Happy Snowstorm!

Really, what are you going to do besides online-shop, movie-watch, and bake? I personally am planning on making a snowy trek to my fitness center, but I can see why that doesn’t sound appealing to everyone.

A. Online Shop

ModCloth.com has all kinds of fun stuff, including great gift ideas. This Paris-themed umbrella is cute for the traveler in your life.

Bags & Accessories - Rain Along the Seine Umbrella

This cute winter scarf is fitting for the sister in-law or cousin you’re not sure what to buy for…

Bags & Accessories - Raising Cane Scarf in Sky

Check out their whole accessories page- it’s super fun!

Gap.com…always good stuff! (Also 30% off today!)

Everyone has at least one baby in their life to shop for…buy this for yours!

Baby girl faux-fur vest

Favorite fur vest

Baby boy onesie

Intarsia penguin one-piece

(both gap.com)

Target.com. Neiman Marcus + Target and their fantastic partnership with the biggest names in fashion to bring you a host of gifts for at least half your list. If you haven’t already checked out this collection at your nearest Target, shame on you (it’s been out for 8 days now!!)

For the man in your life I love love this Rag & Bone sweater.

rag & bone Men's Sweater

For the Apple geek in your life, Proenza Schouler iPad sleeeve. (I also LOVE the sweatshirt of this same pattern…hint hint..;) )

Proenza Schouler iPad Sleeve

Etsy.com These hand-made soaps are a fun gift for your mom! “The Fresh Snow Bar” by Clean By Ali. They’re pretty too!

the fresh snow bar

B. Movie-watch

The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe- children stumble though a wardrobe and end up in the magical [snowy] land of Narnia. I just love this movie!

The Holiday- It has a good cast and takes place both in snowy England and sunny Los Angeles!

Home Alone 2: Lost in New York- Because you can’t go wrong with this 1992-classic. And we all love the Central-Park bird lady.

C. Bake

These mint sandwich cookies from Food Network.com look like heaven.

Chocolate Cheesecake Candy Cane Bars…wow these look phenomenal. (also Food Network.com)

From bhg.com/recipe/drinks, check out this Peanut Butter Hot Chocolate recipe, as well as all the other hot chocolate varieties! Yum!

Peanut Butter Cocoa

Thanks for stopping by on this snowy Sunday! Don’t forget to follow me!

James Bond and I have something in common.

We both love the Queen. And London. And Scotland.

I was excited to have gotten the chance to see the new James Bond film “Skyfall” this weekend. Being the 23rd James Bond film, it really is shocking/pathetic that it’s the first one I’ve seen. The opening sequence was a visual delight (set to Adele’s “Skyfall”), the plot was good, and the costumes were excellent. Besides loving Daniel Craig (his dapper wardrobe provided by American designer Tom Ford), I was beyond excited at seeing my beloved England and Scotland as the setting for the film (along with Turkey and China). Parts of the movie are filmed in London, as that is where Mr. Bond’s base MI6 is.  The ending scene in Scotland at James’ childhood home was actually filmed at a country house in Surrey, U.K. (southwest of London). Glencoe, Scotland in the Scottish highlands was another dramatic setting of the film’s denouement.

No, I am not British (well, 1/16th of me is- thanks Grandma for my detailed ancestry knowledge) but I did get the chance to spend two months of 2011 in the United Kingdom. Below, I compare my travel pictures with Mr. Bond’s. You can decide whose pictures are cooler.

Not from the movie…but still adorable! Mr. Bond and the Queen. 

Buckingham Palace and I…no Queen in my photo.

Action scene in the London Underground…the Tube!

My friends and I in the London Tube. To this day I have no idea why I am wearing sunglasses in the Tube.

Mr. Bond in Central London.

Me in London. I’m not on a roof, but whatever.

James Bond in Scotland at the end of the film.

Me in Scotland.
See the resemblance?!!
Obviously I loved the film. Even if you don’t love the U.K./Daniel Craig as much as I do, I am sure you will enjoy it! Cheers!