This year I have two extra events to attend than I normally do so I’ve been trying to plan ahead in terms of outfits I’d like to wear. Two family Christmas parties, a brunch meetup, and a business dinner. Another issue is that New York is awfully cold this time of year. My inspiration began with a cute crewneck sweater with an unexpected type of skirt pairing. The office holiday party is more formal so I went with another option. See photos for what I came up with after shopping my closet.
Family Gathering 1: Talbots Polar Bear Crewneck Sweater + Chicwish’s My Secret Weapon Tulle Maxi Skirt in Glitter Pink + Seychelles Tall Black Wedge Boots (the one pictured is by Frye) + CZ floral earrings by Kenneth Jay Lane? + Rose Gold Vermeil Minimalist Necklace
Family Gathering 2: Talbots Polar Bear Crewneck Sweater + Nearkin’s on Amazon.com Waistband Scallop Floral Laced Midi Pencil Skirt in Beige + Seychelles Tall Black Wedge Boots (the one pictured is by Frye)+ CZ floral earrings by Kenneth Jay Lane? + Rose Gold Vermeil Minimalist Necklace
Office Holiday Dinner Party: Yoana Baraschi Palais Royal Reversible Sweater Dress + Eileen Fisher Black Shrug + Seychelles Tall Black Wedge Boots (the one pictured is by Frye) + Love Knot Statement Necklace
Brunch Meetup: Catherine Malandrino Crochet Knit Long Sleeve Pullover/Sweater in Black + Anthropologie’s Valora Printed Skirt + Miz Mooz Barcelona Mary Janes in Black + Anthropologie’s Shoreline Necklace
I’ve asked a number of Young Living representatives about the Essential Oils Magazine since it’s the only one I’m willing to read cover-to-cover and is filled with a little something for everyone- food recipes, DIY craft projects, essential oil spotlights, a Q&A/Ask Kendall, and much more. Yes, it’s that good and may I add that Ms. Kendall Ray gives some of the best advice! I also love the quality of the photography :). BTW, can serve as a great source for collage projects or art journaling, etc after you’re done perusing through. The paper its printed on is fairly thick. My first ever issue was the Spring/Summer edition which arrived last month for me and was probably first released back in the end of April 2018.
Some of my favorite highlights were:
“How to Fight Holiday Stress”
“Beating the Winter Blues”
“12 Days of Oil Infused Traditions”
Things to know:
YL doesn’t currently offer an annual subscription to this magazine :(. I hope this will change some day since I would gladly sign up for it.
EO Magazine can be found via the search bar under the Products heading
It’s released about twice a year: I was told the Spring/Summer issue around the end of April while the Fall/Winter issue around Halloween/end of October.
It currently costs $5.00 per issue
The current issue’s cover photo is always updated online so you know which issue you are placing an order for
So if you are an avid oiler, go check it out and I’d greatly appreciate if you tell them that I sent you, my Sponsor/Enroller ID is 16574085.
I bought a Habe travel makeup bag from Amazon.com as a gift recently for my mother and she loved it. Had I not already owned a similar case from years ago, I would have bought another for myself. You can see for yourself how much it can hold and the variety of items you can store. It’s perfect for those of you who tend to pack on the heavier or more prepared side, just so you don’t have to limit yourself too much ;). The dimensions for the large case is listed as 11.4 in x 7.5 in x 3.9 in. Since my purchase, they are currently also offering an extra large version which measures 16 in x 12 in x 5 in.
I’m so surprised that I never blogged about Envirosax or LOQI and that’s why I’m taking the opportunity to do this today. I believe being environmentally conscious is a good thing, which means decreasing our use of plastic bags and such. My neighborhood has also ceased the recycling of plastic shopping bags and have required us to discard them along with our regular trash. A number of local shops have begun charging for their paper shopping bags so I’ve had to remember to include some reusable totes in both my purse and car for just in case. I’ve even gifted a few to my parents for their grocery trips and have given several as stocking stuffers over the years. I find that the Envirosax and LOQI brands make bags of the perfect size, are sturdy, and offered in attractive patterns.
Several months ago I purchased a few reusable mesh produce sacks with drawstring cords from my local supermarket. They are made by Earthwise Bags. I am pleased to find that these bags have been doing a great job keeping my produce neatly separated in each of my fridge drawers. When I first began keeping house, I didn’t quite understand that the plastic produce bags encouraged rot by trapping in moisture despite the unsealed tops. They have been handy in temporarily storing onions, any fragile type of vegetables like broccoli florets, cilantro, cauliflower florets and keeping them all neatly contained. I also love to organize groups of the same fruit in these bags. On the packaging, it suggests that you can wash your produce prettily easily in them, although I haven’t tried this. I normally rinse out the mesh bags under running water and leave them on the dish rack to dry, though the packaging states they are also machine washable. I wonder if one can use them to spin water out of rinsed salad greens? They are very handy to have and I’m glad I gave them a chance.
