DIY Rustic Christmas #giftwrapping


Rustic Christmas
Christmas is slowly stalking the horizon! I know many of you have not even finished your shopping yet, so I think it is appropriate to include rustic Christmas wrapping in today's post! This year I got crazy with the boring brown Kraft paper. This year glitter and I are getting down!! Oh...we did. My house will be glittery until Summer 2015 to prove it. I am also mighty proud of my super easy DIY front door Christmas wreath! Let's get to it and I hope that you feel inspired by some of these adorably rustic Christmas décor ideas.

Rustic Christmas Wreath
The wreath! The first thing your guests see when approaching your front door. I do not know about you, but I do not have time to meticulously craft a front door masterpiece! You can see for yourself. I simply added a pretty satin ribbon and below I hung some candy canes with handmade ornaments. I wanted to use the red and green Christmas color palette this year. The only thing that is missing is a sign that says, "Happy Holidays! Please take a candy cane". We are right at street level so I thought that would be a nice touch for patrons passing by.
Rustic Christmas Presents
Have you ever thought about organizing your Christmas presents? Well, perhaps you should. Use a wooden box and fill your wrapped Christmas presents to the brim! This presentation of presents looks absolutely stupendous underneath the glittering tree!! I even added a wooden sign that says, "Don't open until the 25th". Nice touch Santa;-)

Rustic Presents Gift Wrapping
Typically, using a bag instead of wrapping your gift is seen as tacky. However, The method as seen above is both beautiful and delicate. Details are everything! I stumbled across blank wood chip tags with the hole already drilled in them! I knew these would be my name tags for our Christmas presents this year. I used type-writer style stampers to stamp names and initials. It looks amazing! I accessorized the plain Kraft bags with brightly colored bows. Easy and impressive!

Rustic Presents Gift Wrapping
Rustic Presents Gift Wrapping
There were a few gifts I straight up wrapped with Kraft paper or shipping paper. On the top, I used glue and went to work with large amounts of glitter! The little twinkle lights from the tree throw light onto the presents causing them to sparkle! Handcrafted love for your loved ones. You are not just wrapping a gift you are creating Christmas art! XO.

See you tomorrow for day four of DIY Rustic Christmas! Happy Holidays!

DIY Rustic Christmas: Day 7 #HoHoHo


Last year, I did a comprehensive DIY Rustic Christmas post. This year, I wanted to explore all the wonderful details that make a Rustic Christmas both shabby and chic! The first stop on our 7 days of Rustic Christmas is my "cheese wheel box" drink caddy creation(say that three times fast). If you do not have a wooden cheese wheel box do not fret....PANIC:) Just kidding. Simply use another chippy container that is round and fairly deep. There are two big reasons this is such a great holiday idea: aesthetics and organizational.
Rustic DIY Drink Caddy
For organizational purposes, it keeps the clutter contained. Drinks are in one small area and easily obtainable for your holiday guests. Let them help themselves to beverages while you are helping yourself to another glass of eggnog....cheers*wink*! For aesthetic purposes, the cheese wheel box is like a holiday collage! I started adding candy canes to the side and put greenery on the edge this morning. I even added my son's little stuffed snowmen and some extra holiday bulbs!

Rustic DIY Beverage Caddy
Lastly, This container fits quite a lot! I had four wine bottles and a dozen seltzer cans with numerous decorations inside about a week ago. I drank most of the wine and started giving away a few as gifts. This set-up could be a great way to store wine and beverages long after the holiday season is through.

Enjoy the cheer and wonder of the season and see you tomorrow for Day 6!

Eco Beauty Ultimate Holiday Guide #Christmas


Eco Beauty Holiday Gift Guide
Eco beauty is a downright passion of mine. The cosmetics and personal care products we use go directly into our blood streams. Using beauty products with high quality Organic and natural ingredients are important to our health. Not to mention, that the majority of Organic beauty companies are also Eco-conscious when it come to our environment as well as utilizing local ingredients. These small businesses are employers and working to support their families as well as pursuing their passion! You got to love that! Enough jabber...let's get to The Ultimate Holiday Guide by me(The Stache). Every brand mentioned is a product I have either reviewed or one that I use personally.

