Thursday, December 18, 2014

How to Travel with Hats!

The Holiday's mean many things, but one of them is travel.  I have many trips ahead of me, to ring in the yule tide cheer, and I for one plan to bring my hats with me! So I called up my favorite hat maker, Jill Courtemanche of Jill Courtemanche Millinery, who has an amazing shop here in San Diego, and asked her what was the best way to travel with hats.

Option one is to wear it, obviously, but if you don't want to wear it, or if you are traveling with more than one hat, here's what she recommends.

Pack the hat upside down in your suitcase and support the brim and inside with soft clothing.  Just remember to keep it towards the top of your suitcase, so it does not end up getting squished by anything heavy when you stand your suitcase up.  Then you can travel brim free, and keep your favorite chapeau in one, un-crunched piece.


Wednesday, December 17, 2014

How to Throw a Dinner Party for Picky Eaters

'Tis the Season to have friends over, fla la la la la, la la la la.  Evite has teamed up with FlavorPrint to help us all please every eater that comes to our table.

From Paleo to vegan, from vegetarian to pescatarian, food preferences seem to be splintering endlessly. How’s a dinner party host to meet all these needs? To help you navigate menu planning for guests who try to avoid certain foods, we’ve pulled together these top 5 strategies. Our first piece of advice: Don’t see food preferences as a stumbling block. Instead, use them to get inspired. This is your chance to expand your repertoire, mix it up and try something new.

Explore your options: After you’ve polled your guests and found out what they can and can’t eat, do some research. Internet resources can inspire new ideas and get you thinking outside your box. For example, try FlavorPrint, a personalized recipe recommendation service that produces suggestions based on your guests’ preferences. Just indicate ingredients your guests like and don’t like and the service generates a set of recipes that fit the bill.

Offer a customizable meal: A no-fuss strategy for entertaining guests with food preferences? Dispense with the one-size-fits-all, sit-down meal and go for a help-yourself setup that allows everyone to pick and choose what they want to eat. You can keep it casual with a salad bar or taco bar, offering diverse add-ins, condiments, toppings or fillings. Or you can go elegant with a formal buffet, making sure your spread includes a range of offerings to suit varied guests.

Find the common thread: Another approach is to build your menu around one central dish that everyone can eat, then offer supplements to please those with wider appetites. For example, to accommodate a vegan guest, serve everyone bowls of hearty vegetable-and-bean chili. Sliced sausages or seared steak can be served separately, family-style, for omnivores to add to their own personal portion.

Book joint headliners: Choose a main that can be made in two alternate versions — one for the general group, one for guests who try to avoid certain foods. For example, a baked pasta can easily be made in side-by-side versions: For omnivores, make one pan with sausage and cheese; for vegans, put together another batch made with mushrooms and soy cheese instead of meat and dairy. (Or use rice pasta in one batch if you’re accommodating gluten-free guests.) You’ll save on labor and ingredients because even with two different batches, much will be shared between the two versions of the dish.

Set out a spectacular side: Side dishes can be special enough to take center stage – just ask vegetarians at Thanksgiving. Instead of a plain veg and starch, be sure to offer a more complex side that can stand alone for anyone who might not want your main dish. For example, a gorgeous, well-seasoned grain-and-vegetable salad is a good bet (go for millet, quinoa or rice to satisfy anyone who’s gluten free). Just be sure to skip the nuts. Bon appetit!

Start inviting your guests to your dinner party with the free Evite invitation below or others from Evite's Dinner Party invitation gallery.

Jen & Jess

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Product Review: Dove Silky Hair Dare

Okay guys, here's the thing.  I am very particular about what I use on my hair, and the products I have come to know and love are on the pricier side, so when I was asked to take the Dove Silky Hair Dare, I was thrilled (and relieved) to find out that there is a hair product line that leaves my hair just as soft and shiny (if not more!), and doesn't put quite the dent in my wallet.  After the first use I couldn't stop touching my hair because it was so soft.  Now after using it for two weeks, it's official...I am a total convert!  Thank you Dove...challenge [happily] accepted.

You can take the dare too!  Dove is putting the promise of 5X silkier hair to the test by daring shoppers to try Pure Care Dry Oil risk-free – notice the difference in just one wash or your money back. 

Enter to win the whole product line (shampoo, conditioner, and 2 oils)! Just click HERE.

See what women are saying about Dove Pure Care Dry Oil line and then take the #SilkyHairDare challenge and feel the silky-smooth results for yourself.

Watch video here.

Shine on!


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Post sponsored by Dove and Lunchbox, but the review of the product is 100% my own!

Monday, December 15, 2014

DIY: Candy Wreath with My M&Ms

What's better than a festive Holiday wreath? A festival Holiday wreath filled with chocolate! Jess made this adorable candy wreath for Evite and MY M&M’s®, and we just had to share! 

