Make: DIY Gift Tags
Though I might be in the minority, I find the annual task of purchasing holiday cards to be one of the most enjoyable parts of the season. I could spend hours in the local Papyrus piling boxes upon boxes of cards onto the checkout counter. Needless to say, I’m left with an awkward amount of leftovers each season. The solution? Trim your favorite designs into gift tags! If you’re like me you’re constantly running low, and finding (cute) gift tags don’t come cheap – so start snippin’!
Snack: Peppermint Bark Popcorn
In need of a healthy(ier) snack to dole out during the holidays? Look no further. Cookie and Kate has whipped up a batch of treats that are a little lighter than your average christmas cookie. Salty, sweet and everything in between, this snack will quench your craving for chocolate without giving you a stomachache.
I love a good party dress as much as anyone, but why not try spicing up a pair of pants for your weekend shindig? These satin haram-esque trousers will have heads turning, especially when paired with art deco accessories and a sultry smokey eye. Lest we not forget to channel Miu Miu with a sparkly shoe – because nothing gets you going like a little glitter. Click the collage above for info on picking up these gorgeous pieces.
Watch: The Family Stone
There’s a tradition in my house when it comes to festive films. While we all have an appreciation for classics like It’s a Wonderful Life, when the snow starts falling I prefer a more contemporary take on the holidays. If you have yet to see The Family Stone, all I can say is: you’re in for a treat. Starring Diane Keaton, Luke Wilson, Rachel McAdams and SJP herself, Family Stone will make you laugh, cry, and most of all – it will make you thankful for what you’ve got.
Make: Grilled Asparagus Tartines with Fresh Ricotta, Pesto & Scallions
Whether or not your an avid host, once the snow starts falling and the lights start glittering it’s tempting to throw your own soiree. The first and most obvious question – what to serve? All I have to say is thank god for these magical asparagus tartines. So fresh. So creamy. And most importantly, so easy to assemble. So light a fire, put on some music and bring out a tray of these suckers. Your guests will hardly know what hit ‘um.
Paint: Holiday Nail Art
Since it’s the season of giving and all, OTY has decided to get in on the action with our first ever(!) beauty giveaway. It’s simple – send your most festive nail art creations to our Instagram account, @OTYgrams, with the hastag #OTYnailed it. Once you’ve submitted your photo, you will be entered to win our fabulous prize: a Sephora by OPI, Tinsel Town Collector’s Set. Check our collection to see how OTY’s very own Experts are stacking up to the challenge.
I’ll be frank – finding a holiday frock when you’ve got an impending deadline can be less than fun. The annual office party, meeting his or her parents, entertaining your crazy (god love them) family – the events this month are endless. So before you’re caught without something fabulous in your closet, why not start shopping? I love love love this silk green number with a pair of black leather ankle boots. It’s perfect for mingling with your coworkers, and throw on a red lip and some sparkly shoes and BAM – you’re ready for the mistletoe . Plus, what screams “cheer” louder than Kate Spade? Her fragrance, Twirl, is equally as bubbly as the champagne you will (hopefully) be sipping. Click on the collage above for more details.
Watch: Playing for Keeps
When I head to the theater this holiday season, I’m looking for award-winning performances, mind-blowing special effects…and a little eye candy. While I can’t see Gerard Butler’s newest flick, Playing for Keeps, sweeping the Oscars, I will admit to enjoying watching this undeniable hunk kick around a soccer ball. What’s wrong with a little light-hearted fun at the movies, anyway? They can’t all be Lincoln – and hey, we wouldn’t want them to be.
New York City during the holidays is my absolute favorite. There’s something about walking down fifth avenue in December that is just so cliche but also equally magical. This month, I will definitely be doing the must-see’s, like the NYC Ballet’s Nutcracker and the holiday shops at Columbus Circle. On top of that I’ll be hitting up my favorite LES resto and staying in to watch a few indie flicks during the cold city nights. Read on for more and don’t forget to check out my local’s guide to NYC on Oh That’s You.
This month is an exciting time to be in Kuala Lumpur and I’m so happy to be home this year for the holidays. On Dec 8, I’ll be heading to Heineken Thirst 2012 held at Sepang International Circuit (yes, that’s where Formula 1 races are held too!) to witness headlining acts Avicii and Above & Beyond. Since it’s also my first tropical Christmas in three years, I’ll be taking in all the Christmas decoration this city has to offer. For the festivities as well as my birthday, I’ll be shopping at Zalora.com for their amazing holiday sales, so I can bring on the bling with various sequined dresses. Finally, apart from the usual Christmas-themed food, I’ll be tucking into my favorite meal of all time: soft shell crab pasta cooked with butter and a hint of curry. Nothing like a yummy fusion meal to kick-start the holidays! For more, keep up with my “When Fashion and Food Collide” collection on OTY.
