Thursday, December 31, 2015

Bows for Justine's Top Post of 2015

Hello loves,

2015 has been quite the year! Gosh, I don't even know where to begin... Let's take a look at some of the best moments of 2K15.

Here are the top 5 posts from this year:

5. Summer Hair Refresh

The one where I give my hair a makeover.

4. Peace, Love, and Hippie Tom

The one wherer I visit an antique farm.

3. Find Your Perfect Fit

The one wherer I talk about bras.

2. 5 Guys you Date in your Mid Twenties

The one where I tell it like it is.

1. Coffee My Way

The one where I talk about my one, true love.

There you have it - BFJ in 2015 in a nutshell.

Have a happy new year everyone.


Traci J

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Planning my NYE Outfit

Hello loves,

I'm currently planning what to wear for NYE tomorrow - and thought I'd show you what I'm thinking! 

What are you wearing for NYE? Let me know in the comments.


Traci J 

Sunday, December 20, 2015

Holiday Apartment Tour | Blogmas Day 20

Hello loves,

Today I'm bringing you another video!  This time it's a look at all of the Christmassy bits and bobs around my apartment.  I hope you enjoy it.

With love,

Traci J

Friday, December 18, 2015

What's in my Advent Calendar? #2 | Blogmas Day 19

Well friends,

It's been about 2 weeks since I last updated you on what bits I've gotten in my advent calendar - so let's change that! I will say that I have NOT been disappointed.

Cucumber Thyme Treatment Oil...Wen*
*I am currently not using the Wen product due to the recent lawsuit that's surfaced

Beauty Blender (sorry I didn't clean it)

Do you have any of the products that I've gotten in my advent calendar? Are you interested in a review?  Let me know in the comments!

Happy blogmas,

Traci J 

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Blogging is like going to the Gym | Blogmas Day 17

Hey friends,

So I failed again. I'm sat here drinking wine and just thinking about the past week. Ugh.  I have not been able to keep up with my blogmas - but I'm trying. I've found that blogging is quite like going to the gym. You make time for it as long as you are consistent - but if you miss one time - it's easy to miss other times.

That's where I'm at with this.

What are your tricks to stick to your blogging schedule?


Traci J

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Cozy Christmas Gift Guide | Blogmas Day 10

Hello loves,

I know I missed Day 9 (YIKES) but I'm trying! 

Coffee Mug...Starbucks

One of my favorite things to do during the holidays is to have a warm and cozy night in. Pamper your friends and family with this warm wild fig and cassis candle from Jo Malone, Snow Angel Bath Melt and Butterbear Bath Bomb from Lush, warm holiday knee socks by Bethany Mota, or this super cute coffee mug from Starbucks! These gifts are sure to warm the heart of even the hard-to-please friend this winter.

What are your go to cozy gifts? Let me know in the comments!

With love,

Traci J

*post contains affiliate links

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

S'mores Hot Chocolate | Blogmas Day 8

Hello loves,

Tonight I made this delicious s'mores hot chocolate that has been my favorite since Ingrid Nilsen shared the recipe in her DIY December in 2013.

Watch her video here:

What's your favorite way to drink hot chocolate?


Traci J

Monday, December 7, 2015

A Busy Day + My Favorite Vlogmas| Blogmas Day 7

Hello loves,

Today was a busy day, and the post I had planned didn't work out. Today was one of those days where I just didn't feel very festive because of everything I truly need to get done. Do you ever have those days during the Christmas season? Coming at you with more content tomorrow - but for now here is a link to my favorite Vlogmas vlogger, Zoella.

Who are your favorite Youtubers that are participating in Vlogmas?


Traci J

Sunday, December 6, 2015

Nerdy Christmas Gift Guide | Blogmas Day 6

Hello loves,

Happy day 6 of Blogmas (and St. Nick's day if that's something you celebrate)! 
Today I'm giving you all another gift guide - but this time for the slightly more nerdy person in your life (this is all me - for sure).  

