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Now Playing: New Year, New Tunes!

I was home this week with plenty of time to discover some new music and I am totally ready to bring in 2014 with these new jams:

Later On – The Swon Brothers

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I remember watching & loving these guys on last season of The Voice so I am SO excited that they’ve released their first single and that it is really great! They’re full of energy and crazy talented – I think they’ll be around for while! Plus, how could they not be with looks like that?

Numb – August Alsina

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I know, the lyrics are absolutely absurd and disgusting, but it wouldn’t be a complete S playlist without at least 1 token terrible rap song. This guy sounds almost exactly like Chris Brown and I dare you to try not dancing when this song comes on.

Team – Lorde

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I MIGHT like this song more than Royals. Yeah, I said it. I haven’t listened to the whole ‘Pure Heroine’ album yet, but I like what I hear so far and might have to give in soon. With that voice and passion I still can’t believe she’s only 16.

Talk Dirty – Jason Derulo

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Okay, fine, maybe this post has 2 absolutely terrible rap songs. But can I really help it if all I want to do is dance? This song is SO different from Jason Derulo’s last hit “Marry Me,” but I won’t lie, I like it a lot more.

and Bonus throwback –

Get Me Bodied – Beyonce

get me bodied

I know she has a completely new and amazing album out, but I have not been able to bring myself to download it yet. I’m still not over Miley’s Bangerz or Eminem’s MMLP2 so I just don’t want to add another full album if I’m unable to give it the attention it deserves (weird, I know). HOWEVER, I have been inspired by the release of the new album to revisit one of my old Bey favorites.

What will you be listening to in the New Year?

-S

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The Annual “Resolution” Season

I’m notoriously bad at New Year’s resolutions. I either don’t make them, or make them and break them quickly because they’re some sort of lofty goal like going to the gym daily (which after going to the gym almost never is a big jump). I know I wrote about these last year..but this year I’ve made 3 goals — none of which require me to change much of my daily routine.

1. Save weekly for a trip. 

Florence Italy.. I hope!

The boy and I decided that this year instead of the 5 months straight of presents we normally do (thanks to birthday x2, Christmas/Hanukkah, anniversary, and valentines day in a row) we would try something different. We’re going to go on a trip to Europe! Is this a lofty and financially irresponsible goal? Perhaps. But we’re planning 6 months in advance which will allow our budgets to be created far in advance of our actual trip. So far, I’ve got a few hundred in my virtual “cookie jar” (specifically made for this trip, not general savings) thanks to the help of LearnVest and the year has yet to officially begin!

2. Change my diet

How my plate SHOULD look… instead of entirely starches

I wake up… I drink coffee.. I skip breakfast.. lunch comes around and consists of some sort of sandwich.. more coffee.. I come home and make some sort of pasta with a piece of chicken (IF I’m feeling particularly good) and that’s my nutrients for the day. OH and a gummy vitamin.

As you can see, its not so impressive. I’ve made a person vow to improve this part of my life. It will take up maybe 10 more minutes of my time and the hope is that I’ll feel better day in and day out. Any recipe suggestions are more than welcome!

3. Get my morning act together

I was inspired watching White Christmas last night

This will probably be (sadly) the toughest of my personal resolutions. I’m constantly scrambling in the morning and have timed it so that I cane wake up and be out the door in less that 20 minutes if needed. That’s wonderful and all, but I sometimes get into work not looking my best which is not the attitude that I like to project.

I think I will feel better in the office, and gain more by stepping up my game a bit each day.

I’m sure S has some resolutions for the new year.. what are yours!

xE

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PSA: Buzzfeed – 27 Shocking And Unexpected Facts You Learn In Your Twenties

We’re dropping in quick on this busy Tuesday just to let everyone know that if you haven’t read this article yet, you’re missing out.

