On The First Day Of Christmas

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There is much more to the 12 days of Christmas and the catchy song we all grew up learning and singing in grade school. I once thought it was the 12 days lead up to Christmas but it is infact the 12 days after Christmas Day up until January 6th – Feast of Epiphany Day.

With that I’m brining to you, for the next 12 days, my version of the 12 days of Christmas.

3.1 Phillip Lim Pashli Satchel

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The Lady’s Christmas Music Playlist

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The Beard gets the movies. I get the music.

I grew up in a household where music was a popular thing. No we weren’t The Partridge family, and no one really played an instrument (outside of myself). My parents, especially my dad, love good, classic music and to this day I have many fond memories of the songs I grew up listening and singing to.

Christmas was no exception. Dan The Man was on it at all times. Remember when this came out?

A Very Special Christmas

Nostalgia at its best. We collected every single one, each year. My parents still have the collection in their basement somewhere.

From these CD’s came some of my FAVORITE christmas music. You can’t beat great artists like John Mellencamp, Whitney Houston or Bryan Adams singing the classic christmas tunes.

Figure out where this is going yet? If you guessed I’m going to introduce you to my top favorite christmas songs of all time, then you’re right!

Sit back, relax, and enjoy. And feel free to make your own holiday mix for your Christmas gathering.

1. Bruce Springsteen – Merry Christmas Baby

2. Run D.M.C. – Christmas In Hollis

3. Boyz II Men – Birth Of Christ

4. Nsync – Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays

5. No Doubt – Oi To The World

6. Frank Sinatra – Santa Claus Is Coming To Town

7. Carnie and Wendy Wilson – Hey Santa!

8. Bryan Adams – Run Rudolph Run

9. John Lennon – Happy Christmas (War Is Over)

10. She & Him – Baby It’s Cold Outside

The Beard’s List of Christmas Flicks

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When it comes to movies, The Beard is one of the best. Well, not in terms of being in the actual movies but being a movie buff. You know what I mean….

I for one am not the kind of person that can recite movie lines, here a quote and know which movie it is from or have the desire to collect every movie you’ve ever wanted. Between The Beard and my dad, I have an available DVD collection, VHS in some instances, and movie knowledge that I will ever need.  And since his Men’s Holiday Gift Guide went over so well, I thought I would bring him back for another post. He is here to guide you through The Beard’s List of Christmas Flicks and his thoughts behind each one.

1. Christmas Vacation

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“The quintessential christmas classic”

2. Die Hard

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“How can you go wrong with John McClane saving the day on Christmas?”

3. Home Alone

“Another childhood classic”

4. Friday After Next

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“A fan of any of The Friday movies”

5. Bad Santa

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“A vulgar look at Christmas”

6. How The Grinch Stole Christmas

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“Another Christmas classic”

7. Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer

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“I just remember watching it as a kid…”

8. The Muppets Christmas Carol

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“Can’t go wrong with Muppets or Alfred”

9. Elf

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“Will Ferrell as a grown man that thinks he is an elf is pretty funny. Also…where Zooey came into the picture”

10. Scrooged

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“Bill Murrary”

11. Harry Potter 1-7

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“Yeah, I’m a Harry Potter Nerd”

And there you have it. The Beard’s List of Christmas Flicks.

Now get to watching and buzz through all 10 of these great hits (Don’t worry, we know you don’t have an entire weekend to devote to a Harry Potter Marathon as well. And if you do, let’s be friends)

Holiday Fashion Guide

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Even though I blog about fashion, I am NOT a fashionista. Far from it really. I love sweatpants, sweaters, tshirts and ugg boots. I will allow you to judge me. When it comes to work or going out, I can make a conscious effort and look pretty good. But I struggle with putting things together on my own body.

Somehow when it comes to fashion blogging it’s much easier for me to dream of what I’d want and how they would work. Collages make magic, and I’m here to help guide you…especially if you are a struggling soul like me.

