It’s the last weekend before Christmas, and my mood is falling somewhere between excitement for the coming festivities and a twinge of sadness that another holiday season has flown by. I really, truly love this time of year and kind of wish it could last forever… but then I remember that January is around the corner, with its fresh starts and new beginnings, and I get excited for setting new goals and being super healthy next month. And then if I’m being completely honest, summer is my real favorite season… but I digress.

We had a few close friends over for a proper dinner party on Friday night, and it was fun to hang out in a more intimate setting after having been to so many big parties over the last couple weeks. I feel like the most fun nights for me are usually the ones with a smaller group — it really allows the chance to connect and have those more meaningful conversations, or the hilarious ones that you end up talking about for years. How about you guys – do you love big blowout parties, or are smaller gatherings more your jam? I’d love to hear thoughts in the comments, and keep reading for my favorite links from around the web lately — there are some real gems this week. xo

This hilarious take on French vs. American women is also spot-on.

Some great advice to make your next trip the best one ever.

7 steps to the perfect cheese plate.

Just in case you haven’t yet watched The Instagram Husband…

Anyone else love pickled everything? Here’s how to do it yourself.

This cleanse is designed to be used between holiday parties… you know, so you can still fit into your cocktail dress.

Can you match these celebrity baby names to their parents?

The coziest holiday cocktail + appetizer party.

This butternut squash black bean chili is on the menu for this weekend.

*and a few fun things you may have missed!

The 10-minute workout you can do while you’re traveling this week.

It’s not too late to host a cookie decorating party! Here’s how to do it.

These holiday hangover beauty cures are lifesaving.

16 glittery, glamorous, fun dresses for New Year’s Eve.

*photos: sequins & things, poppietalk, allie seidel

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  1. 1
    Poshnessary December 20, 2015 at 7:35 am

    So cozy. Love the pics

    Kisses from ?

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    rae tashman (@lovefromberlin) December 20, 2015 at 9:09 am

    Thanks for a lovely post and a great link roundup! I have to agree that I am sad it is the weekend before Christmas for the same reasons. For some reason, this December seems to have flown by particularly fast but you are so right – January is just around the corner and with a new year comes time for a new and positive start to 2016! I also am a fan of smaller gatherings for the reasons you mentioned but I do also love a good big event as well. A good mix of both is best, I think!

    Rae | Love from Berlin

    • Camille Styles December 20, 2015 at 12:32 pm

      Agreed — having a good mix of both types of events probably makes me appreciate each of them that much more! Hope you have a wonderful Christmas week and are able to slow down and savor it while it lasts. 🙂 xxoo

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    lilmissbianca December 20, 2015 at 3:39 pm

    I don’t know for which part I’m not ready yet: having the holiday season over or embarking on yet another year! It feels like this year has been the most challenging and most fun (with great challenge comes great FUN) one, but there’s this fire in my belly that tells me 2016 would offer much, MUCH more. Here’s to the holidays while it lasts! XX

    • Camille Styles December 20, 2015 at 9:29 pm

      So exciting!! Enjoy these last 10 days of the year, and cheers to your best year yet! xoxo

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    Aria December 20, 2015 at 4:10 pm

    What a great link roundup! I can’t believe December has flown by so fast! Can 2016 really be just a couple weeks away? It seems so crazy!

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    Stacy December 21, 2015 at 5:34 am

    Reading about the cleanse. Another quick fix. Drink 3 cups of Ballerina Tea. Make NO plans for the following day. I did mine on a rainy Saturday. Drank 3 cups thru out the day and Sunday morning.
    You can get this tea on Amazon.

    • Camille Styles December 21, 2015 at 5:41 am

      Interesting! I’ve actually never heard of it, but you’ve piqued my curiosity… going to do my research now. 🙂

  6. 6
    Sara Pearce December 21, 2015 at 8:08 am

    Please can you tell me where those cozy jammies came from? They’re adorable!

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    Jennifer Rose Smith December 21, 2015 at 9:42 am

    In general I prefer small gatherings but my favorite type of holiday event is a good old-fashioned open house. I just love a guest bed covered in coats and a crowded living room of old friends in holiday attire… I lucked out and went to a great one this weekend. Your intimate dinner party sounds like it was just what you needed! Happy holidays.