Posted on Dec 6, 2017 1 Comment
It’s the most wonderful time of the year! I love love love Christmas – Christmas movies, parties, get togethers, punch a creme (in lieu of egg nog), candy cane ice cream, Christmas music (come through Justin Bieber Christmas album) and of course, the decor!
Ever since I was a little girl, I always envisioned a festive home, filled with Christmas cheer. I recently started to learn how to play the piano (it’s been about year now) and one of the reasons I’ve always wanted to, was because I love how in the movies, the family gathers around the piano and sings along to Christmas carols. Clearly I’m learning a few Christmas songs right now to recreate this movie scene so deeply ingrained in my mind (’cause if you know me personally, in my mind, my life is totally a movie or a music video).
I like to go all out with my Christmas decor and I build on it every year. I’ve been doing a purple and gold theme for several years now and although I’ve always liked my decor, it’s only this year that I’m finally really happy with the results. So I’ve decided to share it with all of you.
My dining/living area is a Burgundy/purple colour which is supposed to feel warm and inviting and I believe that the purple and gold is a perfect compliment to the room.
Before you enter my home, you’re greeted with purple and gold wreaths.
Once you make your way through the foyer, to your left, there’s garland along the banisters. Now, you’ll note that my stockings are actually hanging from my banister, because as you’ll see in the next pictures, the design of my home is untraditional with a floating two sided fireplace. As a result, this called for some creative stocking placement.
On your right side, there’s my dining and living room. You’ll see that the Christmas tree is parked right next to the (digital) piano. I wasn’t kidding about gathering around the piano and singing carols!
I thew my sheep skin rug over my ottoman to give the room a warm and fuzzy feeling.
My dining table has also been adorned in the purple and gold theme, with a dark purple table cover, gold cut out place mats, a white and gold table runner, gold snowflake napkin holders and a purple and gold themed garland which I made into a makeshift candleholder.
Behind my dining table, we have a floating fireplace and against it we have a buffet hutch. I dressed up the buffet hutch with garland and decorated it with a snow globe, reindeers, pine cones and some purple glitter snowflakes.
And last but not least, my Christmas tree! I’m totally OCD when it comes to my Christmas tree and it’s a constant work in progress. Every year I’ll buy new ornaments to freshen it up or make it look more full. I find that ribbons are a must with Christmas trees as it helps fill in the gaps. I used a combination of sheer gold ribbon and opaque gold glitter ribbon throughout. Something new I tried this year was getting large leaves or ornate branches and stuck them directly into the tree. I also bought a bunch of purple decor that you either stick directly into the tree rather than hang, or clip onto the pine needles.
What’s your theme at home? Do you have any unique Christmas traditions? Would love to hear about it! Share in the comments below.
Hope you enjoyed this post and wishing you and yours the happiest of holidays!
Posted on Sep 16, 2017 5 Comments
Although my husband likes to think he’s a simple man (it’s quite possible at one point he was), after 6 years of marriage to me, he’s become very picky with gifts. In fact, earlier this year, he kept heckling me about the lack of imagination with my gifts and how it’s becoming so predictable – shoes, clothes, accessories. Ummm…have you seen how tall this man is? He despises shopping malls (10 minutes into shopping and his eyes are like a sad, lost puppy), and it’s very rare something off the rack actually fits him, yet I still scour through whatever selection I have and manage to find him clothes that FIT (could he be less appreciative…sheesh)! Ok, rant over and back to my point. Read More
Posted on Sep 7, 2017 Leave a Comment
I think most women agree, that one of their main concerns when they get pregnant, asides from a health pregnancy and baby, is getting their body back and hoping we don’t get the dreaded ‘Mummy Tummy’. Before getting pregnant, I had heard about belly binding or “wrapping” techniques postpartum that Asian and French women have been swearing by for centuries. Belly wrapping can be done using corsets, wraps, compression garments, soft muslin shawls, you name it. The theory behind this technique is that, during pregnancy, a woman’s organs and muscles shift and expand to make room for a baby, and belly wrapping encourages your muscles and organs to go back to they way they used to be as soon as possible. Post labour and delivery, your organs are swollen and this is supposed to help bring the swelling down. It is recommended to begin wrapping immediately and continue to do so daily until 6-8 weeks post partum for best results. Read More
Posted on May 14, 2017 Leave a Comment
Years of celebrating incredible women such as my mom, my grandma, my sister and most recently my mother in law, I have finally joined the troop of mothers as I celebrate my first Mother’s Day today. Today marks me being a mother for 5 months and 2 days (I know, I’m such a veteran). Now, I could say I need no gift, and that Ziana’s love, health and happiness is plenty (which it is and my utmost priority), but it doesn’t hurt to have yet another day to be spoiled and another excuse for a gift for all the things I so desperately need (my Lust List keeps expanding).
Shortly after becoming a mom, I learned that there’s something called a “mommy cult”. Read More
Posted on Apr 3, 2017 1 Comment
I still remember being at the grocery store with my mom and seeing Demi Moore gracing the cover of Vanity Fair in 1991 in the magazine stands at the checkout counter. Despite being a tender age of 7 years old, I remember thinking how beautiful she looked. While it received some backlash from critics, it started a revolution amongst pregnant women and changed the beauty landscape when it came to maternity photography. Many celebrities followed suit, most notably, Cindy Crawford on the cover of W Magazine in 1999 and Claudia Schiffer on Vogue’s cover in 2010. Read More