How to Style Your Hair This Holiday Season

We are smack dab in the middle of the most wonderful time of the year, which means the stockings are hung and the lights are strung, eggnog and hot chocolate are our go-to drinks, and—last but certainly not least—our social calendars are overflowing with festive get-togethers and swanky celebrations. While you might already have your outfits all planned out, coming up with a party-ready hairstyle that’s equal parts elegant and effortless can often be a bit trickier. Whether you’re headed to an ugly sweater soiree or a black tie bash, we’ve got you covered with chic (and easy) holiday hair inspiration.

Retro Half Updo

half-up_gettyTake a page from the ’60s with a hairstyle that emulates the decade’s chic and sultry vibes. With loose curls and plenty of volume, this particular ‘do is ideal for a laidback celebration, elegant evening out, or anything in between. Even better, this half updo is a cinch to create—as Allure writes, the hardest part about this style will be crafting that bump of volume along the crown. A few rugged pushes with a teasing comb (don’t be overly delicate) right at the crown should do the trick. Then, smooth the rest of your hair up and over before gathering the top layer into a small cluster and securing. Add in soft curls with a large barrel curling iron where needed.
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Christmas presents haul…

Oh hey. Christmas was beautiful, spending the whole day with the people I love the most. Here are some of the presents I got!


my favorite shampoo and conditioner, books I can’t wait to read, some gorgeous clothes from my sisters and cousins, some jewelry, a sleek black coat and a fun fur-lined vest, a coloring storybook and color pencils, Betsey Johnson bag, a Kate Spade passport holder, and possibly my favorite present: the original, unedited, pre-Special Edition Star Wars trilogy on VHS! Lucky I still have a VCR in my house!

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Charles Dickens’ ‘Christmas Festivities’

For me, Charles Dickens perfectly sums up the Christmas spirit: hope, love, good cheer, optimism, and charity.

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This year, I’m reading all of Charles Dickens’ Christmas stories in addition to A Christmas Carol, which is my annual tradition. I’d like to share a passage here of the first paragraphs of the first story in that clothbound Penguin edition, “Christmas Festivities,” because it speaks volumes about the way Christmas should be appreciated and celebrated:

“Christmas time! That man must be a misanthrope indeed, in whose breast something like a jovial feeling is not roused—in whose mind some pleasant associations are not awakened—by the recurrence of Christmas. There are people who will tell you that Christmas is not to them what it used to be—that each succeeding Christmas has found some cherished hope or happy prospect of the year before, dimmed or passed away—and that the present only serves to remind them of reduced circumstances and straitened incomes—of the feasts they once bestowed on hollow friends, and of the cold looks that meet them now, in adversity and misfortune. Never heed such dismal reminiscences. There are few men who have lived long enough in the world who cannot call up such thoughts any day in the year. Then do not select the merriest of the three hundred and sixty-five for your doleful recollections, but draw your chair nearer the fire—fill the glass, and send round the song—and, if your room be smaller than it was a dozen years ago, or if your glass is filled with reeking punch instead of sparkling wine, put a good face on the matter, and empty it off-hand, and fill another, and troll off the old ditty you used to sing, and thank God it’s no worse.”

I love this quote, because it reminds me that Christmas isn’t about stuff, but about family and love. It’s one time of year we can all choose to be happy, cheerful, kind, and loving. And I hope that wherever you are, and whatever holiday you’re celebrating this season, that it’s happy and cheerful and full of love.

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Jewelry by Mondaynoon

Recently I got the opportunity to sample some jewelry from a company called Mondaynoon. I chose some blue pieces for review, with a leaf detail and glittering sky blue stones. Here’s what I picked:

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I think these pieces of jewelry are of such good quality, especially the Swarovski Elements crystals. I love the design and the boldness, especially of the necklace. While I don’t wear jewelry like this every day (I’m more a fan of costume jewelry) I think I’ll wear these pieces for special occasions, especially since it’s Christmas and there are a lot of events to go to now. I’ll also probably wear the earrings every day, since they’re just big enough to catch your eye but not so big that they’re uncomfortable. I’m not a huge jewelry lover, but I’m in love with this jewelry.

What do you guys think?

jewelry c/o Mondaynoon