Friday Things

HAPPY DECEMBER!! Hope you all are enjoying this time of year as much as I am…I’ve also decided that I’ll never go another year without having a Christmas tree up because despite it taking up a sizable amount of real estate in our small space, it genuinely makes me happier every time I see it. I’ve also been drinking hot chocolate almost nightly and am tearing through a bag of mini marshmallows at record pace, which is a great problem to have.

This has been an interesting news week (what week lately hasn’t been, I guess?) but waking up to the news of Meghan + Harry’s engagement on Monday was awesome…anyone else feel that way? I started watching Suits a few months ago and instantly became an MM fan–coupled with my longstanding love for the monarchy, all I can say is that May 2018 can’t come soon enough (thank goodness Kate has a baby on the way in April!). In the meantime, I’m counting on my friend Diana + her team at People and T&C for all my royal news :)

What are you guys up to this weekend? We’re hosting a little super belated housewarming + holiday gathering (ugly sweaters and all), and I’m going to Orangetheory tonight after work. There are also a few house-related projects to check off–namely hanging our new curtain rod and a couple of things on the wall–and I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t unreasonably excited to be finally making some more permanent decorating decisions for our home!

Some links + happenings around the web…


The Ina Garten roast chicken connection to the royal engagement makes me so, so happy.

23 seasonally-appropriate whiskey cocktails.

– One of the coolest, most creative gift ideas: these signed and framed restaurant matchbook prints. Must-see if you’re a fan of dining out in NYC, plus a handful of restaurants in other locales. I’ll be keeping an eye out for more additions! Also, follow Charles’ Instagram account–I’m newly obsessed!

The heartwarming Heathrow bears are back.

– There’s nothing like a hot bowl of soup on a cold winter day–here are 16 noodle soup recipes to inspire you this season.

Six strict rules that the royal family–and now, Meghan Markle–must follow.

– I made cranberry muffins post-Thanksgiving last year and they turned out so, so well–I can’t recall the recipe, so may give this one a shot soon!

– Thinking about 2018 travel? Here’s when it’s cheapest to travel to these places around the world.

– I have so much respect for full-time bloggers…it’s really not the easy, glamorous job it appears to be. Jess wrote a great, honest post on the truths behind the businesses.


Gift ideas for men.

Gift ideas for women.

Gift ideas under $50.

Gift ideas under $100.

Gift ideas for your coworker.

Ideas for your own list.


Some books I’ve read recently + thoughts on each.

Ugly Christmas sweaters for under $25 with free two-day shipping? Yes, please!

An outfit post featuring a recent splurge and the coziest cotton sweater.

Easy ways to dress up your existing wardrobe for the holidays.

– Especially relevant over the holidays: how I’ve been striving for a healthier lifestyle.

Image via my Instagram

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  1. Hahah thank you for the shoutout! So excited for the wedding.. and the NEW BABY!!! Have such a fun holiday party this weekend! xx

    Posted 12.1.17 Reply
    • Monica wrote:

      YES! 2018 is looking up :)

      Posted 12.5.17 Reply