Wednesday, December 30, 2015

2015 Reading List

One of my favorite pastimes is curling up with a good book. I knocked quote a few of them off of my reading list in 2015! You can read my thoughts on all of them here.
  1. We Were Liars by E. Lockhart  
  2. Me Before You by JoJo Moyes 
  3. #GIRLBOSS by Sophia Amoruso 
  4. Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty TV Series
  5. Dark Places by Gillian Flynn Movie 2015
  6. Paper Towns by John Green Movie 2015
  7. Maybe Someday by Colleen Hoover 
  8. The Husband's Secret by Liane Moriarty 
  9. The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins  Movie 2016
  10. The Luckiest Girl Alive by Jessica Knoll  - Movie 2016
  11. One Plus One by JoJo Moyes (September  Movie 2016
  12. The Kind Worth Killing by Peter Swanson 
  13. Oh! You Pretty Things by Shanna Mahin 
  14. The Good Girl by Mary Kubica 
  15. Eight Hundred Grapes by Laura Dave
  16. Shotgun Lovesongs by Nickolas Butler
  17. Somebody That I Used to Know by David Bell
  18. In a Dark, Dark Wood by Ruth Ware
What were some of your favorite reads from 2015?


Emily Ann

Monday, December 21, 2015

2015 Wanderlust Recap

At the beginning of 2015, I told myself that I wanted a year of adventures. Prior to this year, my last vacation was in 2010 (college spring break!), and I knew it was time to invest in life experiences and explore new places. I may have gone a little overboard with my wanderlust, but I wouldn't have had it any other way. 2015 was an amazing year! Here is a brief overview of my big adventures from this year:
  • Denver
    • A few friends and I took a completely random and spur of the moment trip to Denver in April. Even though it rained on us almost the whole time we were there, we had a great time hiking in the Rocky Mountains and exploring the city of Denver.
  • Mexico
    • Two of my girlfriends and I had been looking forward to this all-inclusive trip for months. In an unfortunate turn of events, Jess misplaced her passport and wasn't able to attend.  However, Erika and I still made the most of our adventure. We had a blast lounging on the beach, snorkeling, hammocking, and meeting new people. I am eager to get another girls' trip planned for 2016!
  • Georgia/South Carolina
    • My family and I traveled south to visit with my Aunts and Uncles in Georgia and South Carolina. This was the first family vacation we had taken in several years and I loved every second of it! Highlights included lounging by the pool, riding the Harley from GA to SC with Dad, and lots of nephew loving!
  • Washington D.C.
    • My cousin moved to D.C. earlier this year, and I had been itching to find some time to go and visit her. I finally convinced my sister to tag along for a girls' trip. We had the best time exploring the city and doing some much needed catching up! 
2016 is shaping up to be another year full of fun experiences. As of now, Michael and I already have trips to Las Vegas and Mexico planned. I can't wait to see what the future holds - I just know it's going to be great!


Emily Ann

Friday, December 18, 2015

Weekly Bits:: 25

Man have I been slacking on my posts lately or what? Life has been busy! Here's a peek at what I've been up to the past couple of weeks:

Attended:: Blues Game
  • A couple friends and I got tickets and headed to our first Blue's game of the season. They didn't win but we still had a good time watching, chatting, and sipping on a couple beers. I was slightly disappointed that they didn't have the little kids play a game at intermission. That is always my favorite part!
Listened:: Santa Jam and Jinglefest
  • The best part about cold weather is all of the great concerts! The Pageant has to be my favorite venue in St. Louis and I loved seeing Cam and Brothers Osborne there a couple weeks ago at Santa Jam. They were both great! 
  • One of my girlfriends from home road tripped up to visit for Jinglefest last week. Sam Hunt....swoon! Maddie & Tae were great too! I was pretty disappointed with Tyler Farr's performance. I love so many of his songs (and the fact that he is from Missouri is a plus too!), but his performance was lacking in my opinon.
Hosted:: Work Christmas Party
  • Our work Christmas Party at Fallon's Bar & Grill went really well. Our room was a little tight for our group size but everyone seemed to have a good time and the trivia went over great! Unfortunately, I am awful at trivia and our team didn't win.
Sipped:: Christmas Beers
  • A friend and I did a gift exchange recently. We were sure to have lots of Christmas Beer and pizza for the festivities. I really enjoyed the Breckenridge Christmas Ale and got some pretty great gifts!
Painted:: A Rustic Snowman
  • Let me start off by saying that I have no artistic talent (let's be honest, I'm talking zero artistic talent). With that being said, I do enjoy occasionally going to a wine and paint class with friends. Last night a friend and I attended one at Pinot's Palette in Chesterfield. Being as I am not a wine drinker, we substituted our wine with beer and gave this rustic snowman our best shot! My snowman started off rough, but ended up kind of cute!


