Christmas Wrap Up

Pun intended.

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Christmas came and went, again.

This process seems more fleeting each year.

2017 held a few unexpected turns. We discovered late in the game that our planned accommodations weren’t going to work out, and we booked the last room at the local inn.

This turned out better than expected.

We were able to use the hotel gym to exercise.

We watched “Elf.”

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The glass wasn’t ideal but the wine was delicious.

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We opened family presents with just the four of us.

Santa still found us on Christmas morning, too.

I may make this a tradition.

 

My Worlds Collide: NPR + Hallmark Christmas Movies

NPR’s “Weekend Edition” ran a funny story over the weekend about Hallmark Christmas movies, one of my guilty holiday pleasures.

Apparently I’m not alone.

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My favorite part was where guest Linda Holmes – who hosts a pop culture podcast – describes the general plot lines of the Hallmark movies to Weekend Edition host Lulu Garcia Navarro. Here’s an excerpt of the interview:

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Nailed it!

Christmas Brickmania Display

Last weekend we went to see a massive Lego display sponsored by Brickmania Toyworks.

The Christmas diorama was fantastic:

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It was hard to capture Santa’s train:

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A huge State Fair/Circus scene was also so much fun to view. There were a lot of surprises – aka Easter eggs – hidden in plain sight, like the Mystery Machine from “Scooby Doo” in the parking lot.

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Storm Troopers were also riding the Giant Slide.

While Spouse originally planned this with the kids in mind, we all had a blast.

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If you’re in the Twin Cities, this is worth a visit.

 

 

From Me to Me, Part 2

I recently went way down a rabbit hole with the concept of accessorizing my bags. 

I blame Henri Bendel’s “Dress Up Your Bag” campaign, but of course I am very weak and susceptible to all things Shopping.

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I purchased this colorful guitar strap to add to an old Marc Jacobs tote, but the clips on the end were too small to attach to the tote’s hardware, so I had to improvise with some rings that I bought at a craft store.

I was going for a vibe like this:

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I also picked up two of the perforated luggage tags, one pink and one gold. These are planned for different bags.

As I fell deeper down the rabbit hole, I discovered a whole world of customized pieces on Etsy, including an upcycled Louis Vuitton tassel. I haven’t had good luck with Etsy in the past, but I decided to give it one more try.

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I honestly can’t tell if the Vuitton strips are real or fake, but I really don’t care. The tassel looks cool to me either way. I added this to my pink and green trimmed bag from the Spring 2017 collection. I was really pleased with this purchase, and the shipping was really fast. I think it took fewer than 4 days from order to arrival.

The tag was also personalized with my initial:

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One more shot for scale:

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This was a cool find.