“If you don’t know where you are going, the road will get you there.” ~ Lewis Carroll
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Dress Like You're Already Famous
If you’re like me, the holidays have a tendency to sneak up on you every year. Before you know it, it’s the week before Thanksgiving and that dinner you promised to host for your in-laws or your group of travel-plan-free-friends months ago, is only a week away. Time to stash the unfolded laundry in the closet and get to the task of throwing a killer holiday party.
Forget the group text or informal email invite. You’re setting the tone for your party before anyone even sets foot in the door! Classy cocktail party? Informal potluck? All night rager? That can all be conveyed. There are so many beautifully designed e-vites out there that are either free or charge a minimal fee and are so easy to put together, that there really is no reason not to. Part of being a great host is letting your guests know everything they need to know—no one wants to show up dressed-to-the-nines for a holiday movie sesh.
Personally, I’m not big on kitsch. You won’t find my home filled with turkey figurines and Pilgrim candy holders at Thanksgiving, or Santa and his reindeer as my Christmas table centerpiece. (No judgement! I say if you’re going to do it, really go for it.) Instead, I prefer to stick to a color scheme. Some of my favorites for fall are dark reds and purples (a la cranberry sauce). As you get closer to Christmas, try introducing metallics. You can incorporate your colors with things like table linens, candles, and of course, flowers.
The easiest way to get your home looking beautiful before company is fresh flowers. If you don’t have access to a local flower mart, the budget to hire a professional, and don’t love the pre-made options at the market, try deconstructing those grocery store bouquets. They usually have a pretty decent variety in each bunch and even isolating one or two of your favorite flowers along with the accompanying greens can look really great. There are endless possibilities here, but when in doubt, keep it simple.
DINNER TO GO
I’ve never thrown a dinner party that didn’t result in an excessive amount of leftovers. I love to grab some cute to-go containers and make everyone a doggy bag on their way out the door. It’s a great way to prevent a ton of food waste and is a sweet touch at the end of a great night.
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There are so many cute holiday recipes and treats all over Pinterest that during the holidays I actually end up cooking a lot more than usual! The kids get excited about it too so I always try to find quick, easy recipes so our attention spans don’t run out haha. I saw a similar version of this cute pizza wreath and was excited to make it with the kids. It’s super easy (even easier since we like to use the pre-made dough from the store ) and was just as much fun to make as it was to eat. Below is the recipe for you guys to try at home!
HOLIDAY PIZZA WREATH RECIPE:
Mozzarella and Parmesan Cheese
Halved Cherry Tomatoes
Red Bell Pepper
Pizza Dough or Pre-Made Crust
2. Roll up edges for crust.
3. Use a glass to cut out a circle in the center of the pizza to make it look like a wreath.
4. Add Uniquely J Organic Tomato Basil Sauce and grated mozzarella and parmesan cheese to taste and any other topping you like. We used: fresh basil and spinach leaves (for the wreath leaves), and cherry tomatoes (for the holly/ornaments). Slice red bell pepper into thin slices to create the bow for the wreath.
5. Lightly drizzle Uniquely J Extra Virgin Olive Oil and sprinkle with salt. I love salt on everything.
6. Bake in the oven at 350° for 12-15 minutes.
7. ENJOY!! Also if you have kiddos I got an extra pack of dough so the kids could make another pizza however they wanted. Mara loves animals so she opted for a kitty-bunny pizza.
Going to the grocery store is one of my least favorite things so I have started ordering some of our groceries online! Uniquely J has food, snacks, cleaning supplies, and food storage. I love being able to order a lot of the necessities online with quick shipping. Below are a few more of their products I’m excited to try:
*In collaboration with Uniquely J.
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It might seem like a tongue-in-cheek joke at first glance but make no mistake, these are officially licensed Nike condoms. And toilet paper. And yes, that’s Puma dish washing liquid, Reebok band-aids and an Adidas toothbrush.
Hypermarkt is the name behind these oddball yet highly sought-after domestic products. The German online drug store was founded just this year and has already collaborated with major sporting names like Nike, Adidas, Puma and more to deliver exclusive products that en…
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Today’s list consists of new links I have saved for you over the last fortnight.
1/ I don’t know if it’s because of the heat or because I have had a lot on my mind this past week, but I haven’t been sleeping that well. I’ve been sleeping super light and waking up at odd hours.
This link helped me; it’s how to trick your body into thinking it’s had more sleep than it actually has had.
2/ I’m in my late 20s now and I have been thinking / ponding the stages of life at the moment. It’s funny how quickly the years seem to go at the moment. I have blinked and we’re in mid November – where has 2017 gone?
I guess this list goes without saying, but it’s a nice reminder to live in the now and not live a life filled with regrets. Make decisions you know your future self will be proud of. I can definitely take some of this advice on board.
3/ I’ve had the conversation with a few friends about ethically sourced diamonds lately and I found this article this week.
It explains why ethically sourced diamonds really do matter
4/ I always love finding new food websites and this one take the, uh, cake.
