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Happy Boxing Day Everyone!

I hope you all had a lovely Christmas, enjoyed some time off from work and school and things  with your family and friends and that you received some great gifts this year!

I know some people hate haul posts or whichever, but personally I love them a I’m nosy and I love to see what others own or buy for some reason so today’s post is a bit of what I received this year from friends and family (scroll down if you’d like to see the Boxing Day sales only!)

Here Are Gifts Received this Christmas!

I received this custom made ornate jewelry box from my boyfriend. Isn’t it beautiful? It looks like an old vintage trunk and the outside is leather material with embossed rose design. I really love this old fashioned style!

He also bought me my very own French press which can be used to make both tea and coffee. I’m super psyched about this one as I love both and I enjoying serving drinks in pitchers like this one. I’ve been using a friend’s french press up until now so I’m happy I finally have my own!

My mom got these amazing wedge boots for me! I really love the colors on them and they fit like a glove so they’re very comfortable and chic.

She also got me this amazing Ninja Blender + Food Processor! She has one herself (we both enjoy cooking) and I had the pleasure of using hers yesterday while we cooked Christmas dinner. It is AMAZING. This thing sounds like a jet engine blender, only not so loud, of course. It just sounds very strong and efficient and it blends things very quickly. I’m beyond thrilled to make my own smoothies and soups and things! I previously had to use this mini food processor which was quite horrible as it could only processor around 1.5 cups of anything at one time. Plus, it was one of those which you have to hold the button down on so it had recently begun to smell like burning plastic. Ew. Thank goodness for moms who know exactly what you need!

My step mom and Dad actually got me this lovely purse and it is SO adorable! It is by Bettie Paige ( the brand) and so the inside fabric is all black and white photo print of her modeling which looks really beautiful! Loving this handbag!

Lastly, I received a Coach clutch from one of my very best friends ( Thanks girl, if you’re reading this!) and I absolutely love it! It’s a really sleek design which I love for clutches and the burgundy wine color is amazing – it’s just my taste exactly.

I had such a wonderful Christmas and I’m so thrilled I was able to give and receive some amazing gifts this year and enjoy some lovely food and quality time with my friends and family.

Anyway, onto Boxing Day!

If you’re unfamiliar with Boxing Day, don’t feel bad. I only found out what it was last year. Basically, it’s the equivalent of Black Friday shopping only it’s mostly done in the UK, Canada, Australia and possibly Europe (anyone can confirm or deny this? not sure?). Many shops offer great bargains and discounts and there’s a chance to get some amazing deals and free GWP’s. I am a bit bummed come this time, but there seem to be a few Boxing Day sales going on online and a few after holiday or end of the year sales which you can take advantage of if you are in the USA or someplace else which doesn’t have Boxing Day.

Here’s What I’ve Found!

Hip Apotheca Boxing Day Sales:

Adore Beauty Boxing Day Sales: 

Boxing Day SaleGift Sets4020ClarinsLaura MercierFragrance

Beauty Bay January Sale:

Sephora 20% Off Sale:

Sale On Sale Extra 20% off sale items. Enter code EXTRA20 at checkout. Shop Sale > Online only. Limited-time offer. Ends January 2

 

FeelUnique Up to 50% Off Sale: 

Winter Sale

 

SpaceNK Sale: 

 

What did you all receive this holiday ?

Do you plan to Shop the Boxing Day or After Holiday Sales today ?

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It's a Catmas Miracle!

It’s a Catmas Miracle! – Icanhazcheezburger.com

I know I’ve been a bit radio silent this past week and it’s because I’ve been enjoying a few days off from both work and blogging. Instead, I’ve been doing a bit of last minute shopping, baking and finishing up some DIY gifts as well. I’ll be a bit more silent until after Christmas because I will be traveling a bit on Christmas day and I’d also like to really hang out and enjoy the holiday, but I’ll be posting on Instagram so if you’d like to keep up with me there, I’d love to have you! You can follow me here or by searching for StorybookBeauty on Instagram.

