Well today marks the day that we take our friendship to the next level, because I’m totally about to let my cat lover flag fly high. Not that it’s exactly been hidden all of these years, I mean, my cat Thomas was Mr. December last year for Kelly’s annual fundraising calendar (not to brag or anything). Plus let’s be honest, Taylor Swift is totally make cats cool again after that Diet Coke commercial, right?
Nonetheless, I decided to hop on the Feastivities train with loud and proud with a handmade gift idea for your fellow cat lover loved ones with this DIY cat trinket dish. This one’s for you, Mom! (she’s actually allergic to cats, I just thought that’d make her proud)…
photos by Jared Smith
We’re giving Houston classes a whole new twist with this holiday cocktail and entertaining workshop at Julep in Houston, November 23rd! This means the guys don’t have to be afraid to join in because we’re helping you add a little extra something to your holiday party this year by teaching you how to style a picture perfect bar cart at home, cold weather cocktails and recipes you can’t beat, clever ways to serve them, plus a taste of the six staple spirits to have on hand for the season.
In case you’re looking to make this a date night occasion (or just a friend-iversary to hang out with us), you can get 10% off any two tickets between now and 11/10/14 at 12:00am when you enter the code “MERRIER”. Get all of the details and tickets here!
photos by Jared Smith
I really only need half an excuse to bust out a sweater and cold weather drinks, but the fact that Houston has seen below 70 degree weather for three days straight now is practically a celebration in and of itself. To mark the occasion, this peppermint white hot chocolate recipe was a must-make. Plus, it looks pretty with my champagne marshmallows from Sugarfina and the polka dot plate set that Jared’s mom gifted me that I’ve been hoarding for a while, but this was all purely coincidental, of course…
Aside from it having the perfect winter tabletop aesthetic, this recipe is also the easiest thing you’ll whip up all winter long. Not kidding, it only takes 5 seconds of your attention and a slow cooker and you’re all set!
Obviously I survived my first cruise after ranting about my travel woes here (thank you for the advice and kind words!), and I actually really enjoyed myself! Then again I tend to always enjoy myself when my days aren’t filled with emails and scrambling around, but hey, it was fun nonetheless.
We got lucky with gorgeous weather and calm seas for the first two days on our cruise to the caribbean with Princess Cruises, which I think helped me a lot with my being concerned about sea sickness since I’m pretty much the queen of motion-sickness. You’re talking to the girl who had to walk off the 4-D Harry Potter movie ride and excuse herself among a swarm of three year olds. I did keep Bonine within hugging distance at all times and took it before bed every night after my friend Laura recommended it (thanks, La!), and I would totally encourage anyone nervous of being seasick to do the same!