A Bit Holiday

I wanted to be a bit festive over the weekend so I pulled out some very old pieces, this beaded antler tee from J.Crew, and this velvet blazer from Urban Outfitters. I often feel like the best way to wear a very old piece is to pair it with a very new piece, so I'm wearing a new pair of girlfriend jeans from Gap.

I swear I've been trying so hard to not shop for myself this month, but I'll admit a couple pieces may have slipped into my cart. Mostly from Gap and their family of brands, partly because I have a credit card which gives such good rewards, and partly because time and again, Gap proves to have some of the best customer service I've ever received. I ended up needing to call them three times this month and each time they not only helped me with what I needed, but were so kind and friendly, I ended each call with a smile on my face. I can't say that is something I've experienced from too many other realtors, particularly during the busiest shopping season of the year, so if a pair of gap jeans ends up in my cart and they are under $30, I'm just going to let it slide.

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Velvet Blazer Urban Outfitters similar
Beaded Antler Tee J.Crew eBay
Distressed Girlfriend Jeans Gap
Nude Pumps "Natalie" Naturalizer
Bag "Lewis Drive Michela" Kate Spade similar
Leather Pom Matine
Watch "Classic Sheffield" c/o Daniel Wellington
Diamond Chip Ring c/o Crown Jewelry
Nail Color "Bubbles Only" Essie
Gold Ball Earrings Kohl's

 

Traditions of Christmas

I can't believe there are only ten days until Christmas! I'm finally mostly done with my shopping, and was very proactive with my wrapping as well, so happily I'm not staring at two dozen shopping bags of presents needing to be wrapped (been there, done that).

Now it's time to start the baking, which I always love. Last night I made a batch of gingerbread cookies, which are not usually something we do. Cut-outs seem to be an every other year (or maybe every three years?) kind of cookie. They can be pretty tedious as cookies go, even though I don't really mind sitting for hours piping on icing in intricate designs, it just means that there has to be some sort of planning and time management involved.

My sister will be home next Friday, so this is really the last weekend to get things done. Once she's here it will be just a constant stream of watching our favorite Christmas movies, baking and eating more cookies. We'll do our best to get through Home Alone one and two, Love Actually, Elf, Christmas Vacation, It's a Wonderful Life, our favorite Hallmark movie that they don't air anymore, The Christmas List (somehow it's still on YouTube in it's recorded off of TV in the early aughts entirety), The Santa Clause, The Holiday, and maybe if we have time, we'll check out that new one on Netflix. Overwhelming, I know...but it's our tradition. What are your must-watch holiday movies?

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Camel Sweater Dress Banana Republic
Red Bow Pumps Ferragamo via eBay
Plaid Blanket Scarf Zara similar
Circle Earrings c/o Grand Avenue Jewelry
Thin Gold Ring Etsy via Ellyn Blue Jewelry
Nail Color "Bubbles Only" Essie





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Affordable Custom Clothes with eShakti FX

I've featured a few pieces from the online realtor eShakti a few times over the years. If you are familiar with them, then you know that they allow customizations of their designs to be made to your measurements, as well as changing hemlines, sleeve lengths, and necklines.

For someone as short as I am, even just being able to buy a garment that is going to arrive at my door and be the correct length is a huge win, but eShakti has stepped up their customizations even further with the introduction of their FX feature. Any item marked with the FX logo features a live update of each change you make to the garment. No more guessing about if you should opt for the V-neck or the deep V-neck, as you can see the difference with a click of button.

With all the custom options, every dress is almost like having 100 dresses to choose from. No more getting hung-up on a style not having the right style sleeves, a neckline which works for your bust line, or being stuck with midi dresses so long they might as well be a maxi. I also love that every piece has pockets (and the option to remove them, but who would, right?) plus the lead time is only 14 to 17 days, and everything is so affordable. Even including the $10 fee to customize, you'll be unlikely to spend over $150, while most pieces are under $100.

If you've ever wanted a custom garment, you need to give eShakti a try!

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eShakti is providing me with a gift card for this review. My views and opinions are my own.

Leopard Pants

I've been seeing a lot of leopard print pants in stores as of late, so I felt motivated to pull out my pair, which, as evidenced by this instagram post, were purchased for $9 in 2012 on a shopping trip with Meg and Christine.

It is always said that if you wait long enough, everything comes back again. Considering these pants where secondhand and therefore from a previous iteration of leopard pants being on trend, it makes me wonder just how old they are, and just how infrequently things are new, merely re-imagined. Which is what these pants were by the way - when I got them they had flared legs. I did wear them once in that state before taking to my sewing machine and giving them the skinny silhouette you see.

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Black Merino Wool Sweater Gap
Leopard Print Pants Joseph thrifted similar
Leather Moto Jacket Express similar
Black Pumps "Natalie" Naturalizer
Bucket Bag "Johnny" Danse Lente
Beaded Hoop Earrings Gorjana
Gold Plated Disc Necklace Matteo via TJMaxx
Ruby Crystal Talisman Ring c/o Uncommon Goods
Thin Gold Ring Etsy via Ellyn Blue Jewelry
 Nail Color "Bubbles Only" Essie




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Happy 19th Chloe!

Sometimes it's hard to believe Chloe has been with us for 18 years. We weren't her first family, but her forever family. I don't believe I've ever shared the story of how we got Chloe. It was not planned, no one, including my mother knew she was coming, as she was a surprise from my grandma!

My grandma had a friend who was looking to re-home Chloe, so she decided she would give my mom the one Christmas wish she'd always wanted and never received as a child - a puppy.

We don't know too much about Chloe's past, the only papers we have came from the shelter she'd been surrendered to dated December 1st, 2000, stating that she was a one year old Bichon named Munchkin (yes, I completely spearheaded the name change).

We had no idea what we were getting into the afternoon Chloe showed up and became a part of our lives; but I can honestly say that it is hard to imagine what our home would be like without her. And as for the tree farm photos - we'd just gotten home with our tree that Saturday in 2000, and so the following year we chose to celebrate Chloe on the same day we got our tree, and have done so ever since, our little Christmas Tree Dog.

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Plaid Shirt J.Crew similar
Plush Fleece Excursion Vest J.Crew similar 
Jeans Joe's via saks off fifth similar
Brown Boots "Mullin Spice" Clarks via eBay
Gold Ball Earrings Kohl's
 Antler Ring House of Harlow similar
Nail Color "Twill Seeker" Essie
Dog Chloe similar



 
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Cozy Neutrals

As much as I love color and print, chilly grey days often have me reaching for cozy neural colors, and true to form, I'm continuing my end of year boycott of tights. Thankfully over the knee boots provide the perfect solution to staying warm while still getting to don a dress.

This month is already flying by, and hopefully this weekend we'll get the tree and then it will really start to feel like Christmas. I still have so much shopping - and wrapping - to do! I also have some lofty baking goals, and just had to talk myself out of spending $10 on a copper reindeer cookie cutter at Williams Sonoma, since I only wanted it for the purpose of being a background element in photos. I decided to be rational and ordered a $1 cutter instead (but split the difference by adding half a dozen other shapes to my cart). Are you ready for the holidays yet?

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Grey Sweater Dress Old Navy similar
Cream Funnel Neck Teddy Coat Loft similar
Over the Knee Boots Marc Fisher similar
Suede Accordion Bag Banana Republic similar
Tortoise Earrings Loft
Diamond Chip Ring c/o Crown Jewelry
Chevron Ring Etsy via Silver Canyon Jewelry
Nail Color "Twill Seeker" Essie
Sunglasses "Meteor" Ray-Ban c/o TJMaxx





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