Here’s a bit of what I’ve been up to lately : 

Hanging out with my dog, Yoshi!

Doing lots of festive DIY projects and gifts!

I received my skincare samples and ring prizes from the SweetJellyBean giveaway that I won – Thanks girl! Isn’t this ring lovely?

OMG! I had been thinking of doing the whole DIY sharpie mug thing for ages now and I finally did a few for gifts, but had to keep this one for myself! One side says ” You must allow me to tell you…” and the other side says “…how ardently I admire and love you…”

If you’re unfamiliar, it’s a quote from Pride and Prejudice which is one of my favorite novels. I also did another one of these which turned out great of an Audrey Hepburn quote, but I can’t show you as it’s for a gift!

Anyway, I hope to see you on Instagram and we can keep up there after Christmas and I hope you all enjoy your holiday gatherings and get some great prezzies, enjoy some awesome food and laugh a lot!

Well, I Guess He Could Always Use One More...

Well, I Guess He Could Always Use One More… – Icanhazcheezburger.com

Merry Christmas & See You Soon!

What are your plans for the holidays?

Image 1 of New Look Glitter Heart Box Clutch

New Look Glitter Heart Box Clutch

Image 3 of Park Lane Ankle Strap Glitter Toe Flat Shoe

Park Lane Ankle Strap Glitter Toe Flat Shoe

BB Dakota Sequin Neva Dress

BB Dakota Sequin Neva Dress

Sally Hansen Gem Crush Nail Color, Big Money

Sally Hansen Gem Crush Nail Color, Big Money

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Marano dancer glitter box-clutch

Sequined Party Dress w/ Belt

Betsey Johnson Bronze Belt

PAXTON SEQUINED MINISKIRT

Urban Decay - Eyeshadow

Urban Decay – Eyeshadow – Rockstar – deep aubergine shimmer

Image 3 of Melissa Ultragirl Glitter II Ballet Flats

Melissa Ultragirl Glitter II Ballet Flats

Butter London Holiday Lippy Glitter Trio

Image 1 of River Island Gold Glitter Platform Heels

River Island Gold Glitter Platform Heels

Betsey Johnson Glitter Box

Butter London 3 Free Lacquer Nail Polish – The Full Monty

Kate Spade New York Glitter Phone Sleeve

Hudson Nico Mid Rise Super Skinny Glitter

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Kate Spade New York Glitter Bow Belt

Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics - Cosmetic Glitters

Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics – Cosmetic Glitters

Red Glitter Bow Headband

Red Glitter Bow Headband

Is anyone else as obsessed with glittery stuff as I am?

What are you all wearing to parties and gatherings this holiday?

Link & Let Me Know in the Comments!

I know, I know, Christmas is literally only 6 days away, but I know quite a few people who are still getting in some last minute shopping so I thought I’d post this one just for fun because whether it’s for Christmas or some other event, these items would make really great gifts!

Also, I know none of these have anything to do with beauty, but since I did a post on that previously, I thought I’d do one that has nothing to do with beauty as not everyone on your list will be as beauty enthused as me!

Fab.com | Traveler Leather Journal Saddle

Leather Bound Journal – from Fab.Com via PInterest

This would make a great gift for someone who loves to write or sketch and they’ve got tons of different options online and in stores for stationary, journals, etc. that are really nice and affordable. Leather bound ones are my favorite though!

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Alice Time Piece Watch Necklace from FredFlare.Com via Pinterest

I LOVE Alice in Wonderland. As you may know, I’m a bit obsessed with fairy tales in general and so it’s no wonder I love Alice in Wonderland really, but anyway. Isn’t this watch necklace lovely?! I love things that are vintage or have that vintage style and this one has beautiful filigree type design and looks just like the White Rabbit pocket watch!

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Death Star Planetarium from FredFlare.Com via Pinterest

I may or may not be living out a childhood fantasy of owning one of these, but I just think the stars and constellations are really fascinating. Also, this is a great gift for a child or an adult in my opinion and very affordable. Bonus points if you give this to a Star Wars fan!

