London Moore’s 12 Days of Christmas Special: And on the 7th Day of Christmas- A Holly Coloured Lip [the PERFECT Red Lipstick]

London Moore’s 12 Days of Christmas Special: And on the 7th Day of Christmas- A Holly Coloured Lip [the PERFECT Red Lipstick]

London Moore’s 12 Days of Christmas Special:

…And on the 7th Day of Christmas…

A Holly coloured lipstcik!!  Holly actually hurts like hell… Ha.  I made the fatal mistake one year of thinking Holly was beautiful accessory to wear in your hair [like putting a pretty flower in your hair….], but as it turns out- it sucks.  The leaves are all pokey and throny…  However, speaking in theory here, holly berries are a beautiful bright red  that [in my imagination] when you burst open the berries a flowing gorgeous red gloss comes out. Ha.  Soooo, My favourite red lipstick is from MAC and it is called “Ruby Woo”.

I love this lipstick so much that when I thought I had lost it in my flat in London- not only did I leave my dinner on the stovetop in order to search for it, but I also recruited all of my flatemates to help me in my search!!  Plus… I burned my dinner.  However, it was totally worth it to find my lipstick!!

The Inspiration:

On The 7th Day of Christmas:

London Moore’s 12 Days of Christmas Special: And on the 10th Day of Christmas- Dark Forest [Green & Browns] Inspired Makeup Tutorial

London Moore’s 12 Days of Christmas Special: And on the 10th Day of Christmas- Dark Forest [Green & Browns] Inspired Makeup Tutorial

London Moore’s 12 Days of Christmas Special:

…And on the 10th Day of Christmas…

We wandered through a DARK FOREST to find our Christmas tree!!  Okay… I know that’s not how the song even remotely goes… But we’ll make an exception.  Anyhow, this is probably one of my FAVOURITE looks because it is a smokey eye almost with a huge pop of colour with MAC’s “STEAMY” and JESSE’S GIRL “WICKED”.  I hope you all enjoy our 10th day of Christmas makeover!!

The Inspiration:

On The 10th Day of Christmas Tutorial:

Products Used By London:

-NYX Eyeshadow Base

-NYX Eyebrow Cake Powder “BLONDE” [not shown]

-MAC Lipstick “HUG ME”

-MAC Studio Fix “C4″

-MAC Bronzer “GOLDEN”-MAC Eyeshadow “EMBARK” & “STEAMY”

-JESSE’S GIRL Eyeshadow “WICKED”

-JESSE’S GIRL Glitter Eyeliner EMERALD COLOUR

-MAYBELLINE Liquid Liner

Easy & Quick Prep Cinnamon Ornaments to Make Your Home This Christmas 2011 Smell DIVINE!! Great for Families!!

Christmas Crafts That Bring the SMELL of Christmas:

STEP 1:  Turn oven on to 200 F and mix in a bowl:

  • 1 cup ground cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon ground nutmeg
  • 3/4 cup applesauce
  • 2 tablespoons glue [IF needed… if your mixture isn’t hard enough]

It SHOULD look like my dough [pictured above]

STEP 2:  Take your dough out and roll it over with a rolling pin

STEP 3: Then proceed to cookie-cutter pieces out OR if your are on the thriftier side as I am– then cutting them out free hand is always an option, and in my opinion it gives them more character.

STEP 4: After you’ve cut them out and laid them on your parchment paper [on your cookie sheet] then use a straw to get a hole in them- this is SUPER important because after they are dry it will be IMPOSSIBLE…

STEP 5: Lay all of your pieces out [with holes poked through them] and put them in the oven for 2.5 hours.

Once they are out they hold EXTREMELY well and can be used for future Christmas’ as well!!

STEP 6:  Put a string or ribbon through the hole/holes and voila, c’est fin!!

I love this because when I walk into my home now it smells deliciously of pine [tree], peppermint [candy-cane advent calendar], and NOW cinnamon :] all WONDERFUL holiday scents!!

The Christmas 2011 DIY Advent Calendar [FREE Printables] & MY Christmas Miracle!!

