This year was the year of matching pajamas for me and I owe that to TikTok. All the 'That Girls' were wearing matching pajamas this year and because I am easily influenced, I followed suit. I used to wear matching pajamas once upon a time but somewhere along the way I started wearing sweatshirts and baggy pants. 

Now, I am a 'that girl' and feel so incredibly luxe and put together whenever I slip into a matching set of PJs. I have a few pairs, mostly from Nordstrom, because those are my favorite I've tried so far.

On Thanksgiving, my sister made the suggestion that we get matching Christmas pajamas to wear on Christmas Eve night; my family used to do that when we were little - all the kids got matching pajamas and it was always so much fun to match with my cousins. I was very into the idea of bringing it back as an adult so we bought these buffalo plaid flannel ones from Old Navy and they're so nice.

Saturday night I had planned to use an imPress Christmas manicure set I got sent from Kiss but I fell asleep and didn't have enough time to glue all the nails on. I didn't want to go out with bare nails so I turned to my trusty Olive & June Quick Dry Formula. I hadn't tried any of the other colors since first trying the formula a month or so ago so I figured now was the perfect time.

I was in a rush because I was going out to dinner in less than an hour so I was really putting this formula to the test. I chose the shade 'Smooch' because I'm feeling very Christmasy and wanted my nails to reflect that. 

This is the first post I'm writing as a 30 year old! My birthday was pretty perfect, the best birthday I've had in a while. I wasn't anxious, depressed and I didn't cry; I relaxed, got my favorite breakfast, ran errands (which I love doing!) and spent money at Target on stuff I didn't need. Then, I had my favorite dinner, some champagne and an ice cream cake while watching the Rockefeller Christmas Tree Lighting with my family. 

I feel really at peace and content with turning 30 which is a huge relief. 

Now, it's time to enjoy the holiday season, curl up with cozy blankets, knits, hot chocolate and Christmas movies. I'm so excited for the entire month of December it's actually unreal.

Right now, I'm sitting by my Christmas tree, watching Home Alone 2 and relaxing, just the way I like it. Let's get into the roundup! 

Saying Hello to My 30s.

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Today I turn 30 years old and I am a lot calmer than I thought I was going to be. My 20s were not pretty and if you've followed me since my 20th birthday, you know it hasn't been a walk in the park. 

I've gone through a deep depression, struggled with my mental health, lost a lot of people in my life including my father, had my heart broken a few times and struggled in my career. My 20s were not carefree and fun, they were painful and filled with more life lessons than I'd care to admit. 

I think that is why I'm so welcoming of this new decade. 

We are only a few weeks away from the new year and I cannot believe how much has happened in 2022. I cannot believe everything we have all gone through and the past few years are proof how resilient people are, how resilient our world is. It's upsetting but empowering at the same time.

I used to think October was my favorite month but as I've gotten older, I love and appreciate November more and more. This month I decorated for Christmas way too early, celebrated my birthday, saw my friends and family and had an easier time at work. It was a month that treated me good and tomorrow,  I turn 30 years old. 

I'll talk more about that in my annual birthday post (I cannot believe I've spent 10 birthdays on the blog) but I'm starting to freak out just a smidge. 

For now, let's get into the things I loved this month - some are old, some are new but all are great!

 Happy Thanksgiving! Happy Black Friday! Happy Christmas season! It's one of my favorite weeks of the year - the kickoff to the holiday season, a lowkey, snuggly Thanksgiving weekend and then my birthday on Wednesday, November 30th. 

It didn't feel much like Thanksgiving this year probably because I wasn't at home but at my aunt and uncle's house and it's the first time in over 6 years that I didn't spend Thanksgiving in my house. 

However, Black Friday is being spent in bed, with leftovers and watching Youtube vlogs and Christmas movies. I've been shopping a ton which I will talk about next week once Cyber Week is over (but I'll give you a sneak peek at the bottom of this post) and I need to dial it back a bit. It just feels like there are so many good sales happening! I'm not doing any impulse shopping though, and only buying what I need/have been eyeing.

Make sure you sign up for my emails (I'll be doing a giveaway in the next few weeks exclusive for email subscribers) and visit the Holiday Hub where I'll be updating gift guides, product recommendations and more all season long.

Now, let's get into the post!

We have slipped into a deep winter in New York over the past few weeks and I am fully in winter/hygge mode. I feel like I wasn't super into fall this year, at least as much as I've been in the past but I am going all in on Christmas and winter.

As I've also previously mentioned, I am in my fragrance era and my favorite type of favorite is a warm, musky scent that makes me feel like I'm staying in a ski chalet. This is the best time of year to explore new scents in that musk family and I have been on a buying rampage. 

There are two that are not new to me this year, and they're the Replica fragrances but the other three are new and I love them.