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Thursday, December 25, 2014

A Frosted Christmas

Merry Christmas! Just taking a moment to wish you & your family a happy holiday. May all your prayers, hopes, wishes and desires come true. Have faith, believe and know God will always grant what is best for you. Remember to give and help others whenever (and whatever) you can. That's always been my philosophy. It will come back to you (in more ways than one). A Frosted Christmas? Did you think I was talking about the weather? Au contraire! It's only 40 degrees Fahrenheit in New Orleans. I'm having a frosted Christmas of another kind. One that is tastefully sweet! I received so many beautiful gifts from both family & friends (see below) near and far. I wanted to share them with you today and give thanks to them. I gift myself throughout the year, but I did purchase a gift for you and me ;) Enjoy the holidays. I'm going to the movies to see Exodus Gods & Kings and The Hobbit. I'll be back with a new post next week and a year in review. God Bless.

(above) Iced sugar cookies from Sugar Me Desserterie in Chagrin Falls, Ohio. I found them on Etsy. Each cookie is individually wrapped and padded with bubble wrap. They are beautifully decorated and taste delicious. (below) My snowmen pajamas and mug! HaHaHa I kind of have a mini marshmallow addiction. I love them in hot chocolate. I actually did a post on it (click here). I usually purchase Dunkin Doughnut K-cups for my Keurig. I use my Keurig so much, and omg'sh peach Snapple iced tea!

(above) A friend gifted me these Kate Spade gloves! I love BOTH the box and the gloves! HaHaHa The pink & blue box is so pretty. I love the bow detail on the gloves. So sassy.

(above) A gift to myself. I love Apple ipod shuffles. Whenever I'm cleaning the house or walking on the treadmill at home, I listen to music (music helps me get through tasks! HaHaHa). You can personalize these. When they first came out, I had 3 personalized with Memoir of a Geisha quotes (love that book). This time I chose some favorite phrases of mine: let them eat cake (pink), visions of sugar plums (purple) and my favorite things (red). I can't wait to fill these with music.

(above) A gift from a family member. I've owned a clarisonic for years (see here)! This makes the one I have look...um plain. HaHaHa I feel like singing i'm so fancy! HaHaHa

(above) From the same family member. A Mason Pearson hair brush. I can't wait to try this brush.

(above) My MOM is the best! She said, this is your Christmas and Birthday (Feb 20) present! I'll take that mom! HaHaHa I've been wanting this mirror and she got it for me. It's by Simplehuman. It can be found other places, like Sephora. (below) I also wanted to upgrade my camera and she got me a Canon Rebel T5i (currently using Canon Rebel T3 no i lol) (below) I purchased some doberge squares and other pastries from Haydels Bakery (same bakery that did my birthday cake this year). They're so good!

(above) Too Faced Cosmetics just came out with a semi-sweet eye shadow chocolate bar, so I purchased one for me and one for you. It's available now at Too Faced Cosmetics and Sephora. Look for a review and giveaway in January ;) I also want the Soul Mates. LOL

(above) I received a Christmas parcel from SINGAPORE! My blog buddy from Little Luxury List sent me a box filled with Asian beauty treats and sweets to sample & taste. I can't thank her enough, because I love trying international foods and beauty products. Look for a review of each product in a blog post in February. I want to take my time and sample each one. Everything looks so good! I know I'm going to love them all.

(above) I received a Christmas parcel from CANADA! I met Jo of White Roses and Coffee through blogging and we have become really good friends. She's an outstanding woman. Fabulous wife and mother, has amazing style and a very giving spirit. She's written several posts for A Very Sweet Blog, particularly on Asian culture & customs. A couple of years back, I started practicing a lot of the beliefs & rituals for CNY (pay off all debts, clean home etc) and it's really helped me overall as a person. Many are just excellent practices. Jo, thank you so much for the L'Occitane gift set! I LOVE the candy theme box and the shea butter will help me with my dry skin. The emerald green and gold earrings are absolutely gorgeous. Can't wait to wear them. You are the accessory queen and I lack accessories HaHaHa (so greatly appreciated). The Dior Passion Shock (Golden Shock Collection) lipstick is SO PRETTY! I'm a lipstick girl! I can't thank you enough. I can't wait to try BLISS! Everything is beautiful. And I LOVE your new blog cards Jo!

(above) I received a Christmas parcel from SCOTLAND! Kizzy from The Dainty Dolls House and I are BEST FRIENDS! We are always emailing each other, talking on Twitter, Instagram or IM one another. There's rarely a day that goes by, that we don't communicate in some form or fashion. Kizzy is exemplary! She and her husband are the cutest couple. They love, adore, respect and compliment one another. I always tell her, I want a love like that. They have two of the prettiest and sweetest girls. Just a lovely family. Well, Kizzy sent me a box filled to the brim with beauty treats I can't get here in the USA. I will be doing blog posts on each one of these, PLUS more Soap & Glory products she sent me last year (mascara etc.)! I love Soap & Glory! Check out my series! So stay tuned! Kizzy, I thought I was going to have a beauty heart attack when I saw all of these sweet treats. Thank You SO MUCH! I appreciate everything!