Tis the Season :]

This year is Andrew and I’s first year of being married and as I’ve said many times before- funds are low!! It’s rare to see a newly wed couple who has all the income they need streaming in, and we of course are no exception.  SO, we had talked about it and and agreed that we weren’t going to be able to spend extra money on a Christmas tree and Holiday cards…

I knew it HAD to be done this way, but I am a decorator!! I’m imaginative!! I need outlets, and the holidays are perfect for just that!! So I Photoshopped us a holiday card and being eco friendly, just posted it on facebook & here.  One down.  Then I was at Trader Joe’s a week ago and saw these mini little Rosemary bushes that had been cut into Christmas tree shapes!! I picked up one of those for $6!! The house still didn’t seem very Christmasy… So I decided to make Cinnamon ornaments [TUTORIAL FOR THESE WILL BE OUT SOON!!] for our little Rosemary trees, and the house now smells AMAZINGLY like Christmas!! I then also thought that we could use an Advent Calendar, and so I DIYed that as well [TUTORIAL FOR THIS WILL BE OUT SOON!!].

Our little flat was coing along nicely when… my Dad decided that he and my mom were going to buy us a Christmas Tree!!!  He took me to Home-Depot and I picked out a 3 foot tree that is PERFECT for our little flat!!  ANNND I had completely forgot that Andrew’s family last year pulled out all of their Christmas decor that they weren’t using anymore [about a million homes worth] and all the kids got to riffle through it for whatever they wanted!!  We went to their parents home to pick up whatever we had previously picked out- and we have 5 boxes worth!!

Thank the Lord we have family who have made this holiday come to our home!!

Us in Morocco

Us after Andrew’s grandpa passed away & we were

recreating a picture of his grandparents in front of their car.

Our wedding day

Andrew in Europe for the first time- and in London no less!

Our first New Years Eve together and he had to work.

So when he came over around 11:30 I had decorated my room with

bunches of x-mas lights all around my room & I covered

a cherry-ball with them to be the NYC Ball :]

Our tree colour theme this year is comprised of golds, cremes, whites, and cranberry reds.

We’re so thankful for our Christmasy home!!

The DIY Cheap & Easy Advent Calendar

Apparently my husband had never heard of Advent calendars….  And so when he came home and I showed him- he had not a clue why I had strung up candy canes…

So for all of you unfamiliar with this Christmas tradition:

Advent Calendar:  a large card with a brightly coloured sometimes tinselled design on it that contains small numbered doors for children to open on each of the days of Advent, revealing pictures beneath them

And usually in the US we have chocolates behind the doors…  but and Advent Calendar is just a fun wat to count down the days of Christmas!!  So I decided a cheap way to do it, that is way more festive and decorative than a large card :]

DIY INSTRUCTIONS:

This is so easy- you really don’t need a step by step picture… So:

-Buy a box of candycanes

-have a piece of ribbon on hand, or I had 2 pieces of twine and 1 piece of bakers string [black and white] which I braided

-nail the ribbon or twine to the wall [not too tight because you want to create a dip]

-print out the mini cards on each candy cane [PRINTABLE & PRINTABLE]

-write out the remaining number of days till christmas [one day per card]

-hot glue the card to a candy cane & then hang the candy canes on the ribbon or braided twine!

-and print out the “ADVENT CALENDAR SIGN” [PRINTABLE] and print the sign below as well.

-Hot glue or double stick tape those signs to the wall & c’est fin!! Very easy, festive, and cost effective!!

Merry Holidays Everyone!! My Families Holiday Card & a PHENOMENAL Place to Get Yours!!

London’s Holiday Card:

Hey everyone!! This holiday season, say “Happy Holiday’s” is a different way!!  I love vintage prints that still say “Christmas”.  I decided this year to go with red, cream, and gray!!  It is our first Christmas as a “married couple” and so naturally we are too broke to send out cards…  BUT thanks to the social network- friends,  family, and readers get the point by just a digital image.

I created this card based off of a card I spotted on a website- I’m semi handy with Photoshop, so luckily I could make it happen.  HOWEVER…

If you are not handy with Photoshop or Quirk, I know one of the BEST places to get a unique looking Christmas card- without all the cheese-factor!!

ETSY!!

I actually thought about creating holiday cards, birthday invites, bridal shower cards, birth announcements, ect… and posting them to Etsy.com!!  Etsy has BEAUTIFUL Christmas Cards for you to pick from!!  The way it works is that you pay anywhere from $2 to $12 for a card to insert your picture into or even just a holiday card without a picture of your family if that’s the way you wish it to be- you pay the one time fee, and then they send you that image which you then have the rights to! Your picture is inserted into the card- and then you send it to whatever printing company you prefer.  There are many to choose from: Costco, Snapfish, Shutterfly, ect…

Just a Few Inspirational Ideas-

all of which can be found on Etsy.com :]