Christmas

10 Last-Minute Stocking Stuffers

I can’t quite believe that we are only three sleeps away from Christmas! Are you guys all ready for the holiday weekend? I’m almost there but still have a few more small gifts to get. Then The Great Wrap Session of 2016 will begin. I’m talking: red wine, trashy holiday movie, festive candle burning, a big box of chocolates and, somehow, never enough tape (I can’t be alone there?!). Anyway, before I start my wrapping marathon, I still need to get those final gifts ticked off my list. If you are in the same boat, I’m sharing ten gift ideas that are perfect stocking stuffers for almost everyone on your list. Check it out after the jump! 1. Color block Tech Touch Glove: Color lovers will be so happy with the aesthetic appeal of this graphic and colorful gloves. The best part? They’ll still be able to ‘gram to their hearts content on that cold winter’s day because they are tech touch friendly! 2. Apple TV 3rd Generation: This is the perfect stocking stuffer for any TV nut that you know. This 3rd generation version has Siri build into it so you can just ask Siri to start playing your […]

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Christmas In New York City

Do you find that some years you feel so much more festive than others? Last year was our first holiday season living in New York City, and while it was lovely, the build up to and actual Christmas in New York City were oddly, well, un-festive. I think it’s because we had not long moved into our first apartment (with all of our belongings still on a ship coming across the Atlantic!), so things were kinda off kilter. Then, there was the weather. I might have recently gained my green card (wahooo!) but you can’t take the Britishness out of this Brit – I still love to talk about the weather! You see, I actually love it when it’s cold in December. After all, if there’s one month in the year when it feels nice to get all wrapped up and be cozy, it’s December – right?! Last year, it was so mild during Christmas in New York City that I was literally doing last-minute Christmas shopping in shorts and a t-shirt. If I wanted that kinda craziness I would have flown to Sydney for the holidays. Ummm, no thanks! This year, however, it’s allll different. We are feeling so […]

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20 #MakeYouSmileStyle Gift Ideas

How, HOW, is is the last weekend before Christmas already, you guys?! I’ve been flat-out with work, moving apartments and a bunch of travel since September so I’m really behind on my festive prep this year. If you’re in the same situation as me then you’re probably planning on making a big dent in your gift buying and Christmas to-do list this weekend, right?! We’ve got this! If you are planning on avoiding the crowds in the stores, then I hope my digital gift guide will help you find the perfect holiday gift for anyone in your life who loves style, design and travel. Dive in and let me know what’s catching your eye from these gift ideas – for you or a loved one! Because, let’s get real, who doesn’t end up treating themselves to a little gift while holiday shopping?! #guiltyascharged 1. All Birds wool runners | I’ve been wearing these stylish runners almost daily since early summer and I’ve been asked so many times in the street, gym and subway where I bought them. They’re so great because they keep your feet cool in hot weather and warm when it’s cold (great for places with extreme temps. […]

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Holiday party decor: red, white & wreaths

How is it December already, you guys?! I feel like this year has flown by and I can’t believe it’s already mine and my heartmate’s second Christmas in New York City. As much as I love the Holiday party season it can feel like a string of to-do lists and last-minute scrambles to get everything sorted in time, don’t you think? One thing that shouldn’t feel like a chore is making Holiday party decor, so I was thrilled to team up with Walmart.com to share my tips and ideas for hosting a Holiday party on a budget! All the tabletop and Holiday party decor DIY projects in the feature I created for their new Tips & Ideas site can be completed in a matter of minutes, and are super fun to make either with little ones or friends as you prep for your party. You can make many of the DIYs with pieces you are likely to already have around the home, too! These Holiday party decor DIYs are the perfect mini projects that will have maximum impact. The best part? You don’t have to spend hundreds of dollars to achieve a magical and festive look! So, dive in after […]

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Last Minute DIY Holiday Decor & Drink Recipes

Oh, boy! I had such a blast putting this blog post together! Knowing all too well how manic the final few days can be in the lead up to Christmas, I was keen to develop a series of quick and easy DIY decor ideas and recipes. After all, this time of year is not only crazy busy but also a time when we can come together with loved ones to create special memories. I teamed up with IZZE to create a festive DIY Christmas tree ornament and a #MakeYouSmileStyle mocktail that are great for all the family to enjoy! Click through after the jump to see the how-to and recipe! #MAKEYOUSMILESTYLE MOCKTAIL The best part of this recipe is that it’s not only super easy to make but delicious and alcohol free so the whole family can enjoy it. I used IZZE Sparkling Pomegranate as my base for the drink. IZZE sparkling juice is 70% pure fruit juice and a splash of sparkling water. That’s it! No added sugar, no high-fructose corn syrup, no preservatives, no caffeine – amazing! Here’s what you need to make your own: – 3 ounces IZZE pomegranate sparkling juice – 3 ounces cranberry juice – […]

