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You've Got This Holiday Thing All Wrapped Up

For our second week of the holiday edition of our podcast, Style Matters, we hear from two fabulous bloggers on how to survive some tricky situations, with style.  First up is Melanie Blodgett of You Are My Fave.  One of Melanie's holiday tips is to go all out on wrapping up your gifts, especially since you may not always love the gift itself!  (Think of those obligatory gifts you'll have to give to people whom you don't really connect with in personal ways...if you make the wrapping look beautiful and thoughtful, you'll love giving it!).  

Download Melanie's labels for your own treat compartments.

Download Melanie's labels for your own treat compartments.

To encourage you to get out your ribbon, paper, scissors, glue, confetti, berries, stars, bells and stamps, we thought we'd share a direct link to our Pinterest board called "Wrap It Up."  We've collected almost 200 ideas on how to wrap with style and hopefully you'll find some inspiration to get you going.  Wrapping is actually one of the best parts of the holidays for us.  Once the house is clean and decorated, the cookies are baked and the holiday cards are sent, tell your kids to leave you alone while you sit down with a cup of tea (or a glass of wine!), turn on some favorite tunes, and get crafty!  It's a lovely tradition that you can have all to yourself!  

We may be too far into December to start Melanie's adorable city Advent calendar, but you could still print these out as wrapping for small gifts!  

Download Melanie's calendar here.

Download Melanie's calendar here.

And don't miss Gwen's story about moving her tree out of her house at 4am....

Gwen Whitfield of The Bold Abode tells a good yarn.  And on our podcast this week, she gives us a much needed break from the pressure to be perfect this time of year!  So be sure to listen in...

See Gwen's tree for 2015.  

See Gwen's tree for 2015.  

Gwen's white wreath on her gorgeous blue door.

Gwen's white wreath on her gorgeous blue door.

Find out how to make Gwen's confetti ornaments.

Find out how to make Gwen's confetti ornaments.

To listen to all of our Style Matters podcasts, simply click on the "podcast" link on our website. During the month of December we're sharing stories from some of our favorite bloggers, so be sure to tune in!

Cheers,

Zandra & Karen

 

 

HOLIDAY OVERWHELM? STEP BACK AND ENGAGE YOUR SENSES.

Following up on the recent holiday edition of our podcast, we have some ideas for how to engage all 5 senses this season.  The idea comes from Hilary Rose Walker of Our Style Stories. You can listen in to this episode of Style Matters and then check out our suggestions below.  

SEEING

from Domino.com, photography by Michael Wiltbank

from Domino.com, photography by Michael Wiltbank

You can never have enough twinkle lights!  Put them everywhere: around your windows, over your kitchen cabinets, from your ceilings...  OR, if you're more of a minimalist, how about just lighting up a small vase of greenery?  

 

TASTING

from Domino.com, photography by Michael Wiltbank

from Domino.com, photography by Michael Wiltbank

Who doesn't love the tradition of baking and sharing cookies this time of year?  Well, if you're more of a cook than a baker, start your own tradition of serving something savory instead.  Or, if you're neither a baker nor a cook, take this time of year as an excuse to splurge on handcrafted, artisanal cheeses, cured meats, olives and other yummy things and go to town on the presentation!  

 

TOUCHING

Using your hands to make things is a wonderful tradition.  We get a lot of satisfaction from making gifts, decorations and food items.  Why not host a popcorn stringing party?  Shake things up from the usual cocktail event or cookie swap and get your friends together for food, drink and something everyone takes home with them to decorate their tree!  (Also, if you'd like the recipe for the delicious chocolate popcorn bark you can serve at your party, click the link in the photo)!

 

SMELLING

There are certain aromas that immediately transport us to our childhoods and the traditions surrounding this time of year.  Maybe it's latkes cooking on the stove or pine scented candles scattered throughout the house.  Whatever it is, don't underestimate the power of smell to get you in a festive mood.  Half Baked Harvest shows you how to assemble a simple simmer pot of citrus, pine, cranberry and cinnamon.  

 

HEARING

found on Domino.com, courtesy of Love Adorned

found on Domino.com, courtesy of Love Adorned

Last but not least are the sounds of the season.  If you've heard one too many carols piped over speakers in every grocery, clothing and gift store, here's a different option.  Start a collection of bells.  You can hang them or just show them off all in one place in your home and every once in awhile, give them a little ring.  Sleigh bells, jingle bells, silver bells.... whatever strikes your fancy.  It's a simple, beautiful and somewhat quiet sound that we could all use right around now.

GRACE BONNEY & WHY ARTISTS MATTER

GRACE BONNEY & WHY ARTISTS MATTER

Have you heard our recent interview with the founder of Design Sponge, Grace Bonney?  She is as impressive as you'd expect her to be from her groundbreaking, far reaching, high quality work as a writer and entrepreneur.  In our podcast, Style Matters, Grace answers our two questions (Why does style matter? What's your best "why not" moment?) so thoughtfully that you will feel refreshed and inspired at the end of our 30 minute conversation.  

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