Emily Ann

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Winter Movie Preview

With the first day of winter quickly approaching (next week already!), I thought I'd share with you some of the movies I'm looking forward to this season. I completely failed when it came to my fall movie line up and ended up only seeing one of the movies on it. Going to the movies isn't as easy when you live an hour away from the theater as as it was when you lived 5 minutes away! Here's a peek at some I would like to see over the next few months:


Emily Ann

Monday, December 14, 2015

Recent Reads:: V.4

Eight Hundred Grapes by Laura Dave
  • This book was another one that I listened to during my daily commute and I loved it! The relationships and family dynamics flowed perfectly and the vineyard setting added a bit of uniqueness to the storytelling. There were twists and turns that I didn't see coming and I loved hearing how Georgia came to really appreciate her hometown.  I recommend this book.
Shotgun Lovesongs by Nickolas Butler
  • I really enjoyed this book. I read it on my flights to and from Washington D.C.. Being from a small, Midwestern town, there are a lot of things I could relate to. The story revolved around a group of friends who grew up together and went their separate ways after high school. Life continued to bring them back together as their careers and relationships evolved. There are ups and downs and a ton of fun memories. Great story, great writing, great book. I definitely recommend this book.
  • I love a book that pulls you in after just the first few pages, and that is exactly how this book was written. In the first chapter, the main character runs into a girl at the grocery store who looks identical to a girl he dated in college that died 20 years earlier. When he approaches her, she drops everything and runs. From that point on, I was hooked and needed to know what was going to happen next. I recommend this book.
In a Dark, Dark Wood by Ruth Ware
  • This book revolves around a bachelorette party (it is called a hen party in the book due to the English setting) gone very wrong. Nora hasn't spoken to her childhood friend, Clare in over 10 years and is taken back when she is invited to her hen party. She reluctantly decides to go and someone ends up dead by the end of the weekend. The story line seemed pretty far fetched to me so I struggled to keep reading at times. I wouldn't recommend this book.
    • Side note: The cover made this book appear far more dark and twisted than it really was and I felt misled by this design choice. 


Emily Ann

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Favorite Fall Looks v.2

I had fun attempting to recreate some of my favorite fall looks this season and am already on the lookout for some winter inspiration. Stay tuned to see some of my cold weather favorites!


Emily Ann

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

December Lineup

Here we are in December already! This year has flown by. Here's a peek at how I will be spending the last month of 2015:

St. Louis Blues Game
  • I always try to make it to at least one Blues game a year. Hockey isn't necessarily my favorite sport, but the atmosphere of a hockey game is by far the most fun of all the sporting events I go to.
Santa Jam
  • Cam, Brothers Osborne, and Big & Rich for $10? Yes, please! I have been in love with Cam ever since I heard her rendition of Adele's Hello on the Bobby Bones Show. I can't wait to see her live! You also can't go wrong with a little Brothers Osborne...currently listening to Stay a Little Longer on repeat.
Shopping trip with Mom
  • My mom loves to go to Rosebud's Grand Antique Mall whenever she has a chance, and I am eager to be tagging along this Friday!  I hope to finding some neat pieces both for my home and to gift during the holiday season. 
  • Sam Hunt, Tyler Farr, and Maddie & Tae = a killer lineup! I have been wanting to see Sam Hunt live for a long time now and after hearing the rest of the Jinglefest lineup, I just couldn't resist picking up tickets for this show.  
Work holiday party
  • One of my responsibilities at work is planning all of the events. For our annual holiday party, we will be heading to Fallon's Bar and Grill to sip some drinks, enjoy delicious food, and play a little trivia. There will also be a live Irish band which I am eager to see!
Hot Chocolate 5K
  • A couple years ago, a friend and I attempted the Hot Chocolate 15K. It was by far the coldest run I have ever done. This year, we opted for the shorter path so we can make it to the end a little quicker to enjoy the hot chocolate and treats!
Pinot's Palette
  • What better way to get in the holiday spirit than sipping on wine and painting this rustic snowman? I am in no way an artistic person, so it will be interesting to see how my painting turns out!
Christmas celebrations
  • I have 6 days around Christmas off of work, so I am looking forward to celebrating the holiday and soaking up as much family time as possible.
New Year's celebrations
  • My plans are still up in the air right now, but I am looking forward to spending my third New Year's Eve with Michael and seeing what 2016 has in store.


