The Christmas Tag! (Blogmas Day 5)

What’s up everyone?? It’s Blogmas Day 5! I thought today would be a good opportunity to put up a more simple post. As well as something that’s more interactive and that you all can participate in if you like! I searched Christmas tags online and stumbled upon a ton of results! I didn’t know The Christmas Tag was at thing in this little blogger world but I’m so happy it is! The tag consists of tons of fun questions around the theme of Christmas and I encourage anyone and everyone to participate if you have a blog or Instagram (it could make a great caption to a holiday photo). However, I will also be tagging some of my favorite bloggers to participate in this tag specifically. These questions are from a blog called Makeup Savvy. So let’s kick it off!


1. What is your favorite Christmas Movie?

This is a bit of a difficult one because I love a good Christmas movie marathon at night. However, I’ll have to say “It’s a Wonderful Life” is my absolutely favorite movie. My family and I have a tradition of watching it every year on Christmas Eve night and it’s something I still want to do when I have a family of my own. It’s a black and white film from 1947 that follows a boy from childhood to adulthood. He of course falls in love but also finds himself in some messy business situations. Eventually he wishes he never existed in the first place around Christmastime, so an angel grants his wish. I won’t spoil the end for you, you’ll have to watch it yourselves but I highly recommend this American classic!

2. Do you open your presents on Christmas Eve or Christmas morning?

When I was a kid, my parents allowed my sister and I to open one present on Christmas Eve in anticipation for Christmas morning. It was always something fun like a video game that would keep us busy since we were so excited for the coming morning. Although we are both adults now and receive very different gifts, the tradition has stayed alive.

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3. Do you have a favorite Christmas memory?

I think I create new favorite memories every year. We host Christmas at our home so we always have lots of family around on Christmas Day. I think I simply love spending time with my family every year that I don’t get to see too often. Yeah yeah, call me corny!

4. Favorite festive food?

I want to do a post on this soon, but Trader Joe’s offers their peppermint Joe Joe cookies in a holiday version. By that I mean dipped in chocolate with peppermint chunks on top. If you’re unfamiliar with Joe Joe cookies, they’re basically Trader Joes’ “healthy” version of an Oreo. But let’s be real, it’s probably just as bad for you, LOL! I’d say these are more of a snack or dessert but you guys know I literally cannot go a day without chocolate…I acknowledge it’s a problem. My mom and I will also do some baking for the holidays. One of my faves is a peanut butter cookie with a Hershey’s kiss in the middle. They’re to die for and make the house smell like a bakery!

5. Favourite Christmas gift?

The best Christmas gift I was every given was from my parents last year, actually! They had planned for all of us to go to London and Paris in the summer of 2018. I’ve written all about that trip and what an amazing time I had (minus my bedridden days in Paris). Traveling will always be the best gift. Especially as I’ve gotten older, experiences have becomes so valuable to me. I’ve mentioned this so many times before but London feels like a second home to me and I’ll always want to go back.

6. Favourite Christmas scent?

Again, I’ve got to hand it to Trader Joe’s! Recently my coworker has been burning the most amazing candle from there. It’s a pine tree scent that would make you believe there was a large pine tree right in the middle of our office. It’s the most Christmasy scent I’ve ever smelled and I’ve been wanting to stock up for my room at home. Most times candles give me a headache but this one hasn’t done that at all! I’d definitely recommend this if you’re sensitive to scents but still want to get into the holiday mood!

7. Do you have any Christmas Eve traditions?

I kind of answered this in the first question but I love my family’s tradition of getting all snuggled up on the couch and popping in a Blu-Ray of “It’s a Wonderful Life.” (Did anyone get my YouTube reference? Anyone?) Anyways, it will always be one of my favorite films of all time and with the lights from our tree, it makes the perfect Christmas evening.

8. What tops your tree?

Honestly, some years nothing at all! Sometimes we will tie a big bow around the top but our tree is 7 or 8 feet tall so there’s not much room for a topper.

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9. As a kid what was the one (crazy, wild, extravagant) gift you always asked for but never received?

As a kid, there is no way I could ever complain about what I received for Christmas. My parents, I mean Santa, always pulled through and got me the most thoughtful gifts. I was never disappointed and this is a feeling I hope to give to my own kids some day. I’ll always hope they feel loved and surprised every Christmas morning like I was.

10. What’s the best part about Christmas for you?

Hmm, I think for me just the overall happy vibe that comes with Christmas. People get time off from work, students come home and are finished with finals, and it’s a great time to give back. Everyone always seems just a little bit happier. I know I’m definitely in a better mood when it starts to get a little bit chilly and rain starts falling (even though I don’t have the best wardrobe for cold weather). It’s also the end of one year and the start of something completely fresh and new. It’s so rejuvenating knowing a new year is coming with so many new possibilities. What better way to kick this off than with the Christmas season??

