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Happy Holidays!

Attention prepsters everywhere:

No matter what you celebrate, this should be a throwback for all of you. Enjoy.

Happy Holidays from the Twines & Vines Staff!

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Last Minute Gifts for the (Almost) Forgotten

Every year in my house, it seems, there’s always one person my family has forgotten to get a gift for until the last minute before Christmas.  “Did you get something for the next door neighbor?” “Yes.” “The manager of the yacht club?” “Uh huh.” “Field hockey coach?” “Done.” “Uncle Peter?” “…Oops…”

Here are some ideas for spur of the moment gifts from our friends at Vineyard Vines!

last minute gifts

1. This cover is the perfect accessory for the iPhone your parents bought the nanny this year. $38

3. When the country club bartender is feeling low, surprise him with this holiday bow tie that will make him the talk of the town! $45

4. Even though you forgot Hanukkah ended on the 9th, your attorney’s wife will still adore this bangle. $48

5. This lazy pants set is perfect.  I mean, the cleaning lady wants to be cozy too… pants $65 top $49.50

6. Get this tumbler for your SAT tutor who’s on that juice cleanse. $16.50

7. Forgot there was a gift exchange tonight?  Pick up this reindeer whale ornament on your way to the party! $22.50

8. Don’t forget Fido! This patchwork leash is the best.  The handle has a buckle to easily attach your pup to the cafe table at lunch or the lamp post at Starbucks. $42

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Entertaining for the Holidays

If you follow me on Instagram, you know that there’s nothing I love more than planning and throwing parties for every occasion.  Call me domestic, but I just love entertaining!  Christmas parties are easily my favorite.  Below are some ideas for the best holiday parties you’ll ever throw!

The Secret Santa/White Elephant Exchange | The easiest way to check multiple people off your guest list in one night.  Set a budget (anywhere from $15-50 is acceptable, depending on who is attending) and everyone brings a wrapped gift.  When each person arrives, a sticker with a number is placed on their gift.  Once everyone is there, each person draws a piece of paper from a bowl.  The number drawn should correspond to the gift that person receives.

The Cookie Exchange/Gingerbread House Making Extravaganza | The most stereotypical housewife Christmas party you will ever attend.  Everyone brings a tray of cookies to share as they frost and decorate gingerbread houses.  When hosting this type of party, I always ask each person to also bring a gift valued at $10+ to donate to a local homeless shelter.

The Christmas Movie Marathon | My favorite to host for a group of 10 or so teenage girls.  Can easily be combined with either of the above ideas.  Best movies to watch include Elf, A Christmas Story, Home Alone, I’ll Be Home for Christmas, The Santa Clause, and National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation.

The Tree Lighting Ceremony | The ultimate combination of bringing people together and making your family the center of attention.  How many tree lightings have we been to for shopping malls and performing art centers? I’ve been to three this year alone.  Invite all of the family friends over for a dinner party and tree viewing.  While eating dinner, explain to the crowd how much of an honor it is to see your tree being lit for the first time all season.  Once lit, make sure to give the background information about each and every ornament.  “See that Santa Claus? That’s the Radko that Great-Grandmother Briggs handed down to me.  It was hung on her tree in the fifties.”

Last, but certainly not least…

 

The Christmas Boat Parade Viewing Party | What better way to combine an amazing holiday with the prep culture?  Honestly, I’m not sure how many cities host boat parades around Christmastime, but I can promise that Newport Beach’s is one of the best.  Going into the 104th Annual, it never disappoints.  Plus, there are so many viewing places where this party can take place: the yacht club, the bay front homes, or from the boats themselves!  Stay tuned to see pictures and details from the boat parade parties I’ll be having this year!

