Ready When You Are, Santa

Dear Santa, it’s my first time purchasing my very own Christmas tree as an adult. I heavily documented it to commemorate the occasion. I know it’s only November 30th, but I’m ready when you are.

Adulthood takeaway: Christmas trees are not cheap, and neither are Christmas decorations in general. But the feeling, *smell* and overall vibe of our apartment right now is priceless.

I knew we could get a tall tree due to having abnormally sky-high ceilings in our living room, but we didn’t have a lot of horizontal real-estate for tree placement so we needed something no wider than 35 inches in diameter. All while we were browsing through the rows of trees at our local tree farm, Zack and I were chanting “tall and skinny, tall and skinny”.

We found her, brought her home, and I volunteered myself to a Target run (much to Zack’s relief) to get our tree some bling. Contemplating keeping her all year because this is the most homey that our home has ever felt. And yes, I’m aware that you can’t preserve a real tree in your home for 12 months, but let me dream.

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As far as tree adornments go, I opted for a simple gold theme. If you look super closely I actually placed the ornaments in a gradient from silver at the tippy top to gold mid-way to dark crimson at the bottom. The gradient is definitley subtle in photos, so I’m thinking of getting even more crafty with it and hanging polaroids as ornaments as well to give our tree a little more pizzaz. Stay tuned for additional crafty tree decoration updates and possibly a tutorial? (I’m such a blogger now!)

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I didn’t even consider getting a faux tree because of a few reasons. The primary being it would eat up a lot of storage space, and also who knows if I’ll want an even taller tree next year! Or a mini one! I’d like to keep my options open for future adulthood Christmases. But above all, THE SMELL. As a highly nostalgic human who associates smells with memories, I couldn’t bring myself to get a fake tree when I grew up with the smell of pine needles every Christmas.

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But here’s a nifty adulthood life hack for ya: if you want your house / apartment / dorm room / studio to smell like Christmas without having a real tree, I happened upon the most perfect combination of candle scents by my all-time favorite candle brand, Voluspa that’ll do the trick. After years of important candle research (I’ve been buying these candles since college!) I can say with confidence that together these candles are the perrrrrfect Christmas combo. You’re welcome. (Exact candles will be linked along with my outfit details at the bottom of the post!)

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Okay and last thing – can we talk about these boots? I found them at Nordstrom and they’re now my designated holiday boots. Okay, that’s all I needed to say. Thank you for reading, and see ya in the next one!

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Shop Gray Malin Triptych – https://www.graymalin.com/products/coogee-beach-triptych

Shop Retro Kitchen Clock – http://amzn.to/2At4bia

Gold Wire Blanket Basket – http://bit.ly/2AV0Mcw

Capsule Gray Sofa – http://bit.ly/2AreT8f

SHOP MY EXACT OUTFITS BELOW!
SHOP MY HOME DECOR!

  1. disicouture

    27 December

    Looking sooo gorgeous! Love the pictures…so festive! :-)

    http://www.disicouture.com/

    xoxo
    Edisa

    • Helen Owen

      28 December

      Hi Edisa! Thank you! Means a lot coming from such an longtime blogger, I checked your site out and you’re amazing! Keep it up. Happy holidays xx

      • disicouture

        28 December

        Thank you for your reply, dear Helen! I found you on Instagram and I fell in love with your travel pictures. Surely, I wanted to see more and checked your blog. I am looking forward to all your upcoming blogposts. :-)

        Keep on doing great job & always stay true to yourself! <3

        Wish you happy holidays and a wonderful New Year!

        xoxo

  2. Tamara

    18 December

    Excellent! You make me start Christmas decorations 😊
    P.S i love your boots!

