happy holidays

GIFTING GUIDE:

GIFTING GUIDE FOR HERwe’re nearly two weeks away from christmas and i’m just making a list of all the things i need to get. i wish i was more consistent with my christmas shopping. one year, i’ll have everyone’s gifts wrapped and under the tree WEEKS before christmas and the next year i’ll be out on christmas eve braving the crowds and screaming internally. from year to year it’s always different but if you’re like me (this year) and you need some gifting inspiration, you can take a look at my gifting guides below!

 

GINGERBREAD SPICE & EVERYTHING NICE!

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it’s that time of year again! where the christmas music is overplayed (guilty), turtlenecks are worn in 70-degree weather and i pretend to be on the great british bake off. the best place to pretend you know everything about baking is at williams sonoma, but it’s a dangerous place to be during the holidays. they have peppermint bark, holiday mixes and lots of festive dining decor… which is how we ended up here with this blog post! i saw this holiday bundt pan and knew it’s rightful place was at home with me. it didn’t matter that i had never made a bundt cake before, i was going to make a bundt cake now. i’ll admit baking does not come naturally for me, i need a recipe and i will follow that recipe to the very last pinch of salt. so, when i saw this gingerbread spice quick bread i was at ease having the reassurance of detailed directions all along the back of the pretty packaging. this recipe was quick and simple and i can’t wait to make more for the holiday season.

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apparently, while mixing ingredients i bounce as if i’m trying to put a newborn baby to sleep…it’s a new technique.

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PLAYLIST NO. 4: HAPPY HOLIDAYS!

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i’d be lying if i told you that i hadn’t been listening to christmas music since october… i can’t help it! have you heard leslie odom jr. and kacey musgraves’ christmas albums?!? i have those two albums always on rotation regardless of the season, they are per-fec-tion. anyways…now that we are officially post-turkey coma, i’ve decided to gather all of my favorite holiday songs to play every minute of every day until someone tells me i need a psychoanalysis (my roommates). hope you’re all enjoying the holiday season!

you can listen to my playlist here.

  1. “sleigh ride” – she & him
  2. “the chrismtas song (merry christmas to you)” – nat king cole
  3. “winter song” – leslie odom jr.
  4. “ribbons and bows” – kacey musgraves
  5. “blue christmas” – nicole atkins
  6. “baby, it’s cold outside” – rufus wainwright, sharon van etten
  7. “christmas time is here” – vince guaraldi trio
  8. “fairytale of new york” – rostam
  9. “it’s beginning to look a lot like christmas” – perry como, the fontane sisters
  10. “merry christmas, happy holidays” – *nsync
  11. “last christmas” – wham!
  12. “dear santa” –mr little jeans
  13. “all i want for christmas is you” – mariah carey
  14. “winter wonderland” – louis armstrong
  15. “merry christmas darling” – leslie odom jr.
  16. “what are you doing new year’s eve?” – kacey musgraves
  17. “please come home for christmas” – leslie odom jr.
  18. “all my bells are ringing” – lenka
  19. “present without a bow” – kacey musgraves, leon bridges
  20. “man with the bag” – jessie j
  21. “have yourself a merry little christmas” – first aid kit
  22. “christmas makes me cry” – kacey musgraves
  23. “frosty the snowman” – fiona apple
  24. “santa baby” – eartha kitt
  25. “rockin around the christmas tree” – brenda lee
  26. “christmas lights” – coldplay
  27. “white christmas” – billie marten
  28. “auld lang syne” – the hotel cafe medley

CHRISTMAS IN LOS ANGELES

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i remember as kids, my brother and i were always the first ones awake in the house, we would sneak down stairs before everyone woke up to see what “santa” had left in our stockings. one year we got caught because cody broke one of our mom’s decorations in the excitement of seeing his stocking filled with giant reese’s peanut butter cups…rookie mistake…huge. it’s interesting to see how christmas mornings change as you get older. this year we took a pretty mellow approach to christmas, with everyone waking up in different places on christmas morning, we didn’t really have an agenda. i remember someone saying, “let everyone wake up and we’ll go from there” so we did just that; woke up, had breakfast for lunch and opened presents in the late afternoon. hope everyone had a lovely holiday season.

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A GENTLEMAN’S GIFT GUIDE:

GENTLEMAN'S GIFT GUIDE

i’ve put together some gift guides on my polyvore for this coming (already here) holiday season. with christmas around the corner, polyvore is a great way to find inspiration and get organized, especially for last minute shopping. i’ve created a guide for your guy, your gal and yourself! you can find all my gift guides here.

if you’re braving the stores like me this weekend, good luck and god speed…i’ll see you on the battlefield. x