31 Random Acts of Kindness - Guest Post

Happy Tuesday everyone! Today I have a very special treat for you. My lovely friend Caitlin over at Crossroads of the Heart has a fabulous guest post for you. Take it away Caitlin!

Hello Looking to the Stars Readers!
I first met Erica at a Virginia Blogger Meetup in February of 2013.  Upon first impression, she was light and bubbly (in the best way), and knew about all things pop culture – one of my greatest weaknesses.  Immediately, I knew that I could learn a lot from her.
Erica even helped me with one of my arch nemeses: a red wine spill on my brand new carpet.  “Well, you just scrub it out with salt or club soda!” she told me.  Duh!  Do you know how many times I have used one of those techniques, girl?!
Erica’s little tips and pop culture facts have saved me during the most crucial of times.  Need a recommendation for a book club?  Just pop on over to Looking to the Stars book feed.  It’s the little things like Erica’s super-quick-wine-clean-up suggestion to her thorough pop culture updates that inspire me to also create good, positive energy in the world.  In fact, this is one of the drivers behind my most recent project to conduct 31 random acts in 31 days.
Last year, I also dedicated the month of October to conducting little random acts in the world.  If you want to see the acts I performed, click over here.  But, the best part about this project is that I invite people all over the world to join me in the effort – people, like you!  
I would love for you to also perform a random act of kindness this month – or all 31!  If you want some ideas for various acts, check out the infographic or my how-to post.  We also have a Facebook page and a Twitter handle.  And, if you’re reading this on a late date in October… jump right in; it’s never too late to join! ☺
If you are wondering, there is only one rule about participating, which is to please tell someone about 31 random acts!  As I said in my original post last year, if you can get even one additional person to perform a random act in October, you will double your impact on the world!
Thank you for hosting these thoughts, Erica, and for being an inspiration in the world!
“The great acts of love are done by those who are habitually performing small acts of kindness.” ~Victor Hugo


10 Things I LOVE About Fall

I just love fall! The cooler weather, the changing colors, the cozy clothes. I just love fall! I love it! Here are some of favorite reasons why . . .

1. Pumpkins ~ I really like the little ones to use as cute little decorations in my apartment. I don't have a lot of space while living in a 391 sq foot apartment, so little things like this really spruce up my apartment.

2.  Fall Scents ~ Glad really knows how to smell up an apartment good :)  I currently have all three of these candles in my apartment.

3.  Scary Movies ~ with fall, comes Halloween. Now, I'm not a big Halloween person when it comes to the dressing up and stuff, but I love a good scary movie. Here are a couple coming out this fall. Annabelle is the doll from last year's The Conjuring. Super creepy doll!  Ouija is about the infamous game that all young people play. I had my own ouija board when I was little.  
Annabelle (2014) Poster    Ouija (2014) Poster


4.  Pie ~ Apple pie is my favorite, but then I love some good pumpkin pie!

5 & 6. The changing colors of the leaves & the cooler weather. When I lived in Los Angeles I remember my dad calling me in October (I moved there the previous March).  He asked me how the weather was.  I replied with, "the weather sucks! Everything is all green and it's still warm out." I'm definitely a girl that needs all four seasons.

7.  Sweaters! I love wearing sweaters. Especially big fluffy ones. They are so cute with jeans and boots. Then there are the "grandpa" sweaters. I have one that I wear around the house all the time. So comfy!
 

8. Fall TV shows are back! It's such a comfort to know that my Hulu Queue will be full moving forward. Now that Revenge, Once Upon A Time, Scandal, Parenthood, Grey's Anatomy, Vampire Diaries, and so many more shows are back, I have plenty of entertainment ahead. I love my TV!

9. Thanksgiving ~ This is definitely one of my favorite times of year. It's the kick off to the Holiday season. Thanksgiving, to me, means being with your family and eating really good food! Plus we've made a tradition out of doing the local 5K for charity every Thanksgiving morning.


10. As the year comes to a close you get to look back on things. I like to see where the year has taken me. What I learned from it and what I learned about myself. 2014 has definitely been an amazing year. There have been several challenges along the way. There have also been some great realizations and learning opportunities that I've taken away from the year. There are so many things for me to be Thankful for. I just know that 2015 is going to be amazing!

How about you? What are you favorite things about the Fall Season? Leave me a comment and tell me all about it!

Yippee for Friday!

I could not be happier that Friday is here! My week started off okay, but then my Wednesday blew up and my week went bllllllaaaaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhh!  Yesterday was better especially after I treated myself to a manicure :)  I'm very much looking forward to my weekend! WooHoo! Even though it was an "interesting" week I was still able to find some lovely things within it.


