My Festive Season Essentials

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

As  much as this season is filled with the promise of jolliness, it’s also one of the busiest months on the calendar. Just count up all the festive errands you have to run, the handful of Holiday parties you’re required to attend and the nearly impossible task to treat everyone you love to a well-thought-out gift that will make them swoon as soon as they tear off the wrapping.

So yes! This month is as jolly as it is hectic, but I wouldn’t want it any other way:)

Having said that, over the years I came up with a few ways to make it run smoother. One of the things I look forward to are festive time cancellations, so I can squeeze in some extra 'me time'. But when things catch up with me, I rely on a few go-to items that keep me sane, well-rested and cozy throughout.

So today I’d like to share a handful of my favourite gems that make all the difference:

 -  A good, handmade knit beanie is a must! Especially if it’s in cheery colour so it makes you smile when you catch your reflection in the mirror on your way to work. Mine is from a small shop called Kikoto, but here is another one that you might love as well.

- A subscription to your favourite magazine to read on the go, while waiting in long cues, on a subway or at the doctor's office. It's such a simple and effective way to not let the delay or the wait overtake your brain. My go-to is the awesome British Red Magazine. Yours?

- A box of organic and natural stress-free or sleep-well tea. It’s the only way to calm that racing mind of yours before going to bed. I love and swear by SKYNblends and RxApothecary.

- If you're like me and you struggle with the pm energy plunge, try this energy bank essential oil roll-on. It’s better and healthier than coffee and it smells amazing!

- For festive dinner parties, work shindigz and jolly Friday night drinks with friends, go with your a trusty necklace that you can wear with an everyday sweater or your sassy navy blue party dress. The key is simple, versatile and wearable. For me, this halo necklace from Edor is a go-to gem right now. I never take it off.

- A great pair of day-to-night earrings is a must as well. Like those, nothing too fancy but something that will say 'put together and stylish'.

- And of course, a set of stacking rings and a moody nail polish that ties everything together and makes your outfit look understated and festive. This nail polish shade is so classic and those are a few of my go-to stacking rings.

- Normally I don’t wear much makeup,g but when it comes to festive parties, a dash of this Boi-ing concealer will always make my skin look beautiful.

- And lastly, don’t forget to make any excuse to play some music in your home. It’s proven that music has a huge influence on our happiness, energy and overall well-being. I'm all about Sonny Rollins these days. You?

Now your turn, to tell me about your festive season essentials.

P.S: And my basic all natural beauty routine.
P.P.S: Fancy more?

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Holiday Hair: Twisted Knot.

Do  you have any fun Christmas shindigz to attend? If you do, here is a great hairdo to try out. I've sported this twisted knot last night during Balazs' work festive party and I felt super comfortable wearing it with a black dress, cozy tights, ankle boots and minimal jewelry. It's a festive winner, I'm telling you...

Here is the how-to if you fancy jazzing up your hair this season. Psst: it works on shorter shoulder-length hair as well. Cheers!

P.S: Also, this ponytail is pretty special as well.
P.P.S: And more all things hair this way...

(Photos by Gal Meets Glam)

Christmas Gift Guide #5: Cat Lady.

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Speaking of kitty goodness, here are thirteen adorable, sweet, quirky and plain awesome gift ideas for all those endearing, warm and loving cat ladies in your life. From your childhood friend who has three cats named after her favourite telly series, to your mom who is cat-crazy:)

Any favourites?

1. 'Hell is other people before coffee' mug - 2. Cat enamel pin - 3. Cat pointy shoes - 4. Grumpy cat cushion - 5. Moonlight catalyst - 6. Cat glasses tray - 7. Cat headphones - 8. Christmas cat iPhone case - 9. Olive Bella personalized cat necklace - 10. Setsuko cat incense burner - 11. Scotch kitty dispenser - 12. Because cats tote bag - 13. Cat lady key-chain.

P.S: Fancy more? Here is one from last year and from two years ago.
P.P.S: Plus, all the gift guides so far this year.

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It's Raining Cats...

Felicity Berkleef is a 21-year-old self-taught photographer from Holland who loves snapping photos of her two rain-loving cats. Yup, anytime it pours outside, Nero and Tommie sit as close as possible to the window to enjoy the serene view of the stormy weather. Somehow those two rascals can’t get enough of it and I can’t get enough of those sweet photos. What a pair!

P.S: Remember this series?
P.P.S: Plus, girls and their cats.

(Photos by Felicity Berkleef via My Modern Met)

Festive Home: Dried Orange and Cinnamon Garland.

Monday, December 5, 2016

Speaking of festive cheer, I just got home with a bag filled with oranges and cinnamon sticks because this afternoon I'm planning to get cracking on Erin's dried orange and cinnamon garlands for our Christmas tree and the living-room doorway. Supposedly it not only looks beautiful, but it also smells like Christmas morning. Win-win!

Fancy making one too? Here is the step-by-step how-to.

P.S: Speaking of oranges...
P.P.S: Plus, this:)

(Photos by Earnest Home Co.)

Festive Hostess Gift: Milk Bath

This Holiday season I've been trying to keep things cheery and personal. For example, I promised myself that this year instead of just picking up a bottle of wine on the way to a festive party, I'll make an effort to create something more thoughtful and personal to show the hostess that I care.

So, a few weeks ago I took Julie's advice and made a huge batch of her mint milk bath mix that I neatly packaged into weck jars and finished it off with a sweet little label. To my surprise, those little jars were a huge success with my friends, who happily tried it out and emailed me how much they loved the gesture.

So if you fancy making someone feel special and appreciated this Holiday Season, make them this little treat. It only takes a few minutes and a handful of simple and inexpensive ingredients and it will mean much more than an impersonal bottle of wine. I promise!

P.S: The perfect winter/Christmas potpourri.

(Photos by Julie Blanner)

Giveaway Winner

Drum rolls, please! The winner of the $75 Love, Edor gift card GIVEAWAY is Mary-Collier. Congrats!

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