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Haute Holidays: Rachel of Life Unsweetened

Frosted windows, twinkling lights, piles of presents — ready or not, all signs signal that the holly-jolly holidays are here! To get in the seasonal spirit, we asked five of the hottest style bloggers around to dish on all things holiday — from their favorite childhood memories to those holiday tunes they just can’t stand. So cozy up with your laptop and a cup of hot cocoa, and enjoy an extra-chic dose of holiday cheer.

Our latest Haute Holiday interview is with the straightforward and fashion-forward Rachel of Life Unsweetened.

Rachel of Life Unsweetened

Which “Kate” will you be channeling when you attend holiday parties this season — Moss, Middleton, Bosworth, or Perry?

Rachel: Kate Bosworth.

What holiday song brings you the most holiday spirit? Which song KILLS it?

RachelI love All I Want for Christmas is You — it’s such a happy song! I’m not a huge fan of songs like Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer, though.

What holiday food makes you bring out the stretchy pants?

Rachel: Green bean casserole. Yum!

What’s on your wishlist this holiday?

Rachel: I’m thinking of buying a Kindle — I’m so behind on reading, and I think this will force me to start reading more books during my commute (on the train).

We’re all ears: Have a great holiday entertainment tip?

Rachel: When it comes to food, have a variety. As someone who is allergic to peanuts and can’t eat cheese, I find that there are slim pickings at many gatherings. Keep in mind some people want to eat healthy, some are lactose-intolerant, and some may be vegetarian!

The Bennett handbag

Which Handbag Heaven bag are you dreaming of this holiday season?

Rachel: The Bennett.

See how Rachel styled the Bennett throughout this entire post!

What holiday beverage makes you the merriest?

Rachel: Hot chocolate is my favorite for cold weather. It reminds me of my childhood.

Which gift from years past rivals the excitement of the Red Rider BB Gun from A Christmas Story?

Rachel: When I was around 10, I received a makeup vanity filled with nail polishes. I still have it to this day (at my parent’s house).

Rachel with the Bennett handbag

What holiday movie is on repeat throughout the season?

Rachel: A Christmas Story. It seriously never gets old.

What’s your favorite holiday memory?

Rachel: I miss spending the holidays with my grandparents. They’ve since passed away, so I cherish the memories of all the cousins gathering at their house and eating my grandma’s delicious food.

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Haute Holidays: Kathleen of Inspirafashion

Frosted windows, twinkling lights, piles of presents — ready or not, all signs signal that the holly-jolly holidays are almost here! To get in the seasonal spirit, we asked five of the hottest style bloggers around to dish on all things holiday — from their favorite childhood memories to those holiday tunes they just can’t stand. So cozy up with your laptop and a cup of hot cocoa, and enjoy an extra-chic dose of holiday cheer.

Our latest Haute Holiday interview is with the simply chic Kathleen of Inspirafashion.

Kathleen of Inspirafashion

Which “Kate” will you be channeling when you attend holiday parties this season — Moss, Middleton, Bosworth, or Perry?

Kathleen: Kate Bosworth. She exudes an effortless edge with a mix of feminine and classy style.

What holiday song brings you the most holiday spirit? 

Kathleen: Ever since I found out about She & Him, I have loved their holiday version of Christmas Waltz. Such a cute and fun song. Oh, and Zooey Deschanel and Joseph Gordon-Levitt when they sing their New Year’s song.

Kathleen and the Elise

What holiday food makes you bring out the stretchy pants?

Kathleen: Anything that involves pumpkin … pumpkin pie, pumpkin donuts, pumpkin ice cream. As you can tell, I love pumpkin. :)

What’s on your wishlist this holiday?

Kathleen: So tough because I have a long shopping lust-list. I’m hoping to get either an iPad or Tory Burch riding boots.

We’re all ears: Have a great holiday entertainment tip?

Kathleen: Serve drinks in jar cups — they’re adorable, yet fun. For added charm, dip the top of the cup in water and then crushed candy canes.

The Elise handbag

Which Handbag Heaven bag are you dreaming of this holiday season?

Kathleen: The Elise.

See how Kathleen styled the Elise throughout this entire post!

What holiday beverage makes you the merriest?

Kathleen: Pumpkin Spice Latte <3

Which gift from years past rivals the excitement of the Red Rider BB Gun from A Christmas Story?

Kathleen: One year when I was little, I got so lucky. My parents surprised me with a hot pink Barbie convertible that I could drive around all by myself. I wasn’t even 5 and I already had my own car!

Kathleen and the Elise handbag

What holiday movie is on repeat throughout the season?

Kathleen: Love Actually has been my recent favorite. Everything about that movie makes me so happy.

What’s your favorite holiday memory?

Kathleen: It probably consists of whenever my entire family is together at my grandparents’ house that we all grew up in. Having everyone together for the holidays is probably the reason why I love Christmas and the holiday season so much. So no single holiday memory is my favorite, just any with my Murillo family. :)

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Haute Holidays: Toshiko of It’s Not Her, It’s Me.

Frosted windows, twinkling lights, piles of presents — ready or not, all signs signal that the holly-jolly holidays are almost here! To get in the seasonal spirit, we asked five of the hottest style bloggers around to dish on all things holiday — from their favorite childhood memories to those holiday tunes they just can’t stand. So cozy up with your laptop and a cup of hot cocoa, and enjoy an extra-chic dose of holiday cheer.

Our latest Haute Holiday interview is with the eclectic Toshiko of It’s Not Her, It’s Me.

Toshiko with the Reese handbag

Which “Kate” will you be channeling when you attend holiday parties this season — Moss, Middleton, Bosworth, or Perry?

