Stocking Stuffer Favourites

It’s Christmas morning. Presents are neatly stacked under the tree, Santa’s cookies have been nibbled and you have managed to stumble out of bed after drinking too much egg nog the night before. It truly is the most magical day of the year and yet it gets even better! Those sad drooping stockings hanging along the fire-place  are now a thing of the past.  Why is that you ask?  Because we have put together our favourite stocking stuffers for Her for this years holiday season.

Found at Bath and Body Works:

 

Lip Gloss in Peppermint and Gingerbread – $8.00 each or buy 2 get one free.

 

 

Christmas inspired Air fresheners for the home and your car in scents such as Winter and Cinnamon Stick – $8.50 each or Mix and Match 4 for $24.0o.

How cute is this compact mirror? $7.50 each.

Found at Chapters:

Gourmet Hot Cocoa in Dark Chocolate and Peppermint – $15.00 each

Champagne Truffles and Gourmet Vanilla Marshmallows – $21.00 & $9.00 each.

Found at Sephora:

Gwen Stefani’s Xmas Harajuku Lover Perfume – $25.00

Sephora’s Gold Sparkle Top Coat Nail Polish – $9.50

Found at Joe Fresh:

 

Fur Ear Muffs and Gloves – $14.00 each

Gold Sparkle Belt – $8.00

 

Multi-Chain Necklace – $19.00

Like what you see?  Well stay tuned as next week and we will featuring our favourite stocking stuffers for the Men on your Christmas lists.

Happy Shopping!

Photos courtesy of: Bath and Body Works, Sephora, Chapters and Joe Fresh.

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Holiday Hostess Gifts

‘Tis the season for party going, which often raises the question, do I have to give a hostess gift?  The answer is YES.  It doesn’t have to be expensive or over-the-top, but rather a small thoughtful gesture to show your appreciation.  Below we have outlined some of our favourite  holiday hostess gifts. 

Baked Goods

You can never go wrong with scrumptious baked treats.  Homemade cookies, candied nuts and cake pops, as well other festive recipes like we shared last week, make great hostess gifts.  One of my all time favourites to make and give  is the snowflake christmas tree.  Using snowflake cookie cutters in various sizes, bake two cookies in each size, then decorate and stack the cookies from big to small to create a christmas tree shape.  Use a mixture of icing sugar and water to adhere the cookies together.  Sprinkle with icing sugar and you are done!  If you are not a stellar baker, you should consider purchasing some baked goods from a delicious bakery in your area.  Pusateri’s has some great holiday desserts or you may want to try Phipps Bakery on Eglinton- YUM!

  

Wine or Champagne

A bottle of wine or champagne is relatively effort free and a great gift idea around the holidays since it can be re-gifted or enjoyed at another holiday get-together.  Take it up a notch and make a bag for your bottle of wine using some really nice fabric or purchase some accessories like festive wine stops or charms.  

Cookies in a Jar Recipes

One of my favourite hostess gift ideas is the whole cookie recipe in a jar idea.  They look great and are a time saver for your host or hostess. Find your favourite cookie recipe and layer the dry ingredients (in the required measurements of course) in a glass jar.  Attach the recipe and instructions with a tag to the jar, and all your hostess will have to do is simply add the liquid ingredients and they will have a batch of your favourite cookies in no time.

Candles, Creams and More

Bath and Body works has some delightful three wick scented candles this time of year including scents like Twisted Peppermint, Hot Buttered Rum, Gingerbread, and Fireside.  They are absolutely heavenly and make for a nice gift.  If you know your hostess well, scented lotions, creams and bath accessories are also a nice touch.

 

Recipe Gift Baskets

If your hostess enjoys cooking, a recipe gift basket is an ideal gift.  Print your favourite recipe on a nice piece of stationary and purchase the ingredients to go with it.  Pick a recipe that does not necessarily include a lot of fresh ingredients.  A pasta dish usually works best for this type of thing. 

Happy gift hunting!


Have yourself a DIY X-mas

Today I thought I Would share with you some of our favourite do it yourself  x-mas wreaths.

Using Cinnimon Sticks

What a great way to utilize old family photos

A good reason to collect your wine corks!

A great way to re-use your old christmas bulbs

Made out of peppermint candies…how festive!

Perhaps if your Dad, Husband or Brother has some old ties laying around, here’s a great use for them!

And while your at it, check out this great DIY video that was featured on City Line this week ….

Sophisticated-White-Felt-Crafts-Nov-22-2011

Photos courtesy of google images.


Holiday Tablescapes

Are you faced with the daunting task of hosting a holiday gathering this year?  Don’t fear, we have some great tablescape ideas for you that will make your holiday dinner party festive and won’t break the bank.

There are many themes or visions to choose from, but two of my personal faves are a glitz and glam look or a more soft, rustic winter theme.  Keep reading for some table decor options that are suitable for both visions. 

If you want to add some interest to your every day dining room table, but don’t want to spend the money on a costly tablecloth or runner, considering using a roll of holiday wrapping paper that you have fallen in love with this season, in place of a runner.  You can cut it down to any width and length to fit your table perfectly.   If you are going for are more glitzy table, choose a wrapping paper that has a metallic element or vibrant colour; while if you are going for a more rustic vibe, consider a more neutral paper.

