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Watched, Wanted, Worn // January

Hey friends! Hope your 2017 is going well! I've jumped headfirst into a new job, have been going my usual mid-January declutter extravaganza, and have been semi-intentionally taking a break from the internet while all the dust settles. Still recuperating from 2016 a little, but I've been drinking a lot of tea, reading, and taking time (when I have it) to relax. I thought it was about time to debut a new little series here on WiRL, one that I'd like to call "Watched, Wanted, Worn" which is pretty self explanatory. Things I've been watching, wanting, and wearing!


La La Land. Y'all, this movie! I have never been a big fan of musicals, but I was SO into La La Land. Maybe it was Ryan Gosling, maybe it was the old Hollywood vibe, maybe it was the tap-dancing numbers or the John Legend cameo, but I adored this film. It's funny, emotional, visually stunning. It checked all the boxes for me, and I will definitely be grabbing it when it comes out on DVD.

Garfunkel and Oates. I've seen this series a few times through, and I'm so sad there weren't more seasons! I think the characters are just the right mix of quirky and relatable, and their songs about dating and adult life hit really close to home. Definitely worth a watch if you're into girl bands and / or comedy. Check it out on Netflix!

Mr. Kate. My YouTube subscription feed is full of interior design channels lately, like Mary Elizabeth, and my most recent favorite, Mr. Kate. I think she's really fun and adapts to each of her clients' style preferences seamlessly. I'd love for her to come redecorate my space, now just to get famous enough or earn enough coin to do so!


Midcentury brass candlesticks. Bless my roommates for putting up with me this month because I have been OBSESSING over a pair of candlesticks that I found on Etsy. I kept them in my cart for ages, just staring at them, but the moment I tried to purchase them, they sold out. Cue the sad music. Similar ones on eBay are selling for close to $100. I missed the deal of a lifetime.

A letterboard. I've needed to give myself multiple pep talks in the past few weeks so I think a letterboard would be a perfect addition to my room. I can change it up to be something really meaningful or something just kinda funny.

Matching pajama sets. There's just something about pjs that come in a matching set that make them feel just that much more comfy. I've definitely fallen into the "big T shirts as pajamas" trap in the past and I've had enough! I'm a grown ass lady. I need more cute pajamas, like yesterday.


Olive green military jacket. I've been living in this thing lately since it's been unseasonably warm for winter. I'm also really bad at dressing for the appropriate season (can't it just be fall year round?) and dressing for summer especially. I'm already dreading 90 degree temperatures and will be sad the day I have to return this jacket to its place in the closet.

Little red Coach bag. I was sent this little red bag from Coach earlier this year and I have been obsessed ever since. It's absolutely stunning quality, a beautiful color, and the perfect size for all my daily needs.

Smith's Rosebud Salve. This stuff is a GODSEND for the winter months. It smells good, it moisturizes well, and it has pretty packaging. There are other flavors and varieties if rose isn't your thing too! What more could you need?!

What have you been watching, wanting, and wearing lately?

10 Goals for 2017

2016 was a doozy. I think pretty much everyone can agree on that. It was a bizarre, hilariously exhausting rollercoaster of a year, though not without its good points. In 2016 I graduated college, moved in with one of the coolest people on earth, made new friendships and grew existing ones. 2016 tested me in ways I never knew it could, and for the most part I made it out stronger and more prepared to roll with the punches than ever. What's that saying about rough waters making a skilled sailor? I'm not sure exactly, but it totally applies.

2016 was the "it is what it is" year for me. A year of goodbyes. A year of acceptance.
2017 will hopefully be the year of moving on to even better and brighter things.

That being said, and dramatic monologue aside, I'd like to discuss some 2017 goals. Compared to last year's goals these are pretty similar, but hey! Progress is progress.

1. Read one book a month.
I set this as a goal pretty much every year, and every year it seems to slip by me. Now that I'm no longer wrapped up in reading for classes and swirling about with papers due seemingly every 15 minutes, maybe I'll have some time to tackle that to-read list. Got any suggestions?

2. Establish a daily routine for productivity.
You know what would be nice? Eating breakfast. Waking up on time. Being an actual functioning human for more than a week at a time! A routine sounds lovely. Now how do I get one of those?

3. Take a trip to NYC. 
I've been dying to visit NYC again since I got back from my last trip (years ago!) and there's some really cool people I've been wanting to see, and museums, and shopping! There's just something about the big apple.

4. Take a trip to Toronto.
I've been bugging my roommate that I need to go try Tim Hortons and buy some maple syrup but honestly I just want to see the city! Time to get that passport renewed!

5. Continue to grow Red Lip Collective.
This year was an awesome start for my little business, and I can't wait to see how far I can take it in 2017! I've got some great new pin ideas, and I want to branch out a little with products. Hopefully it will be a hit!

6. Find a blogging schedule that works for me.
I'm sure this has graced every blogger's list at some point, but 2016 threw a wrench in my blogging schedule for sure. Busy times! Hopefully having a more consistent schedule overall will allow for more time to actually blog! Wouldn't that be nice?

