December 19, 2014

Gifts For Her With Free Shipping For Christmas Eve

Okay, so I'm on a roll figuring out who is still offering FREE SHIPPING in time for Christmas Eve!  I've got my favorite Sole Society picks for y'all!  Many of these are so inexpensive and perfect gift ideas.  With Christmas Eve delivery they're perfect for a last minute outfit idea for yourself too!


Striped Scarf || Wool hat || Red bow tie shoes || leopard flats || Diamond Bib Necklace || Diamond Cluster earrings || plaid infinity scarf || black suede d'orsay pumps || striped weekend bag || diamond necklace



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Last Minute Gifts for Men | Under $50

And now for the men.  I've kept the round-up under $50 as well!  Guys are so much harder to shop for but I guarantee any of the guys in your life will appreciate these finds!  Although I have to say the portable phone charger is probably something everyone in your life needs.  I borrowed my moms a ton while we were in Nashville and it was such a necessity when you're always on the go.


Smart Care No-Wrinkle Traditional fit Shirts (and trim fit) || Minnetonka slippers || cedar shoe tree || wool scarf || windowpane wool scarf || texting gloves || gingham pocket square || striped tie || multi use tool || silk stripe bow tie || portable iPhone charger || skincare set



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Last Minute Gifts Under $50

 If you're anything like me you've had 99% of your Christmas shopping finished for weeks but you still have those one or two people on your list with nothing checked off yet.  I've rounded up my favorites today that are all free shipping and guaranteed Christmas Eve arrival to help you out!





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Christmas Dining Room + Glitter Pinecones in Glass Jars

My mom and I started collecting glass apothecary jars for the candy bar at my wedding.  I used to keep them out all the time in various rooms filled with seasonal decor but lately I feel like it's just one more thing to dust.  They now permanently live in my attic but I thought it would be fun to bring some out to decorate with for Christmas. 

My mother in law gave me a set of little glitter pine cone candles so I used those as my base but honestly anything would work.  I thought about adding in real pine cones dusted in glitter.  Wells would be all over that project.  Maybe I'll have my act together for next year.  I just added some beaded garland and voila!  Pretty little winter scene!


Here is our dining room getting all dressed up for Christmas!  This room is so incredibly dark.  It doesn't really get any natural light and there are no overhead lightsso ordinarily we just have a few lamps on when we eat.  The added warm glow of the Christmas tree is truly magical!


I'm also loving this little corner in our kitchen.  I used a plaid wool scarf to hang the wreath directly over the chalkboard.  I have seen that before and just loved it.  One of the only times of the year I don't want to paint over the green frame!   I've been playing around with writing words inside the wreath like joy or noel or peace but I think I like it plain the best.  The chalkboard sign was a homegoods find from a few weeks ago. 


I'm really having fun adding in small touches of Christmas and watching our house evolve.  It probably won't really be fully decorated until Christmas Eve and then it will be practically time to take it all back down.  I also need to find a system for all the Christmas themed art projects that have come home from school.  So many large sized precious pictures of Christmas trees, wreaths, and angels with lots of tiny hands and fingers.  I'd like to find a way to incorporate them into our decor every year.  Maybe take a picture of them and turn them into ornaments?

December 18, 2014

Teacher Gifts | Paperwhites and an Easy Chocolate Cookie Recipe

It's hard to believe that the entire first half of school is over today.  It's going to be a fun but long few weeks at home!  We're bringing in some thing sweet for our teachers today, plants and cookies!

I picked up these cute paper whites from Trader Joes and cut off the tags and taped it to the bottom.  I added the little gold bows and the the little tags.  I just cut them out with a my shape cutter and glued it to a toothpick.  Cute and simple. 


These are the easiest and most delicious little cookies.  I originally made them using lemon cake mix but switched it up to chocolate for Christmas.  These would be really sweet with peppermint or sprinkles as well.


Then I just put about 10 in each baggie and tied it with a gold ribbon.  The ribbon has wire already in it which helps a ton with keeping it's shape.

Chocolate Cloud Cookies
1 box of chocolate cake mix
1 tub of cool whip
1 egg

Mix the ingredients above and roll into balls.  Drop each ball in a bowl full of powdered sugar and roll around to fully coat.  Place on a baking sheet and bake for 10 minutes on 350'.  Let cool on a baking rack.

December 17, 2014

Art Sale | Ready to Ship for Christmas

I have a few lowcountry marsh paintings that are ready to ship this afternoon so they will arrive in time for Christmas!  Please send me an email at juliakyleryan@gmail.com if you're interested!  Thank you!

