12 Days of Christmas | Day 12- ALL THE XMAS VIBES | 2019

Merry Christmas! We’re finally here… Day 12! Wishing you all the most magical day ever…filled with lot’s of love and laughter with all of your loved ones. Today’s post is filled with anything and everything CHRISTMAS and all the best parts of this season! The most festive highlight reel to exist ❤

And now it’s time for a little break to celebrate the new year with my fam! Hope you all have the most lovely Christmas and New Year with all those you love. See you next decade!!

 

12 Days of Christmas | Day 10- Christmas Tag | 2019

Happy Day 10!! We’re getting there…just a few more days until my absolute favorite day of the year. Today’s post is my annual Christmas Tag, one of my favorite posts to do every year. So let’s jump right into it. Hope you have as much fun reading this as I did writing it. Enjoy and I’ll see you for Day 11!

What’s your favorite holiday movie? SO hard to choose just one, but a few of my favorites are Love, Actually, The Holiday, Home Alone and Christmas With The Kranks.

What’s your favorite Christmas color? Anything glittery, especially red and gold.

Do you like to stay in your PJs or dress up for Christmas? Ugly Christmas sweaters for opening presents and dressed up for the rest of the day.

Favorite Christmas smell? Anything Christmas tree or pine scented, especially candles!

Favorite Christmas treat? Literally anything with peppermint or candy canes.

What’s your favorite holiday drink? Christmas cookie martinis (recipe here) or the a Starbucks peppermint mocha.

Candy cane or gingerbread men? Candy canes!! Weirdly they’re my favorite candy.

What’s your favorite Christmas song? I don’t know how I can pick just one. Mariah Carey, Michael Buble, Pentatonix, Kelly Clarkson, Straight No Chaser- my favorites during the holidays.

Have you ever made a snowman? No! And fun fact, I’ve only ever seen snow once.

What is at the top of your list this Christmas? Probably the Carolina Herrera Good Girl or 212 Rose Gold perfume.

What is the best present you’ve ever received? A plane ticket home to see my family ❤

When do you start getting excited about Christmas? December 26th? Just kidding- but pretty early. I’d say around October.

Do you use advent calendars? Yes! Chocolate ones every year and I love making them for my friends and family as well.

Recite one line from your favorite Christmas/Holiday movie. ‘Whenever I get gloomy with the state of the world, I think about the arrivals gate at Heathrow Airport. General opinion’s starting to make out that we live in a world of hatred and greed, but I don’t see that. It seems to me that love is everywhere. Often it’s not particularly dignified or newsworthy, but it’s always there – fathers and sons, mothers and daughters, husbands and wives, boyfriends, girlfriends, old friends. When the planes hit the Twin Towers, as far as I know, none of the phone calls from the people on board were messages of hate or revenge – they were all messages of love. If you look for it, I’ve got a sneaky feeling you’ll find that love actually is all around.” -Hugh Grant in Love, Actually

Share a funny Christmas memory. We went to church on Christmas morning one year but it was so crowded and so hot (we had to sit outside in the Singapore heat) so we left and found a Krispy Kreme instead.

Pictures with Santa…yay or nay? YAY!

Favorite winter nail polish? Red glitter.

Favorite winter lip product? MAC Frost Lipstick in “0”.

Favorite scarf? Kate Spade Manhattan Map Oblong Scarf.

Have you ever had a White Christmas? No, but a white Christmas in NYC is my absolute dream.

Do you start your Christmas shopping on Black Friday or wait until the last minute? Black Friday?? I start making my shopping list in September and start shopping soon after that. Anything to draw out the Christmas season!!

If you could be in any Christmas movie what would it be? Oooo… I would love to be Cameron Diaz in The Holiday (or any rom-com for that matter). But being in A Bad Moms Christmas would just be so much fun.

When does your family put up your Christmas tree and who decorates it? It’s a family affair! Even now that I’m in college, they FaceTime me in.

Peeking at gifts or be surprised? I hate ruining surprises and I hate when a surprise for me is ruined, so be surprised!!

Show us your ugly Christmas sweater if you have one.

Does your family have a special holiday recipe you like to help make? Yes, so many family holiday cookie recipes. But they’re within the family!

