How to Slay the Scarf Game

Single digit temperatures are the unfortunate reality for a lot of us right now. It’s easy to bundle up in a couple of lazy layers and sacrifice looking cute for a little bit of extra warmth, but just because you’re suffering doesn’t mean your outfit has to, too! Scarves are a timeless piece that do it all: they add a bold pop of color, turn any casual look into something much more stylish, and some are practically wearable blankets. There’s so many options out there, so we rounded up some of our favorite ways to style these cozy winter pieces!

TRADITIONAL RECTANGLE SCARVES

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Image Source: Livvyland

Classic Loop

Looping a rectangle scarf around your neck two or three times is as effortless as it is chic. It’s timeless, and the best way to wrap a scarf that you want to make a statement. Let the bright and bold pattern speak for itself against some comfy leggings and a neutral colored sweater, and toss on some booties to complete the look.

Half Bow

If patterns aren’t for you, there’s dozens of intricate ways to tie your solid colored scarf into something that looks more like art than an accessory. Our favorite (as well as Adele’s!) is the half bow knot. Just drape the scarf around your neck, make a loose knot on one side about halfway down, and fold the opposite side in at the middle. Pull the pinched portion of that side through the knot, tighten, and fluff your bow!

BLANKET SCARVES

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Image Source: ASOS

Triangle Fold

The blanket scarf is, of course, the coziest of all. There’s really no right way to wear one and since they’re so oversized, they basically become your outfit. For cold winter mornings when you could really use the extra ten minutes in bed, you can practically take your blanket with you and look gorgeous doing it! For this fold, you want to start by making the scarf into a triangle to limit its size. After that, cross the two corners of the folded side behind your neck and pull forward - that’s it!

Around the Shoulders

We promise, you can actually wear a blanket scarf wrapped around you and look cute and put together while you do! Our favorite way to work these into our winter wardrobe is easy: just fold the scarf to the desired size, and wrap it around and over your shoulders like a shawl. If you’re not completely sold on the whole actually wearing a blanket out thing, try incorporating a thin belt on the waist for a little more structure!

INFINITY SCARVES

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Image Source: Glitter and Gingham

Effortless Loop

Infinity scarves are usually one of the warmest picks if you’re really trying to layer up, and they’re super easy to wear. Because of their circular shape, you can just loop the accessory around your neck once or twice and be on your way out the door! Because they’re often made with a loose, chunky knit, they’re extra comfortable, and the oversized piece looks and feels great in the cold.

Loose Knot

Most people shy away from infinity scarves because they think the shape is limiting, and while they’re definitely not as versatile as the other kinds we’ve listed, you still have some options! If you love a cozier, thicker scarf, opt for a knit infinity scarf and loop it just like you would with a traditional scarf. Keep extra warm by wrapping the scarf around your neck the long way and looping it through to make an oversized knot!

SATIN SCARVES

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Image Source: Jess Ann Kirby

Side Knot

If it’s a little warmer where you live but you still love the look of scarves, there’s tons of ways to incorporate them into your look without looking like you’re dressed for the wrong coast. Satin neck scarves are seriously making a comeback right now, and we’re living for the retro look. Tie a small, dainty bow on the side of your neck, and let your scarf be the unexpected focal piece of your winter look.

Headband

We especially love how adorable silky scarves look tied in an off-center knot around a messy bun! You can also tie your scarf as a headband and wear it with a cute, messy knot on the front or hide it underneath your hair to tame the frizz and turn a bad hair day into something a little more glam.


BONUS TIP

Get in on a classy new trend by checking out pins to combine with your scarves! You can place one on the side of the half-bow for an elegant detail or use one to hold a side knot together with a cute touch. Some of the biggest trendsetters are especially loving designer brooches to pin on their scarves, which you can buy pre-loved for cheap and pin on every accessory, every season!

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Image Source: The Stripe

Turn Your Event into the Perfect Winter Wonderland with These 5 Elements

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Image Source: Coppola Creative

With January at its end, many people start to transition into Valentine’s Day and the warmer spring holidays. While we love a good Galentine’s day or spring brunch, we’re still very much in the winter season, too! To embrace the season for all its beauty, today we’re sharing the top elements every winter event should include to truly create the perfect magical winter wonderland.


DIY Crystal Branches

Incorporating some crystal branches gives that cool, icy look and feel to your event. This simple DIY is cost effective and has a beautiful end result that will make a big impact in your decor. Bunch a handful of branches together, or opt to mix them in with other florals for an arrangement with more variety.

