• All the Right Circles

    Books

    Book Gift Guide

    If you didn’t already know, I love to read and I love books. That got me thinking that books are great gifts for readers in your life or people that would like to read more. Often people gift books to people that they themselves like or are popular. But in case you’re stumped, I’ve made a little list of books of different genres that could make for great gifts! I want to note that this is a very short list and not comprehensive at all – its’s just meant to give you an idea of books to gift! Working from left to right, top to bottom, I’ll give you a…

  • Home Decor

    Christmas Tablescapes

    As many of you know, if you are a regular reader of Life According to Jamie, I love looking at different tablescapes and home decor inspo posts. I’ve done Thanksgiving tablescape posts twice before (catch my one from this year here) and I did a Christmas decor inspiration post last year. This year I wanted to do a Christmas tablescape inspo post. I found all of these on Pinterest, but have linked to the website where the pin was from (or at least where it brought me when I clicked on the pin). First up, I love these gold, sparkling Christmas trees as a centerpiece with the mixture of levels…

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    Food

    Gingerbread Dreams

    I’m not an expert in gingerbread houses at all. I think in the few times I’ve ever made one they’ve been pretty basic and sloppy looking. But, that doesn’t stop me from looking in awe at all the pretty creations other people and professionals make! Last year, I did a holiday post showing off some gorgeous Mannequin Christmas Trees so this year I thought I’d round up some beautiful gingerbread house creations I found on the internet. Los Angeles Magazine shared this photo of a Beverly Wilshire Hotel Gingerbread House. It’s huge and so detailed! The next few I rounded up from Country Living. How intricate is this stone house? I kinda…

  • Photography

    Photo Challenge: Serene

    We made it to Friday! Now that it’s well and truly the holiday season I thought this photo below would be a great photo response to the challenge, “Serene“. I took this photo a few years ago in New York City during my annual outing to see the tree at Rockefeller Center. If you’ve ever been there you’ll know just how insanely crowded it is in that area since everyone wants to see the tree and the Saks light show across the street. But, if you venture a little further away from the tree you can find some quieter streets and it’s actually pretty serene or as serene as a…

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    Life

    Christkindlmarkt in Bethlehem

    Last weekend was Thanksgiving weekend which, if you read my post yesterday, then you know means I immediately switched into Christmas gear the day after Thanksgiving. So the Saturday after Thanksgiving I met up with my friend to see Fantastic Beasts (which I wrote about here) and then check out the Christmas Market or Christkindlmarkt (I won’t even try to pronounce that) in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Pretty fitting town name for a Christmas market, right? A friend of mine had lived in Bethlehem for a year a while ago and had always told me that the town goes all out for Christmas and at the SteelStacks they do a Christmas market…

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    Home Decor,  Photography

    Photo Challenge: It’s Not This Time of Year Without…

    I can’t believe it’s December! This past week’s photo challenge from The Daily Post was “It’s Not This Time of Year Without…” For my whole life my family has done Christmas decorating the weekend after Thanksgiving, much like others in the country. It seems immediately after Thanksgiving is over we find it acceptable to switch gears to Christmas and I’m all for it. So for my photo challenge response I took a picture of some Christmas decoration details, because it wouldn’t be this time of year without them. In the photo you can see my Christmas tree in the background, a few ornaments, and part of my stocking which I…

  • Food,  Home Decor,  Life,  Sets

    Hostess Gifts

      Hostess Gifts by lifeaccordingtojamie featuring spanish home decor Many of us will either be hosting or attending holiday parties in the next two weeks with Christmas and New Year’s just around the corner. I wanted to do a quick post with just a few hostess gift ideas. Fresh flowers are always a nice hostess gift. I know I love flowers so if someone brought me a bouquet I’d be happy. Baked goods/Desserts are always a nice gift especially if you’re going over for dinner. Cookies, cakes, chocolate covered fruits are all good ideas. Another good host/hostess gift is wine or perhaps champagne if you’re going for New Year’s. If…

  • Life

    Holly Jolly Holiday Tag

    I can’t believe Christmas is next week! Crazy! As I write this I’m watching/listening to Adele’s Live in New York show so while I’ve got a few spare minutes to relax, I thought I would do this Holly Jolly Holiday Tag that I saw on Jen from In the Beauty Box‘s blog last week. Here are some pretty lights from a tree I got from Costco this year (I’m turning into one of those people that needs multiple trees #sorrynotsorry) before I begin the tag! Do you start your Christmas shopping on Black Friday or wait until last minute? My Christmas shopping timeline spans a good while. I usually start buying little…

  • Crafts,  Looks

    Ugly Christmas Sweater

    Merry Christmas Eve! Ugly Christmas sweaters have been around for a long time, but I think it’s only been in recent years that people actually made a big deal out of them with the goal of wearing an ugly sweater. Just think, there was a time when people wore these sweaters because they liked them! But honestly, a lot of the sweaters I find aren’t all that ugly and are kinda cute. This year, instead of going out looking for one – because I never seem to have luck finding a good one, I decided to make my own! Luckily, I have a friend who also wanted to make one this…