Over the river and through the woods…

To my mother’s house I go! Okay, so it’s not grandmother’s but she’ll be down for Christmas tomorrow so it’s going to be a true family holiday season!

Since I’m sure you’re just as exhausted as I am with all of the gift guides finals, I thought I’d share a little Christmas cheer and showcase my mother’s AMAZING cooking and decorating. Though she politely declined to be photographed for this post, I can assure you she’s every bit as beautiful as the confections and decorations she creates!

Every year we put up two trees – crazy, yes but my mom does enjoy the holidays. Until this year I always saw it as a bit of a chore but now that I’m on my own There’s something about starting off the season the day after thanksgiving with my dad and I bringing down the Christmas trees and rearranging the living room furniture.


Downstairs Christmas Tree 1
Family Room Christmas Tree

Next up is the dining room where my mother hosts elaborate dinners fit for a Queen (No really, just ask any of her friends who have been invited for a birthday ‘lunch’ and were treated to a 5-star meal!) The tree in here is only for Santa and Snowman ornaments and since my mom and I find them so cute we have more than enough ornaments to fill the tree.

Downstairs Christmas Tree 2
Dining Room Christmas Tree

The tree affectionately known as “the Charlie brown tree” usually goes wherever we have room and this year that’s the dining room sideboard. We put the teeny-tiny ornaments that would otherwise get lost on a normal tree on this tiny one!

Charlie Brown Christmas Tree
Charlie Brown Christmas Tree 

This year we decided to go a little crazy, since the aforementioned grandmother is visiting (with an aunt, an uncle and two cousins in tow). There’s a THIRD tree upstairs! This tree is really special to me because it has all of my storybook ornaments on it: the whole crew from Oz and the Nutcracker are there.

The Upstairs tree
Bonus Room Christmas Tree

There are also a few really cute displays that didn’t involve ornaments:


Nutcracker Mantle
Nutcracker Mantle
Hummel Nativity Display
Hummel Nativity Display


A Christmas List: The School Gear Edition

The only good think about a new semester is new school supplies!

1. Hogwarts Sweatshirt $29.99
2. Luke’s Diner Coffee Tumbler $24.50
3. Moleskine Volant Notebook $18.95
4. Cambridge Satchel Company Satchel $130

1. Refined Around the Edges Tape $9.99
2. Key ring USB drive $29.99
3. Russel and Hazel Binder $24.00
4. Willow Damask File Folders $9.00

A Christmas List: The Makeup Edition

What girl doesn’t love getting new goodies to play with? I’m no different so I’ve compiled a list of the products I’d most like to play with this holiday season.

1. OPI Nail Varnish in Rally Pretty Pink $8.00
2. Nars Multiple in Orgasm $39.00
3. Birchbox Subscription– one year $110
4. Jo Malone Nutmeg & Ginger Cologne $55

1. Deborah Lippmann Nail Varnish in Happy Birthday $18
2. Molton Brown Re-charge Black Pepper Set $50
3. Smashbox Jet Set Eyeliner in Metallic Bronze $22
4. YSL Touche Eclat Concealer $40