Calm before the storm

This weekend Jessica shared an article about letting your home 'buffer', which is certainly something I've been dealing with for the last two months, and things are finally starting to come together. This weekend the soundbar got mounted to the tv, my secretary desk took yet another coat of paint and I ordered new shiny gold hardware for it,  and I started to let my mind actually wander to the idea of how I'd like to decorate for the holidays.

They are here, by the way.

This was the last weekend that I had before Thanksgiving and Christmas completely consume the next six. Six might seem like a lot of weekends right now, but really it's not. The chaos at the shopping malls has already begun and I am resolved to avoid them as much as possible. Now is the time for optimism. Getting shopping and wrapping done before the 11th hour, baking all the cookies I want to make without mishap, and still somehow carving out time to order a cheese pizza, watch Home Alone and pause long enough to enjoy the Christmas season.

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The Rundown
Sweater J.Crew c/o Tanger
Printed Pants Gap similar
Black Loafer Pumps Ferragamo via Roundabout similar
Huntley Tote c/o Joie similar
Earrings JoJo Loves You
Turquoise Necklace AJS Design Studio via TJMaxx
Cuff "Vista" Gorjana via Rocksbox (one month free with lydiaxoxo)
Green Ring Taken for Granite similar
Thin Gold Ring Etsy via Sweet Olive Jewelry
Sunglasses "Meteor" Ray-Ban c/o TJMaxx
Dog Chloe
Chevron Leash Dabney Lee via TJMaxx
Chevron Collar Dabney Lee via TJMaxx



  1. Love these pants on you! I'm already starting to feel some of the holiday stress lol

  2. Great casual look! lovely blog. Following you dear!

  3. I do love the color of that sweater, so pretty!! And yep, the holidays are almost upon us...I'm trying not to think about Christmas until after Thanksgiving (Except buying gifts of course, gotta do that as I find them!)

  4. How do the holidays sneak up on us every year? I never understand it. Even though I've been planning holiday blog content for weeks, it all somehow felt so far away until this weekend, when I stepped into one of my favourite stores and saw Christmas decorations everywhere. Lucky for us, Christmas is a pretty quiet time when it comes down to it, but the lead up is always pretty crazy. At least you're making it look effortless so far, out casually walking Chloe among the fallen leaves ;) I always love this pair of patterned pants when you wear them, they suit you so perfectly.

  5. Gorgeous look! I love the printed pants for a move casual look! It is insane that the holidays are basically here already. I'm getting anxiety just thinking about it :)

    Clothes & Quotes

  6. hi dear, i love your pants

  7. The malls are getting crazy here - I'm so dreading the Christmas rush. On a side note, and I've probably said this before, but those pants are all kinds of awesome. Seriously, they're amazingly cute!

    Courtney ~ Sartorial Sidelines

  8. i really hope to just take in the holidays and enjoy them. Fingers crossed I do that!! Lovey look- great for running errands and still looking stylish!!

  9. Beautiful Lydia ! and of course a post with Chloe makes it all better.
    WOW, I know the holidays are here. I am not looking forward to them. I wish I could just stay in bed throughout them all.

  10. This is super cute! Love your pants a lot!

  11. That sweater looks amazing with your pants! You look fabulous!

  12. This is a great casual chic outfit! I can't believe Christmas is right around the corner. It seems like the year flew by!

    Nicole to the Nines

  13. I can't believe the holiday season is almost here! I really love your pants!


  14. I've started watching Christmas movies, too! I'm ready for the holidays :)

  15. Yeah I don't know what to do about this holidays situation either. It's especially weird because it half feels like summer out right now.

    I keep telling myself that next year will be less harried/busy/iwillbelesstired. But I don't know if I believe myself!

  16. Love those pants on you. I was just talking to my husband that we need to take our holiday photo and start ordering Christmas cards.


    Hope to see your Thursday for TBT Fashion link up.

  17. I seriously have no life right now, the holidays sound so stressful! Love that tote btw!

    Eleventh & Sixteenth

  18. Those pants are so cute and I love the shade of your sweater!

    Doused In Pink

  19. Such a great look! Those pants are everything! Your dog is so CUTE!

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