Endless hours of web browsing has led me to 3 key components for holiday fashion. Mix and match or use all 3 of these pieces, and you’re bound to make a great look.

Baroque, Velvet and Embellishments/Sequins. Consider these your 3 new besties for surviving the holiday fashion season.

Note: I have a thing for black, so there is quite a lot in the collages.

Baroque
adj. \bə-ˈrōk, ba-, -ˈräk, -ˈrȯk\
of, relating to, or having the characteristics of a style of artistic expression prevalent especially i the 17th century that is marked generally by use of complex forms, bold ornamentation and the juxtaposition of contrasting elements often conveying a sense of drama, movement and tension.

This is a fairly bold fashion trend for 2012. I for one couldn’t get a grasp on how to execute this without looking like I tried too hard. I will also admit I was a bit of a chicken in terms of trying things out and actually committing to the purchase.  If you’re like me, here are two looks that are simple with a touch of drama. It’s easy to add a hint of metallic or embellishment with these baroque trends. Somehow the two go hand in hand.

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Two Toned Square Earrings – Dorothy Perkins :: Red Label Gold Baroque Print Slim Leg Trousers – Newlook.com :: Warehouse Baroque Lace Shell Top (Dark Red) – John Lewis :: Black Ponti Stud Jacket – Wallis Fashion :: Baroque Filigree Bracelet – Dorothy Perkins :: Quilted Metal Corner Across Body Bag – ASOS :: Nine Out of Tenacious Heel in Red – ModCloth

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Pashli Satchel – 3.1 Phillip Lim via Net-A-Porter :: Olimpia Bow Blouse – Nelly :: Rare London Baroque Prom Skirt – Republic :: Doll House Hustler Black Faux Suede Women Ankle Boots – Shoe Ocean :: Deco Black Chandelier Earrings – Banana Republic :: Skinny Clean Metal Bar Belt (Oxblood) – TopShop

Velvet
noun \ˈvel-vət\
a clothing and upholstery fabric characterized by a short soft dense warp pile

I love velvet. Call me an old lady but velvet is so soft and luxe. I had a velvet blazer from Gap, many years ago, and when I would wear it some girls would turn their noses up at me. “VELVETTTT. HAHAHAHA” well I’m here to tell those nasty bitches that velvet is actually still on trend and can make a great accent to your look, especially for the holidays. Plus you’ll feel soft, so that’s a bonus!

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All Wrapped Up Pearls Drop Earrings – Kate Spade :: Wine Velvet Shorts – Fashion Union :: Promise Shoes Kailin (Blue) – Heels.com :: Marc by Marc Jacobs Classic Q Natasha – Piperlime :: Warehouse Oversized Sparkle Zip Back Jumper – House of Fraser :: Black Floral Lace Tights – Newlook.com

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Ted Baker Velvet Blazer – John Lewis :: Red or Dead Barton Embellished Collar Blouse – Bank Fashion :: Ted Baker Deoli Tailored Peg Trouser – Ted Baker London :: L Erickson Double Loop Bow Headband – Nordstrom :: Sonata Moment Too Soon Flat – ModCloth :: Pashli Satchel - 3.1 Phillip Lim via Net-A-Porter

Sequin
noun \ˈsē-kwən\
a small plate of shining metal or plastic used for ornamentation especially on clothing
Embellishment
noun \-lish-mənt\
something serving to embellish or to make beautiful with ornamentation

I love sequins, glitter, embellishments, metallics and strong details. I have been told that I am slightly too old for some over the top sequined looks, however I try so hard to incorporate them into my look. My everyday, go to, cheap flats are gold glitter sequins. There are some beautiful ornate pieces out there that can spice up your every day look. Some are just enough that no other accessories are needed.

