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We are all so busy during the holidays. With all the running around, shopping, baking, cooking, & entertaining, it can get real exhausting. We have made up a sweet list of hostess gifts that any girl would be happy to receive. Wine, chocolates or poinsettia’s are typical hostess gifts that are commonly given and while these gifts are great, we think hostess gifts can be a little more personal and have a wee bit more pizazz.

1. Soap Gift Sets from Lush

You can’t go wrong with Lush products. We love them so much. I know, I know, I have Lush on every single list for gift giving. Trust me, the hostess that receives a gift from Lush will definitely invite you back next year!

2. Specialty Tea from Teavana

Every Host knows that it takes a lot of time and energy to plan a get together let alone get through all of the hustle and bustle of the holiday season. A quality cup of tea is always appreciated. We love these gift sets that come in the beautiful tins that can be reused over and over. You will be affectionately remembered every time she brews a cup of tea long after the holidays are over.

3. Pure Maple Syrup from Blisgourmet

This amazing maple syrup is recognized by top chefs and foodies such as Martha Stewart and Rachel Ray. This is something a little different then the typical bottle of wine or chocolates. Especially great for those that love to cook.

4. Scented Candles from Bath And Body Works

The scented candles from Bath And Body Works are to die for! We can’t pick just one as a favourite. This one is the ultimate holiday scent of rich red apples, green pine and golden cider. One for the hostess and one for me!

5. Lip Balm Sets from Korres

We love, love, love this line from Greece. The body products are the ultimate and so are their lip glosses. Perfect for the long winter to keep lips hydrated and smooth. This limited edition lip glaze set has delicious flavours such as jasmine, pomegranate, raspberry. Made with no parabens or sulphates.

6. Nail Polish Sets from Nails Inc.

Nail polish and nail art is all the rage and who doesn’t love to have their nails all done up? We are amazed at the selection of colours, textures and art that is being done on nails. Can never have too many nail polishes, now can we?

7. Bath and Body Products from Philosophy

We will never get tired of Philosophy products! Ever. The festive gingerbread products add spice to any girl’s day!

8. Designer Fragrance Sets

So many mini sets to choose from during the holidays. A set like this one is perfect with the rollerball fragrance so she can throw it in her purse.

9. Fun Novelty Gifts

Finding really fun personalized gifts are the ultimate if you know the hostess well. For music lovers, a gift like these coasters is different, unique and fun.

Happy Holiday Shopping!

Love, Laura xox

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Projects

Thrift Store Treasures

The other day we decided it was high time for another Thrift Store Expedition. We love, love, love going to thrift stores and garage sales. You just never know what you might find. Like my great uncle Bob used to say, “One man’s junk is another man’s treasure.

I am a huge fan of finding treasures in the glassware, dishes and cookware section. Natasha on the other hand loves to rummage through the clothes area. I can’t be bothered searching for clothes. Natasha always seems to discover some hidden gem in the vast sea of old vintage clothing. Lots of times she even finds designer pieces! Don’t even ask me how she does it.Β  Every now and then when she discovers some amazing piece of clothing, I decide to mohzy on over and look through the racks too. Hoping that I’ll finally find that one awesome piece. After about 5 minutes I’m bored silly and head back over to the dishes. I can usually find at least one must have item in that section that speaks to me!

I am completely obsessed with bowls/plates and glasses. I have so many of both that I couldn’t possibly need anymore but I just can’t stop myself when I find something that catches my eye.

On this particular shopping trip I found numerous pieces that just had to come home with me! I mean, a girl can never have too many plates… and glasses… and bowls…

Β Just look at what I found..

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Four plates and six goblet style glasses
(10 pieces)
Total spent = $22.

You may be thinking to yourself, why does she buy plates that don’t match?
Well… we purchase certain individual plates/dishes to use for displaying our baked goods that we feature on our blog. Sometimes I get crazy and will purchase a set of plates but I am realizing I have run out of cupboard space.Β  So now I mostly buy random pieces that I love.