Oh So Good Organics Soap
Awarded Most likely to be in my Stocking
Sweet Orange Poppy Soap by Oh So Good Organics

I am a soap lover, but this is not just any soap. Oh So Good Organics is a local Northern Virginia artisan who handcrafts small-batches of soap utilizing Organic oils and essential oils. An artisan who painstakingly locates each individual ingredient in search of perfection. Those high quality ingredients result in an "out-of-this world" bar of soap! Seen above is the Sweet Orange Poppy. You will be sorry if you only buy at least six. Available now at Well & Good Studio in Leesburg, VA.

Skincando Miracle Cream
Awarded Most Likely to Cure Winter Face Woes
Miracle Creme by Skincando

It was a miracle to find this "Miracle Creme" by Skincando. My face is very very dry practically all year round, but especially during the winter months. The Miracle Creme is a savior. It is very thick and you only need a finger tips worth to get the job done. If a good facial moisturizer is worth it's weight in gold than this one is worth a fortune;-) Sensitive skin? Then the Miracle Cream is perfect for you. Available at Well & Good Studio in Leesburg, VA.

BrookThere Organic Lingerie
Awarded Most Likely to Be Naughty and Nice
BrookThere Organic Lingerie with photography by Second Ave Photography

Feel sexy and comfortable. BrookThere Organic Lingerie has an Eco fashion designer touch that is feminine, sexy, and smart. Brook's pieces are very well made. Straight from the shores of Maine into your lingerie chest. Here is that elbow nudge reminder to buy something for, I mean for the person you love. Enjoy hot toddies and you are welcome;-)

Woodroze Sunglasses
Awarded Most Likely to Be Floating
Woodroze Ostrich Wooden Sunglasses with photography by Second Ave Photography

The #1 question I get asked when out in public: "Where did you get your sunglasses?" No surprise here. These handcrafted wooden sunglasses are indeed a thing of beauty. The pair I am wearing is wooden and they float! For a water sports enthusiast, this feature is a real sunglasses and money savor. Woodroze sunglasses are worth every penny and like a fine wine they definitely get better with age.

Eco Fashion
Awarded Most Likely to keep you Eco Fashionable 
Tea Dress by Whiskey Dog Wares and Turban Headband by Vietto

Emily Miller creates ultra flattering and very comfortable women's clothing to suite every body type. She is a master with cotton materials and the stun factor is clear upon all who gaze upon you.  The chilly weather has brought sleeves to the adorable Tea Dress and would fit adoringly underneath the Christmas Tree. Another Eco Fashion adoration of mine is Vietto. It all started with the Turban Beanie that she no longer has. Minna, when are you making more of those? I need one. Anyway, I am in love with this Finnish fashion designer. She knits the most beautiful scarves. Perfect for the freezy months ahead.

RMS Beauty
Awarded Most Likely to Keep your Lips and complexion bright
RMS Beauty with photography by Second Ave Photography

May I recommend the Living Luminizer and the "un" cover up. The Living Luminizer brights your complexion and the "un" cover up functions as a foundation/concealer all-in-one. Both products are amazing! I am also a huge fan of the Lip2Cheek. Lip2Cheek is a duel purpose product with Organic Ingredients that nourish and heal the skin. The only make up I own right now is from RMS Beauty. Available now at Well & Good Studio in Leesburg, VA.

Cocoa Coffee Bath Salts
Awarded Most Likely to Relax the Body and the Mind
Eco Bathhouse Cocoa Coffee Lavender Bath Salts with photography by Second Ave Photography

Eco Bathhouse is my baby and I do believe it deserves an honorable mention. These bath salts are named in honor of my wonderful photographer and friend Blaire Ring of Second Ave Photography.  These bath salts are made with Organic Cocoa and Local Coffee from Hopscotch Coffee in Leesburg, VA. The combination of Local Epsom salts and grey sea salts are ultra relaxing, cleansing, and detoxifying. The Organic lavender essential oils deepen your relaxation experience. A perfect stocking stuffer indeed. Available now at Well & Good Studio in Leesburg, VA(not this particular product, but many others).

I hope this Merry & Eco Beautiful list helps you finish your last-minute holiday shopping gifts! Happy Holidays from my family to yours. XO.

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