Friday Favorites: Weekend Edition

It’s been almost a month since I’ve posted and it’s gross because I have so many purchases to share and review and get all emotional about. Gross. I’m not going to shame myself any further so….

Favorite Outfit

Birthday Style

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My Birthday was last Tuesday and I had a champagne “tea party” planned during the day so I didn’t have to turn up entirely. The TopShop skirt I’ve had sitting in my closet since last summer was the perfect accompaniment to my relaxed V neck and fresh out the box Louboutins. Easy yet polished. The pleats are everything.

V Neck – Aritzia/Midi Skirt – Topshop/Pumps – Louboutin

Favorite Purchase

Christian Louboutin Iriza D’Orsay Pumps

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Duh. See above. Full details are being assembled right now so I won’t get all sweaty over it but I found these absolute gems after over 6 months of being met with continuous dismay – they were sold out all over the damn globe. I chose the Iriza because of the cut and major toe cleave, the white for the edgier take on a classic, and the pump because it’s pretty much the most essential shoe you can ever own. Plus, you could be wearing cropped sweats and a baseball cap with a pair of pumps and you’ll end up looking dignified as shit.

Favorite Beauty Product

Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion

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How have I not been using this forever? I should be put away. Because it’s been warmer, I’ve been noticing that my shadow was fading a lot quicker than usual (I use it on both my lids and lash line) and having your pricey shadow fade halfway throughout the day is pretty emotionally taxing. A light shone down on my sister as she oh so nonchalantly asked why I don’t use primer – this one to be exact. Speechless, for one of the first times. Fast forward – I’m using it and simply refuse to wear shadow on my lids without it. The color is more vibrant, it stays where I applied it, and it doesn’t make me look like a hot sweaty mess. Must have arsenal.

Favorite Meal

Buddy V’s Ristorante

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I indulged in Buddy V’s Ristorante fare when I was in Vegas. And it did not disappoint. Probably the most amazing flatbread I’ve ever had. Worth every gram of carb. I had initially asked for the most delicious looking sandwich (without the chicken because I’m vegetarian) and after the server murdered me with her eyes and flat out refused to do that to me (and the sandwich) she suggested this delectable item that would be more appropriate. I usually don’t give two tinkling turtle doves about someone else’s opinion but I went for it. She looked like she was part of the WWE federation and I wouldn’t be able to complete my #ootd’s without my legs so I obliged. So pleased I did. Perfect parts of every ingredient. And it was my first time trying a Cannoli (ha ha) and it was akin to the feeling you get after an epic Sephora purchase (but in my mouth). By the way, if you were my server and you’re reading this – everything I’ve described about you here is with the utmost respect.

Favorite Scent

Diptyque Eau Duelle

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I’ve probably mentioned this fragrance before but I have to do it again because it’s one of the most unique scents my nose has ever sniffed. Musky, with Bourbon vanilla, rockrose, and ambrosian. I honestly can’t explain it but it’s the most sublime mixture of musky and fresh. I like the Eaux de Parfum (it comes as a Eaux de Toilette as well) Try it.

Favorite Look

Shabby Chic

Hands down the strategically shabby chic look is my most esteemed look. It’s easier to pull off when you have your face on otherwise it can end up as a straight up shabby look – but your hair doesn’t have to be in place either so it’s a huge break. Any more give and you’re asking for a little much. Layering can be effortless even in the Summer months and this monochromatic look is a perfect example if adding some dimension to your layering. Love everything about it.

