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8 Tips You Should Be Excited to Try Decorating With This Christmas

Christmas Decorating

With the holidays just around the corner, many are changing their focus to make the most of the season. Preparing for Christmas means finding ways to decorate your home with an atmosphere of joy that fits the season. As many combine new holiday trends with traditional decorations, here are eight ideas you’ll want to add to your décor:

1. Start With Tradition

Everyone continues to enjoy classic Christmas decor. A green Christmas tree with lighting and ornaments continues to remain a seasonal staple. If you place your Christmas tree in front of a window, it will provide both indoor and outdoor decor.

2. Add Shine

Gold and silver ornaments, ribbons, tinsel and other materials that add shine are in style this season.  Adding shine can make any corner of your home as bright as your Christmas tree. You can try accenting your tree, tables or exterior areas for an even more glamorous look.

3. Bold Displays

Traditional red and green settings are classic, but many are adding in ornaments and displays that are brighter and bolder in color. You may need sunglasses for these ornaments! Neon greens and reds are being seen more and more in holiday decorating. Adding these to your outdoor decor allows you to show a colorful level of joy this season.

4. Sound the Bells

A traditional style that is a fashionable accent this year is bells.  Tie them with bright ribbons and add them to your Christmas tree or around your home to create an accent that sounds like the Christmas season.

5. Snow and Frosting

If you don’t want to move into bolder colors or gold accents, then you can try the frosted look. Ornaments with white frosting and white accents give your home a winter look. If you are in a snowy area, you can add to your home’s holiday decor by building a stylish snowman.

6. Patterns

Christmas décor now comes in sets. If you want to add vibrant accents in the form of ornaments, wall hangings and table settings, then look for patterns that fit well together. Red and green zig-zags, stripes and even dots can be added in as a stylish touch.

7. Lighting Styles

Many will place Christmas lights in and around their home. However, this year is taking this to the next level with different colors and styles. To add a little something extra, look into making patterns and shapes with your lights.

8. Candle Scenes

The beauty of Christmas is all in the lights. If you want a more traditional look with accents of candlelight, then candles are an addition you will want to highlight in this year’s décor. Candles that come in patterns, textures and themes can really brighten up your home.

The Christmas season is one that is known for joy and celebration. As long as you’re not taking a huge family road trip this Christmas, you’ll want to doll up your house. Adding in festive décor allows you to make the most of the season. Perhaps there’s a new Christmas style you want to try for the first time this year.

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Christmas 2013!

Christmas lights

I spent Christmas with my Mom and sister in my hometown of Wilmington, Delaware which is also the home of this fabulously overdecorated house I visit every year.

gifts under the tree

After sleeping in, opening gifts, and chilling out for a bit

fortune cookie

We went to the movies to see Saving Mr. Banks (great movie) and ordered Chinese food. Fortune cookies are a great way to go into the New Year. My fortune made me particularly excited for 2014.

Christmas movies

After dinner, we watched my favorite Christmas movie It’s a Wonderful Life.

It may have been a bit untraditional, but we had a lovely Christmas Day.

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Classy Is the Holiday Trend

woman in red dress with a glass of champagne

What’s going to make you the “it” girl at your next holiday party? This holiday season, it’s all about the drama. Structured silhouettes, textured fabrics and over-the-top heels are the look of the season. Venture to the subtly sexy side and add some shine (not sparkle) with big, bold metallics. For holiday parties, pick an outfit that’s chic and classy. Stores like Macy’s carry some amazing dress brands, like BCBG and Michael Kors, that are timeless, but push the envelope a little bit.

This season, a large ruffle at the waist, sheer high necklines and cutout dresses are everywhere. While you might want to stick to black, many designers are mixing it up with jewel tones, lace, mixed textured fabrics and metallic hardware added to dress necklines.

For seasonal inspiration, page through a celeb glossy to spot the trends on the red carpet. You can also browse dresses online to get ideas about the look you want to achieve. What’s also helpful is to think about all of the parties you have on your calendar and buy pieces that you can mix and match to create more than one outfit. For example, if you buy a form-fitting jewel toned dress, pair it with a jeweled statement necklace or gold cuff for a dressy work party, then pair it down with more subtle jewelry and a leather jacket for less formal parties.

Knee-length and maxi dresses are the look of the season. If you’re going for a knee-length dress, go for a structured, form-fitting outfit that shows off your curves. If you don’t want something that’s straight up and down, party dresses that are tighter on top and flared at the bottom are also a classic choice and can be paired with a blazer for a little extra layer of warmth.

