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.

Christmas tradition

Something that the beau and I like to do is drive down this one street in Cleveland that is lined with 20th century mansions and point out our favorites. During Christmas time it is even more fun to drive slowly down this street at night, while it is snowing lightly, and we are listening to Christmas songs. Here are some of the houses that I found on Flickr here and here. Just imagine how pretty they look at night decorated with Christmas lights.