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Happy Weekend

xo

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Friday Favorites: Weekend Edition

I’m spending my Sunday editing some new purchase posts, only getting out of bed to work out, and giggling with Amy Poehler and Tina Fey. Hope your’s is just as Hashtag #lazysunday

Favorite Item

Mirrored Tray

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My sister got me this tray for Christmas. I was looking for a mirrored tray for my perfumes and vanity decor and she went a step farther by having it monogrammed. Amazing. It looks super high brow and I’m not ashamed. The size is perfect for holding what I wanted to display…

You can shop a similar one here – Mirrored Dresser Top Trays

Favorite Look

Waves

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I haven’t used my Sultra wand since this summer and I can’t seem to comprehend why I retired it for so long. I was getting a little tired of my hairstyle – I almost always curl it at the ends for fullness – so I decided to switch it up. So pleased. Beach waves never go out of style, especially when you don’t want to look too overdone. I already have a full of face of makeup so keeping the hair a little more casual is a nice balance. The wand looks intimidating at first but it’s become second nature to me. I usually wrap my hair around a couple times and then leave the ends so that I don’t end up looking like Curly Sue (Google her).

You can try it here – Sultra Waving Wand 

Favorite Beauty Product

Sephora Collection Flatter Yourself Contouring Brush Set

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I ordered this brush set a couple weeks ago and was going to do a full review but haven’t had enough time to really get up close and personal. It was an exclusive and I’m a sucker for an exclusive – mainly because I get anxiety over the fact that there is a product out there that if not purchased, will be out of reach forever. These are the types of regrets I simply cannot live with. Anyway, the bristles are remarkably soft and high quality and the set of 3 is complimentary and nice for creating a basic contour (as well as buffing and blending liquid makeup). Not to mention, they come with blotting papers, a sleek little pouch and a contour guide. Overall, it contains a stippling brush, a buffing brush, and and angled blush brush. I’m getting used to using the stippling brush because I’ve never used one before, but the buffing and blush brushes I can work with like a freaking pro. Love.

You can shop it here – Sephora Collection Flatter Yourself Contouring Brush Set

Favorite Purchase

Wildfox Onesie

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No you shut YOUR mouth. Yeah. I got a onesie with cat ears on the hood. What startingly amazing thing have you done recently?

Favorite Food

Teavana

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I, along with most of the female population, have vowed to get back into my healthy eating habits for the new year. I’m not into resolutions but I figured now was as good a time as any to detox by body after I indulged the sh*t out of Christmas. I started feeling a little Chipmunk like after hoarding every treat placed in front of me. Ya feel me? So – in addition to upping my workouts and monitoring my food intake, I’ve started hitting up loose tea. In no way am I ridiculous enough to believe that this is a food replacement (refer to: Favorite Food) but I didn’t feel like tweaking the title.  I picked up a fancy little holiday set right before Christmas and am actually shocked at how much they satisfy my sweet tooth. The set embraces the scents and tastes of the holiday season, and you can’t beat pumpkin spice and peppermint in one setting. Specifically, it contains 4 holiday teas which consist of Pumpkin Spice Brûlée, White Chocolate Peppermint, Chococaramel Sea Salt, and Spiced Apple Cider. I haven’t tried them all but so far I love the white chocolate peppermint and chococaramel sea salt. Probably because they’re the most indulgent sounding. Pathetic.

I don’t believe that this set is still available but you can get a ton of similar ones here – www.teavana.com

Favorite Pastime

Voraciously Reading

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I’ve been trying to catch up on all the books sitting in my iBookshelf. I download them like they’re going to vanish within seconds – big up to purchase anxiety, yet again. Although I love reading on my iPad, there are some books I feel are worth buying in physical form. Coffee table books and books having to do with style and fashion are a must have tangible good. They look pretty and class up the joint, plus you can mark off and go back to them without having to scroll through hundreds of pages. I’d been wanting to read Sophia Amoroso’s #girlboss for months now. I’ve been a loyal Nasty Gal investor (read – shopper) and am always open to a little inspiration and advice, especially from such a powerhouse. I’m halfway in and am marking off pages worthy of anecdotes that need to be drilled into my head. Her uhf*ckwithable attitude is infectious, I’ll make sure to do a book report review when I’m done. I also purchased The Glitter Plan, which is Pam Skaist-Levy and Gela Nash-Taylor’s rise to infamy with Juicy Couture. Since Juicy is now fading into the outlet abyss and they’ve recently launched their new, more high endline – Pam & Gela, I was interested in reading their memoir. Yes Please is another can’t miss read. I am crushing hard on Amy Poehler. She is genuinely funny and offers up some really deep musings that you have to read a couple times to ensure she isn’t just f*cking with you. Idol status. Those are the 3 books I’ve started reading so far. I’ve also just purchased Serena by Ron Rash , Dead Stars by Bruce Wagner, and Paper Towns by John Green. There isn’t enough time in the day…

