Monday, December 20, 2010

Modern Wreaths

Wheather it was my own mother or one of the other neighborhood mom's the wreath's, during holiday time, were always spectacular when I was growing up. Most of the wreaths were fresh (or cleverly crafted, in my mom's case) but were always a bit more traditional. Here are a few modern style wreaths that really tickled me. The use of new materials like grosgrain ribbon, leather, paper or adding a touch of metallic flair are great ways to bring a traditional piece a little more up-to-date.

DIY Calendar

This do-it-yourself project spotted on design*sponge is one of the best projects I have seen in a while. It's so simple and easy and you can give it to anyone! (I especially love the idea of giving it to a teacher where it can sit on the desk and be loved and appreciated every day).

Check out the full how-to here & happy giving!

Sunday, December 19, 2010

I have always loved the wintery "love" song Baby It's Cold Outside but, check out the new modern version of an old classic with the cute-as-a-button Selma Blair and Rainn Wilson. Second runner up is Jon Heder & Janelle Monae's take on Winter Wonderland!

Busy Holidays

I know I have not been very dedicated to my JuneJuly posts over the past month, but really I have just been off enjoying my lovely holiday season. With working, shopping, getting my first real tree (with the lovely Joe Boyle), spending time with my Austin loved ones and getting ready for my holiday travels to the north east, I haven't exactly had too much spare time - and I have to say I have loved it. But, check out JuneJuly over the next few days for some fun holiday cheer that I just have to share with you before Santa comes sliding down the chimney!

p.s. notice the deer in the tray below the xmas tree above! LOVE!

Thursday, December 2, 2010

The New Holiday Card

For those of you who enjoy the holidays but simply can't be bothered to hand write 50 cards and address the accompanying envelopes to send to all your favorite people this year - there is always the option of ecards. Luckily there is for at least the people in your life that will appreciate the gift of laughter. I would still, however, recommend a handwritten card to Grandma. 


Holiday Party Etiquette

Holiday Parties are among us, so here are some tips that offer up some advice on how to navigate this season's social whirl wind!

Q: I would like to bring friends along to a party, is this OK?
A: The answer is usually 'yes' as long at you ask the hostess first. Also, keep in mind that it's much easier to bring friends along to a cocktail party opposed to a sit down dinner. However, this extended invitation does not keep going and going - guest of guests should not bring guests! Under normal circumstances, an invitation generally means you plus one.

Q: I forgot to RSVP. Can I still attend the party?
A: Don't just show up - even if it's the day of the event call or email the hostess and let them know that you will be able to make it. A late response is better than no response at all - and a simply apology for your late reply will go a long way. Seasoned partygoers tend to reply as soon as they recieve the invitation, that way they won't forget - and for this you'll be sure to be invited back every year. 

Q: I can only stay at the party a little while. How do I do so gracefully?
A: Give a big hello rather than a big goodbye. This was you don't disrupt your hostess in the middle of the party and risk hurting the flow of the party. It's fine to slip out quietly, but you don't want to trigger a preemptive mas exodus!

Q: I think I may have gotten a tad too tipsy. How should I recover?
A: Humor is often your best friends in times like these. Tell your host that you had a great time (maybe too great a time) and that you're terribly sorry - a simple apology note or phone call should be enough to smooth things over.

Q: I am attending an event but I won't know that many people. Any tips?
A: Be adventurous! There is no need to wait on your hostess to do all the introductions, put yourself out there and work the room yourself. Strike up conversation (and maybe even dance) with people you don't know. The most important thing is to show up to the party with a festive attitude - If you look like you're enjoying yourself, people will be drawn to you!

All advice based off InStlyle Magazine December 2009 Issue