Emily Ann

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Happy Thanksgiving, Friends!

Happy Thanksgiving all! I will be spending my day enjoying time with family and eating too much delicious food. In true Thanksgiving fashion, I thought I would share some of the things I am thankful for:
  • My family - God has truly blessed me with the most wonderful family. I don't know what I would do without them.
  • Michael - If you would have told me six years ago that I would be madly in love with this boy, I would have told you you were nuts! Today, I am so thankful to have him in my life. He keeps me sane, makes me laugh, lifts me up when I'm feeling down, and supports me no matter what. 
  • Best friends - As I've gotten older, I've realized how important it is to surround yourself with people who make you a better person. That is exactly what my best friends do. They are some of the most thoughtful, caring, and fun people that I know and they make me and my life so much better.
  • Being Auntie Em - Being an aunt is seriously the best feeling in the world! My nephew is the silliest, cutest, most fun little boy that I know. I'm so excited for nephew number two to be here early next year!
  • My job - I am grateful to have a job that allows me to have the financial freedom required to fulfill my need for adventure. This year particularly, I have had the opportunity to travel and make some great memories with all of the people I mentioned above which to me is what life is all about.
  • Thanksgiving dinner - If I had to pick a favorite holiday, I would pick Thanksgiving because let's be real, the food is amazing! Any time it is more than acceptable to eat all the turkey, mashed potatoes, rolls, and pie that my little heart desires is a great day in my books. Family time doesn't hurt either. :)
  • Small towns - When I was younger, I never really appreciated my hometown. It was small, boring, and I wanted out. I moved away for college and then to St. Louis to start my career. It didn't take long after for me to realize that I took that small, boring town for granted. I am so thankful that I have ended up in another small town where I can enjoy our simple, country life.
  • Down time - Life is hectic. It's easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of trying to be everywhere and do everything. I am grateful for my "me time" where I can get wrapped up in a good book, hit the gravel road for a jog, or binge watch my favorite TV shows
I hope you enjoy your day, I know I will!


Emily Ann

P.S. My incredibly talented friend made the print above. I just love it. I have it framed in my kitchen and it serves as a subtle reminder to give thanks every day.

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Instagram Lately

I don't know about you, but I can't believe it's already late November!  I just don't know where the time goes.  With Thanksgiving only a day away, I thought it would be nice to reflect on some of the moments and adventures I've captured so far this fall on Instagram:


Emily Ann

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Fall Style:: OTK Boots

I received a pair of OTK boots last year for Christmas, and honestly never wore them because I wasn't sure how to style them. I found this piece of inspiration and attempted to copy it using pieces that I already own. Below is the end result. I think it turned out well!


Emily Ann

Monday, November 23, 2015

Weekend Recap:: Country Music + COMO

Some girlfriends and I headed to see CMT's Suits and Boots Tour featuring Thomas Rhett and Brett Eldredge after work. This wasn't the best concert that I've been to, but we still had a good time! Thomas Rhett with full of energy and so fun to watch, but I was a little bored with Brett Eldredge's performance.

Any time cowboy boots are acceptable is a good time!
A few of us girls packed up and headed to Columbia, MO for some tailgating at the Mizzou vs. Tennessee football game. Naturally, it was the coldest day of the fall season, and we even had our first snowfall. Perfect tailgating weather, right?

We started our trip off by grabbing a pizza from Shakespeare's (a local favorite) and headed to Logboat Brewing Company. It was a neat place, and I'd love to go back when the weather is warmer.