Here’s a list of book adaptations hitting the big screen this year (and as everyone knows – the book is always better than the movie).  21 Books to Read Before They Hit The Big Screen in 2015

Favorite Outfit

Ripped Denim

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Excuse the shitty photo quality. I was just getting home from work and realized I didn’t take advantage of the cloudless day for a superior outfit pic. These black skinnies are from Zara (I believe I purchased them back in October). They’re not as skinny in the shin area, and I find that a lot of denim fails me in this area because I have smaller shins. Other than J Brand which fit like second skin, a lot of denim I’ve tried and even purchased falls short here. Anyway, the wash and the strategic shreds are great. I actually DIY expanded the knee rips (with my own two hands and all) so that they’re a little more edgy and not as clean looking. Paired them with a pair of Jeffrey Campbell lace up flats (mimicked off Aquazurra) and had a bit of Kurt Cobain meets Olivia Palermo.

Happy Weekend

xo

Sunday Style Inspiration

I haven’t browsed Pinterest in a while but since I’ll be shopping in my closet this month (in order to attempt to stay in line with my resolution to be more fiscally responsible – try saying that with a straight face), I needed a little inspiration.

Here’s to yours.

xo

Things to look out for – 

Chunky knits/oversized silhoutettes/black on black on black/robe coats & torn basics.

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2014 Favorites

 I had just begun working on my must haves for January 2015 when I realized these last few days of December are the perfect chance to reflect on what I obsessed over this past year.

Beauty and fashion. A little bit of everything. I would be lying if I wasn’t taking these products/items into 2015 with me. Not to be dramatic or anything. I don’t place much emphasis on the new year – I firmly believe that every new day is a chance to reinvent, re-organize and replenish your life or your surroundings but this is as good a time as any.

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Marc Jacobs Twinkle Pop

This newfound obsession which originated this past September has now come almost full circle. I am not ashamed to say that I own 4 of the 9 different shades. My sisters are starting their own collections and one has actually sworn off ever purchasing a regular powder shadow altogether. Not sure if it’s the having the feeling of the cool Swiss Alps on my eyelids or the vibrant shades blended together garnering almost an obscene amount of compliments but I am hooked. This was definitely my product of the year.

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Laura Mercier Matte Radiance Baked Powder Compact in Highlight 01

The best highlighter I have ever swept onto my cheekbones. After trying a few others (that are contenders but not fit for the throne) I can firmly say this is my favourite highlighter right now. Not too matte and with the perfect amount of shimmer. On days where I had less than 7 hours of sleep this brightener has been a God send.

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YSL Lipstick

I fell in lust with this formula at first try. It gives off a wet look without sticking to your hair like a gloss and it manages to stay on your lips all day, hydrating the sh*t out of them. The colours are intense and the packaging is luxe. Need I say more?

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Lush Lip Scrub

I can’t go to bed without applying my lip scrub. It’s more about how my lips will feel in the morning before I slather them with lipstick than an OCD thing but the more I think about this certain quip combined with my 8 minute bed prep routine it is starting to lean towards OCD. Anyway, I use the Bubblegum flavour because it smells like Snow Fairy which is my fav Lush scent – many would agree. It’s nice to sloughing away dry skin and leaving your lips free of any nastiness in the AM. Plus you can eat any wayward grains. This month I think it’s the only type of sugar I’ll be ingesting.

