How To Perfectly Wrap Your Gifts This Year

How To Perfectly Wrap Your Gifts This Year

Hello Everyone!

Wrapping presents is one of my very favorite things to do year-round, so when Christmas time comes around, I get giddy with excitement. Today I want to share with you how to perfectly wrap your gifts this year. I love letting my creativity run wild as I plan out color schemes & mood boards for my Christmas wrapping vibes. This year, I went with simple, minimal paper with feminine touches of gold, bows, & sparkles. Adding every small detail gives each gift a personal touch as well as decorates your home while living under your tree until Christmas.

Now grab a cup of hot cocoa (recipes here) & let’s get wrapping!

How To Perfectly Wrap Your Gifts This Year

How To Perfectly Wrap Your Gifts This Year

How To Perfectly Wrap Your Gifts This Year

The past three years, I have used the gorgeous Rifle Paper Co. wrapping paper for my holiday wrapping, & I absolutely loved it. I love Anna’s designs, but I decided to make a change this year because I remembered how lovely Target’s Sugar Paper products were last year. Recently, I went to Target, making a beeline for the Sugar Paper display, & quickly filled my cart with all of the beautiful holiday wrapping things. I decided to stick with red, pink, white, gold, & navy, letting the tree be the only green. The metallic touches to these Sugar Paper products are what really speaks to me. They are minimal, elegant, classy, & still very festive.

Once each gift is perfectly wrapped in paper, now the fun really begins. Adding different colors, textures, & sizes of ribbon helps set each present apart. I love this white ribbon with a gold metallic edge as well as this skinny pink velvet ribbon. For a bigger statement, I pull out the big guns with these large glitter bows that are sure to be show stopping.

For packages that need a little extra something, I will tie on a little gold bell or one of these tiny Christmas ornaments for extra embellishment.

My biggest wrapping tip for you this year is to try to make each gift unique & special. Getting creative, & putting that little extra thought into the presentation of each gift is something your loved ones will cherish & appreciate. Plus, just think of how gorgeous they will look under your tree this whole holiday season!

How To Perfectly Wrap Your Gifts This Year

How To Perfectly Wrap Your Gifts This Year

How To Perfectly Wrap Your Gifts This Year

How To Perfectly Wrap Your Gifts This Year

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The Best Holiday Dresses

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Holiday Dresses

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It’s about that time!

This Blogmas post is all about finding the perfect holiday dress for your upcoming parties & events! Whether it’s a work event, or a holiday date night, finding the right look can help you feel extra confident & festive. As you know, I am a firm believer that pink is a totally holiday color, but a little red dress, a dark green dress, or anything that sparkles & shines is sure to make a statement at your next Christmas party. I’ll show you two of my favorites in my collection & also roundup the best of the best holiday dresses out there right now.

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The first dress is this amazing dark green velvet pleated midi dress. This was one of those, you see it & buy it immediately kind of dresses. Once it arrived, & I tried it on, I instantly felt all the old Hollywood glamour vibes & quickly paired it with my art deco t-strapped heels & a bright red lip. My long faux fur stole seemed like the perfect addition to this look.

Velvet dresses are a lovely choice for your next holiday event. This time of year is my favorite time to wear this luxurious fabric. It catches light so well & brings extra warmth which is much appreciated on cold winter nights. I am loving this red velvet wrap dress at the moment, as well as this pink option. *swoon*

Holiday Dresses

Then there’s my very special red dress. I actually bought this dress in Paris this past summer, & it’s one of my most beloved & sentimental pieces in my wardrobe. The bows on the straps are such a sweet touch to this already gorgeous red dress. My fuzzy coat (last seen here) just fits with this dress & brings all the warmth necessary. I just picture it with a bold red lip & a champagne gold sparkly eye. Can’t you just see it?!

Bows are such a fun touch to your holiday look. Try one with a bow back like this one, or this one with a sparkly bow right on the front. It’s the perfect feminine touch.

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A Red Moment

A Red Moment

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Lately I have been totally inspired my these all red looks ( 1 & 2 ), & have been putting together my own version. I feel a little like Rachel Zoe when saying this, but I was needing “a red moment“.

Having pops of red, or simply putting them all on at once, is such a festive trend this season, & I’m all about it! Pulling off a monochrome look like this is all about layering & mixing your textures. I started off with a simple red sweater dress with a roll neck & paired it with my new holiday red coat. This combo alone  is already so festive, but adding the red faux fur scarf brings a whole new element to this look. The faux fur really breaks up the monochrome without changing color! To finish it all off, I paired this outfit with these super sweet red bow heels that are quickly becoming my new favorites.

I thought about adding a pair of red sunnies to my red moment look, but I decided that these black cat eyes fit the vibe I was going for perfectly. The feminine glamour these sunnies bring are just perfection.

A Red Moment

A Red Moment

A Red Moment

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A Red Moment

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Finding The Perfect Tree

Finding The Perfect Tree

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Last Friday, Ben & I found our Christmas tree! This is a tradition we look forward to every year & this year is our 4th Christmas together. A live tree in the home is just magical. The scent alone feels like Christmas, much less the fact that we add lights & ornaments to it to make it sparkle & shine with cheer. But before we get to the decorations, it’s on to finding the perfect tree.

