get familiar | alicia cook

November 27, 2014

i first met alicia cook while working at Hollister, about 8 years ago. i didn't work there long, but immediately took to her light & positive personality. well, all these years later, thanks to the power of #instagram, our love of writing helped our paths to cross once more. 

aside from having her first story published when she was in the third grade, she has recently written about the attacks of 9/11, the tragic loss of a family member due to addiction and the personal effects that super-storm sandy had on her hometown of toms river. her pieces are highly relatable, and the imagery she adds to them is totally worth a #screenshot.

even though #instagram may have reconnected us, she is way beyond just @thealiciacook [seriously, follow this chick], she has just signed her first book deal with underwater mountains publishing. her book "entranced" has 4 editions available for pre-order now, available everywhere 2/17/15 --> click here

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can we discuss this artwork she created for the book? i am obsessed.

i had never collaborated on my blog before, but i knew that if/when i decided to, i wanted to introduce a fierce female to my readers. i am all about women empowering women & this is just the first chapter of greatness for miss alicia cook. i hope you all take the time to check out her, send her positive vibes, and continue to follow her journey.


gift ideas | under $200

November 21, 2014

with the holidays creeping up fast, i thought i would share some of my favorite items i have been adoring for friends & family. since we had our daughter & bought our first home this year, we have decided that we will not be "exchanging" gifts, but that doesn't mean i haven't been making a mental christmas list. check these out if you are stumped on what to buy:

the new homeowners

6 quart crock pot // $130 //

mini bar cart // $200 //

wax warmer // $20 //

keurig 2.0 // $150 //

the handy-man

kobalt work bench // $199 //

dewalt cordless tool set // $199+ //

16 gallon SHOP-VAC // $179 //

the beauty queen

clarisonic facial spin brush // $100+ //

sonia kashuk "all that jazz" brush kit // $34.99 //

anastasia beverly hills contour kit // $40 //

the fashionista

tieks // $175+ //

printed sweater leggings // $19.99 //

chunky knit infinity scarf // $34+ //

if you are currently stumped on "what to get" that special someone, i hope these suggestions helped! i wouldn't mind finding any of these under my tree this year :)


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