeks before i'm out of the freezing & in the cold instead, with my friends & family.
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what i wore to church
dress & bracelet: j.crew, jacket: free people, belt & scarf: urban outfitters, watch: casio shoes: stuart weitzman

christmas mix

i'm so excited that it's christmas time. i love all the christmas treats, lights, music & just over all joy that comes every time of year with the season. everyone is always so happy. & i especially like buying people presents. every year i make a christmas playlist &  here is this years version!
1. Brenda Lee: rockin' around the christmas tree
2. The Beach Boys: little saint nick
3. Rogue Wave: jingle bell rock
4. Mariah Carey: all i want for christmas is you
5. Leon Redbone & Zooey Deschanel: baby, it's cold outside
6. Jimmy Buffett: i'll be home for christmas
7. The Chipmunks: the chipmunks song
8. Michael Bublé: have yourself a merry little christmas
9. Taylor Swift: last christmas
10. Low: just like christmas
11. Eartha kitt: santa baby
12. Gene Autry: here comes santa claus
13. Britney Spears: my only wish (this year)
14. The Drifters: white christmas
15. Ron Sexsmith: maybe this christmas
16. Jimmy Buffett: happy xmas (war is over)
17. She & Him: the christmas waltz
18. Camera Obscura: the blizzar
19. Faith Hill: winter wonderland
20. The Andrews Sisters & Bing Crosby: jingle bells
21: John Williams: carol of the bells


about a month ago h&m made their grand opening in utah, leaving all shoppers anxiously excited. & i am now one of those shoppers. i recently found out about the new line based off of the new movie girl with a dragon tattoo & i cannot wait to see it in person...i also can't wait to see the movie...but the new line looks amazing to me. i'm all about it & am excited to go check it out! 

chicken pot pie

some of my friends have decided to have a weekly dinner party. every week we switch off making the meal. this week was the first time we did it & we decided to go first with chicken pot pie & peach cobbler!

the chicken pot pie called for:
1 lb chicken breast
1 c sliced carrots
1 c green peas
2-3 small potatoes or 1 c celery
1/3 c butter 
1/3 c chopped onion
1/3 c flour
1/2 t salt
1/4 t salt
1/4 t pepper
1/4 t celery seed
1 3/4 c chicken broth
2/3 c milk.
2 pie crusts 
we used a deep dish pie for the bottom & normal for the top
heat your oven to 425
in a large pot, combine chicken, carrots, peas & potatoes. add water, cover & boil till potatoes are soft. remove from heat, drain & set aside.
in the saucepan over medium heat, cook onions in butter until soft & translucent. stir in flour, salt, pepper &celery seed. stir in chicken broth & milk. simmer over medium-low heat until thick. remove from heat & set aside.
place the chicken mixture in bottom pie crust, pour hot liquid mixture over & cover with top crust, seal edges & make small slits along the top.
bake in oven for 30-35 minutes.

the original recipe found for chicken pot pie called for celery & celery seed. not everyone wanted celery so we substituted the celery with potatoes & we couldn't find celery seed.. so we used celery salt. also! instead of boiling with water, we used chicken broth to add more flavor & thickness. last but not least, before putting into the oven, we coated the top pie crust with egg yolk to get a golden brown color on top. 
it's delicious. & really easy to make. the trickiest part was adding the top pie crust without it breaking, but it's possible! 

what i wore {halloween editio}

the past few weeks have been kind of busy.. & i just keep forgetting to take pictures cause i'm usually on the go from moving stuff and running to pick up things i need. but i do have one picture! so hopefully it'll suffice! 

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dress & jacket: forever 21
tights & jewelry: j.crew
headband: anthropologie 
shoes: seychelles
life begins at the end of your comfort zone.
-neal donald walsch

murder mystery

last night i went to a 20's themed murder mystery dinner party & it was so much fun. everybody was assigned characters with a background story & secret information that we weren't allowed to tell anyone until we arrived. everyone was really into it, everyone had great costumes & really got into character. it was crazy to hear about everyones character stories & what information they knew after the party.. there were so many side stories happening that i had no clue about. my role was baroness ravioli, father of don "big jim" ravioli. big jim was the first one murdered so his murderer was who we were trying to figure out. it was really fun. i found 2 weapon cards so i even got to murder people. we could black mail, pay people off,  whatever we wanted to receive information. in total the game took a little less than 2 hours, and was completely worth it.  
 we played in an apartment building that requires a key, or for you to be buzzed into the elevator that opens right to the apartment. right by the end, the elevator door opened and in the corner was a naked baby doll that was distorted & partially melted. everyone was freaked out & couldn't figure out who it was or how they got into the elevator. a few minutes later someone came running through the apartment with a hockey goalie mask and hoodie. of course all of us girls screamed, and some of the boys looked nervous but a few of them were in on the prank & laughing. turns out it was one of the hosts brothers & his girlfriend playing a prank on us. pretty good. 
the whole gang
tayler {guilda gusieppi} & nate {capo "toto" tequilla}
ashley {vicky ravioli} & jake {sly sleaze}
the ladies of the evening 
grayson {u.s. congressman darrin toosteal} & brittany {mary toosteal}
austin {inspector "the nose" nutella} & me {baroness ravioli}

Werewolf Bar Mitzvah

i have a couple of friends who always say the line from this song whenever something spooky happens & it always makes me laugh. plus i find this clip hilarious.

happy halloween!

saturday night my friends & i wanted to go to a halloween party. none of us had costumes, or really wanted to dress up so with just a little face paint, hoods & glitter and we became day of the dead skeletons. we danced around the party & had fun spooking people on the streets. 
tonight is the 20's themed murder mystery party. 
i am really excited for this one & can't wait to see everybody's costumes!

glitter nails

lately i've been experiementing with different nail polish styles. i've been getting a lot of compliments on them, & people asking how i do it so i thought i'd give a little tutorial. don't worry if it looks complicated because it's actually really simple!