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Plush Organs from UncommonGoods.Com via PInterest

I actually purchased one of these for my boyfriend last year and they’re really cute! They are a bit pricey as far as plushes go, but I’d say they’re worth it for the sheer novelty of it. I got him a pancreas because he’s a Type 1 Diabetic. Too soon? We have kind of a morbid sense of humor I guess LOL.

DIY Gift Idea – Cupcake In a Jar from LilLuna.Com

I love how cute this idea is! Doesn’t the presentation itself look adorable? I think it’s a great way to give a gift without breaking the bank and who doesn’t love a cupcake? Seriously… they’re awesome.

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Noodle Cup + Chopsticks from UncommonGoods.Com via Pinterest

My boyfriend and I love ramen. Actually, we love any Asian food, but we especially enjoy noodles and things that you’d eat in a bowl with chopsticks. Growing up in a community where Asians were the majority, tons of my friends are Asian and there were loads of restaurants selling all different types of Asian food from Pho to Udon to Rice Noodle and eating noodles reminds me of being a kid. This set is super cute and practical for anyone who is into noodles like me!

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What Would Audrey Do? Book from ModCloth.Com via Pinterest

I just recently discovered the amazing principles of life that Audrey Hepburn was all about and I’m enthralled because she had such a great way of viewing life and being a woman. This is one that made my own Christmas list and I think any woman would enjoy a good book of confidence, grace, beauty and rolling with the punches that come in life with all the poise of a real lady.

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Fortune Cookie Baby Booties from UncommonGoods.Com via Pinterest

Okay so don’t freak out. I don’t have baby fever or anything, but my sister is around 5 months pregnant and I’m so excited to be an auntie that I’ve taken to Oohing and Ahhing over baby booties and all that jazz and then I found these while browsing and AREN’T THEY ADORABLE?! You know they are. I mean, I’d rock these if they had ’em in my size. Just saying.

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Waldo – We Got Him Shirt from Threadless via ThisisWhyImBroke.Com via Pinterest

I wanted to get this for my brother last year as it’s very much his style of humor, but they actually ran out of them. I just find this funny twist on one of my most memorable childhood characters really hilarious. Threadless has other amazing shirts as well that range from humorous to pop culture references, etc. They also have frequent sales so they’re definitely worth a look!

Cookies in a Chinese Take Out Box from http://www.iheartnaptime.net

Back onto Asian food, it would make sense that I’d have a weird affinity towards takeout boxes, but that’s neither here nor there. I think I might just be into boxes because I’m a bit OCD, but anyway. I think cookies make a fantastic gift and super easy to do in one go for everyone on your list if you’re strapped for cash or want to keep it simple this year. You can find these little takeout boxes in so many different colors and recycled versions, etc. so it’s very customizable.

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Grow Your Own Coffee Kit from ThinkGeek.Com via Pinterest

I love coffee and tea. I wish we had a more devoted tea time here in the USA, but alas, no one cares what I think! At least I can dedicated some weekend time to boba and tea and noodles. This is a great gift for anyone who loves coffee and wants to cultivate their own coffee plant. They’ll save money in the long run and likely enjoy a better tasting brew!

lace boxers for ladies! love

FOXERS Lace Boxer Short from Foxers.Com via Pinterest

This might be one of those items that is best left for people to purchase for themselves, but I suppose boyfriends could pick some up for their girlfriends or whichever? Whatever. The point is that these are SO cute and everyone should own some because they combine both sex appeal and comfort and I fully endorse that.

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Coffee Concentrate from Kickstand Global via Pinterest

I actually bought some of these as gifts already! I know quite a few coffee addicts and these will make lovely gifts for anyone on your list who enjoys their caffeine. What I really like about this concentrate is that you can make hot or ice coffee in a few minutes without too much effort. The only thing is that these are a bit on the pricey side at $27 each and you must purchase at least 2 on their site for some reason, but I think it’s well worth it just for the convenience!