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Not one single chip & they look brand new!
The largest one was $4 and the other three were $2 each.

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Made in England (the real deal)

They kinda remind me of china plates that my grandmother used to have & I adore them.

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Shuttt up! Love these goblets so much!
There were only 2 of these bronze coloured glasses there and they cost $2 each.

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The four green glasses were $2 each.

It was so much fun finding all of these treasures!
We would love to hear about your thrift store/garage sale excursions and some of your best purchases!
Leave a comment & share with us.

Happy Vintage Shopping!

Laura xo

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Beauty & Cosmetics

Fall Beauty: Vampy Lips

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Nothing says Fall like dark, rich lip colours!
We believe the deeper & vampier the colour, the better.

Playing up your lips is an easy way to complete your look.
When you rock super sexy dark lips, keep the eye makeup neutral and let the lips be the main focus.

Tips for rockin’ dark lip colours:

Always line your lips first.
We’re not talking about a big, thick line of lip liner on the outside of your lips – Clown lips are definitely a no-no!
Use a lip liner that matches the colour of your lipstick and lightly create a faint line around the edges of your lips to help define & keep the colour from running.
If you are weary of lip-liners, we highly recommend a clear lip liner called No Bleeding Lips, which helps define your lips and prevents lip colours from bleeding.Β  (We love the product & will be featuring No Bleeding Lips on the blog soon).

Apply a thin layer of lip balm/moisturizer/primer before applying the lipstick.
Many lipsticks tend to be dry & matte, so applying a bit of lip balm before the lip colour helps hydrate your lips & prevents your lip colour from cracking.

Use a highlighter to contour your lips’ cupid’s bow.
Your cupid’s bow is the middle curve of the upper lip.
If you apply a light shimmery highlighter just above the cupid’s bow of your lips, it helps to make lips look more defined & full.
(Use Benefit’s Watt’s Up!, or any nude shimmery eyeshadow pencils/eyeshadows).

A tip for women with thinner lips:
if you have thin lips, dark lip colours will accentuate that and make thin lips look even slimmer. We recommend wearing dark reds, instead of intense browns and purples.

Here are two of our favorite lip colours this Fall.. (so far!)

1. Urban Decay Super-Saturated High Gloss Lip Color in F-Bomb.
Rich and creamy lipstick with insane amounts of high-gloss shine – all captured in one chubby pencil.

Urban Decay’s Super-Saturated High Gloss Color’s are the ultimate – you get the best of a lipstick, gloss & stain all in one!
Easy to apply, this lip colour is long lasting, shiny, creamy & highly pigmented.

How great are the names of the colours in the Super-Saturated line as well?!
(F-Bomb, Naked, Adrenaline, Big Bang, Crush) Pretty funny!

We definitely recommend this Urban Decay Lip Color.

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2. Guerlain Rouge Automatique in 170 Nuit d’Amour.

A gorgeous berry, purple colour.
We love Guerlain’s Rouge Automatique lip colours and have a few different colours.
They are amazing quality, very hydrating & long lasting.
A bit on the pricier side, but we believe its well worth it!

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Laura & Natasha XO

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Beauty & Cosmetics

Etsy Holiday Inspiration

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Etsy is a marketplace where people around the world connect to buy and sell unique goods. Our mission is to re-imagine commerce in ways that build a more fulfilling and lasting world.

I love Etsy.

For those who are not aware, Etsy is a website which focuses on the selling & buying of handmade, & vintage items.
I like to think of Etsy as a ‘craftier‘ version of Ebay.
You can find everything on the site from paintings, prints, art & craft supplies, to home decor, quilts, beauty, jewelry, & toys.

Each item is unique, and it’s a great way to support artisans, & support smaller businesses.
Plus you can also find plenty of ideas for some DIY projects!