As a long-time planner enthusiast, I find it tough to commit to the same type of planner year after year. There’s so many great ones out there and also ones you can customize yourself. You must also consider that your needs might change from year to year e.g. student, personal, entrepreneur planners are very different from one another. Therefore, there’s no shame in giving other organizers a try. I began 2018 with a half letter sized planner I created on my own and began using the small spiral bound one by Katie Daisy once August rolled around. I didn’t have to experience the guilt over switching since I had always printed just a small batch of the pages beforehand. While I do find that the KD planner is convenient for toting around in a bigger purse and that its pages is pure eye candy, I must admit I’m missing my bigger daily pages from my previous printouts. That being said, I can make do and commit to finishing out the entire book. The KD planner covers from August 2018 until December 2019. I’m attaching pics below of mine so you can get an idea (keep clicking to enlarge photo). I purchased mine from Amazon.com and snagged it on discount at $9.07. It’s still a sweet deal even at regular price.
P.S. I’m planning to do a chronology of all my past planners or at least as many as I can find. I think it’ll be fun to take a trip down memory lane. Stay tuned for that post :)
I usually purchase these Hallmark ornament series in July but this year it slipped my mind until now. I’m so excited to be able to say that they are on their way to me. As an aside, I was so sad to find out that my local free-standing Hallmark store closed it’s doors for the last time during this past Spring :(. I had really loved this store too. I have to travel much further now if I want to see any Hallmark items up close. Though they have an online presence, it’s not the same since another issue is that there are ornaments which are only available for in-store pick up. I’m really disappointed :/. Another bummer is that I believe they have discontinued the gnome home series since there are no new designs which can be found for the holiday season of 2018 :(. Where are you elemental/gnome lovers out there??? Hallmark needs to hear your voice! Anyway, to end this post on a more positive note, here are pics of what I purchased. Can you tell I’m a big admirer of Marjolein Bastin yet? ;)
We were really there for my husband… to help him find a day hiking backup at Ramsey Outdoor in Succasunna, New Jersey. It’s one of those times when you find something special for yourself too ;). Fairly often I find myself slightly dehydrated and fatigued on longer hikes despite bringing along a bottle of water. No longer do I have to take such conservative little sips hoping to reach the car before running out of water. I believe my new Raven will definitely level the playing field for me. There’s also ample space to carry other little necessities AND I was able to find it in a lovely purple violet (Royal Purple) as well! Because I’m a stickler for cleanliness, I bought a perfect fit Osprey Bite Valve Cover for it. The cover is compatible with other Osprey products like a few of their water containers etc. Recently I purchased a raincover to protect my backpack from inclement weather; its ever so slightly big but it’ll do. Both the bite valve and raincover were purchased from Amazon.com.
A great alternative to tabletop trees either real or faux are the numerous ornament trees, stands, and displays on the market. Some are also easy to build and customize to your heart’s content. The one I recently purchased from eBay as old new stock is the 2006 Spring Ornament Display. It is perfect for storing most of my Marjolein Bastin ornaments and has the added bonus of taking up very little space on my shelf. Yes, I still owe you a picture of mine ;).
*Photocredit: Hooked on Hallmark
Here’s another design which could easily be hung on a wall or you could build your own to accommodate larger ornaments. If mounted on a wall, it wouldn’t even consume any table space!
*Photocredit: Hooked on Hallmark
If you have other great ornament display ideas, please comment below. I would love to hear from you :)
About a month before visiting the Hallmark location at the Wayne NJ Preakness Shopping Center, I was mailed a Hallmark Keepsake Ornament Premiere Event July 15-23 mini catalog. On the first page was their Merry Music Makers Collection by Kristina Gaughran. Each are priced at $24.95 US currency. They are so adorable and great if you normally have a big holiday tree.
Swingin’ Sax, Groovin’ Guitar, and Playful Piano (my fave of the three):
I especially love them because they remind me of a documentary I once saw regarding unique ice cave music concerts such as this one, Classic Concerts in Ice Cave. I was able to see all of the ornaments at the Preakness Center and they most certainly didn’t disappoint.