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Grow Your Own Micro Greens Kit from UncommonGoods.Com via Pinterest

I discovered what micro greens are just the other day and now I’m fascinated to grow my own. This is a great kit to do just that or even grow your own herbs/ spices!

Homemade Thin Mints from http://yumsugar.com

For us Americans, girl scout cookies are something of a favorite. It’s very hard to say no to those cute little girls outside the grocery store selling their cookies, am I right? My favorite has always been the thin mint cookies – they are amazzzzing! I love this homemade recipe for them from Yum Sugar as it’s both money saving and great for gift giving!

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Molecular Mixology Kit from UncommonGoods.Com via Pinterest

For those who are into their cocktails, this is a great gift idea to take their hobby to the next level in mixology! This kit really takes it to the next level where drinks are concerned and allows for complex and specialty drinks and flavors to come to life in a whole new way.

Thanks a Latte Gift Card Idea from http://eighteen25.blogspot.com/

I really love the play on words with this cute gift card idea! It’s a simple, cute and fun gift idea to give to those you really don’t know too well or who have everything.

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MukLuks Miranda Boots from Fab.Com via Pinterest

I’ve been wanting these damn boots for ages and they never have them in store – I don’t know if they’re online only or exclusive or whichever, but they are difficult to find and very cute for the holidays! I love that they are somewhere between a slipper and boot because that’s perfect for keeping me warm on short runs to the video store or grocery or something without sacrificing comfort or coziness!

DIY Homemade Vanilla Hot Chocolate from http://www.yumsugar.com

I’ve heard from some that this isn’t a good gift to give, but I think that’s bullocks ( I was just watching Gordon Ramsay on YouTube, can you tell?). I really wish someone would gift me some hot chocolate mix like this because 1. it looks really cute  and 2. it’s delicious when it’s freezing out like it is now so there it’s on my list!

Have You Finished Your Holiday Shopping?

What did you get everyone?

12 Days of Christmas Giveaways - Living Nature - StorybookApothecary.com

It’s that lovely time again!

Today’s giveaway is a big one as there are 3, count them, THREE Full Sized products up for grabs from the much-loved New Zealand beauty brand, Living Nature!

You may remember me reviewing their travel essentials kit and night face oil in the past summer both of which were amazing to use. If not, you can see my original review on some of their products here. The kit included the Vitalising Cleanser which is up for giveaway today and it’s just a brilliant cleanser. Super gentle, extremely softening and great for any skin type, even the most sensitive types. I’ll be doing a review on these 3 in more depth when I have time so stay tuned for that, but so far, they are all incredible! The Nourishing Hand Cream is super hydrating and softening and the bottle is actually quite large – nearly 7 ounces – which is HUGE for a hand cream. I’ve actually been testing it as a body cream as well because it’s so huge. The Nourishing Night Cream is also brilliant thus far – super moisturizing and it is quite thick, but not heavy and absorbs instantly.

After celebrating their 25 years anniversary offering these lovely natural products, they’ve updated their packaging to a “True Colours” range of colors that look super classy, but really stand out as natural, eco and body friendly. Plus, the new packaging is out just in time for the holidays!

This is what the new packaging looks like : 

So these are exactly what’s up for grabs and you can see they’re quite large sizes!

