christmas

DIY Homemade Christmas Loaf


DIY Holiday Loaf GiftI love to bake, so I love sharing baked goods around the holidays. Sugar and gingerbread cookies are a must, but I love including a Christmas loaf and of course adding some festive packaging. I usually buy a set of 6 mini decorative loaf pans and one recipe usually fits the bill to fill each one. Search Pinterest or Google to choose your family & friends’ favorites, cinnamon is usually a safe bet. I found a recipe for Cinnamon Bread on Julie Blanner’s blog and her adorable packaging inspired mine, as well!

I bought some cinnamon sticks a while ago, which served as unique decor. I always keep a spool of twine on hand, it never fails with pretty packaging.

Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays!

xo Brittany

Friday Finds {Fab Last Minute Gifts}

Friday Finds {Fab Last Minute Gifts}

  1. Gift a Glossy. This current deal from LivingSocial is a 2-year subscription of yours, or the recipient’s choice of 12 fab titles, for just $7!
  2. Drybar Gift Certificate. Gift a good hair day, well a fabulous hair day. *Order by today at 10am & select overnight shipping, or drop into your local Drybar
  3. Frame a Memory. I always keep frames on hand, because they make a great gift. Add your favorite photo for a meaningful present.
  4. Fandango Digital Gift Card. Give the gift of Channing Tatum (Don’t worry, he’s only in a bazillion movies in 2013) Who cares if you have to wait until Feb 8
  5. Send an Ebook. Instantly stream a best seller to your recipient’s Kindle, iPad or Nook.

Holiday Eyes

Holiday Eyes

Around the Holidays, I love having fun with my eye makeup and going a bit more glam. These are my favorite holiday hues equipped for any holiday soirée.

Holiday Eyes

Laura Mercier Petite Baked Eye Colour Trio in Golden. I fell in love with this trio online, it’s such a rich palette of deep shimmery hues.

Holiday EyesJane Iredale ‘Simply Magical’ Mystikol™ Eyeliner & PurePressed Eye Shadow Triple in Sundown. The wonderful staff at Jane Iredale sent me this gorgeous pair, and i couldn’t be more excited! This combo makes the prettiest smoky eye. I recently wore it to my friend’s wedding, and received so many compliments. It has a great contrast of colors making it perfectly subtle. The long-lasting wear and silky application made me a huge fan of the line!

Holiday Eyes
Chanel Illusion D’ombre Long Wear Luminous Eyeshadow in Vision. This color is the epitome of holiday glam. Wear it solo or amp up the sparkle to the shadow of your choice.
Holiday Eyes
Lancôme ‘Holiday 2012 Color Collection’ Color Design Shadow & Liner Palette in Sparkling Intoxication. The sparkle in this palette is anything but subtle. The unexpected color combo makes a wicked smoky eye. A pinky hued lip is the perfect pair.
Holiday Eyes Lancôme ‘Color Design’ Shadow & Liner Palette in Taupe Craze. I rarely wear eyeshadow daily, but when I do this palette is my go-to. I love the shimmery taupe colors.

Each palette makes a fab holiday treat for any beauty-obsessed friends or family!

The Holiday Skirt

Holiday Skirt

Top: J.Crew Crewcuts  /  Skirt: Madewell (similar & similar)   /  Bag: Prada  /  Shoes: OlsenBoye (similar & similar)  /  Tights: Hue  /  Scarf: TJ Maxx  /  Watch: Michael Kors  /  Bracelet: Kate Spade  /  Nails: CND Shellac Silver Chrome  /  Lips: Model & Co

Holiday Skirt

This shimmery mini has been a Holiday staple. From casual to glam, it adds shine to any ensemble. I love throwing it on with a pair of heels, it’s feminine and fun, but can easily be toned down with a scarf or tee.

