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Day 22: Last Minute Gift Ideas

You are seriously up against a deadline here. I advised you of a few last minute sales last week, but you procrastinated and here you are… December 22, no gift for at least one person on your list. What to do??

Here’s the bad news – you’re kinda screwed. The good news – you’re not all the way screwed. We can still pull a few things together. Bonus: Most of these are DIY projects.

  1. For the Christmas Breakfast/Dinner Hostess (or the female co-worker who got you something but you didn’t get anything for her – yikes!): DIY Gold Dot Champagne Flutes – Quick, easy, and really cute. I might have to make a set of these myself. If I do, I’ll be sure to share how that goes.
  2. For Your Teenage Daughter (or your sorority sister who loves things with her initials on them): Yarn-Wrapped Ombre Monogrammed Letter – I actually made these for my goddaughters last year. I was quite pleased with the results. While the project wasn’t difficult, it definitely required patience. Tip: Buy the yarn that already has an ombre effect. that way you don’t have to buy more than one skein and it makes it a little easier on you by removing any sort of transition.
  3. For Your Brother-in-Law (or cousin who also enjoys a good cocktail now and then): Jack Daniels Gift Set, $45.97 – You can either rush this order from Amazon or visit your local liquor store to see what they have. There are a few near me that have great options. Be prepared to drop some money on this gift though.
  4. For the Sports Fan (or the man in your life who has a sweet tooth): DIY Gumball Machine – To make this more sports themed, Mod Podge a team logo where the fake knob is. One of my friends created a Carolina Panther-themed one last year and it was fantastic.
  5. For Your Wife (who doesn’t need to know you forgot to pick up something besides the gift she explicitly told you to purchase): DIY Mini Spa Jar – Add a few of her favorite nail polish colors, nail file, cotton balls. As a bonus, throw in a gift certificate for her and best friend to have a day at the spa.
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Day 21: Where's Winter?
Forecast Credit: WBAL TV

Somehow this holiday season has felt like fall. Here in the mid-Atlantic and for my northeast neighbors, the temperatures have rarely gone under 40 degrees and have frequently topped 60. This is pure insanity. Don’t get me wrong. I’m not a huge fan of winter. Having to layer up so that I don’t turn into a popsicle, hoping a rogue patch of ice doesn’t take me out of the game, refusing to socialize because the idea of exiting the warmth of my home is too much for me to bear – none of that appeals to me. However, when it comes to Christmas, it seems unnatural to have temperatures like this. It could be 70 degrees on Christmas Eve! What is that?! I’m sure some southerners and those that live in the sunny sunshine states see this as normal, but for us… this is unheard of.

It almost goes without saying (and since it’s almost, I’m going to say it) that this topsy-turvy weather is having quite the effect on my clothing choices for work this week as well as Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

Are any of you in the area? Is your mind BLOWN by this, too?

Day 20: Cee's Holiday Style

Time to share how I did holiday style this season. We had two family parties – my mother’s party last Saturday with the Lip Sync Battle (left) and my sister’s party last night with Family Feud (right). Forgive the terrible photos. I kept forgetting to get a picture of my ensembles during the parties.

Because I was hosting the Lip Sync Battle, I got a little fancier and indulged myself in the opportunity to wear my tulle skirt (Broke Girl Style). I paired it with an H&M t-shirt that I’ve had for a year or two, a red ribbon I pulled from another article of clothing and shimmery gold shoes (Brash, Payless).

On the right, I went for a more casual look and kept the shimmery gold shoes for a bit of fun. I bought the sweater specifically for this outfit for $20 at Marshalls. Added a long gold necklace (J. Crew) and white jeans (Blue Ashphalt, Wet Seal).

I prefer the outfit on the right, though the tulle skirt always makes me feel fancy and ladylike.


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