The Holidays are Over and It's Still Cold, Now What?

Winter Snow

Isn’t it funny how winter weather truly sets in after Christmas, but every year we (or at least I) expect it to peak at Christmas? It’s always surprising somehow, especially now that we live in the North. Despite my continual surprise I contend that winter can be one of the coziest and most charming times of year, it just takes some creativity and a warm jacket. Here are all my tricks for getting you through the cold with a warm spirit.

  1. Brew lots and lots of tea and hot chocolate. The Paris tea by Harney & Sons is one of my favorites, and I’m really enjoying this Four Sigmatic hot chocolate that only has 25 calories per cup.

  2. Wear cozy pajamas and slippers that make you smile. I can’t say enough good things about these warm moccasin slippers, they truly keep your feet warm no matter the weather! And these flannel pajamas are just so cozy and cute. I love that they are plaid and preppy but not Christmas-y.

  3. Have an endless book queue. There is nothing better than cozying up with a warm cup of tea and a good book, but so many things can often get in the way. I find that having a full book queue lined up makes it so much easier to start a new read and enjoy a cozy cold night. My current queue is A Man Called Ove, Bel Canto, The Bastard of Istanbul and Small Admissions.

  4. Take a walk in the snow. Sometimes instead of trying to beat the cold, it’s best to join in! Bundle up in your warmest jacket and take a walk in the snow, Gilmore Girls style. I also highly recommend snow balls, sledding, snowmen, and kicking the icicles off of everything.

  5. Burn candles to make everything seem cozy. I love these Capri ones - the jars are gorgeous, they smell amazing and the scent can be smelled across the room.

  6. Try out all those restaurants you’ve been curious about when you cross through Grubhub. Sitting in front of the television watching the Marvelous Mrs. Maisel while trying that new pad thai sounds like the perfect night to me!

  7. Finally, always wear warm socks. If your feet are cold, you’re doomed.

How do you snuggle in to enjoy the cold winter months?

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Counting My Christmas Blessings

Counting my Christmas blessings

Merry Christmas everyone! I hope you are having a blessed holiday filled with joy and love, and if you don’t celebrate Christmas I hope you are having a relaxing day filled with fun and joy and loved ones. For me, today has always been one of my favorite days of the year and as I get older that has only become more the case. I feel like every year my heart grows to fit even more love and gratitude, and then just overflows on Christmas.

I am so grateful for all of the amazing people in my life, including all of you wonderful readers. I feel overwhelmed with gratitude that you take the time to stop by and read All That Glitters, whether it be every day or once in a while. Thank you so much. I hope you keep reading in 2019, I am so excited to keep producing better and better content, and I hope your 2018 ends with wonder and your 2019 starts out lovely.

Lots of Love and Merry Christmas,

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Sunday Coffee Reading

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Happy Friday

Christmas at the Breakers

Happy Friday everyone! Did you all have a wonderful week before the holiday madness sets in? We are off tomorrow morning bright and early and I am happy to report I finished all my chores and errands and wrapping and packing and am looking forward to sitting back for a 6-8 hour car ride with the ones I love and some good books on tape. Here are some of the things I’m excited about from this week -

Where’d You Go Bernadette is one of my favorite books and the movie trailer is finally out. It looks so good, and I think Cate Blanchett is the perfect choice for Bernadette.

Anthropologie is having a great sale on Christmas gifts, including lots of dainty earrings and ornaments. I really love these dainty North Star earrings that hug your ear lobe and are 40% off. They are the perfect mix of dainty and trendy, and look a lot like the earrings favored by Emily on Cupcakes and Cashmere.

I’ve been really enjoying finding the perfect my lips but better lipstick shade recently, and I just saw this MAC combo I love - MAC lipliner in Soar and lipstick in Creme Cup. It’s the perfect nude pink!

Stephanie and Brandi from RHOD are starting a podcast. Anyone else curious?

