11.25.2013

Holiday Shopping Solved with Rank & Style


It's that time of year. The holidays are coming, winter weather is in full swing, and at the end of a long day, you just want to light you favorite candle, put on some cozy pjs and slippers, pop in a movie, and then prepare to do this every single night for the next few months until it's warm enough to leave the house again. At least that's what happens to us here in Chicago. Or to me because I'm from LA and don't know what to do with myself when it's this cold.


With the holidays approaching in just a matter of weeks, we often find ourselves bombarded with ideas for gifts but don't know where to look. Enter Rank and Style, my go-to source for every top 10 list you'll ever need. I partnered with them last summer and today we're bringing you the ten best gifts for ending one year and starting another feeling refreshed and restored. And warm. Don't forget warm.

Rank and Style's lists have been a go-to for me. Some of my favorites include the 10 best statement cuffs (this is beauuuutiful), stud earrings (these are budget friendly and gold plated–love them), gym bags, hair straighteners, and ankle boots (love these by rag & bone), but really–whatever you're looking for, there's probably a list at R&S. Just sign up to receive updates and subscribe to their lists. It's easy!

Today I'm sharing the best of the best for all things restoring, relaxing, and rejuvenating, and am wearing the Eberjey Gisele PJ Set which happen to be the coziest and most wonderful pajamas I've ever owned. Ever. They're so comfortable that I decided to wear them to work (I work from home so this isn't that crazy of a concept) the other day.

Here's the full list! 

    •    Eberjey Gisele PJ Set
    •    Sisley-Paris Black Rose Cream Mas
    •    Wildfox Let’s Sleep in Mask
    •    C. Wonder Wool Herringbone Throw Blanket
    •    S.W. Basics Cream
    •    Barefoot Dreams 'Bamboo Chic Lite' Wrap
    •    J. Crew Nightshirt in End on End Cotton
    •    Tory Burch Coley Suede Slippers
    •    CLARISONIC Pedi Foot Transformation Set
    •    Tata Harper Deluxe Beauty Set  


I'm so grateful to have my little pup healthy and home with me, and my plan was to lay low with this guy and start saving money again, because holy vet bills that was the most expensive week of my life. So I'll be hanging at home with this little nugget.

A few of my favorite bloggers are sharing their R&S picks today, too! Stop by Sequins & Stripes, Design Darling, Channeling Contessa, A Little Dash of Darling, and Peanut Butter Fingers to see their picks.

This post was sponsored by Rank and Style, but all opinions are my own. 

11.20.2013

Introducing: The NEW Everygirl and Shop!

So, you know how I told you about one of our top secret projects yesterday? Well, get ready for top secret project no 2! Alaina and I  spent the past few months working on the launch of our shop and product line...and a site relaunch. Fancy new navigation. New branding. New travel section. New job board. New everything. And today it's official! The NEW Everygirl is LIVE!
And THE SHOP!
 
Time to do a little holiday shopping! We have a product liiiiiiine! (insert oprah voice here)

 

11.19.2013

Coming tomorrow: The Everygirl Shop!


I am so excited to finally able to share one of our top secret projects with you! Back when Alaina and I first started working together, we discussed the possibility of a product line but just weren't ready to make it happen. Not sure how ready we felt a few months ago but we decided to go for it anyway, and The Everygirl's shop launches tomorrow, just in time for the holidays! Prices range from $12-$35. Very budget friendly. Very Everygirl.

More details here.

11.18.2013

Christmas Cards & Minted Giveaway



Each year when the holidays roll around I decide that this will be the year I order Christmas cards.  Then I forget all about it until a week or two before Christmas and before I know it, it's too late. Besides, it seemed like so much work. Choose a card, upload your photo, and then address all the envelopes. Blah. But there's that photo of Buddy in his Santa Suit, and I just had to put it on a Christmas card.

I was on it this year. I worked with Minted and the process couldn't have been easier. I saw that gold foil was an option so that was easy. Glitter liners were an option. Done. The address label was initially light blue but you're able to request changes to any design, so I asked to have it changed to white and went with "Happy Christmas" because I miss being in London. A proof was sent day or two later, I approved it, and that was it. They'll even address your envelopes for free! Amazing.

These cards are extra special because there was a 50/50 chance I'd lose my dog last week. But he's home and his sweet little face is so handsome that it's on a Christmas card. Thank you all again for keeping this little nugget in your thoughts & prayers. We're taking new Christmas photos this year. Someone needs an elf hat.

Minted is giving one of my readers $100 toward any order. And if you aren't looking for holiday cards, don't worry. They have tons of options. Wrapping paper, decor, wedding invites, and much more. To enter, just leave a comment telling me what you'll buy if you win!

You have until Sunday, Nov 24 at 11:59PM to enter! I'll announce the winner on Twitter so be sure to follow me there.

11.16.2013

pup update: best. news. ever.