So many delicious recipes to dive head first into
5/ I am about to start watching Sinners soon
It’s a new Netflix series and it’s meant to be really, really good.
6/ I haven’t ever traveled solo, but I have been thinking it may be something good for me at the moment.
I was researching the best places to go solo and I stumbled across this fantastic article by Be My Travel Muse.
Images; Finnland Tumblr
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Anyone can bake a pie, and if you’re just starting out, a pumpkin pie is a perfect place to start! The ingredients are simple and little tweaks can make it better than the store bought version!
Here’s how I make mine: firstly, I make things easy on myself by using pre-rolled refrigerated pie crust. None of my friends can tell the difference between it and my from scratch version (but if you want to do it, here’s a great recipe). I also don’t bother with fresh pumpkin – the canned stuff has a good texture and is so much less hassle. Some people used evaporated milk instead of condensed, but I like the latter better. Here’s my full shopping list:
Set your over to 425 F and take your chilled dough out of the fridge. I like to grease my pie plate but if you forget your pie will still come out nicely (there’s fat in the crust). Now crimp your edges and put the pie crust back in the fridge.
Now mix together your pumpkin puree, sweetened condensed milk, egg and spices until smooth. It’s my personal pie making philosophy that you can taste fresh nutmeg and I put it in almost all of my pies. Just a dash will do and it’ll make all the difference!
Next pour your mixture into your chilled crust and pop into the oven for 15 minutes. Lower your temp to 350 and cook for another 45. I usually put on a pie shield on my crust now (you can also just use aluminum foil!). When cooked, the center should still be slightly jiggly (technical term). Now turn the oven off and let the pie cool slowly. This will help any cracks from forming on the top.
Once your pie has completely cooled, you can top with freshly made whipped cream. That’s just heavy whipping cream and a little powdered sugar beat on high until stiff. If it starts clumping together you’ve gone too far and made butter, so keep an eye on it! In these pictures I was low on time so I just used store bought whipped cream, which is fine too!
I also like to top with candied pecans which are just melted butter, brown sugar and chopped pecans.
See! You can make a pie! And it’ll be delicious! Happy Thanksgiving everyone!
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Today, ripped jeans are still just as relevant as ever. The shredded details add a hint of edge to every look, and that’s something we’re always looking for. Whether you opt to wear them with an oversized hoodie, a snug turtleneck or even sneakers, let these distressed denim picks inspire your next outfit.
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It’s just not the holidays without (fill in the blank). For me, it’s watching White Christmas, decorating the tree, enjoying as many cups of hot chocolate as possible, baking cookies for our neighbors, and… ice skating!! The hubs knows that every year this holiday tradition tops my list. In fact, after picking up this striped sweater a few weeks ago, I saved it to wear with a beanie and comfy jeans for our annual ice skating date. That’s a look of pure joy on my face, already filled to the brim with Christmas spirit!
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Sweater: LOFT, $35 (similar below)
Jeans: Levi’s c/o Amazon, $35
Hat: Kohl’s c/o, $11 (similar)
Sneakers: Adidas c/o Amazon, $79
Earrings: Kate Spade outlet, $15 (same)
Approx. dates: Gloves are 15 years ago. Hat, sneakers are 1 year ago. Jeans are recent. Sweater is new.
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Shopping the sales like a pro is all in the planning. Yes you can just tune into your favourite stores on the day, start to scroll and see what tugs on your vulnerable x % off heart strings (like you usually do), or you can go in with a game plan and know exactly what you want to walk away with.
Lets go with the latter this year shall we?
Black Friday and Cyber Monday are, as they say, the biggest sales weekend of the entire year. In my opinion you can get a better deal in January, but the real beauty of this coming weekend of sales is that its perfectly timed for right before the holiday, gifting, parties and Aussie summer period, and you’re also not left with the end of season bits and pieces left over. This is the perfect time to snap up gifts for friends and family, a new swimsuit, party outfits and summer essentials to take you through the next couple of months.
Hot tip: Add all your favourites to your wish list and then scoop in like a ninja (with your handy discount code) first thing Friday morning, picking up all your favourite pieces before they sell out in your size. #theworst
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As suspected, the Black Friday sales have already started. These are my favorites (so far).
There will be more sales announcements over on my YouTube later this week!
As always, let me know what you treat yourself or someone else to.
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Topshop – up to 50% off
All Saints – 30% off site wide
Shopbop – tiered discounts going up to 75% off
My Theresa – up to 50% off
H&M – up to 60% off
MatchesFashion – up to 50% off
Lord & Taylor – Extra 50% off sale (damn!)
FarFetch – up to 50% off
J. Crew – 40% off everything (yes everything)
Barneys – up to 40% off
Saks – up to 40% off
Express – 50% off everything + free shipping
Neiman Marcus – up to 40% off
Banana Republic – 40% off
Nordstrom – up to 40% off
Bloomingdales – up to 40% off
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