Senin, 08 Desember 2014

Snowflake Christmas Decor


Decorating our home for the holidays is something I really enjoy, but it also often unfolds rather slowly.  This year, we've gotten the Christmas tree up and lighted garland on the stairs, along with some decorative touches in the kitchen.  James has a little tree in his room too.  Last week, we got our dining room holiday ready with reindeers, glittery snowflakes, and faux snow.  Did you get a sneak peek on my Instagram?  I always want to show things as soon as they are created (or while in progress), but then it took me until Sunday night to finish the post.  It's a wonder I can hold on to any Christmas gifts until Christmas- I want to give the gifts as soon as I buy them!  















The inspiration for a 'snowing' dining room came from Wal-Mart where I found large, gold glittery snowflakes for $2.97 each.  To hang them from the ceiling, I secured them with thread and thumbtacks.  I looked for fishing line, but couldn't find any so I went with thread I already had at home and you can't really see it once it's hanging.  The other smaller snowflakes are from Target. 










You can see the thumbtacks in the ceiling if you look carefully.  I hung them at various heights and about 8 - 16 inches from the back wall.  Some of them turn while hanging, which actually looks cool.  















On the console table, I displayed three of my favorite reindeer (the glittery ones from Target and the branched one is from Pier One).  It seems like I've bought a new reindeer for the past few years, and the silver one is the newbie this year.  To balance the table, I added two tall mercury glass candleholders (Homegoods) at each end and a tree in the center.  The small perforated candle holders are from Target. 






























I keep recycling my faux snow from Pottery Barn which is the best after-Christmas deal I've gotten severals year ago.  Each year, more and more of it ends up in the vacuum cleaner, but I think I've got at least several more years' worth.  










This console table is from World Market and I finally added drawer pulls that I found online at Signature Hardware where I got our dinner bell.  










One of the things I like about the table is that it has a lower shelf for decorating too.  It's great for showing off tall things,  so I stacked some decorative holiday boxes from Homegoods and a large urn from Pottery Barn. 















To fill up the urn, I stuffed it with crumbled up paper, then added just a few pinecones on top so they peek through.

















Our two Birch Lane chairs are a new addition this year, so now we'll be able to seat 12 people (albeit tightly) around our dining room table.  Perfect because we're hosting 12 for Christmas dinner this year. 










I love the impact of hanging these snowflakes from the ceiling.  My son helped by handing me each snowflake while I was on the ladder so I can say we decorated this room (and got very glittery) together.  










I hope your holidays are off to a good start.  I know they can be stressful too.  We're finding joy in small things lately.  We got to go see Santa in our neighborhood this year so we didn't have to fight the mall crowds.  I know I'm biased, but my son took the cutest picture ever with Santa.  The twin hats (he stole his from our Christmas tree), the full hug, the happiness in his eyes.  










He truly embodies the joy of the season and makes me feel it too.  We're hearing Go Tell It On The Mountain nonstop and not at all quietly.  It's one of the songs their class is preparing for the Christmas concert this week and when he showed me the 'gestures' that go with the song, I about died.  #proudmama 





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Sabtu, 06 Desember 2014

Holiday Gift Guide | Unique Gifts Under $30


Happy weekend friends!  I'm moving a little slow today because the Usher concert did not disappoint!  Seriously, that man can dance and he had the whole crowd on their feet and gettin' down.     I'm gonna need a nap later! But first, we're off to a winter festival event in our neighborhood.  They're supposed to have real snow and pictures with Santa, a bounce house, etc.  It's also a food drive, so it supports a good cause.  Fun holiday times!



Are you doing any holiday shopping this weekend?  Clothes, accessories and girlie things like makeup and beauty products might not work for everyone on your gift list, so I rounded up a Holiday Gift Guide of other delightful things for your friends, family, neighbors and coworkers - all under $30!  I'm especially fond of the Moscow Mule mug, sweater flask, and chalk base wine glasses (set of 4 for $21).  Oh, and of course the apron, because we can all agree that Christmas calories don't count. ;) #12 might need to come to my house! 











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All of these items are available at Nordstrom in the quirky and fun Wit & Wonder shop.  Lots of goodies to explore there.  I adore this "hey gorgeous" pillow too, but it's $39, so it didn't make it into the Under $30 crowd.  ;) 

















Thanks to Nordstrom for sponsoring today's post, and for helping make my gift-giving very merry! 

Jumat, 05 Desember 2014

Weekend Steals & Deals


It's Friday and finally the night we get to go see Usher in concert!  He's on repeat on my iPod during my workouts, so I'm super excited to see him live! We saw Pink in Las Vegas last year and her show was amazing too.  And while we're talking shows, if you do go to Vegas, definitely see the Michael Jackson show- it was one of my favorites ever.  Onto the Weekend Steals & Deals!




Who needs a top that covers your rear that you can throw on with leggings?  I found the perfect one - the Pleione Mixed Media Tunic.  It comes in several colors, but this red is awesome for this time of year.  I'm wearing the xs (regular), and it also comes in petite.  This one is $58, not necessarily a steal, but I found the same style top by Pleione in pink and blush, yellow,  purple, coral and aqua, on sale for $34.80.  They also have aqua's and purples available in this Pleione Mixed Media Roll Sleeve Top for $39.90.  

























Stitch Fix leopard scarf (similar) | Bebe sunglasses (similar here and here)





Just add boots or booties with this top and you're good to go for almost anything.  











I'm still crazy for my puffy vests.  This one is old from Bebe, but looks so similar to the ones I found for a steal at Old Navy this year.  

















And let's talk a little about red lips.  I've been wearing MAC "Red", but it's very old (I don't even think they sell it anymore) and I needed to toss it.  I found more great reds from MAC (love their lipstick!) that I wanted to share with you in case you're looking for one.  Did you know MAC has a recycling program?  For every 6 plastics you recycle, you can get 1 free lipstick.  I've been saving my MAC recycling for years, and amassed (gasp) 30 eyebrow pencils (I wear "Fling"), so I got these three lipsticks for free! :) If you're shy about wearing a red lip, try it with a pinky or rosy gloss on top to tone it down.  
















handbags & wallets 





Now is a great time to pick up a bag or wallet (for yourself or a friend!).  All of these below have been marked down. 



























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