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My New Justification

21st November 2014

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Meet the second poncho that I own. It’s knitted. It’s warm. And it’s burgundy, which means that I can wear this little number to fashionably conceal the large amounts of food I’m hoping to consume for both Thanksgiving and Christmas. Burgundy is just one of those cold weather colors. I’m not entirely sure why I don’t purposefully shop for more knitted ponchos. They’re darn cozy and easy to throw on. The poncho knows how taxing “arm sleeves” can be: one morning they’re inside out; the next morning, they’re twisted. WHO NEEDS SLEEVES? WHO NEEDS THAT HASSLE?! says the poncho. And a part of me responds back, PREACH IT SISTER. We take our warm and hassle-free wardrobe pieces very seriously up here in the North. A top that also functions as a blanket? Sign. Me. Up.

Because I can’t seem to find this darn poncho anywhere online {it’s by YA Los Angeles…} I’ve shared some other sweet and cozy ponchos below! icon smile My New Justification

As our fall semester starts winding down, Darebear and I have been putting in long hours and late nights in front of our computer screens: reading, writing, researching, pretending like browsing Pinterest will further our academic goals. All this snow and Thanksgiving excitement has me convinced that I’ll be able to write my final research papers more effectively while sitting near a sparkling Christmas tree {logical, right?}, so we’re I’m planning on unpacking the holiday decorations and decking our apartment halls this weekend. The twinkly lights have been packaged away in the closet for far too long, my friends. I mean, if I write more effectively sitting next to a decorated tree, holding a cup of hot chocolate in my hands, and listening to holiday tunes sung by Mister Frank Sinatra, why wouldn’t I try to create that healthy learning environment as soon as possible? Education 101, right?

So there you have it: we decorate for Christmas early at the Beekman household for educational purposes! For the sake of research and academic achievement and success!

{…I can already see Darrin shaking his head…}

We’ll see if that justification flies. icon wink My New Justification

Hope you have a great pre-Thanksgiving weekend! Don’t forget to enter my jewelry giveaway here!

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Chloe + Isabel Jewelry GIVEAWAY!

19th November 2014

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Why don’t we do a fun Giveaway on this chilly and snowy Wednesday?! My sweet merchandisers over at Chloe + Isabel are giving away a pair of gorgeous stud earrings and a code for $25 off a jewelry purchase of 75$ or more to a Sometimes Gracefully reader! Talk about a rockin’ Wednesday! I’ve gushed before about how much I love the jewelry over at Chloe + Isabel. The C + I bracelet that I’m wearing in the photos above is most definitely one of my favorite accessories. All of C+I’s jewelry is high quality, hypoallergenic, nickel-free, and lead safe. So we’ve got our sensitive skin bases covered. icon wink Chloe + Isabel Jewelry GIVEAWAY! Some of their earrings and necklaces would make great holiday gifts {like this one, and this one, and this one, and this one…}! I’m currently hosting my own Pop-Up Shop for the month of November, so if your hoping to get a jump start on your holiday shopping, be sure to check out my shop and tell them at checkout that Sometimes Gracefully sent ya! icon smile Chloe + Isabel Jewelry GIVEAWAY!

You can enter the Giveaway via the Rafflecopter below! Winner will be announced next Wednesday, Nov. 26th! So be sure to check back!

 

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**You should also know that this Pop-Up shop of mine is a “hostess shop,” which means that I may earn a number of “hostess credits” depending on my number of sales. If this were to happen, I will happily host another giveaway that features a beautiful piece of jewelry from Chloe + Isabel! Three cheers for giveaways! icon smile Chloe + Isabel Jewelry GIVEAWAY! **

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A Little “First Snowfall” Excitement

18th November 2014

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First of all, this November snow has really got my heart beating fast and furious for some Christmas magic. Flying reindeer. Dancing snowmen. Heroic Nutcrackers. The whole holiday shebang. Don’t get me wrong, I’m happy to hold off on the Christmas cheer and give Thanksgiving the limelight next week. Bring on the turkey and the stuffing and the obnoxiously large assortment of pies. But this snowglobe-worthy weather sure has got me thinking about Jingle Bells, and Santa Claus, ho-ho-ho, and mistletoe, and presents to pretty girls… {name that movie}… icon wink A Little First Snowfall Excitement