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  1. Krups Espresso Machine { from West Elm via Pinterest } $299.95
  2. “I Bloody Love Tea” Mug { from AliceMaplesdenPots on Etsy via Pinterest } $24.79
  3. BECCA Sandalwood Gift Set { from BeautyHabit.com via Pinterest } $70
  4. Grow Your Own Mushrooms Kit { from Back To the Roots via Pinterest } $19.95
  5. Multicolored 10 Piece Knife Set { from Fab.com via Pinterest } $28
  6. Roques Oneil Pamper Me Xmas Gift Set { from Roques Oneil via Pinterest } £48
  7. Rachel Bow Day Bag { from Forever New via Pinterest } $69.99
  8. “I Would Cuddle You So Hard” T-Shirt { from Fab.Com via Pinterest } $19.50
  9. “Amber” Eau de Parfum by Prada { from Nordstrom via Pinterest } $118
  10. Vitamix Professional Blender { from Wayfair.Com via Pinterest } $498.95
  11. “Freak Out” Pajama Set { from TopShop.com via Pinterest }
  12. OCC Pro’s Picks Lip Tar Set { from Sephora.Com via Pinterest } $49
  13. Waterproof Ipod Shuffle with Dual Layer Protection { from WaterFi.Com via Pinterest } $144.95
  14. Aquaovo Therm-O Terra ECO Friendly Thermos { from Fab.Com via Pinterest } $20
  15. RMS Beauty Essentials Gift Set { from SpiritBeautyLounge.Com via Pinterest } $150
  16. Samsung Galaxy Note II { from Samsung via Pinterest } $299.99 (with contract) or $649.99 (without)
  17. Trilogy Xmas Everything Balm Gift Set { from LoveLula.Com via Pinterest } £12.50
  18. “Bonne Nuit” ERMINE French Slippers { from TopShop.Com via Pinterest } $28
  19. Nanda Home Clocky Rolling Clock { from Fab.Com via Pinterest } $45

For more gift inspiration, check out my Pinterest board “Gift Ideas” for more gift inspiration!

What’s on your gift list this year?

Happy Sunday Everyone!

I hope you’ve all had a lovely weekend!

Personally, I’ve been relaxing while at the same time trying to get together the last bits for a few days of Christmas giveaways so definitely stay tuned for that! Products from lots of my favorite brands will be up for grabs as well as some little sample packs as well.

As for my actual weekend, I spent most of it hanging out at home playing the new WOW expansion – Mist of Pandaria – with my boyfriend. I am now a Panda in game haha. It’s so fun! Also, last night I went to the Festival of Lights at the Mission Inn in Riverside, It was insanely packed with people, but the lights were amazing!

Check Out My Week In Photos: 

 

I made coffee with a french press midweek and enjoyed some homemade vegan creamer with it. Both were super easy to do! The french press – all you do is boil some water on the stove, add your coffee grounds to the bottom of the press, put the pressing mechanism over the grounds, add water and press down. It’s supposed to help the flavor come out. For the creamer, I made a cinnamon type version since it’s very fall. To make it, use 2 cups coconut milk, 2 cups almond milk, 4-6 tablespoons of your sweetener of choice ( I used maple syrup), 1-3 tsp ground cinnamon, 3 tsp of vanilla extract, and 1 tsp almond extract. You can put it all together and just shake it and use it that way or you can strain it after mixing it over low heat and then it will be more smooth.

I painted my nails on Friday with a shimmery oxblood burgundy red type color and then I added gold shadow pigment to my thumbs and used a sponge to texturize it. It came out alright – meh, I’m just not that skilled at doing nails!

I meant to feature some of the things I purchased for myself on Black Friday, but I was waiting for some things to arrive so I decided to postpone. I got the OCC Lip Tar in Memento & the Fresh Soy Face Cleanser at Sephora when I picked up the giveaway prizes and then I purchased the Claribel Skincare Exfoliating Body Cream and the Solia Straightener online. I’ve reviewed the Fresh cleanser before here – it’s a favorite basic to use! I’m new to the OCC Lip Tars, but loving this one so far and will review soon! I really want the True Red color one as well. They are really fun to experiment with! I’m liking the exfoliating body cream from Claribel Skincare thus far as well, but waiting on further testing to review my findings! The Solia hair straightener I got on discount from Folica.Com which has a lot of great products for both hair and skin. It works amazingly so far, but I’ll keep testing and post on it in about a month when I’ve experimented a bit more!