Ho Ho Ho Sweater...Bethany Mota for Aeropostale

Hope you found something for the special nerd in your life - or maybe for yourself.


Traci J

Saturday, December 5, 2015

Edgy Christmas Gift Guide | Blogmas Day 5

Hello loves and happy Saturday!

If there's one thing you know about it me - it's probably that I like to pretend to be edgy... but I'm really about as edgy as a circle... Merp. Geometry jokes... that's how edgy I am.

However - I wanted to make a gift guide for that edgy (or not so edgy) person in your life.

Statement Necklace...Forever21

Will you be purchasing any of these for someone this Christmas (or maybe yourself)? Let me know!


Traci J

Friday, December 4, 2015

What's in my Advent Calendar? #1 | Blogmas Day 4

Hello loves,

Every Friday during Blogmas - I am going to show you what I got that week in my QVC 24 Days of Beauty Advent Calendar.

Day 1...Lash Domination Mascara by Bare Minerals
Day 2...Black Velvet Eyeliner Pencil by Mally
Day 3...Undereye Concealer by IT Cosmetics
Day 4...Hello Lashes Mascara by IT Cosmetics

Stay tuned tomorrow and I will update this post with links and my thoughts - for now I just needed to make sure it went up!


Traci J

Thursday, December 3, 2015

Top Ten Christmas Songs of 2015 | Blogmas Day 3

Hello loves,

I am so excited to share with you my top ten Christmas songs for 2015!  Music is a super big part of my life and I love getting to share that with you. Can you believe this is my third year doing my top ten Christmas songs?! Wow - I'll link to those at the end.

Here are this year's top picks - some may be repeated from previous years - there's some Christmas songs that I can't get enough of.

1. Winter Wonderland/Don't Worry Be Happy...Pentatonix & Tori Kelly
2. Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas...Sam Smith 
3. Oh Santa!...Mariah Carey
4. Thankful...Josh Groban
5. This Christmas...Christina Aguilera 
6. The Nutcracker Suite (Baz Kuts Breaks Remix)...Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
7. Santa Claus is Comin' to Town...The Jackson 5
8.Auld Lang Syne - The New Year's Anthem...Mariah Carey
9. Hark! The Harold Angels Sing...Carrie Underwood
10. Everybody Knows the Claus...Hanson

Follow this playlist and more on Spotify!

What are your favorite Christmas songs? Let me know in the comments.


Traci J 

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Christmassy Outfit | Blogmas Day 2

Hello loves,

For the second day of Blogmas - I'm bringing you a cute Christmassy outfit!

I visited home (Wisconsin) for Thanksgiving and was greeted with snow. I couldn't resist snapping a few pictures in this cozy outfit. I've been loving this gray cardigan from Target - it's perfect for snuggling in on a cold day.

Cardigan...Target (similar)
Socks... Bethany Mota for Aeropostale

What are your winter wardrobe essentials - let me know in the comments - and check out yesterday's post here!

With love,

Traci J 

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Black Friday Haul 2K15 + Announcement | Blogmas Day 1

Hello loves,

Long time no blog! Goodness. I swore I would never take a break from blogging again after last time - but alas, grad school, a new job, and moving across the country have gotten the best of me.

Ugh. But here I am - back in action - and ready to go through my favorite time of year with you - the holidays!

I went Black Friday shopping with my mom - like I do every year - and figured it would be a great way to kick off the holiday season with a Black Friday Haul!

**Note** my red lipstick smeared half way through the video - I didn't notice. And the camera isn't in focus - can you tell I haven't made a video in a while... Yikes!

Now on to the announcement. To celebrate my return back to the blogging world - I will be participating in Blogmas - blogging everyday in December until Christmas! Woohoo.

Leave comments below with what you'd like to see for the next 25 days.

Glad to be back - thanks for sticking with me.

With love,

Traci J