I’ve purchased some really cute items from Etsy previously & highly recommend shopping on Etsy. My latest purchase were gorgeous knitted coffee cozies which you can see here.

I was browsing on Etsy earlier, and started looking at Holiday gifts & decor and was blown away at all the great gift ideas.
Etsy is such a great site to do some online Holiday shopping, especially if you are looking for unique, homemade, beautiful pieces!

Grab a cup of cocoa, turn on your Christmas playlist, get cozy in your Christmas PJ’s (come on, you know you have a pair! πŸ˜‰ ) and browse with me on Etsy! πŸ™‚

Here are some of my top Holiday Picks from Etsy:

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1. Winter Forest Wrapping Paper
from Etsy Seller: NormansPrintery

There’s few things I love more than beautifully wrapped Christmas presents under the tree. It’s almost like an art.
I love wrapping gifts, and have basically become the sole ‘gift wrapper‘ in my family. I love taking my time, and making the gifts look perfect, so I’m all about cute, unique wrapping paper.
This Forest Wrapping Paper is unique and perfectly vintage looking.

2. The Barrow – Chunky Infinity Scarf
from Etsy Seller: deroucheau

Nothing says Winter fashion like a nice, big, wool infinity scarf!
Essential piece of a girl’s Winter wardrobe.

3. Knitted Heart Fingerless Gloves
from Etsy Seller: KnitsbyVara

Cozy, homemade knitted gloves – perfect gift for her.

4. Burlap Dog Christmas Stocking
from Etsy Seller: ChristmasClaude

These doggie stockings are so adorable!
Pet’s are apart of the family, why not get a stocking for your fur-baby?

5. Glittered Acorn Christmas Ornaments – Set of 5
from Etsy Seller: AnnaBelleArts

I love the look of these glittery acorn ornaments.

6. Snowflake Christmas Earrings
from Etsy Seller: CloverPower

7. Christmas Reindeer Cushion
from Etsy Seller: CalicoandCotton

Cute reindeer pillow, perfect for a cabin!

8. Cardinals & Chickadees Christmas Wrapping Paper
from Etsy Seller: PaperandPresent

More pretty, unique wrapping paper. Love this bird design.

9. Custom Superhero Ornaments
from Etsy Seller: IttyBittyWoodShoppe

I thought these wooden superhero ornaments were so original, and creative. They would be so perfect for a kid’s tree, or a little boy’s tree!
If you’re a good painter, you could always make these yourself. I’m sure you could find plain wooden ornaments at a craft store, and paint them yourself. Would make for a great DIY & Christmas craft.

Have you ever bought or sold anything on Etsy before?
Love Etsy?
Comment & let us know! πŸ™‚

Happy Holiday Shopping!
Natasha Xo

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Beauty & Cosmetics

Laura’s Fall Wishlist

Even though I prefer Summer, when Fall rolls around and I see all the new Fall fashion, I can’t help but get excited.

Goodbye Summer, Hello Fall!

Here are my top picks for Fall…
(Click here to see Natasha’s Fall Wishlist)

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1. Classic Tall Ugg Boots in Black – $195

Even though Ugg boots aren’t considered ‘fashionable’, and always top ‘most-hated’ fashion trends for women by men, I still love them. They are so comfy and easy to wear.

2. Fit & Flare Knit Dress by Le Chateau – $99

The perfect little black dress – Every girl needs one.. or 3.

3. Hamilton MK Logo Satchel by MICHAEL Michael Kors – $298

Never can have too many purses. Gotta have it!

4. SINCLAIR Steve Madden Boots in Cognac – $229

Love Steve Madden Boots!

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5. Rose Felt Pillow from Chapters – $34

6. Comforter Bubble Bar by Lush – $10

I love absolutely everything at Lush, but this Bubble Bar has always been my favorite.

7. Cardamom Bowl by Crate & Barrel – $85

Did I mention that I have a bowl obsession? This bowl is so purty.

