Top 10 Blog Posts of 2013

Ok, I wasn’t going to post until after the New Year, but then I thought it would be fun to do a quick end-of-year round-up of the 2013 Top 10 Posts on this little blog. Here we go….

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10. Baked French Toast

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9. $10 Valentine’s Day Centerpiece

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8. Strawberry Picking

Pistachio-Green7. What to Wear – Pistachio Green (featured on the Zoya nail polish website, thanks Zoya!)

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6. Croissant-Making Class Date Night

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5. Homemade Butter

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4. Flower Card

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3. I got a BeStyled Blowdry

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2. Elizabeth Street – Street Style

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1. Easter Crafts – Easter Straws (the little post that Martha Stewart tweeted, thanks M!)

Thanks for a great year and for reading Stlyed by Jess – lots in store for 2014!! Happy New Year!

Santa Came!

I’ve been posting slightly sporadically the past week or so because we’ve been traveling since Christmas day! We got home late yesterday afternoon after 6 hours in the car, ugh. But it made it that much better to all go to sleep in our own beds last night, isn’t that the best feeling? Anyway, I thought I’d share my favorite photo from Christmas morning when our Z dove into the teepee that Santa brought…

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Now I’m off to do tons of laundry, vacuum Christmas tree pine needles, and catch up on sleep. See you in the New Year when I’ll have a few exciting announcements to share!

Z Style – Christmas Edition

Hope your day yesterday was merry (no matter if you celebrate Christmas or not)! My Z’s Christmas outfit was so special this year I wanted to share it in a Z Style post. Remember our UK trip this summer, specifically the Scotland portion of the trip? Well, we were in a little shop in Edinburgh and I spotted this gem and KNEW it would be the cutest little Christmas outfit ever. Here it is…

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White collared shirt Old Navy (old), authentic tiny pink plaid kilt from a tiny shop in Edinburgh, Scotland, tights Target, navy blue shoes Old Navy (old, similar).

Christmas Wrapping – The Gifts

wrapped-christmas-gifts-4The gifts are wrapped and under the tree! Actually, they’re upstairs in my office because someone in our house is addicted to unwrapping presents ever since her 2nd birthday and at the very site of a gift runs up and tares off the paper. Yes, I posed these under the tree and immediately brought them back upstairs when I was done. Anyway, here are some photos of the finished gifts all wrapped up with my black and white and gold ribbons and homemade gift tags.

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Have a great Christmas Eve All!

Christmas Wrapping – Homemade Gift Tags

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So we’ve figured out what ribbon to use to wrap our Christmas gifts – now on to the gift tags! I decided it would be fun to make a few tags myself and thought I’d show you. There is no real tutorial, but here’s how I put my gift tags together:

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To make your own gift tags you really just need thick card stock and stuff to decorate with. I used: paper cutter, markers, ink pad, rubber stamps, washi tape, and card stock. Not shown but super important: hole punch and string to attach to gifts.

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Cut out your card stock into gift tag size rectangles (or squares, trees, snowmen, any shape, really!) Decorate your tag – I used a combo of washi tape and rubber stamps. Above, I’m making a Christmas tree with gold washi tape.

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I like to add a little “to” and “from” stamp as well.

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And don’t forget to punch a hole!

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Ready to attach to wrapped gifts!

 

Couple Things…

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So much snow and it’s about to melt away before Christmas…

She doesn’t usually eat sweets but ate part of 1 Christmas cookie and then made this face when I asked to take her picture to document the occasion.

Made a yummy quinoa, chicken, and butternut squash soup when it was freezing and snowy earlier this week.

This J. Crew camel sweater has been a fave lately, it’s on super sale right now (extra 40% off)!

It’s hard to find a jam or preserve at the regular grocery store without high fructose corn syrup (or just regular old corn syrup) but this one looks promising and the raspberry has the seeds, which I love!

Love this red for Christmas – essie’s Russian Roulette.

Have a great weekend everyone!

Christmas Wrapping – Ribbon

By now, all (or most) of your shopping is done, right? And now it’s time to WRAP! Some folks find this to be a daunting task and I guess that depends on how generous you’re being this year (aka how many gifts you’re giving) as well as a big question: whether Santa wraps the gifts at your house or not. Growing up Santa just popped down our chimney, set up our gifts in the appropriate location (I had the couch, my sister had the big chair), and dashed away to the next house. Now Santa does the same thing for our Z… I will also say there is added wrapping effort made to those gifts that “leave the house” so to speak…gifts for friends, my in-laws, etc… Do you wrap gifts for your kids and husband/boyfriend a little more casual than others?

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All of that said, I thought I’d share with you my gift wrapping strategy this year on thosefancy-wrapped “leave the house” gifts. Next week a tutorial on some cute, easy washi gift tags followed by some pics of the finished product. Today, we’re talking ribbons. After I took a little inventory of our wrapping paper I decided on a theme this year… I walked right by the traditional Christmas ribbon aisle (after snapping this photo of course)…

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And decided on black and white and metallic! See, we had plain red and plain green rolls of paper so I thought patterned black and whites and maybe gold or silver would look great, right? And so festive. So after much thought I decided on these four…

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More next week!