The Christmas Tag

So there seems to be a little bit of a red Christmas thread running through the last couple of posts. As I have declared myself to be the biggest Christmas fan currently on the face of the earth I thought it would be fun to come up with a little Tag. I’m tagging everyone that wants to participate! Please let me know if you have, I’d love to read your answers!

1. What are your top 3 Christmas movies?
For me that would have to be Home Alone, Love Actually and Harry & Sally. The last one probably isn’t classified as a Christmas movie, but to me it just has that sentiment that I look for in a movie this time of the year.

2. The Christmas song you know all the lyrics to?
Oh this is a tie. I love Driving Home for Christmas by Chris Rea, but I also love Michael Bublés entire Christmas CD.

3. Do you have any special or favorite traditions?
Usually on the 24th my best friend and I volunteer at a christmas party for a local orphanage. Doing this really puts the rest of the day, the amount of presents etc. in perspective and fills me with such great gratitude.

4. What day is it officially allowed to start actively anticipate christmas?
Even though the supermarkets start offering Christmas cookies already in the middle of November, to me the first day of December is really when the whole season kicks off. It is Christmas music only from then on only.

5. A day in advance or months ahead – when do you start thinking about getting christmas shopping?
Definitely in advance. I’ve had my mothers present since March haha! But like I mentioned in my gift guide, there’s always a few people I forget and have to buy last minute.

5. Favorite food that you associate with christmas?
Home-baked Christmas cookies for sure! I haven’t been doing it so far this year but as soon as I get home I will catch up on that right away. Any recipes you’d like to share?

6. What is the best gift someone has ever gotten you?
Three years ago my sister and dad brought back a lovely bangle that they had bought together in New York from Ani + Ani. I have worn it everyday since and even though the little charm fell off I still like the look of it on my wrist.

7. In full anticipation you grab the wrapped present that looks most like the sweater you wished for, only to find a pair of really ugly socks how do you react?
Of course it depends on who is giving it. I’m usually quite good at concealing my emotions, but my mother has gotten quite a good sensor for when she suspects I’m not liking what I am seeing. For presents from relatives I would appreciate the gift and later on find a better purpose for it, for presents from my family I would try to find a good solution so that all parties are happy.

8. What makes this time of the year ‘the most wonderful’?
I think its mostly the sentiment, the friendliness and the gratitude that I encounter more during this season than any other time. People seem more happy and content, everyone wishing each other happy holidays and a good start into the new year.

 

I’d love to read your answers, so please let me know when you participate in this tag!

The Thing with Going Blonde

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I think I’m slightly bipolar when it comes to making hair decisions. On the one hand I love the idea of being a natural blonde with healthy long hair and treating it with care. But then on the other side, I’ve always had the urge to go blonder and blonder. Apart from a couple of highlights that I have my hairdresser put in every couple of weeks I am not really one to go full on color all over the head. I’ve tried going brunette before and let’s just say the hot orange mess on my head was far from pretty.

But recently the thought of going extra light has really stuck with me. I don’t want to go all white blonde, but something with still a bit of color like the three ladies up here, the one to the very left being my favorite shade.

I’m a little afraid of the maintenance though, do you have experience with dying your hair lighter? And what do you think I should do? Do it already, or nahh?

Subtle Festive Make-Up

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The season of festivities and parties is upon us and while everybody seems to be whipping out a bold, sparkly make-up look I thought I’d go a bit more subtle. My grandma generally likes to point out how much nicer we all look when make-up is kept to a minimum and the natural beauty shows through (her words, not mine), so whenever we have family gatherings I keep it quite simple. Also, previously mentioned friend Emma requested a look for Hanukkah and I thought out of respect for religious traditions let’s skip the bold lips.

On my face I applied the Chanel Vitalumière Acqua, probably my most lightweight foundation that still evens out the skin tone quite beautifully. I use the shade B10. Then I used some NARS Creamy Concealer in Vanilla under my eyes, the nose and any blemishes around my chin. I filled in my eyebrows using my Anastasia Brow Wiz in Taupe, did a light contour with my Contour Kit by Sleek in Light and applied some of the Bobbi Brown Peony blush that seems to have been discontinued. That’s all for the base!