Jim Gaffigan has a new comedy sketch on Amazon, Noble Ape, that I really enjoyed, especially his bit on the American Revolution. My husband and I could not stop laughing! We’re listening to his books on tape on our drive up to MA, I’ll let you know what we think!

Have a wonderful weekend everyone!

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Last Minute Christmas Ideas

last minute Christmas ideas

I can’t believe the holidays are almost here! We leave on Saturday to spend the holidays in Massachusetts, so I am trying to fit in as much holiday cheer into our home before the whirlwind hits. While I’m sure I will end up at the store doing some last minute errands (I keep forgetting the peanut butter! haha) I also want to enjoy some last minute festivities. Here are a few of my favorites that don’t require much advanced preparation -

last minute Christmas ideas

5 Last Minute Christmas Ideas

  • Make a gingerbread house. You can pick up a gingerbread house kit from just about anywhere, including the grocery store, and it has all you need! My only pro tip is to use hot glue to put the house togher, and icing for the decorations. You can’t eat it, but it actually stays put.

  • Enjoy hot cocoa or eggnog while listening to some classic Christmas carols

  • Watch a Home Alone marathon with the ones you love

  • Take a quick drive around the block to see all the lights

  • Watch all the Christmas episodes of Friends and the Office on Netflix

What are some of the last minute Christmas items on your list?



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PB&J Thumbprint Cookie Recipe

PB&J Thumbprint Cookies

The last new cookie recipe I tried this year are PB&J Thumbprint Cookies. They are a fun twist on classic thumbprint cookies and I am very pleased with how they turned out! They have a lot of flavor, and aren’t as heavy as some of the chocolate-y cookies that are popular this time of year. I also love that the jam adds a fun pop of color without food coloring.

PB&J Thumbprint Cookies

To make-

Pulse 1 cup unsalted peanuts in a food processor. Make sure you only pulse until the peanuts are a fine meal, if you wait too long it will start to turn into peanut butter. Add in 1 cup old fashioned oats and pulse for another few seconds. Set aside.

Mix together 1 stick softened unsalted butter and 3/4 cup sugar until light and fluffy. Add in 1 egg and 1 tsp vanilla extract and blend until smooth. Next, add in 1 cup flour and 1/4 tsp salt. Mix until combined, and then mix in the peanut and oat mixture.

Drop the cookie dough by the tablespoon full and bake at 350 for 12 minutes. Once the cookies are out of the oven immediately transfer them to a drying rack and press your thumb into each cookie to make an indent. Let cool.

Spoon jam of your choice into a small bowl and stir to loosen. Fill each thumbprint with jam and let settle. Enjoy!

PB&J Thumbprint Cookies

Have you made any good cookies recently? I’d love to hear about the recipe!

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Charlotte Tilbury Magic Foundation Review

Charlotte Tilbury Magic Foundation

I recently purchased the Charlotte Tilbury Magic Foundation when my old foundation ran out, and it is the foundation of my dreams! If you are looking for a more full coverage foundation that isn’t thick and cakey than the magic foundation is for you! It makes your skin look airbrushed somehow - all of your flaws are gone but you don’t look like you have a lot of makeup on. It’s just amazing, and I don’t know where it’s been all my life!

The CT Magic Foundation blends really well, lasts all day, and doesn’t make me break out (even when I accidentally fall asleep in it). I’m a shade 3, which is a perfect match to my skin tone. I pair it with the embryolisse concentrate to moisturize and a high SPF (it doesn’t have SPF, but I wear extra sunscreen even when my foundation has SPF).

Charlotte Tilbury Magic Foundation

Here is my face before makeup-

Charlotte Tilbury Magic Foundation

And here it is with the Magic Foundation on-

Charlotte Tilbury Magic Foundation
Charlotte Tilbury Magic Foundation

I’ve been re-doing my makeup look for winter lately, using a bit more of a velvet finish and some more dramatic mascara, and this Charlotte Tilbury Magic Foundation is such an amazing addition, I know I’ll be using it well past winter. Here are all my new favorite products -

What would you like to see a review of? Do you have any new favorite makeup?

