Most wonderful time of the year

Yesterday was the first day of winter, the shortest day of the year. While I'm not winter's biggest fan (I happen to like being able to feel my fingers and toes, and no, I don't need any commentary on my choice of footwear, I'm having a cute boot crisis right now) I take a great deal of comfort in knowing that from this day forward, the sun will linger a bit longer each day and soon enough, it will be spring again.

I know I've been a bit of an absentee blogger these past few weeks - someday I hope to figure this time management thing out - until then, I will simply do my best. At least I succeeded in getting all my holiday baking done over the weekend, and thanks to the lovely Meg, a couple sets of outfit photos were taken on Saturday so I will actually have posts for the week without having to scramble.

As much as I adore Christmas, seeing family, baking, wrapping gifts; I am very much looking forward to the peacefulness that arrives when it's over, and I can sit in my pjs, watch Christmas movies, and eat all the cookies I made.

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The Rundown
Striped Sweater Hekla & Co. via Marshalls similar
Chambray Shirt Tommy Hilfiger via TJMaxx similar
Jeans Joe's Jeans via Saks off Fifth
Red Suede Pumps Nine West thrifted similar
Bag "Alexa" Danielle Nicole c/o Linger Rose
Earrings Thrifted
Watch "Classic Sheffield" c/o Daniel Wellington
Arrow Bracelet Furbish Studio similar
Chevron Rings Gorjana via Rocksbox

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39 comments

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  2. That tree in the background is so fun! And I always enjoy a leopard coat! :D
    http://www.closet-fashionista.com/

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  3. Love this casual and chic outfit. I so need to get on the ball with baking and our gingerbread house! Happy Holidays.

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  4. hi dear,i like your coat..i want it..
    kisses

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  5. I hope you resolve your cute boot crisis soon (and show us the end product!) - and that coat is just incredibly awesome. It looks so warm and snuggly!

    Courtney ~ Sartorial Sidelines

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  6. Oh time management, will we ever figure it out? Love your coat. Too cool.

    Amy Ann
    The Real Arnolds

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  7. I know how you feel! Time management for blogging is not my strong suit these days either. Hopefully we both get better at it next year! Either way, this coat you have on is gorgeous!

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  8. LOVE your leopard jacket, great look for the holidays!
    Marta
    www.sweatersstripesandsweets.com

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  9. For me, December 26th is the most depressing day of the year. Excepting today, I am taking the week off of work and the week off of blogging to soak it all in. But I am pretty stoked to relax--that is for sure. I love the stripes and leopard and that gorgeous tree in the background! Merry Christmas Lydia!

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  10. What a chic coat! The winter is so dreary and I'm also looking forward to longer days and more sunlight!

    -Sharon

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  11. I love all the layers. Stripes, oxford, red, and leopard. Somethings are just meant to be. You would probably enjoy a southern winter. It's going to be 70 degrees tomorrow.

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  12. That tree! You could not have found a more perfect background for these shots. Honestly, I completely sympathise with the time management thing... when my life briefly slows done I find myself wondering if it's really that hard to keep up with everything, until the pace picks up again and I realise why I feel like I'm always scrambling. I think we're all in the same boat, at least, if that helps :) And as for your choice of footwear, while not exactly practical, I think these heels are the perfect colour for the holidays - and for matching with leopard print.
    xox,
    Cee

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  13. Well if you ever figure out the whole time management thing please pass along the secret! I really like how your red heels look here. I need to go dig out my red heels! They are such an elegant way of adding a bit of holiday glam to any look!

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  14. I love the fab red heels...sometimes you just have to take a break from the boots, I understand! I'm ready for some time to relax (and bake and then eat what I bake) too!

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  15. I love your outfit! I'm craving a leopard print coat. Your's looks fabulous!

    Leanne,
    http://www.classyyettrendy.com

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  16. Gorgeous coat! And I love that unexpected pop of red via the pumps. I, too, can't wait until Christmas festivities are over and I can just relax. Have a great Christmas week! ~Cynthia

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  17. You had a lot to do Lydia! Totally understandable. I love your coat! That tree behind you is so fabulous! Enjoy your holiday!
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  18. I'm with you! I can't wait for the holiday rush to be over :) you look fantastic! Merry Christmas!

    Shauna

    www.lipglossandlace.met

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  19. looking fab for the holidays!! amazing coat and heels!

    Animated Confessions

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  20. That coat is so fabulous!! I love how you mixed it up with the stripes! Gorgeous girl!

    <3 Shannon
    upbeatsoles.blogspot.com

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  21. Love the leopard coat!!!!!
    Great post!!!!
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  22. I always have poor time management and this time of the year is no exception. We are done with our shopping, we just need to wrap them all. I love this tout on you - one of my favorites!

    Alice
    www.happinessatmidlife.com

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  23. Absolutely love this outfit. Those heels give it a little special extra.

    Mrs in London lifestyle blog

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  24. I always love it when you wear that leopard coat and those wine-colored pumps. Plus that tree is gorgeous and these photos are so festive.

    I am always behind and bad with time management in December. As a matter of fact I have a ton to do all this week, leading all the way to New Year.

    Merry Christmas to you Lydia!

    <3 Ada.

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  25. I just love this FAB coat, you look stunning girl.

    xo
    PinkSole

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  26. I want your coat!! It's fab!!
    Martina xx

    Www.martinasmark.com

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  27. Your coat is so gorgeous plus the pictures :) Great post! Lovely

    Advance Merry Christmas! :)

    xoxo,
    SHAIRA
    http://www.missdream-girl.blogspot.com

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  28. I'm really struggling with time management lately too. I've had to rearrange things and set priorities and unfortunately the blog has taken a backseat to other things. But that's okay. Love the look here, and such pretty photos with the Christmas tree in the background!

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  29. You look so cute! I love that coat!
    Melanie @ meandmr.com

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  30. I hear you, doll- bring on the longer days! This whole getting dark at 5:00 stuff is for the (winter) birds.

    Love the coat on you- so luxe!

    Happy holidays!

    -Ashley
    Le Stylo Rouge

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  31. great outfit. You look lovely!
    I agree with you. It's great to be in the hustle and bustle of the holidays but the peace that comes afterwards is lovely as well!
    xo,
    nancy

    http://www.adoretoadorn.com

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  32. I know what you mean… add to that the fact that I have been sick :/
    The tree as backdrop is gorgeous !

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  33. Such a gorgeous look! Love your coat!
    xo, Jane
    http://www.fitfabfunmom.com

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  34. Amazing coat, I love it!!!!

    www.plogstyle.com

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  35. You look way to fab for baking!!

    http://soworkweekchic.blogspot.com

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  36. That cheetah print coat with those berry color shoes! So fab!

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