If this wasn't enough Christmas for you, here's my post from last year and all my Christmas posts!  :)

...and the WINNER of the Tarte Sweet Dreams Chic to Cheek Blush Set is Mica (Australia) of Away From The Blue blog. Congratulations Mica! Those blushes will look gorgeous on you! I sent you an email. Upcoming 2015 giveaways: Too Faced Semi Sweet Chocolate Bar Eye Shadow Palette, Urban Decay Naked Flushed (Streak) 
& Smashbox x Donald Robertson Be Legendary Lipstick In Bing

New readers, don't be afraid to comment & chime in! We're a close knit blog family! Welcome!
I'll be catching up on my blog reading later today ;)


Natalia | Look-A-Porter said...

Hi Kim, you were such a good girl this year! So many wonderful gifts!

Wishing you a happy Christmas and all the best for 2015!

LoveT. said...

Merry Christmas <3

Colli said...

Wow, really nice gifts you receive! Kinda jealous :D

xoxo Colli || TOBEYOUTIFUL

Emmylou said...

Merry Christmas, Kim! Much love from my family to yours:)

PS OMG! Your mom is awesome! I want that camera...hehe

Samantha Mariko said...

wow, look at all these goodies! those cookies are perfection ( I can't believe they individually wrap them!) and the clarisonic is beyond cute! merry christmas to you too!

miss b said...

I can see that you have been very fortunate this year with some amazing gifts. Such a variety of fabulous things and what a brilliant camera. Those cookies must be perfect with hot chocolate too. I'm so pleased that you are having a wonderful Christmas, Kim! We are just relaxing now having eaten far too much!!

Unknown said...

Beautiful gifts! Merry Christmas!


Diva Desle said...

Merry Christmas Kim. May you have a wonderful and blessed day. Lots of love. xxxx

Telma said...

Nice :)


Lilli said...

Kim, love your words, actually found so much comfort on then. Merry Christmas to you too! I see you have been pampered, well done, you deserve it! All the gifts are gorgeus, especially your mom has been so thoughtful! And Kizzy's present is way too adorable! Im always curious to try hot cocoa with marshmallow in full american style :) Happy Holidays my friend! Hugs <3

Jackie Harrison said...

Very well said give to the one in nwed Merry Christmss doll.

The Dainty Dolls House said...

Just came online for a moment.....Happy Christmas my sweet friend....we are best friends indeed!!! Am so happy you received all of these wonderful treats, you deserved them and lots more!! Thank you for always being such a true and marvellous person with a true heart!!! I hope you've had a fantastic Christmas time!!! Lots of love and hugs Xoxo

jo said...

Merry Christmas Kim!! So happy you received everything and like them too! It's true "it's more blessed to give than to receive". You're a fabulous woman, I'm sure good things will come your way. LOVE the gifts you received. I used to have that camera before upgrading it to a 5D and I love ipod shuffle too! Happy New Year! Keep in touch!




Cee said...

Wishing you a very Merry Christmas, Kim! It looks like you were well spoiled, which is so deserved :)

The Fashion Stir Fry said...

Lucky girl! You were spoiled silly with tons of beautiful gifts. :). How nice. Merry Christmas and have fun.


Julie's Lifestyle said...

Wow Kim, you really received so many wonderful presents! I hope you had a nice day. Merry Christmas and have a Happy New Year!
Julie @ Julie's Lifestyle

crafty-zone said...

You received a lot of presents, Kim :) My favourite is your hair brush, it looks stunning <3 Merry Christmas to you, dear :)


R.ChamberofBeauty said...

At first, Merry Christmas to you my sweet friend, I can see that you have been very fortunate this year with some amazing gifts. Such a variety of fabulous things and what a brilliant camera. Those cookies must be perfect with hot chocolate too.I'm so glad that you are having a wonderful Christmas, kisses girl <3

TheTinyHeart said...

Hope you had a Merry Christmas! You got soo many great things! Jealous of that Mason Pearson brush, hehe.


elisa bellino said...

Super delicious gifts and candies!!!

Stanislava E. said...

Merry Christmas, Kim! Hope you're having a great time! How cool these gifts are; all of them are so cute! I think the Canon is the best one though! An amazing surprise from your lovely mother! Have a good day, my friend!


LyddieGal said...

You got so many fabulous gifts this year! A new camera is always so exciting and I'm very intrigued by your new hair brush.

All the sweets look divine too - hope you had a very merry Christmas Kim!
Chic on the Cheap

Unknown said...

