Wednesday, December 28, 2011

A Pop of Color

I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas! I spent the morning opening presents with my dad and brothers. During the afternoon we prepared the house to have our family over for dinner. I had a delicious meal that night with my aunt, uncle, cousin and Grandpa. After we sat around, played games and watched The Grinch. It was the perfect day. I dressed up a bit, but I was incredibly comfortable. Here's a few photos of the outfit I wore!

Sweater: Christmas gift from my Dad
Skirt: H&M
Tights: H&M
Shoes: Target a few years ago
Ring: Party City
Watch: Asos
Lips: Revlon Are You Red-dy? It is the perfect red!

What did you do this holiday? What did you wear? Comfy, casual, dressy or a bit of both?

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas, everyone! My day will be filled with family, cookies, ham, candy canes, gift giving, Christmas movies, and cheer! I hope you have a wonderful day!

Saturday, December 24, 2011

A Green Christmas?

It's the morning of Christmas Eve, and something is just not right. When I look out my window, there is no snow on the ground.
I don't remember ever having a Christmas without snow, and where I'm from snow is our claim to fame. (Hint: Blizzard of '77.) I can recall a few years ago when I thought we wouldn't have snow on Christmas, but then snowflakes filled the sky on Christmas Eve and we had a white Christmas after all. My fingers are crossed that the same thing happens this year. It wouldn't feel like Christmas without the snow. In fact, it doesn't feel like Christmas without the snow. So, to send Jack Frost a little hint, I found some beautiful snow filled pictures. I think snow makes everything look beautiful. In the sunlight or the moonlight, snow adds a touch of glamor and vintage to everything from a row of trees to a quiet street.

I thought I was okay with a green Christmas, but the closer and closer we get to Christmas day, the more I miss the snow. So if you hear my Jack Frost, all I want for Christmas is snow.

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Favorite Holiday Music

I have been on a serious Christmas music kick this last week. I listen to it at work, in the car, on Pandora... Everywhere! There are so many old and new holiday songs I love listening to this time of year and I thought I would share them with you. Hope you enjoy!

I love this song. I think it is so fun and such a girlie song. I have a great time singing along. I wish there was a music video for it, it would be too cute!

Michael. Buble. Need I say more. His voice makes me melt and I just wish he was singing this tune to moi.

I love Bing Crosby. His voice and this song remind me of when I was a little girl. My mom would put his album on the record machine and we would sit and listen to him while watching the snow fall.

Oh, Frank Sinatra. He will always remind me of my Grandma. She would rave about his singing. This song brings the same nostalgia as "White Christmas."

When I hear this song, I wish I had a handsome lad to sing it with.

I love the Christmas classics. I really don't like too many remakes, with the exception of Michael Buble, of course. What holiday songs do you love?

Monday, December 19, 2011

Knitted in Cable

A cable knit sweater is a staple piece every girl should have in her closet for the cold months. Before I began my search for the perfect cable knit sweater, I was anticipating long and arduous process. To my surprise, this was not the case at all. I found this gorgeous sweater at Gap on sale for $25!

I love the color, shape, and detail of this sweater. I still can't believe I found this one so easily and for a great price!
Do you have a cable knit sweater or is it on your wish list?

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Holiday Gift Guide- Gifts for Him

Yesterday, I posted my Holiday Gift Guide- Gifts for Her, and I just couldn't leave out the men in our lives so I came up with a few ideas to consider when shopping for your dad, brother, friend, or that special someone.

1. A gift card to a sporting goods store is a win-win for everyone. You don't have to wonder around wondering what on Earth to get him, and he can pick out whatever his little heart desires.
2. Every guy needs a classic plaid button down. If you are looking for something style and for a great price, Old navy has this shirt plus many other designs and colors.
3. This rustic bottle opener is a very unique and practical gift for the rigid man. I found this on the Anthropologie website. They have the coolest things.
4. A fun and comfortable pair of pajama pants is not something a guy would buy for himself, but it is definitely a great gift. I love these deer head pair from Old Navy.
5. If your dad or any guy in your life lives to keep his car as clean and pristine as mine, a car cleaning kit is the perfect gift.
6. Pocket watches are not for every guy, but if you have a friend who is cool enough to pull it off, it will definitely add that extra something to his style. I found this one for a great price here.
7. For the music lover, I would pick up a pair of headphones with a cool design. I love how over the ear headphones are making a comeback. The sound is so much better and they will not fall out of your ear.
8. If the men in your life don't like to clean their car themselves, help them out with a gift card to the car wash. It's great to get gifts that serve a purpose and save the receiver money. I personally love gift cards.

