12 Days of Christmas: Day 02

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Today’s 12 Days of Christmas item is something I was actually given as a gift this holiday season, and I enjoyed using it so much I’m paying it forward and recommending it now. ‘Wow she’s pretty obsessed with her hair..’ is something one might say right now since I keep on sharing my favorite hair care items. The truth is, yeah, I kind of love my hair. It’s the thing I’m most complimented on so I take really good care of it.

I’m not one for fancy shampoos etc but I kind of love this one now. The shampoo and conditioner are light and don’t weigh hair down. Considering olive oil is a base ingredient my hair isn’t surprisingly greasy and the dryness and frizz that comes along with natural drying has been tamed. The styling creme is sensational. A little bit goes a long way, so not only is the bottle going to last a bit longer, but it’s a breeze to work with. Now how am I supposed to go back to my regular hair regime?

Brilliant Glossing shampoo, conditioner, and styling creme, Frederic Fekkai, $55

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12 Days of Christmas: Day 03

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Soon the Christmas tunes will be a distant memory until next year, so why not take a listen to 4 of my favorite albums from this year. No shame in my game. Look for more of my favorite albums & songs of 2014 in the coming days, but for now purchase these over on Amazon: Taylor Swift 1989, One Direction Four, The 1975, Banks Goddess

The Weekender: 20 December

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OOTD: Holiday Party

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The truth is out: I’m not much of a holiday dress person. I’ve worn them to parties before and just been relatively uncomfortable and fidgity. Let’s be honest, being fidgity looks good on no one. Tonight I’m attending a holiday festivity which is on the more casual side. Well, as casual as wine and cheese can be, and this is the outfit I’m (most likely) choosing to wear.

H&M blouse, $24 / Topshop coated moto jeans, $63 / H&M draped jacket, $47 / MANGO handbag, $44 / Olivia Burton watch, £75 / Zara leather booties, $159

12 Days of Christmas: Day 05

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This year I tried something new and started working out regularly. Not like just taking a walk or parking further on campus, but taking time to physically do something. That seems like not such a big deal but for the last few years I just gave up on it. Making this tiny change required one thing: active wear. I never gave much thought to trainers or workout clothes and even doing so felt so daunting. Yes, they are men’s trainers but I loved them so much more than the women’s version so I bought them and really, as far as I know, there’s no style law against it.

They are comfortable and bright. I never want to take them off which I’m sure is probably breaking some style rule since I probably look like a mom power walking a mall sometimes…

Racer shoes, Adidas, $44.99 (on sale now!!!)

Friday Favorites: My Christmas Wish List

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Coming up with ideas for blog posts is fun and sometimes as simple as online shopping. I do it a lot throughout the year as any reader of of this blog knows. Yet, when Christmas rolls around I have zero idea what to say when someone asks me what I’m wishing for. Maybe that’s because I can think of so many other people who truly need things I don’t and I just constantly draw a blank. I should probably just start handing out links to this blog and saying have at it, there’s years worth of products, clothes, and ideas at the taking when it comes to gifts on there.

Today I managed to come up with a list of things I really would love to find under my tree this Christmas. A typical mixture of girl centric things but things I could really use.

Zara booties / Topshop Rolling Stones jumper / Orla Kiely Yoga Mat / Four Vinyl / Oribe Maximista Thickening Hairspray / Aether Cone / Viktor & Rolf Flowerbomb hair mist / MANGO quilted handbag / iPhone 6 Plus

12 Days of Christmas: Day 6

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Day 6. The final countdown. Time to finish up the last minute gifts I need to buy and then start the gift wrapping. Who wants to talk about that? No one. So, let’s just talk about day 6: the BaByliss curling iron. I’m devoted to my curling iron. That’s awful for both myself and my hair. My natural texture is a bit of a mess and I’ve tried several ways of non-heat curling my hair (ie: braids etc). None of them really worked the way I wanted so now I’ve just given up and held true to my curling iron. I’m just subscribed to the super great (but disgusting) world of rehydrating hair masks. That said, the BaByliss wand is one of the best and most highly recommended curling irons on the market so there isn’t a reason I wouldn’t recommend it highly as well.

BaByliss Curling Iron

12 Days of Christmas: Day 07

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Today’s item was intended to be my one of my favorite clothing purchases of the year: my leather biker jacket. Since I had purchased it many moons ago from H&M, it is no longer available. Rather than share an item no one can buy, should they want to, I decided to browse the jackets/coats and see if anything tickled my fancy. I really liked this wool biker jacket. It seems very warm, stylish, and like the next member adopted into my ever growing closet.

I really like the zippers and the jacket flaps. I would probably pair it with a white blouse and a nice pair of jeans for a nice classic, sleek look that doesn’t take away from the coat. H&M does have a couple of leather biker jackets in stock, but none that overwhelmed me. I haven’t been much of a jacket fan since the 90s when I stopped wearing denim jackets. Why should you take my advice then? Well, I’m a reformed jacket lover. I’ve seen the light! Hallelujah! I’ve been missing out on so much all these years. Now I never take my leather jacket off. Just kidding….mostly. I live for blistery days and my beloved coats.

Wool Biker Jacket, H&M, $79.95

Mixtape: Christmas 2014

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Ah, one week until Christmas Eve which just so happens to be one of my favorite days of the entire year. Of course not for the most obvious of reasons. Santa is a pretty cool guy though. It also means I’ll be spending a lot of time in the kitchen baking and cooking loads of meals, and attending holiday gatherings. Both of those occasions, at least according to me, require some great tunes which is why I’ve decided to share my yearly Christmas mix. My 2012 mix happens to be my most popular mix ever and I’m really proud of it, so this years fits the same theme and mood. There’s a mixture of classics and some newer versions in addition to some of my all time favorites.

Christmas music tends to be an acquired taste since it’s shoved down our throats beginning the day after Halloween no matter how good or bad the versions may be, so I did my best. I’ve also included one giant four hour long Spotify playlist of all sorts of holiday tunes. I didn’t mean for to be four hours, but sometimes a festive mood just begins to snowball.

Links and tracklisting to follow. Enjoy, and happy holidays!

  1. The Christmas Song – Nat King Cole
  2. White Christmas – Bing Crosby
  3. Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree – Brenda Lee
  4. It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas – Michael Buble
  5. Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas – Sam Smith
  6. River – Joni Mitchell
  7. Christmas Must Be Tonight – Bahamas
  8. Real Love – Tom Odell
  9. It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year – Andy Williams
  10. Merry Christmas Darling – Christina Perri
  11. Christmas (Baby Please Come Home) – Darlene Love
  12. The Christmas Waltz – Peggy Lee
  13. Baby It’s Cold Outside – Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Jordan
  14. A Snow Globe Christmas – Pink Martini
  15. Dear Santa – Mr Little Jeans
  16. Santa Claus is Coming to Town – Woody Herman
  17. I’ll Be Home for Christmas – Bing Crosby
  18. Merry Christmas Baby – Otis Redding

Listen on 8Tracks or Spotify

Other playlists: The most popular Christmas 2012 / Massive Christmas playlist