Logboat Brewing Company
Can't go wrong with pizza and beer!
After finishing up lunch, we headed back to my friend's apartment to get all bundled up to brave the cold weather. I'm not going to lie, I'm very much a fair weather fan. So, the idea of tailgating in 30 degree weather with 20 mile per hour winds really was not too appealing to me. We lasted about 30 minutes before heading downtown to visit some of the local bars. was pretty cold
High school friends
Still freezing
Mini Magic Tree!
I got home around noon on Sunday and was exhausted. My day consisted of napping, laundry, and catching up on some of my favorite TV shows. It was a much needed relaxing end to a busy weekend.

How was your weekend?


Emily Ann

Friday, November 20, 2015

Weekly Bits:: 24

This week was so busy that I struggled getting my regular amount of posts up on the blog. I promise to do better next week. Here's a peek at some of my weekly happenings:

Hosted:: Stella & Dot Virtual Trunkshow
  • With the holidays right around the corner, what better time to host a party showcasing all of my favorite accessories?! The party runs through Dec. 11th so stay tuned to see some of my current favorites!
Read:: The Last Anniversary by Liane Moriarty
  • I've been hooked on Liane Moriarty ever since reading Big Little Lies a few months ago. I'm a big fan of her writing style, and am eager to see what twists and turns will pop up in this book.
Listened:: Brett Eldredge and Thomas Rhett
  • Tonight I will be attending the Suits and Boots Tour concert, so I spent this week brushing up on all of my favorite songs.
Dined:: BRIO Tuscan Grill
  • All of our corporate managers from work have been in town this week, so last night I went to dinner with a few of them. The food was excellent! I highly recommend the house special Chicken Milanese
Purchased:: 2016 Planners
  • Target always has the best planners! I purchased two of the black and white striped ones and plan to gift them during the holiday season. 

Emily Ann

P.S. The high tomorrow is 38 degrees! Hello sweater weather!

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Skippo 10K Trail Race

Last week, I mentioned that some friends and I participated in the Skippo 10K Trail Race recently. Let me tell you, this was by far the hardest run I have ever done!

It started off easy...

It was advertised as "a fairly flat course, except, of course, for the famous stairs!", so I was confident that I could handle it. Oh, the lies! The course was anything but flat. The terrain was rocky, the hills were steep, and there were creeks to cross. Oh, and those famous stairs?  Well, they seemed never-ending! Although we tried to run as much of it as we could, there were some hills that we just had to walk. Even while we were walking I was still worried about tripping and falling down a steep hillside. And while we're on the subject of tripping, I guess I should confess that I actually did take a tumble myself. My foot caught a tree root and I not-so-gracefully face-planted into the ground in front of several strangers. Needless to say, it was not my finest moment.

The stairs of death...
We made it to the top!
But first, let's take a selfie

It was far from a graceful run, but we did survive! Overall, I did enjoy the trail race. The scenery was beautiful and nothing about the run was boring. I will have to adjust my expectations prior to signing up for another one in the future, though!

And we survived....

Emily Ann

Friday, November 13, 2015

Weekly Bits:: 23

Made:: S'mores Crescent Rolls
  • I made these to take to the bonfire last weekend, and they were delicious! They were so quick and easy to make. I highly recommend you try them. 
Attended:: Coloring Club
  • I have to admit, I thought Jess was a bit nutty when she started to express her excitement for adult coloring books...who knew those were even a thing? But the idea of attending a coloring club meetup at a local bar? Now, that intrigued me. I decided to give it a shot, and I am glad I did! We had a blast hanging out, sipping on beers, and coloring. You can see my finished masterpiece here.
Sipped:: Urban Chestnut brews
  • In honor of #NationalHappyHour day, I made a visit to a local brewery to give a few new brews a try. I tried the Hallertauer Pale Ale and the Zwickel. Both were excellent, but if I had to choose I'd say I liked the Zwickel best.
Wish List:: Everything fall and winter...Everything.
  • With the holidays quickly approaching, I'm trying to not make any purchases for myself, which in turn, leads to a long wish list! Here are a few of the items I've been eyeing lately:

Happy Friday!


Emily Ann

P.S. The image is a free printable from The Night Owl!

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Fall Style:: Grey Duster Cardigan

I am loving the duster cardigan style right now, so, naturally, I couldn't wait to pull mine out this fall. I found the perfect piece of style inspiration from Sydney of The Daybook, and decided to give it a try this week. I paired it with my favorite black booties, and am loving the way it turned out. What are some of your favorite fall styles?


