Sunday, December 21, 2014

a Devine holiday


 The gift wrapping station always has champagne
 A fun Christmas pillow on our living room couch
Reusable fun craft boxes are a family favorite
 Rustic stockings hung by the fire
 My mothers favorite tradition: her snowman collection
Gingerbread men having a little gathering
Our Australian Cattle dogs Juno and Skylar (puppy on right) with their santa toy
Rain everyday is making our California hills look like Ireland
 Even the dogs stocking are fill with care
Our holiday cards for special event clients

I love being home for the holidays... and these are just a few reasons why. 
Merry Christmas!

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Gingerbread Cookies









Tis the season for baking! Im a huge fan of really crunchy cookies that make the house smell amazing for hours, which can only mean one thing: Gingerbread cookies. I like to make my ginger bread cookies a bit healthier with all organic ingredients, whole wheat flour and real ginger. Once the house starts smelling magical the whole family will come running to the kitchen and thats when the really fun part starts: decorating. They don't have to be perfect just made with love. 

Gingerbread
2 cups whole wheat pastry flour
2 tsp ground ginger
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
1/4 tsp ground cloves
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1 tbsp grated ginger (peel first)
1 stick of butter
1/3 cup dark brown sugar
1/3 cup unsulfured molasses 
1 large egg

1. Mix together flour, spices, baking soda and salt. In a separate bowl blend butter, real ginger, molasses, egg and brown sugar with an electric mixer until smooth. Then combine with flour mixture.
2. Wrap dough in waxed paper and sit in fridge for 1-2 hours.
3. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees. Roll out chilled dough and cut gingerbread men out.
4. Once all gingerbread men are cut, place uncooked cookies in fridge for 10 minutes to help keep their shape.
5. Bake for 10 minutes. Then let cool for 20 minutes.
6. Have a blast decorating them!

Cream Cheese Frosting
4 ounces cream cheese
1 stick of butter
2 cups powdered sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract

1. Blend all ingredients with electric mixer until smooth. Yum.

Monday, December 15, 2014

Snow Dreams






Is anyone else dreaming of a white Christmas? Even though I love living in California sometimes, especially during the holidays, I long for seasons. Fortunately we have been getting quite a bit of rain this winter, which is fun for doing holiday traditions inside. Every winter my family makes our plans to be those funny Californians that actually want to brave the cold and act like they are in a cheesy holiday movie. But to our credit when you are not used to seeing the snow it really is magical. 

My favorite places to go for holiday ski trips:

If you are needing winter inspiration without having to go anywhere check out my holiday Pin board.

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Gifts for Him




It can be really difficult to try to find the right gift for your father, brother, or boyfriend. There is always that worry that it won't fit or he won't really use it. So this year instead of stressing out over what to purchase for that confusing man in your life just relax and go for these three categories:
1) Things he needs in his wardrobe, a.k.a things you want to see him wear
2) Things he actually needs, like a new briefcase or cold brew coffee maker for his health
3) Things you know he wants, all men love toys so go for technology or tools

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Noir










Black is a great color but can overwhelm an outfit if there isn't at least a bit of color. I recently realized how I didn't have one pair of light wash denim... so I went on a hunt and found a great comfy pair by Current/Elliott. I used the light blue color as inspiration and found a similar silk top by Joie. The color was a great compliment with my black suede Aquatalia boots and 360 cashmere sweater for a chilly winter day. 

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Holiday Playlist




One of my favorite traditions during the holidays is listening to holiday music. Its a fun way to get the whole house in the mood and gives us a sense of nostalgic happiness. If you are a true music lover try these albums on vinyl or give a CD to someone as a tangible gift. 

Monday, December 8, 2014

Brand Spotlight: Hunter





Did you know?
> Hunter boots are crafted from natural latex rubber.
> All supplies are sourced near the factory to cut down on carbon emissions
> All suppliers are required to follow strict substance standards 
> Any animal materials used are held to animal welfare standards
> Hunter's code of conduct ensures safe and ethical working environments for all employees
> Hunter supports the local communities in their supply chains

History
1856 
Hunter is founded by Mr. Henry Lee Norris as the North British 
Rubber Company, later renamed Hunter  
1875
Hunter is commissioned to mass produce a sturdy 
boot for the British Army
1956
Hunter introduces the Green Wellington and 
the Royal Hunter
1977
The Royal family awards Hunter with two Royal warrants from 
HRH The Duke of Edinburgh and HM the Queen 
2007
Hunter sees its biggest year of production yet, making Hunter 
boots an international brand made in Edinburgh, Scotland

It is important to know the history and standards behind your favorite brands. I wear my Hunter wellies almost everyday and have them in many different styles and colors. They truly are one of my favorite closet necessities. They are a great holiday gift for men, women, and kids!



 

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