Hello, Holiday! | Friday Favorites: Holiday Edition

Well, it’s that time of year, my friends! The holiday season is officially upon us. Next week is Thanksgiving, one of my favorite days of the year, a day dedicated to showing gratitude for all the people and things in your life, and, let’s be real, a whole lot of eating. And, this means Christmas is right around the corner too. Not that you haven’t noticed though—stores are already decorated, sales are abundant, drinks are warm and spiced, and calories are running rampant. It’s the most wonderful time of the year!

Oh gosh, I love it all—spending time with my family, wearing cozy (oversized) sweaters that hide all the carbs, Lifetime Christmas movies on REPEAT, decorating the tree, shopping in the craziness, wrapping gifts, baking cookies. No matter how you celebrate this season, there’s something special about being with the ones you love the most and bringing joy to others. Today I’m kicking off a little series I’m calling, “Hello, Holiday!” For the next several Fridays I’ll be bringing you all things holiday: gift guides for him and her, holiday party wear, and my holiday survival tips. To get things started here are some holiday-packed Friday Favorites to help get you in the spirit.

Chocolate Pine Cones for a Festive CenterpieceChocolate Pine cone

I mean, talk about adorable. These chocolate pine cones would help make your holiday table centerpiece. Plus the recipe involves peanut butter and Nutella. So, there’s that. I found these creative and edible decorative cookies on Hoosier Homemade.

Warming up in a Winter Wonderland
Classy Girls Wear Pearls

Ok, after five winters in Chicago, I’ve learned how to battle snow. And I think we can all agree, snow is much more enjoyable when you’re inside looking at it from a window. That being said, this winter wonderland scene, complete with warm drinks and s’mores looks pretty dreamy. This post comes from Classy Girls Wear Pearls—all of this blog’s pictures are something straight out of a Vineyard Vines/J. Crew catalog. Beautiful!

Hot Cocoa with a TwistCocoa

Mint and chocolate are one of my all-time favorite combinations. This recipe for homemade Vanilla and Peppermint Hot Cocoa from Leeves & Berries, just makes me want to curl up and cuddle.

Pumpkin Cupcakes Topped with Mini Pumpkin Pie FondantPumpkin Cupcakes

These cupcakes topped with mini fondant slices of pie are bordering dangerously on “too cute to eat.” Sugar and Charm is one of my favorite sites  and this sweet treat speaks to my love of pie, pumpkin and all things miniature.

Sunday’s Agenda: Cozy Socks and CoffeeCuddle

This is my plan for every Sunday in winter. Except my socks probably don’t match and my legs might not be shaved. Don’t judge. I found this one on Pinterest.

Mulled Wine Spiced Bundt CakeFork & Flower Bundt2

I am bundt cake OBSESSED right now. My husband and I had dinner a few weeks ago with some close family friends. Our wonderful hostess made us a chocolate, chocolate chip bundt cake topped with cream cheese frosting.  I know. She told me it was a Nothing Bundt Cake copycat recipe. There’s a location dangerously close to our new place in Charlotte, but I think I’m going to try and tackle my own bundt this holiday season. Plus, real talk, I just like saying bundt. This Mulled Wine Spiced Bundt Cake from Fork and Flower sounds and looks delicious!

Make Your Tree Feel TropicalScreen Shot 2015-11-16 at 8.38.04 PM

These colorful, pineapple ornaments from Pigment just make me happy!

My favorite Holiday PaletteBobbi Brown 2015 Holiday Palette

Dear Santa (or my husband), if you’re reading this, I’ve been pretty good this year. Hint. Hint. I’m loving everything about this 2015 Holiday Palette from Bobbi Brown. You can use a shimmery shadow like the ones in this palette to take your makeup look from day to holiday party-ready. PopSugar put together a list of some other favorite palettes for holiday looks.

The Prettiest Pie EVERGorgeous Pie

I’m almost positive I lack the amount of patience and skill required to create this beautiful pie. It’s just so pretty—I tried to think of a better word to describe it, but I just couldn’t. This recipe for a Blueberry & Blackberry Pie comes from Feed Feed.

A DIY Vintage Ornament WreathVintage Ornaments

The colors of these vintage ornaments are to die for. Martha does it again! Find step-by-step instructions for creating a bright and merry ornament wreath on the Martha Stewart website.

