Trend Watch: The Latest In Holiday Decor

Trend Watch: The Latest In Holiday Decor

Are you playing host this holiday season? Inviting all your closest friends or most judgemental relatives over for a little soiree? If so, you're going to want to dress [your home] to impress. We've curated some of the latest trends in holiday decor that are sure to surprise and delight your guests. Check it.

Keep it minimalist and modern. Traditional holiday homes can be really busy, with ornaments, colors, gifts and people galore. If you prefer a cleaner look and feel, opt for simplicity and clean lines for an ultra chic and modern look. 

holiday decor white mantle minimalist modern

Idea cred: www.realsimple.com 

holiday decor modern simple minimalist

Idea cred: www.decoist.com

Add feathers or fur. Make everything pop by adding a little texture to the situation. The trendiest holiday homes this season are amusing every sense by adding soft and subtle surprises throughout.

holiday decor fur black white table

Idea cred: www.tabledecoratingideas.com

holiday decor fur wreath

Idea cred: www.realsimple.com

Change up your color palette. We've all seen (and done) the traditional reds, green, silvers and golds. But why limit yourself? Make your space stand out this season by choosing a feature color like pink, purple, orange or blue. 

holiday decor purple accents

Idea cred: www.decoist.com

holiday decor blue pumpkins

Idea cred: www.familyholiday.net

Or ditch color altogether. Stick with black and white this season to add a little drama to your dining room, or take it down one step further and make a statement out of monochrome.

holiday decor black white

Idea cred: freshome.com

Idea cred: www.familyholiday.net

Use wood to get that cozy, cabin vibe. If you aren't lucky enough to have a fireplace of your own to cuddle up beside, or if you are, but want to carry the theme a little further, throw some wood elements into your decor accents. 

holiday decor wood lighting candles

Idea cred: tskriativ.com

holiday decor wood accents table

Idea cred: Design Tech Homes

Mix in some animal inspo. Whether it's a cool piece of art that gives your room a modern edge, or animal print textiles to spice up the mood, think lions, tigers and bears when you're designing your holiday space this year. 

holiday decor animal art modern

Idea cred: freshome.com

holiday decor animal print

Idea cred: www.lovethispic.com

Play with geometrics. If your home is all about industrial design and trendy vibes, keep that theme going this holiday season and pick up some decorations, ornaments and accents that carry through. 

holiday decor geometric tree

Idea cred: homes.nine.com.au

holiday decor geometric ornaments

Idea cred: www.happymundane.com

Light it up a little. Christmas lights are a classic component when decorating for the holiday season. This year, get creative with your decorative lighting and think outside the box with placement, display and style. 

holiday decor lights lighting

Idea cred: design-milk.com

holiday decor lights lighting

Idea cred: www.apartmenttherapy.com

Leave no space un---decorated. Okay, okay--we're not saying you should overdo it. But if decorating for the holidays is really your thing, and you really want to take it to the next level, think beyond the tree and the table. 

holiday decor home stairs

Idea cred: freshome.com

holiday decor bedroom

Idea cred: thefrugalhomemaker.com

Leave hidden messages. Don't save holiday messages for cards! Bring them to life in unique ways that everyone will see and remember. 

holiday decor napkins

Idea cred: www.abbyminteriorsblog.com

vintage cinema lightbox holiday decor

Up your decor game this season with your own My Cinema Lightbox. You can choose from the Mini Cinema Lightbox, the Original Cinema Lightbox, the XL Cinema Lightbox or the stylish new Vintage Cinema Lightbox--whatever suits your space!

Share your holiday photos with us by tagging pics with #MyCinemaLightbox on Twitter and Instagram. 

Words To Live By: Quotes From Innovators Of Our Time

Words To Live By: Quotes From Innovators Of Our Time

Those with the bright ideas. Those that cause and effect change. Those that think outside the box. Innovators are all around us, and here are some of our favorite inspiring quotes from the top innovators of our time. 

Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower. - Steve Jobs (Founder of Apple) 


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Move fast and break things. Unless you are breaking stuff, you are not moving fast enough. - Mark Zuckerberg (Co-founder and CEO of Facebook)


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As we look ahead into the next century, leaders will be those who empower others. - Bill Gates (Founder of Microsoft) 


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I'm very much a creative person, but you've got to do the follow-through. A lot of people start out with an exciting thing and they want to take over the world, but really the people who do take over the world have a good plan of how to get there and the steps along the way. - Pete Cashmore (Founder and CEO of Mashable)


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I was always interested in social change but never actually did anything about it. - Ben Rattray (Founder and CEO of change.org, named one of Fortune’s 40 under 40 rising young business leaders)


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Don't waste inspiration. - Salman Khan (Founder of Khan Academy)


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I always did something I was a little not ready to do. I think that's how you grow. When there's that moment of 'Wow, I'm not really sure I can do this,' and you push through those moments, that's when you have a breakthrough. - Marissa Mayer (Current CEO of Yahoo, First Female Enginneer at Google)


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Whether I'm at the office, at home, or on the road, I always have a stack of books I'm looking forward to reading. - Bill Gates (Founder of Microsoft)


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You have to be constantly reinventing yourself and investing in the future. - Reid Hoffman (Founder of LinkedIn)


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Set your My Cinema Lightbox up somewhere where you can see it with your favorite quote, and go take on the day. 

How to Use Your My Cinema Lightbox in Photography

How to Use Your My Cinema Lightbox in Photography

In the past decade, photography has become part of our everyday lives. With the ultra visual world we live in, filled with popular social networks like Snapchat and Instagram, we’re all photographers!

Now, a picture might be worth a thousand words… but sometimes a little text can really bring the story home. And what better way to do that than with your My Cinema Lightbox?

Here are some ideas to spice up your photos with your lightbox and add a little flair to your images. 

For Baby Photoshoots

The little ones grow up so fast! To make the memories last, use your My Cinema Lightbox to document important milestones along the way. 

cinema lightbox photography

For Wedding Photos 

Add a bit of liveliness to the images of your special day by incorporating your My Cinema Lightbox into the decor. Personalize it to say something romantic (like, “just married” or “I love you”), or even go for a little humour! 

cinema lightbox photography

For Family Photoshoots

Hiring a professional photographer to snap your yearly family photos? Try adding your My Cinema Lightbox into the mix. Find the letters to spell out your family name and the current year to reminisce in the years to come; or come up with a witty caption.

cinema lightbox photography

For Traveling

Before jetting off to your vacation destination, make sure you have your essentials: camera, tour guide, and your My Cinema Lightbox. (Hint: The Mini Cinema Lightbox is smaller and more easily fits into already over-stuffed suitcases and backpacks!)

cinema lightbox photography

For Flatlays

This one’s more for the lifestyle bloggers out there who LOVE Instagram. For your next flatlay, whether it’s a pic of your monthly favourites or simply a daily “here’s what I’m up to today” type of post, your mini My Cinema Lightbox will come in handy. Write out a witty quote or saying and your likes will go through the roof!

cinema lightbox photography

Now that you have some creative new ideas in mind, go out there and take some spectacular photos! Don’t forget to tag us on Instagram (because who knows, you might be featured in our profile or even a blog post).

10 Ways To Leave [Love Notes For] Your Lover

10 Ways To Leave [Love Notes For] Your Lover

The Dictionary defines a love letter as:
1. a letter or note written by someone to his or her sweetheart or lover
2. (in Malaysia) a type of biscuit, made from eggs and rice flour and rolled into a cylinder

To be clear, we're not talking about Malaysian biscuits here.

Love letters are seemingly vintage now, but we think (like many style inspirations from the 60s and 70s) they are due for a comeback. Here are a few fun ways to get back on top of your Love Note game and knock the socks off your lover. 

On the bathroom mirror

There’s something so sexy about red lipstick. Use yours to write out a sultry little note on your bathroom mirror for your lover to find. It’ll get him excited and he’ll be picturing your lips!

On the shower door

When he hops in after a sweaty workout, or first thing in the morning... and he’s scrubbing away with soap in his eyes, draw out a heart shape for a quick “I LOVE YOU” message in the steamy door for him when he rinses off.

In the fridge magnets

It's called "Magnetic Poetry" and it's a kit with all kinds of words that you can slap up on your fridge and use to create hilarious, creative or even sexy messages you'll enjoy as you grab the cream for your coffee.

On the way out

Do you leave before him in the morning? Write out something sweet on a sticky note and post it on the inside of the door so he’ll catch it on his way out for the day. Does he leave before you? Write the note before bed. Voila!

