A Ceremonial Occasion


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Florence + The Machine has always been one of my favorite artists. Florence Welch’s voice is so unique and full of depth, and there is a variety in the music that leaves it almost without a distinctive genre. The new album, Ceremonials, has been on repeat on my iTunes for the past few weeks now, and I only just now noticed the digital booklet that came with my purchase. It’s a good thing I found it, because the photography inside that booklet is just astonishing. So lovely, in fact, I thought I would share it with you guys. Enjoy! xo






Trend Spotlight: Ombre Hair


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When the ombre hair trend first came on the scene back in 2009-2010, I thought it was strange to say the least. My thoughts? Get your roots done, lazy. However, I soon became privy to its amazing advantages. First and foremost, it can be done by any and all hair colors. Just color the bottom half of your hair about two to three shades lighter than your natural color. Second, it can apply to various different styles. Are you layer-y or a solid cut? Do you want highlights like Alexa Chung, a full gradual change like Lauren Conrad, or in between like Sarah Jessica Parker? Finally, it makes upkeep much easier. The color will look good even if you haven’t been to the salon in six months (like me). Not to mention, there is no pressure to decided quickly whether you like it or not.

Make it fun! Numero uno on my Christmas list is the Color Bug by Kevin Murphy. This small ball allows for easy application of temporary color. And when I say temporary I mean it will be gone after your next shampoo (so don’t worry). So, have fun! Play with color combinations and different outfits for a funky flare on your everyday wear.

Best Holiday Movies of All Time


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It’s no secret that I am a big movie buff. And by movie buff, I mean movie snob. All it took was two years of video and broadcast in high school to appreciate the process of creating a film, while also being the harshest critic. Surprisingly, it makes movies that much more enjoyable. And what are the best kinds of movies? Why, holiday films of course! Here is my list for the top ten holiday movies of all time! (In no particular order)

Elf. There truly is nothing wrong with this movie. From my flawless impression of the narwhal wishing Buddy off to find his dad, to the shower duet with Zooey Deschanel and Will Ferrell, this movie is appropriate and wonderful for all ages to get into the holiday spirit!



The Santa Clause. Nothing like Tim Allen turning into Santa and a cute kid to make you smile. Watching him burn the turkey is the ultimate nostalgia for my 90’s childhood (Dad, if you are reading this, I always think about the boiling water incident at that part). And remember, the sequels are NEVER as good.


The Holiday. Confession: I hate romantic comedies and chick flicks. I really do. However, I know that my readers are probably big fans. And considering the holiday spirit of the movie and random use of Imogen Heap in the soundtrack kept me from vomming, I decided it was decent enough to suggest.


Babes in Toyland. Oh Drew Barrymore. This movie was probably filmed about the same time that you were hopped up on drugs and heading to rehab. Okay, besides that sad little fact, I freaking love this movie. It’s a little trippy, but it taught me how to spell Cincinnati so it’s good.


The Nightmare Before Christmas. Spooky, weird, and Tim Burton all the way. This movie is an absolute classic and there is no denying it. I saw it once when I was like six years old….scared me silly. But for all you adults out there, it won’t have you hiding under your bed any more.


It’s A Wonderful Life. Every year on Christmas, to please my Dad, we watch this movie. Kind of a Fausto Tradition. Not only are old movies touching to begin with, but seeing all the lives George has changed really inspires the viewers and warms your heart.



A Christmas Story. There is a reason this movie gets played for 24 hours straight on TBS every year on Christmas…fun fact? I haven’t ever sat down and watched the whole thing from beginning to end. Not like I have to, since it is always playing. And don’t lie, you have all wanted to stick your tongue against the pole of the ski lift to see if it sticks at one point or another.


National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation. Oh the Griswolds. What. A. Family. After a family movie night watching this movie last year, I was reminded why I love Chevy Chase. Why? Cuz he’s hilarious, duh. If you have ever felt like your family is less than functional, you will relate to this movie.


Home Alone. One question, how could anyone forget about their child?! Welp, thank goodness they did. Because this movie is beyond classic, beyond Christmas movie material, to one of the greatest movies ever. Macauly Caulkin is nothing short of brilliant, wielding off those burglars like a champ. The best feel-good film of all time.


Miracle on 34th Street. Shame on me, yet another I have not seen in full. But considering it just arrive on Netflix, I have every intention to. I’m just excited to find out if it’s really Santa!


Song of the Day


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‘Bitter Song’ by Butterfly Boucher

If you are as avid of a Grey’s Anatomy as I am, you will recognize this song from the devastating scene in which Meredith nearly drowns and McDreamy pulls her out of the water. Cue heart breaking. The song could not be more perfect for that moment. the piano strikes hard and sad, and the singer’s voice is smooth and strong. Not to mention, the lyrics strike true to any artist or expressionist. Add this one to your breakup playlist, pronto.