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Holiday Wishes

Holiday Wishes - Chic Holiday Cards

  1. Happy Holidays Cards
  2. Sweet Holiday Wishes Cards
  3. Happy & Delightful Holiday Tidings Cards
  4. Sparkle & Shine Cards
  5. Happy Holidays Cards
  6. Merry & Bright Cards
  7. Happy Holidays To You Cards
  8. Pop. Fizz. Clink. Cards
  9. Jingle All The Way Cards (sold out online, available in Kate Spade Stores)
  10. Peace, Love & Holiday Wishes Cards
  11. Merry & Bright Cards
  12. Peace, Love & Cupcakes Cards
  13. Happy New Year Cards
  14. Jingle Merry Cheer Cards

 I have a mere obsession with pretty packaging and unique stationery. It’s always a mission finding that perfect holiday card. Kate Spade never lets me down, (the Jingle All The Way cards were my top pick, & how cute are the Pop.Fizz.Clink. cards?) I came across Sugar Paper Los Angeles and just can’t get enough of their chic designs!

Holiday Gift Guide {$25 & Under}

Holiday Gift Guide {$25 & Under}

  1. First Aid Beauty Feel FAB Kit
  2. Julep Nail Vernis 
  3. 2013 Weekly Planner
  4. Xhilaration Pajama Set
  5. J.Crew Crystal Bow Key Chain
  6. Striped iPhone Case
  7.  Glitter Bow Ballet Flats
  8. Macaron Box
  9. Campo Marzio Business Card Case
  10. C. Wonder Geo Paint Latte Mug

Holiday Gift Guide {the baker}

  1. Painted Amaryllis Measuring Cups
  2. Stripes Abound Apron
  3. Folk Flora Muffin Pan
  4. Cupcake Corer 
  5. KitchenAid Pink Artisan Stand Mixer
  6. Martha Stewart Pressed Glass Cake Stand
  7. Chevron Baking Cups
  8. Regency Even-Bake Cake Strips
  9. Bakers Twine 
  10. 24-Cup Cupcake Carrier
  11. Edible Disco Dust
  12. Chicago Metallic Cupcake Batter Dispenser

Kitchen gadgets go far beyond your basic muffin tin and spatula. Check out these unique finds for your favorite baker.

Holiday Gift Guide

  1. CitySlips Shiny Shake Fold Up Ballet Flats with Carrying Case
  2. Diptyque Baies Candle
  3. Kate Spade Mani Pedi iPad Folio 
  4. J.Crew Printed Backup Battery for iPhone
  5. TouchPoint Women’s Leather Touchpoint Gloves
  6. Yves Saint Laurent Logo Clutch
  7. Julep Winter Collection 2012 Set 
  8. Kate Spade USB Bow 
  9. Kate Spade Diagonal Stripe iPhone 4 Case
  10. J.Crew Flannel Sleep Set
  11. Birchbox Subscription
  12. Personalized Melamine Serving Tray
  13. J.Crew Casati Cubic Zirconia and Crystal Earrings
  14. Giorgio Armani Brush Set

 

 

 

Julep Maven

I’m really particular in making sure the foods I eat are as toxic-free as possible, but I’ve never really put much thought into the toxins that may be lurking in my nail polish. In need of a polish change, I browsed through my polishes to see which ones were toxic-free. Butter London has always been known as a 3-Free brand, so I was glad that the brand was my latest haul of shimmery holiday shades. I’ve been wanting to try out the Julep polish trio I received from the Lucky FABB conference. To my surprise, the brand is a “four-free” formulation,  free of DBP, toluene, formaldehyde, and formaldehyde resin. Each of the colors I received are apart of the Trina Turk Fall 2012 Collection. A classic red, a chartreuse and my all-time fave polish color, a trendy griege. Since I wear the other two pretty often, I decided to opt for the unique chartreuse hue. I applied one coat, and … done. It applied evenly, without any sheer spots and was fast-drying. I instantly became a fan.

I decided to join Julep’s Maven program to receive my selection of the brand’s trendy new nail colors and products monthly. It’s the perfect treat for any nail polish junkie, and it serves as a fun and unique gift! Can you believe Christmas is already next month?! Get your shop on 🙂 To get your first Maven box for just a penny, Use code: COLOR2012 with this link. I’ll be sharing each box I receive every month. This month, I choose the American Beauty Intro Box, which comes with a classic nude, a metallic gunmetal and an essential cuticle oil.