Monday, December 30, 2013

the light that blinds

(tights: h&m, tote: fieldguided, everything else is vintage or thrifted)

  As I've said before here, I believe I am one of the only people who thoroughly enjoy the bitterness of this season. I pulled out one of my favorite heavy coats for this 20 degree day, which has the most memories behind it, and started off this Monday with warm coffee and sorting through my re-organizing of my apartment. My uncle, who is an avid skull/taxidermy collector, is having me store his collection while he moves to a different state for awhile. My project until school starts again will be to display these around my apartment, which means a lot of rearranging. 
  My boyfriend, who is a lover of pawn shops, showed me Mission Pawn this afternoon. While he browsed acoustic guitars, I swooned over long fur coats and Dior rings. Later in the evening, I walked through the holiday-lit Country Club Plaza and had a wonderful dinner at Houston's. I am currently ending my night with red velvet cheesecake, wine at a friend's house while my router is broken, and awaiting the last final day of 2013. 

Saturday, December 28, 2013

a christmas spirit (part two)

(tights: target, everything else is vintage) 

  This Christmas seemed to come so quickly this year. Maybe it was because I have been working in retail almost everyday leading up to the holiday, or the fact that Thanksgiving came so late this year. That's besides the point, because this holiday season was as great as ever. I saved this dress specially for Christmas that I bought at a vintage warehouse sale months ago, and it fits me like a glove. Defiantly one of my new favorite pieces from my wardrobe. 
  One of my favorite parts of the holiday is the act of giving and receiving presents. I love finding the perfect gifts for each person on my list, and I love unwrapping the gifts they picked out especially for me. My Christmas, and Christmas Eve, was full of family time and wonderful food (large amounts of baked goodies, breakfast food, potato casserole, the best coffee). I love this time of the year, and I can't wait to reflect on this post next year (like I did with my Christmas post from last year) when the time comes again. 

Friday, December 27, 2013

sponsorship: january

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Thursday, December 26, 2013

a christmas spirit (part one)

(Christmas coffee from Quay Coffee, roasted by Oddly Correct.) 

(dress: kohls, tights: self-dyed, everything else is vintage or thrifted)

“Our hearts grow tender with childhood memories and love of kindred, and we are better throughout the year for having, in spirit, become a child again at Christmas-time.” 
― Laura Ingalls Wilder

Stay tuned for part two of my Christmas holiday, coming shortly. 

Monday, December 23, 2013

winter marches on

  Something about the season of Winter is just so imaginative and romantic... and I love when it comes every year. I normally tire of it once the end of January comes, but I am prepared to make this Winter season one of the best so far. The Winter Solstice was just two days ago, so I decided it was time to make my seasonal "to-do list". I am so ready for many weeks of wearing my favorite fur trimmed coats, sipping on warm peppermint drinks, smelling holly berries and pine, walking through the snow, and working through my list throughout this season. Readers, what is on your Winter to-do list for this year?

Friday, December 20, 2013

made at home: spiced peppermint white hot chocolate

Spiced Peppermint White Hot Chocolate
  • 1 cup of white chocolate chips
  • 10-12 peppermints 
  • 3 cups of coconut milk (or other desired milk)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons of pure vanilla abstract
  • 3 teaspoons of sea salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons cayenne pepper 

  Bring the milk, peppermints, and spices over medium-high heat on the stove top. Take off the heat right before it is about to boil, then stir in the white chocolate chips until fully melted. Pour into a mug, top with whipped cream and crushed peppermints. 

  I have never really been the biggest fan of hot chocolate. It was always one of those "a couple times in the season" sort of drinks for me, but then I realized all of the spices and flavors I could develop to make a hot chocolate "my own". With Christmas right around the corner, I decided to go for a seasonal flavor, peppermint (and mixed with some sea salt and a bit of spice). Not only is this drink rich and wintery, but it's also the prettiest shade of pink, which won me over for this recipe even more.  
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