I am now obsessed with brown kraft paper to wrap presents & going all out on ribbons & decorations. There are just so many fun options to make your presents pretty: stamps, glitter, ornaments…. I just love having a plain canvas to go all out. Last year I made Christmas gifts & it was frankly overwhelming. This year I’ve bought everything & feel much better about it. But being able to put a little homemade stamp on the outside at least still makes me feel like I’ve given presents a personal touch while also being a lot more manageable!
j.crew vintage holiday sweater|chicwish deer beads earrings|baublebar enamel channel bangle (only $10 for a limited time!) |asos snowflake fairisle scarf|ruche your lucky stars metallic sweater|anthropologie pilcro serif cord leggings|c.wonder velvet crystal bow ballet flat| anthropologie gem drop peplum top|
My December social calendar is mainly small get togethers & loads of time with family. Not a whole lot of parties or occasions to get all gussied up, so I’m looking at festive outfits that are a lot more casual. If I’m lounging around with a glass of wine on the couch or cuddling with the drool monster that my baby has turned into, I’m not going to be wearing my fussiest dress up clothes!
So here are my picks that are still in the spirit of Christmas but are much more practical to be wearing through the holidays!
The weekend before I headed back to work my college roommates came to visit & were the perfect distraction to my impending return to real life. My husband took over baby duties & did things like kept us fed, while one of my roomie’s boyfriends got suckered into being our chauffeur & tour guide around Loudon County. I mean, we can fully take care of ourselves but it’s nice to have drivers & cooks!
I think the wine guide claimed Virginia is the “Napa of the East Coast”. Yeah, not sure I’d go that far but there are a lot of good wineries around & it’s just a fun day trip from D.C. I’m definitely no wine expert & just enjoy the experience of visiting new ones, attempting to learn something, & spending time with my best friends. We visited the following 3 & I also threw in my personal favorite as options if you plan to go.
I completely lost my voice at the beginning of this week but luckily its back in time for our annual holiday party this weekend. It would be rough to just stand there & silently smile all night! The week before the party is always a mad rush to decorate, buy the tree, bake, cook & clean. We always manage to pull it together though. Well, except for the year when our stove smoked out the entire house. Or the year we thought the party started 30 minutes later then we put on the invites. Or the year I burned my shirt on the iron 10 minutes before guests arrived. Ok, we fake it enough that people have a good time!
We now have a backup system for the stove, have double checked our invite multiple times already, & I will be prepping my outfit tonight! I got a new shirt thanks to Black Friday at the outlets & am looking forward to being glittery & festive. Love this time of year!
On my nightstand: The Remains of the Day. I loved loved loved Kazuo Ishiguro’s Never Let Me Go & have been wanting to read another of his novels for awhile now.
On my television: I dvr’d The Sound of Music with Carrie Underwood so that I could devote my full attention to it. We had a debate at Thanksgiving: everyone hates The Sound of Music but me. Am I that big of a musical theater nerd or are there other fans out there?
On my wishlist: I’m cheating: I want the looks I posted earlier this week that are perfect for a Christmas cocktail party. Definitely using the gold/black/red color palette for my look on Saturday!