Tuesday, December 16, 2014

{Holiday Gift Guide} Guys

Shopping for guys can be extremely difficult. If you're shopping for a boyfriend (unlike homegirl here #foreveralone), brother, or guy friend, it can be really difficult to find the perfect gift, especially without spending a fortune. Below, I've included gifts in all price ranges, so hopefully it inspires you to go out and finish that holiday shopping!

[also, happy first night of Hanukkah!]

Monday, December 15, 2014

Starter Pack

Hello all! Can we believe there are only 10 days until Christmas?!

Today, I thought I'd share my starter pack that my cousins brainstormed for me this past weekend. If you don't know what a starter pack is, it's exactly what it sounds like: 4 things that are basically you.

You can find me with any or all of these at any given time. It's true.

Also, I started playing Trivia Crack on Friday, and I CAN'T STOP.
Please start a game with me to feed my addiction:

Thursday, December 11, 2014


For me, I have the hardest time staying motivated this time of year. I'm in the midst of tech week for the dance show at my school, and finals looming (even though my school doesn't take finals until January 18th! wut?). I have trouble eating healthy, studying, working out, and even putting on makeup in the mornings.
I do have some tips on how to stay motivated however!

Get inspired!
Whether you're having trouble blogging, working out, or doing school work, I find that looking through boards on Pinterest can motivate me so much! By finding a role model, I feel much more motivated to work on whatever I should be working on.
My "academic" role models are often my friends, or Pentel from prepofthesouth.tumblr.com

By starting a project, you may find that whatever you need to work on will take less time then you imagined. 

Reward yourself.
Set a goal, and once you reach it, reward yourself! Whether it's with an afternoon Starbucks, or watching an episode of your favorite show on Netflix. One thing my mom always tells me, and I am definitely not the best at, is rewarding yourself AFTER you've completed your task. I often watch the show beforehand, and find myself losing motivation once it's over.

Take small steps.
By taking each project one step at a time, you can take breaks in between and take pride in your small victories.

Use your agenda.
I love organizing my agenda. I think it's so fun everyday to write in my school assignments and shifts for work! You might think it's stressful to look at your agenda and see all of the things you need to do, but I find that having it all written down serves to calm me down because I have a concrete list of things to get done.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

{Holiday Gift Guide} BFF

Hey guys! Today's gift guide is directed towards your BFFs. If you're anything like me, you think of 1001 awesome Christmas gifts for your friends throughout the year, and then once you hit December, all of those great ideas have miraculously disappeared from your head. I always have the HARDEST time trying to brainstorm the perfect gifts for my friends, but one thing I know they'll always love is baked goods, Starbucks giftcards, or music. Those never fail. However, I've also compiled a list down below with some creative ideas for your BFFs! Hopefully you'll find something that inspires you!

P.S. Plenty of these gifts would work really well for birthday gifts as well!

Happy shopping!

Tuesday, December 09, 2014

{Holiday Gift Guide} Kids

Hey everyone! In case you didn't know, I have a twelve year old brother, as well as tons of cousins slightly younger then me, so my family has to shop for lots of little ones. I've put together some of my picks, but let me tell you, there are some really cute stuff out there this year!

Also, how ridiculous is this car?! Not that I wouldn't buy it for my kid because I would, but I mean, come on.

Monday, December 08, 2014

{Holiday Gift Guide} Moms

Shopping for moms can be extremely difficult! Spend too much and they get upset, but you also don't want to blow the gift off. This is your mother after all! A gift from the heart is always appreciated! So, what do you get the women who seems to have everything?  Look down below for my top picks this year!

I have a 'BFF' guide going up Wednesday, so make sure you're following on Bloglovin'

Friday, December 05, 2014

5 Holiday Nail Polishes {+ My Christmas Music Playlist}

A twist on my normal Friday 5!
This time of year, aka crazy town dance show insanity, I don't always have the time or option to paint my nails, but once Christmas break begins, I love painting them to coordinate with my outfits and to get me in the holiday spirit!

Below I've featured 5 Essie nail polishes that I think would be perfect for holiday parties. I have the two glitter polishes and absolutely love them. Nail polish is often the perfect way to amp up a sub-par outfit!

Colors in order from left to right:
- Size Matters - Stylenomics - Hors D'oeuvres - Beyond Cozy - Tuck it in my Tux - 


I didn't think this was long enough a post, so I decided to share with you guys some of favorite Christmas songs!

I'm currently listening to the "Frank Sinatra (Holiday)" Pandora station which I love. I'm a sucker for classic holiday music. It just reminds me of driving through my home town looking at everyone's lights and pine trees covered in snow!

I also love some of the more pop-y songs from the 1960's-1990's including:
Step into Christmas by Elton John
Happy Xmas (War is Over) by John Lennon
Last Christmas by Wham!
All I want for Christmas is You by Mariah Carey
Wonderful Christmastime by Paul McCartney

(Can be found on this Spotify playlist!)

Those 5 are some of my absolute favorites!

Local radio stations started playing Christmas music some time in early November and let me tell you, I was elated! There's something about hearing your favorite Christmas songs that just give you the best feeling in the world! It truly wouldn't be the holiday season without the music.

I hope you guys enjoyed this post! Have a great weekend and stay warm!

Don't forget to keep up with me on Twitter and Instagram!
My username on both is @JojoArrigo 

Thursday, December 04, 2014

{Holiday Gift Guide} Tech Accessories

Hey everyone!

For the second installment of my Gift Guide series this year, I thought I'd spotlight technology!
I've included phone cases, chargers, iPad cases, and a super cute Selfie Camera!

Wednesday, December 03, 2014

Holiday Wish-List

Hey everybody! I told you (on twitter- @JojoArrigo) that posts would resume today, and here we are!
I love seeing what everyone is asking for for the holidays (in my case, Christmas) and my family sure has been nagging me about it recently, so I thought I'd share it!

PS: This list encompasses both Christmas and my birthday which is two weeks after Christmas - January 10th!

Check out my more comprehensive list on Pinterest!

iPad - My laptop isn't exactly the newest, so a new toy would be fun, not to mention easier to carry back and forth to school! Of course I would need this Lilly Pulitzer iPad case to go with it!

Starbucks Giftcards - I have a small addiction (read: HUGE) to Starbucks Cinnamon Dolce Lattes. Giftcards are always appreciated!

Spirit Jersey - I love this pullover! I think the stripes are a really cute detail that set it apart from typical spirit jerseys! Also: Go Cats!!

Frozen Sing-a-long DVD - I saw this movie last winter and didn't love it, but now I'm kind of obsessed. The sing-a-long version would be perfect for a movie night with friends!

Navy Large Longchamp - With the amount of bags I have, you'd think I would have one with a zip-closure! Longchamps are so versatile and the navy would go with everything.

LL Bean Slippers - It gets pretty cold here in Chicago, so my feet would be very happy to have these. I especially love the red color for the holidays! I also really want a good pair of slippers before I go to college next year!

Monogram Bangle - This would pair so well with my Alex and Ani "Russian Silver" bracelets that I love! Anything monogrammed is always ok in my book!

Camp Socks - These pair so well with leggings and LL Bean boots! They have such cute colors this year too: I love the red and blue!

So,  what's on your wishlist this year? Share down below!