12.11.17

An Easy (and Cheap!) Idea for Gift Wrapping

So, I feel like there are two types of people in the world—those who wrap Christmas presents as they go, or those who wait until December 23 and wrap them all at once. I personally wrap the gifts I buy as I go because I love how they look under the tree—basically another layer of holiday decor—and while my apartment is pretty sizable, I don’t have the same amount of storage as I would in a single family home.

This year, I’m wrapping all of the presents I’m giving in the same wrapping paper. I think it looks so chic when everything matches. (You can see how in 2015 I went with a kraft wrapping paper theme in this post.) At this stage in my life, I usually give only between 15-20 presents each Christmas to my closest friends and family, so it’s easy to get everything wrapped with four or five rolls of the same paper. I know one day I’ll be giving many more presents, and buying whichever paper is on sale will be the way to go.

I picked up the tree pattern shown here at World Market on Black Friday—it’s sold out online, but might still be in stores! I’ve also linked some of my other picks for you to shop below. However, instead of topping it with a bow or ribbon, I’ve got an easy (and affordable!) gift topper for you—faux cranberry vase fillers.

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12.7.17 5

2017 Gift Guides: For the Bar

TGIT!

I’m closing out this year’s gift guides with a fun one—a round up of gift ideas for the bar. I actually sold my bar cart earlier this year because there wasn’t a good space for it in my apartment and I wasn’t enjoying it as much as I used to. I definitely would be willing to get one again in the future when my home layout is more conducive, but in the interim, I’m using my island as my bar when I’m entertaining. You know how it is at parties—people love to congregate in the kitchen anyway.

I’ve amassed quite the collection of bar accessories over the years and love having these special pieces on-hand for parties and wine nights. I especially love when I’m gifted something for my (now hypothetical) bar cart because then I can think of that person everytime time I use it. As such, I wanted to share my picks for the bar with you today. Added bonus: many of these gifts are small and inexpensive, so could also double as the perfect gift for a hostess or acquaintance.

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12.6.17 6

The Best Sequin Leggings

We’re halfway through the week, team! How are things going for you?

My week is busy—you know how December goes! On Monday, I had two happy hours I was considering going to, but at the last minute, decided to skip both and enjoy a nice night at home. I can’t remember the last time I went straight home after work. Since I usually workout after work on the nights I don’t have social plans, I don’t get home until 7:45 or 8pm. It was a real treat to be home by 6:30pm, I almost didn’t know what to do with all my time! Don’t forget to take some time for yourself this holiday season when you need it, self care is really important this time of year.

Even though it’s been busy, this week holds one of my favorite events of the season—my company holiday party! We do it big, complete with a party bus, a wonderful main event, and an afterparty. This year, I rented both this dress and this dress for the event. They come tonight and I am going to wear whichever one fits best! I’ve rented the latter before, so I know it is a safe bet, which is always reassuring when you’re renting—plus, I love the gold detailing on the bottom.

Switching gears to another fun holiday outfit—you may remember these amazing sequin leggings from this post last year, but they are one of my favorite festive pieces for the holidays, so I had to share them with you again. And, good news—it looks like Express realized how in-demand these leggings are, so unlike years past, they still have all sizes in stock! These would be the perfect pants for New Years Eve or any cocktail party this December where you don’t want to wear a dress, but still want to feel “dressed up.”
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