Christmas

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas, BP. friends! Here’s hoping you got everything your heart desires, including (and especially) lots and lots of love.

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Friday Dance Party

It’s the last Friday before Christmas! We looked and looked and LOOKED for good videos for interesting and danceable Christmas songs, and it was hard to find one. Either we’ve heard the songs so many times we want to NEVER EVER hear them again, or there’s no actual video, just a picture of an album cover.

Then we found it. A raucous, gritty, great Christmas song with a slightly trippy video from Ye Olden Times. It falls out of sync here and there, but we think it kind adds to the punk rock, raw-edges feel. Merry Christmas, friends, from all of us at BP. HQ and those lovable misfits, The Kinks.

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3 Nifty Ways to Wrap a Gift

Ever since Thanksgiving, I’ve been caught up in a present-buying, gift-wrapping frenzy. Whether you’re giving Christmas gifts to your family, Secret Santa gifts to your classmates, or just a regular old “You’re a Great Pal” gift, use these photos to guide you toward a creative way to wrap your little treasures.

My personal motto is: When in doubt, use more glitter. My photo doesn’t do this fancy foil wrapping paper justice. It looks silver, but when the light hits it, you can see rainbow shimmer. I cut out some hearts out of glitter paper, which is a perfect way to dress up a plainer wrapping paper.

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If you want to go a little bit more rustic with your gift wrapping, try adding a big lacy doily! I just taped this down over my adorable red and white toadstool paper. For an extra touch, I arranged some little pine branches on top of the present.

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My personal favorite way to wrap a gift is with an old map. Fancy maps can be found at any craft store, but I found this Oregon map in my mom’s car. Then, I tied a big bow with some antique lace to give this box the perfect vintage vibe.

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Good luck on your present-wrapping endeavors!

xoxo,
Clare

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Along with all the genuinely fun holiday soirées that happen in December comes the one event dreaded by children and spouses for months: The Office Party. The late-evening, catered, themed dinner that celebrates the awkwardness of co-workers interacting outside of work. You’re always dragged there by your parents, totally assured that there will be “other kids your age,” but there NEVER are.

So, since I myself have to survive these annual social gatherings, I shall share with you other sulking attendees some essential tips to get through the ordeal:

1. If I can tell you one thing, it is to STAY AWAY from any and all children under age 8. I don’t care if they are as adorable as this girl dressed in her Santa outfit and rocking the dance floor. You MUST stay away. If you are seen with one child, every single parent will dump their kid on you and suddenly you are Octomom times 50.

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 2. In these offices or odd, rentable lodges where the parties are often held, the food is always iffy. If, by some miracle, the food is good, stay by the dishes all night and eat. If it isn’t, eat it anyway. Walk around with the odd stuff on your plate and each time someone asks you what it is, come up with a different answer. “Scandinavian pig soup!” “Iced goat tail!” etc. You are there as a kid, so feel free to make a fool of yourself for entertainment purposes.

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3. I took a lesson out of the Maeby Fünke (of Arrested Development) Office Party Guide Book. Licked candy canes stick nicely to the coats of your parents. But don’t stick them on the guy in the $3,000 suit—come on!

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4. In conclusion, do everything you can to skip the office party and instead go to your Fashion Board meeting to eat delicious waffles.

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Stay golden,
Lily

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Holiday Gingerbread Cookies

My family doesn’t have a ton of “traditional” traditions, we’re a bit on the odd side, but one normal activity we do each holiday season is baking Christmas gingerbread cookies—the classic kind, made with Grandma’s Molasses in a recipe taken from an ancient cookbook. With Michael Buble and Elvis in the background, we dance around the kitchen covered in flour.

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To make Grandma’s Molasses Cookies, follow this recipe. (You’ll need to chill the dough before cutting out the cookies, then let the hot cookies cool before putting on the icing, so give yourself a bit of time for this project!)

We go all out with our cookies. Not only do we make the most of the dough by cramming any sort of cookie cutter on the rolled-out molasses—lion, giraffe, moose, VW bug—but we also make our own frosting (water, powdered sugar and food coloring).

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In my favorite ripped-up sweater, I always stop to admire my cookies pre-oven. It’s important to appreciate art and hard work.

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Obviously the best part about making gingerbread cookies is decorating them. I mean, look at that gingerbread couple and tell me it isn’t the cutest thing ever.

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My dad only decorates one cookie a year, and he always makes it Jerry Garcia (lead singer of the Grateful Dead) equipped with a guitar.

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Happy holidays everybody, enjoy some quality baking time! <3

Stay golden,
Lily

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Fashion Board Holiday Party

This week, my local fashion board threw an ugly sweater/cookie party! All the lovely ladies on the board donned their favorite tacky sweaters and brought in an assortment of yummy treats to enjoy for our December meeting. I decided to bring my camera to take photos of some especially festive holiday outfits.

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Here’s the fashion board! Also pictured: enough cookies to feed an entire country.

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How cute are the elf and reindeer props? Meet Gabby and Siena, both rocking some fabulous sweaters and red lips.

