WHAT I WORE | Raw Denim Statement Sleeves

raw denim statement sleeves

It seems like everyone’s reflecting on the year we’ve had, for better or for worse, and I’m over here like, “I made it! I’m still here! Whew!” In general I get super sappy, depressed, and morbidly nostalgic when I reflect heavily on the past… don’t ask me why I get the sads instead of treasuring all of the happiness. But it’s a bad habit that at least I’m aware of!

So while everyone else is making big plans for the new year, I did take a moment to think about the direction my wardrobe is taking. As a 30-something, I’m all about finding classics that I will love over time as well as creating a wardrobe that mixes and matches easily. In 2016 I felt a massive shift to purchasing mostly neutrals, and have definitely decided that the ’60s is my favorite decade and personal favorite style. So I’ll continue heading in that direction with any new purchases I make, having a little fun with modern trends along the way.

My favorite trend of 2016 has most definitely been the statement sleeve. They’re so cool, and make me feel dramatic in a good way (not in a super sad 2016 was so hard kind of way…). But now that it’s the holiday season, I’m having a little trouble with the bells and ruffles on my arm. How do I reach for the cranberry sauce without dipping my sleeve in the gravy? Heavens to Betsy, how on earth are my sleeves going to slip easily into my winter coat? Oh Lordy. It’s okay, statement sleeves. We’ll make it work. Because you’re worth it.

What was your favorite trend in 2016?

O U T F I T   D E T A I L S :

top: ASOS / jeans: ASOS / boots: Franco Sarto / hat: vintage

raw denim statement sleeves

raw denim statement sleeves

raw denim statement sleeves

Home for the Holidays

Vintage Modern Christmas Decorating

Welcome to my home during our favorite time of year— Christmastime! Turns out, decorating for Christmas this year was more challenging than in the past, because of all my houseplants! Ahhh! I have trees and greenery everywhere, so I had to relocate some babies in order to make space for things like our Christmas tree, as well as a vignette on our dining room cabinet. Things get a little more maximalist this time of year, and then come January, things will feel a little empty and sad. But let’s not talk about January! Let’s just pretend it’s never going to happen. And in the meantime, I’d love for you to come on in and take a look around at our home, slightly transformed for this special time of year.

Artificial Christmas Tree in a Pot

This year we purchased a white tree to replace the larger artificial pine my parents had given to us. We just needed the floor space. On that floor-space saving note, I decided to try potting our artificial tree rather than using a tree skirt or leaving the white metal stand exposed. I was excited about the prospect of a pot for the tree base, but a little worried it wouldn’t look right. Maybe I’m just a worry wart, because it turned out beautifully, and I’m so glad I took the time to do it!

All I did was use pour half of a bag of Quickcrete into a plastic pot with a 1.25″ PVC pip segment in the middle. I poured the concrete around the pipe rather than plunging the pipe into the concrete, because I needed the height to insert the metal rod of the tree base. I did end having to trim the PVC pipe down a bit after it was in the pot (which I did using a Dremel tool), but I figured it’s better to have it too long than too short, because cutting it wasn’t too difficult.

If you want to try potting your artificial tree, here are my two main tips of caution:

  1. Make sure you pipe is the proper diameter to fit snugly around your metal base before cementing the pipe.
  2. Drill a hole through the side of a pipe for a large eyelet screw to tightly screw into the pipe to secure the tree base once the base is in place inside the pipe.
  3. Make the potted base before assembling your tree. It’s just so much easier to make sure things fit and whatnot. :) I didn’t do this. In fact, my tree was decorated and I broke a couple of cherished ornaments moving the tree into the pot! Sad face!

Artificial Christmas Tree in a Pot

Vintage Modern Christmas Decorating

I also did more subtle decorations in the living room with greenery on the TV stand, a cute little sign, and white bottle brush trees. The former coffee table vase contents of eucalyptus was swapped out for white wintery looking branches. And I hung a star marquee light beside the sofa artwork as well. Not too much, but just enough, in my opinion.

Vintage Modern Christmas Decorating

Vintage Modern Christmas Decorating

Vintage Modern Christmas Decorating

The dining room is a bit more festive than the living room. Because I don’t have a fireplace mantel, I decorate the dining room cabinet as though it were one huge mantel. I got the silver tinsel trees here, the deer from Target, and the other elements I’ve had around for a while. Except for our little winter scene in the cloche jar! That was a fun, easy project I did with Lucy. The jar is from JoAnn.

winter cloche jar scene

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We also got new stockings for the girls (from Target) and I made an advent calendar that our whole family is obsessed with! Check out the full DIY at A Beautiful Mess here.

We also added some decorations to the girls’ new bedroom, but I’ll share more about that room soon! What are your favorite Christmas decorations? Mine, hands down, has got to be the tree.

Vintage Modern Christmas Decorating

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Chocolate Hazelnut Oatmeal

chocolate hazelnut oatmeal

Oats, man. They might be on my top ten list of things to bring if I’m ever planning on being trapped on a deserted island. How would I cook them on an island? Well, uh, gosh… I’d like to think I’m pretty resourceful, and if I’m hangry enough, I’m sure I’d find a way. But making oats at home is too easy, and it’s my go-to comfort food in the late evening or when I’m riding the struggle bus early in the morning and need something to look forward to before my feet hit the cold floor.

Lately I’ve been adding variety to my morning (or night!) oats with just a touch of decadence. This chocolate hazelnut oatmeal tops the charts, and it’s super easy to make, thanks to the International Delight creamer that I always have stocked in my refrigerator.

chocolate hazelnut oats

hazelnut oatmeal

ingredients

  • 3/4-1 cup of oats (depending on how thick you prefer your oatmeal)
  • 1/2 cup of old fashioned oats (you may use steel cut as well)
  • 1/2 Tablespoon of International Delight hazelnut flavored creamer
  • 1/2 Tablespoon chopped hazelnuts
  • 1/2 Tablespoon semisweet chocolate chips

chocolate hazelnut oatmeal

method

  • Cook oats on the stove in the water. You may add the creamer now, or drizzle it over the cooked oats once they’re in the bowl. It’s a matter of preference.
  • Chop the hazelnuts while the oats are cooking.
  • Top oats with 1/2 tablespoon of creamer (unless you added it while cooking), and arrange chocolate chips on the top of the hot oats. They melt, and you can swirl them to look pretty, and also to spread out the chocolate love. Finish off with a sprinkle of chopped hazelnuts.

chocolate hazelnut oatmeal

How yummy does this look? I love the bursts of chocolate from the melted chips, and the warm hazelnut flavored oats really does the soul good. Not to mention the body. About an hour after I ate this bowl, I ran five miles! So there ya have it, folks. Indulgent in a not-so-naughty way. And I won’t tell Santa, but I’m sure you’ve been naughty enough this holiday season. (Christmas cookie exchanges, man!)

Adding a little flavored creamer to your oatmeal is a great way to mix up an old breakfast favorite. If you get excited about new seasonal flavors (like peppermint mocha and pumpkin pie spice), sign up for International Delight’s newsletter to be the first to hear about new releases and coupon offers. You’ll also find some inventive (and delicious!) ways to use flavored creamers on International Delight’s Pinterest and Facebook page, so be sure to give them a follow!

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of International Delight. The opinions and text are all mine.

 

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