DIY File: Gold Leaf Monogrammed Ornaments

Here's another easy peasy ornament idea using clay: gold leaf monogrammed ornaments. It's such a great last minute little detail that I'm sure will be appreciated, I mean, who doesn't love monograms? They just make everything more personal, hence special ;) I made sets with the initials of every household member and I wrapped them in little bags for each family :)

. Soft modelling clay
. Rolling pin
. Gold leafing pen
. Any tool with a rounded end
. Cookie Cutter
. Twine thread

Follow the same instructions as the Christmas ornaments post and you're set!

Great Finds File: Holiday Gifts for the Kids

When it comes to choosing gifts for the kids I like to go with cool toys that are either crafty or educational (love this puzzle), and if I'm getting them clothes then I like to pick those that are super fun: heroes or dinosaurs themed for the boys (or anything they are really into) and super girly and glittery for the girls (haven't met a girl who doesn't love a tutu skirt, Matthew's bestie wears it all the time!) ;)

1. Girls' Snurk™ princess bedding / 2. Land of Nod World Puzzle / 3. Ridley's® harmonica / 4. J.Crew Girls' embellished tulle skirt / 5. Boys' npw™ rubber band aviator / 6. Kids' NPW™ dino hands temporary tattoos / 7. Blackboard Balance Bike / 8. J.Crew Girl's slip-on sneakers in rainbow sequins / 9. J.Crew eyes slouchy beanie / 10. Kids' Snurk™ astronaut bedding (firefighter here) / 11. Junk Food™ hero raglan tee / 12. J.Crew design-your-own superhero mask / 13. Old Navy DC Comics Superman Tee / 14. New Balance® for crewcuts glow-in-the-dark KE410 velcro® sneakers / 15. Giant Coloring Page / 16. J.Crew Kids' glow-in-the-dark melted snowman pajama set / 17. Schleich® toy pentaceratops / 18. New Balance® for crewcuts glow-in-the-dark KE410 sneakers / 19. J.Crew Girls' heart of gold baseball tee / 20. Girls' Natural Products Ltd.™ fairy tale crayons / 21. Girls' Natural Products Ltd.™ fairy tale stencils / 22. J.Crew Kids' Seedling create-your-own dazzling tiara kit / 23. Kids' International Arrivals™ Neon Glo gel highlighter pens / 24. Squigz / 25. J.Crew The Super Book of Heroes

Inspiration File: 5 Hair Styles for the Holidays

I enlisted my fave ladies from Evolve Hair Studio to hopefully give you some inspiration for the Holidays. After doing the hair clinic with them a couple of weeks ago, I've been more into adding a little flair to my hair and playing around with different styles, I just feel that a simple blowout or some waves make you feel more put together. So here are some styles we did, from a super simple hair twist to a seriously amazing side braid (that I wish I could do on my own!!) to hopefully inspire you ;)

We added some accessories to give you an idea of how the style looks accessorized but feel free to ditch them, I personally think that they look just as great without them, and would probably go that way since I'm not a very girlie girl ;) Hope you like them!

A simple do: grab a section from each side and just pin them at the back (one over the other).

Hair twist: Same sections twisted to the back.

Same concept after you have done some waves (tutorial to come soon!)

Side twists and knotted bun

Side braid (my favorite!)
PS: I'm wearing these BaubleBar ear cuffs, which I'm obsessed with and get so many compliments on!

Great Finds File: Gifts that Never Fail: iPhone Cases and Unisex Scarves

Happy Monday! Hope you all had a great weekend! Today I want to share two fantastic gift ideas that I promise won't fail: iPhone cases and scarves. Think about it, wouldn't you love receiving either one? Even though I'm happy with my iPhone case I'm always looking for new ones and wouldn't mind at all a little update to mine. And when it comes to scarves, we all know that after having a handful you really don't "need" more, but they are always welcomed and get lots of use, right?