Evergreen Greenery

The holiday season may be behind us, but evergreens certainly are not! We love ourselves some good evergreen. The deep, rich hues of green add a stunning pop of color to your table and decor. Consider incorporating a greenery table runner to create a wow moment for your guests. Tie in the rest of the event with additional accents of greenery on your dessert table.

Cool, Neutral Colors

Winter is a time of cool neutrals. While looking outside can sometimes seem dreary, there’s a certain beauty to this type of color pattern if you play your cards right! Think cool, light blues, light greys, whites, maybe even some purple undertones. With this light and bright neutral color scheme, your evergreens will pop that much more!

Frosted Glass and Shining Silver

For your winter wonderland, stick with clear and/or frosted glass accents. Frosted glass ties in the snow from outdoors while giving a classy yet whimsical feel to the decor. Sticking with the cool and neutral color scheme, opt for silver tones and flatware versus a gold option. This can be incorporated through tealight votives, chargers, or even larger decor pieces like silver deer or candle sticks.

Natural, Outdoor Accents

This is where you can really customize your decor to match the feel you want your event to have. We love the incorporation of frosted pine cones, birch branches, and even wood slab chargers at each setting. These natural elements will help to tie in your evergreens to create an overall cohesive theme that is sure to wow your guests!

5 Winter Jackets You Need This Season

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IMAGE SOURCE: PEXELS

Every girl knows that one winter jacket is not enough. We want our jackets to match our outfits or be appropriate for every event we attend. Unfortunately, jackets can be expensive, and we can’t all afford to have thirty jackets in our closet. So, to save your closet space and wallet, we at Parsimony Inspired created a list of the five jackets you need to keep your winter wardrobe stylish and well rounded!


PEA COAT

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IMAGE SOURCE: CRYSTALIN MARIE

Pea coats were originally worn by European sailors and American Navy Men. They are typically made of wool, short in length (above the knee), have broad lapels, and a double breasted front with large buttons. Pea coats can be worn as an everyday coat when the weather is not below freezing, and it is also acceptable to wear for more business-like occasions such as work, an interview, or dinner. Normally fashioned in neutral colors, pea coats do come in a variety of bright colors and patterns to satisfy every woman’s preference.


SKI JACKET

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IMAGE SOURCE: GORSUCH

Ski Jackets are designed to keep the active woman warm. Typically used for winter outdoor activities such as skiing and snowboarding, they can also be used as the outermost layer when the temperature drops and the wind picks up (they are usually wind resistant). Ski jackets come in a variety of length, colors, and layers. When deciding on a jacket, first consider the insulating materials. Do you need one that protects you at -30°F or one that protects you at just 20°F? These coats are definitely casual in nature, so pick one with fun colors no one will miss on the slopes!


LONG WOOL TRENCH COAT

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IMAGE SOURCE: BLOG LOVIN

The original trench coat is a long waterproof coat that is double breasted with 10 buttons, has wide lapels, and a tie or belt at the waist. This twist on the original trench coat still boasts the flashy lapels and belt, but is made of wool instead. A long wool trench coat is warm, cozy, and fancy. Like a pea coat it typically is made in neutral colors, but can be found in many other colors and patterns. It is more business than casual, and is appropriate for any work or important meeting you have planned. It also plays up casual wear and looks great with jeans, heels, and a colorful scarf!


COCOON COAT

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IMAGE SOURCE: BOWS AND SEQUINS

Cocoon coats are unstructured and loose fitting-think a mix between a coat, cape, and cloak. They tend to have voluminous sleeves, and are a perfect outer layer when wearing a chunky sweater. They come in a variety of colors, patterns, and materials, and can either be casual or dressy. When dressing up the cocoon coat, make sure the outfit underneath is sleek and well fitted. Not all of these coats have closures, so wear them on warmer days or indoors as a fashion statement!


PARKA

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IMAGE SOURCE: LACE AND LOCKS

The parka was created by the Caribou Inuit to keep warm while hunting in the frigid Arctic. It is hip length, with a (faux) fur-lined hood, and typically stuffed with down warm synthetic fiber. This is your go to frigid weather coat. The down lining will keep you warm without having to layer 2 sweaters underneath. Parkas are acceptable as both business and casual wear. They are usually neutral in color and simply embellished with the fur-lined hood and sometimes toggle buttons. Parkas are a must-have for those living in cold climates, but can be passed on by those lucky enough to enjoy warm weather all year long!