8. Greenwich Grove Tea Set by Kate Spade New York – $59

Did I mention that I also have a teapot obsession?!

What’s on your Fall Wishlist?! Comment & let us know. πŸ™‚

Laura Xo

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Recipes

Strawberry & White Chocolate Muffins

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Β If you have fresh strawberries in the house, you must make these Strawberry & White Chocolate Muffins!
We’ve been on a muffin kick lately, and these muffins were amazingly tasty.
The strawberries mix perfectly with the white chocolate creating a luscious, fresh flavour.
I know the word ‘moist’ is so overused when it comes to baking, but seriously.. these muffins are SO moist & fluffy! (Due in part to the olive oil, & yogurt used).

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I used my SOCKERKAKA Baking Cups from IKEA for the first time on half of the batch to see how they would turn out.
SOCKERKAKA Baking Cups are rubber silicone baking cups that are dishwasher, and oven safe.

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I really liked how the muffins in the silicone cups turned out! They had a cute oblong shape to them, and the bottom of the muffins came out with a cute little flower design.
I had no issues with getting the muffins out of the cups – They slid right out of the cups without breaking.
I did have to cook the muffins in the silicone cups a tad longer, as the cups held more batter than the muffin pan cups.
All in all, after first use, I enjoy them & would recommend them!

(I’m interested to see what frosted cupcakes would look like using the silicone cups! I’ll be baking some soon & posting an update). πŸ™‚

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Strawberry & White Chocolate Muffins

Ingredients:
(yield: 12 muffins)
2 cups flour
1 cup granulated sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 large eggs, at room temperature
1 cup Greek Yogurt
1/3 cup olive oil
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 1/3 cups fresh strawberries, washed & chopped
1/2 cup white chocolate chips

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Spray muffin pan with non-stick cooking spray, or line pan with muffin cups.
In a large bowl, mix all the dry ingredients (flour, sugar, baking powder, salt) together; set aside.
In a separate bowl, whisk the eggs together until combined. Add the rest of the wet ingredients (yogurt, oil & vanilla) & mix together.

2. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry & mix altogether using a spatula. Fold in the berries & the chocolate chips.
Using a large scoop, divide the batter evenly among the 12 muffin cups. There should be enough batter to fill each cup nearly full.
Bake approx. 20 minutes, or until a tester comes out clean.
Let muffins cool for 5-9 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

Note: Muffins stay fresh for up to 4 days covered at room temperature.

Enjoy!
Xo Natasha

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Laura Loves: POREfessional by Benefit

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POREfessional
by BENEFIT

Being a Makeup Artist and working in the cosmetic industry I get to try a lot of products. Β (It’s a tough job but someone’s gotta do it!) Β I also get asked all of the time for my opinion. When my clients ask for my opinion on products, I am always honest. Regardless if a company has given me their products to try or if I have purchased them it does not persuade my opinion. I will never represent a product I do not believe in. Β All of our product reviews will be our opinion and our opinion only. Good or bad.

Sometimes I come across a gem of a product and I want to share it with everyone! Like this little miracle in a tube! It has made it on my ‘must have‘ list… and I like to keep that list short as possible. The less steps every morning the better! Β I’m sure all you ladies agree!

This balm is used to minimize the appearance of pores and fine lines. The silky light weight, oil free formula can be used under foundation or on top. It also contains vitamin E which helps fight free radicals. So it not only helps the look of your skin, it’s also a prevention for anti aging. Perfect!Β 

Although it’s listed as a ‘primer’, I have found that wearing it on top of my foundation works best for me. All over my nose and a little on the outer corner of my eyes (where the wrinkles laugh lines are) and just a touch on my forehead. Β I use a different primer for all over which I will post another time.

You only need a small amount and pat it on lightly rather then rubbing it on. Think of it as a filler, of sorts. Smoothing your skin and prepping it for foundation. Or in my case as a finishing touch over my foundation.

Seriously in love with this product and recommend it 100%!

Laura xo

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