Rain + Red Lipstick + Christmas-ing

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This has pretty much been my uniform lately: jeggings + flannel + cozy cowl + pretty makeup = foolproof. Between the rain, snow and sleet it has been a pretty mucky few weeks.
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But no matter, nothing some red lipstick, a polka dot umbrella, and a second cup of coffee can’t fix. It’s Christmastime!
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I sent out my Christmas cards this week!

See that pretty vintage-y card in the corner? I adore them. 
AND I have my first-ever Christmas tree this year. Isn’t it funny how grown-up things like that make us feel? But don’t worry, it’s not too grown-up, it’s red and white and all sorts of vintage-y and lovely. 
See the little fluffy bird on top of the Merry Christmas sign?! That might be my favorite part 🙂 
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So now it’s back to hot-chocolate-drinking, present-making and Hallmark-movie-watching.

To the Merry Christmas-ing, my dears! 

Minted Holidays: Custom Wrapping Paper

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*I received the Minted items in return for this post and all opinions, images and words are my own. This post contains affiliate links, which support Good Girl Style at no additional charge to you! Thanks!*

Every year, I delight in choosing a theme for my present-wrapping and then taking a picture of the giant pile to keep record of each year’s themes. This year, Minted reached out to see if I wanted to try their brand-new personalized wrapping paper. HOW FUN IS THIS? It’s utterly amazing and I’m super in love with the ability to use wrapping paper filled with photos of all of the family adventures and milestones of the year (HI NIECE OF MINE!).

Here are the trimmings I selected that you see above and below:

Krafted Frames Personalized Wrapping Paper

Bold Washi Gift Tags
Plain Kraft paper
Various ribbons
Black Sharpie
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Here you can see everything together here, with the Holiday Bling Scalloped Stickers Scalloped Stickers and a pop of red for holiday spirit and to brighten things up.

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To coordinate with the fun Bold Washi Gift Tags, I wrapped a present in regular Kraft paper and covered it with black Sharpie polka-dots. A few of the plainer packages help balance the photo paper.
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The beautiful Krafted Frames Personalized Wrapping Paper with my family photos in action!

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You might think this is expensive, but it’s really not. It’s only $15 for 5 generous sheets sized at 20″ x 28″. That’s only $3 a sheet for 5 luxuriously thick sheets. Scroll down for a coupon code, too!
 Check out all of their other custom, personalize-able options here!
While you’re at it, you might be interested in one-stop shopping and grabbing your holiday cards, all addressed as the “world’s most beautiful envelope” (gorge!): 

Or pick up some personalized stationary for anyone in your life. These cards are beautiful and I think any lady aged 10 all the way up (or me!) would cherish them, and might even be inclined to send you one as a thank-you note! Love the Sanibel Island Stripes!

AND Minted’s Cyber Monday deals have been so popular they’ve extended it through tonight, December 2nd, at midnight.

Deets:

  • 15% off + Free Shipping on holiday cards  with Code: 15CM
  • 25% off everything else with Code: 25CM – includes Minted’s Unique Wedding Stationery, gifts, art prints and more!
  • Happy present-finding and -wrapping, my dears! Enjoy every minute!