Emily Ann

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Guest Post:: Jess of Silex In The City

Hey everyone! I'm Jess, the writer behind Silex in the City and a good friend of Emily's. When she asked me to guest post, I gave an immediate "Yes!" followed by a fist pump. We brainstormed a few topics and I decided to go with my favorite Etsy shops & put a local spin on it. So, here are my top 4 Etsy shops based here in St. Louis.

The mecca for gallery wall art! My favorite :: Wherever you are, be all there.

The perfect spot for copper jewelry & macrame. She used to carry tri-colored wooden necklaces, that was my first ever Etsy purchase!

Custom illustrations! I wish I was this talented. So many occasions are perfect for gifting from here: baby showers, housewarming gifts, etc.

This shop is owned by a very talented girl I went to college with. Custom invites, prints & garland. If only I had a mantle to hang this banner from, Hello Fall.

What are your favorite items from these St. Louis based makers? 

Over & out- Thanks for having me, Em!

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Weekend Recap:: Friends and Family

This past weekend was pretty perfect. It was packed full of activities with so many of my favorite people!

My best friend from my hometown came to visit me for the weekend, so I took a half day at work and we spent the afternoon shopping and running errands. Later, we went for a long walk down the gravel road by my house, and then made chili for dinner.

After dinner, we watched Magic Mike XXL and she taught me how to crochet. She has been crocheting for years and is SO good at it. I am doing my best to try and make a scarf for my first project. There are a lot of imperfections, but I think it is going to turn out pretty decent for being my first ever attempt!

Scarf progress
Struggling to figure it out
We woke up bright and early and headed to Castlewood State Park to participate in the Skippo 10K Trail Race. It was quite the adventure, so stay tuned for more on that later!

After we got back home and relaxed for a bit, we headed to Jess' house for a bonfire. We sipped on beers, ate some delicious food, and enjoyed the company of her friends and family. It was a perfect fall evening.

The hardest 10K of my life
Perfect night for a bonfire

Michael and I headed to my hometown on Sunday morning to celebrate my aunt and uncle's 50th wedding anniversary. We arrived around 11, and I immediately headed to my sister's house to see my nephew. I haven't seen him since our family vacation, and that is just way too long! He wasn't feeling well (poor guy had double ear infections) so he was especially cuddly and I soaked it up.

Later, we headed to dinner at a local restaurant and mingled with my dad's side of the family. My aunt and uncle that we visited in Georgia were in town, too, so we almost had the whole gang there. It was great to see everyone. We don't get together often enough!

These are my people
He was not thrilled to take a picture with Aunt Em

Emily Ann

P.S. I have a special guest post scheduled tomorrow about a few great Etsy shops, so be sure to check it out!

Monday, November 9, 2015

Monday Inspiration

I am currently loving this quote. This morning I woke up feeling really blessed. I got to see so many of my favorite people this past weekend and am so grateful to have each and every one of them in my life. Stay tuned for a full recap of my weekend!


Emily Ann

P.S. Today is the last day to enter my Instagram Giveaway. If you haven't yet, make sure you enter! I will draw a winner tonight!

Friday, November 6, 2015

Weekly Bits:: 22 + Instagram Giveaway

Good morning and happy Friday! My upcoming weekend is packed full of fun activities, so I am itching for this work day to be over already. I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!

Read:: Shotgun Lovesongs by Nickolas Butler
  • This book was such a fun and easy read. I plan to do a recap of some of my recent reads next week, so stay tuned to hear my recommendations!
Won:: Fox + Wild Prints
  • I'm ecstatic that I won these handcrafted prints from Fox + Wild Paper Co! I can't wait to find the perfect place for each of them. Be sure to check out their Etsy shop. They have so much cute stuff!
Purchased:: Poncho
  • Ponchos are everywhere this fall! I'm loving the trend and currently only own one, so I figured I should add to my collection. Can't wait to wear it this fall/winter!
Instagram:: Giveaway!!
  • Guys, I have 100 followers on Instagram! I'm not sure how that happened, but I do know that it calls for a giveaway! Head on over to my IG page to find out how to win some of my favorite fall items!


