December 25, 2012

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas to all! 

December 24, 2012

Christmas Countdown

The countdown to Christmas is on... Just finished decorating my tree and forgot to put the lights on till the end! Ay! At least the stockings are hung and the presents now its time for a break. Merry (almost) Christmas to all!

December 20, 2012

Why Don't You...?

A look back at Diana Vreeland's 1936 Christmas "Why Don't You...?" list.

As originally seen in Harpers Bazaar, December 1936.

December 19, 2012

Belle of the Ball

I've always thought of Christmas as a time to dress up and how apropos as cascading ball skirts and elegant tea length skirts in jewel tones are hotter than ever right now. Just look at all the ways to cut the formality with tanks, tees and oversized sweaters. 

Oscar de la Renta

Carolina Hererra

Cornelia Guest in Bazaar

Kate Moss in Bazaar

 Laure Shang in Lanvin,
Oscar PR Girl Instagram

From Sharon Stones classic pairing of a Gap shirt and Vera Wang skirt at the 1996 Oscar's to Jenna Lyons feather-y number at the Met Ball in 2011. The look is timeless and ladylike without trying to hard.


Dree Hemingway, Zoo Magazine

Ashley Olsen

Jenna Lyons

Kiera Knightly

I have an black ball skirt hanging in the back of my closet that I have worn exactly once (with a ballerina wrap sweater no less). Maybe this Christmas its time to break it out again, pair it with a something like this...and be all dressed up with nowhere fancy to go.

December 1, 2012

Trimming The Tree

With Christmas around the corner, I've decided that this year it's time for a big tree in my apartment. Not so easy to maneuver but with trees for sale on every corner (including the one right outside my door) its too tempting to say no! 

I have always loved decorating the Christmas tree, as I think it is the most personal, least comercial-ly part of Christmas. I guess this is mostly because every ornament on the tree was picked out by someone in my family and has a story behind it.

We have what feels like several hundred ornaments, many of which were made by someone in my family (mom, aunt, great grandmother), while others are from places we have traveled to, souvenirs, or groupings of things, like my brother Andrew's hockey themed ornaments. I thought it would be fun to take a look at some of my favorites.

My favorites are a grouping of vintage Mexican tin ornaments that my parents bought when they lived in Mexico (well before I was born). The ornaments are made of hammered tin which is then cutout, pierced and shaped into designs and painted.
On their own they are kind of kitschy and have tarnished over the years, but I love the way they look against the tree lights. Subtly shiny and a good alternative to glitter, which I could live without in my Christmas decor.

Going along with my collections of owls throughout the apartment, my favorite ornament is of course the owl. Seems like birds and Christmas trees go so well together! Just like a partridge in a pear tree.

All photos by Bea Hive Blog