8 Winter Beauty Hacks to Get You Through the Season

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Image Source: @emily_luciano

The cold winter weather does a number on your skin and hair. While we’ve already told you our favorite winter moisturizers and hair care routines, today we’re going over the top winter beauty hacks for hair and skin! These easy and inexpensive tricks are quick and simple, yet make a huge difference in the quality of care you’re giving your body to cope with the cold, dry air.

Skincare

Lips

Using Aquaphor on your lips will lock in hydration while also giving them a smooth, glossy appearance. Functional and fashionable!

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Image Source: Nivea

Face

Opt for coconut oil instead of traditional makeup removers. This moisturizers your skin while also removing your makeup, in an all-natural hydrating way.

Body

Use an in-shower moisturizer. After you finish normally washing your body, try and in-shower moisturizer. By moisturizing before you dry off, you’re locking in extra moisture for your skin! And, you’re less likely to forget to moisturize after toweling off.

Feet

Before bed, put Vaseline on your feet, covered with fuzzy socks to keep your feet soft. It will absorb while you’re sleeping! Just be careful not to put it on too far before bed, you don’t want to risk slipping and falling.

Haircare

Static-y, frizzy hair? We’ve all been there. Luckily, there are a number of hacks to help with this!

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Image Source: Total Beauty

  • When you first get out of the shower, use a t-shirt to dry your hair instead of a towel to eliminate frizz from the get-go!
  • Put a dryer sheet on hairbrush to prevent static. Sounds crazy, we know, but it works!
  • Look for a silk lined hat instead of a fleece or otherwise lined hat. This also keeps static down.
  • If all else fails, spray hairspray on a toothbrush to smooth down flyaway hairs.

Cozy Up Your Home This Winter with These Easy Tips and Tricks

All this winter weather has us wanting to snuggle up and never leave the couch! Whether you’re a homebody or not, winter is the season to make sure your home feels nice and cozy for both your enjoyment and any guests you may be hosting. Take these few easy tips and tricks into consideration to help you add a little extra cozy to your home!


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Image Source: Comfortably Awkward

Candles

There’s just something about burning candles that makes a room feel extra cozy. Whether it be the warm, flickering flame or the yummy scent, there is an undeniable ambiance in candles! If you are unable or prefer not to actually burn candles, there are some beautiful and convincing LED candles available for purchase at home and craft stores.

Warm Lighting

Warm lighting is just that -- warm! Opt for warm white bulbs versus cool white. Depending on the room and your style, add some fairy or icicle lights and omit traditional lighting all together. This will really make a space feel more cozy and intimate.

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Image Source: Pottery Barn

Textured Blankets

We love blankets, and the cold winter is the perfect time to showcase them! Choose a mixture of textures and neutral colors to add more depth to the space. Add in some decorative throw pillows and you have an irresistible place to snuggle up for an afternoon nap.

Fuzzy Rug

Give your toes something cozy too! A nice, thick, fuzzy rug creates an inviting space and screams cozy. Pick a nice neutral that will match the rest of your room and easily transition between any style or design changes you make.

Roaring Fire

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Image Source: Now, Forager

There’s nothing quite like snuggling up next to a warm fire. The crackling heat is the best. Snuggled up on the couch under your blanket and watching a movie by the light of the fire? Yes please! No fireplace? Throw on a virtual fire with the Netflix stream! Still get the look and the sound, just no heat.

Hot Cocoa

Hot cocoa is the perfect beverage for a cold winter night. Have you tried the Chai Hot Chocolate recipe we shared last month? It’s to die for! Make up a batch to please the whole crowd. Don’t forget the marshmallows!

Book Nook

Snuggle up in your designated reading corner. We love the idea of having a quaint book nook in our home. Filled with pillows and textured blankets, you may end up falling asleep instead of reading, but it will certainly be cozy!

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Image Source: Hello Glow

Fresh Warm Cookies

Who doesn’t love a batch of freshly baked cookies?! Or, step up your game and make a skillet cookie to share with the group. Either way, the warm gooey cookies combined with their heavenly aroma adds another level of coziness and hominess to your place.

Himalayan Salt Lamp

Have you heard of all the health benefits provided by a Himalayan salt lamp? They work to add negative ions into the air, purifying it and removing toxins. This calms asthma and allergy symptoms, increase levels of serotonin in the brain, boost blood flow and improve sleep. Bonus: it gives off a beautiful warm light!

