Archive for December, 2012

Gift Wrap: Black, White and Lace

Tuesday, December 18th, 2012

For the rest of the week we’ll be sharing more of our gift wrap ideas, since we figure you’ll be busy setting up wrapping stations too. We hope you find them pretty, but also inspiring…enjoy!


Black and white is our ultimate favorite color combination, so naturally it is our first go-to for gift wrap, with Christmas being no exception.We were inspired by THIS dress in My Fair Lady, to add lace. A pretty classy result we think!

boxwood clippings_gift wrap, black, white and lace

boxwood clippings_black, white and lace gift wrap

Again, we gathered odds and ends from around the house to help achieve each look.


  • The black lace is from a pair of tights that we cut up and used as a sleeve over the presents.
  • The floral wrapping paper is a scrap from Sarah’s holler dollar drawer liner…we LOVE this print.
  • The large white present was wrapped with white tissue paper and covered with a lace curtain that we bought at Ikea. It is a lot of lace for $15, and looks amazing in person.
  • The white lace is from Martha Stewart that we blogged about here.

Do you have a favorite look your thinking of incorporating in your gift wrap? Do tell!

Emily’s Christmas Decorations 2012: Granny-Glam

Monday, December 17th, 2012

This year my decorations are all about the vintage and glamorous combo, a vibe I am loving right now.

I mixed ivories, champagne gold, and high shine ornaments with lace ribbon and multiple strings of beads that resulted in a ‘granny-glam’ effect. Who knew it was possible to feel as cozy and warm like at your Granny’s house and have a totally chic space at the same time?

boxwood clippings_em's decorations

My favorite, new decoration got the spotlight this year. I purchased ‘JOY’ from the fabulous Alice Lane, and love it so much it will be finding a place in our home long after the decorations come down as a reminder for me to put ‘Jesus, then Others before Yourself’.

boxwood clippings_em's decorations

My next favorite decorations are gold and ivory bowls that I bought for a few dollars at the thrift store. I simply added gold baubles, and have at least one little bowl in every room of the apartment.

boxwood clippings_em's decorations

After my simple and sparse decorations last year, I was ready to add a few pine cones and glittery sprigs for a rustic warmth this year. I wanted it to be extra cozy.

My only goal in Christmas decor is to induce excitement for what’s to come…and as I feel very ready to nestle up with a hot cocoa and the hubs for a Christmas movie, I am one happy decorista.:)

Gift Idea: Her Stocking

Friday, December 14th, 2012

Stockings are always the last thing for us to open Christmas morning, and in many ways the icing on the cake.

Here are some of our favorite finds we love to see in our stocking:Picture 22

1. Mini Bath Goodies: THESE ones at Bath and Body works are on sale 3 for $10 and are so delicious!

2. Hardware Store Gift Card: Mr Faubus gave this to Sarah last year with a coupon saying he’d tackle a house project. Good one Hubs, we loved it!

3. Terry’s Chocolate Orange: this has been a tradition in our family since forever, delicious and classic.

4. Lindt Lindor Truffles: Another yummy fave.

5. A Guilty Pleasure DVD or CD: Camelot is a must for our collections. Hello 60’s fashion and make-up and songs to die for!

6. New Scarf: like THIS is perfect to see us through winter. Plus, it works out great if you roll it up and stuff it in the leg of stocking!

7. Fashion Jewelry: So fun to have something new and spunky. THESE are great to group together or split up.

8. A Small Candle: A new scent ready for the new year! We love THIS one.

If you’re planning a trip to Bath and Body works, they always have coupons you can use. We usually just look HERE before shopping!

Well, ladies and gents that was the last of our stocking ideas for this year, we hope you found it helpful!

Christmas Beauty Shortcuts

Thursday, December 13th, 2012

The number one thing I hate about doing my nails is how long it take for them to dry. I can sit idle for hours and still manage to smudge the polish (Yes, Mum I’m applying thin coats). Who has time for that this time of year?

This is the number one reason I’ve been in love with OPI’s Opening Night Champagne for several years:

It applies ever so evenly and is hyper-pigmented with it’s metallic, shimmery champagne color that it only requires one thin coat of polish (you can even skip the base and top coat). Five minutes to dry and I’m out the door for all the Christmas festivities. Perfect…

WRONG, the color has been retired and can only be found in England for $30!!!

What the heck? So friends, I’m in the need of a new one-coat metallic beauty, and any beauty shortcut tips, please.

Anyone else running around like crazy with no time to curl their hair?

White + Gold Gift Wrap

Wednesday, December 12th, 2012

For this next gift wrapping look, we thought we’d mix two of our favorite colours, white and gold. It’s clean yet glamourous, classy and cute. We’re in love, are you?

boxwood clippings_gold + white gift wrap

As you know we love to collect bits and bobs from around our houses, and throw them into the mix. Here are the gift details, from left to right:

  • The ‘S’ was made from stationary brads, with white wrapping paper.
  • Then the white paper with white tule was just a matter of layering the tule, one knot after another. 10 in total.
  • The gold tinsel was just that, but first wrapped the gift with tissue paper then smothered it in tinsel and placed in clear box.
  • The white wrapping with gold circle, is actually a napkin ring made from mini bells. So fun to repurpose.
  • Then the gold on gold, is simply gold gift wrap with a gold pipe cleaner. Also, so fun to raid the kids crafts!

We hope you find these different looks inspiring, and note that you don’t always have to go out and buy wrapping to mix things up. :)