Buzzfeed posts some AWESOME stuff for people in this awkward age we call our “twenties”…but this takes the cake on truthfulness. You can find the full article here – but below are some of our personal favorites:

4. There is nothing in the world more annoying than teenagers, and you’re deeply apologetic for everything you did during the last decade of your life.

teenagers

NEVER go to the mall on a Friday night – just a warning!

14. It’s surprisingly rare and special to be able to make a living doing what you love.

do what you love

And even when you are that lucky – doesn’t mean you’ll love it ALL the time…

And especially this one:

27. Except your parents. Shockingly, your parents were right about literally everything. Especially this:

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And this gif…just because…

old ugly crrep

Please tell us we’re not the only ones who related to this so much….

xO E&S

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What’s Getting Us Through the Week

Sitting at happy hour on Tuesday I thought to myself, is it REALLY only Tuesday? To say the least, it’s been quite a long week. Here is what has been keeping us going all week:

E says…

1. Seasonal Giving
(sidenote: is that weird?)

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My little guy requested a toy truck or a wooden shape sorter toy. I found both in one!!

Tis the season! Most people tend to think of themselves or their loved ones during the holiday season which is completely understandable. I for one hit up black Friday sales with entirely myself in mind (oops!… but 50% off J.Crew? I mean come on). However, work has organized an Angel Tree giving session through the salvation army and I was volunteered to support a child with clothes and toys for the holidays. My little guy was less than 2 years old and while shopping for a toddler was a new experience (3T..5T??) when giving those gifts in today I felt really amazing that I have the chance to make this little guy’s hoildays. He’s probably too young to appreciate now, but I spent a lot of time considering what he or his parents might find practical – a 2 in one coat for all seasons for instance! Remember, especially in D.C., there are many less fortunate than yourself to consider. Donate what you can – time, money, clothes, food etc. You’ll be helping them and helping yourself.

2. Passenger – Let Her Go

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I somehow missed this song entirely until it was on The Voice for the first time a few weeks ago. Since then I have it on repeat — the original, covers, acapella… you name it, I’ve been listening to it! Its sort of sad, but also sweet.

S says…

1. “Classy” Shade Revlon Nailpolish

Revlon classy nail polish

I usually go for darker shades in the winter, but I am just in love with this light pink from Revlon. It’s not too much, and totally lives up to the “classy” name.

2. Awesome Workouts

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It’s me! Yes, I even workout in a skirt…(kidding!)

Not sure what it is about having a frustrating week at work, but it has definitely benefited me at the gym – the perfect place to take out all that aggression! Not going to lie – I’ve been really bad about working out lately, so after Thanksgiving I was determined to get back into my routine and I feel SO.MUCH.BETTER. I definitely have more energy, feel better abut myself, and have even been sleeping better (though not sure those are related…). Here’s to hoping I can keep it up!

& we both agree on..

Sound of Music LIVE!

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This is TONIGHT and we can’t wait! Carrie Underwood is so amazing and this is an absolute classic movie. It’ll be very interesting and hopefully amazing to watch the live performance!

What’s getting you through to the weekend?

xX – E&S

 

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PSA: Woodwick Candles

EVERYONE NEEDS TO KNOW ABOUT THESE THINGS IMMEDIATELY.

We just realized that apparently not everyone knows about the wooden wick candles and felt that it was our responsibility to share this amazing discovery with everyone here. What is more soothing than the light and smell of a lit candle? Oh, just one that also CRACKLES like a real fire.

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These things have seriously changed my life. I’m pretty picky about candles so I generally stick to a couple of classic, signature scents. But these wooden-wick candles have made me totally throw that out of the window. My personal favorite is “Bonfire Nights” from Nature’s Wick – sold at Target. Nature’s Wick also sells layered candles that include 3 distinctive scents of the season.

bonfire nights

tricolor candle

There is something about the crackle that adds so much to the ambiance and feel of the room that it almost doesn’t even matter what the candle smells like. I practically forced all my friends to buy them at T.J. Maxx in Georgetown and I haven’t heard a complaint or regret from them yet. So get out to a T.J. Maxx or Target right now and get yourself one before it gets too cold to leave the house!