Classical or Jazz Music

Set the mood with some smooth jazz or soft classical music. There’s something soothing about these two styles of music that just increasing our relaxation and makes us feel warm inside. Use that to your advantage to add the final touch onto your cozy oasis!

Top 6 Winter Face Moisturizers

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The harsh winter weather can do a number on your skin, which is why it's important to have a top notch moisturizer to keep your skin glowing all winter long! Whether your skin runs oily, dry, combination, or is super sensitive, it’s really important to ensure you’re taking proper steps to keep it moisturized and ready for all of your fun winter activities.


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Fresh Rose Deep Hydration Face Cream

A lightweight gel-cream infused with soothing rosewater and nourishing rose flower oil that delivers intense 24-hour moisture for petal-soft skin. Paraben, sulfate, and phthalate free, this moisturizer smells amazing and penetrates deep with hydration. So good that it won a 2016 award for Best Moisturizer from Cosmo Beauty. Find it at Sephora for $40.

 
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Embryolisse Lait-Crème Concentré

A paraben-free moisturizer to help you combat dry skin. This face moisturizer can also be used on your neck to reduce fine lines and improve skin tone. You should always continue to apply your face moisturizer down your neck, but we love that they created a formula specifically meant to help that area too! Find it at Target for $27.50.

 
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Kiehl's Ultra Facial Oil-Free Lotion

Do you tend to have oily skin and end up trying to avoid moisturizers? Well, this lightweight, moisturizing lotion helps visibly reduce excess oil on skin's surface, leaving a shine-free and balanced appearance. Paraben, fragrance and oil-free! Find it at Nordstrom for $27.50.

 
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Vichy Aqualia Thermal Rich Hydration For Dry Sensitive Skin

If you have sensitive skin and in need of a suitable winter moisturizer, look no further. With this moisturizer, skin appears radiantly healthy and replumped. Rich, creamy texture melts immediately into skin, leaving a velvety soft finish. Find it at Ulta for $31.

 
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Clinique Moisture Surge Extended Thirst Relief

A lightweight cream-gel that gives skin a moisture boost. This moisturizer penetrates your skin, enhancing natural hyaluronic acid, which is nature's perfect moisture magnet. For 24 satisfying hours, your skin is plumped, dewy and glowing. Fragrance and oil free! Find it at Nordstrom for $39.

 
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Pond’s Dry Skin Cream

Our personal favorite, this simple and budget-friendly moisturizer works for whatever skin type you have -- including sensitive. It’s lightweight and ultra-hydrating, easily absorbed into the skin to lock in moisture. Find it at Target for $5.

Office Holiday Party Outfit Guide & Inspiration

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Every year we are obligated to go to an office holiday party, and every year we have difficulty deciding what to wear. This season, we’ve created a guide with inspiration to help you choose an appropriate and stylish outfit!


casual dress code

If your daily work attire is casual, you can expect a casual dress code for your office party! Pair jeans with a cute sweater or flannel shirt. Tuck a simple shirt into a fun colored or patterned skirt, or wear a stylish wool coat! Use bright colors and jewel tones to your advantage to make your casual clothes fashionable!


business casual & semi formal dress code

Business casual & semi formal attire ranges from pants to dresses. Pair cropped pants or formal joggers with a bright heel. Wear a flirty dress or skirt, or be bold and try out a jumpsuit! Add a little sparkle to a structured outfit for some holiday spirit!


formal dress code

A formal dress code is the green light to be as fancy as you desire! Where pants are not quite acceptable at a formal party, you can wear a fashionable jumpsuit! Find one that is tailored and monochrome. Skirts should be full, textured, or colorful, and dresses should be knee-length or longer. Since it is a holiday party, your dress should stand out, whether with appliques, color, or silhouette!


Cinnamon Star Bread

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Do you need some food inspiration for that upcoming holiday party you volunteered to bake for? We’ve got the perfect recipe for you! This cinnamon star bread is festive, easy to make, and wow worthy. This bread recipe can either be an appetizer or dessert, and its filling is versatile! In lieu of cinnamon, use some gingerbread or apple pie spice. To make it more savory use jams, cheeses, or pesto! There are endless combinations we hope to inspire you to use for this star bread!


