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Kayla Alewel

Links We Loved This Week

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It is bitter cold here in New York, so I am planning a weekend indoors. But just because I am apartment-bound doesn’t mean I can’t have fun. Cooking some caramel confections, knitting a scarf and making my hands silky smooth—it all sounds like a productive weekend to me! With the number of scarves I wear, [...]

The Bookstore On The Corner

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Wandering through a bookstore of any size is my idea of a day well spent. But make that store a quaint, independently owned shop, and it’s that much better.  I love the places where the owner sits behind the cash register all day and knows the exact location of every book they sell off the [...]

Instagram Love: Pets In The Snow

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We can’t get over these adorable snow dogs from a few pet-centric Instagram accounts we’ve come across recently. Check them out for a constant stream of cute pup pics when you need an afternoon pick-me-up, like on this freezing cold winter day! (Follow us on Instagram here.) @designsponge dresses her pup in pretty plaid. Momo’s snow [...]

Links We Loved This Week

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Living staffers are getting ready to make the long trek home to see family or cozying up in the city for a relaxing break. Here are a few links to peruse during your time off. We hope you have a wonderful holiday season with family and friends! Put a little extra flair into your holiday [...]

Christmas Scavenger Hunt

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Christmas scavenger hunts are typically a way to keep the kids from ripping through their presents in a flash. But in my family, the scavenger hunts began when we were much older, in high school. My brother, sister, and I kept asking for cash and gift cards for Christmas, so my mom and dad devised [...]

The Best Holiday Scents

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The sugary scent of grandma’s cookies, the brisk pine needles of evergreens, the toasty scent of crackling wood in the fire—they all make up our favorites. Nothing says Christmas quite like those iconic holiday smells. Being in the city this holiday season has presented some olfactory problems for me. My apartment doesn’t have a fireplace, [...]

Holiday Cookie Swap

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I’ll be home in Missouri for Christmas, but I’m starting my festivities early with some holiday parties in the city. First up, my neighbors are throwing a cookie-swap party! One of the pressures of being a Martha Stewart Living employee is that my friends expect something scrumptious from me. However, I’m embarrassed to admit that baking [...]

6 Wine Night Accessories Under $50

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With the holidays fast approaching, my search for the perfect gifts has begun. I started looking for fun, inexpensive presents for all of my wine night accomplices. Although, to be honest, I might be buying doubles and keeping one for myself! Check out these wine night accessories that won’t break your bank. These Camille Wine [...]

Our Finds: Non-Prescription Glasses

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My 20/20 vision makes me feel guilty. I can see perfectly without the aid of glasses or contacts, yet I own three different pairs of specs. This isn’t a new obsession either. My little sister and I bought our first pairs of fake glasses when I was 12 years old and she was eight. And [...]

Wednesday Wine Night

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No matter how much you love your job, the workweek can seem long. That’s why my friends and I devised a plan to break up our mid-week blues with Wednesday Wine Nights! Each guest brings a bottle of wine and a carefully selected cheese and convenes for an evening of catch-up. Even though we are [...]