1. Holiday Gift Guide for the Beauty Junkie

    Holiday Hostess - Gift Guide - Beauty Junkie

    1. Malin + Goetz Candle Set $54.00 {here} // 2. Kevyn Aucoin Holiday Lookbook Palette $45.00 {here} // 3. Urban Decay Naked Eyeshadow Palette $52.00 {here} // 4. Dianna Vreeland Parfum $185.00 {here} // 5. Hourglass Blush Palette $47.00 {here} // 6. Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour Kit $40.00 {here} // 7. Essie Holiday Mini Kit $14.99 {here} // 8. By Terry Baume de Rose Kit $89.00 {here} // 9. Charlotte Tillbury Kit $137.50 {here} // 10. Cire Trudon Candle $105.00 {here}

  2. Host a Winter Wine and Cheese Night

    Michael Aram rock mirrored cheese boardThe Winter-Wine-and-Cheese-Pairing-with-Uproot-Wine

    There’s nothing better than cozying in on your couch on a cold winter night with friends, great wine and a complimentary selection of cheeses. So what’s a great cold weather wine and delicious cheese to match back? I had to ask my friends over at Uproot for their recommendation. {Flashback: remember when the founders gave me tons of great wine tips on FH… this interview is actually a good read before the Holidays.}

    The Uproot team said to serve up their ‘Cabernet Sauvignon’ because it’s like the comfort food of wine. Rich and complex flavors make it the perfect wine to drink fireside, while watching a movie, or entertaining friends. Then the best cheeses to match back to red wine… Any bold cheese works well, though Cabernet pairs especially well with intense and salty cheeses, smoked or aged cheddars and goudas, parmigiano reggiano, aged manchego, and pecorino. One fun tip they recommend… ‘Pair locally when it comes to wines and cheeses’ ie. choose ones that come from the same region. The Uproot team loves serving California wines with California cheeses. A perfect match to their Cabernet Sauvignon is Midnight Moon goat’s milk gouda.

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    Now on to decor… I love black and metallics this time of year {I never mind mixing golds and silvers}, so I styled my cheeses on my Michael Aram Rock Gold Mirrored Cheese platter with matching cheese knives. Then I laid out a black linen Kim Seybert napkin {similar here} with ‘Cheers’ coasters from TJ Maxx {similar here} to display my wine glasses. I never put wine bottles directly on the table so I love this Mariposa pearled wine cozy for housing the wine. The final touch is a few decorative items on my coffee table. I stored matches for my new Vanille scented Diptyque candle in a Michael Aram rock dish and I filled my Alessi “La Stanza Dello Scirocco” Fruit Holder with decorative textured balls also from TJ Maxx. I am excited for a cozy night in!

    Host a Winter wine and cheese night by Fashionable Hostess

  3. DIY Hostess Gift

    DIY-CHRISTMAS-GIFT by Fashionable Hostess

    I was brainstorming the perfect hostess gift to bring with me for Thanksgiving and the checklist in my head was never-ending… something that could travel without getting damaged, something that wasn’t liquid, something that wasn’t perishable, something that didn’t take up too much space in my suitcase… quite a list of prerequisites! I actually saw the idea to make a “cookie mix in a jar” a while back on my Pinterest but it wasn’t until I was browsing the grocery last weekend and saw an aisle full of festive sprinkles, that it occurred to me that this would be the perfect DIY Holiday gift. Truly adorable, so festive, works for all ages, a DIY craft that doesn’t require much skill, sign me up!

    I also love that you can “customize” your cookie batter to your specific friends and family. I found flour for gluten-free cookies at Williams-Sonoma {here}, then for your health conscious friends I recommend whole wheat flour, raisins and rolled oats. For mommy friends, you can add cutesy sprinkles for the kiddos, how cute are these snowflake sprinkles?! And if you want to make this a DIY christmas gift, just add some red sprinkles or crushed candy canes to make it festive! All you need is a sealable mason jar, cookie ingredients {see below}, bakers twine and a hangtag. Follow along with my recipe below to get started.


    Fashionable Hostess Cookie in a Jar ingredients:

    • 3/4 cup whole wheat flour
    • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
    • 1/4 teaspoon salt
    • 1/3 cup brown sugar
    • 1/3 cup white sugar
    • 1/4 cup cinnamon
    • 3/4 cup rolled oats
    • 1/4 cup dark chocolate chips

    Directions: Mix the flour, baking powder and salt in a bowl. Add the mixture to the bottom of your mason jar. Neatly add each layer that follows. First, brown sugar, then cinnamon, then mix brown and white sugars and add as one sugar layer. Follow with oats, and top it off with chocolate chips. Seal.


    The finishing touch is adding your hangtag, but first make sure to write a small note on the back of the hangtag that reads:

    “Just add a 1/2 cup of butter, 1 egg, and 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract. Bake at 350 for 10 minutes. Enjoy!”

    Tie your hangtag on to the mason jar with festive colored bakers twine and you are set with a truly unique gift your hostesses and friends will love!


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