SPRINGFIELD women's lace skirt, men's wool knit, tartan scarf + chelsea boots
SPRINGFIELD gift mug ∙ H&M lapel coat ∙ CHLOE Paraty bag
Ho ho ho! This week it's finally Christmas time again! I'm slowly getting in the mood by introducing some Christmas spirit into my outfits lately. Some tartan pieces now and then, a subtle nordic print here and there and of course ugly Xmas sweaters all over the place! This particular outfit is one of my favourites lately, for it gives me cozy feels but still looks very sophisticated. A huge tip for cool winter pieces: never forget to check out the men's department! Everything is just way more chunky, bulky and sturdy; take this wool knit and large scarf by Springfield for example. Also: the boots. Men's shoes start at size 40 so I am ONE LUCKY TOMBOY GIRL! Hurrah!
About the Christmas happening itself: I'm not thinking of baby Jesus and his ox/donkey-friends, but of cozy and food-stuffed evenings with the beloved ones next to the fire place while watching The Grinch. On Christmas eve this exact scene will take place at my parents' when we start our annual gourmet-binge fest. On Christmas Day we are expected at my boyfriend's parents' for an entire afternoon of drinking champagne, trying to swallow oysters (ew) and enjoying the boo's excellent cooking skills. Of course there will be presents as well, although this is not the biggest happening of the evening. At my parents' all the kids receive a little something, while the three of us buy a present for mom and dad. At the boyfriend's however, this is the first year that we did the name-drawing thing! I drew my 2 year old nephew, which is pretty epic. I bought him a castle playtent, a stuffed dragon and this beautiful retro mug by Springfield. This thing is firm as
plastic a rock, which is pretty convenient for a 2 year old that throws around his food/drinks like a champion. I'm really digging the retro vibe, and I hope it will be useful for many years to come.
I also got the parents a little something: home-baked granola! I made this nut granola during a cooking workshop with UGG and food blog Princess Misia. Marta, who just launched her first cooking book, guided us through some really easy ways to make our own delicious Christmas gifts, including chili olive oil, mango and coconut tea, dark chocolate cookies and even your own spicy salt. This nut granola seemed like the perfect finish for my Springfield mug present! Here's the recipe, if you're still looking for an original last-minute present:
Ingredients for 1 jar (12 portions)
160g nuts (walnuts, pecan nuts, hazelnuts, almonds)
280g oat flakes
100ml ahorn syrup
Preheat the oven to 150°C. Combine all ingredients in a bowl; you can first chop the nuts. Spread onto the preparing baking sheet and bake for 15 minutes. Once the granola has completely cooled, you can put it into a beautiful jar or mug, just like I did. It seems like a great idea to add some cinnamon, extra seeds and superfoods like goji berries as well.
Getting inspired yet? And how are you celebrating Christmas? Got your presents sorted out already? Let me know!