Merry Christmas and a great week till New Year’s eve!

Merry Christmas! Let’s keep the Christmas spirit alive all year long! Now looking forward to New Year’s eve!

Buckle necklace and pompom ring

MERRY CHRISTMAS to everybody, all the sweet blogger friends and families, celebrating such a wonderful moment of the year, wherever you are! I’d like to tell you that I’m very grateful for your friendship, virtual or in person, always encouraging me with your lovely comments, exchanging stories and for the happiness and support you have all brought to my life! It really helped me very much through difficult times and often put a smile on my face! This is a real gift! I love hearing from you!

It was on Christmas, 11 years ago, that I started blogging. Now, there are 319 million blogs in the world, over 409 million people view more than 23.8 billion pages each month and 45.3 million comments monthly, 3.26 billion internet users up to 2015; it’s over 40% of the world population! 2.7 million blog posts are published every day, so it’s a real gift to have you here! A big thank you from the bottom of my heart, that you’re reading this!

Do you celebrate Christmas? And how?

Merry Christmas

Christmas nail art!

Christmas nail art! Rings: Pompom and Bijoux Heart via Victoria and Albert museum

This time of the year has some different meanings to people. For some, it’s a hard moment, without their beloved ones, for any reason – people who passed away or it was not possible to be with family. For some others, it’s a real blessed time, like “the most special moment of the year“. Wherever you are, alone or with family and friends, I hope you have happiness and hope! You surely made a difference in my life, so I wish we keep the Christmas spirit in our hearts all year long!


A Christmas outfit - the dress is my design, made by my seamstress

A Christmas outfit – the dress is my design, made by my seamstress. Traditionally I wear black on Christmas

Buckle necklace

Buckle necklace – mmm… sorry for my darker makeup – need to blend it in a better way!

Lovely LYDC clutch

Lovely LYDC clutch

Embellished, with skulls and feathers

Embellished clutch, with skulls and feathers

Comfortable A-line maxi dress

Comfortable A-line maxi dress with grosgrain ribbon as a belt

LYDC embellished shoes

LYDC embellished shoes

Just trying a different pose - I always look too stiff! Wanted to show the flowers!

Just trying a different pose -people told me I normally look too stiff! Wanted to show the flowers!

Finishing Touch

Christmas spirit

Hope you all have a wonderful Christmas with many smiles and a very Happy New Year!

See you on January 1st! Till there, enjoy the lovely holiday season!

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81 thoughts on “Merry Christmas and a great week till New Year’s eve!

  1. Hi Denise! Thank you for your wishes, you’re always so sweet and kind. What’s more, congrats on 11th blog anniversary, again, you shocked me (in very positive way, of course) with the information you found, this time about blogging – I’ve had NO idea that there are so many blogs in general, I’m amazed that it becomes so popular, ha. :) Moreover, I can’t agree with you more – being grateful for friendship is the most important, for example, I’m really grateful that thanks to my blog, I met you, my dear. What about outfit, you look terrific in this amazing maxi dress, it has divine print, dear :)

    Hope you’re having a wonderful Christmas and holidays, dear friend!

  2. Carissima Denise, buon Natale, tantissimi auguri ! E’ davvero tanto che hai il blog, per me sono 6 anni e credevo tanti ma tu 11…wow ! Ti auguro uno splendido Natale e tutto ciò che desideri ! Io lo sto trascorrendo con la mia famiglia – mio marito e i miei genitori…stiamo mangiando tantissimo e passando tempo insieme, come ogni anno ! Un bacione e ancora tanti auguri

    Fashion and Cookies – fashion & beauty blog

  3. Liebe Denise, Du hast ein wunderschönes Kleid designt! Du bist nicht nur wunderschön sondern auch so kreativ, ich mag alles sehr und auch wie Du es kombiniert hast! Und vor allem bin ich froh, dass Du Dich vor 11 Jahren entschieden hast, mit Bloggen zu beginnen :) Denn ansonsten würde ich Dich nicht kennen, was sehr schade wäre. Ich wünsche Dir von ganzem Herzen weitere 111 Jahre glückliches Bloggen <3
    Ja, wir feiern Weihnachten und in diesem Jahr war es bisher richtig schön. Wir hatten viel lieben Besuch und schöne Events :) Auch dafür bin ich sehr dankbar.
    Frohe Weihnachten!
    Liebe Grüße, Rena

  4. Thank you for all your lovely wishes. I tried opening your blog yesterday, but the page wouldn’t open…that sometimes happens, I’m not sure why, perhaps my internet connection is bad….Anyway, to answer your question, I usually go to Midnight mass and meet Christmas Day that way….in the morning I prepare breakfast for my husband’s family, for lunch we all go to his sister’s house and for dinner to his brother’s house…and the following day (that was today) we go for lunch to his other sister’s house. Before and after every lunch we pray and sing a special Croatian song…so that’s how my husband’s family (and me ) celebrate Christmas.

    So amazing that you have been blogging for 11 years. There are so many blogs today. I think I read that somewhere….interesting, isn’t it? I love reading your blog so I hope you’ll continue to blog for many many years.You look stunning in that dress!!!! amazing shoes and clutch as well…so glam and beautiful. I wish you happy holidays and an amazing New Year!

