Our First Christmas

This year, we celebrated our first official Christmas as "The Kamczycs!" After getting married, buying our first home, and all the other excitements 2016 had to offer, we decided to spend our holiday relaxing in the solitude and serenity of the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains. We soaked up every ounce of our surroundings we possibly could, watched hours of Christmas movies and holiday baking shows, braved the cold weather for calming dips in the hot tub, dried off by the fireplace, exchanged stockings, and I can't remember the last time I was so relaxed. 

A few photos from our trip:

I couldn't ask for a better view ;)

I couldn't ask for a better view ;)

We could hear cows mooing in the distance, and a rooster crowing, and it felt like we were an entire world away, sitting in the sky.

We could hear cows mooing in the distance, and a rooster crowing, and it felt like we were an entire world away, sitting in the sky.

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Does my husband know me, or does he know me? He fed all my obsessions: magazines, scented candles, jigsaw puzzles, Elvis Presley, dark chocolate, photography (a fun Polaroid camera!) and orange tic-tacs. He won this year's stocking-stuffing, hands down.

Does my husband know me, or does he know me? He fed all my obsessions: magazines, scented candles, jigsaw puzzles, Elvis Presley, dark chocolate, photography (a fun Polaroid camera!) and orange tic-tacs. He won this year's stocking-stuffing, hands down.

This was the first Christmas in a lifetime of Christmases, and it's one I will never forget.

hellokorin holiday: travel makeup

For a lot of people, myself included, the holidays are usually a time for traveling. This year Ginger is coming along, so that means I'm down to one overhead bag and Ginger's carrier. While packing 10 days worth of clothes, accessories, and doggy supplies into my trusty yellow bag is going to be difficult, one way to create space is to pare down my beauty routine to the essentials. I don't wear a ton of makeup regularly anyway, but like most of the ladies I know, I've amassed more than my fair share of products. So if you're jet-setting this Christmas, instead of just tossing your entire cosmetics bag into your suitcase and praying for the zipper to close, give my trusty makeup essentials a try!

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bareminerals bareskin foundation light feel, just enough coverage, and easy on skin (aka liquid gold)
maybelline highlighting concealer does the work of both concealer and highlighter in one, in a portable easy-to-use container
it cosmetics brightening face disc gives winter skin a beautiful, healthy glow (and contains anti-aging ingredients!)
maybelline "the nudes" eyeshadow palette my new go-to! in love with the mix of neutrals and shimmer, plus it can do double duty for filling in brows, too
l'oreal smoldering eyeliner from subtle waterlining to bold cat-eyes, this little pencil does it all (and lasts ALL DAY)
l'oreal voluminous mascara the perfect amount of volume and definition, and won't run if you shed a tear or two watching It's A Wonderful Life
eyeslipsface jumbo lip gloss stick be ready for an impromtu fancy dinner or night on the town with an inexpensive lip color you won't be applying all night long

Have you tried any of these products? What are your beauty essentials when traveling? Comment below, or use #hkholiday to share your holiday travels!

XO Korin

hellokorin holiday: decorating small spaces

If you love decorating for the holidays, but don't love the idea of trying to cram a 6-foot tree and mounds of garland, lights, stockings, and other decorations into your apartment, you've come to the right place. Getting into the Christmas spirit doesn't mean having to squeeze past the tree to get to the bedroom or eat with your dinner in your lap because the nativity set and snow globes and stocking holders are crowding every flat surface within sight. I'll show you how to get maximum festivity with minimal square footage in just a few easy, creative steps:

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The golden rule for decorating an apartment: small space = small decorations. Opt for a miniature tree, and hang fewer, more deliberate ornaments. Not enough space for a full wreath? Hang a few fir sprigs tied with a pretty ribbon!

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An easy way to save space with decorations is to hang them up on the wall! Try out a fun Christmas tree alternative, or hang ornaments from a light fixture! And instead of bulky figurines taking up valuable space, hang festive banners or wreaths on the walls.

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Decorating can start to feel cramped when you add special holiday pieces to your existing decor; try swapping them out instead. Box up your everyday dishes and give them a rest, swapping them with fun holiday plates and place mats; stash your normal throw pillows away and replace them with Christmas-themed ones; and switch out the art on the walls with framed holiday pictures or lyrics to your favorite Christmas song!

I wanna see your apartment's holiday style! Snap a pic of your digs and tag me @hellokorin_ on Instagram.

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XO Korin

Holiday Wishlist Swap

Hello! It's a chilly day here in Texas, perfect for starting to think about the holidays! I always like to get a head start on gift shopping, and by now I'm already starting to make my lists. So to help give you some ideas about what to give (or what to put on your own wishlist), the lovely Lexi from Basically Bubbly and I decided to swap ideas! We each came up with a few items we'd love to find under our trees. When you're done, check out what I'm wishing for. Here are a few of her favorite things (that are now a few of my favorites too)! Swap With Korin

From Lexi @ Basically Bubbly -

J. Crew "I Love You" tee "Because those words aren't said enough"

Michael Kors "Selma" tote "So I can give my Dooney & Bourke a rest"

Kate Spade glitter coasters "To add just a touch of sparkle"

Boyfriend by Kate Walsh solid perfume "Just the right size to go everywhere with me, plus the smell is yummy"

Reiko Kaneko gold "Lip Tease" mug "Perfect for sipping hot cocoa on those chilly winter nights"

Madewell calf hair belt "Perfect for pairing with other prints"

Madewell mini-bow ring "For subtle bling"

It's Here Again

I’m in holiday mode. Already, I know. But between the commercials on television and the Christmas music they’re now playing at work, I just can’t help it. Besides, I’m a planner, I need time to make sure I get all the people on my list the perfect gift. Anyway, here’s a little holiday-party-inspired link love from me to you:

My Christmas mood music of choice.

My ideal Christmas party outfit (if ever I attend a glamorous holiday party like the one in my head):

  • I'm currently dying over these shoes (they're on my Christmas list along with these)
  • a holiday party seems like the perfect opportunity to add a little glam with some falsies (I've secretly been dying for a reason to try some out!)
  • these sparkly DIY shoe clips are so cute
  • the very second this dress comes back in stock, I'm snatching it up!

some gifts I would really love to find under my tree:

  • a tiny initial ring, K of course
  • I would gladly make some room on my bookshelf for either of these books 
  • this bag...just...wow

I'm not a huge fan of caramel, but I've heard this recipe is a real crowd-pleaser.

I am, however, a huge fan of soft pretzels. Yum.

PS, If you're a member of the nation, this post will look eerily familiar. I just felt so bad leaving my blog out of the action. I promise to have a hellokorin-exclusive post soon.