Posts tagged #christmas

christmas recap.

Processed with VSCOcam with t1 presetHappy New Year to all of you! I was without internet all while home for Christmas, so I have neglected the blog for the last few weeks. Since I am now housebound from nursing my face after getting my wisdom teeth out yesterday, that will no longer be the case!Processed with VSCOcam with t1 presetProcessed with VSCOcam with t1 presetProcessed with VSCOcam with t1 presetWe started Christmas Eve off right with brunch at the Atkins' house, complete with an elaborate mimosa bar. We were missing a lot of the clan, but had no trouble eating the extra food :).

Processed with VSCOcam with t1 presetProcessed with VSCOcam with t1 presetProcessed with VSCOcam with t1 presetMy mom's sisters all came over for brunch Christmas Day, which was a sweet new tradition, and Becca and Austin came over in the afternoon to open gifts and have dinner with us. Also pictured above, Becca and I decided to get Dad some fancy beer for Christmas, and Becca turned them into "Reinbeer". So cute!

Processed with VSCOcam with t1 presetI hope everyone had a really great and restful Christmas break. Cheers to the new year!






travel set from west elm.

Processed with VSCOcam with t1 presetI did a little browsing at the beautiful store West Elm on Sunday, and came across this brilliant little kit - a pocket-sized Travel Set. It has a plushy eye mask, ear plugs, an inflatable neck pillow (such a great idea, I never travel with a neck pillow because they're so clunky to carry and my bag is usually packed to the brim anyway), and a little bag to stow it all in, and it's all made out of really soft jersey fabric. I'm going to be doing a lot of traveling in December, so I picked it up for myself, but it would also make a great gift for the holiday season if you have a loved one who travels often. xo.


holiday gift ideas day two: the perfect throw blanket.

Blankets are a great gift for a broad range of recipients: your parents for when they have extra house guests (read: you reap the benefits when you crash there on holidays!), your newly married friends whose wedding you attended this summer that you drew for secret santa and they now have more place settings and baking gear than they know what to deal with, your brother who's now living in the city... Here are a few cozy blankets to give you a starting point:

Pendleton blankets are gorgeous, heavy blankets that last forever and are perfect for extra cold nights and to bring along for sprawling summer picnics. I am especially a sucker for their leather blanket carrier. If that doesn't make you the coolest kid in the park, I don't know what will.

Adler & Co is a Portland-based shop that has amazing trinkets and home decor in general, and this revival stripe throw looks comfy as can be. Also, these bath blankets look like you could curl up in them forever.

I love the dewy, dreamy look of this Blue Heather blanket from Macausland's Woolen Mill, which is made in Atlantic Canada and the only Canadian mill to still use 100% virgin wool yarn.

While these are splurgy names, I would honestly go scour the shelves of Winners, Home Sense and Home Outfitters for the best price. Warm and affordable!