Black and Gold

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What are you all wearing Christmas/ Christmas Eve? It is usually a decision I make the day of, and scramble to get things together like tights with no snags;)

I teamed up with Anne Klein to style a few holiday pieces and fell for the detailing in this skirt, which is now a contender for Christmas festivities. And the sweater with leather trim? Definately adding this piece to my #consciouscloset efforts. (Both pieces launching on the site soon!)

I am looking forward to this last full week before Christmas. The anticipation is in the air!
Wishing you much peace this coming week!

Outfit details: Top, skirt, watch: Anne Klein c/o // Boots: Sam Edelman // Necklace: Kendra Scott // Clutch: Wink & Winn

Gift Guide Throwback: Christmas DIY Gifts

I haven’t been able to devote the time like I used to in creating holiday gift guides. I probably spent a little too much time on them;) A few years ago was the last one I published, and there were quite a few golden DIY’s, recipes, and festive ideas included….

diy chocolate stir sticks
(DIY Geometric Chocolate Stir Sticks by Hank and Hunt)

Christmas Dinner Place Settings
(Throw a Christmas Dinner with Friends by Marshall’s Abroad)

Peppermint Chocolate Truffles
(Peppermint Chocolate Truffles by Oh My Veggies)

DIY Geometric Tablerunner
(DIY Table Runner by Ampersand Design Studio)

DIY Berry Syrup
(DIY Berry Syrup by Freutcake)

You can still see all the how-tos and images in the original IHOD gift guide:)
Hope you all had a splendid Decemeber weekend!

A Festive Holiday Bar Cart

I skimp over holiday decorating throughout the year. Maybe some fall decorating, maybe some spring florals for Easter, but Christmas? Make way! I save all of my decorating energy for this most wonderful time of the year. Our neighbors surely think we are party poopers until Christmas rolls around;) We have our annual Christmas party next week and even the bar cart was converted to a festive merry maker on wheels! Here is how I gave it a Christmas punch…

Holiday Bar Cart, IHODBar Cart DrinksGold Bar Cart Tools
Holiday Bar CartFestive Bar Cartless talking, more dancing

I don’t think I have made a cranberry and popcorn garland since I was 8 years old. Maybe it’s the old Christmas movies that convince me it is needed in the world though, so the over achiever in me decided my bar cart needed a garland.  Didn’t actually take very long to string up, and is the perfect mindless activity to do while watching a Christmas movie! I also added in some fresh berries and greenery, long branches, and faux gold berries in mercury vases for the top and bottom shelves. I love a silver and gold theme, and will probably carry that them over to the table.

Next, WINE. By the way, it was fun hearing from you all on FB of what wines you love to entertain with. Recently, Kendall-Jackson AVANT® sent over some of their blend to try, and I cannot wait to serve it to guests. K-J AVANT Red Blend has rich raspberry and bold black cherry  flavors and  hints of  spice and dark chocolate which you can imagine dances on the palate. I am dreaming up some appetizers to pair it with such as bacon wrapped dates!  Any other ideas you all have? Appetizers are my favorite thing to talk about;)

The bottom is stocked with glasses which is only visible after sweet little toddler hands are snoozing in bed of course. The wine and whiskey decanters are a fun way to display your drinks and offer a way for guests to get an aroma before pouring!

A gold tray for holding the bar tools, bottle opener, and a few fun entertainment options like playing cards, and conversation starters were a few more additional elements on top.

I can’t wait to have some time with good friends so close to Christmas. Will share some more entertaining ideas soon! Cheers!


Details from Top to Bottom: Bar Cart: West Elm c/o // Bar Tools // Gold Tray // Coasters // Bar Cards // Bittermilk // Antler Wine Opener // Wine: K-J Avant c/o // Wine Bottle // Bottle Stoppers // Mercurey Tall Vase // Mercurey Gourd Vase // Whiskey Bottle // Glassware


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