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Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Gilmore Girls Christmas Traditions

 Gilmore Girls: Santa's Secret Stuff

In honor of what we consider one of the coziest shows ever, we've put together a short list of Christmas traditions from Gilmore Girls (cultivated from S7, E11: Santa's Secret Stuff). Plus, we show you how you can channel Lorelai and Rory to make these traditions fit into your yuletide season.

1. Tape some mistletoe to a ceiling fan.

CHRISTOPHER: Cool. Mistletoe.
LORELAI: Where are you going?
CHRISTOPHER: I'm gonna hang it up in the doorway.
RORY: Oh, that's not where it goes.
CHRISTOPHER: Where does it go?
RORY: We tape it to one of the blades of the ceiling fan upstairs. That way the kissing is more of a sport.
LORELAI: One of our traditions.

Buy the real stuff or try one of the tutorials below to make your own paper mistletoe. Then tape a bundle to a fan blade and have some fun. It's like spin the bottle with a seasonal twist.

 DIY Mistletoe Kissing Ball from Lia Griffith
DIY Mistletoe Kissing Ball from Lia Griffith
 DIY Mistletoe with Cricut from Megan Papworth
DIY Mistletoe with Cricut from Megan Papworth

2. Add some red and green M&Ms to your Christmas morning cereal.

We found that red and green M&Ms pair especially well with Cookie Crisp. Be prepared for a serious sugar rush.

Gilmore Girls Christmas Traditions: Add red and green M&Ms to your Christmas morning cereal! // Honey and Smoke Studio

3. Hang your stockings on the banister.

RORY: We string up our stockings on the bannister.
LORELAI: Yes, we used to string them up in the traditional place of the fireplace, but there was that fire incident and they nearly burned to bits. So now we put them on little nails on the banister.

Stay festive and fire-safe. If you don't have a staircase, try hanging your stockings from a bookcase or a bedpost.

4. Have a cup of holiday candy cane coffee.

Buy some Donut Shop Keurig K-Cups in Peppermint Bark or try the recipe below for a minty winter coffee treat.

 Donut Shop brand Keurig K-Cups in Peppermint Bark

 Slow Cooker Peppermint Vanilla Latte Recipe from Kitchen Treaty
Slow Cooker Peppermint Vanilla Lattes from Kitchen Treaty

5. "Bake" cookies.

LORELAI: ...And we bake cookies.
RORY: Well, we put on Christmas music, drink eggnog, and pretend to bake the cookies we bought from Weston's.
LORELAI: We do, however, make our own frosting. We use a handheld electric mixer from the dark ages so that Rory can continue the tradition of licking the beaters.

Channel the Sugar Plum Fairy while you frost and decorate your very own store-bought cookies. We think the Fairy would be pretty pleased with these fun cookies from Sugar & Cloth.

 Everything Sweet Sugar Cookies from Sugar & Cloth
Everything Sweet Sugar Cookies from Sugar & Cloth

6. Leave gum out for Santa.

LORELAI: And then, on Christmas Eve, we leave the cookies out for Santa's reindeer.
RORY: Santa prefers gum.

We're guessing Santa may be partial to Big Red. Just sayin'.

Gilmore Girls Christmas Traditions: Leave gum out for Santa! // Honey and Smoke Studio

7. Watch the 1940s comedy, Christmas in July.

Available for purchase on Amazon.

 Christmas in July (1940) on Amazon

Fun, right? Let us know if you decide to add any of the Gilmore Girls traditions to your holiday in the comments below. We'd love to hear from you. XOXO.

P.S. You might also like this post on Christmas traditions.

Wednesday, October 14, 2015


Hello, hello! We're halfway through October already and absolutely NO Halloween decorating has happened at Honey and Smoke Studio. Can you believe it?! We figured it was high time to do something about that so we decided to start small with some subtle decor for the mantle. If you don't have a fireplace or mantle, don't worry! You can try these ideas on a bookshelf or any other furniture surface. Check out our spooky suggestions below!

