Yes, I know. I have a calendar on my phone. And Outlook keeps me constantly reminded of where I’m supposed to be, when. But I’m a fool for paper, so I still insist on having non-electronic versions to keep me company.
The reprieve – for those of us who had every intention of sending out holiday cards… but didn’t – is that wishing friends and family a very happy new year will do in a pinch. (As always, click to shop)
I’m hopeful that everyone out there is still basking in glow of holiday happiness! Need a little boost to perpetuate the sensation? How about the world’s first 24-hour video? Catchy little tune with randoms dancing their hearts out sprinkled modestly with celebrity cameos. And you can skip around to watch different “times” if you don’t happen to have 24 continuous hours to spare.
Happy by Pharrell Williams from the motion picture soundtrack Despicable Me 2, 2013.
I’m speechless. Now, if this was CGI or some such thing, that would be one thing. But this lights display is the real deal; painstakingly choreographed to “Carol of the Bells”. Yes, this is somebody’s actual house, decked out in 45,000 lights; all choreographed via 176 channels of computer control. Ridiculous and obsessive? Maybe. But it’s definitely a showstopper of astounding ambition and seasonal spirit! Merry, merry Christmas.
The follow-up from last year’s “Beet Cake” (missed it? click HERE.), a delectable video recipe for holiday cider from the creative minds of Tiger In A Jar. Looks like the perfect beverage to warm up with tonight!
I’m sitting here completely baffled by the fact that Christmas is only a few short days away. Time to start baking those cookies so mom and I can distribute our annual cookie plates to the neighbors! So, today – a bit of cheeky baking music to set the mood for our kitchen antics. Sleigh Ride by Crystal Theory from the album Christmas Chillout, 2005.
I’m not really a holiday decor enthusiast. I mean, we get at tree and deck it out with festive & eclectic ornaments collected over the years, and I drape some twinkle lights over the mantle, but that’s about it. This year, though, there are such a great selection of really subtle yet seasonal pieces that I’m totally tempted to go all in… (As always, click to shop!)
Prettifying thoughtful little treasures is one of the great pleasures of gift giving. I always start the holiday season thinking I’m gunna get all DIY, and make my own gift wrap using kraft paper, potatoes, ink and a generous dose of creativity. And then reality sets in. Good thing there are so many amazing options out on the open market…
‘Tis the season, as they say, and I for one can already use a break from the typical Christmas fare they’re piping into every shop, restaurant, salon and elevator I’ve stepped into over the past couple weeks. This one is definitely an outsider, with its simple guitar, French refrains and religious embrace. What Child Is This by Downhere from the album How Many Kings, 2010.
Love this look towards trends for autumn/winter 2014-2015 by Patternbank, a global trend forecasting company based in the UK. They deliver innovative (and typically spot-on) forecasts, but my favorite thing about them is how incredibly affordable they are! £20 for a digital download makes them a fabulous resource, especially for freelancers. These totally inspiring print and graphics forecasts may have their roots in women’s fashion, but are also applicable in home and giftware categories as well. I’m only sharing a little teaser today – you can get the full report by clicking on any image below.