We know we tend to say this about a lot of holidays and seasons, but it is safe to say Christmas is truly our favorite time of the year! We love the lights, the warm drinks, the food, and the holiday parties. Nothing brings us more comfort than snuggling up under a blanket with our fur babies and reading a good book while it softly snows outside. Did we paint you a pretty picture? Did it remind you of a Christmas card and/or the Hallmark Channel? We sure do hope so.
The gals of C+L also love the art of gift giving. We enjoy thoughtful and well wrapped gifts, and especially love the look on that special someone’s face when they open said thoughtful gift. We wanted to start a new holiday tradition to share with you! We want to share some of our favorite things for you to buy for others, or yourself (no judgment #treatyoself). Yes, this new tradition is very much inspired by Oprah’s favorite things and Sound of Music’s Favorite Things (Ariel gets this song stuck in her head every time we talk about this blog post lolz).
Each week leading up to Christmas one of us will share 15 items that we love, and that we hope you love too.
So here it goes, Alicia's first up!
Draught Works Mexican Chocolate Porter // This obsession started when this liquid magic was first launched years ago when it was only on draught. I only drink porters, scotch ales, really beers you can’t see through and taste like coffee or chocolate. Draught Works offered this bad boy as a winter seasonal. Every year it would sell out in weeks. This year they started CANNING IT! It is now a staple in my fridge. Seriously considering storing some in my garage by the flat. I can’t get enough.
Costco Kirkland Brand Malbec // After adding beer to the list, I might as well add a wine. I recently discovered this and it’s hard to buy any other Malbec. It’s only $6.99 at my local Costco. Can’t beat it.
Dr. Bronner Lip Balm // I bought this stuff on a whim and now am never looking back. #byebyeburtsbees.
Amazonian Clay Full Coverage Airbrush Foundation // Remember when Ariel talked about this stuff way back when? Well, she converted me.
Thayers Alcohol-Free Rose Petal Witch Hazel // I love trying new face products (even though my routine is the simplest thing ever) and decided to try this. It smells amazing and makes my face feel squeaky clean!
Goertzen Adventure Equipment Purse // I got this babe for a graduation gift three (that’s terrifying) years ago. It’s been my everyday bag ever since. I used it when traveling abroad and managed not to get pickpocketed. It can hold so much, it’s heavy duty, basically it’s amazing.
Long sweater from TJ Maxx // I’ve been living in this sweater. It is basically like wearing a fancy bathrobe and I love it. Shameless insert of our amazing holiday pictures (even more are at the end of this post!). After being in the wedding industry for ALMOST A YEAR and seeing so many amazing photographers capture in-love couples, I’m wanting to take more and more professional pictures with my husband. Even though we don’t have kids, we’ve always sent out Christmas cards. I'm obsessed with them and am so glad I got to show off this sweater in them!
Swing dresses from Old Navy // Best basic dresses ever. Dress them up or down, wear them in the summer or throw on some tights in the winter. There’s a good chance this is what I’ll be wearing every wedding or event we’re at.
Cardigan from Target // Another staple in my wardrobe. I have a full time office position where we have a business casual dress code (that we push to the limits with denim shirts and black jeans). I just throw one of these on with a simple top and automatically feel more work appropriate. They are inexpensive and good quality. I have had two for probably three years (with no pilling *inert prays emoji here*).
Sorel Snow Boots // When I first moved to Montana in 2010, these were one of the first things I bought for the winter. The damn things are still in too good of condition to justify a new pair. They are SEVEN years strong. If you are in the market for a new pair of snow boots, these are worth the investment. I have what I think is a very minimal shoe collection, I have three pairs of boots total. The sorel’s and then another pair that I have had for over 8 years. I’m a firm believer of quality over quantity when it comes to shoes.
Costco blanket - really just any cozy blankets // I can’t seem to find the exact blanket I got at Costco, but I got a queen size plush blanket for only $10 a few weeks ago. I’m like a child and carry this guy around the house with me. I’ve washed it a few times and it is just as soft as when I got it!
Le Creuset // If anyone knows my mother, they know she is obsessed with two things: glassybaby and Le Creuset. Well, she passed down those obsessions to me. I was lucky enough to have two Le Creuset's gifted to me - a dutch oven and a braiser. These babies don’t mess around, you need both hands to move any of them. There's something about cooking in a pretty pot that just makes me so much happier! Last year I was in the market for a bigger dutch over, so I got a Lodge. It’s just as beautiful, but unfortunately the quality does not compare. The paint is already chipping on the handles. Le Creuset lasts a lifetime and are worth the investment. Seeing a trend here? Quality. Quality. Quality.
KitchenAid // Forever in love with my KitchenAid mixer. It's also just like my Mamma's. I use mine at least once a week, but generally twice. #allthebread
Joy of Cooking Cookbook // This is really the only cookbook you’ll ever need. Unfortunately, it’s old school and doesn’t have any pictures but it has any cooking information you could ever need. We have a CSA (Community Sponsored Agriculture - aka farm share, almost made my list of favorite things) in the summer. Basically from June to October we go to a local farm and pick up our weight in veggies. It is hard to keep up with it and food waste legit stresses me out. If we have anything leftover, so we store it for the winter. This cookbook tells you how to can/freeze/store any vegetable. Did you know that you can freeze raw tomatoes whole? Bet you didn't. This book is over a thousand pages, basically the food bible.
Christmas Vacation // Always and forever my favorite Christmas movie. My family watches it every Christmas Eve for as long as I can remember. It’s a classic. Between Thanksgiving and Christmas I regularly quote this movie. My letter board currently says “Hey Griswold, where do you think you’re gonna fit a free that big? Bend over and I’ll show you.” A close second was “Why is the carpet all wet, Todd? I don’t know, Margo." If you have never seen this, please start a new tradition this year and watch it on Christmas Eve.
Things are great, but people and pups are better. The holidays are not the same without them.
Andddd since I'm so obsessed here are some more pictures of my darling family. All taken by the mind blowing Nichole with Of the Wolves.
Lookin for more?! Check out Ariel, Mariah, and Maredith's favorite things!