Finding The Perfect Tree

Finding The Perfect Tree

The things we look for in a perfect tree:

The right height – make sure you measure first!

A good fullness – not too skinny

An even & symmetrical shape

Soft pines – some are definitely softer than others…make sure you touch them.

Just the right amount of quirk. Maybe it has one extra long branch on the side, or the point at the top is crooked…those little things make it YOUR tree.

For Ben & I, we always go with a Frasier Fir. They are just the best in our opinion. (& we are in love with this Frasier Fir candle!)

Finding The Perfect Tree

Once we find the perfect tree, it’s time to take it home.

Now for the fun part…dressing it up!

But you’ll have to wait for that…Until then! xx

Finding The Perfect Tree

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Holiday Home Fragrances

Holiday Home Fragrances

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Day 2 of Blogmas is here, & it’s filled with all the holiday fragrances I love this time year. I’ve been stocking up on Lush bath products & yummy candles in preparation for this joyful season. I know that a great fragrance has a way of totally calming me down in the midst of Christmas shopping & Nutcracker chaos, & Christmas candles are my absolute favorites! See which ones I’ve gathered this year & others I’m planning on adding to my collection.

I do the most damage at Lush this time of year, hands down. I love hot baths with great bath bombs, oils, or bubbles (or all of the above…) with a space heater going in the bathroom & a glass of red wine in hand. One product that I can’t go without is Christingle. This body conditioner leaves my skin feeling so smooth, but it’s really the scent that has me smitten.  The cooling mint is just perfection. I try so hard to ration this product so I can make it last year round…but I typically fail because it’s just so good!

Other seasonal Lush products I have purchased recently include the Golden Wonder bath bomb, the Christmas Sweater bath bomb, & the Tree D bath oil melt. I can’t wait to use them! (Probably all this next week…)

Seeing as though I will probably use all of the up quite soon, these are on my next list: the Christmas Eve bubble bar,  the Shoot For The Stars bath bomb, & the Thunder Snow bath bomb. I’ll keep you updated via my Instagram Stories.

Holiday Home Fragrances

Now for my Christmas candle collection!

I’m always drawn to the pine/Christmas tree scent in candles! I like to stock up on this fragrance from different companies. My favorites have to be Thymes Frasier Fir, Fresh Balsam, & Illume Balsam & Cedar. These candles burn constantly in my household so having backups is a must.

Bath & Body Works candles are some of my favorites as well! My go-tos are Sweater Weather, Leaves, Winter, & Marshmallow Fireside.

What are your favorite home fragrances this time of year? Do we share any of the same must haves?

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Spice Up Your Holiday Hot Cocoa

Holiday Hot Cocoa

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It’s officially Christmas season, & what better way to kick off my first ever Blogmas than with some delicious recipes?! This time of year is meant for curling up by the fire, surrounding yourself with loved ones, & spreading cheer. Today’s post is all about concocting the perfect cup of cheer for you & those around you.

Below, I have 10 ways to spice up your holiday cup of hot cocoa, but the best part is that you can mix & match any of these to create a recipe of your own! In my cup, I made Trader Joe’s delicious Sipping Chocolate, then added some lavender & plenty of marshmallows. I can’t wait to try all of these as the Christmas season continues…

Holiday Hot Cocoa

Peppermint

1 cup Milk
1/2 cup Chocolate
1 tsp Peppermint Extract

Lavender White

1 cup Milk
1/4 tsp Lavender Buds
1/2 cup White Chocolate Chips

Pumpkin Spice

1 cup milk
1 tsp unsweetened dark cocoa
1/2 Pumpkin Pie Spice
1 tsp Maple Syrup

Caramel

1/2 cup Milk
1/4 cup Heavy Cream
5 oz. Milk Chocolate, chopped
3 tbsp Caramel Sauce

Irish

1 cup Milk
1/2 cup Chocolate Chips
2 oz. Bailey’s Irish Cream
Holiday Hot Cocoa

Vegan

1 cup Vanilla Almond Milk
1 1/2 tbsp Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
2 tsp Coconut Palm Sugar

Peanut Butter

1 cup Milk
1/2 cup Heavy Cream
4 oz. Milk Chocolate, chopped
1/4 cup Creamy Peanut Butter

Aztec

1 cup Milk
5 oz. Dark Chocolate, chopped
1/4 tsp Cinnamon
Tiny Pinch of Cayenne Pepper

Orange

1 cup Milk
1/2 tbsp Sugar
1/2 tbsp Orange Zest
2 oz. Dark Chocolate, chopped

Nutella

1 cup Milk
2 tbsp Nutella
1 tbsp Cocoa Powder
A Pinch of Salt

Holiday Hot Cocoa

Now for the fun part…toppings! Time to load up your cup of cocoa with marshmallows, whipped cream, cinnamon sticks, sprinkles, & caramel! Also, feel free to mix & match elements of these recipes to make a tasty creation of your own.
Felling like taking it a step further? Check out this recipe for making your own marshmallows! Use cookie cutters to make your own shapes. Perfect for holiday parties! I can’t wait to try more of these out! They all sound just so delicious!
Have you guys tried any of these?

Holiday Hot Cocoa

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