Keegan Allen at Erewhon

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Hello :) Slow Magic and I just got back from a productive week in LA (productive for SM, I kind of just walked around and listened to music) and I wanted to post a still life that I took that kind of sums up our time there. The only object I want to explain is the Erewhon receipt (for those of you who have never been, Erewhon is a healthy grocery store…kind of like Whole Foods on crack…where you can somehow spend all of your money on like three things), the reason I included it isn’t just because we went there probably 5/7 days but more because we saw Keegan Allen (Toby from Pretty Little Liars) there, which was kind of a highlight of our time.

Moving on…now we are back home focusing on getting ready to go on tour, which is honestly always so stressful. Also, I haven’t been feeling so inspired lately and that is so frustrating… I need advice, what do you do when you are feeling uninspired?

Valentine's Day Decorations

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Even though I have mixed feelings when it comes to Valentine’s Day (something feels weird about a holiday that is only for people who are in relationships), I do love Valentine’s Day decorations 💕 I decided that I would set up our table a few days early so I could take a few pictures. Here is what I did :

Wall Decor

I made a heart shaped wreath out of two garlands that I bought at Jo-Anns. I bent them into a heart shape and the secured them at a few different points with pink ribbon. I also added a piece of pink ribbon at the top so I could easily hang it. On top of the wreath, I placed this ‘Love” balloon, which I found at Target.

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Table Runner/Centerpiece

I made the table runner out of flannel with pink gingham print that I found in the nursery section of Jo-Anns. For flowers I just used some pink roses that I picked up at Trader Joes and for candlesticks, I was finally able to use these pink ones that Slow Magic and I picked up while we were in Iceland like two years ago lol.

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Table Settings

In addition to simple white ceramic plates that we already had, I bought these salad plates with roses at HomeGoods to make the table feel a little more whimsical and delicate. I used linen napkins, our everyday silverware, and I used crystal glasses. On top of the plates, I added these pink boxes, which I bought at Target, and filled them with homemade chocolates.

We are not the plan ahead type when it comes to things like Valentine’s Day so we do not actually have any plans. How do you guys feel about Valentine’s Day and do you have any plans for it?

Winter Living (Room) and Maple Candies

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pink velvet pillow cases : here / white vase : similar here / snowflake tealight holders : similar here / gold tray : ikea /

After the holidays is a weird time for living room decor…if you are like me, you want to keep the coziness but without having even a hint of Christmas. To maintain that cozy feel, I kept everything light to brighten the space and added a gold tray for extra warmth. I also kept up the fairy lights, switched out the pillows for light pink velvet ones (I also sewed a new fawn print pillowcase, this time in pink, which I am feeling pretty proud of lol), and added more candles. At night we light all the candles and turn on our fairy lights and our living room glows :)

Also, I wanted to talk about another wintery thing : my absolute favorite maple candies, which I realized I can order on amazon and happened to receive the same day that I was taking these pics. I have eaten a lot of maple candies over the years, from many different maple sugar makers (it is kind of messed up how much I love maple candy) and I can say with confidence that these are the best. They are from Mount Mansfield Maple Products, a family run sugaring business that focuses on sustainability from my home state of Vermont, and I swear they are always soft and creamy. If you haven’t ever had maple candies before, they are made from 100% maple syrup (seriously that is the only ingredient) and are kind of unlike anything else…just imagine biting into a maple cloud or something. If you are interested in trying them, you can buy them here!

Christmas in Vermont

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top : h&m / jeans : j crew / boots : stuart weitzman //

I wanted to share a few pics of our Christmas tree before it is too late! If you want to see our other Christmas trees, you can see them here and here :)

Out of all of the Christmas trees I decorated this year, this one is definitely my favorite. My dad picked it out and I think he did such a good job…it is like my dream tree! Anyways, before we came to Vermont, I began looking for a fake fur garland for the tree. I couldn’t find one that wasn’t super expensive, but I did end up finding this end piece of fake fur at Joann’s for around $2. I cut the fabric into four inch wide strips, folded them in half lengthwise and then secured them with a hot glue gun so that the back side of the fabric wouldn’t be visible. In addition to the ornaments that we already had, I ordered two more sets of ornaments (one set bigger than the other) in pink and blue, and picked up a few extra big baby blue ornaments at Lowe’s. I think having many different sizes of ornaments helped to add dimension making the overall appearance of the tree more magical.

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On Christmas Eve, it started snowing, which was so exciting…having a snowy Christmas is the best! For Christmas Eve dinner, I taught my dad how to roast a chicken. I never really get to do anything like that with my dad (I usually cook with my mother, but she had a really bad cold and was unable to help), which made it one of my favorite parts of Christmas.

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On Christmas day, the sun came out and it was so dreamy. After we all woke up, we opened our presents by the fire and then we had our Christmas brunch. Afterwards, Slow Magic and I went on a walk before heading to my cousin’s house.

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What did you do for Christmas?

Other Christmas Posts : here