1. Last week my company threw a HUGE party at one of our DC properties. It's #KimptonDC's annual Sales Event. We invite TONS of clients and try to show them a good time. This year we had over 1,700 RSVP's.  We had a lot of pink carpet, tons of food and drinks from all of our different properties in the city. It was packed.  Everyone had a great time.


2.  I went home last weekend and while I was there I got the blonde out of my hair. I love the new color. There's still some lighter hair to give it dimension, but I'm definitely glad that I went darker.


3.  Fall is officially here! I love fall. The changing of the colors, the cooler weather, snuggling up in sweaters and boots. Halloween and Pumpkins...Thanksgiving and Turkey...then CHRISTMAS!


4.  With fall, comes FALL TV! All of my favorite shows are back and I love it!!! The Mindy Project is back and making me laugh like crazy. I can't wait to get into Revenge and Once Upon A Time this weekend.  I love my tv.


5. Here's the manicure I got! It's such a pretty color, I love it. It's almost like a smokey blue. I feel so pretty with my nails all done up.


I hope you have an awesome weekend! I'm linking up this post with Lauren Elizabeth and September Farm.



15 Disney Favorites

Don't you just love a good Disney movie?  I know I do!  My friend Kate over at A Thought and a Half did a Disney Challenge post.  Well, I just couldn't resist to do one myself!

Favorite Character

Favorite Princess

Favorite Heroine

Favorite Prince
I've always had a soft spot for Prince Eric!

Favorite Hero

Favorite Animal

Favorite Sidekick
He's just so cute!

Favorite Villain

Favorite Original Character

Favorite Song


Favorite Love Song


Favorite Villain Song


Least Favorite Song
I don't think there is one. It's really not even possible!

Favorite Kiss

First Movie I Ever Saw
This was the first movie I remember seeing. They were replaying this in a theater when I was really little. I remember how upset I was, because I couldn't see them live happily ever after.

What are your favorite Disney characters and songs?



#tbt ~ wedding style

I was recently contacted by Lover.ly with a Throw Back Thursday challenge. Lover.ly is a wedding website that makes wedding planning fun!  Their challenge was to search through old family albums and find a unique wedding dress from another decade. Immediately I thought of my fabulous mother and her wedding to my awesome dad in 1978.  How beautiful is my momma :)



Once I found my picture, then I was supposed to find a modern day version of my mom's dress with some of the dresses on the Lover.ly website. I found three dresses on their website that I thought were beautiful modern day versions. Check them out and join in on the fun with the hashtag #LOVERLYTBT.

Ginger Wedding Dress

Melissa Sweet
Lacquered Lace Ball Gown

Melissa Sweet 
Chantilly Lace Gown

10 Things That Make Me Happy

I was challenged by my fabulous friend Kate over at A Thought and a Half to participate in the challenge ~ 10 Things That Make Me Happy. I love talking about things that make me happy, so this was no problem!  I now challenge Linsday (Pursuit of Pink) and Kiersten (She is Fierce) to blog about 10 things in their life that make them happy... :)


a thought and a half



1 ~ Fresh flowers, especially daisies! They are my favorite flower.

2 ~ Ladybugs...they are lucky and so cute! I have a ladybug tattoo, I have tons of ladybug stuff all over my apartment - pillow, mug, spatula, cutting board, salt/pepper shaker, my list goes on. I love them!


3 ~ Kittens, cats, anything that meows. Especially Lil Bub. I follow Love Meow on Facebook. Seeing little kittens just brightens my day. They're so sweet!


4 ~ Time with my family. They are the most important thing to me and I love them tons and tons!

5 ~ A good book - especially the kind that I enjoy going to bed early to read. I've been doing that a lot lately. Whether it's a chick book or a sci-fi thriller (thanks dad!), I love my books! Now that it's getting cooler outside, I love to curl up in a blanket and read.

6 ~ MOVIES! Especially all things Disney and chick flicks. Although, I love a good action movie.

7 ~ Pictures & scrap booking. I have about 12 scrap books and so many more pictures to put into scrapbooks. Some people think I'm silly to make scrapbooks, but I love them. One day when all the power goes (and it will), I will have my pictures to look back on!

8 ~ Manicures, especially the shellac. I feel so pretty and girlie when I have my nails done.

9 ~ My girlfriends - I'm definitely one of those people that has a small group of amazing friends, as opposed to a lot of friends that are just 'eh' and I'm okay with that. I know they'll be there for me always and forever, no matter where any of us are living.


10 ~ Being me and the best version of myself. It has taken me some time to get to the best version of myself, but I think I'm finally on the way!