  5. Hi dear Denise,
    Merry Christmas to you my friend. You look so beautiful, love your dress and those shoes are so gorgeous as well, perfect for the Holidays. I hope you are enjoying the holidays with friends and family. Thanks for all the love and friendship.
    Sorry I haven’t visited your blog but I had eye surgery a week a go last friday and my eyes were so sensitive to the light and I wasn’t able to used the computer for days, I’m feeling much better now.

    Much love,

  6. Belated merry Christmas and happy new year in advance! Oh my, I didn’t know that you’re blogging since 11 years! Wow that’s a longggggg time. Please do write about your blogging journey someday, I’d love to know about it. Hope you have a great week ahead! Keep smiling always. You look extremely GORGEOUS when you smile!

  7. Tanti auguri Denise!
    E’ sempre bello leggere i tuoi post ed è un piacere poter essere una tua amica virtuale :-)
    Hai ragione, bisognerebbe mantenere lo spirito del Natale durante tutto l’anno!
    Sei bellissima con quest’abito e hai degli accessori davvero carini! Io adoro la tua manicure!
    Un bacio grande!
    Paola ♡

  8. Mi querida Denise! Cuánto deseo que hayas pasado un hermosísimo día de Navidad junto con tus seres queridos. Te mereces eso y mucho mas. Yo realmente te quiero agradecer por ofrecerme tu amistad, que es tan pura y positiva, especialmente este año. Y si, entre tantos millones y millones de blogs, yo amo visitar el tuyo porque irradias optimismo y dulzura! Tanto vos como Denise’s Planet son muy especiales.
    Me encantó tu outfit navideño! El vestido que diseñaste el bello!!! Los accesorios que elegiste son perfectos para brillar en este epoca del año, y la manicura ni que hablar! *.* ya sabes lo que me encantan los diseños navideños 😉
    Mis mejores deseos para vos en este Fiestas, Denise! Felicidad, paz, salud y mucho pero mucho amor!

  9. Wow…Denise First of all congratulations babe on your 11th blog anniversary….that means you have been blogging for such a long time…Its really cool and inspiring. I love my bloggers friends like you, you all are such a great inspiration and motivates me to blog more and more….Coming to your this post, I love you look and your rings are so pretty and you look beautiful as always luv….xx, Neha

  10. Congratulation on your 11 years of blogging, wow, that’s amazing, Denise. And thank your for your sweet wishes. I love this dress __ what a lovely design, paired with these gorgeous embellished shoes. And yoru nails are always so original and beautiful . Wish you a very Happy New Year full dear, you are one of the sweetest people I’ve met online or offline.
    Nina’s Style Blog

  11. Happy holidays dear Denise!
    These days I don’t have internet that ‘s why I have been absent.
    I love the clutch and the shoes and how you have matched the dress with the manicure!
    You have darkened your hair and you still look so cute! You reminded me of Snow White!
    Happy New Year!

  12. Denise, you always wear such lovely outfits! You’re brave for lying on the floor though, ha ha! I appreciate Christmas is a tough time for you though, but you’re such an inspirational woman, you always manage to see the positive and happiness in every situation. I had no idea there were that many blogs actually, that’s outstanding! I’m so happy to have met you too!

    Raindrops of Sapphire

  13. Hi Denise! Hope you had a lovely Christmas! Wanted to wish you a fabulous 2017, thank you for all the thoughtful posts and thanks for always stopping by my blog!

    Congratulations on 11 years of blogging, that is such an inspiring achievement.

    You look beautiful in your dress and I love the jewelled shoes, they go together very nicely.

  14. Although late I also want to wish that your Christmas was of much peace and love. I also started blogging 11 years ago and at that time there were not many people in this universe that today is so numerous. It is always a pleasure to leave a comment here although the posts do not always allow me to do so. Have a year of 2017 with great success for your blog and for you many joys

  15. Hello Denise. I hope you are well and that you had a wonderful Christmas. This is a very lovely post. you look so pretty in that dress. This year could have gone a lot better for me it wasn’t a horrible year but i feel like I could have been much better. This time of the year I’ve bee doing a lot of reflecting and going though a roller coaster of emotions. I’m ready for 2017 though. I’m hoping ot will be a much better year, I’m definitely motivated to make it better.
    I hope you’re having a wonderful end of the year my dear friend.
    I wish you a lot of wonderful things for 2017. lots of love, joy, happiness, health, prosperity and I hope your wishes come true. Happy new year Denise!! :)
    Sauniya | Find Your Bliss ♡

  16. Bella como siempre Denise, por dentro y por fuera. Yo pasare este noche de Anio Nuevo con mi esposito, contemplando a mi barriguita el bebe que esperamos <3 . Es vedad, mi familia esta en otro pais por ejemplo, gracias a Dios y a la tecnologia que se puede mantener en contacto :)
    Estoy anodadada de la cantidad de blogs, paginas etc ..cuanta gente! Felicidades en tus 11 anios del blog, siempre me deleito leerlo. Compartes cosas muy informativas! Sigue adelante y que este 2017 que viene sea mas bonito y productivo para ti en todas las areas de tu vida. Te deseo lo mejor!
    – Elsey

  17. You look divine, Denise, so so glam and chic. Beautiful post, girl. May this year bring new happiness, new goals, new achievements and a lot of new inspirations on your life. Wishing you an year fully loaded with happiness. Wishing you a happy happy happy New Year!!!!
    lots of hugs

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