Friday, December 23, 2011

Christmas Eve Eve

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Merry Christmas Eve Eve from everyone at Free People (including those annoying sales associates who tell you not to take photos of their ornament displays!)

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Christmas in Los Angeles

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Christmas is in two days and I'm wearing a maxi skirt...God, I love Los Angeles. I do however sometimes crave those white Christmases you see in the movies. Oh, and this photo by Slim Aarons is just ridiculous. I love how you can barely make out the Hollywood sign in the background.

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Polka Dots and French Horns

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I've spent almost every night for the past two weeks wrapping presents. Those spools of ribbon and stationary I collected during the year were finally put to use. My favorite tube of wrapping paper this year had to be the black and white number with the French horns on them. I bought them from two elderly ladies at a thrift store in Palm Springs for 30 cents.
I also wanted to find a way to make fancy your average gift card. I ended up putting them in white envelopes, stamped a "Please Deliver To" on them, stuck them in a plastic sacs I got in K-town, and filled the bag with tinsel. It was a total Rowan Atkinson moment from Love Actually.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Stocking Stuffers- For Him

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If you're still looking for things to put in your man's stocking, look no further. I've put together a random sampling of manly things from around the web. It includes everything from black pepper soap to zombie bon bons!

Friday, December 16, 2011

Ho Ho Meow

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Happy Friday everyone! I'm kind of bummed I didn't make the opening of the West Elm store opening on Beverly last night. It was hosted by some of my favorite L.A. bloggers like Emily of Cupcakes and Cashmere, and Bri from Designlovefest. I am, however, looking forward to a weekend that includes a free screening of The Muppets Christmas Carol at the Laemmle in Pasadena, hunting down an ugly Christmas sweater (preferably with cats on it), and a girls night including Love Actually and plenty of Christmas spirits!

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Pinterest for Presents

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When I was young, one of my favorite things to do was to make a Christmas list. Even though I usually didn’t get the presents I wanted, it still brought me joy. This year, I’m leaving Santa Baby access to my Pinterest. I created a “Me Want” list a while ago and it has acted as my visual Christmas list this year. I made Morgan create one for Christmas, and shopping has been a breeze. You could also use the boards for birthday gifts, anniversary presents, and bridal registries too!

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Superlatives

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1. Chalk Gift Tags- Kates Paper Goods

2. Holiday Greeting Cards- Carolyn Suzuki Goods

3. Rustic Coo Coo Clock- Black Forest Works

4. Custom Address Stamp- Paper Pastries

Everytime I go to the Renegade Craft Fair, I'm always blown away with what people can come up with. These are just a few things that I can't stop thinking about.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Holiday Gift Guide 50$

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Here's a gift guide for presents below 50 dollars. Hurry up and shop people because there's only 11 days left till Christmas!

Monday, December 12, 2011

Story Wreaths

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Ta-Da! This is why reason why I've been searching far and wide for vintage Christmas ornaments. Each wreath is around 18 inches in diameter and is custom made with all vintage glass blown ornaments. They are extremely delicate and are one of a kind! It was originally Morgan's idea to create wreaths and it sort of took off from there. I'm hoping to create more wreaths and holiday trinkets throughout the year and then apply to be a vendor at Renegade and Unique LA next December.

Friday, December 9, 2011

Holiday Preview #3

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Happy Friday everyone! What makes this Friday even better is that today's paycheck isn't the "rent check". Anyone have any exciting plans this weekend? I'm getting ready for fun filled weekend that includes the Renegade Holiday Craft Fair, Artisinal LA, and the Rose Bowl Flea Market. I'm also going to be prepping more holiday posts for next week including my ornament craft project I've been working on for the past month. Those of you following my Holly Jolly Pinterest board have already gotten a sneak peak.

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Tree Farms Do It Better

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When it comes to Christmas trees, I have to say I’m one of those day-after-Thanksgiving people. I love the smell of pine too much to just have a tree for only a couple of weeks. This year, the day after Thanksgiving was spent with Morgan’s parents. They delighted us with a trip to Holloway’s, an actual tree farm in the Central Coast. Essentially, it’s is the equivalent of what the Avila Barn is to Fall. There, you can choose to chop down your own tree or peruse through the ones they have already prepared. They do it all there: flock, chop, and shake. They even have cute stands where you can purchase hot cocoa and popcorn. When do you usually get your Christmas Trees?

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Holiday Gift Guide 25$

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I've never not been on a budget when it comes to Christmas shopping. Even though I've been known to splurge on the sister and boyfriend, I fully understand how hard it is allocating specific funds to certain family members. To help remedy this, I'm creating holiday gift guides to help those who need it. Some of these lower ticket items could also be used for stocking stuffers. I'm creating them in increments of 25$ so sit back and enjoy!

