Thursday, November 22, 2012
Happy Thanksgiving, everyone. I hope your days is filled with loved ones, amazing food, and enjoyable times. I have so much to be thankful for this year. My new amazing husband, friends and family that are scattered across the country, and being able to spend time this weekend with those we don't get to see very often.
I think there need to be more days like Thanksgiving. Times where large groups of our loved ones come together and enjoy a good meal and even better talk. Also, more excuses for pie.
Wednesday, November 21, 2012
Kacey and I are off to Vegas for the weekend to celebrate Thanksgiving with his family. I've never been to Las Vegas before, so I'm pretty excited to see it for myself. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving everyone!
Monday, November 19, 2012
Now that it's inching closer to winter, I find myself drawn to the neutrals of black, gray, and camel. Or maybe I'm just afraid of wearing color. Either way, I love the classy, sophisticated looks that these ladies are wearing. They definitely make winter neutrals not boring.
Thursday, November 15, 2012
It seems like stores break out the Christmas decorations earlier every year. December can be stressful enough with all the holiday hoopla, and who's ready to start dealing with that before Halloween? Here are a few things that can be done in November to make things easier for Christmas, and none of them involve breaking out the tinsel.
5 things you can do in November to prepare for the holiday season
1. Deep Clean Your Home - December is full of holiday parties, relatives coming to visit, and friends stopping by. Even if your home isn’t a holiday hotspot this year, there are still decorations to be hung and activities going on at home. You don’t want to spend your precious time in December scrubbing and vacuuming when you could be enjoying yourself, but you also don’t want to hang your garland on a dusty banister (trust me, I did this one year in a fit of laziness– it wasn’t pretty). Do a deep clean now! Scrub the kitchen floors, vacuum all the spots you usually ignore (or is that just me?) and declare war on the dust bunnies. Then once the holidays hit, you’ll just have to touch up here and there and can spend more time
2. Plan Where You're Putting the Tree - This may be a no brainer for some, but if you’ve recently moved to a new place or just want to change things up a bit this year, this little detail may save some headaches later. Pick a spot, rearrange furniture, or figure out what you need to move to get the tree inside. The last thing you want is to be maneuvering a giant, shedding conifer over your nice couch because you didn’t realize that it was too big to fit in the corner. (Or that it would eat your living room.)
3. Plan Out Your Gifting List and Start Looking - If you’re really on top of things you probably already have a list of people to buy gifts for, and have been looking for the perfect present all year. For the rest of us, start thinking about this now so you can score the best deals at all the after Thanksgiving and holiday sales. Create a budget and plan out how much you can spend so you don’t go into debt!
4. Start Making Those Homemade Gifts - this goes along with the previous point. Once you have your gift list, think about any homemade gifts you plan on making. Then start creating them! If you have a lot to make, or the gifts take a long time, start now and make sure you give yourself plenty of time to finish. Nothing’s worse than missing holiday festivities because you’re stuck in your room working. So start brewing/carving/crocheting/sewing/whatever early!
*The one exception to this is baking. In that case you should probably wait until it gets a little closer to the holidays, unless your recipe freezes well.
5. Block Off Days on the Calendar - December fills up so fast, so for your own sanity block off a few days and whatever you do, DON’T schedule anything on them. Use these days to relax, make cookies, finish up shopping, get a massage, sleep – do anything that will help you calm down and keep you from getting sick from stress and exhaustion. Days like this make the holiday season even more enjoyable, so do yourself a favor and make sure you schedule at least one!
Tuesday, November 13, 2012
Issue #2 of La Petite Fashionista Mag is out! This issue is all about Sweater Weather! It's packed with a Farm to Table dinner, beer tasting party, fall fashions, holiday DIY crafts, festive drinks, delicious soups, traveling abroad info, finance tips, and much more. Check out my article about the best boots and coats under $150 as well as all the other fantastic articles!