xX E&S

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Tuesday Shoesday

We’re back with another addition of Tuesday Shoesday! It’s turning into winter quick, which means the holidays are coming up…so obviously we have to update our shoe collections to reflect! Here are the pairs we’ve currently got our eyes on:

E picks

Hamil Wedge from Vince Camuto

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Something about the hidden platform, gold edged heel, wooden wedge. I’m obsessed with these beauties and they have a 5 star review! Heels above 4 inches are too tall for me day to day, and these sit at a comfortable (sometimes) 3.3! They’d be super cute with a skirt or jeans.. and I need them in my life.

Hither T-Strap Pumps from Anthropologie

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In case your mama never told you, T straps are by far the most comfortable shoe. They’re what dancers wear to keep their foot in place, and these are just too cute for words. The sparkly bows…I just want to have them on my feet so I can look down and smile all day!

Benissa Booties from Anthropologie

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First off, they named it a shootie. A SHOOTIE. So clever. Anyways, these little guys are dressy and basic, comfy looking and the dipped portion with the brown suede will be perfect all winter.

S picks

Crown Vintage Boots from DSW

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I just got these beauts from DSW at Pentagon City! I’m so excited to finally have boots that are cute, but also practical. I’ve recently become very anti-rain boot since the last pair I had got destroyed and made my feet sticky and smelly (TMI? oops!) Though these aren’t traditional rain boots, they should hold up in mild DC rain and snow, without being too sticky or difficult. Easy to throw on when running out the door – exactly what I need on a rainy morning. They also only ran me $60 after a coupon so I don’t even feel bad if they only last a season or two!

Melvinia Red Pumps from Aldo Shoes

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Ummm…they are bright red with gold accents….you couldn’t have not seen this one coming from me! Red is my absolute favorite color and I love the gold accents with this – I can just imagine them now with a little black dress. Dying.

Dolce Vita “Kana” Pump from Nordstom

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Snakeskin…another classic S move. But I just love the combo with that tan color…and I guess I’m falling for the T-Strap too! But can you blame us?

What shoes are you currently coveting?

xO E&S

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Monthly Catch Up

Big news everyone, this weekend I became an official DC resident!

If you follow us on instagram (or check our our new instagram feed sidebar! –>>) you’ll probably have seen some of these photos, but a catch up from September and the first week in October is probably in order. We’ve been moving and shaking here at LoL.. guests visiting, work travel, work in general, weekend fun & more!

Enjoy!

Too cute,, right? Shes adoptable!

infact, S & I had to be dragged away NOT to adopt her..

 

mmm teds

you saw this recipe right?”

I’ve also ended up at eastern market EVERY SINGLE WEEKEND. It just never gets old…

I want them all

 

market goodies

 

perfect day

Its still been unbelievably warm in DC, considering that its October now. I’m ready for fall personally!

xXE

sidenote: some of the photos borrowed from Lindsay at seayoulater.wordpress.com but I was there.. so it still counts 😉

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What’s Getting Us Through the Week

It looks like it’s an indulge yourself kind of week over here at Liberty on Less. We’re barely holding on until Friday, but check out what’s been keeping us alive and getting us through the week:

E says…

Both of my WGUTTW are liquids today.. I’m not sure if that’s a bad thing but it definitely shows that this week has been CRAZY at work, and there’s been barely any time to actually consume solid food.

1. Starbucks Mocha

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As I said, the week is crazy. I generally try to avoid spending money at Starbucks, but on Monday my boss and I went for a walk down the street to grab coffee and I suddenly decided on a whim that I wanted a hot mocha. It hit the SPOT.
I know, I know..calories.. but with the walk outside, which has been hard to find time for this week, the delicious chocolaty warmth, and the shot of espresso? Here’s my $3.95, Starbucks!