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Trueprep: Christmas Edition

Now that Thanksgiving is over and the snow is falling, there is something I must admit: I have a slight obsession with Christmas time (and by slight I mean quite extreme). You may or may not know this, reader, but I go a little overboard when it comes to the holiday season. As soon as the turkey is put away, the last piece of pumpkin pie is devoured, and my father is fast asleep on his chair by the fire, it begins. “It” entails decorating with as many lights as I can find around the house, consuming copious amounts of baked goods, and listening to Nat King Cole Christmas carols for days on end. I even make my dog wear stupid Santa hats and mistletoe… poor Liberty never has a chance. However, when I’m wrapped up in all this holiday spirit (no pun intended…), I seem to forget that others do not 100% share my enthusiasm all the time – much to my chagrin. Friends have shared with me that although they see tons of products they would love to have during the year, when it comes to the gifting season, they have no idea what they want. In response I say, “Cheer up, Scrooge! I have PLENTY of gifts that can help jog your memory.” They then reply with a joyous “Whipee!” and we skip off together to Candy Cane Land to enjoy our holiday treats. (Alright, maybe that part I made up but who doesn’t want to visit a place called Candy Cane Land???) So to help all of you get an idea of what you may want under your tree, menorah, etcetera here is my basic Christmas list that I’ll be placing in an envelope and mailing to the North Pole ASAP. Happy Chrismahannakwanzaa and don’t forget to stay preppy. <3

TruePrep’s Ultimate Christmas Wishlist:

  1. Ryan Gosling (shouldn’t be too much trouble, right?)
  2. Gibson Hummingbird Acoustic-Electric Guitar
  3. NuMe Hair Curler
  4. Frye Melissa Logo Boots
  5. Hamptons Navajo Jack Rogers (White/Gold) (since I ruin mine every season)
  6. Saint Christopher Pendant Necklace
  7. Gift Cards on Gift Cards on Gift Cards
    1. Vineyard Vines
    2. Lilly Pulitzer
    3. Madewell
    4. J-Crew
    5. Jack Wills

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Prepped for Success

Now that my equestrian meets are over and I have basically adjusted to college life, I think it’s time for me to start posting again. (Sorry about that…)

It has recently come to my attention that people feel caught between seasons when mid-November rolls around. People don’t know if they should still be in the autumnal mindset – since Thanksgiving festivities have yet to take place – or if it is socially acceptable to start blasting “A Holly, Jolly Christmas.” I’m here to tell you that if Hurricane Sandy and that weird tropical storm met up and gave you some snow, it is more than OK to start decorating. I’m never one to rush the seasons but making a wish list, drinking hot cocoa, and going to hockey games (despite the NHL lockout) gets me more excited than a teenage boy on the opening sales day for Black Ops 2.

Take a cue from socialite Olivia Palermo and her friends Matthew Williamson & Johannes Huebland by putting some prep in your step this Thanksgiving and  holiday season. The leftward photograph features Palermo and Williamson in fall attire and the right transitions to her more recent winter garb with Huebland. In the meantime while we wait for winter to approach, here’s a question for you to consider not just on Thanksgiving but every day: What are you thankful for?

♥ Stay Preppy

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Get what you really wanted

Aunt Edna didn’t come through on with the shorts on your list for the Holidays?  Never fear, from now until January 6th, grab the gear you really wanted at never before sale prices.
No discount codes, no limit on which items, just a good old fashioned end of the year sale to brighten up your post holiday slump!
Only at Streaker Sports

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Happy Holidays from SNL

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Christmas Sweater

Extrafine Italian merino with Brooks Brothers logo buttons. This cardigan updated with a plaid pattern. Ribbed neck, cuff and hem. Knit lined pockets and fully fashioned. Dry clean. Imported.

I know most of you got a few ugly Christmas sweaters from your Aunts and Uncles when you were little. Seeing as you’ve outgrown them, get another. Exams are over and what better a way to celebrate it than a Christmas Sweater Party. Stay warm, soft, seasonal, and safe.

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NY teacher claims Santa is a fraud. Warning Spoiler Alert!

From nypost.com

12/4/2011

By CANDACE AMOS

She may have ruined Christmas for her second-grade students, but at least she’s sorry.

The upstate elementary school teacher vilified for telling a class full of 7- and 8-year-olds that Santa doesn’t exist has finally apologized for the epic blunder.

Read more: http://www.nypost.com/p/news/local/no_santa_clod_so_sorry_FIZdIOcadOdhwf1n7UIxEL#ixzz1fcOeeAoR

Can’t wait to lose a tooth during snack time in her class! I can hear her now “No, just throw that tooth away Jimmy. There’s not really a tooth fairy.”

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