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Festive Fiesta! How to Style a Holiday Bar Cart

Christmas is almost here so I’ve teamed up with Chambord to style a DIY festive bar cart that’s perfect for celebrating the Holidays in sparkly festive style! I headed out into New York City to pull together bar cart items inspired by Chambord’s stylish bottle, and named the overall look ‘Festive Fiesta’ to encourage celebration of the everyday, no matter the reason. Click through to see how to recreate this stylish and gently quirky DIY festive bar cart! The inspiration for my Festive Fiesta look came from the Chambord bottle itself: the peppering of holiday red colours are a nod to the rich red hue of the raspberry liqueur, while the metallic finishes reference Chambord’s golden band and bottle top. I made sure to include a posy of fresh festive blooms as part of the DIY bar cart makeover. Not only does a grouping of red winter berries, baby’s breath and eucalyptus fill the room with holiday scent and colour, but it softens the harder lines of the bar cart, too. If you don’t have space for a full vase try filling a spare glass tumbler with the stems – I did this with a polka dot design to give […]

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10 Things I Learned & Loved This Weekend

1. Spending Saturday morning surrounded by cosy candle light as I wrote my final Christmas cards and wrapped gifts such as the Bubble Drop watch from Corum made me feel super festive! Click through after the jump to see all my other weekend highlights. 2. This is quite possibly the most magical home I have ever seen. I spotted this beauty in Greenwich Village, Manhattan.3. I was mesmerised by the intense golden hour light reflecting off the NYC skyscrapers. Truly beautiful!4. I’ve enjoyed getting back into my bokeh photography this Holiday season.5. I was finally able to see the famous angels at Rockefeller Plaza that I first saw as a child in the movie, Home Alone.6. This light display Downtown was 100% #MakeYouSmileStyle. I stood looking at it for a good the minutes as the colours gently faded from one hue to another.7. The Rockefeller Tree looked resplendent all lit up above the charming skaters below!8. Seeing this golden view over NYC made me think of the song: “Now you’re in New York / These streets will make you feel brand new / Big lights will inspire you / Now you’re in New York, New York, New York”.9. A classic […]

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DIY Advent Calendar with House of Fraser

This festive season I am delighted to partner with House of Fraser to share my tips for fun, colourful and stylish DIY Christmas decorating ideas across their digital, in-store and catalog. I’m actually not what I would consider a ‘crafter’ but there’s something about Christmas that brings out the DIY side of me. In fact, Christmas has had this affect on me since I was a young child when I would be allowed to decorate our family home with my crafts. I would gather pine cones and berries from the woods by our house, spraying them silver and gold before stringing them from ribbons twisted with fresh foliage. Click through after the jump to see a super simple and stylish idea for making your own advent calendar. Here I am in full swing on set of the video! We filmed this advent calendar DIY towards the end of the summer in a super cool London studio. My aim was to create a DIY that would be fun to do one weekend with all the family: this one is great to get the kids involved. The best part? It will still look stylish! It’s also a fun way to use up […]

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A #MakeYouSmileStyle festive wrap DIY with Birchbox

Truth be told I love to craft but I often find that I’m lacking the time to sit down and dedicate to a given project. Yet when it comes to the festive season I always ensure I do find the time to craft a personal touch to my gifts. I figure I have to wrap so why not make it special and get a kick out of crafting something unique as I do?! So I created a fun DIY wrapping project in partnership with Birchbox, who offer the cutest and most useful beauty and grooming supplies for men and women to match your personal profile. The best part is that this Christmas wrapping project is super quick and easy! If you are thinking of gifting a year-long Birchbox subscription to a pal this Christmas, you can get the first box sent to you so that you can follow the project below to add a personalised touch before you gift it, and then all future monthly boxes would go direct to your loved one in one of Birchbox’s own super cool boxes. They are a great gift for that person in your life who has everything or is just really hard […]

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