New Fall T.V. – What to Watch this Season

Hi everyone, I’m back again! This time I’m writing all about my favorite new shows on T.V. (and some older ones that started new seasons too!)

Fall & Winter is when I like to snuggle up and watch the latest good shows. It’s cold out, I’m lazier.. I’m not exactly sure why this is, but I just love to do it between the months of October-March! (Of course I love to do other things too.. but it’s a nice escape and whenever I’m not reading, listening to podcasts, or anything else.. I watch a good show)

I hope you enjoy my list of new shows that I’m enjoying.. let me know what you are watching too!

 

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1. Law & Order True Crime: The Menendez Murders

One of the newest shows to hit T.V. this fall is “Law & Order True Crime: The Menendez Murders” on NBC. Starring Edie Falco from The Sopranos, it’s an 8-episode true-crime installment of the Law & Order franchise. Law & Order: SVU is one of my favorite shows (Which just began it’s 19th season… wow!) and I was so excited to watch a true-crime version of it.

If you know anything about me, it’s that my favorite genre of anything, is mystery/true-crime/etc. So when I heard about L&O: Menendez Murders, I was so excited. It has not disappointed either. It is set in 1993 when the real Menendez Murders took place, in Beverley Hills, CA, and is about two brothers, Lyle and Erik Menendez. When their parents are brutally murdered in their home, Detectives and FBI search to find out what happened to the wealthy couple… and then the two brothers begin to look suspicious.

Only 3 of the episodes have aired so far.. and I can’t wait to see what happens next!

 

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2. Survivor: HvHvH

I’m a huge fan of both Survivor and Big Brother, so you’ll find me watching both of the franchises each year. This time around, the theme is Heroes vs Healers vs Hustlers. I’ve never particularly cared for the different themes that survivor chooses, (Unless it’s an all-star season!) so to me that doesn’t really matter.

I found this season that there are a ton of personalities that I actually enjoy to watch, and that makes the show so much fun to tune into each Wednesday. I’m loving the dynamic of the Heroes tribe, which has a few big personalities (as expected). I don’t want to spoil anything that has happened in case you haven’t watched yet.. so make sure to tune in to watch! I will probably start a recap weekly blog post for each of the shows that I write about here.

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3. Designated Survivor

Season two of the show has just begun.. and I absolutely love to hate this show. It’s truly an overdramatic, and ridiculous show. But Zach and I cannot wait for Thursday each week, just so we can watch it. (I mean all of this in a good way, by the way. We love to watch this show… it’s our smut!)

Starring Kiefer Sutherland as Tom Kirkman, who was a low-level cabinet member in Washington D.C. until suddenly appointed as the President of the United States because he was the only survivor from an attack on the Capitol. SO much happens, so you definitely need to go back and watch season one if you missed it. Every single episode is juicy, and something exciting happens. It’s just one of those shows. But the premise is interesting, and the characters are likeable. Just give it a try. On ABC.

 

More shows that are on that I’m loving:

  • Riverdale season 2 started yesterday on the CW. It’s also on Netflix. With Twin Peaks vibes mixed with One Tree Hill romance.. it’s absolute smut but I love it.  I watch it with my friend Maddy and we love to talk about what happens each episode. Plus we have a crush on Cole Sprouse.. (Wednesdays at 8pm)
  • Real Houses of Dallas season 2 began a few weeks back. It’s bad T.V. but I can’t look away.. (Bravo – Monday nights at 10pm PST)
  • Wisdom of the Crowd: It just started on it’s first season a couple of weeks ago, and It’s not bad. If you don’t have the time, I’d say to skip it. But I’m digging it, and for now it can stay on my weekly watch list. (CBS – Sunday nights at 9pm PST)

xo,

Emma

 

 

Living Space Reveal

Hi everyone and welcome back to my blog!

Today I will be sharing what my living space currently looks like in my apartment. It’s not 100% done as you can see in the photos, but it’s getting close & I’m excited! Many people have asked me what my inspiration has been, where I have bought certain items, and what I’m going to do with the rest of my spaces.. so I thought, “Might as well explain everything in an in-depth blog post!”

So let me explain a little bit of the details. I live in a high-rise apartment complex in a one-bedroom apartment with my boyfriend, Zach. Our place is approximately 823 square feet, including the outside balcony we have. It’s small, yet expensive. (Thanks Bay Area!) I’m still in school, and my boyfriend just got his first entry-level position at a tech company, so money is pretty tight. We really tried to find good deals for everything related to our furniture and accessories in our apartment because we have to be stingy.

