It’s not too late!  You’ve still got time to find last minute fabulous gifts for the ladies still on your list.  Last week I went to one of my favorite local boutiques {Barefoot Contessa} to finish my Christmas shopping and maybe pick up a couple things for myself too.  It’s just all too hard to resist.

For the gardener…

Paperwhites {$18}.  These beauties have been made by Barefoot Contessa boutique owner herself.  She has sourced beautiful vintage silverware and teacups and filled them with forced bulbs.  A pretty little plant with white flowers  will grow over the winter.  Then this Spring they can be transferred into a bigger pot for outside.

For the tea lover…

As a tea lover myself, this is the type of gift I love to give.  The perfect thing for winter nights.
Gold Lip teacup & saucer $29.90
Honey dipper $7.95
Teapot teabag dish $3.95
Teatime pastel napkins $6
Peppermint tea $3.95

For the hostess…

Are you the one bringing the desert to your Christmas soiree?  Why not bring your lovely hostess a gorgeous glittery cake server {$20.95} and spoons {$6.95 each}?  Available in gold and silver.
Sidebar: Panetone {Italian Christmas sweet bread} is one of the most delicious things ever!  Happy to give and receive it.

All these lovely things are available at Barefoot Contessa except the Panetone which I purchased at Home Sense.

#LocalLove

 

{The Details}

Chiffon/tulle Dress: BCBG
Knit Dress: H&M
Vest: Garcia
Boots: Old Navy
Scarf: handmade gift
Bracelets: Olive & Piper and Stella & Dot
Bag: Coach
Belt: Brave Leather
Lip Colour: Revlon

This time of year is definitely all about socializing.  It’s impossible to have a new outfit for every occasion, however getting creative with layers and textures can transform your wardrobe to something new.  This outfit gave me that perfect balance of cozy but polished.  I layered two dresses to achieve my desired look.  I was warm enough to be outside taking pictures but not too warm when we were inside sipping London Fogs.  I feel like this one will be making a repeat showing over the holidays.

I will have a last minute Christmas gift post coming this weekend! Be sure to check back for some fun ideas.

 

Congratulations to Carla Graham!  

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!

 

 

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