10 THINGS I’M LOOKING FORWARD TO THIS HOLIDAY SEASON

As I’ve mentioned before, I home (Florida) for the holidays and it makes me so incredibly happy. I love my family… hard. So, the fact that I get to be here for 18 days straight is the greatest gift I could ever receive.  Bonus, my boyfriend is also here for an extended time which makes things even better.

Here are 10 things I’m looking forward to this holiday season.

Being home with family and loved ones

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Putting up holiday decor

DIY for Holiday Garland foraged from your yard. A Simple and easy and cheap way to create great holiday decor this year. Check The Fresh Exchange for the full DIY.

Christmas lights!

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Eating delicious food

Colombian Arepas Recipe | Why Don't You Make Me

Getting scuba certified

Scuba Diving Top 100: Best Diving in the Caribbean & Atlantic | Scuba Diving

Going to fave spots in Miami

Wynwood Walls

Gift giving & wrapping presents

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Being away from work

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Celebrating the birth of Jesus

Being away from snow (Bye, Ohio…)

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I hope your holiday season is magical and filled with happy moments. If you can open your doors to someone who may not be surrounded by loved ones, do it. I’m sure it would light up that person’s heart.

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CARRY-ON PACKING CHECKLIST

Here’s a little cheat sheet to print while you pack your carry-on.

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MINI TRAVEL CAPSULE WARDROBE (FOR AN 18 DAY TRIP!)

Packing can be a nightmare for some. Packing light can be even scarier. I go home (Florida) for an extended time in December each year because I love nothing more than to be with family during the holidays. This year, I’ll be spending 18 days in sunny Florida!

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Now, traveling during the holidays can be rough; so, in order to avoid as many pain points as possible at the airport, it is my goal to fit everything in a carry-on. This minimizes the lines I have to make and the people I have to interact with (hallelu!). I have already reduced my closet through the help of a capsule wardrobe so creating a mini travel capsule wardrobe doesn’t seem impossible. Below is a suggested wardrobe for an 18 day trip to Miami.

Packing Tips

  1. Pack things you love
  2. Pick a color scheme and stick to it.
  3. Limit the number of shoes (I recommend a max of 3).
  4. Stick to 1 handbag.

Mini Capsule Wardrobe Breakdown:

  • 7 tops (or 5-6 tops and 1 dress)
  • 4 bottoms (you can get away with just 3)
  • 3 shoes (think comfortable, casual, and night out)
  • 1 set of pajamas
  • Minimal jewelry/accessories (these don’t usually take up space, so feel free to add more)

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Tops: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7
Bottoms: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4
Swimsuit: 1
Shoes: 1 |2 |3
Other: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4

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WORDS FOR THE WEEK

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PINTERESTING FINDS

Here’s what my thumbs been pinning to my Pinterest lately.

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GIFT WRAPPING INSPIRATION

Gifts are great. But, beautifully packaged gifts are even better! Why wouldn’t it bring a smile to your face to receive or GIVE a gift that looks like any of the below?

joli paquet cadeau inspiration deco nature pour Noël emballage naturel pomme de pin et branche de sapinA Very Merry Minimal Christmas: Simple Holiday Gift WrappingSimple gift wrappingDefinitely doing this for this Christmas! via @gatherandfeast on InstagramChristmas gift wrapping with Inkifi | These Four Walls blogPrintable Christmas Wrapping Paper + Canon Printer Giveaway

☆P I N T E R E S T : @ellemartinez99☆

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MY WINTER BUCKET LIST

I know, I know… the first day of winter isn’t until December 21 but let’s be honest fall left us a bit ago and we’re well into freezing weather. Here are a few things I’m planning to tackle this winter season. winter bucket list.png

 

DECEMBER LOOKS

It’s cold and layers are a girl’s best friend. Especially if you want to carry on with your every day. Below are some looks to copy (or inspire) to get you through the occasions you’ll encounter this month.

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EFFORTLESS HOLIDAY DECOR

I’m sure many of you have already decorated your space. Some of you are just getting started. And, a few of you have no clue where to begin. Whether it’s your first time decorating or your 20th, it can be fun and magical to transform your space with a little holiday cheer. Here are some effortless ideas to make decorating simple, fun, and tasteful this year.

Simple wreaths

How to make asymmetrical holiday wreaths. Click through for a complete tutorial.Christmas Wreath!

Tasteful mantles

Modern Minimal Christmas MantleSimple, Scandinavian-inspired Christmas decorations (+ giveaway!) with Cox & Cox | These Four Walls blog

Beautiful greenery

Put up the yearly garland today! by amandajanejones on Instagramgreenery on antlers // minimal holiday decor

Minimal garlands

Continue your minimalist decor throughout the holidays with these Scandinavian home ideas.DIY Pine Sprig Garland @themerrythought

Neutral Stockings

Mini Christmas Trees

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HOLIDAY WISH LIST

These are a few of my favorite things and well, have made it to my wish list.

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  1. Apple AirPods
  2. Sunday Morning Candle
  3. Aesop Scalp Treatment
  4. Parachute Classic Bathrobe
  5. Damien Rice O Vinly
  6. J.Crew Trouser Socks
  7. Aromatherapy Diffuser

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