 

Living Nature sent me these lovely products for review and the Christmas giveaway so if you’d like your chance to win these 3, stay tuned for the giveaways opening very soon! Otherwise, I’ll be reviewing these 3 and their brand new colorful packaging (pictured above) which is out just in time for the holidays. I think they look lovely and would make a wonderful gift for anyone who loves Living Nature or maybe as a way to introduce them to the brand. They offer lots of kits and travel sets that will last quite a long time if you’re looking to introduce someone to these products or pick them up for yourself. It’s seriously good value. Check them out here. Also, you can check out my reviews for some other Living Nature products here.and their awesome liquid foundation here.

 

Last night, I went to the Lights Festival at the Mission Inn in Riverside, CA. As you can see, it was really packed ( this is the front of the hotel) and the lights were crazy extravagant. They do this every year and have stands where they sell kettle corn, candied almonds and hot cocoa and other fun things. It was a blast!

 

What did you do this past week/weekend?

Do share in the comments!

SteamCream Xmas Tins

Happy Friday Everyone!

I hope you’ve all had a lovely week & on to another fabulous weekend!

For some reason, I’ve just been exhausted this week and staying up a bit too late doing random things like attempting to make ice cream (weird for winter, I know) and creating a yogurt pie (because it needed to be done).  So I’ll be pulling the covers over my head til Sunday, getting in some much needed sleep this weekend, but on to today’s post!

Joy to The World

Joy to The World

I’ve been in love with the beautiful tins from Steamcream ever since they sent me a sample of Chagrin earlier this year (see my review on that – here) and I’ve been fawning over their Christmas themed tins along with all of their other tin designs which are all brilliant and uniquely scented! Their creams are very precisely steam-infused with a variety of essential oils, natural plant oils and a calming infusion of oatmeal which offers a very unique cream for even the most sensitive skin types. What I really love about their tins (other than their impressive ingredients) is that they have lovely designs on them that are cute, unique and fun and the tins screw closed instead of most creams which come in a tin that you have to push together and which become harder and harder to open as time goes on. Their tins shut tightly and can safely roll around in your bag without worry of them spilling everywhere.

Chagrin  and Brugge Gift Set

Chagrin and Brugge Gift Set 

Single Steamcreams would make lovely stocking stuffers and they also offer a number of adorably designed gift sets for those looking for a fully fledged gift. Aside from that, they are also eco friendly, made with sustainable ingredients, and they are vegan, cruelty free, and use recycled materials for their packaging. As if that’s not enough, they also hand craft their Steamcreams fresh in the UK and Japan with minimal preservatives for the most body friendly skin emulsion that’s instantly absorbed into the skin!

Some of their tins and gift sets seem to be on sale at the moment so definitely take advantage of that while you can!

They offer tons of uniquely designed tins in their online shop – here.

If you’re in the US, you can also get them from Beauty Habit, if you like – here.

Have you tried SteamCream?

What are you getting your friends and family for Christmas?

Hello Lovelies!

I saw this post on Creativity Arise the other day and loved her post so I thought I’d do it as well! I am loving these little questionnaires on different topics lately for some reason. I also thought this one was quite appropriate given I’ve woken up to rainy overcast this morning and, in Cali, we associate that with Fall & Winter as we really don’t get snow. Anyway, I hope you enjoy and anyone who wants to do the tag, please do(!), and definitely link me in the comments so I can read your responses!

1. What is your favorite thing about winter?

My favorite thing about winter is the rain, the boots, and the scent of chimney smoke on cold air.

2. What is your least favorite thing about winter?

The difficult time I seem to have getting out of bed, you know, more than usual when it’s freezing cold out.

Health & Beauty

3. What are your favorite skin care items for the cold winter months?

I have soo many, but lately I’m all about Suti’s Cleanse Organic Balm & Purity Balm as my skin has been kind of dry lately. (See reviews for those here & here) I also really love cleansing oils. My favorite cleansing oil is the one from Antonia Burrell which is great for both acne and dry skin (see the review for it here), but right now I’m testing out one from Moist.

4. What’s your favorite travel size hand cream?

Hands down – Erbaviva Hand Cream. It’s so gentle & nourishing, but there’s no greasiness to it at all. It’s a great one for cold weather. See my review for it here.

