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Christmas Plaid


Plaid button-down shirt: old, but identical right here (also love this similar navy plaid button down, and this green one, too! // Scallop front mini skirt: Nordstrom–I also love this lace version that would be great for holiday parties, and this asymmetric version // Lace up pumps: Marc Fisher at Nordstrom (also come in two pretty shades of red, grey, and camel!) This pair is also similar and on sale for $50! Also obsessed with this pair, which has a chunkier heel and thicker ties around the ankle! // Faux Fur Scarf: c/o Sole Society (comes in several colors!) and also available at Nordstrom // Bracelets: Kendra Scott // Earrings: Kendra Scott // Hair: Curled with a beachwaver curling iron, VERB hair spray and Oribe texture spray (I’m OBSESSED with their products. This gift set would make the best present for a beauty lover! They smell SO GOOD, even Neal notices how amazing they smell!) Lipstick: MAC matte lipstick in Diva 


YOU GUYS it’s so cold. WAHH!

Know what’s funny? When you move into a new house in the summer and you don’t know if it’s going to be freezing or warm when winter rolls around?

Remember when I told you about my favorite fur blanket that I walk around under all day like the Revenant? Yeah. Haven’t taken it off yet today. I’m under the blanket, on my fur bean bag, next to the fire. ITS STILL FREEZING.

Did you catch how I slipped in “fur bean bag” in there? Yeah. I have one. And I decided they’re back.

Pottery Barn Teen makes them and I am obsessed. (More to come on that). I got this one last week in the mail and it’s the perfect solution to having to sit on the cold, hard fireplace hearth. Now I can cozy up in a cushy beanbag! Aside from Neal rolling his eyes that “another fake dead animal showed up at our house while he was gone” the furry beanbag has been a welcome addition to the family.

Last night was my Aunt Ann and Cousin Ally’s last night visiting us in Chicago! Neal’s mom and sister came over to meet them and it was so much fun! I made my mom’s “Christmas Eve Soup” (fun fact, I shared it as one of my first ever blog posts here if you want to see some REALLY bad photos and content. HAHA!) Maybeeee I should update that one 😉 We had wine and soup and it was the perfect end to a chilly winter day. (I say chilly because it was freezing in my house. I didn’t even go outside!)

Anyway, speaking of cold. Have you started researching “Christmas Outfit Ideas” yet?

I ask because, you know–experience. I always feel like I’m scrambling for festive attire right before a party or the day before Christmas Eve, and then I have to jump onto Pinterest to search “Christmas Outfit Ideas” and piece together something I already own. (I’m the worst procrastinator.)

This shirt has always been a lifesaver in the winter because it’s the perfect party button-down. I got it last year (but found an identical version by J.Crew), and I’ve worn it so many times around the holidays because of the festive pattern. Button downs are great for any occasion because they look adorable with jeans and boots, or dressed up with a skirt and heels. (This one and this one are both really cute and would perfect for Christmas outfits, too!)

Here, I went with it paired with a black mini skirt (another versatile wardrobe must-have! This one is so cute–it has scallops!), a faux fur scarf (so cozy!) and my favorite lace-up heels. (For how beautiful they are–can you believe they aren’t uncomfortable? I mean, as far as heels go–I’d go as far as to say they’re comfortable! They also come in so many colors!)

If you’re traveling for the holidays, you definitely want to have one in your suitcase, because you can make them work for so many different Christmas events! (I’m actually working on a “holiday packing” post that will be coming later this week!)

Later today I’m heading over to Lincoln Park to shoot a fun post with Kelly, Emma, and Julie, so I’m really excited about that. Then afterwords, its GIRLS NIGHT! It’s been so long since Blair, Kelly, Shaheen found time to get together with the four of us–we’re going to Rangoli (The best Indian food in the city, according to Shaheen, so we’re VERY excited.) It’s also BYOB, so obviously PERFECT for girls night ;-P

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Photos by Jules Kennedy