Showing posts with label Christmas. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Christmas. Show all posts


A Vogue + Vino Christmas

Well, it's that wonderful time of the year again, and looking on back on this fabulous year we want to thank YOU, our readers, our supporters and our audience for coming along on this journey with us.  We do it all  for you and would LOVE your feedback as to what you would like to see more of in the new year. DIY's? Outfit posts? {we promise there will be a lot more of that}, recipes? etc.  Please share in the comments below.  In the meantime, we wish you a very very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from us at Vogue and Vino! Since Christmas is our favorite holiday and we can listen to Christmas songs year-round, we thought we'd share our favorite songs with you! We hope you listen to this playlist while wrapping gifts, drinking some mulled wine by the fireside, and just enjoying your loved ones!  Cheers and until next year!

You can listen to a Vogue + Vino Christmas playlist here.


Ho Ho Ho, Merry Christmas
{ Giveaway Time }

 'Twas 6 days till Christmas and we felt a bit antsy, 
so we thought we'd surprise you and get a lil fancy.  
'Tis the season for giving so here we go, 
it's OPI colors, we thought you'd like to know. 
On Dasher, on Dancer, yes this may be a bit lame, 
but instead of one winner, we'll have 3 lucky dames!  
So please like us on Facebook and tell us you did, 
simply comment below and voilà, you could win!
We will pick you at random, so please don't delay,
 the deadline ends tomorrow morning, 
until then, have a fab day! :)

*To enter the giveaway, please like us on Facebook here, comment below telling us you did it, and tomorrow morning we will announce our THREE LUCKY winners!! {just in case you didn't understand our rhyme} ;) Winners will each win 8 OPI nail polish colors, and grand prize winner gets 16 gorgeous colors! Perfect for the holidays! Goodluck


Holiday Gift Guide { For the Parentals }

1. This Winter Berry kitchen cleaning set smells ah-mazing, Williams-Sonoma
2. Festive kitchen towel sets, Williams-Sonoma
3. For the wine connoisseur, a decanter with some attitude, Riedel
4.  Fashionable coffee table books which will spark more than a conversation, Net-a-Porter
5. You will never go wrong with a tray of Ladurée macaroons
6. A chic French press for the night-owls
7. Beautiful name tag holders, ZGallerie
8. For the constant entertainers, these nifty wine and cheese platters speak for themselves
9. A Kindle for the reading-in-bed-type-Dad
10. For the Armenian parents you want to impress, perfect "soorji-cavat" {Armenian coffee cups}, ZGallerie
11.  For the baking mom, new cake stand pedestals, ZGallerie
12. For the traveling couple, the newest Nikon Coolpix camera for those African safaris
13.  If your mom is anything like ours, she will never take time for her.  Surprise and pamper her with a beauty basket filled with the newest versions of her rather-old beauty products; think updated nail polish/top coat set, new curling iron, dashing red lipstick, etc! 

What are some other ideas you're thinking of getting mom and dad?


Holiday Gift Guide
{ for your gal pals }

1. For the friend who collects luxury scents...this is a must! Do Son from Parisian perfumerie, Diptyque
2. The wine buff will love this convenient array of samples from The Tasting Room
3. A subscription to Vogue is always a good idea
4. For those rainy days, J.Crew leopard umbrella
5. Accessory fanatics? Adorable Rebecca Minkoff pave chain link bracelet
6. Vintage inspired turquoise medallion bracelet, J.Crew
7. For your bestie whose makeup always looks perfect, the Naked Palette, Sephora 
8. New Years eve sparkly skirt, Club Monaco
9. The ever popular over sized men's watch, Michael Kors
10. Classic Ray-Ban Aviators
11. For the jet setting gal, Tory Burch luggage tags
12. The perfect hands-free evening purse, Rebecca Minkoff Mac bag
13. A pair of Wellington Hunter Rain boots in a chic snake print
14. Slumber party with girlfriends? Perfect jam-jams for the occasion, Juicy Couture
15. Their most popular candle, Tubereuse from Diptyque
16. The infamous Arty ring from YSL, your friend will love you forever
17. Chicest flats in town, Juicy Couture
18.  For the beauty buff, Clairsonic face scrub, Sephora


