Warm Christmas

Ralph Lauren turtleneck; The Limited cardigan; H&M skirt; Target Leggings; Franco Sarto boots; Michael Kors watch  
Merry Christmas! How was your day? Did you eat a lot? Did you get everything you wanted?
We had unusually beautiful weather in Cleveland this year. Warm enough that I was able to go for a walk after lunch and take some quick outfit pics. Although there was no snow I felt like the sunshine added to the overall cheeriness of the day. I got some very fun gifts for my apartment including some new party games and a crock pot that I had been wanting. And I of course got clothes and more clothes. This flyaway cardigan was one of my favorites. I see it becoming a very consistent member of my wardrobe. One of the best moments of the day was surprising my mom with a photo blanket of our family. I ate a ton and laughed hysterically playing my new party game with everyone. What was your favorite moment from your Holiday celebration? 

Preppy Christmas

My tip to everyone Christmas shopping this year is Don’t Underestimate Old Navy. I have been really impressed lately with what they have to offer this Christmas season. Cute stripes, bright colors and classic sweaters are all things on my Christmas list. Not to mention, I bought the cutest polka dot sweater at the outlet this weekend for $10!

Collarless coat/Fair Isle cardigan/Neon Yellow Messenger bag/Striped sweater/Shawl Collar Toggle sweater/Mock Neck Cable-Knit sweater

The Christmas Party Circuit

I feel like I have a Christmas party to attend every week this month. Oh wait. That’s because I do. It’s easy to suffer from fatigue and lack of enthusiasm around this time of year as you try to accomplish all of your shopping, go to work, have some me time, and on top of all that try to look good in social settings. That is why I have documented some outfits I plan to wear or have worn already this month to help you through The Christmas Party Circuit.

1. Party at work: You obviously have to play it safe at work. Either green or red, not both. I actually wore this to a sorority alumni Christmas party, but it can work for many occasions. I probably will wear something very similar to this for my actual work party because re-wearing outfits with a group that hasn’t seen it before is key this time of year.
Ralph Lauren sweater and vintage purse; Vintage scarf; Skirt (gift); Anne Klein sweater tights; Franco Sarto boots

2. Party with family: I think this is the time to break out the Christmas sweaters and bright red pants. I actually got these pants for free from H&M when they had a buy 1 get 1 one free sale. They are one of my favorite things to wear. Plus I aspire to eventually be the crazy aunt/sister/cousin who wears bright red pants to Christmas every year! And remember, wear what you want because your family is forced to love you anyways. Unless your cousin is bringing home her new boyfriend for the first time. Then back off!
Cashmere turtleneck (gift); H&M pants; Ann Taylor vintage shoes

3. Party with friends: Try out that trendy look you have been waiting to try. Break out the sequin dress. Now is the time that it will be appreciated when surrounded by your peers. And your friends will be nice enough to tell you look cute no matter what. Also, they wont even notice what you are wearing once you start singing Christmas carols out of tune.
H&M jacket and sweater; Urban Outfitters onsie; Hue tights; Target shoes; Earrings (gift)

A time for giving

Ahhh Friends! You can learn so much from such a simple sitcom. Season 5, episode 4 “The one where Phoebe hates PBS”, they debate whether an act can ever really be selfless, because somehow there is always some kind of selfish reason for doing it whether for your own personal gratification or something else.

On the way to work, I was listening to NPR and they gave companies who support causes as an example. These companies are getting all kinds of attention and business all because they appear to be compassionate.

On some level, this can all be considered wrong, but if these selfish people and selfish companies weren’t giving for their own reasons, there wouldn’t be many people left who were doing these deeds out of the goodness of their hearts. And therefore not many people or organizations would be getting the help they need.

So in the name of Christmas, try to give selflessly, but if you are going to be selfish, you might as well do some charity work.