CINNAMON STAR BREAD


Ingredients:

For the Filling:

  • 1 large egg, beaten
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 1 tbsp. cinnamon

For the Dough:

  • 2 cups AP flour
  • ¼ cup potato flour or ½ cup instant mashed potato flakes
  • ¼ cup nonfat dry milk
  • ¾-1 cup lukewarm water
  • ¼ cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 2 tsp. instant yeast
  • 2 tbsp. sugar
  • 1 tsp. salt
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Directions:

Sift AP flour, potato flour, and dry milk through a strainer into a large mixing bowl (skip the sifting step in using instant mashed potatoes).  Add the rest of the dough ingredients into the bowl and mix and knead using a mixer, your hands, or a bread machine until soft and smooth. (We used a bread machine, which took about 50 minutes.)

Place the dough in a lightly greased bowl, cover, and let rise for 1 hour until nearly doubled in size. Then, divide the dough into 4 equal pieces, shape each piece into a ball, and allow to rest for 15 minutes. Meanwhile, mix together the sugar and cinnamon (filling ingredients) in a small bowl.

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On a lightly floured piece of parchment paper, roll 1 piece of dough into a 10 inch circle (it doesn’t have to perfect!). Brush a think coat of beaten egg on the surface and evenly sprinkle ⅓ of the cinnamon-sugar mixture, leaving ¼” of bare dough perimeter.

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Roll out a second circle, the same size as the first, and gently place on top of the filling covered circle. Brush with egg and sprinkle with cinnamon-sugar as before. Repeat the layering process, leaving the top circle bare. Make sure to reserve some egg to brush over the star once it’s shaped.

Place a 2 ½”-3” round cookie cutter, can, or drinking glass in the center of the dough circle as a guide. Press lightly into the dough to make an imprint and remove it. Using a sharp knife or scissors, cut the circle into 16 equal strips from the outside of the dough to the imprint (be sure to cut through all layers!).

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Using 2 hands, pick up 2 adjacent dough strips and twist away from each other twice so the top side is facing up again. Repeat with remaining strips of dough so that you have 8 pairs of strips.

Pinch the pairs of strips together to create a star-like shape with 8 points. Transfer the star on the parchment paper to a baking sheet. Cover and let rise until puffy, about 45 minutes. While rising preheat the oven to 400℉.

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Brush the star with a thin coat of beaten egg and bake 12-15 minutes until it’s golden brown with dark cinnamon streaks (the center should register 200℉). Let cool for 10 minutes before serving! Dust lightly with powdered sugar if desired.


Notes & Tips:

The dry milk and potato flour/flakes ensure the dough retains moisture. If you do not have dry milk, you can replace the water with lukewarm regular milk. If you don’t have potato flakes, omit this ingredient and decrease the amount of water used to ¾ cups. Your star may be slightly paler in color.

This bread can be baked and frozen for up to 1 month. Once it’s cool, wrap it airtight and store in the coolest part of the freezer. When you want to serve, thaw at room temperature then heat in the oven at 350℉ for 15 minutes until warmed through!

Find a gluten free version here!

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Let us know how your star bread turned out and what flavor inspirations you used!

Recipe courtesy of King Arthur Flour

Winter Wedding Inspiration Board

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There are endless ways to capture winter and the holidays on your big day. To help you get inspired for your winter wedding, we’ve come up with a variety of winter themed wedding details! This season is all about greenery, dark red accents, and whimsical decor. So, if your wedding is Christmas themed, play up the green and red color palette. If it’s a winter wonderland theme, add more lights and faux snow elements! There is no shortage of winter elements to brighten your special day!



Winter Bucket List

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Need some fun holiday activity inspiration?! We’ve got you covered! Our Winter Holiday Bucket List has 50 winter and holiday themed activities for you and your loved ones to enjoy this season! And download our printable PDF to check off each one as you go!


