Beauty, Design, Fashion, Home, Personal, Seasonal

December Favorites

December was a month of seasonal goodies. Here’s a look at my favorites!

Beauty Faves

So White Shower Gel from LUSH

Shocking news: another LUSH product is a favorite! So White is a seasonal scent that smells of crisp apple and instantly perks up any gloomy winter shower. It leaves your skin soft & fragrant all day long.

Design Faves

Pink Floral Weekly Desk Pad from Rifle Paper Co.

Rifle Paper Co. is my new favorite. I’m in love with all their paper goods, but this desktop pad is my absolute fave! It’s perfect for keeping track of my weekly to-dos and looks great doing it! I also purchased the 2015 Appointment Calendar to note each months events. It’s equally as beautiful and well made in the US.

Fashion Faves

Hanukkah Sweater from Ragstock

During my trip to Minneapolis in November, I purchased this sweater while shopping at the Mall of America. I had been in the market for a Hanukkah sweater, so I was very pleased to find a sweater, in stores, that was the style I was looking  for. Comfy and well-loved, this sweater was an easy & festive go-to for cold mornings. Here’s a similar sweater from Wet House on Etsy.

Home Faves

Vintage Spruce Scented Soy Candle from Target

I bought this candle in November and instantly loved the warm, natural scent. During my next Target shopping trip, I put another Vintage Spruce candle in my basket, but ended up not buying it. Instant regret! The next time I was at Target, I didn’t hesitate. I picked up one of the last Vintage Spruce candles they had in stock, and my heart cried a little. Unfortunately, this baby is seasonal but here are two (one & two) other candles with a spruce scent that may fill your Vintage Spruce void.

Personal Faves

House of Cards on Netflix

My boo has a back for knowing a good series when he sees one. I do not. He had been wanted to start House of Cards and I kept refusing for longer than I’d like to admit. One night he pressed play, I gave in, and thank goodness he did because OMG babes, it is phenomenal! There’s ruthless politicians, greed, and corruption. So dramatic and scandalous I cannot wait for the next season to go up in February.

 

What are some of your December favorites?

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Food, Seasonal

A Hanukkah Feast

Tomorrow night, I will be preparing the following menu for my Hanukkah celebration!

When cooking for friends, or anyone for that matter, I think it’s best not to put pressure on yourself to make everything from scratch. If you can make it without too much trouble, make it! If a recipe stresses you out, ditch it and go the store-bought route! It is your meal to make, and it is up to you to decide how you make it.

For the dinner I’ll be making, I’m going partially homemade. I’ll slow cook the brisket myself, but with seasoning help from a packet of Onion Soup Mix. Matzo Balls will be prepared from a helper packet as well, but I’ll add in fresh carrot to the soup. The green bean casserole will be mostly pre made, but I’ll make the Latkes from scratch. I’ll buy a Challah, and dessert will be a mix of store-bought and homemade treats. It’s all about balance babes!

Here’s my menu for a delicious and simple Hanukkah Feast:

Starter

  • Matzo Ball Soup- I bought this and I’m going to do as the box tells me to! Then I’ll float my matzo babes and sliced carrots in chicken stock. Boom! Soup’s on.

Main

  • Beef Brisket- I’ve shared this recipe before, but here it is once more. Thanks again Momma! I’ll season a medium-sized beef brisket with salt & pepper, then place the meat fat side up in my slow cooker. Next, I’ll pour a 14oz can of crushed tomatoes over top, adding up to one 14oz can of tomato sauce as needed. Then, I’ll sprinkle one packet of Lipton’s Onion Soup Mix over the meat, cover, and cook on low for 6 hours. Make sure to let your meat rest a bit (while covered) on a board or platter before slicing!

Sides

Dessert

  • Store bought Chocolate-Dipped Macaroons- Here’s a good recipe if you’d like to DIY.
  • My Version of Sufganiyot (Israeli Jelly Doughnuts)- I’m going to fry quartered biscuit dough in oil until golden, drain on paper towels, then top with powdered sugar. I’ll serve them with an easy raspberry dipping sauce.
  • Sprinkle Cookies- I’ll smash blue & white sprinkles into store-bought sugar cookie dough and bake according to package directions.

What foods are you making to celebrate Hanukkah?

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Beauty, Fashion, Seasonal

The Look | Haute Hanukkah

The Look | Haute Hanukkah
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Design, Seasonal

Holiday Gift Tags Printable

Happy Friday Babes! Today, I’ve got a holiday gift for your holiday gifts.

It’s a Holiday Gift Tags Printable! I’ve designed a sheet of modern holiday gift tags for you to print at home in the quantity and color you’d like. There are 16 tags per page, and I’ve created them in black & white, as well as 5 color versions: mint, deep red, soft blue, silver, & gold. Load your printer with colored cardstock, kraft paper, plain copy paper, or even sticker paper to create your holiday gift tags. Tie ’em, glue ’em, or stick ’em on your gifts, and watch your friends & family be impressed by your holiday style.

How do you jazz up your holiday gift wrapping?

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Home, Seasonal

Menorah Roundup

Hanukkah begins next week! So, in preparation of the Festival of Lights, I’ve created a roundup of menorahs to buy and to DIY.

To Buy

01. Silver Art Deco $53 from Target | 02. Origami $115 from Etsy | 03. Cast Iron $100 from Dwell | 04. Industrial Style Copper $128 from Provisions | 05. Lucite $198 from Casa.com | 06. Wood + Metal $49 from West Elm | 07. Contemporary Aluminum $20 from Bed Bath & Beyond


To DIY

01. Color Blocked on ConfettiPop | 02. Branch on Martha Stewart | 03. Glass Votive on Good Housekeeping | 04. Bead Blocks on Martha Stewart | 05. Hardware on eHow


BONUS

01. Dreidel Matchstrike Jar on Thanksgivukkah | 02. Chanukah Candles from Amazon

Do you like to buy or DIY your Hanukkah decor?

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