Sunday, January 18, 2015

Christmas Traditions

Here's a little glimpse into my family's Christmas traditions. 


Both pictures are a bit blurry, but they're taken on the same porch. We've been Christmas Caroling as a group for over 20 years now! Its one of my favorite Christmas traditions. 

This house belongs to Dr. & Mrs. Weaver. 
She decorates for every season! Even the inside looks like the North Pole. I think her house is the reason I want a wrap-around front porch one day. They are such an adorable couple. Every Sunday they wear matching outfits. He spoils her and she adores him. Please notice the Christmas Mickey & Minnie in the corner. The Weavers' house is just dreamy. 

This is my first ever BFF, Emily. I really take all my fashion tips from here! 

 They are so cute!!! 

 Lyle's first time Caroling! We always end up at my grandparents' house. This year was harder than the past 5 years because Big Buddy was no longer with us. I didn't make it through one verse before crying. I miss him a lot. Manaw loves Lyle and steals him as much as she can! 

"Christmas Eve" with The Walkers! 
Its been a few years since we've had Christmas at our house because BB was sick, so it was nice to celebrate at our new house. 

First: Lunch with Em
Middle: a little warmer for Caroling
Last: Christmas with The Walkers
I can't stop wearing my dad's navy sweater - necklace & flats, scarves & booties - its so "comfy"!
I've been wearing my scarves full like this because I can't always handle it bunched around my neck. I also like that it gives a long lean look. 

 Christmas Eve Breakfast
Another one of my favorite traditions is breakfast at Cracker Barrel on Christmas Eve. We all know its happening so we know that if we're in town we'll be there. With a good bit of our crew married and living elsewhere, they come when they can. 

We always have a picture in front of the fireplace. Look at those sweet little babies! 

On Christmas Eve night my parents always exchange presents, and now we kids do too. 
I love wrapping my presents in all the same paper, but this year I chose 3 patterns that coordinated. Since I was traveling, I didn't use bows. I loved how these turned out! 

Christmas Day in Athens

They're engaged!!! Ginny & I are only 1 month & 2 days apart. I am so excited for my cousin!! Apparently I started "ugly crying" so I quickly stopped, but I was just so happy! 

Our sweet Maddie turned 10! She is definitely her own person and holds here own against her 4 older brothers or 14 older cousins/cousins-in-law! Still can't believe she's 10. There are no girls between Ginny and Maddie - we waited 14 years for another girl and couldn't have a better one!

Christmas Day & Day After 
Can't stop wearing my new LOFT jeans (destructed jeans in curvy skinny and curvy super skinny in rinse wash) &  Lucky Boots.** 

I've gotten so many compliments on these boots. They have an outside diagonal zipper which makes them a little unique! My roommate J helped me pick them out. I sent mom the link for the wide-calf boots by accident, but I actually needed the wide-calf ones. J tried on the regular, and it looked wide-calf on her. So definitely try your boots on before ordering them! 

**They're only available in black now, but they are called Lucky Brand Heston Boots or Heston2 boots for wide-calf. 

Dad brought Mom & I breakfast in bed...and included hot chocolate for my coffee! He is the best!

 This is really grainy, but we have a family tradition of bowling, every time we're together. Money gets passed around, and the uncles get beat by the nephews! Its a lot of fun!
 We've been doing it probably since 1998. 

Christmas is seriously one of my favorite times of the year!! Really any time I can spend with family & friends is my favorite time. 

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Christmas in the Valley

I love Christmas time and the feeling of the holidays. This was my first Christmas {partially} away from home. I made it home on Christmas Adam {December 23}, but I love the days leading up to Christmas so much! 

Here's a little how we celebrated in the Valley! 

Picking out a real tree with E & J!

We then proceeded to spend a few hours taking pictures with our tree for our Christmas card. Thankfully E's bf was there to help put it in the stand and arrange our living room. But we did all the heavy lifting! 

It took a few days, but we finally got Frankie the Fir all ready for Christmas. 
No,  really. By the time we got Frankie in his stand, the room arranged, it was midnight and the pizza still hadn't arrive. That was on a Friday night. On Saturday we realized we didn't have any Christmas lights. Whoops! And then we realized that Target had slim pickin's. We mixed two different sizes {seen on pinterest} and I LOVED it. We also mixed gold and silver ornaments. It all turned out amazing!

We used some of Frankie's trimmings to make a little centerpiece in this red tray my mom bought me. 

A few presents under Frankie!

My Aunt Jackie makes the best gingerbread men and she gave me her recipe! Mmmmhhh so delicious. 
How cute did they turn out? Yes, I'm bragging, but these take a good bit of effort - very worth it!

Speaking of gingerbread men, here is the one J & I created with some friends at our Christmas party
Team Gingersnap: The Bad Astronauts

**With a live tree & gingerbread men, our house smelled so good this holiday season! 

I love getting dressed up for the holidays, but was a little nervous about my office Christmas party {all six offices together...lots of people I didn't know!} Thankful this guy
agreed to go with me.

This is my kind of Saturday morning! 
Homemade French toast, French press coffee, and a Frasier Fir. 

 So, another bragging moment. I made these stockings, and I love them. 
Absolutely love them. J, E, & I stuffed goodies into them for each other. 

*Its January 8th, and Frankie was just kicked to the curb. 

Christmas in the Valley was pretty perfect this year! I could do a repeat :-) 

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

LOFT is having a SALE! {Here's What I'd Buy}

My post on my shopping trip to LOFT is one of my most popular ones. They are having a 60% off sale and no code needed!
Here are some of my on-sale favorites

I have a soft denim shirt and I love it. This one is just darling with the floral print. 
Original - $59.50 

How comfy does this sweater look? I really want it! And the color is perfect to transition from winter to Spring. For the Winter, I'd add a chunky bold necklace but then a delicate one for the Spring. 
Original - $59.50

This jacket is only available in a LARGE right now. So if that's you, scoop this Lou & Grey up!
Original - $89.50 

This style is more flattering on a straight figure, than a curvy one (in my opinion). I think it looks cute and comfy! 
Original - $49.50

These two are only available in an XS. If that's you, please get this and wear it for the rest of us! 
Original - $49.50

Original - $44.50

Here's a great basic! 
Original - $49.50

Now for some Accessories! 

I have a set similar to these. I love how simple they are, but they can add just enough to your hair. No boring bobby pins here!
Original - $19.50

Need something cute, but warm for your ears? A former Bachelorette, Andi, wore one similar to this to a UGA game and everyone loved it. Here's your chance to own one! 
Original - $19.50

And here's a cute pair of earrings to finish off your shopping ;-) 
Original - $29.50

I hope y'all enjoy this little shopping list! Let me know what your favorites are! 

Stay Fashionate!