Emily Ann

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Fall Style:: Warm Weather

Missouri weather is so funny. Mid 50's one day and nearly 80 degrees the next! That kind of weather sure does make it hard for a girl to transition into all of her warm and cozy fall clothes. Here's a peek at how I made one of my favorite fall looks work with yesterday's warm weather. 


Emily Ann

P.S. This scarf is one of my FAVORITES from Three Sheep Shack. Be sure to check out their adorable Etsy shop!

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

November Lineup

I'm pretty sure I say this every month, but I seriously cannot believe it's November already. Only two more short months until we are closing out 2015 and welcoming in 2016. This year has flown by!

November is one of my favorite months...bring on bonfires, boots, and cozy blankets! Here's a look at what I have scheduled this month:

Hunt for Hope 5K 
  • I started November by knocking one item off my birthday bucket list. This was such a fun event for a great cause. Read more on it here.
Skippo 10K 
  • This Saturday, I am  hoping to cross another item off my birthday bucket list as a couple friends and I are attempting a 10K trail race. The course is full of creeks, hills, and stairs. Hopefully we survive!
Fall Bonfire
  • A friend of mine has invited a group of her friends and family to their farm on Saturday night. I couldn't be more excited - the fall season is not complete without a good bonfire!
  • As a Coloring Club newbie, I am eager to see what these events are all about!
Michael's Birthday + Opening Day of Deer Season
  • The opening day of deer season happens to fall on Michael's birthday weekend this year. Sometimes he let's me tag along on his hunts, so I'm looking forward to enjoying a weekend on the farm with him.
  • I am so looking forward to this concert! I currently have this song on repeat.
Mizzou Tailgating
  • Some of my hometown friends and college friends are meeting in Columbia for a day full of football and fun!
  • Spending time with family is the perfect way to end a great month.


Emily Ann

P.S. I stole this picture from Michael's deer cam. Who knew those things took such good pictures?!

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Weekend Recap:: Hello, November!

I spent this past weekend enjoying great music with great friends and soaking up some much needed down-time.

I started my weekend with a little happy hour at O'Fallon Brewery, and then a few friends and I headed to The Pageant to see Mat Kearney & Parachute perform. I had seen Parachute in concert before (and loved them), but this was my first time seeing Mat Kearney. Let me tell you, he did not disappoint! His performance was flawless - so flawless, in fact, that Jessie thought he was lip syncing the whole time (he definitely wasn't)! You can see a peek of the concert on Instagram.

I spent my Saturday cleaning the house, hanging out with Michael, and face-timing my favorite little minion! I know I'm bias, but I can't get over how cute my nephew is! I was hoping to have some trick-or-treaters for Halloween, but we struck out. I guess Michael will just have to eat that whole basket of candy on his own!

On Sunday, I participated in the Hunt for Hope 5K in our little town. It was such a fun set up. They had deer decoys hidden throughout the course, and you had to "shoot" (take a picture with your phone) them as you saw them. Anyone who finished with pictures of all of the deer, was entered to win the grand prize. And what's even better is that the event raised more than $10,000 for a local gentleman who has been a long time supporter of the school athletics and community. He is currently fighting stage 4 colon cancer, and the athletic club hoped this event would raise enough to cover one of his medical treatments. But, as it turned out, the event raised enough to cover more than three times that! It is amazing what a small-town community can pull together to accomplish.

I finished my day by knocking out some more reading. I am hooked on Somebody I Used to Know by David Bell. I can't wait to finish it and provide you with some feedback on it...stay tuned!

I hope you all have a wonderful week!


Emily Ann

Friday, October 30, 2015

Halloween Happenings

Being that this is my first year living somewhere that I will actually have trick-or-treaters, I am extremely excited for Halloween tomorrow. My candy basket is packed (too) full, and I am eager to see all the kiddos in their costumes!

My sister was struggling to come up with an idea for my nephew's costume this year, so I took some time to browse DIY kid's costumes on Pinterest.  Let me tell you, there are some clever parents out there! My favorite costumes were this scarecrow, this gumball machine, and this garden gnome. Seriously, how cute are they?! Since my nephew is currently obsessed with Despicable Me (these movies and Mickey Mouse Club are the only things he watches on TV), my sister opted to turn him into a minion this year for Halloween. I can't wait to see how cute he looks as a minion!

