Monthly Archives: November 2013

Happy [belated] Thanksgiving. I hope your day was filled with love, gratitude, and lots of food.

November is coming to a close and that means we’re a mere 25 days away from Christmas (and 37 days away from my birthday…but who’s counting?). 2013 is going to be over in the blink of an eye and, looking back, I can’t believe how much has changed. More on that in a later post.

For now, here’s what I loved this month…

Favorites: November 2013


dresses // platform heels // black jeans // dark lips // acrylic nails // clean & clear products


even bigger salads // Justin’s honey pb // iced coffee // tofurky (duh) // sweet & salty // pirates booty



family // Styled to Rock // Refinery 29 // photoshoots // cuddling with Lionel // traveling // sleeping in



And with that, the month is over. I don’t know why, but it hasn’t hit me that it’s almost Christmas. I didn’t listen to any Christmas music until yesterday and have yet to put up a single decoration. But I did start my shopping (yeee!) so hopefully I’ll start feeling more festive in the next few days.

Here’s to filling the rest of 2013 with love…


Ask any of my friends and they’ll tell you that I was never much of a rebel growing up. I always got good grades, followed the rules, and only took risks when I knew the outcome couldn’t be too horrible. But I’ve changed a lot over the past year. I’ve freed myself from my constant need for perfection and learned to love the space outside of my comfort zone. That’s where magic happens.

My new mindset has slowly but surely made it’s way into my closet. I’m beginning to realize how exhilarating it is to push the boundaries. Am I going to trade in all of my Free People for Top Shop and my lace for studs? Not likely. But I’m having fun. So, next time you’re shopping, don’t go straight for the same things you already own- buy something different. You just might surprise yourself.

1422378_10201155574387402_600299030_n903518_10201155574227398_1520431252_o1412222_10201155574147396_1081733272_oIMG_0005_2IMG_0002_2Dress: Forever 21 // Flannel: Forever 21 // Boots: Nordstrom (Madden Girl) // CuffUrban Outfitters

Here’s to pushing some boundaries…


This weekend I disappeared; from my blog, from my job, from my life in LA. I wound up with 3 days off from work (unheard of) and decided to take full-advantage by escaping to Las Vegas. No, I didn’t go to ‘hit the strip’ or ‘drink to forget’, I went to visit my grandma and cousin who I hadn’t seen in far too long. We shopped, we played, we gossiped, we ate…and it was absolutely perfect.


LasVegasSceneryLasVegasMallVegasTripFoodVegasTripAnthonyWhen I was little, anytime I got sick my grandma would call me and say “All you need is grandma there to make you some tea and toast and you’ll feel all better”. She was always right. And even though I’m all grown up now, that statement still holds true. Sometimes it’s okay to admit that you’re overwhelmed and need a break. More often than not, that break will leave you refreshed, rejuvenated, and remind you of the what is truly important. Life is precious. Life is beautiful. Live it.

Here’s to the power of love…


Christmas is less than 6 weeks away.

I don’t know how that happened. I don’t know where this year went. Regardless, I’m more than happy to jump into the Christmas festivities and enjoy ever minute of the season. And [for me] that means gift shopping which I look forward to all year long. I always have more fun giving presents than I ever do getting them…and that’s saying something because I love presents. I mean, who doesn’t?

Obviously the people on each of our shopping lists is different, but I thought it would be fun to put together a little holiday gift guide that incorporates ideas for every category. Some of these items are things I’ve been eyeing, some are things I’m already buying for people (shh..), and some are things that I just think people would love. Feel free to steal these ideas or share your own down below!

Holiday Gift-Guide 2013:

Gifts for Her

GiftsForHerOneGold Monogrammed Mug

TwoFree People iPhone Case

ThreePhilosophy Holiday Set

FourBrighton Love Necklace

FiveLily Pulitzer Agenda

Gifts for Him

GiftsForHimOneCologne Sampler 

TwoWood iPhone Case

ThreeVans Premium Canvas Shoe

FourPhillip Lim Men’s Traveler 

FiveFaux-Leather Wallet

Gifts for Anyone

GiftsForAnyoneOneLine-A-Day Journal

TwoE-Cards Desk Calendar

ThreeDIY Hot Cocoa Candle

FourConscious Box Subscription

FiveDIY Tote Bag

I hope this post gives you a little inspiration and that you’ll find the joy (rather than stress) in Christmas shopping. The options are endless and your family/friends will be thankful, no matter what.

