Hi sweet friends! Today's post is a little something different... Ell over at ELLDUCLOS started this super fun post where she came up with 15 winter and holiday-themed questions to have bloggers fill out and share with one another. I was tagged by my wonderful friend, entrepreneur and fellow girl boss, Jacqueline at Midwest Mannered. Jacqueline and I went to high school together and now she's the owner of a precious boutique, La Ville, just miles from where we both grew up.
Now, let's get to these fun questions! And don't forget to check out the bloggers I'm tagging at the end who will be sharing their answers next. ;)
01. WHAT'S YOUR FAVORITE HOLIDAY TRADITION?
One of my favorite traditions that Michael and I started the first year we were married is getting a nice bottle of wine that we open on Christmas night together after getting home from shuffling between our families all day. It's a great way to unwind at the end of the night and something just the two of us share. We'll continue to sip on that bottle throughout the year for special occasions like Valentine's Day and birthdays. I wrote an entire post on holiday traditions a few weeks ago, you can read more about that here.
02. WHAT ARE YOUR GO-TO WINTER LIP PRODUCTS?
First and foremost, I need a good lip balm of some sort to keep my lips smooth and moisturized in the cold months. I love these balms from Nivea and always have one in my purse and car at all times. I'm also a fan of deep and warm colors for the lip and recently fell in love with "Heathers" from Anastasia Beverly Hills.
03. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE WINTER SCENT? (CANDLES, PERFUME, ETC)
I'm an avid candle burner all year but especially love to do so in the winter. I love how cozy a candle can make your house feel and my favorite scents this time of year are anything with spice like cinnamon and cloves or woodsy scents like patchouli and sandalwood. A good pine or Christmas tree scent is also perfect for around the holidays.
04. WHAT IS YOUR GO-TO WINTER FASHION TREND?
It's so hard to choose just one, but I love a good long cardigan for pretty much any day and any occasion. I'm also a lover of hats and wear beanies all throughout the winter, not only to keep warm, but because they're so darn cute!
05. WHAT IS YOUR ALL-TIME FAVORITE HOLIDAY MOVIE?
White Christmas, hands down! We watch it every year and the "Sisters" song is a family favorite between my own sister and I.
06. WHAT IS YOUR ALL-TIME FAVORITE HOLIDAY TUNE?
This is a hard one for me because I actually really love Christmas music. A couple favorites would be "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas", "The Christmas Song" and "O Holy Night". On the other hand, a couple songs I will always skip over are "Christmas Shoes" and "Simply Having a Wonderful Christmas Time". Sorry if you love those... haha!
07. DO YOU PREFER TO TRAVEL OR STAY HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS?
We love being home for the holidays! Both of us are definitely homebodies and luckily, our immediate families are all in town, so we don't have to travel anywhere far for Christmas. I love waking up in my own house on Christmas morning and then spending time at our parents' houses throughout the day with extended family.
08. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE WINTER SKIN MUST HAVE?
This may sound super boring, but it has to be a good lotion. Missouri winters can be quite cold and I hate having dry skin, so moisturizing is a must. I use Aveeno and Cetaphil lotions for the most part and this is my favorite for my face. I love that it doesn't make me oily or breakout!
09. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE WINTER HAIR CARE PRODUCT?
I gotta have my Kiehl's shampoo and conditioner, in addition to a good leave-in conditioner all year long. Kiehl's is my favorite shampoo and leaves my hair feeling super clean and healthy. I use this leave-in conditioner a couple of times a week when letting my hair air dry. It seriously makes my hair SO soft!
10. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE WINTER ACTIVITY?
I love looking at Christmas lights and we usually make it a date night activity at least once during the holiday season. There are so many great places to look at lights in St. Louis from Tilles Park, Jellystone, Garden Glow and Brewery Lights at Anheuser-Busch. The requirements are: be in comfy clothes, stop for hot chocolate/coffee and treats, and listen to Christmas music the whole night.
11. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE MUST-HAVE WINTER BEAUTY PRODUCT?
Argan Oil. This magical oil can be used all over your body (seriously) to treat everything from split ends to dry cuticles and fine lines. It's super nourishing and hydrating, so again, especially great during the cold and dry winter months.
12. DO YOU LOVE OR HATE THE SNOW?
I love it! However, I don't love the cold, so it's a complicated relationship... But I always say, if it has to be freezing it might as well snow. It's pretty and dreamy and definitely puts me in a festive mood. If snow can be falling while I'm cuddled up next to a fire inside, I'm all in.
13. WHAT IS ONE ITEM ON YOUR WISH LIST THIS YEAR?
I'm hoping for a pair of Sorel boots and a new winter coat, like this one from J.Crew. If you're curious what else I'm wishing for this year, I shared my wish list a couple of weeks ago. Read it here!
14. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE HOLIDAY TREAT?
I love a good cup of hot cocoa this time of year, especially if it's in a big mug with extra marshmallows on top! I never drink hot chocolate any other time of year really, so it's something that feels nostalgic and holiday-ish to me.
15. DO YOU FINISH YOUR HOLIDAY SHOPPING BEFORE DECEMBER OR ARE YOU A LAST MINUTE SHOPPER?
I'm definitely not done shopping before December, but I also love to stay very organized and not wait until the last minute for my shopping either. One of my biggest tips and tricks is to keep an ongoing list of gift ideas for myself and others on my phone that I constantly update throughout the entire year. It's super easy to reference for birthdays, anniversaries and Christmas.
Hope y'all had some fun reading a little more about some of my favorite holiday traditions and winter must-haves. And now, be sure to check out the pages of my sweet friends down below, who will be participating in this Winter Tag next!
Kaitlyn from Love All Occasions
Bronwyn from Basically Bronwyn
Arin from Arin Solange At Home