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Lush Ocean Salt Scrub/Cleanser

I had a newfound relationship with Lush this past year as you can tell. I tried this Ocean Salt scrub as a sample and was so gobsmacked (not only by the fact that it smells like margarita) that I went and got the biggest, baddest tub I could find. The scrub is amazing for everyday use, it gets rid of dry skin and ultimately acne and blackheads and leaves my skin feeling so moisturized that I don’t need to use anything else afterwards. Whaaat. Yeah. The minerals in the sea salt, avocado and coconut oil and lime and vodka make for the perfect combination for both drinks and this life changing scrub.

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Dior Nail Lacquer

I posted about this polish a month or so ago and still stand behind my gushing. The formula is practically unbeatable (see below). The gel like shine, the chip resistant power and the colours are worth shelling out a little more for. My sister is ready to throw her Essie polishes in the trash. A little rash but I had to put it in there for emphasis.

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Marc Jacobs Hi Shine Enamored Nail Lacquer

For a more detailed and romantic review see my most recent review. I’ll mention that besides the Dior, this formula is unlike any other. I type all over town and my nails are still so fresh and so clean clean. The stealthy, sleek packaging is worth writing home about too.

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CHI Silk Infusion

I’ve been using this product for years and have never done a review. I am clearly an asshole. I love this stuff, and haven’t come across anything that feels like it. It’s a build up free serum that goes on silky and leaves your hair feeling the same. I hate sticky or oily when it comes to hair product because the grease effect isn’t something I’m into, whether in terms of hair, food or people. Enriched with pure silk and wheat and soy proteins. This sh*t is amazing.

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L’Occitane Almande Oil

I tried this as a sample from Sephora and then went and purchased another for safekeeping and hoarding reasons. The smell is divine and the qualities are quite practical but effective. I use it in spots on my face and body that tend to get drier during winter months. Elbows, knees, around the nose and eyes etc etc. I would slather it absolutely everywhere if I wasn’t so stingy.

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Chanel Illusion D’Ombre Long Wear Luminous Eye Shadow

Oh yes. I was so head over heels with the Marc Jacobs Twinklepop that I failed to do a review on my new shade of Chanel Illusion D’Ombre. Now is as good a time as any. I purchased my first this past Fall and picked up another last month. Besides the luxe packaging (which gets me every time) the formula is highly innovative. It’s shimmery and pigmented with a gel like texture that’s both spongey and cushiony enough to go on with ease. Nice because the brush allows you to wear it like a liner as well. I love the plush texture, and the colours are amazing. I have Convoitise which is a rice paper, champagne like shimmer, and the limited edition Envol which is a medium pink like I have never seen before.

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Naked Basics 2 Palette

I just got this for Christmas and although I haven’t used it yet, I had to include it in my favorite, must have shadow arsenal. I ran out with the Naked Basics way back and have to say that it’s the first palette I have actually ran dry. The colors are ideal for everyday use and you can make use of every single shade. I hate when you spend money on a palette for a few colors and tell yourself that you really will try to use it all, when you’re really just purchasing for a few key colors. The Naked Basics palettes have it all – hugely popular and it’s because you can actually wear it all.

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Seche Vite Clear Top Coat

This gel coat has been a huge player in my nail game. The thickness and glass like quality is mind boggling. I’m still in awe when I apply it and find it a little mesmerizing to watch it coat everything. It’s nice for when you want a glass like effect and it protects your colour by hardening your nail and further extending your mani.

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Jo Malone Wood Sage & Sea Salt Cologne

Very rarely do I come across a fragrance that I am floored by. I did many years ago and I’ve since made it my signature scent. That’s Philosophy’s Pure Grace by the way. So when I happened to take a whiff of this particular Jo Malone potion I had to have it. Intoxicating in the softest, most subtle-y masculine way. Like sitting in front of a wood fire fresh from a shower and sprayed in light fragrance. Best explanation ever. Go smell it for yourself. I am so taking this into 2015…

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Lush Ultrabland Cleanser

Lush describes it as a hugely popular cult favourite but I don’t like being labelled so I’m going to go ahead and say it’s been my second favourite cleanser of the year (I swear by Philosophy’s Purity). It contains essentials oil, honey and beeswax that gets rid of pretty much everything that shouldn’t be on your face. The rosewater (which I can’t smell) and iris flower extract leaves your skin feeling like you just slathered it in moisturizer. But you didn’t. You just washed it was a tiny smudge of cleanser. It’s that good. I love the fact that it can do both jobs – cleanse and moisturize. Saves time and any less time spent on your feet means more time spent laying in bed, I say.