  3. ulloonewyork

    10 December

    This blog post is perfect for holiday season!! so excited to read your posts and follow the journey across platforms :)

  4. thekcorinne

    9 December

    Looooove this! Absolutely love all the textures in the pictures, literally feels like you kicked off your shoes and you’re seeing all the cute stuff around your apartment :)

  5. Anna

    5 December

    HELEN!! im so happy for you to see that you’ve taken a step farther with your blog! (I’m a Tumblr OG)… I’m approaching the end of my high school career and believe it or not I am hoping to apply to UCLA as a design media arts major! If you have any tips or portfolio recommendations it would be awesome! (I am too painfully average grade-wise) and I was second-thinking about apply until I came across your blog/tumblr a few years ago. :) THANK YOU

  6. Mile High Dreamers

    5 December

    YES! I get so ridiculously excited about Christmas trees and decorations. While Ben and I have the tiniest fake tree in our equally tiny home right now, I still go up to the mountains every year with my dad to cut down our family Christmas tree in the woods! We usually get one that’s about 15-20 feet tall, cut it down, drag it back (in our snowshoes!), somehow hoist it onto the car, and put it up in their huge family room. It’s an EPIC family tradition and I have a feeling you and Zack would love it. It’s a must do at least once in your life.
    SO happy to see you blogging again, and equally as happy that the holidays are here!

    • Helen Owen

      5 December

      Hi Susie!

      Um yes that sounds like absolute Christmas MAGIC. That’s totally the type of tradition I want to start when I have a house big enough to fit a 15-20 foot tall tree! Haha
      Just checked out your blog and you guys are so so cool! Love what you do. Excited to keep up with you guys as well! We’re trying to be more plant-based these days, so I need to fully stalk your blog for inspo! So hard to stay on it while traveling.
      Thanks so so much for your support!
      Have an amazing holiday season :) xx

      Helen

  7. Mi

    4 December

    Hey Helen. Congrats on your new blog! So pretty :)
    Just wanted to share: I really miss your more, say authentic pictures, from the beginning (yes, tumblr days haha). I’ve always loved it, you seem so nice and I really believe in your journey.
    Thank you Helen, good luck :)

    • Helen Owen

      5 December

      Hi Mi :) Thanks so much for your support, it always blows my mind that people remember me from so long ago when I was on tumblr! Can’t thank you enough for following me for so long. Means the world! I will try to keep my photos more authentic, I always do – but I’ll be more conscious of it now after reading your comment.
      Thank you again! Sending my love
      x

  8. Little Giraffe

    4 December

    Yay, Helen! Your blog is looking gorgeous xx

    Love,
    Little Giraffe

    • Helen Owen

      4 December

      Thank you loves so much! :) xxx

  9. Brooke

    4 December

    Hi Helen! So excited you are blogging 😍 what size are you in the Paige jeans? I’m trying to get a reference for myself before I order! Thank you!

    • Helen Owen

      4 December

      Hi Brooke! Yay thank you, me too! I’m wearing a size 23 because they’re super stretchy and comfy and I like them really fitted :) Hope this helps! xx

  10. Emilia

    4 December

    Love your new blog!<3 Maybe workout routine pist next? Inspo neeeeded

  11. Alexis kiil

    4 December

    What kind of camera and lens are you using?! :)

    • Helen Owen

      4 December

      Sony A7sII and the lenses we used were 55mm f1.8 and 24-70mm f4 :)

  12. Lauren

    4 December

    Obsessed! Congrats on the blog, love it! Can I ask where that awesome basket you have blankets in is from?

    • Helen Owen

      4 December

      Hi Lauren! Thank you so much :) Yes! It’s from Huset Shop, here is a link to it! http://bit.ly/2AV0Mcw
      I also just added a lot more links to my home decor and furniture at the end of the post if you’re interested in anything else!
      x

  13. Pearle Dae

    4 December

    I love your blog !! Can’t wait for more to come. You are inspiration and love your Snapchat !! 😍😍

    • Helen Owen

      4 December

      Thank you so much for such kind words xx

  14. LA

    3 December

    I have sooo missed your tumblr days! I always thought you had so much more to offer than only instagram pics. You are great with words and always so kind. Happy to have you back in a blogging platform. :)

    • Helen Owen

      4 December

      I can’t tell you how much this means to me! And how much I agree. I’m so happy to have this blog now, as much as I loved Tumblr it was time to step it up a notch. Thank you so much for such kind words and your support over so many years. Sending you my love back! x

  15. bkcsquared

    3 December

    We’re SO happy you have a blog now! It looks amazing!! Excited to follow along & connect!

    • Helen Owen

      4 December

      YAY me too! Thank you thank you! Excited for this new community x

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