  • Go ice skating
  • Go sledding
  • Build a snowman
  • Make and decorate cookies
  • Build a gingerbread house
  • Drink hot cocoa in front of a fire
  • Put up decorations around the house
  • Make a fancy winter cocktail
  • Take a drive to look at Christmas lights
  • Wrap gifts
  • Send a holiday card
  • Do random acts of kindness
  • Buy a matching scarf, mittens, & hat set
  • Wear pj’s all day
  • Kiss someone under the mistletoe
  • Donate old toys
  • Watch holiday movies
  • Read a good book
  • Light scented candles
  • Go skiing/snowboarding
  • Go snowshoeing
  • Set goals for the New Year
  • Make a handmade gift
  • Splurge on a party outfit
  • Make s'mores
  • Make a wreath
  • Build a blanket fort
  • Make paper snowflakes
  • Have a snowball fight
  • Drink eggnog
  • Eat a candy cane
  • Start a new tradition
  • Make a bird feeder
  • Make a snow angel
  • Play a board game
  • Have a coffee date with a friend
  • Make peppermint bark
  • Make an ornament
  • Make a popcorn garland
  • Have an ugly sweater party
  • Plant bulbs indoors for the spring
  • Rock a red lip
  • Create a holiday playlist
  • Attend a tree lighting
  • Participate in a Secret Santa
  • See a play or musical
  • Learn to knit a scarf
  • Call an old friend
  • Catch snowflakes on your tongue
  • Have a winter photoshoot

Winter Holiday Signature Drinks

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Winter is the perfect time to cozy up with something sweet in your hand! This season, we’re all about those classic cranberry concoctions, but with some new twists. Whether you like it bubbly or warm, alcoholic or non, we have you covered with our tops picks for any winter gathering.


via The Blond Cook

via The Blond Cook

INGREDIENTS

  • Cranberry juice cocktail
  • Orange liqueur (triple sec)
  • Your favorite champagne
  • Optional: Fresh rosemary sprigs and fresh cranberries for garnish

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Fill champagne flutes ⅓ full with cranberry juice cocktail. Add a splash of orange liqueur. Fill remaining ⅔ of glass with champagne.
  2. Garnish with fresh rosemary sprigs and fresh cranberries, if desired.
  3. Enjoy!
via Sweet and Savory by Shinee

via Sweet and Savory by Shinee

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 orange
  • 10 whole cloves
  • 1 cup (240ml) orange juice
  • ½ cup (100gr) sugar
  • ½ cup cranberries (fresh or frozen)
  • 1-2 cinnamon sticks
  • 1 bottle (750ml) dry red wine

 

    INSTRUCTIONS

    1. Cut the orange in half, and then quarter one half. Push 2-3 cloves into the outer skin of quartered oranges. Peel a few strips of orange peel from the other half of the orange for garnish.
    2. In a large pot, combine orange juice, sugar, cinnamon sticks, orange quarters with cloves and cranberries.
    3. Turn the heat to medium high and slowly heat the mixture, stirring occasionally until the sugar is dissolved.
    4. Once sugar is dissolved completely, bring it to a boil and cook until it thickened and reduced by almost half, about 15-20 minutes.
    5. Reduce the heat to low and pour in wine.
    6. Simmer until wine is heated through. Don’t boil, or alcohol will evaporate.
    7. You can strain the wine and pour into a slow cooker to keep it warm. Garnish with orange peel and serve warm.
    via Life in the Lofthouse

    via Life in the Lofthouse

    INGREDIENTS

    • 1 bottle Martinelli's Sparkling Apple Cider
    • 1 (2 liter) bottle Sprite or Sprite Zero
    • 2 cans frozen cranberry juice concentrate, thawed
    • fresh cranberries (optional, for garnish)
    • ice cubes

    INSTRUCTIONS

    1. In a very large pitcher or large drink dispenser (that can hold up to 2 gallons) add the sparkling cider, sprite and cranberry juice concentrate. Gently stir well to combine.
    2. Serve drink in individual cups/glasses over ice and with fresh cranberries as a garnish, if desired.
    3. Enjoy!

    Winter Hair Care

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    Is the cool air drying out your hair? Is your blow dryer giving you split ends? It happens to all of us and easily ruins a good hair day. Lucky for you, we’ve found some great store bought and DIY products, as well as some simple advice, to help keep your hair and scalp hydrated and strong all winter long! Plus, most of our suggested products are available at Target, Amazon, or Sephora!


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    Hydration is key! Make sure you are using a leave in conditioner if you wash your hair on a daily basis. For thick, wavy, or curly hair try Ouidad Moisture Lock Leave in Conditioner, for fine hair try Carol's Daughter Mirabella Plum Leave-In Biotin Conditioner, for colored hair try Cantu Argan Oil Leave-In Conditioner Repair Cream, and for a multitude of hair troubles try FORM Multitask Leave-In Lotion.