My nominations. I’d like to nominate the following bloggers in no particular order to participate in this tag!
Don’t Give a Jam
Absolutely Olivia
Blog About A Latte
Lattes Darling
Mack Marie
Just Hannah Here
Chanelle Hayley
With Love, Caroline
Kristen Shane
Kittyp0p

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Best Places to Online Shop for the Holidays! (Blogmas Day 4)

Hello guys! Welcome to Blogmas Day 4! We all know how crazy the holidays can get, especially when you’re working or going to school. Sometimes the hours just get away from you and before you know it, you’re attempting to buy last minute Christmas gifts. One of the best ways to avoid this is to online shop! But to be real, who doesn’t love to online shop?? For today’s post, I want to make a list of the best places to online shop this holiday season to help you guys out! These are some of my personal favorite stores that I’ve bought items from before. Hope these are helpful!

Nasty Gal

Since being bought out by Boohoo.com, Nasty Gal has been having some amazing sales. On Cyber Monday they had a 60% off sale (as I’m writing this the sale is still going on), which of course I posted on my Instagram story to share the good info with you all. From what I’ve heard, they frequently have great sales going on, making it the perfect place to Christmas shop starting now! I actually bought quite a few things from their sale that I’m waiting to come in the mail. My anticipation is growing everyday and I really would love to do a try on haul for you guys once it comes! Their sale was so different from any other store because the items were actually still in style. Normally, when I go to stores like Topshop, the sale items are all from last season and not too cute anymore. Nasty Gal is killing it though and perfect for the fashion lover in your life!

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Tobi

I havne’t shopped on Tobi for a hot minute, but they’re stuff is always to die for. Very on trend but still so unique! They are also having some amazing sales currently, so hop on the site as soon as you can! I’ve been looking through their sweaters recently and they have some great selections. If you have a friend who lives in a colder place, it would be a great idea to send them a sweater from Tobi. I’d also recommend checking out their dresses. Especially if you have plans for New Years, I have no doubt you could find the perfect dress for you on this site!

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Zara

Quick disclaimer, I’ll admit that the format of the Zara site makes it a little more difficult to shop. They were definitely going for a more indie look. Nonetheless, you can still find some amazing things online! I recently got a couple purses from Zara, and I didn’t realize what amazing quality they would be! I’m sure I’ll post an OOTD soon with these bags because they’re very unique, but I’d definitely recommend checking out their selection. It feels like within the last few years Zara has become a bit more affordable. I’d compare it more to an H&M than to somewhere like Nordstrom. Which I think is great because their clothes are always super unique and their coats appear very expensive! What do you guys think about this?

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Kylie Cosmetics

Okay, call me basic but I actually have only had positive experiences when ordering Kylie products online. I recently posted a photo on Instagram with a burgundy lip from Kylie Cosmetics and you guys were wondering where it was from. I’ve also ordered an eyeshadow palette from the site and it arrived in perfect condition. I always worry that when ordering makeup online, it will get to me destroyed or crushed. I don’t know, maybe I’m just paranoid. Kylie does offer free shipping on domestic orders over $40 and on international orders over $60. If you’re a beauty lover, I’d definitely recommend trying out Kylie’s products if you haven’t before. I’ll be honest I never thought I’d say that, but she really does do well with her formulas.

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Another great site I’ll throw in here is Princess Polly. They do have a student discount, which is why I wanted to mention it but I’ve personally never bought from the site before. Let me know if this list gave you guys any good gift ideas! Sometimes it’s difficult to buy for certain people in your life, but I think you’re bound to find something amazing at one of these sites! I hope you all enjoyed Blogmas Day 4! We’re still going strong! Hope you’re all having a great week and I’ll talk to you very soon! xx

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Christmas Bucket List (Blogmas Day 2)

Hey guys! Happy Blogmas Day 2!! Hope you all enjoyed my Blogger Gift Guide yesterday. For today, I wanted to put together a little Christmas bucket list! I did this when autumn rolled around and although I definitely didn’t complete everything, it was fun to have some goals! You can check that out here if you like. So here are some things I’m looking forward to during this Christmas season!

Hot chocolate by the fire: One of my absolute favorite things to make during Christmas time is hot chocolate. (Well really, I could drink hot chocolate during any season). Regardless, I go all out with my hot chocolate during the holidays. My family normally has the Nestle hot chocolate packets for quick cups of hot cocoa. I think these are honestly delicious but another great way to make hot chocolate is to put dark chocolate almond milk from the brand “Silk” into a pot on the stove. Heat that up, put it in your favorite Christmas mug, and top it with whipped cream, cinnamon, and a mini candy cane. Extremely unhealthy but hey, it’s Christmas!