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Sunday Morning Coffee Reading

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I hope everyone is having a nice weekend! Here are some things I’ve loved around the web this week -

Easy updo’s for your holiday party

46 Holiday Cocktails to try out

Ashley Brooke and her husband have a lovely Christmas card tradition!

The Royal Family’s Christmas cards over the years

The most stunning red carpet looks of the year

I loved all of Julia’s affordable accessories for holiday looks

The best places to travel in 2019

Kate of the Small Things Blog always has the best recommendations, can wait to try the magic concealer!

I’ve never been to Vail but it looks like a winter wonderland!

Gifts for fans of the royal family

Old Navy has the cutest pajama bottoms for guys and galls, especially love the J.Crew-esque plaid (but far cheaper) 

I hope you have a wonderful rest of your weekend!

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Happy Friday

A moose on the loose at the National Conservatory

A moose on the loose at the National Conservatory

Happy Friday everyone! Can you believe how close to Christmas it is? We are leaving for the holidays next Saturday, so we are soaking in all the D.C. Christmas festivities this weekend, and as many movies as we can handle. I can’t wait to watch Rudolph with some Christmas cookies, see the National Christmas tree, lots and lots of Christmas lights and fingers crossed we’ll find time for Mary Queen of Scotts. I love Tudor history and can’t wait to see it! Here are some other things I’m loving this week -

The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel is back! If you aren’t watching it, you must! It’s so fun and funny and the clothes are just to die for.

The “Classical Christmas” station on Spotify is good if you are looking for some traditional carols.

These pink and periwinkle pajama bottoms have shooting stars and look so cozy and pretty, perfect for the long winter nights ahead (and they are about $16 right now).

One of my goals for the new year is to clean up my skincare and I just ordered this Coola face sunscreen for $14 (regularly $30).

Have you guys read Therapy Mammals yet? It’s a fun read for the plane or train or any other holiday travel you have coming up!

Happy Friday!

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How to Make Felt Ornaments

How to make felt ornaments

One of my favorite things to do over the holidays is make Christmas ornaments, especially felt ornaments. Crafting is one of my favorite pastimes, and one I want to start sharing a little more about on the blog. Ornaments seem like the perfect place to start, since homemade decorations look so pretty around the home and make special gifts.

How to make felt ornaments

Felt is such a fun crafting medium because you can make almost any shape you can imagine, and you can find it at any craft store for almost nothing. Over the years I have made snow cottages and mittens and polar bears and even the Epcot dome. Any level crafter can succeed with felt too, just be sure to start with a simpler pattern.

How to make felt ornaments

All you need is -a pattern; felt of various colors; embroidery floss of various colors; ribbon; sharp scissors; sewing needle; water soluble marker. Optional supplies include beads and sequins; stuffing (to make the shape more 3D) and glue.

Steps -

  1. Find a pattern. You can draw one yourself, or print out a picture online. Just make sure that whatever you use is not too detailed - for instance, you want to find the outline of a rabbit, not a detailed sketch of a rabbit. Once you have your image, print and cut it out.

  2. Lay the images on top of your felt and trace it with the water soluble marker.

  3. Cut the image out and rinse the felt in the sink to remove the marker; let the felt dry. Make sure you make two of everything, so that your ornament has a front and a back.

  4. Sew the different felt pieces together using a blanket stitch. You can glue the felt together before you sew it, it makes it a lot easier. Also, make sure you use embroidery floss that corresponds with the color of the felt.

  5. “Decorate” the felt images with different embroidery stitches, beads, or even sequins. For example, if you are making a rabbit embroider on its eyes and ears.

  6. Sew the two halves of the ornament together using a blanket stitch. Once you have sewn 3/4 of the ornament, add the stuffing and the ribbon, then sew it up.

  7. Hang it on the tree!

Here is a youtube video I found that’s helpful, and here is a tutorial for the blanket stitch.

What’s your favorite Christmas craft?

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