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the holiday

By December 30, 2013 Style
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While I usually like to keep the blog my happy, positive place, I can’t help but admit – I just couldn’t get into the Christmas spirit much this year. It’s been a year of super highs and super lows, and when you’ve celebrated 29 Christmases with your parents and then lose one, the first holiday without them is hard. Harder than I even expected, and a bit like you’ve lost them all over again. I’ve felt my dads absence more than ever this past week, and it’s been difficult. My dad loved Christmas – decorating the tree with a little Mannheim Steamroller dramatically playing in the background, sneaking in all the sweet treats he could between meals, and unwrapping presents – he was like a giddy little kid opening gifts. He didn’t even care what was in it – dad just loved opening a present! I feel lucky to have truly great family + friends who have reached out during this time, knowing it’s been a different, and hard first holiday without my sweet dad.

On a happier note, I spent the past week hanging with family and friends, baking treats, taking in Christmas movies, sipping tasty cocktails, opening gifts with some fun nieces and nephews, spending lots of time at work helping others find the perfect gift, planning a few fun getaways, overindulging in far too many treats, and sweating it all out as much as I can at yoga. As for the last couple days of 2013, I’m going to enjoy the last few moments of the year, and make some great big plans for the next one.

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Photography by Justin Meyer

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sweet treats

By December 20, 2013 Style
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{vintage fur jacket, j crew blazer, gifted sorrelli necklace, baldwin ‘rivington’ denim, gorjana & griffin and stella & dot rings}

It is both wonderful and problematic when you work within a block of a candy shop, coffee shop, and sushi restaurant – the 3 ‘food groups’ which I could most definitely survive on if forced to. The holiday cheer in the air makes everyone indulge a little bit more this time of year, and I find it better to just give in occasionally rather than try to avoid it all and go crazy overboard later. {and I’ll throw back the occasional green juice when I can to balance it out!} Anyway – who can say no to sweet treats that are only around for a few weeks each year?

Enjoy the festive, merry, wintery weekend!

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holiday dress up

By December 19, 2013 Style
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holiday4{old navy dress, tights, coat, and clutch, j crew heels, lulu frost earrings, sequin bangle}

It’s the most wonderful time of year, particularly for dressing up. As a sparkle loving girl, it’s my favorite time of the year to get fancied up, as sequins need no reason to make an appearance during the holidays, day or night. I’m picky about sequin-covered things I buy though, as a poorly made sparkly item tends to fray and snag easily. I found this sequin dress at Old Navy recently, and am super impressed. It’s comfortable – which not all sequin dresses are, and the price can’t be beat, especially for the quality – it’s only $20! And these tights – they’re covered with sparkly polka dots…it’s the perfect marriage of two of my favorite things!

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This post is sponsored by Old Navy. Check out Old Navy’s latest fashion lineup in store or online at oldnavy.com.

Photography by Justin Meyer

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black and navy

By December 18, 2013 Style
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{bcbg top (similar here), black fur jacket (old, similar here), baldwin legging denim, franco sarto shoes}

Isn’t it funny to think of all the old dressing ‘rules’ that so many used to follow? No white after Labor Day…no combining prints…black and navy don’t go together…

I’m glad the old rules are out the window – it makes getting dressed so much more fun (and easy).

On a side note, a big thank you to one of my newer favorite websites, The American Edit, for featuring my current top 5 favorite US made women’s goods. I’ve spent a lot of time digging through this site lately, and love how it features so many incredibly cool, well-made, gorgeous things, all made in the US. {I was totally giddy to hear from Rita of TAE – so thank you, again!}

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Photography by Justin Meyer

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