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Khaki Trench Coat – Dorothy Perkins :: Pretty Gem Necklace – Miss Selfridge :: River Island Cream v Neck Peplum Top – River Island :: River Island Red High Waisted Leather Look Shorts – River Island :: Reiss Raina Flat Color Block Clutch – Reiss :: Gold Sequin Bow Pumps - Debenhams 

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Link and Plate Detail Waist Belt – ASOS :: Jewel Collar Blouse – Rare London :: High Waist Flare Mini Skirts – Chic Nova :: Melie Bianco Enveloped in Style Tablet Clutch – ModCloth :: Hanky Panky Lace Lined Bandeau – Journelle :: Glitter Peep-Toe Cage Heel – Charlotte Russe :: Bourgeois Bow Stud Earrings – Kate Spade via Nordstrom :: NY Thin Spade Hinge Bangle – Kate Spade via Bloomingdales

embellished 5

Motel Gabby Dress – Republic :: High Heel Sandal with Ankle Strap – Zara :: Cold Medal Clutch – Coast :: Jewel Gem Studs – Bauble Bar

Holiday Decor Inspiration

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Pinterest is the motherload of ideas for anything, EVER! In the week long string of Holiday idea posts, I of course had to add one on decor. Having the tiny little apartment we do, there isn’t much to decorating or getting too creative. I dream for the days of an actual house to add a special touch to. Maybe for Christmas 2013?!

I can dream for now and offer ideas to all of you. I’ve gathered my favorites pictures and ideas from Pinterest for inspiration. It’s never too late to decorate or add that last minute touch to your home.

It’s Christmas Time In Hollis Queens, Mom’s Cooking Chicken And Collard Greens

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Decorate your Christmas table with glass hurricane lanterns filled with glimmering silver baubles surrounded by plenty of glowing candles.

Festive Christmas Table Settings..just bought those china pieces..villeroy & boch urban nature

The Stockings Were Hung By The Chimney With Care

Don't forget to hang your stockings with care. #holiday #gifts

Make a bunch of cozy holiday stockings out of fringed scarves, then fill them with small wrapped gifts, stuffed toys, and candies.

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champagne frost holiday mantle | stockings + deer

Deck The Halls With Boughs Of Holly

A Whole Bunch Of Christmas Porch Decorating Ideas - Christmas Decorating -

Love this idea!   Find step-by-step instructions for creating this large chalkboard! Near the front door, it's a great way to welcome guests! #holiday #christmas #curbappeal #DIY Also the brick for Tarah's porch.| From The Home Depot's Apron blog series Holiday Style Challenge and Michelle of 4 Men 1 Lady

Christmas Front Door Decor

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The Fireside Is Blazing Bright

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a southwestern christmas

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Visions Of Sugar Plums Danced In Their Heads

Hats and Mittens Bedroom Collection #holidayNorth Pole Holiday Percale Bedding

Penguin Flannel Bedding Collection

Don't forget the bedroom or guest room when decorating for Christmas. A small Christmas tree in a pail on the bedside table and wreaths in the window or hanging from ribbon on the bed and some boxes wrapped in Christmas paper and ribbon, adds a festive spirit to each room of your home.

Cosy bed ready for Christmas! So ready for snuggling up in the cold winter nights with my boy, wearing some cosy socks #MGwinterwardrobe

O, Christmas Tree

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Seasons Past Ornaments

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vintage ornaments

Things The Beard Says – Wedding Edition

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The Beard is a funny guy, especially through this wedding planning process. His ideas are witty, sharp and extreme. I think he says half the shit he does because….he wants to see my reaction.

This has come up quite a lot during our wedding song entrance selection. In order to allow him to have some control in this wedding (I’m not a bridezilla) I allowed him the opportunity to select our entrance song to our reception. Easy enough, right?

We spent an evening on YouTube and Spotify playing songs for each other. I came up with:

Queen – You’re My Best Friend

Elton John – You’re Song

Stevie Wonder – Signed, Sealed, Delivered 

The Darkness – I Believe In A Thing Called Love

Not bad, right? I like to think that my choices are well rounded and possible crowd favorites. And you’re asking yourself…”What did The Beard pick?”

