Happy Friday

Now that it’s here, it feels like last Friday was yesterday! Where does the time go?
This weekend I plan to chillllll. Holiday season has me going, going, gonee and I’m excited for a more lax kind of weekend.

1. Buy a Christmas tree/decorate the exterior of our house.
2. Saturday night drinks with friends.
3. Finish reading Gillian Flynn (author of ‘Gone Girl’) new book Sharp Objects.

What are your plans for the weekend? Anything fun, or are you staying low key like me?

How to make your house smell like Christmas:

This one’s easy and you can easily substitute ingredients that you have lying around (this year I added rosemary to the mix for something new)
* Fill a pot 3/4 way with water. Add a 1 and 1/2 cup cranberries, 3 cinnamon sticks, chopped, 1 orange sliced (rind intact), 1 tsp cloves, 1 vanilla bean, 1 cup apple, or cranberry juice, and a sprig of pine or rosemary to a light boil, reduce heat and simmer.*

The recipe can be reused the next day, just make sure to add more water and PLEASE be sure to keep an eye on the mix to make sure there is no burning and turn your stoves off when leaving the house!!

FESTIVE DRINK I’M FEELING: Pear Basil Sipper (taken from Southernliving.com)

Fresh, sweet, perfect.

3 fresh basil leaves

1/2 teaspoon sugar
1 cup crushed ice
4 tablespoons pear nectar
3 tablespoons pear-flavored vodka
3 tablespoons lemon-lime soft drink
Garnish: fresh basil sprig, pear slice (optional)
Muddle basil leaves and sugar in a cocktail shaker. Add crushed ice, pear nectar, and pear-flavored vodka. Cover with lid, and shake vigorously until thoroughly chilled (about 30 seconds). Pour into a glass, and top with lemon-lime soft drink. Garnish, if desired.

The new (easy) holiday smoky eye

This look is perfect for a casual holiday party or office soiree. It’s sweet, and -paired with a bare face- somewhat bold and sexy. Very easy to pull off I must say and would work on all skin tones. For all of those last minute events this would be perfect and quick and leave you time to figure out what to wear, ect.

(Seen at Derek Lam)
Makeup artist Tom Pecheux used a high shine lipstick on models’ lids backstage but for everyday a glossy cream shadow works best (Mac pro longwear paint pot in frozen violet works well) First trace along the upper lash line with a brown pencil for definition, then blend the violet shadow over the liner and up to the crease with your finger. Swipe a shimmery white highlighter on your lower waterline to brighten, and apply one light coat of purple mascara. DONE.

(see more via Glamour mag December 2014)