In his pocket

Sneak a little something into his jeans or his jacket before he gets dressed for the day. When he's emptying them later to find receipts for his expenses, he'll love finding this in the mix. 

In his lunch kit

Does bae pack a lunch each day (cute), or do you pack a lunch for him (even cuter)? The sandwich will curb his hunger, but a little love note from you will curb his girlfriend cravings and get him through until the end of the day.

In the mail

Are you in a long distance relationship? Or do you travel a lot for work? Kick it old school and send snail mail. These days, mail is all bills and flyers (and no one likes those!), so throw a postcard or a love letter into the mix to surprise and delight him.

In an email

Okay okay, this may not seem that original. But in a world of non-stop text messaging, even an email will seem like a blast from the past--think late 90's.

On his pillow

Leave a "Good Morning" message on his pillow, so it’s the first thing he sees when he opens his eyes. Bonus points if your note says: “Meet me in the kitchen for breakfast, Handsome. I’m making your favourite”.

On your My Cinema Lightbox

It’s bold, it’s trendy and it’s changeable. Create messages for your lover using the different letter packs and display them in your home where everyone can see. Light up his day!


7 Beauty Tips From YouTube Beauty Bloggers

7 Beauty Tips From YouTube Beauty Bloggers

"I woke up like this..."

We all know the song and likely sing along to it as we primp and prime (and dance?) every morning in front of the bathroom mirror. But the reality is, no--most of us don't wake up like this. It takes considerable time and effort to get us "ready" and looking our best for each day! And ladies everywhere are sharing tips and tricks to make this work quicker, easier, cheaper and more efficient. 

beauty tips from youtube beauty bloggers

YouTube beauty vloggers (also known as “gurus”) have some of the best and most trustworthy beauty advice for young women. You find makeup tutorials from your favorite YouTube beauty vloggers on how to purrfect that cat eye or where to find a new cheap, but high quality drugstore mascara. 

No matter who your favorite guru is, they all know that a good skin care routine is equally as (if not more) important as perfecting your makeup routine. If you haven’t already come across these already, here are a few of our favorite beauty tips to up your makeup and skin care game!

1. Wash your face before going to bed - no exceptions!
If you ask any beauty blogger what their number one tip is, we’ll guarantee that it’s to wash all of the makeup off of your face before going to bed. It’s important to wash away all the built up dirt and oil from the day, and allow your skin to rebuild while you’re sleeping. 

2. If you suddenly run out of make up remover, use coconut oil.
This might come as a shock, but coconut oil isn’t just used for cooking! It’s actually an incredibly moisturizing and natural way to care for your skin. Coconut oil easily removes your makeup (tip: don’t use water until after you’ve massaged the oil into your face), and helps you in the long run with wrinkles and stretch marks.

3. Know your face shape and contour accordingly.
Oval, square, heart - everyone’s face shape is different! When you’re watching YouTube tutorials from your favorite beauty vloggers, remember that your face shape might be different from theirs - so don’t get too upset when your bronzing efforts don’t turn out the first time. Search a little further and find someone with a comparable face shape and tips that work for you!

4. Don’t use sponges to apply liquid foundation.
If you use a sponge or beauty blender, you can say goodbye to a large percentage of your expensive foundation because a lot of it gets soaked up into the sponge. Alternatively, use a foundation brush - not only will you get the most of your makeup, but it’s also easier to clean!

5. Depuff and lighten eye circles with raw potato slices.
On the days that you didn’t get enough sleep, slice up some raw potato and place them on your eyes for 10 minutes. Potatoes contain Vitamin C and enzymes that will nourish your skin and reduce inflammation to brighten you right up! Amazing right?

6. Use a nude eyeliner to look more awake.
Another tip for those early mornings: invest in some nude eyeliner and apply it to your lower waterline to look more awake. No one will be the wiser that you were up until the wee hours of the morning, cramming for that morning exam. You'll look flawless (and hopefully do great on the test too)!

7. Don’t wash your hair everyday!
Washing your hair on a daily basis strips your scalp from natural oils and nutrients that are necessary for happy and healthy hair! Luckily, you can train your hair within a month to not produce as many oils and you’ll be able to get away without washing your hair for days! All you need is a little patience and some dry shampoo.

Now go make these tips a ritual and you’ll be channeling your inner Beyonce sooner than you think!

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