29 December 2013

Christmas is going to the dogs

Christmas in DC with the family that came from all over the country to be together. Christmas Eve was spent with the cousins catching up in the bar and then snuggling the new baby. I snuggled the pup. Afterwards we all had fondue for dinner and went to sleep before Santa dropped in.Christmas day everyone opened presents (including the dogs) and we spent the rest of the day touring the monuments before dinner.

At the bar in Georgetown with my cousins

Family snuggling time

Mom and Grandma at the fondue restaurant

Christmas morning!

Pup presents

The family walking down the steps at the Lincoln Memorial


28 December 2013

Capitol Christmas

For Christmas this year I spent the holiday having a family reunion in Washington, DC. On Christmas Day we couldn't let the beautiful weather go to waste and toured the monuments in our Nation's capitol. All the holly bushes were bursting with bright red berries and everyone's noses were just as rosy in the cold. It was so much fun to get my picture snapped in front of the Washington Monument with the Capitol building peeking out from behind it. Even though I'm from a big city, I love seeing those different skylines.

Gap sweater (2010) similar here
Theory skirt (via outlet) similar here
Uniqlo scarf
H&M sparkle tights
vintage Coach bag similar here
vintage Ferragamo pumps
Madewell sunglasses

26 December 2013

Christmas Garland Sweater

In a stroke of good luck and after an hour's wait on line through a thunderstorm I found this perfectly pom-pommed sweater at a sample sale. Its the softest pine tree green yarn and reminds me of Christmas tree garland. Last week while I prepared for the party and finished my Christmas shopping I wore this for three days. It was very holiday appropriate and perfect for recent lazy dressing habits.
Also, I started styling my hair differently with some waves in it that I put in with a round brush and blow dryer. What do you think?

Opening Ceremony sweater via sample sale
American Apparel skirt
H&M tights
vintage hair clip

25 December 2013

Warmed House

Last Saturday night Rich and I invited everyone we love to our fancy dress housewarming party. We had kegs of craft beer and fairy lights in the backyard, a punch bowl with brandy-soaked fruit in the kitchen and Christmas music playing in the living room. It was the perfect party with all of our friends and families.
My handsome roommate-boyfriend.

Lindsay and Kelly playing with paper doll fridge magnets.

Everyone showed up in their best clothes.

Dave, Dave and LK

Greg and Kelly

Joe and Clare

Group picture!

Cheers from my living room

Oh Christmas tree, oh Christmas tree

Our house is very warm now! Merry Christmas!

16 December 2013

Mele Kalikimaka

Oh hey there, its been awhile! Tomorrow I go on vacation for 2 weeks and I won't see my office until 2014. Despite the tropical Christmas greeting its just a stay-cation. I'll have time to do projects I've been putting off, see friends I've been putting off. Until then I'll spend today and tomorrow sitting at my desk clicking away at the keyboard listening to Christmas music and desperately trying not to get distracted. Here's this years Christmas list that you can listen to here on Spotify.

01 December 2013

Casual Thanksgiving

Dressing up is (clearly) kind of my thing, but lately I'm just like, GIVE ME ALL THE LEGGINGS AND SWEATERS. The past few years on Thanksgiving my family has had a massive extended family celebration, but this we're paring down and its just me and my grandparents. Not that I wouldn't put on a gorgeous dress to impress them, but I know that given the opportunity to overeat grandpa's cooking means that whatever I'm wearing needs generous stretchability. So normally I would get up early, put rollers in my hair, put on a pretty holiday outfit I've been planning for weeks and a swipe of lipstick. This year, I'm fully embracing the fact that I will be stuffing myself, watching football and falling asleep on the couch. Just as it should be. Oh, and full disclosure, I wore this again on Friday for biking and seeing Catching Fire.

Uniqlo silk blouse
American Apparel sweater and leggings
Steve Madden boots
Madewell tote and sunglasses
Vintage sweater from Iceland
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