holiday

North Pole Breakfast

A couple years ago, I had our elf start “hosting” a North Pole Breakfast upon his arrival. I’ve changed it up each year from hot chocolate bars, to this year a DIY edible fruit Christmas Tree! Hudson gets so excited, and it makes Christmastime so much fun!

Cup | Plates | Napkins (similar)

These free printables gave it a personalized touch!

Clementine always brings Christmas books, and fun Christmas clothes. I found a cute sweatshirt and matching joggers to add this year. Here are some other cute options here, here, and here. Books: Elf on the Shelf | Llama Llama Holiday Drama

Happy Holidays!

Holiday Beauty Drugstore Beauty Haul

drugstore beauty buys

Polish / Mascara / Liquid Eye Liner / High Definition Undereye Setting Powder / Mascara & Shadow Shield

I couldn’t be more impressed with my latest drugstore beauty haul. Pregnancy makes my already fast growing nails, grow 10x faster. Painting my nails is the best option for me, since they grow out so quickly. Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure has been a game changer. It applies better than any polish (at any price range) I have ever tried, and gives the look of a gel manicure. It pairs perfectly with my go-to top coat for speed drying and full shine.

  

The e.l.f. High Definition Undereye Setting Powder takes my favorite concealer to the next level, by keeping it in tact all day and adding a velvety finish that helps camouflage fine lines and dark circles. I’ve been extremely surprised by how amazing this product is, especially for a $3 price tag.

L’Oreal Paris Voluminous Original Mascara in Carbon Black and L’Oreal Paris Telescopic Precision Liquid Eyeliner in Carbon Black, makes a bold statement for any holiday eye look. From a statement cat eye, to a smoky eye, to a metallic sheen, each product in Carbon Black really makes lashes and eyes pop!

I came across this super convenient tool, when doing my mascara and shadow in a pinch. The e.l.f. Studio Mascara and Shadow Shield is great for avoiding mascara on your lid, and undereye, as well as accumulating shadow under your eye when applying. Another $3 find.

Holiday Gift Guide // For the Beauty Buff

Gift Guide For The Beauty Buff

Drybar Blowout Peace on Earth Good Hair to All! | Sigma Beauty Sigma Spa® 2X Brush Cleaning Glove | Sephora FavoritesUrban Decay Naked Smoky PaletteGLAMGLOW GIFTSEXY Ultimate Anti-Aging Set | GLAMGLOW Poutmud Fizzy Lip Exfoliating Treatment & Wet Lip Balm Treatment Duo | Yves Saint Laurent Vernis À Lèvres Plump Up Glossy StainGiorgio Armani ‘Luminous Silk’ Foundation | Boscia Japanese Cleansing Ritual for Flawless Skin

One of my favorite gift guides, for the beauty obsessed in your life, or treating yourself! You can’t go wrong with any of these glam gifts.

 

Holiday Gift Guide // For the Hostess

Gift Guide For The Hostess | TheSubtleStatement.com

pedestal bowl | cheese set 1 2 3cake stand | pot holderstea potmarble serving traysugar & creamer setbottle opener | coasters | candle | pitcher

 

Morning Links

Morning Links - TheSubtleStatement.com

1. 10 Tips On Working From Home.. these are great to tips to staying on task (cupcakesandcashmere.com)

2. Gwyneth Paltrow’s Pre-Holiday Cleanse, I eat this way on a daily basis (no gluten, sugar, refined flours… etc) so I’m excited to try some of her recipes (goop.com)

3.. Jennifer Aniston’s Favorite Quinoa Salad.. I can’t wait to try this. It looks so good & has so many health benefits! (popsugar.com)

4. Tips for Finding Cheap Airfare Online, great especially for holiday travels or upcoming vacays (theeverygirl.com)

5. Pair with a skirt or dress for a look that’s so on trend.. The Adidas Original Stan Smith

6. How to Fake Calligraphy.. I love calligraphy everything, when a couple of our Save the Dates got skipped getting written out, this post saved me (jonesdesigncompany.com)

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!