L: Kitchen in Icelandic home via Desire to Inspire |R: Chocolate hazelnut pots de creme by Cannelle et Vanille

My jaws nearly dropped when I first saw this little Icelandic jewel. In another life, I think that’s totally where I was meant to live – in the middle of nowhere surrounded by gorgeous nature, some colorful rain boots waiting by the door always ready to go on some adventures, a colorful kitchen full or pretty vintage plates, a cosy living room where I could read my book. Le sigh. Can’t say that New York really compares at all – I guess Central Park will have to do as far as wilderness goes! :) I’m totally in love with this home – and hope you like it too.

And with that, check out these lovely chocolate and hazelnut pot de creme by Cannelle et Vanille – they totally look like they could have been baked in this lovely Icelandic home! Yum, and they look so delicious – a perfect little treat.

PS: 24 Merry Days – Day 4! You won’t want to miss today, believe me….head on over to The Sweetest Occasion to discover today’s prize. Fast. Fast. Fast! :)

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I don’t know about you, but December totally crept up on me – part of me is super happy about it, but the other part is panicking quite a bit – I feel so so unprepared! I’ve got to get going with my Christmas shopping, really. Our trip to Arizona has also been throwing me off – as I am wearing flip flops all day long, my mind is a bit far from my usual craving for snow and hot cocoa. But we’ll be back to NYC on Wednesday, so I should get back on track after that. Anyway, here’s some of the things on my wish list for December :) Happy Monday, friends!

PS: 24 Merry days – Day 3! Head on over to Sugar & Cloth today to discover today’s prizes – you heard me right, today we’re giving away TWO prizes! :)

Images: 1. Christmas print poster by Hairbrained Schemes|2. Ferm Living candleholder |3. Snowy owl necklace by Handy Maiden |4. Crochet boot cuffs by Lumi |5. Fingerless mittens by Sara Lagace. |6. Sheepskin Carry-All by We Are All Smith. |7. Dala horse ornament at Leif. |8. Elastic wrap belt by Venni Caprice.

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Happy Sunday everybody! Here’s the link to our second 24 Merry Days giveaway! Today, you have the chance to win an amazing Famille Summerbelle city map OF YOUR CHOICE, so head on over to Fellow Fellow for your chance to win :) And much more to win this December – see here!

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Hi friends! Just popping in on this lovely Saturday afternoon to let you know that 24 Merry days has just started, and today you get a chance to win an amazing $350 gift certificate for a gorgeous Kirribilla dress or coat. Head on over to 79 Ideas for your chance to win! And check out our 24 Merry Days calendar to find out about our other giveaways.

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So I mentioned to you guys a couple of times that I’ve been working on something super fun for you guys for December, and it’s time for the big reveal: get ready for the ultimate advent calendar, 24 Merry Days!!!:D Each day in December leading up to Christmas, you’ll be able to visit one of 24 bloggers offering an exclusive holiday giveaway with the most fantastic prizes. You’ll get a chance to win prizes from brands like Ferm Living, Poketo, Lauren Moffatt, Rifle Paper Co., Kinfolk, Mud Australia, and much more! Just spreading the holiday cheer one giveaway at a time, you know? :) We’ll be starting the giveaways this Saturday with an awesome giveaway on 79 Ideas, so make sure to go check it out – and enter- on Saturday!

How will you know where to go for the other giveaways? Well, everyday on my facebook page and on this blog, I’ll be letting you know where to go to find the giveaway of the day. You can also pop over to the 24 Merry Days page to learn about the giveaway schedule – I’d suggest bookmarking it! :)

Image designed by Gloria at Little White Whale Studio for 24 Merry Days.

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Happy Friday everybody! I have a super sweet announcement for you guys in a few hours, but for now I just wanted to share a few pics from our trip to Arizona – it’s been so nice to soak up the sun after the past few weeks of crazy weather in New York City. Geez, I could seriously get used to wearing flip flops and T-shirts all winter long!

