Monday Must

Must Share

Since I'm trapped on the east coast until my sick puppy gets the okay from the vet to travel, I've been spending a lot of time with my little brother (aka my twin.) For some reason he refuses to admit that we look alike, but I think the evidence speaks for itself. After church on Sunday we volunteered at the food bank, sorting food and packaging blankets. It was such a rewarding experience. Don't forget to take a minute to give back this holiday season!

Must Bake

One of my favorite things is to do to balance out the chaos of life is to bake. My sister and I have been stock piling ideas over the past few weeks that we want to try over the holidays. At the top of my list is this gingerbread cheese cake and festive cookie puzzle. Yum!

Must Buy

This classic Kate Spade iPhone case and tasseled clutch have quickly made it to the top of my must buy list. Obsessed! 

Must Watch
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Sandra Bullock (aka Gracie Lou Freebush) has always been one of my favorite comedic actresses and this new trailer for "The Heat" co-staring the always on point Melissa McCarthy looks ultra hilarious. 

Must Read

Taylor Swift is killing it in this month's issue of Harpers Bazzar. Inside, Taylor opened up about her obsession with dresses and how she tends to avoid pants. (I know the feeling, girl.) Here's an excerpt from the interview which you can read here"Whether it's a summertime dress that makes me feel carefree, an evening cocktail dress that makes me feel fancy, or a vintage dress that makes me feel like a '50s housewife—which I enjoy feeling like, for some reason—I just really like dresses." Today, though, it's all about pants. Taylor hardly ever wears them, consenting to jeans in the winter only for survival reasons. That said, "I think doing something that's different, that's out of your comfort zone is important," she says of posing for Bazaar in les pantalons. "Personal growth, let's call it that." Haha. Love her! 

Must Revisit 

Nobody knows how to work a budget more than a fash lover without a trust fund, and with a slew of holiday parties on everyone's calender this month, it's important to think smart and get creative with your favorite little black dress. Be sure to revisit my post on how to style one LBD five ways here.

Must Recreate

Well, I've already got the jacket down. :) I love, love, love how the always stylish Ashley Tisdale rocked her Free People coat this past week and I can't wait to try her look out myself. What do you guys think of A. Tis's super chic spotted look? 

How was your weekend? 

65 comments:

  1. Your little brother is as CUTE as you are! I guess good gene runs in the family :) Enjoy your time!
    p.s. Come and visit me sometime, miss you on my page!

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  2. Love the leopard outfit, I'm totally copying her as well! Also, love your LBD outfits!

    xx Amy
    Leopard and Lillies

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  3. Great post! I hope that your doggy gets an approval to travel asap :)

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  4. I LOVE the lbd restyles. Like.. obsessed with them. You're too good!

    xo Ashley
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  5. LOVE this post, Anna. Your one dress five ways is amazing.

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  6. Nice post ! Taylor looks great in that photoshoot, love the simplicty of the outfits. And yes, you should definitely try that look with your leopard coat :)

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  7. Bless, you guys look so cute. Hope all goes well with your little one.

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  8. very nice impressions. thanks for sharing.
    lovely greets
    maren anita

    FASHION-MEETS-ART by Maren Anita

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  9. Love the outfits Anna. Hope Maddox is continuing to improve :)
    Have a wonderful week Hun xoxo
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  11. omg, the heat looks so funny. I love Melissa Mcarthy. Wonderful post, Anna. And I actually like your look with the jacket a lot more. Ashley's is too basic. Hope you had a great weekend. xoxo

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  12. How cute is your brother?!?!
    Everyone should give back and realize how lucky we all are!!

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  13. Hi Anna, hope you had a fabulous weekend but I think you definitely have it with your cute little brother.
    Love your monday must. I also love to bake at christmas time and I think I doing that next weekend. I wanna made some gingerbread boys and girls and some christmas cookies :) I also want to made some pretty cupcakes for the christmas eve.
    Like your LBD styles.
    Wish you a lovely day Anna. We have a lot of snow right now. Everything is white and really pretty like a winterwonderland ;)
    xo, Petra

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  14. Hope your pup is doing well! Loving this great post!

    xoxo
    Cathy, your Poor Little It Girl
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  15. Great post dear and I pray for good news from the vet for Maddox.
    You totally look a like with your brother

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  16. I love Ashley Tisdale's coat!!!

    XO Alex

    http://www.bronzedsundaze.blogspot.com

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  17. Aww I love this post, lovely!!

    Xx

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  18. Great post, love the video, so funny

    Lauren
    Fashionswirls.blogspot.com

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  19. You look beautiful, I love all the ways you wore your little black dress. Brothers are the best, yours is so cute!
    xo Dina
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  20. So glad to see that you're having fun with your family this holiday season. I love Taylor Swift as well!!


