Thursday, December 18, 2014

Wreath Witherspoon

I'm always in the mood for crafting, but I've been feeling particularly inspired over the last few weeks. Maybe it's because I saw this awesome (could be DIY!) hostess idea, but it may also be the fact that I love Mindy Kaling's Wreath Witherspoon idea. Hilarious!

On the hunt for another clever celebrity-themed Christmas project? Check out this Ryan Gosling wrapping paper! I mean, who wouldn't want to open a gift covered in that?!

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Wednesday, December 17, 2014

A Cappella Christmas

I'm one of those people who starts listening to holiday music in November. I can't help it! A festive playlist always yanks me away from the pressure of the season (Like holiday shopping! And accelerated deadlines!) and puts me in just the right spirit. My regular readers know my Christmas tradition: This year, I'm going to hear a cappella music in my hometown. The best!

It got me thinking about my favorite Christmas a cappella tunes that I always have playing on repeat on my iPhone, plus a few new ones I've discovered this year. Here, my favorites:

"The Christmas Song" by Forte Femme

Watch the video here.

"Sleigh Ride" by Pentatonix

Listen to the song here.

"Silver Bells" by Rockapella

Listen to the song here.

"Text Me Merry Christmas" by Straight No Chaser and Kristen Bell

Watch the video here.

"All I Want for Christmas is You" by Out of the Blue

Watch the video here.

Happy a cappella Christmas!

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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Hostess Gift Idea: Party horns bouquet

For a holiday party this past weekend, my friend and I were shopping for the perfect hostess gift. We brought a bottle of wine (of course), but we wanted to bring something extra special—and festive! After popping into my favorite neighborhood card shop, we stumbled upon the cutest idea: a party horns bouquet. I know—party horns. Not super original! But the "bouquet" presentation is what makes this gift stand out. In lieu of flowers, it's a ready-to-use party prop (see photo evidence above) and I loved handing it to the host the same way I would an actual floral bouquet.

Have you stumbled upon any festive hostess gift ideas this year? Do tell!

(Image via Nordstrom) 

Friday, December 12, 2014

The weekend is here!

Happy Friday, my darling readers! What do you have planned for the next couple of days? One of my nearest and dearest friends is coming to town so that we can holiday shop, eat good food, party hop, and more! Wishing you a wonderful and relaxing weekend ahead. Here, to get it started right, a few happy posts from around the web:

I tried to lose a guy in 10 days.

Cute crackers.

Kate and William at the Barclays! (I was there, too!)

One more: A Royal recap. :)

French coasters.

The perfect New Year's Eve dress.

Pretty calendar round-up for 2015.

Are you ready for more Girls?!

10-minute apps. Yum.

In the midst of the holiday craziness, remember this.

(Image via Jess Hunter Photography)

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Bordeaux-colored nails

Do you have a go-to holiday nail color? I think that Bordeaux is so stylish and elegant. Plus, it looks polished for work, but perfectly transitions to evening (and party-hopping). 'Tis the season for being cozy and drinking red wine, so really a Bordeaux-inspired hue just makes sense. ;)

After weeks of trial and error at my local nail salon, I've finally found a shade that's not too red, not too brown: Lacy not Racy by Essie. It's just right. 

Do you have a favorite nail color this time of year?

PS: Why short nails are chic

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Wednesday, December 10, 2014

New documentary 'Gasper & Son'

Over the weekend, I popped by the Greenpointers Holiday Market (always worth it for the awesome, crafty finds!) and had the chance to catch an early screening of the trailer for a new documentary called Gasper & Son. It's about the dying art of neon sign making, told through the story of Gasper and his son Robbie, owners of Artistic Neon, based in Queens. 

The trailer is under two minutes, but I was immediately captivated by neon sign making as a business. The hands-on art is something that can't be replaced by a machine, yet Artistic Neon is struggling as one of only a handful of neon sign makers left in the US. The doc is in post-production now and will hopefully be ready to watch in its entirety very soon.

Check out the trailer and let me know what you think!

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Tuesday, December 9, 2014

For the love of pistachios

At my house, over Christmas, there's one gift that always appears beneath the tree: Pistachios. They've always been my dad's favorite snack, but as the years have gone by, all of us have come to love them, especially my sister. That's why I laughed out loud when I stumbled upon this cute, pistachio-themed necklace over at Food 52. The perfect gift? It just might be!

How's your holiday shopping going?

(Images via Food 52)