Speaking of awesome things, my best friend and her sweet husband returned home to Minnesota after a few months of traveling. Darrin and I were able to spend some quality time with them last night, talking about their trips abroad, their trips home, and their future plans here in the Twin Cities with their pudgy little dachshund. There’s just something so darn special about reuniting with cherished friends that you’ve missed. Something deeply intertwined with the season’s feelings of thankfulness and family and that “first snowfall” kind of excitement. And who doesn’t love watching a stubby little dachshund try leaping without all her might onto the couch? icon wink A Little First Snowfall Excitement

Also, if you’re in the market for a new winter handbag, be sure to check out Mellow World! I love the Julia bag that I’m wearing above, but they’ve got so many other beautiful options! Sign up and use promo code SOMETIMES GRACEFULLY for 10% off your purchase at checkout! Cyber high five for discounts!

Hope you have a great Tuesday!

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A Less-Than-Graceful Monday: That Time The Library Failed Me

17th November 2014

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So here’s the story. A story also known as “Gracie’s Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad, Library Experience”:

After wasting a whole lot of quality Netflix hours searching online for a particular academic article, my final research paper eventually demanded that I search for the darn article at the university’s library. Now, I don’t mind the library. The library and I have had a positive relationship over the years. Friendly. Even comforting. So I had no problem driving literally over the river and through the woods snow to the library. My heart was hopeful. Optimistic. Naïve.

I should have known that my little trip to the library was destined for failure when I learned that the book I needed was tucked away on the library’s fourth floor. Initially, I thought, Four flights of stairs? Easy! I’ll have this stupid article in no time! But by the time I reached the third floor, my book-bag became heavier, my legs became weaker, and my breathing started to sound less like breathing and more like panting. Guess it’s time to dust off that horrifying Jillian Michaels workout DVD.

#YIKES

Of course, aching muscles and obnoxious panting does not combine well with an incredibly quiet library, so when I finally made it to the fourth floor and encountered a whole lot of university students silently pouring over their textbooks, I may have whispered a few expletives while trying to catch my breath. Students! Pay no attention to the semi-sweaty woman panting like bulldog and aimlessly wandering the library…

Again: #YIKES

Once I found the right aisle, I quickly discovered {after a lot of obnoxious arm waving and windmills} that the automatic lights supposedly triggered by movement weren’t working. So I was forced to search for the old book that I needed in the dark. Using my iPhone as my light source {first world survival tactics}. As I searched for the book’s call number {still panting, by the way}, the shelf I needed to view just so happened to be the very top shelf of the bookcase. The VERY. TOP. SHELF. So I did what I usually do when I need a mixing bowl from my kitchen cupboard: I grabbed a chair.

So there I was, trying to balance on a less than sturdy library chair, holding my phone light up to the spine of each tattered book, squinting to read the call numbers, sweating through my winter coat, and still {YES STILL} panting obnoxiously.

And the dang book wasn’t even there.

Sure, the database said that the book was on the shelves. The librarian said the book was on the shelves. But folks. I can tell ya with my right hand raised and my left hand placed over the Bible.

The dang book was not on the shelves.

It’d be nice if I could end this post with some positive and sentimental moral…something like “But it was allllll worth it because I got to spend an evening at the library!” But let’s be real. I left the library without the book that I needed and plagued by the mocking image of Jillian Michaels.

Altogether now: #YIKES

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Pre-Holiday Sales!

14th November 2014

Hey there, Friday! There are some sweet, pre-holiday sales happening this weekend that I thought you should know about! Just in case you wanted to avoid the Black Friday and Cyber Monday physical/virtual crowds! icon smile Pre Holiday Sales!

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I’ve shared some of my favorite picks in the collage above! Here are the sales!

J. Crew Factory: 40-60% OFF {ends 11.18.14}

J.Crew: 25% OFF with code SHOPNOW {ends 11.17.14}

Madewell: Extra 25% OFF with code FALLBACK {ends 11.17.14}

Kate Spade New York: 25% OFF with code BEMERRY {ends 11.17.14}

Old Navy: 25% OFF with code SAVEMORE {ends 11.15.14}

JCPenny: Up to 20% OFF with code SAVEBIG {ends 11.17.14}

French Connection: Extra 30% OFF with code FCFF30 {ends 11.14.14}

GAP: 30% OFF with code HAPPY {ends 11.14.14}

Bloomingdales: 20% OFF with code HOLIDAY {ends 11.16.14}

Macy’s: 25% OFF with code GIFT {ends 11.16.14}

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