The first three are offered either framed or unframed.  I have these frames in stock and and ready to ship asap. The last four paintings aren't available framed right immediately.  If you would like to purchase them with a gold frame as shown I am happy to do it, it just won't arrive in time for Christmas.  If you would like to purchase them unframed I can get them out to you as soon as today as well!

UPDATED:  Y'all are amazing.  #6040, #9867, #6047, and #6045 have sold.  Thank you!

Lowcountry Marsh Paintings
Acrylic and oil pastel


The four paintings below are not available to ship with frames at this time. 


Virginia Stocking Stuffers | Shop Local

Good morning!  I've got something fun for y'all today.  I've teamed up with a few friends across the southeast to bring you some local inspired gift ideas!  Everything included today is a Virginia product or business!  Love supporting local and I hope y'all do as well.

I know there are so many more shops and stores that are amazing and located right here in Richmond, much less all over Virginia.  Please feel free to leave comment with anything that you love!

Please check out the girls at Southland Avenue for NORTH CAROLINA, Natasha at Hello Happiness with TENNESSEE, and The Love List pulled together a great list for GEORGIA for lots of other fun and local gift ideas!





December 16, 2014

Serena & Lily Private Sale

Serena and Lily is one of my all time favorite big box stores.  They just started their private sale so I rounded up my favorites for you!  So many good things offered up in this sale but you have to hurry because things are disappearing fast!




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Flocked Christmas Tree | Love It or Leave It

If you live in the southeast and read blogs or follow instagram you may be newly introduced to the magic of a the snowy white Christmas Tree.  What about the rest of y'all?  Is the snowy white tree something you grew up with or you've seen before?  I'm guessing it stems from the cold states where a real live Christmas tree is already covered in snow by early December so the faux trees follow suit.  It's so lovely and so sparkly.  You know I love an all white backdrop so this really plays into my neutral color scheme loving self.

I especially love the white tree trimmed with gold or cream or other natural elements.  It's so sparkly but somehow subtle.  I think I may need to get a hold of one of these for next year!


What's your verdict?  I for one, absolutely love it.  I'm not sure I could do it as our main tree.  But this would be an awesome addition to the playroom or the family room.  I just love it!

December 15, 2014

Christmas Place Setting | Decorating with paper napkins

Happy Monday!  Is everyone getting ready for Christmas?  I've been having fun decorating our dining room for the holidays.  I love setting a Christmas table and being able to enjoy it for the whole month.  We try to eat in the dining room as a family several nights a week and it's fun to enjoy our decorations for more than just for a night or two.


I've started playing around with Christmas place settings and it's so much fun mixing it up!  I'm using our white china as the base and layering in some colorful paper napkins and pretty Christmas cocktail plates.  Just toss in some ornaments to add a punch of sparkle or use as placecards and you are ready to roll!  You can see I'm continuing along with my colorful Christmas theme this year.  Lots of pink, red, and green!  I'm a big fan of the preppy vibe it gives off and I love that it's festive but not taking itself too seriously.  My kids eat in here and I don't want them to think it's too special for them to use and enjoy.  There will be times ahead to bring out the heirloom china and fine crystal. 


 The possibilities are endless really.  I don't have specific Christmas china but that doesn't mean we can't get festive! I'm starting to acquire quite the collection of paper cocktail napkins and it's fun to use them and not just save them for a day when we might have guests come to dinner.  I hope you're enjoying this special season and that some of my 12days of Christmas ideas have been something you might try yourself!

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Also, I just noticed that sole society expanded their sale so my leopard flats ($38) and red suede bow flats ($32) are both now under $40.  My favorite new black and white striped scarf and fabulous hat from this post are still marked down to $17.

December 12, 2014

Christmas Cocktail Recipe | White Christmas Sangria

Continuing along with my 12 days of Christmas, I've got a fabulous Christmas Cocktail recipe for you today that will be sure to be a big hit at any holiday party!  I am a huge fan of a signature cocktail at any party.  It makes setting up a bar that much more fun and limits the other options you need.  I also am a major fan of the wine spritzer style White Christmas Sangria recipes I've been seeing everywhere lately.  I love that I can drink a little more while actually consuming a little less which is oh so helpful around 2am and 7am.  This drink is also super easy and really festive.  What a fun colorful addition to any night!

