Champagne Christmas

Hello hello, Happy Thanksgiving! Hope you had a lovely day yesterday. I spent it with my family in Brooklyn. It was a great day, but I was really missing my sister while she’s still in London. Now I’m ready to get into the Christmas spirit, and count down the days until she’s home!

I’m dropping in to share the CUTEST holiday collection from Kate Spade featuring my favorite, champagne! The collection also includes many glittery favorites, and some NY inspired pieces as well.

Check out my favorites below, and happy shopping!

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Xo,

Nicole

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Chocolate Chai and CAMERA

As you may have seen on my Instagram, I got a new camera for Christmas! photo 1

I had originally ordered one on Black Friday with my mom, for her to give to me, but she surprised me with an even better one! I’ve really wanted to step up my blogging game with better photos, so I thought this was a great investment. I’m so lucky to have parents who are so thoughtful! They also bought me a blog planner from Heart & Arrow!

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My new camera is AMAZING! It has a great focus, flash, and is even able to connect to my phone without any wires! Talk about high-tech. I’m so excited to start taking more pictures!

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In other exciting news, I’ve bought myself a domain name! So I am now officially chocolatechaiandchampagne.com!

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It was a Merry Blogger Christmas for me! I think 2015 is going to be a great year!

 

Xo,

Nicole

Christmas Recap

Merry Christmas everyone! I know its a day late, but yesterday was so busy with family fun. We host Christmas Eve and Christmas Day every year, so it gets a little crazy in my house. Wednesday was filled with preparing the house for all of our guests. We ate, drank, and were definitely merry.

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This year, my mom, sister, and I decided to get matching pajamas from Old Navy. We were so excited to put them on! Aren’t the reindeer socks adorable?! We got to bed around 2 am, and were hoping to sleep in a bit so we were well-rested for another day of hosting.

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Shocker, we didn’t really get to sleep in. But this was okay with me, because I couldn’t wait to give my family their presents! We all stayed in our pjs, opened gifts, and had homemade muffins and mimosas.

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Then it was time to quickly get ready and head out for Christmas mass. Once we were back, we finished up preparing the house and waited for my mom’s family to come over. It was another great day!

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As we get older, some things change about Christmas, but there are so many things I am still able to cherish. These memories are the things I know I will remember for a lifetime.

Today is going to be a pjs-all-day kind of day, filled with movies and lots of leftovers! How are you spending your day?

 

Xo,

Nicole

 

SoHo Nights

I cannot believe its Christmas Eve already! This holiday season has really flown by. Luckily my sister has been home for a week, so its been great spending some time with her! She came to meet me after work on Monday and we had a little sister date in SoHo. Its so nice that so many stores are a quick walk away from my office.

We first went to the Birchbox store. I have been wanting to go, so we were very excited to check it out! We each made a sample box. They were $15 each and we were able to choose a product from body/nails, hair, fragrance, makeup, and skin. I treated my sister to her box as an early Christmas gift 😉

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We were then getting hungry so we headed to Boqueria, a tapas restaurant. If you remember, I went there once back in September with my friend Maddy, and it was just as great this time around!

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After dinner we stopped at Laduree for some macarons to go, since we were still a little full from dinner. After hitting some stores on Broadway, we were ready to call it a night, and caught a bus home.

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This trip was the perfect way to get me in the Christmas mood, and it was great spending some time with my (not-so) baby sister! We are hosting Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, so its going to be a little crazy here!

Wishing you all the Merriest of Christmases!

 

Xo,

Nicole

Ugly Christmas … Turtleneck?

Everyone should have at least one ugly Christmas shirt in their closet. While most have sweaters, I have a turtleneck! I picked this up about two years ago right before Christmas, so this was all that was left when I was in pursuit of an ugly sweater. It’s perfect for baking cookies or even going around town looking at Christmas lights.

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It may be too late to purchase for this year, but I know  Tipsy Elves & Asos have super cute/ugly sweaters! You should definitely check them out for next year!

 

Xo,
Nicole

O Christmas Tree

This was one of my options for my work holiday party this week. I actually ended up wearing this instead! I was so torn for what to wear, but this festive dress will be worn for Christmas Eve. I never really wear green besides the holidays, so this is the perfect pick for a holiday look. Add some red lipstick and heels, and you’re good to go!

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What I’m Wearing:

Forever 21 Dress (old, similar) || Payless Heels

Xo,
Nicole

Hello Mistletoe

Do you have a holiday party with friends coming up? This fun shirt would be perfect! My mom actually gave this shirt to me on Thanksgiving. Boy does she have a sense of humor. It’s comfy, colorful, and pretty sure it was only $5!! Check out Five Below for more funny holiday t-shirts.

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What I’m Wearing:

Old Navy jeans || Payless flats || Old Navy sweater

Don’t forget to follow along with my Christmas adventures using the hashtag #ChocolateChaiandChristmas

 

Xo,

Nicole