Thursday, December 18

holiday party

I have had my eye on this romper for quite a while but have held out for a couple of reasons, mostly because I don't care for the process of having to get in and out of them should you need to use the restroom. It can't be just me that has that much trouble with them, right? Maybe it's because I'm lazy, less talented at using public toilets, or missing a crucial piece of information that would make the whole process a cake walk, but it always ends up feeling too time consuming for me to want to deal with. Last Saturday when getting dressed for our friends' holiday party, I came up with this very similar look with more champagne friendly pieces. I have worn this silky Joie top and Maje skirt adorned with velvet polka dots many times before in various different ways but never thought to combine them. I must say I was quite pleased with the way it turned out and will probably be wearing this again for our Christmas Eve party or at the very least an upcoming date night.

Thank you so much for reading and have a wonderful Thursday!

Wednesday, December 17

last minute gift guide

This year I'm feeling super behind when it comes to gift buying. As much as I love the hunt, it can definitely be challenging to find that perfect thing. So, since it's Wednesday and this week marks "the last days of holiday shipping" I rounded up a couple of last minute gift ideas that should cover just about everyone on your list, and mine.

ear muffs . gloves . hat . socks . slippers

Happy shopping!

Tuesday, December 16

red heels

There is just something about the color red that draws you in. You know, those bright and cheery shades that make you think of summer or the holidays. I can't get enough of it this time of year and I certainly can't resist a pretty pair of red heels, especially if they have bows on them. I'm currently in that honeymoon phase (before I'm left with the inevitable emotionally scaring blisters) where I'm planning outfits around them. Over the weekend I paired them with a relaxed white sweater and skinny jeansI love dressing jeans up with a cute pair of heels for a fun yet still appropriate daytime look and these were perfect for adding a festive, holiday feel. 

Monday, December 15

casual classics

This weekend marked my first Saturday night off since August. Needless to say I was insanely excited. We got up early and stopped for almond croissants from our favorite bakery on the way to the train and snapped a few photos. Then JD went home and got back in bed and I smiled like a maniac, clutching my bag of pastries the entire way to the office. 

I kept it casual (and warm!) in a simple black and white look made up of wintery basics: a cozy cable knit turtleneck, black skinny pants, and my trusty Sam Edelman ankle boots. While I love the idea of turtlenecks (they're pretty much built in scarves), I do tend to feel like I'm being choked an hour in. I remember wearing this a two years ago on a drive up to Boston and deciding with about twenty minutes to go that I couldn't deal with it. This time I barely noticed it and was far more concerned with all of the little white fuzzies it was leaving all over my pants. You can't win them all.

Friday, December 12

boozy nutella hot chocolate

boozy nutella hot chocolate
I haven't had much of an appetite this week as I've been feeling a bit under the weather, and yes, I literally blamed the rainy weather last week for making me sick. But it's Friday and you know what that means, I'm putting on a brave face and spiking my hot chocolate. 

I have only ever made hot chocolate either from the recipe on the back of the tin of cocoa powder or out of a packet, so when I came across a recipe that called for only nutella and milk I was intrigued. It was simple, quick to make, and easy to turn into a wintery cocktail of sorts.

3 tablespoons nutella
1 cup almond milk*
1.5 ounces hazelnut liqueur

In a small saucepan, simmer milk over low heat until warm. Stir in nutella until thoroughly mixed. Pour into a mug, top with hazelnut liqueur, and enjoy. It's as simple as that. 

*For this recipe, I used almond milk but you can use regular or any kind you'd like really. 

Happy Friday and thank you so much for reading!
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