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Monday, December 22, 2014

13 Last Minute DIY Gifts

Last Minute DIY Gift Guide

Some have their holiday gift shopping done by July and then there are others who thrive on the rush of last minute. If you're even more adventures and want to make something luxurious at home, here are some favorites (both yours and mine) DIY's from this past year that are surprisingly easy and pretty quick to make. Double, triple or quadruple to make lot's of the same gift to dole out as an added time saver:

for your Mum...

A fluffy dusting powder to match here favorite perfume and prim scented bath salts in old china for next to next to the bath.

for Dad...
Some strong tea tree oil soap on a rope.

...for your Sister
A room diffuser Chanel would be envious of and a custom blended fragrance from her favorite flower.

for your brother...
A natural, classic Bay Rum aftershave.

for your neighbors...
A creamy, strong coffee liquor.

for your holiday party host...
A set of infused culinary salts, a spicy flavored butter spread in a crock &/or a chunky amber crystal potpourri for their coffee table.

... for your niece
A vintage inspired jewelry holder.

for your children's teacher...
These little, soothing lavender flax seeds eye pillows are super easy to make, even with little hands.

And for many ideas be sure to visit the crafty DIY gift area of the blog here.

Image: mam for Gave That

Friday, December 19, 2014

Muelhens' 4711

Muelhens 4711 Original Eau de Cologne Maurer and Wirtz

A gift guide here wouldn't be complete without a spritz of something sweet! This year it's a trip in the way back machine with a scent over 220 years old that smells, well, ridiculously modern. Keep reading for what it is and...


Wednesday, December 17, 2014

How To Be The Best House Guest Ever

How To Be The Best House Guest Ever
With the holiday travel season in full swing there has been one topic I've been meaning to bring my mentor, the late VOGUE editor and etiquette guru, Millicent Fenwick, back around for. A primer on how to be a really great house guest. After reading her advice on the subject and having many ah-ha! moments, I knew I had to share her wisdom with you too. Whether you're an exchange student coming to the US for the first time, sharing a friends cabin in the woods, couch surfing or staying with aunt Fanny for the season, following these tips will give a great chance of garnering an exceptionally rare gift indeed... an invitation for a return visit.


Monday, December 15, 2014

A Classic Fruit Cake Moment

Claxton Christmas Fruit Cake

You either love it or hate it... or maybe not quite. A reformed hater comes clean about one of the most controversial and often maligned of all holiday gifted treats:


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