My Top 5 Favorite Christmas Movies

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 I did a post on my favorite Christmas movies years ago, but thought I’d do an updated edition today, and just narrow it down to my top five. I love movies in general, but I especially love Christmas movies. There is something about them that makes the season more magical and alive to me. Be prepared to make some hot chocolate, ignore the studying you told yourself you would do, and get cozy with a great film!

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My Perfect Holiday Playlist

andy williams christmas albumHi friends! I don’t know about you, but I’m pretty much only listening to Christmas music right now! Today I thought it would be fun to share some of my favorite holiday songs with you guys. A lot of my favorites come from my vinyl collection (mostly sourced from Goodwill and flea markets,) but I also always make a Spotify playlist for this time of year.

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Christmas Gift Ideas: A Little Bit of Everything!

christmas gift guide1. Who doesn’t love a cute winter hat? They are so practical during the winter months, but aren’t something I would think to buy for myself. I love this creamy cable knitted dream with a fantastic fur bobble from Anthropologie.

2. I’m always eyeing the jewelry storage at Target, and this particular little tray is one I’ve had my eye on for a while now. I love the white and gold, and the three tiered design. It’s perfect for storing jewelry, nail polish, or whatever you please!

3. A good eye shadow palette is always exciting, and a recent release that I think looks amazing is the Lancome Audacity in Paris palette, designed by the one and only Lisa Eldridge. I love Lisa, I love eye shadow, and I love pinky-neutral colors, so this palette is a win win win in my book.

4. Of course I had to include a bit of Rifle Paper Co. in this list! I love this coffee and tea themed calendar for the upcoming year. Christmas is the perfect time for a new calendar since the new year comes so quickly afterwards. (eeek! That’s a little scary!)

5. ‘Tis the season for baths, and Lush bath bombs certainly make them a lot more fun. Their entire Christmas collection is gorgeous, but I’m particularly fond of Golden Wonder. Plus it looks like a present, so it’s perfect for gift giving!

6. Every year Anthropologie brings out these beautiful gold editions of their initial mugs, and I just love them. I got mine a couple of years ago, and love it so much I had to talk myself out of buying a duplicate while Christmas shopping the other day. These mugs are stunning, and make great personalized gifts, especially when paired with a festive tea blend or some homemade hot chocolate mix.

7. Claire Thomas’s cookbook is something that’s on my own personal wishlist this year. Her YouTube channel and blog are some of my favorites, and I love her approach to cooking. I’m confident her cookbook is absolutely amazing.

What are you giving/wishing for this Christmas? Is there anything you would add to my list?

Tree Shopping & Announcing Blogmas 2015

Hello friends! I’ve been needing a bit of a push with blogging lately, so I’ve set a little challenge for myself: Blogmas! If you spend any time on YouTube, you may have seen Vlogmas videos that appear everyday in December. I’m simply reworking the concept for my blog. This basically means that I will be trying to publish a blog post everyday until Christmas, and I’m excited to give it a go!

To kick off Blogmas, I have some fun Christmassy photos for you! Over the Thanksgiving break, I was able to spend some precious time at home with my family. One of my favorite family traditions is shopping for our Christmas tree. We go to a local garden center, always armed with coffee and hot chocolate, and pick out the perfect tree for our home. It’s such a fun time, and has come to mean the start of the holiday season to me. As time all together becomes increasingly rare, I treasure these moments that we do get to share. This year we had to brave a bit of rain, but it didn’t put a damper on the fun that was had.

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Hello! & Fall Photos

Hello friends! It’s been far too long since a post has gone up here on the blog, and I’ve missed it so much! As you would expect, school has once again made my life crazy. This semester has been the busiest I’ve experienced, and it hasn’t left me with a lot of down time in which to blog. Thankfully, it’s quickly nearing the end, and you will be hearing a lot more from me!

October, November, and December are my favorite months. Everything about them seems to be dipped in a bit of magic, and I’m making an effort to savor each beautiful day during this season. In spite of the stress that college brings into my life, it doesn’t define my life, and I’m working to find joy even on chaotic days where nothing seems to go my way.

Thanksgiving is coming up in just a little over a week, and I’m looking forward to spending one of my favorite holidays at home with my family. After the Thanksgiving break, there are just two weeks of classes before finals, and then Christmas vacation. I’m so excited to finish another semester.

While life has been crazy, autumn has still been wonderful, and I’ve found some time to take some cozy fall photos that I thought I would share today. Nature, cider, coffee, fires, crosswords, and family. A girl can’t ask for much more.

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