Saturday, December 31, 2011

.11 in 11.

With 2011 winding down, I tend to always get all emotional about leaving another year behind. It's just that  each year seems to fly by without me even realizing it till that New Years Ball drops.
Sure, I get excited about what's going to happen next in this crazy ride called life, but then that nostalgic side of me reminds myself to appreciate all the wonderful things {minus #8} that happened this past year.
So here are
  11 Moments from 2011.
Happy New Years Eve to You ALL!
*Special thanks to Katie @ Running On Happiness for the inspiration on this post. Check her out. She's super cool...and we're new BFF's.

Friday, December 30, 2011

.New Years Sparkle.

This skirt makes me feel like a Golden New Years Sparkling Disco Ball. And I loved it!
It takes a little confidence to wear it, but that is something this girl does not lack.
Throw on a black tuxedo blazer, some chunky jewels, patent black high heels and you have yourself a nice little number.
I just couldn't help not feeling totally glamourous and festive in it.
Perfect for a little event we like to call New Years Eve.
SHOP: Blazer: Gap {similar}, Skirt: Joe Fresh, Necklace: Stella & Dot, Bracelet: Banana Republic, Purse: Melanie Auld {similar}.

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

.Whipped Shortbread Cookies.

My absolute favourite kind of cookie at Christmas time is the Classic Shortbread.
Melt-in-your-Mouth Goodness.
Mmmm Mmmm.
And a couple weeks back, I had a coffee and cookie date with two of my favourite ladies, Nik and Miss Isla, where momma Nik served me some of the most scrumptious shortbread cookies....ever. 
I instantly asked for the recipe.
And just like she said, there is nothing simpler than this: Only 3 ingredients and a lot of beating, you will want these baked cookies all to yourself. 
And I mean it, you will want them all to yourself.
So, even though Christmas has come and gone, and were all into our new "workout regimes" {right guys?}, this is one recipe you will want to come back to.
Whipped Shortbread
{recipe found here}
Makes about 3 dozen small cookies, and this recipe can easily be doubled.
1. Cream butter and icing sugar {same as powdered sugar} together. 
2. Add flour and beat for 10 minutes {you will get muscles here. I promise. Next time I'm bringing out the trusty stand use it if you got it, as the secret to these tasty cookies is in the beating. Don't cheat on the time.} 
3. Drop from small spoon onto cookie sheet. 
4. Decorate with maraschino cherry pieces if you wish. I didn't have any, so I just used red and white sprinkles.
5. Bake at 350F for about 10 - 12 minutes, until bottoms are lightly browned. 

.And then Santa came.

Christmas was spent with mimosa's, pancakes, turkey, board games and loved ones.
And getting stocked up on lots of camera goodies, work out gear {motivation!}, clothes, perfume, shoes, a gorgeous Boss bag {one of the many gifts from husband. thank you}, jewellery and a bunch of house stuff {new headboard! yeah!}.
seriously spoiled rotten.
My Dad serving up some Mimosa's.
Sister + Boyfriend.
Wife + Husband.

Round 2.
Mom + Stepdad.

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

.The Holiday Recap.

So, Friends. How was your Holidays?
Mine was just about the most awesome ever.
A little Christmas Eve recap for you all.
The Breaking of THE Bread
{biggest loaf I've ever seen. specially ordered}
Brothers and a Father.
Excited. And red lipped.
Pete & his Goddaughter, Kazia.
Me and my Dad.
My little cousin, Tessa. xx
Destroying {and loving} her gifts.

My Christmas Eve Outfit
{Dress: Zara, Shoes: Nine West, Necklace: Melanie Auld, Lips: MAC Dare You}
Matching Fur and Cuddly Fur.
Later that night......
Then Santa came in the morning.....but more on that tomorrow. 

Friday, December 23, 2011

.Happy Festivus.

Check out our Christmas Card this year. It's a first for us in the x.mas picture department, but we kinda enjoyed ourselves, so this may just be our new thing.

Merry Christmas to you all.