If you know me at all, you’ll know that Christmas is my absolute favourite time of the year – and that’s a huge understatement! I’m the type of person who can’t wait for Halloween to come and go so I can be at least a little bit justified in putting up my tree and cranking Bing Crosby. Now that it’s officially December, I thought it would be an appropriate time to share a few miscellaneous Christmassy faves I have this year. I could go on and on about anything Christmas related but I’ll keep it short(ish).
1.Christmas Decor: Because I’m near insane, prior to putting up my Christmas decorations I have to pack away every item in my house that is not neutral coloured, and then replace them all with appropriately coloured items for my theme that year. While I do a more classic Christmas look at my apartment here in Chicago, I do our house in Canada all white and turquoise (even the tree!). Arguably, the best decor piece in my apartment this year is my new bar cart; it’s peppermint themed with the top being a hot chocolate bar and the bottom having classic barware for cold drinks. The top level has candy cane liquor (Frosty’s Candy Cane, if you’re curious), mini peppermint marshmallows, and peppermint hot cocoa. All of the barware except for the mugs – which were a Marshall’s find, are from Nordstrom (here, here, here & here).
2.Mulled Wine: In Chicago, there’s the cutest little German Christmas market I look forward to each year, where they serve mulled wine in collectible cups. The wine is delicious, and honestly just drinking it out of my special cup makes it even more fun. So, the problem hit when it was early November this year and I wanted some of the wine in a silly collectible cup so bad. What’s a girl to do? Buy mulling spices (available here) and make her own of course! I just tossed some of the spices into a paper tea bag (like this) and let it simmer with orange peels and a dash (or three!) of maple bourbon in a pot of sweet red wine. My Mother In-Law doesn’t drink alcohol so I made it for her with a cranberry-pomegranate juice instead of wine (and sans the bourbon, clearly) and it turned out tasty, as well.
3.Winter Candle: This scent is by far the best Christmassy scent I’ve ever found. To me, Christmas smells like oranges, clove, nutmeg, cinnamon, rosemary – the classics, and that’s just what the candle scent is! Aside from the fact that it smells delicious, it is so beautiful to burn because it’s not in a candle holder, so the wicks just burn down the middle leaving a pretty wax ring around the outside that has the dried fruit and spices right in the wax. I have the 3 wick candle, but there is a 6 wick one too which is stunning if you have a larger space or a holiday party (here & here)! You’re fair warned though that the company (The White Company London) is from the UK, so despite having a US site, the shipping rates can still be pretty high.
4.Tartan Plaid Shoes: WITH CRYSTALS! Okay, I get it . . . these aren’t that practical. I know I can only wear them for a few weeks out of the year, but they’re tartan plaid heels with crystals, so that’s really all of the justification I need. I love a good statement stiletto, and these ones are timeless enough (in my opinion) to wear every holiday season to come. I have a few holiday looks planned to share with you, so keep your eyes peeled for them to make further appearances (or snag them for yourself here).
This is a complete side note, but how cute is this picture I got of my Pup?! He’s so stinkin’ precious I had to share it. And since I don’t think I’ve mentioned him before – this is Taquita, my 9 year old Chihuahua who is my bestie, the love of my life, and a legit medical marvel.