Jill Wallace of Little Black Boots couldn't be cuter in the ALASKA sweater. Every girl needs a jean skirt, black booties, black bag, and a comfy sweater! We love that she incorporated so many basics yet kept it unique with a hat. We chatted with Jill about her blog inspiration, Holiday traditions, gift shopping tips, & so much more!
What inspired the name of your blog, Little Black Boots?
I had been racking my brain for weeks trying to think of a name. My moment of clarity came as I was sitting on the floor of my boyfriend's apartment, feeling a bit defeated, and staring at my shoes. I just muttered out "little..black..boots" I liked that it was a cute play on "little black dress" and an ode to my favorite footwear. Thus LBB was born!
What is your favorite Holiday tradition?
Every year me and my girlfriends get together and decorate cookies/attempt to build gingerbread houses. Half the table gives up on the decorating within 5 minutes and focuses on the spiked holiday drinks (I'm that half). There's always a ton of laughs, food, and frosting stuck in our hair somehow.
What's a fun recipe you'd make for a Holiday party?
I think desserts are always a crowd pleaser. I especially like desserts that look like something which is why I'd make Rice Krispie Treat Christmas Trees. Here is the recipe! (via pinterest: http://www.raininghotcoupons.com/krispie-treat-christmas-trees/)
- 6 cup Rice Krispies Cereal
- 3 tbsp Butter
- 10.5 oz Marshmallows
- Green Food Coloring
- 12 Miniature Reese’s Cups
- 1/3 cup M&M Minis
- 12 Candy Stars
- 3 cup Powdered Sugar
- 3 tbsp Milk
- 3 tbsp Corn Syrup
- To help in forming the cone shape, I took the foam that comes in a waffle cone pack to protect the cones and cut it to make a form to help shape the trees.
- Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
- In a medium to large saucepan, melt the butter over low heat.
- Add the marshmallows and stir until completely melted.
- Add enough food coloring to make mixture dark green (it will lighten when cereal is added).
- Remove from heat.
- Add the Rice Krispies cereal and stir until cereal is well coated.
- Allow to set about 4 minutes.
- Butter a your hands and form mixture into cone shapes.
- Place cones onto prepared pan.
- Allow to cool and firm up for several hours.
- Mix powdered sugar, milk and corn syrup in a bowl until smooth.
- Transfer to piping bag or zippered bag to pipe onto cookies.
- Pipe like a garland around each tree.
- Space M&M minis like ornaments onto the garland.
- Pipe a dab of icing on top of tree to act as glue and attach star.
- Place a Reese’s upside down on pan. Pipe icing on it and place tree on top.
- Allow to set before serving.
What would you wear to a festive dinner with your girlfriends?
I just love black maxi's. Pair that with strappy black heels and tons of dainty gold jewelry.
Winter white or Mistletoe red nail polish?
Do you have any gift shopping tips?
I do all my shopping online if I can help it (ahhh, crowds). However, take advantage of small local shops in your area if you have them. I love finding unique items that you can't find anywhere else. Makes it feel super special. I also like giving gifts with a theme. My brother just got a new apartment so for his gift I'm going to get him home goods. Like a move-in starter kit. Lastly, stalk people's Pinterest boards! Best gift giving cheat sheet out there.
Cat eye or smoky eye for New Years Eve?
Cat eye forever.
Little black dress or sparkly dress?
Little black dress with the Little Black Boots! I'm not much of a sparkly girl.