    Christmas Dreaming A Little Early

    “So I’m doing, my Christmas dreaming, a little early this yearrrrrrr…” 
    I couldn’t resist these beautiful diamonds from Anjolee jewelry when they sent me their website and asked me to review it. So here are some lovely diamond choices should a loved one be looking to gift you with something sparkly this year. If so, you’re in luck, scroll to the end of the post for a discount. If not, do some dreaming with me about Christmas party outfits with extra sparkle! 
    Here are three outfits I’d simply LOVE to wear to holiday parties this year…or to find under the Christmas tree! 
    This is my absolute favorite outfit and SO perfect for the holidays. Then wear it again at Valentine’s Day, of course! The skirt, the bow shoes, and a simple top…to die for. The unexpected? Lip print, of course. So very Schiaparelli
    This is such a grown-up outfit and I love the luxe textures and details. Nothing like leather pants, leopard print booties and a sumptuous top and clutch for the holidays. The unexpected? Leather pants at a cocktail party. Daring, darling!
    This is so cute and party-perfect. I’d love to wear this for my birthday in January! Ladylike and lovely. The unexpected? Arrive with a black cape to top it all off. Oolala.
    Anjolee also has customizable Gemstone bracelets that make great Christmas presents too! 
    AND as a special treat, here is a code for 5 percent off your purchase (since we’re talking high prices here, this discount is totally worth it): Anjolee5
    (these are NOT affiliate links)
    Here’s to a fun and festive holiday season and hopefully a little something sparkly!
    Which outfit is your favorite? Let me know in the comments!

    Christmas Love

    Hello dear friends! It is the night of our Savior’s birth, and I am so excited for our church candlelight service very soon here. I just wanted to pop in and say MERRY CHRISTMAS and I am so glad you are all here, sharing a little bit of life with me 🙂 

    This is my outfit for Christmas Eve church 🙂 

    The coat and hat are vintage and the dress is Modcloth.

    And the smile? Courtesy of Christmas love and being beyond-happy. 
    (PS Check my Twitter and Facebook tomorrow and Darling Magazine for my Christmas poem!)
    Much love to you and yours this Christmastide!
    xo
    Natalie

    Christmas Catch-Up

    A little bit of Christmas Catch-Up is on the docket for today…a few things I never got around to sharing. 

    I made the advent wreath this year! SO pretty, I LOVE an advent wreath!

    In my room, I had this pretty big bowl of vintage ShinyBrite ornaments, a few mercury glass balls, and my favorite glittery Eiffel Tower ornament. I twirled in some silver ribbon and my one of my Christmas cards from this year (they were totally Taylor Swift Christmas cards and I am not ashamed to admit that!).

    Made some Bittersweet Chocolate Pots de Creme with Homemade Whipped Cream & Peppermint. YUM!

    We made SEVERAL batches of my Grandma’s famous white-chocolate popcorn (with green & red colored sugar) and caramel corn. 
    Popcorn-Gift-Bag-Making Station!

    I made DIY versions of these (way too expensive) awesome Anthropologie hairbands for some of my friends! 
    Love them.
    Just a few fun things from Christmas I wanted to share before it was totally way lame to do so. 
    Hey, I’m still well within the 12 Days of Christmas (which come after Christmas, but you knew that, right?).

    Chai Shortbread Cookies

    These cookies are quintessentially Christmas-y. 
    They are like Christmas Stars saying, “Be Merry! Be Bright!”

    Oh my goodness they’re yummy, yummy.

    And pretty. They are everything a Christmas cookie should be. 
    Chai Shortbread Cookies
    by Good Girl Style

