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Why give meaningless gifts?! They’re a waste of your time and money.  You know what isn’t a waste?  A sweater for someone who is a cold, a well for a community that doesn’t have water, a shelter for the homeless.

GIVE THE GIFT OF LIFE!

FOLLOW MY GIFT GUIDE ON PINTEREST!
The other day I saw Sol Republic, the company who makes the headphones I love, promoting a giveaway for people who start a holiday wish list board and pin a pair of their headphones.  This got me thinking that Pinterest would be a great place to store all of the things I’m considering for my MTM gift guide.  So, follow the board here, and then I’ll post the official list with links in two weeks.
I also searched through my previous gift guides to find many of the gifts are timeless.  I’ve put a link to the guides right there on the left hand menu on MTM so you can always access it easily.  Click and search for some great ideas!
(Photo via JCrew)

FOLLOW MY GIFT GUIDE ON PINTEREST!

The other day I saw Sol Republic, the company who makes the headphones I love, promoting a giveaway for people who start a holiday wish list board and pin a pair of their headphones.  This got me thinking that Pinterest would be a great place to store all of the things I’m considering for my MTM gift guide.  So, follow the board here, and then I’ll post the official list with links in two weeks.

I also searched through my previous gift guides to find many of the gifts are timeless.  I’ve put a link to the guides right there on the left hand menu on MTM so you can always access it easily.  Click and search for some great ideas!

(Photo via JCrew)

A Holiday Hug from Me and Mase!  x
(I just created this card and sent it to over 115 people via Paperless Post for $10 plus stamps in less than an hour!  Love the concept and worth the money.  Free to join and you pay for special features and stamps.  Love it!)

A Holiday Hug from Me and Mase!  x

(I just created this card and sent it to over 115 people via Paperless Post for $10 plus stamps in less than an hour!  Love the concept and worth the money.  Free to join and you pay for special features and stamps.  Love it!)

The secret to gift giving: the packaging!
Don’t you love when people’s eyes light up when they receive a pretty package in their hands?!
Check out my “Expert Bow” above.  Don’t be intimidated, it’s actually easy to do.  See the two videos I’ve posted below for my step by step instruction on how to make each.

The secret to gift giving: the packaging!

Don’t you love when people’s eyes light up when they receive a pretty package in their hands?!

Check out my “Expert Bow” above.  Don’t be intimidated, it’s actually easy to do.  See the two videos I’ve posted below for my step by step instruction on how to make each.

How To Make The Perfect Bow

This is a video I did on the set of TMI last year.  I show you step by step how to make a bow like the pros.  My mom taught me and now I’m passing the secret on to you.

The key to a pretty package is having quality paper and ribbon.  Paper is easier to find, but the only ribbon I use for the above bow is C&G (Pattern 800 Satin).  At The Container Store or Michael’s it will run you $10-15 a spool, online I found it for $6.

You can stop at the bow, but I like adding fresh or silk flowers to complete the look.

Want more packaging ideas?  Click here to see our TMI Wrapathon from last year.  It’s actually pretty cute.

(P.S. How happy are we I don’t have extensions anymore?!)

Another beautiful bow that is a little bit easier.

You can do this one with all kids of ribbon.  A nice silk ribbon looks pretty as well.

Rules To Live By For Holiday Attire
By Brandon Trentham

Ohhhhhh it’s here again. Seems like it comes too fast every year. The shopping lines, the gluttony, the bad gifts, and the return days are all too much to swallow but at least you can look good doing it.
There are so many examples of what NOT to wear at your disposal annually. I figured I’d give you some ideas on how to be festive without being offensive.
1.      Just because the colors are red and green doesn’t mean your whole outfit has to be. Pick an article.
2.      Try wearing a black outfit with a Christmas accessory to keep it classy and simple.
3.      If you must wear the bright colored piece, remember less is more (I don’t mean in fabric). If it’s a dress make sure its fitted and don’t over accessorize it because you already stick out.
4.      Head accessories are great if you choose the right one. Hair bows are in just don’t reuse the ones from your childhood.
5.      Wearing an oversized ,colored belt is another great option to throw in some seasonal bling with style.
6.      Scarves are another great add that doesn’t scream you’re trying to hard.
7.      Heels are an option normally not thought of to show your holiday spirit and could be matched with # 5,6, or 7.
8.      If your one of those people that like to keep it modest but still show u care. Try wearing a green initiative bracelet that’s not only seasonal its charitable.
9.      I was never an advocate of the cheese hat or the reindeer antlers, but the Santa hat I love (just not the entire costume unless your getting paid to sit in a mall).
10.   As much as I hate to say it, boobs are a no no. No family member wants to see cleavage on this day CHRIST was born (I hope anyway). Try opting for a first lady look with some pearls to match.
May your holidays be bright and in the words of Chevy Chase:
“Merry Christmas. Merry Christmas, Merry Christmas, Merry Christmas, kiss my ass. Kiss his ass. Kiss your ass. Happy Hanukkah.“

Rules To Live By For Holiday Attire

By Brandon Trentham

Ohhhhhh it’s here again. Seems like it comes too fast every year. The shopping lines, the gluttony, the bad gifts, and the return days are all too much to swallow but at least you can look good doing it.

There are so many examples of what NOT to wear at your disposal annually. I figured I’d give you some ideas on how to be festive without being offensive.

1.      Just because the colors are red and green doesn’t mean your whole outfit has to be. Pick an article.

2.      Try wearing a black outfit with a Christmas accessory to keep it classy and simple.

3.      If you must wear the bright colored piece, remember less is more (I don’t mean in fabric). If it’s a dress make sure its fitted and don’t over accessorize it because you already stick out.

4.      Head accessories are great if you choose the right one. Hair bows are in just don’t reuse the ones from your childhood.

5.      Wearing an oversized ,colored belt is another great option to throw in some seasonal bling with style.

6.      Scarves are another great add that doesn’t scream you’re trying to hard.

7.      Heels are an option normally not thought of to show your holiday spirit and could be matched with # 5,6, or 7.

8.      If your one of those people that like to keep it modest but still show u care. Try wearing a green initiative bracelet that’s not only seasonal its charitable.

9.      I was never an advocate of the cheese hat or the reindeer antlers, but the Santa hat I love (just not the entire costume unless your getting paid to sit in a mall).

10.   As much as I hate to say it, boobs are a no no. No family member wants to see cleavage on this day CHRIST was born (I hope anyway). Try opting for a first lady look with some pearls to match.

May your holidays be bright and in the words of Chevy Chase:

“Merry Christmas. Merry Christmas, Merry Christmas, Merry Christmas, kiss my ass. Kiss his ass. Kiss your ass. Happy Hanukkah.“

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