Stone Cold Steve Austin Entrance

Europe – The Final Countdown

Guns & Roses – Welcome To The Jungle

Eddie Murphy – Party All The Time 

Now I’m not saying his choices aren’t great, because honestly, they are funny and unexpected. We decided on Europe, The Final Countdown, or so I thought…

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Leave it to The Beard to keep adding more songs to the wedding entrance selection playlist. Maybe we should just do a mash up like Jock Jams (even though we both agreed NO JOCK JAMS, EVER)

Family Christmas Cards

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Say what you want about the Kardashian family, but they sure do know how to spice up the traditional holiday family photo

2012

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2011

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Of course they haven’t always been this extravagent and over the top, but come on! You can’t hate it. If you hate it, you love to hate it. I commend those families that go all out and have some sort “theme” to their holiday photo.

Here are some other great and creative examples…

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Christmas family card suggestions

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Or you could end up with a card like…

All I’m saying is, a card like this

2010

doesn’t look so bad now, does it?

Gossip Girl – The Final Season, The Last Episode

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“New York, I Love You XOXO”

The Beard willingly watched this episode with me. By willingly I mean he sat next to me playing Angry Birds Star Wars while I watched.

The last and final episode picks up where we left off…with Bart’s death. Blair and Chuck are able to escape the police madness surrounding Bart’s death but of course Chuck has become a person of interest. He and Blair race off to upstate New York to hide away. They aren’t alone for long as Uncle Jack Bass shows up to save the day. I guess with Bart being for real dead this time, he doesn’t hate on Chuck too much. It’s immediately obvious that Chuck and Blair must marry in order for the secret of Bart’s death to be safe. If Blair is Chuck’s wife, she will not have to speak or testify against him. Instead of a small town courthouse wedding, they head back to the city to have an impromptu Central Park wedding.

Serena never leaves NYC and instead returns to Dan to learn all about his past, present and future love for her. Cue Gossip Girl flashback. You would think it was old footage from the first season – however Penn Badgley agreed to shave his head and return to season 1 young lonely boy for the last episode flashback. Here we learn of the first true moment when Dan entered the world of the Upper East Side.  Just as we hear how Dan and Little J had access to the most important gossip at that time, when Gossip Girl began….in walks Georgina Sparks to break up their mini reunion and fill them in on the past 12 hours of events.

Meanwhile Nate and Sage are busy researching who Gossip Girl really is. Lily is meeting with William, who denies his love for Ivy (and further proving he was just using her to get back to Lily). Georgina and Uncle Jack show up to get everyone to the MET for an emergency group meeting.

We learn that Chuck and Blair are back for a quickie wedding and they all have their parts to play. Dan realizes his last chapter needs to be released and he does the right thing by handing it over to Nate. Nate then sends his child-bride wannabe to work typing out the last and final chapter of Dan’s memoirs.

Enter Chuck in his snazzy white suit and blue lapel and bow tie. Here comes Blair in her matching blue Elie Saab Spring 2012 couture gown.

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Just as they are about to recite and share their vows, the police show up. In the quickest vows known to man, Chuck and Blair are pronounced man and wife and quickly escorted to the police station. In true Gossip Girl fashion, phone alerts go off….of course it’s Gossip Girl. No! It’s actually The Spectator with Dan’s final chapter on none other … GG’s identity.

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We finally found out who was behind the Gossip Girl posts.

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Dan Humphrey!

You see, all along he knew he was never like everyone else. He wasn’t born into the rich, privileged society. He had to make his mark in his own way… and that was through the spreading of gossip. Since he was the no named underdog, he heard many stories on a daily basis that he would use to start the site. When word got out, it became its own monster as people obsessively submitted information. And what would a great “story” be without a muse – Serena Van Der Woodsen.

