28, 29, 30 December 2013: Newness

Hello, friends! I hope you all had a merry week. I had an overall relaxing holiday break, which was lovely. Gift wise, I’m super pleased with my new sweater and skirt from my parents – I dropped the sweater off at the dry cleaners today, but they wouldn’t take the skirt because they say the trim could crackle. So I am going to attempt to wash the lining myself, I guess, heh. We’ll see how it goes. I also got a great new Haiku purse, my third. I sewed my brother a pillow using fabric that told the story of A Charlie Brown Christmas and it was a big hit. Now I need to find some non-Christmas fabric to make cases he can use year round!

I was pretty low key, outfit wise, over the holidays, so here we go in reverse order starting from today:


anthropologie Novelty Collar tee, Old Navy sweetheart skinny jeans, JCrew Jackie cardigan, vintage earring s brooch, Bass Heritage boots

I met my childhood best friend for lunch today – we’ve been friends since we were 4 years old, but haven’t seen each other in person since college graduation. We spent hours catching up and it was lovely.


Monterey Bay tunic, Old Navy Rockstar jeggings, Claire’s flower clip, Crown Vintage boots


Charlotte Russe bow back top, Old Navy sweetheart skinnies, Claire’s flower clip, Converse

Did you notice what is new??


Glasses! I finally made my decision and went with the Character Studies. They are a bit snug behind my ears, but I asked their personal shopper Ritzy for advice and she said I can use a hair dryer to heat them and bend them out a bit. I’m going to wait to do that until I have assistance, but it sounded pretty easy in her email!

I also had a bit of fun with post-holiday sales – my mom and I picked a few Julep nailpolishes, as they were marked down to $3-5 from $14, and I picked up the Parkington Belt I’d loved at anthropologie for 60% off. I so wanted to get that amazing felt swing skirt, but they sold out of my size too quickly. 😦

Some Christmas fun highlights:

Before I went home, I had to stop at Lush to trade in five empty black pots for a free face mask. I’m so glad I went with the sales lady’s recommendation of Rudolf – it was very soothing, and yes, the red aloe goes on your nose, hee.


Also of note was the amazing pumpkin pie my dad made. My brother has a lot of allergies (wheat, soy, rice, etc etc etc) which means baking especially is a challenge. Dad found a crust that is actually a meringue and then made pumpkin pie filling. SO GOOD OMG. It’s also topped with his homemade cinnamon whipped cream, yum.


One thing I do every year is participate in an ornament exchange based on the Betsy-Tacy book series. We send ornaments in character to each other as another character. This year, my sender found this amazing pair of real vintage glasses that look just Carney’s, from the books, and looped a green ribbon around the arm for hanging. The glasses are absolutely tiny – they fit inside mine with lots of room to spare – but the store owner promised that they were actually made for an adult woman. So clearly the answer was to try them on.


And they totally fit. The arms are super curved like a c, and those are a bit short on me, but still. Fit. And I find them adorable. 😉

What were some of your holiday highlights?


One thought on “28, 29, 30 December 2013: Newness

  1. Cute glasses – both the Character Studies & the vintage ones!
    Btw, you could take your new skirt to a cleaner who specializes in wedding gowns – they’re used to delicate beading, mixed materials, appliques, etc.
    Speaking of “etc” you cracked me up with your description of your brothers many allergies – the etc, etc, etc said volumes! One of my older bro’s was a super sickly kid & seemed to always be having a reaction to something on a daily basis there for awhile. In his case, some of it was for “real” & some was so he could get out of eating anything remotely healthy – the punk.
    Also, love your snowflake necklace. Very pretty & fitting for someone who digs snow so much.
    We had a pretty chill Christmas. Made homemade tamales (fun, but an all-day event that trashes one’s kitchen). Santa brought me lots of goodies too – just stuff from my endless wishlist!
    Anyhoo, glad you had a fun holiday. Happy New Year!


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