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Also spotted wearing bold lipstick and wonderfully cozy sweaters: Leeza and Bella.

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For my tacky holiday outfit, I went all out and paired my sweatshirt with a light up necklace, jingle bell headband, and socks that say “HO HO HO”. As you can probably tell, I’m extremely festive 🙂 Also in this photo: Amber, the BP. manager at my local Nordstrom.

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I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to snap a quick photo of Corey’s amazing gold creepers. They are the perfect festive shoe.

If you’re a high school student that loves fashion and are interested in applying for the 2014-2015 BP. Fashion Board, keep your eyes peeled because the applications will be available in the coming months.

xoxo,
Clare

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HolidDIY: Sweet & Simple Gift

Normally I try to keep all of my content on this blog fashion-related, but I just had to share this sweet and simple cookie jar gift idea. I love to bake, I love the holidays and I love DIYs, so why not combine them all? This gift would be perfect for your parents, your teacher or as a Secret Santa gift.

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The first thing you’ll need to do is mix together a few dry ingredients. In a bowl, combine 1 + 1/3 cups of flour, 1 teaspoon of baking powder, 1 teaspoon of baking soda, and ¼ teaspoon of salt.

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Now it’s time to start layering in a one-quart canning jar:

  1. 1. Flour mixture
  2. 2. One cup of old-fashioned oats
  3. 3. One cup of holiday M&Ms
  4. 4. 1/2 cup of brown sugar, 1/2 cup of regular sugar

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Once you’ve neatly layered all the ingredients, twist on the cap and decorate your jar with cute ribbons. Don’t forget to add a tag with instructions on how to make the cookies!

Instructions:

Mix with one egg, ½ cup melted butter, and 1 teaspoon of vanilla. Shape into balls and place on greased cookie sheet. Bake at 350 for 10 minutes.

Happy holidays!

xoxo,
Clare

 

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Christmas Tunes


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December has just begun, but I’ve been in the Christmas spirit since the day after Halloween—I blame this on the fact that I listened to “All I Want For Christmas Is You” on repeat after I watched “Love, Actually with my sister.  As much as I enjoy decking the halls and giving gifts, belting Christmas songs is possibly my favorite part of the season. Here are a few of my go-to tunes (definitely not your traditional Christmas carols):

1. “All I Want For Christmas Is You” by Mariah Carey (featuring Justin Bieber)

I honestly prefer the original version, but J Biebz always gives me a good chuckle.

2. “Last Christmas” by Wham!

Yes. Just…yes. I’ll never understand why he didn’t just “give it to someone special” in the first place though.

3. “8 Days Of Christmas” by Destiny’s Child

I have a legitimate obsession with Destiny’s Child. They put the sass in Christmas.

Now that you’ve been inspired, please participate in your winter talent show à la “Mean Girls.” 😉

XOXO,
Alyssa

 

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Gifting on a Budget


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To get in the holiday spirit, my fashion board decided to do a gift exchange for our December meeting. When I first heard this news, I was super excited to go shopping for my buddy—until I realized there was a budget. I absolutely love buying gifts, so I almost always overspend on my friends, but I took the budget as a personal challenge. Of course the first stop on my gift hunt was the BP. department. It was a complete success: I was actually able to get a couple of things for my buddy and still stay within our fifteen dollar limit (I’m seriously so proud of myself). Whether you have to work within a gift exchange budget, have a bunch of friends to buy for, or are simply low on cash, here are my holiday picks to stretch your dollar further!

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SOCKS | BEANIE | SCARF | ‘HEY GIRL’ JOURNAL

Socks, hats, scarves, oh my! These gifts are perfect for the girl that spends the majority of her winter next to the ski lodge’s fireplace. While she’s sipping hot cocoa, she might as well spend a little quality time with Ryan Gosling (he’s beautiful).

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LIPSTICK | COSMETICS CASE | NAIL POLISH | EYESHADOW BRUSH

We all have that one friend that is constantly on YouTube watching beauty tutorials. Fishtail braids, winged liner, ombre nails—you name it, she’s tried it (and maybe even mastered it). This girl is what I like to call my beauty babe. She’ll appreciate any one of these gifts. If you have a little extra money, I think it would be super cute to pack the cosmetics case with a bunch of makeup goodies to create a personalized beauty kit.

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TECH GLOVES | iPHONE WRISTLET | iPHONE CASE |POMPOM EARBUDS

So you know that girl that walked into a pole and got a black eye because she wouldn’t look up from her phone? These tech-friendly picks are for her. The fox iPhone case and the Ear Poms would be a supercute pairing.

For more gift ideas, check out the BP. Gift Guide! Happy hunting!

XOXO,
Alyssa

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We hope Santa brought you everything you wanted, plus unexpected delights and sweet surprises—like a brand-new holiday video from She & Him!

Speaking of the holidays (and the divine Ms. Z): If you’re still wondering what to do for New Year’s Eve, allow us to suggest ringing in 2013 with a ukulele and adorable pair of movie stars.

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