Monday, December 26, 2011

Christmas in Pictures

Hello, lovelies! 

Well, I have some explaining to do... it's been forever since my last post. My computer got a nasty virus, and my dad has been working on it for what seems like forever... but who knows if my lil Thinkpad will make it out alive.

Along with that, I've been busy with Christmas activities, and I do have to say that this was one of the best Christmases I've ever had! 

Here's a little peek into my life the past week:

Some holiday baking...


And eating...

Holiday pictures...

And finally, Santa came...

And BOY was he good! I was a happy girl...

I hope every one of you had a fabulous Christmas/holiday/whatever you celebrated! 
I hope to be back to blogging regularly, as soon as my computer is fixed.

Love to all,

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Six Ways...

Paint your nails red.
(I'm wearing I'm not Really a Waitress by O.P.I.)

Make your own hot chocolate.
Add puffy marshmallows, a candy cane, and drink it in front of the tree.

Elf Yourself.
(Or your mom... or your brother... or even your cat).
Then send it to everyone you know.

Curl up under a blanket and watch a Christmas movie.
My favorites: National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, Home Alone, and Elf.

Cut out a paper snowflake.
Hang it in a window, on your tree, at your desk.
Easy directions found here.

Listen to Michael Buble's Christmas on repeat.
(Or there's always the Michael Buble Holiday Station on Pandora)
Cry joyful tears.

For those of you who have exams, good luck!
I've got one on Tuesday, and another on Thursday - and then I'm done! Christmas break can't get here fast enough.

Love, Cait

Monday, December 5, 2011

Holiday Guide: Stuffing the Stockings.

Santa's Guide to Stocking Stuffers

1. Lip Balm
Ladies love soft lips! There's something so wonderfully fun about a pot of lip balm.
(Did I mention I have a slight chapstick obsession?)

2. Hair Ties
 I am always losing my hair ties, even though I try to constantly keep one on my wrist. I love these Bop Basics hair ties because they're unusual and they look so pretty in your hair, but drugstores carry hair ties in fun colors and patterns.

3. Cute Undies
Hanky Pankies are my favorite type of underwear. They're a little expensive ($18 for one pair), but completely worth it. They're extremely comfortable and I love, love the lace. If these are too much of a splurge, check out Victoria's Secret's "The Lacie" panty. It's a line similar to Hanky Panky, but much cheaper at 3 for $30.

4. False Eyelashes
{Pictured: MAC 36 Lash}
While MAC lashes are top of the line, I usually opt for a much cheaper version. I personally love Ardell Fashion Lashes that you can find in any drugstore. These are perfect for any dressy occasion: formals, cocktails, New Year's Parties, etc.
5. Lip Gloss
{Pictured: MAC Mini Gloss Kit}
You can never go wrong with lip gloss!
My favorite colors are light pinks with a lot of shine. I never want it to look like I have color caked on my lips. This MAC kit contains three different shades of their popular gloss.

6.Cold Weather Gear
If you're on a budget, Target has a great collection of scarves, ear muffs, and mittens. Look for pretty patterns and bright colors, such as reds and pinks. And don't forget - fuzzy socks fall into this category, too!

7. Nail Polish
I absolutely love this Sephora polish for the sparkles and the gold color - perfect for New Years! Other high-end brands I love are Essie and OPI, but you can't go wrong with Sally Hansen, either.
My picks for this winter are reds, grey, and muted purple. Oh and sparkles, lots of sparkles.

8. Keychain ID Wallet
These are perfect for attaching your keys to, and they hold a picture ID, debit card, and cash.
9. Patterned Tights
I can never have enough tights. Nude hose, black tights, patterned knee-highs, I love them all. Department stores carry a wide selection of tights, as well as J Crew.

A tip:

The problem with stocking stuffers is they can get expensive quickly.
If you're on a budget, opt for sample packs instead of buying full products. This also allows you to experiment with products that you're not certain she'll like.
For example, this one-time-use packet of Macademia Deep Conditioner:


Mini-bottles and packets can usually be found in the travel section of drug or makeup stores.

And finally, if you're completely out of ideas... the one thing we all love to find in our stockings?
(For me, that means anything with peanut butter, chocolate, or cookie dough in the mix).

Love to all!