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Holiday Home Decor

I love decorating for Christmas and purchasing a few new items each year to add to my collection. Some of my favorites from this year is our new wreath, star tree topper and stocking holders. I posted my Christmas decorations here a few weeks ago. I've also started collecting tree ornaments as souvenirs from our travel ventures. I found most of my decor at Home Depot, Khol's, and Amazon.

Where do you shop for Christmas home decor and ornaments?

I hope everyone had a lovely Christmas holiday and I'll catch you next week!

Christmas Decorating

It's the most wonderful time of the year and I've finally finished decorating for the holidays. We have a small fake Christmas tree which we've been using for the past few years so it's not nice and fluffy like the real ones nor does it have that nice tree smell but it's easy to maintain and will do for now. I hope to upgrade later on down the road.

Star Tree Topper from Kohl's

Christmas tree skirt  

Tree ornaments from our travels

I started off with very little Christmas decorations and have been trying to buy a few new pieces every year and also get ornaments as souvenirs from our travels. I bought the Mickey & Minnie tree ornament on our recent trip to Disney and I purchased new stockings since we now have a new addition to the family.

Our Living Room where the Christmas tree is set up to the right.

The little details

Kitchen (or bathroom) towels

Martha Stewart Ornament Wreath from Home Depot hanging on front door.

Happy Holidays!

How's your holiday decorating coming along?

Christmas Traditions with Friends & Family

Hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas day yesterday!

We spent Christmas with my in-laws and K's extended family. (We're traveling to Trinidad tomorrow to do a late Christmas with my parents and ring in 2014 with my friends back home).

On Christmas Eve night, we went out to celebrate a friend's birthday who's born on Christmas day. We meet up at the same bar every year to ring in his birthday at midnight with some celebratory shots.

On Christmas morning, we wake up and open gifts with K's parents and sister and then go for Christmas dinner.

Some of my pretty gifts from Santa.

Back to work today ugh!

Looking forward to flying out tomorrow to see my family & friends and SO excited to ring in 2014 in the beautiful Caribbean. I have some awesome guest posters that will be holding down the fort while I'm gone.

Also, check out my guest post over at Showered with Design by Lisa!

Hope everyone has a fun and safe NYE!

Have a Fabulous & Merry Christmas!

Wishing you a fabulous Christmas and Holiday season however you plan to spend it.


December Weekend Fun

Another fun long weekend!
Thursday night was my company holiday party at Disney so they gave us Friday off of work, thankfully! We stayed out at a Disney resort and hung by the pool on Friday since the weather has been in the 80's. It definitely doesn't feel like December in Florida.

Strawberry Mojitos at the pool bar ~ delicious!

On Saturday night, we went to Kate's holiday party. After 2 nights of partying at Disney I was exhausted but we had a great time celebrating the holidays with friends.

~ The girls at Kate's 2nd annual holiday party
~ Their pretty Christmas tree
~ The festive dessert table
~ Roxy wearing her Christmas outfit
~ White elephant gift: We ended up with a Patron Tequila set, which K was most excited about.

This is why I love the holidays!

Joining Sami for Weekend Shenanigans.
Sami's Shenanigans 

How was your weekend?

Holiday Gifts for Him

Versace Fragrances · Calvin Klein Underwear Boxers · GUESS Slim Jeans

 ~ money clip or wallet
~ watch
~ grill master set
~ sunglasses
~ underwear or socks
~ a good pair of jeans
~ iPad case
~ NFL shirt with his favorite team
~ (Your favorite) Cologne ;-)

I got a sample of Versace Eros in the mail and it smelt so incredibly good that I had to buy K a bottle for Christmas this year. I purchased the bottle of cologne and got the Eros 3-piece gift set below for free ($20 value) from ULTA. I think that was a pretty good deal and now I have two gifts to wrap instead of one.

What other gift ideas do you have for guys?

30th Birthday & Holiday Wishlist

The #1 item on my wishlist this year is an iPad Mini. I've been wanting one for the longest time and finally decided that my 30th birthday is probably a big enough occasion to get one, right?
My Holiday Wishlist this year:
Marc Jacobs Fragrances · Conair Hair Care · Kate Spade Tech Accessories

~ Beachy decor for my house
~ Large crystal studs
~ Sparkly iPhone 5s case
~ Tory Burch flats
~ Olive green cardigan
~ Infiniti Pro Curl by Conair (to curl hair)
~ MK Wallet
~ Daisy perfume by Marc Jacobs

What's on your holiday wishlist this year?

I also want to wish my little (but taller) sister Leah happy birthday today!

Holiday Favorites: Stocking Stuffer Ideas

Joining Elise and Jen today for These are a few of my Favorite Things.