Winter Hair, Don’t CareWinter Hairstyles

I have 3 go-to hairstyles: straight, curled, ponytail. However, I’m always trying to expand my hair horizons. One of my girlfriends texted this week that she finally mastered a french braid and that got me thinking: while wearing my holiday finest this year, it seems only right to complete the look with some hair flair. Need some inspiration? Brit + Co has a list of “18 Winter ‘Dos for the Holiday Season.”

Cheerful Chilling
Chill with Cheer

I found this festive ice bucket on Style Me Pretty. I figured there must be a way to recreate this look at home for the holidays and sure enough, thanks to Pinterest, I found a similar, DIY version on The Chic.

Gratitude: There’s an App for That

This is my favorite, favorite this season. One of my best friends started a gratitude journal in high school. In one of our more recent conversations, she reminded me of this and I remember thinking, just because she’s one of the most giving and warm people I know, “of course you did.” The Gratitude App is like a mobile journal that helps you focus on the positive things in life by identifying 5 good things everyday. According to the app’s website, it only takes five minutes a day, “to rewire your brain and unleash everything great in your life – and it starts with Gratitude! By practicing awareness of the positive things in life, we fight off the brain’s natural tendency to scan for and spot the negatives. As a result, we train our brains to be more positive and thus happier.” Have you ever heard of interrupting anxiety with gratitude? This seems like an excellent practice for that notion. And, what a better time of the year than the holiday season to start taking stock in what you’re grateful for?

The Ultimate Guide to Hosting Your First Thanksgivingthanksgiving-turkey

I was talking with a friend the other day who told me she was hosting Thanksgiving at her house this year. I quickly asked her if she was going to have some help in the kitchen, and although she confirmed she was, I got to thinking how overwhelming hosting a big dinner like that would be. Martha Stewart’s “Ultimate Guide to Hosting Your First Thanksgiving Dinner,” shares some great information for first-time hosts and includes timelines on when you should start shopping, prepping and cooking.

An Oversized Wreath for Holiday Decorwreath

When I came across this picture on Pinterest (unfortunately, I can’t track down the original source), my first thought was, “Wow, that’s a big wreath.” And, then I thought how wreaths for indoor decorating is a great idea. Although this farmhouse-style holiday decor, is simple, it makes a big, cheerful statement.

Because I like Food:elastic waistband

This is the realest thing I’ve read all week. Yoga pants = eating pants.

What’s More Fun Than a Funfetti Pie Crust?

This one really stopped me in my tracks. A Funfetti crust for a pumpkin pie? Yes. Please and thank you. This genius recipe comes from DIY Studio. If you can’t tell, my obsession with pie is teetering on unhealthy. I give you permission to stage an intervention…but, please wait until January 1st.

Festive Floral Arrangements for Your Holiday TableFlower arranging

Lately, the extent of my floral “arranging” has been buying the $3 bouquet from Trader Joe’s and putting it in a vase. But, I’ve been curious to try my hand at making my own floral arrangements. If you’re looking for some festive decor this season, check out Glitter Guide’s: 5 Tips for Gorgeous Fall Flower Arrangements.

A Beautiful Friendsgiving Tablescape

After we master floral arrangements from the post above maybe we can recreate this amazing Friendsgiving table. Too ambitious? This impressive tablescape was featured on Lauren Conrad’s website. I’ll be missing my friends this holiday season and wishing we could all be together to celebrate.

Tips for a Healthier HolidayBest Holiday Diet Tips

I’ve probably already broken most of these tips for a healthier holiday, and Thanksgiving isn’t until next week. However, despite all the pie, I do subscribe to the idea that you shouldn’t totally blow your diet and fitness routine during the holiday season—although it seems more challenging now. Byrdie put together some tips on how to indulge but not derail in the next few months.

(Adorable) Ugly Christmas Sweater CookiesChristmas Sweater Cookies

There’s just something about a good, old-fashioned, sugar cookie at Christmas. This takes that thought to a whole new level—translating the trend of an ugly Christmas sweater into a bite-size treat. Find the recipe for these fun cookies on Afternoon Crumbs.

Winter-Ready StyleWinter Outfits

I love everything about this look. I’ve already mentally raided my closet to confirm I have all the pieces to recreate this outfit. I especially love that winter hat with the oversized pom on top. Find some more stylish winter outfits to copy on StyleCaster.

The Best Holiday Song (With the Strangest Video)

N’SYNC + Hello Friday = True Love 4ever.

Hey, I’m thankful for YOU and the fact that you read this post. Thanks for stopping by—your support means the world to me! Have a wonderful Thanksgiving, y’all! I hope your holiday season is off to a happy and healthy start.

See you next Friday! xx, Devon

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