| DIY Collaboration | Basket Wreath

04 December, 2014

| SUPPLIES |

 Craft Wicker Baskets (I removed handles) | E6000 Glue | Ribbon | Thick Thread | Holiday Tree Ornaments
| STEP 1 | Begin by cutting the thread to about 4 inches long, then thread them through the upper part of the basket and connect it to the other basket, loop it just one time across each basket. Then tie a knot and cut of the left over thread (see photo below) to secure baskets.
| STEP 2 | Start gluing each of your ornaments on to the baskets (before you glue each piece, I suggest you do a pre-arrangement of how you want your ornaments placed), make sure you let the glue dry so that you can test how secure the pieces are inside. 
| Step 3 | This is how your wreath would look like once all ornaments have been glued to each of the baskets. You can place as many pieces as you want, but I find it to look better with with one or two pieces.
| STEP 4 | Cut about 9 inches of ribbon, this ribbon will serve as the hanging prop for your wreath, then cut another piece of ribbon about 12 inches to make a bow (see photo below).
| STEP 5 | Place ribbon where you want it to lie, and begin to add glue to the area. 
| STEP 6 | Let all the glue of the ornaments and ribbon dry so that they stay put (I recommend you let everything dry overnight). Once the glue is dry, you have completed your basket wreath and you can either hang it outside the main door of your home or inside your home.
Today I bring you this one of a kind DIY project, for which I teamed with blogger friend Kara from Sprinkles in Springs, for the second time (see our previous collaboration HERE), see her version of the basket wreath HERE. I love how different both of them look yet we both unknowingly went for the rustic, wood cabin-like look. I chose this look because as some of you may know I am back home  in Miami, visiting family and I am staying with my mom while in town. Since I knew I wasn't going to be able to do my project back in my own home, I had to chose ornaments that went well with my mother's holiday theme, which was that rustic look and I got lucky to find adorable pieces on super sale at Micheal's, but I also found some of the items at the Dollar Store and Lucky Clover Trading Co. 

We wanted to create something different, that incorporated elements of traditional decor pieces but in a new and creative way. I think we achieved it, don't you think? do you like the idea of a basket wreath to replace the traditional wreath? BTW my mother loved her basket wreath.

| What To Do | Thanksgiving Abroad

14 November, 2014

1 | Prepare ahead of time and order ingredients online, or have a relative send you a care package with all the fixings. 
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2 | Make it a fun opportunity, gather a list with things you need and head over to your local market to try to find as similar as possible ingredients that will help you create you dinner. While you are there grab a few local items or desserts to add a twist to your dinner.

3 | Go to Pinterest to get decor ideas and fun printables to add to your home and table. Once you have all of the decor gathered begin to decorate so that you begin to feel at home.

4 | Invite friends ahead of time, both American and local to join you and ask them to bring a side dish or dessert. For your non-American friends, you can encourage them to bring a local dish or a dish from wherever they are from that would compliment the dinner, this will create a conversation starter and will be far more enjoyable. 

5 | Prepare a meal with the basic foundations as your friends will do the rest for you. Not only will that minimize stress but will allow you to have more time to spend at your dinner party.

6 | Create a relaxed and cozy table set up, so that your friends feel comfortable and right at home.
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7 | Let the feast begin, this is wear you get to sit down and celebrate the many things you are thankful for, especially the friends who joined you on your dinner.

8 | Buy or DIY leftover packaging so that you send off your friends with a very thankful smile :)!

Living abroad can bring exciting opportunities in many ways, but when holidays come around they always remind you of the very special feeling that is having the people you love around you, it's an undeniable feeling. At one point or another you've felt that feeling of sadness and loneliness, longing to be at their side. I've had a few days as such, they make me realize just how important they are in my life and how much of an impact they leave in my heart. Just like that famous saying, "there is no place like home," and so it is true, whether we are completely happy where we are, home will never be 100% home if your family is not close by. So to help you and myself, I decided to put a list of things that will help us feel as if we were home, and minimize the sensation of sadness. These few things may be obvious but we tend to forget that we can actually celebrate our holidays wherever we are.

Hope this helps you in anyway, that it encourages you to create this experience for yourself and for friends that may also be alone during the holidays or for friends who just want join in on the fun. Believe it or not some people welcome the celebration of holidays that are not there own, because it allows them to experience something different and make them feel more connected to you. Do you have any tips of your own that you would like to add? leave me a message below, would love to hear them.

| PHOTOS via | Pinterest 
(see board HERE for photo credits x links to the DIY ideas listed)

| Day to Night | Heather Grey

10 November, 2014

Do you ever have days where you need to wear something that will take you from day to night? I have had several days where I need to transition smoothly and because of it, I have developed a seamless process as to how I choose my clothes for that day. It really is easy, you have to pick out items that feel and look luxuries yet have an element of casualness that will allow you to not look overdone during the day. Therefore, I try to have transformation or two-way pieces in my closet, because those are the best for scenarios as such. Take the coat I am wearing for example, it gives me two complete different looks by just removing on piece from it, and that is the faux fur. Make no mistake you can and should wear the faux fur piece during the day as well, if your anything like me, you wouldn't mind. Sometimes though, you want to give the appearance that you changed into a completely different look, without actually having done so. That is what I did here for you, so you can see how you can carry one look from day to night by adding four different things. 

| ADDITIONS |
No Faux Fur Collar to Faux Fur Collar
Light Pink Lipstick to Red Lipstick
No Statement Necklace to Statement Necklace
Flat Over the Knee Boots to High-Heeled Over the Knee boots

| WEARING | Forever 21 Melange Boyfriend Coat, Zara Basics Tee, & Other Stories Sunnies, DIY Double Pearl Necklace, Jenny Bird Moonsong Cuff, Noir Jewelry Sphere Cuff via Gilt, H&M Embroidered Shorts (recently seen here), Primark Tights, Report and Zara Over the Knee Boots (old)