Stocking Stuffer ideas that I'm loving this year:

e.l.f. Studio Cosmetics has some really cute gift items such a lip gloss and nail polish sets for super cheap. This week's deal (valid 11/27 through 11/30) is Buy 1 get one 50% off, plus get a $10 gift card when you spend $30 or more using coupon code BLKFRI.

Also joining Lisa Nichole for favorite holiday traditions. 
Showered With Design 

What stocking stuffer ideas are you loving this year?

Let The Holiday Festivities Commence

The craziness that is the holidays has officially begun for the Martinis & Bikinis household.

Friday was nice & quiet. K and I went for dinner at Carrabbas and then rented the movie "This Is The End" to watch at home.  I thought the movie was weird and zoned out after about 20 minutes so I don't recommend it.

On Saturday, we went to our first holiday party for the year which was so much fun. This is my absolute favorite time of the year and I love nothing more than spending it with good friends/family along with delicious food and, of course, copious amounts of alcohol.

Sunday was gloomy & overcast so it was the perfect lazy day to catch up on my blogs, cook food for the week and nurse my hangover.

Joining Sami for Weekend Shenans.
Sami's Shenanigans

Also, big congrats to Bella from Dateless in Dallas for winning my Beauty Bag Giveway and thank you to everyone that participated!! I truly appreciate all of my readers :-)

Is everyone excited for Turkey Day this week?
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Christmas in the Sunshine State

It's Christmas night and all the festivities are winding down. It's been the warmest December that I can remember. Ever!

We spent Christmas with K's family this year. On Christmas Eve night, the whole family gathered to do the traditional white elephant gift exchange and reading of the Bible's Christmas story.

We woke up on Christmas morning to open gifts with everyone. I got really spoiled this year from K's parents and family.

My sister-in-law gave us a fondue set, which I can't wait to use for entertaining!

I'm in love with the necklace I got from my in-laws, which has my birth stone in the pendant.

We also get Lottery tickets every year from K's parents and I got a winning ticket!!

Having to work tomorrow is also quickly becoming a sad reality.....but it's been a fun and fabulous Christmas!

Also linking up with Helene for Tell Me About it Tuesday. 

Helene in Between 
Merry Christmas and happy holidays to you :-)

Holiday Preparations with a Martini Twist

Hey everyone! I'm finally getting to sit down after baking, cooking, cleaning, running errands, and taking care of sick K today. You know men turn into babies when they're sick! Ugh ;-)

We're heading out of town tomorrow to spend Christmas with K's family so I hope you all have a FABULOUS Christmas filled with everything & everyone you love!

I'm so lucky our photographer friend (who was hired for the wedding we attended last weekend) took this photo for us and sent it just in time to share with everyone.

I went to the nail salon this morning and discovered OPI's extra-VA-ganza. Thought it was perfect for the holidays. 

I baked sugar cookies and oatmeal cookies to bring to K's family for Christmas. 

I'm not gonna lie, I definitely had the help of Betty Crocker. I couldn't risk screwing them up with everything else going on. They're on sale (BOGO) at Publix so I bought a few different types.

After running around like a chicken with no head, I finally got to make me a FANCY drink ~ my favorite ~ a dirty martini with blue cheese stuffed olives. I got the vodka as a gift from my coworker and I picked up the rest of the ingredients today.

Stuffed the olives with blue cheese. 


K and I decided to open 1 gift early this year. We just couldn't wait!

I got him a new Fossil wallet/money clip

And he got my the Juicy Couture perfume. Totally unexpected but I love it!

Best wishes to you and yours! May Santa treat you good whether you were naughty or nice, or both ;)

High Five for (Christmas) Friday

Happy Friday everyone! 
Christmas is right around the corner! Woohoo!

I'm working from home today so I can take care of K after his surgery yesterday for his sinuses. He's on a liquid diet for the next few days. I gotta resist eating his goodies ;-) We're hoping he'll feel good enough to eat all good stuff on Christmas day. 

I'm linking up with Lauren for High Five For Friday.

All our gifts are wrapped and chillin under the tree.

Love all the Christmas cards we've recieved from friends and family.

Can't wait to try the Skinny Girl Cosmo I got as a gift.

Love the iPhone case I ordered from eBay this week.

 Excited to try this Mexican Dorito Dip recipe from I found it on Pinterest and thought it looked yummy enough to bring to one of the holiday parties we're invited to.

 Mexican Dorito Casserole
Serves 4-6

2 c. shredded cooked chicken
1 c. shredded cheese (or more if you are a cheese hound)
1 can cream of chicken soup
1/2 cup milk
1/2 cup sour cream
1 can Ro-tel tomatoes (canned tomatoes with jalepenos-mild)
1/2 packet taco seasoning (or more- to taste)
Bag of doritos

What goodies are you cooking for the holidays? I hope you enjoy :-)