7. Simplify.
With minimalism being such a "trend" (and a good one at that) in 2016 it's been making a lot of people think about their possessions with intention. I want to make an even more conscious effort to cut the superfluous out of my life. To seek clarity and quality in all things.

8. Explore my music and movie tastes.
College really put a damper on my music listening and movie watching, and it's time to change that! I want to put aside a little bit of time to discover new music (I just bought one of these!) and actually spend some evenings to tackle my ever-growing Netflix list!

9. Focus on gratitude, creativity, and beauty in the little things.
I think it's really important to take time to feel grounded and to really reflect on our blessings and the beauty in our lives. Often times things are too busy and we focus on the next item on our to do list, or the sad things, or our bank accounts. I want to spend more time with my family, admire more art, drink more tea, and get out in nature whenever I can.

10. Be supportive.
When I look around at my peers (bloggers, friends, small business owners, etc) I see so many bright and talented beings, and I want to bolster that as much as humanly possible. Whether it be attending a nearby comedy or open-mic night, dining and shopping locally, making a purchase from a rad etsy store, or simply tweeting positive vibes to someone, I want to make 2017 a year of supporting and encouraging others.

What are your 2017 resolutions?

How to Throw a Roaring 20s New Years Eve Party Without Breaking the Bank

New Years Eve is easily one of my favorite holidays, without a doubt. I love all the new beginnings, the sparkle, and the excuse to dress up. Plus, who doesn't love staying up late for a champagne toast? In this post, I've got some pointers for a glizty yet inexpensive gatsby-themed shindig that I pulled off for my friends. It was a roaring good time!

Tip 1: Re-use Holiday Decor!
If you have white, gold, or silver Xmas lights, ornaments, or tinsel decorations, change them around and re-use them for NYE! I strung clear baubles on strings and hung them from the ceiling (total champagne bubble vibes) as well as tissue paper pom-poms for a fun ceiling arrangement.

Tip 2: Shop Holiday Sales & Clearance!
Target always seems to have pretty decor on sale, and there are bound to be tons of non-holiday specific decorations that fit the New Years theme perfectly. Thrift stores, Party City and The Dollar Tree are great options too!


Tip 3: Ask friends to bring a dish!
This alleviates some of the stress (and expense) of feeding your guests, and makes your friends feel helpful. Plus, there will be something for everyone, as people will tend to their own dietary needs with the snacks they bring. And who knows, some of your friends could be secret master chefs!


Tip 4: Know where to splurge!
Since you're planning the party, you can decide where you'd like to spend the biggest chunk of your money. If you feel like a flapper dress would be the best investment, put your money there! Think fancy champagne will make you feel luxe into the new year, pop that bubbly! Want a towering display of Ferrero Rocher chocolates? Invite me over! Add your personal touches to make the party extra special, and most importantly, have fun!

Tip 5: Get fancy with what you have!
It's okay if you don't have 28 place settings of matching heirloom silverware, but if you have it, break it out! An eclectic mix of new and old is perfect for a prohibition-chic theme! Mason jars or crystal wine glasses, it doesn't matter. Drink whiskey out of teacups - get creative!

Tip 6: Celebrate your friends!
Don't stress! Remember it doesn't have to be perfect and sit back and enjoy the time with your friends. Find an old jazz station on Spotify and watch a YouTube tutorial on how to do the Charleston. Keep it fun and dance until the New Year!

What are you doing this NYE?

Seven Things

Hello friends! I'm back to share another 7 things I've been loving lately! 

Photo details - Plant: Ikea // Plant Pot: candle jar from Target (similar: 1 & 2) // Candle: HomeGoods (similar) // Mug: TjMaxx (similar) // Cookbook: How to Be a Domestic Goddess by Nigella Lawson

1. I've recently rediscovered my love for vintage dishware. I've got visions of Pyrex and Jadeite collections dancing in my head. Time to hit the thrift store! Also, here's a cool resource for pyrex patterns!

2. My real-life-turned-internet-friend Fatima's Instagram is chock full of lovely bookish inspiration, it makes me want to fill my walls with books and prance around Pride & Prejudice style in a meadow. Check out janetomyausten!

3. Mary Elizabeth is my current favorite YouTuber, and she's really inspiring me to redecorate, as well as be a little more glam in my everyday life. She's so fab.

4. A little reading wishlist: Talking As Fast As I Can by Lauren Graham, Bloom by Estée Lalonde, The Little Book of Hygge by Meik Wiking, Simply Nigella: Feel Good Food by Nigella Lawson, and Cravings by Chrissy Teigen.

5. A recipe for Braised Brisket with Bourbon-Peach Glaze?! Count me all the way in!

6. I'm having an art-deco moment, and I picked up these earrings for a Christmas party and I'm thinking about making it a full-time thing. They're definitely not too extravagant for every day or anything, haha!

7. Anything and everything peppermint is on my radar right now. Cookies, coffee, candles, ornaments (though I don't have anything resembling a tree quite yet) and even leggings!

What are you loving lately?