5. What are your favorite eye shadow/ lipstick colors for winter months?

Right now, I’m really into doing a daytime type smoky eye with all brown, beige, bronze and gold type colors and also simple liquid eyeliner in plum colors. For lipstick, I am on the lookout for a nice deep plum or burgundy color that’s been on trend for fall, but I haven’t found one yet. If anyone has any advice on a good one, do let me know! Other than that, I love the lipsticks by Karen Murrell & ILIA. See reviews on both here & here.

6. What is your favorite hair product for the cold winter months?

I really love the Max Green Alchemy line of hair products You can see their review here. I also really love the deep conditioner from Brown Butter Beauty which is super affordable and organic. Not sure why I haven’t done a review yet.

Fashion Preference

Boots: thigh high, knee high, mid calf, flat boots, or booties?

Knee high and thigh high boots for life! I love that look with leggings or tights. I love the style of ankle/ calf boots, but my calves tend to be a bit on the large size so they just make me look short and I kind of avoid them for that haha. Wish I was taller!

Layering: Cardigans, blazers, or pull over sweaters/jumpers?

Cardigans and hoodies. I love hoodies when I’m just cold and feeling lazy. I love cardigans and leather jackets with scarves, though, for a really cute fashionable look.

Accessories: Hats, scarves, or gloves?

Scarves & gloves! I’m not much of a hat person. My mom kind of freaked me out about it when I was young because my sister and I went through a very odd phase of wearing backward caps every day (like I said, ODD phase! LOL. ) and my mom kept telling me I was going to lose my hair if I wore hats all the time so ever since then, I’ve sort of been traumatized against wearing them. Yep.

Dresses or pants (trousers)?

Pants, leggings, jeans, etc. I also really love shorts with tights. I went through a stint where all I wore was dresses, but lately I’m anti-dresses.

Life

What is your favorite winter holiday?

Halloween. It’s just full of so much life and character.

What is your favorite drink during the cold winter months?

hot ginger tea with lemon & honey, jasmine green tea plain, and occasionally hot chocolate is nice.

What is your favorite Christmas movie?

I don’t really have one, but I do love The Santa Clause and watching Twilight Zone marathons. For some reason, I also really get a yearning to watch period films like Pride & Prejudice in winter…

Would you rather…

…attend a Christmas party or New Year’s Eve party?

NYE party as I always stay home and it would be a lovely change!

…toast marshmallows in your indoor fireplace or outdoors at a bonfire?

bonfires on the beach are the best, but I also love fire pits!

…go north to New York City or south to Miami?

NYC! I’ve never been and always wanted to go for a visit. I’d love watch the ball drop on NYE!

…bring the new year in partying at a club with friends, spending quality time at home with family watching the ball drop, at church praising God for blessing you to see another year, or having dinner with family and friends?

I would love to go to or have a dinner party with both friends and family. We’ve always been real casual, but I’d love to do a formal dinner party type event.

…create a New Year’s resolution or focus on something else?

I love NY resolutions, but I prefer not to wait for the NY to do them. I’m always working toward my goals, no matter the time or place.

…go snowboarding, skiing, ice skating, or have a snowball fight?

I love ice skating! Snowboarding mildly terrifies and thrills me at the same time. I used to really love skiing as a child, but I haven’t done it in ages. As I said, I live in Cali so I have to travel an hour or so to the mountains to enjoy this kind of thing. I’m just happy when I visit snow because I never see it otherwise. I enjoy sledding haha.

Last but not least….

Tell me your favorite memory of winter.

One of my favorite memories of winter is going up to Mt. High with my sister and going sledding all day. Also, the first time I went snowboarding with my boyfriend and some friends. It was such a great day. We all took lessons and went boarding. I was not very accomplished at it and, living in Cali, went smartly in layered jeans + leggings. Not only did I get seriously drenched after a few hours of doing that, but we all had bruises and welts from bailing out so many times going down hills haha.

What’s Your Favorite Part About Winter?