    The Purse Snatcher 

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  21. I am loving all the ways you styled your LBD, so gorgeous! And you and your brother do look alike! Hope you are enjoying the east coat and your puppy gets better soon! :)

    xo, Yi-chia
    Always Maylee

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  22. You are SO fabulous! I hope your puppy gets better soon! I have a sick puppy too and it is not fun! xoxo

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  23. Can't wait to read Taylor's interview! Also, I love how you rework a piece and it's like new again!

    xo, Kenzie

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  24. Loving everything on this 'Monday's Must' post!

    xx,

    Alyssa
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  25. Love that Kate Spade phone case! And love your LBD styling tips. Gives me some ideas for this weekend! Hope Maddox gets better soon!

    xo,
    Mal
    Pastels and Mascara

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  26. Great post! I am loving the "revisit" it section! Not only is it hard to be a fashion lover without a trust fund...but it's hard to be a fashion lover when you've been unemployed going through the visa process for almost 6 months! My closet is dying for some new additions!! Hope your puppy is doing ok!!
    -Adrienne. xo

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  27. Love how you started our day and week. By planted the seed of giving back. Tis the season though it should be all year around. :)
    That is why you are so blessed and successful because you are spreading and reminding others through your blog the real meaning of Christmas and the holidays. May God continue to bless you and your family.

    XO

    Sofia

    stylishlyinlove.blogspot.com

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  28. love this post babe!! how is your puppy? I hope better!!!

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  29. I'm dying for that Kate Spade phone case (in gold) too, so adorbs! I posted all of my Kate Spade picks recently, I'm basically obsessed with everything she makes.

    Kristina

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  30. So sorry to hear your doggy is still sick :( Hope he will be better soon! xx

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  31. I am a TOTAL dress girl too. In fact, my students commented that I never wear pants. I just love dresses! And in the winter, I love tights.

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  32. Your little black dress ensembles are too cute for words!!

    xo

    Ditty and Sugar

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  33. I love Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy. I love the Gilmore Girls. I can't wait to see that movie. They are both so funny and talented. Love your recap of looks.

    Agi:)

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  34. Looks like a great time back East! I love the LBD five ways post, ingenious!
    Ginny
    mynewfavoriteoutfit.blogspot.com

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  35. you and your brother are so cute!!

    xx

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  36. I love the gingerbread star cake. How festive! And I love all the different ways you are wearing that dress!
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  37. i hope your pup is doing better. you and your brother are so alike! everyone thinks my brother & i look like twins. we are less than a year apart.

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  38. I love the must bake and must buy, so true and great picks!

    xx
    Kelly
    Sparkles and Shoes

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  39. I'm totally with Taylor! Can we just wear pretty dresses all the time?! Must admit though, she is killing it in those white pants! Hope your puppy is doing better. Hurts my heart.

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  40. Love this post. So many fun things included!

    Hope your pup keeps feeling better.

    xx,

    Abby

    www.alldolledupblog.com

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  41. You and your brother do look alike! I love the holiday looks, you are so creative!

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  42. love how you make one item work in so many different outfits! so great!!
    xx
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  43. Your little brother is adorable! I also love that coat! I hope your puppy gets better soon.

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  44. The Heat trailer looks hilarious. I love anything with Melissa in it! Let me know how the gingerbreak cheesecake comes out, it looks delicious. I agree with you and Taylor, I HATE, no LOATH, wearing pants. I don't feel comfortable, I feel like no pair ever really fits me right, and ugh! I much rather wear a dress.

    Guift Guide #3 is up, if you have a sec, I'd love if you could check it out!

    XOXO,
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  45. The cookie puzzle looks fun! Love the leopard print coat!

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  47. great post :) the leopard coat is very cool,i wish i could pull this off :)

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  48. omg ! that movie must be amazing because they are both great, imagine how funny they are together : )

    xo,
    Cindi
    Breakfast at Cindi’s

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  49. You are so cute, Anna. I love this post. I like your outfit much better than Ashley's. Can't wait to see The Heat. Looks really funny.

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  50. Love this post!!

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  51. Love this post so much Anna! I hope your puppy's gonna be better soon :)

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  52. Such a cute post! That new Sandra Bullock movie looks hilarious! That's the first trailer for it I've seen! Definitely need to check out that T-Swift interview! Love that girl!

    xx
    Giovanna
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  53. OMG. Gingerbread cheesecake? Who knew such magic existed? I must try this for myself. Please do share how it turns out. It sounds like heaven.

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  55. Great list!
    Ashley looks great in that coat. It is a wonderful piece.

    Samii

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  56. I'm loving the kate spade and that cookie puzzle...too cute!

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  57. Love this look! Perfect for the office I am so recreating it!

    Destiney
    Poeticallyillustrated.blogspot.com

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  58. So random, but I am in that picture at the food bank passing blankets. Small world! Hope you enjoyed it!

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  59. There's so much packed in to this post, love it! Hope your puppy will be all better soon x

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