December 25, 2011

Twas the Night Before Christmas

Gift wrapping inspiration. I have to outdo myself each year. 
Everything looks enchanting during the holiday season
Everything is aglow
Van Cleef and Arpel's (always enchanting) Christmas windows. VCA and Tiffany & Co. are always my favorite windows.
Pretty Shoes are essential for Christmas Eve Dinner

Happy Christmas Eve! After weeks of soirees, planning and preparations; Christmas is finally here. This week has been a flurry of activity. My holiday finally commenced with a well-deserved trip to the spa. Christmas is huge for my family. The celebrations officially kicked off with my mother's birthday on Friday. Everyone is in town, which provides a lot of laughter.

A chilly afternoon was spent dropping off a few perfectly wrapped presents to friends; admiring all the decorations as I went on my way. Big or small, I love taking the care and time to wrap a present beautifully. I have to add my personal sense of style to EVERYTHING I do. It's always fun to see people's eyes light up, when they spy an elegantly wrapped present with their name on it. Most importantly, the night before Christmas is a time to spend with love ones*. I wish you all a joyous Christmas surrounded by friends and family. I hope it's a GLAMOROUS one too!

Since we're on the subject of friends, I thank each and everyone of you for being such wonderful, intelligent and inspiring readers. Through this blog, I've met some truly extraordinary people and made a few friends too. The holidays are always a time of reflection and I feel very blessed to have your support.

* Of course, Christmas Eve wouldn't be complete without a glamorous pair of shoes  to show off a pretty pedicure. 

1) This is Glamorous / 2) Lorena Arance/ 3) Martha Stewart Weddings / 4) My Personal Photo / 5) Refinery 29


  1. Hope you have a lovely end to the year - I so enjoy welcoming the new year, always makes me feel grateful for all the good things (and people, most of all) in my life.

  2. Happy Christmas! I'm sure you're an ace gift wrapper and I wish I possessed your skills! I usually just say the charm is in a gift's imperfections, but really I'm just awful at the whole thing. I hope your holiday is wonderful and happy New Year!

  3. Ammu-You too! Well said. Welcoming the new year and being surrounded by wonderful people is one of the best things ever.

    Nay'Chelle- Merry Christmas! It is all about the charm and the spirit of Christmas. I hope you have a wonderful and happy New Year as well.

  4. Happy Belated Birthday to your mom, Lindsay!! ♥ And have a very merry & stylish Christmas. :-) xoxo

  5. Tricia- Thank you!!! I hope you had a Merry Christmas as well. I can't wait to hear all about it!!! XO

  6. A very merry christmas to you!
    Your sweet comment took me directly to your blog! :)
    The gift wrapping is so amazing!!!!
    Have a wonderful 2nd Christmas Day!!!


  7. The Little Fashion Treasury- Thank you! I hope you had a lovely Christmas!

    Yes, I love your Prada dress. It's so pretty.

    Love gift wrap and all of those little details that make the holidays so fun.

    Enjoy the rest of the holiday week:)

  8. girl in the poodle shoes- Thank you!!!

  9. Wishing you a belated Merry Christmas :D

    Beautiful photos! I especially love the lighting effects of the candles along the stairs...and your shoes provoked lust at first sigh. *sighs*

    Oh, and on a side note, Balenciaga and Spain is safe with me :D Thank you! It's the most wonderful and inspiring Christmas gift ever :) I'll be writing a post about it soon!

  10. drifterqueen- Merry Christmas to you as well. I hope you are enjoying your time at home.

    You have been on my list of people to follow up with. All week I've been meaning to email you, but it's been so crazy. I'm so glad Balenciaga and Spain made it's way to you safely and that your enjoying it. I'll email you separately.

  11. I am a horrible gift wrapper so I am always amazed and impressed when people do such an impeccable job! I am sorry I just found your tweet to me but I hope you had the best Christmas this year! Here's to another fantastic run on Un Petit Bijou for 2012!

  12. We decided to stay back in the UK this year as opposed to taking yet another long haul flight to New Zealand. I'm envious of your family reunion. What a fabulous way to spend Christmas.

  13. I've basically read the entirety of your blog in the span of a day. It's such an amazing and interesting blog and I agree with you on so many points. I added it to my Google Reader:D

    I am actually quite an atrocious present wrapper, however it's the thought that counts right?

    I can't wish you a merry Christmas, however have a wonderful New Year and I can't wait to read more from you.

  14. Joy- I love a stylish present, but its so time consuming to wrap everything neatly (with paper that can be hard to work with) and finish it off with hand tied ribbons.

    Hope you had a Merry Christmas. I'm anxiously awaiting 2012! I have fun things planned for the blog:)

    Chocolate, Cookies & Candies- The UK is so pretty at Christmastime, but I know what you mean there's something nice about seeing the entire family.

  15. Amelia- Oh that's flattering. I'm glad you're enjoying the blog- that makes my day!

    Yes! It's totally the thought that counts. Always!

    Hope you have a wonderful New Year! So excited to bring the blog into 2012.