Here’s to the joy of giving…


I apologize for my latest disappearance. In my defense, it was a busy weekend; family visits, photo shoots, work, catering events, etc. The busy-ness was exactly what I needed to take my mind off of the stress I had been feeling though. It’s amazing how the universe does that, isn’t it?

I’ve mentioned in the past that I want to start incorporating more fashion on le blog. It’s something that I’m fascinated by and, since I love reading other fashion/beauty blogs, it only makes sense for me to share my own fashion-inspired posts here. Hopefully you don’t mind a little change of pace…

1235274_10201155162577107_503912550_n 1450935_10201155162417103_389629573_n 1402902_10201155452624358_2075262362_oHat: Forever 21 // Top: Brandy Melville // Skirt: Free People

Photography: Shelby Barr (IG: @TerminallyChillxx)

Shelby is an unbelievable photographer and I love working with her. We’re planning to do shoots on a regular basis to build up both of our portfolios so you can expect a lot more posts like this one.

I also created an LookBook account to start documenting my outfits. Feel free to follow me there ( and on Instagram (@missemmmysue), if you’re interested!

Here’s to embracing the things that we love…



And right when I thought that things were finally getting better, we’re back at square one.

I don’t know what to think, what to say, how to feel…I’m just exhausted. The roller coaster that my mom, sister, and I have been on for the past 10 months feels never-ending. I look back on 2013 and it’s just a giant blur of changes, confusion, and struggle. I wish I could listen to my own advice and focus on all of the good things in my life but sometimes it’s impossible. Sometimes I’m not strong.

I don’t want to talk details (per usual); however, I do have one thing to say…

Addiction is a horrible, horrible disease. It comes in all shapes and sizes and manifests itself in a million different ways. If you have an addictive personality, be careful. If you currently struggle with an addiction, be brave enough to ask for help. If you have a loved one that has allowed addiction to take over their life, be strong. You are not alone. Watching someone crumble under the weight of addiction is heartbreaking and it’s only human for us to reach out and try to help. But you can’t force someone to get healthy. They have to want it. Until then, love them from a distance. Don’t enable them. And don’t let them rob you of your happiness. That’s yours and you damn-well deserve it.

44ca437f8b181b5e3e1d5c8d0caa236cThis blog is personal. I’m writing for myself just as much as I’m writing for you. I’m on a journey and I’m opening up about the beautiful and not-so-beautiful aspects of it. My hope is that I’m able to help one person- just one. If I do that, it’s all worthwhile. If I do that, everything makes a little more sense.

Here’s to being strong in the face of pain…



Relationships, no matter what form, are one of life’s most beautiful gifts.

Creating, maintaining, and nurturing bonds with other people is something we’re all constantly doing. But some relationships are different. Certain bonds are extra special and that’s where love is formed.

I think it’s really, really important to have a handful of ‘special’ people in our lives. The ones we know we can turn to and count on, no matter what. The ones we can trust 100%. The ones we feel completely comfortable around. The ones we really can’t fathom living without. It could be a sibling, a friend, a parent, a grandparent…just so long as it’s someone. For me, it’s my sister- Lindsay.


I spent the weekend with her and was reminded of just how lucky we both are. Her two-day visit flew by but we enjoyed every single minute of it. Shopping, talking, hiking, eating, relaxing, bonding

I wish we had taken more pictures (le sigh)- sometimes it’s more important to just savor the moment.

IMG_5597IMG_5594IMG_5604We’re constantly stimulated by the people and things that surround us, so it’s important that we fill our lives with those that bring out the best in us. Positivity and happiness are- after all- contagious.

Here’s to those unbreakable bonds…