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Tarte Lights, Camera, Flashes Mascara

I’ve been using this mascara for the better part of the last year. I’m pretty picky with mascara – I don’t usually like it when it’s brand new and fresh because I feel the product isn’t gritty enough to have a significant impact on my lashes but this one has proven my theory wrong. It lengthens, curls, blacks out and separates. Not usually a fan of the stiff brush but again, this particular one I can work with. It’s the blackest black, doesn’t dry out, and the brush is molded with dense bristles on one side that coat the lashes, while the other longer, firmer side lengthens and separates. It’s a triple threat so definitely a good investment for those who want lengthening, separating and curling in one swipe.

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NARS Audacious Lipstick

Oh yasss. Last but most definitely not least. The new NARS Audacious lipstick collection that emerged this Summer was nothing short of mind blowing, lip enhancing huge. The matte shades have just the right hint of shine and moisture and more than enough  satiny emollients to ensure an even non drying application. And I’m not getting paid to say that. So far I only have 2 shades but that’s only because I have no room left in my lipstick holder. (Pictured -Jane)

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Fashion

Over The Knee Boots

I first fell in love with over the knee boots when I laid greedy little eyes on the Stuart Weitzman Highland boot in the winter of 2013. Yes. I have a detailed memory of my first encounter but long story short – I now own them. In black. Duh. They are the quintessential boot for fashion types. Makes wearing a shirt as a dress and a mini in the dead of winter completely practical. I like wearing them with bare legs – elongates them enough to compete with a VS model I swear. Recently I’ve been throwing them over leggings, skinnies and tights. Anything goes. They’re an instant vixen factor for any outfit, plus they keep you warm but that’s an afterthought.

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Blanket Scarves

Nothing excites me more than being able to practically wrap myself in a blanket and call it a valid fashion statement. The blanket scarf allows you to do just that. It was huge this Fall and I have a feeling that it hasn’t been outdone just yet. At least long enough for me to be able to invest in the Burberry monogrammed poncho.

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Sneakers

Athletic sneakers, plimsoles, slip ons – embellished, printed, pony haired, faxed – anything. The sneaker was the best way to top off an outfit whether casual or draped in an evening dress. Well – I wouldn’t go that far but you get the point. They make getting around less messy, your walk more attractive and your outfits trendier. Definite carry into this year…

Photographed: Dolce Vita metallic slip ons prancing around in Disneyland.

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Normcore

Definition – Clothing characterized by unpretentious, average looking clothing. Indeed. But fashion types can attest that to pull off this lived in, ain’t ironed my clothes all week, was too busy building my empire look you have to put some thought into it. I mean, pretending you don’t care is different than actually not giving a sh*t you know. Think Cher’s mechanical wardrobe in Clueless. THAT kind of effort. In all honesty though, I like the fact that basics are at the forefront. They’re the bare bones of an outfit. Your face, your hair, your shoes and your gleaming personality are your accessories. Basics have always been my go to, then you can plan which trend your feeling, which lipstick shade you want to wear to take it up a notch, or what perfume is going to make your black V neck turn up that much more.

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Faux

I’ve been making the most of my basics and hobo chic wardrobe choices by capping them off with a bit of glam – in the form of faux. You could be wearing a ragged t shirt (strategic of course), motorcycle boots and boyfriend jeans but as long as you got your faux on you’re worthy of sitting beside Anna Wintour. I like throwing on a faux vest with denim or plaid button downs, a scarf or stole over a t shirt or basic v neck and a jacket with layered t shirts. As long as you don’t throw it over your pajamas from 8 Christmases ago during a run to Walmart – you can consider it a perfectly acceptable fashion choice.

