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I'm here to talk about one of my favorite boots this season, REGGIE! I have a pair myself, and I got my mom and my grandma a pair for Christmas, I know they're going to love them! These quilted faux suede boots are ridiculously comfortable and they stand out with the buckle strap & studs around the ankle. You can dress them up wtih tights & a dress or down with skinnies & a sweater. I can't leave the house in these without a compliment.
So if you're shopping for you, or still need something for mom, hop on over & shop REGGIE.
I'm here to tell you about one of my favorite styles of the season, the KIPSEY. This riding boot is pretty perfect. I love the buckle & exposed zipper detail, complete with a little heal and an almond toe. My favorite thing about this boot, is it pairs well with almost anything. I've been living in them & they still look good as new!
I put together a few styling ideas for you above!
1. Perfect for the Weekend
Whether you're running errands, hanging holiday decorations, shopping, or relaxing wtih friends, this simple look will keep you looking polished & feeling cozy. My personal favorite. When I can pull off looking put together and feeling like I could curl up by a fire with a book, that's mission accomplished in my mind.
2. All Day at the Office
There's a way to make leggings fit right in at the office, and the answer is, sweater dress. Add a scarf and a bracelet and you're looking fresh while feeling your best. Because we all know leggings are the world's most comfortable pants option. Plus, this look really captures the true essence of KIPSEY, which is inspired by the classic riding boot, originally worn over those legging-like stirrup pants. So I guess what I'm saying is all you need is a horse to complete this look. (Jk!)
3. Ladies Night
The final look is one I'd wear for a night in with my ladies. It's a little trendy, but still fun and comfortable. I can definitely see myself sitting pretty with a glass of wine and my favorite kind of company in this outfit.
If I'm going to be honest, cookies just might be my favorite thing about the holidays. Sure, family is great, presents are fun, but ginger snaps have my heart. My mom's ginger snaps are so dangerously good, and this year I found way to make them even better. I blew my own mind. Peanut butter chips. Why not? I'll admit, I tested two little nuggets before I attacked the batter wtih the peanut buttery goodness, but I mean, seriously. Why I shrugged an ounce of doubt is really quite puzzling.
I ate half a dozen cookies fresh out of the oven that night. And I didn't even feel bad about it. I've just accepted I'm going to exist in constant sugar coma until 2014. Denying myself a single cookie this holiday season is simply not on this girl's agenda. And I'm not saying no to pie. I'm not saying no to cheese. So clearly, getting into a consistent work out regime come the new year is making it on to the list of resolutions, but for the rest of this glorious month of December, I'm participating in all festivities, con cookies. Who's with me?
Wow- I really sidetracked on an indignant cookie monster rant there, my apologies. Onto the recipe, which I'm proud to share, my mom texted to me from her ipad. She's so hip, it's really quite impressive. (This recipe looks like it could have been written by Betty Crocker herself, am I right?)
I had to share this old school version, but I understand it's not so easy to follow, so I took the liberty of transposing for you.
2 1/4 cup flour
2 tsp. soda
1/2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. ginger
1/2 tsp. cloves (i omit) *that's my mom, not i. i added those cloves right on in & i didn't regret it.
1/4 tsp. pepper
6 oz. (1/2 stix) butter
1 cup dark brown sugar, firmly packed
1/4 cup molasses
granulated sugar to roll cookies in
walnuts & pecans, halved sliced, or coarsly chopped (optional) i did these sans nuts
Sift together flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, ginger, cloves, allspice, and black pepper, set aside.
In large bowl of electric mixer cream the butter. (I did not have an electric mixer, so I did all of this by hand. I was too tired to make a second batch, but I survived and the cookies did not suffer.)
Add brown sugar and beat well.
Add egg and molasses and beat a few more minutes until light in color.
On low speed gradually add sifted dry ingredients, scraping bowl with rubber spatula and beating until incorporated.
Refridgerate dough briefly until it can be handled. 10-15 min may be enough. (and in my case it certainly was)
Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
Cut tinfoil to fit cookie sheets.
Spread granulated sugar on large piece of wax paper.
Use one round tablespoon of dough for each cookie.
Roll buttered hands, then in sugar, and place 2 1/2 to 3 inches apart on cookie sheets.
Bake almost 13 minutes, reversing cookie sheets if necessary to insure even browning.
Transfer to wire racks to cool.
Makes 24 large cookies. (Ok, maybe I had more than a half dozen cookies.)
And there you have it.
About a year ago, I decided to get good at painting my own nails. I was spending too much money on mani-pedis and I thought I'd rather put the funds towards growing my polish collection. For a few months- every time I wanted to get my nails done I went and bought a new nail polish color instead until I compiled a decent selection. In doing this, I've learned that the old 'practice makes perfect' saying is pretty spot on- though more like, 'practice makes pretty good' in this particular case. I decided to test my skills and got some of the girls together at the office and painted their nails for the holidays. It was so much fun!
I tried out a few different designs and it got me excited to keep changing up my nails from week to week. I'm personally not a fan of the bright red and green, it's just a bit bold for my tastes, so I chose to use more subtle pastels and deep winter hues, then added some metallics and sparkle for the finishing touches. I really just eyeballed the glittery tips, but if you're more of a perfectionist than I, you could always try taping off the design as well for cleaner lines.
Here's some pics:
This design makes me think of snowy days and snowflakes- agreed?
Focus on the wreath, don't mind the smudge. Pretty cute, right?!
Can you tell I was inspired by candy canes here?
Not sure what to do with those xmas tree scraps? We went to pick up a tree for our office holiday decorating party and couldn't bear to part with the extra scraps of pine. We decided to make a little holiday chandelier to put up in our ecomm office! It was super quick & fun and now we have some extra smells & cheer wafting through the office. Quite lovely.
Here's how to do it:
1. Go get a tree!
For us LA folk, that means drive over to the nearest lot. Though, I would definitely recommend you walk through the forest and find a few fallen branches, if that option is available.
2. Save your scraps. Duh!
3. Gather your supplies.
For us we had some string & candy canes lying around, but feel free to get creative. Gold glitter, fun ornaments, or popcorn garland would all make excellent chandelier flair.
4. Layout your branches & decide on a shape.
I ended up taking some of the scraps and breaking them in half until I was able to get them in a nice arrangement. You can get creative with the shape of your chandelier depending on where you want to hang it and what you're going to jazz it up with.
5. Tie together your chandelier with some holiday ribbon, yarn or string.
6. Add flair.
We added candy canes and then added some hand crafted snowflakes. If you've forgotten how to make your own snowflakes, click here for a quick tutorial.
7. Hang it up.
Make sure your connection is sturdy, or you have your tree hung over a safe space. Be wary of falling branches!