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I’ll be the first to admit, I’m a little Christmas crazed…or maybe a lot. One of the things I look most forward to most every year is decorating my room for the holidays. I mean, the lights, the tinsel, the tree—it’s all just so darn fun and festive, how can one not get excited?

Might as well start with my favorite part of my room, my Christmas tree! It’s decked out with some fun and funky ornaments and I absolutely love all the color it adds to my room. I mean, just lookin’ at it makes me happy. :)

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Right next to my tree is my dresser fully decked out with greenery. The snowman and Santa sitting atop of my white frame were actually made my great-grandmother. Vintage!

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Next we move on to my bed. Hanging from my headboard is some garland and twinkling snowflake lights, as well as a light-up wreath on my wall. I’d like to point out the chubby Santa sitting on my bed, I’ve had him since I was little and he never fails to make an appearance every Christmas.

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And last we have my bookcase, which, while lacking in books, is fully stocked with decorations. I love the sign that says, “‘Tis the Season to Go Shopping,” because it couldn’t be more true.

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Yours truly,
Caroline

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As you already know, I am a huge fan of Beyoncé and I am beyond excited about the release of “Yours and Mine,” a retrospective short film that celebrates the one-year anniversary of Queen B’s visual album release last winter.

Check it out:

December 15, 2014

Christmas Countdown: Week 3

This look is definitely more sparkly, glamorous, and festive compared to the previous two outfits. The red velvet dress and jewel accessories radiate holiday glam. I’d probably style this look for a Christmas Eve party or a formal Christmas dinner.

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So close! : 10 days

xo ॐ – Amber

It’s safe to say that the “Hunger Games” reign just won’t let up! The highly successful series released its groundbreaking soundtrack a few weeks ago in support of the new film, which made its debut on the big screen November 21st. [Catch the trailer and Bella's thoughts on the film.]

The soundtrack was curated by “Royals” songstress LORDE, who has created a phenomenal masterpiece. The soundtrack blends the elements of pop with alternative, indie R&B vibes to leave the listener feeling euphoric. All of the audible art featured on the project is wonderful to me, but I narrowed down my top five songs from the soundtrack below. I would love to hear yours as well so let me know in the comments!

5. MeltdownStromae, Lorde, Pusha T, Q-Tip, Haim
This song was the ideal opener because it’s a precise balance between genres, designed to capture any listeners’ attention. Rapper Pusha T delivers a great verse and Lorde’s earthy vocals bring this track to perfection.

4. The LeapTinashe
This song speaks volumes. Myron Birdsong & Tinshe’s writing skills are impeccable. I am always a huge fan of a song that takes you on a journey and this song definitely does. I also love the neo-soul/indie R&B beat.

3. All My LoveAriana Grande, Major Lazer
This the most mainstream, pop-infused track on the whole soundtrack and with the angelic vocals of Ariana and flawless production of Major Lazer, this song definitely could’ve be a radio single. However, the jungle elements and chants separates this “mainstream pop” song from the average radio single. This is the perfect make-you-feel-good song—at least, that’s exactly what it does for me.

2. Lost SoulsRaury
This selection is sort of bias due to the fact that I am a HUGE Raury fan (lol), but he truly delivers in this record. I love that he raps in a “speaking” voice on his records, it’s almost like he’s having a conversation with the beat. This record gave me Pharrell/Andre 3000 vibes (who are also some of my favorite artists), so that made this record even more enjoyable. From the background vocals to the production of the beat, his creativity is unmatched, which made this an excellent track.

1. Flicker (Kanye West Rework)Lorde
Speechless. That is what you will be after listening to this MASTERPIECE! This track is honestly flawless, it receives a BP. Fashion Blog Grammy from yours truly because it embodies perfection! Kanye West’s production on the beat provides you with a sound that is sonically unmatched by any artist in the entertainment business today. Lorde’s songwriting skills are beyond amazing; from metaphor to metaphor she really sets the bar high when it comes to being an artist.

Those were my top five favorite cuts from the soundtrack. Again, let me know your favorites below.