Yesterday I mixed up a little batch of this holiday drink to bring to a cocktail party with the neighborhood ladies.  We were doing happy hour at one house and then piling into a big van to go on a tacky lights tour.  I also have to say that I drank some with just the fruit, rosemary, white grape juice, and club soda in the afternoon while I was making it and it was delicious!  Put that on the list of amazing non-alcoholic drinks to serve up as well!  I'm calling that a Snow White Christmas.


Sadly, I still haven't gotten to try the White Christmas Sangria.  I headed out the door at 6:30 last night with Tagg en route to the hospital instead of my friend's house.  Long story short, all is well.  He was fine.  He is fine.  Although I do ask that you please pray for me. My anxiety over his food allergies is getting worse and I've been battling it pretty hard the past few months.  Episodes like last night which end up completely okay still reinforce my compounding anxiety over keeping him safe.  I'll leave more on that debbie downer for another blog post.


Also, can you tell I'm getting really good use out of my new striped scarf?  I always use my washable scarves as table dressings as well.  They're usually just the right side for a punch of casual color and are so much less expensive.  And my paper straw obsession continues.  They serve absolutely no purpose except to look pretty.  And that they do.


 White Christmas Sangria
1 red apple
1 green apple
1 cup of cranberries
1 cup of sugar
1 cup of white grape juice
1 bottle of white wine
fresh rosemary

Mix and let sit in the fridge for at least an hour.
Pour into a glass and top with club soda.   Garnish with rosemary.

This recipe could easily be doubled and made in a punch bowl.  Just go ahead and add the club soda just before your guests arrive.

December 11, 2014

Christmas Decorations: Wreath (12 days of Christmas)

Hey y'all!  Thanks for stopping by on my second day of the 12 Days of Christmas!  It's a much needed way to keep me accountable for getting in the Christmas Spirit!  If wasn't already obvious, I've gone colorful for Christmas this year.  In fact, like I mentioned before, I'm going for a pink + red + green + black and white Kate Spade inspired Christmas decor.  Such a fun twist on traditional but also a huge leap away from my standard silver and gold.  Today I'm sharing a really simple Christmas Wreath that is center stage for my Christmas decorations.  I like big impact items that are simple and inexpensive!

As much as I love the look and smell of fresh greenery we just can't do it in our house.  It really aggravates our allergies and the last thing we need is more itching, sneezing, and wheezing around here.  Thankfully there are some really pretty ways to spruce up the plain jane faux wreaths and greenery you can find at every store. 


I picked up a few of these faux wreaths last week from Hobby Lobby for $5 each and a few giant pre-made red velvet ribbons for $2 each.  Done and done.  I put one on each of the windows in our dining room.  My main focus of decorating this year is in our dining room.


But then I had an extra that I wanted to try something different with so I went back and purchased a few containers of pink ornaments.  Everything at hobby lobby was 50% off so they were $2.50 per pack and I only needed one large pack and two smaller bulb packs with a few to spare.  I actually planned to use this as a table display to I just nestled the ornaments right on top.  But because it was such an inexpensive project and the greenery is faux I decided to go back and hot glue the ornaments directly on to the wreath so I could use this for years to come.


I splurged on a bright red berry wreath (a $60 homegoods find) that makes a crazy awesome impact from the street.  I added a simple pink grosgrain ribbon to tie it on and introduce my color scheme.  I asked my parents for a painted new six panel glass storm door for my Birthday and I had finally settled on mint green.  But now I'm back to wanting hot pink.  Guess you'll have to stay tuned to see those final results hopefully in the next few weeks!


So tell me, do you go for a more traditional scheme for Christmas or do bend the rules and go wild?  I'm really excited about these colorful touches to our house and it's got me rethinking our usual neutral scheme the other 11 months of year!

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Check out my other Holiday Posts Below:
Casual Holiday Outfit (leopard + stripes) | Cold Weather Outfit | Christmas Drink Bar | Colorful Christmas Decor | Holiday Cocktail Dress Round-up | Pink Cocktail Dress Round-up | Holiday Cocktails + Apps

And my Holiday Gift Guides:
Men's Gift Guide | Bar Gifts for Men | Children's Gift Guide | Hostess Gift Guide
 
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I've rounded up a few of my favorite things here help you navigate the last few days of shopping!  I'm hoping to get every last bit of Christmas shopping finished by this weekend so I can relax and enjoy the season!


The perfect Holiday Gift Guide

I've rounded up all of my favorite picks for some of my favorite people and I thought you might like to take a look. I absolutely love gift guides. They are always so helpful for me when rushing around trying to find that last minute gift. Fun Accessories



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