Normally, we have a HUGE gilded mirror on the mantle but we decided to switch it up and put up a smaller black mirror so we would have room for our seasonally appropriate poster of "Skull of a Skeleton with Burning Cigarette" by Van Gogh. A glow-in-the-dark Ouija board helps tie the other large visual elements together and adds a hint of spook.

A palmistry hand objet, like ours from Urban Outfitters (which is sadly no longer available), adds a little more otherworldly mystery to the mantle. Drape a simple bandito mask or cat mask from the corner of the mirror. We bought ours for super cheap at Michael's and then hand-painted it to look like a fox for an earlier Wes Anderson-themed party.

Sprinkle some white pillar candles, faux-mercury glass votive holders and saint candles around for some eerie mood lighting. And what Halloween vignette is complete without a skull? We got our black glitter skull from Target several Halloweens ago (and the damn thing has not stopped shedding ridiculous amounts of glitter since).

There you have it...our subtle Halloween decor for the mantle (or whatever surface you have to work with). Even if you don't happen to have an Ouija board or palmistry statue lying around your house, it's easier than you think to gather seemingly random objects from around your home that, when added together, will create a creepy but cozy scene. Try it and let us know what you come up with in the comments below! XOXO.

Wednesday, October 7, 2015


Dust off your dancing shoes and throw it back to a time of mid-century kitsch, when Tupperware parties were all the rage and girls carried dance cards and wore pointy bras. Add in a dash of silliness and spook and you'll be monster mashing with the best of them.

INVITES: check out these fun skeleton invites from martha stewart. they're mini versions of the popular moveable paper skeleton cut-outs people have been hanging on their doors for decades of halloweens.

DÉCOR: drape orange and black crepe paper from every corner of the ceiling, float black & orange balloons all around the dance floor, hang vintage paper cutouts of cats, ghosts and pumpkins on the walls and around the table. we got our inspiration from family circle.

EATS: try some ‘40s-60s party staples like these popcorn balls with candy corn from the pioneer woman.

OUTFIT: wear mad men-esque party dresses for the ladies and bow ties for the gents, like this past collection from banana republic, as seen on fashionista.

DRINKS: for a traditional yet festive drink choice, try these sriracha bloody mary cocktails from white on rice couple.
P.S. plan old-timey activities like bobbing for apples and ducking for donuts. For music, check out these fun Songza playlists - mad men: sally's secret dorm party, trackula: psychobilly & horror punk, and the ultimate halloween party.

Monday, October 5, 2015


If you work full-time in an office but still want to celebrate Halloween to the fullest, you may want to check out this short round-up of work-appropriate costumes. All of these costumes are fairly easy to make PLUS you probably already have a lot of the materials at home. I will definitely be donning one of these cuties at my office Halloween party later this month. Stay tuned to see which costume I chose!

Hope you enjoyed this round-up of office-appropriate costumes created by some awesomely creative ladies! XOXO

Friday, October 2, 2015

MONTHLY MOODZ // October 2015

Hello, October and all things spooky-cozy! It's the beginning of bonfire season, which means cooler nights, woodsy smells, hot drinks and ghost stories. It's the month of costume parties, horror film fests, trick-or-treating and camping trips. October is pure magic. Here is our monthly mood board for October...

top row:

These Bloody Mary Meatballs from The Iron You look delish AND season-appropriate.

This Static Lines Woven Rug tutorial from A Beautiful Mess seems like a nice, lengthy project to take on this fall and winter. Bonus perk? Having something to craft while binge-watching Netflix seriously reduces coach potato guilt.

Braid tutorials are EVERYWHERE lately and they're getting more and more elaborate. I still haven't mastered the skill but this Easy Reverse Crown Braid from Paper & Stitch looks beginner-friendly and extra-pretty.

bottom row:

This Shrunken Skull Creepy Cocktail from Sugar & Cloth looks like the perfect drink to serve at a Dia de los Muertos fiesta. YUM.