- James

Nothing screams “Christmas” like an ugly Christmas sweater and this year Nordstrom has ya’ covered. BP. is carrying a DIY Ugly Christmas Sweater kit (it was this week’s shopping pick) packed with anything and everything you need to customize your very own sweater. It sounded almost too good too be true, so of course I had to check it out for myself!

What comes in the kit:

From glitter glue to mini jingle balls to adorable felt cut-outs, this kit comes with an abundance of supplies to help your inner craft diva shine and get creative.

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I started by thinking of a theme for my sweater. The saying, “Where’s Da’ Miseltoe?” kept coming to mind (misspelling intended!), so I decided to cut the words out of some white felt (it comes in the kit), then designed my sweater around that. I then allowed it to dry for 24 hours once I was done decorating it.

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Ugly Christmas sweaters can pretty much be styled any way and still look completely festive and fabulous! I styled mine with a black circle skirt, tights, and some black booties for a more dressy look—perfect for holiday parties.

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A Santa hat and some mistletoe were the icing on the cake for this holly, jolly ensemble. I was picturing Chuck Bass under my misteltoe…what hunky celeb would you guys picture under yours? Haha. :)

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If any of you guys happen to pick up this kit, post a picture on Insta and tag it #NordstromBP. I’d love to see how y’all decorate your sweaters. Happy holidays!

Yours truly,
Caroline

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December 12, 2014

Friday Dance Party

Happy Friday! Okay, it’s officially time for holiday music. And what better way to celebrate the season than with a little jam from The Maccabeats?

Happy Hanukkah, friends!

My friend Sophia is an aspiring makeup artist and we thought it would be fun to show you guys a glamorous fall look that can be dressed up or down.

Products Used:
Foundation: Benefit
Brows: Benefit
Mascara: Benefit
Eyeshadow: Urban Decay
Eyeliner: Benefit
Lipstick: MAC
Contour: MAC
Pressed Powder: MAC
Brushes: MAC

Mahal,
Bella

You guys, Christmas is right around the corner! Our decorations are up, carols are playing and holiday parties are starting. But what’s the holiday season without an ugly Christmas sweater? If you’re looking for a fun alternative to the standard monstrosities, we have just the thing for you:

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ugly christmas sweater make-your-own sweater kit | $29

Why we love it:

It has everything. The kit includes white felt, reindeer, snowflakes, pom poms, red bows, googly eyes, ornaments, green glitter gel, jingle bells, pipe cleaners, wrapped presents, gold bead necklace, sewing kit, glue, stencils — it’s like Christmas-craft heaven.

It’s a chance to use your creativity. We love the idea of sitting down and designing your own ugly sweater. Think about, you can’t go wrong! The uglier, the better.

It’s a fun activity to do with friends. Get a kit for everyone and then host an ugly-sweater-making party! Oh, what fun it is.

 

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December 11, 2014

Christmas Countdown: Week 2

This second look is definitely more edgy and formal compared to last week’s OOTD. I paired black skinnies with an embellished blouse for a relaxed-yet-formal look. I love this top by Kate Moss x Topshop because it’s not over the top with detail and has a flowy boho feel. To make this more formal I slipped on some gold and black heels.

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And if heels aren’t your thing, black booties are always another option! I’d wear this kind of look to a semi-formal get together or Christmas eve party.

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We’re getting closer: 14 Days.

xo ॐ – Amber

December 10, 2014

Christmas in Cali

Throughout the month of December I’ve really been diggin’ the whole bohemian and carefree typa style. It just feels so natural to embrace my inner laid-back hippie and represent my Cali roots. And with Christmas coming up, I simply couldn’t resist bringing a couple of props along (wreath, garland, etc.) to make it a full-blown, haute-hippie-meets-holiday bash.

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And there we have it, I hope you all enjoyed yet another holiday-inspired post! Let me know in the comments if you guys like seeing my lookbooks or if you’d prefer something else, because I’d love to know.

Yours truly,
Caroline