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JANUARY 2018 READING LIST


- FINAL GIRLS by RILEY SAGER - If you love a thriller and a classic horror film you will really love this book. Ten years ago Quincy Carpenter went to a cabin with her college friends for a fun weekend that quickly turned into a mass murder. She is the only survivor and unwillingly becomes a final girl with girls who have been in similar situations. Ten years later one of them has died in suspicious circumstances and the memories Quincy couldn't remember from that night are coming back to her.


- THE RULES OF MAGIC by ALICE HOFFMAN - I loved Practical Magic so this prequel about the Owens siblings growing up in the sixties and their family legacy will instantly suck you in. The Owens curse and all of the siblings love lives will keep you on your toes. I read this traveling over the holidays and could not put it down. It is magical!

- THE LIGHT WE LOST by JILL SANTOPOLO - Read this book in one sitting. This book is about first love and how people change and stay the same over time. The funny way that things work out. Definitely a tear jerker.


- THE SEVEN HUSBANDS OF EVELYN HUGO by TAYLOR JENKINS REID - Loved every soapy minute. Aging movie star Evelyn Hugo hires newbie writer Monique Grant to write her biography. What follows is the story of Evelyn's rise to fame and all the men she married and why. Very reminiscent of Elizabeth Taylor. You will tear through this book! 

- PARTY GIRLS DIE IN PEARLS by PLUM SYKES - Such a fun book! I love Plum Sykes - Hello Bergdorf Blondes! This book is set in the 1980s and the elite world of Oxford University. Ursula Flowerbutton is a freshman with her heart set on writing for the school paper, Cherwell. When she discovers one of the poshest girls in school murdered, she will have to solve the murder and write about it. Such a cute read! 


What are you currently reading? I will have another reading list in February - send me your recs! 

2018 GOALS


We are officially two weeks into 2018 and I finally feel like I am getting my sea legs in the new year. After the holidays, it took me a few weeks to get back into our regular schedule. I have lots of blog planning this long weekend and I thought it would be fun to start with my goals for 2018. I love to make lists and making a list of goals that I want to achieve is one of my favorites. I always feel that when you really put things out into the universe, you will achieve them. 

January is one of my least favorite months, but I do love the clean slate of a new year. A lot of these goals are on my list every year, but I have a few smaller ones that I want to achieve. I also go month to month and have a list of smaller goals from my 101 in 1001 that I try to achieve. 

- SAVINGS - Savings is always a big one. We are trying to really budget our money and not spend as much to save for bigger purchases. I am working on our budget and might do a post in a few months to update. 

- EATING AT HOME - This one goes with the savings but we are trying not to eat out as much, it really adds up. I want to do more meal planning, instead of being tired and just lazily picking up food on my way home. 

- FITNESS 3X A WEEK - I started on this goal this week. I worked out on the elliptical Monday, started the first week of BBG free trial, and I went to my first hot yoga class Friday, which was amazing and I might be newly addicted. I have to say that getting back into my fitness routine has already started to feel great, especially after my glutenous holiday. 

- HOME PROJECTS - Henry and I have several things we want to accomplish for our house. The first one is we want to wire a wall for our tv and get quotes for built-ins on that wall. I think this will be an amazing addition to our living room. We also have some big purchases to make like a buffet, art work, and finishing painting some rooms. 

- JOHNSTON FAMILY TRIP - Henry and I are planning a trip this year for the two of us. We don't want to spend too much money so it needs to be somewhere we can drive but also somewhere we haven't been together. We are thinking about Savannah, Charleston, etc. Let me know any suggestions? 

- FINISH WARDROBE BASICS - I have a running list of wardrobe basics I need in my closet. I don't have that many left to add until I feel like my basics arsenal is complete. 


What are your goals for 2018? 



LIfe Lately...


- Thanksgiving 2017 with the fam 


- Made a delicious pecan pie 


- Charlie doing his favorite activity 


- Our biggest Christmas tree and my favorite ever 


- Virginia with family - love this picture of Aunt Cathy, Henry, and me


- In Williamsburg with Aunt Cathy 


- Our new house in Williamsburg ;)


- Henry duck hunting in Arkansas 


- Annual Office Christmas Party at Dauphins 


- Our First Dinner Party 


- 2017 Johnston Christmas Tree - love her 


- Annual Tapia Christmas Eve Eve Party 


- New Years Eve 2017 A Hackney New Year - Such a fun wedding! 

Good Morning Strangers and Happy New Year, I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday season. This week was definitely hard to get back into the swing of things, but it is always nice to get back to a routine. We had such a wonderful end to 2017. Lots of holiday fun and spending time with family. This Thanksgiving and Christmas were probably one of my favorites yet. I have lots of 2018 Goals and will have a post up about them later this weekend. I am planning to start BBG - anyone else tried it - I am hearing really great things. I also have a ton of books to review and maybe a best purchases of 2017 - would anyone be interested in seeing that?  I hope you have a wonderful 2018! 