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Our living space is small, and flows off of the kitchen (which is in the middle of our apartment and the island runs horizontal through it). The floors are a really interesting color wood, and it helped me pick out all of the features for the apartment. It inspired me to get this coffee table, featured above.

In the living room aspect of the apartment, I do not have any art up on the walls yet.. I still haven’t found something that has wowed me to put above the couch area. I’ve been searching all over.. I love the idea of a large textile, but those are usually pretty expensive. Maybe I will add a large mirror.. it just depends.

We got our couch from Wayfair for around $500. It was such a good deal. I got the idea from a friend on Instagram, Siri, who has it in her cute Seattle home. Thankfully it was still in stock, and now it’s in my new place. I absolutely love it. It’s comfy, and versatile, and the perfect size for my small space. I got the pillows from Homegoods, they give off a kind of “Fall Vibe” and I bought them recently for that reason. I’ve never really been a fan of the oranges & reds during the fall for my own spaces, so this is as crazy as it gets.

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I get so many questions about where I got my rug. I got it for $12.99 (Yes.. I said $12) from Homegoods.. isn’t that crazy? It’s comfy and small enough for my space, has the “boho flair” I love, and it was so inexpensive I couldn’t pass it up.

The wood coffee table I added for texture in the room. I knew I would go with a lot of neutrals (I am my mom’s daughter.. I’m looking at you Kristy Wicks) so the wood colors mixed with the black skinny legs was perfect for my living room. I also got it from Homegoods, it was $299 which was a great price for such an interesting piece.

The chair is from Homegoods as well. I honestly got lucky at Homegoods and found everything that I wanted there in the last couple months.. I knew I wanted leather in my space but wasn’t sure what I would end up choosing. This chair was perfect because it was a little mid-century modern which I love but not too over the top.

Now for the accessories..I got the cute succulent planter from Pier1 a couple years ago. It adds color and texture to any space, and is probably the most versatile accessory I own. I always stack books on the coffee table and make them look a little messy in order for my home to look cozy. You always want to make your home seem lived in, in my opinion. The books I have are “Styled” by Emily Henderson and “The New Bohemians” by Justina Blakeney. Both are very informative on how to design your space!

My copper side table is from Target. It was such a great find for me.. I love introducing metallic pieces into spaces with other textures and this was just perfect. My main colors in my apartment are Navy Blue & Copper, so this side table went perfect with the theme. It is only $60 and looks so cute.

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Lol at the 2 Buck Chuck that we have on the tray as if it’s fancy.. Classic 22 year old living.

I won this adorable tray from St. Frank from another blogger’s giveaway. Her name is Kat and I absolutely love her lifestyle blog.. you should check her out. I absolutely love this tray.. it’s gorgeous and hand dip-dyed with beautiful fabric from the Philippines. I like a simply decorated tray, so I added the candle holder from West Elm, and just added some fresh Eucalyptus in it for texture and for some fall foliage. Two stemless wine glasses from Ikea, and two bottles of wine, and you’re good to go. You don’t always have to be over the top when styling trays.

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On the other side of my living area, it’s completely bare. We are still looking for a console table to sit against the wall where my router is. It’s been hard to find one because we need something that is less than 15′ deep.. it cannot block the doorway to the outside area. It’s proving to be more difficult than I thought.. thankfully my mom and I are going shopping today and hopefully we will find something for this space. I got the faux plant with the planter included from Homegoods as well. (Surprise, surprise).

 

I will be doing reveals for my other rooms soon.. so subscribe to my e-mail list. I will be posting at least twice a week about anything from interior design, life, recipes, and more. Stay tuned!

If you missed my last blog post, I opened up and made myself pretty vulnerable. Click here to read it.

xo,

Emma

 

Taking Care of Yourself 101

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Happy Monday! I hope all of you are having a great week so far…

First of all, I want to wish my amazing boyfriend, Zach, a happy early birthday! We are celebrating by going to dinner tomorrow and this weekend we are headed to Monterey for a little R&R 🙂

Actually, R&R (Rest & Relaxation) is what I wanted to talk about today. I was trying to think of what I wanted my first official blog post to be about, and then it hit me.

