Holiday: Christmas

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

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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 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

12 Days of Christmas: Day 09

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Today’s 12 Days of Christmas is a bit of a change. I’ve been sharing my makeup & hair recommendations because I’m actually really proud of how far I’ve come on those two things. I’ve learned so much and tried so many things which is part of getting older and growing, but today I’m sharing something I’ve always known a lot about: movies. Particularly, and fitting with the idea, movies I’ve seen this year that are currently out on DVD/streaming.

Inside Llewyn Davis is a great movie for a blistery winter day. The winter scenes of the movie and the grey undertones of the coloring are so fitting and wonderful. (I saw it on a cold winter night which is why I relate it so much to my winter) The story is strange but interesting, it has typical Coen brother’s dark humor, and the 1960s folk setting is a great setting. Unfortunately, if one doesn’t love folk music of the 1960s, they probably won’t enjoy it and find the music horrible and hard to enjoy. I disagree, and love it particularly, Please Mr. Kennedy, which will literally stay stuck in my head for a week. It also has Justin Timberlake, so there’s that.

Wish I Was Here is the movie I’ve been waiting for since 2005. The movie I didn’t even know I would get or wanted, but then it happened in the strangest way: Kickstarter, and I was ecstatic. While it has many parallels to Braff’s first work, Garden State, I must admit that’s what I liked about it. Garden State was my high school/early 20s experience. Now I have Wish I Was Here and it’s still the perfect combination of storytelling, visuals, and music. Just ask my best friend who is still probably really embarrassed by my reaction to it.

I’ve never met a Wes Anderson movie I didn’t like. That’s a fact. I was anticipating The Grand Budapest Hotel and wasn’t disappointed. It’s quirky and humorous and brightly colored. The scenery and design and I just can’t say enough about it. It might be my favorite movie of 2014. Unless you’re my brother, and think all Wes Anderson movies are just “boring recreations of his home movies.”

Inside Llewyn Davis, Wish I Was Here, Grand Budapest Hotel

12 Days of Christmas: Day 10

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Essie is my go-to nail polish company. It’s my favorite & I’m always buying more. Just take a look at the ever growing collection in the container next to my bed. I just can’t resist a good seasonal collection. Licorice is my all time favorite shade, in case anyone is curious. But for day 10 in the 12 Days of Christmas, I’m sharing the shade I wore most often in 2014: Cute as a Button.

Cute as a Button is a nice coral shade that compliments, and even offsets, most of my darker wardrobe nicely by adding a little slice of color. It’s bright and applies simply. I definitely didn’t need more than two coats, and the best part is, it didn’t flake after a few days. Typically I would consider it more of a spring/summer shade (which is when I wore it most often), but even in the bleaker days of winter, I find myself tempted to pull it out again. Any of the hundreds of Essie polishes would make great stocking stuffers (or party favors), but I might suggest this one first and foremost.

Cute As a Button, Essie, $8.50

Looking for a holiday shade? Try Wicked or Jiggle Hi Jiggle Low

Essie is my go-to polish company.

The Weekender: 13 December

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12 Days of Christmas

Everyone knows that holiday tune the Twelve Days of Christmas right? I often wonder who would want these horrible things. I mean 12 drummers drumming? 12 seems a little excessive and loud to be quite honest. How one even organizes 8 maids-a-milking is beyond me. The song and some inspiration from others got me thinking of doing my own bitty 12 days of Christmas. Rather than shoving four calling birds in people’s faces without their permission (what was this song even for really), I thought I would just share 12 of my favorite things from this year that I’ve bought/used/loved. Many are suitable for last minute gifts and such but bear with me as I’m not very good at this sort of thing. Let’s try it and see how it goes. Maybe develop a great learning curve for next year. Who knows?! Already off to a rough start, I missed day 12 yesterday so today I will begin with a combination post of 12 and 11.

PS: If someone in 2014 where to purchase the Twelve Days of Christmas (which no one in their right mind should ever do) it would cost approximately, $116k

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Day 12: my favorite eye make up essentials

Time to be a bit narcissistic for a second: my eyes are one of my favorite features. I receive a lot of compliments on them so I really try to play them up on the daily. I put a lot of attention on my eyelashes and try to make them as long and voluminous as possible, which is why I love this Two Faced Mascara. Another thing I’ve become obsessed with is gel eyeliner. First it was a pain in the butt to apply and my makeup remover wasn’t exactly a fan of removing it at the end of the night. Now I’ve learned the blessed ways of the NYX gel liner and there’s no going back now. Even after a crazy night out (where I often forget to remove my makeup before bed) it doesn’t smear or come off all over my pillowcases. I certainly don’t condone wearing eye makeup to bed, but sometimes it happens and gel liner makes sure to still look good in the morning! Sorry the hangover isn’t fun, but the eye makeup looks great!

Better Than Sex mascara, Two Faced $23 / Gel eyeliner & smudger, NYX, $9

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Day 11: Bleach London Super Cool Colour

Earlier this year I became obsessed with Bleach London’s Super Cool Colours. I was envious because they weren’t available for sale to US customers, so I headed to my nearest stylist and ended up with a purple ombré. Eventually I learned of someone who would ship to the US and my ombré became Rosé. What I love so much about Bleach London colour is its super simple to apply alone and washes out in a few washes. The temporary nature of the colour is a blessing and a curse. It allows for tons of color changes (they have a variety of colors) but doesn’t stick around a lot without reapplication which bothersome sometimes. I still recommend it because it’s fun and Bleach London has a variety of amazing products. I wish I could visit their salons and really try something crazy, but for now my blonde ombré is still hanging in there…maybe it’s time to try a bullini?

Super Cool Colour, Bleach London, UK or Worldwide

Friday 5: Festive Night In

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With all the stress of finals currently happening all over the place, it’s time to take some time to relax. Holiday time is the best time. Everyone knows that. There’s Christmas music everywhere and holiday movies on every channel. My personal favorite is Hallmark Channel. I mean where else can you watch a made-for-tv movie where Steve Guttenberg is Santa Claus? How many made for tv movies are there about workaholic women who lose their holiday spirit which can only be found through a visit from a ghost OR a neighborhood Christmas light competition? Tis’ the season…

That said, I’m taking Friday night off. Well, technically it’s almost over. I’ve had my lovely dinner and now I’m ready to cozy up with some Love Actually. Now it feels like Christmas…

1. Onesie, OnePiece 2. Throw, IKEA 3. Peppermint bark hot chocolate, Williams Sonoma, Square mug, Target 4. Love Actually DVD, Amazon 5. Gingerbread socks, Topman