This time of year everything seems to be sprinkled with at least a touch of holiday magic. Whether you’re celebrating a religious festival or just enjoying some time off from work, ’tis the season to do those special things you don’t make time or space for during the rest of the year. Thingss like wearing red lame to the symphony!
Whether you’re an Atlanta resident or just passing through, here are a few tips on how to enjoy December in ATL. And don’t worry – not everything here is laden with jingle bells.
This month there are many things to love about Westchester, a county just outside of NYC. Whether you’re after unique gifts, fun flicks or an intimate music hall, the Hudson Valley offers something for everyone. This December, I’m looking forward to seeing Ingrid Michaelson at a nearby venue after enjoying some delicious local eats. Check out my full December collection for more details on the best of Westchester, NY.
December has arrived! This month I’m focusing on my hometown, Long Beach, California and all of the wonders it has to offer. Located in Los Angeles County, Long Beach has grown over the years into a town full of adorable boutiques, seriously delicious restaurants and local markets filled with fresh produce. During December the town lights up from store front holiday displays to lit up christmas trees floating in the Alamitos Bay. All more the reason why I am happy to be home for the holidays this year!
Munch: Red Velvet Black and White Cookies
Now that we’ve all recuperated from last week’s turkey overdose, I say it’s time to jump right back on the holiday treat bandwagon – starting with these mind blowing red velvet black and white cookies. Considering these babies are essentially my two favorite cookies rolled into one, I am powerless against their cakey consistency and cream cheese frosting. If you’re hesitant to whip up these bad boys, consider this: has Joy the Baker ever let us down before?
Enjoy: Time in the Tub
This week during my usual 2am Pinterest binge, I came across this absolutely stunning, yet minimalist bathroom. Those hardwood floors, that fabulous light fixture – the list goes on. To no one’s surprise, this elegant bath belongs to none other than Jenna Lyons, Creative Director for J.Crew. Though we don’t all have bathtubs that could double as Olympic swimming pools, we might have the more modest version. With November quickly becoming December, I suggest you get some alone time in while you still can. Don’t forget to pick these up for some added decadence.
I’m not usually one to gravitate towards florals, but I would be lying if I said these patterned trousers didn’t elicit some appeal. Paired with a silk tank & statement necklace, they become surprisingly sophisticated. I’ve added stackable rings (my new obsession) and a sequin jacket if you’re feeling fierce. Oh, and can we talk about that bag? Forget it, I’m adding this entire ensemble to my wish list. Check out my OTY collection for details.
Read: Grace: A Memoir
Considering the slew of Instagram photos this book has starred in lately, I can safely say I’m not alone in my mention. Former model and current Creative Director at Vogue, Grace Coddington has quite a story to tell. Her inspiring photographs transport us to a different world each month, helping to make at least a taste of fashion affordable for all. The memoir makes a great gift for that fashion forward friend on your list – that is, if she hasn’t already snagged it for herself.
Sip: Mint Rooibos Dextox Tea
Whether or not you spent most of the recent holiday in the kitchen, you’re probably still feeling the effects of that pumpkin pie and cornbread stuffing. To ease the pain, try brewing this simple tea to settle the stomach. Since it’s high in antioxidants and flavonoids, your skin will reap the benefits as well. So, when you wake up glowing tomorrow morning, feel free to thank me (or Elizabeth, author of favorite blog: Beauty Bets).
Listen: Celeste and Jesse Forever Soundtrack
If you missed this gem of a film when it hit theaters, you can still grab a piece of the magic via its excellent soundtrack. A combination of funk, hip hop and indie soul, this mix will have you tapping your feet all the way through. If you’re looking for an easy (and free) way to enjoy it, check out 8tracks for a simple way to stream.
Though the peplum can be tricky, it’s hard to go wrong with this flattering forest green number. Put on your dancing shoes this weekend (or at least some striking mustard pumps) and head out with a leopard handbag and a statement lip. After spending Friday night in your PJs with post turkey fatigue, it’s time to turn off your TiVo and re-enter the world in style.
I can’t seem to get enough of Daniel Day Lewis (and neither can the Oscars), so I’m a purchasing a ticket to Lincoln ASAP. If you’re looking for a few hours of peace, cart the family along to this educational flick and enjoy two hours and 30 minutes of DDL’s most impressive role yet.