Wishing the merriest of Christmases to you and yours!
And the angel said unto them:
And the angel said unto them:
It’s Christmas Eve and our celebrations are in full force! I was just discussing some fun family traditions with friends (haha, Elise) and it lead to some reminiscing on our own traditions old and new.
Here are some fun things we’ve done through the years plus some of Matt’s and mine we’ve adapted:
1. Watching A Christmas Story on Christmas Eve
2. Enjoying a delicious family dinner leading up to Christmas> either beef bourguignon or london broil/pork loin
3. Exchanging Christmas pjs
4. Walking the beach on Christmas Eve morning
5. Sit on stairs waiting on parents to film our gifts before we see them (tell me they’re not the only ones- it’s kinda weird)
6. Go to the movie theaters the afternoon of Christmas Day (last year it was Les Miserables, this year it’s Wolf of Wall Street)
7. Biscuits and gravy the morning of Christmas
8. Visiting the grandparents throughout the day
What are your Christmas traditions? Any you’re looking forward to starting this year?
There have been so many fashion trends this season. I feel like, for the most part, they have been relatively risky. No longer can you both embrace a trend and remain in your comfort zone. Am I the only one who feels this way? With that said, I have loved about 93% of what I’ve seen.
From the new neutral: leopard, to faux fur, to leather galore, to print-mixing, to plaid for days, to layers upon layers, to stacked jewels, to GOLD. Did I miss any? I’m sure I did! But what I think makes me the happiest about all these is it only requires one subtle change, one “piece of flare” added to any outfit to jazz it up.
Then again, there are those of us who choose to go overboard sometimes; but once you are freed from your comfort zone, it really is difficult to go back.
So that brings me back to my original point: one of my favorite trends. Gold. GOLD. Gold. Is there anything flashier? I submit not. And it’s everywhere these days. I’ve put together some of my favorite options which have been hard to ignore when I am supposed to be elfing for everyone else. Even better: it’s not just limited to your wardrobe.
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Maybe I went a little crazy with the accessories- what can I say? They are that little something to brighten up any outfit and are typically less expensive. I’m thinking there should be a lot of glitz and sparkle in your NYE outfit this year!
Do you feel like you’re on gold overload? Nah, I didn’t think so 😉 Anything I left out that you are loving about this trend? Please share!
This weekend was one full of rest, sweet friends, scrumptious food [lots of it!], and time away from all our to-do lists. Matt and I took off to Charleston on Friday night to visit our friends for a couple of days. We did [surprise, surprise] partake of some delicious meals while there, beginning with our victory steaks at midnight when we arrived. So maybe not the smartest thing we’ve ever done, but the steaks were amazing! All from a friendly little bet about the gender of our friends’ forthcoming baby, due in like a week!!!
The weather wasn’t anything to write home about, but that led to running the streets of Charleston in monsoon-like downpours searching tirelessly for an open restaurant to feed us. The city was filled with the Christmas spirit; holiday medleys pouring from the stores/ restaurants into the open air, Charles Dickens-esque carolers serenading the crowds, and bagpipes strolling through King Street.
Saturday night’s dinner was followed by a much-anticipated trip to James Island to see their Christmas light display. Karsen and I were like little children, ooing and ahhing at all the lights. I gotta say, I was really impressed with how much was put into the decorations. There were even lots where you could park throughout the drive and see sand sculptures, roast s’mores, ride a carousel, sit on santa’s lap [we did not!], and see holiday-themed artwork from local schools. They really did it up; I certainly got my Christmas-light fix for the season. So it wasn’t our local Airlie Gardens, but we were able to enjoy it with friends, making it even better!
Our trip wrapped up with a trip to King Street for some shopping, aka getting inspiration from Anthropologie [can we please get one to come to Wilmington?!!] and Williams Sonoma, and discovering an adorable USC merchandise store that’s popped up over the last year. Matt also allowed me to indulge in some Starbucks on the way home- what a keeper!
We so needed this trip to hug the necks of our dear friends but we are so happy to be home and get to snuggle our pup again! I hope your weekend was joyful and you’re refreshed for the week ahead.
Check back later this week for one of my favorite trends this winter season!
So here’s the deal. Did you know there was a Color of the Year? Maybe if you’re in the design field or are obsessed with colors in general, or maybe you pay a bit more attention to fashion than others. But maybe you didn’t know. 2013’s color was Emerald.
What a fancy green, huh? Emerald. A gemstone primarily mined in Colombia, it’s a common feature of breathtaking jewelry adorning the necks, ears, and wrists of women all across the globe. Without even knowing it, I’ve worn emerald garments all year long. It’s been one of my favorite colors this season, along with most other jewel-tones.
This reminds me of that scene in The Devil Wears Prada when Meryl very calmly puts poor Anne Hathaway in her place.
But I’d like to think I’m a little more aware than she in this movie.
About a week ago, PANTONE® announced the 2014 Color of the Year. It’s Radiant Orchid, or PANTONE® 18-3224. Here’s what Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute® had to say about it:
|“An invitation to innovation, Radiant Orchid encourages expanded creativity and originality, which is increasingly valued in today’s society.”
“An enchanting harmony of fuchsia, purple and pink undertones, Radiant Orchid inspires confidence and emanates great joy, love and health. It is a captivating purple, one that draws you in with its beguiling charm.”
And if you’re interest is peaked, please proceed to the full PANTONE® Fashion Color Report for Spring 2014.
While my initial reaction was one of hesitation [you see, I have this pale, pasty, freckle-covered skin], I’ve come across some great pieces to help fuel my inspiration. It’s my goal to help you get a jumpstart on next years trend.
PS. Everything at the LOFT is 50% until midnight with code HOLIDAY. And don’t forget to use Ebates to get cash back. Now that’s hard to pass up!
What do you think about 2014’s CotY? Are there any items you’ve already picked out for early 2014?