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‘Tis the season to wrap my friends, so below are my two How-To videos. I would make new ones, but since they ain’t broke, and have 500k views, I’m keeping these guys alive. I’m so glad to know you find them helpful.
I love getting pics of your pretty packages, so when you’re done send me some. They always make me smile :)
More gift guides to come!
In order to make this bow, it’s crucial you buy the right ribbon:
I buy C&G ribbon from the Container Store. The seem to sell it in TONS of colors online now, but the brand isn’t marked. I would call customer service first just to make sure you’re getting the right one. Either in the store or online, you’ll notice it’s pricey, but the spool goes a long way.
Another source for ribbon is Costco. Buy the thicker ribbon with wire in it and you can make the same bows.
If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to email me: firstname.lastname@example.org. I’d also LOVE to see how it goes for you. Send me pics of your pretty packages!
I myself have said and hear from others countless times, “I’m not eating so I can go out to [fill in indulgent restaurant here] tonight.” Well, even though it sounds good and the numbers even out, famine now doesn’t mean you can or should feast later for several reasons:
So how can you help yourself if you want to indulge??? My nutritionist Hilary King has some suggestions for you!
This time of year is really the only time I can think of (besides Halloween) when we can break the rules and over-accessorize. In the spirit of being festive!
Usually you pick one statement piece and let it shine atop your outfit. Now I’m saying pile them all on. Wear metallics, statement jewelry, and a bright red lip altogether. Go on, throw on those red shoes too. Of course you can go overboard, but this is your chance to play.
Let’s take Taylor as an example. As always Taylor Swift looks amazing, but would you say she looks festive? I don’t think she does. I would love to see a big statement necklace and some shoes with character.
Here’s a key to pulling this off: the accessories you choose shouldn’t be be festive in their own right (Ranjana Khan above). You don’t want to beat the issue to death before people’s gaze makes it to your waist. You want your individual pieces to create one festive look. I wish I had some examples to show you of successful ensembles, but I’m hoping now that I’ve mentioned this to you, you’ll notice women embracing the “more is more” holiday sensibility and give it a shot.
I’ll take some more pics and post them here after I’m out and about a little bit more. You can always follow me on tumblr to keep up as well!
It’s too easy not to enter and win some really cool stuff. CLICK here to go to the gift guide and details.
This house is near me in Atlanta and just cracks me up. They’ve been buying and collecting these blow-ups for over 8 years to decorate their lawn (this is only about 1/3 of it!). In the spirit of giving, they ask people to donate money for a local charity. Considering the display is so captivating as you drive by, I’m sure they’ve done thousands of dollars worth of good. GREAT IDEA, right?!
We can have great ideas and give without the blow-ups, you know.
Should you want to give the gift of life instead of material items, I admire the work of AdventConspiracy that asks us not to spend money on random gifts, but to make each other things, spend time together to share your love, and donate to people who really need things. Things like shelter, like food, like water. Advent Conspiracy has been working with Living Water to build wells in communities without ANY clean water.
Watch three seconds of this video. Whether or not you give to Advent Conspiracy or the charity of your choice, I encourage you to consider giving a real gift to people who really need a sweater, a water bottle , a bed to sleep in. Because really, we don’t NEED anything, do we?
Hilary says you CAN have fun and still be healthy over the holidays. Here are her tips for survival:
Do NOT skip meals!! You know when people say, “Oh I’m not eating lunch because I’ve got this party tonight, and I know I’ll eat there!” WRONG! Do NOT go to the party hungry. Try eating something before hand like a think thin bar so that you don’t go in hungry!
Do NOT hover around the food table. Get a small plate, put what you want on it, and walk away! Work the room, talk to people—focus on the company rather than the food.
Keep your calories and your buzz under control!
Ohhhh the mall food court! All of the gift decisions you face at the mall will make you more vulnerable to temptation at the food court so keep things in your purse.
Why are we such suckers for holiday desserts? The scarcity theory: things we think are in limited supply, are more desirable to us than non-scarce items.
Holiday-themed coffee drinks and sweets are often more caloric than regular ones, so stick to the basics: add your own cinnamon to your every day coffee or drizzle your own vanilla or peppermint extract.
We get it, you’re busy! This means less time to prepare meals, so you may be tempted to eat at the drive through for convenience.
Eat a protein-based breakfast. Healthy proteins and good fats will give you an energy boost in the morning and prevent cravings later in the day.
In the first video, I show you how to put the paper on the package properly. You’ll see how to make two different bows in the second video. Hope this is helpful!
Then this to make the big, beautiful bow:
I use C & G Satin ribbon in two sizes. You can order it online here, but it takes up to five weeks to ship. I always buy it at The Container Store.
And thank @terryattootsies for passing down her master skills!
I’m a huge believer in presentation. A nice package shows you care, no matter what’s inside.Tweet this!
I got this text from friend Kitty yesterday and responded with a list of recipes for her to search on my site. It occurred to me that you might have the same problem, so below are my suggestions.
EASY: Herbal Chicken in a crock pot with garlic mashed potatoes (use all chicken breasts instead of a whole chicken)
MODERATE: Three Onion Quiche (unexpected and nice to serve where weather is still warm)
LABOR INTENSIVE: Prosciutto-Wrapped Pork Loin with Roasted Apples (one of my favorite dishes of all-time)
Whether you want to go rustic like my Thanksgiving centerpiece above, or more glamorous like my New Year’s table here, have fun decorating! You can use what you have on hand. In the NYE table, the candelabra is decorated with my chain necklaces! Here is a more casual place setting I did with our everyday napkins and placemats and dressed it up with my Wedgewood china, satin ribbon, and a fresh flower. Super simple, right?
I just rediscovered this video I made YEARS ago that offers 3 easy things you can do to make your table impressive. The napkin folding trick has always proven to be a winner with my guests.
**Let’s not talk about my unruly extensions, inexcusable outfit, and the fact I actually posted this video looking like a disheveled mess. ok?!