#Partygirl Problems: Finding the perfect outfit for a Christmas Party

This time next week I will be home in PA, and in all honesty, it could not come sooner. I can’t wait to see my friends, family and my dog, Marshall 🙂 As you probably know, Christmas break is filled with reunions and get-togethers with friends you probably haven’t seen since August. I already have a party, bar crawl, and family get-togethers planned and my vacation hasn’t even started yet.  Dressing for holiday festivities can be stressful and expensive. You want to look your best but you don’t want to dole out a ton of dough while doing so. I don’t know about you but I’m super excited for this break not only because I’ll get to see everyone I love, but I can finally ditch the leggings and baggy sweatshirt getup #blamefinals.

If Olivia Newton-John can't get away with the leggings and sweatshirt combo, no one can

If you’ve raided your closet (you should at least go through it 2-3 times) and don’t have a single thing to wear to that high-school reunion or family gathering, fear not. Here are a few outfits for every holiday party, brunch, church service and dinner party imaginable. **Everything is under $50!**

Brunch with the Besties

Brunch

New Year’s Eve

$42.99 Mod Cloth Midnight Sun Dress

Ugly Sweater Party

I absolutely GUARANTEE you will take first place in the ugly sweater competition with this baby

The Bars

Night out

Christmas Mass

$39.99 from Lands End Canvas...I have this dress and it is so comfortable!

Christmas Dinner with the Fam

$35 Dorothy Perkins Red Cross Panel Dress...Dress this up with a great shrug, statement jewelry or a great pair of heels!

Christmas Morning

Seriously, who ACTUALLY gets dressed up to unwrap presents? Not I. Not I.

Also, my apologies about the layout. I’m trying out Polyvore so I’m still trying to work out the layout kinks. If you haven’t checked out the site do so, or not, because it is so addicting!

To Spotify or Not to Spotify? That is the question.

A final exam favorite of mine

During finals one of the major things that keeps me centered and sane is music. I like to listen to classical and bluegrass music when writing paper. However, finding great bluegrass music is time consuming and I don’t like spending too much time searching for songs and making playlists. I recently downloaded the free version of Spotify, the music streaming software that connects your Facebook friends and lets you share your music tastes with your Facebook friends (I usually turn this feature off when I’m having a Belieber or ABBA moment). Anyway, I’ve fallen head over heels in love with Spotify. The music selection is great, I love their country and classical stations and I’ve found some great artists through friends’ playlists.

I ♥ Spotify

So here is my dilemma. Spotify offers a monthly fee-based, no-ad, mobile streaming feature that lets you access songs offline, which would be AMAZING for my 30 minute subway ride to work. It is $9.99/month, and has received rave reviews. Right now I just buy my songs off of itunes which runs me between $0.99-$1.29 per song. I’ve been super paranoid ever since the whole Napster and Kazaa debacles so I stay away from the illegal dark underbelly of music downloading.

Good reason, but I'd rather not up my chances of incarceration or a lawsuit

Some months I go on an itunes shopping spree and rack up a $30 bill. Other months I don’t even open itunes. And sometimes I’m gifted itunes cards which last me a while and I love Genius, but sometimes I regret my purchases and it’s not like you can return an MP3 files. This Spotify service is very appealing but when it’s all said and done, it would cost me about $120/year :/ I have a part-time job next semester and I babysit on occasion so $9.99/month would be more than doable, but I’m still on the fence. So instead of doling out advice, I’m asking you guys for some. Oh how the tables have turned haha! Does anyone use Spotify premium or know anyone that does? What would you do? Or do you have another LEGAL music streaming service you prefer? Please help!

Little Indulgences

In order to keep yourself happy and sane,  you should take some time out from your busy schedule everyday and pamper yourself even if only for five minutes. With finals on the horizon, and the stress of the holidays upon us, it is vital that you still take time out for yourself once in a while and do something that you enjoy. Today I decided to take a break from studying for a few hours, and have a mid-afternoon movie date with myself. I ordered some sushi from my go-to sushi place Sake II (they have an amazing lunch special 2 rolls+miso soup+salad for $6.50!) and popped in my $5 Cyber Monday purchase from Amazon: Bridesmaids. If you haven’t seen it yet, it is hilarious!

My one and only Cyber Monday purchase

 Everyday I try to make sure I do something I enjoy like…

Taking a stroll through the NY Botanical Gardens (free for Fordham students)

or…

Preparing an awesome meal

or…

Spending time with some of your favorite people (like my two big little brothers)

Whether you have five minutes or five hours, make sure you do something positive for yourself everyday! Here are some more things I like to take a little time out to do:

-listen to This American Life’s Weekly Podcast

-Workout

-DIY manicures

-Watch episodes of my favorite new show Shameless (the BBC version)

-Read the newspaper/a book in a cafe

-Walk my dog

-Write a blog post 😉

What do you do to unwind? Share it below!

This salad is life changing

This is what I had for dinner last night. And breakfast this morning. And I’ll probably have it for lunch today. Why you ask? Because this salad is so freaking good. I might as well call it crack salad because if you make it I’m warning you you’ll be a full blown addict after one bite.
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I got the idea for this salad when I bought fennel at the Arthur ave market and the owner gave me free arugula! If you’ve never had fennel with arugula, it’s a match made in heaven. Here’s the recipe:

Crack salad or Arugula goat cheese and fennel salad with citrusy Dijon dressing

For salad:
-Handfull(s) of arugula
-1/4 cup of sliced fennel
-1 Goat cheese medallion
-few slices of vidalia onion (not too much)

For dressing:
-Tablespoon of Dijon mustard
-Two capfuls of olive or canola oil
-Fresh lemon juice to taste

Enjoy!