On the eyes I used, again, my trusty Urban Decay Naked 3 palette. I always like to go in with a matte shadow first before applying any glitter, so I went for a light wash of limit all over the mobile lid and the tiniest bit of nooner in the outer corner. Then I packed on burnout in the middle, buzz on the outer corner and dust as an inner corner highlight and voila! I used my L’Oréal Super Liner to draw a fine eyeliner, this stuff is seriously the most amazing liner I have ever tried, it simply does not move, no matter how much you’re rubbing your eyes. Give your lashes a few coats of mascara, I used an Artdeco sample that I have to say I’m not too impressed with and you’re ready to go.

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A Gift Guide: The Best Friend

Normally I’ll have all Christmas presents ready weeks in advanced, properly wrapped and just waiting to be handed over to the lucky recipient. However, at the last minute there’s always at least 2 people that I managed to forget – so this time I though I’d come up with a few ideas that I can have on standby for when the inevitable comes in again.

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The new year is just around the corner, so a nicely designed calendar definitely comes in handy. This is almost too pretty to be noticed as practical, two in one? (15€)

I’ve had my Naked 3 palette for about a year now and am super impressed with the quality. The Naked Basics is perfect for that friend who likes to play around with make-up but isn’t too advanced yet. Absolutely foolproof! (26€)

One of my best friends gave me the Rituals Shower Foam for my birthday and I love the feeling on the skin, the smell and how moisturized it leaves my body. They have come out with a package deal that I’m quite keen on! (18€)

Who doesn’t like a make-up bag? I don’t know what it is but I just could keep on buying them! This one from H&M Home is so adorable and festive with the sparkle on the eyelids. Stuff it with your favorite mascara as an extra bonus. (5€)

The HAY Kaleido trays are a super nice way of adding a bit of color into your decor and offer endless possibilities in terms of combination. If you manage to decide on the color and shape – I’m sure the recipient is gonna love it! (15-65€)

These little cacti from IKEA are the perfect gift for someone who, like me, is far away from having a green thumb. If you feel extra fancy, think about spray-painting the little pots in different colors, maybe rose gold? (5€) image credit: peekinside.nl

Hot Chocolate: 3 Ways

With the cold hitting in full force the craving for hot drinks is natural. And while I’m a big tea lover, sometimes when I have friends over on the weekends for a fika I like to switch things up slightly and whip up some home-made hot chocolate. Being a big fan of mixing flavors I recently made these three and I must tell you: everybody was quite impressed!

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1 spoon of hacked milk chocolate
1 spoon of hacked dark chocolate
1 mug of milk
1 small chili pepper

Heat up the milk in a small pot and let the chocolate melt. Make sure to stir regularly so that the chocolate doesn’t burn to the bottom. Cut the chili pepper in very small pieces and let simmer for a few minutes. Garnish with milk foam and drink up. Ps: It’s good to add just a bit of chili and taste in between, you want a slightly hot aftertaste but not a burnt tongue.

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Version Two: White Raspberry Chocolate
2 spoons of hacked white chocolate
1 mug of milk
7 crushed frozen raspberries
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This might possibly be my favorite, the consistency is rich and sweet, but the freshness of the raspberries evens it out very nicely. Again, melt the chocolate in warm milk, add the raspberries and let simmer for a few minutes. Trust me, if this was friendlier to my hips I would totally have this everyday.

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Version Three: Candy Cane Swirl
1 spoon of hacked milk chocolate
1 spoon of hacked dark chocolate
1 mug of milk
1 crushed candy cane
1 candy cane to garnish

If you like the idea of having a hot chocolate with an aftertaste but are not such a fan of chili, try this. To add a minty note to your standard hot chocolate, add a crushed candy cane to the milk you are melting your chocolate in. If you’re in the mood for extra mint –  use crushed After Eights instead.

 

Let me know if you are recreating one of these recipes and I would love to hear what you think!