While I’ve definitely simplified my style over the years, I never find myself drawn to a minimalist aesthetic around the holidays. It just feels like way more fun to take the ‘more is more’ approach. Which is why piling on stripes, sequins and faux fur to all at once seemed completely rational last week.
More so than big, fancy parties (although if you’re going that route – this look and this one could serve as inspiration), I find my December schedule filling with slightly more casual – though no less festive – affairs. Cocktails with friends, a brand’s holiday event, or a movie date with Adam (our local theater plays classics like ‘Its a Wonderful Life’ this time of year!). Occasions that call for something in the holiday spirit without going overboard. Because sometimes an ugly Christmas sweater just won’t do…
After the month of November (a month that calling ‘busy’ would be an understatement, had zero free weekends and led me to being painfully sick with a stomach bug for several days) – Adam and I decided to ring in December with a veryyy low key weekend. We slept in late, baked snickerdoodle cookies (my favorite), picked out our Christmas tree and decorated it, and went out/got dressed only when we felt like it. Not when an impending schedule dictated that we must. It was just what the doctor ordered. And luckily for the blog’s sake, twirling around downtown in this pretty velvet wrap dress was exactly what I felt like wearing on Sunday evening.
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And I’m back with Part Two! This time, adding ideas for home, decor and entertaining to the first half of my guide which tackled style and gifts (jump straight to page 30 if you want to get to the new section.. although it’s best read front to back!). Now that it’s complete, I’m hoping more than ever that this handy guide serves you up ideas and inspiration all season long. Something that answers those tricky questions like ‘What do I wear for my winter bridal shower? An ice-skating date? Holiday travel?’ or ‘What do I get my outdoorsy Dad or minimalist boss for the holidays? or ‘What festive cocktail could I serve when friends come over?’. My hope is that you can reference this guide from now through New Year’s any time you have a question about how to handle the season in style. That way you can quickly get back to the more important things, like spending time with family & friends… and sipping champagne. Enjoy! xx
One of the things I look forward to most about the holidays is having days off to truly unplug and relax. Most of all that means extra time to enjoy with Adam and my family, which means sleeping in and admittedly staying in pajamas far longer than is typically acceptable. Whether it’s the morning after Thanksgiving and you’re still in a food coma or you’re having a present wrapping/holiday movie marathon – cozy sleepwear is a must have for Adam and I this time of year. So bring on the flannel, the furry lined slippers and the monogram mugs filled with chai tea (for me) and black coffee (for him).