    You should also treat your hair to a once-weekly deep conditioning treatment to replenish moisture. We love Kératase Nutritve Masquintense Hair Mask for all hair types, Ouidad Curl Immersion Triple Threat Deep Conditioner for thick and curly hair, and Alterna Haircare Caviar Repair Treatment Masque for highlighted and colored hair.

    If you can skip wetting your hair, opt for dry shampoo and only wash three times a week. Try Living Proof Perfect Hair Day Dry Shampoo or Suave Keratin Infusion Dry Shampoo (only $5!).

    If your scalp is very dry, try using a scalp and hair oils such as Shea Moisture 100% Pure Monoi Oil or Living Proof's No Frizz Nourishing Oil.

    Remember to use a heat protectant product if using heated styling tools. NEXXUS Nourishing Hair Oil and Joico K-Pak Protective Hairspray are our top picks!

    If you can manage, trim your hair often to eliminate split dry ends, and avoid over-coloring as well! And invest in a humidifier! Your hair and skin will thank you!

    Love wearing hats in the winter?! Try to find hats with silk or satin liners to deter frizz, or wrap your hair in a silk scarf before putting on your hat!


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    If you want to save money, or have a spa night on your couch, try these DIY winter hair care products! They all promote healthy hair growth, shine, and hydration! Just mix all ingredients together until smooth, apply to the hair (especially the scalp and ends), comb through, put in a bun for 30 minutes (or cover with a shower cap if your hair is short), then rinse with shampoo and leave in conditioner! Feel free to add your favorite essential oils to any of these recipes!

    • Avocado Mask: 1 avocado, 2 tbsp. of coconut or olive oil, and 2 tbsp. of honey
    • Mayo Mask: ½ cup of mayonnaise, 2 tbsp. of honey,  juice from half a lemon, and 1 egg (optional)
    • Egg and Yogurt Mask: 1 egg, 1 tbsp. each of full fat yogurt, coconut oil, and extra virgin olive oil

    Holiday Makeup Trends

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    This winter holiday season boasts a wide variety of makeup trends, and we are so excited to try them all! Whether you just wear foundation or always have a full face of makeup, there is a trend to suit your style. We have listed our seven favorite makeup trends, and product suggestions, to help you recreate the looks!

    Classic Red Lip
    The classic red lip is a holiday makeup staple. It is bold, bright, and sexy. Keep the rest of your face neutral during the day, then spice it up with a smoky eye or cat eye for evening celebrations. We recommend any M.A.C Cosmetics lip products in the color Ruby Woo. It is super pigmented and complements all skin tones.

    Clean Face & Strong Nudes
    If you’re a concealer and done girl this trend is for you. The clean face & strong nudes trend focuses on natural beauty. Use beige and earth tones to enhance and accentuate your eyes, cheeks, and lips. Think natural glow and dewy skin. You can still be glamorous while keeping it simple. We love Urban Decay’s Naked Eyeshadow Palettes (they contain soft gold and rose hues), Anastasia Beverly Hills liquid lipsticks (there are numerous nude shades), and Laura Mercier Second Skin Cheek Color Blush (the two neutral shades are amazing!).

    Burgundy Smokey Eye
    Burgundy is one of the richest and most flattering of all the fall colors. It looks beautiful on all skin tones and pairs perfectly with both brown and black liners. Wear it with a nude lip and slightly shimmery cheek to really make your eyes stand out. For a simpler look just blend the burgundy into your crease and lower lash line; for a bold look do a full burgundy smokey eye and blend with browns or pinks depending on how dark you want your smokey eye. Try Tarte’s Tarteist Metallic Shadow in Scarlet.

    Metallic Makeup
    Metallic makeup is transitioning from a fall trend to a winter trend and we love it! Metallics are shimmery and fun and the perfect way to express your personality via makeup. While fall metallics focus on gold tones, winter metallics focus on silver and blue tones. Add more metallic colors to your makeup palette for the holidays like red or purple metallic lips or green metallic eyeshadow. See our metallic trends 2017 article for product suggestions!

    Glossy Lips
    Channel your inner thirteen year old self for this winter holiday beauty trend-- glossy lips! Glosses are a great way to add shine and color to your lips without the fuss of smudgy lipsticks. Lip gloss can range from clear or neutral in color to bright and bold. Swipe a more subdued gloss across your lips if you want to highlight your natural beauty or are trying to accentuate your eye makeup. Use a more pigmented gloss to draw attention to your lips and show your fun personality. M.A.C lipglasses are amazing glosses that come in many colors, are not too sticky, and smell great!