Decorating the tree: This is something every family all over the world does during the holidays, but for my family it takes a few hours. We’ve saved so many ornaments throughout the years that range from birthdays, traveling, homemade ornaments, anniversaries, etc. We have a large artificial tree that looks amazing once all the ornaments are placed and the lights are turned on. We also have a smaller Christmas tree that’s beach themed so all the ornaments have little sandmen instead of snowmen with waves and seashells everywhere!

Christmas light sight seeing: Driving around watching all the Christmas lights in different neighborhoods. This is something I have never failed to do. My parents used to drive my sister and I around during the holidays when we were little to see all the fun lights. Some houses sync the movement of the lights to a radio station, so it’s a full on light and audio show. Now that’s Christmas commitment! Whether you’re driving around with your family or your significant other, this is a holiday tradition you can’t miss!

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Watching/reading Blogmas posts & videos: This one may be a little obvious, but I love sitting down and watching Christmas vlogs from some of my favorite YouTubers like Zoella (she slays it with the Christmas vibes). I love watching longer vlogs that will distract me when I’m on the treadmill or need some sound on while I’m working or putting things away. It’s also a great opportunity to find Christmas gift ideas or places to visit during the holidays. They really get me in the mood for this time of year and I always look forward to it!

Christmas makeup looks: Creating more makeup looks for you guys is something I want to get back into. I feel like my creativity with makeup goes in and out but I’d love to create a few different looks and possibly make some videos on them? While I wear makeup everyday, it’s been rare lately when I actually sit down to create something unique. It’s also one of the only times of year when you can own a red or burgundy lip. I tend to move towards the burgundy or wine shades when it comes to lip color so I’d love to play around with that again!

Ice Skating: While I feel like I’m getting more and more uncoordinated every year, I actually really enjoy going to the rink and ice skating. It’s one of my only opportunities to wear something truly winter inspired without worrying about the sun popping out and roasting me alive, LOL. I’m definitely not used to being on the ice but it also makes for an extremely fun date!

What are you guys looking forward to this holiday season?? Do you do anything special where you live? Let me know down in the comments and I’ll see you tomorrow on Blogmas Day 3! xx

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It’s Time to Tell You Guys…

Hello guys! Well, it’s official. I’ve been thinking about this for a long time now and I think it’s time to finally announce it…I’m doing Blogmas 2018!!! I was going back and forth on whether or not I wanted to participate this year. With my work schedule and things just being so crazy right now, I wasn’t sure if I wanted to do it. I never want to commit to anything I can’t follow through with, but I think the thought of failure was holding me back. I successfully posted everyday from December 1st through December 25th last year and it seriously helped my blog. Not only that, I loved seeing everyone take part in this fun online challenge and reading other Christmas posts!

Even though posting everyday can be a bit challenging (especially towards the end) it allows me to do something creative everyday and I think that’s important. This time of year is so special and it’s celebrated so differently around the world. My blog is my little slice of the internet, so I want to share with you every aspect of a California Christmas! Look forward to lots of cozy posts, ideas on fun things to do this holiday season, and much much more! Let me know if there’s anything specific you guys would like to see, as I’m still scheduling out posts in advance. Whether that be makeup looks, Christmas OOTD’s, recipes, or videos. I’m up for anything new!

I’ll admit I’m still a little afraid of missing a day or two, but I’m going to try my absolute hardest to post from December 1st all the way to Christmas Day. Wish me luck and I look forward to reading Blogmas posts from all my blogger friends on WordPress! Talk to you all tomorrow on the first day of Blogmas!! xx

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Blogmas Day 17: Holiday Sweets and Gift Packages!

Hey everyone! As I was scrolling through Youtube today, there have been some amazing Christmas videos that were posted from some of my favorite creators! There are some awesome recipes I want to try out and some adorable ways to make homemade gifts for your loved ones! I knew a lot of you would appreciate some of these ideas, so here are a few videos for you to enjoy and hopefully bring you some inspiration!

I’ve posted about Zoella so many times on my blog, but she is just so darn cute! I love especially how this video is set up, with her kitchen in the background and all the ingredients organized in front of her. As always, her outfit and nails are totally on point and she make it very clear how to bake these Christmasy cupcakes. I really love the gold foil cupcake tins she uses and the bright colors of the M&M’s. So many great holiday vibes in this video and really makes me want to get up and bake!

Ah Remi, another favorite! She always posts the most creative ways to decorate food. Especially when it comes to the little reindeer brownies with pretzels as antlers! Her little snacks are loaded with sweets, so I hope you have a major sweet tooth! These are definitely foods that are perfect for occasions, but I wouldn’t recommend eating them very often. I try to stay relatively healthy on this blog and I’ll admit these 100% aren’t healthy snacks. But once in a while it’s okay to splurge and the kiddos in your family will no doubt go crazy for these festive goodies!