Like many young women, I have struggled with depression. I began struggling a bit with my feelings in high school, but it really hit me hard when I first went off to college because I wasn’t taking care of my mind & body. I wasn’t taking ‘me time’ and was focusing on 100 other things: (being in a sorority, hanging out with friends, school, nannying, etc). I ended up getting depressed and before I knew it, I was really struggling to juggle all of the things that I could before. I wasn’t taking the time out of my day to do things that made me happy.

Now that I’m 22 and wise (Not that wise.. but I definitely know what I can handle!), I have been doing so much better with my mental health. Where I am today would shock my 18-20 year old self, and I’m so proud about that.

I wanted to share some of the things that I do to keep me motivated, happy, and cheerful. Maybe some of these things can help you too.

 

1. Getting at least 7 hours of sleep 

Ok, I know this isn’t always possible. But I know for myself, I have to work hard to get those sleep hours because it truly helps me. No one should be awake at 4am surfing social media/watch T.V. It’s not good for you! Plus, the next day would always be such a struggle for me to work/study/etc and it would effect my performance, which would therefor effect my mood! I promise if you try and sleep more at night, your mood will change for the better. It helps me to read (a book.. not the kindle!) before bed.

 

2. Picking out a hobby 

One thing that I didn’t have for a long time was an actual hobby. In high school, it was sports (I ran cross country and played lacrosse). When I went to college, I joined a sorority and that took up a lot of my time. However, being in a group wasn’t really an actual hobby for me, it was more just hanging out with friends. I figured out my hobby recently, and it’s made me so much happier. I love to bake! Yes, it might not be the healthiest thing in the world, but I don’t really eat what I end up baking. I end up gifting my baked goods, and it lifts my spirits up so high. I love trying new recipes out, trying recipes over and over and perfecting them, and having my friends & family tell me how much they enjoy my baking. Ultimately, finding a hobby can really lift your spirits, and get your mind off of the stressors that are in your life at the moment.

 

3. ‘Me Time’ 

For the last couple years, it’s been go-go-go 24/7. I would wake up in the morning, go to work, then go to class, then study, then eat dinner and then after that, head off to bed, and repeat. I did not find the time to focus on myself. I would mainly focus on others, and while that can be a good thing, it wasn’t in my case. I would end up burning myself out, and then avoiding all of my responsibilities all together. Now, I make time for myself every single day. The ‘Me Time’ can be 5 minutes some days, to an hour other days. During that time, I try to do a face mask, take a bath, or try a new hair product. It’s something that makes me happy and usually benefits my skin or body. You can’t be happy without focusing on yourself sometimes, and this has really helped me.

 

4. Working Out 

I won’t lie to you and say that I do this every single day. That is far from the truth. I need to actually take my own advice and work out more. But I do know that when I go to the gym, I am happier all around. When I work out, I feel better about my body, myself, and it always lifts my spirits. It can even be a quick 20-30 minutes, and I promise you will feel better, in both your mind and body.

 

I’m so glad to open up to everyone about what has helped me in the last year, especially in the last 6 months. I’m feeling so happy and rejuvenated, and I hope that if you are struggling, especially with depression, that you work on yourself and put yourself first. Talking to someone about what you’re feeling is a good thing, and definitely don’t keep those thoughts to yourself.

 

xo,

Emma

Hi & Welcome!

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Hi everyone, and thank you so much for coming to my blog. This has been in the works for a while, and I’m so excited for all of you to follow me along on this journey.

My name is Emma Wicks and I am 22 years old. I’ve wanted to start my own blog probably since 2011, when I started really following some of my favorite fashion bloggers on their websites. They were all so gorgeous and I remember wishing I could be them one day.

I am from the Bay Area of California, and grew up about 40 minutes outside of San Francisco, CA in a small-ish town. ‘Everybody knows everybody’ kind of thing. I moved away when I first started college, and lived in Arizona for a couple years. I then moved to San Diego, CA to live with my current boyfriend, Zach. I am now living with him in San Jose, CA, where I am going to school and he is starting his first full-time job!

I assume that many of you found me through my mom, Kristy Wicks. If some of you don’t know her, she’s a gorgeous & kind Interior Decorator/Lifestyle Guru/World’s Best Mom. She is so talented at everything she does, and she makes me really proud to be her daughter.

Thank you so much for taking the time to check my blog out. I will be sharing everything from fashion, travel tips & guides (where I have vacationed), lifestyle, TV show posts, home decorating, and more!

xo,

Emma