It’s Christmas morning. You come downstairs, pour yourself a cup of coffee, and settle in to open gifts with your loved ones. Out comes the camera to properly document the holiday. This is all great except that if you’re like me, your pajama drawer is probably dominated by old concert tees and sweatpants. And really, when you flip through that photo album years from now, is that the image you want to portray? I think not. So in a quest for a more put together Christmas morning, you might want to consider one of these fun options. I got the L.L.Bean classic red plaid set last year and they felt perfectly festive!
We’re getting down to the wire here, with Christmas only two weeks (!!) away. If you’re looking for a little something extra, a small gift for a friend, or a thank you for a teacher/babysitter/etc., here are some fun gift ideas for under $25!
Hey, remember that time I told you all about my cute outfits for my Chicago trip? And remember the time the local meteorologists said we were getting an inch of snow on Sunday? Riiiiight.
Six inches of snow and a canceled flight later, I spent Sunday evening on my couch and Monday morning sitting in my office. Womp womp. However, I decided to still wear one of my Chicago outfits to work, since I had everything all laid out (except the leather boots were abandoned in favor of Hunters). It wasn’t the same, but at least I was cozy.
This weekend, I’ll be flying out to Chicago for a seminar. I leave on Sunday afternoon, arrive at O’Hare in time for dinner with one of my close college friends (who I haven’t seen since my baby shower!), and will fly back to Philadelphia in the early evening on Monday.
It will be a whirlwind trip, although nothing beats the there-and-back-in-one-day trip that I did to Houston a few weeks ago. Anyway, this presents a bit of a packing dilemma, particularly since I have to be dressed in business attire on Monday. Add to this the fact that it will be about 23 degrees in Chicago, so I need to stay as warm as possible. PLUS, I don’t want to deal with checking a bag, so everything has to fit into a carry-on.
I know this isn’t a totally unique situation, so I thought I’d share my packing list for the trip, focused around two outfits:
My new Three Dots Sheath Dress will be the main piece for Monday’s outfit. It’s basic and professional, and the material is thick enough that it will hopefully keep me from freezing.
My Enzo Angiolini Felipa Boots (a Nordstrom anniversary sale purchase) will do double time with my outfit for the plane/dinner on Sunday, as well as with the dress on Monday. The wedge heel makes them comfortable to walk in, and they’ll give my feet/legs more coverage. I’ll pair them with sheer black tights.
A Theodora & Callum scarf (various prints here) will be part of my outfit on Monday, both for style and warmth purposes. It will also double as a wrap on the plane if I get cold.
I recently bought these 7 For All Mankind Double Knit Skinny Pants to give my favorite Banana Republic pants a break. They look like jeans in terms of styling, but the materials is a nice stretchy cotton twill. I’ll be wearing them on the plane with my boots.
I’ll be cozying up on the plane in my Hive & Honey Ski Lodge Sweater (thank you, Piperlime Cyber Monday sale!), with some sort of basic top/tee under it.
I’m going with warmth and comfort over style with my trusty Nautica puffer coat. It’s not the North Face one that I’ve been wanting for years, but it gets the job done.
My packing will be topped off with some lounge pants, a tee and fuzzy socks to sleep in, plus the very basics of my toiletries (flat iron and brush, small selection of makeup, toothbrush, etc.). And of course, my iPad, phone, chargers, and all of those can’t-live-without essentials!
Even though I’ve taken to wearing wild animals on my clothing lately (here, here and here), this blouse somehow feels even more bold. I picked it up at the Banana Republic Friends & Family sale a few weeks ago, along with the pants, because I can never have too many skinny black pants (I wear a pair at least a couple days a week). The fun necklace was thanks to a recent Stella & Dot party, and while I certainly didn’t NEED any new jewelry, I didn’t have anything like this one. I think it will work out well with my dress for our office Christmas party too.
First of all, I have to say that I will NOT be doing any shopping on Thanksgiving. I’m not going to get on a soapbox about it, but I hope that many of you will be enjoying the holiday with your families and saving the shopping for later.
That said, a lot of retailers — particularly online — are already kicking off their sales. Below is a roundup of some of my favorite stores, details on their sales, and a few of my personal picks (all photos are clickable). I’ll update this post as more sales start rolling in!
My family tends to dress up for holidays, but I know that some people prefer to stay very casual — and many are in between. I put together three outfits that I think would be great for Thanksgiving dinner, regardless of where you fall on the fanciness scale.
I’m a big fan of wearing dresses on Thanksgiving. Partially because they look nice, partially because there are no restrictive waistbands to contend with after another helping of cornbread stuffing. This dress is a gorgeous color, and the pumps and pearls make it a great holiday look.
With Black Friday and Cyber Monday approaching, it’s time to get serious about Christmas (or Hannukah, although we might be a little late for that this year) shopping. This year, I’m using a fun little widget to present my picks Pinterest-style. As usual, this is a random assortment of things I’ve come across, but this year I’m focusing on the ladies. Whether you’re building out your own wish list or shopping for the ladies in your life, I hope you find some good inspiration here!
Have you started your shopping yet? Any favorite purchases?
Two weeks in a row — I’m on a roll! Check out this week’s roundup from IFB.
Note: The following was written by the IFB team and re-posted here.
It’s somehow sad that Thanksgiving always gets the shaft for the holidays. Not as much fun as Halloween, not as much religious/global/ gifting/commercial opportunity as Christmas/Hanukkah/etc… But alas, we’re all caught up in the holidays in the blogosphere. Between the gifts, the celebrations, the reflection of the year that’s about to end, there’s so much ground to cover! This week, we have a delightful round of holiday inspired posts to get you thinking about the rest of the year. Believe it or not… we don’t have that much time left.
Do you remember those Express built-in bra tank tops? They came in every color in the rainbow and were an important part of my wardrobe for a long time. And then my chest got bigger and gravity got to me, and not wearing a real bra was no longer an option. So, I moved on to other basic cotton camisoles from Gap or wherever I could find them on sale.
I used to wear my camis CONSTANTLY, but one of their most important roles was as a bottom layer under a cardigan. And then I had a baby and my body changed, and that clingy fabric was no longer my friend. Because let’s be real here: a thin layer of white cotton isn’t doing me any favors. For the most part, my cardigans hang sadly in my closet these days, because I’m just not comfortable with how they look.
In an effort to resurrect my favorite layering pieces — traditional cardigans, open cardigans and blazers — I’m on the hunt for some more flattering (and maybe more grown up) options. I picked up a pretty sleeveless blouse from Banana Republic over the weekend that is unfortunately not online. But here are ten other options I’ve found that are available online (some on sale!) and would be great cami replacements. I’ve focused mostly on neutrals for the sake of versatility, but there’s a range of necklines and cuts that I really like. I also included a long sleeve top — the key here is to make sure that the sleeves are fitted so you don’t have a bunching situation going on.