Wednesday, December 20, 2017

A Holly Jolly Holiday Roundup

     It's no wonder why the last few months of the year happen to be my favorite out of all twelve of them.

     It all begins with the graceful transition from summer to autumn.  When the foliage blossoms into vibrant reds and sparkling golds.  When the sunlight filled days turn into cozy afternoons spent by the window, watching as the raindrops have a race down the glass panes.  When coffee shops trade in their sugar induced beverages for tranquil teas and smooth, spicy lattes.  When the days get colder and shorter, and the outfits get warmer and, in my opinion, cuter.

     But let me get to the real point of this post . . .

      CHRISTMAS!

     ★CHRISTMAS★

     C H R I S T M A S ! ! !


     AND THE FACT THAT IT IS LESS THAN ONE WEEK AWAY!

     My apologizes, I get a tad bit overly excited at the mention of this particular holiday.  Apparently my family and I are "Christmas fanatics". *pfffttt* Nonsense.

     So today, in honor of the season, I thought I would share what holiday festivities keep my occupied during the weeks leading up to Christmas Day {and just a whole bunch of holiday related topics in general}.   

     Now, let's get to it, shall we?


     My Holiday Playlist:
    
        

     
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         My Holiday Essentials:

    •    All things and everything red and green
    •    Fuzzy socks {bonus points if they have a cute pattern or animal on them!}
    •    Sweet smelling treats baking in the oven at all times
    •    And Christmas music playing on repeat  
    •    Loads of sparkly, glittery, shimmery lights in all sections of the house {they're more than just an accessory for the tree!}
    •    Matching jammies for the family
    •    My super soft, super fluffy, super, duper comfy, cozy, knitted scarf worn in this post {and this one!} a couple of years back
    •   Snow.  Though, unfortunately, I've never witnessed a white Christmas. This shall be the year, however.  I feel it!  
          



         My Favorite Holiday Traditions

    •   Baking the most delicious cookies that make the house smell like heaven itself and decorating them all Pinterest-y like {and failing miserably}
    •   Watching "A Charlie Brown Christmas", "How the Grinch Stole Christmas" and "It's a Wonderful Life" every year with my family
    •   Dragging out the Christmas decor the week before Thanksgiving
    •  Decorating a gingerbread house {we decorate one for each holiday!}  

    pinterest: bellaxlovee ✧☾


         A Few of My Very Favorite Christmas Movies:

    •   Elf
    •   It's a Wonderful Life
    •   The Santa Clause Series
    •   Home Alone
    •   How the Grinch Stole Christmas {1966}
    •   Christmas with the Kranks
    •   The Polar Express
    •   Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer
    •   Frosty the Snowman
    •   A Charlie Brown Christmas
    •   Mickey's Twice Upon A Christmas
    •   Barbie in the Nutcracker {2001} 

    Christmas films  Others:  - A Charlie Brown Christmas (1965) - It’s a Wonderful Life (1946) - Nightmare Before Christmas (1993) - Miracle on 34th Street (1947) - Gremlins (1984) - Polar Express (2004)

          And Finally, A Little List of Holly, Jolly Holiday Links:


            



      I hope you all have been having an immensely magical Christmas season so far!!






      Until next time,


      Xoxo, Natalie







       

      Monday, December 4, 2017

      Hello Decemberrrr...






            It is very chilly {willy} outside these days.  Understandably so, considering we are stepping into the winter months. ;)  It only makes sense I wear an easy, breezy skirt, right?



           If you saw last week's post you may notice a slight theme going on: skirts and knee socks.  I am {obviously} very much in love with this combo!  I've worn it quite frequently the last few weeks.



      Anyone else having a hard time believing it's December?  Because I for one certainly am!



      Until next time,


      Xoxo, Natalie










          



      Monday, November 27, 2017

      A Final Farewell

















      "I am made for autumn.  
      Summer and I have a fickle relationship, but everything about autumn is perfect to me.  Wooly jumpers, scarves, thin first, then thick, socks.  The low slanting light, the crisp mornings, the chill in my fingers, those last warm sunny days before the rain and the wind.  The moody hues and subdued palette punctured every now and again by a brilliant orange, scarlet or copper goodbye."

      -Alys Fowler-




      Until next time, autumn,


      Xoxo, Natalie








        

      Monday, November 20, 2017

      Outfits to Recreate this Thanksgiving

           Well, hey there, lovely!  I am sure all of you are aware this is the week we all will gain 10+ pounds.  This is the week well shall stuff our faces with so much turkey and sweet potato casserole, that we cannot think straight afterward.  This, my dear friends, is the week of Thanksgiving.  Though, if I am being 125% honest here, I have always looked forward to the Macy's parade just a tad bit more than the food {whoops}  But the food and parade are not the most important things about this American holiday.  No, not at all.  It's about spending time with your family.  About gathering around the table with those whom you love, and reflect on the last year, reminding yourself of all the good that has happened in your life.  And to be thankful for all God has blessed you with.

