And I'm back! After enjoying a blissful (and very much needed) break from the online world (no blogging! no Facebook! no Twitter! seriously, it happened!), I'm returning to blogosphere with clean head, tons of energy (must be all those mom's Christmas cookies!) and lots of inspiration.
But before we kick off 2013 in style, let's discuss the fact that this is the last Sunday in 2012. Seriously, how did that happen? Anyway, despite the fact that I didn't see it coming, I still managed to remember all the things that made me happy during the last month of 2012, the highlight being my trip to Paris bien sûr! These are the things that made my December an exceptional one:
1. Visiting and Loving: Paris, of course. Just one week before Christmas I spent the most wonderful, enchanting and magical week in Paris, surrounded by amazing people and unique atmosphere. There's truly nothing more wondrous than wandering the streets of City of Lights after dark, with Christmas lights twinkling in the night. I missed Paris the moment I landed back home, and I'm already plotting ways to get back there very soon (summer sales, perhaps?).
2. Buying: The best from Paris. I've been saving up my pennies for Paris for more than 4 months, and the shopping spree that followed was truly epic. Beauty floor of Printemps, macarons at Ladurée, perfume and candles at Diptyque, books at Shakespeare & Co., souvenirs under the Eiffel tower, tea at Mariage Freres, vintage postcards on the banks of Seine...you name it. The only problem? Packing, of course!
3. Watching: All the Christmas classics, and then some. Love Actually? Check. The Holiday? Check. King's Speech? Check. All the Christmas fairy-tales? Check. I've been watching more TV over Christmas than throughout the entire year and it's been well worth it! After all, a good dose of Christmas romance never hurts!
4. Eating: All sorts of Christmas sweets and delicacies. Due to my travels I somehow missed all the Christmas baking craziness this year, but that didn't prevent me from indulging in my mom's scrumptious concoctions. I still claim that Christmas calories don't count, but I may be adding a lot more cardio training to my January workout.
5. Reading: Grace A Memoir by Grace Coddington. I promised myself to set aside enough time this Christmas to read through the stack of books that's been sitting on my nightstand. This one is my current favorite: I've been thoroughly enjoying Grace's recount of her modeling debuts, her life in swinging London, her time spent in Paris. And I'm so looking forward to learning more about her years at British Vogue, and of course, about her role as a fashion visionary at Vogue US. Talk about an inspiring career!
6. Drinking: Mom's homemade eggnog. This is one Christmas tradition I'll be sure to uphold until the end of the world (whenever that day arrives). Mom's eggnog (with its special recipe that's been running in the family for generations) is the best Christmas drink I've ever tasted!
7. Listening to: Christmas songs. To me, Christmas time officially begins when I first hear Mariah Carey's All I want for Christmas (sans Justin Bieber, please!). Chris Rea's Driving home for Christmas and Band Aid's Do they know it's Christmas will forever be my favorites, too.
8. Dreaming of: Visiting London over Christmas. Blame it on all those enchanting Christmas movies (Love Actually, I'm looking right at you!), but all I can think of these past few days is how wonderful it would be to visit this beautiful city just before Christmas. Seeing all the monuments decked in Christmas lights, wandering on the (hopefully) snow-covered streets, visiting Christmas markets and enjoying some last minute holiday shopping, now that's something that makes me daydream.
9. Wearing: My favorite camel ankle boots. They've been getting more than a fair share of attention this past month, not least because they are my only shoes that keep my feet warm when the temperatures drop below zero. Since I was wearing them while running around Paris, they might soon be paying visit to the cobbler (isn't that the best proof that I love them to pieces?)
Now tell me, what were your December highlights?