Although a little harder to pull off, maxi dresses are also popular. Maxis are also an easy way to go super glam and dressy. This season, many have cutouts, are lined with jewels and have detailed patterns. One thing to remember when picking out a maxi is to either go for a classic silhouette or go for a mixed-fabric with a sturdier, intricate top and flowing bottom.

Whatever dress you choose, the key is to make sure you feel comfortable and gorgeous in whatever you are wearing. With confidence and a killer dress, not only will your personality shine, your pictures from the night will be amazing. Remember to spend the extra money to get a dress hemmed if it is too long and make sure the dress is not too big or too small. Shape and fit are the most important things when it comes to picking out a dress that fits your body and looks elegant and put together.

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Holiday Gifts for the Girls!

beauty

1. Urban Decay Naked2 Eyeshadow Set  2. Nail Polish Diary Set  3. Too Faced A Few of My Favorite Things  4. Vestige Lipstick Holder  5. Benefit Stay Don’t Stray Eye Makeup Primer

for the home

1. Bow Wine Stopper  2. Orange Chai Candle  3. Kate Spade Eat Cake for Breakfast Mug  4. Martha Stewart Collection Park Birds Hanging Salt and Pepper Shakers  5. Vintage Cocktails by Brian Van Flandern  6. Kate Spade Escape the Ordinary Scented Candle

holiday gifts

1. Michael Kors Large Runway Rose Gold Watch  2. Dooney & Bourke – Florentine Vachetta Satchel  3. Talisman Dagger Pendant  4. See by Chloe Carmen Mini Camera Bag  5. Deer Beads Earrings

More Girly Gifts for the Holidays

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The Ultimate Holiday Gift Guide for Guys Compliments of my Boyfriend

Christmas Gifts

I may always know what’s next in fashion or how to get the perfect smokey eye, but aside from picking out stylish menswear, I’m stumped when it comes to getting gifts for the guys. So I asked my sports-obsessed boyfriend to put together the ultimate gift guide for guys while I wrapped gifts and decorated our tree. Here’s what Ian suggests:

For the Foodie:

Pleasing someone passionate about cooking is tough. Don’t buy them a new knife set, they still love the one they have been using for 10 years and besides, sharpening knives is fun. Here are some out of the box ideas for the foodie:

The Stocking Stuffer:

Amarula Cream is a South African Cream that is perfect not only for cocktails, but for cooking as well. Amarula is a great addition to puddings, butters, and sauces. It’s unique because it uses the ancient marula fruit indigenous of Africa. It’s also great with coffee. So concluded, this stocking stuffer with some coffee beans from Rwanda, which can be found in the Foreign Ground Coffee Collection make a perfect combination.

Under the Tree:

The Proteak Cutting Board may seem boring, but it’s a game changer for someone who loves to cook! Teak is a wood that is resistant to moisture and bacteria and is easy to clean. The teak comes from a ranch in South America and each board is hand crafted. This will surely please your Top Chef!

For the Sports Guy:

You can’t get him what he really wants…for his team to win it all, but you can get him the next best thing, sports stuff!

The Stocking Stuffer:

Sports tickets to watch his favorite team in action – the best deals can be found on StubHub!

Under the Tree:

Unless your significant other is a 15-year-old, don’t get him a sports jersey. They’re tacky and can only be worn twice a year, they are also super expensive. Instead, get him some clothes from 47 Brand. 47 Brand is upscale, vintage style sports apparel that allows him to support his team while looking fashionable. They have apparel for all major professional sports teams and most colleges.

For the Gadget Guy:

It’s no secret that guys love their gadgets. Here are two fun gadgets that he may not already have.

The Stocking Stuffer:

A Leap Motion Controller is an $80 USB adaptor that allows you to control your PC or MAC by motion sensors. Not only is it a more seamless way to get work done on you computer, its also pretty damn cool! This is a smart gift that can make anyone feel like they are in a Sci-Fi movie!

Under the Tree:

Crosley Patriarch 4-in-1 Turntable is a great entertainment center that is nice piece to add to any room. It plays CDs, vinyls, MP3s and AM/FM radio.

New Year's Eve

How cute are we? Here’s Ian and I watching the ball drop in Times Square last New Year’s Eve! Thanks Ian for putting together this gift guide and helping girls everywhere find the perfect gift for that special guy. You’re a holiday hero!

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