           *whew* That was a little deep.  My apologies.  Anyway, as important as all of that is, your outfit is important equally as much.  Just stating the facts! ;)  So, today, I thought it would be appropriate to round up a few simple outfits for all you to easily recreate.  Keep on scrolling to get inspired!




      If you want something that's incredibly simple, yet just as ridiculously cute, give this sweet look a try...

      I am very much in love with all the overall // corduroy dresses that have been floating around this season.  Either one would look exceptionally lovely for this upcoming Thursday.

      Lace Blouse // Overall Dress {so hopelessly in love with that dress *swoons*} this one is another beautiful option as well as this one // Clogs here & here // Leather Saddle Bag {also love this one, this one & this one}

       If you want something classy and comfy, try adding a little bit of lace...

      Whether that be boot socks or a spring dress underneath a warm sweater, adding a hint of lace to your outfit can really make the world of a difference any time of the year.


       If you are a more traditional girl, why don't you give the "old school girl" look a go...

      I am alllllllll for those vintage vibes.

        
       Oversized Sweater // Wrap Skirt {don't shy away from thrift shops! some of my favorite pieces in my wardrobe have been from consignment stores!}


       If you want to save a lil' extra room for that scrumptious pumpkin pie, why don't you try adding on those oversized, cozy layers...

      Bring on all the layers to hide that food baby! {and to stay all toasty and warm, too}

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      If you are more for comfort than style, a patterned sweater will suffice just nicely...

       There is absolutely nothing wrong with going for a more laid back, traditional look.  Thanksgiving is a traditional holiday after all!



       If it's a touch warmer where you reside, and layers aren't really an option, sport something light and airy...

      It is extremely difficult and near impossible to go wrong with a fluttery, flowy, feminine dress.

      Fall Style
       Dress here, here & here // Fedora// Set of Rings

       Another great option for you warmer climate gals, would be to layer a lightweight sweater // t-shirt underneath one of your summer dresses...


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      Ruffle Button Down // Dress {or if you want to dress up your outfit, you could opt for a pretty lace dress} // Converse
      And as for the outfit I plan on styling later this week...

       I have this beautiful skirt hanging in my closet that I absolutely adore!  You can view it in this post.  I plan on pairing it with one of my oversized turtle necks, knee high boot socks and my favorite leather ankle booties.
       




      I hope this post gave you just the right amount of inspiration!






      Until next time,


      Xoxo, Natalie








      Sunday, July 2, 2017

      Fourth of July Weekend Inspiration

           Happy Fourth of July weekend, friends!  I hope your weekend has been great so far, and filled with lots, and lots of delicious food. ;)  Today, in honor of one of my favorite holidays, thought I would share some inspiration to kick start your weekend.  I hope you enjoy!  







      1. Outfit Inspiration

      Sarah Vickers {Classy Girls Wear Pearls} is my number one go-to for outfit inspiration for any occasion.  Below are just a few of my favorites of hers for the Fourth!

       How to Get Sarah Vickers' Closet - Tips, Tricks and Inspiration to help you dress like your favorite preppy New England fashion blogger | Progression By Design
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      Sarah Vickers adventures in New England living, classic fashion, and travel.

      2. Photography Inspiration

      Besides the fireworks, sparklers and poppers and definitely my favorite part of the Fourth!  

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      3. DIY Inspiration

       There are so many cute and creative crafts you can do for the Fourth!  There were too many to share just one, so I linked a few down below. ;)


      Fourth of July Recipes and Festive Decor...Over 25 yummy ideas at the36thavenue.com
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       Patriotic Yarn String Lights Pictures, Photos, and Images for Facebook, Tumblr, Pinterest, and Twitter
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      DIY Design Home Decor - How to Create a Chevron-Stripe Flag for the 4th of July! Diy home decor on a budget
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      4. Food Inspiration

      I made this cake last year, and shared it via Instagram.  I cannot lie, it came out pretty tasty, and I plan on making it again this weekend!













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      I hope this post gave you some inspiration for your weekend.  I also hope you all have a great Fourth of July!  






      Until next time,


      Xoxo, Natalie















      Friday, June 23, 2017

      Friday Favorites

           Hey loves, and happy Friday!  So happy it's finally the weekend. ;) I hope you all had a great week.  Today, I am back with another edition of Friday Favorites.  Kick back, relax, and enjoy!




      1. Favorite Outfit

      Lately, I have been into the more casual, laid back style {overalls, especially!}.  There's just something about an effortless outfit that I can't help but gravitating towards.  Even more in the warmer months.

       


      2. Favorite Picture

      The last few weeks, I have been on a reading kick {more on that in a minute!}.  I have read so many good books, and was thinking about doing some reviews in the near future.

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      3. Favorite Painting

       I came across this painting the other day on Pinterest, and thought it was too beautiful not to share!  I'm currently working on an oil painting myself. 


       
       


      4. Favorite Book

      Last but not least, I thought I would share one of the books I have been reading.  I'm sure most of you have read, or at least heard of, The Selection Series by Kiera Cass.  I'm halfway through the first book, and am already in love.  If you would like to read more about it, click here!

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      Have a wonderful weekend!







      Until next time,


      Xoxo, Natalie