On another note, I have been making it a point to test out as many seasonal beers as I can this fall.  So, I have been taking full advantage of "Halloween week" as an excuse to drink some beer (can't pass up a good excuse to drink beer, right?!). I think my top three pumpkin beers so far are O'Fallon Pumpkin Beer, Jack-O Traveler, and Schlafly Pumpkin Ale. I can't wait to pop one open tomorrow while waiting for our trick-or-treaters!

Some final Halloween thoughts:

Happy Halloween, all!


Emily Ann

Thursday, October 29, 2015

#TBT:: Halloween Costumes

It's been a few years since I have dressed up for Halloween, but I thought it would be fun to do a throwback post of some of my college/post college costumes. Sometimes I wonder what I was thinking in college. :)

Freshman Year:: Witch - I did forget to bring my hat with me to the Halloween party I attended though, so I was asked ALL night what I was supposed to be. #Fail

Sophomore Year:: Sailor - This outfit was questionable.
  • My friends and I also volunteered at a local haunted house that year, which is where the white painted face and sword comes into the mix. I'm pretty sure I was the least "scary" scary person in the whole haunted house. 
Junior Year:: Tool - Did you ever watch the show Tool Academy on VH1? Well, my roommates and I thought it was hilarious so we decided to dress up as Tools for Halloween.

Senior Year:: Homecoming fell on Halloween my senior year of college, so we skipped the costumes and sported our best SEMO gear.

Year One Post College:: Mario - Probably my favorite costume. My friend was the Luigi to my Mario.

This year, I think I will just keep it low key and stick with this outfit I posted earlier in the week.  What are you dressing up as?


Emily Ann

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Sister Trip to D.C.

My cousin, sister, and me at the river front in Georgetown.
My sister and I had the best time visiting my cousin in Washington D.C. this past weekend! We have never attempted a sisters' trip before, and our first one was definitely a success! I loved spending time with her and my cousin while exploring a new city. It will definitely have to become a regular event. I'm already thinking of future destinations for us!

Here's a brief recap of our adventure::

Saturday, my sister and I met early in the morning to catch our flight to D.C.. We arrived around lunch time and my cousin and her boyfriend picked us up at the airport. We were pretty hungry so we headed to District ChopHouse and Brewery to grab lunch. Of course I couldn't go to a brewery and not get a beer, so I also tested out one of their handcrafted lagers. Since my sister is currently pregnant (with my 2nd nephew!), she had to spend the whole trip drinking water while my cousin and I enjoyed several ice cold brews. Sorry, Dani!

After lunch, we headed to the National Portrait Gallery, where there were tons of restored portraits of famous Americans. My favorite were the portraits of our past Presidents. After we finished, we headed to get a peek of the white house. Unfortunately, the roads were blocked off, and they weren't allowing people to get too close, but we did get a good view and even saw some snipers on the roof! We then headed back to my cousin's apartment to get freshened up before dinner. We had dinner and then had a couple more beers at another local brewery before calling it a night.

Isn't my sister the cutest little pregnant lady?!
If you look closely, you can see people on the roof!

It was raining Sunday morning and we were feeling pretty lazy so my cousin made us breakfast and we just lounged around the apartment all morning. Then, in the afternoon, we headed out to explore Georgetown. It is such a cute area! There is tons of shopping, and the river front is beautiful.

Georgetown was so cute

Rachel and I at the Georgetown river front

We grabbed Mexican food for dinner and then went to look at some of the memorials at night. We visited the Jefferson and Lincoln Memorials and also had an excellent view of the Washington Monument. I loved seeing these landmarks at night because not only were they incredibly beautiful all lit up, but there also weren't a ton of people visiting while we were there.

Dani and I in front of the Washington Monument

The Jefferson Memorial and beautiful full moon.

Rachel and I hanging out with George Mason

View of the Lincoln Memorial

Monday morning we woke up and went to grab brunch and explore the city a little more. We visited the Washington National Cathedral (which was stunning) and then snacked on a little gelato before heading to the airport to catch our 3:15 flight home.

Seriously, how gorgeous is this cathedral?

This picture gives you a glimpse at how huge the cathedral is

I can't wait to see where our next sister trip takes us!


Emily Ann