Handmade Host(ess) Gift

Happy Humpday, babes. Today we are officially into the single digits (!) until Xmas day. WHAT. That means, if you haven't felt the pressure yet, you're either A- insane, or B- a much more cool, calm and collected person than me.

That said, there are still plenty of parties, last-minute get togethers, and whatnots to attend. You know, those things that typically involve bringing some sort of item if you don't want to look like a total heel. (And who wants to do that?) So today, I'm happy to present my solution to you - one that surely you can make at home in no time with things you already (should) have on hand. Chocolate Peppermint Bark. Hello?! Who doesn't love this stuff? By the way, spare me if you don't. We shouldn't be friends, then. Just kidding. Kind of. Can you tell I'm delirious? Anyway...

Seriously this couldn't be simpler. I like using a twofold chocolate approach to this - layering dark chocolate underneath peppermint infused white chocolate, but do you, boo. It's all about what's simple and convenient! Just melt your dark chocolate in a double boiler - you do know how to do that right? Or, in the microwave, but be CAREFUL if you dare do that. Chocolate goes from deliciously glossy and melted to scorched and burned and oh-god-no in seconds. Literally. Don't ask how I know. Then, simply pour your dark chocolate onto a baking sheet and spread it out. You could use an offset spatula, but I don't have one of those, so a silicone scraper or just a regular ol' butter knife works fine. Pop into the freezer about 8 minutes while you repeat the melting process with your white chocolate. If you're feeling fancy, stir in 1/4 tsp of peppermint extract, and then layer overtop your (mostly) set dark chocolate. Then, while the white chocolate is still liquidy, top with some crushed candy canes. I used the mini ones because they take me back to my redneck childhood upbringing. I must've eaten 20 of these a day back then. Seriously, it was a wonder I escaped my youth without any cavities. #humblebrag.

After both layers of chocolate are fully set, remove from your baking sheet and break into irregular pieces and place in a pretty serving bowl, tin, dish, or what have you. Guarantee any host or hostess would be happy to receive this fun n festive favor, and if they aren't, kindly send their rejected leftovers my way. Happy Merry! X

Looks to Try: The Glitter Beard

Being that it's just 2 weeks til Christmas Day (WHAT?!) we are in full swing for party mode. Everyone and their brother has plans this weekend - office party, white elephant, secret santa, cookie exchange, you name it! So I figured what better time than the present to share with you a little holiday party outfit advice.

Surely by now you've heard of the genius that is The Gay Beards. If you haven't, allow me to introduce you - you can check out their hilarious youtube channel HERE. They are the queens who inspired this look with their iconic #GlitterBeard. Yes folks, that's right. Glitter. In my beard. What is more festive than that? Truly, I am hard-pressed to find an answer.

I'm wearing a David Beckham for H&M sweater in a festive red and charcoal color block motif, and paired it with a silver glitter beard (you know, to give off a Santa vibe.) There truly isn't much to say here, so I'll let the photos do the talking. Presenting, Glitterbeard: A Christmas Story for the Ages.

Now if you'll excuse me, I'm going to go find a way to remove this from my face. Merry Xmas, y'all! X

DIY Holiday Garland

Hey there! Happy hump day, and happy 4th night of Hanukkah. While we're all still coming out of our latke-induced food comas, I'm already moving full speed ahead towards Xmas. 

Now, I'd be lying if I said I haven't had a menorah and a christmas tree up for weeks, but my philosophy with holiday decor is that some is good, but more is better. Amirite? So, no time like the present to share this cheap n cheerful garland DIY with you. Read on for the super simple tutorial below:

For this project you'll need some wrapping paper (the heavy duty kind... don't skimp here, people) a length of ribbon or yarn (I'm using that baker's twine that's all too trendy these days) a pattern for your shapes, a pair of scissors, and a glue stick! I found all of these materials at the dollar spot in the front of my local Target, so I know you'll be able to find them too. 

Simply measure your desired length of yarn, and decide how concentrated you want your garland to be. Mine has about 15 circles on it, spaced about three inches apart. Then, just simply trace onto your wrapping paper and cut out your shapes (2 per piece). Once they are spaced how you want them, simply use your glue stick to glue the two pieces together, sandwiching your yarn between. When finished it should look like this:

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The best part about this project is how customizable it is. If you want to use ribbon, use ribbon. If you're more of a twine person, twine it up! Don't like circles? - Use triangles or even letters instead. Make it as long or short as you want, and enjoy the smug satisfaction you'll feel when guests compliment your decor at your upcoming parties. You are having a party right? Good, my invite had better be in the mail. Cheers! x