Gifts for the Littles: Southern Doll Boutique


Happy Sunday Friends! I know I know I have definitely been MIA on here again and during the most wonderful time of the year! I hope you are all having an amazing Christmas season. Henry and I have been working, traveling for family trips and he has been hunting, and also just prepping for the Christmas festivities around here - we haven't stopped basically all of December. My tree finally has gifts underneath it as of last week. I will have a full life lately post later today. 

I wanted to share the cutest dolls from a Local Boutique here in Mobile, Southern Doll Boutique  located inside Five Gold Monkeys. 4350 Old Shell Rd. 36608. If you are still looking for that perfect gift for your little girl or a little girl in your life, then I highly suggest checking them out next week! They would be so cute for the little kid in your life. I was doll obsessed when I was little and would literally have freaked out to have one of these little girls with the matching outfits! 

I just love the little Alabama Cheerleader! If you are local to Mobile, they have school uniforms to match your child's uniform... that is just the cutest thing ever! They just recently launched the matching girl and doll Christmas nightgown - how adorable would that be for the holiday season! The dolls are such high quality and the price point is great - highly recommend! Just about the cutest gift ever! Shop Local and check them out next week! 



Happy Christmas week and thank you for reading! 

GIFT GUIDE: MY CHRISTMAS WISHLIST



I have officially blogged more in November than any other month this year! I am really enjoying it - let me know if you are enjoying the posts! I thought it would be fun to do my Christmas Wishlist, especially since it helps my husband out on the gift idea situation. Are you listening Henry?? It is a mix of closet staples and items for my home this year, everything has been on my wishlist for awhile now - I might go ahead and splurge on this travel set, since it is currently on sale. 

2017 Christmas Wishlist 

David Yurman Bracelet  - I think I have truly wanted to start a collection of these classic bracelets since my freshman year of college. This is the one I would really really like from Henry. 

Bar Stools - These are definitely missing at the bar in our kitchen and I would love to make this purchase end of 2017 early 2018. I love the nail head detail and classic traditional style.

Barbour Jacket - Another closet staple and I know I will wear it for years to come. 

Williams-Sonoma Oven Mitt - A kitchen staple that we are currently lacking. 

Leopard Heels - Closet staple that I know would be on repeat at my office. They could add so much to any outfit. 

Velvet Pillows - The perfect new pillows for our couch to tie in our new rug. So cozy and luxe.

OTK Boots - Love the extra layer these boots add to every single look. I think they will really dress up any outfit. 

Henri Bendel Travel Set - I love a gorgeous travel set and anything to help me get a little more organized. Henri Bendel really does it best on all their travel accessories. 

Tom Ford Coffee Table Book - I collect coffee table books and this one is at the top of the list. It is a splurge but definitely makes a statement. 

Lululemon Jacket  - The perfect jacket for walks and working out in the winter time. Also great for relaxing in my work-out great on Saturday and Sunday.

Le Creuset Dutch Oven - Le Creuset is gorgeous and this is the perfect soup and chili pot. I love the white color

Thanks for reading and let me know what is on your Christmas wishlist. 


FOR THE OFFICE: MY WEEKLY WARDROBE WED - FRI


+ WEDNESDAY + Black Top + Dress TJ Maxx OLD  - J.Crew Tights - BCBG Booties OLD want these - Necklace * Jewelry party maybe Silpada?


+ THURSDAY + Lush Tunic ON SALE and the best for work - Target Wrap OLD - Jeans - Tory Burch Riding Boots - Bauble Bar Tassel Earrings - Kate Spade Watch


+ FRIDAY + Turtleneck - Target Sweater OLD - J.Crew Skirt - Old Navy Booties - Necklace *Jewelry Party Silpada 

This week was a little crazy so I only managed to document the end of it. I am so excited for Thanksgiving and all the upcoming festivities. We will be spending our Sunday touching up paint in our living room and putting down our new rug. I am also trying to decide what type of outdoor lights to purchase to put around our house - this is our first time decorating outside so please leave me any suggestions if you have them.

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I hope you have a great Sunday! 

GIFT GUIDE: GIFTS FOR THE BEAUTY LOVER



Yesterday was the first day I felt properly in the festive spirit. I turned on my Christmas music - shout-out to the Sirius XM Holly Station because it is my new favorite and went to the store to buy all the items I am making for the Thanksgiving Festivities next week. 

This post is not sponsored by Nordstrom, but I happen to think they are the best destination for beauty and stocking stuffer items during the holidays. The gift sizes and multiple items together make for the perfect gift. I have rounded up some of my favorites for the beauty lover in your life. 

A few other fabulous beauty products 







What are you shopping for this holiday season? Let me know what type of gift guide you might be interested in.