{ Mix & Mingle }
How to throw a fab Christmas party

{ Table runner and place mats, ZGallerie // Fine China, Michael Aram for Waterford, Bloomingdales }
There truly isn't anything like the holiday season.  Something about the fresh winter scent in the air, the cozy grey days, and the twinkling Christmas lights adorning each home in our neighborhood that always puts a smile on my face.  Plus, it doesn't hurt that I absolutely love Fall and Winter clothing, so seeing the busy streets lined with eager shoppers in trendy coats and scarves always does the trick too ;). When the time came to plan our annual girls' Christmas dinner-party, I jumped at the idea of hosting my closest friends at our home in Santa Barbara for the first time. It's been a tradition we have kept going for over 7 years, and as we grow older, our time together is that much more precious.  With every one's busy schedule year round, it was nice to catch up and have some quality girl time. Endless kir royals and non-stop wine were in abundance along with great conversations, personalized goody bags, Christmas tree shaped brownies and a house fully decorated for Christmas {even down to the scent}. Although we are all twenty-somethings, and the party was of course casual, I threw in some formal touches to spice things up a bit.  Here are some steps to throwing a fab Christmas party:

1. Party favors:
If your headcount is small enough, make personalized party favors.  It's always a nice touch and your guests will really appreciate the effort, not to mention the sweets inside. I used this easy recipe I found on Pinterest, along with red and green festive M&M's, initial ornaments that start with each girls' name, and of course, handwritten notes of the candy-cane story attached on each goody bag. Check out our Pinterest for some more holiday ideas. 


2. Table Setting: 
Use your finest dinnerware and cloth napkins for an extra formal touch. I actually used my fine china for the first time since my 2011 wedding {oh ya!}. You can go an extra step further by setting the seating arrangement for your guests {10 and under} with festive name-tag napkin holders like these from Williams-Sonoma.  I scored my red ornament napkin-ring holders on sale last year and added these black and white Diane von Furstenburg ones for an added pop of color among the red napkins. 

3. Centerpieces: 
Always use fresh garlands as a centerpiece to complete your table decor for Christmas parties and be sure it isn't too tall to block your guest's view. The scent of the fresh pines during dinner is sure to keep up the lighthearted and jolly party mood!

4.  Holiday Spirits:
Of course, a fab Christmas party wouldn't be complete without Kir Royales with fresh cranberries afloat and mulled wine after dinner with dessert. I made homemade baked cinnamon donuts {in bundt cake shape, with pumpkin ice cream on top} from Ina Garten's new cookbook, Foolproof ... a Christmas party favorite.  We definitely couldn't get enough...

What are some of your holiday party recipes and decoration tips?


Holiday Gift Guide
{ For the men }

1. Stylish printed sweater, J.Crew
2. Detailed goatee getting out of hand? Art of Shaving kit
3. Any guy with a sense of humor will appreciate this adorable adult onesie, J.Crew
4. Snazzy socks by Robert Kardashian's new sock line, Arthur George, Neiman Marcus
5. Wine connoisseur? Be sure to grab a bottle of wine from Malibu Rocky Oaks Vineyards
6. Business man needing touch-ups? Collars & Cuffs Stain bar, J.Crew
7. The ever-so-popular, Ipad Mini
8. Bachelor pad necessity: Cocktail mixer set, Williams-Sonoma
9. Stylish flask, J.Crew
10. Burberry Wallet for the sophisticate, Saks Fifth Avenue
11. Beats by Dre headphones
12. Exotic beer tastings with a Beer of the month club subscription
13. Surprise your guy with a Netflix accountUnlimited movie and TV shows, just $7.99/month  

Remember, more than anything men like creative gifts, so think outside of the box! What are some of your ideas?


Holiday Gift Guide
{ Work Colleagues }

With Thanksgiving two days away, it's officially time for our weekly Holiday Gift Guide for 2012.  When it comes to Christmas shopping, being organized is key.  Mall shopping with no "Christmas gift list" is practically a financial catastrophe.  Opportunities to buy will be enticing you left and right, but our convenient gift guide will help you plan and organize your Christmas shopping skills so that when you hit the mall, you can dodge the temptations and slow-walkers and get to each store finding exactly what you need.  And maybe to squeeze in a little "you-time" too.  First up, what to get your work colleagues:

1. Groggy mornings?  Starbucks gift cards are always office appropriate.
2. Take note of candle lovers, Diptyque's Parisian scents always work wonders
3. Stylish Ipad covers, Diane Von Furstenberg
4. Down time at the office, pump up those biceps with some dumbbells
5. Brrr, Office heater for those cold mornings
6. Adorable monogrammed mugs, Anthropologie
7. Infinity Scarf, Michael Kors
8. Mustache push pins, ZGallerie
9. A relaxing spa day at Burke Williams
10. Rustic chic frame, ZGallerie
11. For the fierce fashionista, blinged out Ipod skull speaker, BCBG
12. Chic rhinestone desk supplies, Zgallerie
13. For that messy co-worker, stacked desk organizers, The Container Store
14. For the boss, a sleak leather briefcase, BOSS

Any other suggestions we may have missed?