We're getting major autumn vibes from the mix of indigo, berry and gold tones in this Easy Fall Tablescape from Style Within Reach. This would be a lovely table setting for a more formal Sunday night dinner.

Garden City Blues: Detroit's Jumping Scene 1948-1960 is the newest addition to our fall music wishlist here at HONEY and SMOKE. How could you not love John Lee Hooker?

What are YOUR monthly moodz for October? XOXO

P.S. Have you been keeping up with Scream Queens and season two of Empire? SO GOOD.

Wednesday, February 11, 2015


"Ahhh, valentines. The second-base of third-grade." - Barney Stinson, HIMYM

In the spirit of the Valentine's Day holiday (and because I've been seeing SO many fun valentine DIYs) I decided to do another quick roundup, this time of Valentine DIYs from some of my favorite blogs. If you need some last-minute valentines, check out these cute ideas:

from top:
bang me valentine from oh happy day 
fries before guys galentine from studio diy 
you're golden valentine from a beautiful mess 
things i like about you valentine from julep 
mini zine valentine from design sponge 



Since Valentine's Day is just around the corner, I thought I'd do a quick roundup of my five favorite quirky movie couples. Whether their love story was doomed from the moment they met or their relationship was meant to be, these couplings make me smile.


from top:
clementine + joel from eternal sunshine of the spotless mind
suzy + sam from moonrise kingdom
bob + charlotte from lost in translation
michel + patricia from breathless (a bout de souffle)
nino + amandine from amelie

If you haven't seen any of these movies, you should check them out! Lemme know what you think! And HAPPY VALENTINES DAY! XOXO

*all images found on

Friday, February 6, 2015

NAMASTE, Y'ALL // Remembering India...

It's been four years to the day since I first set foot in India. Wow. It feels like too much time, like there should have been a return trip by now. I've been sorting through old memorabilia and photos from that trip for the last few days, remembering all of the amazing adventures we had. This year I want to figure out ways to document and display some of my travel memorabilia in a way that isn't too cheesy or over-the-top. Those moments in India are so important to me - moments that I HOPE my children will be interested in hearing about someday, moments that remind me that I can be brave and do things out of my comfort zone. I collected some of my favorite photos from my trip and I thought I would share them here along with some beautiful words about India...

"There are some parts of the world that, once visited, get into your heart and won't go. For me, India is such a place. When I first visited, I was stunned by the richness of the land, by its lush beauty and exotic architecture, by its ability to overload the senses with the pure, concentrated intensity of its colors, smells, tastes, and sounds. It was as if all my life I had been seeing the world in black and white and, when brought face-to-face with India, experienced everything re-rendered in brilliant technicolor." - Keith Bellows, editor-in-chief of National Geographic Traveler

I hope you enjoyed my little trip down memory lane. If you want to read more about my trip (in excruciating detail), check out my travel blog posts HERE. XOXO.

Monday, February 2, 2015

MONTHLY MOODZ // February 2015

Welcome, February! - the last month left before the spring-time months! Woohoo! Don't get me wrong...I DO love winter. It just drags on for too long and every February I look extra-forward to the flowers and grass and birds and sunshine that spring brings. For this last month of winter, we're dreaming of nights snuggling by the fire and binge-watching Netflix, celebrating the myriad forms of love in our lives, and eating some damn good desserts. Here is my monthly mood board for February...

top row:

1. Looking at this painting by Claire Desjardins is creating some much-needed brightness in these gloomy days.

2. Boyfriend and I are planning on constructing a Valentine's Day sheet fort and watching our favorite love stories, like Annie Hall.

3. This month I'm gonna start practicing my handwriting! I've enrolled in a calligraphy course on Skillshare for starters but I've heard that with calligraphy it's better to take a class with an instructor than to try to teach yourself. Challenge accepted!

middle row:

4. This hair color inspiration photo of Elizabeth Olsen keeps popping up on my Pinterest and in my files, Maybe it's a hint! No, it's DEFINITELY time to get my unruly hair chopped and colored and I'm planning on something very similar to this.

