I just got back from a very relaxing weekend away in Quebec City and I have to say, going through my pictures on my camera I’ve realized that the very best part of the weekend was sampling a stack of delicious macaroons. I wish I had saved some for when I got home!

Given my inclination for changing up my decor, my outfits, my hair styles … it’s a surprise that my little blog hasn’t been given a face-lift since I started it almost 2 years ago! It was long overdue.

Lots of thanks to Alaina at Live Creating Yourself — she is a rock star and totally captured my aesthetic with her creative design. Plus she was insanely patient with me and my … well, Type A tendencies. If you’re looking for a blog redesign I highly suggest you send her note!

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Just a few more presents to wrap up and then I’m all done with my Christmas list! I found super cute wrapping paper at Target so the presents looks delicious underneath my tree. Almost too pretty to unwrap… almost.

I’ve never been much of a bath person… which is probably because I’ve never lived in place that has a standalone bathtub. Just looking at this bathroom could make me change my mind though. It reminds me a bit of Kate Winslet’s English countryside cottage in The Holiday, don’t you think?

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Thanks for all of your sweet comments yesterday about my tree skirt, it made for a pretty awesome Wednesday. I’m not done yet though… I also crafted up some felt garland for the tree and thought I’d show you a few more pictures than the sneak peek you got the other day.

I followed the super simple instructions from The Purl Bee. The hardest part is cutting the circles — I recommend either buying them pre-cut on etsy, or finding a few romantic comedies on your DVR to watch if you plan to do it yourself.

It’s a very felt-y Christmas this year. I used the leftover hot pink felt I had from my jewelry box project and whipped up a skirt for my tree; then I cut out bright green reindeer to prance around the border. If I can pat myself on the back for a moment, several hours of meticulously cutting out santa’s favorite woodland creature was well worth it, look how cute it turned out:

More crafts later,I still have to share my felt garland project!

I have a few fun Christmas craft posts to share this week, but indulge me for a moment while I share some of my favorite ornament shots from this weekend… it’s going to be a very merry and bright Christmas at my house:

When it comes to entertaining, most of my dishes and glassware are white and clear, then I can have fun with accessories and linens to switch up the theme. I think that gold is the new neutral and is also a perfect backdrop for lots of color combinations too. Plus a touch of sparkly metallic makes them extra festive.

Of course Kate Spade is right on trend, with their champagne saucers and gold place settings (on sale on Gilt!). And I love the cross-hatch pattern on Vera Wang’s serving bowls (also on sale!). Plus, a little elf told me that those striped and polka-dot glasses may be under my tree on Christmas morning… I can’t wait!

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I finally got to set foot into the Madewell store during my trip to New York last week after lusting online for months now. I didn’t get to take any pictures because the place was mobbed, but did manage to see a few of the pieces I was coveting.

What caught my eye? Cozy capes, rocker jewelry, and school-girl backpacks. The mustard and white polka-dot scarf was a must-have, and I’m happy to say it was smart investment… I haven’t taken it off since it became mine!

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