seasons

||Four Ways to Enjoy Christmas for Two.

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Whether you’re empty-nesting or newly-married, Christmas for two (or for a small family) can be tough and different. Culture and tradition portrays Christmas as a big affair with a huge family and lots of friends. Maybe you’ve moved to a new state or unforeseen circumstances arose, and you’re going to be away from your family this Christmas season. Or maybe you’re newly married and aren’t sure how to create a special holiday for you and your spouse. Or maybe all of your children have moved out and it’s your first year as empty nesters. Whatever your reasons, I invite you to embrace this new season of your life and make this Christmas the best you’ve ever had.


||Clean the house.

You know what gets me excited about having a holiday party? The preparation. You get the perfect playlist, buy a new scented candle, consider snacks, add special touches of decorations and – you clean. A two-person holiday can feel un-important for the lack of preparation involved. It’s hard to feel cheery when the house is a wreck, neither of you have showered and you’re really not sure what you’ll eat for dinner. This year, pretend you’re having a huge group of people over and get the house ready. Create the atmosphere of holiday hustle and bustle. It’s totally worth it to make the season special, even if it’s just for you and your spouse. As my mother-in-love would say, “Add some ambiance.”

||Order Chinese.

Don’t stress a big meal if that’s not important to you. If you don’t want a Christmas tree – don’t get one. Here’s a crazy, new, mind-blowing concept – have a relaxing Christmas. Now is your chance to give it a try!

||Be Non-Traditional with your Tradition.

There are two ways to look at your small Christmas. You can gripe and be sad, remembering Christmas past and realizing, “It just isn’t the same!”. Or you can smile at the future and new ideas, remembering Christmas past with joy but also realizing with excitement, “It won’t be the same!”. Don’t try to force Christmas past into Christmas present. Did you grow up with a huge family meal and a Secret Santa exchange? I’m sure that was wonderful, but with two people that probably won’t work so well. Change it up! Create a complex (and maybe expensive!) dish with your spouse that would be impossible to afford or pull off if there were more than two of you. Slow dance to Frank Sinatra in front of the Christmas tree – who knows where that might lead ;) Have a Christmas Day party with all of your adult friends, include cocktails and fancy-schmancy appetizers (sometimes being an adult can be fun!). Essentially – don’t force it. Let go of past traditions that don’t work for your lifestyle anymore. Instead, create and explore opportunities for new traditions and experiences.

||Be Young.

While doing fun grown-up things can be a new Christmastime experience, don’t forget to channel your inner child as well. Build a fort around the Christmas tree and spend the night under the glowing lights. Buy matching jammies and watch a children’s Christmas movie. Play around with different hot chocolate concoctions (but since you’re actually NOT a child – peppermint vodka anyone?). Allow yourself to get excited about the Christmas parade. Have fun with this holiday!

||Be small.
Embrace it. Maybe for Christmas Eve, you and your spouse can go out to a nice meal, a lovely candle-light service and then finish your evening with a glass of egg-nog and the Bible, sitting in front of the Christmas tree meditating on the reason for Christ’s birth. Or Christmas morning can be celebrated at the Homeless Shelter, serving meals to families less fortunate and realizing that the world is so much bigger than ourselves. Small Christmas can truly be a wonderful thing.


 

Autumn 2014 – Capsule Wardrobe.

{Let me just begin by saying that I’m listening to THIS song…and you should too. Plus, it goes with the picture below…it’s a shot from our engagement session this time last year}

Ok people! It’s autumn-time.

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I’ve been spending some time on Pinterest lately deciding what to put in my autumn2014 capsule wardrobe.
[The items I’ve italicized are items that I already have in my wardrobe.
Items in bold are the ones that I’ve purchased so far.]

– Stylish white, black and grey tees.
(I got these from Forever21 for $3.80 EACH and they are perfect!)

– Stylish white, black and gray tanks.

– White button-up (I might not…it seems like EVERY capsule wardrobe has a white button-up, but I never wear them…)

– Patterned button-up

– Flannel

– Black turtleneck

– 2 chunky pull-overs
(These are two that I had from last year…I still plan to check out the ole Goodwill to see if I can find replacements for a nice change. Wool knits are on trend this season, so I’ll see if I can find something along those lines)

– 2 Cardigans.

– Skinny Jeans

– High waisted flares (Like THESE – drool)

– Flats (I’m looking for velvet or suede, jewel tone or leopard. Warm but not at all chunky.)

– Heels.

– Short booties (Like THESE).

– Riding boots.

– Warm, winter boots (Kind of like THESE).

Sneakers.

– Leather Bomber Jacket (Like THIS).

– Military Jacket (Like THIS or THIS).

– Pea-coat.

– Leopard or skull scarf, light and flowy (See THIS for inspiration).

– Colorful scarf .

– Warm Scarf.

– 2 Perfect Dresses (A-line is on trend right now).

– Pencil or A-line skirt.

– Longer, high-waisted skirt (something in a fabric that I can wear with tights)

– Gold watch (DREAM)

Diamond Studs
(Found at Target for $5!)

Pearl Studs
(Found at Target for $5!)

– Cute, warm hat

So we are at 36 things. {Give or take…I’m sure I’ll add a little more}

I’ll try to keep you updated on what I purchase and eventually I’ll post a Project333 revamp for autumn. I’m basically a piece of ice right now (and it’s only like 45 degrees outside)…so these warm fall clothes need to be here SOON.
xoxo

Hello Fall :)

My favorite things about fall…

(in pictures)

1. Crispy, crunch leaves. The way they make the landscapes BURST with color. The way they look as the wind blows hoards of them off of the trees and only the withering grass.





2. Pumpkins!



You can ask anyone in my family, I’m a pumpkin lover all year round. Pumpkin spice latte? I’m for it.



There’s even a creek nearby that we pass over on the highway, makes me smile every time I see it :)



3. Acorns. When I was little I gathered them and drew faces on them. They became little hat-wearing people with no bodies. Much better than just seeds.



Although, little baby oak trees is good too.

4. Hot tea. And tea parties. But in the fall, tea and hot chocolate and such belongs in thick, comfy mugs. Something to curl up under an afghan with.



5. Sweaters :)



I have been totally enjoying pulling my sweaters out of hiding. Makes me happy.



6. Trick-or-treaters.

I’m in the mood for a cosutume party. Complete with lots of this stuff: my number 6….

6. CANDY CORN!
(+plus candy pumpkins, which are boyfriend’s favorite…so they must be included)

Creepy…ok, so let’s just add one more…

7. Haunted Houses.

BOO!!

Oh and P.S.
8. Hayrides.
9. Snuggling under comforters.
10. Flannel PJ pants.
11. Hoodies.
12. etc.

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