    Cookies:
    1 package Bob’s Red Mill gluten-free shortbread cookie mix OR 1 recipe of your favorite shortbread cookie recipe
    1 1/2 sticks butter (for cookie mix)
    1 large egg yolk (for cookie mix)
    2 TBSPs. water (for cookie mix)
    1/4 to 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
    1/4 to1/2 tsp. ginger
    1/4 to 1/2 tsp. cardamom
    1/4 to 1/2 tsp. nutmeg
    Icing:
    2 cups confectioners sugar
    2 TBSPs. corn syrup
    4 TBSPs. water (more or less as needed)
    1/2 tsp. almond extract (it’s clear so it keeps the icing white; OR 1/2 tsp. clear vanilla extract)
    To decorate:
    Cinnamon
    Star Anise
    Cinnamon Sticks
    To Begin: Follow the package directions for the cookie mix OR for your favorite shortbread cookie recipe, stirring in the spices to your own liking. Place the dough onto a lightly floured work surface; give it a few good but gentle kneads until it comes together. Flatten dough into a disk and wrap in plastic wrap. Refrigerate for at least 1/2 an hour. Once chilled, cut the dough in half and work with half of it at a time on your lightly floured work surface. Roll to desired thickness (I made some thick and some thin…they both taste great, but the thin ones were very fragile). Cut your cookies with lightly floured cookie cutters. Since this dough is fragile, take your time and use a thin spatula to help you move the cookies if need be, flexing the cookie cutters to gently release the dough onto the cookie sheet. If the dough becomes too warm, chill the cookies and dough before baking. Bake at 375 degrees for 12-18 minutes, depending on the size and thickness of your cookies. Repeat process until you have used up all of the dough. 
    Carefully, carefully, carefully slide the cookies onto a cooking rack with a thin spatula. Once completely cooled, make the icing. Sift the confectioners sugar into a medium bowl. Add the corn syrup and flavoring. Slowly add the water while mixing until everything is incorporated and you have a stiff icing for piping the edges. You want to be able to pipe it, so it should be stiffer than regular icing. Put a quarter of this icing into a pastry bag with a very thin round tip, or into a Ziploc bag with the top twisted and the tiniest corner snipped off. Outline the stars with this icing. 
    Now add the rest of the water to the leftover icing to get the consistency of a normal or “flooding” icing. Fill the pastry bag or Ziploc again and flood the inside of the stars to fill them in with icing. Let dry. 
    Sprinkle some with cinnamon, leave some plain, and add Star Anise to some.

    ENJOY in good Christmas spirits!

    PS> I served these with Pumpkin Spice Eggnog.  

    Bubbles

    A casual outfit for watching the football game and playing games with my fam on Sunday afternoon.

    Pizza, chocolate, and Trivial Pursuit?
    I’m SO THERE.

    I also tried this fun “bubble ponytail” and I’m kind of in love with its cute, fun vibe.
    Also: Hershey’s milk chocolate nuggets with toffee and almonds are the most addicting things on the planet. 
    And they look super-luxe in their gold wrappers in a pretty bowl for the holidays. 
    {As IF they would last long enough to ever make it into a pretty bowl. Ha!}

    Blessed & Grateful

    {Thanksgiving outfit! Navy lace, mint cords, pearls, hair bow, smiles. Not sure why I didn’t zip my ankle zips. I just never got around to it.}
    I keep trying to write something meaningful and poignant about Thanksgiving this year.
    I’m a writer. I’m a poet. 
    Expressing feelings in words is what I do.
    And yet, this year, with my heart so full, I can’t think of anything that doesn’t sound sappy.
    Trouble is, all of the cliche things are true.
    I am grateful. My heart is utterly thankful and blessed and worshipful.
    I am thinking of those who have passed away, who aren’t with us, who are far away, who are fighting for our country, or who are facing trials & tribulations far beyond what I can imagine this holiday season.
    I truly am on the verge of tears thinking of those things.
    It feels so much easier to just talk about pumpkin pie and discount codes because those are safer. 
    We don’t have to be vulnerable or honest to think about those things. We can joke about them easily. And I made my fair share of jokes this Thanksgiving, to be sure!
    But my heart feels so much more, and sometimes it’s hard to find the room to vocalize it or express it. 
    My family isn’t really much of the share-your-heart type. We’re definitely the pie-joke type. 
    Except on a day like Thanksgiving, I really want to share the deeper heart-things of life.  Maybe that only comes the day after, full of pumpkin pie, having used up all of the turkey jokes, sitting here with a mug of tea writing about it: maybe that’s when my heart gets to express its true thanks. Even if I can’t quite find the right words.
    Hopefully everyday I can let those around me know I am so glad that they’re in my life. That I am so glad they brighten my day, make me laugh, hug me, and sometimes, when the mood is right…talk about the deeper things in life, and how thankful we are for each other. For family, friends, and faith.

    and gluten-free Mile High Pecan Pumpkin Pie, of course. 
    Duh.
    xo!