Sure he spread nasty information about his sister (which we learn she wanted) and about his love Serena, but he had to tell the truths of what was going on.

In the end, Serena wasn’t too hurt by his secret. She realized it was a love story, one that had never been written until now. And finally, with the GG secret out, Dan is more powerful than anyone, which makes him the prime Grade A husband material for Serena.

Fast Forward 5 years later, where are they now…

Upper East Side townhome of Chuck, Blair and mini Chair nugg Henry.

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Lily and William (vom)

Rufus and Lisa Loeb (guess it would be too obvious for him to be remarried again to Lily)

Eleanor and Cyrus – still the same

Little J and Eric (Little J is running J by Waldorf, Eric is Eric)

Nate (private NYSpectator jet and rumors of running for mayor?)

Uncle Jack and Georgina (I assume she’s ditched the Brooklyn husband?)

Lastly Dan….and Serena

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Her Georges Chakra Spring 2011 couture dress was slightly underwhelming. I was really expecting something much better. But I’m not going to hate too much.

The series ends with this…

Another fun moment…

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Kristen Bell makes a cameo reading the part of “Serena”, practicing lines with Rachel Bilson as “Blair” for the movie version of Dan’s story. Glad they found a way to bring in Kristen Bell and funny to see Rachel Bilson as a cameo, since she of course starred in The O.C., another Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage CW show. 

Holiday Gift Guides

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Due to recent events, I just don’t know what to write or post about today. In the absence of the weekend update post, I’m just reposting my Holiday Gift Guides. There are only 7 days left until Christmas and I’m sure there are last minute shoppers out there that could benefit from my list. I’ll be back tomorrow with a Gossip Girl post and other witty things that I’m sure you’re all waiting for.

But in the meantime, Holiday Gift Guides!

FOR HER:

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No it’s time for the ladies. I posted about men earlier this week and it would only be fair if I gave some advice and opinions on what women want. We are a diverse culture, much like men and there are many, many, many, many things we would want for the holidays. Even though we are not purchasing gifts for each other, I have still be browsing online sites for the “perfect-if-I-were-getting-something-for-christmas-this-is-what-I-would-want” gift.

I feel like I have picked a wide variety of items that any woman would want. Take a look, get some ideas and here’s to hoping that this will help you this holiday season.

gift guide for her

1. Kitchen Aid Mixer :: 2. Chocolate Gift Set :: 3. Clarisonic Aria :: 4. MUK LUKS Tina Boho Slipper :: 5. Lulu Frost Gold Bracelet :: 6. Madewell Parka :: 7. 3.1 Phillip Lim Pashil Satchel :: 8. butter London Trio :: 9. Bobbi Brown Brush Set 

FOR HIM:

Even though I’m writing this post I will say that The Beard has had a lot of control in the items that go into the post. So be warned if they are not what you expect.

The Beard is a classy fellow…into video games, movies and staying cool. One of the first stupid lines he ever said to me was

TB: I’m cooler than the other side of the pillow

Yeah ladies, that’s how cool he is.

His taste is very eclectic and since merging together I’d like to say that my style is rubbing off on him. When asking him to help prepare this gift guide, I knew it would come in handy for the well rounded man in your life. I set him loose with web pages to explore (yes, I had to guide him on where to look) and this is what he came back with. I must say, I’m quite impressed. Even though we are not buying each other gifts this year (you know since we are getting married and LOVE is all we need) this is a good starting point for next year.

Here are some great starting points in finding THE PERFECT gift for that man in your life.

gift guide for him

1. Wii U :: 2. Turtle Beach Headphones :: 3. Jameson Black Barrel :: 4. Quentin Tarantino Box Set Collection :: 5. Socks :: 6. Whisky Stones :: 7. Bow Tie :: 8. Bar10der Pocket Knife :: 9. UK Columbia Jacket :: 10. Golf Coasters :: 11. Wüsthof Ikon 7″ Knife :: 12. Mizuno JPX-825 Irons

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