chic or geek

a mildly aspirational blog of my life, times, and taste

farewell, 2016

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my top 9 Instagram posts for the year

my top 9 Instagram posts for the year

oh, 2016 - what a year! 

It's easy to fixate on the bad that has transpired over the last 365 days, but I can absolutely say that 2016 had more ups than downs for me.

It gave me a new job that has given me the opportunity to travel and pursue a career track that I can actually get passionate about. I moved into a new apartment with a washer & dryer (LIFE CHANGER). New job = more money as well as a pledge to myself to manage it better. I continue to have a healthy cat, family & boyfriend. There's no shortage of so much (maybe too much?) good food. 

So long, 2016. We're ready for whatever comes next.

NYE FOMO? Not here.

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see this and other festive decoration inspiration on my Pinterest

see this and other festive decoration inspiration on my Pinterest

There are few events that can give people more FOMO than New Year's Eve. As a society, we're hooked on the idea that an elaborate evening of shaken champagne bottles, fireworks, and reflective outfits will ensure that the best year yet is on its way. However, anyone who has woken up with one hell of a champers headache on 1/1 will tell you that the hype isn't real, and that a dress covered in sequins is actually more scratchy and uncomfortable than festive.

So if an over-the-top celebration isn't the best way to usher in 2017, what is? In my opinion, it's a small party at home with some of my nearest and dearest. You don't have to pay a cover to get in, the drinks are almost free, and you can spend the evening in your slippers if you want to.

Here are my tips to throwing a small, at-home bash for NYE - I'm ready for you, 2017:

  • Add a little bit of sparkle via decorations. While there's no need to get messy with confetti that will stick around for months, a well-placed garland and a few metallic balloons will give the night a party vibe.
  • Keep the guest list small. Invite people that you genuinely want to spend the evening with, and keep in mind people who might not otherwise have plans for the night. Not everyone wants to spend the evening at a crowded bar, but I bet far fewer people want to spend the evening solo at home.
  • Encourage people to BYOB, but have champagne and beer on hand to toast at midnight. You could even plan a signature drink if you're feeling creative, but keep the recipe simple and something you can easily prepare in bulk ahead of time. You don't want to be tied to your kitchen all night!
  • Turn the TV on mute and keep an eye on the clock for midnight. I love watching the ball drop at midnight, but also want to keep people entertained with games and music (grab a top 2016 playlist from Spotify) over the course of the evening.
  • Have snacks on hand. People should have eaten dinner before heading over, but your guests will inevitably get the urge to snack as the night gets later. I like to stock up on Trader Joe's frozen goodies (mozz sticks, lemongrass chicken sticks) for when the buzzed munchies strike.

And that's it! Don't be afraid to make a mess, get a little loud, and enjoy being warm and surrounded by friends as you welcome 2017. 2016 was a little rough (especially towards the end), but a fresh start in the new year will definitely help us all be a little more optimistic.

https://www.pinterest.com/chicorgeek/festive/

Luxury Living at the South Pole

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Vermont winters can make me think I'm living in Antarctica. Last week, the wind chill made it feel like -22 degrees Farenheight, and I spent a lot of my day today hoping that we don't get enough snow to strand me at work. It can be bitterly cold up here, but thankfully, there are days between November and March when the temperature does creep up over freezing and I can deign to go outside without a hat or gloves.

Yet, as much as I hate this persistent cold, I can't help but want to travel to the actual South Pole and hang out at White Desert, a super luxury resort. It'll run you $25k for an 8 day trip, but check out the lodgings! So cozy & chic, with penguins right outside your window. With a setting like this, it must be worth the trip (and major $$$).

http://www.white-desert.com/gallery/

Polatam Sheet Masks

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How are you kicking off #maskmonday? Our mask of choice is Polatam's ultra-soaked cupro sheet masks ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ’ฏ. #kbeauty247 #monday

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Since I'm the sort of person who would totally judge a book by its cover and would buy wine based solely on its label, it makes sense that I would be drawn to the chic design of Polatam sheet masks. Brightening? Moisturizing? Repairing? Who cares! No matter which option you choose, your online shopping cart will look great. These babies also boast 5 star reviews on Glow Recipe, so you know they aren't all bark - they have a little bite. 

I haven't tried these myself, but let me know in the comments if you have!