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

A HOLIDAY PAIR

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I've always wanted to take personalized holiday cards but was too afraid they would turn out cheesy and unflattering. After spotting these amazingly adorable ones on Pinterest, it's definately going to be on my to-do list next year. Here's what Morgan and I did last year during the Holidays. But seriously, how cute are the couples in matching flannel and stripes?

Monday, December 5, 2011

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Just had to share these photos of the tree the next morning. I love how this particular tree showcases your ornaments in a spectacular way! If you look hard enough, you can spot some Disney ornaments mixed together with Shiny Brites from the 40's.

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I can't tell you how excited I get when Chirstmas rolls around. I was in Vegas all last week for work and could not wait to come home and get our yearly tree. We drove around to three different lots around Los Feliz to find the perfect one! We opted for a less-traditional silvertip. Apparently, they're high altitude trees that only grow around 8,000 ft, making them more rare. They also grow at a slower pace than other Christmas trees and because of the number of their branches, are more delicate. Have you gotten your tree this year?

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Wrapped In Pink

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Happy Friday to most of you out there! Why do short weeks always make for unproductive workers? Seriously, all I can think about is turkey and getting out of here before 5. Yesterday at work, we pulled names for Secret Santa and it got me thinking about how much I love wrapping presents. Thanks to Martha Stewart and crafting blogs, it has sort of become an art form. To prepare for this holiday season, I’ve been collecting pink and red wrapping paper all year and I finally pulled them out of storage. Now, all I have to do is hit up those Black Friday sales and I’ll be wrapping ready. I ‘m also planning to share the Christmas project I’ve been working on sometime next week.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

A is for Agate

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I can't help but notice all the agate all over the blogosphere lately in the form of jewelry and home decor. Just the other weekend, I found myself wanting to buy a blue agate bracelet I found at an antique store. Even in Vegas, agate is abundant. The Aria features staircases lined with these precious stones.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Holiday Preview #2

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I went to the Rose Bowl Flea Market this past weekend in search of more glass blown ornaments and was pleasantly surprised at how many vendors had their Christmas goodies out. Most of them knew the market value for the average Shiny Brite, but I was still able to find some stellar deals. I realized that I need to stop collecting these ornaments and start the actual project! If not, I’m going to end up with one crowded (but awesome) Christmas tree.

Friday, November 11, 2011

Gloomy Friday

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I have the apartment to myself this weekend and all I want to do is wake up in a clean house, make tea, and listen to the rain fall. Here's to hoping it rains all day tomororw!

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Ombres and Chiffon

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Is it bad that I still love wearing chiffon even when it's 60 degrees outside? I scored both the lavender clutch and green chiffon number for under 20 bucks at the AA Fea Sale. The shirt is retailing for 58$ and the clutch for 68$ on their online store. It sucks because now I can't bring myself to buy anything knowing that their factory sale was so amazing! Oh and I went to Rudy's two weeks ago and got an ombre fade.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

American Apparel Flea Sale

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Despite some pretty negative reviews of last year's American Apparel Flea Sale, I decided to wake up early on Saturday morning and check it out. It was held at their manufacturing warehouse in Little Tokyo and after reading all the reviews about hour-long lines, I decided to get there 45 minutes before they opened. I was probably 10th in line when they led us up to the second story and I couldn't believe the sheer scale of it all. Literally, the whole second floor was a shop, it was kind of overwhelming. Because the space was so large I kind of had to circle around 3 or 4 times to make sure I didn't miss anything. Once you were done shopping, you got to hop on their service elevator that took you back downstairs and into another room had had an accessory-lined pathway that led to the cashiers. Pretty well organized if you ask me! I walked out with 120$ worth of quality stuff. I'm definitely planning on going again next year.

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Tricks and Treats


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Last night, Morgan and I hosted an outdoor screening of Hocus Pocus in our front yard. We rented a projector and screen and brought out some blankets and chairs for our friends and trick our treaters. We had a really good response from the community and we are already thinking about doing Summer screenings for when the weather is more accomodating. A little girl even said that she was done trick or treating and wanted to watch the movie!

This year, we made little haunted house boxes for the goulies. I bought them at the 99 Cent Store and basically cleaned them out. I just love the little green house on the bottom right; it looks like the Haunted Mansion at Disneyland!

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Happy Halloween everyone! Morgan and I originally set out to be Benjamin Franklin and his kite but my kite idea was kind of lost in translation. I bought a white bat wing shirt, a large key (to wear around my neck) and made a long tail made out of fabric bows. I wasn't that impressed with it when it was all done so I decided to put kite embellishments onto a Marie Antoinette costume. The dress was 24$ on Amazon and the white tights are from American Apparel. The wig was bought at Ozzie Dots, our neighborhood costume shop for about 40$ dollars and I just added the bows and tin ship. What were you for Halloween?