What are you getting the men in your life? I find they are the hardest to shop for! Hope this has helped!

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Holiday Gift Guide- Gifts for Her

It's the last weekend before Christmas! This means two things. One, Christmas is a week away! And two, this is one of the craziest shopping weekends ever! I finished all of my shopping so I will be spending this weekend baking cookies and relaxing, but for those of you who have a few more people left on your list, I hope my gift guide will help you out!

1. A magazine subscription is a great gift! You can get this for anyone! Have a friend who loves to cook, get Food magazine. For the fashionable friend, how about Vogue, Elle, or Instyle. National Geographic is perfect for that worldly friend of yours. The options are endless!
2. A fun ring is the perfect gift for any friend. You doesn't love a cute bow ring? Forever 21 has some beautiful rings for a great price.
3. If you want to find a beauty product for your makeup loving friend, nail polish is a great choice. Butter has an incredible holiday collection.
4. For your funny friend, a gag gift is the way to go. I actually bought the Awkward Family Photo book for one of my friends this year. I know she will love it, it is hilarious!
5. You can't go wrong buying one of your girlfriends a body spray from Victoria's Secret. The only problem will be deciding which one because they all smell delicious!
6. Everyone has a wine loving friend, a decorative wine glass like the ones above from Pier 1 are beautiful and are sure to make your wine night much more fun!
7. I love tea and so do many of my friends. I love decorative and antique-y mugs that are just as sweet as the tea you are drinking. Anthropologie has mugs you will swoon over.
8. When winter hits, it's time to bring out the blankets and long johns. But you don't have to look like the Michelin Man to stay warm. These adorable slipper boots are the perfect gift for a girlfriend who wants to stay warm and cute!

I would love to receive any of these gifts, and I can't wait to give them this year! What gifts are you looking forward to getting and giving this Christmas?

Friday, December 16, 2011

It's Beginning to Smell A Lot Like Christmas!

OMG! It has been WAY too long since my last post! I missed blogging and I missed you guys! The holidays make everything crazy! But in a good way... most of the time.
I have been Christmas shopping, decorating, baking, etc. You name it, I am doing it. I love holiday decorations! (You can check out some of my DIY holiday decorations in my guest post here!) But there's one thing I love more than the decorations, it's the holiday scents! The smell of pine trees makes me melt. Unfortunately, we do not get a real Christmas tree because I am allergic (I know, it sucks!) so we have to resort to a tree that comes in a box. Sad face. I definitely despise my allergies most during this time of year for taking my favorite smell away from me, but alas there is a solution. Scented candles!
Over the years, almost every company has perfected the pine scent with a variation here or there. This year I found my favorite pine tree scent at Bath & Body Works. I picked up three wonderful holiday scents back in November in preparation for Christmas and I love them all! Plus, they were a great deal! At the time, the 4 ounce candles were 2 for $10, and I had a coupon that allowed me to get something for free up to $12.50 with any purchase! I love free! So I walked away with three candles for ten dollars and some change. Love it! Here are the candles I picked.

Winter Cabin smells of a variety of spices such as cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves with a hint of cedar. I truly feel like I am in a cabin in a snow covered woods. Frosted Cranberry smells like sweet, sugared cranberries. There is also a mixture of other fruits like raspberry, strawberry and peach. My personal favorite, Merry Mistletoe, smells just like a blue spruce. If I were to light this, people would probably think my Christmas tree was real! It's that good!
What are some of your favorite holiday scents? Do you have a real tree or an artificial one?