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You know how it’s actually fun to receive snail mail that isn’t junk? Well, this may be super lame but it’s been even more fun to get snail mail addressed to Kendall and me as a family. It hasn’t happened much, but we’ve gotten “The Price Family” and “The Future Price Family” a couple of times and it really tickled us. Granted, one was a weird invite to a hearing aid conference but it was still kind of exciting!

There are two prime times for snail mail: 1. your birthday and 2. the holidays. I adore Christmas cards. Growing up (and continuing at the Downing household yearly) my mom always kept a basket of cards we received during the holidays. It was always fun to go through them, and there were some I expected every year: card featuring hand-painted winter scenes from my Great Uncle Baird, recreated classic movie scenes from my mom’s friend Reid, cards with pictures of kids I’ve seen grow up through the years… holiday card memories are just part of my Christmas experience!

I’ll admit, I’m not the best at sending out my own. This Christmas, if I send cards, I’m fully intending on using Minted to help me.

First of all, I HATE addressing envelopes because I have probably the worst handwriting of anyone I know. Minted has an address assistant (annnnd I already have all the addresses I’ve collected for wedding invites- we’re using Minted for our wedding too!) This also makes keeping track of those who you want to send mail to super easy.

Here’s a tip for sending cards that I’ve done for previous years- as soon as I receive a Christmas card from someone, I jot their name and address down from their return address label and put them on my list. My mom just rips off the return address labels and ads them to the basket. With the address manager, you can totally skip those steps and just ad the addresses to a virtual address book. Easy peasy and super organized and no bad handwriting involved!

Second of all, the designs are too cute! Minted sourced each one from an emerging independent artist somewhere in the world. You can find the perfect holiday card format to suit your style by taking a look at their original 5″x7″ Holiday Cards, Foil-Pressed Holiday Cards, Letterpress Holiday Cards and more. I think it’s so cool that you can actually “meet” the artists who design your cards as Minted provides little blurbs about each one. (You can see examples with my picks below!)

I am a big fan of photo cards myself, especially if they have a bit of shine from real foil. In a perfect world, Kendall and I would have had professional pictures taken for our Christmas cards this year, but since we’ve basically run out of time, it’s been too hot to put on scarves and boots and cute wintery stuff for said pictures, and we have our awesome engagement pictures, we don’t really need to do another shoot.

I picked out my top three cards from this years holiday collection from Minted, but there are so many different designs to choose from, plus little ways to personalize. Yes, you can ad your photos and names and such, but with many of the cards you can also edit the color scheme, colors of the fonts, or colors of the foil. My absolute favorite card design is Brushes, but I tend to like abstract and arty designs. There’s really something for every taste, whether you want to go traditional, fun, or glam!

Brushes

by Oscar & Emma of Columbus, OH

Karly Depew is the creative talent behind Oscar & Emma. She has a true obsession for luxurious papers, anything with stripes and modern organic home decor. She resides in Ohio with her husband, daughter and twin sons.


 Singalong

by Carolyn MacLaren of Encinitas, CA

I’m so lucky I get to spend my days filled with my two loves — being a designer and a mom to 2 kids (and 1 dog). I am drawn to simple graphic patterns, unexpected color palettes, and fresh typography. My personal style ranges from simple and modern to warm and whimsical, and am constantly inspired from everyday life.


 

Foliage Joyful

by curiouszhi design of London, GB

I am passionate about beautiful design in every aspect of daily life. My design aesthetic is driven by my love of clean typography and whimsical illustrations. When I’m not designing, I can be found playing the piano or experimenting in the kitchen.


Have you thought about holiday cards yet? If not, it’s probably time to start!

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No TGIF link love this week, you guys.

I just wanted to take a moment to wish all of my readers and their families a very Merry Christmas and Happy Hanukah! (I always love when they fall at the same time!) This year has been full of so many big, sometimes scary, wonderful things: I re-branded my blog, moved out of my first apartment, and fell in love. I’ve made some incredible friends, survived being in 3 weddings in a row, went back stage at Warped Tour for the first time ever, and have never felt more confident and self-assured. While I’m not sure quite where I’m headed career-wise yet, I even feel the most settled and happy at my current job at the firm. I just feel like everything has fallen into place in my little world and the things that haven’t, well, I have the energy and the people behind me that I need so I’m not scared. I got this. We got this.

Wherever you’re going this weekend, get there safely. I can’t wait to spend Christmas with my parents + Kendall and show him what it’s like to have a Downing Christmas. My wish for all of you is that you can be filled with my same warm fuzzy feelings this weekend, into the new year, and foreverz.

One last thing- if you want to celebrate the new year with me, I’ll be at Mason Inn {now under new ownership} enjoying their open bar + some of my favorite people in the universe!

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If you want to treat her like royalty this Christmas and show her how much you appreciate everything that she does, then look no further, we may just have the answers right here.

Here are some of the best gift ideas – for her.

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Romantic Dinner For Two

When was the last time you took her out to a top restaurant? Women love to eat out. They love having a reason to dress up really fancy! You could even take this idea a step further by going to the shops and choosing her a stunning dress (that she’ll adore), and even a new pair of shoes if you’re feeling extra awesome. Lay them out on the bed, along with a note telling her to put these on and be ready at 8pm. This will fill her up with so much excitement and it’ll be a great start to the evening!

Out To The Theater

If she likes the performing arts, then she’ll love a trip to the theater. Have a look at what plays are on and decide what she’d prefer. This is another good excuse for her to dress up. Go that extra step and get the best seat in the house. When the intervals start, make sure she has all the snacks and beverages she wants.