2. Wine Nights

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This week was my roommates birthday.. so we went out for dinner and drinks at Ezme on P street in Dupont. I HIGHLY recommend it. Delicious Mediterranean tapas, and fantastic wine selection. Last night was a work happy hour and again the wine came out. I’m not saying over-do anything, I’m just saying a glass or two to wind down at the end of a crazy day is fantastic. Even if it just lets you SIT for a minute. Tonight’s plan? The mimosas nail salon… I see a theme, but hey its a quarter close! Forgive me?

S says…

1. Reese’s Pumpkins

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We warned you this week was about indulgences! Maybe it’s the pumpkin shape, or maybe it’s just the chocolate…but I have eaten so many of these this week! Festive and delicious, though…how could I turn them down?

2. The Return of Fall Television

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Between Mindy last week and Modern Family & Nashville this week – I’m in fall TV heaven! My favorite shows are all back and funnier than ever! I’m very easily entertained, so naturally I’m a total TV junkie. And thanks to Hulu Plus I can watch all my favorites even if I miss them at their original air time. 🙂 These little television indulgences have been keeping me going all week and giving me something to look forward to when I get home from work each night!

Well, I guess you can tell the kind of week we’re having! Are you as ready for Friday as we are?

-E&S

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Tuesday Shoesday

After chatting this weekend, Elyse and I came to a funny conclusion – no matter how much we shop or how many shoes we own…there are ALWAYS another pair we are coveting. From this thought came the idea for Tuesday Shoesday, where we post pictures of the shoes we’re currently pining for, or ones we finally splurged on!

S’s Picks – 

S PIcks

1. Chinese Laundry   2. Aldo Shoes   3. DV by Dolce Vita Flair   4. Francesca’s Collections
5. Jeffrey Campbell   6.  AK Anne Klein   7. Zara

E’s Picks – 

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1. Marc by Marc Jacobs   2. Marshalls 3. Sigerson Morrison 4. Zara

5. Coconuts   6. Mia Ashley   7. Stuart Weitzman 50/50

And speaking of Shoesday…Piperlime is having a special 20% off all shoes special just for today! So if you’ve been been holding off lately, this is the perfect excuse to finally splurge!

In the future we may just do a quick post of one pair we’re really loving, but we had a lot of catching up to do for today! What about you? What shoes are you currently coveting?

xO -E&S

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Now Playing: Rap & More

You all know about my rap music obsession by now. Well, it’s been in full swing recently, as I’ve discovered some pretty great rap songs I’ve been listening to non-stop. I know they’re crude and difficult to understand, but try listening to any of these in the morning and not having a little extra pep and sass in your step for the day. Also, sometimes they’re just downright hysterical.

(Note: I have not linked to the actual videos for the first few because they’re super weird and inappropriate)

Slight work – Wale

Bassline – Chris Brown

I’ve been listening to these two on shuffle during my whole commute the last week or so, and it definitely pumps me up for the day. I just have to resist breaking it down on the metro…which is probably more difficult for me than most people (sorry not sorry I love to dance!).

Headband – B.o.B.

Acapella – Karmin

These two songs embody what I mean when I say rap music is funny. If you check out the lyris (especially to the last one), you’ll see what I mean!

Some non-rap jams for those that aren’t feeling the hardcore stuff:

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Royals – Lorde

You’ll Find  A Way – Santogold

Sweater Weather – The Neighbourhood

These three songs are a little more alternative than my usual song choices, but I just can’t help myself. They’re all super different, too. Not sure what’s gotten into me…but I’m loving the variety! Lorde & The Neighbourhood are both newer artists, while Santogold has been around for a while. Check ’em out!

Redneck Crazy – Tyler Farr

You didn’t think I would just let this list go on without adding a country song, did you? Tyler Farr is pretty new to country music, but this song has definitely been pushign him to the top of the charts already. The name makes it seem kinda weird, and I’m not sure what it means that I love a song called “Redneck Crazy,” but I don’t even care. I DARE you to try not belting this in the car…

What are you listening to?

-S

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