I hope everyone had a magical Christmas yesterday! I've been spending time at my parent's house in a small town outside of Rochester, NY and it has definitely been a snowy, beautiful holiday. My parent's live in an old farmhouse full of interesting antiques and trinkets they've collected over the years - and it's extra special during the holidays. My mom does such an amazing job of decorating every little nook and cranny of the house. With her permission, I wanted to share some photos of her country Christmas decor with all of you, as a way to keep the cozy Christmas feeling alive a little bit longer. Enjoy and Merry Christmas!
As far as holidays go, I tend to think that New Year's Eve is a little overrated. There's so much pressure to go out and have an amazing night... but the bars are always overcrowded and overpriced, and it's usually freezing cold outside. The one thing I do love about New Year's Eve though is the opportunity to wear fun, sparkly dresses! Because who doesn't love that?! Check out my favorite New Year's Eve dress picks below. Happy New Year!!
Jack Wills Fit and Flare Dress with Metallic Dobby Print
I LOVE the back of this dress! And the velvet is very on trend this season. If you're not big into sequins, this is a more subtle way to bring the shimmer and glamour to NYE. This dress would be comfortable to wear all night, but still looks festive and cute.
Available at Asos, $89.95
Tie-Neck Tuxedo Jumpsuit
Some women can pull off a tailored jumpsuit extremely well - and I really admire that!! I love how different this look is. It's elegant yet edgy, and you could accessorize it in so many different ways. And how comfortable would this be on the dance floor?! If you want to stand out on NYE, this is a cool look to try.
Available at Banana Republic, $148
French Connection Desiree Disco Minidress
Okay... this dress is definitely out of my price range, but I had to include it because I think it's so fun! It has a vintage, disco look to it that I love, and it's shimmery and festive. Plus its loose fitting so it will be comfortable and flattering, no matter how many glasses of champagne you down. ;)
Available at Nordstrom, $228
Foil Polka Dot Ruffle Wrap Dress
Maybe it's just the beret in this picture, but I feel like this dress gives off a cool French girl vibe and I love it! The metallic foil polka dots are fun and festive, and this dress would look cute with tights and boots if the weather is cold. The wrap fit is extremely flattering too! It looks festive without trying too hard.
Available at Urban Outfitters, $99
Metallic Sequin Shift Dress
I feel like New Year's Eve is the one day a year that it's okay to wear a crazy amount of sequins. This dress is soooo sparkly and fun and I love the pink color. It will stand out amongst a sea of black dresses. The t-shirt silhouette keeps it from looking too overdone, and the price is budget friendly!
Available at Forever21, $32.90
Honey Punch Long Sleeve Tea Dress With Ruffle Trim in Star Print
This dress looks sweet and simple from the front but has a fun surprise in the back! The ruffles are festive and cute and I love the subtle star print. And another bonus... it's super affordable!!
Available at Asos, $34
Lily Star Floral Velvet Burnout Cut Out Dress
I love the colors on this dress! It's a nice option if you want to wear something other than black. And it looks cute without being super form fitting, so you can eat and drink and be merry all night without worrying about the dreaded "bloat." Also - this is another super affordable option!
Available at Target, $27.99
I <3 Essential Oils!!
It’s almost Christmas!! I can’t believe it’s that time of year again! I’ve mentioned my love for essential oils in previous posts – but for those who missed it, I am obsessed. I have a diffuser on the nightstand next to my side of the bed and I love to diffuse different blends when we’re winding down for the night or just hanging out in bed on the weekends. All the different scents create different effects – and it’s not toxic in the air like burning a candle. Over the weekend, I used my essential oils (from Rocky Mountain Oils, of course) to create a holiday blend and it was soo nice!! I diffused it all day on Sunday and it made our apartment subtly smell so nice and festive. To create the blend, I used the oils below (three of which - cinnamon bark, nutmeg and blood orange - are 20% off until the end of the day!!). Click the photos below to shop. If you don't own a diffuser, this is a great one to try. Happy diffusing!!
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One of my favorite Christmas traditions is sending and receiving Christmas cards! It seems like most of the time our mailboxes are full of bills and junk mail, so it's fun to get something personal and festive this time of year. As a kid, I always loved looking through all of the cards my parents would get in the mail. I especially loved the cards that were handmade and unique. I was getting cabin fever on a recent wintery Sunday, so I decided to get creative and make handmade cards to send to a few of our friends and family. I created these christmas tree cards using just a few supplies - so simple! Check out how I made them below:
SUPPLIES YOU'LL NEED:
-craft paper cardstock (I used size 5.5"x7.5")
-one large sheet of green paper (I used one that was lightly textured)
-one small sheet of dark brown paper
-decorative brads (found in the scrapbooking aisles, I used these stars)
-decorative sheets of paper in the colors and designs of your choosing
-foam adhesive circles
-a holiday stamp and stamp pad
-washi tape in holiday colors
1. Fold cardstock in half to create a card.
2. Cut a piece of decorative paper (I did mine slightly smaller than the actual card to create a border) and attach to the card front with glue dots.
3. Cut three small triangle shapes out of the green paper (make sure the size is small enough to fit three of them comfortably across the card).
4. Cut three small rectangles out of the brown paper and attach with glue dots to the back of the green triangle "trees" so that just the bottom sticks out as the "trunk."
5. Decorate each tree with the star brads (I used a pushpin to poke small holes in the paper before inserting the brads to avoid wrinkling the paper).
6. Attach the finished trees to the front of the card with the adhesive foam circles (the circles give a "3D" effect).
7. Decorate the inside of the card with your holiday stamp! Let dry.
8. While the card is drying, decorate the envelope by adding a washi tape border.
9. Fill the card with a holiday message and you're ready to pop in the mail (don't forget the stamp ;) ). Merry Christmas!!
Hi there! It's been a whirlwind since getting back to the city from my Thanksgiving travels. Between getting back into my routine at work to a weekend visit from my mom (which was soo much fun - miss her already) and upcoming holiday festivities to prepare for, there has been a lot going on. Returning to work after a break is always a challenge and I was definitely bummed on my first day back after Thanksgiving. So, on the way home from work, even though it wasn't even December yet, I bought a little Christmas tree, and then went to town with some holiday decorations (my boyfriend thinks I'm crazy but I think he secretly likes all of it haha!). It really cheered me up! I love coming home from work and plugging in the tree, and seeing our stockings up on the wall gets me excited for filling Adam's up with gifts! We live in New York City so our home is tiny (and cozy!) but I wanted to share with you my Christmas decorations Brooklyn-style. Check it out! At the bottom, I'm also sharing some of my favorite holiday decor items I've seen online this year. Happy decorating!
Click the images below to shop some of my favorite Christmas decorations!!
My name is Abby Formella and I'm a 26 year-old working girl living in the lovely borough of Brooklyn, New York.