My Grown Up Christmas List

Do you remember me? I sat upon your knee.

Unfortunately this post is anything but  a “grown up” Christmas list. Although I would love for no more lives to be torn apart…it is definitely not my lifelong wish. Well, it is and it isn’t. Can’t everyone have a friend AND I get the new Jo Malone perfume?

ANYWAYS. For those of you don’t know – my birthday just happens to fall on Christmas Eve. And save your questions. YES, it is the worst day (besides Christmas day, maybe) to have your birthday  on. I’ve seen it all:

The 2-fer-1’s….”Here Natalie! I got you this ONE gift for your birthday AND Christmas.”

The people who wrap my birthday presents in Christmas paper.

Going to CHURCH every single year on my birthday. Including my 21 run. How sad is it that communal wine was my first legal drink?


Just kidding

Although my sisters and I are well into adulthood, looking forward to years of turtlenecks, holiday bathroom towels and giftcards to Coldwater Creek, as of now – we are still hanging on for dear life to our youthful years. As a result, we still do the all-out Christmas gift exchange. Complete with a “Santa” present from Nan and Gare, exchanged gifts for one another and stockings brimming with those delicious Butterfinger bells (you know the ones).

We have grown a little since the good ol’ days. Where I had heart palpitations over anything from Zumiez and Meg and I would get in blow-out fights if her Lisa Frank pencil pouch totaled $1 more than mine. We were those girls and although it pains me to admit it, we kinda still are. Though are tastes have matured from Zumiez to say, Nordstrom, we still strive for equality and try to ensure everyone has their most coveted items on Christmas morn.

So, in light of my hearty Amurican materialism (#honesty), here is a fun Christmas list collage I put together for the year 2013.


 1.) 3 Olive Cake Vodka 2.) Urban Decay Naked 3 3.) Bobbi Brown Eye Creme 4.)Turkish Delight from Lush
5.)Pottery Barn Cozy Throw 6.) The Hobbit Phone Case 7.) Pitch Perfect on DVD 8.) Philosophy’s Time in a Bottle
9.) Regal Necklace from Forever 21 10.) Laura Mercier Pistachio Body Souffle  11.) FRYE Melissa Boot 12.) Gap Fair Isle Cardigan

Just some general guidelines, you know.

HOWEVER, in case anyone out there is feeling very generous, I guess I would consider accepting this vanity from Pier 1.

PS46585_1Be still my heart.

Hair Chameleon

I fully realize that the original purpose of this blog was to show B and I’s adventures in the out-of-doors and in the kitchen. However, writing about our friends, family and general vanity is SO much more fun. Sorry.

Coming down off my major friend-high  and Washington Extravaganza I needed something fabulous to occupy my afternoon with today.

That being said, in lieu of a delicious recipe for tiramasu cupcakes (recently featured on one of my FAVE blogs) I will now try to portray the ridiclous amount of fun I had this afternoon with my new homegirl, MC.  Marie Claire and her magical hair styler tool have changed my life. It is by far one of the best things on the internets. MSNBC? Ew. The Wall Street Journal? Gross. Honey badger don’t care, honey badger don’t give a sh*t.

I now present m’new locks.

Anna Faris Natalie


Amanda Bynes Natalie


Tay-Tay Natalie


Zooey Deschanel Natalie

That Girl from Fast and the Furious Natalie


I Forgot Blonde Girl Natalie

And now for the uglies, the oldies and the down-right alien ones.

Old Gobbler Natalie


Frumpy Mom Natalie


Creepy Pixie Halle Berry Alien Natalie