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: packing

Who here hates checking bags? I know it can't be just me. Not only do I not trust airlines to get my luggage to the correct destination (especially when layovers are involved), but I just flat out don't want to spend the money. Besides, why bother when you can fit everything you need into one small bag? Check out how I'm packing 10 items for 10 days of Christmas vacation, plus a few packing tips to help you decide what goes and what stays below:

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1. Stick to a color scheme; this makes it easy to mix and match your pieces. I prefer neutrals in my everyday outfits anyway, so this is pretty easy for me. When packing for my trip, I'm sticking to black-based neutrals with one colorful sweater and a turquoise necklace for a pop of color.

2. Pick out your must-bring pieces, and build around them. Have a dress that you absolutely have to bring, and it goes so great with those flats? Pick out a few more outfits that will go with the flats, too. Dying to show off your new blazer? Pick out a few outfits to style it in different ways.

3. When packing for winter, pack in layers. You'll definitely need a sweater and coat for any time spent outdoors, but hanging out inside with your entire extended family might get a little toasty. Pack a range of fabric weights and sleeve lengths.

4. Prepare for a range of occasions. Pack things that can be dressed up for a nice dinner out, or dressed down for hanging out with family. A black dress is perfect for this; wear it alone with some jewelry for a fancier look, or layer on a sweater to tone it down.

Get the details on all the pieces below! And for tips on packing those items without wrinkles, check out this cool post. Happy travels!

1. gray sweater 2. fair isle sweater 3. blouse 4. gingham button-down 5. denim button-down 6. white tee 7. black tee 8. black dress 9. dark wash jeans 10. black jeans
trench | bag | tassel necklace | triangle necklace | agate necklace | booties | flats

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

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"