Happy Christmas!

{Christmas at Chez Presidio}

Blogging from Colorado today, and I’ll be home for the next two weeks – finally! It feels so wonderful to be home. Even though I love my life in San Francisco, the work stress, noise, drizzly weather, and a general lack of yoga and running and sunshine in my life have definitely taken their toll this fall and winter. I’m so excited for two weeks full of sleeping, wine, cards, neighbors, friends, skiing, cabin time, and getting back to what really matters.

Happy Christmas to you, dear friend. I hope your holiday is full of wonderful things. Thank you for being here! I’m so excited for a new year of new ideas, adventures, and creativity when we all come back. See you in two weeks!

XO – Hil

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Christmas Eve

Christmas Eve is the most magical day of the year. Christmas itself is wonderful, of course, but there is something about the anticipation, the candlelight, the cider and the snowfall as you snuggle down and dream of the day ahead.

To that end, I spend what is probably an inordinate amount of time trying to decide what to wear on Christmas Eve. Today, I’m dreaming of the perfectly glamourous, yet understated, ensemble to welcome in the best night of the year – a night where anything is possible.

Christmas Eve

 

Victoria Beckham boatneck dress
$3,120 – net-a-porter.com

Pretty Polly black opaque stocking
£5.60 – debenhams.com

Charlotte Olympia platform pumps
£444 – matchesfashion.com

L K Bennett white pearl jewelry
£75 – houseoffraser.co.uk

Roisin Lip Gloss Gift Set
£19 – jackwills.com

double layer eyelashes
$9 – warehouse.co.uk

Deborah Lippmann Nail Polish
$16 – zappos.com

DL & Co Le Pomme Rouge candle
£75 – harveynichols.com

Gingerbread Cookies in Two Minutes (or less!)

If you’re wondering just what you should do with yourself in the last few days before Christmas, may I suggest you whip up some gingerbread cookies? Even though it doesn’t exactly take less than two minutes – in fact, many more minutes if you’re both cooking and filming –  these cookies are still an easy, festive way to amp up the holiday cheer and make your house smell divine.

Gingerbread Cookies in Two Minutes (or less!) from Hilary Davis on Vimeo.

Thanks to the guys from Sorted for this recipe. If you haven’t yet watched these young UK cooks, you’re missing out! And extra thanks to my brilliant friend D, for ingredients, help with filming, and friendship.

Recipe down below – in British!

Ingredients:

. 150g unsalted butter

. 120g brown sugar

. 5 tablespoons golden syrup

. 400g plain flour

. 1 heaping tablespoon baking soda

. 2 heaping tablespoons ground ginger

Instructions:

1. Preheat the oven to 170°C.
2. Melt the butter, sugar and syrup in a pan until smooth and the sugar has dissolved.
3. Remove from the heat and allow to cool for a few minutes.
4. Beat in the sieved flour, bicarb and ginger until a dough forms.
5. Allow it to cool until it’s okay to handle.
6. Dust a work surface with flour and roll the dough out to a thickness of 1cm. It may feel a little crumbly but that’s what makes it crisp when brittle when baked.
7. Cut out whatever shapes you want and arrange on a non-stick baking tray.
8. Bake for 10 minutes, then remove from the oven.

Makes 12

Honey Olive Oil Scrub

Inspired by Kate’s recipe for sugar scrub, I decided to make cute labeled jars of this get-me-through-the-winter concoction for friends as Christmas gifts.

Even though California girls don’t have the same winter concerns as my Colorado ladies, a rubdown with this sweet smelling scrub is a welcome treat anytime.

Added bonuses: the ingredients are cheap and easy to buy in bulk. You can whip this gift up quickly for those last minute invitations or gift exchanges – this would be an amazing hostess gift!

The best bonus of all: you get to eat mass quantities of salsa in order to get the jars.

40/40 Artwork

My dear friend Caresa had a genius  idea for her fabulous 40th year of life: give friends and family each a square of canvas and have them paint, draw, bedazzle or otherwise create something in her honor. She hung them in her apartment, gallery-style, in a giant grid. It’s an explosion of happiness and awesome.

As part of Crafternoon 2011, I put the finishing touches on my gradient sunrise. And yes, that is a line of golden glitter right through the middle.

What’s the best thing you’ve ever done to celebrate a birthday?

Crafternoon

I’m not the craftiest person in the world. Best Friend Dana tried to teach me to knit – for relaxation purposes – during finals week our sophomore year of college and I cried because my scarf wasn’t perfect. Or even a scarf, really. More an amorphous blob of yarn.

I’ll have the massage/pedicure package next time, thanks.

However, there is something to be said for the act of creation, in and of itself, whether you produce a masterpiece or a blob. I’ve been feeling really down and uninspired lately, so I decided having some girlfriends over for an afternoon of wine, knitting, glitter, ribbons, and anything else crafty was the perfect pick-me-up.

What do you do to get inspired?