12″ floral and craft ring 
20 1/2″ x 1/8″ disc neodymium magnets 
Candy tins (we used M&M’s Personalized Silver Candy Tin Sets containing dark green, green and white MY M&M’s, which we personalized with M&M’s clip art and our own text) 
Green latex paint 
Faux holiday greenery 
Red ribbon 
Hot glue gun 

Step 1: Paint craft ring green and let dry for 30 minutes to an hour.

Step 2: While you’re waiting for the paint to dry, pour MY M&M’s® into silver candy tins. 

Step 3: Once your craft ring wreath is dry, tie a bow onto the wreath.

Step 4: Place one magnet on the back of each of your candy tins.

Step 5: Place your first tin with magnet attached on the front of your wreath, and attach a second magnet on the backside of the wreath to secure.

Step 6: Leave your candy wreath as is, or for an added touch of holiday cheer, cut faux holiday greenery and hot-glue in between candy tins to fill out your wreath.

Start inviting your friends and family to your holiday party with the free Evite invitation below, and head over to Evite for more great Holiday ideas!

Now this is a gift that keeps on giving.

Jen & Jess

Friday, December 12, 2014

Feel the Love

The Holidays are always filled with laughter, friends, parties, shopping, decorating, and coordinating seeing everyone you can in a short amount of time.  It can be crazy and overwhelming, but it's always important to find your way back to the love that this season is about.  

The love of sharing.  Sharing moments, memories, smiles, gifts, and time.  Sharing the love that was shared with us so many years ago by our Heavenly Father.  It's during the Holidays that I am reminded of His mercy and blessings that I am so unworthy of, but am so grateful for.
Necklace: 31 Bits {$58.00}// Clutch: Sseko Designs {$25.99} // Jumpsuit: Dirty Ballerina c/o Nordstrom // Sweater: Target {$12.00}// Hat: J.Crew {$29.99}// Heels: Zara (old)

Spotlight on some amazing companies:

 Every purchase you make can either have a positive or negative impact on the world. 31 Bits is part of a movement revolutionizing the way people do business. They value both the creator and the consumer. The artisans in their program are receiving a sustainable income and holistic education, empowering them to rise above poverty. Their accessories are marked by fresh colors and crisp design. Their customers exemplify sophistication and compassion.

Sseko Designs uses fashion to provide employment and scholarship opportunities to women pursuing their dreams and overcoming poverty. To date, they've enabled 47 to continue on to University. They provide employment (along with access to a comprehensive social impact program) to their team of 50 women in Uganda. And they do it all through a financially self-sustaining model.

We are feeling the love.  We hope you are too.

Jen & Jess

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

DIY Glitter Candles

This is a fun and easy DIY that Jess did for Evite and Glade! Add a touch of sparkle to a jar candle ...just add tape and glitter! 

1. Holiday candle (such as Glade® Hot Cocoa and Mint Jar Candle)
2. Double-sided tape
3. Fine craft glitter
4. Plate, tray or piece of paper

Click here for step by step instructions.

Go to Evite to find out more quick, easy, and beautiful ways to make your Holiday as festive as possible! 

Jen & Jess

Holiday Brunch

    We love this idea, from Evite Gatherings, for a holiday brunch!  Invite your girlfriends over, or host a post-Christmas get together and share the joy of the season! Click HERE for tips on how to throw a home-for-the-holidays brunch!

    Create a DIY chalkboard sign by spray painting any picture frame with chalkboard paint. 

    Yogurt parfaits are an easy and simple menu item to serve guests.  No baking required, plus all ingredients can be store bought! 

    For a festive twist on the classic mimosa, pair champagne with cranberry juice instead, and garnish drinks with fresh cranberries.
    Our favorite part of Evite's holiday brunch is this Upside-down banana French toast made with Sister Schubert's rolls!  

Jen & Jess

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Treat Your Skin to Fresh Hydration with St. Ives and Target

Well, it's winter, and that means dry skin all around.  I have three jobs, which means I am always, always in a hurry.  I know I need to use lotion...I know I do, but I never seem to have the time... and that's why God created spray lotion!  

Made with 100% natural moisturizers (like Coconut Milk, Orchid Extract,Vitamin C, Oatmeal, and Shea Butter) St. Ives Fresh Hydration Lotion spray transforms skin from dry and dull, to silky soft in seconds.
Give your skin the gift of hydration, while saving 15% off participating Fresh Hydration Lotion purchases at Target between 11/30-12/13. 

Wait!  It gets better! Tweet us at handle @linenlacelove, using #SprayAndHydrate, and tell me why you love this line of St. Ives sprays and you could win a $50 gift card to Target!!  Who doesn't want $50 to spend during the Holidays?

Keep your skin young and beautiful, and win $ win!

Jen & Jess

Sponsored post by Lunchbox, all opinions are 100% my own.