Toshiko: Out of all the Kates, my style is the closest to Kate Bosworth’s, but I wouldn’t mind throwing some Kate Moss into the mix with some edgy leather and faux fur this holiday season!

What holiday song brings you the most holiday spirit? Which song KILLS it?

Toshiko: Oh, that’s a tough one! I love all the classics — original classics. I can’t really stand modern-day remixes, especially when it’s really badly sung by some new unknown artist (too many out there). Yikes!

Toshiko fall look

What holiday food makes you bring out the stretchy pants?

Toshiko: Sweet potatoes and all the pies!

What’s on your wishlist this holiday?

Toshiko: As of right now, I am most excited for the Isabel Marant x H&M collab. I seriously want everything!

We’re all ears: Have a great holiday entertainment tip?

Toshiko: Cooking together with your significant other, friends, or family is always fun!

 

The Reese handbag

Which Handbag Heaven bag are you dreaming of this holiday season?

Toshiko: The Reese.

See how Toshiko styled the Reese throughout this entire post!

Toshiko in leopard and sunglasses

What holiday beverage makes you the merriest?

Toshiko: My stepdad makes bomb eggnog!

Which gift from years past rivals the excitement of the Red Ryder BB Gun from A Christmas Story?

Toshiko: This doesn’t sound very exciting and perhaps a little nerdy, but my fiancé got me the Adobe Creative Suite (Photoshop, Illustrator, etc.) one Christmas, and it’s the best gift ever because I literally use it every day! Not sure what I would do without it — or him. ;)

Toshiko in white lace and a blue skirt

What holiday movie is on repeat throughout the season?

Toshiko: The Holiday! Gotta love that one!

What’s your favorite holiday memory?

Toshiko: I grew up in Hong Kong and Christmas there is extraordinary! This city is full of lights and high-rises — imagine all of that with holiday decor and lights! It’s quite spectacular. It’s something you have to experience in person!
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Haute Holidays: Promise of Promise Tangeman Creative

Frosted windows, twinkling lights, piles of presents — ready or not, all signs signal that the holly-jolly holidays are almost here! To get in the seasonal spirit, we asked five of the hottest style bloggers around to dish on all things holiday — from their favorite childhood memories to those holiday tunes they just can’t stand. So cozy up with your laptop and a cup of hot cocoa, and enjoy an extra-chic dose of holiday cheer.

Our latest Haute Holiday interview is with the incredibly artsy and fashionable Promise of Promise Tangeman Creative.

Promise of Promise Tangeman Creative

Which “Kate” will you be channeling when you attend holiday parties this season — Moss, Middleton, Bosworth, or Perry?

Promise: Kate Moss (I hope). I love her style. I also love Katy Perry, but I can’t pull that off.

What holiday song brings you the most holiday spirit? 

Promise: Embarrassingly enough, I LOVE the whole ‘N Sync Christmas album. Don’t hate.

Promise and the Delaney handbag

What holiday food makes you bring out the stretchy pants?

Promise: Chocolate fudge.

What’s on your wishlist this holiday?

Promise: Home accessories with a modern/rustic look. We just bought a house, and we are slowing adding to it.

We’re all ears: Have a great holiday entertainment tip?

Promise: I can never get enough of bulb string lighting. It creates an inviting and cozy mood. You can hang them everywhere.

The Delaney

Which Handbag Heaven bag are you dreaming of this holiday season?

Promise: The Delaney.

See how Promise styled the Delaney throughout this entire post!

What holiday beverage makes you the merriest?

Promise: Mint Hot Chocolate from Williams-Sonoma. TO DIE FOR!!!!

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What holiday movie is on repeat throughout the season?

Promise: The Holiday, duh.

What’s your favorite holiday memory?

Promise: Chinese food on Christmas Eve has always been a fun tradition in my family. I look forward to that every year.

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Haute Holidays: Megan of Chasing Davies

Frosted windows, twinkling lights, piles of presents — ready or not, all signs signal that the holly-jolly holidays are almost here! To get in the seasonal spirit, we asked five of the hottest style bloggers around to dish on all things holiday — from their favorite childhood memories to those holiday tunes they just can’t stand. So cozy up with your laptop and a cup of hot cocoa, and enjoy an extra-chic dose of holiday cheer.

Our latest Haute Holiday interview is with the always-stylish Megan of Chasing Davies.

Megan with the Gillian handbag

Which “Kate” will you be channeling when you attend holiday parties this season — Moss, Middleton, Bosworth, or Perry?

Megan: I’d have to say Kate Middleton, at least for this year! I’ll be having my second baby right before Thanksgiving, so I’ll be keeping things more classic and simple while my body is in transition.

What holiday food makes you bring out the stretchy pants?

Megan: Pumpkin anything! I start eating pumpkin in September and don’t stop until January. Pumpkin bread, pie, dips — you name it!

Megan.of Chasing Davies mixing prints

Which Handbag Heaven bag are you dreaming of this holiday season?

Megan: The Gillian.

Check out how Megan styled the Gillian throughout this entire post!

What’s on your wishlist this holiday?

Megan: I think I’m ready for some real diamond stud earrings. I’ve been petrified to own a pair in the past (I feel like I would lose them) but I think I’m ready!

Megan modeling the Gillian

What holiday beverage makes you the merriest?

Megan: Well, seeing as I haven’t been able to drink since March while pregnant, I’ll be ready for anything! But a good red wine (Pinot Noir being my favorite) is usually my go-to around the holidays and champagne for the celebratory moments.

What’s your favorite holiday memory?

Megan: Just spending it with my big, loud, and fun family. I love coming together with my 30 cousins, aunts, uncles, and immediate family to spend quality time together.

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