Must Watch Hallmark Christmas Movies

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Nothing puts you in the Christmas mood better than movies, and what better movies to watch than Hallmark movies. They are completely cheesy, and always have a happy ending but don't be a scrooge and get on the Hallmark train. I still watch the classics but that's closer to Christmas, these movies are to help you get into the ooey gooey holiday spirit and have all the feels.  If I have to, so do you.
Christmas Wishes & Mistletoe Kisses- Weeks before Christmas, Abbey (Jill Wagner) is hired to decorate the estate of businessman Nick (Matthew Davis). She must break down the wall between her and Nick, all while keeping the holiday spirit alive.
Picture a Perfect Christmas- Extreme sports photographer David (Jon Cor) returns home for the holiday to look after her grandmother and ends up lending a helping hand to her neighbor, Sophie (Merritt Patterson) who needs assistance watching his nephew.
Christmas Under the Stars- When Nick (Jesse Metcalfe), a career-focused investment banker, is fired from his high-powered firm at Christmastime, he takes a job at a Christmas tree lot owned by a warmhearted widower. There, he meets Julie (Autumn Reeser), an astronomy teacher who’s always looked to the stars for hope. As the Christmas spirit washes over him — and he begins falling for Julie — the once self-centered Nick discovers the joy of helping others. When he learns that Julie and the tree lot owner are facing hard times, Nick strives to end their troubles in time for them all to share a Christmas under the stars.
Write Before Christmas- Recently single Jessica (Torrey Devitto) who sends Christmas cards to people who have impacted her life - the aunt who raised her, her younger brother in the military, a popstar who was part of the soundtrack of her life, the music teacher who inspired her, and the best friend who always tells the truth.
Christmas Scavenger Hunt- When Belinda (Kim Shaw) heads back to her hometown for the holidays, things get complicated when she is forced to team up with her ex, Dustin ( Kevin McGarry), at the town's annual Christmas scavenger hunt. 

Which Hallmark movie is your favourite?

OOTD - Plaid Cape Coat

Monday, November 18, 2019

This time of year when I am allowed to put a Christmas tree up and decorate with all the sparkly things is the best. Most stores are already playing Christmas music and getting us in the mood for the holidays! All these festive vibes are making me super excited for colder weather (even though I absolutely dislike winter).  Positive thing about cold weather is shopping for new, warmer clothes – any excuse to buy new clothes is good right? I picked up this cape couple weeks back and I am obsessed. The color is perfect for this time of year and its super warm. Only drawback is that it does not have a belt – but I cannot wait to wear it with long gloves and over pretty dresses.

coat: shein
denim: Levis
boots: Steve Madden
purse: Kate Spade
hat: H&M
glasses: Marc Jacob

White Chocolate Haystacks

Friday, November 15, 2019

Do you need a quick and easy dessert to take with you to your next holiday party? This recipe takes about 20 minutes, needs 30 minutes to set while you get ready and its bound to be a hit. 

What you will need:
  • 1 cup of white and milk chocolate chips
  • 2 tsp of coconut oil
  • 2 cups of pretzels 
  • 1/2 cup chopped salted almonds
  • sprinkles (or whatever you want to decorate with)
  • pinch of sea salt
How to make it:
  • melt chocolate chips (until smooth consistency is achieved)
  • Stir in coconut oil and sea salt
  • Fold in chopped almonds and pretzels
  • Spoon one 1 tbsp onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper
  • Sprinkle / decorate 
  • refrigerate for 30 minutes (or until firm)

I don't eat or like peanut/peanut butter but this recipe can be easily modified to have peanuts or dark chocolate. 

What keeps you motivated? + #Giveaway

My favorite accessory is my FitBit - regardless of what I am wearing I m rarely without it. I love the community the app has built around it, keeps me motivated to keep moving and tracks my sleep. 

First up in line of Friday Letters to LA LA land giveaways - FitBit Alta HR 

What keeps you motivated to stay active? 

Disclaimer: this giveaway is in no way sponsored or endorsed by Fitbit/Instagram/Facebook/Twitter. By entering you are confirming you are 18+ years of age, you release Fitbit/Instagram/Facebook/Twitter of responsibility, and agree to the their terms of use by entering. Contest is open to residents of North America and Europe. 1 winner will be chosen on Thursday November 21st and announced on this post and corresponding Instagram post. 

Here is to 33!

Thursday, November 14, 2019

Holly shit! I am 33 - wasn't I having a mental breakdown over turning 30 just few months back? I guess time flies. This past year has been overwhelming (best word I can find after 3 days of thinking about a word to describe it). 

I learn a lot, I grew a lot, lost some, cried some, developed a sassy attitude (I blame work for that), became more politely assertive and most importantly I had a ton of new adventures. I also learned so much, and grew so much because of this blog - and that is a lot in thanks to every single person who comes and reads my blog, checks into instagram and facebook and send e-mails; it means a world to me.
November (and my birthday) are like a new year for me - so before my next birthday I want to:

Be healthier. Not just lose weight but drink more water, eat healthier, mediate more. 

Be debt free (outside of my mortgage).

Focus on the blog more attentively. 

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Blogging, wouldn't be possible without you guys coming back and reading. Letters to LALA land wouldn't be possible without all of you.  I cannot put into words how thankful I am for all of you. From the bottom of my heart, thank you for following along.

So to celebrate that (and to kick off another holiday season) - starting tomorrow, every Friday leading up to new year I will host a giveaway filled with some of my favorite items.  

Stayed tuned!

Love ya 

OOTD - Button-Front Skirts

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

 I think it was 2015 that button from skirt were the it item - I found this skirt with a new take on buttons and absolutely fell in love it. I do wish it came in black but the red color work well for fall and winter. I paired it with a  simple top and booties but it would work with an supersized sweater or a turtle neck and cute boots. I think this skirt would work well for holiday parties too.

skirt: Simons
top: Zara
shoes: JustFab
purse: Chanel

#Review: Make Up Brush Cleaner

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

I saw this as an ad somewhere and thought I need this. Yup, i'm a cliche the ad worked on me. Anything that makes cleaning faster I am all in. I tried it out and I am in love. There are some issues but overall I love it. 

The brush if it's a size that fits into the holder goes in easily, you add a little bit of water and I used baby shampoo as it's super gentle you can use any soap you normally use for your brushes. 

As you can see the brush spins in the bowl and you don't need a lot of water just enough to cover the bristles, so you don't spray water everywhere and it remains contained in the bowl. 

Once you have cleaned the brush, dump the water add in fresh water with no soap. Spin the brush in the water, it should be clear. 

Final step spin the brush above the water and it should dry fairly quickly. This is the best part of the whole thing, you can now use your brush immediately because it's both clean and DRY!! You don't have to wait a day it's so worth it. Especially because it is so affordable. 

One draw back is the holders are not really good for sizes that are out of the ordinary and it's not good for double sided brushes, which I have a lot of to save money but putting the end with a brush on the end wrecks the bristles so I wouldn't suggest using it on those. I'm not sure if you can find other size holders but if I find any I will update you here. 

Would you try this make up brush cleaner or would to stick to traditional methods?

I would love to know what you think.