After the Holidays

Christmas was filled with lots of family, friends, too much food and lovely new gifts, but right now all I'm craving is a bit of calm and quite, and to keep repeating my mantra to deal with the after holiday sales, "don't shop, don't shop." Hopefully it works at least a little.

As per usual I didn't make the time to photograph either of the outfits I wore on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day. In the past I've sometimes made an effort to recreate the looks so that they could eventually get on the blog, though that is really more for my own sake than anyone else's. Right now I suppose I should be posting New Year's Eve looks.

Since my sister is home, I may even being going out for New Year's Eve for the first time in a long time. I can't say I feel remiss over spending the last few falling asleep on the couch. There is too much hype, it's so easy to feel let down. I'd much prefer an intimate gathering with those who mean the most to a big, overpriced night out.

How do you want to ring in the new year?

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The Rundown
Shawl Surplice Blouse Tracy Reese via Roundabout similar
Black Jeans Gap
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


  1. I always enjoy that top!
    Not sure what I'll be up to for new years, probably sitting on the couch, haha

  2. That's a pretty stop! I haven't been out for NYE in a long time! We are most likely staying in and may have family and/or friends over!

  3. That bag is so unique and pretty! I also love the ombre style coloring of that blouse! The plum and pink shades are so flattering on you :)

  4. I feel the same way--I need some calm and quiet after the crazy of the holidays too! I'm not quite sure when I will get it, as we have another family Christmas to go to over the weekend, but SOON I hope.
    I prefer a small gathering for NYE too. I love New Year's but more for the reflection and goal-setting aspect than the partying. My favorite NYE celebrations are spent playing games and hanging out with close friends, and I think that's exactly what we'll be doing this year. I don't like to spend the money on going out for New Year's--places are so crowded too!

  5. Sounds like you had a fun Christmas! We are going to take it easy on New Years and watch the ball drop on TV. Have a fabulous new year and love your handbag!!


  6. That's a cute ring! I love how you matched the ring to your top. It's exactly the same shade of color<3


  7. I am really hoping to spend this New Years at home, relaxing on the sofa with some TV and a glass or two of wine - I always find Christmas so hectic and this year I also find myself battling a bad cold, so I'm ready to just chill!

    Courtney ~ Sartorial Sidelines

  8. I'm with you — I'm looking for some down time after the craziness of the holidays! I'm loving this blouse on you, so beautiful! xo

  9. Your mantra of "don't shop don't shop" is mine too right now! I'm happy you had a great Christmas!

  10. Merry Christmas! I love this blouse, such a pretty ombre. And same here—staying in with friends, no nightclubs for this gal!
    xo Annie
    New England Romance

  11. We spend the evening with another couple. We are WAY too old for the crowds and craziness!!
    Love this top, Lydia!!

  12. We stay in since we have our girls and I am not fond of crowds. I hope you enjoy your New Years! I love your cute top!

  13. There are so many amazing Christmas sales going on right now!! I've been doing so well not shopping so hopefully it stays that way!! haha

  14. I think everyone is looking for some down time after the craziness that is Christmas season. I've been scooping out the sales to see if there's anything I can grab!

  15. I may stay in or go out for dinner than come back home. I am ready for some relaxing time and just unwind from the crazy month.

  16. Generally, I do go out on New Year's Eve, but primarily with my best friend, and we have a rule that we're both home in pajamas by ten. This year we're having people over, so it may be a bit more lively - or it may not, we'll see how it turns out. But I do have an outfit picked out, which I admit is the part I'm excited about. It's freezing outside, so I doubt the outfit will get photographed. None of my other holiday outfits got more than a single iPhone snap indoors in bad light. And you know what? That's okay :)

  17. I definitely do not fee a desire to go out for NYE unless it would just be to a nice dinner with my husband. The noise and crowds don't really attract me anymore. As a parent I just want my sleep! Haha! Hope you have a nice NYE no matter what you choose!

  18. The after holiday sales KILL ME! I've done way too much shopping since I've been relaxing at home with nothing else to do! Love this outfit though - you look beautiful! Hope you had a wonderful holiday.

    xo, allie

  19. Well I already broke your mantra since I shopped at lot today but most of the stuff is Christmas decor for next year. Love love that fun ombre floral top. And it matches the beautiful ring perfectly Lydia. Like you my New Year will be more on the casual side but I will dress nice. You look great!

    You can read my Holiday New Year's Eve post on the blog now with a brand-new Thursday Moda linkup and meanwhile I'd love for you to join the last "Skirting the Rules" linkup I have going (link below). Happy New Year 2019 and many many blessings and good health into the new year!

  20. That is a fun printed top! I hope you manage to avoid the post-Christmas sales! I've had a look at a few sales but haven't seen anything I have to have - helped by all the great gifts I got for Christmas, I have a bunch of new clothes and accessories I'm excited to wear with things I already own! :)

    I don't do NYE - I'm usually asleep in bed, exhausted, haha! Even on nights before kids it was most normally a quiet night in with hubby ringing in the bells on our own.

    Hope that you had a wonderful Christmas :) It was a busy but fun one here as I hosted it this year for my family. Now we are enjoying some quiet time at home and eating lots of delicious leftovers, and I'm doing a little bit of blog reading after my break from blogging for a few days!

    Away From The Blue Blog

  21. What a cute top! I'm planning on ringing in the new year cuddled with my dog at home :)

    -xo, Azanique |

  22. I have no plans for NYE. I am usually concerned about people drinking and driving.
    But I do hope you have fun ;)

  23. I'm loving that top on you!! I'm going to be home NYE with my son. Sadly, my hubby is working.

    xo, Laura

  24. I absolutely love your top dear! So chic and sassy!
    Jessica |