Relaxing Spa Day

Whether you want to get her a massage, a facial, a manicure or even treat her to one of the many wonderful spa packages, she is bound to feel like a princess. Allow her to bathe in the clearwater spas as she waits for another one of her special treatments. This will make a lovely gift, especially if she is always on the move, and never has time to take out for herself.

Dance The Night Away

Does she love to dance? If she does, then she would love this. Have a look in your area where they have a couples dance night. (Not the clubbing kind of dancing!) Sometimes they hold salsa nights, tango or waltz. This is a fun way for you both to loosen up a little and be silly. You don’t have to be the next John Travolta to do this, so there’s no excuse!

Ride Away To Paradise

If she has a love for animals, then horseback riding is a winner. Can you imagine riding away on your horses in the middle of a flower-filled meadow, or a sandy white beach next to the crystal blue ocean, watching the sunset? You can’t get more romantic than that. You could even take a break and have a picnic prepared with a bottle of something nice and even a few candles to set the scene.

Whatever you end up choosing, just know that it is the thought that counts. As long as she sees the effort that you’ve put in, she will love it. Even if it’s just a simple night in with movies and delicious takeout!

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Do you receive too many invitations on Facebook or per SMS and trash them without even a look? If you do, it’s time to work out how to create invitations that are memorable and successful. By the way, if you need a hint: Those are not digital. The best invitations you will ever receive are the ones you can hold between your fingers. Paper invitations are simply the best if you want to make an impression. Have a look at some favorites below and get inspired!

Pines and Swirls Holiday Ornament Cards

The best Christmas Greetings

Christmas is not only the season of festive decorations and chocolate Santas, but it is also that time of the year where you will find yourself sending dozens of greeting cards to your friends, family, neighbors and colleagues. Some families even put the best cards in the Christmas tree as a piece of decoration. So, how do you make sure that your card will end up in the tree too? The answer is simple: Be original! You will find that plenty of families are sending a portrait picture to illustrate the season. You could beat them to it by creating with your family a hyper trendy photo, such as inspired from the latest Star Wars film maybe, Rogue One, or a playful review of your family by playing the Nativity scene with the kids. What works for Christmas cards is that they are amusing, witty and creative. Remember not to be rude or insulting to anyone. Also, avoid the traditional Christmas trap of dressing up the dog as Rudolph the red-nosed deer. It’s been done far too often! Unless you can bring something new to the scene, don’t do it!

Garden Lights Wedding Invitations

Wedding Cards To Live For

While not everyone you know get married every day, wedding cards rarely manage to excite. They carry the key information for the guests to prepare, such as who is getting married, where and when. This makes them appear a little formal, especially because guests only have a limited time to provide their answer. So it might feel a little impersonal to receive such a card. Sometimes, series printed cards simply fail to deliver the message properly. It is important, indeed, that wedding invitations remain engaging and personal. You want your guests to be touched by the attention and want to be there for your special day. Personal and handmade wedding invitations will always make the best impression and convince your guests to come.

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Housewarming Invitations That Will Set An Unforgettable Party Mood

Moving houses is a big step for many people. Even if it is sometimes only to the end of the street, it marks a new beginning in your life. It is an event that matters, and it should be celebrated as such. The secret to a successful housewarming party starts in the preparation of extraordinary invitation cards that you can distribute to your friends and neighbors. This is the moment in your life where you tell people who you are and ask them to join you in your new house to fill it up with joy and positive vibrations. Set the mood from the beginning: get amazing housewarming cards, create cards that say ‘I’m cool and I want to spend the evening with you.’

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If you’re wondering how you can work your makeup routine into this Christmassy season – look no further!

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1||Soak Up The Good Stuff

It’s winter, which means your skin in going to be dried out! This isn’t good, especially if you are planning on adding makeup. So a good moisturizer is your new best friend this winter. Every day, morning and night, you will want to coat it all over your body (focusing on your face the most!) ALWAYS moisture before you do your makeup, not only will it keep your skin feeling fresh and soft, your makeup will sit a lot better.

2||Add Festive Colors To Your Pallette

Reds, burgundies, and metallics are a must-have this season. When doing your eye makeup, focus on getting some gold or silver in there. If you don’t want to go too over the top with these colors, just use a glittery metallic in the inner corner of your eyes. This will add a pop of highlight that will brighten your eyes up straight away. (You can also add a little to the center of your lid for the same effect, and on your lower lash line.) You can find all you need at the online beauty supply store.

3||Warm Yourself Up

After you have applied your usual foundation, consider adding a little bronzer (if you do this already, add a bit more than you normally would.) In the winter time, your color tends to drown out a little; you don’t want this to happen! People will start asking you if you’re ill, (so annoying!!) So warm up the face, but still keep it natural – you don’t want to look like an Oompa Loompa! (It’s a fine line ladies…)

4||All Red Everything

It’s time to show off, bring out that red lipstick that you have been saving for a special occasion. A great look to do with your lips is the ‘ombre’ effect. Line your lips with a dark red (or even brown) liner, focusing on the outer corner of your lips, then fill your lips in with the red you have, blending it into the darker edges. Finish this off by adding a lighter shade (or even a concealer you have) in the very center of your lips. Not only does this look amazing – it will give the illusion of having a plumper pout. (Where’s that mistletoe?)

5||Glow Like A Star

Don’t forget that golden highlight on the top of your cheekbones, down the center of your nose, on your brow bone, and anywhere else you want to glow! This will bring the whole look together, and your angles will be poppin’ in those Christmas selfies!

6||Smell Like A Treat

Last but not least, make sure you smell good enough to eat. Whatever your choice of perfume may be, don’t overdo it! No one wants to be choking on the fumes. Just spritz a little on the side of your neck, behind your ears, and at the back of your knees, (it rises!)

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