5. These Floral Friendship Bracelets from Oh Joy! and Bash Please would be great for Galentine's Day or even for Mother's Day later on down the line.

6. I'm going to attempt to make this Banana Chocolate Cake with Cream Cheese Dulce de Leche Frosting for Valentine's Day this year. It looks intimidating but also DELICIOUS so I'll give it a whirl!

bottom row:

7. This Love Note Pad from Tokketok is so cute! That's something everyone could use a little more of - love letters! Maybe that should be on more New Year's Resolution lists...

What are YOUR monthly moodz for February? XOXO


Friday, January 30, 2015

FITNESS FRIDAY // Yoga Booty Ballet

This week on Fitness Friday we're reviewing another at-home DVD workout, Yoga Booty Ballet. The specific DVDs that I have are the Yoga Booty Ballet Live 2-Disc Set with Hip Hop Abs and Cardio Cabaret. I LOVE these DVDs. They are in constant rotation in my home workout routine. As the title suggests, Gillian and Teigh, your workout spirit guides, cover flexibility (yoga), cardio (booty), and grace (ballet) in their workouts. You also do a lot of cheesy New Age-y things like intention-setting, breathing exercises and mudras. I mean, don't get me wrong, I'm all about that kinda stuff - it can be really FUN and centering - but I know some people will find it to be a little ridiculous so just wanted to give a heads up. Also, I should mention that there is a bongo player named Ravi. Moving on...

Hip Hop Abs is a 4-minute-long workout that starts out with a twenty-to-thirty-minute hip hop dance routine. This cardio portion of the workout leaves me pretty exhausted - out-of-breath, sweaty, flushed - and it also focuses on your abs. Some of the exercises are twists and "rib cage" moves that give your abs an extra push. Then you move on to a fifteen-minute ab workout. You're supposed to use a YBB "squishy ball" to perform most of the ab exercises but you can use any small workout-type inflatable ball. And a yoga mat is recommended, too. And lemme tell you, it gets sweaty. The abs portion of the workout is pretty killer for me. Granted, I have quite a bit of weight to lose so some of you who are more fit might find these workouts to be a bit easier than I do.

Cardio Cabaret starts out with a twenty-minute hip hop/cabaret-type dance routine. It's really fun and after the first three or four times you do each workout you will find that you have memorized the entire routine and can push yourself to do it full-out every time. Then you do a bit of ballet and balance work followed by some yoga and stretching. This is a shorter and easier workout than Hip Hop Abs but it still gets your heart pumping. Also, it's nice to be able to do the ballet leg work and get a chance to workout your core and improve your balance and, therefore, your grace.

I would recommend these to anyone with an open-mind who is looking for an energetic and FUN at-home workout. The first time you do each workout, it might be a little hard to learn or memorize the moves, but keep trying and, before you know it, you'll be a pro. I'm pretty sure I could be one of the students in the background by now.

What do you think about Yoga Booty Ballet? Have any of you tried it before? Lemme know in the comments below! XOXO

Wednesday, January 28, 2015


Hey, y'all! I just wanted to stop in with a quick post on upping your thank you card game. After a weekend away at a friend or relative's house, you might find yourself wanting to send a sweet thank you to your hosts and/or hostesses. Try adding some photos from your visit to remind your friend of what a great time you had. I sent these Instagram photo magnets from Sticky9 to boyfriend's mom after she let me stay at her house in Savannah for a few days at Christmas-time one year - there's a photo of boyfriend and me on the drive down, a shot of a beloved family pet on the way home from the groomers, and a picture from an outing to Bonaventure Cemetery. It's a simple way to add some extra pizazz and gratitude to a timeworn gesture.

What ways do YOU show gratitude? XOXO