PS: Unisex scarves are particularly great if you're playing secret santa with both girls and guys ;)

IPHONE CASES: Kate Spade New York Diagonal Stripe Case / Shaughnessy Keely White Marble Case / Gigi New York Embossed Python Leather with Metallic Gold Trim / Kate Spade New York Glitter Cat case / Adopted Leather Wrap Case / Brika Golden Wisteria Case / Zero Gravity Compact Case / Kate Spade New York Confetti Dot Case / Zero Gravity Besties Case / Kate Spade New York In The Clouds Case

SCARVES: J.Crew Factory Plaid Scarf / Target Grey Plaid Scarf / Madewell Nightglen Plaid Scarf / Buffalo Plaid Scarf / J.Crew Factory Plaid Scarf / Madewell Blanket Scarf / Target Charcoal Heather Plaid Scarf / J.Crew Factory Tartan Scarf / J.Crew Factory Checkered Scarf  / J.Crew Classic Plaid Scarf

Closet SALE!

I've been slowly cleaning out my closet and I thought it would be a great idea to post the things that are in really good condition (new and worn once or twice) here on the blog in case any of you are interested. Please send me an e-mail to thevaultfilesblog [at] gmail [dot] com with the item you're interested in and your postal code so that I can figure out the shipping cost and let you know about it. If you live in Toronto we can arrange to meet each other somewhere ;)

I'll invoice you via pay-pal and once I receive payment I'll ship it right away. I included links for dimensions and other details but if you have any questions, just shoot! :)

Happy Weekend!

Happy Friday!! There are so many great deals online, that today I'm sharing my top sales and picks, happy shopping (and saving!) ;)

Hope you have a wonderful weekend! :)

Ann Taylor: Extra 60% off sale items! Love this jumpsuit, this cardi-cape, and this cape.
Anthropologie: Extra 25% off sweaters. This is so cute and would make a great Holiday outfit, and this wool jacket looks amazing and the reviews are great.
ASOS: 30% off Cold-Snap Cool. So many great coats on sale! Love this one in check, this leopard one and this one (wait, this pink one looks amazing!)
Banana Republic40% off with code BRSANTA. My faves are this vest and this coat
Madewell: UP TO 30% off with code GOFORIT. I dream with this and this ;)
Gap: 30% off regular price items with code SHOP. This dress looks super cute, and here are some great looking flannel pants ;)
J.Crew: 40% off Super warm styles with code GIVEMETHIS. This coat is my all-time favorite, a classic piece.
J.Crew Factory:  50% off everything. Love this sequins bow tie blouse, and the whole jewelry collection is pretty well priced (necklaces in the $20's)
LOFT: Extra 60% off sale items and 50% off sweaters. 
Nordstrom: Up to 40% off. Loooove these and these ;)

Giveaway File: Win a $500 Matt Bernson Shopping Spree!

Ladies, I have a very special treat for all of you today: I'm hosting a Matt Bernson holiday giveaway, and it's a really really good one! For a chance to win a $500 shopping spree all you have to do is sign up here and leave me a comment telling me your favorite item, that easy :)

The giveaway starts today and ends on December 18th so you have a week to enter :) What would you get? Below are a few of my favorites, though to be honest, I'd be happy with anything! I looove these booties, these flats, this bag...

Good luck everyone!! Don't forget, rules and steps here ;)
* Giveaway open to US residents only, sorry!

DIY File: Glitter Dust Filled Balls

Here I have another extreeeemely easy DIY christmas ornament. Seriously, this doesn't need any explanation. Just go to your local craft store, get some crystal clear balls and fill them with glitter dust. That easy, yet so pretty ;)

PS: Make sure to pop in again today, I have a very special treat that you really don't want to miss, it's a good one! :)

This is what I used for mine:
. Clear balls
. Ribbon
. One garland that I cut into pieces with some scissors
. Glitter dust
. Confetti
You can use a spoon to fill them, or a funnel if you don't want to make a mess and have glitter all over you for 2-3 days ;)

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