Ama's 2011


I know that the American Music Awards were well over a week ago and everyone is pretty much over them but I still want to take the opportunity to show you what my favorites of the night were. This year, for the most part, I realized that I didn't prefer the short dresses. I liked a lot of different looks this year, from Taylor Swift's shimmery dress to Katy Perry's fun outfit. What was your favorite look of the night? 

I didn't enjoy as many of the performances as I usually do but my favorites were between Maroon 5's "Moves Like Jagger", Katy Perry's "The One That Got Away" (SO happy this is her new single! Because, as painful as it is to admit, "Peacock" will never be released) and Kelly Clarkson's "Mr. Know It All".
Also, I was incredibly happy that Taylor Swift won all three awards that she was nominated for! 

2 Year Blog-o-Versary!


It's hard to believe that I have been keeping up with blogging for two years now! Two years ago, in 2009, I decided to start blogging again with the creation of "Organized Mess". I love that I have been able to look back at my life through this. I will admit, I do get kind of (okay, VERY) embarrassed by some of the things I wrote (and wore) back when I was 16 and even though I have been tempted to delete some of those old posts I've decided against it. This blog has grown significantly in the last two years, more so in the last year. A year ago today I was thanking you all for having 101 followers. Today I am thanking you for 455 followers. I can't wait to see what the future is like, and I can't wait to look back at this post 1 year from now, or maybe even 5 years from now.
See my first post HERE



This season I have seen a noticeable amount of velvet. In fact, I haven't seen this much in years. The last time I remember velvet being a big thing was when I was a little kid. Stores like Top Shop, have been embracing it, making full velvet dresses. Other stores, like Free People, have been including it in small dosages. Which do you prefer?
Free People


 I think I lean more towards the velvet incorporated in to outfits instead of being the most noticeable thing.  I do believe, however, that it can be a fun way to dress up for a Holiday party paired with the right accessories.

velvet-holiday set

Pumpkin Cookies with Cream Cheese Icing


I've made pumpkin cupcakes with cream cheese icing before, but never cookies so I decided to give it a go. I made these almost a month ago and I wish I had thought to make them for Thanksgiving! But right now I have a pumpkin cheesecake in the oven. It's hard to believe Thanksgiving is tomorrow! Anyway, I suggest you make these ASAP. Everyone I know that tried these absolutely loved them. They turned out really thick and the texture almost reminded me of a whoopee pie. If you're looking for a quick but filling dessert that has a yummy holiday taste, try these using THIS recipe! 

Second Time Around


Derek made his second trip to Philly to see me since I have moved there! I always love the weekends that we have together, it makes me appreciate every moment I have with him and the whole weekend is so special. Even though we only get to see each other once or twice a month, we are getting through this together. Despite the distance, we still feel so close to each other. We spent the weekend in the Rittenhouse area. We spent time at the park, we checked out the tiny but adorable "Chestnut Park", got a triple chocolate mousse cake from  Di Bruno Bros,  and walked around the beautiful residential area. 

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