Friday Playlist: Top Albums of 2012

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  1. Lonerism | Tame Impala
  2. Blunderbuss | Jack White
  3. Channel Orange | Frank Ocean
  4. The Lumineers | The Lumineers
  5. A Minor Bird | Sucré
  6. Boys and Girls – Alabama Shakes
  7. Red | Taylor Swift
  8. Shields | Grizzly Bear
  9. Sun | Cat Power
  10. Blak and Blu | Gary Clark Jr.
  11. Some Nights | Fun.
  12. Born To Die – Lana Del Rey
  13. Mumford & Sons – Babel
  14. The Avett Brothers | The Carpenter
  15. The Idler Wheel… | Fiona Apple
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Friday Playlist: 12/21/12

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  1. Little Drummer Boy- Harry Simeone Choir
  2. O Holy Night – Eisley
  3. Joy To the World – Train
  4. Winterlong – matt pond PA
  5. Walking In a Winter Wonderland – Bing Crosby
  6. I’ll Be Home For Chirstmas – Merriment
  7. Santa, Can You Hear Me – Plain White T’s
  8. Baby, It’s Cold Outside – She & Him
  9. Santa Baby – Taylor Swift
  10. When The Bells Start Ringing – My Morning Jacket
  11. The Christmas Song – The Raveonettes
  12. Carol of the Bells – Phantom Planet
  13. Christmas (Baby Please Come Home) – Mariah Carey

DIY: Snow Globe

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Snow globes are such a cute and simple decorating idea during the holidays, but did you know that they’re also easy to make? You probably have most if not all the materials lying around your house. So, why not bring a little magical cheer into your home with one of these tiny winter wonderlands.

Materials

  • an empty jar with lid (like olive, baby food, mason, etc.)
  • glitter
  • figurine
  • spray paint/acrylic
  • aquarium glue (epoxy works too)
  • baby oil OR distilled water with a splash of glycerin

Directions

  1. Wash your jar and lid. If needed, soak for a bit to remove labels.
  2. Dry lid and paint it the color of your choosing. (I went with silver.)
  3. Once the paint dries, glue figurine to the inside of the lid and wait the drying time according to your glue’s directions.
  4. Then, fill jar about 3/4 of the way with baby oil.
  5. Add about tsps of glitter.
  6. Finally, seal the lid onto the jar (you can use glue to make it more so if you desire.)

Double Chocolate Chip Cookies

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These days, I’ve been spending most of my spare time baking. By the time I’m done there will be cookies and other desserts galore. Tis the season, huh? And as strange as it sounds, baking to Christmas tunes is one of the traditions that I look forward to the most around this time.

Along with the traditional fixings, this year I wanted something super chocolatey. Enter Martha Stewart’s double chocolate chunk cookies. They’re pretty ridiculous – as in ridiculously good. Oh, and did I mention they’re super chocolatey?

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The recipe’s great, though I used Ghirardelli semi-sweet chocolate chips instead, but that’s just a preference thing. I also did this:

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Sometimes, frosting just makes everything better. I slathered peppermint frosting on about half of these babies, but didn’t stop there. After debating between decorating them with metallic jimmies (yes jimmies, I’m from Philly) or crushed candy cane for longer than I care to admit, I ultimately decided to go with the candy cane. You know the saying. Go big or go home.

Holiday Style

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  1. MICHAEL Michael Kors Foil Printed Sweater, $120
  2. Levi’s Legging Jean, $128
  3. Forever21 Colorblocked Metallic Envelope Clutch, $24.80
  4. J.Crew Bow Ring, $58
  5. Brash Gemini Flat, $29.99

Dressy

  1. Mossimo Button Down Blouse, $13.79 (on sale!)
  2. Paprika Leather Look Skater Skirt, $29 (on sale!)
  3. HUE Cable Sweater Tight, $20
  4. BaubleBar Onyx Tassel Pendant, $28
  5. Mossimo Vira Shootie, $29.99
  6. Forever21 Glittered Diamond Clutch, $19.80

Fancy

  1. Mango Suit Cropped Blazer, $69.99
  2. ModCloth Lady Love Song Dress, $79.99
  3. River Island Pony Skin Print Clutch, $44
  4. Steve Madden Admirre Platform, $99.95
  5. BaubleBar Green Marquise Drops, $26

Music Monday

I love Christmas music (anytime of year, really) and this song from The Raveonettes is no exception. I’ve been listening to it pretty much on repeat for weeks now. There’s just something so simple and cheerful about it that really puts me in the holiday spirit. Check out the video above which is equally as dreamy and features a cameo from the one and only Jack Skellington.