It’s the best time of the year! I love Valentine’s Day because I love to do surprises and and give gifts for all the people in my life. Here is a funny (PG-13) Valentine you can make for your lover. It made me laugh. It’s really easy to make, we just removed the “BANG’ flag from a gimmick gun (you can get them here or from a joke store) and then get some fabric the same size and make a “BANG ME” flag and glue it in. It took about 15 minutes to make. When your lover pulls the trigger a flag unfurls with a special message.
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I usually like to make these crackers around Christmas time, but this year I thought it would be fun to mix it up and make some as Valentines instead. These are such a fun surprise for friends. You can fill them with funny love notes and treats. When you pull on each side of the crackers, they snap open and all the goodies pop out. I’m a huge fan of Lindt LINDOR Truffles: they are my favorite chocolates to give during holidays and they fit perfectly inside these crackers (especially with their pretty red and pink packaging!) I also things these would be cute place settings at a Valentines Day feast! Find the full instructions, sources and more photos below! (PS – These would work great as Valentine’s necklaces too!)
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I’m in Paris this week and I only like to travel with a carry-on. I did a post last summer on how to pack for Paris in the summer but the winter is a whole other beast so I thought I would do a post on it. The first thing I think about when packing for the winter is being warm. When you are a tourist you have to dress warmer than the average Parisian who is usually just going from home to work. A tourist spends most of the time outside going from location to location so you have to dress for the elements. Paris rarely gets snow but gets a decent amount of rain. I’ve found a good pair of leather boots repel the water just fine. It’s not worth bringing a whole other set of rain shoes. If you are going somewhere in Europe with a lot of snow it might be a different story. I usually buy an umbrella for 5 Euros from a street vendor if I need it, same with cheap black gloves. I don’t pack that kind of thing with me because they usually get lost quickly and I don’t want to worry about lugging my good stuff across the pond with me. Below I’ve listed what I brought with me with an explanation of how I use it. The main thing to think about when you are traveling in the winter is that every single outfit is basically going to look the same because of your winter coat. So pick your warm coat first and then plan all the outfits around that. I bring enough underwear so I only need to do laundry once (if I’m staying for 10 days I bring 5 pairs!) I do a load midweek (it’s usually underwear and tshirt layers) to save space.
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1. Jihan had a bespoke pinata made just for me…
2. Never buy an envelope again!
3. Cute (and SUPER easy) party hats.
4. Wearing these to every party from now on. (PS – Have seen ban.do’s new line??)
5. These invitations are amazing.