{ classic window display in Portsmouth }

Oh hey, it's me. It took a couple of weeks, but I think I'm finally coming out of the funk I was in during the beginning of the fall (daylight savings was another battle, but I've accepted that it's going to be dark when I go to work and dark when I get home).

I had a lovely Thanksgiving followed by a relaxing long weekend in Maine, and I'm definitely getting in the holiday spirit. On Sunday I did a little decorating and that (coupled with constantly burning a holiday candle) has made me excited for the weeks to come.

So here's what's been happening lately:

Black Friday:  While there were certainly deals to be had, I found the entire thing to be somewhat overwhelming. I managed to get 85% of my holiday shopping done (along with a few purchases for myself), which feels great but the whole ordeal almost seemed like it was too much.

Good eats: A couple of weekends ago, I paid a visit to my dear friend L. and her sweet family. We managed to sneak away for dinner and had the most delicious meal at Ledger in Salem. The restaurant is in a old bank building which makes for a super unique venue and the food was so good--I highly recommend.

Beauty buy: I was due for some new mascara (I know you're supposed to chuck it after three months but I always keep it for way too long and it ends up being gross) so I used the VIB sale at Sephora as an excuse to try something new. I ended up going with the Smoky Extravagant Mascara by Makeup Forever because 1) I'm all about extravagance and 2) it comes in a mini tube so I have a better chance of using it up before it goes bad. The verdict? I love it--it makes my lashes super long with just one swoop, and with two applications we're in quasi-fake lash territory. This will definitely be my new go to.

Recent reads: I need to devote an entire post to books I've read and loved over the past couple of months, but I'm currently reading Rules of Civility by Amor Towles--while it's a change from my usual genre of creepy thrillers, I'm thoroughly enjoying it. I'm adding his other book, A Gentleman in Moscow to my list next.

Fitness: I've been pretty good about going to Pure Barre a couple of times a week, but I really, really want to get back into running. I know I say this all the time, but it's the one exercise that always gets back in shape--I've just had the hardest time getting into a routine. I'm really going to focus on making this a priority, and will hopefully schedule some races in early 2018.

On tap:  This weekend I'm planning on getting the rest of my decorating done, and I have a fun visit to the tree farm scheduled with my brother and his family (after the requisite pancake breakfast, for strength).

Here's to being halfway through the week (and it almost being December!)