Tag Archives: Christmas

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas.

I hope all of your holiday dreams come true.

A French Christmas

More Christmas music recommendations. Here are some of my favorites this season.

Sweet-voiced singer Marie Michele Desrosier has two lovely Christmas albums. I downloaded this one from iTunes.

Marie Michele Desrosiers Chante Noel
Marie Michele Desrosiers Christmas

Another iTunes download, Bruno Pelletier has a live Christmas concert. I downloaded a few songs. The album is an import so it goes for various prices on Amazon depending on the seller.

Bruno Pelletier Concert de Noel
Bruno Pelletier Christmas Concert

A fun way to get into the French Christmas spirit, this two-volume collection features many French singers. Don’t miss Django Reinhardt’s Christmas Swing on volume 2.

The French Christmas Album Volume 1
French Christmas volume 1

The French Christmas Album Volume 2
French Christmas volume 2

An Italian Christmas

I love listening to Christmas music. I started months ago. Here are some of my favorite music purchases for this holiday season.

New for this year, Andrea Bocelli brings his earthy operatic tones to Christmas.
Andrea Bocelli: My Christmas

Andrea Bocelli: My Christmas

King of the High Cs, Luciano Pavarotti’s Christmas music is a classical treat.
Luciano Pavarotti: O Holy Night

Luciano Pavarotti: O Holy Night

Image you are walking through a snowy Italian village at Christmas. This instrumental CD is dripping with atmosphere.
Christmas in Italy

Christmas In Italy

Grace Magazine’s Beautiful Gift Guide

Holiday time is quickly approaching. Start your Christmas shopping off beautifully with this handy gift guide.

Urban Decay Book of Shadows Vol. 2
Urban Decay Book of Shadows Vol. II

This cool set includes 16 shadows, 8 of which are limited to this set, two travel-size eye pencils, and a mini bottle of primer potion. Behind the secret door you’ll find a look book.

Urban Decay Apolcalyptic Nail Kit
Urban Decay Apolcalyptic Nail Kit

In this collection, you’ll find seven mini nail colors in a little zippered pouch. Colors are edgy and fun.

Smashbox WISH EYe Wish Palette
Smashbox WISH Eye Wish Palette

This glamorous palette contains 12 powder eye shadows, 4 cream liners and a mini Photo Finish primer. You also get a step-by-step instruction booklet. $1 goes to charity.

Sephora Luxe Noir Brush Set
Sephora Luxe Noir Brush Set

Sephora’s black clutch contains the tools you need to apply makeup like a pro. You get a powder brush, concealer brush, foundation brush and 3 double-ended eye brushes. So, you’re really getting 9 brushes in this six-piece collection.

Chanel No5 Forever Worldly Gift Set
Chanel No5 Forever Worldly Gift Set

If you want to buy me something (tee hee), this three-piece Chanel No5 collection is just the thing. The set features eau de parfum, body cream and bath gel in the classic fragrance.

All gifts available at Sephora.

Christmas Cartoon

Happy Harmonies cartoon starring two adorable puppies.

The Pups’ Christmas

A Swingin’ Christmas

Tony Bennett has a new Christmas album this year, A Swingin’ Christmas and it features the The Count Basie Big Band.

If you’re looking for a classy way to get into the Christmas spirit, this is it.

Tracks include:

I’ll Be Home For Christmas
Silver Bells
All I Want For Christmas Is You
My Favorite Things
Christmas Time Is Here
Winter Wonderland
Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas
Santa Claus Is Coming To Town
I’be Got My Love To Keep Me Warm
The Christmas Waltz
O Christmas Tree

Buying and Making Future Christmas Heirlooms

Holly and Ivy

As soon as Thanksgiving came to a close I started putting up Christmas decorations.

I decided to make a few crafty things but I also bought some interesting Christmas characters.

The glittery ladies you see above are from The Penny McAllister Collection 2005. I just love their faces. Here they are in detail.

Ivy closeup

Holly closeup

I’ve dubbed them Holly and Ivy.

I also picked up this little drummer boy. He’s signed Lori C. Mitchell. I’ve named him Chuck. Isn’t he darling?

Chuck the Drummer Boy

I love little birds, so I bought this candle holder with three little birdies. It’s not signed. All of these items were purchased at The Corner Cottage in Manhattan Beach, CA.

Birds candle holder

For the crafty part of my decor, I bought this wreath at Michael’s craft store for $2.99 and decorated it with balls and packages designed for a mini tree. Most of them had wires attached so I didn’t need to use a glue gun. I put this whole thing together in about 10 minutes.

Christmas Wreath

Christmas Wreath detail

Are you making any decorations for the holidays?

Holly and Ivy

Floris Fragrances – Fit for a Princess

Floris Fragrances

Since 1730 Floris Fragrances have been creating elegant and luxurious scented products for fashionable London society.

Over the years, Floris have held royal warrants starting with England’s King George IV to today’s Queen Elizabeth and Prince Charles.

You can buy Floris products online.

Here are some lovely holiday gift ideas:

Night Scented Jasmine Fragrance Collection

Floris Night Scented Jasmine Fragrance Collection

Our latest fragrance is showcased in this enticing collection. Cleanse, moisturise and subtly layer yourself in this radiant floral bouquet warmed by soft musks and sandalwood.

White Rose Bath and Body Collection

Floris White Rose Bath and Body Collection

A contemporary soft floral rose fragrance, Floris White Rose is blended with white flower notes to create a clean, truly beautiful, sparkling classic.

Cefiro Weekend Collection

Floris Cefiro Weekend Collection

Cefiro is a sophisticated yet subtle blend and sits at ease whether you are at work or at play. A contemporary light, green and gentle fragrance which lifts your spirits. Suitable for both men and women, the sparkly fresh top note is created with a blend of lime, grapefruit, mandarin and lemon.

Elite Luxury Grooming Collection

Floris Elite Luxury Grooming Collection

A mellow, sophisticated fragrance with a beautiful woody base note. Elite has a strong character: deliberate, thoughtful and provoking. the fragrance suits the mature, confident individual.

Covet: Sephora Blockbuster Palette

Sephora Blockbuster Palette

All I want for Christmas is this Blockbuster Makeup Palette by Sephora.

Well, that’s not ALL, but you know what I mean.

It has three layers of playful makeup for eyes, cheeks and lips and it’s only $48.

From Sephora

This sleek, mirrored, palette is loaded with 64 eyeshadows, 32 lip colors, seven cheek colors, one translucent shimmer powder, four double-ended shadow applicators, two blush brushes, and two lip brushes.

Gimme gimme. Please and thank you.