    Graphic Liner
    The most daring holiday makeup trend this season is the graphic liner look. It is defined by sharp edges, unusual placement, open endedness, bold lines, and color. With the graphic liner, there is usually an absence of eyeshadow, since the liner is flashy enough on its own. Try an open ended cat eye or thick and squared off shape. Your favorite gel or liquid liner will work for this trend!

    Long Lashes
    Whether it’s accomplished with mascara or falsies, every woman strives to have long lashes. This holiday season super long lashes are the one beauty must have. If you have the time, skill, and patience invest in some false lashes and make your eyes bright and wide. If false lashes are not your style invest in mascaras and mascara wands that focus on lengthening your lashes. We love Benefit Cosmetics’ Roller Lash Curling Mascara. It completely eliminates the need to curl your lashes beforehand and your lashes will have never looked so long!

    In Season Flowers

    Time to stop and smell the roses! Nothing brightens up your wedding day like fresh-cut bouquets, and we’ve found our favorite flowers for each season!

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    Warm up your winter wedding day with deep shades of red along with crisp white blossoms. With the romantic atmosphere surrounding a winter wedding, red roses are the perfect flower for your bouquet; however, it is also common to see white orchids and carnations among the mix as well.

    The perfect season for freshly bloomed flowers! Think lilacs, pale pinks, and soft whites as you head into picking out your bouquet for your springtime wedding. Peonies are one of our favorite spring blooms as well as tulips, hydrangeas, and lilacs!

     

    It’s time to get that pop of color into your sunny summer day! For summer weddings, it’s great to have bright and fun flowers surrounding your day! From multicolored poppies to bright sunflowers, your options on colors are endless.

    To compliment fall’s natural foliage, there’s a variety of flowers to choose from for your autumn wedding day. From oranges to deep purples, the possibilities are endless! Try different autumn-inspired shades of lilies as well as some fun bi-colored roses!

    Winter Gathering

    When creating this Winter Gathering concept, Parsimony Inspired's vision was to embrace the color palette of winter but balance the look with soft feminine accents. We created a design with hues of creams, greys and greens, a palette that we softened with flowing fabrics, gold accents and mixed textures.

    Tucked in the mountains of the Berkshires, Bloom Meadows was the perfect backdrop for this romantic winter shoot. A space with beautiful lines, natural elements and neutral colors, our designs felt rooted in the space and allowed our soft color palette to pop against the beautiful white walls. We loved the venue's design so much we had our invitation designer Kim Small of With Wild and Grace draw the venue and add it to the elegant invitation suite's design. One of our favorite ways to add a custom detail. 

    Our bride was styled in a stunning chiffon A-line Lilian West gown. The illusion V-neck and the detail of the lace appliqués also brought a feminine touch to the bridal look, while the long sleeves and chapel length train were the perfect look for a winter wedding. The hair style framed our bride's face with greenery touches while soft makeup with a smokey eye gave a bit of drama to the final look. To add a little sparkle to our bride's style, she wore a stunning engagement ring and wedding band set designed by Megan Thorne and stunning hand crafted moonstone earrings designed by Pamela Froman.

    When it came to working with floral designer Stacey Radcliffe of The Tangled Grapevine, we knew that we wanted the flowers to be filled with different types of greenery, our favorite trend for 2017. We incorporated greenery in every aspect of the design from the aerial floral installation above our reception table to greenery in our bride's hair. Stacey created a lush presentation bouquet filled with white Anemone, silver Brunia, white Lisianthus, peach Spray Roses, white Tulips, seeded Eucalyptus, Ruscus, Asparagus Fern and Gooseneck Loosestrifes.

    From the serene Berkshire winter setting, the soft and romantic invitation suite with it's perfect vellum wax seal to the amazing marbled cakedesigned by the talented Pete of Pete's Sweets, we balanced winter's neutral palette and elements of nature with soft fabrics, feminine touches and meaningful details that would make you want to spend a winter's eve snuggled up with the one you love.

    Photography: Brooke Ellen Photography & Alison Marie Photography | Planning & Design: Parsimony Inspired | Flowers: The Tangled Grapevine | Invitations & Stationery: With Wild and Grace | Cake: Pete’s Sweets | Dress: Lillian West from In White | Makeup: KiSSandMaKeUp | Jewellery: Don Muller Gallery | Videography: Embark Films | Venue: Bloom Meadows