Are you a pro-present wrapper, or do you fail miserably? Up until this year I’d failed miserably and then suddenly this year I was blessed with semi-decent wrapping skills.

Have you ever gone Christmas caroling? No, but it’s up there on my Christmas bucket list.

What tops your tree? A star that we’ve used ever since I was a little girl.

Do you make New Year’s resolutions? Do you stick to them? Instead of resolutions, I make vows to myself. Things I promise I’ll do for myself and for no one else. It’s such a positive way for me to be reflective about the year that had passed and be optimistic about the year ahead, even if there are things I’m nervous, anxious or worried about.

 

12 Days of Christmas | Day 9- Festive Treats | 2019

Day 9 is going to be super super SWEET! We’re back with 12 Days and today is three of my absolute favorite festive treats. During the holidays, I love spending evenings in the kitchen whipping up something sweet and festive either to give away as a gift, to serve at a holiday party or dinner or simply just to have on hand for those after dinner sweets. Today I’m sharing three new recipes that I’ve found and modified that have quickly become some of the most delicious things I’ve made during the holidays. So read on, enjoy and hope you have the sweetest of days (okay, I’ll stop with the puns now).

Santa’s Trash Cookies

Ingredients:

♣ 1/2 cup white sugar

♣ 1/2 cup brown sugar

♣ 3/4 cup baking margarine (or butter)

♣ 1 egg

♣ 1 1/2 teaspoons of vanilla or almond extract

♣ 2 cups all-purpose flour

♣ 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder

♣ 3/4 cup crushed potato chips

♣ 1/2 cup crushed Pocky

♣ 1/2 cup chopped colorful chocolates (like M&Ms)

♣ 1/4 cup butterscotch chips

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 360º and line your baking sheets. Cream the sugar and margarine together in a large bowl until light and fluffy. Add egg and vanilla/almond and continue to beat on medium for 1 minute.

2. Sift the flour and baking powder into the bowl and continue to mix until smooth and fully incorporated.

3. Add the potato chips, Pocky, chocolate pieces and butterscotch chips and fold into the dough.

4. Roll into small balls (will expand) and place on a lined baking sheet.

5. Bake for 8-9 minutes and let cool for 10 minutes before eating.

 

Christmas Cookie Martini

Inspired by: Delish

Ingredients: For 2 servings

♣ 1/2 cup Baileys

♣ 1/4 cup Amaretto or other almond liquor

♣ 1/4 Vodka

♣ 1/3 cup milk

♣ Splash of whipping cream

Directions:

1. Run two martini glasses under water and stick in freezer to frost.

2. Fill a cocktail shaker with a glass-full of ice. Add all the ingredients and shake vigorously for 2 minutes (cream should make it a bit frothy).

3. Pour into frosted glasses and garnish with a spiced holiday cookie (recipe below). Serve immediately to make some people very happy.

Spiced Holiday Cookies

Ingredients:

♣ 3/4 cup baking margarine (or butter); softened

♣ 3/4 cup brown/dark sugar

♣ 3/4 cup molasses or dark agave

♣ 1 egg

♣ 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract

♣ 3 cups all-purpose flour

♣ 1 teaspoon baking soda or baking powder

♣ 1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon

♣ 1 teaspoons ground nutmeg

♣ 1 teaspoons all-spice

♣ 1/2 teaspoons clove

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 360º and line your baking sheets. Cream the sugar and margarine together in a large bowl until light and fluffy. Add egg, vanilla and molasses and continue to beat on medium for 1 minute.

2. Sift the flour, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg, all-spice and clove into the bowl and continue to mix until smooth and fully incorporated.

4. Form into large flattened circle and wrap in cling film. Leave to chill for up to 3 hours (between 2-3 hours will work).

5. Once firm, roll out until 1/4 inch in thickness. Use festive cookie cutters to cut into shapes and place on a lined baking tray.