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Off the top of my coiffed little head, that’s what I could come up with. I’ll definitely be hoarding these products/trends and taking them into 2015 with me.

Anything I’ve missed?

xo

Christmas 2014: A Photo Tour

Although my Instagram account offers a somewhat unnecessarily detailed, cropped and filtered (#sorrynotsorry) glimpse into my life, I felt my holidays needed to be sufficiently highlighted.

I promise I’m going to lay off the Christmas after this. I might need a couple sugar cookies, a bottle of wine and the next 120 or so days to get it done but you can’t say I’m not giving it a chance.

Happy Holidays

xo

My sister decided our stockings this year needed an upgrade. Thanks Pottery Barn.

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He loves a good plush.

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Nothing like taking your bestie as your date to the work Christmas party.

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This is me 365 days of the year.

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My girlfriend and I have an annual tradition to bring in the red cup season together. #basic – we know

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Sunday morning pancakes. c/o yours truly

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Again, Pottery Barn really offered up some key pieces this season. This one here is a nod to my Seahawks.

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Buffalo plaid in December is an obvious must.

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“Do you want to build a snowman?” – Playdate with my favourite 5 year old.

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Wildfox has provided my sister and I outfits for pretty much every major holiday this past year. Our annual photo with Santa was no exception.

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Chocolate gingerbread cookies = fuel for wrapping presents.

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Staying warm.

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Shredded denim goes best with minimalist heels and an oversized faux. I say.

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Watching a major Hawks game with a bloody mary eased the anxiety. We won.

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At Bellevue Square – in our full glory.

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My sister came to town. We headed for the most Christmasy place.

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A photo op I just couldn’t pass up.

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Apple mulled cider wine.

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My gnome and I.

Her hat & mini bag – Kate Spade/Jeans – Madewell/ Sweater- Aritzia/Shoes – Marc Jacobs

My denim & leggings – Aritzia/Faux – Zara/ Boots – Nine West/Beanie – Madewell/Bag – Louis Vuitton

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Christmas Market gourmet.

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I know. Let’s take a selfie.

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Sisters. ❤

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It’s all in the details…

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I admit – I could wrap presents all year round.

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One of my favourite holiday pastimes – baking sugar cookies with my sisters – and then eating them all.

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My sister had to split her Christmas up this year so she opened some gifts early. No complaints here.

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We clean up ok.

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Sunday Funday with one of my favourite girls.

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Christmas Carb Loading and Mimosas.

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Jackson modelling the new slouchy Wildfox beanie. He wore it best.

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This Christmas Eve we opted for an appy bar instead of a full dinner. It was beyond sufficient.

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Apres appy snacks.

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Oops we did it again. Twins in the Santa, Ruldolph and Me baggy beach jumpers. Christmas Eve appropriateness.

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Jack asked to be dressed up on Christmas morning. Not.

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Ready to tear into the gifts but first – coffee.

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Thanking me for his toys.

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One of my favourite decorative displays this season….

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Santa spoiled me this year. Not to be a cliche’ but I feel pretty blessed to have such thoughtful friends and family.

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I spy Wildfox. Again. 

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One of the items I asked for this year was a mirrored tray for my makeup/perfume collection. My sister went one step further and had it monogrammed. 

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The wait is over…

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Yes. I get fanatical.

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I am adamant about getting a candy apple placed in my stocking each year. Because I really need it right? Anyways – it pairs pretty well with chocolate infused wine I hear…

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Thanks to my sisters my favourite at home pastime just got a little cozier.

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It’s okay to be scolded by Santa. As long as its after Christmas.

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Boxing Day breakfast was French Toast. For my tastebuds and my Christmas blues.

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Here’s hoping your holidays were just as warm.