I’ve come to find there are two schools of thought on eggnog. Love it or hate it. Nobody seems to have an apathetic view on the holiday drink. Personally, I love it but since my waistline does not, I partake in maybe 3 glasses total over the course of December. But for those who are Team Eggnog all the way, here’s an easy way to serve it at your next gathering. Or just for a viewing of a favorite Christmas movie on the couch.
If you are feeling very adventurous and want to throw calories and caution to the wind, I love Trader Joe’s Speculoos cookies! They remind me of gingerbread cookies I used to get from my childhood grocery store’s bulk section. Those cookies were perfect to dunk into milk back then and Speculoos cookies + bourbon eggnog + whipped cream is a match made in heaven.
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Last week, Pantone announced their 2014 Color of the Year: Radiant Orchid. As much as I enjoyed emerald, I went through a serious purple phase when I was about 10 so I cannot wait to style this hue for the next 12 months. I’ve already started brainstorming how to bring orchid into my style from wardrobe to beauty. Pantone also has an excellent inspiration board for orchid, including home decor. For more inspiration, click here.
Which do you prefer, emerald or orchid? How will you showcase the new Color of the Year?
Yesterday, DC had its first real snow of the season and I spent my Sunday curled up with a book and popcorn in my jammies. Yes, jammies. There is really nothing better on a dreary day than a cozy pair of jammies. I practically live in my pajamas during the winter and growing up, I could always count on a brand new pair waiting for under the tree on Christmas Day. Thankfully with this pair, you don’t have to wait until Christmas. J.Crew’s swiss dot pajama set is now 30% off with code “PRESENTS.” Add $10 for a monogram, great for a gift or for yourself!
Order by 12/13 to make sure you get your present delivered by Christmas!
The Christmas season means nonstop parties, entertaining and hosting. Whether you’re planning an elaborate soiree or friends stopping by on a whim, you want to spend less time in the kitchen and more time with your guests. Pop any of these apps into the microwave or oven to be ready in minutes with minimal clean up. Plus, it’s easy on the wallet to save room for Christmas presents and champagne!
H&M has been hitting it out of the park lately, I especially love their home decor section. How perfect is this sequin table runner? And for only $25? But I’m getting wildly off topic.
With your social calendar filling up with family Christmas parties, cookie exchanges and office happy hours, you can find yourself scrambling to pull together multiple Christmas spirited ensembles. And then it’s easy to find yourself purchasing a $300+ worth of dresses that you really only wear in December. Oops…
H&M has dresses that fit every Christmas style angle all for under $50! Add more sparkle to the dress and it will double as your NYE glam outfit to ring in 2014.
I’ve been trying to get a jump on a longtime New Year’s resolution: get organized. Kitchen, bathroom, closet, office, the “To Organize” list seems never ending and daunting. Thankfully, The Container Store has a ton of helpful tips on its blog and cute storage to make cleaning and organizing fun. Don’t believe me? I swear I had an organizer’s high (similar to what I would imagine a runner’s high feels like) after I finally finished my closet and jewelry organization. My two favorite pieces for this feat were the Acrylic Bracelet Holder + Bigso Bright Stockholm Paper Drawers. Here’s how I styled them to fit my space:
We’re all guilty of searching for a Christmas gift with a personal touch at the very last minute. Triumph over the procrastination habit (I’m definitely guilty as charged) with these beautiful bracelet and studs from BaubleBar. The monogrammed detail shows you were totally on top of Christmas shopping and is sure to make someone smile. Order by tomorrow to ensure Christmas delivery!
Today I turn 2-4. It sounds daunting and way way way too grownup for me. Thankfully, I have enough birthday cake and confetti to celebrate my birthday like a kid again. A little bubbly doesn’t hurt either ; )
A perk to being a grown up, though? Black Friday shopping! Jump below the photos to see my favorite picks.
Happy Thanksgiving to DC Girl in Pearls readers! I hope you have a wonderful day surrounded by family and friends and your favorite dishes. The turkey, (my favorite) mashed potatoes and gravy, casseroles, pies. Don’t forget to save room for a cocktail!
You can make a batch of my apple cider whiskey sparkler in minutes. I used ginger ale to add fizz but if you are feeling adventurous (looking at you, deep fried turkey aficionados), you could use a cider like Woodchuck or Angry Orchard, a personal favorite.