Weekend Reflections; Holiday Parties & Baking

Well, it’s officially Christmas Cookie time!! This weekend we went to the city for my job’s Christmas party. We were all told to bring a dessert, so naturally I made a selection of things. Baking some treats for the party got me started on the rest of my holiday baking, hence those Snickerdoodles. This weekend was one of those delightful breaks in winter that sometimes December so graciously blesses us with. The weather was in the high 40’s, almost 50’s! Neither on Saturday or Sunday was a jacket required, however I did end up purchasing two jackets on Sunday! I think I mentioned on the blog last year my aversion to winter coats. I don’t any. I have “coats”, but according to my husband they’re either “shells” or “spring coats”. Not suitable for winter. I’m not a fan of the big puffy jacket thing, layering is much more my style. I’ve been avoiding winter coats for….well, 26 years. Just ask my mother. In grade school I actually used to get in trouble for not wearing a winter coat over my uniform during recess. My school would call my mom demanding that she send me to school with a coat. I just couldn’t deal. I have always been active, even as a child, so during recess I liked to run around and play. I don’t care how cold it is, when you’re running around your body warms up. Is there anything worse than sweating and boiling up under a stifling coat?

Well, Dan and I went to Bloomingdale’s to do some Christmas shopping and we happened to run into my friend and her fiancé. Somehow this turned into the craziest, most obnoxious scene of the four of us picking through and trying on basically every coat in the store, Gatsby peeing between racks of thousands of dollars worth of jackets and full on fashion shows parading around in a variety of coats and complaining about every single one being too tight. It was a show, to say the least, however, I did leave with not one, but TWO winter coats. Per my husband’s suggestion, apparently I needed one casual one and one dressy one. I ended up with THIS coat for casual (aka, my weekday coat as this is perfect to wear with my workout clothes as I teach) and THIS for my fancy coat (aka, date night, and those times where I’m not in workout clothes).

However, this weekend I happily wore NO coats and got by just fine with a festive plaid and cozy scarf. :)

Gingerbread cheesecake I made for my company’s holiday party.

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The most festive manicure!

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Homemade toffee for the party

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Friday night coziness..seasonal candles lit, decorations, scent of goodies baking and family cuddles.

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My love & I at the BFX party.

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One of my lovely coworkers.

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The most incredible team who make me laugh like this every single day!

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When everyone is asked to bring a dessert, we end up with a spread like THIS. I am not complaining.

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GORGEOUS day and perfect weather for a pre-party run!

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Milk & Cookie shooters from Dominique Ansel...& I officially love working in the city now.

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Party makeup…I kept it somewhat simple with a daytime smokey eye, lashes (of course), super duper extra dewey skin (thanks to abundantly spritzing Mac Fix+ all over my face post makeup application), and jewelry was lots of bangles on my wrist and a gold body chain in lieu of a necklace. 

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I actually liked that the party started and ended early because Dan and I were able to come home, light some candles, drink eggnog and watch holiday movies. This candle is extra special to me. My aunt gave me this china teacup from her own collection as a wedding gift and I made it into a candle. It’s scented with a spicy oil which gives it a very festive aroma.

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Sunday morning egg whites [and unpictured bagels] and of course, beyond adorable Boston Terrier napkins which I found at Fishs Eddy.

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Sunday errands OOTD; leggings, loose sweater and my favorite holiday season scarf [from Abercrombie & Fitch, 3 seasons ago]. Oh, and flip flops, because when it’s warm enough, you know I take advantage!

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He has taken over my selfies.

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We went for lunch and had to eat in the car since he couldn’t come in the restaurant, and this is his pathetic look of longing for food. Pleeeease, please share!

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Made Anginettes for the first time! Proud of how they turned out, but suuuuch a process to make!

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Gatsby and his favorite Aunt at Bloomies!
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Best. Purchase. Ever.

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Sunday blues..someone is pooped from the weekend!

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Hope you all had a fabulous weekend!! Are you done with your holiday shopping yet? Have you started??

xoxo