Sunday, December 4, 2011

Winter Favs

Christmas is my favorite holiday of the year!  :)   I love the sunny, cheerful weather of spring and summer, but there's something so special and cozy about this season.  I know a lot of people associate this season with stress (final exams, grading, Christmas shopping crowds, etc.), but this time of year always brings up warm and happy memories of snow days, hot chocolate and Christmas cookies, family time by the fire, and decorating the Christmas tree.  I heard Mariah Carey's "All I Want for Christmas is You" a few days ago on the radio and couldn't help dancing and singing in the car.  :)

The weather here is still crisp and cool and fall-like, but here are a few of my winter favs:

Winter accessories
Fuzzy Earmuffs (AE) | Burberry Wristlet (came with Burb tote) | Leather/cashmere gloves (from Korea)

Black booties from Luxury Rebel (LOVE the mauve pink soles!)
Cardigan from The Limited | Double Strand Pearls
 I know people lean towards dark nails in the winter, but it's a pastel/gray palette for me!
Ballet Slippers by Essie | Lacey Lilac by Sally Hansen
Fearless Fog by Sally Hansen | A True Romantic by Sephora OPI

Picked up these two lacy tops during the post-Thanksgiving sales.. yes, they're the same top in winter cream and gray :P
Banana Republic

Keeping the footsies warm around the house
Fuzzy bootie slippers from LOFT | Forever 21 socks (95 cents each!)

 I saw these lovely silver candle holders from Bath & Body Works during Black Friday shopping.  They were already on sale, but my cousin suggested to look up additional promo coupons on my iPhone.  I showed the cashier my iPhone and got an additional $10 off (yay), so I picked up a few candles + silver ornate candle holders, one for my apartment in Germany and one for my mother-in-law :)
Lollia hand cream | Candle from Bath and Body Works

The next week will be super busy with research papers for school, but I'll be flying to Cologne next Thursday and
f i n a l l y reunited with hubby after almost 4 months of separation.   There were moments in the semester where it was so hard that I thought I would do ANYTHING to see him. I even looked up plane tickets, crossing my fingers that there would be some fluke cheap air ticket sale but of course, couldn't find any.  :(  But twelve more days until we're together again, I can't wait! :)

It'll also be nice to celebrate Christmas in Cologne, which was #1 on CNN's list of great European Christmasmarkt cities.   I'm looking forward to trying some German Gluhwein (warm spiced mulled wine) and visiting one of the seven Christmasmarkts in the city!



  1. Love your little favs! And 4 months of separation. . . wow that must be hard. I love Christmas too, all the lights, shopping and family. Oh, by the way, love those black booties and the gloves.

    Red Soles and Red Wine

  2. ME TOO!! winter is my favorite season.. just something about bundling up and cozying up with your loved one and drinking hot cocoa makes me so happy!! :)

    i loveeee those black booties.. i've been hunting for a pair myself.. and that white sweater w/ black trim is so adorable!! i DO greys and pastels this time of year.. with a lot of extra sparkle haha..

    i'm so happy you'll get to see your man soon chica :)!!!

    umm i don't think there's a bento box near me but i will def look into it.. umm the prices for sushi glas were not cheap for sure.. i think it came out to $75 euros. so it's def not a cheap date night food.. but we also drove 3 hours for it.. hahaha.

  3. I love the pictures of your winter cosy!

  4. I have no idea that you and your hubby are living in separate countries. Kudos to both of you for your faith and strength because long distance relationship of any kind isn't easy. Cologne in Christmas sounds absolutely magical.