Highlights

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{a little holiday cheer in my home.}

It’s been a battle for Christmas cheer this week, and while it was a tight race – Christmas cheer is winning! I’ve been a little under the weather the last couple of weeks and am now on antibiotics; so naturally, things have been slightly off and Scrooge was pushing his way through to say the least. I’ve managed to keep things festive over the last few crappy (then medicated-infused) days and indulge in the holiday spirit. The best way to do that I found, was to watch tons of holiday movies, listen to lots of Christmas music, and focus on the fact that 10 days from now – my boyfriend and I are heading up North for Christmas for a week. I’m looking forward to the change of scenery and the drive (well, because I get to sit and look out the window for 6 hours).

I have to say, last weekend in particular, was especially helpful in keeping my spirits bright when I was feeling my crappiest. My boyfriend brought me a little something to decorate my place (this adorable wreath) to give my humble abode the smell of Christmas since I decided to forego a Christmas Tree this year, along with In-N-Out and my favorite candy. He sat with me all weekend, watched Holiday movies and took really good care of me. I have to give him a special shout-out! Finally, I’m looking forward to a full recovery over the weekend. Who-hoo!

And since last weekend found me trying to lay low and rest (which is not necessarily easy for me do in general), I’ll have to spend some time this weekend catching up on life. This includes laundry (like desperately), grocery shopping, and finally getting around to getting that estimate on my car (full story here).

And in case you want to know…

My Prescription for Holiday Cheer

WATCH:
* Love Actually
* The Holiday
* The Family Stone
* Mr. Bean’s Holiday (which isn’t a Christmas-themed movie, but boy did those silly antics keep me entertained for an hour and a half!)

LISTEN:
* Duh, to my Spotify Holiday Hits Mixtape.

SMILE AT:
* THIS…

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Have a great weekend!

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What I’m Lovin’ Right Now

Tis’ the season for all things Christmas. This week, I’m sharing everything that stirs up some holiday cheer. From food, to fashion and beauty, to decor – there’s plenty of inspiration here to keep the festivity of the season around you. With exactly 2 weeks to go and this being my last post in the “WILRN”  series for the year – here’s an expanded version of What I’m Lovin’ Right Now.

…and in cased you missed it, it’s all things Christmas.

Blend - food

Candy Cane Hot Chocolate | forkandflower.com
Maple glazed carrots | myrecipes.com
Eggnog Martini | marthastewart.com
Marshmallow Snowman | katiemariedanner.blogspot.com
Santa Hat Christmas Brownies
Christmas Tree-shaped Fruit & Cheese Appetizer (for you health nuts!)
Christmas Lasagna | foodwishes.blogspot.com
White Chocolate Dipped Cherries
Mini Sausage Wreath

Blend - fashion

Wildfox Glowing Lights Sweater | shopbop.com
Red & Green Matte Christmas Nails | goosesglitter.com
Manna Kadar’s Lipstick in “Russian” | birchbox.com
Winter Scarf | girlsguideto.com
Sophia Webster Lola Glitter Pumps | net-a-porter.com
Snowflake earrings | etsy.com
Red Peacoat | jcrew.com (similar)
Winter Wonderland inspired manicure

Blend - decor

 Candy cane wrapped vases with your favorite flowers
Burlap Pillow Cover | etsy.com
Garland wrapped front door
Crafty holiday centerpieces  (upside down wine glasses with ornaments inside, topped with candles) 
Iridescent Orb Tree Lights | anthropologie.com
Mini stocking stuffer silverware holders
Holiday candles garnished with snow-covered pine cones

Highlights: Sprinkles of Joy

All That Glitters is a blog I developed to celebrate life, even if it’s in the smallest of daily pleasures and happenings, and to always find the sunshine. What I’ve come to like about writing these posts is that I’ll stop, notice something, think “this is a highlight!”, try to capture the moment visually, and in that brief minute my perspective changes. Since I write these posts at least once a week, it also forces me to always keep my eyes open to the positive around me to find my “Highlights.”

I didn’t want to end on an unhappy note right before Christmas after yesterday’s entry, so I’ll share a few special moments that did bring sprinkles of joy during trying times:

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{Every time I look over at my Christmas tree.}

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{Meeting a friend for a glass of sangria during happy hour at Pink Taco. I couldn’t get over her strawberry margarita served in a pineapple shell! It made me smile. My sangria was great but came in a mason jar. :)}

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{Getting lost in Breaking Dawn: Part 2 for a few hours on a rainy Friday night in Century City. Pretty cheesy flick (as they all are), but I’m a fan of the books and like to see the films.}

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{One last evening spent at The Grove to get some hot chocolate and much-needed Holiday cheer.}

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{On a particularity chaotic morning, I can’t tell you how amazing it was to stop in to Jamba Juice and treat myself to a large orange juice. Nothing beats fresh squeezed.}

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{The best gift wrapped present I’ve gotten so far.This sweet box of Godiva chocolates from a work colleague. Loved the leafy detailing.}

All the very best for a happy and safe Holiday season! 🙂