  

 

Placemats and napkins are also a  great way to add interest and depth, and can be an inexpensive option.  Linen or satin napkins are a nice touch and are much classier than the traditional paper napkin. You can rent them for around a $1.00 a piece at rental companies like Chairman Mills, Around The Table and Susan Murray International.  The fabric and colour options are endless.

 

Your centerpiece will be your focal point and therefore you may want to focus most of your efforts on making it a masterpiece.  Use what is at your fingertips. Everyone has extra ornaments from years past that may not necessarily match their christmas tree colour scheme this year. Purchase some inexpensive clear glass cylindrical vases of varying heights and fill them with your left over ornaments. If you don’t have enough, go to your local Walmart or Zellars to buy some inexpensive ones for filler.

  

With a little more effort, you can have a naturesque centerpiece like the one below, made from tree stumps, pine cones and flowers.  Birch wrapped candles would be a great accent piece for this type of centerpiece.  Be creative, you could also use pussy willow branches which are in season this time of year.    If you don’t feel like arts and crafts, but have a wreath and cake stand on hand, you can whip up a whimsical centerpiece in no time with a few candles, perfect for any rustic table setting.  

 

Everybody loves a favor, so why not make  your guests extra happy with miniature stockings stuffed with holiday treats.  All you need is a few pairs of toddlers socks in festive colours like red and white, or shades that match your colour scheme of choice.  Fill them with holiday treats like candy canes and set them at each place setting. Your guests will appreciate the extra effort, and who doesn’t love something so cute and edible.

 

Happy decorating!


Tis the Season to Treats!

One of my favourite things to do this time of year is bake.  Each year I source out different festive recipes for unique xmas treats to give to friends and family through out the holidays.  During my search I have come across some adorable ideas and if your not the baking type, fear not I have found some amazing local bakers that can make them for you!

Cake Pops:

http://www.bakerella.com/its-beginning-to-look-a-lot-like-christmas/

http://www.bakerella.com/snowman-cake-pops/

Lottie & Lil: http://www.lottieandlil.com/

Cupcakes:

http://www.bakerella.com/candy-cane-christmas-tree-cupcakes/

http://www.bakerella.com/clarice-and-rudolph/

Cupcake Factory: www.cupcakefactory.ca

 Cookies:

http://www.bakerella.com/piping-practice/

The Designer Cookie: http://www.thedesignercookie.com/


12 Days of Christmas

So I don’t know about you but we absolutely LOVE Christmas! In light of the season quickly approaching, we thought we would run a series of fun blogs to get us all in the festive spirit. For the next 6 weeks we will be featuring everything and anything to do with our favourite holiday… favourite recipes, décor tips, gift ideas and more. We may even throw in a few fun give-a-ways so stay tuned and keep reading!

We thought we would get things started with our must have fashion items for this holiday season.  Whether you are a party goer, a hostess, or just want to look good this winter, these items will have you in the holiday spirit, from head to toe.

1. The Fur Vest

If you have been shopping lately, you will notice that almost every store has their version of the fur vest.  Whether faux or real, it is definitely a must have.  This one is from BCBG and is the Adler Rabbit Faux-Fur Vest http://www.bcbg.com/store/jackets/adler-rabbit-faux-fur-vest-40433.html.  Vests are a great article of clothing to jazz up your wardrobe this winter, not to mention they will keep you warm and fuzzy!

2. Sephora by OPI Holiday Gem Collection

Want to add some sparkle?  This OPI collection will have your fingers and toes twinkling. There are a variety of colours available with adorable festive names like “Looks Like Rain Dear” and “Flurry Up” http://www.sephora.com/browse/section.jhtml?categoryId=C23644.

3. Every girl needs a pair of blinged-out shoes, especially for the holidays.  These are a steal for $150 a piece from Town Shoes.  Stand out with Enzo Angiolini’s crystal pumps or Steve Madden’s blue pump with a  rhinestone heel http://www.townshoes.com/womens-shoes/evening-wear/.

  

4. The Party Dress

The party dress is a staple this time of year, with so many events and holiday gatherings.  Check out this little black number from H&M’s Party Collection for only $19.95 http://www.hm.com/ca/party#lookbook/l3.   You will also find an abundance of sequence this season, like this gold sequin prom dress from Top Shop, available at The Bay in Canada.  Colour is also a must this winter, so if you want to go the vibrant route, add a punch of colour with this purple pencil skirt from J.Crew http://www.jcrew.com/womens_category/skirts/pencil/PRDOVR~58261/58261.jsp.

   

5. Speaking of colour, this double-bow clutch in dark peony is one of my faves and only $108 at J.Crew http://www.jcrew.com/AST/Navigation/Women/PRD~61963/61963.jsp.

Happy Shopping!


Yona & Sadar’s Big Day

A couple of weeks ago we shared with you a little sneak peek from Purple Martini’s Blog surrounding Yona and Sadar’s wedding at C Lounge. Today we share with you all the wonderful details that made this day so special. It truly was a beautiful day for such a unique couple.

Enjoy…

 

Venue: C Lounge – Toronto

Florist: Tolyn Designs

Chuppah: The Wedding Decorators

Uplighting: Mobile Productions

Dress: Beckers Bridal