Autumn Shopping

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What could be more positive and fantastic than shopping???

I wanted to make sure to stay full of good vibes, so I thought the best way to start off this fabulous month of October was to do some good shopping. Woooop!

FIRST OFF, to start my day off with awesomeness, I got this fabulous $20 gift certificate for RA Sushi (one of my fav places, sooo good!!!) because it’s my half birthday month! Thanks RA!! : )
(This also means that I need to go there ASAP, which brings me so much joy because I absolutely love everything they have on the menu!! Happy hour what whatttt!!)

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NEXT, I realized I had over 10,000 points on my AmEx account… which could only mean that I needed to get another “free” $100 Apple giftcard!! Yayy!! I’ve already gotten so many of these, I absolutely love that I can buy awesome apps for my iMac and of course so many songs in iTunes. I’m a few points shy of a $50 giftcard from my Visa too…. damn, I LOVE reward points! If you aren’t using yours or don’t have a card that offers them… GET ONE!!!


On the online shopping front, I’ve had a cart going on F21 for the past couple of days and still haven’t added the last few items to reach the $50 mark (then it’s free shipping so of course I always feel like I HAVEEE to spend at least $50 haha). The main reason I wanted to buy anything there at all was because of this casual crazy messed up meow kitty cat dress — >

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…. I also added tons of jewelry to my bag too. Most of the items are under $4 so it’s easy to keep adding more to your bag, not realizing or even remembering the items I’ve been adding the whole time! Love surprise time!

And then there’s this little ol’ issue that I’ve been dealing with from JustFab… I hate that you have to cancel/decline the month within the first 5 days of the month, otherwise you are charged the $40 fee and basically can’t get your money back — however, the money counts as a credit towards 1 pair of shoes, so it’s not like you’re technically losing anything. Anyway, I’ve had this credit going on my account for 3 months now and still haven’t found a pair of shoes I’ve loved or really wanted/needed, but they just added some new styles and since it’s now boot season, I want a pair of some nice new boots for casual days at work and weekends. Here are some options…. hmmmm….

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And last, but certainly not least, I am lusting after this item right meow… the sterling silver beads, the beautiful blue heart, the way it will look fantastic on my wrist… I want it I want it! ; )

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PS: My impulsive need to shop also just made me add this, however, this is something that I have wanted and have been looking into for months and months now. The “subscription” type clothing service is called Golden Tote, and I learned all about it by reading reviews from My Subscription Addiction. She has one of my favorite websites and thanks to her I know about so many of the amazing boxes I get… ANYWAY, I am so excited to start this service! For either $49/month with 1-2 items or $149/month with 6-7 items (worth up to $600!!!!), you basically choose two of the items/clothing pieces (I am going to try the $149 option) and then they surprise you with the rest!

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You get to choose the first 2 items and I already want these 2 super bad so I am not ULTRA excited to see what else they surprise me with in my very first Golden Tote!!! : )

all love & smiles,


Happy Memories: Cozumel


Back in November, me and the bf went to beautiful Cozumel, Mexico. I had purchased a Groupon for a 4 night stay at the El Cozumeleño resort, and it was absolutely beautiful. The resort, the view, the room, the ocean, the games, the food, the staff, it was all oh so wonderful :]

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 There were so many cute and fun things around the resort… I was most excited to go out on the jet ski’s though!!!

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 Me and Michael like to be pretty competitive with each other even though he beats me at basically everything… EXCEPT I can beat him at mini golf and they had an awesomely cute little course right on the beach, it was so fun! I also won BINGO for the first time ever!!! I was so happy, I won that cute little shell bracelet :]

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 We ate SO MUCH FOOD!!! For snacks, we would eat giant plates of nachos and guac… and when I asked for extra pico one time, I got a little side of pickles… how cute. hahaha Also, Michael bought that Chicago Bears pancho… because when you’re in Mexico, why not? He also loveddddd his super bright sunglasses, and I was so happy to find a cute little Starbucks on the strip :]

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 I took oh so many pictures, and we had such a great time! I LOVE traveling, and beachy vacations are my absolute favorite. I also love sharing them with my little Mexican stud ;] I finally just went through these pictures and edited them today, 5 months late, BUT I’m kind of happy I waited because then on a day like today when I need some extra positive oooomph, I got to be excited and happy looking through these fabulous fun pictures with my babes! SMILE :]

all love & smiles :]

mary elyse

My Very First Post

DSCN0817Today is the first day I have wanted to start a blog. Since I am going through some big changes in my life, I feel like I need somewhere to start logging the important/fun/happy memories and parts of my life, so that I can look back and see what I great journey I have been going on through my life.

I am a 20something university graduate with a degree in Marketing and Management, and a minor in Pre-Law. I honestly have no idea what I really wanna do “when I grow up” and that’s one of the reasons I wanted to start this blog, to help me further take time and realize all the little things that I love in my life. I live in the fabulous city of Chicago with my amazing boyfriend who I have been infatuated with since the day I met him almost exactly 4 years ago. We have three amazing kittys, Simba, Charles, & the newest addition, our little kitten Aria. I am basically a crazy cat lady in training 😉

I chose this picture for my first post because I love everything about it: the beautiful, bright blue sky, the amazing ocean color, and just remembering how happy I was on that fantastic little trip me and the BF made to Cozumel last November.

I want to to use this blog to share and organize my thoughts about all the wonderful things that I love in life, from my vast array of favorite bands to my attempting to create goodies in the kitchen, all the way to reviewing my favorite products in the all the monthly subscription boxes that I have a crazy obsession over and showcasing cool things I “just neeeeed” to buy online. Hope you enjoy it as much as I know I will!!!

All love and smiles :]

mary elyse