I have amazing news!!!! The pup's platelet count went from 0 to 80 and red blood cell count went from 13% to 18% to 44%! The vet thinks Buddy will be fine and that he will be able to come HOME tomorrow! Thank you ALL for keeping us in your thoughts and prayers! I am so grateful!

11.14.2013

update on buddy


I've gotten quite a few texts and emails asking about Buddy, so here's another update. I apologize in advance for the fact that this will probably be all over the place. I slept maybe 4 hours and literally cried all day yesterday and today. I am a mess. I'm posting a photo from happier times instead of another hospital photo. THIS is my sweet buddy. So here it goes.

Buddy received human immunoglobulin which is shown to increase platelet count and reduce hospitalization stay. Honestly, there isn't a ton of information on it because not many dogs receive it but the studies I've researched seen promising. Alaina and I visited Buddy last night. I can say without any hesitation that no one has a better business partner and friend. She's been there for every vet visit. I went alone yesterday, called her in tears telling her his platelets dropped, and she offered to hop in a cab. I told her I'd be fine, but 15 minutes later, she walked in the door anyway. I know this is what friends do and I'd do the same for her in a second, but "thank you" will never feel like enough. Ever.

Buddy was pretty lethargic yesterday but happy to see me. I wasn't feeling too positive last night and received a call at 5:30am this morning. My heart was beating out of my chest because I expected to hear horrible news. His red blood cell count dropped and his blood transfusion was ordered. This sounds awful, and it is, but it happens and isn't that uncommon in cases like this. The transfusion was scheduled to end at 1:00 (took 6 hours) so I called at 12:58 (yes, I'm that girl–it shouldn't surprise you) and he's already perking up. Sitting up and wagging his little tail. He isn't in pain but it very tired.

I spoke to his regular vet, hospital vet, and nurse. I have done a ton of research. Buddy can still pull through. He's been receiving treatment since Monday afternoon and it can take 3-5 days to work. We just need his little body to create platelets and if he can end up at a normal range, he can lead a very happy life. He will likely be on steroids forever which I find so scary, but if he's happy and healthy I I'll take it. I will do anything and everything to save this little guy, but am not ok with making him suffer. The vet knows this, so as long as there is hope and he is ok, we will fight through this.

I don't cry very often but can't seem to stop. I was in tears all day yesterday and this morning, too.  I just want to see him happy and healthy and cannot express how grateful I am for the love you've shown us. For all of you that don't know buddy personally but are praying for him and for me, too. I've received emails from people I don't even know sending their well wishes. It feels like everyone I've ever known has reached out to me, all because of Buddy. The world is full of wonderful people, and I am so thankful for each and every thought, text, prayer, and email. Please continue to keep Buddy in your thoughts and prayers. Was told we won't really know anything until Saturday but that little guy needs to create some platelets! I just can't wait to have him back home with me. Get well soon, my sweet little pup.

11.13.2013

my heart


I posted this update on FB and Instagram but wanted to share something here as well. Things took a turn for the worse. Buddy's platelet count is 1 (normal is 150-400) and his red blood cell count has dropped. I've asked if we should continue treatment because I will never selfishly put him through anything and the doctor said he could still turn around. We are doing one more treatment and a blood transfusion today and praying his numbers go up tomorrow.

He's only been there for 48 hours and it can take 3-5 days to see a change, so if he's the same or better tomorrow, that's a good thing. And it's soul shattering to write these words, but if he's worse tomorrow, my sweet sweet boy likely won't make it. But I cannot go there. I won't. I just really wasn't expecting things to get worse and am having so much trouble processing any of this. He isn't in pain and still wags his little tail, but my heart is broken. I am terrified that I might lose my boy. They've seen dogs worse than this turn around, but things aren't good. I can't believe this is happening. I feel so helpless.

I don't know how to do my life without this boy. He HAS to be ok. Thank you all for your love, support, and prayers. It means the world to me. Please pray that buddy will continue to feel ok and that his numbers will be up tomorrow. Even if they're up a little bit, that's something.

11.12.2013

get well buddy


If you follow me on instagram, you know that Buddy and I have had a heartbreaking 24 hours. I noticed a terrible rash on his stomach Monday morning–one that literally appeared overnight. Bright red splotches everywhere. I canceled my meetings for the day and rushed him to the vet (so lucky that I work from home and am able to do so), and before I knew it, the doctor was talking about x rays and ultrasounds to rule out tumors. Turns out, Buddy has an autoimmune disorder that attacks his platelets, so they're at 4-20 when they should be 150-400. And as long as they're below 50, he's at risk for spontaneous bleeding. Those red spots? Bruising from bleeding. I know. My broken heart...

I was able to visit Buddy this morning and discussed treatment options with the vet. He's in GREAT spirits, is eating, and (surprise, surprise) everyone at the hospital loves him. He doesn't seem sad, stressed, or like he's in pain. Unfortunately, there was blood in his stool and his red blood cell count went down a little bit. Not terrible but not great, and the vet said she's seen dogs who are in MUCH worse shape who turn around, so there's reason to be optimistic.