6. Bake for 9 minutes and leave to cool on cooling rack before serving.

 

12 Days of Christmas | Day 8- Holiday Style | 2019

It’s Day 8, and today we’re talk all about looking chic and fabulous all season long. Growing up in the tropics, there weren’t many days where I wasn’t in flip flops, a tank top and shorts, so getting to dress for fall and winter has actually been super fun (minus the part where it’s super cold and I constantly feel like my fingers are getting frostbite). So for today’s post, I wanted to share all the pieces I’ve been loving and wearing a ton this season. I love playing with different looks and switching it up every done. I’ve found some really fun new pieces lately while thrifting, so I won’t be able to link everything but I’ll look for similar pieces. Enjoy and I’ll see you for Day 9!

Olive Green Longsleeve Crop Top (Similar linked- $13.99)

Uniqlo Heattech Crew Neck Tshirt ($29.99)

Uniqlo Turtleneck in Black ($14.90)

Cotton On Graphic Crewneck (Similar linked- $20)

Sonoma Midrise Leggings in Black ($20)

Dusty Rose Leggings (Similar linked- $32.99)

Express Mid Rise Black Jean Leggings ($79.90)

H&M Super Skinny Jeggings ($19.99)

Long White Coat (Similar linked- $31.67)

Black Leather Jacket with Embroidered Flowers (Similar linked- $393)

Oversized White Knit Sweater (Similar linked- $36.99)

Rose Gold Skinny Sunglasses (Similar linked- $16.50)

Quay Vivienne Aviators in Black ($60)

Calvin Klein Hayden Saffiano Tote in White ($168)

Louis Vuitton Monogram Crossbody (Discontinued, similar linked- $1,020)

Louis Vuitton White Damier Neverfull MM with Rose Lining ($1,390)

Adidas VL Court in Aero Pink ($60)

Adidas Sleek in Periwinkle ($80)

Steve Madden Leopard Slip-ons (Used- $35)

Steve Madden Gills Grey Suede ($84)

12 Days of Christmas | Day 7- Under $20 Stocking Stuffers | 2019

Hello everyone and welcome back to 12 Days! I’ve been in gift and present overload these last few days buying and wrapping gifts for all my family and friends. There’s nothing I love more than a day out shopping, looking for all the perfect little bits and bobs to give them. Today’s post is my Under $20 Stocking Stuffers, all the little things you need ti complete your Christmas Gifting for 2019. As much fun as it is finding bigger items to gift to people, I also love finding cute little things that make perfect stocking stuffers. So if you’re trying to finish up your holiday shopping by finding some small items, you’re in the right place. So read on, enjoy and I’ll talk to you soon! xx

Champagne Bottle Ornament from Anthropology ($16)

Shea Hydrating Lip Mask from Sephora ($3)

Bawdy Flaunt It Butt Sheet Mask from Sephora ($8; on sale now for $4)

Adorn Pyramid Bath Bomb (scent: Matcha Detox) from Urban Outfitters ($8; now on sale for $6)

6 Piece Exfoliating Sugar Scrub Cubes from Macy’s ($12)

Damn Girl! Mascara Ornament from Too Faced ($13; on sale now for $10)

Opalite Crystal Skincare Tool Duo from Urban Outfitters ($20)

Let It Snow Shimmer Bar from Lush ($8.95)

Urban Renewal Heart Twist Accessory Set from Urban Outfitters ($5)

Lele Pons x Tarte Tartist Pro Lashes from Tarte ($12)

California Love Eyeshadow Palette from Ulta ($18)

Velvet Hair Scrunchie Set from Urban Outfitters ($12)

Wave Hair Travel Spray from Ouai ($12)

Best Wishes Gift Set from Lush ($19.95)

3 1/2″ Mini Skillet from Amazon ($4.99)

Rapid Ramen Cooker from Amazon ($7.99)

Reindeer Picture Frame from Crate and Barrel ($19.95; on sale now for $12.97)

Stainless Steel Straws, Set of 4 from Crate and Barrel ($6.95)

Good as Gold, Basil Citron Candle from Macy’s ($19)

Champagne Toast Single Wick Candle from Bath and Body Works ($14.50)

Rose Quartz Crystal Stones from Urban Outfitters ($12)

Gingerbread Ground Coffee from World Market ($8.99; on sale now for $4.49)

Ahmad Rea Bauble Collection Gift from World Market ($12.99; on sale now for $6.49)

Champagne Bears Cube from Sugarfina ($8.95)