I’m not sure if I’ve ver mentioned Siena Mirabella on my blog before, but I absolutely adore her videos! Her aesthetic is always consistent and she has such a snappy yet sweet attitude. I really loved this video, as it gave some great ideas for DIY gifts. Many people appreciate handmade gifts; they definitely come from the heart. Many of these little gift baskets she makes are themed and completely out of the box. Having a theme when it comes to gift boxes is so special and very fun to make! I’ve made little gift boxes that are movie themed and I included popcorn, candy, movies, and other obvious little presents that would work well for a movie night!

Since all the other recipes are not vegan, I though I’d through in this video from Marzia (cutiepiemarzia) for all my vegan readers out there! The main ingredient for these two recipes is oddly Tofu! I’ve never seen Tofu used in desserts before, but honestly I really want to make them for myself! They look absolutely delicious and healthier than many of the desserts we usually make during the Christmas season. Check out these recipes and let me know what you think about them!

That’s all I have for you guys today, I hope all of these videos inspire you to get baking, even if you’re vegan! I love the variety all of these videos have and the amount of creativity is insane. But that’s why I love Youtube so much! Alright, have a great day guys and I’ll talk to you tomorrow in Blogmas Day 18!

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Blogmas Day 13: Wintery Snacks & Drinks to Try This Christmas!

Hi loves! I’m sorry this post is going up a little late, but I have had some of the busiest last couple days of the whole semester! Finals and completing my last design projects have kept me completely preoccupied, but I’m determined to keep on top of Blogmas because I flipping adore it!  I haven’t done a food haul for this Christmas season yet, so I’m bringing you a mini one today! During Halloween, I did an autumnal foods haul, which is one of my favorite posts because of the photography (check that out here!) So without further ado, here are some of my latest holiday food finds!

Peppermint Hot Chocolate

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Ahh hot chocolate. One of the simplest hot beverages and one of the most delicious for the holidays! I picked up this little can of peppermint hot chocolate a few weeks ago from Trader Joe’s. I’d say this drink is more fresh and minty than chocolatey, which I think many people would like! Personally, I love when hot chocolate is extremely sweet, but I know many would prefer the muted chocolate taste. I also really appreciate the packaging it came it. It would be so simple to put the chocolate powder in little bags and use a cardboard box, but I really appreciate the tin can in comes in and the cheerful graphics on the front.

Danish Butter Cookies

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Okay, can we just take some time to appreciate this tin design?? Seriously, these graphics create a little Danish wonderland! I’m in love with the little Christmas trees, reindeers, hearts, and socks that are organized all around the packaging. The off white with the cobalt blue and red is simply gorgeous and honestly makes me want to eat these delicious cookies everyday. I’ve had butter cookies before, but for some reason this season I was really craving them! In the tin are five different cookies in unique shapes. Some have sugar sprinkled across the top, and others are simple butter cookies. They are extremely soft and have such a lovely taste. If you’ve never tried butter cookies, definitely pick these up from Trader Joe’s, you won’t regret it!

Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate

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Drum roll please! Yes, another hot chocolate review! Could you expect anything less from me?? This one’s for those with a major sweet tooth! This hot chocolate is damn sweet and has a strong taste of salted caramel. Again, this is from Trader Joe’s and comes in an adorable little tin. I will usually heat up a big cup of water in the microwave and add about 2-3 scoops of this stuff (and of course, top with a healthy dollop of whipped cream!)

White Chocolate & Peppermint Pretzels

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Last but certainly not least, these pretzels are absolutely unforgettable! They are perfect for any holiday party or just for a little bit of sweets after dinner. White chocolate isn’t something I eat very often, but it’s perfect when contrasted with the saltiness of the pretzel. The bits of peppermint on top are quite a lot, which I usually don’t like. But surprisingly it isn’t overpowering at all. I highly recommend these, but be careful, they’re a little dangerous considering the large bag! I bought these at Costco, but I have no doubt they are sold other places as well. Definitely check Target for them if you’re interested!

Alright, that’s it for tonight! I need to recover from my two finals I had today! Luckily, I have one more critique for ceramics tomorrow and I’m home for the holidays, yay!! Hope you all are doing well and if you’re a student, good luck with finishing up finals!

xx Sage

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Blogmas 2017!

Hey everyone! Just wanted to jump on here real quick to make an announcement: I will be participating in Blogmas this year!! It will begin on December 1st and end on Christmas day, the 25th. Vlogmas on YouTube is something I look forward to every year, so I’m excited to be a part of something very similar this time around! I’m a little nervous about keeping up with the posts everyday, so I’m trying to prepare some in advance. I will be discussing topics related to Christmas of course, so get ready to be in the holiday mood everyday on Sage Olivia!

Let me know if you’re doing Blogmas over on your site and I’ll be sure to check it out! I can’t wait to see the different things other bloggers will be writing about everyday, since it is quite the challenge! Wish me luck and I’ll talk to you guys soon! xx