We decided to give him one dose of chemo meds (he's at low risk for some nausea but otherwise most dogs are very receptive) which should hopefully increase his platelet count. He's also receiving steroids 2x a day, and will be for at least 6 months if not forever. I hate this. Biggest concern was not getting the chemo medication in his veins and I'm happy/grateful to report that it went well. We are hoping that there isn't any more bleeding (or nausea) and that he continues to get better. We're expecting (and hoping) numbers will go up in 24-48 hours. Dogs who turn around (75-80% do really well) can lead a great life and possibly go off steroids after 6 months and never relapse, but it sounds like he is likely to need some level of steroids forever since there isn't really a cure for this.

I cannot believe the number of people that have reached out to check in on us. The love that buddy has received is overwhelming. Almost everyone has called, texted, or emailed. I went from taking him in for a rash and and the conversation quickly turned to x rays and ultrasounds to rule out possible tumors (which have thankfully been ruled out). I just can't process how quickly things happened, and how much worse it was than I could have imagined it to be. I am so glad I trusted my instincts and didn't wait this out, because he would have gotten worse and likely wouldn't be ok right now.

Thank you to everyone who has reached out. To those of you who have sent love to both of us. Those of you who have Buddy in your prayers. This little guy is my best pal. My family. My roommate. I cannot imagine life without him and don't know how I'd get through this by myself. A huge thank you to Alaina who has been there for every single appointment and for Gina who slept over last night so I wouldn't have to be alone.

If I rambled or repeated anything, I'm sorry. I'm a mess right now. I have basically been in tears for over 24 hours and last night, walked face first into a glass wall thinking it was a door. Worst Monday of my life.

My Christmas wish, if I get one, is for my little pup to be happy and healthy. I cannot lose him.

11.09.2013

happy weekend


Guess who needs surgery?! Yes. This girl. I have a tear in my meniscus and as a result, a cyst has formed in my knee. I am seeing the doctor Thursday to schedule my surgery and once that's done, I will have to wait 4-6 weeks to work out. It was really hard not to feel down about this. I was finally getting stronger again and felt pretty defeated, but let's look at the positive. This is a minor surgery with little recovery time, this isn't anything serious, and I still got my strict pull-up before the year ended. And there are some very, very exciting things happening right now, so I'm going to focus on the good. For those who want to blame crossfit, this sort of injury can happen to anyone doing anything. I actually tore my meniscus when I was 15 while bending down and twisting my knee.

So, I'm choosing joy and plan on relaxing as much as possible before a very busy week (so many meetings/calls this coming week). Last night, I watched Bridget Jones with Alaina. I'm going to see Shari + Sarah today.  I have plans for dinner and drinks with friends. Maybe another movie night, too. I'd like to try a new crock pot recipe. Photo shoot Sunday morning, some photo editing, and of course, I'll spend some time working on those top secret Everygirl projects.

I've had a rough 24 hours, but I'm choosing joy. Hope you'll do the same.

image via

11.06.2013

the best way to spread christmas cheer...

 12/16/08. His first night with me.
 
....is to adopt a rescue pup while singing loud for all to hear.

We're coming up on 5 years since I adopted my little Buddy. This little guy was at a shelter with a broken leg (and an infection under his filthy cast). And don't forget–the first to be euthanized are the old, sick, and injured, so little Buddy was on that list until a rescue organization picked him up, and I found him at an adoption drive. I wasn't looking for a dog and honestly don't love chihuahuas at all, but he looked at me and I didn't have a choice. Do you see those elf ears?!

If you're considering adopting a dog, please, please consider a rescue. I can't think of a better time of the year to bring the joy of a sweet little (or big) dog into your home. I mean. Look at this face.

11.05.2013

feeling blue


Grey will always be my favorite, but it's time to make room for a new love–navy blue. 
What's your favorite neutral?

west elm chair | lulu and georgia lamp | caitlin wilson throw pillow | west elm sheets
hayneedle pouf | serena and lily standard sham | furbish runner | cwonder ikat dinnerware

11.04.2013

happy monday



I meant to post this morning but had to get ready to be interviewed for this documentary. Back to it after a very low key and productive weekend. Photo editing, a photo shoot Sunday morning (photographed a family for their Christmas cards for the third year in a row), coffee and lunch with friends, and two movie nights. Attempted stuffed peppers but ruined the chicken (so dry). Although I didn't follow a recipe and just tried to do my own thing. I definitely needed a slow weekend since the next few weeks are going to be crazy (but exciting).

Europe was incredible, but it's so nice to be home. There's something about feeling truly at home in a place that didn't feel like home a few years ago. It's a wonderful feeling.

Happy Monday! Have a great week! 

photo by me