Merry (late) christmas Kim!! Looks like you got some really nice gifts! I got a new camera too so hopefully my blog pictures will be better now! I want the new semi sweet chocolate bar palette lol!!

Miss Val's Creations said...

You received so many amazing goodies! I love the print on the clarisonic. Adorable! The camera looks awesome. Enjoy your sweets and new beauty products!

ALLIE NYC said...

Oh my I tried my hand at icing cookies for the first time and I must say dipping in chocolate is so much easier.

Allie of ALLIE NYC

ALLIE NYC said...

Oh and Happy Christmas!

Allie of ALLIE NYC

Joie Fatale said...

Happy Christmas to you Kim!!!
Hope it was fun and magical!
God Bless!!!

Tina Bradley said...

Looks like you had a fab holiday, Kim! I had to laugh as I received a Kate Spade watch as a gift and I've got the box sitting out on my bedroom dressing table. We both had the same sentiments about the KS box! :) T. http://tickledpinkwoman.blogspot.com

Unknown said...

Awesome gifts! I absolutely adore the cookies! And enjoy your camera!

♘ www.sugarpopfashion.com ♘

Unknown said...

ah those biscuits are so cute!

from helen at thelovecatsinc.com

Coco said...

Someone's been a very good girl! That Clarisonic is so glam, and i love the beauty goodies Kizzy sent you! Take all the time to enjoy your well deserved gifts!

Coco et La vie en rose - Valeria Arizzi

Mica said...

Merry Christmas Kim!

Was such a nice Christmas present for me to see that I won the blushes! Yey! :)

You got so many great gifts, looks like you had a wonderful Christmas!

Away From The Blue

Unknown said...

Oh My! Looks like you had a wonderful Christmas! Love the Kate spade gloves!! Wonderful gifts!!

Rebeca Muñoz López said...

Wow Kim! You had amazing gifts especially your new cam! My best wishes for you in the new year, I hope de keep in touch in 2015 <3


Pilar said...

Very nice gifts Kim! That was so nice of your friend to send you those items! I hope you had a Merry Christmas and I hope the new year brings you happiness, joy, and everything else wonderful!

littlemissandrea said...

Looks like you had a wonderful Christmas, Kim! I'm totally eyeing that box of goodies you got from Singapore.. the cheesecake kit kats are the BEST!

All the best to you & your family in 2015!

The Dragonfruit said...

I hope you had a Merry Christmas, Kim! Looks like you did :) What a great haul! Great upgrade with the camera, and haha, yeah, that new Clarisonic would make everything else seem plain :P

The Dragonfruit Diaries

Ramona said...

Kim, it looks like you had such a wonderful Christmas!! So wonderful gifts.


Theano L. said...

omg girl!! love your blog your post is great!! everything you show is soo cute and lovely!! amazing!! im your new follower on gfc!! i would be very happy if you could visit mine and follow me too!! Merry Christmas dear!!kisses!


Chic Delights said...

You received wonderful gifts. The Mason Pearson brush is one of the best. Have a Merry Christmas Kim!

Unknown said...

Hope your Xmas was great Kim, the gift collections sure was amazing, lucky lady :))
Take care - here we have lots of snow:)

Oh to Be a Muse said...

The limited edition Clarisonic is so cute! And let me know if those Kate Spade gloves work well.

I saw the Hobbit as well. I thought it was pretty good--made me go back and watch the LOTR trilogy. What did you think of it?


Sybil said...

wow.. those are amazing holiday presents!!! :D

Happy Holidays!
Animated Confessions

Jane said...

such lovely things! hope you are winding the year out well. here's to more sweet things in 2015! :)

Ivana Split said...

happy new year...I wish you all the best...(and happy belated Christmas if it is not too late)

looks like you'll be very busy reviewing...but busy in a good way because all these things look amazing:) and the sweets caught my eye two. I just ate two chocolate bars but now I feel like having more:)


Unknown said...

Oh my goodness, the biscuits look amazing!
Love all the sweets too :)

robincharmagne said...

Oh really cute gifts! Love the Ipod shuffle, haven't seen those in awhile. Hope your New Year is grand.

Lorena said...

OMG Kim ! I think you might be the most gifted blogger … looks like you've been really good ;)
I love the Kate Spade gloves too… and cannot wait to read your review on the new brush. The intriguing vintage like packaging has me wanting to know more about it.

Anonymous said...

I am so loving your gifts. And I am especially loving those cookies. Amazing post. And I hope you and your family had such an amazing Christmas :)

little luxury list said...

Aww I am so glad you received such lovely gifts! You get lots of love from all over the world dear! Your mom rocks - the camera and mirror are so cool!

little luxury list formerly Chic 'n Cheap Living

oomph. said...

my mom got a keurig for christmas, and i've been using it as often as i can! WONDERFUL!! i'm definitely in need of a camera upgrade...lucky girl!!

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