We spent the first part of our trip in Flagstaff to celebrate Thanksgiving with the family I lived with when I came on exchange in high school – best family EVER, just so you know . Flagstaff is such a chill little town. It’s also chillier – jackets stayed on most of the time.
We had a great time taking some walks in the pine forest, going to small hipster coffee shops, throwing leaves…and duh, stuffing ourselves with super good food on Thanksgiving :)

We also took a day trip to gorgeous Sedona. Sedona is only 45 minutes away from Flagstaff, and is waaaaay worth the drive. One of the prettiest places I’ve seen so far! We started our day in Sedona at the terrace of a restaurant with a margarita….because, really, what can possibly go wrong when you start your day with a margarita??! After that we went for some exploring, down to one of the creeks. The girls were in heaven – I mean, they found rocks and sticks everywhere they looked….they couldn’t possibly have asked for more. Except for maybe ice cream…we happily obliged to it :) I had prickly pear (cactus) ice cream, it was delicious!
We’re now in Tucson for a few more days, staying with friends. I did my undergraduate studies in Tucson and it’s so nice to be back after four years – but more pics and words on that part of our trip later :) Hope you all have a fantastic weekend, no matter whether it’s sunny or rainy where you are!

All pictures by Audrey Smit, except for picture of our family and the picture of Olivia day dreaming in the car – these picture are by Soazic Gardais, the best friend one could ever wish for.

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Loving the current fox trend – and guessing many of you probably do too-, so there you go, this week, the ladies will feel foxy in this pretty fox skirt by Sugarhill Boutique, while the little ones play with their adorable bandit foxby Viola Studio!

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Happy Wednesday, friends! Sorry I am posting later these days – my schedule has been a bit all over the place since we arrived in Arizona last week…plus I’ve been working very hard on preparing a awesome surprise for you for December – more about that at the end of the week! Anyway, I’ve had a wonderful trip so far, doing just about a billion things!! Not a lot of me time since we’re taking the girls everywhere, showing them the wonders of AZ and also showing them off to my friends, but it’s ok – I figured I’d settle with some virtual me-time this week….almost the same, right?

1. Wooden tub caddy by Peg and Awl.| 2. Eberjey cami and pants.| 3. Strawberry fields whipped soap by Soul Sisters Soaps.| 4. Pink lace bodysuit by Knickerocker. | 5. Pink shades of Essie nail polish. | 6. Pink heart earrings by Irenka R.

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L: Coastal Australian home via Dustjacket Attic | R: Vanilla Almond & Anise Cupcakes by Sweetapolita

If you have been following this blog for a while, it’s not secret to you that I am a big fan of bright scandinavian homes where white tones dominate. But I just couldn’t not love this gorgeous Australian home. The contrast of dark and bright colors is simply perfect, and I pretty much love every single room of this modern home. The concrete floor and wood panels, the giant chalkboard….now can I move in, please pretty please?

And to go with that, these pretty vanilla Almond & Anise Cupcakes by Sweetapolita. Such unusual flavor combination, such pretty colors – I’ve got to try them!

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I’m all about celebrating one holiday at a time…and now that Thanksgiving is over, I say, bring it on – I’m beyond ready for Christmas! Time to crank up the Christmas songs on the radio and decorate our apartment from top to bottom. And I’m also trying to do some fun things with the girls – now that the girls are getting old enough, it’s time to start some fun tradition for our little family. We’ll definitely bake cookies and go see the christmas lights in our neighborhood. What about you guys – do you have any fun traditions in the weeks leading up to Christmas? I’d love suggestions!

PS: I am spending a couple of weeks in Arizona right now, sorry if I’m slow answering emails/comments! :)

1. DIY Adorned Glittered Clothespin Gift Toppers by Ez at Creature Comforts. |2. DIY advent calendar with clothes-pins |3. DIY felt garland at Papernstitch. |4. Peppermint macaroons at Anna & Blue. |5. Giant advent calendar by Oh Happy Day.

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