Jennifer Pistor

 

I have teamed up with Papyrus to give one of my lucky readers a special gift just for you.  You’ve worked hard this holiday season.  You’ve been shopping, wrapping, baking, and making merry.  It’s time to treat yo self!  Win this collection of some of my favourite items I sought out in their new Burrard Street location. {Calendar, soap, book, & bag}  Still need some Christmas prezzies?  Be sure to check out either of their two beautiful Vancouver locations.  Entries must be in by midnight on December 24th.  Good luck!

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{The fine print: Entries must be in by midnight on Dec. 24th.  This giveaway is open to those living in the Lower Mainland only.  The prize will be shipped after the holiday season.}

 

 {Details}
Sweater: Joe Fresh
Jacket and Jeans: Old Navy
Boots: Aldo
Earmuffs: Winners
Scarf: Plenty
Bracelets: c/o Pearls for Girls (a pretty Swedish line new to Canada)

{Madelyn’s Outfit}
Jacket: Zara Baby (purchased at JBF Vancouver)
Pants: gift
Hair clip: Peekabloom Baby
Shoes: First Prints

I am a Christmas movie nut.  I get as many in this time of year as possible.  Even the terribly cheesey and predictable made for TV ones. {I actually cried watching one the other day. Such a loser…I know.}  Of course I also have my favourites like Love Actually.  Last night with Madelyn in bed and my husband at hockey, I made myself a cup of peppermint tea and soaked in this holiday movie must.  I remember back to my single days of watching this movie and how I would wish for big love in my future.

When I was single at Christmas I would make wishes for my future self.  I wished for things that now seem so simple, but then felt huge.  I wished for a house.  Somewhere I could plant flowers, paint the walls whatever colour I wanted, and feel proud to own.  I wished for a husband.  A wanted a man who I would adore and who would do anything for me.  I wished for a family.  A little girl all my own to love and sing to and rock in my arms.

Now here I am years later, and all of those Christmas wishes have come true.  Whenever I have a moment and I get that “I need more”  attitude, I like to remind myself of the amazing things that have come true for me.  These wishes, although as basic as they may seem, are really what life is all about.  Comfort and Love.

 

 

Christmas is now less than two weeks away!  If you’re looking for a fun way to share a little prezzie with your friends, neighbour, or even a unique hostess gift…why not DIY?  I love to customize little gifts for my friends.  They are simple, easy, and always loved.

Step 1:  Think of packaging.  I like the idea of putting all the goodies into a cute bottle or mason jar.

What you will need:
Gold Confetti, gift tags, glitter stickers, gold ribbon (all from the Dollar Store)
Sharpie metallic markers ( to write on the tag or even draw designs on the jar)
Mason jars are perfect or you can use a bottle (this one is left over from my juice cleanse)
Washi tape to seal your Christmas card

Step 2:

Add your confetti to the bottom of the jar for a more polished and festive look. Then, load it up with goodies you know your friend will love.

For this one I went with a little beverage and treat theme.  I filled the jar with tea, honey sticks, liqueur, chocolate, and peppermints.  This gift is a great accompaniment to your hand delivered Christmas cards too.

Step 3: Time for the finishing touches!

Write out your gift tag and attach, wrap a ribbon around the top of the jar and adorn it with beautiful details.  These glitter stickers are perfect for the jar lid top, on the Christmas card, or anywhere else you like it.

Step 4: Spread your {DIY} Holiday Cheer!

Your finished product will look something like this.  Since I had a whole drink theme going on, I tied on a couple of pretty paper straws to the outside of the jar.  I also love vintage or stamped spoons as another option.

Happy DIY-ing!

 

 

 

{Details}

My head to to look: c/o Barefoot Contessa 

Maddie: Arrow & Lace Designs

The holiday season is in full swing, and that means parties and festive get togethers.  Most of our parties are on the more casual side these days, but I make sure I have at least one occasion  to get all dolled up!  Besides choosing a flattering silhouette, I make sure that the pieces I chose for the holidays can still work there way into my wardrobe when the making merry season is over.  This skirt will be perfect in the Spring too and these shoes will go with anything!

Barefoot Contessa is one of those local fabulous boutiques that I am bound to score some perfect pieces of pretty.  I was drawn to this skirt immediately.  I adore this style of skirt (flattering on almost all body types), however the popular ones out there don’t exactly fit a gal with some curvy bits.  This skirt has all the components I’ve been looking for…elastic waist, lady like length, lined, a gorgeous print, and under $100. The store is full of so many beautiful pieces like taffeta skirts, faux fur coats, lacey dresses, and sequins galore.  They truly have anything I could possible need this holiday.

#LocalLove

 

Oh hello December!  Can you believe that Christmas is only a few weeks away?  I couldn’t resist kicking off the month with a fun little holiday gift guide.  I’ve found ten gems that are perfect for your Christmas gift exchanges and hostess gifts and all under $25.

1. Kait Creative + PGITC #HartForTheCause Heart Print $20
This is also an amazing way to give back. 100% of the proceeds from this print go to the Breast Cancer Society of Canada.

2. Homesense sweet treats starting at $9.99
Not the baking type? Don’t fret, there are tons of sweet treats all bundled up and ready to go.

3. Olive & Piper Harper bracelet duo $24
Every gal needs a little bling at the holidays.

4. Olive & Piper earrings $18
I have these studs myself and love them! The perfect little earring.

5. Volupsa Candles available in Bella Sucre, Goji Orange, & Santiago Huckleberry at Lofty Living $22.95
Lofty Living will be launching their new website soon! This means online shopping for you.

6. Target plaid pillow $24.99
I love to give the gift of cozy. Pillows or throws are a perfect gift for any age.

7.  Target gold mason jars $2.49
For all you bakers out there, these are perfect to fill with home made treats!

8. Butter Baked Goods marshmallows $9.50
With so many yummy flavours to choose from, you might as well get a couple!

9. Homesense gold serving set $19.99
I love the idea of a beautiful serving set for a hostess gift.

10. Chapters/Indigo mug $10
Fill this beauty up with cocoa, marshmallows, and a cinnamon stick or two!

{These items were sourced online.  Availability will vary from store to store.}

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