Pink Chocolate Baby Rose Chocolate Bar from Sugarfina ($9.95)

Bistro Monogram Mug from Nordstrom ($12; on sale now for $8)

Monogram Agate Coaster from Nordstrom ($16; on sale now for $11.20)

NEST Fragrances Votive Candle from Nordstrom ($16)

LED Light Up Marquee Initial Ornaments from Macy’s ($16; on sale now for $4.99)

 

 

12 Days of Christmas | Day 6- The Out-of-the-Ordinary Gift Guide | 2019

Hello hello, and welcome to Day 6 of 12 Days! Today I’m back with a super fun, super different post for you all. It’s my Out-of-the-Ordinary Gift Guide for 2019. Now don’t get confused, this isn’t the same as my 2019 Gift Guide that I did for Day 1, this is different. Getting to open a present that’s wrapped in a perfect box or bag under the tree is always so much fun, but that’s not always for everyone. Or maybe you’re looking to do something different or more impactful this year for your friends and family. This post is filled with all the gifts you could give to make this Christmas one to remember. So read on, enjoy and I’ll see you for Day 7!

FabFitFun is my absolute favorite subscription box ever (you probably know because I literally talk about this in every single post). It costs $49.99 for a single box or $179.99 for a one year subscription (four boxes). The seasonal boxes are filled with everything related to beauty, skincare, fitness and all the essential for a fab lifestyle. Each box is worth between $250-$300, even though you only pay max $50 for it. This would be such a fun gift to give, and will make Christmas come four times a year!

◊ If you’re looking for a smaller, less pricey beauty subscription box, Ipsy is another one of my favorites. It’s the first subscription I ever got for myself, and costs $10 a month or $110 a year. Their small bags are filled with 5 mini makeup and beauty products, so it’s great for testing out new products before purchasing the full-size one (and to be honest, the mini sizes actually last quite a while). Each month also comes in a newly designed pouch that is perfect for different uses. Such a cute gift idea, especially for a college girl!

◊ The Allure Beauty Box is another great beauty-themed subscription gift for a loved one. It costs $15/month, $39.95/3 months or $150/year. This award winning box is filled with items picked out by the Allure staff, so they must all be great, right? Duh! It’s a great idea for something into high fashion and beauty who you just don’t know how to shop for. And if you purchase a subscription right now, you get a free started box as well!

◊ Finally, Boxycharm is another amazing subscription service. At $25/month (or less for longer subscriptions), you get four full-sized makeup, beauty or skincare products that are worth over $125. With products from brands like Tarte, First Aid Beauty, GlamGlow and Natasha Denona, this box will have your loved one feeling oh-so glam all year round. Another perfect and fun subscription box as a Christmas gift!

Donations: Maybe you’re looking for a gift for someone who isn’t really into things, but would appreciate a donation made in their name. Here are some of my favorite organizations that do such amazing work in this world, and who could use a little extra support around the holidays. A donation in your loved one’s name can make such a meaningful gift for someone on Christmas.

Bunny’s Buddies is run by an American couple who saves dogs from meat trucks and kill shelters in South Korea and China. Once these dogs are rescued, they match them with their perfect adopted parents in the US and give them a lifelong home. You can donate through their donation link on their website, purchase items for them through their Amazon wish list or (the easiest) donate through their Venmo @bunnysbuddies. Give the gift of saving dogs!

◊ The National Eating Disorder Association does so much to help fight the stigma against this mental illness. They also offer a 24/7 support hotline for those in need. They have created a community for those who don’t feel like they have anyone to support them. If someone you know has struggled with an ED or has been personally impacted in some way by this illness, a donation to NEDA would be so meaningful.

The Colton Underwood Legacy Foundation was founded by the former Bachelor, Colton Underwood, in the fight against Cystic Fibrosis. Inspired by his young cousin, his foundation raises money to gift CF ‘vests’ to young individuals in need around the country. So if you’re looking for a gift for someone who love The Bachelor and also wants to do something more meaningful during the holidays, a donation to this foundation would be perfect.

This one was short and sweet, but there’s lot’s more to come!! So thanks for reading, stay tuned and I’ll see you for Day 7! xx